7 Steps to an Effective Bedtime Routine

bedtime routine stepsBedtime routines are the best way to reliably put your child to sleep. They condition your child so he or she accepts the idea of sleep and transitions peacefully. You can mix up your routine to include any step or activities that work for your family, but here are seven that are shown to help.

1. Start with a warning

It’s always helpful to give a warning before you progress into a new mode of the day. This helps your child adjust to the coming change. Even if your child can’t quite understand what you’re saying, it will eventually help them mentally prepare.

2. Quiet play

After dinner playtime should light, quiet and slow. This isn’t the time for horsey rides around the living room or playful tickling. Save those activities for earlier in the day. Use this time to quietly play with toys in a single spot. If the play becomes too aggressive, gently quiet it down.

3. Bath time

A bath is a great way to end the day because it’s warm and soothing. Make sure the water is comfortably warm, but not hot. Let your baby play in the tub, by try to keep it relaxed. Don’t play splashing games or anything that will excite baby. If your baby finds bath time especially exciting (and that’s quite alright), consider giving baths at a different time.

4. Standard grooming

Just before bed is a good time to do those ritual grooming chores each day. They will help signal to your child that the day is coming to a close and sleep will be happening soon. Use this time to brush your little one’s teeth or hair, change the diaper or use the potty, etc.

5. Dress for bed

Make an event out of getting ready for bed so the experience is perceived as a positive. This is also an opportunity for you to give your child some control over the event. If they are allowed to choose their sleeping outfit, they will feel connected to the experience and will be less likely to protest. Make sure to offer comfortable choices.

6. Story book

Stories are the perfect activities just before bed. It feels like play to your baby, but he or she is sitting calmly in the bed, snuggled up with you while listening and not moving around. Your voice will lull your child to sleep.

7. A brief goodnight

Say goodnight to your child and leave the room. Don’t look back and make your child think that if he or she puts up a struggle that you’ll stay longer. Don’t rush into the room at the first sign of noise either; let your child learn to fall back asleep alone.

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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How to Handle A Toddler Temper Tantrum

dealing with a temper tantrumA temper tantrum is a quick and powerful burst of anger. One moment everyone is having a good time and the next your toddler is screaming about something. Interestingly, many people think their child has more tantrums than most kids, but this isn’t true. Tantrums are a natural part of emotional and cognitive development. Typically they come about because your child is frustrated with her inability to communicate; she knows more than she can articulate.

Don’t give in to demands or sacrifice your position as the authority or you’ll reinforce the behavior. Use these tips to deal with temper tantrums.

1. Give your child her own space.

Just like adults, children often need some time to compose themselves. The only way she’ll learn how to control her emotions is with practice. She needs to develop the right tools. Step away and let her establish control and then praise when control is obtained.

2. Create a diversion.

Children have short attention spans, so they can quickly be diverted to something else when they begin to make a scene. Validate their feelings so they know you understand and change the tone of the conversation. Encourage them to use their words. If they’re still angry, provide a toy or book they love to distract them from whatever is bothering them.

3. Find out what the problem is.

If she’s upset because she can’t communicate, you can solve the problem by investigating her need. If you can isolate what she wants and provide it beforethe outburst, the explosion won’t happen. Only do this if the request is reasonable and the frustration is genuine, otherwise she’ll learn to throw a tantrum to get her way.

4. Don’t add more energy.

When your child’s emotions have taken over, they override any rational thinking in the brain. Decision-making and judgment skills are gone. You can’t reason with her with words, so don’t bother. Don’t yell back or throw a tantrum of your own; you’ll just add fuel to the fire.

5. Create an incentive.

Be careful not to confuse this with bribing. Bribing is when you offer something mid-tantrum to make it stop. A bribe teaches your child that they can throw a tantrum to get something. An incentive is something you offer before an incident to encourage them not to become angry. Say, “Becky, if you behave well in the store we’ll read a story together when we get home.” This gives her a target to aim for and a reward.

6. Move to a different environment.

If something is bothering your child, often moving away is sufficient to stop the tantrum. A change of stimulus will help. If she’s screaming over a toy she wants, change aisles, but you don’t have to leave the store. Once the object is out of sight, it’s out of mind.

7. Remain cool and collected.

Remember: you are the best role model. If you throw just as many tantrums as your child, you teach that they are a valid way to behave. When they behave responsibly and calmly, be sure to slather on the praise.

pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it “the pacifier game,” and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, ‘I wish somebody would invent a …’ A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don’t help the baby. Babies don’t understand when it’s behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born… The first ever pacifier toy that – with the help of baby’s interaction – keeps pacis coming back!

Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit www.pullypalz.com.

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Holiday Art Projects to Decorate Your Home

Can you believe how close we are to Christmas already? In my area of the world, it’s gotten real cold but we haven’t had much snow, so the kids are playing indoors for the most part. It is fun to decorate our homes for the holidays, but store-bought decorations can only go so far. Every home needs a few personal touches to feel authentic. Here are some holiday art projects that you can make with the kids to decorate your home.

1. Mitten Cupcake Toppers

Mitten Cupcake Toppers

These are simple, quick and you can add them to any type of cupcake you prefer (although a white frosting looks best). All you have to do is print out an image of mittens, cut them out and tape a toothpick to the back.

2. Paint Chip Christmas Tree

Paint Chip Christmas Tree

This tree made of paint chips can be hung up anywhere – the hallway, the kitchen, or a bedroom. If you live in a small apartment, it can also substitute for a real tree. Basically you just use paint chip samples (or colored paper) cut into triangles to form the shape of a colorful tree. (Helpful tip: lay out your design on the ground before you start securing it to the wall and take a photo so you get the pattern just right.)

3. The Rudolph Wreath

The Rudolph Wreath

Every kid knows the story of Rudolph! It’s a big part of childhood. With just some basic silver garland, a plain wreath, a few antler-like branches, and a red ornament, you can hang Rudolph on your door for everyone to see.

4. Bottle Cap Snowmen

Bottle Cap Snowmen

These are a pretty simple craft you could probably do with the supplies you have at home. All you have to do is paint some bottle caps white, paint on the buttons, eyes and noses, and secure it all together with ribbon. Hang on your tree or wherever!

5. Felt and Ribbon Ornaments

Felt and Ribbon Ornaments

Admittedly, these aren’t simple but they look simply amazing – unlike any ornament you can buy in a box. You’ll need some special supplies and have to follow the directions carefully, but once you make a few it will be easy to reproduce them quickly. Plus you can vary the craft so you have different ornaments.

6. Rudolph Cork Ornament

Rudolph Cork Ornament

There are actually several crafts you can make with your extra wine bottle corks, but Rudolph is my favorite (because the kids get a kick out of it). With a couple twigs, some fabric scraps and a bead or button for the nose, you can make all of Santa’s reindeer plus Rudolph.

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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Baby’s First Finger Foods

best finger foods for babyWhen your child is ready for the solid foods, they’ll most likely want to grab and eat anything in sight. While introducing these solid foods to your baby is completely normal, you’ll certainly want to give them something healthy and nutritious. Also, small finger foods are perfect for their little hands and mouths. Here are some great ideas for finger foods to introduce to your child:

Shredded Chicken

As long as it’s prepared in a healthy way, chicken is a great idea for your child’s finger food. This option is chock-full of protein, which is essential to building their muscles as they begin to grow and develop. Shred up some pieces of chicken to make a delicious and nutritious finger food meal for baby.

Banana Slices

Your baby is probably pretty sick of banana puree by now. Take the step forward and offer the real fruit in small slices off the banana. Not only are they a sweet treat for your baby, but they’re packed with plenty of potassium and other vitamins.

Cheerios

Cheerios prides itself on being the “heart-healthy” cereal of choice. Not only does this cereal contain a ton of extra vitamins and minerals, like calcium, iron, zinc, Vitamin C, A, and B, but it also makes for the perfect little finger food that your child will love.

Avocado Slices

Avocado is considered a “superfood” and for good reason. This power-packed fruit is filled with protein, potassium, vitamins, carbohydrates, and fiber. All of these nutritional aspects make it the perfect solid food to introduce to your baby. Cut up small slices to make eating it more manageable for them.

Small Pieces of Tilapia

For this finger food, you’ll want to choose Tilapia due to the low amount of mercury in this particular fish. Making sure to get your fish from a reliably clean source is important due to mercury levels. Just like the shredded chicken, if prepared properly, this is not only a delicious option for your child, but it is filled with tons of lean protein to help them grow and develop their muscles.

Peas

Cooking a small amount of peas can go a long way for your little one. This finger food doesn’t only look fun to play with while they eat, but it’s another very healthy option. Peas have tons of Vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals that will keep your baby healthy.

baby headrestGuet Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.

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Tips for Travel with Your Kids – Part 1

tips for traveling with your kidsWith lots of holiday time coming up, the kids’ school schedules are opening up and that means time and opportunity for doing some serious traveling beyond the old weekend warrior thing. Whether that means a trip to grandma’s halfway across the country or a family vacation, traveling with kids always comes with both challenges and rewards.

Here are 4 quick tips and ideas to help minimize or mitigate the challenges and help maximize the rewards of traveling with your kids.

1. Give yourself Extra Time

If you think you’re going to get your toddler to care about the fact that your flight departs in 20 min and you have a 15 minute commute to the gate, think again. There will be “emergency I have to go NOW” potty stops, tantrums, slow taking off and putting on of shoes, and more that you can’t even begin to guess or prepare for ahead of time, let alone in the middle of an essential time crunch. Give yourself way, way, way more time than you need, for everything from catching planes and trains to sightseeing. Trust us, you’ll need it.

2. Book Ahead

Regardless of whether your digs for the night are a campground or five-star hotel, book ahead. When you and your toddler are exhausted after a long day, you don’t want to be figuring out where to rest your heads for the night.

3. Be prepared for illness with reliable fixes

Between exhaustion, new foods, new germs and bacteria than they’ve been exposed to before, or the gifts that never stop giving from other travelers who sneeze on planes or buses then touch everything your toddler is touching, there’s a good chance your little one could come down with a bug while you’re away. If they have a certain kind of medicine flavor they can tolerate for colds or treatments that you know work for ailments they may get or be prone to, be sure to bring it. It may not be easy or even possible to find away from home, and when they’re in the middle of a tantrum because they’re not feeling good, it’s not a good time to have to be going to search for something they can or will take.

4. Build positive anticipation

Sometimes travel (mostly air travel) can be scary for little ones, especially if they’re old enough to realize they’re going up in the sky and that that’s not where people usually belong. You can allay their fears and make it a positive, exciting experience for them by helping them build good, happy thoughts and excitement for the journey. Before your journey, start pointing out planes in the sky with enthusiastic “ooohs” and “look at that!” and “that’s an AIRPLANE! We’re going to get to go on one of those soon!” sort of exclamations. You may also give them a toy plane to play with and show them how it flies around with his or her hand, or maybe a plush stuffed airplane toy that could double as both an excitement-builder ahead of time, as well as a cozy friend and reminder of home when the big day comes.

Travel can certainly be challenging and stressful for both parents and kids, but with a little know-how and extra savvy, it can be a great experience for everyone. Stay tuned for more tips for traveling with your kids in more future posts!

Kid's Work DaycareGuest Blog by Kids’ Work Chicago Daycare

Kids’ Work Chicago Daycare is devoted to creating a nurturing, stimulating and accepting learning environment that provides children with the tools they need for future happiness and success.

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Thinking about Starting a Family? Five Budget Tips to Help You with the Expenses

5 Budget Tips To Help You With The ExpensesRaising children is a great joy, but many people hesitate to start families because of the expense. However, children do not have to cost you a fortune. Here are some commonsense, practical tips for raising kids in a frugal way.

Keep Clothes Simple

Babies and small children outgrow their clothes very quickly. You’ll probably get plenty of cute outfits as gifts, so don’t purchase too many new clothes before the baby shower. If you are on an extremely tight budget, consider purchasing your child’s clothes at thrift stores, yard sales or on the clearance rack. You’ll find plenty of great items at a fraction of the cost. This works especially well for babies and young children, who are too young to know or care where their clothes come from.

Make Friends with Other New Parents

Get to know the other moms and dads at the park and at school. Other parents are one of the best sources of information for saving money with children. They’ll tell you which clothing stores have great sales or where to get piano lessons for the lowest price. Best of all, they may even offer you hand-me-downs.

Stay Close to Family

Relatives can be a wonderful, free source of help to new parents. Your mom may be dying to babysit, or your cousin with adult kids may give you an old swing-set or basketball hoop. Your handy uncle might help you set it up. A supportive family can be a priceless treasure when you’re raising kids. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when it’s needed most.

Take Steps to Stay Healthy

It is essential that you remain healthy pre and post pregnancy in order to provide the best care for your child. Make an appointment with your OBGYN before getting pregnant, if possible, and attend all of your prenatal checkups. Let your OBGYN know if you have a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, or have had miscarriages in the past as they may refer you to a high risk obstetrician for specialized care (Source: Dr. Gilbert Webb).

Don’t believe the conventional wisdom that children have to be expensive. Instead, keep things simple and simply enjoy the time you have with your child. Having fun together does not need to drain your wallet.

Guest Blog by Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about home, family, health and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.

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6 Ways to Avoid Separation Anxiety in Toddlers

avoid separation anxietySeparation anxiety is a natural thing for toddlers to experience as they begin to become aware of the concept that something – or someone, like Mom and Dad – still exists even when they can’t see them. The anxiety comes from not knowing if or when Mom and Dad will be back if they leave the toddler’s sight.

Here are a few ways to help eradicate your little one’s worries when it’s time for them to start going to daycare:

1. Make it familiar first

Spend time with the caregiver or at the daycare together before you leave your toddler there alone. If your child sees that you know where they are and that you are at ease with the person or at the facility, they won’t be as anxious about it.

2. Tell them what to expect

Give them a rundown of what their day will look like. First they’ll have snacks, then storytime, then playtime outside, then naptime, then you’ll be back for them after stuffed animal cuddle time. That will give them some concept of what they have to look forward to for the day, and when they will see you again.

3. Keep it brief, calm, and positive

The separation is as big a deal as you make it. If you act anxious and uncertain, like continuing to return for another hug, or looking back with worry in your eyes as you leave, your child will think there is something to be anxious and uncertain about. Don’t drag out the goodbye, and keep the framing and phrasing of it positive. Say something like, “Have a lot of fun with Mrs. Smith and all the kids today honey, I’ll see you after nap time!” rather than “It won’t be so bad here, and I’ll never leave you forever.”

4. Get them occupied right away

Have an activity or special thing ready to go as soon as you depart. Having your kid be engaged right away with a fun game, an activity that requires their mind, interest and attention will help ease the transition immensely because they won’t have time to dwell on it or compound it in their mind.

5. Have a goodbye ritual

Doing something the same way every time will help trigger their understanding that this is what happens now, we say goodbye, and then this will happen, and then Mom or Dad will be back for me. This routine – whether it’s a high-five and then you leave, or a special kind of kiss, or three kisses on the cheek – will let them know it’s the usual routine, no big deal, no need for drama or anxiety.

6. Don’t indulge the drama

Speaking of drama, if your child throws a tantrum, wails inconsolably, attaches herself to your leg, or any other manner of making it exceptionally difficult for you to leave, it’s important you leave anyway. Be calm and loving but firm that this is happening and it will be fine but they need to do this now. Don’t let their melodramatic tactics keep you there, because that will reinforce the idea that doing that will work. You still need to go out the door. You can call and check 10-20 minutes later to make sure they’re ok – chances are, they’ll be happily busy with their new classmates and activities.

Kid's Work DaycareGuest Blog by Kids’ Work Chicago Daycare

Kids’ Work Chicago Daycare is devoted to creating a nurturing, stimulating and accepting learning environment that provides children with the tools they need for future happiness and success.

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Safe Delivery: How You Can Prepare for a Home Birth

Safe Delivery How You can Prepare for a Home BirthMore and more mothers are considering having a home birth with their delivery for the comfort and privacy it offers. For many people, the home can be a more relaxing environment than visiting the hospital, with less people around and less hustle and bustle going on at all times. Others enjoy the natural experience that allows them to welcome their baby into the world right in the comfort of their own home. For those planning a home birth, there are a few steps to take for a more successful delivery.

Find a Midwife

The midwife you work with is one of the most important parts of having a home birth, and should be with someone you feel comfortable with. Choose a certified midwife that accepts your health insurance, or is one you can afford, if you have to pay out of pocket. The midwife should have experience and be able to provide references with other women she’s helped deliver. Schedule a few interviews to make sure you both feel comfortable around each other.

Determine the Best Location

One of the most important parts of the birthing process is having the baby in an area of the home you feel most comfortable in. From your bedroom, to a master bathroom, there are a few places to consider before you’re due. It’s important to put away linens, pillows, or rugs that may become stained during the delivery.

Find a Backup Hospital

Although it’s safe to assume that everything will go smoothly during the home birth, there should still be a backup hospital you can visit if complications occur. Have the number of an emergency transport service on hand, and find a doctor who can assist you at the location if you require medical assistance. A high risk maternal doctor, Gilbert Webb MD at HealthGrades recommends you visit the hospital nearest you so you can be sure they will help you should anything unexpected happen during the birth. You should have the car seat installed beforehand, and your vehicle filled with gas.

Research Birthing Tubs to Rent

If you’re considering having a water birth in your home, you’ll need to research birthing tubs that are available to rent. The product should comfortably accommodate two people, and should be able to fit in the space that you’ve designated for the delivery.

To ensure that you have a safe delivery at home, there are a few steps to take during your pregnancy to prepare for the birth and make you feel more comfortable. By having the proper equipment, a backup plan, and a midwife that you trust, it will make for an incredible experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Guest Blog by Brooke Chaplan, Freelance Writer and Blogger

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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Splish Splash: Making Bath Time Fun

make bath time funFor some families, bath time can be a troubling experience. Some kids fight it and feels like a chore. You can lighten the mood on the whole experience by treating it like a treat. Offer an activity or type of play that they can’t get anywhere else, so they’ll look forward for their half hour in the tub. Here are some ways you can make bath time fun.

1. Add food coloring.

Food coloring is cheap and easy to add. Squirt in as much you like for the shade you’re looking for. If you want to be really creative you can freeze some food-colored ice cubes and let them melt in the tub. It will create swirls and patterns for your baby to play with.

2. Add ice cubes.

Ice cubes are a great way to teach your child tracking and motor control skills. If you can manage it, add different sized blocks. Release the ice over time (don’t dump it in all at once) or your little guy or gal will run out of things to play with and you’ll cool down the tub.

3. Use bath paint.

Essentially, bath paint is shaving cream and food coloring. It doesn’t stain anything and it washes away easily. You can make your own or purchase it online.

4. Offer foam shapes.

You can buy foam shapes at any toy store or Walmart, or cut them out of a big piece of foam yourself (just make sure the foam is safe for kids to handle). When the foam gets wet, it sticks to things, so kids can create their own scenes.

5. Fill a spray bottle with colored water.

You’ll notice that several of these ideas involve food coloring. That’s because it brings a whole new element to water. Fill a spray bottle with water and food coloring and let your kid squirt it all over – on the tub, the walls, and themselves.

6. Toss in some glow sticks.

Pick up some water-safe glow sticks and toss them in the tub. Turn out the lights and watch your child squeal in delight. You could also pick up some glow in the dark stickers to slap against the shower wall to enhance the effect.

7. Combine story time and bath time.

If your child fights the bath, you could use a storybook to distract him or her from the experience. Tell the story as your child washes and plays. This will also help keep him focused on you and calm (rather than playing rambunctiously) in case bedtime is just around the corner.

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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Teaching Kids to Count Their Blessings

teaching kids to count their blessingsNo matter the age of the individual, counting your blessings is an important aspect to appreciating the life you’ve been given. This sentiment is especially true when it comes to teaching your kids to be grateful as they get older and can realize what they’ve been blessed with. Your children will never get everything they want in life, but as long as they’re happy about the things they do receive, that’s all that matters. Here are some ways to make sure you raise grateful kids:

Explain Why

Helping your child understand the importance and magnitude behind gifts and gestures will go a long way in the long run. This strategy will help to keep your kid from simply feeling a materialistic gain or temporary win for what they have received. For example, if one of your child’s friends gives him one of his favorite toys as a gift, try to emphasize the underlying theme of the gift. Try saying something like, “Isn’t that sweet that your friend remembered how much you like this toy and spent the time to think about you?” Using this technique for any gifts or gestures your child receives will help to instill true appreciation in them.

Encourage Giving

How many times have you ventured out to the mall with your child and had them begging you to buy a certain toy or item while you’re shopping. Saying no and refusing to do so will cause resentment and probably even more whining. Instead, try offering the idea of having your child help you buy a gift for someone else. Engaging him/her in the process of giving will help them enjoy the feeling of making someone else’s day and appreciating the work that goes into the gifting process. If they’re particularly helpful and don’t complain about not getting something for themselves, that’s when you can reward them with a special toy purchase.

Count Their Blessings (Literally)

At the end of each day, take time to sit down with your child and review the entire day they had. Try to practice an exercise each night where both you and your child think of three things that happened that day that you appreciate. This appreciation list will not only remind them of certain good aspects of the day, but it will foster a beneficial habit of continually showing gratitude for the small things in life.

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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