Ways to Keep Baby Warm at Night

Keep Baby Warm at NightAfter the birth of my first child, I was always concerned about whether he was warm enough at night. It’s not like he could sit up and tell me that he was chilly, so I had to use the few clues available (the temperature of his skin, mostly) to make a determination.

We know that it’s not safe to use blankets and bedding in a newborn’s crib because they increase the chance of our children succumbing to SIDS. So we have to take some other precautions to make sure our children are nice and warm.

Set the temperature right

A baby is most comfortable in room maintained at about 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (in fact, most people would agree that’s the ideal temperature). If you don’t have a thermostat for your baby’s sleeping room, measure it with a standard thermometer.

If you use a space heater in the room, make sure it’s fireproof and positioned at least four feet away from the crib.

Position the crib properly

You don’t want the crib right against the heater, nor do you want it next to a window. The temperature will spike in either of these places. Place it near the center of the room where the temperature is normalized. Also, keep it out of the direct path of vents of fans.

Dress baby comfortably

Babies are comfortable wearing the same amount of clothing we do, plus one layer. So if you’re sleeping in a T-shirt and pajama bottoms, your baby should wear the same plus a onesie. Zippyz are great because the feet are covered to keep warm air inside, and the lower half unzip easily for diaper changes so you don’t expose your whole baby. Check them out.

Swaddle a newborn

If your little one is still tiny, you’ll want to swaddle them with a blanket so they keep all of their body heat. A swaddle also helps them resist the startle reflex so they don’t wake themselves up, and makes them feel safe and secure.

How to tell your baby is too warm

Overheating is a serious concern as well. It’s one of the contributing factors linked to SIDS. You can tell your baby is too hot if her skin is blotchy and red. If she’s damp and sweating, she is definitely too hot. Even if it’s winter time, make sure your baby never overheats.

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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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.

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How to Swaddle Your Baby

how to swaddle babySwaddling is one of the first lessons any new parent should learn. A swaddled baby feels safe, warm, and secure in an environment that feels similar to the womb. A nice, snug swaddle will calm your baby down and put him to sleep. It also prevents him from being disturbed from his own Startle Reflex and waking up at night.  Here’s how to properly swaddle:

Step 1: Lay your blanket on a flat surface.

Position the blanket like a diamond. Fold the top corner down toward the center of blanket. Place your baby on his back on top of the blanket with his neck on the fold.

Step 2: Tuck the right side.

Pull your baby’s right arm down to his side. Pull the left corner of the blanket (your left, his right) over the right arm and across his body. Tuck this side under his left arm. You might have to roll him a bit to fit it underneath. Tuck it in good and tight; don’t be afraid to be secure, but make sure baby can bend his hips up. If your baby’s arms aren’t exactly at his sides, he’ll have some wiggle room and start pulling the swaddle apart.

Step 3: Tuck the left side.

Pull your baby’s left arm down. Pull the bottom corner of the blanket (the corner nearest you) up and over his left shoulder. Tuck the extra material around his left arm. Be secure, but make sure you aren’t so tight as to squeeze his toes or force his knees to bend.

Step 4: Wrap him/her up.

Pull the loose right corner taut and across his body to the left. Roll him just a bit to your right so you can tuck this extra material behind his back. By this point your little one should already be yawning!

Tips for Houdini-Babes:

If your baby is constantly breaking free, try leaving one arm exposed when you put him to sleep. If he’s a few months old, a free arm won’t keep him awake, but he will lose half of his ability to break out (since one arm can swing freely).

NOTE: Never put a swaddled baby on his stomach!

Once your baby is capable of flipping over from his back to his stomach, you should absolutely be done with swaddling. A swaddled baby that can roll over can suffocate on his tummy.

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.

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3 Tricks for Babies Who Won’t Sleep During the Night

baby sleep tipsBeing a new parent is hard, especially when you have a baby who refuses to sleep through the night. It can be stressful! Every parent has had that experience: you put the baby down, but thirty minutes later he/she is wailing. When the baby doesn’t sleep, no one sleeps. If your child won’t adhere to a sleep schedule, there are some tricks to sleep train your baby. Here are three important tricks to help your baby sleep through the night.

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. Use a specially made baby swaddle that requires no wrapping to gently hug the baby and allow for natural movement.

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. These consultants are dedicated to helping sleepless families get their much needed rest to live a happy and healthy life. They provide sleep and feed schedules based on their unique parenting philosophies.

baby swaddleGuest blog 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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11 Baby Sleep Tips

baby sleep tipsIn the womb, your baby woke and slept on his own schedule, depending on his body’s needs. In the world, however, babies need to be taught how to sleep. In fact, there’s an entire industry of consultants that is devoted to teaching little ones how to get the rest they need. By the time your child is four or five months old, he should be sleeping for 4-5 hours at a time. Use these tips to help him sleep.

1. Dim the lights. Our bodies use light to establish a circadian rhythm. Use bright lighting when you are active during the day and dim lights when it’s time to wind down for bed to put your baby in a sleepy mood.

2. Make some noise. In the womb, there are LOTS of sounds all day and night long. Your baby is more comfortable with a bit of white noise in the background.

3. Keep the room cool. Infants sleep best when the room is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can’t adjust the thermostat by room, leave a fan running on low.

4. Give a massage. Babies like massages for the same reason you and I do. Use gentle strokes and slight pressure for a few minutes before putting your baby down to sleep.

5. Teach self-soothing. Your baby needs to learn to fall asleep with your presence. Put your baby into the crib when he’s drowsy but before he falls asleep. You want him to become accustomed to falling asleep on his own. If he cries out, soothe him but do not pick him up. This will help him learn how to fall back asleep when he wakes up at night.

6. Swaddle! The swaddle is arguably one of the most effective sleep aides for babies. It makes them feel secure and prevents the start reflex.

7. Remove caffeine from your diet. If you are breastfeeding, any caffeine you drink will make its way into your baby’s system, keeping them awake.

8. Avoid eye contact. When your baby meets your gaze, he focuses his attention, and his blood pressure and heart rate rise. Look away when he’s falling asleep so he won’t focus.

9. Feed in the evenings. Full stomachs make everyone sleepy.

10. Create a bedtime routine. Perform the same activities every night before bed. It could include a bedtime story, a bath, or a song. Over time your baby will begin to associate these with sleepy-time.

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 a patented footed pajama 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! 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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6 Ways to Get Your Baby to be a Rock Star Sleeper

make baby a great sleeperTo us, sleeping is pretty easy. We lie down, turn off the lights, close our eyes, and fall asleep pretty quick. Our bodies and brains have been trained over years to fall asleep to those conditions. Babies, however, lack our experience. They don’t struggle to sleep well out of spite; they’re just bad at it. In fact, there’s an entire industry of professionals devoted to teaching children how to sleep.

During the first few months, your baby’s need to eat is more important, so he/she will not be able to sleep for long stretches of time. By five months, however, your child should be able to sleep for four or five hours at a time. Use these tips to make your child a great sleeper.

1. Create a soothing routine.

Just like grown-ups, babies sleep the best when their bodies are on a consistent schedule. By establishing a night-time bedtime routine that you follow every day, your little one will be conditioned to fall asleep. He/she will fall asleep easier, sleep longer, and cry out less often during the night.

You can establish a routine by only playing quiet games or activities as it nears bedtime. Give a warm bath, a gentle massage, and keep the lights dim. Try to keep all the bedroom conditions consistent so your baby isn’t afraid when he/she wakes up in the middle of the night.

2. Learn the tired signals.

Every baby is different, so your cues may vary, but after some time you should be able to determine when your child is getting sleepy. Don’t wait until he/she is over tired, fussy, and cranky. The goal is to put your child down before he/she is actually asleep so self-soothing and falling asleep alone is learned quickly. You don’t want to end up being your child’s security object.

3. Swaddle your baby.

The startle reflex is a basic survival skill that babies are born with. It makes them jerk spontaneously. This reflex can easily wake them up. You can provide security by swaddling them in a muslin sheet or shawl. For best results, use a specially made baby swaddle that zips up so your little one can’t wiggle free.

4. Set the room temperature just right.

The optimal temperature for sleeping baby is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is usually a little cooler than most people keep their homes. If you can’t adjust the thermostat in the baby’s room, leave the window slightly ajar. Be sure to position your crib away from the window.

5. Consult a sleep consultant.

When you want to do something right, it is always best to consult an expert. Sleep consultants train to help moms and dads put their child on a sleep schedule that works for the family. They know all the tricks and best practices to make sure your baby gets the best rest possible.

6. Create some white noise.

In the womb, your baby was exposed to sounds constantly.  Between the sounds of the outside world and the sounds inside a mother’s body, it’s actually quite loud in there. This means your child learned how to sleep amidst all types of noise, so when you lay them in a silent room, they become uncomfortable. You can pick up a white noise machine to create the right ambiance or use a simple house fan.

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 a patented footed pajama 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! 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.

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