Nesting Instinct: Five Ways to Get Your Home Ready for a Baby

get home ready for babyEvery mother goes through, albeit in different ways, that natural nesting instinct. As the time draws nearer to bring your little bundle of joy home, you begin more fervently preparing for him or her. The task of readying your home for the little one may seem daunting if you don’t know where to start. Follow these simple tips to get your home ready for baby in no time.

Prepare the Baby’s Room

Obviously, this step goes without saying, however there are a few things you may not have considered. As you situate a space for baby, be sure to check the safety of the crib and other furniture. B sure to remove pillows, extra blankets, and stuffed animals from the crib before placing the child in it alone.

Ensure All Emergency Systems Are In Order

In addition to checking the safety of your baby’s living space, you need to be sure all of your home is protected by the appropriate emergency systems. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors work to make sure the machines are working appropriately. Create a fire escape plan if you don’t already have one in place, and put emergency numbers in a prominent location.

Cover Electrical Sources

While your baby won’t come home crawling, soon enough they will develop this skill, and you’ll be running after to make sure nothing will cause an accident. One of the most important safety measures you need to take to prepare your home is covering any unused electrical sockets with plugs. A Kele home professional also recommends you secure cords and other electrical connections out of reach of baby.

Consider Furniture

A crawling baby also faces the hazards of unsecured furniture and cabinets, sharp edges, and other hazards. To avoid issues with these items, be sure to secure furniture and electronic items so they cannot be pulled down. Also, be sure to secure cabinets and doors with safety latches, particularly those containing cleaning products and medicine. As far as sharp edges or corners go, consider covering edges of coffee tables or a fireplace with soft protective padding.

Secure Small Items

Small items present a potential choking hazard for babies, so be sure to remove or secure small objects out of reach for the child. Consider removing the stops or tips from doorstops. Also, look for small objects, such as decorative marbles and other items that could present a hazard for your baby.

While the task of preparing your home for a baby may seem intimidating, it requires little more than being mindful and completing a few simple steps. Follow these tips and your home will be baby-ready before you know it.

Information credit: www.kele.com

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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How to Stay Organized During the Week

stay organized during the weekMoms may quite possibly be the busiest individuals in this world. Not only do they deal with the normal day-to-day tasks of a full workday, tons of bills and expenses, and other personal activities, but they also have kids to take care of. Having children to care for is almost a full-time job in itself!

Due to all of these different priorities, moms need to stay organized in order to ensure success during the day and maintaining good-mom status at home. We have some tips to help you keep organized during the week:

1. Time Management

Organization doesn’t just apply to your physical belongings like paperwork; organizing the intangible commodity of time is just as important!

Managing your time wisely is crucial to staying organized and keeping your daily duties in order. Make sure you can map out your entire day by planning what needs to get done, and how much time you have to do it.

Don’t forget – this doesn’t mean all work and no play either! You should always be sure to save time throughout the week for your own personal time to make sure the job and kids don’t stress you out too much.

2. De-clutter

If you find yourself looking for a single item or piece of paper for 15 minutes every time you need something, it’s probably time to start de-cluttering your house. The biggest issue with this organization burden is that busy moms may feel too overwhelmed by the chaos of a room to even know where to start.

Rather than feeling as if you need to expend your entire day cleaning up the house, try breaking it up into separate rooms or areas for each day of the week. Set aside 30 to 60 minutes a day to organize one single area, and by the time you reach the end of the week, the house is looking good as new!

3. Color-Coding

Using color-coding as an organization method isn’t just to make things look prettier. We’ve all separated certain paperwork or folders with different colors before, but using these unique shades are great when organizing your children’s belongings too.

Buying different color towels, lunchboxes, toothbrushes, etc. are great to keep your kids organized, which will correlate to the rest of your house. You can also mark certain toys and belongings of your kids with colored labels so they know whose responsibility it is to put away when it’s time to clean up!

baby headrestGuest 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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3 Ways to De-stress With Your Kids

de-stress with the kidsAdults and kids alike can all struggle with stress from time to time. For adults, the daily tasks at work, taking care of the kids, and seemingly never-ending expenses can all cause some anxiety in our lives. Different problems with school, conflict in their families, and problems with peers are all stressors that overwhelm children.

Keeping the stress levels down, or avoiding it at all, is crucial to achieve all of your day-to-day tasks and stay happy! Here are some tips and ideas to keep in mind to avoid the added stress in your and your child’s life:

1. Don’t Over-Schedule

One of the biggest stressors for adults and kids is being over-scheduled throughout the day. In this society, we’re typically expected to get the kids off to school, work an 8-hour day, take care of things at home after work, and all the other tasks and activities that come up. Also, kids are expected to pay attention and perform in school for seven hours, partake in extracurricular activities, get their homework done, and then go to bed just to do it all over again the next day.

If you set up your respective schedules according to the amount of actual free time you have, this will help with time maintenance. Maintaining your time properly and ensuring that you don’t have too many tasks to handle during any given day should surely cut down on some of the extra stress.

2. Make Time for Exercise/Play

The importance of play for a child goes well beyond the fun-factor of it. Getting exercise and having the time for play will naturally relieve the stress your body builds up throughout the day or week.

Finding time for yourself to do something you genuinely enjoy is a very important aspect of your daily life. This is especially the case during the week when most of the day is spent at work or school. Exercise and play keeps the stress away!

3. Prioritize Your Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in everything from decreasing stress to boosting mood to improving work/school performance. If you or your child isn’t getting enough sleep, you’re not giving your body the recovery it needs to take care of everything for the following day.

You should already know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, but teaching your kids is a good idea too. Also, creating a beneficial sleeping environment is key; this means turning off the cell phone and television at a decent hour!

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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Halloween Costumes for Little Ones Using Regular Baby Gear

It’s that time of the year again when parents get to take kids apple picking, go on hay rides, and start carving pumpkins. It also means now’s the time to pick out your Halloween costumes (or start making them if you put them together yourself!). There are all sorts of cute baby costumes out there, but it’s easy to create one using some products you may already have at home. These baby products can double as gear for your baby or baby’s next Halloween costume!

Woombie Air

baby swaddles baby swaddles

The Woombie Air is not just a great swaddle to help baby fall asleep – it also comes in stylish designs to turn it into an awesome and comfy costume for infants. The Cool Cat & Co design had grey and black stripes with a bold red zipper that’s definitely reminiscent of Halloween! The Giraffe designs also turn your baby into an adorable baby giraffe!

www.woombie.com

Animal Woombie + Hat

animal baby swaddle 

Now your baby can be calm, cozy and festive all at once in the NEW Animal Woombie Swaddle! This 16-award winning baby swaddle requires no wrapping and was invented by a mom of five and 20-year nurse. Choose from Piggy, Bear, Froggy (shown above), Kitty, Puppy. Also comes with a matching hat!

San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

complete discretion while nursing

For breastfeeding moms (or moms that just finished breastfeeding), keep your nursing pillow and use it for your Halloween costume this year – dress as a nursing mother! It doesn’t get any easier than that! This nursing pillow allows for modesty with its built-in Privacy Cover™, providing complete discretion while nursing. The cover’s lightweight mesh construction allows continuous airflow, keeping mom and baby comfortable. San Diego Bebe®’s signature Comfort Bolster™ wraps around the outside of the pillow for added security.

www.doubleblessings.com 

Baby Elephant Ears

multi-use baby headrest

Ever wanted to dress up your little one as an elephant? Well now you can with 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, car seat, 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.

www.babyelephantears.com 

Zippyz

fast diaper changes

Zippyz are adorable footed pajamas that you can accessorize with ears and a tail and – voila! You’ve got a cute baby animal costume while baby stays warm and cozy. With a zipper from the foot to belly area and 3 snaps on top, Zippyz allow for a quick and easy diaper change without exposing baby’s chest area. No more missnapping, no more full body zippers that leave baby cold and exposed. Zippyz is a win-win for everyone!

www.shopzippyz.com

Wee Urban

modern organic baby and toddler apparel

Wee Urban sells beautiful dresses for toddler girls that come in fun animal prints and bright colors. Dress your little girl as an owl, peacock, giraffe, or elephant. Just add a few accessories and some leggings to keep her warm, and you’re done!

www.weeurban.com

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 Games for a Kids Halloween Party

halloween party gamesAs Halloween approaches, you might be making plans to host a party. You’ll need a great costume (the host’s should be the best), a house full of decorations, great food, and of course a schedule of Halloween-themed games to keep the kids entertained. Here are five games that are perfect for a Halloween party.

1. Mummy Wrap

This is a fun game for kids because it’s active and silly. Divide your guests into groups of two. Using rolls of those white paper streamers, one teammate needs to wrap his or her partner up like a mummy (using the entire roll) and cross a finish line placed a short distance away. They have to use the entire roll.

It’s also a fun game for spectators: the quickest method is for the mummy to hold one end of the roll and spin while the partner stays still. This invariably makes the mummy dizzy and have trouble running.

2. Halloween Piñata

You’ll have to stop buy your local party store, or possibly order one online, but every party loves a piñata. Choose a spooky ghost, witch on her broom, or glaring pumpkin. Candy is readily available in any store this time of year, so pick up a few bags along with some small toys and trinkets.

3. Skeleton Race

This game takes a lot of prep work, so it shouldn’t be started the morning of your party. It’s a ton of fun if you do it right, however. Using large pieces of white paper, cut out bone shapes for each of the main bones of the body. You don’t have to make it anatomically perfect, but you’ll need 20 to 22 bones per body, and you’ll need one set for each team of five or six people.

The goal is to lay each set of “bones” in a pile (each set should be a separate pile). Players start 20 or 30 feet away from the pile. One player runs to the pile and retrieves a bone, bringing it back to the group. Once returned, a second player runs for a bone. The first time to collect all the bones and assemble their skeleton wins.

4. Bobbing for Apples

This is a classic fall game no party should be without. It’s simple to set up (drop apples into a big bowl of water) and it invariably makes anyone who attempts the game look silly. It’s one of those games that always seems simpler than it is.

5. Pumpkin Hunt

Similar to an Easter egg hunt, hide small pumpkins all over your home and yard for kids to find. You should be able to pick up pumpkins just about anywhere this time of year and they aren’t too expensive. I like to keep this sort of game outdoors if the weather holds up, that way there’s no harm if a perishable pumpkin goes unfound.

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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SIDS Prevention and Safe Swaddling

SIDS prevention and safe swaddlingOctober is SIDS Awareness Month and parents are encouraged to learn more about the risk factors involved in SIDS and what steps they can take to prevent it. SIDS is defined as the death of an infant, less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly and cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. Scientists have learned a great deal about SIDS over the last years and SIDS cases have decreased drastically, but there are still over 4,000 kids that die unexpectedly each year with no known cause.

The leading theory is that SIDS affects babies with an undetected condition (such as a respiratory or heart vulnerability) combined with an environmental stressor (such as an obstructed airway). Babies born prematurely, have a young mother (under 20 years old), or experience a life-threatening event early in life are at a higher risk for SIDS. There’s no way to prevent SIDS entirely, but you can work to make your baby’s chances of avoiding the syndrome as low as possible.

When parents better understand the risks involved with SIDS, this can help to reduce future infant deaths.  Here are five tips on how to help reduce the risk of SIDS along with how to make sure you are swaddling baby correctly and safely.

1. Always place baby on his back to sleep.

Many studies have found that there is a higher incidence of SIDS among babies who are placed to sleep on their stomachs. It is thought that sleeping on the stomach narrows the baby’s airway and causes difficulty breathing. There is also a possibility that an infant sleeping on his stomach is “rebreathing” his own exhaled carbon dioxide. Baby must be put to sleep on his back throughout the first year of life. Swaddling helps baby sleep on their backs and helps prevent sleep-deprived parents from placing baby on their stomach to sleep.

2. Keep baby’s crib clear of blankets and toys.

You never want to put blankets, comforters, bumpers, stuffed toys or pillows anywhere near the baby while he is sleeping. Baby’s head and face must remain free of any blankets or coverings. If using a blanket, make sure it gets tucked around the mattress but a tight fitted sheet is best. By keeping the crib clear it can prevent rebreathing and suffocation. Bumper pads should also be avoided as they can be a potential risk of suffocation or strangulation.

3. Practice safe swaddling.

Pediatrics study suggests that babies who are swaddled experience a more restful sleep than unswaddled babies and can awaken more easily in response to noise, potentially decreasing the risk of SIDS.

For safe swaddling parents should always:

  • Use a swaddle where baby can have good hip range of motion; swaddling too tightly can cause hip dysplasia.
  • The preferred sleeping position for babies is the “hands over heart” position; use a swaddle that does not pin baby’s arms to the side. Babies (and especially babies with colic) can self-sooth and settle by using their hands and fingers in the natural “hands to heart” position just like babies do in the womb.
  • Use a swaddle that will not unravel- this prevents blankets from becoming lose and covering baby’s face. There are swaddles that do not even require wrapping!
  • Don’t over-swaddle baby or double swaddle- overheating baby is linked to SIDS. The new Woombie Air is the first breathable swaddle that regulates baby’s body temperature by allowing excess heat to escape. (Another tip, use a fan in baby’s room to maintain airflow. Plus, the white noise sound the fan creates will help baby sleep!)
  • When baby begins to roll, it’s no longer safe to swaddle. To transition baby to arms-free sleep, take one arm out of the swaddle at nap time and then when baby is used to it, try it at night time.  Take out the other arm and remove the swaddle completely gradually. Or you can use an arms-free sleep sac such as the Convertible Woombie.

4. Keep baby at a comfortable temperature.

You don’t want baby to get too warm while sleeping so it’s best to keep them somewhere that’s room-temperature and don’t excessively clothe them. It has been suggested that babies who get too warm go into a deeper sleep making it more difficult for them to awaken. KidsHealth.org suggests keep the room at a temperature that feels comfortable for an adult in a short-sleeve shirt.

First Candle, a national nonprofit health organization uniting parents, caregivers and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance infant health and survival, says, “When a healthy baby becomes overheated their brain recognizes the problem and attempts to correct it. When a baby predisposed to SIDS overheats, nothing happens to correct the situation.”

5. Place baby on a firm sleep surface.

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, SIDS is sometimes called “crib death” and while cribs themselves don’t cause SIDS, the baby’s sleep environment can influence sleep-related causes of deaths. It’s important to use a safety-approved, firm mattress covered with a fitted sheet and avoid placing baby on a pillow, waterbed, couch, chair or other soft surface. This can help prevent smothering or suffocation. You can check the safety of your baby’s mattress or crib by contacting the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov.

While the exact cause of SIDS remains a mystery, we’re closing in on a solution. The number of SIDS deaths has declined by 50% since 1990, but more work is needed. You can help by donating to the American SIDS Instituteand helping us share these tips.

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 Simple Pregnancy Workouts to Keep Mom Active

simple pregnancy workoutsAll the experts agree that once you become pregnant, it’s healthy to keep getting exercise. Not only will a regular exercise routine keep you feeling healthy throughout your term, but it will make labor easier too. Fortunately, you don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment. Exercise can be had right in the comfort of your own home. Here are some simple exercises to help you stay fit during your pregnancy.

(Always remember: if something hurts or doesn’t feel right, stop immediately. Consult your doctor if pain lingers.)

1. Plié (works out your hamstrings, quadriceps, and your booty)

Place a chair at your side and rest your hand on it. Keep your feet parallel and a little wider than your hips so your knees turn out at about forty-five degree angles. Keep your back straight and bend at the knees as low as you can go (without straining yourself). Return to the standing position and repeat for as many reps as you feel comfortable. I find keeping my free hand on my waist helps keep my balance.

2. Curls (works out biceps and shoulders)

Sit on the edge of a chair so you aren’t leaning against it. Keep your back straight and your feet firmly on the floor. Put five to eight pounds of weight in either hand. You don’t need formal weight gear, anything that you can hold and has some weight will work, like a filled tote bag or heavy books. Hold the weights so your elbows form 90-degree angles, then life the weights to shoulder height. Lower and repeat.

3. Row (works out your back, triceps and biceps)

Place your knee on a chair and your other foot firmly on the floor. Lean forward so your hand is on the chair (knee and hand should be the same side of your body). This should make your back parallel to the floor. Hold a weight in your free hand down toward the floor. Bend your arm up so your elbow makes a 90-degree angle (the weight should be right next to your belly). Lower and repeat.

4. Leg Raise (works out your thighs and lower core muscles)

Lie on your side and support your head with your forearm (so your neck is aligned straight with your spine). Place your other arm on the floor in front of you and bend your lower leg to stabilize yourself. You might also want a pillow under your belly for comfort. Life your upper leg as far as you can comfortably and repeat for reps, then switch to the other side.

5. Plank (works out your arms, back and core)

Start on the floor on your knees and arms. Your elbows and wrists should be touching the floor in front of you. Life your knees and straight your back so your body is in a straight line. Only your toes and arms (elbow to palm) should be touching the floor. Hold for one or two breaths. Try not to let your belly sag or your back arch.

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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How to Help a Crying Baby

help a crying babyNewborn babies can cry a lot and it may seem like nothing can help.

As a Certified Happiest Baby Educator, I talk a lot to parents about crying. Everyone has a vision of bringing their sweet little bundle of joy from the hospital. New car seat, new outfit, new stroller. It all sounds so peaceful and idyllic, doesn’t it? This little bundle of joy is going to do a lot of crying, however, and if parents aren’t prepared for how to handle that crying, it can feel like the crying never ends. Luckily, there are things parents can do to easily calm baby when crying. Dr. Harvey Karp’s 5 S’s, which were described in his book, The Happiest Baby on the Block, are techniques that every parent should know. We teach these techniques in our Newborn Calming classes. What are they?

1.  Swaddling

This is the cornerstone of calming your baby because it helps to suppress the Moro Reflex that many babies have (when their arms thrust involuntarily up in the air). It focuses your baby so that the calming process can begin. A good swaddle blanket is necessary and it should be large and square. 44X44 is a great size. Rectangular receiving blankets do not work as well because they tend to be smaller and easier to undo.  Babies will often cry as you are swaddling them and some parents think this means that they don’t like to be swaddled. Swaddling allows your baby to focus on the soothing that is going to occur next and reminds them of the tight, cozy space they had in the womb.

2.  Side/Stomach Position

These are positions that should only be used when you are holding your baby and NOT when you are putting them down to sleep. Babies should always be put down on their backs to sleep.  Holding your baby on his side will help them to settle. It can be helpful if you hold your baby in a reverse breastfeeding hold (face away from your chest). Some dads do really well holding their babies in a football hold (resting on their forearm and tucked like a football player tucks a ball when going for a touchdown.  Holding your baby with their stomach up against your shoulder can also help trigger that calming reflex.

3.  Shushing (or other white noise)

Using white noise emulates the constant noise your baby heard in the womb for 9 months. Did you know that the decibel ranges in the womb can reach up to 90dcb? That’s about as loud as a vacuum cleaner! Now imagine your baby, used to all of this noise, is now placed in a quiet space for almost 24 hours a day. It’s a huge shock to their system! Using loud shushing in the ear and other white noise can help take your baby back to the comfy place they were evicted from, and can actually help calm them down. Match the sound of the shushing to the level of of your baby’s cry and then taper off as they calm down.  Be creative when looking for white noise options around the house.

4.  Swinging 

Your baby didn’t stay stationary in the womb; he jostled and jiggled every time you took a step, exercised, and walked up stairs. Some babies need that motion to calm down. Swinging (in a swing, sling, carrier or bouncing on a ball) can put a baby’s nervous system at ease. Begin with small jiggles to get your baby’s attention and then start with a faster swinging motion. A slow swing will only serve to agitate your baby. You can slow it down once she has settled a bit. When jiggling your baby, always support the head and neck and use very small motions. Always make sure your baby is strapped into a swing and that it is placed in the flat position.

5.  Sucking

Once your baby is calm, sucking may be just the thing he needs. This can include breastfeeding, bottle feeding, sucking on fingers, or a pacifier. It can be very difficult to get a baby to suck if they aren’t hungry when they are extremely upset, so try the other S’s first before trying to get your child to suck.

The 5 S’s take practice, so please don’t be discouraged if they don’t work on the first try.  If you implement these techniques, hopefully your baby will enter the 6th S– sweet sleep! If you’d like to learn more about The Happiest Baby on the Block techniques, to sign up for an upcoming class, or to schedule an in-home calming baby lessoncontact us.

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Guest Blog by Lori Strong, Certified Sleep Consultant and Owner of Strong Little Sleepers

Lori is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant through and Certified Happiest Baby Educator. She is the founder and owner of Strong Little Sleepers, which was started on the idea that all families need and deserve to get a good night’s sleep. Lori was the first certified child sleep consultant in Austin, Texas and was honored as Best Sleep Expert in the 2013 Austin Birth Awards. She is also a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. Lori combines her experience as an educator and a parent to offer customized sleep plans and support to families with children ages 0-6 across the country.

For more information, please visit www.stronglittlesleepers.com.

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7 Steps to Plan a Disney Vacation Winter Getaway

vacation home rentals in orlando florida near disneySummer isn’t the only time for vacations! Unlike many theme parks, Disney is open all year round. There are all sorts of attractions and spectacles to enjoy, even during the cooler days. If you can arrange the time off work and don’t mind pulling your kids out of school (maybe they have a winter break), I strongly suggest visiting in the winter. Here are some steps to help you plan an excellent vacation.

1. Opt for a vacation home rental in Orlando, Florida.

The best Florida vacation home rental deals will keep you close to the park, but offer plenty of privacy and space that your family needs. They’re also a lot cheaper and they give you an opportunity to enjoy other parts of Florida aside Disney if you choose.

2. Pack for moderate weather.

Unlike the blistering heat of the summer, winter in Florida is a mild, comfortable season. You’ll still want to wear shorts and bathing suits, but bring pants and a light jacket as well. You’ll want to plan to be in the park during the warmest parts of the days and back at your vacation home rental by sundown.

3. Visit around the holidays, but not on them.

While winter is a great time to enjoy Disney, you’ll want to avoid spending Thanksgiving or Christmas Day in the park. Believe it or not, these are very busy days. However, the days just before and after big holidays are usually pretty slow, so you’ll have plenty of freedom to get around and enjoy your favorite attractions.

4. Plan your trip early.

Like any trip, you’ll want to plan your winter vacation in Disney as far in advance as you can manage. Book your vacation rental early to get the best deal and ensure your spot. A great trick is to divide the cost of your biggest expenses (lodging plus park admittance) by the number of weeks until your trip. Set aside that amount each week so it never feels like you blew a bunch of money at once.

5. Don’t bet on the water parks being open.

If water parks are a big part of your plans, plan your trip for another season. A cold day can ruin your plans and make sliding, swimming and wave pools very uncomfortable. If the day is too cold and clouds are overhead, Disney may even close the park.

6. Winter is a great time to see animals.

During the summer heat, many animals hide in their enclosures to keep the sun off their bodies, but during the winter they’re more likely to wander out in the open to gather the heat. If you have little kids with you that want to enjoy one of the most incredible zoos in the world, go in the winter.

7. The Christmas decorations in the park are spectacular.

Like I said, plan your trip around the holidays, but not on them. Late December is a great time to visit, but I would keep your trip to the week before Christmas. During this time you’ll get to see Disney pull out all the stops with their Christmas celebrations. The lights and decorations are simply spectacular

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Guest Blog by Steve Casey of Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals

Look no further for vacation home rentals near Disney in Florida! 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, Floridadiscount vacation home rentals, or other Florida destinations.

We will help you do all of the planning so you and yours can start making memories!

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Baby On Board: 5 Driving Tips for Traveling With Babies

driving tips with babiesNew parents have their hands full, especially when attempting to run errands with infants in tow. While you can’t control the driving practices of other motorists on the road, you can make sure that you’re doing all you can to protect your precious cargo through diligence in defensive driving. Following are five tips that will help you to travel safely and stress-free, with your little one on board.

Minimize Multi-Tasking

Drivers perform their best when they are doing nothing else but operating their vehicles. Making phone calls, even when using the appropriate hands-free devices, fumbling around for toys and pacifiers, eating, applying make-up or doing anything else but watching the road will compromise your reaction times and your overall driving efficiency. Thus, make sure that you have done everything you need to do before getting in the car. Being a bit late to an appointment is far preferable to getting in an accident.

Pull Over When Necessary

Parents should not be afraid of travel delays. Pulling over to tend to a fussy infant can make car trips far more comfortable. It usually takes just a few minutes to calm a crying baby and this will give you a much better opportunity to stay focused on the road.

Tether Infant Accessories

Pacifiers, toys and any other items that your infant or toddler needs should be tethered to the handle of the car seat. This way, these will always be within reaching distance even if they are fumbled or dropped by your youngster. Plastic links or elastic cloth strips will prevent you from having to reach behind you and dig around for these essentials.

Get Additional Defensive Driver Training

You are probably far more concerned with on-the-road safety now that you have your own youngster on board. Brushing up on your defensive driving skills will make you more adept in responding to the reckless driving of others. Best of all, programs like those that are offered at North Shore Driving School Ltd could help you get lower car insurance premiums as well.

Make Sure Your Car Seat Is Installed Correctly

One of the most effective ways to protect your little one from injury is by purchasing a high-quality car seat and having this installed correctly. If you aren’t sure how to tether your seat properly or want to make sure that you have the right style and size for your youngster, you can have your seat checked by local law enforcement agencies. In fact, these agencies often host special classes that new parents can take to learn all of the ins and outs of buying and using car seats at every stage of a child’s development.

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Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her two young daughters. Connect with her on Twitter: @KarleiaSteiner.

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