5 Cute Ideas for Moms to Spend Time with Baby

mom and baby play date ideasNow that it’s summer and the warm weather is here to stay, it’s time to spend some time outside with your baby. There are a lot of summery things you can do with your baby to spend some quality time together and strengthen your bond. The next warm (but not hot) day you come across, take your baby on a play date with another mom and parent. You’ll all enjoy the socialization. Here are some ideas.

1. Have a lunch date.

Now that the weather is nice you can finally eat on the patio! This is the perfect time to feed yourself and bond with baby. Talk to your baby about your day, their day or what’s going on around them, which will strengthen the bond between you two. Tell them that you are going to feed them when feeding them. This will help them to associate words with actions and build your trust.

2. Go for a walk

This is the perfect time of year to take walks. Not only will this help you to stay active, but it is also a fun activity to do with baby. Pop the babies in their strollers and get walking. Wear some comfortable exercise clothes in case you build up a sweat. If the babies manage to stay awake, spur their development by pointing out houses and explaining what you pass.

3. Take it outdoors.

Go to the park the next nice day and pack a picnic! This is your perfect opportunity to enjoy the warm weather with baby. Spread out in the grass and catch up with your friend while the little ones explore nature. If they aren’t walking yet, give them some space to spread out with their toys and play a whole new environment. If they’re mobile, give them a little freedom to roll and play in the grass. Don’t worry about messes!

6. Blow bubbles.

Babies love seeing new things and feeling new textures. They’re often amazed by simple games. Pick up a specialty bubble set that lets you create giant bubbles that float all over. Let them chase, pop, and even blow bubbles themselves. This is a perfect activity to enjoy at your picnic.

5. Coloring!

While you won’t be creating masterpieces, any baby who can grip a crayon or marker can color. Make sure you have washable clothes and plenty of supplies. Use big sheets of white paper or coloring books of your child’s favorite characters. If the children are old enough, use sidewalk chalk to turn your driveway into art.

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 asubluxation, 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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The 4 Benefits of a Baby Massage

benefits of a baby massageYou do not need any special ointments or gels to give your baby a proper massage. All you need is a bit of one-on-one time with your baby. Gently rub your baby all over. Watch for his cues; if he is enjoying a certain motion, continue using it. If something irritates me, abstain from it. Try not to feed your baby just after a feeding or just before; hungry and empty bellies can be uncomfortable. Once you start giving your baby a regular massage, neither one of you will want to stop. Here are the four benefits of a baby massage.

1. Your baby will be soothed.

You have likely had moments when your baby is only calmed by being in your arms. As soon as you put him down, he fusses again. A full body massage is relaxing for your baby for the same reason you and I love them. Having our skin and muscles rubbed produces a calming effect. Your baby’s brain produces “love chemicals” like serotonin, oxytocin, and cortisol whenever he is touched, which make him feel better and calmer. Limit distractions in the room so your baby focuses on the massage.

2. Your baby will feel loved.

Babies need very simple gestures to know that people love them. Since they don’t understand words, all you need is to touch him often and make lots of eye contact. A massage is a perfect time to do both. Don’t make him compete for your attention. Turn off the TV and make it clear that he’s your focus for this time. Those brief moments can help you build a lasting relationship that will last for his whole life.

Helpful tip: A baby massage is an excellent way for fathers to bond with their children, too, who often spend less time with their children than moms.

3. Your baby will sleep better.

While we all have methods of falling asleep, a massage will work for anyone! Offer your baby a massage as part of his bedtime ritual. Give him a warm bath, read him quiet story that’s fun, but not exciting, and then offer a gentle massage. He may fall asleep before you’re finished! If you stick to this routine, he’ll start to get drowsy as soon as you start.

4. You’ll improve his emotional well-being.

By creating a regular pattern of safety and security, your baby will feel emotional connected to his parents. A bond will be established that will support the relationship for years to come. Make sure you don’t treat the massage like a chore. Use lots of smiles, kind expressions, and plenty of eye contact. Massages are also good for parents to help them feel more in control, which is something new parents often need.

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!

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