Why Do Babies Startle Themselves Awake?

Why Do Babies Startle Themselves AwakeThe startle reflex (officially called the Moro Reflex) is one of the several reflexes babies are born with. This group is called the infantile reflexes.

Technically, your baby has the reflex when he or she is in the womb. They start to gain this reflex around 28 weeks (although it’s incomplete – we can tell by observing premature babies) and have it officially by 34 weeks. We can sometimes see babies startle in the womb, but this isn’t common (you’ll see why in a minute).

The reflex activates when your child has a sudden feeling of a loss of support – or falling. There are three components to this reflex. These actions happen very quickly together.

  • Baby’s arms will spread out suddenly
  • Baby’s arm will come together suddenly like he/she is trying to catch something
  • Baby will be irritable and often cry a bit.

The reflex is active at birth and fades around four or five months old.

So why do babies startle?

For a long time, babies were carried by their mothers all day. We still do a lot of this today, but there was a long stretch of human history where people were nomadic – following the seasons and food sources all over. In evolutionary terms, that time wasn’t very long ago.

So the theory is that the startle reflex is an evolutionary trait that helped babies cling to their mother if they fell, or at the very least make enough of a commotion to alert mom that baby has separated. It’s not very effective for infants, but it’s quite possible for a four or five month old baby to catch him/herself.

Why is the startle reflex a pain for parents?

Babies can startle in their sleep, which is frustrating for parents because it wakes their children up. During the first months of life, a baby needs to be sleeping pretty much every minute they aren’t eating. Parents spend an enormous amount of time putting their infants to sleep, which can be instantly wrecked by a poorly-timed startle.

How do we prevent the startle reflex?

Technically, you can’t stop the startling from happening. It’s a reflex in their brain that we can’t adjust. The best thing we can do is work around it.

The best solution is to swaddle. A swaddle works in three ways.

  1. It help prevents the reflex from occurring because baby always feels confined and safe. When baby feels pressure all over, there’s no sense of falling or loss of balance.
  2. It reduces the impact of the startle. When a swaddled baby startles, he/she is instantly comforted and confined. Their movement is limited so they’re less likely to wake themselves up.
  3. If they are woken up, the swaddle is the perfect environment to fall back to sleep.

You can’t beat the startle reflex, but you can work around it. Hopefully this information helps you help your baby sleep better.

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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

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

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4 Fascinating Facts About Your Baby’s Sleep

baby sleep factsBaby sleep is an exceptionally interesting topic. At first glance, it seems straightforward. Sleep is just sleep, right? Not with babies! There are a ton of interesting ways baby sleep differs from adult sleep. Here are some interesting facts every parent should know.

1. Closed eyes don’t mean your baby is asleep

Just like you and I, babies clothes their eyes when they’re tired, but this doesn’t mean they’re asleep. You have to look for the signs of deep sleep very carefully. A baby in deep sleep is relaxed, limp, and breathing very slowly and deeply. This is a good time to lay your baby down.

A baby with fluttering eyes, a tense body, and erratic breathing is still in light sleep (also known as REM sleep) and might wake up if moved around too much.

2. Sleep begets sleep

Contrary to popular belief, keeping your child awake doesn’t make them sleep longer later. A baby who is forced to stay awake when he/she wants to sleep will become cranky, irritable, and have a hard time settling down when they do get time to sleep. Chronically fatigued children have poor sleep and more frequent wake-ups.

Always remember: a well-rested person rests best. This means that a routine that prioritizes sleep whenever your baby needs it is the best way to get more sleep.

3. The light sleep is important

It’s a fact that all infants are light sleepers, but it’s not a coincidence. Babies sleep lightly for survival purposes. They need to be able to wake up when they feel hungry. If they sleep too deeply, they might sleep through their hunger, miss a feeding, and this can compromise their development.

You might be relieved to have a two-month old who sleeps six or seven consecutive hours, but this actually isn’t a good thing. Babies need to eat every few hours to maintain their growth. You might have try dream-feeding or (as tough as this sounds), wake your baby up.

4. The dark/light cycle is important

When your baby is born, he/she doesn’t understand to sleep at night. In the womb, everything was dark. They have to develop this rhythm over time. You can help by making their sleep environment as dark as possible and making their play environment well-lit with natural light.

Slowly, you can use this rhythm to your advantage by making a room darker to stimulate sleepiness and brighter to stimulate wakefulness.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about sleep when you became a parent?

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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

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

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8 Tips to Make Your Child’s Sleepover a Success

childs sleep over tipsOnce your kids begin to build meaningful relationships with their peers, they almost instantly want to partake in a sleepover. Some sleepovers are just two friends, others are whole parties. Here are some tips to make the first one a success.

1. Don’t worry so much about the age – It’s tough to say when a child is ready to spend the night away from mom and dad. Some kids don’t mind the separation, while others do. Don’t get hung up on a number. Your first step is to ask your child and gauge their reaction.

2. Have a “mock” sleepover – This is technically just a regular sleepover, but you host it at your house. Have one or a few friends over your home for the night. Let them stay up all night and sleep in the living room, or whatever they want to do. This will give your child a practice run.

3. Give the host parents a heads up – If your child sleep walks, occasionally wets the bed, has a dietary need, or anything like that, call the hosts ahead of time to make them aware. You want them to be prepared to care for your child like you would, even if that means preparing for something slightly embaressing.

4. Pick the right night – Obviously a school night isn’t a good time because you know kids won’t spend much time sleeping. Choose a night where you have nothing going on the next morning so your child can catch up on his/her sleep.

5. Have reasonable expectations – Even though sleep is important, so is socializing with one’s peers. Don’t insist on a bedtime or try to police the movies they watch and food they eat. This is a time for indulging a bit. Let kids be kids.

6. Be prepared to change plans – Many children think they can handle the sleepover, but call mom or dad at two in the morning wanting to come home. There’s a good chance it might happen, so be prepared to take a late-night drive.

7. Give them something to do – Depending on your child’s age, you might not want them to sit around idly watching TV or (worse) finding some way to get into trouble. Send your child with a board game or activity or anything fun to fall back on.

8. Start with something familiar – To get you child adjusted to sleeping away from home, start having sleepovers at a familiar place, like grandma and grandpa’s house, or their usual babysitter’s home. This will make them comfortable with the idea of sleeping in another bed.

Tell us about your child’s first sleepover experience.

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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Free Organic Bodysuit + Nine Harmful Chemicals Found in Most Baby Clothes

organic baby clothes giveawayOur friends over at Cutie Bees organic baby clothing are giving away a FREE, organic bodysuit for babies and toddlers!  First 50 orders!  Adorable designs.  We love the tips from the Cutie Bees Non-Toxic Mommy Blog and learned so much.  As a parent it’s scary to know that our kids’ clothes are drenched with harmful chemicals and toxins.  Here are some important tips and please share to help spread the word. Plus the link to get your free bodysuit is below.

Why Choose Non-Toxic Clothing?

More than 8,000 chemicals are used in clothing manufacture; it’s a sure bet you and your kids are wearing many as you read this. Most of these chemicals contain carcinogenic ingredients, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors and allergens that could be downright hazardous to your health. Did you know “organic”, “sustainable” and “eco-friendly” does not mean the clothes do not contain any toxic chemicals as well?

Why it matters more to YOUR baby:

When toxins are absorbed through your skin — your largest organ — they bypass your liver, the organ responsible for removing toxins.

YOUR baby’s skin is more porous than adult skin making it easy for the chemicals present in clothing to enter into their internal organs that are still developing and maturing. There are “critical periods” in early childhood development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual’s biological system operates. Not every baby is same, so while these chemicals may appear to develop itching, skin rashes, swelling, dermatitis and eczema in some, they may not appear to bother others. If your baby has mysterious health symptoms that you can’t seem to get control over, it’s worth checking out whether your baby’s clothes could be the problem.

Nine harmful chemicals found in most baby clothing:

  1. Formaldehyde // used to give a permanent press effect to clothing, to increase stain resistance and for color fasting. Other chemical names include Formalin, Methanal, Methyl aldehyde, Methylene oxide, Morbicid acid, and Oxymethylene. The dangers: EPA links formaldehyde to eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; and severe allergic reactions. Known to cause cancer and may trigger asthma attacks.
  2. Phthalates // There are around 50 or so different types of phthalates out of which 6 are banned by CPSIA in children’s toys and child care articles. These chemicals are not restricted from use in children’s clothing. The dangers: phthalates belong to the family of endocrine disrupting chemicals or EDCs and are known hormone disrupters linked with birth defects, breast cancer, infertility, liver cancer, diabetes, obesity, and now with autism and ADHD in pregnancy.
  3. PBDEs or polybrominated diphenyl ethers // are known neurotoxins used as flame retardant in consumer products including children clothing. In a research report released by CDC in 2008, 97% Americans had flame retardants in their blood, and those ages 12 to 19 had the highest levels. The dangers: research studies in humans showed thyroid disruption, memory and learning problems, delayed mental and physical development, lower IQ, advanced puberty and reduced fertility.
  4. Antimony // used as a catalyst in the making of polyester. Also, used as a flame retardant in sleepwear. In higher concentrations, it can act like the poison arsenic. The dangers: depression, vomiting, dizziness, kidney and liver damage. One of the compounds, antimony trioxide is also believed to be carcinogenic.
  5. NPEs or nonylphenol ethoxylates or nonylphenols // are used to wash clothing in the textile industry, for example after dying. The dangers: NPEs are also endocrine disrupting chemicals or EDCs – but unlike phthalates, NPEs can accumulate in the tissues of a living being.
  6. PFCs or per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals // are used to make textiles water-repellent. PFCs are thus mainly found in outerwear, such as rain jackets and shoes. But they can also be found in training pants, waterproof crib mattress covers and other items in your baby’s nursery. The dangers: PFCs are linked with cancer and kidney diseases.
  7. Organotins // are used as a biocide largely in cotton clothing to prevent textiles from being damaged. It is also used to provide anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and prevent odor if a wearer were to sweat. The dangers: linkage with obesity along with having immunotoxic and endocrine disrupting effects.
  8. Pesticides and Insecticides // broad spectrum organophosphates and carbamate pesticides used in conventional cotton farming are some of the most common, and most toxic pesticides used today, adversely affecting the human nervous system even at low levels of exposure. Cotton is grown on just 2.5% of the world’s total agricultural land, but uses 22.5% of the world’s insecticides and 10% of all pesticides, making it the world’s dirtiest grown crop. The dangers: interference with healthy neurodevelopment, leading to behavioral problems and lower cognitive function, and meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. These toxins also belong to the family of endocrine disrupting chemicals or EDCs and are known hormone disrupters. EPA classifies these as carcinogens and acknowledges having linkages to neurological disorders that increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
  9. Synthetic Colors/Dyes // is a mixture of many chemicals including formaldehyde and heavy metals. The dangers: carcinogenic and the heavy metal particles are known neurotoxins.

The Cutie Bees brand is known for their healthy, non-toxic apparel for baby and kids. With Cutie Bees, you never have to worry about the harmful chemicals hiding in your baby’s clothing. These clothes are made from 100% certified organic cotton and are hand finished without any harmful chemicals. Cutie Bees follows strict procedures and inspections throughout the entire process. And, they even test their products to ensure no harmful chemicals were found in Cutie Bees baby clothes before they are sold.

The Cutie Bees promise:

  • NO harmful dyes
  • NO pesticides
  • NO phthalates
  • NO formaldehyde
  • NO fire-retardants
  • NO harmful chemicals ever!

Cutie Bees is giving away a FREE bodysuit for 50 new customers! From February 1st through February 7th, the first 50 people to sign up will win a *free organic bodysuit – a $20 value! Choose from sizes 0-24 months and an assortment of colors. *$3.95 shipping charge applies.

Get Your FREE BODYSUIT Here

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 Tips for Avoiding the Flu as a Family

how to avoid flu as familyWell, it’s flu season. The trouble with the flu is that it’s an ever-changing virus. Every year it’s different, that’s why we can get it over and over. It changes just enough to get by our bodies’ defenses. We make vaccines every year, but they’re ineffective the next year. A flu, while simple to treat, can bring a person down for several days. Here are some basic tips for your family to avoid the flu.

1. Wash your hands

This can’t be stated enough. Washing your hands is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of any disease. Getting them wet doesn’t cut, either. You have to use soap. Sing the song “Row, row, row your boat” to make sure you wash long enough.

2. Get a flu shot

The CDC recommends that everyone who is at least six months old get a flu vaccine each year, but it’s especially important for children and the elderly (who have weakened immune systems). The flu shot is extremely effective. Even if you get the flu, it helps reduce the severity of your symptoms.

3. Don’t touch other people

Obviously you can’t avoid contact is everyone, but only touch the people you have to. On average, people touch their own faces twice a minute, so touching someone else is basically the same as touching them inside their body. Avoid what contact you can during this season.

4. Disinfect your surfaces

Germs can live on a surface for as long as a day, so it’s important you disinfect public surfaces. But this means more than just your countertops. You can disinfect phones, computers, keyboards and toys. Make sure you wash your dishes in the hottest water you can manage (dishwashers are great).

5. Cough into your elbow

At one time, we were all taught to cough into our hands, but that’s bad advice now, because we use our hands to touch basically everything. Teach your kids to cough into the inside of their elbow. Sure, they’ll get germs on their sleeve, but they won’t spread them.

6. Avoid sick people

If someone in your home comes down with the flu, quarantine them as reasonably as you can. Limit all contact, especially touching. It’s for the best that skip goodnight hugs until everyone is feeling 100%.

Did anyone in your family have the flu this year?

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 Multi-Tasking Tips for Busy Moms

Multi-Tasking Tips for Busy MomsFor a modern mom, balancing a family, a career, and a personal life can seem impossible. It seems there’s always something to do. It challenging, but it can be done if you’re willing to multi-task. Here are some tips that might help.

1. Keep a to-do list – Our memories aren’t perfect, so we can keep organized by writing things down. It’s amazing how many people say, “Oh, I’ll remember that.” Nope! Make short lists of things you need to pick up or chores you want to get done. Keep your “home to-do’s” and “work to-do’s” on the same page so you’re always aware of the big picture. Plus, crossing off items is so satisfying.

2. Create clear boundaries – To get things done, you need to set up boundaries between different parts of your lives. You can’t be bothered at work every fifteen minutes to settle a minor dispute at home. Make it clear that when mommy is working on something, she needs to focus. On the flip side, make sure that your family time is uninterrupted by work.

3. Wear your baby – As much as we’d like to sit around and hold our children, it just isn’t feasible. Strap your baby into a baby wrap or carrier and bring her with you wherever you go, whether that’s to the basement to do laundry or running errands out of the house. You both will enjoy the closeness.

4. Enlist everyone’s help – Too much to do? There are other people in your home that should pitch in. Get your kids involved doing whatever is appropriate for their age. Make it fun by creating games or listening to music.

5. Exploit your guests – Let’s face it: grandma and grandpa aren’t visiting to see you; they came to spend time with the baby. Let them enjoy some one-on-one time while you get some things done, even if that means popping out for a few minutes. Your parents (or in-laws) won’t mind one bit.

6. Make use of small moments – If you only have five minutes, scan your to-do list for a simple task that doesn’t take much time. You’ve probably got several of these, like “call the mechanic back,” “wash your son’s uniform,” or “email that client.” Use every available second if you’re jammed.

7. Isolate what’s important – Prioritization (or triage, as we say in the medical field) is an essential skill of any mom. Have you ever worked all day, but felt like you got nothing done? That’s probably because you didn’t do the important things. Even if they are unpleasant, the important tasks will make you feel much more accomplished.

8. Always think ahead – Keep running your to-do list through your mind during the day. This will help you optimize your tasks. There’s no sense running into town twice if they can be accomplished on the same trip. Headed to the basement for laundry? Bring that box of Christmas decorations down on the same trip. This will help you get more done in the same time.

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 for Parents to Get Some Much-Needed Sleep

ways for mom to get some sleepWhether you have a newborn or an eight-month old, sleep comes at a premium. Even if you’re only getting up twice a night, it can sleep play havoc with your sleep schedule. Here are some simple adjustments you can make to get more sleep.

1. Get some rest while your baby sleeps

I’m sure you’ve heard this tip a hundred times before, and as difficult as it sounds, it’s the best piece of advice you’ll receive. When your baby is awake, you have things to do, so the best time to sleep is when that little one peacefully slumbers.

I understand the dishwasher needs to be filled, bills have to go out, work is leaving messages, and laundry is piling up, but other than your baby’s health, your health is most important.

2. Accept the help of others

You know that super mom who lives on your street that always seems to get so much done? The secret she’s hiding is that she gets lots of help. Don’t be ashamed to lean on other people; to ask for help of family and friends.

You will be astounded at how many people are willing to help with a baby, especially grandparents. People who have raised children know very well how difficult it may be. Ask your parents or neighbor to schedule their visit during a time when you can get some sleep for a bit. That said…

3. Don’t be afraid to turn people away

If someone wants to visit and it’s just not in the cards, ask for a rain check. You don’t owe anyone time with your baby, especially if that means giving up time when you could be sleeping. Instead, ask them to schedule a time when you’ll be alert and presentable for company.

4. Involve your spouse

A lot of parents but a heavy burden of responsibility on themselves, especially moms. They feel like raising a baby is their job and they should handle the brunt of it. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! I recommend you set up a reasonable sharing of duties with your significant other. Maybe you take turns getting up at night, or split the week up depending on work schedules. There are plenty of solutions if you’re willing to communicate your needs.

5. Turn down extra work

Learn this phrase: “Sorry, I can’t help. I have a young baby who takes up a lot of my time.”

It’s alright to refuse your time and labor to other people. No, you can’t bake cookies for the church bake sale. No, you can’t help your friend move. No, you can’t chaperone that field trip. As much as you would like to be a part of those things, you can’t do everything and your baby comes first.

6. Go to bed when baby does

This aligns with tip number one, but there’s a slight distinction. Sometimes parents will tuck their little ones into sleep and then spend the new two or three hours enjoying quiet time, adult conversation, and maybe an adult beverage. I understand the desire for some relaxation, but this wastes prime sleeping time. If you’re really sleep deprived, use this time to catch up.

What are some ways you are sure to get some sleep?

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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10 Secrets of Happy Parents

how to be a happy parentParenthood is hard. There’s no denying that. When there’s so much to do, it’s easy to forget that life (and children) are supposed to be fun.

Here are some secrets of happy parents. Use these to bring some more fun and positive vibes back into your household.

1. Happy parents get away every once in a while

It’s OK to drop off your kids with a babysitter and pretend you aren’t a parent for a few hours. Sometimes adult conversation and an adult beverage can recharge your batteries.

2. Happy parents are in charge

You don’t have to a dictator to be the boss, but you should be firm about the rules. A parent who runs the house smoothly will have kids who behave.

3. Happy parents are realistic

A happy parent doesn’t have grandiose expectations of their kids. They understand that a three-year-old is going to have a temper tantrum every once in a while and it’s not a reflection on their parenting skills.

4. Happy parents let go of the past

Maybe you lost your cool yesterday. Or found your just-walking toddler halfway up the stairs. Or left your child’s favorite lovey at grandma’s house. Mistakes happen. We move on.

5. Happy parents make their partners a priority

It’s easy for forget about your spouse when you have work to do, chores to finish and children to mind. Parents who remember that they are in a relationship with another person are infinitely happier.

6. Happy parents are efficient with their time

You don’t have to run around like a headless chicken, but it’s important to maximize the time you have during the day so you don’t feel pressured and overburdened.

7. Happy parents order takeout

You aren’t supermom/dad. You don’t have to cook every night.

8. Happy parents take care of themselves

Don’t feel obligated to use every ounce of energy and time you have on your children. Enjoy your time at the gym or your hour in the bathtub. Your children don’t need another playdate or activity. They’ll be happy to have a relaxed parent.

9. Happy parents reward good behavior

Positive reinforcement is far more effective than negative reinforcement, plus it creates a habit of celebrating achievements and thinking positively in your home.

10. Happy parents build routines

Your home needs a routine so everyone can make plans. Leave the house at the same time every morning. Serve dinner at the same time. Require the same bedtimes. These changes, while small on their own, let everyone operate smoothly.

How do you keep a happy home?

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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What to do When Your Child Has Chickenpox

chicken pox curesChickenpox were once an inevitable part of childhood that required serious medical attention. Today however, most healthy children can be treated at home after a brief meeting with a doctor. When their chickenpox (varicella) is treated straight away, those horrifying complications many of us recall from childhood can all be avoided. You can take some over the counter medication to alleviate your child’s fever and itching and call it a day. We’re going to provide you with some remedies that you can try.

Before we jump in, let’s make a quick disclaimer. It’s so important to meet with a doctor prior to giving your child any medication. Major complications can arise if you are not cautious. Did you know people under the age of 20 are at risk for Reye syndrome if they take aspirin? The remedies below have been known to work for many people but they may not be right for you or your child.

1. Control the Itching 

Scratching chickenpox can cause skin infections and blisters if it persists. To reduce itching, try an oatmeal bath and a cool compress. Antihistamines are also recommended to calm down itching irritated skin. Be sure to consult with your doctor before giving your child antihistamines however. All of these items can be found in your local pharmacy.

2. Reduce the fever 

Having a high fever is a pretty normal way for our bodies to react when it feels under attack.  The increased body heat is your body’s way of attempting to kill viruses. Unfortunately, fevers become pretty uncomfortable. You can help reduce your child’s fever with over-the-counter medicine. Immunoglobulins are commonly used to help with these symptoms. With close adherence to the medications directions, you can dramatically reduce these all of these lousy symptoms in about a week’s time. We still advise consulting with a doctor before giving a baby or child any medication.

3. Stay home

Your child has an illness that legitimately warrants a few days off from school.  To prevent the spread of infection, wait until the pox begin to crust over before sending your child back to school. This can take roughly 10 days to happen. We advise staying away from people who are not immune until then.

4. Vaccination 

This isn’t such an “at-home” remedy but it’s so important to mention this. Preventing chickenpox is much easier than it ever was with a simple chickenpox vaccine. To prevent chickenpox, most people can get two doses of the chickenpox vaccine. Taking this step can save you a lot of trouble down the line.

There are people who are not advised to get this vaccination like pregnant women and people with allergies to gelatin.  Ask your doctor if you are able you are a good candidate for a vaccination beforehand.

There are instances where your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to help with symptoms but this is not as common as most people think. Did you have chickenpox as a kid? Tell us about your experience on our Facebook page.

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 Fun Elf on a Shelf Ideas

fun elf on a shelf ideasIf you haven’t played Elf on a Shelf during the holidays, your children are bound to love it! Equally, parents can have just as much fun with this game when it comes to hiding the elf and coming up with creative ideas to place and position him. Since this game can carry on for many days, depending on when you decide to start it, you may need a little help coming up with unique ideas. Here is some of our Elf on a Shelf spots:

1. Balloon

Blow up a balloon with just the right amount of helium so that if you were to tie the Elf to it, it would almost float in mid-air. Your kids will be amazed to see the Elf floating around the room.

2. Under a Lamp

Set up a cute little lounging mat or chair underneath one of your lamps around the house. Place the Elf under the lamp as well, along with some sunscreen and a drink umbrella, and you have a sunbathing Elf in your home!

3. Construction Worker

If you have a little boy running around your house, you probably also have a bunch of little construction toys as well; like a dump truck, excavator, or cement mixer. Scatter a bunch of mini marshmallows around, and place the Elf on top of one of the toys for a fun surprise!

4. Advent Calendar

If you buy advent calendars that are filled with a chocolate for each day leading up to Christmas, be sure to pick up an extra one this year. For this idea, use the extra calendar, open a bunch of the windows, and take the chocolate out. Scatter a few pieces of chocolate around the calendar and smear it on your Elf a little, with its body lying nearby.

5. Christmas Shopping

Remember when you used to have your child circle various toys and gifts from magazines and catalogs to help you find their Christmas gifts? Combine this concept with the Elf on a Shelf! Sit your Elf down with a catalog on his lap, and a sharpie marker next to it. Circle a couple items on the open catalog too!

6. Photo-shoot

For this idea, grab a bunch of your children’s favorite toys and stuffed animals. Set them up as if they were going to take a picture together. A few feet away, place a digital camera down facing these stuffed animals, with the Elf sitting behind it, ready to take the shot.

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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