Dream better with these Children’s bedroom alterations

Your child’s bedroom should be a space that relaxes them and makes them feel safe and comfortable, to promote a restful night’s sleep. Tweaking their bedroom space can not only help to boost their sleep quality and duration but it can also help them to dream easier. The longer they sleep, the more REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep cycles they will have, and dreams typically happen in these cycles. Bedroom furniture experts, Room to Grow, share their top tips on how you can optimise your child’s bedroom space for sweet dreams:

 

 

  • Eliminate clutter

 

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, and your children’s is theirs; it should be a relaxing and peaceful space. Clutter can distract from this and make falling asleep difficult. Spending the time to put things in their rightful place can have a big impact – make use of drawers, wardrobes and shelves! If you still find yourself struggling for space, check out the cabin beds for sale from Room to Grow, the useful integrated storage space will ensure clutter is a thing of the past!

 

  • The darker the better

 

Light and darkness are powerful cues that let our bodies know when it’s time to rest or to get up for a new day. The Sleep Foundation advise that light in the bedroom impacts quality of sleep; artificial light after dark can make it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. So, consider replacing your child’s curtains with blackout blinds to help keep their body in sleep mode. 

 

  • Invest in quality bed linen

 

When choosing your child’s bedding, as well as looking out for trending unicorn or space designs, it’s also important look out for fabrics with moisture-wicking properties such as cotton, silk and linen. These will absorb excess moisture and keep your child comfortable throughout the night. Synthetic materials have the opposite effect and can actually trap moisture, making them warmer, and disrupting sleep.

 

  • Comfortable mattress

 

A comfortable mattress is key for a good night’s sleep. The Better Sleep Council recommends mattresses are replaced every 7-10 years depending on comfort and support. Ask your child about their night’s sleep, if they wake up feeling achy, it may be a sign the mattress is lacking in support and is due a replacement.

 

  • The view from their bed 

 

Repositioning your child’s bed to offer a clear view of the door is an easy to make change and a simple calming technique. The Healthy Home explains it’ll help your child to drop their guard and to feel they’re in a protected space, hence, feeling they can relax into a peaceful night’s sleep. 

 

  • Bring the outdoors to the bedroom 

 

Not only do plants look great, but some can even help you sleep! Jasmine and Lavender are both known for their relaxing properties, making them an ideal addition for your child’s bedroom to help them wind down during their bed-time routine. Alternatively, a low maintenance option would be an Aloe Vera plant, known as a medicinal plant, it produces oxygen at night and will improve the air within their bedroom making for a more restful slumber! 

 

  • No screen zone

 

Televisions and the light they emit are not conductive for a good night’s sleep. Specifically, the ‘blue light’ they produce, which boosts attention and reaction times is counterproductive to getting your child to sleep. The National Sleep foundation has shown that the light suppresses melatonin production, making it harder to get to sleep and reducing the quality of sleep. 

To promote a sleep haven and the likelihood of good dreams, it is advisable to make the bedroom a ‘no screen zone’! Instead, mount a scenic, relaxing canvas to the wall – seeing something gratifying or inspiring before your child shuts their eyes will lessen any anxiety.

 

WIN Boudreaux’s Butt Paste With Natural Aloe

This weather is great for the beach and for barbecues, but it can wreak havoc on skin. If you have a baby, you know that their skin is extra sensitive year round, so it’s no surprise that hot and steamy weather might bother baby a little more then usual.

Of course, keep baby cool, change diapers often and keep them fresh, and at the first sign of a rash or irritation, try a nice cooling balm to help sooth the skin. We are fans of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, and they now have a new variety to try out.

Just in time for the warm weather, one of your favorite and most trusted baby care brands, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is adding Aloe to it’s ingredients. With the beginning of Summer has launched the new Boudreaux’s Butt Paste with Natural Aloe. When tough diaper rash appears, give Boudreaux’s Butt Paste With Natural Aloe a try – a solution with plant-based ingredients for getting rid of rashes in a rush. We also use it at the first sign of redness sometimes- an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say. No use waiting until things worsen, at least in my opinion.

More information on how you can say “Aloe” to summer below!

  • Boudreaux’s Butt Paste With Natural Aloe

o   Comprised of over 75% plant-based ingredients to help keep baby’s booty relieved of diaper rash

o   16% Zinc Oxide – helps treat diaper rash by creating a barrier to seal out wetness

o   Plant-Based Ingredients: Natural Aloe, Natural Carnauba Wax and Castor Seed Oil

o   Available in a 4 oz. tube

o   Suggested Retail: $7.99

  • Available at Target, Walmart and Amazon.com

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Built For Your Growing Family

Thinking about adding on to your family? That can be a fun, even if somewhat stressful time. Trying to choose what essential everyday items you will need for your growing brood can be difficult, as you need to think about cost, size, durability, safety, ease of use, and more. We are hoping to help you with some of our favorites, as well why we like them and think you will find them useful.

One of the first and most important things to decide on is a car seat. Once your baby outgrows his or her carrier “snap and go” type car seat, the DualFit Harness-2-Booster seat by Britax is a good choice that is both safe and less expensive then some. It easily transitions from a three point harness seat to a booster that is best for older and larger children. As your child grows, the seat will grow with them.

Designed to fit children from 25 pounds to 65 lbs in harness mode, then in booster mode for children up to 100 lbs. Britax’s “patented system of safety components work together to transfer energy away from your child and 2 layers of Side Impact Protection shield your child in the event of a crash” (as per brand). It is easy to install, and has easy-on and easy off lower connectors that lock into place with a click and are released with the push of a button- however this mom always lets the fire station install with me the first time. It’s a service offered for free by many towns, and one I like to take advantage of to make sure I’m doing things right.

You can find this seat (as well as others) at https://us.britax.com for $169.99

Britax also makes the B-Lively Double stroller, which is a smooth, easy ride for two children. It has a lightweight aluminum frame (which is a necessity for packing up and getting into the car) as well as a quick fold. It takes storage seriously as well, knowing how much moms and dads have to lug about. With six storage pockets as well as a large under-storage basket, there is quite a lot of space for what you need to bring along. The stroller itself is easy to push, and not clumsy or cumbersome. No one likes to feel like a pack mule, or like they are taking up all the space in the aisle. It corners easily, and doesn’t “stick” on you, which is something I find ever annoying about larger strollers. Something else that makes the B-Lively Double Stroller extra handy is that it is compatible with your infant car seat should you need to do so. (*When paired with a infant car seat adapter kit, sold separately.) If your baby is still in a “snap and go” type seat, that makes it that much easier. It sells for $399.99 on https://us.britax.com

colic baby

It breaks every parent’s heart to see their child in pain, and a colicky baby will make you cry right along with him or her. Dr. Brown is looking to assist with this, by putting out a feeding and soothing system that will help calm baby.

The new DrBrown’s Natural Flow® Options+™ Anti-Colic Bottles have some pretty cool innovations.  There are enhanced internal vent system in the Options+™ Bottle, which is meant to improve the system that Dr. Browns has been using, and has made it #1 pediatrician recommended and #1 selling bottle in America. Both of the new bottles (available in wide or narrow neck styles) are designed to make feeding easy, and let baby go from breast to bottle and back as needed with no troubles. According to Dr. Brown, the breast like nipples on these bottles “provides a correctly contoured shape that’s flexible at the top and gradually firms, encouraging a proper latch and more natural bottle-feeding experience”. This helps baby go back and forth from breast to bottle as they (or mom’s supply) need to. Dr. Brown’s bottles are clinically proven to reduce colic, decreases spit-up, burping, and gas, better preserves nutrients in breast milk and formula, and aids in digestion for a better night’s sleep. They are available at https://www.drbrownsbaby.com

When Can Baby Sleep on Tummy

 

Parents have to be careful about how they put an infant to sleep to avoid the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This is the reason till the baby grows up to a year old; they are made to sleep on their back. Until the baby grows beyond 4 months of age, there is always a risk of SIDS to the baby. After one year, the baby is strong enough to roll on the sides as well as sleep on their tummy. There are a few things to know as to when can baby sleep on tummy.

 

-Sleeping habits of infants

 

A newborn and an infant who is a few months old sleeps between 12 to 16 hours a day. They sleep in naps during the day time and could sleep longer during the night. It depends on how you have scheduled the sleep patterns for the baby. After the baby is 6 months old, the number of hours they sleep is lessened. They also stay awake in between and are active during those hours. When you place the baby on its back and let it remain in that sleep position, it is the safest way to ensure that they have a sound sleep and prevents all hazards of SIDS.

 

-Put them on a firm sheet

 

Choose a firm sleep surface for the baby to have a good sleep. They sleep for most of the day and night and are awake only for a few hours. Ensure that the sleep surface is not too soft or too hard. The mattress inside the crib must fit in properly. There must be no folds and keep away toys, pillows, and comforters away from the crib. You must also check for the temperature before putting your baby to sleep.

 

-Swaddling for fussy babies

 

Sometimes infants might want to sleep on their stomach and can get fussy about it. It is not recommended for the baby to sleep on its stomach until they are at least one year old. When the baby is fussy about sleeping on their stomach, you can try swaddling and get them used to sleeping on their back. If the baby is still fussy about sleep on its back, you can contact the healthcare provider to know the underlying reason and learn ways to let the baby sleep on its back.

 

-In older times babies slept on their stomach

 

A few generations before babies were made to sleep on their stomach. It is since a few decades that it has become a medical mandate to let the baby sleep on its back. A few babies find it comfortable to sleep on their stomach. This is not something to get worried about. Sometimes, it is hard to put the baby to sleep when you put it on the back, yet, this is still recommended. There is a lot of research that shows that babies who are allowed to sleep on their stomach reach milestones quickly.

 

-Theories about SIDS

 

There are many researchers who deny that stomach sleeping could be the cause of SIDS. There are many reasons why SIDS happens. It could be the toxins from the mattress, or safety measures ignored. Apart from back sleeping, a few parents prefer side sleeping of the infant as well. In all of the sleeping positions, back sleeping is considered to be the safest for the baby to sleep in.

 

-Disadvantages of sleeping on the stomach

 

When the baby sleeps on the stomach, the oxygen does not reach its lungs as the lungs are not fully developed to accommodate to that position. Lack of oxygen can lead to SIDS. When the baby sleeps on its back it can breathe better avoiding all fatalities of SIDS. As per the medical mandate, the body of the baby is not developed to inhale oxygen when it sleeps on the stomach, hence this sleeping position must be avoided up to one year of age.

 

-Monitor the baby’s movements

 

The babies could have the habit of rolling over on their stomach. You have to monitor this from happening and put the baby back into its position of lying down on the back. Use pacifiers and keep the temperature even so that the baby is comfortable sleeping on its back and does not roll over on its stomach. This article gives complete details about when can baby sleep on tummy.

 

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Staying Healthy when Traveling Abroad with a Baby

family travel

When you have children and become a parent, you definitely don’t have to stop doing things that you did before. One of those things in particular is travel. There can be a bit of an idea that your wanderlust and travels has to stop when you’ve got a baby. But travel with children can be a really rewarding thing to do, as there are some amazing memories that you can make, as well as fun experiences that you can all do together. It isn’t always easy, and will be different to what you are used to, but it can most certainly be done.

One of the biggest stressors when traveling with a baby is that you want your baby to be healthy when you are away. The thought of having to visit a doctor or a hospital when you’re in a place that you don’t know, or where you don’t speak the language, can be stressful and not something that you want to do. So making sure that you are able to keep your baby well on your trip is such a good idea, to make sure that you can have the best trip possible. With all of that in mind, here are a few ideas and tips to help you be prepared and keep baby healthy and well when you travel.

See a Doctor Before You Go

 

If you are unsure about anything before you travel, then speaking to your doctor or pediatrician is a really good idea. It could be a good idea to talk about your travel plans, as well as checking on things like vaccinations, especially if your baby is young. Sites like this one could also help if you’re looking for information about vaccinations and travel with young children: https://www.fitfortravel.com/general-travel-health-advice/child-travellers. Your doctor might even give you some suggestions to keep your baby healthy as you go and travel.

 

Choose Flights Wisely

 

In order to keep your baby as healthy as possible, it is a really good idea to get flights that will fit in with their regular schedule and routine as much as possible. The logic behind this is that when your baby hasn’t had enough sleep, they can feel more run down and susceptible to germs, as well as just making them more unhappy. One day of sleep deprivation can impact their immune system, so it can be a small thing to do to make sure that you can reduce their risk of illness.

 

Take Your Own Products and Food

 

Depending on where you are going for your trip, it can be a good idea to take your own products, as well as food. If your baby is eating food, then having them keep eating foods that they are familiar with is a good idea. That can reduce the chance of them getting sickness, as well as something like being constipated. As for products, taking the usual things that you use for your baby, like wipes, shampoo, and any other medication is a really good idea. You don’t want to start using something that your baby isn’t used to as it could lead to something that you don’t want to deal with when away, like cradle cap. This site could be a good place to look if you need some advice on cradle cap, though: https://www.mustelausa.com/tips-for-preventing-and-treating-cradle-cap. Stick to what you (and the baby know) and then it can help to reduce your risk of getting sick.

 

Sun Safe

 

Staying safe in the sun is normal at home, but when you’re away, especially in a warm country abroad, then it can be something that is much more heightened. The sun can be much more intense and harmful when you’re in a hotter country. So as well as sunscreen, you need to think about keeping baby in the shade, keeping them cool, and avoiding things like blankets over a stroller that can make them overheat. Be sensible in a hot country and it will keep things much safer and healthier for you all.

 

Food Safety

 

Like packing your own food, there will be some things that you need to get from a store where you are. It could be fruit, vegetables, or somewhere that you choose to eat out at. But make sure that you are keeping food safe and only serving foods that you’re happy with. You should also check if you can drink the local tap water or if you need bottled water instead, and so on. Then you can reduce your risk of sickness.

Must Have Farm Toys from HABA

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We are from rural America and even live on a farm. I must tell you that finding cute and fun farm toys can be very tricky. I must say that these are the perfect addition to our household as the winter months will be keeping us inside more. Check out these great farm toys from HABA.

About HABA:

At HABA, kids rule. You won’t see a lot of them running around the factory, but their needs and wants are foremost in the company’s mission. HABA is owned and operated by the Habermaass family for more than 80 years. The HABA USA division is located in Skaneateles, NY, a quaint town in the Finger Lakes area. HABA prides itself on the fact that children love playing with their toys.

About Peter and Pauline’s Farm Magnetic Game:

Little farmers are sure to love this animal-themed magnetic arranging game!  This great game does feature a variety of background scenes and a plethora of farm inhabitants, animals and plants allowing them to create and recreate life on the farm.

This great game inspires creativity and imagination.

You get 1 box, 4 background scenes, 122 magnetic puzzle pieces.

About Baby Book Farm Friends:

This great book with bring even your smallest child right to the farm. There are colorful, layered wooden pages are threaded on a sturdy cord and are easily grasped and flipped over.

My Thoughts:

I am absolutely in love with each of these toys. My daughters, ages 2, 6, and 8 each are in love with these two new toys. I have purchased an additional one of each of these games for a friends children for Christmas. This is a great addition to any family!

Purchase:

If you would like to purchase these or any of the other amazing toys from HABA, head on over to their website.

 

Must have Nursie Breastfeeding Pillow from Lansinoh

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We all know that when you are a new mom weather for the first time or the 4th, finding the perfect ‘tools’ is very important. Lansinoh Breastfeeding Pillow is definitely going to be at the top of all mom’s lists.

About Lansinoh:

Lansinoh was founded by a breastfeeding mom, Lansinoh has been committed to helping moms succeed in breastfeeding for 30 years. They were made famous by their award-winning cornerstone product, HPA Lanolin, today Lansinoh is the market leader in breastfeeding accessories.

Lansinoh is committed to providing mothers support not only through their unique line of products but their services. By listening to breastfeeding and pumping mothers and understanding their needs and challenges, Lansinoh continues to evolve and adapt their line of products to help support their needs.

About Lansinoh Nursie Breastfeeding Pillow:

The Lansinoh Nursie Breastfeeding Pillow is comfortable, portable, and helps support proper breastfeeding positioning.

By sliding on your arm, rather than around your waist, the design is perfect for c-section tummies and one size actually fits all, regardless of shape and size. The Nursie pillow allows moms to naturally bring baby up to the breast to nurse rather than leaning over, which is perfect for latch, positioning, and avoiding back pain. As a small and lightweight nursing pillow, it is ideal for today’s on-the-go mom.

My Thoughts:

I definitely love this amazing Breastfeeding pillow. I loved the traditional one that I had with my other 3 daughters, but this is definitely going to be my must have item for baby showers from now on. I love the size of it, so you don’t feel guilty packing it when you are on a trip. I also love that it fits perfectly on your arm and gives you a much better hold while breastfeeding.

Purchase:

If you are interested in purchasing this amazing Nursie from Lansinoh, head on over to their website to get you one ordered today.

 

Must Have Item – My First Seat by Little Tikes

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You all know that finding items that you love when you have a baby or older children is incredibly important. I absolutely love this seat. It is a great way to get your baby up and working on those tummy muscles as well as having them be more a part of the classroom.

About My First Seat by Little Tikes:

My First Seat features wide 3.5 inch openings, a wide seat area and tall supportive back to ensure baby is comfortable, supported and that the seat will fit baby as they grow. Careful design considerations were made to ensure that the floor seat would fit infants and babies of all sizes and features some of the largest supportive areas for back, legs, and seat on the market.

The floor seat, which is made completely of soft, comfortable, easy-to-clean foam is designed :

  • For use by infants and babies four months of age to 16  months of age.

  • For fun, supported, comfortable play.

  • To provide safe neck, back, leg and arm support.

  • For use on any flat floor surface.

  • To allow for fun, easy interactions with family during mealtime, playtime and more.

  • To transition with your baby, the seat remains comfortable, safe and supportive even as baby grows due to the tall back, wide leg openings and wide seat area.

My First Seat is proudly made in the USA, is both bio-and-eco-friendly and has undergone and passed the highest level of safety standards and requirements in compliance with the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

My Thoughts:

This is one of the best seats that I have tried out. There are some concerns that I have found in some of the other similar seats on the market. I like that the leg hole on this one is a little bigger for bigger legs. I like that the back of it goes up higher than others so that you feel a little better about your little one sitting in them. I also like the most that the back seems to come around and hug them much better than any of the others that I’ve seen.

Purchase:

If you are interested in purchasing the My First Seat, you may find it at Target, BuyBuyBaby.com and Walmart.com for $44.99.