Spending Your Mornings With Baby

bonding with babyBefore having children, I never thought mornings were very special. I didn’t dislike the mornings, but I never greeted the sun with a smile like they do in the movies. I would wake up and immediately begin to consider the things I had to do that day.

When I had a child, that all changed. Children are tremendously active in the mornings. I like to sit for a minute and gather my thoughts, maybe have a cup of tea and grab a shower before I am ready to start my day, but not my baby!

Your Baby’s Body is Ready for Action

Just like you and I, your baby gathers rest throughout the night. But unlike you and I, baby doesn’t have the skills to control that stockpile of energy. While we might conserve energy because we know it will be fourteen or sixteen hours before we rest again, your baby wants to play right now. His little body and mind will go-go-go until he can’t stay awake anymore, then he’ll do it all over again.

Your Baby Hasn’t Seen You in a While

After a long night in the crib, your child has probably woken up a few times just like you and I do. He will wake up, look around, and realize he’s in a safe place. If he has learned to self-soothe, he’ll fall back asleep until his body is well-rested.

What this means is that he is somewhat aware that time has passed. He knows you have been away from him for a long period of time and he’s anxious to see you. He misses you – not in an anxious way, but in the way we miss our loved ones when they can’t be around. You’ll probably notice that your little one is all smiles when you enter his room in the morning, bouncing back and forth or jumping in the crib.

Use This Time to Bond

This is the perfect time for some bonding because your baby is in the best mood. There’s no tiredness or crankiness to ruin playtime. Even a fall or head bump won’t ruin the mood at this time of day.

Use this time to get some powerful one-on-one bonding time with your child, even if it means you have to start your day a little earlier to fit it in. Play silly games, make funny noises, or stretch out on the floor with toys. Any time you get a chance to build a positive memory, you’re not just making your child feel loved: you’re compounding all sorts of developmental benefits that will stick with him for life.

Your child won’t mind; he’ll be up anyway!

car seat cover nursing cover stroller shadeGuest Blog by Laura Gravett, Inventor of PunkinWrap

Laura, a mom of two, is the inventor of PunkinWrap, a multi-use car seat cover and baby wrap. PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover.  The 7-in-one baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives baby privacy while sleeping and protects him from the other elements like rain and wind.

More so, Laura is a former nanny with a degree in psychology who formerly worked at Yale University doing research. As an Atlanta native and currently residing in the best suburb of Atlanta: Roswell, Laura and her husband love their community. Laura volunteers on various committees in their city to help give back in any way she can.  Laura and her husband spent several years taking care of rescue dogs – transport, intakes, fostering, etc. and had to step away a bit once they had their first child. The Gravetts now have two children (girls ages 3 and 10 months) and three rescue dogs.

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Baby Nursery Decoration Tips You Can Do Yourself

When it comes to your baby’s room, you want to make it as nurturing and comfortable as possible. Your baby is going to spend a lot of time sleeping in the room during the first few months, so it’s important to make sure this room is a loving environment. Here are some do-it-yourself projects that you might enjoy to put your personal touch on the room.

1. Chalkboard Dresser (Elledesign.ca)

DIY projects for baby nursery

Use chalkboard paint to cover any surface of the dresser (or any piece of furniture, really) that you like. Not only does this give your child another place to safely doodle and be creative, but it gives you a great way to keep the room organized.

2. Yarn-Wrapped Letters (RepeatCrafterMe.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

The ABCs are a staple of childhood. They’re usually one of the first songs and lessons a child learns. Plus, it’s good to familiarize your child with writing later on so they readily accept reading lessons. Simply pick up some wooden letters from your local craft store and wrap them with colored yarn to give them a softer appeal.

3. Crayon Monogram (ChicCheapNursery.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

This is a fun way to really personalize your baby’s room. All you have to do is print out a letter in a font you enjoy on a piece of paper. Arrange the crayons over the letter and cut them with a knife to the proper fit, then glue them to the paper. Frame and hang.

4. Story Book Wall Art (HoneyWe’reHome.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

This is a super simple project. First, find several pages in a storybook that have some meaning. These are usually the end pages that offer a moral or lesson. (I Love You More is a great book because each page states something the narrator loves. Goodnight Moon is a good one too.) Slice the page out of the book and center within a frame. Secure the page with tape.

5. Growth Chart (ICanFindtheTime.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

Most families record a child’s growth (by height) somewhere in the home, usually in a doorway. Using a long piece of wood and some wooden letters, decorate something a little more special. Figure out how you’re going to hang it before you add the height marks. You’ll want the bottom of the chart to start around three feet.

6. Geometric Wall Art (Curbly.com)

DIY projects for baby nursery

I like this because it doesn’t take a lot of artistic talent, but it looks like it does. Use it to add some color to a room, break up large walls, and give baby something fun to look at. You’ll need wooden circles, paint, a few dowels, and tape (to make straight lines while painting).

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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Your Baby’s Five Senses

baby sensesIn the beginning, your baby won’t do much. He or she will spend a lot of time eating and sleeping. However, baby is rapidly absorbing as much information as possible through the body’s five senses. Their little brains collect this information and process it quickly to figure out this strange new world. Some senses are keener than others at birth, but all of them need to be developed. Here’s a rundown of your baby’s senses and how you can help.

Smell

The sense of smell is the earliest to appear in babies, emerging while your little one is still in the womb. Baby can smell food mom is eating by the end of the first trimester through the amniotic fluid. A baby can tell the difference between mom’s breast milk and another woman’s by smell alone. You can use keen sense to your advantage by creating smells to influence baby’s mood. Pleasant odors like lavender can be soothing, while unpleasant smells (like cigarette smoke) can be irritating.

Taste

By birth, the taste buds are full formed. They prefer sweet tastes, which makes sense since breast milk is somewhat sweet. This preference follows most people through the rest of their lives. At this stage, the buds are still sensitive so strong flavors can be overwhelming. You can vary your baby’s food preferences by eating a broad range of foods while your baby is in the womb, and continue to do so while nursing. When baby is eating on his/her own, introduce the same foods several times before deciding your baby just doesn’t like it; it may take a few introductions for baby to get over the initial unfamiliarity.

Touch

Touch is the primary way babies explore the world. They put their hands on everything. In the womb, they touch their body and faces and explore the womb. After birth, baby uses touch to connect with other humans and draw comfort. You stimulate this sense by offering lots of gentle touches early on. Touching can help breathing regulation and body temperature, and even teach her how to communicate. Touch is also a great way to make baby feel secure and safe, which in turn develops their emotional and cognitive skills.

Sight

Your baby’s sight develops over the first half-year after birth. Infants can see about a foot away, so get up close during those first weeks so baby knows you’re present. Don’t be alarmed if you see baby’s eyes crossing during those first months; he/she is learning to track and focus on objects. They have trouble distinguishing colors as well, until about seven months, so offer toys and books with vibrant, contrasting colors that help develop their eyes and brain’s understanding of color. Take baby out of a containing piece of equipment (like a car seat or crib) so he/she can look around and develop the necessary eye, face and neck muscles. Most importantly, make eye contact as often as you can so baby learns to focus on you and use his/her eyes to gain information.

Hearing

Interestingly, a baby’s hearing is better than ours. Hearing operates well before birth as babies hear all sorts of noises inside mom’s body, including mom’s voice (which they can recognize instantly after birth). Your baby will turn toward your voice, even at a month old. Babies prefer high-pitched sounds, so lather on the baby talk and singing. Avoid loud noises; these stimuli can frighten them and damage their hearing.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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What to Do When Baby is Overstimulated

overstimulated babyIn the beginning, your baby’s brain grows very fast. It requires a lot of learning opportunities, but every so often you’ll find your baby will cry and you can’t figure out why. Your baby might be overstimulated. You see, her brain and nervous system are taking in lots of information, but she isn’t able to process it, so she becomes cranky and scared. Even everyday actions like feeding and contact can trigger it.

What is overstimulation?

Overstimulation is when your child is overwhelmed by his environment, including sensations, noises, and activity. His brain can’t process all the information coming in fast enough, so he becomes frightened and upset.

You’ve probably seen this behavior when a child is at a party and being passed around to all the adults, or when a child is playing in a room full of similar-aged children who are all yelling and banging their toys.

Overstimulation doesn’t always come on at once, either. It can happen after a long day. For example, if your child spends all day at preschool, then an afterschool lesson, playtime at home with the siblings can be too much.

What are the signs of overstimulation?

Overstimulated newborns will display the usual signs of fussiness and tiredness. They will also make cringing facial expressions and jerk their heads away from you in an attempt to reduce the amount of information coming into their brain. Their hands might ball into fists. You will also notice their arms and legs waving as if warding off sensations.

Children who can speak might suddenly become withdrawn and unwilling to cooperate with whatever activity is planned. He or she might refuse to attend the class or play with their friend, or suddenly dislike something you know he/she likes. You’ll also notice behavior problems crop up that you thought were taken care of, like shouting or refusing to share.

You need to balance active and quiet time.

It’s great that you want your baby to learn about the world and grow quickly, but you shouldn’t constantly dangle toys in your baby’s face or insist on scheduling activities all day. Children need predictable, regular quiet time in a familiar setting just like you or I. Let your baby play quietly when she wants. She’ll use this time to learn how to occupy and soothe herself. It may notlook like she’s learning, but she is.

How do you handle overstimulation?

If your baby is overwhelmed, remove her from that area. Take her to a quiet, dim room with no activity. If you’re out somewhere, place her in her carrier or stroller and cover it so she can’t see the outside world. Swaddling newborns can help reduce their physical sensations, as will placing them in a sling or holding them close to your body.

You can help overstimulated toddlers by reducing noise and motion in the room as well. Turn off the TV or radio and bring the child to a familiar place, like her bedroom. Determine if your child needs you close or needs you to walk away. Help her put her feelings into words so you can help her in the future. If you decide to stay near, engage in a peaceful, quiet activity like reading or simply cuddling.

Truthfully, there’s no right amount of stimulation. It depends on the child and the situation. You’ll have to use your baby as a guide and adjust the environment as you see fit. Let your child be the guide.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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10 Tips to Help Relieve Gas in Babies

relieve baby gasBaby gas is, unfortunately, unavoidable. It’s something every baby has to deal with while the brand new digestive system becomes more mature. Typically the gas comes from either air swallowed during feedings and crying, or harmless bacteria in the gut that breaks down sugars from food. Here are some ways to give your little one some relief.

1. Remove gassy foods from mom’s diet.

Babies might be gassy if their breastfeeding mothers eat gas-forming foods like broccoli, sprouts, beans, cauliflower, and onions. Cease eating these foods and you’ll probably see your baby’s gas abate.

2. Carry your baby around.

When you carry your baby, hold her in a way that puts pressure on her stomach. Carry her in the football hold (lying down on your forearm with legs straddling your elbow) or upright in a carrier or sling.

3. Manipulate her legs.

Often your baby can’t get gas relief because she isn’t able to manipulate her body (like you and I can) to move the gas bubbles down. Lie her on her back and move her legs in a “bicycle” fashion. This will put pressure on her stomach and move the bubbles out.

4. Spend more time on her tummy.

If you aren’t already, let baby spend more time on her tummy throughout the day. Not only will this strengthen her neck, back and legs, but it can help move gas bubbles down.

5. Burp during feedings in addition to after.

To prevent a buildup of gas that makes your baby uncomfortable, pause during a feeding to give your baby a quick burping. At the end of the feeding, burp again to make sure it’s all out.

6. Keep baby’s head up during feedings.

While you’re feeding your baby, make sure her head is elevated above her body. Tip the bottle slightly so the air inside rises to the top, rather than down through the nipple into your baby’s stomach.

7. Give an infant massage.

Everyone loves a massage, including babies. Lie her down on her back and give a gentle massage with your fingertips, starting from beneath the ribcage down toward her diaper. Looks for signs of discomfort. If you’re making her twitch in pain, stop immediately.

8. Feed baby before she cries.

If she’s getting gas into her system from crying, try meeting her needs before she gets to that point. Offer a bottle or your breast when you know it’s feeding time. Check her diaper often so you can change her before she’s irritated.

9. Make sure the bottle’s nipple isn’t too wide.

If you’re bottle feeding, a wipe nipple can cause air to pass down with the milk. Sometimes nipples can crack and expand after repeated use, so you’ll have to replace it.

10. Seek your doctor’s advice.

If your baby is still struggling with gas and you’ve done everything you can, you may want to seek your doctor’s opinion. Your doctor may prescribe a gas-relief aid (likely simethicone, sold as Mylicon) to help break up the bubbles, or something to help digestion.

pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it “the pacifier game,” and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, ‘I wish somebody would invent a …’ A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don’t help the baby. Babies don’t understand when it’s behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born… The first ever pacifier toy that – with the help of baby’s interaction – keeps pacis coming back!

Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit www.pullypalz.com.

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6 Benefits of Reading to Your Baby

the benefits of reading to babyI began reading to my son when he was very young; less than a year old. Ever since, we have made it part of our night time routine. It’s still one of my favorite activities. That quiet time together is so special, and now that he’s older, I still read with him every night. The books are a lot different and he does most of the reading himself, but I still look forward to it. We enjoy picking out books together at the library, which is actually where a class I took taught me the importance of reading to babies.  Here are six-reasons it is important to read to your baby.

1. Reading informs them.

Most baby books tend to have a lot of important basic information. These books are helpful because it teaches them about the world around them. What are those things crawling on the sidewalk? Ants! Why does mommy make me go to bed? To get my rest! When your baby begins to talk, reading to them will help them discover what things are and what they are called.

2. Reading forms a connection.

One of the most important reasons you should read to your baby is because it helps form a connection between the two of you. Your baby will love hearing your voice when you read and the two of you will feel a closeness during this special time!

3. Reading introduces concepts.

Did you know that there is research showing that people who read are smarter? As a teen or adult, reading helps you better understand what you know and teaches you new concepts. For a baby, reading introduces countless new ideas. Most children’s books talk about numbers, colors, animals and shapes. This is a great way for your baby to learn about these crucial things.

4. Reading builds vocabulary.

When you read to your baby you are building their vocabulary, listening and memory skills. These are all so important for a baby to learn at a young age. The more books you read to them, the more words they are going to learn and the better their memory will become.

5. Reading teaches communication.

Reading teaches your baby how people interact with each other. A story that has dialogue, even if they cannot understand it, shows them how they can one day communicate and what will be expected of them. The more you read to them, the better.

6. Reading teaches them to read.

Yes, I know that your baby is still too small to read. However, if you instill the importance of reading at a young age, they will begin to read on their own when they are old enough. Reading when you are older is just as important as reading when you are a baby, because it stimulates your brain and keeps you learning. By normalizing reading, you set them up for academic success.

nursing brasGuest Blog by Nicole Zoellner from NizoWear.com 

Nizo Wear is the first nursing bra to have a unique, patented pocket in the pull-down flap that can hold a heating or cooling pack helping bring moms relief and healing faster while being extremely comfortable and super chic.

Nizo Wear nursing bras were inspired by the real-life experience of the company’s founder, Nicole Zoellner. When Nicole became pregnant with her son, she eagerly read all the materials her doctor had given her about the benefits of breastfeeding. She happily anticipated the feelings of serenity and bonding that nursing promises mother and infant.

So, Nicole set out to do for other nursing moms what no-one had been able to do for her: provide a practical, comfortable way to get relief from the soreness breastfeeding mothers often experience. Her design was patented, and Nizo Wear was born.

Visit www.nizowear.com for more information.

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5 Ways to Tell That Baby is Teething

baby teethingNo children are the same. All babies experience teething in different ways. Teething symptoms can range in variety and intensity; some last for a few days and never both your child, while others can last for months as whole groups of teeth come through. The symptoms can appear as much as a couple months before you ever see a tooth. Here are the signs that baby is teething.

1. Poor sleep pattern.

Often the gum pain is present, but distractions are enough to keep your baby’s mind off of it. When it’s time to go to sleep, however, there’s nothing to do but think about the pain, so your baby will struggle falling asleep. You’ll find yourself crib-side more often as you soothe him to sleep.

2. Gnawing on toys, you, and everything!

Pressure on the affected area is the quickest way for your baby to gain relief. When he presses on the part that hurts, his brain is overloading with pressure signals and can’t process the original pain. You’ll notice him gnawing at his toys, crib, and even your fingers. Offer a teething toy or a cold washrag for him to chew on.

3. Lots of drool!

You will notice your baby’s clothes are suddenly damp all the time. This is because his mouth is creating a build-up of saliva to lubricate the gums. To avoid chapped skin, you will want to gently wipe your baby’s face throughout the day. If it’s becoming a problem, attach a bib. Pooled saliva may cause a slight wet cough.

4. Fussiness and crying.

While some babies experience teething easily, others can suffer pain. You may find that your baby is crying more often and more easily than before. Things that would frustrate him but not bring him to tears are suddenly too much for him. If the pain seems unbearable, speak with your doctor about what kind (if any) pain relief you can offer.

5. Refusal to eat.

The sucking motion can worsen the pain your baby is experiencing. To avoid the pain, he may refuse to eat, or eat/nurse briefly before turning away. Keep offering the food. Usually this problem doesn’t persist and your baby will eat. If he has refused to eat for two full days, speak with your doctor.

A simple teething toy (ideally one made of silicone) is usually enough to give your baby some relief. Some can even be stored in the fridge and utilize the numbing properties of cold.

pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it “the pacifier game,” and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, ‘I wish somebody would invent a …’ A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don’t help the baby. Babies don’t understand when it’s behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born… The first ever pacifier toy that – with the help of baby’s interaction – keeps pacis coming back!

Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit www.pullypalz.com.

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5 Tips to Help Baby Stop Thumb Sucking

how to stop thumb suckingChildren suck their thumbs for a variety of reasons, but they usually do it to provide comfort. You’ll notice your child often sucks his or her thumb before going to sleep. It’s a normal habit, but long-term thumb sucking can affect teeth development, so you’ll want to stop it at some point. Here are some tips to stop the habit.

1. Distract their fingers

The next time you see your child sucking their thumb, distract them. Find an activity where they have to use their hands, so that they stop sucking their thumb. Bed time is a big time for thumb sucking, so ask them to read you a book so that their hands are distracted holding the book and they don’t get the chance to suck their thumb.

2. Have the doctor talk to them

A lot of times a child will do something if their doctor tells them to. Next time you are at the doctor’s, ask them to talk to your child about why thumb sucking is bad. There is a large chance that they will stop when they hear from their doctor the damage it can do.

3. Reward

A great way to get your child to stop sucking their thumb is by rewarding them. If they don’t suck their thumb for a whole day, they get a star. If by the end of the week they have seven stars, they get a special prize. Many kids are motivated by rewards. Once they stop sucking their thumb for a few days, they are most likely done for good!

4. Cover the thumb

If your child is having a really hard time letting go of their thumb sucking habits, try covering their thumb with gauze and a Band-Aid. Hey, they cannot suck their thumb if it has a yucky Band-Aid on it! You’ll find that this really does help them to stop, unless of course they are ripping it off.

5. Wait it out

There is a chance that none of these remedies will help your child to stop. Some kids need to just figure things out on their own. Eventually they will stop; you won’t see them at 20 still sucking their thumb. The best thing you can do as a parent is to stay patient and let it happen when it happens.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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Stay Safe in the Bath with These 5 Tips

bath time safety tipsThe bathroom is one of the most dangerous spots in your home for babies, especially when water is involved. Hopefully you have turned bath time into a fun experience with baby. Not only does baby get clean, but you get some one-on-one bonding time that you’ll never forget. Prevent bath time injuries and keep baby safe with these tips.

1. Keep everything sanitary.

You should work to keep a sanitary bathroom at all times, but having a baby is a good excuse to catch up on some cleaning you have been meaning to do. Many parents neglect to clean their baby’s toys regularly, but they become unclean just like anything else. After each bath, each toy should be thoroughly cleaned and rinse. Be mindful of wooden toys or toys made form absorbent material that could track bacteria. Wipe everything down with an effective, all-natural cleaner every couple weeks.

2. Baby proof the bathroom.

This is an important step for any room of your house, but the bathroom especially. Oddly, many parents overlook this room. Put away all freestanding objects that can be pulled over, especially those near the bath rub. Don’t assume your baby can’t pull the curling iron or hair straightener into the water. Best put them away.

Put away any personal care products your baby may spill or, worse, eat. Lock the toilet seat, plug electrical outlets with plastic covers and lay down a few bath mats, including one inside the tub.

3. Read product labels carefully.

Be wary of products that might irritate your baby’s skin, eyes or mouth. Read all the product labels so you understand how to use each item and what it’s suitable for. Some products are designed specifically for children while others urge you to only use them on adult skin. Follow these warnings carefully.

Before you use a new product or soap, check online for review from people who have used it with their children to learn about their reaction. Cleaning infant skin only requires a dab of mild, made-for-baby-skin soap. Often a warm rag is sufficient.

4. Keep your baby seated away from the faucet.

When bathing your child, either in the sink or the bathtub, keep his or her body away from the faucet to prevent injuries. A sudden kick, arm flail, or jerk could injury your baby against the hard metal. Also, sudden changes in temperature can make your baby uncomfortable and fussy through the whole bath process.

5. Always support your child.

Even if the bath seat you use appears sturdy, never leave the tub while your child is in the bath. These products should only be used as aides to help you wash your baby. These seats could still tip over and trap your baby underwater. It doesn’t take much water to drown. Remember: Never leave your child unattended in a bath tub.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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3 Do-It-Yourself Sensory Toys for Babies

do it yourself sensory toysPlay is an important part of learning for babies, so it’s important that we (as parents) do everything we can to make that play time as meaningful as possible. Babies learn by watching and interacting with their environment. By offering sensory toys, we foster learning through discovering and experimentation.

You don’t need an expensive DVD set to teach your baby. You need something he or she can hold on to, manipulate, and change. Below are three sensory toys you can create a home, probably using items you already have.

Water Sensory Mat

Babies and toddlers get a thrill out of water sensory mats. Water mats teach hand-eye coordination and teach cause-and-effect. You can buy water mats at the toy store, even ones that baby can sit on for lots of movement, but it’s simple to make as well. Your kid will get a kick out of batting the objects around inside and manipulating the bag to move the contents around.

Fill the largest Ziploc bag you can get your hands on with water and some small objects that won’t break through the plastic, like glitter, confetti, paper cutouts, and even small toys. For the sake of tidiness, I like to add some duct tape around the bag’s seal just in case my son accidentally opens it.

Sensory Water Bottles

Water is involved in a lot of sensory toys because it creates all sorts of movement. Fill some used, cleaned water bottles with random items. Use anything that will make a great visual effect once the bottle is full of water. Pick items with lots of color. You could use glitter, marble, beads, buttons, paper clips, small toys, bouncy balls, pipe cleaners, googley eyes, coins, etc. Fill the bottle with water and glue the top down so it doesn’t spill. Your baby will love spinning around the bottle and watching the contents swirl.

Baby Bean Bags

Bean bags are fun because they have an interesting textural element. Babies can touch, manipulate and throw the bags. They have different properties and move differently than a typical ball. Use them to play catch without fear they will break anything or hurt anyone.

Using fabric (any kind will do, whatever is cheap at your local craft store), cut rectangular strips. Fold them in half (so one of the four sides of the bean bag is the crease). Sew the two sides adjacent to the crease so the top is open for stuffing. Turn the bag inside out (sewing 101 here!) and fill fil rice, pellets, or dried beans. (I like rice: it’s super cheap and has a soft, crumbly feel). Sew the remaining side good and tight so nothing spills.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz 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.