5 Ways to Treat Your Baby’s Eczema

Treat Your Baby’s EczemaIt’s very common for babies to develop red, crusty patches of skin during the first few months of life. For some babies it will last into adolescence but for others they will outgrow it. It can appear anywhere on baby and the skin will appear dry and rough. Typically eczema will show up on baby’s cheeks and the surfaces of skin baby uses to crawl. There are different things that trigger eczema like heat or dry skin, but luckily it is very treatable.

1. Apply moisturizer

Since eczema is caused by the body not producing enough ceramides, your best option is to use a moisturizer that contains ceramides. It’s important that moisturizer or cream is used on a daily basis and applied after a bath to help baby’s skin retain moisture.

2. Keep baby from scratching

Baby will want to scratch at her dry, itchy skin but this will only end up making the condition worse. Trim baby’s nails often and file them so they are not sharp. You can also try to put mittens on baby to prevent scratching.

3. Use unscented products

Any kinds of creams, soaps, or even laundry detergent used should be unscented. Anything perfumed can further irritate baby’s skin and is rougher than mild, fragrance-free products. Natural, eco-friendly bath products are safer on baby’s extra sensitive skin.

4. Test for allergies

Your baby’s eczema could possibly be caused by food allergies. If this is the case, then those foods need to be removed from baby’s diet in order to treat the eczema. You can speak to your pediatrician about referring you to an allergist.

5. Let her skin breathe

Try to avoid dressing baby in thick layers and let her skin breathe. Smooth fabrics like cotton are your best option and you should avoid scratchy fabrics like wool. Heat can also dry out the skin so do not keep baby too bundled up.

baby headrestGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

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

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

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Tips for Making Feeding Time Fun

Tips for Making Feeding Time FunYoung children can sometimes be a little extra fussy when it’s feeding time. The key to an easy, successful, meal for your children is to make it enjoyable for them. If you can manage to make feeding time fun for the little one, it’ll definitely be more fun for you as well. Try these tips for making feeding time enjoyable for children:

Finger Foods

One way to make feeding times easier is to provide your baby with finger foods, such as pieces of cooked pasta, little squares of bread, or simply Cheerios. These will keep him busy, which will allow you to enjoy your own food as well. One common idea that parents like to employ for mealtime is to pour cereal straight on to baby’s high chair tray. While your child is busy picking up and playing with the individual morsels of cereal, you’ll be able to either prepare other food for him or eat your own meal.

Communication

Try to use encouraging communication with your baby while they are eating. A combination of talking, praising, and smiling to show they are doing a good job eating their food will go a long way in making the meal more enjoyable for them. If they begin to refuse their food at any point, try taking a quick break to play with them, and hopefully their mood will lighten up again.

Fun Utensils

A classic idea for encouraging a fun feeding time is the “airplane” trick. Children love the imaginative nature of this simple movement where parents pretend the spoon is an airplane or train. Along with being creative while feeding them, you can also find some fun utensils to buy for your kids too. Since there are so many options out there for parents, try to find a spoon that is designed into one of your child’s favorite toys or figures. Children are sure to love a fun utensil over the generic plastic ones.

Baby See, Baby Do

Since you are the sole role model for your child at these young ages, they will trust your decisions and actions most. Due to this, if you can demonstrate eating to them during feeding time, it will make it a lot easier and more fun for them. Take a bite yourself, or pretend to, and then make yummy noises to show them how good it tastes. Chances are your child will be much more willing to give it a try now!

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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How to Tell if Baby Has a Food Allergy

How to Tell if Baby Has a Food AllergyOnce your baby is old enough to start eating solid foods, this is the time when parents begin to wonder if there is a possibility that baby could have a food allergy. Food allergies can cause many different symptoms in infants, and there are specific foods that are more likely to cause allergic reactions. It’s good to catch any food allergies early on, but parents should still wait to give baby certain foods.

These top eight foods are more likely to be allergenic, but it’s suggested to wait until your child is three years old before giving him peanuts:

  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat

Symptoms can occur immediately after the food is eaten, or they can take up to a few hours to appear. If your child has difficulty breathing, is wheezing, you notice swelling of the face or lips, or baby starts vomiting, you should call 911 right away. These reactions are severe and can be fatal.

Other symptoms that can occur due to food allergies include:

  • Itchy or flushed skin
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Coughing
  • Tongue swelling
  • Diarrhea

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. They will evaluate your child to identify specific allergies and most likely will tell you to remove the food from your child’s diet. To identify the culprit, many doctors recommending eliminating foods from baby’s diet one by one until they figure out the problem. An allergist can also prick your child’s skin with food-protein extracts. Allergy-causing foods will leave a red, itchy bump. Sometimes food sensitivities or allergies can go away with time and you will be able to add the food back into your child’s diet.

If there is a history of allergies in the family and baby’s older siblings have food allergies, there is a higher chance that baby will also develop food allergies.

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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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Guide to Teaching Kids Table Manners

Guide to Teaching Kids Table MannersGood manners are skills that help your kid succeed in multiple areas of their life; in class, with friends, with future employers, etc. These good manners can start in your own home, and more specifically at the dinner table. If you teach your children how to behave properly at a young age, it’ll be sure to carry on with them throughout their lives. Here are some tips for teaching kids table manners:

Rules to Teach

 1.  Sit at the Table

Teaching your child to actually sit at the table, without getting up, squirming, or standing on their chair, is the first place to start. Between 15 and 30 minutes is a good starting point, but as they get older they’ll settle down a bit and be able to sit still for longer dinners.

2.  Chewing with Closed Mouth

Giving your child an example of how rude it can be to chew with food in your mouth is a good place to start. Eat some food and open your mouth wide to show them how gross it can look. Explain this is impolite and show them how to properly chew their food at the table.

3.  Using a Napkin

You can start by showing them how to properly place a napkin in their lap to avoid any stain if they drop food by accident – which is very likely with children! Make sure to explain that we use napkins to wipe our mouths or anything else that may become dirty during dinner. Tell them how it will keep their sleeves and shirt clean as well.

4.  Asking Nicely

Asking politely for more food and drink is another aspect of teaching good table manners to your children. Rather than “I want more chicken”, you should teach your kid to phrase it, “Can you please pass the chicken?” Since this is something the entire table will likely hear, guests will certainly be pleased to see such good manners in your child.

5.  Using Utensils Properly

If your child is old enough to use their own utensils, the next step is teaching how to properly hold and use them. First, teach the basics like how to properly hold a fork or spoon when attempting to eat their food. Then, they can graduate to cutting their own food if they’re allowed to use a knife. Since the proper cutting technique requires developed motor skills, you may need to wait until they’re a little older.

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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

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5 Most Common Potty Training Mistakes

potty training tipsLet’s face it, potty training is probably one of the hardest things you are going to face with your toddler or preschooler. If you found this page, you have most likely been Googling this potty training topic for a while, and weren’t as lucky as the mom at playgroup who claims “he just potty trained himself”. There are a million tips out there on how to potty train your child, and all the information is pretty much the same. So instead, let’s talk about the possible mistakes you could be making during potty training. Because in my opinion when it comes to potty training, there is a lot more you can be doing wrong, than doing right, that may be the cause of unsuccessful potty training. Here are the most common mistakes parents make when beginning potty training.

1. Potty Training when your child is not ready.

If you want potty training to be successful, then your child has to be ready. Potty training a 15 month old and wondering why he or she is not getting it, is frustrating for both you and your child. I have seen 15 month month olds potty trained, but it’s not very common. Most children are ready at 22 months of age, so trying before then may be a challenge.

2. Allowing diapers to be worn “sometimes.”

This is a huge no no. If you have made the commitment to potty train your child, then you have to make a promise not to revert back to diapers. No matter what! What kind of message are you sending your child if you expect him to use the potty, but slap on a diaper when you have to go to out? There are plenty of options for outings during training, if you absolutely have to go out. You can get a travel seats that fold in your purse and even piddle pads for car seats (pictured below).

3. Going out during training.

If you don’t have to go out, then don’t. Make a commitment to stay home. Potty training is no joke! and treating it as such will lead to failure. If you are serious about this, then you have to commit to a long weekend or do it during a time that you can stay home. The first couple of days you are going to have major accidents, so it is best to be home. It’s easier for you and it’s less stressful for your little one.

4. Not trying long enough.

A lot of parents get frustrated after a day or 2 of messy floors, constipation, accidents, etc. I know, because I was one of those parents. Some children may need a little more time. It took my daughter 5 days to be pee trained, and 7 to be poop trained. If I gave up after a the first EXTREMELY horrible 3 days, she wouldn’t be potty trained right now. Give your child at least a week. It usually doesn’t take any longer than that.

5. Not getting help, when it’s not working.

This is a biggie. Many parents just keep trying over and over, and potty trainingcontinues to be a massive fail. Some kids are more stubborn than others. Some are defiant or just really afraid of the potty. With these kids, the traditional potty training tips are just not going to work. Bare bottom methods, or forcing your child to potty train may be traumatic for a child that has such fears. Knowing how to respond to these types of situations, will be crucial to your success.

If you have tried potty training on your own and have been unsuccessful then I would recommend a good potty training book or guide. There is nothing wrong with getting a book with tips, a program, guide etc. There is a reason these things are available, because not all children are easy to train, and sometimes without help or guidance you will just keep facing the same road blocks. I suggest getting something that is going to give you a step by step process. My favorite is the “Start Potty Training” program. Here is my review of it, as well as other popular 3 day potty training programs.

potty training tipsGuest Blog by Violet Giannone, Registered Nurse and Owner of Tots and Kids 101

Violet Giannone is a Registered Nurse, a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants, as well as a professional member of The National Sleep Foundation. She has also written articles for parenting websites such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Violet started her website to help parents who were experiencing the same issues she had with her first daughter, Brianna. When Brianna was born, she wouldn’t sleep at all at night. Violet became exhausted, frustrated, and was at her wit’s end. She knew she had to do something so she studied every single sleep training method, sleep book, and program out there. She relied on her nursing knowledge of sleep cycles, disturbances, and how sleep works. She tried different methods and tweaked things until…ta-da! Brianna was sleeping through the night.

Since then, Violet has helped many families through the information on her blog, as well as on an individual basis. She maintains a blog to help parents with potty training and potty training tips. She loves sharing all that she has learned with other parents. She knows firsthand how important sleep is to be able to function and take care of your day-to-day responsibilities. She now has over 150,000 parents visit her site each month!

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3 Day Potty Training: Is It Possible?

3 day potty training

I’m sure you have come across 3 day potty training methods that promise to potty train your child in 3 days. But you wonder if such methods are just gimmicks. Same here! When I started potty training my daughter, she was such a hard case. I started looking into all of these potty training methods for girls, programs, and books. I was so desperate and wanted a quick fix. “Only 3 days!” I thought… that’s awesome!

But which program or book do I choose? What potty training method is most effective? There are so many out there that promise different things. They all differ in how to approach potty training. My daughter was so scared of the potty, and stubborn at the same time. So I had to find a program that was going to consider her temperament and fears. So I decided to do what any good blogger would do. I decided to review some of these popular programs. For myself, and my readers…you’re welcome!

First let’s answer the question, “Can I potty train my child in 3 days?”

What is the best potty training method? Well that depends on how you define potty train. If you mean that your child will be completely accident free after 3 days, then the answer is NO. And any program that promises you that, you should definitely stay away from. Your child will have accidents and that is completely normal.

If you think that your child will be diaper free at night time after only 3 days, then the answer is also a resounding NO! Being able to hold urine in during the night is a developmental thing. Your child’s bladder has to signal the brain and wake her up. That is something that happens with age. This is not something you can train or control. Sure a few lucky parents will take away diapers during the day, and their child will stay dry at night too. But those are a lucky few, and usually the ones that start potty training late, meaning the child has already achieved that physiological development.

Now if you define potty training as your child being able to control pee or poop and let it go in potty or toilet. You expect a few accidents here and there, and you don’t think night-time control is a prerequisite. Then YES, it is possible to potty train in 3 days.

Now let’s talk about the different potty training methods and programs out there.

Keep in mind that they all have pretty much the same concept. Which is that you get rid of diapers, devote yourself to at least 3 days of stay at home potty training, and not use pull-ups to sabotage the process. So I will discuss the main differences between them.

#1 Pick Start Potty Training Program, by Carol Cline

Out of all the programs I have reviewed, this one is my favorite potty training method. This program is created by a mother of 4, and daycare owner who has tons of experience with potty training toddlers. In this program, Carol teaches you an easy to follow method of potty training, with no pressure to nighttime train.

What I love is that she covers a variety of topics. She talks about differences between potty training boys and girls. She has special sections in the program for special needs children (autism, down syndrome etc). There is a section especially for twins/multiples, and older children who may be more difficult to train. The best part of this program is the “bumps in the road” section, which every potty training parent will face during potty training. In this section she addresses fear of pooping, wetting the bed, tantrums, regression and so much more. She also teaches you how to handle outings to places like the mall, fairs, pools, and even airplane travels. I also love the fact that you can ask her questions when they come up during the training process (and trust me, your always going to have questions). Carol offers a “lifeline” where you can reach her directly, with any unique questions you may have.

The personal consultations is what had me sold. This program goes way beyond a quick 3 day potty training method, Carol Cline literally helps you through EVERYTHING. There isn’t a topic that she doesn’t cover. You are truly getting your money’s worth. That is why I recommend this program above any other. Don’t be discouraged by the gimmicky sales page. The site could use a little work in the marketing department. I bet many parents are turned off by the silly video. But if you overlook that, it’s a really great program. Here are some more features of the Start Potty Training Program.

No-Sweat Potty Training, by Dana Obleman

This is another popular potty training program. And as most of the other programs, you ditch the diapers, offer tremendous praise and rewards for success. The main difference with this program is that your child is allowed to wear diapers at night. Dana considers daytime and nighttime training as two separate entities. Dana says “you should also understand (and let your child know) that he’ll still be using diapers at nighttime, and that nighttime diapers are OK — even for big kids! (The fact is that bladder control at night takes longer to master.)”

This alone is a huge plus in my book. I need a program that’s going to offer a realistic method and approach, not a quick gimmick. What I also like about Dana Obleman is that you can get lots of freebies right from her site. Useful information that may answer your questions, before you even decide to purchase the program. For example, right now you can get a free PDF where Dana talks about potty training myths, and gives you tips on how to potty train. Here it is.

3 Day Potty Training by, Lora Jensen

A program that quickly gained popularity (I’m guessing it has something to do with title). The gist of this program is that you take away all diapers, put on underwear, and don’t ever revert back to diapers. You offer liquids and high fiber foods. And you praise and reward your child for using the potty. It’s a pretty simple program, straightforward and easy to follow. There are a few things I didn’t like. First Lora has you refer to accidents as “yucky” or “pew”.

Now my little girl had a very bad fear of “letting it go.” (you can read about thatHERE) Among all my research, I learned that kids with these fears usually view their “duty” as part of themselves and their body. In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is call “a part of your child’s body”, “yucky”.

That’s a horrible idea, and will only make your child feel ashamed. The other thing that was a deal breaker was that Lora has you take away diapers, even at night-time. I agree taking them away during the day, but as I mentioned before night-time training is a developmental milestone, that matures with age. Lora says that if your child is at least 22 months old, they should be waking up dry and gives you a few different options of “nighttime training”. I tried her method and it just didn’t work. There is no way my 22 month old was going to stay dry at night. That is not something you can “train”. She wet the bed over and over. When she woke up, the diaper had cold pee, and she had no idea she had done it. Meaning she did at some point during the night while she was asleep. Waking my daughter up from her sleep to take her potty just wasn’t an option for us. And you can’t really change things up either, Lora says you have to “follow the program to the T” for it to be successful. This program may work for others, but it didn’t work for us.

So there you have it! A quick guide to the most popular 3 day potty training programs that promise to potty train your child in a few days. If there are any you would like me to review that I haven’t mentioned please leave me a comment below, and I will try my best to get a copy for review.

potty training tipsGuest Blog by Violet Giannone, Registered Nurse and Owner of Tots and Kids 101

Violet Giannone is a Registered Nurse, a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants, as well as a professional member of The National Sleep Foundation. She has also written articles for parenting websites such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Violet started her website to help parents who were experiencing the same issues she had with her first daughter, Brianna. When Brianna was born, she wouldn’t sleep at all at night. Violet became exhausted, frustrated, and was at her wit’s end. She knew she had to do something so she studied every single sleep training method, sleep book, and program out there. She relied on her nursing knowledge of sleep cycles, disturbances, and how sleep works. She tried different methods and tweaked things until…ta-da! Brianna was sleeping through the night.

as on an individual basis. She maintains a blog to help parents with potty training andpotty training tips. She loves sharing all that she has learned with other parents. She knows firsthand how important sleep is to be able to function and take care of your day-to-day responsibilities. She now has over 150,000 parents visit her site each month!

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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Helping Mom Get the Sleep She Needs

Helping Mom Get the Sleep She NeedsAs a parent, we talk a lot about baby sleep. We analyze our children’s sleep schedules, judge their needs and bend over backwards to help them get the sleep they need. But what about moms?

There have definitely been some mornings for me where I laid in bed, looking up at the ceiling, wishing I could have just fifteen more minutes of sleep. I’m sure I’m not alone. Motherhood is a grueling experience for new parents. Amidst the lovey tender feelings is certainly some stress and anxiety. So how does a mom go about getting the rest sheneeds?

Sleep when the baby sleeps

There will always be chores to perform and errands to run, but your priorities should be your baby’s health and your own. When baby sleeps, you should sleep. Even if you aren’t particularly tired, lie down and close your eyes for a few minutes. Get the rest when you can.

Avoid excessive responsibilities

Everyone as a limit; a point of which they can do no more. Recognize yours and stop volunteering to help when you’ve come to it. For example, don’t volunteer to attend your child’s school field trip if the thought of a long day with hours on a bus makes you anxious.

After your delivery, use the hospital nursery

It’s funny that when we’re the most exhausted we’ve ever been (right after birth), we also want to interact with our little one as much as possible. Take advantage of the hospital staff and let them tend to your baby for a night or two while you recuperate. You’ll have plenty of time to bond.

Accept offers of help

When grandma wants to visit for a couple hours, say yes! Even if you don’t feel tired or stressed, let her come over and mind the baby for a bit. Rather than use the time torecover your inner calm, use it to prevent stress and exhaustion. Plus, you might have plenty of people who would enjoy the experience.

Speak up!

If you’re tired, tell someone! There’s no need to carry a burden by yourself if others are willing. Talk to the people in your life, especially your spouse. Let them know that the stress is starting to accumulate and you’re worried about its effect on your health.

In fact, carrying for a child while you are sleep deprived is dangerous. You could make a terrible mistake. You aren’t a bad mom just because you need some time to yourself – you’re just human.

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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Checklist for a Disney Vacation

vacation home rental in Orlando FloridaThis time of year many families are planning trips for the summer. If this is your first time going to Disney, you’ll need to be prepared: it’s a huge experience! Here is our checklist for traveling to Disney that all first timers need to know.

1. Make advance dinner reservations

If you plan on having a nice family dinner at one of Disney’s restaurants, you’ll need to make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs). These reservations are made 180 days in advance of the day you arrive at the park. Some restaurants get fully booked within minutes once the ADR lines open up so you need to plan in advance which restaurant you want to reserve a table at and be persistent in calling if you can’t get the reservation you want.

2. Grab a Guide Map

Once you’re finally at the park, pick up a guide map and times guide to also help plan out your day. This will list all of the show times, character greeting times/locations and other special events to attend at the park. It’s also good to check out because it will tell you any show cancellations.

3. Create your itinerary

Disney World is so big and has so many attractions that you must create an itinerary in order to see everything over a couple of days. You’ll feel lost if you get to the park without having done your research and everyone wants to do something different. Plan together so you can all agree on where to go first and what attractions to save for your last day at the park.

4. Pack light and smart

You’ll be doing a lot of walking throughout the day so keep this in mind when packing and bring your most comfortable walking shoes. You also want to take the weather into account and dress in layers. It gets very hot during the summer but is cooler at night so a light jacket to tie around your waist is a good idea if you’ll be staying out the entire day. Bring a poncho just in case of unexpected rain showers. Also, don’t forget your sunscreen!

5. Book a vacation rental home instead of a hotel room

Disney World resorts can be very expensive to stay in if you have a large family. Instead, opt for a vacation rental home in Orlando, Florida to accommodate your large family. Each of the rental homes come equipped with all of the necessary amenities.

6. Get the Park Hopper

The Park Hopper is a pass at Disney World that lets you visit multiple parks in one day. This is great for when the park you planned to go to one day happens to be extremely crowded. You can just choose to visit another park for the day instead. It’s also good for any last minute change of plans. Plus, if you’re at Animal Kingdom (which closes at 5pm), you can go over to another park when it closes and take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours.

Florida vacation home rentalsGuest Blog by Steve Casey of Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals

Look no further for vacation home rentals near Disney in Florida! Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals has thirty years experience providing guests with the best Florida dream vacation experiences possible, as well as a level of customer service that exceeds exceptions. They’re based in Orlando with a satellite office in the United Kingdom, so they know how to provide superior service to domestic and European guests.

Feel free to call upon their expert team to provide you with a smooth booking experience for your vacation rental home, condo, villa or townhouse in Orlando, Floridadiscount vacation home rentals, or other Florida destinations.

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

For more information visit www.floridasunshinevacationrentals.com.

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5 Reasons You Should Vacation in Florida This Winter

vacation home rental in Orlando FloridaFlorida is the perfect spot for a winter family vacation because the weather is warm and there are tons of activities to do. It’s perfect for families! Here are five reasons to travel to Florida.

1. You can rent a home away from home.

Although you want to get away from the cold weather during the winter, you still may want the warm and cozy feel of your family home. There are luxury vacation home rentals in Florida that were made for relaxing and being your home away from home. These beautiful rental homes feature all of the necessary amenities, plus they are located close to all of Orlando’s biggest attractions.

2. There are plenty of sunny beaches

The main reason people seek to vacation during the winter is because they prefer to relax on a sunny beach! Florida offers plenty of beaches that are not crowded during the winter months. You can also find special packages for snowbirds that include activities and events to attend nearby.

3. Florida theme parks are open year-round.

Unlike other places where the theme parks are closed for the winter, Florida’s theme parks are open year round. There’s no reason for them to close in the winter because the weather is still warm and it’s a great time of year to visit. You won’t get the huge crowds that come during the summer and you can avoid the sweltering heat.

4. It’s a great time to see animals

If you’d like to bring your family to the zoo or other park to see animals, winter is the right time to do so. In the summer, many animals hide to stay out of the heat and visitors leave disappointed because they did not get to see the animals. During the cooler months, the animals will most likely wander around their enclosure seeking warmth so you will be able to see them.

5. There are many water activities

In most places around the country, taking a dip in the pool or visiting a water park is completely out of the question during the winter. Not so in Florida where the water parks are open for the kids and resorts all have heated swimming pools. The great thing about visiting water parks in the winter is you can avoid all the long lines for water slides and tubing. The ocean may be a bit cold but if you’re coming from a place like Canada, you’ll probably find the water at a perfect temperature.

Florida vacation home rentalsGuest Blog by Steve Casey of Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals

Look no further for vacation home rentals near Disney in Florida! Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals has thirty years experience providing guests with the best Florida dream vacation experiences possible, as well as a level of customer service that exceeds exceptions. They’re based in Orlando with a satellite office in the United Kingdom, so they know how to provide superior service to domestic and European guests.

Feel free to call upon their expert team to provide you with a smooth booking experience for your vacation rental home, condo, villa or townhouse in Orlando, Floridadiscount vacation home rentals, or other Florida destinations.

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

For more information visit www.floridasunshinevacationrentals.com.

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Tips for Teaching Kids to Self-Dress

Teaching Kids to Self-DressMany parents are excited when their children reach milestones like being potty trained, brushing their own teeth, and feeding themselves. Learning how to self-dress is another big milestone to be excited about as a parent. When your child can finally dress herself it’s a big step towards independence. Soon they will be picking out their own clothes and you’ll have one less task to do in the mornings. Children need help learning the skills necessary for self-dressing and there are a couple of ways that parents can help.

Practice with toys

Keep small toys in bags that have zippers, ties, snaps, etc. so every time your child is taking out a toy to play with or putting it back they have to practice these skills. Time IN Dolls are also great toys to help kids learn to self-dress. The dolls allow kids to practice how to tie shoelaces, button, zip, snap, and Velcro! They also feature built in timers to help kids learn the concept of time.

Draw a chart

Hang up a chart in your child’s room that shows the different articles of clothes to be put on each day (shirt, pants, socks, shoes etc.) and place an image of each clothing item in the order that they need to be put on. The first column can show a picture of a shirt so your child will know to put that on first.

Give it time

You should let your kids practice dressing themselves each morning, which will take time and patience. Don’t rush your children through the process and set the alarm a couple of minutes earlier each day so they have plenty of time to get it right. Stand back and don’t help them unless they are becoming frustrated.

Set out certain clothes

If your child is just learning to self-dress, try to lay out clothes that will be easier for them to put on themselves. Pants with elastic waistbands instead of zippers are a better choice, as well as pullover sweaters instead of button up shirts. Leave shoelace tying for another day and have your child learn to put on shoes with Velcro straps.

Be positive

When your child buttons his shirt wrong or puts it on backwards, don’t say any negative comments. Praise him for a good effort and offer to show him the correct way to put it on. This way your child will not feel embarrassed or discouraged and will keep trying to get it right on his own.

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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