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Monday, January 16, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy! 

I'll get the hang of this soon.
I keep hitting the wrong keys (whatever they are).
Mom says this is a Lap-top (don't know what that is but it's got pictures)
Daddy says got to start them young.  I'm young, right.






I hope you enjoyed these funny comments by baby.  If you are looking to find a baby carrier, it would be appreciated if you would check out my store.  We offer Hotslings Adjustable Pouch, Rockin Baby Pouch, Rockin Baby Ring Sling, Seven Everyday Slings, and Lil Cub Hub Convertible Baby Carriers in a wide variety of fabrics and colors. Thank you for visiting my blog and hopefully also my website.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Pacifiers: Pros, Cons, and Smart Ways To Use Them

One of the parenting question is should I give my baby a pacifier.  There are definitely pros and cons regarding a pacifier.  This article provides some helpful information to help you make the decision whether to give your baby a pacifier or not.  You can read the complete article here.






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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Self-Care for the Modern-Day Parent

The demands of parenting can be overwhelming. The normal tasks of managing a household -- paying bills, doing laundry, cooking and cleaning -- intensify in young, growing families.  These "normal" tasks are crowded out by many other daily requirements -- pick-ups, drop-offs, music lessons and sports.  Even reminding the kids of countless basic routines such as brushing their teeth, getting dressed and using the restroom before leaving the house can add up.  Coordinating play dates can itself become a part-time job.  Even the simplest actions can degenerate into a battle of wills with your 6-year-old.  The burdens of "administering" a family can begin to resemble those of a large company.  Life can seem like a blue, a maelstrom of mad dashes.

Psychological Pressure-Cooker
Parents often struggle to find balances.  Whether both parents work (from home, in the office or by constantly traveling), all families find it challenging to divide their time between kids, careers, family and friends.  With so many demands on parents, it makes sense that at some point they will crash and burn.  Burnout is a term used to describe psychological stress related to an occupation, but it can also be applied aptly to the juggling act of parenting.  Physical symptoms of such exhaustion include stomach pain and other gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, or headaches.  You may notice changes in mood and focus.  Some parents find themselves angry,irritable or disconnected from their former selves.  They can feel resentful for not having enough time to do the things they once loved.  Or, they might worry that somehow they can't keep up with social expectations and unrealistically push themselves to do more and more in the hopes of being perfect parents.  Such multidimensional parental burnout is best treated -- or prevented -- with self-care.

The Wisdom of Parental Self-Care
Self-care is simply the act of taking care of oneself.  Everyone needs it to live a healthy life.

Parents who engage regularly in acts of self-care experience benefits that extend beyond their own sanity.  The immediate benefit of relaxation is refreshing parts of ourselves that are otherwise imperceptibly swallowed up by work and kids.  Once relaxed, our mood changes, and fatigue and resentment fade away.  When we relax, we can re-engage in our relationships and have better interactions with our children.  This is a win-win for the family.

Think of the safety speech before take-off.  The flight attendant always instructs that we put our own oxygen mask on first.  We can't help others effectively if we are not taking care of ourselves, he or she is learning that it matters.  This can model sensible self-care and serenity to our children.  If we often hit the panic button, our children may learn to hit the button, as well.

Early attention to the physical and emotional symptoms of parental burnout is a critical element.  When you notice the symptoms, set aside time for self-care.  Be kind to yourself and it will be easier to manage the chaos of having so many balls in the air.

Best Practices of 'Me Time' and Support 'Me Time'
Give yourself permission to take time for yourself.  Rediscover the things you've always loved to do.  With your partner, give each other a break by sharing a calendar to request time off.  Use this time wisely and engage in activities that recharge you.  Whether it is exercise at the gym, going gor a stroll or enjoying a soak in the tub, it requires use to take time for ourselves and do something for ourselves.  Other cts of self-care include recharging by quietly reading a book, having dinner with a friend, going to the bookstore, the waterfront, the coffee shop, or just taking a cap.  It needs to be an activity that works best for what you need to feel restored.  Be clear with your spouse, partner or co-parent about your plan, and consider one another's needs.  Be kind to yourself, as well as to each other, and do what you can to support one another's need for protected time.

The Combo Platter -- Exercise, Sleep, Nutrition and Hydration
Exercise is a classic component of self-care.  Integrating exercise into a busy routine needs to be deliberate.  It doesn't have to include a hardcore workout at the gym five days a week.  Be realistic and set reasonable goals.  By getting more exercise, you will naturally drink more water and make better food choices.  Select a diet that includes plant-based foods, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates.  Be mindful and balanced with your food choices.  Sleep should naturally follow, especially if you focus on healthier bedtime habits.  Improved sleep is also more likely with limited screen time and caffeine.  Pay attention to your sleep cues.  If you're yawning and your eyelids are heavy, it is best to go to bed!

Setting aside time to lay the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle -- exercise, sleep, nutrient-dense diet, hydration -- will qualify you as excellent ast self-care.  Of course, overwhelmed parents may feel the shortage of time.  However, the physical and emotional benefits of exercise are invaluable: better regulated mood, better sleep and greater self-confidence.

This article was written by Vanessa Bradden, a practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Chicago.



I hope you found this article on self-care for the modern-day parent to be helpful.  I also hope you take this opportunity to visit my website (store).  We offer Hotslings Adjustable Pouch, Rockin Baby Pouch, Rockin Baby Ring Sling, Seven Everyday slings, and Lil Cub Hub Convertible Baby Carriers in a wide variety of fabrics and colors. Thank you for visiting my blog and hopefully also my website.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy! 

Look Mom, we're building a tower.
Do you think we look cute?
Sure hope they don't decide to do this everyday.
Ok, now how do I get them off.







I hope you enjoyed these funny comments by baby.  If you are looking to find a baby carrier, it would be appreciated if you would check out my store.  We offer Hotslings Adjustable Pouch, Rockin Baby Pouch, Rockin Baby Ring Sling, Seven Everyday Slings, and Lil Cub Hub Convertible Baby Carriers in a wide variety of fabrics and colors. Thank you for visiting my blog and hopefully also my website.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Home Safety For Baby

All parents have different perceptions of risk, which affect our choices about safety precautions for our children, regardless of whether we are strongly safety-conscious or only want to focus on the basics and prioritize how best to protect the young ones in our households.

The good news is that accidental injury among children ages 1 to 14 has declined by approximately 40 percent over the past 30 - 40 years.  While motor vehicle accidents represent the greatest overall risk for children -- making it essential to have our children properly secured in a child restraint appropriate for age, size and weight -- home-related injuries account for the majority of childhood injuries.

Home-related risks evolve as children grow from being preciously immobile to rolling, crawling, standing, running, climbing and jumping.  Parents need to review safety precautions periodically to consider new phases of physical growth, mental development and access to areas around the house.  Many families tackle this in a reactive manner, but far greater safety and peace of mind will result from scheduling a quarterly family safety review.

The first phase of baby-proofing should begin prior to a child being able to move more freely around inside the crib.  Young children spend a lot of time in their cribs, and parents often overlook a myriad of safety hazards in and around the crib.  Common hazards include: bumpers, blankets (a suffocation risk), electrical cords, wall hangings, mobiles and window treatments/cords.

Taking proactive measures with children's safety at home truly makes a difference.  Remember, as your child grows, the safety measures should progress, too.

Toddler-proofing questions to consider:

* What hazards are applicable at the current state of development?
* What are the potential sources of serious injury vs. minor "boo-boos"?
* Where are you really spending time vs. areas you can ignore or block off?
* What hazardous items can be addressed by simply relocating/removing them?
* Can you reasonably watch and steer your children away from certain hazards and still have the ability to relax?

Key Hazards to Address

Poisoning:
Store all household products out of reach; read labels; in the event of poisoning, call Poison Control Center at  1-800-222-1222 (keep number handy).

Furniture Toppling:
Anchor all dressers, bookcases, TVs to the wall; secure appliances with cords hanging down (don't have cords hanging down).

Falling:
Keep children strapped in to highchairs and swings; pad corners of tables and window sills; ensure stairs are properly blocked.

Fire/Scalding/Burn:
Establish "no" zones around fireplaces and overs; cover all electrical outlets.

Chocking, Suffocation, Strangulation:
Keep food pieces small or mashed; sit while eating; keep all small objects out of reach; avoid keeping loose covers and plush toys in the crib.

Drowning:
Never leave children unsupervised in bathtubs, pools or bodies of water; secure all toilet seats in the home.


This is an article written by Robert Carter, President of PrepareFirst, Inc. entitled "Home Safety For Baby."







I hope you found this article on home safety for baby to be helpful.  I also hope you take this opportunity to visit my website (store).  We offer Hotslings Adjustable Pouch, Rockin Baby Pouch, Rockin Baby Ring Sling, Seven Everyday slings, and Lil Cub Hub Convertible Baby Carriers in a wide variety of fabrics and colors. Thank you for visiting my blog and hopefully also my website.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Seven Best Baby Slings Moms and Dads Can Wear Without Worry

Baby wearing can free up your hands and make life easier. Try it with one of these stylish slings.
For parents who don't always love pushing their baby, these slings will make life way easier.  You can see all seven of them here. The image below is for representation purposes only it is not to be construed as a recommendation.







I hope you found this article on your baby slings to be helpful.  I also hope you take this opportunity to visit my website (store).  We offer Hotslings Adjustable Pouch, Rockin Baby Pouch, Rockin Baby Ring Sling and Lil Cub Hub Convertible Baby Carriers in a wide variety of fabrics and colors. Thank you for visiting my blog and hopefully also my website.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy! 

Gee Mom this is really good, what is it?
Can I have another one, I still have some clean spots.
It'll wash off, won't it???
I kind of like the look, don't you?





I hope you enjoyed these funny comments by baby.  If you are looking to find a baby carrier, it would be appreciated if you would check out my store.  We offer Hotslings Adjustable Pouch, Rockin Baby Pouch, Rockin Baby Ring Sling, Seven Everyday Sling and Lil Cub Hub Convertible Baby Carriers in a wide variety of fabrics and colors. Thank you for visiting my blog and hopefully also my website.