5 Ways to Keep Baby’s Skin Healthy in the Summer

protect baby from the sunSince it’s summer and warm in most parts of the country, it’s important to remind parents that just because it isn’t hot, doesn’t mean the sun can’t damage your baby’s skin. Even when it’s cool (even in the winter!), the sun can burn a skin. Babies are especially sensitive. Sunburns early in life can increase one’s chance of having skin cancer. Use these tips to protect your baby’s skin for the summer sun.

1. Add a shade to your devices.

Pick up a versatile baby wrap to shade baby from the sun while you’re out. You will want something you can hang over the carrier, the stroller, or over your shoulder. Use a removable mesh shield to keep direct sunlight off your child while she’s sitting in the car.

2. Use hats and sunglasses.

Put a wide-brimmed hat with flaps for the neck and ears on your baby when you’re in direct sunlight. If your baby will tolerate it, use a hate that completely shades the face. Offer sunglasses, though your baby might take them off often, but eventually he/she will learn how useful they can be.

3. Use lots of sunscreen.

Check your sunscreen bottle for the words “broad spectrum.” That’s what you want. Use at least SPF 15. Apply the lotion a half an hour before spending time in the sun and reapply ever two hours. If you take baby into the water, reapply immediately after. Make sure to hit the often-forgotten spots like the tops of the ears, the nose, and the tops of hands and feet. Check the lotion’s expiration date before applying – they can go bad.

4. Dress appropriately.

Even if it’s hot, it’s best to be covered against the sun’s rays. Use light colored clothing because it reflects the sun rays to cover your baby’s arms and legs. The fabrics should have a tight weave (you can determine by holding them up to the light – if much comes through, it’s too loose). Keep a special set of clothing in the car in case you get caught in the sun.

5. Avoid the sun all together.

During the first few (maybe six) months of life, you shouldn’t be taking baby out into the sun at all. The rays are far too harsh for brand new skin, even with sunscreen. If you must go outside, do whatever you can to keep your trips short – like the walk from your home to the car. Schedule your activities and errands for the mornings or evens when the light is mitigated.

car seat cover nursing cover stroller shadeGuest Blog by Laura Gravett, Inventor of PunkinWrap

Laura, a mom of two, is the inventor of PunkinWrap, a multi-use car seat cover and baby wrap. PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover.  The 7-in-one baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives baby privacy while sleeping and protects him from the other elements like rain and wind.

More so, Laura is a former nanny with a degree in psychology who formerly worked at Yale University doing research. As an Atlanta native and currently residing in the best suburb of Atlanta: Roswell, Laura and her husband love their community. Laura volunteers on various committees in their city to help give back in any way she can.  Laura and her husband spent several years taking care of rescue dogs – transport, intakes, fostering, etc. and had to step away a bit once they had their first child. The Gravetts now have two children (girls ages 3 and 10 months) and three rescue dogs.

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Top Tips for Weaning a Baby off the Pacifier

how to wean baby off the pacifierIt is very hard to change the daily habits of your baby, especially those that your children grown fond of, like sucking on a pacifier. Discouraging the use of a pacifier in both an effective and positive way is essential in properly ridding your infant of an item that they have outgrown. Just like most things in life, if we can understand why we do something, we can develop a method to change our habits. Your baby’s pacifier can be a sense of security, sleep aid, or a solution to boredom. The first step in discouraging this habit is to identify the main use of your infant’s pacifier and choose a possible solution. Here are some ideas on how to wean your baby off a pacifier.

Create Active Schedules

The majority of dependence on pacifiers is because infants don’t have very active schedules. Your children are getting older and are capable of doing more dynamic activities that can help to take their mind off of soothing items like a pacifier. As your child develops other interests they will begin to forget about occupying their times with a pacifier.

Toy Swap

Show your child that they no longer need a binky and are on to bigger and better things. The easiest way to entice kids is with toys. Explain to your child that growing up means new and exciting toys, and they no longer need their pacifier. Take them to the toy store and let them pick out a new toy that they can swap with their pacifier. Look for suggested ages on the box to show your giving them a big kid toy!

Replace with New Comfort Items

A pacifier can serve as a sense of security for your child. Any child attached to a pacifier will never instantly forget their binky, but parents can find new soothing items to help comfort their children. This can be a wide range of items depending on your infant’s interest. Stuffed animals, action figures, blankets, and even music can all be used to soothe children when weaning a baby off a pacifier.

Avoid Too Much Change at Once

Now that you have an idea for how to wean your child off of a pacifier, don’t forget about timing. Whether you believe going cold turkey or a gradual decline is more appropriate, you can never be sure how your child will react. So think about everything else going on in your child’s life. Are they sick, going to a new nursery, or have any other big changes to their daily routines? Big changes like pacifier weaning can take a big toll on infants, so be assured you are not creating too much change for your baby to take in all at once.

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 Fun Ways to Choose a Baby Name

how to choose a baby namePicking a perfect name for your newborn can feel more like of a chore rather than something enjoyable for parents. Naming your baby should be a bonding experience for couples as another step in your passage to parenthood. A name is the first way everyone who meets your child is going to begin to identify them, so turn something as important as the name of your baby into something fun. Naming your baby should be fun, so use these tips.

Check out Belly Ballot

This is a website that makes baby naming a shared experience between parents, family, and friends. This social baby naming site allows parents to look through names by region, gender, and other lists including but not limited to “Rock star Names,”  “Aristocrat Names,” and “Last Names for First Names.” Pick five of your favorite names and add them to your Belly Ballot box. After, see which name was voted to winner and share your results online.

Wait till the Last Minute

This is a baby naming solution for parents who believe when the time comes and the baby is born the right name will come to them. Those first few hours with your newborn will tell you more than you could ever know when imagining the perfect baby name. The birth of a child can unleash a lot of raw emotion between parents, and you can channel this emotion into a name that is both meaningful and fitting of your newborn baby.

Don’t Forget the Importance of a Middle Name     

Maybe you and your partner are fighting over a name? Or having trouble deciding between two options? Make use of the middle name. You can decide to use more than one. Write down the last name the baby will receive down on a strip of paper along with all of the possible first and middle name options. Play around with the order of the names and find which combination you find both sweet sounding and aesthetically pleasing. Don’t forget to take initials into account!

Create Original Nicknames from Traditional Names

Today baby names are all about being unique and unconventional. Just because you want your child’s name to be special does not mean that you have to mark them for life with a name that is outlandish and peculiar. A name says a lot about someone, so if you are wishing to settle on a name a little more exotic think about sticking to nick names by focusing on specific parts of a traditional name. Example: Name your son Sebastian, but call him Bash.

Rename Yourself

If you are still having trouble, think about what your name would be if you and your partner had named yourselves. What do the names that you suggest for yourself say about what you are looking for in a name? This is a good way to stop obsessing over baby names and hopefully clear your mind to see what is most important in a name for you.

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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10 Ideas for a Safe and Healthy Nursery

create an eco-friendly nurseryEvery parent wants the best for their children. They want the safest and healthiest food, clothing and nursery products. Since your baby will spend a LOT of the first year sleeping in the nursery, you want to make sure it’s as safe as possible, and that means keeping it free of dangerous toxins. Here are ten ways you can create an eco-friendly nursery.

1. Avoid wall-to-wall carpet

The glue and backing of carpets can contain high levels of chemicals that are harmful for baby. If you must, a carpet with 100% natural fibers is a better option.  However, hardwood is always a great choice.

2. Look for furniture made with FSC-certified wood

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood used in furniture indicates that the furniture is sustainable because the wood was harvested responsibly and in a way that protects the ecosystem.

3. The less plastic toys the better.  

Plastic toys made with PVC are made with vinyl chloride, which is a known carcinogen. They also tend to contain phthalates, which can adversely affect human reproduction and development. A few high-quality, eco-friendly toys in the room will make the room healthy and less cluttered.

4. Use low-VOC or VOC-free paint for healthy walls

Volatile Organic Compounds (or VOCs) are emitted by some paints and lacquers so they create toxic emissions. When painting your nursery try to use paints that are VOC-free or have low levels of VOC.

5. Forego the blinds

Forget about getting plastic blinds for the windows – the cords can strangle baby and the PVC plastic gives off gas when the sun heats it. Look for organic fabric curtains to block out the sunlight.

6. Use eco-friendly bedding

Eco-friendly bedding for cribs are made with all natural materials like cotton and wool. Not only are they better for the environment, they’re free of harmful chemicals so they’re also the safest choice for baby.

7. Use cloth diapers

Cloth diapers are better for the environment because they don’t get tossed out after every use like disposables do. Just wash the cloth insert after each use. Cloth diapers are also better for baby’s sensitive skin.

8. Get a natural crib mattress

Mattresses made with foam are required to be treated with fire-retardant chemicals, which are toxic and give off terrible fumes. A natural mattress may be more difficult to find and a little more expensive but it’s definitely worth having in baby’s room.

9. Invest in an air purifier

A good air purifier will help get rid of pollutants in the air so baby can breathe easier. A humidifier with a HEPA filter is the best choice to go with. Also, an air purifier can double as a white noise machine making it easier for baby to fall asleep.

10. Look for hand-me-downs

Instead of buying all new toys and baby gear for the nursery, ask friends and family if they have any hand-me-downs you can use. You can even check thrift stores for new or gently used products. Recycling and reusing products is eco-friendly and helps save money. Just check to make sure the items haven’t been recalled and are safe for baby’s use.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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6 Ideas for Taking a Break When You Have a Baby

how to get a break when you have a babyBabies are a full time job. You’ll have a wonderful experience, but they are can be a lot work and stress. You might go days without getting a break. A person needs time every now and then to get some space and think about something different. Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have any time to yourself; you have to make time. Here are seven simple ways you can entertain your baby so you get a break.

1. Take advantage of nap time

When baby is asleep, this is the best time for parents to get in anything that they have been putting off. These are truly the only times during the day when you have time for yourself and it’s important to make the most of them. Do what makes you feel most relaxed, whether that’s through reading a book, giving yourself a manicure, or catching up on your favorite TV show.

2. Take turns with your partner

Raising a child is easiest when you have a partner who you can take turns with when it comes to watching the baby. When mom needs to have some personal pampering time, dad can take baby off her hands and go for a walk and vice versa. If one of you really needs a break, it’s nice knowing that you have someone else who can take over for a bit.

3. Take up offers from the family

Many times after having a baby your friends and family will offer to watch the baby for you from time to time. Immediately after having your baby you may not feel ready to leave baby with someone else, even if it’s family. But after some time has passed, you should rethink these offers to help. It’ll be good for you to get a break and it’s good for baby to bond with other family members.

4. Invest in a bouncy swing or pack ‘n play

When you have a little one in the house you can’t take your eyes off them for a second, which makes it almost impossible to get anything done. Having a bouncy swing or pack n play creates a safe place for you to put baby and keep him close by while you do whatever it is that needs to be done. Babies love bouncing around in the swing and you can place them in the pack n play with toys to keep them occupied while you work.

5. Have a date night 

There will come a time when you and your partner want to go out on a date night and spend some alone time without baby. Find a babysitter in the neighborhood or someone you trust like a family member or friend who will agree to watch the baby for one night. You can plan to do this at least once a month; this me time (really “we” time) helps to keep you and your partner connected and is a way to rekindle the romance that sometimes gets lost after having a baby.

6. Take longer showers

As a parent you learn to cherish those peaceful moments in the shower without having baby around. A long, hot shower feels amazing after a day of hard work and chasing around a little one. Spend a little more time in the shower or bath with some home spa treatments like body scrubs and bath bombs and you’ll step out feeling refreshed and ready to take on anything.

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.pullypalz.com.

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5 Summer Baby Swaddles to Release the Heat

Babies, naturally, like to keep warm when they sleep because it reminds them of the womb. However, babies can also become overheated, which is a serious SIDS risk; it can be very dangerous. Throughout the summer, you have to monitor your baby’s temperature to make sure he or she isn’t too hot. Here are some unique baby swaddles that are designed to ensure your baby doesn’t become too warm while he/she sleeps.

1. Woombie Old-Fashioned Air Wrap

Summer baby swaddle

The Woombie Old Fashioned Air-Wrap(R) Organic Blankets are made of 100% Organic Cotton breathable fabric. This product offers a new edge to the traditional square blankets, with an innovative venting system to keep your baby cooler. (Overheating is a risk factor in SIDS.) The signature bebeflex(R) fabric is soft, light and stretchy! Uses include: Swaddle wrap, over a stroller to protect from the elements, as a cuddle blanket for toddlers, burp cloth, nursing cover, light toddler blanket, and tummy time blanket.

$44.00

2. Woombie Air

Summer baby swaddle

The Woombie Air is the safest and most effective baby swaddle that requires no wrapping. It’s also 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; prevents overheating; and 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).

$26.00

3. Summer Onesie

Summer baby swaddle

This unique onesie swaddle has a convertible arms feature so you can leave baby’s arms in or out. It is great for babies with hip needs since it does not restrict the legs and hips. It keeps the legs feeling free and cool, while the upper body is perfectly swaddled so baby can still easily fall asleep. It is the perfect swaddle solution for the hot summer months!

$26.00

4. Summer Woombie

Summer baby swaddle

The Summer Woombie is thin and light for warm environments and perfect for hot climates. It is more stretchy than the Original Woombie, made from a cotton/spandex blend. A light swaddle for hot summer night. Offers a 2-way zipper to make night time diaper changes a breeze. It is also the least restrictive Woombie, so it is not for babies needing a snug swaddle.

$25.99

5. Venti-Flo Mod’Swad

Summer baby swaddle

The Venti-Flo Mod’Swad is a super light and breathable swaddle that also looks chic and stylish! This vintage and fashion-forward looking swaddle is made from a soft bamboo/spandex blend to cradle baby in comfort and luxury. No more worry of overheating, the Venti-Flo™ technology allows built up heat to easily escape. It helps promote air flow and naturally pulls moisture from baby.

$34.00

All summer baby swaddles available for purchase at www.woombie.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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Baby Food Recipes That Are Perfect for the Summer

summer baby food recipesOne of the reasons I love summer so much is because of the endless barbeques and get-together’s my friends and I have. Summer is all about the sun and the food. Unfortunately for babies, they cannot enjoy a juicy burger or yummy French fries. When taking your baby out to eat this summer, make sure that they are getting to eat something just as exciting as you are! There are tons of baby food recipes that I have made over the years, and a few that are perfect for summer. Let baby enjoy summer and make these five baby food recipes that are perfect for the summer:

1. Berry salad

Fruit salad is a barbeque staple. Although baby cannot eat all of the fruit in the salad, they can eat berries! To be safe, the next time you are going to a cookout, bring your own berry salad for baby. Blueberries and raspberries are nice and soft, making them perfect for babies. Berry salad is a yummy summer treat that baby will love.

2. Ice cream

It isn’t really summer until ice cream and popsicles become a regular snack! It’s probably best that you don’t feed baby ice cream from the box, because it can be unhealthy. I have a great banana ice cream recipe that is healthy and delicious. The first step to this treat is to cut a banana into chunks and freeze the pieces. Once frozen, put the banana chunks into a food processor with a little water and pulse until it turns into a creamy frozen treat. Yummy, healthy and very summer!

3. Zucchini and summer squash

This mix of veggies is perfect for baby! It’s easy to make for mom, and easy to eat for baby. Plus, these veggies have a sweet little kick to them, so baby will feel like they are getting an awesome summer treat!

4. Banana and avocado

Another great summer recipe for baby is mashed banana and avocado. This recipe is really easy to make, all you have to do is mash both the banana and avocado in a bowl and you are ready to roll. Bring this meal to the park, beach, or BBQ and baby has a ready to go summer meal.

5. Pureed carrots

When it’s hot outside, it’s hard to eat heavy meals. Pureed carrots make for the perfect summer time snack because they are light. All you have to do is roast a couple carrots in the oven, puree with water, and you’re done!

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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4 Memorable Art Keepsakes Kids Can Make Themselves

arts and crafts projects for kidsEvery mom loves handmade projects form their kids because of all the love they put into it. Years from now, when your kids are out of the house, you’ll be glad you kept all of their artwork and projects in a box somewhere. It’s a great way to keep something tangible of the memories when they were young. Here are four sweet arts and crafts projects for you to cherish.

1. Snowflakes

Making snowflakes with the kids is easy, fun and looks awesome all hung up after. This activity is good for the winter time, or around the holidays, but you can easily swap out a snowflake for a beach ball in the summer. Pick up a bunch of construction paper at the store and you’re ready to get cutting, it’s that simple! The kids will think their rooms look awesome with all the decorations they made hanging.

2. Painted Daisy’s

Although this arts and crafts project won’t be around too long, you will cherish it while the flowers are still alive. For this project, buy a bunch of daisies from the store and a few different liquid water colors. At home, put each water color in a different cup and then add one daisy per cup. Watch your kid’s faces turn in amazement as the flowers change from white to red (or whatever colors you used!) It takes about an hour for the flowers to change, but once they do you will have a lovely reminder of your cute kids every time you look at the flowers.

3. Macaroni Framed Picture

What says love more than a family pictured framed in a handmade frame? All you need for this fun little project is a few Popsicle sticks, glue, macaroni and paint. After you glue the frame together for your child, let them paint the macaroni pieces and glue them to the frame. Once they are done pick a nice family photo to put in the frame. You will love coming home and seeing what your child created among your other family pictures!

4. Stamp Pad and Eraser Art

One art project your child will have so much fun doing is a stamp pad and eraser craft. What you will need for this project is a stamp pad, paper and a pencil.  On a sheet of paper, outline a shape of your child’s choice. Use the eraser end of the pencil and press it into the stamp pad and then put the end of the eraser down on the paper, within the lines of the shape. We suggest you choose a heart! Once your child is done creating their masterpiece, cut out the shape and hang it on the fridge! What says I love you mom, more than a heart full of color!

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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7 Safety Tips for Your Vacation to Disney

vacation home rental in orlando florida near DisneyMany people vacation in Disney this time of year, so it’s important to go over some safety rules. In large spaces with big crowds, it’s easy to lose your stuff or a person. Use these tips to have a safe vacation in Disney.

1. Review pool safety.

Swimming pools are easy places for injury and even death. When you use the pool at your hotel or vacation home rental near Disney, make sure everyone understands the rules. There should be no running around the pools or diving into shallow ends. No one should swim alone.

2. Create a plan in case someone gets lost.

Make sure you have a plan in place in case your group becomes separated. If your children don’t have cell phones, stick a piece of paper in their pocket with your number and other essential information (like medications and allergies). If you split intentionally, have a designated place to meet later and stick to the schedule.

3. Stay safe in parking lots.

The parking lots outside the theme parks are massive. Cars move quickly through them because of their size and the drivers’ eagerness to get into the park. Go over parking lot rules with your children. Never walk in the middle of a lane. When you’re exiting or packing the car, designate a parking lot safety spot for your children (Parking Pal Magnet is a fun game for kids and keeps them safe).

4. Stay cool and avoid the sun.

The sun is more powerful than many people think. No one is impervious to sun burn and frequent burns can raise your risk of contracting skin cancer. If you don’t keep yourself cooled off, you can suffer from heat exhausted and sunstroke. Drink water before you are thirsty. Take breaks to sit in the shade or air conditioned buildings. Most importantly, wear sunscreen.

5. Abide by the ride height requirement.

Don’t try to sneak your kids on to a ride they are too small for. The height requirements are there to make sure children who are too small don’t slip off the rides. Many of the safety equipment is one-size-fits all. Don’t waste your time in a long line just to be turned away. Fortunately there are plenty of activities for children in Disney.

6. Know your limits.

Before you get on a ride, make sure you’re suitable for it. If you’re pregnant, have heart problems, high blood pressure, or other conditions, avoid intense rides with spins, dips, and fast speeds. If your body isn’t capable of handling it, don’t push yourself. If you can’t find the boarding instructions, ask a staff member.

Florida vacation home rentalsGuest 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, 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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5 Ways to Keep Cool With Baby During the Summer Heat

how to keep baby cool in summerThe summer is such an exciting time for baby and mom. For some of you, this may be your first summer with baby. Summer is a great time of year for the two of you to bond, get active outdoors, and enjoy the warm weather. As fun as the summer months can be, they can also be really hot and uncomfortable. If you plan on spending a lot of time outside this summer, or don’t have an air conditioner in your home, then you know you will have to find ways to keep baby cool. Here are five ways to keep cool with baby during the summer heat:

1. Dress for summer

One way that you can keep baby cool this summer is to make sure you are dressing them in proper clothing. What your baby wears can help to keep them cool on a hot day. The best thing for your baby to wear is cool cotton clothes. Other fabrics can trap heat and make baby uncomfortable. If you are going out in the sun, make sure that your baby has long sleeves to protect them from the sun.

2. Stay hydrated

Both mom and baby need to stay hydrated on hot days. If your baby is younger than six months, and is breastfeeding, then you don’t need to give them water, you just need to make sure that you are breastfeeding them often enough. In the summer months your baby may want to have more frequent, shorter feedings.

3. Splash around

A great way to stay cool in the summer is to play in the water. If you don’t own a baby pool, and don’t have any friends who own one, a sprinkler will do just fine! Let baby touch the cool water as it comes out of the hose and watch as the giggle when you splash them with it a little. Nothing will feel better than cold water on a hot day.

4. Avoid peak hours

If you know it is going to be a very hot day, avoid going in the sun from 10am-2pm. These are peak hours, times when the sun is hottest. To avoid feeling like you are on house arrest, take baby out for a walk first thing in the morning, and then plan an activity for after dinner. This way you will stay cool and have fun!

5. Seek shade

If you do have to go outside on a hot day, make sure you find some shade. The sun can be really dangerous for baby, so it’s important to make sure they are protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Find a shady spot when you are out and make sure baby wears a hat and sunscreen.

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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