What to Look for When Purchasing a Pregnancy Pillow

pregnancy pillowOne important pre-natal accessory that you should buy is a pregnancy pillow. It can provide comfort, rest and health for every pregnant woman. It is about time to keep your head pillows under your head and then use a maternity pillow for hugging and providing relief from pains.

Comfort

Pregnancy pillows were designed with the main purpose of providing comfort, and thus it should one of the factors you should look for when choosing a maternity pillow. Your comfort level is not the same as the next pregnant woman, so it would be a good idea for you to find out which type of pillow is early suited for your body and your condition.

A pregnancy pillows offers maximum support for the back and the hip as they align the back and the hips providing with you with the benefit of decreased pains.

Affordability

Everyone wants affordable items. If you are on a budget but still want the comfort of using a pregnancy pillow, your best option is to look for sales or for discount promos online. Basically, a pregnant pillow may be a little bit pricey, but it can serve longer. It is also magnificently designed that it allows you to get as comfortable as you can without the need to use different pillows at the same time.

The Right Type

There are several types of maternity pillows available in the market today. This only means that you have to really search thoroughly so that you will be able to find the best fit for your needs.

One such type is the simple maternity pillow and it provides adequate support for the woman’s uterus. It is actually a combination of two regular pillows. It is best used at the back so that it can prevent you from sleeping on your back.

Another type of pregnancy pillow is the full-length and it provides support for the back, the knees and the belly. It is a good pillow for pain reduction and it is used best if you around the front and the back.

If your main issue is back pains, you may want to use a wedge maternity pillow. It is small-sized, but the benefit it provides should be enough.

If you want to sleep well, you may want to try the new pregnancy accessory and one that comes highly recommended is the pregnancy pillow. It can provide the best comfort level during that time when you cannot decide if things will work out for you two getting better

Bean Shaped

A Bean Shaped pillow will give you the chance to feel less pain. It is specifically designed to provide maximum comfort, which in the long run, could mean less hassles and more prepared bodies for the deliveries.

All things considered, the selection of maternity pillows depends on different expectations and benefits. The important thing to do is to determine your needs and then you compare. It is also important to understand that this pillow can really do for you.

Guest Blog by Julia Jones, Expert Reviewer

Julia Jones is an expert reviewer of the best pregnancy pillows and latest maternity pillows She occasionally shares her opinion about the latest and the best maternity pillows on her website.

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Teaching Kids About Body Positivity

Teaching Kids About Body PositivityAs children get older, they inevitably become concerned about their appearance. It’s natural. As they become aware of how they look, they sometimes develop insecurities. We want our kids to have healthy views of their body so they don’t struggle with discomfort, embarrassment or even depression.

Having a positive body image means being happy with how you look and feeling confident. They don’t obsess about what they eat and don’t attempt dangerous diets. Here are some ways you can influence a positive body image.

Accept and understand their issues

Keep in mind that concern over one’s looks was just as much a part of your childhood as it is there’s. Don’t dismiss their feelings because you think they are being silly. Even though you know that freckles or a pointy nose don’t matter, they are important for your kids at the time. Acknowledge those issues so they will continue to come to you so you can help them through.

Check your own body issues

Most of children’s behaviors are learned from their parents. If you or your spouse has issues with your body and you express it often, you will impart those insecurities on to your children. After all, if mom and dad are worried about it, the kids will think it’s important enough to worry about too.

Focus on health, not weight

Weight is an arbitrary number will little meaning. It’s only good when you use it to compare a change. If you want to be thinner, weighing yourself is a good way to track your progress. But that number shouldn’t be compared to other people (who have different heights and body structures). Focus on how well everyone is eating and exercising. Measure vitamin intake and calorie burn instead of numbers on the scale.

Stress the importance of physical activity

Studies show that even a little bit of exercise can make a person feel better about their body. The body loves the feel-good hormones that are produced. Get your kids doing something regularly – anything that they love, no matter what is as long as they are moving.

Point out unreasonable expectations

Make your kids understand that people they look up to on magazines, on TV and in the movies shouldn’t be envied for their appearance. For one, those people are often chosen because they are exceptional beautiful. They are outliers, not normal-looking people. Second, they use teams of stylists and makeup artists to make them look great, sometimes taking hours every day. Third, many are optimized with computer effects, even made thinner and taller!

Provide lots of compliments

It’s healthy to compliment the people in our lives to help make them feel good about themselves. Don’t pretend that looks don’t matter at all; that will come off as disingenuous. Fire off a compliment here or there so they know there’s something attractive about them.

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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11 Benefits of Babywearing for Mom & Baby

baby wearingBabywearing means carrying your child in a sling or wrap around your body as often as you can. Infants are carried in the front, but older children can be carried on the back. This practice offers a lot of benefits for both mom and baby.

  1. Slings are cheap – If you wear your baby often, there’s no need to buy complex strollers, carriers or backpacks. Inexpensive slings can be purchased for around $25.
  2. Slings keep your hands free – Ever walk out of your home with so many things in your hands that you can hardly fit through the door? By carrying your baby on your chest, you just lightened your load.
  3. You’ll feel more comfortable with your little one so close – What mom wouldn’t want their precious bundle of joy right in front of them all the time?
  4. Babies feel secure in crowded or loud places – Your child will not fuss as much when you take him/her to a place that would overstimulate other babies, like crowded places or near lights or music.
  5. Babies are more organized – Organization is when a baby learns to regulate the facilities of his body, like his heart rate and breathing. It’s one of the reasons touch is so important for kids. Babywearing makes the baby in tune with mom’s heartbeat and breathing, teaching him/her how to do it for themselves (essentially extending the womb experience, which is healthy).
  6. Babies cry less – For the same reason a baby stops crying when his mother picks up him, a baby in a sling cries less often. When mom is always there to offer comfort, your baby will cry less, even when they are out of the sling.
  7. You become attuned to your baby’s mannerisms – When your child is right in front of you all the time, you’ll become acutely aware of his/her gestures and cues, making communication easier.
  8. Other people can wear your baby too – A sling can be worn by anyone, including dads, grandparents and caregivers. This will help the baby bond with these people.
  9. Babies learn more – Researchers report that babies in sling spend more time in quiet alertness. This is the time when they sit contently and soak everything in. Also, the human face is a potent stimulator and will help your baby understand people.
  10. Babywearing is a great way to exercise – New moms always have a hard time finding ways to work out. By wearing the baby you’re adding a few pounds of resistance wherever you go. Plus, the resistance increases over time!
  11. Babies are smarter – Slung babies typically experience more in the same amount of time as un-slung babies. This is because they travel with the wearer (and receive stimulation) and aren’t set down in the swing or crib for a few minutes.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers

Rainy Day Activities for ToddlersToddlers are unique little individuals who can go from perfectly content to throwing a tantrum within minutes. When kids are cooped up in the house on a rainy day, it’s easy to see how they could get anxious and throw a tantrum however. If you can find some fun ways to entertain your child inside for these dreary days, you won’t need to worry about a grumpy kid. Here are some rainy day activities for toddlers:

Play Date

Call up your child’s favorite little friend to spend the day with them inside the house. A play date is the perfect way to keep the little ones busy and content when they are stuck in the rain. Having their friend around during these days will prevent the boredom from arising and the tantrums to a minimum!

Baking

Baking is an activity that we don’t typically involve our children in as much as we could. Getting your kids involved in baking something with you is not only beneficial to their developmental skills, but we’re sure they’ll love the end product as well! Grab your little helpers in the kitchen and show them how you mix different ingredients together and various other preparation steps to complete the project.

Gymboree Class

Gymboree classes are a perfect way to get out of the house with your child on a rainy day. Gymboree allows your child to have a great time with other kids in a facility full of fun activities. Your toddler will have a great time meeting new kids and working on their social skills in the process.

Indoor Treasure Hunt

While this activity will require a little extra planning, you can rest easy for the entire day knowing your toddler will be having fun. Create a handful of clues, seal them in fun envelopes, and get your child started towards their treasure. They’ll forget all about the rain and have a lively day of playing the role of a mini Sherlock Holmes!

Build a Fort

Building indoor forts is one of the most timeless, entertaining activities for toddlers to have fun with. Since we normally don’t let the kids do this, save it for a rainy day and surprise them by supplying all the necessary materials to start building. Once finished, you and your child can spend hours inside the fort playing games and other fun activities.

Board Games

Grabbing your child’s favorite board game is not only a fun activity for a rainy day, but it can also be beneficial to their development. The problem solving, counting, and other challenging aspects of board games are great for your toddler. It’s also the perfect way to kill a few hours when there’s nothing else to do.

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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Things to Do Before Your Newborn Baby Arrives Home

Getting home ready for babyFeeling excited and nervous is normal as you prepare to bring your baby home. After giving birth, you’ll need to relax and concentrate on bonding with your infant. Getting your home ready is important so your whole family, including pets, can settle into a new routine and lifestyle.

Going Home

Ask your doctor or midwives about nursing, bathing and post-birth checkups. Dress your baby for the weather, using a snowsuit in cold weather. Choose soft fabrics without adornments and keep a bib handy for spit-up. Install the car seat ahead of time, making sure yours is rear-facing in the car’s back seat. Always put the baby in the car seat.

Home Ready

Before getting home you must organize the clothing, diapers, bottles, blankets and a bassinet or crib. Purchase a new crib that meets Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards, which require that spaces between crib rails must not exceed 2 3/8 inches. The rail height must be 26 inches or higher and paint must be lead-free. Do not put any pillows, toys or blankets in the crib. Double check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Lower the hot water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Baby Clothes

Babies are messy and need plenty of outfits. Choose side-snapping clothes that are easy to put on and take off. Onesies, footed pajamas and t-shirts are popular. A sleep sack keeps baby warm at night.

Fresh and Clean

During the first few days, your baby needs occasional sponge baths. Baby wash, soft cloths and a small baby tub are the only necessary supplies. Stick with fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries. Gently wipe your baby’s folds starting from the neck and finishing at the genitals. Apply some diaper cream to any irritations. A hooded towel keeps baby warm.

Sleeping

Use firm crib mattress. Avoid drop-side cribs and make sure the crib meets CSPC requirements. The mattress and sheet should fit snugly and no other items should be in the crib. Keep the crib in your room away from windows and cords. Never let your baby sleep on a couch, as she could roll off. Use a bulb syringe to suction mucus out from your baby’s nose.

Kitchen Safety

Keep car seats and baby carriers on the floor. Warm bottles in a hot water bath and test the temperature before feedings. Sterilize all feeding supplies, including breast pump parts.

Feeding Time

Newborn babies nurse frequently, which is normal. Purchase a breast pump to build your supply and store milk. Have formula, bottles, nipples and liners ready if bottle feeding. Prepare and freeze some meals for yourself in advance.

Visitors

Protect preemies from too many visitors. Tell any sick friends to postpone visits. Limit visits to an hour or less. Ensure that visitors wash their hands. Do not let visitors interfere with feeding times or nap schedules. Make sure nobody smokes around the baby.

Baby and Pets

Bring home the baby’s t-shirt so your pet can become familiar with her scent. Give your pet the same amount of attention to avoid jealousy. Let your dog or cat sniff the baby but don’t force any interactions. Never leave the baby and pet together unsupervised. Take your pet for his vaccinations and checkups to avoid germs.

Find a Pediatrician

You’ll need a trustworthy pediatrician to care for your child. Find a doctor before your baby is born and make sure the doctor respects you and your child-rearing decisions.

The first few weeks with a newborn can be overwhelming but fun and exciting too. Make the most of your time before the birth so you can relax and rest with your partner as a team afterward.

Patricia DimickGuest blog by Patricia Dimick

Patricia Dimick is a Denver based writer and a passionate coffee drinker. She loves to write about parenting topics and loves DIY jobs. When Patricia’s not writing or playing table tennis, she usually spends time with her precious daughter and a husband enjoying trips to nature. You can reach her @patricia_dimick.

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Tips for Parents of Twins: Helping to Establish Own Identities

helping twins establish identitiesAs a mom of twins, I know how easy it can be to image your children will always be together. They’re partners in crimes; best friends. As they get older, however, they’ll want to be their own person and break away from that identify as “one of the twins.” Developing this sense of identity can be harder for a twin than a single. Here are some lessons I learned raising my twins on developing identities.

Praise separately

Assurance from parents is the best kind of kudos a child can get. Your praise helps them see the value of their individual achievements. That’s why it’s so important to give praise individually. Their accomplishment loses value when it’s always mentioned in the same breath as another sibling’s triumph. Teach your multiples to celebrate each other’s accomplishments. When you constantly compliment both twins together, they develop the tendency to compare themselves. If your twins are used to being praised together, you’ll find that one twin can become jealous and often say things like “what about me?”  By praising your twins separately from the beginning, they’ll gain an understanding that their accomplishments are their own.

Encourage their individual interests

If one of my little ones liked to play the violin and the other prefers swim, I would be tempted to cut the costs and choose one hobby. The problem with this is that one twin ends up having to suppress their passions; resulting in a muddled self-identity trip we should aim to avoid. It’s our job as parents to acknowledge their separate interests and nurture their passions separately.  Having separate hobbies is also a great way to allow your twins to spend time away from each other and enable their own personal identity.

Identical doesn’t mean the same

We know our twins shared the same womb and still share the same genetic makeup. This doesn’t mean they will share the same thoughts, friends, and interest as they grow older. The separation in personalities is inevitable and we as parents have to be the first ones to accept this. Let your twins know from as young as possible that they equal but separate.

Don’t compare the two

Like any other sibling dynamic, being compared to your honor roll, talented older sister is no fun. The pressure twins feel when they get compared to their same aged counterpart is even higher.  Twins believe that they should be as equally capable of achieving whatever their doppelganger can. It’s easy for us as parents to make this assumption as well; but just like any other single sibling, your twins will have different strengths and weaknesses. It’s so important not to compare the success of one twin to the shortcomings of the other. This can greatly impact their self-esteem and even create resentment.

Have one-on-one time

For many young twins, it’s hard to imagine doing anything without their sibling; even spending time with you. As children grow older they crave individual attention from their parents and want to develop a personal relationship with you doesn’t always involve their twin. When you establish what your twins separate interests are, reserve time to talk to each of them about it separately. This is a great way to hone in on your child’s individuality.

Skip the matching outfits

I know the cuteness-level of a set of twins in the same ensemble is irresistible, but don’t get too caught up in this temporary sweetness. Once your child becomes noticeably self-aware it’s a good idea to put the matching overall sets to rest. Twins crave a life of independence; allowing them to establish their own sense of style is an easy way to give them that.

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.

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Teaching Kids About Shapes and Colors

Teaching Kids About Shapes and ColorsOne of the most basic lessons for a child to learn includes learning the names of various shapes and colors. Since children are so young when these types of lessons are taught, you may need to utilize a few different teaching methods to find the most effective. Here are some great ideas for teaching kids about shapes and colors:

Matching Game

Playing a matching game involving shapes and colors is a great start to the lesson. To do this, draw various shapes on a piece of paper, and then cut them out. After giving the cutouts to your child, they can try matching the shape to its respective place on the paper, and then you can review the name and color of the shape they choose.

Cookie Cutters

There’s no better way to get your child excited about learning than with the use of cookies! Find some cookie cutters that allow you to cut out various shapes from the dough. You and your child can have a great time baking together, while also teaching them a lesson about shapes. Use icing with food coloring for the colors!

Sidewalk Chalk

Using sidewalk chalk as a technique to teach your kids shapes and colors is another great, fun idea. As the parent, you can write the names of various shapes all over the sidewalk in different colors. Then, your child can choose the correct color that you wrote down, and draw the shape in question.

 Sorting Game

You can also play a sorting game with common household items as a fun method for your children to learn their colors and shapes. Gather a bunch of items around the house into one big pile. After indicating to your child which shape or color you’re looking for, they can begin the sorting process by making separate piles.

Playdough

The use of Playdough to teach shapes and colors will bring enthusiasm to your child’s learning experience. Rather than a typical play session with this fun stuff, you can make various requests to your child. For example, ask them for a “blue triangle”, and then make sure they are sculpting the correct request.

Pattern Blocks

Another way to teach shapes and colors to your child is by using pattern blocks. These blocks are widely used in the first few years of schooling, but why not bring them home to practice some more. Your child will be able to learn the basics while also having fun with blocks and patterns!

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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Keeping Your Child From Waking in the Middle of the Night

reasons children wake up at nightIt’s a common misconceptions that we all sleep through the night. We each wake up at some time briefly, to change positions, go to the bathroom, etc. We come to wakefulness all the time between our sleep cycles, we just don’t remember it.

Most kids are capable of sleeping through the night by six months. They should definitely be doing it by one year. While occasional wake ups are harmless, many kids make a habit out of it. Here’s what you can do…

1. Learned hunger – Some children become accustomed to feeding during the night so they come to expect it. Their bodies wake up hungry and they seek out breast milk, formula, or if they’re old enough, a solid snack. Make sure he or she has a full belly before going to sleep and help your child learn that calorie consumption happens during the daytime..

2. Poor sleep environment – Children prefer the same types of sleep environments that we do: quiet and dark. Is a TV running? Is there too much noise down the hall? Does your child share the room with someone who doesn’t go to bed at the same time? Any of these can wake your child up. Good white noise sound conditioners can work wonders.

3. Changing sleep associations - If your child is used to falling asleep in a particular manner (perhaps you rub her back, or she uses a pacifier, or she falls asleep in your bed), she might have a hard time falling back to sleep when she wakes up in a different manner. You can fix this by teaching your child to fall asleep on her own in the place you expect her to sleep and sticking to those conditions.

4. Fears or separation anxiety – Children who experience anxiety when left alone or away from their parents are more prone to night wakings. It’s important for mom and dad to tackle these fears with the child, rather than ignore them (which can exacerbate the problem).

5. Nightmares or night terrors – Frightening dreams happen during REM sleep. When we wake up soon after experiencing a dream, we are likely to remember it. If your child wake after having a nightmare, it will trigger anxiety and stress, and he’ll call for mom or dad.

6. Medical disorders – It’s quite possible that a medical condition is keeping your child awake at night. If you notice him coughing himself awake, it could be asthma. If he has belly pain or vomiting, it could be acid reflux. Obstructive sleep apnea is also a possibly in children. Consult your doctor if you suspect any of these issues.

7. Overtiredness – When we allow ourselves to become overtired, we experience restless sleep which is more likely to wake us up in between sleep cycles. Children do not have the ability to settle themselves well, so they struggle to soothe themselves back to sleep. The only cure is more sleep, which is understandably hard.

safe sleep solutionGuest Blog by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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6 Ways to Encourage a Child to be Independent

Ways to Encourage a Child to be IndependentAs much as we would love to care for our children for the rest of their lives, that just isn’t practical. We need to teach them how to be confident, independent people so they can thrive in the world by themselves. Here are some ways you can teach independence.

1. Permit differing opinions

Encourage your child to talk and voice her opinions, even if they seem silly to your ears. Encourage her to talk and express her feelings. What does she think of that TV program? How would she behave if she was living the plot of that book? Accept that some of her opinions are going to differ from your own and help her explore them.

2. Let go gradually

This is something you’ll be doing over time. As your child grows, give her opportunities to act on her own. Obviously you’ll have to judge when it’s safe. You wouldn’t let a three year old play down the street unattended, but by five she should be able to fetch the mail from the mailbox without you. You’ll have to decide for yourself what freedom you can allow, but always look for opportunities.

3. Give out reasonable tasks

It’s appropriate to dole out tasks to your child at any age, so long as they are reasonable. Ask her to put away toys, help sort the laundry, or set the table. When she’s older, it’s good to entrust her with household chores. These tasks build character and teach her how to act on her own.

4. Insist your child play with other children

Children do a lot of learning when they are playing with other kids. They learn about the world, about proper behavior, and about social relationships. Give your child plenty of opportunities to play with other children one-on-one and in groups. If she doesn’t attend a day care, arrange play dates.

5. Include your child in family decisions

When the family needs to make a decision, include your child and honestly consider their input whenever you can. Ask them where they would like to go for dinner or which trail to take in the park. Some decisions you’ll have to make on your own as a parent, but bring your kids in whenever you can.

6. Set up lots of unstructured time

Some well-intentioned parents like to keep their kids scheduled every minute of the day. They enroll their kids in dance classes, music lessons, tutor time, and sports. But most of learning at a young age comes from free, imaginative play. They’ll experiment with social roles, expand their imagination, and learn to behave without the instruction of an authority figure.

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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10 Ways to Capture the Perfect Baby Portrait

how to capture baby's photoBabies are full of energy we adults can only wish we still had. Getting a baby to sit down in general can be challenging. Getting a baby to sit still for a photo without looking like a deer caught in headlights can be an even bigger challenge. The most important tip for taking baby photos is quite simply PATIENCE, but here are some other ticks to make the process a little easier.

1. Switch your angle

Try taking a number of shots at one angle and then switching to another angle. This tactic works for adult portraits as well. Sometimes the photographer has to put in work, especially when the subject isn’t giving much variety in expressions. Babies are infamous for the poker face when having their photos taken. Move around an experiment with your space instead of stationing your camera in a static position.

2. Keep shooting

Accept that babies don’t quite speak our language yet. The likelihood of them smiling on the count of three is slim to none. Don’t wait for that magical moment; instead capture tons of frames to maximize your chance of taking the perfect photo. You’ll have a much better selection to choose from at the end of your shoot.

3. Talk to your baby

Much like working with adults, it’s a good idea to engage with your subject so he or she feels less like a spectacle. Knowing you are there and you are comfortable can in turn make baby feel comfortable. Instead of showing baby that you are stressed or becoming completely silent, open up a familiar dialogue that you know your baby is comfortable with.

4. Set the mood with music

Playing faint music can be relaxing for both you and your child. Choose a tune your baby may already be familiar with and periodically hum along.

5. Take breaks

Feeling distant from you attributes to half of the frustration babies feel during photo ops. Many babies will reach for mom or dad and cry when having their pictures taken.  Relieve them of this frustration and give them some love. When you’re switching angles is a great time jump in for a hug.

6. Give them a prop

We know this doesn’t always work, and babies may get bored with their dolls after a while. This is still a great quick fix for a fussy baby. Allow them cuddle with something soft and familiar.

7. Call Baby’s name

Babies are a bit more receptive to name-calling than adults may be. Saying baby’s name or a familiar phrase may demand their attention. Once you have their attention make sure you are smiling or doing something to make baby giggle.

8. Kneel down to baby’s level

Of course there are no rules when it comes to art, but in general an eye-level view of your subject captures a true to size image. Try crouching down to baby’s level so they are the star of the frame.

9. Come in close

When shooting portraits for newborns a tight angle is advised. You’ll be happy to have captured so much detail when your child gets older. Try switching your camera to macro mode. This setting picks up on all the smallest expressions on baby’s precious face in HD.

10. Soften the light

Using harsh photo lights can be extremely uncomfortable for babies. It is a very good idea to introduce an umbrella to your lighting source. Umbrellas diffuse those staggering beams of light hitting baby’s face.

If you used any of these tips, we’d love to see your baby’s portraits. Instagramyour baby’s photo with the hashtag #WoombieFirstPortraits. We can’t wait to see them!

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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