3 Easy Sleep Tips for Baby

baby sleep tipsIt’s tough when you’re a new parent with an infant who refuses to sleep through the night. It can be stressful! All parents have experienced finally putting their baby to sleep, only to hear him/her cry a half hour later. If you’re child struggles sticking to a sleep schedule, you’ll have to use some tricks to train your baby. There are several different sleep issues that can plague infants and parents know that when baby doesn’t get sleep, no one gets sleep.

1Soothing Routine

Establishing a nightly soothing routine to bond with your baby can help her feel calm and comforted so she can fall asleep more easily. When you keep up with the routine night after night, your baby will be able to recognize when it’s time for bed and she will start feeling sleepy as soon as the routine begins. A soothing bedtime routine can consist of a warm bath, a baby massage, and singing lullabies or even reading a bedtime story. Take this special time to cuddle with baby and wind down from the busy day so parents can benefit from the routine too.

2. Swaddle your baby.

This is one of the most helpful and encouraged methods of getting baby to sleep soundly because it actually works! Nurses always encourage parents to swaddle their new baby in a blanket or wrap for the first couple of months until baby outgrows swaddling or starts to roll over. Swaddling helps babies sleep because it mimics touch and recreates the confinement felt in the womb. It promotes good sleeping patterns in baby and also maintains them on their backs, which is known to help prevent SIDS. An important thing to note, however, is that with traditional swaddling blankets parents risk wrapping baby too tightly and causing hip dysplasia.

A much safer option is the Woombie, a baby swaddle that requires no wrapping and is designed to gently hug baby while allowing for natural movement. The Woombie Air is a breathable swaddle that allows for excess body heat to escape making it the first ventilated swaddle.

3. Hire a certified sleep consultant.

Certified child sleep consultants can be found all across the country. These sleep specialists are trained to help your family discover the best sleep routine. They can create a customized sleep plan over the phone, Skype or even in person at your home. For the results you get, it’s worth the small investment. The Baby Sleep Whisperer, Ingrid Prueher, is a consultant dedicated to helping sleepless families get their much needed rest to live a happy and healthy life. She provides sleep and feed schedules based on their unique parenting philosophies. For more information visit http://babysleepwhisperer.com.

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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Keeping Baby Safe From the Sun’s Harmful Rays

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Even though it may not be hot, it doesn’t mean your baby can’t be burned by the sun. It’s not the heat that burns, but the UV rays, even during the winter. Babies has sensitive, vulnerable skin that can quickly suffer short and long term damage. Use these tips to protect your baby’s skin from harmful rays.

1. Dress your baby properly.

Cover your baby’s arms and legs in a lightweight, light-colored clothing. Even if it’s hot, it’s better to be covered to protect delicate skin from the harsh light. Use fabrics with a tight weave. You can judge them by holding them up the light; looser weaves will have more light shining through. Keep a sun-protective change of clothing in your car or diaper bag in case you are caught outside on a sunny day.

2. Toss on a hat.

Regardless of the amount of hair your baby has, a hat is essential. Use one with a wide brim or flaps in the back and sides for neck and ear protection. Ideally, you want something large enough to shade the face.

3. Use a sunshade.

Attach a sunshade to your baby’s stroller or carriage for whenever you’re outside. You might want to pick up an add-on stroller shade (they’re usually inexpensive) to fit over your stroller’s canopy with built-in UV protection. Use a removable mesh window shield to keep direct sunlight off your child while he’s in the car.

Even with the shade up, keep the stroller in shaded areas. This will prevent the stroller from heating up dangerously in the light.

4. UV-protective sunglasses.

Some parents have a hard time getting their child to wear sunglasses. If your baby is old enough, he might be able to grasp the benefit of eye covering.

5. Stay out of the sun.

Sounds easy, right? If your baby is still an infant, you shouldn’t be in the sun at all. Their skin is too sensitive, even for sunscreen. Baby skin is still delicate and especially susceptible to sun damage. If you do have to go outside, try to keep your trips to the mornings or evenings when it’s cooler and sun’s intensity is limited.

6. Use sunscreen liberally.

Use a sunscreen that’s at least SP15. Look for the words “broad spectrum” on the bottle. This means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, each of which damage you in a different way. Apply the lotion fifteen to thirty minutes before you head outdoors and reapply at least every two hours. Cover all of the baby’s exposed skin, including the tops of the ears, back of the neck, hands, and feet. If you take your baby into the water, reapply the sunscreen as soon as he is dry, even if it’s before the two-hour mark.

Check your sunscreen’s expiration date and replace it as needed. The active ingredients can lose effectiveness over time.

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.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

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The 8 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is coming up, and that means it’s time to show our appreciation to the fathers in our life for all they do for us. Try to make his day meaningful with a special meal, take him out for some fun, and then give him a gift you know he will love. Use a gift from my list of the best Father’s Day gifts:

1. Carnivore Cookbook ($20)

best father's day gift for dads

This cookbook is perfect for dads who love meat-based meals that are simple and easy to make. Created by celebrity chef Michael Symon, this book comes with information about cuts, breeds, techniques, and more than 120 different recipes. The book is a great blend of traditional dishes, like pork pie and smoked lamb ribs, with a touch of contemporary.

2. Amazon Fire ($99)

best father's day gift for dads

Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you’re a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of TV episodes and movies, voice search that actually works, plus exclusive features like ASAP and Amazon FreeTime. It’s the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on demand sports, music, photos, games, and more.

3. Bespoke Post Gift Box ($55 or $45/month subscription)

best father's day gift for dads

A subscription service geared towards enhancing the day-to-day lifestyle basics of every man, Bespoke Post is the perfect gift for the dapper dad. The New York-based company will hook him up with a freshly curated box of goods every month, with themes ranging from home-distillery and grill-mastering, to the best swagger-inducing socks.

4. iGrill ($40)

best father's day gift for dads

Made for the tech-savvy dad, the iGrill is the perfect grilling companion. Connected by Bluetooth, dad can monitor the temperature of his favorite cuts of meat right from his phone. He can keep an eye on Sunday dinner without missing the game!

5. ESPN Magazine ($25)

best father's day gift for dads

If your father or husband likes sports, ESPN Magazine is a perfect gift. He’ll get to catch up on his favorite commentary and exclusive stories each month. Plus, dad will be reminded every month that you’re thinking of him – the gift that keeps giving! Their Father’s Day special is 75% off the typical rate.

6. SKLZ Golf Trainer ($56)

best father's day gift for dads

For some dads, the only think they like more than golf is giving tips to their friends. This golf trainer helps dad improve his form and work out his core muscles. It’s perfect for a pregame workout.

7. Chrome Clocky ($45)

best father's day gift for dads

Does your dad/husband have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning? This runaway clock makes sure he gets out of bed! When the buzzer goes off, this clock jumps off your nightstand and whizzes around the room, looking for a place to hide.

8. Handprint Tree Portrait (FREE)

best father's day gift for dads

Using simple paints, a piece of canvas, and an elegant frame, create a picture of your family tree. Place your hands in different colored paints and press them against the canvas to make the leaves. Mark the event and year and dad has a perfect piece of art for his office or bedroom.

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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Best Car Accessories for the Entire Family

Does your family spend a lot of time in the car? If you answered yes, then you know that there a many products out there that make car trips easier and fun! I bet that you are tired of hearing “are we there yet?” and your kids are tired of being uncomfortable and bored. Here are five of the best car accessories for the entire family:

1. Woombie Baby Swaddle

If you’re driving or traveling with an infant, you know how miserable everyone can become when the baby gets fussy. The best solution to cranky babies is a swaddle that offers comfort, warmth, and security.

woombie baby swaddle

2. Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest

The Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest will be your lifesaver next road trip. Designed to help your kids sleep comfortably and avoid any head bobbling, the Booster Seat Headrest is a must-have car accessory. It will fit in any car, and can be adjusted to fit your child’s size.

Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest

3. Portable DVD Players

If you are going to be in the car for longer than 1.5 hours, you should invest in a portable DVD player. It eliminates the dreaded “are we there yet?” and will entertain the kids for hours. A DVD player is great for long car trips because your kids can watch endless movies! Just don’t forget to pack headphones!

4. Sunshine Kids Stow ‘N Go Car Seatback Organizer

For only $10 you can buy this amazing car organizer! An organizer is great to have because often times you come home from a trip and your car is a total wreck. Instead of coming home and having to clean your car, get an organizer! An organizer will also make it easier for the kids to grab whatever they need without having to ask you a million times.

Travel accessories for families

5. SafeFit Kick Mats

Have you ever been driving and felt little feet kicking the back of your chair? Not only is that annoying, but it can distract you from driving and hurt your back. SafeFit Kick Mats will solve your problem! They protect the seat from dirty shoes and will lessen the impact on your back.

Travel accessories for families

6. Kurgo Auto Tray Table

With this auto tray table, your kids will be able to play like they are at home! Bring their Lego’s and coloring books because the auto tray table makes playing in a car possible!

Travel accessories for families

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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Find the Best Vacation Home Rental Near Disney with These 3 Tips

vacation home rental near Disney in Orlando FloridaSo you have decided to rent a vacation home in Orlando, Florida near Disney. Great thinking! You’ll have a wonderful stay and save money. But where do you begin? Searching for a vacation home rental is a little different than searching for a hotel room. Use our three steps to find the best vacation home rental near Disney in Florida.

1. Understand your family’s needs.

The best part about a vacation home rental is that you can pick a home that fits your family exactly. In a hotel, you’re stuck with their typical options. If you need more than a bedroom, you’re forced to buy a suite. But in a vacation home rental, you can choose from a vast array of different accommodations.

Get the details on who is attending the trip, what types of amenities they prefer, and how they plan to enjoy their stay. Do you want a private pool, or will you be visiting the water parks? Do you need to rent a house close to Disney?

If you have a large group that prefers to prepare their own meals, then you will need a house with several bedrooms, a big dining room table, and modern kitchen. If it’s just you, your spouse, and your toddler, a single bedroom house will be sufficient. Will there be pets or people with disabilities? Gather all of this information before you begin looking.

2. Start looking early.

Many people begin planning their vacations right after New Year’s. Some even start immediately after their previous vacation. Your next-door neighbors could be paying half what you pay because they booked early. The sooner in advance you book your reservation, the cheaper your vacation home rental in or near Orlando, Florida will be.

By looking early for your vacation home, you will also get the best pick. You will be able to shop around and find that home that perfectly suits your family’s needs. The whole point of a vacation home is to have a superior experience at a better price than a hotel, so don’t sell yourself short by waiting too long.

3. Use a reputable vacation home rental resource.

Use a quality website to help you find luxury home and condo rentals near Disney in Orlando, Florida. You don’t want to use just any resource to schedule your vacation. Use a website that specializes in the area you’re looking to stay. A giant rental broker that covers the entire country can’t possibly offer the most qualities properties in the Florida area.

Use a website that gives you detailed information about the rental property, including a list of all the amenities you will receive. Don’t settle for blurry photos. Use a website that shows several photos of all the rooms of the house. It should also tell you how far from Disney you will be staying.  Further, a great vacation home rental website will offer discount Disney tickets and give information on entertainment, restaurants, and more to make your stay most enjoyable.

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, Florida 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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Protecting Your Baby From Harmful Household Chemicals

protect baby from harmful chemicalsJust keeping your home clean when you have a baby can be difficult; add in the challenge of keeping your baby safe from the harmful chemicals used for cleaning and other household projects can make it seem nearly impossible. Alleviating the risks of the harmful chemicals cannot get all of your chores done for you, but it can alleviate some of the stress of keeping your baby as safe as possible. Follow these simple steps to help you conquer the challenge of keeping your baby safe from harmful household chemicals.

Keep Them Locked Away.

The first and most basic step in keeping curious little hands and mouths away from potentially toxic chemicals is to keep them locked away. Most baby stores and big box stores carry a variety of child-proofing devices to keep cleaners and other household chemicals locked away from babies. It is important to choose locks you feel comfortable using so that you will make a regular habit of using them.

Put Them Out of Reach.

In addition to putting child-proofing devices on anything that contains toxic substances, also choose locations that are difficult for babies and young children to reach. Top shelves and high counters are ideal as is a space within a closet that can be locked. Contain them inside eco-friendly reusable bags so they stay together and closed off. Adding the extra safeguard of a location that is hard to reach will only serve to help protect your baby.

Choose Alternative Options.

Choose safer nontoxic substances to replace harmful chemicals in your home whenever you can. A variety of effective natural and organic alternatives are available in the market today for almost every purpose. You can also easily make your own using things like vinegar, water, and essential oils.

Have an Emergency Plan.

Though you are taking every possible precaution to protect your little ones from dangerous chemicals around the home, it is still important to have an emergency plan in place. Program the number for the National Poison Control Center into your phone and seek immediate medical care if you believe your baby has been exposed to or ingested any harmful substances. If your child has been harmed by any hazardous chemicals and you need legal help, contact a reputable law firm.

Ultimately, when it comes to the health and safety of your baby you cannot be too careful. Remember that even with the best safety plans in place, adult supervision is always of the utmost importance.

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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9 Tips for Running With Baby

tips for running with babyWhether you were a marathon runner before and during your pregnancy or just want to work off some extra baby weight, running is a fantastic exercise that requires little up-front cost and big returns, making it perfect for new moms who are trying to get in shape. However, even though it’s a great aerobic workout and can provide you and your child with some bonding time, running with an infant can present a few more challenges than running solo. To begin running with your infant, follow these rules.

1. Talk to Your Doc

Before beginning a running regimen, it’s always best to consult your child’s pediatrician. While most infants are perfectly fine tagging along with mom, it’s best to get a clean bill of health from the doctor first. The same goes for mothers! Make sure that your OBGYN has approved you for cardiovascular activity.

2. Invest in a Jogging Stroller

Jogging and walking are two entirely different activities that require different strollers. A jogging stroller provides more shock absorption to ensure that the children inside are not jostled around. Infants six months or younger will require a car seat adapter. Read the instructions thoroughly before use and take the stroller for a couple walks before setting out on your first run.

3. Take it Slow

Too many mothers go from zero to sixty when working out, stressing out their mind, their body and their baby. Don’t make this mistake! Instead, start slowly and gradually build up to running for longer periods of time. Even seasoned runners should take it easy until they are used to running with an infant and stroller.

4. Stay on Paved Paths

While trail running provides beautiful scenery and a great work out, all that jostling isn’t good for infants. Running mothers should stick to paved paths that are well-maintained and light on traffic. Find local bike paths, parks and tracks to run on when running with your baby.

5. Avoid Hands-free Running

You use your arms while running, so having them stationary in front of you while pushing a stroller is an unnatural feeling that will require some adjustment. Too many parents will give the stroller a push and then let it glide in front of them while they run. Avoid this at all costs. At a minimum, one hand should always be on the stroller for safety.

6. Consider Your Child’s Schedule

The best way to avoid disrupting your child’s schedule is to plan runs that coincide with their routine. A great time to run is right before your child needs a nap. The gentle swaying of the stroller will lull them to sleep and give you some time to cool down and unwind after you run.

7. Invest in a Wind/Rain Shield

If outdoor running is your go-to exercise, investing in a wind/rain shield will be a lifesaver. These devices attach to the front of the stroller and allow young children to run in inclement weather without getting wet or cold.

8. Pack Jogging Toys

For mothers who prefer slightly longer runs, finding things to captivate a small child’s attention for the entirety of the run can be a challenge. While it’s ideal to run during naps, that’s not always a possibility. Packing the stroller with toys that are only available during your runs is one way to keep your infant happy on longer runs. 

9. Make Your Route Flexible

Though going for an out-and-back 10 mile run may have been a breeze pre-child, all bets are off once you’ve got a baby accompanying you. Rather than trying to push through leg cramps and a screaming baby, work some flexibility into your runs. Create routes that loop close to your home or car at regular intervals. That way, if your child is cranky, you can cut the run short.

hire nanniesGuest blog by Michelle LaRowe of @eNannySource

With over 20 years of experience in the nanny world as an award-winning nanny, agency director, and parenting author, Michelle LaRowe is considered a leading industry expert. A mom herself, she loves to educate parents and nannies on the importance of quality in-home childcare. Find out more by visiting @eNannySource on Twitter.

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Learning with Play Dough: Fun for Your Kids

learning with play doughAre you a parent of a child who is age 3 or above? If the answer is yes, it is the right time to bring home some clay or play dough for the little one. Your toddler might be keeping you busy with a number of things, like throwing this food around to fiddling with anything that he or she has in his/her hand.

That said, children aged 3 and above need toys, games, and more that can aid in their proper mental and physical development. Play dough is recommended for kids of that age. Why is dough so important for them? The squishy and gooey substance is soft on the little hands of children.

Moreover, since they are of an age where they express their emotions by pounding and throwing things around, dough saves you a lot of money and home décor!

1. Mathematics: Kids who don’t love the number game can easily develop a liking for it using clay. How about learning addition and subtraction using dough rolls? Children find it interesting when learning takes place through out of the box techniques. They will be quickly able to grasp the basics with dough.

2. Alphabet: Making different letters out of dough is fun! This activity can keep you and your kid busy for hours. Cut out ‘a’, ‘b’ and others from colored dough and make different words out of it. Or you could do the general ‘a for apple’, ‘b for ball’ activity by making both the alphabet and the associated thing with it, with dough.

3. Colors: One of the things that are simplest to learn with dough is colors. You can teach your kid to differentiate between red, blue, green and other colors. With this activity, you will also be able to learn about the color preference of your little ones.

4. Shapes: A little bit of geometry with dough is a lot interesting. So, when you make a circle out of playing dough, your kid will show more enthusiasm about learning it.

Apart from the above mentioned, there are other things like animals and birds, about which children can learn.

All in all, games and toys are the best way to promote learning. Play dough is a favorite, traditional way of encouraging children to learn while they have fun. The next time your child plays indoors, offer play dough. Just make sure they don’t eat it!

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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Baby Swaddling Myths and Truths

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As a parent to a newborn, there’s something you going to learn how to do very quickly: swaddle your baby. The swaddle is an important technique that helps calm babies and put them to sleep easily. The first few months of your baby’s life with involve a lot of sleeping, so it’s important you make it as restful as possible. Understand these myths and truths about baby swaddling.

MYTH: Babies need their arms free to self-soothe, develop motor skills, and flail their arms if they feel distressed.

TRUTH: Until they are three months old, babies are not coordinated enough to work out their motor skills or self-soothing ability. They may be able to put their hands in their mouth, but their reflexes would just pull them out anyway. The point of swaddling is to soothe during the time when babies can’t do it for themselves. Loose hands can scratch the face, which causes anguish and crying.

MYTH: Swaddling causes overheating.

TRUTH: Overheating isn’t caused by swaddling alone, but the excessive dressing of a baby beneath the swaddle. Wrap your baby in breathable fibers to ensure a stable body temperature, and reduce the amount of clothing underneath he swaddle if your baby feels warm.  Signs of overheating include: sweating, damp hair, heat rash, rapid breathing, and restlessness.

MYTH: Swaddling is uncomfortable.

TRUTH: While it may seem that babies initially resist swaddling, newborns miss the feeling of a tight space like the womb. When persistence, your baby will begin to enjoy the sensation of being swaddled, and eventually begin to calm down as soon as you start the process.

MYTH: Swaddling prevents exploration and learning.

TRUTH: This isn’t true at all! In fact, infants are easily overwhelmed by the abundance of stimuli and new sensations they experience. By swaddling, you are allowing the baby to remain calm and focused, and not easily frightened by a new touch or sound. This lets them experience the world deliberately, and improves learning.
MYTH: Swaddling creates dependency.

TRUTH: Have you ever seen a two-year old that wants to be swaddled? It’s usually the child who abandons swaddling before the parent. Children learn to control their muscles and brains, and eventually want the freedom to run, sleep, and eat without being constrained. Your baby won’t grow into an adult who needs to be swaddled to relax.

MYTH: Any blanket will do.

TRUTH: While you can technically use any receiving blanket as a swaddle, there are much better products available. An effectively designed swaddle will ensure a snug, comfortable fit without letting your baby escape in the night. It will also keep your baby on his/her back, which is an important SIDS prevention technique.

MYTH: Swaddling is an ancient practice.

TRUTH: Correct, but it works. Ancient peoples have been swaddling their children for as long as recorded history. It’s an effective tool that continues to work. In fact, evidence shows that swaddled children develop emotionally faster than children who were never swaddled.

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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How to Improve Baby’s Lack of Neck Strength

improve baby's neck strengthWhen your baby is born, he has very little neck strength. Parents and caregivers must support a child’s neck whenever he is held or picked up until he develops these muscles. Parents need to create activities to help strengthen those muscles and improve baby’s motor skills. When baby’s nervous system is developing, he will be able to move his head more and turn to respond to your voice. According to the National Institutes of Health, by four months of age your baby should finally be able to hold up his head unsupported. Use these three tips to help improve your baby’s neck function.

1. Tummy Time

Tummy time is crucial to helping babies strengthen their neck muscles, develop upper body strength, and develop their motor skills. The tummy position is not always comfortable for babies who are used to lying on their backs, but there are several activities you can do to help baby adjust to tummy time. Offer your baby toys, books, pictures or even a mirror so he can play with something while on his belly. You can also pick up the toys and move them side-to-side in front of baby’s face to encourage head movement. When you see baby’s neck and head control start to improve, gradually increase the amount of time spent having tummy time.

2. Hold and Support Baby Properly

When you have a new baby it is extremely important to learn how to correctly hold baby and make sure his head is well supported. A common way to hold baby is to support his head with one arm and use your other arm to support his bottom. By holding his head gently you are giving baby the proper support he needs to hold up his heavy head. In the cradle hold you will want to have baby’s head gently resting in the crook of your arm and elbow so his head is held up correctly. Remember that whichever position you have baby in, always have one hand under baby’s head to give him the right support.

3. Baby Elephant Ears

Baby Elephant Ears is a multi-use headrest for babies that provides spinal/neck alignment and comfort for your little one. In addition to the functionality, they are designed to look like adorable elephant ears! Baby Elephant Ears was invented to help support the founder’s infant son, Finn, who experienced neck discomfort due to the strain he experienced during labor. His chiropractor said Finn would experience relief in his sore neck and his digestive tract would be aided by proper head, neck and back alignment. With the help of Baby Elephant Ears, Finn was able to strengthen his neck muscles and his discomfort was finally diminished. Baby Elephant Ears works by giving baby superior head/neck support and encouraging healthy, strong posture development. Available for $21.95 at www.babyelephantears.com.

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 a subluxation, 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!

For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.

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