7 Reasons to Choose Organic Fabrics

Choose Organic FabricsWe come in contact with fabrics every day. From the sheets on our bed, the diapers on our babies, to the clothes on our backs, we spend a lot of time on or within fabric, especially cotton. That means it’s important we make sure these materials are as safe as possible.

Organic fabric come from crops certified by the Organic Trade Association. It means they are made without the use of pesticides, insecticides or fertilizers. They use natural methods to grow their crops and do not spray them with anything synthetic.

Here are the benefits of buying and using organic fabrics.

  1. They’re better for your skin. Often the sources of allergic reactions, eczema and dermatitis are a result of the dyes, resins and formaldehyde in non-organic fabrics. These irritants stay with the clothing and leech out over time, meaning they can’t simply be washed away.
  2. Organic fabrics are safer for babies. Babies have delicate, developing skin that can’t withstand the harsh chemicals and toxins used in traditional fabrics. These toxins can have devastating effects on developing hormone and reproductive systems. Furthermore, it’s believed to cause fewer lifelong allergies.
  3. Some take up less space. Some organic products, like bamboo, take up less square acreage to grow than typical crops. Bamboo grows rapidly in tightly packed areas, meaning less land needs to be taken up to produce the same amount of fabric (or furniture).
  4. You know what’s in your products. The biggest problem with most fabrics (and any product, really) is that we just don’t know what’s in them. Even when manufactures list their ingredients on the label, it’s tough for the consumer to discern exactly what’s inside. In some cases, the manufacture is exempt from listing every substance.
  5. You’re doing good for the environment. Many fabrics are made using pesticides and insecticides. These dangerous chemicals can leech into the ground and our water systems. The crops used to make organic fabrics are grown using sustainable methods without insecticides and pesticides.
  6. Improved health of farmers. In many places, cotton is still hand-picked. Thousands of poor farmers in developing countries become sick every year because of their exposure to pesticides. Organic cotton and other fabrics ensures these producers live healthy lives.
  7. Safe labor conditions. The Global Organic Textile Standard that certifies organic products also insists on certain labor conditions for producers, including fair pay, working hours and collective bargaining rights.

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.

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

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8 Diaper Bag Items You’ll Need on Your Family Vacation

vacation home rental in orlando florida near disneyAround this time of year, many families are beginning to plan vacations. You might be visiting a relative, an exotic beach, or taking your family to the old fashioned family favorite: Disney World.

If you’re off to Orlando, I have two pieces of importance advice: 1) Stay in a vacation home rental near Disney so you can avoid the hassle of hotels and give yourself room to stretch out, and 2.) Make sure to always have a stocked diaper bag. When you’re out in the parks (Orlando or anywhere, really), buying a necessity on-the-go can be expensive. Here’s everything you need in your diaper bag.

1. Drinks, in no spill tumblers or bottles. Water and sodas are expensive in the park. Fill them up at water fountains whenever you can.

2. Spare clothes. Clothing items can be costly in the park, so you don’t want to rely on the gift shop for spares. Stuff them tightly in a Ziploc bag so you can use the bag for anything that gets soiled or wet.

3. Sturdy walking shoes. The heat might make you tempted to wear flip flops. If you do, bring sneakers along with you. You’ll be doing a lot of walking that will wear on your feet.

4. Snacks and treats. Food is expensive in the parks, so bring some easy-to-carry snacks along like granola bars or crackers. You won’t be able to last the day without eating something.

5. First aid kit. You’ll want basic first aid supplies like bandages, aspirin, anti-septic cream, etc. In this kit should also be some emergency contact information.

6. Baby wipes – not just for changing diapers! In mass public places, you might want to have something to create a more hygienic space. Wipe down seats before you sit or handle anything. They’re also good for meal-time messes.

7. Portable DVD player or game system. If you take a break during the day, you’ll want your kids to sit still in the shade to take a rest. Bring something to distract them.

8. Trading pin lanyard. Most people don’t know this, but you can trade pins with anyone in the park, buy them in the gift shop, and even trade with the characters. It’s a fun game that kids really get into, but you’ll need your lanyard to carry them all.

Florida vacation home rentals

Guest 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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6 Tips for Vacationing with Small Children

vacation home rental in orlando florida near DisneyIf you have a few small kids (or even one), you might be concerned about traveling to Orlando. The good news is that with a little careful planning, you can set anxiety aside and have a great time. Before you embark, here are some tips.

1. Stay in a vacation home. There’s no need to worry about your kids causing a commotion in a hotel if you rent a vacation home in Orlando Florida near Disney. There’s plenty of space for them to run around, even a yard and possibly a pool. If you have a big family, you can save on money with a vacation home rental as well.

2. Travel as light as you can. When you have kids, you tend to bring a lot of stuff around with you, so do your best to pack as light as possible. If you’re staying for an extended stay of two weeks or more, pack a single week’s worth of clothing and wash them once rather than carry two week’s worth. If possible, ship any of your gear and supplies ahead of you.

3. Schedule your day around naps. Just because there’s a lot of excitement doesn’t mean your kids can go without their regular sleep. Plan your day so it includes a quick stop back at the vacation home rental so your kids can get some sleep. If they are well-rested, they are sure to have a better time.

4. Bring distractions. When you’re in the air or on the road, your kids will get bored easily and begin to irritate mom and dad. Bring plenty of distractions for the car ride so they have something to do. Tablets and smart phones with games are simple, portable and keep kids busy for hours.

5. Don’t limit yourself. Orlando Florida and Disney are wonderful kid-friendly places. There’s no need to limit your vacation in any way because you have the kids around. Enjoy your favorite shows, attractions and restaurants with the whole family. Don’t worry that something might not be PG-rated. It all is!

6. Keep emergency contact information on your kids. In the event that you get separated in one of the parks (since they can be quite busy), put emergency contact information in the pocket of each child. Remind them that it’s there so they can tell a security guard or park personnel that they are lost.

Florida vacation home rentals

Guest 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.

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 Look for When Purchasing a Pregnancy Pillow

pregnancy pillowOne important pre-natal accessory that you should buy is a pregnancy pillow. It can provide comfort, rest and health for every pregnant woman. It is about time to keep your head pillows under your head and then use a maternity pillow for hugging and providing relief from pains.

Comfort

Pregnancy pillows were designed with the main purpose of providing comfort, and thus it should one of the factors you should look for when choosing a maternity pillow. Your comfort level is not the same as the next pregnant woman, so it would be a good idea for you to find out which type of pillow is early suited for your body and your condition.

A pregnancy pillows offers maximum support for the back and the hip as they align the back and the hips providing with you with the benefit of decreased pains.

Affordability

Everyone wants affordable items. If you are on a budget but still want the comfort of using a pregnancy pillow, your best option is to look for sales or for discount promos online. Basically, a pregnant pillow may be a little bit pricey, but it can serve longer. It is also magnificently designed that it allows you to get as comfortable as you can without the need to use different pillows at the same time.

The Right Type

There are several types of maternity pillows available in the market today. This only means that you have to really search thoroughly so that you will be able to find the best fit for your needs.

One such type is the simple maternity pillow and it provides adequate support for the woman’s uterus. It is actually a combination of two regular pillows. It is best used at the back so that it can prevent you from sleeping on your back.

Another type of pregnancy pillow is the full-length and it provides support for the back, the knees and the belly. It is a good pillow for pain reduction and it is used best if you around the front and the back.

If your main issue is back pains, you may want to use a wedge maternity pillow. It is small-sized, but the benefit it provides should be enough.

If you want to sleep well, you may want to try the new pregnancy accessory and one that comes highly recommended is the pregnancy pillow. It can provide the best comfort level during that time when you cannot decide if things will work out for you two getting better

Bean Shaped

A Bean Shaped pillow will give you the chance to feel less pain. It is specifically designed to provide maximum comfort, which in the long run, could mean less hassles and more prepared bodies for the deliveries.

All things considered, the selection of maternity pillows depends on different expectations and benefits. The important thing to do is to determine your needs and then you compare. It is also important to understand that this pillow can really do for you.

Guest Blog by Julia Jones, Expert Reviewer

Julia Jones is an expert reviewer of the best pregnancy pillows and latest maternity pillows She occasionally shares her opinion about the latest and the best maternity pillows on her website.

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Teaching Kids About Body Positivity

Teaching Kids About Body PositivityAs children get older, they inevitably become concerned about their appearance. It’s natural. As they become aware of how they look, they sometimes develop insecurities. We want our kids to have healthy views of their body so they don’t struggle with discomfort, embarrassment or even depression.

Having a positive body image means being happy with how you look and feeling confident. They don’t obsess about what they eat and don’t attempt dangerous diets. Here are some ways you can influence a positive body image.

Accept and understand their issues

Keep in mind that concern over one’s looks was just as much a part of your childhood as it is there’s. Don’t dismiss their feelings because you think they are being silly. Even though you know that freckles or a pointy nose don’t matter, they are important for your kids at the time. Acknowledge those issues so they will continue to come to you so you can help them through.

Check your own body issues

Most of children’s behaviors are learned from their parents. If you or your spouse has issues with your body and you express it often, you will impart those insecurities on to your children. After all, if mom and dad are worried about it, the kids will think it’s important enough to worry about too.

Focus on health, not weight

Weight is an arbitrary number will little meaning. It’s only good when you use it to compare a change. If you want to be thinner, weighing yourself is a good way to track your progress. But that number shouldn’t be compared to other people (who have different heights and body structures). Focus on how well everyone is eating and exercising. Measure vitamin intake and calorie burn instead of numbers on the scale.

Stress the importance of physical activity

Studies show that even a little bit of exercise can make a person feel better about their body. The body loves the feel-good hormones that are produced. Get your kids doing something regularly – anything that they love, no matter what is as long as they are moving.

Point out unreasonable expectations

Make your kids understand that people they look up to on magazines, on TV and in the movies shouldn’t be envied for their appearance. For one, those people are often chosen because they are exceptional beautiful. They are outliers, not normal-looking people. Second, they use teams of stylists and makeup artists to make them look great, sometimes taking hours every day. Third, many are optimized with computer effects, even made thinner and taller!

Provide lots of compliments

It’s healthy to compliment the people in our lives to help make them feel good about themselves. Don’t pretend that looks don’t matter at all; that will come off as disingenuous. Fire off a compliment here or there so they know there’s something attractive about them.

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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11 Benefits of Babywearing for Mom & Baby

baby wearingBabywearing means carrying your child in a sling or wrap around your body as often as you can. Infants are carried in the front, but older children can be carried on the back. This practice offers a lot of benefits for both mom and baby.

  1. Slings are cheap – If you wear your baby often, there’s no need to buy complex strollers, carriers or backpacks. Inexpensive slings can be purchased for around $25.
  2. Slings keep your hands free – Ever walk out of your home with so many things in your hands that you can hardly fit through the door? By carrying your baby on your chest, you just lightened your load.
  3. You’ll feel more comfortable with your little one so close – What mom wouldn’t want their precious bundle of joy right in front of them all the time?
  4. Babies feel secure in crowded or loud places – Your child will not fuss as much when you take him/her to a place that would overstimulate other babies, like crowded places or near lights or music.
  5. Babies are more organized – Organization is when a baby learns to regulate the facilities of his body, like his heart rate and breathing. It’s one of the reasons touch is so important for kids. Babywearing makes the baby in tune with mom’s heartbeat and breathing, teaching him/her how to do it for themselves (essentially extending the womb experience, which is healthy).
  6. Babies cry less – For the same reason a baby stops crying when his mother picks up him, a baby in a sling cries less often. When mom is always there to offer comfort, your baby will cry less, even when they are out of the sling.
  7. You become attuned to your baby’s mannerisms – When your child is right in front of you all the time, you’ll become acutely aware of his/her gestures and cues, making communication easier.
  8. Other people can wear your baby too – A sling can be worn by anyone, including dads, grandparents and caregivers. This will help the baby bond with these people.
  9. Babies learn more – Researchers report that babies in sling spend more time in quiet alertness. This is the time when they sit contently and soak everything in. Also, the human face is a potent stimulator and will help your baby understand people.
  10. Babywearing is a great way to exercise – New moms always have a hard time finding ways to work out. By wearing the baby you’re adding a few pounds of resistance wherever you go. Plus, the resistance increases over time!
  11. Babies are smarter – Slung babies typically experience more in the same amount of time as un-slung babies. This is because they travel with the wearer (and receive stimulation) and aren’t set down in the swing or crib for a few minutes.

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.

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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Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers

Rainy Day Activities for ToddlersToddlers are unique little individuals who can go from perfectly content to throwing a tantrum within minutes. When kids are cooped up in the house on a rainy day, it’s easy to see how they could get anxious and throw a tantrum however. If you can find some fun ways to entertain your child inside for these dreary days, you won’t need to worry about a grumpy kid. Here are some rainy day activities for toddlers:

Play Date

Call up your child’s favorite little friend to spend the day with them inside the house. A play date is the perfect way to keep the little ones busy and content when they are stuck in the rain. Having their friend around during these days will prevent the boredom from arising and the tantrums to a minimum!

Baking

Baking is an activity that we don’t typically involve our children in as much as we could. Getting your kids involved in baking something with you is not only beneficial to their developmental skills, but we’re sure they’ll love the end product as well! Grab your little helpers in the kitchen and show them how you mix different ingredients together and various other preparation steps to complete the project.

Gymboree Class

Gymboree classes are a perfect way to get out of the house with your child on a rainy day. Gymboree allows your child to have a great time with other kids in a facility full of fun activities. Your toddler will have a great time meeting new kids and working on their social skills in the process.

Indoor Treasure Hunt

While this activity will require a little extra planning, you can rest easy for the entire day knowing your toddler will be having fun. Create a handful of clues, seal them in fun envelopes, and get your child started towards their treasure. They’ll forget all about the rain and have a lively day of playing the role of a mini Sherlock Holmes!

Build a Fort

Building indoor forts is one of the most timeless, entertaining activities for toddlers to have fun with. Since we normally don’t let the kids do this, save it for a rainy day and surprise them by supplying all the necessary materials to start building. Once finished, you and your child can spend hours inside the fort playing games and other fun activities.

Board Games

Grabbing your child’s favorite board game is not only a fun activity for a rainy day, but it can also be beneficial to their development. The problem solving, counting, and other challenging aspects of board games are great for your toddler. It’s also the perfect way to kill a few hours when there’s nothing else to do.

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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Things to Do Before Your Newborn Baby Arrives Home

Getting home ready for babyFeeling excited and nervous is normal as you prepare to bring your baby home. After giving birth, you’ll need to relax and concentrate on bonding with your infant. Getting your home ready is important so your whole family, including pets, can settle into a new routine and lifestyle.

Going Home

Ask your doctor or midwives about nursing, bathing and post-birth checkups. Dress your baby for the weather, using a snowsuit in cold weather. Choose soft fabrics without adornments and keep a bib handy for spit-up. Install the car seat ahead of time, making sure yours is rear-facing in the car’s back seat. Always put the baby in the car seat.

Home Ready

Before getting home you must organize the clothing, diapers, bottles, blankets and a bassinet or crib. Purchase a new crib that meets Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards, which require that spaces between crib rails must not exceed 2 3/8 inches. The rail height must be 26 inches or higher and paint must be lead-free. Do not put any pillows, toys or blankets in the crib. Double check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Lower the hot water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Baby Clothes

Babies are messy and need plenty of outfits. Choose side-snapping clothes that are easy to put on and take off. Onesies, footed pajamas and t-shirts are popular. A sleep sack keeps baby warm at night.

Fresh and Clean

During the first few days, your baby needs occasional sponge baths. Baby wash, soft cloths and a small baby tub are the only necessary supplies. Stick with fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries. Gently wipe your baby’s folds starting from the neck and finishing at the genitals. Apply some diaper cream to any irritations. A hooded towel keeps baby warm.

Sleeping

Use firm crib mattress. Avoid drop-side cribs and make sure the crib meets CSPC requirements. The mattress and sheet should fit snugly and no other items should be in the crib. Keep the crib in your room away from windows and cords. Never let your baby sleep on a couch, as she could roll off. Use a bulb syringe to suction mucus out from your baby’s nose.

Kitchen Safety

Keep car seats and baby carriers on the floor. Warm bottles in a hot water bath and test the temperature before feedings. Sterilize all feeding supplies, including breast pump parts.

Feeding Time

Newborn babies nurse frequently, which is normal. Purchase a breast pump to build your supply and store milk. Have formula, bottles, nipples and liners ready if bottle feeding. Prepare and freeze some meals for yourself in advance.

Visitors

Protect preemies from too many visitors. Tell any sick friends to postpone visits. Limit visits to an hour or less. Ensure that visitors wash their hands. Do not let visitors interfere with feeding times or nap schedules. Make sure nobody smokes around the baby.

Baby and Pets

Bring home the baby’s t-shirt so your pet can become familiar with her scent. Give your pet the same amount of attention to avoid jealousy. Let your dog or cat sniff the baby but don’t force any interactions. Never leave the baby and pet together unsupervised. Take your pet for his vaccinations and checkups to avoid germs.

Find a Pediatrician

You’ll need a trustworthy pediatrician to care for your child. Find a doctor before your baby is born and make sure the doctor respects you and your child-rearing decisions.

The first few weeks with a newborn can be overwhelming but fun and exciting too. Make the most of your time before the birth so you can relax and rest with your partner as a team afterward.

Patricia DimickGuest blog by Patricia Dimick

Patricia Dimick is a Denver based writer and a passionate coffee drinker. She loves to write about parenting topics and loves DIY jobs. When Patricia’s not writing or playing table tennis, she usually spends time with her precious daughter and a husband enjoying trips to nature. You can reach her @patricia_dimick.

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Tips for Parents of Twins: Helping to Establish Own Identities

helping twins establish identitiesAs a mom of twins, I know how easy it can be to image your children will always be together. They’re partners in crimes; best friends. As they get older, however, they’ll want to be their own person and break away from that identify as “one of the twins.” Developing this sense of identity can be harder for a twin than a single. Here are some lessons I learned raising my twins on developing identities.

Praise separately

Assurance from parents is the best kind of kudos a child can get. Your praise helps them see the value of their individual achievements. That’s why it’s so important to give praise individually. Their accomplishment loses value when it’s always mentioned in the same breath as another sibling’s triumph. Teach your multiples to celebrate each other’s accomplishments. When you constantly compliment both twins together, they develop the tendency to compare themselves. If your twins are used to being praised together, you’ll find that one twin can become jealous and often say things like “what about me?”  By praising your twins separately from the beginning, they’ll gain an understanding that their accomplishments are their own.

Encourage their individual interests

If one of my little ones liked to play the violin and the other prefers swim, I would be tempted to cut the costs and choose one hobby. The problem with this is that one twin ends up having to suppress their passions; resulting in a muddled self-identity trip we should aim to avoid. It’s our job as parents to acknowledge their separate interests and nurture their passions separately.  Having separate hobbies is also a great way to allow your twins to spend time away from each other and enable their own personal identity.

Identical doesn’t mean the same

We know our twins shared the same womb and still share the same genetic makeup. This doesn’t mean they will share the same thoughts, friends, and interest as they grow older. The separation in personalities is inevitable and we as parents have to be the first ones to accept this. Let your twins know from as young as possible that they equal but separate.

Don’t compare the two

Like any other sibling dynamic, being compared to your honor roll, talented older sister is no fun. The pressure twins feel when they get compared to their same aged counterpart is even higher.  Twins believe that they should be as equally capable of achieving whatever their doppelganger can. It’s easy for us as parents to make this assumption as well; but just like any other single sibling, your twins will have different strengths and weaknesses. It’s so important not to compare the success of one twin to the shortcomings of the other. This can greatly impact their self-esteem and even create resentment.

Have one-on-one time

For many young twins, it’s hard to imagine doing anything without their sibling; even spending time with you. As children grow older they crave individual attention from their parents and want to develop a personal relationship with you doesn’t always involve their twin. When you establish what your twins separate interests are, reserve time to talk to each of them about it separately. This is a great way to hone in on your child’s individuality.

Skip the matching outfits

I know the cuteness-level of a set of twins in the same ensemble is irresistible, but don’t get too caught up in this temporary sweetness. Once your child becomes noticeably self-aware it’s a good idea to put the matching overall sets to rest. Twins crave a life of independence; allowing them to establish their own sense of style is an easy way to give them that.

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

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

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

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

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Teaching Kids About Shapes and Colors

Teaching Kids About Shapes and ColorsOne of the most basic lessons for a child to learn includes learning the names of various shapes and colors. Since children are so young when these types of lessons are taught, you may need to utilize a few different teaching methods to find the most effective. Here are some great ideas for teaching kids about shapes and colors:

Matching Game

Playing a matching game involving shapes and colors is a great start to the lesson. To do this, draw various shapes on a piece of paper, and then cut them out. After giving the cutouts to your child, they can try matching the shape to its respective place on the paper, and then you can review the name and color of the shape they choose.

Cookie Cutters

There’s no better way to get your child excited about learning than with the use of cookies! Find some cookie cutters that allow you to cut out various shapes from the dough. You and your child can have a great time baking together, while also teaching them a lesson about shapes. Use icing with food coloring for the colors!

Sidewalk Chalk

Using sidewalk chalk as a technique to teach your kids shapes and colors is another great, fun idea. As the parent, you can write the names of various shapes all over the sidewalk in different colors. Then, your child can choose the correct color that you wrote down, and draw the shape in question.

 Sorting Game

You can also play a sorting game with common household items as a fun method for your children to learn their colors and shapes. Gather a bunch of items around the house into one big pile. After indicating to your child which shape or color you’re looking for, they can begin the sorting process by making separate piles.

Playdough

The use of Playdough to teach shapes and colors will bring enthusiasm to your child’s learning experience. Rather than a typical play session with this fun stuff, you can make various requests to your child. For example, ask them for a “blue triangle”, and then make sure they are sculpting the correct request.

Pattern Blocks

Another way to teach shapes and colors to your child is by using pattern blocks. These blocks are widely used in the first few years of schooling, but why not bring them home to practice some more. Your child will be able to learn the basics while also having fun with blocks and patterns!

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

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

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

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

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