Our Top Swaddle Picks for the Fall Season

We are believers in the power of a good swaddle all-year-round. The fall season is tailor-made for bundling up you and your baby in chic ways. We put together some textiles and styles that say fall! Take a look at our favorites!

1. Convertible Woombie

Convertible Woombie Twilight Heather Gray w/Vent

Convertible Woombie Twilight Heather Gray w Vent

We love how heather gray is demure and non-gender specific. This soft color can be is reminiscent of cooler temperatures. In terms of functionality, convertible Woombie comes with arm vents so baby can sleep and move comfortably. The arms allow baby to transition easily. It’s made of a soft cotton/spandex blend that is stretchy enough for all around movement. This multi-functional swaddle comes in a few great styles.

Convertible Woombie Pink Owls

Convertible Woombie Pink Owls

This swaddle in a fun tickle-me-pink is covered in the wilderness’ wisest bird: the owl. Owls mirror fall months perfectly. Your little girl will look adorable in this for the autumn season. Our line carries a hat for to go along with all of those adorable convertible swaddles.

2. Convertible Leggies

 

Convertible Leggies

The lovely heather gray is found in this convertible leggies style as well! It’s accented with traces of canary yellow. The gray elephants are dancing on a white foreground. This fun print is perfect for both warm months and the fall. The separated legs give baby extra freedom.

3. Shangri-Lah Purple Mod Swad

Shangri-Lah Purple Mod Swad

This color mimics royalty in its rich color palette. Jewel tones are perfect for autumn and this Mod’Swad swaddle is the perfect example of that. Jewel toned colors are just as vibrant as summer pastels and neons but give refreshingly warm winter vibes. This style uses 93% organic bamboo so it is gentle for baby. It’s 5% spandex keep this swaddle easy to move in. This style comes in many colors.

4. Animal Woombie

Animal Woombie

Adorable doesn’t rest when the weather gets chilly. This snuggly number completes our fall favorites list with its teddy bear-like charm. Baby will be soft and warm in this swaddle. Like all of our swaddles, the benefits are endless and the adorable factor doesn’t end either. The animal ears and funky fall inspired print along the trim of this swaddle make this Woombie one of a kind.

We love seeing pictures of your baby wearing our swaddles. In fact, sometimes we post them on Facebook to share with the rest of our fans. Do you have any great photos of your baby sporting a Woombie swaddle or any Woombie product? We’d love to see. Send your photos to us online!

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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Starting Your Own Venture: 3 Ways to Choose Your Business from VentureMom

start your own business as a momFor many people, the decision to start their own business comes easy. They know they want to be their own boss. They know they want the freedom of working for themselves. They know they want to build something that lasts for their families.

But the next question is a lot harder.

“What kind of business should I start?”

The best businesses are always the ones the owners are passionate about. You may fall into a great opportunity to own, say, a bakery. It may make a lot of money. But if you aren’t interested in baked goods and baking, you won’t give it your all. Your motivation will wane and eventually it will just feel like a job.

I meet a lot of women (and men) who have a fire inside them to start a business, but they can’t get past that question of what to do. They spin their wheels, bouncing from one idea to the next, never really deciding on anything, until they eventually give up.

In my book, Venture Mom: From Idea to Income in Just 12 Weeks, I go into detail about picking your business, but here are three basic tips to get you started. You can learn more on this subject and how to turn your idea into a profitable venture in my book.

1. Examine what you used to love

Often our entrepreneurial passions come from our past. Maybe you loved putting together photo books for family and friends, but motherhood got in the way and your hobby was the first to go.

Perhaps you led a fitness group with your friends years ago or took people on guided tours of your city. Maybe you knitted baby booties for each of your children or helped your friend redesign her retail store for better sales.

Just because something used to be part of your life doesn’t mean it can’t be again. Turn those old hobbies into profit today.

2. Inventory how people compliment you

When people throw you a compliment, it’s because you’re so good at something, it’s worth mentioning. If you hear, “I love your garden” take note. You may think everyone can plant a beautiful garden, but that’s usually not the case. Your talent is someone else’s pain.

If someone says, “You make the most amazing homemade ice cream cakes,” maybe you have a baking skill that people will pay for.

Take notice when someone compliments something you have made or something you do.  For example, let’s say you craft your own belt buckles and you  hear, “I love that belt buckle, where can I get one like it?,” that could be a clue to a venture.  Or they might say something like, “Your gargage is so neat and organized. I wish someone would help me get my garage cleaned out.” or “I love how you style your bookcases, would you ever do that for me?” or “You’re so good at putting together outfits. Will you come help me clean out my closet and put together my wardrobe?”  These are clues that you have a talent that others could use.

3. Find your special talent

This is the simplest way to pick a business idea. Obviously the best thing to sell (product or service) is something you’re good at.

People get caught up on this one because they don’t feel their talents are marketable, but that’s rarely true. Some ideas may take more time or more work than others (and may involve a lot of learning), but there’s a market out there to sell pretty much anything.

Let’s say you just love birdwatching. “You can’t make money birdwatching,” you think. Wrong. With the Internet, you can turn anything into a venture.

You could find people online and take them on bird tours of an exotic area. You could catalog your finds in an eBook and sell it on Amazon. You could build a website and blog around birdwatching and create content that attracts users (and eventually advertisers). Just about anything that you have an intense interest in, can be made profitable.

It’s up to you

At the end of the day, you have to be the one to make the decision. Any venture you start will have ups and downs but if you are doing something you are passionate about, it won’t feel like work at all.  There will be days when you doubt your idea but soldier on and it will be worth the pursuit. Have the fun is the path.

Download chapter one of my book for free here and get started on launching your own business!

products and services created by momsGuest blog by Holly Hurd, VentureMom

Learning to trade commodities and futures from her father in her teens, Holly was destined to be an entrepreneur. Right out of college, she began several small companies. While still in her 20s, Holly was featured in Fortune Magazine, USA Today, Working Women’s Magazine and more.

Holly also became a public speaker, sold and remodeled real estate, created a line of glass coffee tables, managed hedge funds, and then found her passion of sharing stories of moms who started businesses – just like she had done all her life: VentureMom.com.

Holly’s passion is helping people discover their ventures. “I love helping a mom find what she is already doing in her life and showing her how she can make it a paying venture.”

Learn more at www.venturemom.com.

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8 Amazing Facts about Newborns

Amazing Facts about NewbornsHaving a baby is enough of a memorable experience to last for an entire lifetime. The truly remarkable aspect of birth is the newborn child that comes from it. Babies are so small in size, yet so big in importance and magnificence. We’ve compiled a list of the most amazing fun facts about these tiny humans:

1. Quantity

Have you ever wondered how many babies are born around the world each week or day? How about every minute or second? There are actually about 255 newborns that come into this world every single minute; that comes out to over 4 births per second!

2. Crawl

Did you know that babies can crawl as soon as they are born? In 1987, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden compiled findings that proved this. Once a baby was born, they laid it on their mother’s chest, and they were able to find her chest for feeding within an hour!

3. Mom’s Voice

In addition to being able to crawl upon being born, newborns can also recognize their mother’s voice at birth as well! They have been shown to recognize their mom’s voice above all others, despite not having the best hearing just yet.

4. No Tears

Newborns are bound to cry a lot, but they cannot produce tears! Although the tear ducts and glands are working, they produce just enough fluid to lubricate and protect your baby’s eyes. The tears don’t flow until between one and three months.

5. Extra Bones

Can you believe that newborn babies actually have more bones than adults do? A baby is actually born with 270 bones, and by the time he/she reaches adulthood that number drops to 206. This is caused by the fusion of the spine and skull as the baby grows.

6. Blue Eyes

The melanin/pigment in the main tissue is, in most cases, not developed at birth, which causes most babies to be born with blue eyes! By six to twelve months, the melanin is activated by your baby’s genetics, which causes the change to their real eye color.

7. Nearsighted

When a child is first born, they are naturally very nearsighted! Their vision only allows them to see people and objects at their clearest when they are within eight to twelve inches away.

8. Birthmarks

If your little one has a birthmark somewhere on their body, it’s not unusual at all! Did you know that one in every three newborns are born with a birthmark? Also, this happens to twice as many girls as it does boys.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

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The 16 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Your Pregnancy

Healthiest Foods to Eat During Your PregnancyIt’s important that you get the right foods during your pregnancy to give your baby the best start and protect yourself. It may be easy to eat sugar treats, but stick to these essentials and you’ll keep everyone healthy.

1. Salmon – It’s essential that you get enough healthy fats for the baby’s development and your mood. Salmon is a great source of your omega-3s and has low amounts of mercury, so you don’t have to worry about harming the baby (just keep your intake under 12 ounces per week).

2. Sweet potatoes – This versatile starch comes with Vitamins A and C, folate, and fiber.

3. Yogurt – Opt for Greek yogurt, not the sugar stuff. It’s full of calcium you need to replace the calcium in your bones that the baby takes.

4. Broccoli – Fiber, calcium, vitamin C, and antioxidants in these, which is all great stuff. It also helps you absorb the iron you get from other sources.

5. Lean meats – Chicken, beef and turkey are good sources of iron (which you need plenty of) and protein. They’ll keep you energized and won’t go to your hips. You want cuts that are 95-98% fat-free.

6. Beans and lentils – These help you meet your increased protein demands. The fiber fights against constipation. They’re also cheap and easy to add to any dish.

7. Eggs – Eggs are another super food that we all should eat. They have essential amino acids and lots of protein by volume, plus 12 vitamins and minerals. Go ahead and pop three or four of these a day. Hard-boiled they make great snacks when you’re just too tired to cook.

8. Cheese – These are good ways to get calcium, protein and healthy fats. Soft cheeses are a big no-no for pregnant ladies.

9. Breakfast cereal – Look for the fortified kinds designed for pregnant women. They have increased folate and vitamin B.

10. Bananas – These are full of potassium and complex carbs for energy. (Tip: They’re usually easy to eat on a queasy stomach.)

11. Oatmeal – Start your day off with oatmeal for energy. The complex carbohydrates will satisfy you and the bran will keep your cholesterol low.

12. Nuts – Nuts have good fats which are super important for your baby’s developing brain. These are high in fat and calories, so you don’t need more than a serving per day. Any of the butter versions of nuts are also helpful.

13. Leafy greens – We should all be eating more of these. Kale and turnips are great sources of calcium. Spinach is a super food, it’s great for you in a number of ways with lots of folate, iron and fiber. Skip the light-colored greens for the darker stuff.

14. Soy – Soy is an excellent source of protein at 10 grams per half cup.

15. Whole-grain bread – The food pyramid we all learned in school isn’t that accurate anymore, so your diet shouldn’t be a majority of bread, but a little is good for a pregnant lady. Whole-grain bread has iron, zinc, and fiber.

16. Oranges – Vitamin C, fiber, folate, and a tonof water; that’s a great combination that keeps your energy up and empowers your immune system.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

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The #1 Bedtime Routine Mistake

If I can give one piece of general advice for parenting, it’s routine. I know you’ve heard it before, but let me repeat it: Routine, routine, routine. Kids thrive when they know what is expected of them and when. The world can feel chaotic and unpredictable even for adults. Imagine what it’s like for kids. They are learning new and exciting things every day, from motor skills to new words. This can be exciting, but there is a flipside. It can be scary to realize that crawling on the stairs can make you fall or pulling the cat’s tail can make the cat scratch.

 

Having daily routines creates a sense of safety in your child’s life. It helps them to know that when they wake up they get to watch their TV show for half an hour and have their toast with the crusts cut off and their applesauce in their special Batman bowl. It helps them keep at least some of the aspects of their life in control.

 

The same holds true for bedtime. If you let your toddler go to bed at 7:00 one night and 9:30 the next, and you sometimes read to her and you sometimes sing a special song for her while she brushes her teeth, you are opening yourself up to major bedtime drama. Your child will have expectations that don’t get met and she will be confused and disappointed and will push your buttons to try and get what she wants.

 

Think about your own bedtime rituals. Maybe you shut off your computer or the TV, brush your teeth, wash your face, get yourself a glass of water, climb into bed and read a chapter of a book before you switch off the light. Or maybe you have a bath, drink some tea and listen to soft music. Or do a cucumber face mask and a crossword. Whatever you do, it’s helping to get you ready for sleep.

 

But my kid’s only a baby, you might be thinking. What does a baby care about routines?

 

Routine helps train your body and brain that something is about to happen…whether that’s going to sleep or leaving the house for the day. Bedtime routines signal to your child that it’s time to start calming down. Even when they’re tiny, setting up those signals can be very effective.

 

Here are a few things you can try for your baby at nighttime:

  1. Make sure they are well-fed
  2. Give them a warm, soothing bath
  3. Put some soft, cozy pajamas on
  4. Read them a story
  5. Lay them in their crib
  6. Sing them a song
  7. Turn out the light and say goodnight

 

By repeating these steps every night at the same time, your baby will start to learn that then when that bath happens, it’s almost time for go to bed. I’m not saying it will work like magic and your child will just close his eyes the second the light goes out. But it will get you well on your way to establishing healthy sleep habits.

 

But let me just tell you the one way you can mess up all that hard work you did creating a lovely little evening ritual…

 

Do NOT rock or feed your baby to sleep.

 

If you are going to rock her or nurse her until she falls asleep, you might as well ditch all the other steps, because the only thing your baby will start depending on to fall asleep is you.

 

Your child has the natural ability to learn to fall asleep on her own. Your job is to create a quiet, comfortable space and routine that makes that possible. And then you need to let her do the rest.

 

If your child is not sleeping, you may want to check out The Sleep Sense Program. It’s a step-by-step guide, designed to help get your child sleeping 11-12 hours a night. Click the button below to get it now at a discount:

 

The Sleep Sense Program

 

Guest Blog by Dana Obleman, Creator of The Sleep Sense Program

Dana launched her successful private practice in 2003, and since then has helped over 57,000 of parents solve their children’s sleep problems.   She is the creator of “The Sleep Sense Program,” a best-selling “do-it-yourself” guide for sleep deprived parents.

 

Dana has made numerous television appearances, has been featured in national and local newspapers, spoken at multiple parenting trade shows and baby conventions.  She was also invited to lecture on solving infant and toddler sleep problems to Family Physicians, through the University of British Columbia.

 

In addition, to a BA in Psychology, Dana also holds a degree in Elementary Education from King’s University (1999), and is a professional member of the National Sleep Foundation.

 

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8 Life Changing Things that Happen After Giving Birth

Life Changing Things that Happen After Giving BirthThe transition from carrying your child to giving birth is a valuable and exciting moment for any. It can be nerve-wracking for most considering that you are not only taking care of yourself but also another. Once you have a baby (or babies for that matter), you will notice some changes in things and make you realize certain aspects in your life. You might be left to wonder, “What happens now?”

In this article, here are eight changes that are bound to occur when you give birth and see that little bundle of joy and it is pretty known that seeing your child for the first time is a life changing event for any parent.

1. Being Scared and Fearless At The Same Time

You will think that you were prepared for a lot of things, but taking care of a child is serious business. So you often find yourself scared and afraid. And that’s OK. Being scared about this is a good sign that you do not want to do something wrong that will reflect on your child’s life. It’s part of growing up together with your child. At the same time, even when you are scared, you will bring forth courage to counter the fears and problems concerning your baby.

2. Discovering Your Inner Strength

You will discover a stronger sense of responsibility to take care and nurture your child. You will find the urge to be strong for your little one(s). Because it is only natural for a mother to find comfort on the fact that her baby (or babies) needs her. And discovering the inner strength you thought you never had brings out the best quality of protectiveness, in which, it goes a long way almost till end of time. That’s how a mother is, really.

3. The Unexpected Support

It will surprise you when people start offering to give you some advice that will vary on life, career, money, taking care of the baby, and taking care of yourself. You only need to enjoy this perk and learn what you can. You want to have all the help you can get but also feel independent.

4. Independency

Most times actually, you will be alone in nurturing your child and you will have to learn these things on your own even though people have expressed their advice and tips on how. Being a parent is always an independent learning experience because, like they said, life doesn’t come with instructions and that goes the same for nurturing children

5. You Find Respect For Your Own Parents

In the littlest of ways, you will realize that new found respect for your own parents when you become one. All the headaches you’re experiencing now, your own parents ay have gone through them as well maybe even worse.

6. You Love Your Baby Too Much

You may not notice it but, you will love your baby more than your partner. Prioritizing your baby is what always comes to your mind and sometimes you will prefer cuddling with your baby in bed than with your partner. But that does not mean you do not love your partner any less. It’s just in a different kind and on another level.

7. Baby First, Always

Like mentioned above, prioritizing your baby and his/her needs is the only option for you. You feel the need to make sure everything is perfect and that your baby is comfortable in every sense. Your habits in buying those clothes for yourself will change and that it will be directed to your baby. It will show whether or not you’ll notice that you are holding out on buying your favorite shoes in favor of getting your baby cute onesies and baby toys or comfortable bed foam made in the Philippines for him/her to sleep on.

8. No Clock

Most times you won’t see the need to use a mechanical alarm clock or your own body clock in helping you get out of bed because, believe it or not, your baby is the one in charge of your schedule for the next few months. But it gives you more reason be with your baby and spend more time with her/him.

Guest Blog by Pria Luz

Pria Luz is an interior designer. At home, she’s a passionate homemaker, event organizer and DIY enthusiast. A proud mom to her snuggle angel and a wife to her wonderful husband.. Follow her on in Twitter @prialuz.

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The 5 Most Common Parenting Challenges

Common Parenting ChallengesParenting isn’t easy. There’s no book or manual to help us through it. While every child is different, we often face some of the same challenges. Here are the five most common challenges all parents face, and their solutions.

1. Public tantrums – No one outgrows tantrums. We just learn to control them. Over time, our control becomes very good and even though we want to scream and yell in the checkout line, we hold ourselves back. A tantrum is typically caused when a child doesn’t get what he wants, but sometimes it’s due to tiredness or overstimulation. When a blowup happens, give your child a warning to stop or you’ll remove them (from the store, party, theater, whatever). If they don’t, follow through with your threat. Try to otherwise disregard the behavior. Do not give in.

2. Dishonesty – Up until a certain age, children are 100% honest, but eventually they learn that the words they use don’t have to be truthful. But as a family, it’s important that everyone is truthful with one another. Distinguish between the little “white lies” and the big ones. Let your child know that the punishment for the crime is usually easier than the punishment for the crime plus the lie.

3. Violence – Children are rarely malicious, but in their excitement (fun or anger), they can bite, hit, pull hair, push or kick. Every child goes through with it. It’s important that you have very real consequences for this behavior, but don’t be violent yourself. That doesn’t teach anything. Ask your children what is making them angry and work it out together.

4. Nightmares/bad dreams – Around two or two-and-a-half years old, children begin to have dreams vivid enough to remind them of real life. This is great if they have good ones, but troubling when they have the inevitable upsetting dream. All you can do is be there for them and remind them that’s not real, just our brains playing funny tricks.

5. Finding one-on-one time – We live in a busy world. When you have things to do every day, it can be tough to fit in that quality one-on-one time with your child. Children need moments with one parent at a time to really solidify the emotional connection and cement your position as a parent. Do something you both like together so you have shared experiences and memories to enhance your relationship.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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7 Essential Ways to Encourage Your Baby to Talk

Encourage Your Baby to TalkThere’s no exact age when your child should begin talking. Some children start earlier than others, but eventually most of them figure it out. While it’s good to encourage your children to speak, take care not to push them too hard. If you make the experience uncomfortable, they won’t want to try. Here are some ways you can gently encourage your kids to speak.

1. Ask lots of questions – Throw out questions all day long as you spend time with your baby. “Should we go to the bank now?” “Do you think Aunt Tracy would like this card?” “How many towels did I fold?” It may seem like you’re talking to yourself, but by asking questions and looking toward your baby, you’re making him feel a part of the conversation.

2. Narrate your day – When you aren’t asking direct questions, talk about what’s going on or what you’re about to do. “OK, we’re off to the store now.” “Let’s get these toys cleaned up before your brother gets home.” “Look at that cute baby in the mirror!”

3. Read books together – So you don’t spend the whole day feeling silly talking to someone who can’t respond, give language practice to your baby by reading lots of books. Make this a habit so you instill a love of books as well.

4. Let him speak – When your baby does try to make some sounds, give him your undivided attention and stay silent. Let me him to know you want to hear what he has to say, even if it doesn’t make sense yet.

5. Reply to everything – When your baby makes a sound, reply to it as if it were actual language. Your baby might gurgle a few times, but respond with something like, “Yes, it is a nice day out.” This will teach your baby that language is a social thing and it’s something we do together.

6. Turn off the TV – To young brains, people on the television are not the same as people in real life. Babies do not get the same information and learn the same behaviors from television people or voices. Turn off the TV so people in your home are more likely to talk to one another.

7. Sing nursery rhymes – Children’s songs (think “Row, row, row your boat”) are simple with repetitive phrases that encourage children to sing along. Their simplicity allows kids to remember the lyrics so they can practice.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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The Woombie PLUS: Safety First

Woombie PLUSThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies are put down on their backs to sleep. The “back to sleep” position drastically reduces the likelihood of SIDS. We don’t know exactly what causes SIDS or why the back position is effective, but the numbers don’t lie: since the Back to Sleep campaign in the 90s, we’ve saved countless lives with this simple technique.

The incidence of SIDS is highest during the first six months, but there’s still a risk until the baby is one year old. Parents should be laying the baby down to sleep on his or her back every night. Also, keep baby off any soft, squishy or porous surfaces like pillows, sheepskins, comforters, or soft toys as these can block the airway.

The Woombie PLUS was designed to maintain the back position, while at the same time maximizing the distance between the airway and positioner by infusing the rolls directly into the swaddle at the HIP level of the baby.  There is always a fixed distance between airway and rolls, keeping baby safe and secure at all times. Our design is also ventilated, aiding with air flow.

The Woombie PLUS is designed to keep your baby on his/her back for maximum safety. The bilateral fixed rolls are sewn into the side of the swaddle so they will remain by baby’s hips without rolling up near the face. It also has all of our awesome Woombie features:

  • Ergonomically shaped design allows a more natural approach to swaddling
  • Easy to use- 1 step swaddle, no origami required
  • Will not unravel like a square blanket, potentially covering the airway
  • Encourages back sleeping, as swaddled babies are more likely to maintain on their backs
  • Prevents the Moro/Startle reflex by gently cocooning baby’s arms
  • Prevent s the rooting reflex and face scratching by keeping hands away from face
  • Promotes self-soothing by allowing baby to hold/touch his hands inside the garment
  • Hip healthy and shoulder healthy design allows for non-restricted motion
  • Stretchy but snug fabric simulates the feeling our being held, touched & cuddled
  • Narrowed waistline gently compresses the abdomen, helping to eliminate gas related issues & provide additional tummy comfort
  • Multi-dimensional fabric snuggles & moves “with” baby, mimicking the womb like environment baby was accustomed to
  • Allows natural arm and leg movement during sleep
  • 1 layer lightweight & breathable fabric helps to prevent overheating
  • 2 way zipper allows for easy diaper changes at night
  • Seamless interior provides more comfort for baby
  • Designed by a Certified Infant Care Specialist & Nursing team
  • Can be used in strollers and swings
  • Eases the transition from womb to world
  • Easy cleaning/care: machine washable and dryable

Swaddling has been proven to promote safer, longer and better sleep. Our Woombie provides a womb-like movement experience that doesn’t restrict babies entirely, but keeps them feeling safe and secure. This helps babies establish healthy sleep patterns.

We like to think of Woombie as swaddling the way nature intended and the Woombie PLUS is another effective tool for parents. Apparently, so do the Mom’s Choice Awards, who have given the Woombie PLUS their 2015 award.

Mom’s Choice Awards “evaluates products and services created for children and families. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.” Check them out!

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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3 Easy Desserts to Make With Fruit

Nothing beats nature’s candy when it comes to sweets and desserts. If you don’t want to be weighed down by heavy cakes, doughnuts and pies during the summer heat, fruity desserts are a great alternative. We’ve chosen 3 of our favorite recipes that are undeniably tasty and totally fruit inspired.

1. Fruity Nutella Toast

Fruity Nutella Toast

Photo Source: My Honey’s Place

The world is in love with Nutella for good reason. This hazlenutty, chocolate spread is hard to dislike. This recipe is one of our favorite because it’s simple enough for children to make and it only requires 3 ingredients max. All you’ll need is a few slices of bread, nutella and fruits of your choice. For this recipe we highly recommend strawberry and banana. This is the heaviest treat on on our list.

  1. Toast your bread
  2. Dice up some fruits
  3. Spread a thick layer of Nutella on your toast
  4. Top your choco-toast with your diced fruit
  5. Enjoy euphoria!

2. Grilled Peaches and Cream

Grilled Peaches and Cream

Photo and Recipe Source: All Recipes

This flavorful dessert is simplicity at its finest. It uses cream cheese spread or a honey nut flavored ice cream if you’re feeling naughty. It’s difficult to find people who don’t like the taste of  warm peaches so this quick dessert is a home run with most!

  1. Slice peaches in halves
  2. Set grill to medium-high heat
  3. Brush your peaches with a light coat of oil
  4. Set peaches pit side down onto your warm grill and grill for up to 5 minutes
  5. Turn the peaches over and glaze with honey
  6. Scoop a spoon-full of cream cheese where the pit was
  7. Grill up to 3 minutes until the filling is warm
  8. Serve it up!

3. Greek Yogurt Parfait Tart

Greek Yogurt Parfait Tart

Photo and Recipe Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

This is one of the simplest dishes you can put together for a special occasion. What we love about this one is that there’s no baking involved and if you prepare your fruit and tart in advance this whole dish can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes. First follow the directions on Sally’s Baking Addiction to create your crust/tart. You can also purchase a tart of your choice in the supermarket.

  1. Coat a 9 inch cake pan with nonstick spray
  2. Soak your dates in warm water for 10 minutes
  3. Pulse the dates and nuts until they reach a thick dough-like consistency.
  4. Spread the yogurt onto your crust
  5. Decorate with your colorful fruits. We chose kiwi, strawberry, pineapples, blueberries and tangerines.
  6. Store in refrigerator and serve!

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baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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