5 Signs That You Should be Introducing Solid Foods

introducing baby to solid foodsI always love watching little ones try food for the first time. Their expressions are priceless! If you can manage, have someone video your baby’s reaction when he tries something new.

While breast milk the best source of nutrition for a baby less than a year old, there’s no harm in introducing your little one to solid foods. A smooth, gradual transition is always the easiest for babies.

Introducing healthy foods early in life is key to creating healthy habits, so be sure to offer exceptionally healthy foods to steer his preferences in that direction. Here are the tell-tale signs that your baby is ready to try solid foods.

1. He is holding his head up.

If your little one is holding his head up regularly than he probably has the throat, neck and chest muscles to swallow his food without incident. He’ll need to be able to hold up his head for at least 10 or 15 minutes while he eats. If your baby starts to slouch or lean his head over during feeding, discontinue offering solid food because he is too tired.

2. He sits well unsupported.

While this isn’t entirely necessary, your baby should be able to sit up on his own without support for at least a couple minutes. This signifies that he has the necessary muscle control to eat on his own. His highchair will hold his torso in place for the most part, but he will have to manage the upper chest, arms, and neck work.

3. He can chew.

Even if your baby doesn’t have teeth, he should still be able to repetitively apply jaw pressure to mush and gnaw food. He’ll need the tongue and jaw dexterity to move food from the front of his mouth to the back so he can swallow. If food is falling out of his mouth every time or you find it necessary to push the spoon way back, he isn’t ready.

4. He has gained weight.

By around six months your baby should have doubled his body weight. If he hasn’t gained a healthy amount of weight, he may need to continue filling up on breast milk to make sure he’s getting the healthiest nutrients. (If you feel your baby is significantly lighter or smaller than he should be, please consult your doctor.)

5. He wants the solid foods.

At some point, your baby will be captivated by the foods you’re eating. He’ll see you putting things in your mouth and want some of it! If the food is safe for him to eat, feel free to indulge him. This is a sign that he is mentally ready for solid foods. You’ll have an easier time during the transition and teaching him how if he is enthusiastic about it.

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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5 Tips to Handle Being Pregnant in the Summer

how to survive a summer pregnancyWhen we were little, being pregnant was the best time of the year. It’s still a lot of fun… unless you’re pregnant. The heat can be uncomfortable when you’re carrying some extra weight around. As unbearable as the summer may seem, there are some ways to make it more comfortable. Here’s how:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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Fertility Alternatives: 5 Ways Your In Vitro Pregnancy Will Differ from a Typical Pregnancy

in vitro pregnancy versus traditional pregnancyEvery pregnancy is a little bit different, but a successful in vitro pregnancy can be different from natural pregnancies in a myriad of ways. While your pregnancy can be just as successful and end with a healthy new baby, you will experience things along the way that aren’t always part of a typical pregnancy. It’s important to know what to expect during your pregnancy after in vitro so that you know what abnormalities are dangerous, and which ones are just a part of the process. To get an idea of how your pregnancy will differ from a traditional pregnancy, read on to learn more about the major differences between the two, and what to watch for.

You’ll Have More Information about Your Future Child

When you use IVF to start a healthy pregnancy, you get much more information about the embryos you implant than a standard pregnancy provides. Your doctor will be able to test each embryo to make sure it is healthy and viable. During this process, you’ll be able to check for genetic conditions that may have led to your infertility issues in the first place and ensure that these conditions aren’t passed on to the child. This process gives you and the doctor an inside look that will provide an advantage when it comes to the baby’s health and safety.

The Ability to Choose Your Baby’s Gender

When you use IVF to implant an embryo, there are methods for selecting the gender of your baby by choosing the gender of the embryos you implant. Your doctor will usually implant at least two embryos in order to ensure the greatest chance of successful pregnancy. While the amount of eggs gathered before insemination can vary from woman to woman, there will probably be enough there to allow you to choose the future gender of your child by picking viable embryos of the gender of your choice. Obviously, this choice isn’t available to those who get pregnant without IVF.

There will be More Early Monitoring

IVF pregnancies due to infertility are difficult to attempt over and over due to the cost. Because of the cost and any existing fertility issues that have led to IVF, your doctor will probably order extra monitoring to make sure your pregnancy is proceeding normally. You’ll get blood tests to check your HGC levels, progesterone levels and estrogen levels and make sure all of them are exactly where they should be. If your doctor notices a problem, the early monitoring may help catch a problem before it results in the loss of the pregnancy.

The Need for Progesterone Treatment

In many cases, your IVF doctor will have you take progesterone early in the pregnancy to make sure your hormone levels stay where they need to be in order to give your baby the best chance of making it to term. This treatment may not continue very long if low progesterone isn’t part of the reason for your infertility, but most infertility specialists still start with it in order to increase your chance of a healthy pregnancy.

You Have a Greater Chance of Multiples

Generally, mothers treated with IVF have two to four eggs inserted in order to increase the chance that a healthy pregnancy will come from the treatment. Because of the extra eggs, IVF has a greater than average chance of implanting more than one egg and producing a pregnancy that results in twins or higher order multiples. Your doctor should talk to you during the implantation phase of your IVF about the risks of implanting multiple eggs. If during an early ultrasound you are carrying more than one baby, your doctor will work with you to decide how to proceed depending on your individual circumstances.

No matter how complex and difficult getting pregnant through IVF was at the time, the resulting pregnancy should still result in a healthy baby in most cases. You’ll be monitored more often, and have the chance to know more about your future baby more than most do, but your embryo should develop just like any other. Both natural and IVF pregnancy can be a wonderful time for any future mother, and while the pregnancy period may differ, the end goal is to have a happy, healthy baby.

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7 Ear Infection Symptoms to Look Out For

ear infection symptomsEar infections are a common problem that young children face. The canal that connects the middle ear to the throat is a breeding ground for bacteria. In a small area (like a baby’s head), fluid collects and transfers bacteria around. As a baby grows, her inner parts enlarge and bacteria can’t traverse as easily.

As a parent, there’s nothing worse than listening to your child moan in pain. Some children are prone to ear infections more than others, and every family has a story of one child who needed tubes in their ears to keep the infections at bay. Here are the signs of ear infections so you can take action right away.

1. Crying and Irritability

It goes without saying that when your baby isn’t feeling well, she’ll get cranky and fussy. She doesn’t have the regulating skills or patience to calmly bear her illness. Her ears hurt, but she can’t tell you. Because sucking and swallowing create pressure changes in the middle ear, you may notice she cries more during or just after feedings.

2. Difficult Lying Flat

The pressure in the middle ear rises when your child is lying down, which irritates the sensitive area. You’ll notice your child will have a hard time falling asleep because the pain will wake her up, and will wake up often throughout the night.

3. Cold Symptoms

“Ear infections are almost always preceded by a cold,” says Dr. Sears. “Often a clear runny nose will turn yellow or green before an ear infection sets in.” It’s unlikely your child has an ear infection if she didn’t have a cold recently. However, infections without colds can be a pattern in some children, so it’s worth looking out for.

4. Fever

Fever is also a sign of an ear infection. It’s the body’s attempt to burn out the invaders. Usually these fevers are mild, around 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Often you wouldn’t notice a fever is present unless you were looking for it. It’s possible, however, for ear infections to be present without a fever or a higher fever.

5. Tugging on the Ears

Ear tugging isn’t a definite sign, but it might mean there’s an ear infection, but only if your child is more than a year old. Infants less than a year can’t localize pain, so she wouldn’t know it’s coming from her ears. Babies may also pull at their ears during teething or as a self-sooth mechanism when they’re tired.

6.  Ear Drainage

If you see blood-tinged or a milky pus draining from your child’s ear, it’s likely an ear infection, but one that has ruptured the eardrum. The liquid may have a foul odor. That sounds worse than it is. Usually these ruptures heal just fine. When the rupture happens, pressure is released, so the pain

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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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.

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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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.

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 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.

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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!

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