6 Common Dangers Found in the Nursery

common nursery dangersWhen you bring your baby home for the first time, it’s not too difficult to keep her safe. She can’t roll off the changing table, climb out of her crib, or run out the door. However, there are certain dangerous you should take notice of and prepare for accordingly. By educating yourself, you can prevent illness or injury. Here are six common dangers:

1. Extra Crib Items

New parents are tempted to fill their cribs with all the cute items they see on magazines. These extra items, however, pose suffocation risks for infants. It’s advised that leave nothing in the crib (no bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, or blankets) until your baby is no longer at a risk for SIDS. Use a fitted sheet on your mattress that fits well and swaddle your baby.

2. Furniture Chemicals

Some baby furniture (especially the older stuff) is made with harmful chemicals. These ingredients would be fine for you and me, but it’s not good to use them in proximity to a developing baby with a sensitive immune system. Check the label for anything suspicious. When in doubt, look up the product name online to check for reviews.

3. Crib Rails

When your baby begins standing up and chewing on everything (it will happen sooner than you think!), your little guy or gal will undoubtedly chew on the crib’s railing. This puts them at risk or splinters and harming their gums.

4. Unstable Furniture

Like I said, your baby is going to be mobile sooner than you think. She’ll be crawling and walking all over the nursery, and pulling herself up on the furniture. You want to make sure anything in the room is either far too heavy for her to move or topple, or securely fastened to the wall. Wall fasteners are cheap and easy to stall.

5. Choking Hazards

Your baby sees the world from a different perspective than the rest of us. She will find tiny items and objects on the floor that you were never aware of. Get down on the floor at her level and crawl around your home. Remove anything she may find and put in her mouth without your notice. Relocate anything she may grab and use to hurt herself.

6. Paint

If your nursery room was painted back in the 70s, there’s no doubt it needs to be treated for lead paint, stripped, and repainted. If you have any concern that lead might have been used, have it tested. When you repaint the room, it’s important that it has plenty of time to air out before you baby stays there – at least a week. Even conventional paint can give off toxins up to three years after its painted, so you might want to stick with the color you have.

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.

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6 Tips to Teach Your Child How to Share

teach your kids how to shareWhen your child begins to play with other children, you may notice that he has trouble sharing his toys and games. For many kids, sharing doesn’t come easily; it’s not natural. Studies show that before two, children cannot even understand the concept. Here are a few ways you can teach your kids how to share.

1. Explain how to share.

You can’t expect your children to understand how to share unless you explain it to them. Sit him down and discuss sharing and why it is important. Be sure to explain that when he allows someone to use his toy that it is not gone forever, just temporarily. They will be more likely to give their toys away when they know they will come back.

2. Be generous.

You will be your child’s role model for a long time. He copies the things you do. If you share your possessions with others in front of your child, he will be more likely to do it as well. Make sharing a learning moment by expressing out loud what you plan to do: “Mommy is going to share the ball with Aunt Jenny now.” This will help lead your child.

3. Practice, practice, practice.

Your child will not understand sharing on the first attempt, and probably not on the tenth. If you are trying to teach it to a young child, it will take longer than a child who understands your words. Like I said, sharing is not our natural state, so it takes time and patience to learn. Expose your child to other children for practice.

4. Give to charity.

This only works when your child is old enough to understand, but you can cement the idea of sharing by regularly donating to charity. Make it a point every year to round up the items that you don’t need and donating them to those less fortunate. Collect old clothes and toys and bring them to a local shelter, church, or charity office.

5. Teach lessons.

When another child refuses to share with yours, use the opportunity to teach about sharing. Point out how bad it makes your child feel when someone will not let him play. Try to create empathy so he understands that every time he doesn’t share, he’s hurting someone else.

6. Offer praise.

When you notice your child sharing, be sure to let him know that you are proud. It’s important that you praise good behavior instead of merely punishing bad. Your child needs positive reinforcement to understand how you want him to behave.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changes

Written 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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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.

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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Tips for Throwing Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash

first birthday party ideasYour child’s first birthday part is a huge occasion! Even though your little one won’t remember the event, it’s still important for everyone to celebrate. Invite your friends and family, buy a cake, and sing Happy Birthday! Make the occasion special by using some of these ideas.

1. Invite lots of babies. If your child doesn’t get to spend a lot time around other children, invite anyone you know who has a baby. Imagine the excitement your little one will experience when he/she gets to play with all the new faces! Plus, this distraction will give you a few moments to enjoy your family’s company.

2. Create a birthday keepsake. The first of anything is the perfect time to start a tradition. Pick up a scrapbook from a craft store and fill out the first couple pages with photos and memories of the first party.

3. Instead of a cake, serve a tower of cupcakes. We’re all about eating healthier these days, and that means skipping the large slices of cake. Choose instead to bake a batch of cupcakes that you can decorate and style differently. Also, your one-year-old will have an easier time handling a cupcake.

4. Create a play-place. Many babies around this age still on all fours or just starting to walk. Corral off an area of your house and stock it full of toys and games for little guests to play and interact.

5. Lots of balloons! Balloons are simple and babies love them. Rent a helium tank and fill up a room for of balloons for tossing and playing.

6. Planes, trains, and automobiles. Set up a craft station for your guests to make their own cardboard airplanes, cars, and trains. Add brush and finger paints so they can decorate their creations.

7. Custom invitations. Download a template and fill out personalized invitations for your guests. Make them fun and colorful. Add a construction paper background so they’re sturdy and strong enough to tack to a guest’s bedroom wall as a keepsake.

8. Decorate everything. At such a young age, your little one (and any little guests) will be enthralled by colors, lights, and interesting sights. Use streamers, candles, strung colored lights, wall stickers of favorite characters, and anything else you can think of to make the party rooms look different.

9. Story time! Ask a friend who can read dynamically (or hire a professional – they do exist!) to put on a show by reading a story. Work with the storyteller to set the room for the mood through the decorations and lighting.

no slip baby bowlGuest blog by Barbara Schantz of Baby Dipper Bowl

As a stay-at-home mom of 2 sets of twin babies, Barbara faced the daunting task of feeding them. Frustrated with the bowls she had already purchased, she researched and bought other bowls, but still remained disappointed. She needed a bowl that required only one hand to successfully feed a baby, but wasn’t able to find one on the market that satisfied this need. The vision for the Baby Dipper® bowl came to her when her twin girls were about 6 months old, not long after they started eating baby cereal and other pureed foods. After much learning and hard work, she was able to bring the Baby Dipper bowl to market so that others can enjoy true one-handed feeding.

For more information, visit www.babydipper.com.

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How Your Actions Influence Your Child’s Development

how your actions influence your child's developmentIf you’re wondering why your child does what he’s doing, chances are he got the idea from you. From making healthy lifestyle choices to learning to be a good friend, kids live what they learn and learning begins at home.

Food Choices

Parents control what their children eat by the foods they allow in the home. If your children are accustomed to having healthy foods available, they’re more likely to learn to make healthy choices.   As they grow up and start eating over friends’ houses or buying lunch at school, having healthy habits at home can empower them to make healthy choices when away from home.  Instead of keeping the cookie jar within arm’s reach, stock a draw in the fridge with fresh fruits and veggies.

Activity Levels

If you want to raise an active kid, be an active family. Make it part of your family’s routine to exercise each day. Whether it’s going for a walk or playing outside, make it a priority to demonstrate and encourage physical activity regularly. Let your kids see you moving and they’ll want to move along too.

Interactions with Others

How you engage with others will influence how your children engage with others. If you treat the wait staff at your favorite restaurant with respect, your child will learn to treat them with respect too. If you yell at the customer service representative for a mistake on your bill, they’ll learn to do that too. Show your child what being a friend and a caring member of society looks like by modeling the Golden Rule.

Cleanliness

Even the way you maintain your home will impact how your kids keep their areas and belongings. If you keep your home clean, neat, and free from clutter, your children will learn that this is the expectation. Encourage kids to take part in keeping the home clean and they’ll gain a better appreciation for keeping it clean.

If you want to raise a respectful kid, be a respectful parent. If you want to raise a child who cares for his health, take care of your health. Remember you are your child’s first role model. The good things, along with the bad, will rub off on him.

hire nanniesGuest blog by Michelle LaRowe of @eNannySource

With over 20 years of experience in the nanny world as an award-winning nanny, agency director, and parenting author, Michelle LaRowe is considered a leading industry expert. A mom herself, she loves to educate parents and nannies on the importance of quality in-home childcare. Find out more by visiting @eNannySource on Twitter.

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