6 Reasons to Try Attachment Parenting with your Kids

Reasons to Try Attachment ParentingYou probably already practice attachment parenting. It’s the idea that your child’s emotional needs are important and should be cared for. If you baby-wear, breastfeed, co-sleep and use gentle discipline, you’re already an attachment parent. If you don’t practice any of these, here are some reasons you should.

1. Your child will behave better

Attachment parented children approach new problems from a point of security and behave in more pleasant ways. For example, a baby might make several single, non-distressed cries that she’s hungry before starting to wail. This is because she has learned that her needs will be met once she communicates them. A baby raised in a non-attachment style would immediately associate hunger with stress begin to panic.

2. Your child will socialize with other adults well

By keeping your child close, you normalize interaction with adults. When they become older, they’ll be more likely to seek out adults for help and guidance. They’ll also be more likely to take advantage of adult resources and interact with strangers.

3. Attachment parenting can reduce the risk of SIDS

New findings show that children who die from SIDS could be “physiologically disorganized.” According to Dr. Sears, “Findings of higher heartrates and less adaptable heartrate variability in babies at risk for SIDS suggests these infants are less able to adjust their physiology to changing biological conditions. Also, several studies of high risk infants and babies who died of SIDS suggests that some of these babies had temperaments and behavioral qualities that lessened their ability to protest life-threatening circumstances.”

If you want to read the science, click here, but essentially a child who spends a lot of time close to a parent becomes physiologically organized and more likely to respond to life-threatening situations.

4. You will have a relaxed baby

Babies who are introduced to stress early in life (frequent bouts or long stretches) are more prone to stress later in life. This creates long-term learning and developmental delays, problems adjusting to new situations, and trouble socializing. A baby who doesn’t experience regular stress focuses his mental energies on learning and developing.

5. Your child will be more independent

There’s a myth that children who are attachment parented become dependent on their parents. In fact, the opposite is true. Children who development secure emotional bonds in early life and more likely to push for independence later. They feel confident and less afraid of the world.

6. Your child will be emotionally giving

Children who receive an abundance of affection and attention are likely to give out affection and attention themselves. By making the emotional connection normal, attachment parents have more fulfilling relationships with their children later in life because the children desire those relationships equally.

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

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

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

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

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Getting Your Children to Eat Smarter

getting kids to eat healthierMost kids refuse to eat their vegetables. Moms and dads put up with picky eating habits all the time. If only our kids naturally liked the healthy stuff, life would be a lot easier. If you have a picky eater, here are some tips that’ll help.

1. Make your kids part of the cooking process

Kids like to take ownership of things in their life — it helps them feel included in an adult word. If you let them help you cook, they’ll be inclined to eat their meal. I’m sure you can find easy cooking chores for even the littlest hands.

2. Be a strong role model

Kids imitate their parents. You can tell your children to eat their vegetables a hundred times, but if you don’t, they won’t. Make healthy eating normal in your home by doing it yourself.

3. Don’t be a short-order cook

Make one meal for your family and that’s what everyone eats. Don’t get into the habit of cooking separate meals or you’ll end up doing it forever. If they don’t like something you made, they can skip it, but don’t fix something else. This may seem difficult to do, but it will pay off in the long run.

4. Use sugar as an enhancer, but don’t depend on it

Sprinkling sugar is a great way to make something more appealing to a young palate. For example, a dash of brown sugar makes carrots much more enjoyable. A dash of root beer can make prune juice taste better. As they get used to the healthy foods, slowly eliminate the sugar.

5. Introduce foods often

A mistake many parents make is to offer a new food once and never again once their child resists. Kids are notoriously dismissive of new foods right away. You have to offer them over and over, as many as fifteen or twenty times until they really give it a chance.

6. If you must — sneak it in!

Hey, a mom’s got to do what a mom’s got to do, right? Sneak in the healthy stuff without telling them. Make muffins with zucchini, stir pumpkin into mac & cheese, put some sweet potatoes into biscuits, and cook blueberries into pancakes. Be creative – I’ve even mixed pureed squash into tacos! (It’s better than is sounds!)

7. Approach healthy eating with a good attitude

Adjust your language and tone so your kids feel like it’s a privilege to eat their healthy food, rather than something they have to do. If you approach healthy foods with enough excitement and gusto, you’ll pass that on your kids.

8. Cut to the junk food… except for a little J

Keep in mind that mom and dad decide what foods enter the house. If your kids can’t get to it, they can’t eat it. Eventually their bellies will demand something and they’ll eat better. But that doesn’t mean you should eliminate the fun stuff entirely. A treat here or there will keep your kids from craving it every day.

luxe floor pillowGuest Blog by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows

Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.

When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxefloor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.

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How 10 Things Will Change the Way You Approach Life

mom essentialsAs a mom, the best thing you can do for your baby is to be prepared all the time. This includes even emergencies. In times of trouble, you must make sure that you’ve got everything packed wherever you are. It is important to be educated on what things to prepare to face uncertainties. In this article, we will list down 10 essentials to bring that can help.

1. Stroller

If you are bringing your baby or child outdoors, it is a must to carry a stroller. This will hold all the stuff in a way that won’t cause any more mess. Consider placing the diaper bag, milk bottle, water bottle, diapers, baby clothes, towels and socks into the stroller. Find a good and durable one that you can use for years.

2. Extra Clothes

Just in case the water, milk or whatever liquid spills on you or on your baby that you quickly need to change clothes, bringing extra clothes will be a lifesaver. Wearing dry and a new set of comfortable clothes will keep you warm and clean. This will also save you the hassle of having to buy new ones while on the road or the option to go back home just to change.

3. Snacks

Packing snacks into your bag is quite important so you can feed your child as soon as he asks for food. For babies who can already be fed with solid food, consider bringing toddler food pouches or pudding. For older kids, quench their craving for food by giving them prepared meals in your bag. Snacks such as healthy sandwiches and pasta can satisfy their appetite.

4. Cash

If you think you do not have time to prepare food or quick snacks, it will be safe to bring a wallet with enough money. This is so that you can buy things you need for your child and your own. Note that some stores do not accept debit cards and credit cards as forms of payment, so it is best to come prepared with some cash.

5. Mobile Charger

As a parent, you need your mobile phones to reach out to others in times of need or just research anything through the Internet. When you’re outside the house, don’t forget to bring a handy charger for your phone. A dead phone won’t help as you cannot contact anyone if you cannot open it without power.

6. Towels

To wipe out any dirt and grease and absorb liquids, towels are the best thing to carry in your bag. As your kid plays in the playground with his friends, he will most likely be exposed to germs and be perspired. Aside from changing into new clothes, you can wipe off the perspiration with the handy towel so he would not freeze into cold air.

7. Comfortable Shoes

Let’s face it. Some moms, especially after giving birth, feel tired and just want to be sleeping on a comfortable and soft mattress all day long. Thinking about the different needs of the baby though comes top priority, and this includes running errands and going to different places to buy stuff.  When it comes to choosing the right shoes, high heels are believed to elongate the legs and make women appear taller. However, if you are the type who cannot stand long hours wearing high heels, run around and chase active kids, it will be advisable to opt for comfortable shoes instead.

8. Roomy Bag

A roomy bag does not translate to a bad-looking bag. There are many big bags nowadays that look really elegant and chic. Look for ones that have several compartments and sturdy enough to hold all your things.

9. Book

There are times when you need to wait long for your child. Whether you are inside the car or in the school’s lobby, reading a book can help to pass time without getting bored. You can choose any title and genre.

10. Water Bottle

Hydration is very important. As you maintain a busy lifestyle as a mother, don’t forget to drink water. Save time in finding a vending machine or a store where you can buy water by carrying a water bottle in your bag. Come also prepared with another water bottle for your child.

Conclusion

Getting caught unprepared in life is a big no-no. Mothers are the children’s superheroes, so it will be great to become proactive in thinking and determining the things you need to have. This may also include a first aid kit, a personal car kit, and other basic tools.

Guest Blog by Pria Luz

Pria Luz is an interior designer. At home, she’s a passionate homemaker, event organizer and DIY enthusiast. A proud mom to her snuggle angel and a wife to her wonderful husband.. Follow her on in Twitter @prialuz.

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Packing Checklist for Family Disney Vacation

vacation home rental in Orlando Florida near DisneyVisiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is an incredible experience. You want to make sure you have everything in order before you go so you can focus on having a good time. That means making sure that you bring everything you need. Whether you plan to stay in a hotel or in a vacation home rental in Orlando, Florida near Disney, you will need a variety of items. Here’s a comprehensive packing checklist to help you get ready for your trip.

Address book and stamps – So you can send postcards back home.

Aloe Vera – Useful for sun burns.

Medicine – Antacids, aspirin, band aids, antibacterial lotion, prescriptions,

Beach wear – Swim suits, towels, flip flops, and swim caps.

Your itinerary – If you’re smart, you sketched out a rough itinerary of your trip.

Personal care items – Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, perfume/cologne, contact lenses and solution, dental floss, insect repellant, lip balm, Q tips, hairbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, tissues, wipes,

Backpack – To carry anything you need around the park.

Autograph book – Also carry a fat pen so the characters can hold it.

Batteries – For any electronic devices or cameras.

Appropriate clothing – For most of the year in Florida, you can wear shorts or light clothing. You’ll have to check the weather before your trip to make sure you’re packing properly.

Cell phone accessories – Charger, USB cord, headphones, and battery pack.

Cooler – To bring food/drinks to the wate rpark.

Spare luggage back – A duffel bag should suffice to bring home any souvenirs.

Nice clothing – Some restaurants require dinner jackets and proper shoes.

Sun protection – Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, or umbrellas.

Golf accessories – Shoes, gloves and your set of clubs.

Laundry tools – If you plan to do laundry in your vacation home rental, you’ll need a laundry bag and detergent.

Night lights – If your kids need them at night.

Rain wear – Raincoat, umbrella, or poncho.

Portable DVD player and DVDS – To entertain the kids.

Sensible shoes – For all the walking!

Extra socks – Between all the walking and the water rides, you’ll want to change your socks every now and then.

Reusable water bottle – Or anything you can fill up at a drinking fountain, rather purchase water.

Toys – There will be downtime; the kids will need to be entertained.

Park tickets – Disney usually puts these on a convenient plastic card for you, but don’t lose it.

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

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Delivery Day Necessities You Didn’t Know You Needed

Delivery Day NecessitiesDuring the madness of all the preparation for your new child, it’s easy to see how an expecting mother could forget a few things. Delivery day is always hectic for expecting parents who are looking to ensure that everything goes smoothly once they arrive at the hospital. In order to avoid any issues, take a look at these delivery day necessities you may not have known you needed:

Cell Phone Charger

Bring the cell phone along is a given, as you’ll need it to stay in contact with all your friends and family about the new baby. Between all these calls and texts, and the amount of pictures/videos you’ll likely be taking, a cell phone charger is essential! The last thing you want is a dead battery as your child is arriving.

Extra Storage

While you may only need a single pregnancy bag to fit all your essentials on the way to the hospital, you’ll need a lot more storage space for the trip home. Between all the hospital goodies like diapers, blankets, and creams, and the endless gifts from well-wishers, you’re bound to leave with a lot more luggage than you arrived with.

Flip Flops

Flip flops may not be the most fashionable footwear, but new moms are unlikely to care much about this after giving birth! Flip flops are perfect for the short trips from your room to the bathroom, shower, or when it’s time to head home with your new arrival!

Baby Book

Delivery day is not only the arrival of your new baby, but it is the beginning of his/her very first baby book. You’ll be happy that you brought this baby book when you can record all the important birth information and any other special moments that occurred during your stint in the hospital.

White-Noise Machine

Creating rhythmic white noise is actually very calming and soothing to a newborn baby. Additionally, the sounds of the hospital will make it tough to sleep for both you and your child. Use this machine to drown out the noise and create a relaxing environment for your very first nap with baby.

Personal Care Products

While the only concern of a new mom is the health and comfort of her newborn baby, girls will ultimately be girls! Bring your favorite personal care items to make sure you’re comfortable with how your hair and make-up looks for all the pictures and videos you’ll undoubtedly be in with the new baby!

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

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

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

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

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Top 10 Family Activities to Spark Creativity In Your Kids

Family Activities to Spark CreativityWhen weekend approaches, you surely look forward to doing two things – catching some zzzz’s and getting done with pending household chores. You dilly-dally the rest of the time either binge-watching your favorite sitcom or pointlessly lazing around on your couch in your PJs. You kids in the other room are hooked on to their videogames or are cracking up over some cartoons. Have you thought about how much time you’re getting to spend together as a family? How much time are your kids spending doing activities that boost their creative flair? If you haven’t pondered over these things, it’s time to do so finally! Here are the top ten fun and creatively stimulating activities that you all can enjoy together as a family:

1. Cooking Carousel – Don’t let the kitchen be out-of-bounds for your children anymore. Involve them in the process of cooking right from the purchase of ingredients at the supermarket to the preparation of a delectable meal. Doing this will help them learn about different kinds of ingredients, their flavors and the mathematical concepts of quantity and measurements. It will also better their flair and ability to experiment with recipes in the future, in addition to expanding their palate. Pick one day in a week when your entire family prepares a meal together. Start off by asking your kids to observe and perform easy tasks like fetching water, passing ingredients, etc.

2. Celestial Gazing – Introduce your children to the beautiful and mystical world of the moon, stars and planets with celestial gazing sessions. You can invest in a basic telescope or even build one at home. This activity will help your kids learn about certain astronomical concepts and foster their thinking capabilities. Keep a star map in handy and ask your kids to spot different constellations as seen on the map. This will boost their concentration levels.

3. Gardening – Kids these days aren’t as close to nature as we were. Sure enough, with so many fascinating options to choose from, children today prefer an hour of chasing criminals in a game over an hour of chasing butterflies in a garden. Did you know your garden is the best place to display the significance of love and care to your children? Teach your kids the importance of nurturing relationships through nurturing plants in your garden. Explain your little ones about each plant and ask them to pick their favorite plant and water it every day. You could also set up family breakfast at your garden daily to get a dose of nature’s freshness.

4. Storytelling Sessions – With this creative activity, you won’t be the only one telling stories; your kids will be, too! Dedicate a day in the week when each family member is supposed to narrate a short story to the others. Doing this will encourage the habit of reading in your kids and help them weave their thoughts together, better. You’ll be surprised to hear the fanciful improvisations your kids are capable of making in simple stories!

5. Art Attack – Let all your hands get dirty, clothes get stained, and your creative juices flow! Get together to make a family picture collage or help your little ones color their favorite cartoon character sketch. Indulge in fun crafts like ice painting, hand painting, making edible jewelry, and beyond. Not only will these activities give your kids a medium of self-expression and cognitive development, but will also help you bond with them.

6. Lego Challenge – You’re never going to be too old for Lego! This toy has the capability of encouraging imagination and tact in your kids while also promising a great family bonding activity! On your family Lego night, set aside a few chits of tasks to perform within a given time. Let one person be the referee while the others compete to finish the task the quickest. For example, if a chit requires you to build a lego castle in 5 minutes, all the family members (except the referee) must make their individual castles with limited resources in the given time. The one who finishes the task the fastest wins that round. There’s surely going to be many shrieks of excitement and gales of laughter!

7. Movie Marathon – Nothing beats a great movie, sizzling butter popcorns and the company of your beloved family. Set aside one day in a week to watch a fun movie! Each member of the family can write their movie suggestions in chits, based on that week’s theme, and one person can draw a chit that becomes the movie choice for that night. After the movie, take 15 minutes to discuss what each of you liked and what you didn’t, about the movie. This activity will urge your kids to think out of the box.

8. Backyard Camping – You don’t have to travel long hours to enjoy a family camp; you can do it right at your house! Get together and set up a few tents in your backyard. You’ll need a few sheets, tent poles, inflatable bed set, a campfire and some delicious munchies! This activity can instill traits of creative strategizing in your kids and can be their foray into the world of adventure.  

9. Spot Walk – Your kids may seem the least bit thrilled with the idea of going for a walk, but this scavenger hunt-esqe activity is sure to perk up some excitement! Observe a few things around your locality and make note of them on a sheet. Now, hand the sheet to your kids as you take them for a walk around your neighborhood park or street. As them to look for things mentioned on the sheet and strike them off as and when they spot them.

10. Karaoke Fun – Though you may have enjoyed your fair share of karaoke sessions back in your college days, you surely wouldn’t have realized how much fun family karaoke can be! Karaoke is an excellent outlet for kids who are in their early stages of learning languages. In addition to boosting their concentration levels, karaoke can also improve their pronunciation and memory. Music is also a platform to help unleash creativity in not just your kids, but you too! It doesn’t matter if you’re not a family of singers as nothing’s going to affect the atmosphere of cheer and elation!

Make sure to try out these fun activities with your family soon and do let us know how they liked it!  

Guest Blog by Aradhana Pandey

Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular sites like natural news, elephant journal, thehealthsite, naturally savvy, curejoy and MomJunction.com, Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.

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11 Tips for Moms to Feel Re-Energized

ways for moms to get their energy backParenthood is exhausting sometimes. When you have a baby in the house, it’s an all-day job without time off. It’s not always possible to get a full night sleep and feel refreshed every day, so you need some quick pick-me-ups ever now and then. Here are some tips to feel energized.

1. Take a bath or shower. This might be tough to swing in the middle of the day when the kids are running around, but it’s a good way to wake up in the morning if you rise before the kids. Feeling clean feels wonderful, but water also stimulates the thousands of nerves all over our body and gives us an awake and alive feeling.

2. Get some mom time. You aren’t being a bad mom if you park your kids in front of the TV for 30 minutes or leave baby in the play yard. Part of being a good parent means taking care of yourself as well. Sometimes that means taking just a few minutes to do something you like.

3. Give yourself a quick massage. Massages stimulate nerve endings and increase blood flow. The increased circulation. You can give yourself a boost by rubbing your temples, earlobes, and the base of your skull behind your ears.

4. Smell something zesty. Certain scents stimulate our bodies and brains enough to wake us up and focus our attention. If you have it available, inhale deeply on a lime, orange, lemon, grapefruit, mint leak or peppermint tea.

5. Turn on some music. Music has a fascinating way of altering our mood. Happy music makes us happy and sad music makes us sad. Use this to your advantage by putting on something with a lively beat.

6. Mind your own bedtime. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean sleep isn’t important. For the same reason your kids have to get to bed, so should you. Pick a reasonable bedtime and stick to it. Don’t lay down with the TV on or your phone in your hand; go to sleep.

7. Laugh out loud. Laughing releases endorphins in our brain that makes us feel better. They keep us refreshed and awake. They also ward of depression and heart disease. Regular laughing can profoundly improve our health. If you can’t find something to laugh at, fake one – faking a behavior can often stimulate the physiological response.

8. Get some quick exercise. Bursts of exercise cause the release of endorphins, helps your body take in oxygen and raises your metabolism. You don’t need to run five miles; just some quick, burst exercises like jumping rope, run up the stairs, a few lunges or squats, march your feet while you cook, or play actively with the kids.

9. Chug a bottle of water. Slight dehydration can affect your mood before you feel thirsty. Long-term dehydration can leave you with headaches and fatigue. If you feel you haven’t had much to drink during the day, down a bottle real quick.

10. Eat your energy. Nosh on something with a strong mix of carbohydrates and protein. These will give you long-term, clean energy. Avoid the sugary stuff like candies and energy drinks, even though they give you bursts of short term energy (which dohave their uses, but I don’t recommend you make them a habit). Great snacks include: a bagel with peanut butter, whole-grain cereal and fruit, and trail mix.

11. Stand up straight! When you slouch or lean, your ribs compress everything inside of you, making it tough for your lungs to get a full breath. The lack of oxygen, over time, can cause you to move sluggishly.

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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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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Guest Blog by Steve Casey of Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals

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

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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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