9 Reasons Every Child Should Experience Disney

vacation home rental in Orlando Florida near DisneyVisiting Walt Disney World is an experience every kid should enjoy once in their life. In fact, it’s a great place for adults too, but you should definitely go there once as a child. Whether you stay in the park or in a vacation home in Orlando, Florida, here are some reasons you should take your kids to Disney.

1. Characters are everywhere – Gone are the days of huge lines to visit Mickey and Minnie. Your kids’ favorite characters can be found all over the parks and attractions. Goofy might wander by while you wait in line, or Donald might come over to your table.

2. It’s the most wholesome place you’ll ever visit – You don’t have to worry about exposing your kids to needless sex or violence or bad language. It’s a family-friendly place that caters to children.

3. You can expose them to a variety of cultures – The Disney movies and parks aren’t shy about representing cultures from around the world. From their food, to their shows, to their attractions, you can introduce your children to variety.

4. It’s cheaper than you think – Disney actually makes it more affordable for families than most people expect. Their park hopper and meal plans make spending your days on the property easier on your wallet. Plus, if you stay off the property in a vacation home rental in Orlando, Florida near Disney, you can compound the savings.

5. Happiness is good for their health – It’s been scientifically proven that happiness and laughter are beneficial to our health, especially for developing kids. Give them a good dose of medicine by taking them on a trip to Disney!

6. Kids get to see their favorite movies – Disney is great about recreating sets and scenes from all the movies your kids have probably seen.

7. They host events constantlyThroughout the day, something is going on in every park. Whether there’s a mid-day (and evening parade), a special show, or simply an impromptu barbershop quartet setting up on a corner, Disney goes to great lengths to make things special.

8. The new FastPass+ system is incredible – You no longer have to waste your day standing in long lines. The FastPass+ system lets you reserve a spot in line for rides, shows, and basically any attraction. That means less time being bored and more time exploring the park with your family.

9. Trade pins with cast members – Many people aren’t aware of this, but you can buy and trade pins with cast members and characters for super-special keepsakes.

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How to Get Your Kids into Yoga

get kids into yogaYoga is not only a great way to get much-needed exercise, but it’s also a spiritual practice that many swear by its benefits. With these concepts in mind, you can see how a parent would want to get their children into such an activity. Exercise is vital for children that are growing and developing, and yoga provides that for them with very minimal risk of injury. Here are some ways you can try to get your kids into yoga:

Free Trial

Many yoga schools understand the unique nature of their practice, and thus allow people to “try before they buy.” Due to this, you can stop into your local yoga school and ask them for a one-day free trial to allow your child a chance to get acquainted with it. With no money or contracts involved, both you and your child will have the freedom to try yoga for the first time without any pressure.

Practice at Home

Many children have anxiety about performing various activities in public, and this especially holds true if they’re trying something new. Rather than bringing your child into a yoga studio to try it for the first time in front of many others, bring the studio to your own house. Practicing at home also allow you to have a one-on-one learning session where you can help your child hone their skills.

Yoga Mat Gift

All parents can attest to how excited children get when they receive gifts and presents. A yoga mat is the perfect gift to give your child due to its relatively cheap cost, and the potential to turn into a great hobby for them. With their own mat, children will be a lot more likely to practice yoga with you at home or at a school when given the opportunity. If they’re able to develop this into a habit, your kid will be addicted to yoga before you know it!

Everyday Activity

Rather than setting up a formal yoga session to encourage your child to begin practicing, try to work small aspects of yoga into their everyday activities. Much of yoga involves controlling your breathing, which can be taught and practiced at almost any point during the day. Also, when you’re hanging out at home, get into an easy yoga pose and challenge your little one to mimic you. They’ll be learning yoga without even realizing it!

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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Getting Baby Ready to Crawl

teaching baby to crawlYour baby is growing up! Inevitably, your baby will want to start crawling, but first they have to learn. Here are some tips to help them start crawling.

1. Mirror

At this age, your baby is probably very much interested in himself/herself. You may be able to use a mirror in order to encourage the first couple crawling sessions. Set up a mirror just big enough for your child to see itself in it, so they won’t get distracted by the entire room behind them. As soon as baby realizes their reflection is staring back at them, they’ll likely become intrigued enough to crawl over to it.

2. Bathroom Towel

Using a bathroom towel to encourage your baby to crawl is a very creative and fun exercise to try. After placing the bathroom towel on the floor, let your baby lie on his tummy across the width of the towel. Once positioned, gently lift both ends of the towel off the floor slightly enough so that your child can use its hands and knees to become propped up. Naturally, your child will try to flail and crawl a bit as you gently guide them along with the towel underneath them.

3. Use Your Legs

Position your child on top of your outstretched legs with their upper body on one leg and their lower body on the other. In this position, your child is already in a natural crawling stance. This practice forces your baby to carry some weight on both arms and knees, which thereby strengthens them to prepare for crawling!

4. Toys

Find your child’s favorite baby toy for this method. Similar to the mirror technique, you’re basically trying to persuade your child to crawl to a particular item without them even thinking about it. Place the toy just far enough in front of them so that your child will find some motivation to make their way to the fun, colorful object.

5. Empty Room

As you can probably tell by now, babies get distracted pretty easily in such a new world for them. Due to this, you’ll want to try your teaching methods in a room where there’s nothing that could catch their eye in the process. If you’re in an empty room with just you and the baby, simply move away from them a little and see if they can crawl their way back to you!

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesGuest Blog by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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5 Simple Ways to Encourage Baby to Start Talking

Encourage Baby to Start TalkingAs parents, we love when our baby reaches a special milestone. One of these moments that we’re always hoping for as soon as possible is for baby to start talking! While we must be patient and wait for our children to develop at the normal pace, there are certain things you can do to try encouraging them. Here are some simple ways to do so:

1. Early and Often

While it may seem pointless to be constantly talking to a new baby who you know won’t be able to answer back, it’s certainly better than not at all. In fact, your child’s hearing and ability to respond to sound is very well-developed by birth, so your talking is certainly not falling on deaf ears. Keep talking – your child is absorbing more than you realize!

2. Read a Book

When your child is too young to understand anything that’s going on in a book, the experience of reading to them is the important part. Reading very simple children’s books to them is a great way to get a ton of new vocabulary circling around in their brains. Also, it’s helpful to use the pictures in the book to talk about to your child. Try to use one or two words to describe specific images or objects in the book.

3. Watch for Cues

As mentioned above, the constant talking to your baby is always a good thing to do at an early age. Instead of mindless babbling however, try to observe your child’s reactions and interests, as these could be cues on what to respond to. If you notice your baby grabbing for a blanket, try interacting with the blanket and talking about it in the process.

4. No TV

When you get tired of talking for a little while, don’t just turn on the television to supplement your interaction with baby. Studies have shown that infants who watch television actually develop less of a vocabulary than those who don’t. TV can’t respond to your child in the way a parent can, and thus shouldn’t be used to encourage your child to start talking.

5. Respond to Baby

The closer your baby gets to talking for the first time, the more random babbling they’ll likely be doing. Try to ask your child questions and talk to them in a way to incite a response form them. When they respond with whatever sound they have, reply as if you actually understand!

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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Developmental Delay Signs Parents Should Look Out For

Developmental Delay SignsEvery child develops at different rates. Still, there’s a general timeline of where your baby should fall at each stage. Don’t rely on this timeline too closely, but if you notice your child is missing several milestone, it can’t hurt to speak with your doctor. I always say you can never be too cautious. Here are some signs of developmental delay to look out for during baby’s first year.

2+ Months

Your child cannot hold his head up when you pick them up from the lying down position.

When cradled in your arms, you notice they are overextending their back and neck.

When lifting by the baby’s frame, they stiffen or cross their legs.

3 – 6 Months

By 3 or 4 months, can’t grasp for toys, support his head well, or able to bring objects to his mouth. Also, still has Moro reflex (when they fall backward, they throw arms and legs out quickly and then contract them and begin to cry)

By 6 months, can’t sit up with help, only reaches with one hand, or can’t roll over in either direction.

7 – 9 Months

By 7 months, your child has poor head control, is unable to get object in their mouth or isn’t reaching for objects at all, and doesn’t bear any weight on his legs.

By 9 months, if your child still cannot sit independently.

10 – 12 Months

After 10 months, your child crawls in a lopsided manner (pushing off with one hand and leg while letting the opposite limbs drag along)

After 12 months, they cannot crawl or stand with some support from you.

What to Do

As mentioned, if you only notice a few of these delays throughout the growing process and don’t believe it to be significant, there’s probably no need to worry.

However, you’re a parent and you probably worry about your child all the time. Contacting your doctor or pediatric physician as soon as you’re concerned is the right move. You’ll want to catch any possible issue as early as possible in order to diagnose it and begin treatment.

Also, if you’re undecided as to whether or not you should seek professional advice, it’s best to trust your instincts as a parent. If you want to be cautious, simply give your doctor a call, explain the symptoms, and ask for advice on what the next steps should be.

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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Tips for Battling Mommy-Brain

Battling Mommy-BrainDelivering that beautiful baby clearly takes a toll on new mothers, and not always just physically. Mommy-brain, or pregnancy brain, is a real thing, and it can affect your postpartum brain as well. In fact, one study has found that half of new moms still felt sleepy 18 weeks after giving birth! Findings like this point to mommy-brain symptoms that mothers need to get rid of to be themselves again. Here are some tips to combat mommy-brain:

Leave Yourself Voicemails

In this society where we’re all constantly checking our phones at all times of the day, giving yourself a voicemail reminder is a great way to battle mommy-brain. For the important tasks and jobs that you absolutely cannot forget about, record a voicemail message or voice note on your phone. Not only will you be sure that it won’t go anywhere, but you’re almost certain to see the reminder.

Post-It Notes

Post-It notes are one of the most popular products for a reason — because they work! Leaving yourself notes is another sure-fire way to beat the temporary memory loss. Stick these helpful hints all around the house for specific tasks, or all in one place where you’re sure to see them each day.

Nursery Reminders

One of the absolute best spots to place reminders is on the door of your baby’s nursery. In doing so, you’re guaranteed to see these reminders multiple times every day, considering you’ll be taking care of your child all day. Try hanging a white board or using Post-It notes on the door to write your reminders.

Reminisce

Reminiscing on past memories is not only a great way to jog your memory, but it serves as a nice technique to remember some great times you’ve had. Memories beget other memories. Using this technique will keep your mind sharp and will ensure that you aren’t get a cloudy mommy brain after baby arrives.

Start a Journal/Diary

Keeping a journal or diary to write down your thoughts, stories, memories, and ideas is a very beneficial way to battle mommy-brain. This can also serve as a dual-purpose idea as it will eventually end up being a great piece of work for you to look back on throughout the years.

Rest

There will be some postpartum moments that are just unavoidable, and instead of stressing over it, give yourself some rest. Your body and mind have both been through a lot the past nine months and you deserve a break every now and then. Stepping away from the stressful activities and tasks for even just an hour or two will give you the time to relax and focus.

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Baby

Valentine’s Day is the holiday best known for celebrating and spending time with the one you love. While many of us usually turn to our sweethearts, parents have another option!

This Valentine’s Day, make your child your special-someone. They’ll love the attention and affection and hopefully return your thoughtfulness in years to come. Here are some fun and sweet Valentine’s Day gifts for your child.

Photo Card

Photo Card

Getting a Valentine’s Day photo card is more of a gift for us, but your child will be able to enjoy it for many years to come. When it comes to our children, we love to find as many keepsakes as possible to document their lives, which makes this a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for both you and baby!

Valentine’s Day Outfit

Valentine’s Day Outfit

There’s no better way for your little one to spend Valentine’s Day than with a cute, holiday-themed outfit! Children’s clothes are always made to look extra cute, but when it comes to this particular holiday, the outfits are outright adorable. Between the hearts, colors, and designs, almost any Valentine’s Day outfit will be a winner for your baby!

Personalized Teddy Bear

Personalized Teddy Bear

Children already love stuffed animals, specifically teddy bears, which makes this a great Valentine’s Day gift. Better yet, you can personalize the bear’s tee shirt to include your child’s name on it. When they sleep with it at night they’ll always remember that it came from mom and dad with love. This Valentine’s Day gift is sure to keep them happy for years to come with their new furry pal!

Heart Crayons

Heart Crayons

Another awesome Valentine’s Day gift perfectly fit for a kid is a pack of crayons! We don’t suggest any ordinary crayons however. These crayons are multi-colored heart-shaped crayons, with cute messages imprinted on them. Your child will have a blast with their coloring book this Valentine’s Day once you give them this unique gift idea.

Tic Tac Toe Cookies

Tic Tac Toe Cookies

These are some of the most creative cookies we’ve ever seen! There are three primary reason why your child will love this gift: the cute Valentine’s Day designs on the cookies, the ability to use the cookies to play Tic Tac Toe, and most importantly, they’re delicious! Once you give this wonderful gift to the little one and they’ve had their fill of playing a developmentally beneficial game, they’ll love being able to chow down on some yummy sugar cookies!

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 Tips to Keep Baby Warm, Comfy and Safe this Winter

first breathable swaddleWinter can be brutally cold with harsh winds that dry out your skin and can also lead to colds. It’s hard enough to keep yourself warm during this season, and moms sometimes have a harder time trying to keep baby warm and dry. It’s so important to keep baby warm because babies are unable to regulate their body temperatures like adults can and they also don’t have as much body fat as adults. Here are my top tips for parents to keep baby warm during the winter.

1. Dress baby warmly

Before leaving the house in the winter, you need to make sure baby is dressed properly for the weather. Layers are great because you can bundle him up for the outdoors, but once baby is inside the layers should come off to prevent overheating. The easier the layers are to remove, the easier time you’ll have with diaper changes and more. It’s also important that baby wears a hat because heat escapes through the head.

2. Put a blanket over car seat straps, not under

Many parents make the mistake of putting their child in a car seat with a big coat on or a blanket wrapped around them and then securing the car seat straps. For your child’s safety, car seat straps must fit snug against her so there should be no bulky layers or blankets between your child and the strap. Instead, place the blanket over your child on top of the harness strap if it is very cold inside the car.

3. Use a swaddle at night

When putting baby to sleep at night, you don’t want to run the risk of overheating by swaddling baby too tightly or with too many layers. The Woombie Air is the first breathable swaddle that allows excess body heat to escape and requires no wrapping. It is a unique peanut patented shaped swaddle that imitates the comfort and security of the womb resulting in longer periods of sleep. It also makes it easier to dress and undress baby for diaper changes and it’s good for all seasons.

4. Keep baby’s skin moisturized

All of the cold, windy air and indoor dry heat can make baby’s skin very dry. To prevent chapped skin, use unscented lotion on baby before heading outdoors. Keep some in your diaper bag for extra moisturizing while on the go.

5. Don’t overdo baths

Your baby won’t need to take a bath every single day during the winter because the soap and water will dry out his skin. Make sure not to use hot water but stick to lukewarm water and don’t stay in the tub for too long. Close any windows in the bathroom so no cold air will come in that can make baby sick. Again, moisturize baby after taking him out of the bath.

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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8 Ideas for a Quicker Morning Routine

speed up morning routineWe live in a busy world. It seems like there’s never enough time to get done all the things we’d like. We can definitely feel this problem most strongly in the mornings when we’re trying to get our family out of the house. Here are some tips to simplify your morning routine and speed everything up.

1. Wake up a few minutes earlier than the kids

If you find yourself struggling to get ready while you wrangle the kids, you’ll find it easier to wake up a few minutes before them and get yourself ready for the day. You’ll be able to shower and dress without being interrupted.

2. Pick out outfits the night before

A big part of everyone’s morning routine is deciding on which clothes to wear. Solve this problem the night before for everyone, including yourself. This way you’ll take the decision making out of your hands and you’ll have time to adequately prepare appropriate clothes (for the weather, where you’re going, etc.).

3. Drop everything by the door

To save yourself from forgetting something and having to run back home, put everything everyone needs by the door the night before. This includes mom and dad’s briefcase or workbag, the kids’ school bags, instruments, special school projects, etc.

4. Nix the distractions

Even if you have a few spare minutes, don’t let the kids get enthralled by the TV or start some elaborate project they won’t want to stop. It’s not the time to check your email or make a quick work phone call.

5. Enlist your kids

Delegate some morning tasks to your children to complete. Put one in charge of brining everyone’s items to the car. One could make everyone’s bed while another can make breakfast (likely an older child).

6. Get to sleep on time

If you aren’t getting enough sleep (or quality sleep) at night, you’ll be tempted to allow yourself to sleep until the last possible minute. Then you have to rush to get through your morning routine to get out the door on time. Put yourself to sleep earlier if you have to or find out what’s keeping you awake at night, so you be awake in the morning with time to spare.

7. Prepare breakfast ahead of time

Breakfast is often the bottleneck that trips us up in the morning. Prepare meals in advance to streamline this process, or serve meals that take little preparation time. Weekday mornings aren’t the time for waffles, but bagels with cream cheese and tomato are quick and easy.

8. Play some music

Music is a great way to put everyone in the mood and keep a pace. It doesn’t distract us like a television would. Play something upbeat in the morning to get everyone’s body moving.

infant support pillowGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

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5 Tips for Getting Your Toddler Active

how to get toddler activeThe best time of year to get your toddler to be more active is now! It is so important that you teach your child to be active now so that they are healthy and have the skills for later in life. My family loves being active. We try to include an activity that gets our hearts pumping every day! It’s also a great way for the whole family to stay fit and healthy together. If the kids would rather watch TV and play on the computer, like most do, it’s time for them to start moving and grooving! Here are five tips for getting your toddler active.

1. Make it fun.

When you are trying to get your child to be more active, you have to make sure it is fun.  You can’t force your children into this or offer a mundane task like jogging. That will be boring! Come up with fun ways for them to be active, like playing tag, bike riding or swimming. The less you make it seem like something they have to do and the more it comes off as a fun activity, the easier it will be for your toddler.

2. Turn family time into active time.

One of the best ways to get your child active is to make family time active time. Plan a fun family activity for the weekend, where the whole family participates. Anything from after dinner bike rides, to family swim time and horseplay are great. The kids will have so much fun while also being active.

3. Sign them up for a sport.

Most towns have little league sports for younger kids to participate in. Generally, they aren’t going to be too intense, and should be the right amount of activity that your toddler needs. Joining a sport will force your toddler to become active and it teaches them to be responsible, respectful and social.

4. Teach them.

One way you can get your toddler to be more active is to teach them why it is important. Sit down with them one day and tell them why it is good to be active and all the positive benefits it has on the body. Knowing that being active is important will help them to want to be active.

5. Do it too!

If you aren’t active, how can you expect your child to want to be? The best way to teach is to show. Be more active. Let your child see you go for runs and walks with friends and hikes. Make it something they want to take part in because they love spending time with you. The more active of a lifestyle you live, the more likely your child will want to be active too.

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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