Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods?

Is Your Baby Ready for Solid FoodsAre you starting to feel like breast milk or formula and baby food isn’t enough for your little one anymore? Introducing solid foods is a fun time to be a parent. You get to live vicariously through your kids as they experience all sorts of new textures and flavors. I remember how fun it was when my son started solids. It’s something you’ll definitely want to get on camera!

Before you start serving chicken nuggets, though, you should make sure your baby is really ready. If you offer solids too soon, you irritate their undeveloped digestive system or cause an unpleasant experience that would make it try in the future. Here’s how you can tell your baby is ready for solid foods.

1. He can hold his head up

If your baby needs your support to hold his head up, then they probably are not ready to move to solid foods. Your baby needs to be able to maintain a steady, upright position to eat so they can effectively swallow without choking.

2. He sits well when supported

For the same reason as above, your baby should be able to sit up unsupported for several minutes. When you put him in the high chair or feeding chair, much of the work will be done for him, but he needs to have strong neck and core muscles to get the food down without incident.

3. He can chew

Your baby should be able to move food to the back of their mouth and swallow it. That’s a tall request for someone who has only consumed liquids or paste-like baby foods. Start with small solid foods, but just large enough so he has to gum/chew them down a bit.

4. He has gained weight

If your baby is around six months and weighs double what they weighed at birth, then they could be ready to start munching on solid foods. Most babies are able to eat semi-solid foods at six months unless they have not been able to gain a healthy amount of weight. If you feel like your baby has not been gaining weight properly, you should get them checked by your pediatrician.

5. He is interested

The most important thing you should look for is interest. After a while, your baby will become interested in what’s on mom and dad’s plate. He’ll understand that you’re putting it your mouth just like he does with his food. He might even reach out for your food to try. You want baby to want solid foods so he’s more likely to enjoy the experience.

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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How to Make Summer Travel with Baby More Comfortable

make summer travel with baby more comfortableDuring this time of year, many of us will be taking vacations. The summer is the easiest time to travel. Perhaps you’re visiting a beach, an amusement park, or off to see your family. Many people shy away from traveling because they have a newborn or baby. They avoid traveling because they believe it won’t be comfortable for anyone. This isn’t the case! With a little bit of planning, you can make summer travel more comfortable for you and baby. Use these tips:

1. Using a nursing cover-up.

It’s your right to breastfeed your baby wherever you see fit, but if covering up makes you feel more comfortable, pick up a simple, lightweight nursing cover to drape over yourself. You want something that isn’t too hot for you and baby but won’t make you feel exposed.

2. Be liberal with the sunscreen.

Sunburn on young, delicate skin is no joke. A sunburn early in life significantly increases the chances of skin cancer later on. Don’t be shy with the sunscreen. Make sure to get the tops of feet, noses, and ears. Apply thirty minutes before going out and reapply after spending time in the water.

3. Feed during takeoffs and landings.

Babies don’t understand how to equalize the pressure in their ears during a flight’s takeoff or landing, and it’s not like you can explain it. To compensate, offer your baby your breast, a bottle, or a pacifier during these periods so they instinctually suck and relieve the pressure.

4. Practice with the travel crib.

It’s hard for babies to fall asleep somewhere new for the first time. If you’re bringing a travel crib to the hotel, have your baby nap (or even spend a night) in a travel crib so he gets used to the environment.

5. Schedule travel time during nap time.

Wherever possible, plan to do the majority of your traveling when your baby is asleep. If your little one usually takes a nap at two in the afternoon, try to find a flight that takes off around that time. Keep your baby awake beforehand so he falls asleep while you’re getting on the plane. This will be more comfortable for him, you, and your fellow passengers.

6. Dress your baby in something accessible.

You’ll want to dress your baby in something comfortable so he stays calm throughout the trip. Forgo the buckles, snaps, and tight collars for a comfy set of pajamas. No one is judging you by what your baby is wearing on the plane or in the car. Further, he should be wearing something that easily opens so you can get to the diaper without completely undressing him.

7. Send big items ahead of you.

When you’re traveling with a baby, you might end up lugging some big items around. Don’t struggle carrying that stroller, pack and play, or feeding seat through the airline. Ship them to the hotel or vacation rental ahead of time. They’ll be happy to hold on to them in storage and leave them in your room when you arrive. This also works for bulk items you’ll need like diapers and wipes.

8. Be flexible.

Most importantly, plan some flexibility into your schedule. Don’t plan a rigid itinerary. If you’re driving, you may have to stop a few more times than you plan. If you’re flying, you probably won’t make it across the airport in 10 minutes. Expect the unexpected and pad your schedule with spare minutes so you don’t have to rush.

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.

Tips for Dealing with a Colicky Baby

dealing with colicWhen you have done everything in your power and your baby just won’t stop crying, you might be dealing with a case of colic. We don’t know exactly what causes colic, but most people believe it happens when excess gas is trapped in your baby’s stomach or intestines. Your baby’s body isn’t mature or strong enough to maneuver the gas out, so he remains uncomfortable. 1 in 5 babies experience colic. They cry, tense up, their bellies distend, and they may even turn a light shade of purpose. Thankfully, it doesn’t last forever, but here are some tips to sooth colic.

1. Offer a Pacifier. For some babies, the sucking motion is enough to manipulate the digestive tract. Also, the sucking motion is soothing to babies which might take his mind off the discomfort.

2. Warm Water Bottle. Fill an everyday plastic bottle with warm water. Gently roll it over your baby’s belly. The warmth and pressure can be soothing.

3. Tighten the Swaddle. Colic symptoms can often be relieve by pressure to the midsection. When you swaddle your baby for the night, enclose him more tightly than you normally do.

4. Switch Formula Brands. If you are using formula, experiment with different brands. You want to find one that doesn’t give your baby so much gas. He might be sensitive or have an allergy to an ingredient in the mix. Better yet, breastfeed.

5. If You Are Breastfeeding, Change Your Diet. If you’re nursing, the baby eats what you eat. Something in your diet may be causing him to have gas. Children are commonly allergic or sensitive to wheat, shellfish, soy, nuts, eggs, or have issues with broccoli, cauliflower, and the like. Try eliminating some of these.

6. Leg Lifts. Lay your baby on his back and put a little bit of pressure on his tummy. Extend his legs upward toward his chest so he looks like a frog. Vary one at a time or both together to help roll the gas out.

7. Sit Ups. Put your little one on your lap and support her head. Hold her legs still and gently guide her down, and then up, bending at the waist, as you would do a sit-up. This motion and easy pressure helps move the gas along and out.

8. Warm Bath & Massage. A relaxing bath and gentle abdominal massage can be calming for a baby any time, but especially when they have colic. Take advantage.

9. Chamomile Tea. Chamomile is well known for its soothing and sedation properties in adults and babies. If your baby’s colic is keeping him awake, look into using it to help him sleep.

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.

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.

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