6 Parent-Child Bonding Activities

Parent-Child Bonding ActivitiesFor any family, it’s important to set aside time to be spent doing various activities together. These activities, whether they last all day or only an hour, are valuable bonding experiences that a family can thrive on.

Here are some of the best parent-child bonding activities:

1. Family Breakfast

Starting the day off as a family is a great way to get some bonding time in. If you want to have a family breakfast during the week, get the food going while your child is getting ready for school and your spouse gets ready for work. Better yet, save the breakfast for the weekend so you can take your time and enjoy together!

2. Date Night

Plan a typical date night but instead of planning it around your significant other, do so for your child. After you get some dinner together, find something fun to do like bowling, a movie, or miniature golf. Another alternative would be having a home-cooked dinner and then playing a fun board game with the family instead. No matter which you choose, you’ll have a great time conversing and bonding.

3. Watch Home Videos

Breaking out the home videos for a viewing is a timeless family activity. The best part about this bonding activity is that you and your child get to reminisce on some of the best memories you had together. Treat it like a movie night, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the laughs and good times as a family.

4. Host a Party

Hosting a family get-together is one of the best ways to get your children, and the entire family, together for great bonding time. Invite as many aunts, uncles, and cousins as you can and have them bring a dish to make for a big family feast. Plan various fun activities that everyone can partake in, like Frisbee or family game of soccer. You can even buy poster board and everyone can take turns filling in their part of the family tree!

5. Charity Work

Planning a day of charity work with your kid is beneficial for many reasons. Not only are you getting the chance to spend quality time together, but you’re also helping your community and those less fortunate. The best part about this activity is your children learn valuable lessons along the way. Look into volunteering at a local soup kitchen, or find a marathon-style event to raise money for a good cause.

6. Family Vacation

If possible, planning a family vacation is a guaranteed fun bonding experience. Research the best destinations that have families in mind in terms of the activities, events, and venues they offer. An obvious choice would be Disney, where both parents and kids will be able to have a great time together. Your children will be grateful to have spent all that time together in such a fun place.

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 Tips for Nursing in Public

Tips for Nursing in PublicIf you’re breastfeeding, you don’t want to be cooped up in the house all the time, so it’s inevitable that at some point you’ll have to nurse in public. That’s quite alright! Whether you’re a free-spirit who doesn’t mind exposing herself or you prefer to stay modest, you should nurse in whatever way makes you the most comfortable. Here are some tips for nursing in public.

1. Know your rights – In most places of the country, you are well within your rights to nurse in public. It’s a biological need you are fulfilling for your baby. People may give you odd looks, but you can’t get in trouble or it. If you’re traveling outside the country, however, you need to check into local laws.

2. Practice in front of a mirror – You may feel exposed while breastfeeding, but your infant covers most of your chest. You are more covered than you realize. Watch yourself in a mirror to see this.

3. Wear a proper nursing bra – Nursing bras aren’t just designed to be comfortable. They are made to give you easy access to your breasts. You’ll want this flexibility so you can open yourself without getting undressed. Some sports bras work as well.

4. Wear something comfortable – Loose-fitting clothing is usually the best for nursing so you can lift it and move it aside without cutting into your skin. Button-downs are helpful, too. Avoid heavy materials that you’ll have to hold out of the way.

5. Use a nursing cover – A nursing cover is a light-weight garment that drapes over your baby so you can breastfeed out in the open without feeling exposed. It’s light enough so your baby doesn’t become hot and agitated underneath and folds up small so you can tuck it in your diaper bag. We’re coming out with one soon this fall. Read more about the Nurse Air.

6. Pick a good spot – When you’re nursing, it won’t be easy to just pick up and move, so to save yourself the trouble, pick somewhere out of the way of foot traffic. If you’re at a restaurant, sit somewhere you won’t have to stand to let people by. Some malls and shopping centers have breastfeeding rooms with comfortable chairs, but don’t feel like you have to sit in a closet to nurse.

7. Keep a witty response in mind – I doubt anyone will ever approach you, even if they disapprove. But if they do, it will help to have a clever response ready in case someone does. This is a quick way to turn someone away. For example, if you’re asked to nurse in private, say “We don’t eat in the bathroom and I don’t expect my baby too either.”

8. Smile – Sometimes people disapprove because they’ve never encountered this situation before. Before you become defensive, give everyone a warm, comforting smile. If they realize you’re not being indecent, they will relax.

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 New Woombie Products Coming Soon!

We’re excited to showcase some of the new products that will be available, starting this fall. We like to think of ourselves as a progressive company that is always looking for ways to help out moms and dads and make parenting just a little easier. Most importantly, we want to make life comfortable for babies so they can focus on growing!

Here are some of the new products you can expect to see soon.

1. Smart Bags (Fall 2015)

Eco bags for mommy, daddy & baby!

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2. Nurse Air, Organic Infinity Nursing Scarf (Winter 2015)

For moms to nurse in comfort and discretion.

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3. Organic Kimono Onesies (Fall 2015)

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4. Organic Rompers (Fall 2015)

Soft, organic and stylish!

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5. Chewlery (Fall 2015)

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Silicone teething jewelry for Mommy to wear & baby to enjoy!

6. Bip + Burp (Winter 2015)

Peanut shaped bib + burp cloth 2-in-1.

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7. 4 Pack Organic Washies (Fall 2015)

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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 Ways to Teach Your Kids to be Kind

how to raise kind childrenKind people have easier lives. They connect with other people more quickly. They have friends who are willing to do favors and coworkers who work with them as equals. They find it easier to get the bank teller to deposit that check now instead of holding it and their snow plow guy shovels their back steps for no charge. Most importantly, kind people feel better about the world because they are being treated well in return.

Give your kids an easier life by raising them as kind people. Here are some tips on how.

1. Practice manners often – It may seem repetitive, but encourage the use of basic mannerly phrases like “please,” “thank you,” and “you’re welcome” until they are reflex. When your kids use these phrases instinctually, other people will treat them in kind, creating a feedback loop of kindness.

2. Encourage smiling – A smile is disarming. It’s hard not to smile back at someone. A simple smile and nod can make a stranger feel welcomed and happy. This is another way to spread kindness that comes back to you.

3. Make helping normal – Insist that everyone in your family help one another, even if it’s not necessary. Let’s say you have dozens of cookies to make for a bake sale. Enlist your kids’ help, even if you can do it alone. In kind, help them whenever you can. This will make helping other people a normal part of life.

4. Practice proper behavior – Before you introduce your child into a new situation, do some trial runs at home so they know what to expect. They’ll find it easier to be polite and kind when the situation feels familiar. For example, if you’ll be taking your kid through security at an airport for the first time, do a mock run at home so they don’t get nervous in the metal detector or taking off their shoes.

5. Turn negatives into positives – When you’re waiting in traffic due to road work, don’t vent your frustration about people making you late. Instead, turn it into a positive. Say something like, “It’s important we go slowly so the workers don’t get hurt and can fix our roads.” If you point out the negatives in everything, your kids will too.

6. Be the best example – There’s no better teacher than your behavior. You can tell them how to behave until you’re blue in the face, but they will always prefer to emulate your actions. The best way to teach kindness is to be kind.

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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Are Growth Spurts in Babies Normal?

Growth Spurts in Babies“Growth spurts” sounds like one of those things that might be an old wives’ tale. Do people really go through sudden bouts of rapid growth? Believe it or not, the answer is yes!

Growth spurts can happen to anyone whose body is still growing. In babies, they are more common because the growth is much more rapid, so you could see up to seven spurts during the first year. You’ll notice one every few months during the toddler years and then occasionally until your child is an adult.

What happens during a growth spurt?

  • Your baby will put on more weight.
  • Your baby’s head circumference will increase.
  • Your baby will feed ravenously (more at each feeding and less time in between).
  • Your baby may need more sleep than usual (human growth hormone is produced during sleep, so your baby is making more of it).
  • Your baby may be clingy or fussy more often than usual.

How long do growth spurts last?

Typically, they only last two to three days, but they can affect your child for up to a week.

When do growth spurts happen?

Truthfully, they can happen at any time. They are hard to pin down because sometimes they happen without your baby giving off any signs. But some experts believe they follow a somewhat-typical schedule.

  • Two weeks
  • Three weeks
  • Six weeks
  • Three months
  • Six months

Keep in mind, however, that the above schedule is far from exact. There’s just no way to determine when they will (or should) happen. Don’t be alarmed if your child isn’t seeming to go through growth spurts. Your child might not show the signs or his/her growth is just more linear. As long as he/she is gaining weight and growing, there’s nothing to worry about.

How do you handle a growth spurt?

There’s nothing you can do to handle a growth spurt other than respond to your child like you normally would. If she’s hungry, feed her. If she’s tired, lay her down to sleep. If he’s irritable, do what you can to soothe him.

If you are breastfeeding, you might find yourself more hungry or thirsty than usual. Listen to your body and give it what it needs. Resist the urge to supplement with formula, as this can mess with your milk production.

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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Time to Fall Back: Sleep Tips for Daylight Savings

Sleep Tips for Daylight SavingsThere is an old English proverb that states, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” unless of course you reset his clock back one hour and confuse his children by telling them that seven is now six but they must sleep until eight which is really seven…huh? Now if you are hearty enough to brave the cold winters of Saskatchewan, the home base of SleepWell Baby, then you have been spared the havoc that Daylight Savings Time can wreak on your children’s sleep schedule. If not, then it is time, dear friends, to Fall Back. Yes, Daylight Savings Time has ended.

Here are some tips to stay healthy, wealthy and wise… or at the very least, keep nap time and bedtime business as usual during this period of transition:

Take Your Time

Leave your clocks alone on the first morning of the time change. Wake up at your usual time and start the day. Enjoy that extra hour before the day really begins. Have you ever thought, “If only there were more time in a day?”  Well, today there is one more hour. But don’t forget to change those clocks before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.

It’s Time to Close the Nap Gap

Instead of immediately making the switch to new nap times, split the difference. Adjust the morning and afternoon naps by 30 minutes to begin with and add another 30 minutes by the third day. This will be a bit of a stretch for your child’s routine, but not so much that it will cause major disruption to his schedule.

Take Time at Bedtime

If bedtime is usually 7:00 PM, put your child to bed at 6:30 PM for the first three days following the time change. Remember that 6:30 feels like 7:30 to your child. Go back to a 7:00 PM bedtime on the fourth day. It will take about a week for your child’s body to get used to this adjustment.

Give Your Baby Time

Because 6:00 AM is the new 7:00 AM, your baby is going to be waking up too early. Instead of rushing in at 6:00 AM, encourage her to stay in bed longer by waiting ten minutes to get her on the first morning of the new schedule. Continue by adding ten minutes each day until the end of the week. At this point your baby’s body will adjust to the changes in nap times and bedtime and she should wake at the desired hour.

A Good Time to Teach Time

Consider taking this opportunity to teach pre-school children to read a clock. If you have children over the age of two, this is an ideal time to boost independence by adding a digital clock to their sleep environment. Spend time teaching them the numbers six and seven. Draw, colour, trace, cut, or make up a little story about Sleepy Six and SleepWell Special Seven. Be creative to get your children interested in the numbers. Cover the minutes on the clock with black electrical tape and reinforce the concept of the SleepWell Special Seven (this is the magical number we must see before we can wake up). Adjust the clock forward by 30 minutes so that at 6:30 AM it reads 7:00AM. This means your pre-schoolers will be waking a little earlier at first but be back on track by the end of the week.

Keep these tips in mind as you prepare to Fall Back. And remember that, “early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” especially if that guy or gal has children who sleep well.

baby sleep consultantGuest Blog by Amanda Hudye, Founder of SleepWell Baby

Founded by Amanda Hudye, SleepWell Baby provides sleep consulting for families with children age 14 weeks to 8 years old. The certified sleep consultants at SleepWell Baby work with families globally from Canada to China providing information and advice to help families get the rest they require.

For more information, visit. www.sleepwellbaby.ca.

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 Must-Know Benefits of Kangaroo Care

Benefits of Kangaroo CareKangaroo Care is the practice of performing regular skin-to-skin contact with your baby. The idea is to let your baby lie right against your bare skin as much as possible. Anyone can do this, not just mom: it works will dad, siblings, grandparents, and any caregiver. It’s essential during the hour after birth, but children enjoy the benefits for months later.

Practicing skin-to-skin contact is simple: just sit or lie down with your nude baby (diaper is OK) against your bare chest. Let baby lay their head right against you so they are in direct contact.

So what are the benefits?

1. It prevents stopped breathing – Immature baby systems can occasionally stop breathing for short moments. In nearly all cases, they restart on their own. But mom or dad’s breath can teach baby how to regulate this vital function through synchronization.

2. It keeps your baby warm – During the first few weeks, babies spend a lot of energy and resources keeping themselves warm. If you can provide free heat, they can spend that energy on other things, like learning and growing.

3. It helps breastfeeding – Studies show that children who are put skin-to-skin immediately after birth are more likely to breastfeed sooner and more successfully. Often moms fail at nursing because they don’t try often enough. Skin-to-skin contact provides plenty of opportunities.

4. It helps babies sleep – Keep in mind that babies came from a place where they felt constant touch and sensation. To put a baby to sleep, it helps to replicate that environment. They find it soothing and relaxing. Even when your baby is dressed, you may notice that he or she likes to fall asleep against your chest. You can amplify this effect by undressing him/her and yourself.

5. It establishes a tighter bond – Right after birth, mom and baby experience the “golden hour” where their bodies and minds (due to hormones) are in the ideal state to create a connection. Exploit this affect by embracing closely. From then on, repeating the behavior will reinforce that connection.

6. It reduces postpartum depression – Postpartum depression is a real concern. Many moms have a hard time dealing with the separation after birth. Left untreated, moms can spiral into a painful depression and loose that vital connection they should make with their children. When mom holds her baby close, complex hormonal patterns (like the ones mentioned in #5) create a feeling of wellbeing and everything-is-alright. If she doesn’t experience those feelings, the absence might instigate depression. Treatment often includes long periods of bonding, which includes lots of touch therapy, including skin-to-skin contact.

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.

Image: Nelson Kwok/Flickr

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6 Tips for a Quicker Morning Routine

Tips for a Quicker Morning RoutineAs parents, we all know how hectic the morning can be from the time we wake up until everyone is out the door. Getting ready for work, preparing a healthy breakfast for the family, and seeing your kids off to school are just some of the tasks you must complete each morning. Start planning and preparing ahead of time with these tips to establish a quicker morning routine:

1. Train the Kids

Training your children to be more efficient morning people will help you immensely in the morning. Get them used to waking up with their own alarm clock, getting dressed and ready for school, and anything else that needs to be done each morning. By the time they take care of everything, you can have breakfast ready to go.

2. Fast Food

If you can find food products that can be prepared quickly in the morning, this will save you a lot more time than you may think. This can be especially true if you’re cooking for the whole family. Instant coffee, egg beaters, and other grab-and-go breakfast items will go a long away in aiding your morning routine.

3. Plan at Night

Rather than going into a blind rush as soon as you wake up, have your morning planned out the night before. Lie out your clothes for work, check to see if you or the kids have any special meetings/events the next day, and get a head start on breakfast if possible. Also, planning the night before will allow you that extra fifteen or so minutes to sleep in the next morning!

4. Nightly Backpacks

One of the essential morning routines for children is getting their backpacks in order for the impending day of school. Rather than having them waste time in the morning figuring out what needs to be packed, make it a nighttime ritual. This will mean one less task for you and your kids to worry about.

5. Late Night Beauty

Many times, moms get stuck using too much time to do their make-up and hair, and end up having to rush through the rest of the morning routine. If possible, find some make-up that can be applied the night before, as well as washing and styling your hair to be prepared.

6. Weekend Rewards

Sticking to a strict weekly routine can be tough for anyone, but especially so with the kids. Make a promise to your children that if they can stick to their morning routines throughout the week, then you will have a reward of some sort waiting for them each weekend. It could be as simple as letting them stay up late on Friday or a small gift.

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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5 Top Tips for Crib Safety

Tips for Crib SafetyWe always focus on providing infants with the safest sleep possible, from the most comfortable swaddle to the healthiest nursery. Providing your baby with a safe sleep environment is key to reducing the risk of SIDS. We’ve offered tips on the safest ways to swaddle to prevent overheating and unraveling, but do you know how to create a safe crib for baby to sleep in? When you place baby down for a nap or to sleep at night, you are most likely using a crib that you purchased after tons of research online or in store. But safety doesn’t end there. Make sure to follow these top tips to ensure that you are creating the safest crib for baby’s sleep.

1. Keep all items out of the crib.

Pillows, quilts, and stuffed animals look super cute and complete the “look” of your baby’s nursery, but once it’s time to put baby to sleep you have to remove them all from the crib. Bumper pads and blankets can all pose a risk of suffocation or covering baby’s face so it’s best to just swaddle baby to keep him or her warm and never use a blanket.

2. Use a firm mattress.

The type of mattress you use for baby’s crib is important, as baby needs to be placed to sleep on a firm surface. The mattress needs to be tight-fitting and preferably used with only a fitted bottom sheet that is designed for crib use. You do not want any sheets coming loose and covering baby’s face or have baby become trapped between the mattress and the crib.

3. Double check that your crib is properly assembled.

When you first buy a crib, you might not be sure how exactly to put it together. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure there are no missing or loose screws or brackets. If you still aren’t sure that it is properly assembled, give the manufacturer a call and ask for assistance or have someone else check it for you.

4. Don’t place your crib near a window or monitor.

If your windows have blinds or curtain cords, don’t place the crib anywhere near them or the cords can find their way into the crib and can strangle baby. Also be careful with baby monitor cords and hanging mobiles. For optimal safety, invest in some cordless blinds and curtains.

5. Be careful with crib slats.

Check your crib to make sure that the crib slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Any more than that and baby’s head or body can get stuck in between the slats. Older cribs are more likely to have this issue or have broken or loose slats so it is strongly recommended that you do not purchase old or used cribs.

Watch this video from SimplyBabyFurniture.com for more crib safety tips:

 

 

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 Ways to Deal With Colic in Babies

Ways to Deal With Colic in BabiesAs you may very well know by now, babies are tough little individuals to keep happy at all times. The most inevitable action of a newborn baby is that they will cry. Sometimes, babies will cry even more than normal when they experience the pains of colic. A baby who suffers from colic will need some extra special care in order for them to achieve comfort and peace. Here are some ways to deal with colic in babies:

1. Rock the Baby

When your child was in the womb, he was constantly being rocked to sleep. Even when you were still, baby could feel your breathing. Movement is soothing to him, so pick him up and rock him a bit in your arms, or put him in a swing. Even laying him in the car seat or stroller and rocking it with your foot should ease the colic a little.

2. White Noise

A white noise machine is a worthwhile investment. For the same reason a swaddle makes your baby feel secure, so does a little bit of noise. He heard all sorts of external and internal sounds when he was in the womb, so silence can be uncomfortable. If you don’t have a machine, turn on some music or whisper softly until your baby calms down.

3. Take a Ride

The simple motion of being driven around in the car can even be enough to soothe your child’s colic. Getting your baby moving a little may also take their mind of the discomfort and be able to put your child to a sleepy mood. If driving isn’t an option, a walk in the stroller may also help.

4. Pacifier

While long-term pacifier use isn’t something you want to get in the habit of, they have their uses, like when you’re out in public and you really need your kid to quiet down. Carry at least one around with you all the time (a few, maybe, in case baby throws it on the ground) even if your child doesn’t normally use it.

5. Swaddle

The swaddle is an excellent tool, even when your child isn’t going to sleep. The instant comfort, safety and security they feel usually calms them right down. The effect may even be strong enough to make your baby drowsy. Any blanket will do, but a specially made swaddle is best.

6. Massage

A massage for your baby is another possible solution – because who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing massage? The soothing power of your touch can work wonders on a colicky baby. Babies love skin-to-skin contact, so a massage is the perfect option to offer extra comfort for the little one.

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

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

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

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

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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