5 Tips to Handle Being Pregnant in the Summer

how to survive a summer pregnancyWhen we were young, the summers were the best times of our lives. They’re still a lot of a fun with all the time outdoors we get to spend, but the days can be uncomfortable when you’re pregnant. You’re hot, swollen and constantly looking for some ice water. The summer may seem unbearable, but there are plenty of ways to survive without misery. Here are a few:

Cool off

It may be obvious, but the best way to survive your summer pregnancy is to keep cool. Do whatever it takes for you to feel comfortable; after all, you are the one carrying a baby! Always have cold water on hand and take a dip in the pool when feeling overheated. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cold shower or two during the day. If you are still feeling too hot, put a cold washcloth over your forehead and take a nap.

Find the coolest places

Literally. Places like the movie theatre and the mall are always very cold. If you are sitting at home, hot and bored, take a trip to the mall and get some baby shopping done. Find reasons to spend time in air conditioned spaces. You will feel accomplished having gotten some things off your checklist, and you will feel nice and cool for a few hours.

Put down the salt shaker

One thing you can do to make yourself feel less swollen and more comfortable is to reduce your amount of sodium intake. As you probably know, salt makes you swell. You are already feeling extra bloated from the heat and the pregnancy, so try to limit salty foods. Just make sure you aren’t completely cutting it out of your diet.

Relax

If you are one of those women who can’t stop moving, it is now time for you to learn how to relax. You’re pregnant; you deserve to take care of your body and rest. Even if you feel like there is tons to do around the house, take an hour to kick back, relax and watch your favorite TV show.

Find good maternity clothes

Finding good maternity clothes for the summer months is so important. It could be the difference from being comfortable and being uncomfortable. The best pregnancy attire for the summer is light and comfy. Opt for light dresses over jeans. This helps keep you from overheating and allows sweat to evaporate.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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4 Ways Moms Can Get Healthy Without Hitting the Gym

ways moms can get healthyFor a mom, getting healthy can be a challenge. There’s a lot going on in your life that can distract you from your healthy goals. It can also be tough getting back into the swing of things after you’ve given birth (like a good night’s sleep).

Often, the quick and simple meal seems like the best choice, rather than a well-planned dish. I know I told myself several times that I would make better choices once the baby came, but I was always so busy! As the kids got older, I never seemed to get that time back. On top of it all, I was running my own business, which made everything harder.

You don’t need to spend 10 hours per week in the gym, but you should make some changes in your life to stay healthy. If not for yourself, do it for your children.

1. Walk often.

I don’t blame you if you don’t have time to go to the gym. Most people are not “gym people.” Although, you don’t need a gym membership to get healthy. Walking is a great way to ease yourself into exercise and trim down calories. You don’t need a lot of time to walk, you just need to create a regular habit that your body expects, so your metabolism stays high.

2. Run around with the kids.

Another way for you to start fitting in exercise is by playing with the kids. Next time they are playing tag, join them! Kids are always running around and burning off their own energy. Instead of sitting close by folding the laundry, join in on the fun. Not only will you benefit from the physical activity, but you’ll get some memorable bonding time with the kids.

3. Get enough sleep.

When you have a long to-do list it can seem impossible to get to bed at a decent hour. If you manage to lie down, your mind races with thoughts of all the things you have to do tomorrow. Getting enough sleep is one of the most important keys to being healthy. People who live the longest often attribute it to regular, uninterrupted sleep.

Without enough sleep your body will feel tired and slow. People who do not get the recommend hours of sleep often end up eating worse foods than those who got the right amount of sleep. Take care of your body and leave your to-do list for the morning. You’ll be more effective when you’re rested, anyway.

4. Snack on fruits, vegies, and nuts.

I think that it is so easy for a mom to eat poorly. When you are running around taking care of other people, you often forget to take care of yourself. One way that can try to be healthier is by snacking on healthy foods. Fruit and veggies are a great choice! You probably already like many healthy snacks, you just don’t keep them around. Next time you are at the grocery store buy a handful of your favorite fruit or veggies. They are easy to eat on the go and will leave you feeling fuller than you think.

nursing pillowGuest Blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

After Clark read a recent Duke University study on toxic chemicals in baby products, she sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed. Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, the nation’s leading fire-retardant research specialist, and a new mother herself, said, “It’s wonderful to find a nursing pillow on the market that is not treated with chemical flame-retardant additives in the filling material. San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud this manufacturer for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin Eco*Loft™ fiber, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

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Swaddling Babies in the Summer

how to swaddle baby in the summerMany parents are concerned about swaddling their children during the summer, especially in parts of the world where it gets hot. When you and I become too warm, sleeping is fairly difficult. We need space and fresh air to get to sleep.

Babies a bit more complicated, however. They’re sensitive to temperature and have poorer control over their body temperature, but they require a tight swaddle to get their rest. Then again, they can’t exactly tell us when they’re becoming too warm and starting to overheat. Further, overheating increases the chance of SIDS, so it’s definitely something we want to avoid.

Here’s how to swaddle your baby in the heat.

Clothing

Use lightweight, breathable clothing inside the swaddle. If it’s really hot, forgo clothing all together (but leave the diaper on). Choose a natural fiber that responds better to the heat like organic cotton, muslin, or bamboo. Merino is another effective material.

Swaddles

Avoid synthetic fibers entirely (like polyester and fleece), as these materials are usually heat insulators. You might be tempted to leave the swaddle a bit loose, but this is a mistake. If your baby feels like he can wiggle himself out of the swaddle, he might spend some time trying. This effort can work up his body temperature. A tight wrap will lull him to sleep quickly so he relaxes and cools down.

We designed our Summer Woombie to give parents a safe, comfortable swaddling option for those hot summer months. It’s made from a light, 100% organic cotton fabric with vents to ensure breathability and air flow. Check it out.

Bedding

Once your baby is past the SIDS risk age, use several light layers in your crib rather than heavy blankets or comforters. This lets your baby kick off what he doesn’t need.

Room Temperature

Try to keep your baby’s room a comfortable temperature all day. Open a window and install a fan if necessary, but don’t position your crib right beneath this window. A direct fan could make your baby too cold, even if it’s hot out. A shade or blind can cut out the sunlight and keep the room and furniture from heating up.

I recommend having a thermometer in your baby’s room near his sleeping place so you can get an accurate measurement.

How to Judge if Your Baby is Too Hot

If you break open the swaddle in the morning and you have a sweaty baby, make sure you’re using the right type of material and you’ve swaddled tightly enough. Take your baby’s temperature with your hand against his chest, back of the neck or ears. If he feels hot, he is. Also, look out for red skin.

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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7 Tips for Confident Nursing in Public

how to breastfeed in public confidentlyFor some reason, women nursing in public seems to bother a lot of people. It’s not a crime, but the stigma many mothers face is one of the common reasons moms give up on breastfeeding and resort to formula. Moms feel compelled to leave the room, hide or just stay home all together. We need to work to make breastfeeding normal again, so moms-to-be and young girls develop a healthy understanding for it. You can help by nursing proudly and confidently. Here’s how.

1. Stay informed about your rights.

In most Western countries, it’s illegal to be discriminated against for breastfeeding in public. In some other parts of the world, however, that behavior may be perceived as inappropriate. If you aren’t sure about the local laws, do some investigating before you bare yourself in public. It would be great if the rest of the world respected a woman’s right to feed her child, but it’s not worth going to jail over.

2. Wear something comfortable.

In a park, museum, theatre or restaurant, you don’t have the luxury of stripping down to make yourself comfortable. You’ll have to wear something that gives you easy access to your breasts that doesn’t require a ton of work or ruin your clothes. Dresses are out unless they open at the top. Nursing tank tops are helpful and you’ll want a nursing bra so you can drop the cups without removing it entirely.

3. Be natural.

If someone has a problem with you nursing in public, it’s their problem. You’re feeding a child from your body, and I can’t think of anything more natural. If you stay cool, relaxed and calm, most people will walk past without even noticing what you’re doing. Those who notice will only be alarmed if you look nervous or defensive.

4. Wear a nursing cover of blanket.

I don’t want moms to feel like they have to cover themselves, but if you prefer the discretion, you should do whatever makes you comfortable. A simple nursing wrap or scarf can give you just as much security as you need without adding a lot of bulk. If your baby is getting big and doesn’t like being covered during feedings (after all, he/she probably isn’t used to that), a fun idea is to put a wide-brimmed hat on your child which covers you when he/she’s at your breast.

5. Practice in the mirror.

You might be surprised to learn that when your child is across your lap, you aren’t as exposed as you feel. You’ve probably shown more skin at the beach than you do with your child at your boob. Nurse in front of a mirror once so you can see how you look and decide if you need additional covering.

6. Start somewhere with fewer people.

Don’t make your first attempting at nursing in public a crowded concert arena or building lobby with thousands of gawkers. Start in a quiet place, like a public park with little foot traffic so you can get used to the idea of nursing out in the open. You might find a part of your brain rebels against the vulnerability, so you’ll have to work through that.

7. Plan your responses to negative comments.

Have you been insulted or criticized in public, but couldn’t come up with a witty remark until the car ride home? Don’t let that happen! It’s possible some stranger will say something mean. Come up with a few comebacks to keep in your arsenal to fire back. Don’t be mean, but fight their cynicism with humor.

Mall security: “Ma’am, please take that to the ladies’ room.”

You: “No thank you, we don’t eat in bathrooms.”

nursing brasGuest Blog by Nicole Zoellner from NizoWear.com 

Nizo Wear is the first nursing bra to have a unique, patented pocket in the pull-down flap that can hold a heating or cooling pack helping bring moms relief and healing faster while being extremely comfortable and super chic.

Nizo Wear nursing bras were inspired by the real-life experience of the company’s founder, Nicole Zoellner. When Nicole became pregnant with her son, she eagerly read all the materials her doctor had given her about the benefits of breastfeeding. She happily anticipated the feelings of serenity and bonding that nursing promises mother and infant.

So, Nicole set out to do for other nursing moms what no-one had been able to do for her: provide a practical, comfortable way to get relief from the soreness breastfeeding mothers often experience. Her design was patented, and Nizo Wear was born.

Visit www.nizowear.com for more information.

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

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Happy First Birthday! How to Keep Your Baby Healthy as They Grow From Baby to Toddler

keep baby healthy as they growCelebrating your child’s first birthday is an exciting and memorable milestone in your young one’s development. Though the days of raising a newborn are now behind you, the fun of raising your child has only just begun. Beginning at twelve months of age, your child is now entering his or her toddler years. Your child will become more curious and mobile during these years, and playtime will become increasingly interactive at this stage of development. Your child’s ever-increasing freedom, however, will require additional vigilance and supervision as a parent. Keeping your child healthy and safe may become a particular challenge during the toddler years, but it can be done. If you are looking for a few ways to keep your baby healthy as they grow from baby to toddler, read on for a few pointers to get you started.

Diversify Their Diet

As your child enters their toddler years, you should pay extra attention to what they are eating. Recent research has proven that food preferences are set early in life, making the introduction of new foods into your toddler’s diet particularly important. Consider introducing your toddler to foods and flavors that reach beyond the “chicken-nuggets-and-fries” American diet.

If your budding toddler is especially antsy, consider starting them with a small bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Studies have proven that children who consume oatmeal for breakfast are better able to focus and learn throughout the day. Make sure to pack your toddler’s diet full of proteins, too. In addition to eggs, consider introducing black beans into your toddler’s diet so they can get an ample amount of protein without eating as much meat as most adults do.

Though a good diet is always important, it is also recommended that you let your toddler begin regulating their own eating habits at this age. Provide a reasonable portion of healthy foods to your young one, and allow them to eat what they will.

Keep a Close Eye on Their Teeth

Between 12 and 15 months of age you should begin placing extra emphasis on your toddler’s oral hygiene. Assist your child in brushing their teeth twice a day—after breakfast and before bedtime. At this age, toothpaste is not yet a necessity. According to a pediatric dentist in Winnipeg at the Polo Park Dental Centre, brushing with a soft toothbrush and water is the most recommended method for brushing your young one’s teeth. Making oral hygiene a fun and regular occurrence is crucial to making this good habit a routine. Consider posting a “tooth-brushing chart” in your bathroom and providing your toddler with a small reward for each month of tantrum-free tooth-brushing. Or, brush your teeth together so your little one realizes this is a practice that everyone must adopt, not just a chore you are assigning.

Controlled Choices are Crucial

As your child enters their first year and then moves on to the “terrible twos” phase, it is critical that you provide them with appropriate boundaries, both physical and verbal. Constant tantrums are no good for you or your child, and can lead to emotional and physical fatigue for all involved.

Though preventing a toddler’s tantrums altogether may be impossible, providing your toddler with some limited freedoms may help generate a healthy sense of independence in your little one. Offering choices between two snacks, two bedtime stories, or two outfits will provide your toddler with a chance to make the sort of reasonable, controlled decisions that are appropriate at this age.

Additionally, as your 18 month or two-year-old really takes advantage of their independence and begins to walk and even run around, work on “toddler-proofing” your living area for your child’s physical safety. Padding sharply-cornered tables and putting a non-skid bathmat in your tub are two simple steps that can help reduce the number of cuts and bruises your toddler will receive. For a further room-by-room guide to toddler-proofing your home, check out this guide.

Schedule Sleep Times

As your toddler gets older, they will likely need less rest during the day. At one year of age, however, your child will still need at least one healthy nap each day. Make sure to schedule your toddler’s nap time early in the day to avoid interfering with your child’s nighttime sleep routine.

Setting a strict and regular bedtime for your toddler is the best way to ensure that your child will get a good night’s sleep every night. Reserve the hour before bedtime for quiet activities, and avoid the harsh lights emitted by televisions and computer monitors. Reading a bedtime story to your toddler is a great way to bond with your child and prepare him for a night of restful sleep.

Raising your little one during the baby-to-toddler phase may be difficult, but it can be one of the most rewarding phases of child-rearing. Ensuring that your child remains healthy during the toddler years will make this a happier and more fulfilling time for your entire family. Begin implementing these good habits today, and both you and your child will be reaping the benefits for many years to come.

Dixie Somers, Freelance WriterGuest Blog by Dixie Somers, Freelance Writer/Blogger

Dixie is a freelance writer who loves to write about business, women’s interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters who are the inspiration for her writing.

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What to Expect in the First 24 Hours with Your New Baby

what to expect during first day with babyYour first day with baby might be a bit overwhelming. You’ll wonder if you’re doing everything correctly. You’ll wonder if everything is happening as it is supposed to, or if something is wrong. You’ll be calling your family and Googling all sorts of questions. Here’s what you can expect in your first 24 hours with your new baby.

You’ll be feeding a LOT.

Because newborns are so tiny, they need to eat small meals regularly. You’ll feed your baby one to three ounces every couple hours, or more. There’s no such thing as “eating too much” at this stage; feed whenever she wants it. She’ll actually lose a bit of weight over the first couple weeks, but you want that back quickly, so feed her up.

You’ll be very interested in her diaper contents.

You’re about to have more conversations about pee and poop than you ever imagined, especially during the first couple days when you’re still figuring it out. You’re Google history is going to gain searches like, “Is my baby’s poop supposed to be seedy?” Newborns will wet five or more diapers per day, perhaps ten. You’ll want to keep track of her schedule so you can monitor for disruptions.

Oh, and the first poops will be black and tar-like. That’s normal.

You’ll think your baby isn’t a crier.

During the first few days, your baby will sleep a lot. She’ll wake to eat and fall right back asleep. You’ll congratulate yourself on producing a gentle, polite little angel, but that phase passes. After the first week, babies cry as much as two hours per day. Remember: cries, screeches, wails and tears are her only methods of expression. Find her need, meet it, and she’ll calm down.

Swaddling will put her right to sleep.

Remember, your baby just left a world of snug security. By mimicking that environment, you’ll calm her right down. It also reduces the effect of her startle reflex so she doesn’t jerk awake. You’ll be amazed how effective it is. Use a quality baby swaddle so she can’t break out and wake herself up too early.

You’ll skip the cute outfits.

Fun and fancy clothes will be the last thing on your mind after the seventh diaper and only 3 in the afternoon. You’ll want items that are easy to change and cheap enough to toss away if they get soiled.

Things won’t be as they “should be.”

There’s no right way to parent. Everyone has a different style. Children are surprisingly resilient, so you’re unlikely to mess up your kid for life over one mistake. Don’t get upset because your baby isn’t sleeping “on schedule” (as if that means anything) or pooping the right color. Cut you and your baby some slack as you both adjust to the new situation.

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 Tips for Discreet Nursing in Public

nurse in public confidentallyFor some reason, seeing a woman nurse in public bothers a lot of people. The stigma nursing mothers are forced to deal with is one the biggest reasons many give up entirely.

Women know they should feel secure, but they don’t. As a community, it’s important we work together to make sure breastfeeding mothers feel comfortable. We need to re-normalize the behavior so nursing moms, moms-to-be, and young girls understand that there’s nothing shameful about nursing. Here is how you can nurse in public confidently.

1. Practice in the mirror.

You might be surprised to learn that when your child is across your lap, you aren’t as exposed as you feel. You’ve probably shown more skin at the beach than you do with your child at your boob. Nurse in front of a mirror once so you can see how you look and decide if you need additional covering.

2. Stay informed about your rights.

In most Western countries, it’s illegal to be discriminated against for breastfeeding in public. In some other parts of the world, however, that behavior may be perceived as inappropriate. If you aren’t sure about the local laws, do some investigating before you bare yourself in public. It would be great if the rest of the world respected a woman’s right to feed her child, but it’s not worth going to jail over.

3. Be natural.

If someone has a problem with you nursing in public, it’s their problem. You’re feeding a child from your body, and I can’t think of anything more natural. If you stay cool, relaxed and calm, most people will walk past without even noticing what you’re doing. Those who notice will only be alarmed if you look nervous or defensive.

4. Wear a nursing cover of blanket.

I don’t want moms to feel like they have to cover themselves, but if you prefer the discretion, you should do whatever makes you comfortable. A simple nursing wrap or scarf can give you just as much security as you need without adding a lot of bulk. If your baby is getting big and doesn’t like being covered during feedings (after all, he/she probably isn’t used to that), a fun idea is to put a wide-brimmed hat on your child which covers you when he/she’s at your breast.

5. Wear something comfortable.

In a park, museum, theatre or restaurant, you don’t have the luxury of stripping down to make yourself comfortable. You’ll have to wear something that gives you easy access to your breasts that doesn’t require a ton of work or ruin your clothes. Dresses are out unless they open at the top. Nursing tank tops are helpful and you’ll want a nursing bra so you can drop the cups without removing it entirely.

6. Start somewhere with fewer people.

Don’t make your first attempting at nursing in public a crowded concert arena or building lobby with thousands of gawkers. Start in a quiet place, like a public park with little foot traffic so you can get used to the idea of nursing out in the open. You might find a part of your brain rebels against the vulnerability, so you’ll have to work through that.

7. Plan your responses to negative comments.

Have you been insulted or criticized in public, but couldn’t come up with a witty remark until the car ride home? Don’t let that happen! It’s possible some stranger will say something mean. Come up with a few comebacks to keep in your arsenal to fire back. Don’t be mean, but fight their cynicism with humor.

Mall security: “Ma’am, please take that to the ladies’ room.”

You: “No thank you, we don’t eat in bathrooms.”

nursing brasGuest Blog by Nicole Zoellner from NizoWear.com 

Nizo Wear is the first nursing bra to have a unique, patented pocket in the pull-down flap that can hold a heating or cooling pack helping bring moms relief and healing faster while being extremely comfortable and super chic.

Nizo Wear nursing bras were inspired by the real-life experience of the company’s founder, Nicole Zoellner. When Nicole became pregnant with her son, she eagerly read all the materials her doctor had given her about the benefits of breastfeeding. She happily anticipated the feelings of serenity and bonding that nursing promises mother and infant.

So, Nicole set out to do for other nursing moms what no-one had been able to do for her: provide a practical, comfortable way to get relief from the soreness breastfeeding mothers often experience. Her design was patented, and Nizo Wear was born.

Visit www.nizowear.com for more information.

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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Woombie Air – The Woombie Air is the safest and most effective baby swaddle that requires no wrapping. It’s the first breathable baby swaddle that regulates baby’s body temperature by allowing excess heat to escape. All you do is put baby in and zip up; the unique peanut-shaped swaddle gently cocoons baby and the 4-way stretch bebeflex(TM) fabric enables baby to move naturally which helps protect against hip dysplasia. Baby’s arms are not pinned to the side; prevents overheating; and no worries of dangerous, lose blankets unraveling and covering baby’s face. The Mom/Nurse invented Woombie Air re-creates the security and comfort baby felt in the womb and promotes longer periods of sleep from birth to 6 months (or when baby begins to roll).

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5 Fun Places to Take Baby for a Day Out

places to take baby for a day outDo you have the day to baby and yourself? Take advantage of your alone time and bond with baby! One way to bond with baby is by taking them out to do fun things. Since it is summer, going outside is easy! I use to love taking my kids to the park on a nice day, or to the beach! I have very precious memories from those days, they were so much fun. No matter where you take baby, make sure that they are wearing sunscreen and are wearing proper clothing. A sunburn will ruin your fun day and is very harmful to baby! Here are five fun places to take baby for a day out:

The Park

The park is a great place to take baby! There are so many different things you two could do there. If you have a dog, take it for a walk. If you love running, go for a run with baby there. If you just feel like having a relaxing day in the summer sun, have a picnic. Pack all of baby and yours favorite snacks and bring your favorite play mat to sit on

The Beach

If baby has never been to the beach before, take them now! It is so fun for baby to see and touch sand for the first time. This is a great activity for a hot day, nothing feels better than cold water to cool you off! Just make sure that you don’t spend too long at the beach with baby, the sun can be dangerous!

The Library

If it’s a rainy day, take baby to the library. Most libraries have children sections that have places for you to sit and play. These areas are great for you and baby to hang out and read! Reading to baby is a great way for the two of you to bond and it can help baby learn how to speak. You can also find DVDs and video games to borrow for home.

I Scream for Ice Cream!

If your baby is old enough, take them out for ice cream! Try to find a place that has soft served ice cream and swings. Baby will love the taste of ice cream and will have so much fun swinging with mommy or daddy. Plus ice cream parlors always have a lot of activity on hot days, which is great experience for your baby.

The Playground

For a baby, the playground is so exciting. There are so many different things to look at and play on! I suggest going in the morning, when it’s least hot and probably less crowded. Enjoy your day with baby and have fun monkeying around at the playground.

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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5 Ways to Keep Baby’s Skin Healthy in the Summer

protect baby from the sunSince it’s summer and warm in most parts of the country, it’s important to remind parents that just because it isn’t hot, doesn’t mean the sun can’t damage your baby’s skin. Even when it’s cool (even in the winter!), the sun can burn a skin. Babies are especially sensitive. Sunburns early in life can increase one’s chance of having skin cancer. Use these tips to protect your baby’s skin for the summer sun.

1. Add a shade to your devices.

Pick up a versatile baby wrap to shade baby from the sun while you’re out. You will want something you can hang over the carrier, the stroller, or over your shoulder. Use a removable mesh shield to keep direct sunlight off your child while she’s sitting in the car.

2. Use hats and sunglasses.

Put a wide-brimmed hat with flaps for the neck and ears on your baby when you’re in direct sunlight. If your baby will tolerate it, use a hate that completely shades the face. Offer sunglasses, though your baby might take them off often, but eventually he/she will learn how useful they can be.

3. Use lots of sunscreen.

Check your sunscreen bottle for the words “broad spectrum.” That’s what you want. Use at least SPF 15. Apply the lotion a half an hour before spending time in the sun and reapply ever two hours. If you take baby into the water, reapply immediately after. Make sure to hit the often-forgotten spots like the tops of the ears, the nose, and the tops of hands and feet. Check the lotion’s expiration date before applying – they can go bad.

4. Dress appropriately.

Even if it’s hot, it’s best to be covered against the sun’s rays. Use light colored clothing because it reflects the sun rays to cover your baby’s arms and legs. The fabrics should have a tight weave (you can determine by holding them up to the light – if much comes through, it’s too loose). Keep a special set of clothing in the car in case you get caught in the sun.

5. Avoid the sun all together.

During the first few (maybe six) months of life, you shouldn’t be taking baby out into the sun at all. The rays are far too harsh for brand new skin, even with sunscreen. If you must go outside, do whatever you can to keep your trips short – like the walk from your home to the car. Schedule your activities and errands for the mornings or evens when the light is mitigated.

car seat cover nursing cover stroller shadeGuest Blog by Laura Gravett, Inventor of PunkinWrap

Laura, a mom of two, is the inventor of PunkinWrap, a multi-use car seat cover and baby wrap. PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover.  The 7-in-one baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives baby privacy while sleeping and protects him from the other elements like rain and wind.

More so, Laura is a former nanny with a degree in psychology who formerly worked at Yale University doing research. As an Atlanta native and currently residing in the best suburb of Atlanta: Roswell, Laura and her husband love their community. Laura volunteers on various committees in their city to help give back in any way she can.  Laura and her husband spent several years taking care of rescue dogs – transport, intakes, fostering, etc. and had to step away a bit once they had their first child. The Gravetts now have two children (girls ages 3 and 10 months) and three rescue dogs.

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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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