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.

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Let’s Motor, Baby! Fun Activities to Help Your Baby Develop Their Motor Skills

Fun Activities to Help Your Baby Develop Their Motor SkillsThere are many milestones and things to watch for and anticipate as a new parent. One of these areas involves motor skills. Motor skills are defined as an intentional muscle movement—these movements are typically placed into 2 categories, gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills involve larger movements of the arms, legs, feet, or entire body, such as crawling, walking, and jumping. Fine motor skills involve smaller movements of body parts such as fingers and hands. Believe it or not, there are many easy and fun activities parents and caregivers can do with babies to encourage the development of both gross and fine motor skills. Here are just a few:

Get out the Play-dough

Most kids love play-dough, and it turns out that this activity is more than just crafty fun. It encourages imagination, provides a sensory experience, and builds motor skills. The pinching, stretching, and kneading of play-dough is wonderful for building muscle strength and coordination in little fingers. Once you teach your little ones that play-dough is for playing and not for eating, they can unleash their creative spirit while developing essential motor skills.

Go Swimming

One of the major components of well-developed gross motor skills is a strong core. According to professionals who offer baby swimming lessons in Houston, swimming is an effective way to build core, leg, and arm muscles even in young children and babies. Swimming with your little one will get them used to the water—a huge benefit when they are old enough for swimming lessons on their own. This is a great mommy-and-me class to try with your baby to help them build important muscle groups and learn essential swimming skills.

Coloring

Holding a pencil or crayon the correct way may seem to be a skill not needed for years to come, but it is never too early to begin to develop strong muscles and good skills. By using short nubs of pencils and crayons it encourages little ones to hold them correctly, rather than in a fist. Using thicker markers in the beginning will help them get an idea of how to grasp, and showing them how to color on a page will help with coordination and strength. Then, try cutting down pencils and crayons to help increase these grasping muscles as they grow.

Play Hopscotch

Drawing a basic hopscotch grid with sidewalk chalk can provide hours of entertainment, exercise, and development of gross motor skills. Hopping and jumping are both skills that build strong leg muscles and coordination. Little ones may not be able to actually play hopscotch. Simply drawing a line on the ground and encouraging them to walk along it and jump over it is a great alternative. Not only will this help them burn off extra energy, but they will eventually develop the muscles needed to hop, skip, and jump.

Tummy Time

For very young babies, tummy time is like doing a set of sit ups. Laying a baby on their tummy for supervised play time is extremely important and beneficial to the development of strong core, neck, arm, and leg muscles. These muscles are all needed as the baby learns to sit, scoot, crawl, and walk. Your little one may scream and cry during tummy time, but it is necessary to proper growth. You may dread this exercise, but allowing the baby to get used to this position will help them develop the necessary muscles to support their own body.

Strings and Things

Allowing kids to string materials is a wonderful way to build fine motor skills and build hand-eye coordination. Kids can string things such as macaroni, cheerios, and beads into necklaces and bracelets. If they aren’t quite coordinated enough for this, invest in a few books or games that require strings to be looped through holes repeatedly (you can even make your own.) This action will help with creativity and hand-eye coordination, but can be disguised as a fun game or jewelry making for your little one.

There is nearly a never ending number of ways to work on building gross and fine motor skills with babies. The keys are to be creative, stay active, and have fun! Your baby will develop the necessary skills as you help him or her along in the process, and you can always ask your pediatrician if you are concerned about their development or motor skills.

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Dixie is a freelance writer who loves to write about business, women’s interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters who are the inspiration for her writing.

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4 Great Ways to Protect Your Children During Early Life

Protect Your Children During Early LifeDr. Gilbert Webb of Midwest Maternal Fetal Medicine cares for babies in the womb, before they are actually born.  But what happens after that? For most new parents, the first few months after bringing the baby home are filled with lots of new information. This can be a time of confusion, high emotion, frustration and self-doubt. Most parents have one thing in common: they want to provide the best care for their baby and know that they are doing the right thing. Here you will find four great ways to protect your child during early life.

Clear Items from the Cradle

It is important to always ensure that there are no fabrics or blankets that are around the baby, especially when the baby is unsupervised. Although they cute and cozy, stuffed animals can pose a suffocation hazard for a newborn. A great alternative is a pacifier since a newborn is too young to be comforted by a stuffed animal. A good rule of thumb is to dress the baby warm enough and keep no blankets or stuffed animals in the crib.

Consider Swaddling

Most hospitals swaddle newborns just hours after delivery. Swaddling has many benefits which include minimizing the startle reflex, preventing face scratching and recreating the womb environment to soothe the baby. The Woombie is a soft sack that gives the parents peace of mind because it zips up and leaves no extra fabric around the baby. It is simple to use and requires no extra practice or learning. The benefits of a Woombie can be enjoyed from birth up to six months, when most babies no longer need to be swaddled.

Bassinet Practice

It is common for new parents to feel scared when the nurses and high-risk obstetricians like Dr. Gilbert W. Webb are no longer around to provide support and answer questions as they come up. There is no need to fear because a lot of the practices observed in the hospital can be used at home for safety. Newborns are usually placed on their backs in a simple hospital style bassinet. This is something that parents should do at home until the baby is old enough to roll over to a different position. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this position for healthy newborns because it to reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Use a Baby Monitor

When in a different room, baby monitors allow parents to still be able to check on the baby. There are different types including audio and night vision video monitors. It is important to be able to hear the baby and respond within a moment’s notice when necessary. Parents can relax knowing they are aware of the baby’s surroundings at all times. Baby monitors allow parents to have some time alone without compromising on safety.

New parents can feel overwhelmed by all the new information they come across. As time goes on, they are able to find what works for them as they settle into a routine that is both safe and comfortable. Whatever their choices may be, most parents agree that keeping the baby full, warm and within close distance is essential. Confidence comes with experience and new parents gain that over time as they get accustomed their new lifestyle with a baby.

Guest Blog by Anica Oaks, Freelance Writer

A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

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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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5 Guidelines to Help New Parents

guidelines of parentingA new child will mean a whole new lifestyle for parents. This also brings along an entire new set of “rules” that you may have never known or thought about before having a baby. While there’s clearly no exact handbook or perfect guide to being a parent, there are certain aspects that every parent should know once the new child arrives. Here are five of these rules that moms should take note of:

Babies Will Cry

As a mom, you need to understand that sometimes babies cry just because they can. You may have checked their diaper, tried to feed them, make them burp, and yet you still can’t figure out what’s wrong. This doesn’t mean you need to beat yourself up over it; babies will cry due to their own internal needs and their temperaments. All that should be done is trying your best to support your child and do what you can until he/she feels better.

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

At times, things get so hectic with your child that you don’t stop to think about how they truly feel about the situation. A good example of this is a crying baby that you have been frantically trying to soothe during the wee hours of the morning. Eventually, you surrender and bring your child into your bed with you to fall asleep peacefully. If a parent were to put themselves in their child’s shoes during this situation, it’s easy to see that sleeping with their mother is a much more calming and preferable experience.

Celebrate Positives

Throughout parenthood, it may sometimes seem like you are more worried, concerned, and/or stressed than anything else. It’s important to celebrate the positives that you experience with your child however. Whether it’s something as small as getting them to finish a serving of baby food, or as monumental as their first words, appreciating and enjoying these positives are crucial in parenting.

Embrace Support

This goes without saying, but raising a child is no easy task! Finding support in your significant other, your family, or through professional childcare is important to help you in this journey. You’re allowed to be stressed and you’re allowed to vent how stressed you are from time to time. Isn’t that what family and friends are for? When things get really tough, seeking professional help is also a vital aspect of parenting. You are a new parent; you aren’t meant to know what to do about every situation at all times of the day. Try to embrace the support that is available to you as a parent.

Take Care of Yourself

The job of being a parent may sometimes seem like it leaves absolutely zero time for your own personal needs and desires. This is a huge mistake for new parents. While your child is clearly the number one priority for a while, this doesn’t mean that you have to neglect yourself in the process. Taking care of your own needs, your relationships with others, and your desires in life should never take a backseat just because you are taking care of the little one!

nursing pillowGuest Blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

After Clark read a recent Duke University study on toxic chemicals in baby products, she sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed. Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, the nation’s leading fire-retardant research specialist, and a new mother herself, said, “It’s wonderful to find a nursing pillow on the market that is not treated with chemical flame-retardant additives in the filling material. San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud this manufacturer for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin Eco*Loft™ fiber, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

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Modern Baby Names: Boy and Girl

modern baby namesWhile many baby names have remained very common throughout the years, there are certainly decade-specific names that were popular. From the 1920s through several future decades, Robert and John were popular for boys, and Mary was a clear-cut favorite for girls. Once the ‘60s came, Michael and Lisa started to see some popularity beating out the previous favorites for so many years. From this point forward, parents seem to have become much more creative with their baby names as tons of new names began topping the list. Names like Jacob, Matthew, Joshua, Daniel, and Christopher were all used pretty equally the past couple decades, while Emily, Jessica, Ashley, Sarah, Samantha, among tons of others were used for girls.

Seeing how much baby name popularity has changed over the past 100 years or so, it’s no surprise that a vast variety of names are still emerging today. Let’s take a look at modern baby names, both boy and girl, for the current era that we live in:

According to BabyCenter, the top ten baby names for males are as follows: Liam, Noah, Ethan, Mason, Logan, Lucas, Jacob, Aiden, Jackson, Jack. Respectively, the top ten baby names for females include: Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Emily, Abigail, and Harper.

This list by the Huffington Post is quite a reminder of how quickly and vastly baby names are changing the years go by. The creativity is clearly at a maximum! The top ten baby names for girls includes: Imogen, Charlotte, Isla, Cora, Penelope, Violet, Amelia, Eleanor, Harper, Claire. For boys, the top ten is as follows: Asher, Declan, Atticus, Finn, Oliver, Henry, Silas, Jasper, Milo, Jude.

Choosing Your Baby’s Name

With so many choices, such uniquely different options, and so many new popular names emerging, it can be extremely difficult to pick the perfect name for your child. One very unique and interesting tool that you can use is Belly Ballot. Belly Ballot is a social baby naming tool that allows you to pick your five favorite baby names, invite your friends and family to vote on them, and then announce your final choice on Facebook and Twitter platforms. This method is not only a fun new way to figure out the perfect name for your child, but it also allows you to involve and get feedback from the people in your life who mean the most! Give it a try.

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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Running Out of Time: What New Parents Should Know About Adoption

What New Parents Should Know About AdoptionFor couples who are looking to adopt and welcome a child into their home, it can be exciting to plan for the future and grow the family. Before it’s time to paint the nursery or buy baby clothes, there are a few steps all parents need to learn to ensure you have a smooth and successful adoption process. By knowing what to expect, it will allow you to remain flexible and anticipate a few bumps in the road.

You May Start as Foster Parents

When it comes to adopting a child, it can be a lengthy and expensive process for adoptive parents. For some, it can take a few months to adopt a child, while others can wait as long as four years to bring a child home. More people are entering the process by becoming foster parents in hopes of adopting one of the 110,000 eligible children that are currently in foster care. This is a great option to get local kids into your home and help the community.

Each Case is Different

It’s important to go into the adoption process without having a specific picture or idea in your head about what it will be like. With adoption, there are often many surprises, challenges, and struggles that cannot be anticipated. Each child will have different needs and will have to adjust at their own pace, making it important to stay flexible and have patience. At times, the roller coaster that comes with adopting is beyond your control.

Workshops are Available

You’ll likely need support during the adoption process due to the challenges that often come with each case. Find support groups and attend adoption workshops, which allow you to learn how to adjust. Workshops are often available locally for waiting families, and can make it easier to become friends with other adoptive parents or find a support group that can celebrate with you when the adoption is finalized.

Know Your Preferences

Before trying to adopt, it’s important to discuss your preferences with your spouse on what type of child that you want. Don’t feel guilty if you are not interested in adopting a child who has special needs, or health issues. Know the race, age, and gender of the child that you prefer without having fear of being honest. According to Lain T Donnell, a lawyer from a Newmarket family law firm it’s important the adoption agency knows your specific preferences before any paperwork is done.

When it’s time to grow your family, there are a few ways to prepare as much as possible for the journey ahead. By doing your own research and staying flexible with the process, the rewards will be worthwhile and can make for an incredible road ahead with your new child and family.

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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8 Helpful Tips for Laundry Day

laundry tipsLaundry is tough and it never seems to end! When you care for a family, as soon as you’re caught up, a new load is dropped off. There’s no avoiding this task, but we can make it easier on ourselves. Here are some ways you can make laundry easier. Share yours!

1. Treat spots and stains right away.

The longer those stains have to sit on your clothes, the harder they will be to remove – if they come out at all. Treat them immediately in whatever manner is appropriate for that stain. A great idea is to post a cheat-sheet of stain removal tips near the washing area so everyone can reference it when a spill occurs.

2. Presort your laundry.

Presorting doesn’t take a lot of time, but there’s no reason for it. The items are already sorted when they come off your body! Have separate bins or bags for lights, darks, and whites. Drop them into their appropriate spot when you’re finished wearing them. However…

3. Sort carefully.

There’s nothing more frustrating than turning a whole load of whites pink because a red sock fell in unseen. Make sure to separate layers, shake pant legs, and unroll socks. Wash new items separately the first time so the colors don’t bleed. Also, check clothing for items that don’t belong in the washer, like pens and crayons that can ruin your clothes.

4. Empty the lint trap regularly.

A full lint trap makes the dryer less efficient, which causes it to take longer to dry the clothes. Since the dryer takes longer than any other part of the laundry process, you want to cut this time down as much as possible.

5. Line dry your linens.

Unless you desperately need a set of sheets and pillow cases, hang them outside on the line to dry. There’s no point wasting the energy your dryer would use if you don’t need them immediately.

6. Delegate chores to others.

There’s no reason everyone can’t be included in the regular laundry chores. Grade-school aged kids can put away their own laundry, even fold it. Middle- and high-school aged children can probably handle all of their laundry needs.

7. Clean your washer monthly.

Dirt, hair and odors that your washer takes out of your clothes can stick around. With hot, soapy water, scrub out your washing machine at least once a month. This will help get your items clean after the first wash. You might need to wash it more regularly if you wash a lot heavy blankets, sweaters, and soiled clothes (like sportswear).

8. Forget “laundry day.”

Rather than dedicate one day of the week to laundry, do a little bit each day. When your hamper or sorter filled up, drop a load in the washer as you pass through the laundry area, or do a quick washer-to-dryer switch during a commercial. If you break it up and stay on top of it, it won’t feel like much of a chore at all.

eco-friendly green laundry detergentGuest Blog by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap

Finally it’s cool to be GREEN! Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. As a mom Kim was fed up with the empty promises of “green” cleaning products that were not delivering what they promised… So she invented Rockin’ Green! We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. All of our organic cleaning products are biodegradable, and gluten and vegan friendly. They don’t contain phosphates, SLS, Parabens, or optical brighteners. All of our packaging is made from recycled materials.

Visit www.rockingreensoap.com for more information.

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What to Pack When You Travel While Pregnant

traveling while pregnantAs if travel preparations weren’t difficult enough, doing it while you’re pregnant makes things even trickier. If you can get your doctor’s blessing and make smart preparations, there’s no reason to miss out on enjoying travel. If you’re planning on hitting the road, learning how to stay comfortable and educate yourself about which activities are safe, will also go a long way to make your trip less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are some packing essentials for your trip as a mom-to-be:

Comfortable Clothes

Expecting moms should know to wear whatever makes them feel good and is comfortable. Taking it a step further, it’s best to wear a dress or separates, such as a skirt or pants with a top, to accommodate frequent trips to the bathroom. Drawstring pants or those with elastic waists are also good choices for pregnant mothers. Another good tip is to layer your clothing to cope with sudden temperature changes; whether it’s the chilly environment of an air-conditioned airport or the stuffy, warm bus that is crowded with people.

Snacks and Drinks

Whether you’ll be on a long road trip or flying for a few hours on a plane, making sure to stay hydrated and prepared with snacks is going to be an important part of the trip. As you now know, you’re eating and drinking for two, and this will show in how quickly you get hungry or thirsty. Make sure to pack an ample amount of snacks and drinks so that you don’t find yourself uncomfortably hungry or thirsty while you’re stuck in an airplane seat. Also, you’ll be able to pack your favorite healthy options rather than relying on a random convenience store or whatever they are serving on the plane.

Important Paperwork

Some paperwork that could come in handy during your travels includes items like your insurance information, medical records, and emergency contact information. All of this paperwork may either be necessary to travel or just helpful and useful to have available when you’re far from home. Obtaining a doctor’s note that says it is safe for you to travel on an airplane may also be very helpful to have.

Sanitizer/Supplements

Maintaining your health and trying to avoid germs is crucial while you’re pregnant. An airport is one the most germ-ridden places you could be, so being sure to plan for this is important. Hand sanitizer will certainly come in handy as you make your rounds through airport security, bathrooms, and on the airplane. Prenatal vitamins and supplements are also great to have to provide your body with what it needs to be healthy while you’re carrying your little one.

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

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

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

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

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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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