Pregnancy Proofed Beauty Regimen

Pregnancy is a sensitive time for your body. If you aren’t careful, the smallest exposure to the wrong chemical can have detrimental effects on your baby’s development.  Pregnancy is a good time to let loose and go the low maintenance route, but for some us, we’d like to be as far away from looking like a caveman as possible.

You are not alone if you feel overwhelmed by all the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy, so we’ve put together a list of beauty products that are perfect for just this joyous 9-month occasion. Here is our pregnancy proofed beauty regimen.

SOPHi non-toxic nail polish

SOPHi non-toxic nail polish

FINALLY a line of non-toxic nail polish. This collection by Piggy Paint is designed  to keep the eco-friendly momentum of Earth Month going all year long. If you were a nail salon regular prior to being pregnant, this safe alternative may be great for you. SOPHi’s non-toxic collection of nail polish is actually more durable and pigmented than you’d expect it be.

www.piggypaint.com

Nine Naturals Hair Care

Nine Naturals Hair Care

This formula for shampoo is completely free of paraben, triclosan, sulfate, BPA, phthalate petrochemical and DEA. With citrus and mint nourishing  ingredients, Nine Naturals shampoos is one of the few shampoos on the market that is deemed safe for pregnant women. It is also created with without artificial dyes. Many have said this formula leaves their mane silky smooth unlike many drying shampoos that parade drug stores.

www.ninenaturals.com 

Mambino Organics for Stretch Marks

Mambino Organics for Stretch Marks

When it comes to matters of vanity, stretch marks are among the worst of women’s post pregnancy fears. I’m sure you’ve tireless read through the laundry list of products on the market aimed to avoid and even cure stretch marks but this Mambino Organics Anti-Stretch & Rebound Skin Duo has some pretty groundbreaking reviews. This combination does not release toxins into your bloodstream that could potentially be harmful to both you and your baby.

www.ambinoOrganics.com

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash

Belli skincare offers an amazing collection of coveted beauty products that are safe enough for expecting mamas. This face wash tends to the acne prone pregnancy population. It leaves your face feeling clean and refined without drying it with potentially harmful salic/ lactic acid. Though these active ingredients are effective, they aren’t the best for expecting moms.  This face wash cleanses and exfoliates all while being a natural skin brightener.  Belli’s facial wash is teratology screened and even recommended by OB/GYN & Dermatologists.

www.belliskincare.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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6 Cool Tech Gadgets for Parents

Tech Gadgets for ParentsParents love all the help that they can get their hands on when it comes to taking care of their children. Whether it comes in the form of a helping hand from a friend, or a weird gadget that they have no idea how to use yet. Check out some of these cool tech gadgets that parents will love for their child:

1. Video Baby Monitor 

Many parents simply rely on audio monitors for their child. However, those parents clearly don’t have toddlers who pretend to be sleeping and then climb all over things when they leave the room! Whether you’re a nervous first-time parent who likes to keep a close watch on your child, or a seasoned parent who wants to peek at your baby while at work, a video monitor is worth every penny. 

2. Itzbeen Pocket Nanny 

Have you ever been so busy that you actually forget the last time you fed your child? Once you get into a routine of taking care of your child, something as simple as this can become tough to handle. The Pocket Nanny is made to keep track of your baby’s nap, feedings, and diaper changes – the trifecta of parenting help! 

3. Pacifier Thermometer 

These modified pacifiers are perfect for taking baby’s temperature! Beside the fact that the pacifier thermometer makes it so you don’t have to deal with flailing legs (and some crying), it’s a great way to see if baby has a fever in the middle of the night without getting him undressed and undiapered. Anything that minimally disrupts sleep is a must-have for parents.

4. Smartphone 

The best thing about smartphones is that they’re practically helpful with every aspect of life, and they’re always in your pocket or bag! Plus, we’re at the stage now where there’s an application for everything, including parenting. Between games, monitors, tracking apps, a high-resolution camera, and tons more, a smartphone is the perfect gadget for parents.

5. Breast Pump 

While we all know how special the traditional breastfeeding method can be for both mother and child, sometimes parents just don’t have the time. If you’re nursing, having a breast pump on hand is a very relieving gadget for busy moms. You can get everything done during the day knowing that your baby’s meal is already in the fridge waiting for them!

6. Smart Diapers 

Although this genius invention is still in the works, it’s almost guaranteed to become a great piece of technology for parents. The Smart Diaper is a disposable diaper with a chemically treated tab on the front that changes color based on the bacterial, electrolyte, and pH levels of your kid’s urine. Parents can then analyze the tab on an app to make sure everything is healthy with their child.

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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

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

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7 Interesting Facts About Twins

Interesting Facts About TwinsEveryone loves to read about interesting, fun facts about various subjects, and twin babies are no different! Just seeing two nearly identical human beings is interesting enough by itself, but there are so many other fascinating aspects of twin children. Check out these interesting facts about twins:

1. Twin Births 

In 1980, one in every 53 babies born in the United States was a twin. By 2009, that number had risen to one in 30, which means that over three decades, the twin birth rate (number of twins per 1,000 births) rose 76%!

2. Twin Gene 

There is actually a “twin gene” that exists in women. This gene is responsible for a woman releasing more than one egg at the same time. Most interesting of all is that a person can be genetically predisposed to this gene, which makes them more likely to have twins!

3. Fingerprints 

Identical twins actually have the same DNA, but not fingerprints. Although they start with the same fingerprints, during weeks 6 to 13 of pregnancy, when the twins start to move, they touch the amniotic sac which forms unique ridges and lines.

4. Bonding 

The University of Padova recently discovered that twins are as close in the womb as they are outside of it. At 14 weeks of gestation, twins were seen reaching for each other. Four weeks later, twins in the womb touched each other more often than they touched their own bodies. The twins were gentle to each other and made distinct gestures toward each other.

5. Family Ties 

If a pair of identical male twins marries a pair of identical female twins, their children will legally be cousins but genetically be full siblings! Since the genetic pool of identical twins is identical, these two sets of parents would produce children from identical pools.

6. Longer Lifespan

Women who give birth to twins are generally healthier and stronger to begin with than those who don’t. Some believe that twins are an evolutionary adaptation, where the healthiest of mothers take the chance to pass on double the genes at once.

7. Tall Predisposition 

The Long Island Jewish Medical Center discovered that taller women have more insulin-like growth factor (IGF) – a protein that increases a woman’s chance of ovulating. The more IGF a woman has, the greater the chance that she will become pregnant with twins. Other research found that women who gave birth to twins were on average one inch taller than other mothers.

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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

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

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7 Tips to Instill Good Habits in Your Kids

Instill Good Habits in Your KidsParenting sure isn’t easy. You think it will get easier once the kids can walk, help themselves to a juice box and reliably communicate with you. But in truth, you just enter a new stage of parenting where you deal with higher functions and abstract concepts, like good habits. Here are some tips to instill good habits in your kids.

1. Be a good role model.

You can’t expect your kids to behave properly if you don’t do so yourself. No matter how much you lecture, you’ll never get through if you don’t demonstrate. This is especially important for little children who don’t understand language yet. They need someone to emulate.

2. The root of respect is sensitivity

If you want your kids to be respectful, you need to be sensitive to their needs. If they feel like you are someone they can come to with their problems, you’ll find them amenable to your solutions. Acknowledge their feelings even if you think their problems are silly.

3. Teach polite words early

It’s funny how simple words like “please” and “thank you” make everyone get along. Children won’t understand the exact meaning of their polite words, but they’ll practice using them so they’ll be second nature when they finally get it.

4. Punishment rarely works

Negative reinforcement only teaches a child how to avoid the punishment. Positive reinforcement teaches them to repeat the behavior. When your kids do something well-mannered, make sure to bring it up and praise them openly. When they do something naughty, politely correct their behavior and move on.

5. Be consistent with your requirements

If you insist that everyone keeps their elbows off the table, you have to enforce it every time. You can’t let it slide for an evening because you are tired, or let the younger one get away with it because she’s little. You’ll just send mixed messages.

6. Remember that kids aren’t perfect

No child is going to behave 100% properly after the first instruction. It just won’t happen. It may take years to instill certain habits in your kids, but that’s the price of being a parent. You have to stick with it.

7. Be someone your children respect

In order to teach your kids anything, you have to be someone in their life they respect enough to listen to. This means maintaining a positive, healthy relationship with your kids. If you are absent all the time except to tell them when they have done something wrong, they won’t care enough about you to heed your advice. Make sure to be an attentive parent.

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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

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

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6 Easy Fixes for Kid Messes

Easy Fixes for Kid MessesKids are huge messes! I know, I have a bunch of them! I’ve walked into empty rooms and found messes that (conveniently) no one can explain. Here are some of the most common kid messes and how you can clean them up.

1. Crayon stains – If your house is like mine, you have crayons everywhere and they end up on clothing. Place the clothing stain-down on some paper towels. Spray it will WD-40 and let it side for 10 minutes. Then, flip it over and spray it once more. Next rub some dishwashing liquid into the stain. Rinse it off and apply stain remover if the stain remains. Machine wash as usual.

2. Gum, glue, stickers and adhesive residue – First, rub the spot with ice to harden and shrink it. Remove as much of the debris as possible with a dull knife or the edge of a spoon. Slather on some sort of lubricant, like Vaseline, to loosen any remaining residue. Scrap off what you can and rinse. If any stains remain, try dishwashing liquid and stain remover. Machine wash as usual.

3. Chalk stains – Now that it’s spring and nearly summer, your kids might be drawing on the sidewalk or your driveway. First, vacuum up or brush off any loose debris. Lay the garment stain-side down on some paper towels. Splash some rubbing alcohol on a cloth and blot the back of the stain. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Machine wash as usual.

4. Ink from carpet – If it’s ballpoint pen ink, splash some of your favorite cleaning agent on to a white cloth and blot the stain over and over. Wait 15 minutes for the area to dry and then repeat until the entire stain is lifted. Do not scrub or you’ll wear the stain into the fibers. If it’s permanent marker, first blot as much as you can, wait 15 minutes, then dip your cloth in detergent and dab repeatedly. Soak up the excess liquid with a dry cloth.

5. Paint stains – Did arts and crafts day turn out a lot messier than you anticipated? Wipe off any dried acrylic or water-based paint with a paper towel. Mix a solution of detergent and water and sponge it on to the stain to soften it, then remove all you can with a spoon or dull knife. Rinse away the soap and repeat as needed. Toss it in the washer as usual if possible.

6. Play-doh in the carpet – This seems like an obscure problem, but it definitely happens. Once that clay gets ground into the fibers, you might think it’s permanent. First, chip away at it with a dull knife until you’ve removed as much as possible. Then use a hairdryer to heat up the spot. Continue prying with your knife.

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 Steps to Teach Your Kids Patience

Steps to Teach Your Kids PatienceChildren hate waiting. They can stand in line with you for only a few minutes before getting into trouble. Never bring them to the DMV!

Waiting, unfortunately, is a hard fact of life and our kids need to learn to be patient. Whether we’re waiting for help, waiting our turn, or waiting for a colleague or customer to get their ducks in a row, the ability to wait patiently or (better yet) use that time wisely will help your child get ahead in life.

Here are some tips to teach your children patience.

1. Model patience wherever you can – This is the hardest step, but it has to come first. You can’t expect your kids to behave a certain way unless you behave that way yourself. You have to wait calmly without showing your internal frustration. Instead of melting down when something doesn’t go right, resort to humor and laughs. Don’t complain about the problem, verbalize solutions.

2. Use timers – Telling your kids you’ll help them “in a minute” is meaningless and vague. Is it one minute, or twenty? Or do you forget about it after a while? Children need to learn delayed gratification, but you have to eventually offer that gratification. Give hard timers on when you’ll be there or when they can have dessert or how long they can play outside.

3. Play activities that teach patience – These days, we are overexposed to gadgets and screens that offer instant entertainment. There’s no “delay” in “delayed gratification.” You can help your kids learn patience by setting them up with projects and games that take time, like arts and crafts, board games, and gardening. These activities will teach them to strive for a reward later.

4. Acknowledge everyone’s feelings – It can be tough for a little kid to sit there bored, impatient and frustrated. The longer he waits, the harder the waiting is to bear. With a calm voice, eye contact and stress-free body language, talk about how tough waiting can be. Let your child be heard so they understand they aren’t alone struggling with boredom.

5. Develop coping skills – In many cases, we don’t have any choice but to wait. Teach your children to cope with these moments of inactivity by entertaining themselves in simple ways. They can play simple games like “I Spy” or tell each other silly stories. It’s also a great time for one-on-one conversations without distractions. Teaching strong conversational skills is also important.

Of course, if you knowyou’ll be somewhere where you’ll have to wait, it’s great to bring something along to occupy the kids.

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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Art of Playful Learning – Edutainment

Art of Playful Learning - Edutainment How play is important for learning and cognitive development!

The importance of play was first described by Dutch researcher Huizinga in his treatise; he refers to play as a “meaningful activity, which is carried out for its own sake; in a separate space and has separate time allotted for it”. The art of playful learning i.e. playing with toys or other gadgets or objects in a hands-on fashion, has been shown by research, to be required for the development of the cognitive skills of the child. In fact, research has shown that learning is better when play is integrated into learning. This has lead to the development of toys and games, which can facilitate learning. The principle is that when people are engaged in activities which they enjoy, their learning would be better and more effective.

What is playful learning?

Playful learning with toys and gadgets, as relevant to the topic under discussion, is considered as contributors to active learning; it is supposed to enable use of the full senses such as kinaesthetic sense etc. There are numerous opportunities for incorporating playful learning into the curriculum. An example is seen in the scenario where students are engaged in pursuing their own creative projects in the direction of a particular study-related goal: they are actually engaging in hands-on play and yet, through that play they are also playing and understanding concepts. Examples of such projects include art and craft, modelling, engineering, and computing projects. A more modern version of playful learning is on the rise. That is edutainment.

A new version of playful learning – edutainment

Edutainment is a version of “playful learning” and involves the use of electronic games, simulations in the teaching and learning of science.  The edutainment industry is growing by leaps and bounds as they seek to capture the attention of the student population who are into buying games. The industry is now incorporating the use of VGA chips (graphic accelerator chips), which can provide visuals, and graphics of very high quality. This is on the lines of the computer gaming industry, which uses these technologies in different kinds of games. Hence, such games could be used as models for development of educational games, which can be attractive, entertaining and also educational and teach students something. The gaming industry has the skills and expertise to do this when they are provided adequate background in education and pedagogy. This can be considered to be an example of serious gaming; a use of gaming for more serious purposes. There are various examples of such software, which enables students to create and solve puzzles concerning devices and physical phenomena, mathematics, creative thinking etc.

Is edutainment really an effective form of playful learning?

Some professors find that the use of edutainment as an approach to learning is highly artificial. The approach leans towards using entertainment as a tool to make education consumable. This, they feel, is not the correct approach. They teach you to consider entertainment as a reward for education. Learning is thought to be something indigestible and unpleasant, which needs to be dressed up in an appealing way to be consumed. Edutainment is here to stay; it is up to educators as to how much they can use it in a meaningful way without interfering with other more active forms of playful learning.

Guest Blog by Jacy Johnson

Jacey Johnson has been a member of the English Language Center and is now associated with www.aussieessays.com as student advisor. Her expertise includes planning and development of e-learning courses and programs. She’s writeaholic and passionate educator.

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

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

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7 Parenting Mantras to Stay Positive

Parenting Mantras to Stay PositiveParenting is a weird mix of frustration and delight, fear and joy. You’ll deal with tantrums, arguments, and injuries. But there’s also lots of hugs and smiles. When times are tough, sometimes you need to close your eyes and repeat some mantras to refocus yourself on the positive.

1. “I am enough.”

There’s a tendency for parents to feel like they aren’t good enough for their kids. They don’t spend enough time with them, provide enough things or give them the best home. But all you can do is your best and trust that your child will appreciate your effort and hard work.

2. “Stay in the moment.”

As parents we juggle a million things every day. Between meals, homework, soccer practice, your job, and in my case, a business, it can be overwhelming. But life is usually a lot simpler than we make it. Solve the problem in front of you right now. Then solve the next, then the next. Multi-tasking and planning are good, but don’t stress yourself.

3. “It’s not supposed to be easy.”

They say anything that’s easy isn’t worth doing. If being a parent were easy, I think there’s more you can do. That’s not to say parenting isn’t enjoyable, but it’s always going to be a challenge. Once you master something, a new obstacle presents itself. That’s the way it’s supposed to be and you shouldn’t feel down on yourself if it’s hard. That said…

4. “This will pass eventually.”

There will be moments during your child’s development that will want to make you scream. Why is he so fascinated with climbing up the banister? Why does she hide crayons under the couch? When is he going to stop spitting up? In time, all these struggles will fade.

5. “I have to enjoy this now.”

You’ve surely glanced at your child and wondered where your little tot went. One day your babe is helpless in the bassinet, the next day she is running around the playroom. When the challenges of life take you away, remember to keep yourself in the moment and enjoy what you have now.

6. “I need to let go.”

Don’t let things consume you. A bad day is just that… a day. It ends and a new one begins just as simply. So your child rolled off the couch and you feel awful, but let it go and continue being a good parent. There’s no need to dwell on our mistakes. Learn from them and move on.

7. “Kids will be kids.”

Why did your son smack that other boy? Because he’s a kid and doesn’t understand proper social conventions. Yes, he needs to be disciplined and steered down the right path, but there’s nothing fundamentally flawed with him that can’t be fixed. Don’t expect your children to act like anything other than, you know, children.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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Facts on Baby Overheating and How to Prevent

Baby OverheatingDuring babies’ early months, they struggle to regulate their internal temperatures. It’s easy for their bodies to lose heat quickly, so parents sometimes overdress their children to compensate. However, it’s also easy for babies to overheat, so we have to find the right balance.

Overheating increases the risk of a child succumbing to SIDS. Naturally, the risk of overheating increases during the summer months.

Here’s how to tell if your child is too hot:

  1. Touch baby’s head, chest, neck and collar and check for dampness. If the area is wet, your baby is sweating and too hot.
  2. Inspect baby’s face and neck. If it’s redder than other skin, baby is too warm.
  3. Listen carefully to baby’s breathing. Rapid breathing is a sign of overheating as your baby’s body is working to cool down.
  4. How is your baby sleeping? If she is waking up more often than usual, she might be too hot.
  5. Is she restless or fidgeting when you hold her close? If she rejects contact, she might be irritated by the extra warmth mom or dad’s body is giving off.
  6. Baby might be fussy, although this could be lots of things so on its own is inconclusive.
  7. Take baby’s temperature. If it’s higher than normal, you’ve (obviously) got a hot baby.

Now that you have an understanding of what overheating looks and feels like, here are some tips to prevent overheating.

  1. Unless you live in an usually cold place, do not cover your baby’s head, even during sleep. Those cute little hats are really just for traveling outdoors. Babies lose most of their heat through their heads, so you want this pathway exposed.
  2. Bed-sharing is almost always a bad idea. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages it as it increases the likelihood of SIDS. However, if you do bed-share, your body heat will warm your baby, so do not add an extra layer for baby’s sake.
  3. Only dress your baby in the same amount of clothing you would find comfortable plus one additional (light) layer. Overdressing could lead to overheating.
  4. At night, dress your baby appropriately for the weather and use your swaddle as the extra layer. Do not cover your baby in blankets and sheets.
  5. If your baby is premature, discuss strategies with your doctor. Premature babies have special needs depending on their ages and development levels. For example, some might need to have their heads covered during sleep. Discuss this with your doctor.
  6. When you go out, avoid shoving your baby inside a bulky coat. These can overheat your child and make your car seat not work properly.

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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6 Awesome Apps for Parents

Awesome Apps for ParentsThere are countless apps to help us simplify our lives and solve our problems. If you own a smartphone, you probably have a few dozen already. There are tons of apps dedicated to making parenting easier. Here are some of the best.

1. MamaBear 

MamaBear calls itself the “all-in-one worry-free parenting app.” This helpful app not only tracks your kids’ whereabouts, but alerts you when they’re tagged in a photo, use bad language, or are being bullied online. Other features exist as well to make this a true all-in-one app.

2. SecuraFone

There are apps that locate your children, but how about one that tells you how fast they’re driving? This app can do so by using the smartphone’s built-in GPS. Plus, the SecuraFences feature sends notifications if your child goes beyond a designated geographic area.

3. Find My Kids 

Ever wish you could know where your child is, all the time? Using GPS in real time, this app helps you keep track of and automatically locate where your child goes with his phone. If he’s traveling alone, you can confirm that he arrived at a specific destination, or if he’s meeting up with friends, they can confirm each other’s locations.

4. Lassy Project

While we hope you never need to use this app, the goal of Lassy Project is to minimize the amount of time it takes to set out an alert that your child has gone missing. Unlike an Amber Alert, Lassy Project provides an image of the missing child and a real time map showing the coordinates of his last known location. It works in seconds, not hours, and only alerts relevant people in the immediate area.

5. Baby Monitor HD 

Touted as the “next generation baby monitor” from Engadget, this camera/video app allows you to keep tabs on your baby’s crib. Other features include password-protected audio and video, audio alerts, and infrared night mode, but only specific cameras (mostly Y-Cam and WiFi Baby) are compatible with this app.

6. Good Food Near You 

This app is perfect for finding healthy food while on the road. When you don’t want to feed your kids another meal of fast food, this free app finds you healthy restaurants nearby. If fast food is your only option, you can also use it to find the healthiest items on the menu.

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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