Of all the rooms in a family house, the children's room or nursery is by far the most fun room to
OK, maybe not once they're tweens and teens and demand something hideous such as a black paint job
or walls papered with posters. However, if your kids are still of the malleable sort (a.k.a babies,
toddlers and grade-schoolers), now is the time to let your imagination run amok. Decorating the room
around a central theme is definitely the way to go for an unforgettable children's room. And what
theme you say? Anywhere your imagination takes you and believe it or not, this time the sky is not
the limit. Fairies and spacewalkers definitely hold a spot high in the realm of theme bedrooms.
So you chose a theme. Now what? Read on for the most stupendous and astounding theme decorating
X Tips for Your First Summer Vacation with Baby
The summer is supposed to be a fun and relaxing time spent with friends and family. The first summer vacation with your baby can teach you a lot! If you plan to travel with baby this summer, there are some things you should know. So here are some quick and valuable tips that will help you to have a happy, safe, and memorable first summer with your little angel.
1. Do I have the right stroller?
You may already have the perfect stroller, but when it comes to travel, you need to rethink your strolled needs. A lightweight, collapsible stroller is what you will need to get your hands on for your trip with baby. Not only are they easy to cart around, but they can also be gate-checked at most airlines. Be sure to get baby used to this new stroller by using it a bit before the trip and adding familiar toys and blankets that make baby feel safe.
2.Stick to schedules/routines
Yes, you are on vacation, but your baby will only allow you to enjoy your vacation if her routine remains undisturbed for the most part. Try to stick to the same nap and feeding schedule. Use the same methods to feed and put the baby to sleep that you use at home. This will help her settle quickly to her new surroundings, which will reduce the likeliness of unwanted fussing.
3. Is it worth considering a travel crib?
Depending on where you are going, it might make sense of investing in a travel crib. In the unfortunate event that your hotel room doesn't have the necessary accommodations, the travel crib is a Godsend. Also, if you're going camping, the travel crib is a convenient option. Again, remember to bring familiar blankets and toys to put around the crib, so your little one feels as "at home" as possible. Travel cribs can also double as a playpen, giving you a safe space for baby to play by herself every now and then.
Use smaller toiletry pouches and packing cubes to pack your things into compartments, so they are easy to find later. Try getting a good quality stroller bag that is large enough to hold your stuff as well as baby's things so that you have fewer pieces of luggage to look after. Carry lightweight toys that are not bulky and can be folded down or slipped into a corner easily.
Oh yes, if you haven't used these, it's time you started! Diaper backpacks give you a compact space for all your diapering paraphernalia. It is comfortable to carry and can be a very handy piece of luggage when you're running from terminal to terminal, trying to catch your next flight!
6.Pack enough baby clothes
When it comes to baby clothes, there is no such thing as overpacking. If you're going to a place that is fairly warm, pack plenty of cool clothing
7. Can there be a vacation without a Bjorn?
The answer is no! Let's face it; it's quite likely you won't be able to take the stroller with you everywhere you go. A Bjorn frees up your hands to carry other essentials while still being able to keep baby safe and close to you. If you plan to go shopping, the Bjorn goes on vacation with you, no questions asked.
8. Can I fly hassle-free with my baby?
There are a number of airlines that are baby-friendly within the United States. Some allow your little one to travel with you free of cost, without a ticket if your baby is under two years old. A lot of airlines will also allow you to carry your baby formula and other baby-related liquids in your carry on. You may also be allowed to gate-check your stroller if it is the right kind so that you don't have to lug it around with you everywhere.
9.Odd hours for your meals
Your little one has his feeding schedule to stick to. But you are on vacation, and so you can go nuts and eat whenever you want! Try going for meals at in-between hours. For instance, try dinner at 5 p.m. or lunch at 11 a.m. Most restaurants will be quite empty at these hours. This will give you enough space to keep your stroller. Your food will also be served faster. And all in all, you will be able to have a relaxed, peaceful meal with your family.
Vacations with toddlers and babies don't necessarily have to be stressful. The key is to plan ahead of time and to plan for every possible outcome. When on vacation with family and friends, remember that you are not alone. Your aim should be to relax. So let your family take turns watching your baby while you enjoy some much-deserved downtime.
Becoming a new mom is exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time! The sheer thrill of holding a tiny bundle in your arms and the terrifying notion of having to care for that delicate little bundle all on your own can be quite the combination.
But never fear. So many mothers get through it and so will you!
Here are a few common hiccups and hurdles that may make you anxious as a mommy and a few solutions for how to pull through with flying colors!
The very thought of childbirth can completely stress out any mommy-to-be! The long hours in labor, the pushing, people prodding at you and checking your cervix for dilation every so often; it sure is unnerving.
Preparing yourself for the inevitable is probably the best thing you can do. Join a child birthing class, watch videos and documentaries, and read up on strategies to help you through the birthing process.
Look for a good pediatrician. Go through as many as you like before you find someone you are comfortable with and, most of all, someone you trust.
You can also watch tutorials on how to set up your baby's bed, how to change a diaper, how to choose the right furniture, etc. Do as much as you can to feel prepared so that when the baby comes, you can much calmer than you expected to be!
2.The Crying Baby
Let's address the most obvious reason for high blood pressure in new mommies, the crying baby. Here's the science behind it: A female mammal is biologically designed to react at the cry of her young. Upon hearing the cry, the mother's heart rate increases, her brain is flooded with oxytocin, and her normal brain activity is interrupted, much like being jolted out of a daydream. Studies have shown that in men, brain activity continues completely uninterrupted when they hear a baby cry.
So, be rest assured that what you feel when you hear your baby cry is a completely normal biological reaction. That being said, if you begin to feel anxious, just take a deep breath and go cuddle your baby. Then attend to his needs. Within a few days, you will be able to distinguish between the hunger cry, the wet cry, and the colic cry.
Colic is a very natural byproduct of the baby's digestive system growing, changing, and getting stronger. Every baby deals with it differently because every baby is different. Some mommies swear that their little ones never had colic! While others will tell you horror stories about how long it lasted. However, it does happen to all babies, and there's not much you can do about it.
It is important to note that babies who are exclusively breastfed tend to overcome their colic fairly quickly. Breast milk is full of nutrition, enzymes, and serious immune building properties that soothes your baby's digestion during their colic phase. And although pumping may give you relief, fresh milk is always best for your little one.
If you find that your baby seems to be suffering too much, even though he is exclusively being breastfed, you may need to eliminate some foods from your diet like potatoes, cauliflower, dairy, etc. Again, these vary from person to person, so trial and error is your only bet.
Unfortunately, babies who are formula-fed tend to have a hard time with colic. The formula, although made to mimic the properties of breast milk, is chemically synthesized at the end of the day, and so it does not sit well with babies who are more prone to colic.
An extremely colicky baby will cry in pain until the pain subsides or until they pass gas. There are quite a few medicines that help with colic that are 100% safe for infants, so if you find that your baby is in pain, consult your pediatrician for a prescription immediately.
Every mother identifies with this one. And let me tell you, it doesn't stop with weaning! But that's an issue for another day.
In the initial days with baby, you will just have to lie down and accept the sleep deprivation that is coming your way. However, as natural as it may be if unchecked, sleep deprivation can cause plenty of other unwanted complications in a new mother's mental and emotional state.
Try sleeping when your baby sleeps. Yes, there will be a thousand chores awaiting your attention, but ignore them until you feel rested. It doesn't matter if your house is messy for a few extra hours. And yes, you may find yourself craving alone time and you might be tempted to make the most of it when your little one pops off to sleep, but it is crucial for your mental as well as physical health to get as much rest as you possibly can in a span of 24 hours.
Another way out is to take the night time feeding in shifts with your partner or anyone at home who is willing to help. Just keep the bottles ready before you go to bed at night if you prefer not to store the milk in bottles, co-sleep with your baby for the first few months so you can just roll over and feed him in bed without having to get up every two hours.
A long term solution to sleep deprivation is to develop healthy sleeping habits right from the beginning so that you don't have to spend a lot of time and energy trying to break sleep crutches with your baby later on.
5.A Messy House
Even if you are someone who isn't bothered by a mess, eventually the baby mess has the potential to get to you. And if you are someone who is terribly bothered by messes, it is time to get over it!
Clothes, toys, diapers, formula, bottles, you name it, it's everywhere! But remember, it's just stuff. Put hubby on clean up duty, or if you can manage it, get some help with the house just for the first two months. And if you can't manage it, don't worry about it! A mess is a mess, and you will eventually get to it. Wash only what is immediately needed, keep the baby's area clean and that's all you need to do.
If you ever feel a panic coming on, take a couple of deep breaths, and go cuddle your baby!
These are the worst, not to mention incredibly painful. But fortunately, they are only a problem in the first month or so. After that, your body will adjust, and you won't wince in pain when your baby latches on.
But in the meantime, there are tons of nipple creams available that work wonders for sore nipples. As a substitute, you can even use petroleum jelly. Just remember to wipe it off with a damp cloth before you feed your baby, and you should be good to go.
And that about covers it! Of course, you may encounter something that causes you anxiety that's not on this list. But there is a solution to everything. Talk about how you are feeling as often as you can to whoever will listen. This, in itself, will help you relive some of the stress.
A certain level of new mom anxiety is completely natural; expected even. But after a month or so, when you begin to get the hang of it, you will find yourself being able to relax more easily. But if you think you are experiencing levels of anxiety that are extreme, seek help from a professional immediately. But besides that, when in doubt, take a deep breath and go cuddle your baby!
7 Tips for Keeping Baby Healthy & Warm This Winter
Although winter is the most wonderful time of the year, it can be quite harsh on little ones. Adjusting to the extreme cold is difficult enough for us as adults. Special care needs to be taken to ensure that babies stay warm enough in the winter.
Here are some quick tips for new mommies who are anxious about keeping their little ones warm this winter.
1. Blankets and Comforters
The first and most basic thing is to get your hands on a good quality baby blanket or comforter. It is always better to obtain an organic one so that the baby is absolutely safe when he sleeps and is not breathing in harmful chemicals and microfibers. You will find a large range of organic baby comforters online.
2. Keep The Feet Warm
Keeping your little one s extremities warm works wonders for regulating their body temperature. Even if you prefer not to put mittens on, socks work perfectly. Just keep the little feet warm, and the baby should be fairly comfortable.
3. Layer Rule
When taking baby outside in the winter, the general rule to follow is the one more layer rule. Your baby will be comfortable in one more layer than what you have on. So, if you are comfortable in 2 layers, your baby needs 3. Easy peasy!
The best warmth is body warmth. Sleeping in the same bed is probably the safest and most comfortable thing for both mommy and baby. Remember, if the baby is next to you in bed, he does not need to be under the covers with you. Simply dress him in warm clothes, and he should be comfortable through the night.
5. 68 to 72 Degrees Fahrenheit
The temperature of a baby's room should be somewhere between 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a comfortable temperature for a baby to sleep in, and it also allows the baby's body to automatically regulate its own temperature. Remember, when indoors, the baby would not need any more layers than he usually would.
6. The Proper Hat Is Absolutely Vital!
If you plan to step outside, be sure to cover the baby's head with a soft, comfortable hat. Baby's lose body heat very fast from the top of their heads, so try to make sure you keep that little head covered!
7. The Tummy Will Tell
Whenever in doubt about whether your baby is warm enough, you can always check the back of his neck of his tummy. If it is too warm or if it feels clammy, you need to do away with a layer or two. It is always better to check as you go and adjust accordingly. Remember, you do not want the baby to get too warm. It interferes with their sleep and breathing patterns and makes them downright uncomfortable.