4 Ways To Gently Organize Your Newborn’s Daily Naps and Feeds

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Newborns may be cuddly and adorable – but predictable? That’s not a word most parents associate with their newborns! And that’s to be expected, really – newborns need to eat around the clock, which means you can’t depend on hours of sustained nighttime sleep, or lengthy naps. But what’s more, your newborn baby is growing and changing at a phenomenal rate in the first few months of life. Your newborn will go through four growth spurts in the first 3 months alone! No wonder, then, that your newborn’s sleep and feeding patterns may seem erratic, and may change from one day to the next.

 

That said, I’ve learned in my years of sleep consulting that many new parents crave some kind of predictability – some kind of order – in their days. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be a pipe dream; while your newborn is certainly not ready for a rigid, by-the-clock sleep and feeding schedule, you can create routine “shells” that help you organize your baby’s naps and feeds.

 

4 Ways To Gently Organize Your Newborns Daily Naps and Feeds

 

1.   Log your babys sleep to determine natural patterns.

 

Your baby’s sleep may seem all over the map to you, but many parents with whom I’ve worked have been pleasantly surprised to discover that, when they spend some time  logging all their babies’ sleep and feeding sessions, there are some consistencies that emerge. For that reason, I recommend that you try logging your newborn’s sleep for at least a week (maybe two), and then look for patterns. If you see any, those will be the starting points for creating consistency from day to day. For example, if your baby usually goes down peacefully for the first afternoon nap of the day, then you know you can build that in as a consistent nap each day, and work in other naps and feedings around that fixed point.

 

2.   Create one or more fixed pointsin your newborns day.

 

Speaking of fixed points – if your newborn doesn’t have any consistent moments in his schedule, then you can create them for him. Simply put, a “fixed point” is feeding or a sleep time that you make sure happens at roughly the same time each day. For instance, I often urge my consultation clients to make the morning wake-up a fixed point. To do that, you would simply wake your baby within the same half-hour window each morning. The morning wake-up time really sets the schedule for the rest of the day, so if you ensure that it happens at about the same time every morning, you are well on your way to establishing some consistency. The start of the first morning nap is also a great fixed point to establish; bedtime is another.

 

3.   Use routine shellsto organize sleep and feedings (but make large allowances for growth spurts and developmental leaps).

 

Truth be told, routines are much better for newborns than are schedules. Routines allow you to organize your newborn’s typical activities (sleep and feeding) into predictable patterns, which means that they provide a semblance of order to your day – but they aren’t clock-based, which means they’re highly flexible. If one of your goals is to help your baby or toddler learn to fall asleep alone, when it’s age-appropriate, then an Eat-Play-Sleep schedule is a great idea, as it makes it easier to put your baby down in the crib drowsy, but awake.

 

However, you may need to change up your usual routine when your baby is going through a growth spurt, or a developmental leap. During growth spurts (which will happen at 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, and 12 weeks), you may find that your baby is extra sleepy; for that reason, a Sleep-Eat-Sleep routine may be necessary much of the time. During developmental leaps, you may find that your newborn is extra-fussy (the 6 week fussy spell tends to be very tough in particular); at those times, an Eat-Sleep-Play schedule is a good idea, as it allows you to feed your baby to sleep.

4.   Create a general clock-based schedule, but be prepared to be flexible.

 

Now, all this said, you can establish a loose by-the-clock schedule for your newborn, as long as you’re ready to be very flexible from one day to the next. Just keep in mind that some newborns are utterly unpredictable (my eldest son was that way as a newborn), so a clock-based schedule may prove more frustrating than helpful, depending on your newborn’s temperament. If you do try a clock schedule, be sure to build it around feedings in the first 8 weeks; ideally, your baby will eat frequently during the day, in order to allow for one longer (4 hour or so) stretch of sleep at night. You can see a few sample newborn sleep and feeding schedules here.

 

Regardless of how you choose to organize your newborn’s day, keep in mind that your baby’s newborn phase is short indeed. As I advise all my clients, it’s a good idea to balance the “work” you do on your baby’s sleep with time spent enjoying and cuddling with your little one! After all, years from now, you won’t look back fondly on your newborn’s sleep routines and schedules – but you will have fond memories of times spent simply enjoying your baby.

 

 

Nicole Johnson is a married mother of two wonderful boys and owner of The Baby Sleep Site®. When her eldest son was born, he had a lot of sleep problems he would wake every one or two hours, all night long! She got busy and thoroughly researched literature and scientific reports until she became an expert in sleep methods, scheduling routines, baby developmental needs, and more. She overcame her sons sleeping issues in a way that matched her own parenting style, and knew it was her mission to help other tired parents find their childs sleep. If you have your own sleep issues, maybe she can help you, too! For more free tips to help your newborn build healthy sleep habits right from the start, download 15 Baby Sleep Facts New Parents Need To Know. Its a free e-Book designed to give you the practical, actionable tips you need to help your newborn sleep soundly!

 

 

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5 Fun Ways to Make A Baby Smile

Fun Ways to Make An Infant SmileSome babies are constant gigglers, others require a bit of work and jumping through hoops to get a smile out of. Either way, the reward of a baby’s smiles and laughter is unmatched and well worth it. When it comes to getting baby to grin there are some classic tactics that just work. We’ve listed five…

1. Eating those little fingers and toes

Babies love when mom or dad pretends nibble on their toes. Even when they are up to 2-years-old this method can get your little one to crack a smile or release a hearty laugh. Smiling back at your baby when you do this will keep up the giggly momentum.  This method employs touch, which babies cherish.

2. Songs and Music

Babies love to listen to music with you. Dancing and singing their favorite tunes can be a sure fire way to put a smile on their face. Repeatedly playing songs you know baby loves can guarantee a smile on their face every time they hear it. So put your pride aside and do a silly dance for baby when his song comes on. The smiles are worth it and baby will never judge you

3. Peek-a-boo Game

This game isn’t a classic for no reason. The wealth of smiles and laughs it brings when you go away and come back saying “peek-a-boo” is fun for you and baby. Use baby’s favorite blanket or even hide behind your own hands for loads of adorable baby smiles.

4. Funny faces

Exaggerated faces and expressions make babies giggle. They love the attention and the silly faces you give only peaks their interest more. Finding a face that really gets them going and make it a go-to for when babies seem sad or uninterested. Even a sneezy face or a jaw dropping facial expression can get them going.

5. Last Resort: Tickle Time!

If baby is feeling a little cranky and all of the above tips aren’t cutting, go in for a gentle tickle. Touch is important for development. It makes baby’s feel safe and adored. Tickling baby’s tummy is sure to put a smile across his face and snap him out of a bad mood.

What are some ways that guarantee a huge smile out your precious baby? Tell us in the comment section and share photos and videos of baby laughing on our twitter. We’d love to see!

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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The 6 Best Apps for Mom and Dad

Best Apps for Mom and DadLike most people, you probably have a smart phone. There are tons of apps available for parents to help them do their job – be a great mom or dad! Here are some of the best.

1. MamaBear 

MamaBear calls itself the “all-in-one worry-free parenting app.” This helpful app not only tracks your kids’ whereabouts, but alerts you when they’re tagged in a photo, use bad language, or are being bullied online. Other features exist as well to make this a true all-in-one app.

2. SecuraFone

There are apps that locate your children, but how about one that tells you how fast they’re driving? This app can do so by using the smartphone’s built-in GPS. Plus, the SecuraFences feature sends notifications if your child goes beyond a designated geographic area.

3. Lassy Project

While we hope you never need to use this app, the goal of Lassy Project is to minimize the amount of time it takes to set out an alert that your child has gone missing. Unlike an Amber Alert, Lassy Project provides an image of the missing child and a real time map showing the coordinates of his last known location. It works in seconds, not hours, and only alerts relevant people in the immediate area.

4. Find My Kids 

Ever wish you could know where your child is, all the time? Using GPS in real time, this app helps you keep track of and automatically locate where your child goes with his phone. If he’s traveling alone, you can confirm that he arrived at a specific destination, or if he’s meeting up with friends, they can confirm each other’s locations.

5. Baby Monitor HD 

Touted as the “next generation baby monitor” from Engadget, this camera/video app allows you to keep tabs on your baby’s crib. Other features include password-protected audio and video, audio alerts, and infrared night mode, but only specific cameras (mostly Y-Cam and WiFi Baby) are compatible with this app.

6. Good Food Near You 

This app is perfect for finding healthy food while on the road. When you don’t want to feed your kids another meal of fast food, this free app finds you healthy restaurants nearby. If fast food is your only option, you can also use it to find the healthiest items on the menu.

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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8 Ways to Raise Eco-Minded Kids

Raise Eco-Minded KidsIf you’ve ever used a naughty word, you know your childrens’ minds are like sponges. They pick everything up, regardless of whether you like it. But that means they are the perfect students, collecting information as quickly as they can. So it’s a great time to instill healthy habits you want them to keep forever, like being conscious of how they impact the planet.

Here are some ways you can make your children eco-friendly people.

1. Create a recycling center in your garage – Pick up a few colorful recycling bins, each for different recyclable materials. Teach kids about the different types of trash and how easy recycling is if you sort before throwing something away. Aluminum can? Simply drop it in the designated container and you’ve recycled with little effort.

2. Shop at secondhand stores – Buying clothing and toys at thrift stores is a great way to reduce the items that we throw away. Kids go through close so quickly, there’s no need to pay full price for it all. And any toy feels like new to a child, no matter where it came from.

3. Celebrate our planet – Make sure to talk about the Earth and responsibility to keep it in working order. Show kids how we benefit from the Earth by taking them to a farm. Spend holidays outside so they can enjoy our lovely home.

4. Leave the car behind – Whenever possible, avoid taking the car. Pick up some quality, comfortable bikes for the family and opt for biking or walking wherever you go. For many people it’s not possible to completely forgo the car, but avoid it where you can.

5. Keep a garden – Every item of food you grow on your own is something that didn’t have to be produced for you. When your kids are young, you can start with a small pot and expand the site over time. Not only is this Earth-conscious, but kids enjoy actually making something of their own.

6. Reduce resources – Play family games to reduce the most resources. Take a regular trip around the home each night to make sure everything is turned off – computers, lights, etc. Cut regular bathing times down to conserve water.

7. Learn to upcycle – Upcycling is the practice of turning something you would have thrown away into something useful. This can be a fun, creative game for kids as they figure out how to use old things. For example, a used wine bottle can become a vintage flower vase with a little decoration. Baby food jars can be used to hold craft supplies. A cardboard box isn’t trash – that’s a spaceship or pirate ship! There are countless possibilities.

8. Carry personalized reusable bags – I don’t want to think about how many plastic bags get used once and thrown away every year. Pick up a few reusable bags (usually a dollar or less) and personalize them with paint or stickers or something so the kids feel ownership and want to use 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.

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Trouble in Family Paradise: How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry

How to Deal with Sibling RivalryBrothers and sisters fight for many reasons. While you might get tired of hearing the bickering, these arguments may be helpful as kids are learning tolerance, patience, kindness and productive ways to resolve conflicts. By teaching each other balanced relationships, they’re also learning how to love one another even if they don’t like the other person’s behavior. These tips will help you teach kids respect and problem-solving skills.

Helping Kids Sort Out Issues

As the parent, you don’t have to be judge and jury. Allowing kids to sort out issues themselves, with your supervision, allows them the independence to resolve their own problems. These skills will help them to be successful adults. You can help facilitate the process and guide them with expression of feelings. Only intervene if you see that family rules are being broken or someone is at risk of becoming injured.

Children Must Know That Violence Is Unacceptable

Explain to your kids that you won’t accept any violence between them. Praise their efforts for peaceful conflict resolution. Because kids often act before thinking, define what violence means and suggest better ways of expressing their feelings.

Never Compare Your Kids

Comparing two or more of your children results in feelings of resentment and loneliness. Your child may think he or she is unappreciated or unloved. Comparisons may even increase the conflicts between your kids. Some children may develop problems with self-esteem and self worth due to comparisons. Avoid punishing or pointing out differences of one child in front of another. Deal out any punishments in a private and quiet environment while another parent supervises the other children.

Set Rules and Make Consequences

Kids benefit from clear rules that explain acceptable behavior in the household and while out and about. Allow kids some participation in setting these expectations as well as the consequences. Doing so gives them some control and helps them accept responsibility for their actions. Explain that you won’t accept the kids getting each other in trouble but make it clear you also need to be told about imminent danger. Consider enacting a rule that if brothers and sisters fight, everybody goes to bed early, no matter who initiated the fighting.

Make One-on-one Time

Give each child as much one-on-one time as possible and as frequently as you can. Focus on just that one child during the time you have together. This helps to curb sibling rivalry and promotes your child’s feelings of safety, importance and love. Recognize when your kids need alone time when they can do individual activities in separate areas from one another. Let each child have his or her own space with personal belongings.

Enact Healthy Competition

Participating in regular family activities such as games, competitive events and common toys helps to ease sibling rivalry. This sort of competition is healthy and helps kids bond with one another and with you. Try a weekly family meeting during which each child can air grievances. This provides an opportunity to learn about give and take in close relationships.

Don’t Force Equality

Treat each child as the individual that he or she is. Explain to your kids that you’ll try your best to be fair under all circumstances, but that you may occasionally make mistakes. Trying to treat everyone equally sometimes creates more problems than it solves in the household.

Eradicate Jealousy

Downplay envy between your children. Instead, spend time pointing out the positive characteristics of each child. Talk about specific examples of positive actions and behaviors. Let each child know that you value his or her strengths as an individual.

Develop a Rewards System

Consider establishing a reward system for good behavior. Try out a points system that the kids can “cash in” for rewards that everyone can enjoy. Some rewards might include buying a new board game, going bowling or playing mini golf as a family, or ordering pizza for dinner. The kids may cooperate better when there is a concrete goal in mind. Brothers and sisters tend to oscillate between being buddies and enemies, so try splitting up into pairs with your kids to lessen the household tension.

Be a Good Example

Your kids are always watching you. They will learn from your behaviors and actions rather than your words. If your children see you yelling and slamming doors when you’re angry, that is how they will handle their own conflicts. Emulate who you want your kids to be. When you do make a mistake, make sure your kids hear you apologize for your actions. Let the kids see you and your partner make up for the poor behavior. Also, be sure to explain to your child the importance of respecting their elders as well. These are important values that kids must be taught early on.

You do not have to attempt to lessen or exert control over animosity between your kids. A better strategy is to set a good example and encourage your kids to solve situations on their own. All conflict resolution should follow the house behavior rules for respect and responsibility for one’s own actions. By acting with patience, planning and thinking ahead, you can encourage positive competition between your kids while at the same time minimizing the arguments, stress and feelings of rivalry among your children.

Patricia DimickGuest Blog by Patricia Dimick, Parenting Writer

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 or her social profiles: Google+TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

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5 Baby-Calming Remedies

Baby-Calming RemediesDealing with a fussy baby is tough for new parents. You’re never sure exactly what the problem is. Sometimes you just need to tend to one of their needs, other times you can’t figure it out. It’s awful, especially in public. Having a colicky baby is even worse, which leaves parents exhausted and tired. I’ve counseled many parents on how to calm their fussy babies, so here are my five basic remedies.

Be sure to watch for sleeping cues. These are signs that baby is tired and as soon as you notice these (heavy eyes, rubbing eyes or ears, yawning, baby starring off and not paying attention, etc.) you want to put you baby down to sleep. If baby is overtired the fussiness will only get worse.

1. Swaddle your baby

Getting your baby to sleep is not always easy, but swaddling can often do the trick as it reminds baby of being safe and warm in mom’s womb. The Woombie was specially designed to mimic the security and comfort of the womb. It requires no wrapping making it easier to swaddle baby in compared to using a blanket. It also prevents overheating, unraveling blankets, and protects against hip dysplasia. No risk of wrapping too tightly!

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2. Change baby’s position

Some babies prefer to be held in different positions that may not necessarily seem comfortable to you. A popular position is holding baby facedown with your hand under her stomach and her head resting on your arm. This can also help relieve any gas that may be causing baby to cry.

3. Try babywearing

If you put baby in a sling or carrier and keep her close to your chest, this can help her feel cozy and snuggly next to mom or dad and she may even fall asleep. It’s also a great way for parents to bond with baby – it’s no wonder that babywearing is so common in many different cultures. MyRoo Tube is a great favorite skin-to-skin shirt for babies and parents.

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4. Go for a ride

Most babies enjoy being rocked to sleep because the rhythmic motion is gentle and calming. A baby swing that vibrates can be very helpful or even just sitting in a rocking chair in the nursery. If all else fails, try going for a drive in the car. Go around the block a few times and you might find baby fast asleep once you arrive back home. You just do not want to get into the habit of baby not sleeping unless you go for a ride so be careful of this.

5. Use white noise

When baby was in the womb, he was used to hearing all of the noises mom’s body makes so it’s not as quiet as you would think. A white noise machine can provide some soothing sounds that remind baby of being in the womb and they can also help baby sleep for a longer period of time. They even have white noise apps for smart phones that you can use on the go or if you are in a real bind, the simple “shushing” sound works well.

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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How to Properly Use a Pregnancy Pillow

pregnancy pillowPregnancy comes with excitement and happiness, as well as pains and aches. Additionally, it can also come with a significant challenge of getting relaxed sleep at night. This is where pregnancy pillows come in.

Finding the Most Suitable Pregnancy Pillow

The first thing that you need to do is to find the best pregnancy pillow that can meet your needs. You need to understand that not all maternity pillows are the same. They come in different materials, design and quality. These pillows are also designed to provide solution to specific pregnancy woes.

Thus, it is important to determine first what causes your discomfort. Pregnancy pillows are designed primarily to help in alleviating pains in the back, neck, shoulders, belly, knees and ankles. These pains can be caused by uncomfortable sleeping positions, poor posture, improper way of lifting things or dietary imbalance.

Proper Use of Pregnancy Pillow

Once you found the right pregnancy pillow for you, it is important that you know how to properly use it. It would be a huge waste of time, money and effort if you are not going to use that special pillow as it was designed to be used.

Your pillow comes with the instructions and that’s a good way to start. If you bought it from a physical store, you can ask the sales person to demonstrate how to us it. If it was purchased online, you should see if the manufacturer has a website that shows video tutorial of how to use the pillow. But again, the instructions that come with the pillow should be enough. After all, how hard can it be to use a pillow, right?

Basically, all maternity pillows are specially designed for sleeping on the side. They should be hugged as you would hug your partner in bed, or as you would use a hotdog pillow. But, it may take a while before you can determine what the best way is to position your new pillow, so be patient and try using it at different angles.

The important thing to keep in mind is that you need the pillow to provide support for your body in order to eliminate or lessen the pains. Support for the spine is important so make sure that your head and neck are properly supported by the pillow so that your spine can remain straight.

Wedging the pillow under the belly is important as well. Gently lift the belly and place it over the pillow. Next, the pillow should also be placed between the legs. This is important because this position relieves the pressure on the joints and lessens swelling due to better circulation.

Lastly, do not forget your back; it should be properly supported as well. Some pillows have attachments for extra back support and this is an ideal choice if most of your complaints are connected to your back. The attachment discourages you to roll on your back or to your right side while sleeping, thus you get assurance of waking up in the morning with none of the usual pains and aches.

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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9 Essential Vitamins All Children Need

Essential Vitamins All Children NeedIdeally, kids should be getting their vitamins and minerals from a healthy, well-balanced diet. This includes dairy products like milk and cheese, lots of fruit and vegetables, protein from lean meat, and whole grains. While this would be a perfect diet for a child, it’s very difficult to achieve with our busy lives. However, supplementing with these essential vitamins will certainly help:

Calcium

Calcium helps build strong bones as a child grows. Calcium can be found in quality amounts in milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, and calcium-fortified orange juice.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for eyesight, especially night vision and critical for normal growth in children. This vitamin also keeps the skin in the mouth, respiratory tract and urinary tract moist (protects against harmful bacteria). Finally, Vitamin A builds immunity to protect kids from infections. Good sources include milk, cheese, eggs, and yellow-to-orange vegetables like carrots, yams, and squash.

Potassium

Potassium helps to control nerve impulses and muscle contractions and maintains fluid balance. Great sources for this mineral include nuts, dried fruit, bananas, bran, raw fruit and vegetables.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D promotes bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium. Good sources include milk and other dairy products, and fish oil. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight.

Iron

Iron builds muscle and is essential to healthy red blood cells. Iron deficiency is a risk in adolescence, especially for girls once they begin to menstruate. Beef and other red meats, turkey, pork, spinach, beans, and prunes are all chock full of iron.

Vitamin B Family

 

The Vitamin B family includes, B2, B3, B6, and B12. These vitamins aid metabolism, energy production, and healthy circulatory and nervous systems. Good sources include meat, chicken, fish, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, beans, and soybeans.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is needed for healthy skin, gums, teeth, bones and cartilage. This vitamin also assists with absorption of some types of iron, along with wound healing and resistance to infection. Good sources include citrus fruit, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, and green vegetables like broccoli.

Magnesium

This mineral provides structure for healthy bones, is involved in the release of energy from food, and is essential for muscle and nerve function. Magnesium can be found in milk, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, legumes, lean meats, nuts, and bananas.

Zinc

Zinc aids in wound healing and immune function, is essential for normal taste, smell and sight, and can help in the formation of strong bones. Get your children zinc through lean meat, fish, and chicken, milk, whole grains, and nuts.

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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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.

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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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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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