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!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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5 Fun Play Date Ideas

fun play date ideasAt a certain age, you will want to begin scheduling play dates for your children. Play dates the perfect opportunity for your children to socialize with other kids and start building lasting relationships. Even if the play dates don’t turn into friendships, they still help his development. It doesn’t take a lot of planning or money to make a play date successful. Here are five fun ideas:

1. Craft Time

Pick a spot in your house that’s easy to clean, like your dining rooms. Set up a craft station for the kids with all the necessary supplies to produce some high quality art. Build birdhouses, make pottery, paint pictures, or create holiday decorations. If your kids are a bit older, use a science or model kit to make something educations.

2. Coloring

Coloring is a simple way to keep toddlers and preschoolers amused, but they would love it if you gave them an interesting surface. Offer large sheets of poster board or construction paper. Let them draw a masterpiece on the driveway with chalk, which is easy to clean up. (If you go with chalk, check out these chalk games.)

3. Build a Fort

Everyone loves forts! Once you have burned through most of their energy, build a quick fort in your living from local items, like tables, chairs, blankets, and pillows. Bring some cushions inside for seating and relax with a few story books, or encourage them to tell their own stories. If they still have the energy, use the fort as part of a game involving monsters, a princess, and valiant knights.

4. Dance Party!

Young children have enormous amounts of energy. They can run, dance, and play longer than any adult. Instead of requiring them to play quietly, crank up some music and let them dance as long as they can. Encourage plenty of healthy activity and get them involved in some silly games like Follow the Leader or Musical Freeze Tag.

5. Play Ball!

If the weather cooperates, there’s no reason to stay inside. By two years old, most children should have the dexterity and motor control to pick up, hold, and toss a ball. They won’t be accurate and they may not be able to catch, but it’s still fun. Older kids may understand the finer points of a game like soccer or Hot Potato. If your child and his/her date is really young, simply roll a colored ball along the floor.

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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4 Safe Summer Travel Ideas for Mom, Dad, and Baby

summer travel ideas for the whole familySummer is nearly here, which means your family might be thinking about taking a vacation. However, vacationing with a little one can be tough. Your options are limited because you need to be close to certain amenities and many rides, shows, or attractions are not suitable for babies. That does not mean you have to stay home, you just need to pick a family-friendly destination. Here are four ideas.

1. Take a cruise.

Believe it or not, a cruise is an excellent destination for your baby. While cruise ships are massive, they are quite contained. You won’t need to pack and push a stroller all day. A baby sling or your own arms will suffice. You can return to your private room every few hours for a break or naps. Further, most cruise ships understand that you can’t pop over to the corner store for extra wipes or diapers, so they stock these items. Some even offer babysitting services and family-friendly activities so everyone has fun. Disney is known for offering superb cruises that cater to families.

2. Vacation rental house.

A vacation rental home is often a better option over a hotel room if you have a baby. They are more private, so your crying little one won’t disturb your neighbors. The best part is that a vacation home is more affordable than a hotel. The weekly rate is usually less than the total of a hotel’s daily rate, and you can prepare your own meals instead and eating at restaurants every day. If you’re a new parent, saving money can be important.

3. Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

Maybe this isn’t the ideal vacation, but you can make it work. Visiting relatives is perfect for new parents because you can save on accommodations (the biggest cost of any vacation) and you have people who want to mind your baby for stretches of time. When you schedule a week at your parents’ or in-laws’, make sure to book a day or two where you and your significant other can leave the kids behind and do your own thing for a while. You’ll appreciate the break and the grandparents will love the time!

4 Kid-friendly theme parks.

Would you like to see the largest smile on your child’s face? Put him/her face-to-face with his/her favorite story book or cartoon character. Plus these types of places anticipate lots of families, so they stock all the supplies and amenities you could possibly need. Guest services will have diapers and wipes, and the bathrooms will have multiple changing stations. There should be a section of the park designed just for babies with lots of colors and gentle rides. There are theme parks all over the country with plenty of cute attractions and characters for babies and kids, but if you want a top-of-the-line experience, you’ll have to go to Disney.

5. Indoor water parks.

It might be tough to find one of these near you, but they are worth the drive. Unlike an outdoor water park, an indoor park usually has smaller, gentler rides more suitable to young people. This means the crowd isn’t as rough as an outdoor park. There will be plenty of opportunity to lazily float in the shallow areas while your baby splashes.

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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Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers

cloth diapers vs disposable diapersLike most parenting topics, the debate over cloth versus disposable diapers comes with many opinions. But like everything else, you have to decide what is best for you and your family. You can choose one method and stick with it, or alternate as you see fit. Many mothers use cloth diapers when they are home and disposables when out-and-about. It’s up to you. Here are the pros and cons of cloth diapers and disposable diapers.

Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers come in two formats: a terry cloth, cotton, or flannel cloth that you fold and fasten or an already-arranged diaper that looks just like a disposable. In the long run, cloth diapers will save you money (unless you use a diaper cleaning service). Over the two or so diaper years of your child’s life, you will spend about $300 on cloth diapers and washing, but $2000 on disposables.

Some parents are concerned about the dyes and gels in disposables, so cloth diapers are a more natural way of containing messes. However, they are messier than disposables. You’ll end up doing more laundry, too, sometimes two to three extra loads each week. Of course, unless you use disposables occasionally, you’ll end up carrying a poopy diaper home every once in a while.

Cloth diapers are less absorbent, but they also created fewer rashes. The decreased absorbency, however, can aide potty training. If your child feels wet, he/she is more apt to prefer the potty and spend her/his time in underpants.

Disposable Diapers

Disposables are easy to change quickly because of the adhesive strips. They are especially helpful for resistant babies who won’t sit still for changes.

The biggest convenience of disposable diapers is that you toss them away once soiled. Tape them up using their own adhesive so the mess is contained and drop them in the trash. Further, disposables are super-absorbent, so you end up changing less diapers, and the liners keep wetness away from the skin and rarely leak. This can work against you, however, as children don’t feel uncomfortable by the mess and don’t mind staying with diapers. Some diapers can rip if they are pulled too hard, which will probably happen to you when you’re away from home!

Although no studies offer evidence that the chemicals used to manufacture diapers are harmful, you never know. Diapers house a sensitive area and you may not want to take the risk. Some babies have allergic reactions that prevent them from using disposables at all.

The biggest downside to disposables is their impact on the environment. Worldwide, we produce 3.4 million tons of diaper waste per year, and they do not decompose.

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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5 Tips to Bond with Your Newborn

tips for bonding with newbornThe first few months of your baby’s life can set the tone for your entire relationship. By developing a loving, connected bond with your newborn, you can create the groundwork for a positive relationship. You want your little one to feel secure and less afraid of his new environment. Take every opportunity you can to bond so you can nurture that connection.

1. Use lots of touch.

After birth, your baby’s skin is very sensitive. Your little one just came from an environment where he was constantly in contact with your body. Touching you gives him a secure feeling. Hospitals everywhere encourage mothers to hold their newborns to their chests in the moments after birth to help calm the baby. Hold your newborn close often. If you’re relaxing on the sofa or bed, bring your baby with you, rather than alone in the bassinet.

2. Make your baby smile.

Any time you can draw a laugh, smile, or squeak out of your baby, you are building a positive memory in his mind of his parent. Create enough of these positive moments and he will begin to light up at your appearance. Reinforce this condition whenever you can. Use gentle tickling, silliness, and laughing of your own to have positive moments.

3. Bond during feeding.

Infants require a lot of feeding; initially every one to three hours. During these moments, look into your infant’s face while gently stimulating his skin. Conventional wisdom says newborns are more aware during their feedings, so this is a perfect time to develop that connection. Breastfeeding is an especially intense bonding experience; most mothers miss it once they stop.

4. Talk and sing whenever you can.

You might silly talking with someone who can’t respond, but communicating with your baby helps him understand that you are paying attention to him. Narrate your actions, behaviors, and feelings, even what you’re doing is mundane and routine. At first your conversation will be one-sided, but you’re helping your baby understand that communication with his parents is easy, harmless, and comforting.

5. Calm down.

Just like adults, babies intuitively understand the emotions of the people around them. They feel what you’re feeling. If you are tense, anxious, and frustrated, your behavior will pass that on to your child. On the same token, you relax, smile, sing a gentle song, and speak positively, your baby will share those feelings. Relationships are built on positive emotions, so stay peppy!

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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6 Baby Teeth Care Tips

caring for baby teethCaring for your baby’s teeth can be a problematic experience. They will fuss, squirm, and protest any time you try and stick your fingers or a brush in their mouth. However, it’s just as important that we care for babies’ teeth as it is to look after our own. It’s true that they will eventually fall out, but proper technique is still required. You can start creating healthy tooth habits for your child by using these tips.

1. Start caring for your baby’s mouth before teeth arrive.

It’s important that you start the habit of caring for your baby’s teeth before they even appear. Using your finger or a warm, damp cloth, wipe off your baby’s gums after a feeding. This will brush away excess food that might be sticking around. This practice will also help you condition your child to having her mouth cleaned regularly, which will make matters easier when you start using a brush.

2. Mind the teeth as soon as they show up.

Many parents mistakenly put little value on their children’s baby teeth because they will be replaced. However, the spacing and alignment for adult teeth are preserved by the baby teeth. Proper spacing helps her chew and talk. If the baby teeth decay prematurely, the adult teeth could arrive at odd angles and improper alignments. Since the adult teeth push the baby teeth out, any bacteria that’s left behind from decayed baby teeth would immediately begin working on the next ones.

3. That first tooth needs to be brushed.

Start using a proper toothbrush as soon as the first tooth is visible. When we use a brush, we stir the bacteria colonies so they can’t adhere to the surface of the teeth, and knocks a good amount of it away so it doesn’t build up. Hold your child in your lap and brush (using small circles) the teeth, being sure to hit the gum line where plaque resides. You can begin flossing once two teeth exist side-by-side.

4. No sweet drinks!

Well, maybe you can offer some, but babies and toddlers who drink lots of sweet beverages are at a much higher risk for tooth decay. This is especially true for children who are put to bed with a bottle. The bacteria in our mouths uses the sugar from sweet foods and beverages to produce acid, which erodes our teeth. After the breastfeeding/formula age, water should be the preferred beverage.

5. See a dentist.

At one years old, the American Dental Association recommends babies have their first visit, but a majority of pediatricians think it can wait until age three if you practice great oral hygiene. The biggest benefit to an early dental visit is that you get your child used to seeing a dentist early, so by the time any serious cleaning or maintenance needs to take place, your child is already accustomed to the dentist’s chair.

6. Stay the course.

Your child is going to fight you. Continue pushing the tooth brush yourself until you are sure your child has developed the fine-motor skills to do it properly herself. Once she starts doing it on her own, monitor her so you can be sure it’s being done right. Come up with a song or game or something to make the experience pleasant so it’s not a struggle to get it done every morning and night.

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 baby 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! 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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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.

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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8 Tips to Creating a Safe Nursery

tips to creating a safe nurseryEvery parent wants a beautiful, magazine-quality nursery for their new baby (especially if it’s their first baby). However, it’s important that you consider safety and comfort first. Some common nursery practices are potentially dangerous. Your child will grow rapidly during the first year, so you must build a room that will grow too. Use these tips to create a safe nursery.

1. Use a safe crib.

National safety standards for cribs change frequently, often yearly. Make sure your crib complies. Your slats should be close enough to avoid entrapment and the mattress should fit snugly and have all the plastic wrappings removed. Check for missing hardware or loose pieces. Position your crib away from the window that receives the most light or the one you leave open.

2. Install or update safety devices.

This is a good tip for every room, but especially the nursery. Make sure all your necessary equipment is functioning properly, including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, etc. Use the slide-on safety covers for your outlets so they aren’t choking hazards. Add padding to any edges of furniture you think your baby might bump. Install locks on your windows and door stoppers so fingers won’t get pinched.

3. Keep the sleeping area clear.

SIDS is a serious concern during the first months of your baby’s life, so do everything you can to prevent it. The crib should be entirely empty of blankets, sheets, pillows, stuffed animals, and bumpers until at least six months old. Use a quality baby swaddle to keep your infant warm.

4. Clear the floor.

Expect to receive lots of gifts from your family and friends. Between gifts and all the new supplies you’ll stock up on, the nursery might get crowded. Try to keep all this new stuff off the floors, especially the areas you will be carrying the baby. Decorative tables and chairs aren’t necessary. Plan the room’s layout so you don’t have extension cords running across the floor or rugs where your feet will get caught.

5. Use quality furniture.

Hand-me-down furniture is great, but make sure it’s still in working condition. If anything about it makes you uncomfortable, discard it and buy something new. If you’re worried about a piece toppling over, secure it to the wall. Use furniture with doors and drawers that close properly.

6. Layout the room properly.

Consider where you will be in the room and for what purposes. Obviously you want to keep diaper changing supplies near the changing table so you can keep one hand on your baby, but plan for other eventualities to reduce how often you move around with the baby in your arms. For example, leave a blanket on the rocking chair.

7. Look at the room from a child’s perspective.

It won’t be long before your little one is crawling and walking around. Get down your child’s level and look for dangers. Is there anything that could be put in the mouth and choked on? Any hard corners or sharp surfaces? Choose blinds and curtains without cords that won’t be pulled on.

8. Use safe chemicals.

If you are redecorating or painting the room, make sure you use safe, eco-friendly chemicals that won’t damage your family. Give the space plenty of time to air out. Test your house for lead paint if it was built before 1978.

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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