Simple Ways to Show Your Kids How to Be Healthy

show kids how to be healthyIf you ask an expecting mother whether she hopes she’s having a boy or a girl, most likely she will answer “as long as they are healthy, it doesn’t matter.” Our health is so important, and as parents, we do everything to make sure that our kids are healthy as well. As our kids get older, we can show them how to be healthy, so that one day they can make healthy decisions on their own. Here are five few simple ways to show your kids how to be healthy.

Eat More Veggies

Try to stock your pantry with healthy vegetables (and fruits), instead of cookies and chips.  Though the kids may enjoy those snacks more, if you make a point of not making unhealthy snacks an option in your house, they will be healthier.

Make Water #1

Juices contain a lot of calories and tons of sugar. You may think that your child needs orange juice for their daily dose of Vitamin C, but I promise they get plenty of Vitamin C from other sources.  Encourage your children to drink only water. Water is the healthiest, most refreshing choice of drink.

Skip McDonalds

After a long day fast food can be tempting, because it’s quick and easy. However, fast food is all processed and very unhealthy. If you know that aren’t going to have time to make dinner during the week, try freezing a bunch of meals a head of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven.

Take More Walks

Between technology and busy schedules, walking has been put on the backburner.  For parents who don’t have a lot of time, walking is a great way to encourage your children to exercise.  Start putting aside thirty minutes a couple times a week for you to take your kids on a walk around the neighborhood. Both you and the kids will feel better, and they will get some of their energy out!

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep is really important. If you don’t sleep enough hours at night, you will suffer during the day. Create a bed time routine and wake-up routine time for your kids and stick to it. Their bodies will adjust to this, making them sleep better and feel more rested in the morning.

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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6 Tips for Parents with Preemies

preemie baby tipsToward the end of mom’s pregnancy, she will be anxious to get through her delivery and meet her new addition. However, sometimes that happens a bit too early. Premature births are rising in this country. Since the 1980’s, births occurring before the 37th week have risen 36 percent. Pregnancies with multiple babies are at an especially high risk. But don’t be afraid, doctors and healthcare providers all over the country have the tools to help your little one make it through. Bringing home a preemie comes with its own set of unique challenges, so use these tips to give your baby the best start possible.

1. Prepare yourself.

Enlist your doctor’s help in preparing yourself and your home for a premature baby. Schedule a consultation with a doctor who specializes in children born premature. Make sure you know how to administer proper medications and operate any special equipment. You should definitely take a CPR course or have the hospital teach you.

2. Use a quality swaddle.

Preemies are forced to cope with the world before their bodies and minds are truly ready. You can help the transition by using a comfortable garment that gently hugs your baby, like the Woombie baby swaddle. This allows for natural body movement while still providing the safety and security of a re-created womb-like environment. Swaddling has also been known to promote more natural, peaceful sleep, which is important for developing bodies. Woombie customer Mary P. can attest to the effectiveness of a good swaddle: “My preemie has been sleeping the night ever since I got the Woombie.”

3. Breastfeed.

One of the most effective ways to promote health and growth in a new baby is to breastfeed. This is especially important for babies born premature. Breast milk is full of nutrients and antibodies that are necessary for vulnerable babies. Even if the baby is too young to nurse herself, you can express your milk and feed it by bottle or tube. Pump at regular intervals to encourage milk production.

4. Travel safely.

In order to leave the hospital by car, all babies must be secured into a car seat. But what if your child is too small to fit in a conventional seat? Purchase a special seat for babies weighing less than five pounds. The hospital may have to test it before your departure by evaluating your baby in the seat. They want to be sure his breathing and heart rate are proper. They may suggest a car bed which will allow him to lay down safely in the car. Ideally, you should keep car trips short and have an adult ride alongside.

5. Assess accurately.

Chronological age can be deceiving for premature babies. Don’t despair if it seems like your child is hitting her developmental milestones later than other children her age. Don’t forget: your baby missed out on some important time in the womb. When assessing your baby’s development, use her gestational age instead. Your pediatrician can help you calculate this according to the original due date. Also, remember that premature babies catch up to their full-term peers by two years old. There is nothing to fear.

6. Celebrate.

With all the uncertainty, stress, and doctor’s visits, some parents forget to enjoy all the positives of their new baby. Celebrate with your new child. Make an effort to cherish every moment. Do all the wonderful things you had planned before your child was born premature. Invite guests over to visit, make scrapbooks, and bond with your child. All babies are miracles, including preemies.

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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Tips for Swaddling Baby The Simple Way

easiest way to swaddle babyBaby swaddling is a practice that has been around for years and traditionally it has been used to help babies sleep longer and sounder. Learning to correctly swaddle baby is key to ensuring safety and effectiveness. There are multiple benefits of swaddling baby but it’s crucial that baby is being swaddled safely and correctly to eliminate any risks. Here are the easiest way to swaddle baby and four safety tips that all parents should know.

When it comes to traditional swaddle blankets, they can be wrapped too tightly around baby causing hip dysplasia. Strong babies can break out of these blankets leaving them unable to fall asleep, and the unraveled blanket can then cover baby’s face and poses risk of suffocation. These blankets can also lead to overheating, which is a risk factor associated with SIDS.

Instead of using traditional swaddle blankets, the Woombie baby swaddle is the easiest, safest and most effective way to swaddle a baby. Just place baby in and zip! The unique peanut-shaped design, gently hugs the shoulders and tummy allowing for natural movement of the arms, legs and hips. Using 4-way stretch signature bebeflex(TM) fabric, it softly cocoons baby without restricting mobility or development. Baby can stretch as needed and then the Woombie re-conforms back to the snug-like form.

The Woombie works so well because it mimics the feeling of touch, warmth and cuddle, re-creating the womb environment baby felt prior to birth. This is important for calming baby and preventing flailing arms.

Features and Benefits:

  • Maintains airflow and will not overheat baby; safer than over wrapping with blankets
  • Easy to use — just put baby in, zip and snap!
  • No loose blankets covering airways
  • Prevents face scratching
  • Prevents unnecessary waking due to the Startle Reflex
  • Soothes babies with colic
  • Will not come undone
  • Promotes natural motor development
  • Double zipper for east and quick diaper/clothes changes
  • Signature fabric with bebeflex(TM) fabric allows mobility and recreates womb-like movements

When swaddling baby, parents should take these four tips into consideration:

Tip #1: Do not over-swaddle baby. Over-swaddling or using double swaddle blankets can lead to an overheated baby. This is a factor that has been linked to SIDS. Signs of an overheated baby include damp hair and sweating.

Tip #2: Don’t swaddle baby too tightly. If possible use a baby swaddle like the Woombie that allows baby to have a good hip range of motion to prevent hip issues like hip dysplasia.

Tip #3: Place your swaddled baby on his back to sleep. When baby sleeps on his stomach he is more likely to rebreathe his own exhaled air and start to overheat, both of which can lead to SIDS. Always remember that back is best.

Tip #4: Once baby starts to roll over it is no longer safe to swaddle. Talk to your pediatrician to find out your next steps and look for an arms-free swaddle like the Convertible Woombie which will help ease the transition out of swaddling. If your baby is rolling but still has a startle reflex then the Zipadee-Zip is a great solution to transition babies from swaddling.

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 Ideas for Raising Close Siblings

For some families, sibling relationships can be rough. Older children resist the inclusion of new additions to the family because they feel like their place has been reduced. Obviously this isn’t the case, but it sure can feel that way to little minds. To achieve a healthy family, you want your children to bond as closely as possible. Here are seven ways how.

1. Tell stories about your siblings.

Retelling childhood memories of your siblings can help soothe your children’s fears about the future. Talk about how much you appreciate your brother or sister today and how grateful you are for that bond. Be honest if there were tough times and explain how you made it through them.

2. Find shared preferences.

When your baby gets old enough, try o find common ground between the new addition and your older children. If they have a similar interest, they will find it much easier to bond over that. Do they both like LEGOs, or SpongeBob?

3. Promote touching.

When you bring a new baby home, you’ll often find yourself spouting “Be careful!” or “Don’t touch!” This can discourage older siblings from bonding with the new baby. They won’t be able to get to know their new brother or sister if he or she is off limits all the time. Guide their movements so they don’t harm the baby, but encourage them to touch.

4. Delegate jobs.

You can make your older children feel like they’re helping out by delegating certain tasks to them. They may not be able to complete complex tasks like giving a bath or feeding, but pushing a swing, holding a bottle, or pulling on a sock are perfect.

5. Positively reinforce good behavior.

This is a general child-rearing tip. When you see your child doing something you like (in this case, interacting safely and lovingly with the new baby), be sure to point it out. Say, “You’re such a good big sister. Your little brother loves you so much.” Praise the behavior.

6. Let the older sibling fix problems.

Often times your younger child will go to your older one for solutions to his/her problems. This isn’t because your children don’t need you, but because they’re comfortable with each other. Their close age means they share something that adults can’t quite relate to. Encourage this (when safe).

7. Let older siblings teach.

The teacher/student relationship is very strong. People become very close when they learn and instruct each other. Let the older kids teach the younger kids new skills or games. When they learn new things together, they cement a stronger bond.

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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

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

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7 Essential Items to Calm a Fussy Infant

Everyone knows that babies tend to cry a lot. Usually they cry because they’re hungry, tired, need a diaper change, etc. Normally taking care of the need makes the crying stop, but sometimes you just can’t figure out what the cause. When nothing works, it can be frustrating! Fortunately, we have several products today that can help soothe colicky babies. These seven products can all be found at FefisBaby and will help soothe your fussy baby.

1. Happi Tummi

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Happi Tummi consists of a waistband and herbal pouch containing lavender, chamomile, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, wheat and flax seed. When heated for 15 to 20 seconds, the herbs are activated to release healing properties which provide relief of most common stomach ailments including colic, gas, constipation, cramps, and bloating. It even calms the parent/ caregiver with lavender aromatherapy.

2. The Woombie Air(R)

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

3. Dexbaby Sound Sleeper

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White noise is considered one of the most effective ways to soothe and prolong baby’s sleep. The Sound Sleeper has a combine mode to layer sounds and can play up to 34 sound combinations including sounds of the womb and a variety of nature sounds. This sound machine has a 60-minute timer, high-quality speaker, and volume that can be adjusted. Its compact size makes for easy travel and storage. (Note: make sure the volume is not too loud in order not to impair baby’s hearing.)

4. Moby Wrap

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Babywearing is a great way to bond and soothe babies. The Moby Wrap ensures baby is uniquely close, mimicking the natural way of holding a baby and permitting skin-to-skin contact. Its design makes it comfortable to carry the baby’s weight because it uses the entire back as well as the shoulders. It distributes baby’s weight evenly on the shoulders and hips and aligns baby’s center of gravity as close to the body as possible.

5. Pond Symphony Crib Soother

baby soothing solutions

A crib soother is a great tool when transitioning babies from bassinets to cribs. They are helpful not only for the nighttime routine but for also for naps. The Lamaze Pond Symphony Crib is a soft soother with colorful lights, classical melodies and nature sounds that also has the ability to be connected to an MP3 player for custom music (the lights dance to the beat of the music). And, it is child activated!

6. My Little Snugabunny Cradle ‘n Swing

baby soothing solutions

Baby swings provide soothing, vibrating, and rhythmic motions that help calm baby down. The Fisher-Price(R) My Little Snugabunny Cradle ‘n Swing offers baby a sense of soothing comfort and security through two different swing motions and a plush and cozy seat. Music, nature sounds and a motorized mobile stimulate baby’s senses, amuse and soothe baby!

7. Lulla-Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad

baby soothing solutions

The Munchkin Lulla-Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad is a battery-operated pad that easily slips under a crib mattress/bassinet and creates gentle, soothing vibrations in two different speeds to help soothe baby to sleep. It includes a 30-minute timer that shuts off gradually, so baby stays asleep. And the convenient portable design allows you to soothe on the go!

All of these products can be purchased at www.fefisbaby.com.

Disclaimer: Woombie has not tested or used the products mentioned in this press release with the exception of the Woombie baby swaddle; the press release is intended to support FefisBaby, a resource for parents with fussy babies. Woombie is not in the position to recommend any of these products except for the Woombie baby swaddle which has been tested and used by Woombie.

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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Caring for Yourself is Caring for Your Baby

moms need to care for themselvesFrom the moment you bring your child home from the hospital, he or she is dependent on you for most of existence. You are the source of sustenance, education, physical well-being, and life in general. While caring for your baby is ultimately important, so is caring for yourself. If you are unable to fulfill your tasks as a parent, the baby can suffer. How can you make sure that you are in top physical and mental shape?

1. Sleep - Sleep deprivation can have adverse effects ranging from lack of concentration to extreme irritability and anger. You need your rest as much as the baby does. Although the first couple of months may be rough, you still need as much sleep as you can get. If at all possible, nap when the baby does and begin working on a sleep schedule after the second month.

2. Moments to Yourself - Don’t feel guilty for wanting some time for yourself. Your needs are just as important as the child’s. Find a babysitter or a nanny for an hour or so periodically throughout the week in order to collect your thoughts and breath. If your mind is clouded with the various stresses that come with handling a baby, your ability to provide a nurturing home may be compromised.

3. Meditation or Relaxation - As mentioned in the previous point, having time to yourself is important. However, it is possible to meditate or otherwise relax while in the company of the baby. If you’re unable to catch a few Zs with baby at nap time, perhaps meditating for a few minutes can help you gain perspective. The more tense and stressed you are the more physical problems you can develop. Mental anxieties can cause problems in your physical body in a number of ways – each of them detrimental to caring for your child.

4. Proper Diet - Whether you’re breastfeeding or not, a proper diet can help you feel better about yourself and various situations throughout the day. Higher protein foods and fruits can provide you with natural energy to help you face each day. The more positive your energy is, the more positive baby will feel; he or she is more receptive to your emotional states than you may realize. It can also help you lose some of the baby weight as you begin to eat healthier rather than dipping pickles into chocolate ice cream.

5. Scheduling - In the beginning, sticking to any kind of a schedule may be next to impossible. However, the baby will begin to adapt to life on planet Earth. Devising a schedule of activities from morning feedings to bed time at night can help you keep organized. As time continues, the baby will adapt to this schedule making life much easier for you than simply winging it.

If you are unhealthy physically and mentally, it can have a profound impact in how you raise your child. He or she can detect various emotional states quite easily, and you could be giving an air of panic. Take care of yourself as well as the baby and the experience will be better than you could have hoped for.

Guest blog written by Rachael Cherry of NannyPro.

Rachael Cherry is a wife, mother, and writer who is passionate about helping connect families in need with high quality caregivers. She has taken that passion and put it to work through NannyPro, a respected online nanny referral service.

Learn more by visiting @NannyPro on Twitter.

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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New Stroller Safety Guidelines

new stroller safety standardSince 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received far too many safety complaints regarding strollers. Over the last five years, we have had 1,300 incidents of stroller malfunction. Fourteen of those cases required hospitalization, 391 children were injured, and four even died.

The CPSC has approved a new federal mandatory standard intended to improve the safety of infant and children carriages and strollers. The commission’s vote was unanimous and the standard will affect all strollers manufactured after September 2015. Not only does the commission expect these changes to significantly reduce the number of injuries associated with strollers, but it should also dramatically cut back on the number of recalls.

The new standard includes all types of carriages (for infants who lie down) and strollers (for children who sit up), including those that fold together, travel systems (with car seat attachments), multi-occupant devices, and jogging strollers. The standard addresses hazards associated with the following issues:

  • Hinges that pinch and cut fingers
  • Parking brake failures
  • Broken wheels
  • Stability and structural integrity
  • Faulty restraints (seat belts)
  • Locking mechanism issues

You can ensure the safety of your child while using your stroller following these easy steps.

1. Test the stroller’s stability. Hang heavy bags on different sides to make sure it doesn’t fall over. Test the wheel locks on hills to learn how strong they are.

2. Use the right stroller. If you’re taking a jog, you must use a jogging stroller with a stronger frame and larger tires. If you have multiple children, don’t place them in a single seat; use a multi-occupancy stroller.

3. Use the safety features. Use the buckle, wheel locks, sun shade, and any other safety feature that’s available. They are there for a reason.

4. Mind the weight guide. These guidelines will include a maximum and minimum weight. Always make sure your baby is within the weight range.

5. Never leave it unattended.You can prevent most stroller accidents by being present and aware. If you aren’t watching, your baby could unbuckle himself or herself, tip it over, or scoot it somewhere unsafe. Something could bump the stroller and send it rolling. You can’t practice stroller safety if you aren’t there.

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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Baby Must Haves for Spring Travel

Make your spring break travel easier this year by packing along some fun accessories that the whole family can enjoy. Traveling with children can be difficult, especially when  you’re dealing with motion sickness, crankiness, and boredom. You can prepare yourself or these problems by having solutions ready ahead of time. You’ll be able to stop tantrums and tears and have a more relaxed, enjoyable vacation. Here is my list of five unique, must-haves for your spring trip.

1. Parking Pal

The Parking Pal is designed to be placed on the side of your vehicle, where it will remain safely attached at all times. It was specifically created with bright colors, playful illustrations, and a small palm children love to place their hands on. After a couple learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot, and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. It also helps teach them that parking lots are no place to play.

spring travel must-have

$8.99

http://www.parkingpalmagnet.com/

2. PullyPalz

PullyPalz are the first ever baby toys that actually help babies retrieve their own pacifiers! They’re interactive and entertaining to keep baby distracted and helpful for parents who no longer have to play the “pacifier game.” The innovative and developmentally beneficial toy teaches right/left brain coordination, cause and effect and hand-eye coordination. It keeps pacifiers in view and in reach to keep them clean. PullyPalz hold most pacifiers and attach to baby carriers, bouncers and more.

spring travel must-have

$24.99

www.pullypalz.com

3. ZizzyBee Bags

ZizzyBee Bags are handy, compact, reusable, washable, and eco-friendly bags convenient for every part of your life. They help you store and organize just about anything! From diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter these trendy bags makes organization easy and they’re see-through so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

ZizzyBee Bags are especially handy for snacks and toys for road trips and even for adults…use when traveling for toiletries and other odds and ends that need to be organized in one spot.

Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life’s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for storage and travel needs.

spring travel must-have

$15.99-$19.99

www.zizzybeebags.com

4. Psi Bands

Psi Bands (pronounced “Sigh Bands”) are drug-free wrist bands for the relief of nausea due to motion sickness/travel, morning sickness, chemotherapy, and anesthesia. With Psi Bands, those who suffer from the VERY common, yet debilitating condition of nausea can feel better — in style and comfort! Psi Bands are being praised for their unique combination of features and benefits. They are drug-free, adjustable–around the wrist like a watch AND at the acupressure point, comfortable, waterproof, reusable, affordable, and, of course, fashionable.

Scientific studies support the use of wrist acupressure for the relief of nausea. Wrist acupressure has grown in popularity because it is noninvasive, easy to self-administer, and affordable. Wearing is believing. Breathe a Psi of relief.

spring travel must-have

$15.99

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5. Baby Elephant Ears

Baby Elephant Ears is a multi-use baby headrest providing spinal/neck alignment and comfort for babies — and they’re designed to look like adorable elephant ears! Baby Elephant Ears go wherever baby goes — stroller, swing, carseat, changing table, etc. The headrests are fully washable and require no attachments, straps or special skills and they’re offered in diverse prints and organics. The superior design and durability of these headrests make them the perfect gift for parents! Baby Elephant Ears works by giving baby superior head/neck support and encouraging healthy, strong posture development.

spring travel must-have

$21.95

www.babyelephantears.com

6. Woombie Eco-Donut

The Eco-Donut is the perfect travel accessory for families with a baby. The Donut is a cozy, plush, multi-use mat that can be used for several purposes. It’s a great spot to lay baby down for diaper changes and play time. It folds up conveniently for traveling and the sides zipper up to create a bonus carry bag. Of course, it’s eco-friendly.

spring must-haves for travel

$48.00

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pacifier holderWritten 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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Is the Air Quality of Your Home Good for Baby?

improve air quality for babyEnvironmental conditions for a newborn baby can be quite acute. Everything from the cleanliness of the home to the quality of air can greatly impact a child that has never experienced the world before. The air that you breathe can have a profound result on your infant even though you are unaffected. While everyone knows how cigarette smoke can affect the breathing of anyone in the household, what about the other particulates that are ever present? What can you do to improve the quality of the air your baby breathes?

1. Cleanliness

Keeping the home clean can have more of an impact on the physical health of an individual than you may realize. Dust, mold spores, pet dandruff and more can cause a great deal of discomfort for a new child. In fact, your child could grow to be asthmatic and the particulates in the air could cause an attack. Keeping your home as clean as possible can greatly reduce the risk of exposure to these problems.

2. HVAC Filters

Whether it is the furnace in the winter or the air conditioner in the summer, the filters need to be replaced in order to optimize the quality of air purity and energy efficiency of the home. A clogged filter can continue to distribute various particulates throughout the home through the ventilation systems. Periodically ensure that these filters are cleaned, replaced or otherwise maintained in order to provide an optimal breathing atmosphere. You don’t need to live in a plastic bubble, but keeping the dust and fur from being spread about the home can make a huge difference in comfort for everyone.

3. Humidity

Many people are affected by humidity levels in different ways. Some of this adaptability is brought on by genetics. However, an ideal humidity level for your home can help improve the quality of the air. In areas that are too dry, many people find it difficult to breathe and could develop small sores around the nostrils and mouth. This is caused from being too parched. It’s much the same effect that happens if you were to hike through a desert.

4. Houseplants

Plants can do more for your home than just make it look greener. Some plants can actually be used to help purify the air. During experiments by NASA in the 1980s, plants were used to essentially scrub volatile organic compounds from the air. This is aside from the belief of plants converting carbon dioxide. Plants can also help keep the level of dust down within the home especially if you have more greenery outside in your lawn. A home is far more likely to be covered in dust regularly if the yard consists of nothing more than dirt.

5. Ionizers

Some air conditioners and cooling fans are built with air ionizers. These devices essentially trap particulates within the air onto the diodes within. The fan part circulates bad air to be ionized and then blows the purified air outward. These can work great especially if you have pets.

Your infant is breathing the oxygen of the planet for the first time. He or she is not going to have a tolerance level built yet. Don’t underestimate the fact that your home’s air quality could be bad for the baby. Provide them with a comfortable existence as they develop.

Ashley Hardway @NannyLady

Guest blog by Ashley Hardway, Owner of Nanny Classifieds

Always curious, Ashley is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in Houston, Texas, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward!

Check out @NannyLady on Twitter to connect and find out more.

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Top 10 Disney Tips: Planning the Best Florida Vacation

family vacation in orlando floridaWith spring break just around the corner and summer not far beyond, most children (and even moms and dads!) have vacation on the brain. Everyone needs a bit of fun and relaxation.

If you are thinking about taking a family vacation, one great place to take the kids is Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Kids absolutely love and it and even as an adult it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement and silliness. It is an easy trip for most, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your kids’ faces. Use these ten Disney tips to have the best vacation possible.

1. Rent a Vacation Home

There are tons of vacation home rentals in Orlando, Flordia to choose from. Most people tend to look for hotel rooms first, but in reality, renting a home has many more perks. For one, your family will have more space and privacy. With a home, you don’t have to worry about cramming into beds and being on top of each other. It makes for a more relaxing vacation. Secondly, renting a home is usually more affordable then renting a room or two at a hotel for a week.

2. Buy a 10-Day No Expiration Ticket

If you plan on going to the park more than four days, buy a 10-day no expiration ticket. It is the most economical option for those who are planning on going to the park everyday of their trip and is actually cheaper than a four day pass.

3. Visit Disney’s Character Warehouse

It is an outlet store located off the main premises (on Vineland near Downtown Disney) that carries heavily discounted merchandise. Chances are the kids want souvenirs, and the warehouse is much cheaper than buying at the park.

4. Check the Park Calendars

You should do this before you go. Check for parades, fireworks, and live entertainment. These events are usually at different parks, so knowing where they are before you leave can be helpful to planning your day.

5. Pack Snacks

The food inside the park can be expensive. Pack a lunchbox with water, snacks and sandwiches if you are planning on being there all day.

6. Stay Cool

It can get very hot and humid during the day. Make sure your family dresses in light clothing and stays hydrated. It’s a good idea to take a break in an air conditioned space for lunch.

7. Plan Your Days

Disney World is huge. There are many different parks and tons of attractions. It is best for you and your children to sit with a map and figure out where you want to go before you get to the park. Once you decide, you can plan your days according to which attractions are located near each other.

8. Get to Animal Kingdom Early

The animals are friskiest in the morning. Plan on doing Animal Kingdom first thing in the morning and get there 30 minutes before it opens. It is also cooler in the morning, making it a good time for the safari ride.

9. Know the Age/Height Requirements

If you know your child is looking forward to a certain ride, check to see what the age/height requirements are before you get there. You don’t want your child to get disappointed about a ride they were looking forward to!

10. Take Swim Breaks

To reiterate, it gets hot in Florida and Disney can be tiring. It is best to go in the morning, then go back to your rental and take a lunch swim, then return for activities in the afternoon. This way you can relax a little, and avoid the hottest part of the day. After a tiring morning/week, there is nothing more relaxing then your own pool, as opposed to a crowded Disney resort pool.

Florida vacation home rentalsGuest Blog by Steve of Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals

Florida Sunshine Vacation rentals has thirty years experience providing guests with the best Florida dream vacation experiences possible, as well as a level of customer service that exceeds exceptions. They’re based in Orlando with a satellite office in the United Kingdom, so they know how to provide superior service to domestic and European guests.

Feel free to call upon their expert team to provide you with a smooth booking experience for your vacation rental home, condo, villa or townhouse in Orlando, Florida or other Florida destinations.
We will help you do all of the planning so you and yours can start making memories!

For more information visit www.floridasunshinevacationrentals.com

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