January 26th, 2017

New Look on Something Old

Around My Baby.com has been given a new look but offers the same great products. We are continually trying to add to our site to offer you the best products for not only you baby but your whole family. Babies grow up and get bigger and more active so we are growing with you.

We offer our minky blankets in 5 different sizes to accommodate your growing family. You can get a swaddler in minky or cotton for your brand new baby as well as the cuddle size. These are great to start with to keep your baby safe. But remember loose blankets these should never be left in the crib with your new born baby.  Burpies are great burp clothes. they help sock up an liquid left behind by your baby as well as give them a soft place to lay on your shoulder. The baby size minky blankets are prefect to use in the carseat, snuggling, on the floor playing or for toddler age kids.

The throw minky blankets can be used for anyone. They are great as bed spreads, just think a warm soft bedspread that can be washed over and over and still says soft and bright colors. They are great to travel with, cuddle on the couch, sleep with, the list can go on and on. Jumbo minky throws are like the regular throws just bigger. So for older kids or mom and dad these will keep your feet covered while still keeping your arms nice and toasty.

We hope you will enjoy the wonderful minky blankets and swaddlers that we offer.

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December 7th, 2011

Car Seat Crying

Some babies fall asleep almost before you’re out of the driveway, but others won’t spend five happy minutes in their car seats. Usually, this is because your baby is used to more freedom of movement and more physical attention than you can provide when she’s belted into her seat.

Hearing your baby cry while you are trying to drive is challenging. Even though it’s difficult to deal with, remember that you and your baby’s safety are most important. Parents sometimes take a crying baby out of the car seat, which is extremely dangerous and makes it even more difficult for the baby to get used to riding in the car seat. Some parents make poor driving decisions when their babies are crying, which puts everyone in the car at risk. Either pull over and calm your baby down, or focus on your driving. Don’t try to do both.

The good news is that a few new ideas and a little time and maturity will help your baby become a happy traveler. (I know, because three of my babies were car-seat-haters!)

The trip to car seat happiness

Any one (or more) of the following strategies may help solve your car seat
dilemma. If the first one you try fails, choose another one, then another; eventually, you’ll hit upon the right solution for your baby.

Make sure that your baby is healthy.
If car seat crying is something new, and your baby has been particularly fussy at home, too, your baby may have an ear infection or other illness. A visit to the doctor is in order.

Bring the car seat in the house and let your baby sit and play in it.
Once it becomes more familiar in the house, she may be happier to sit there in the car.

Keep a special box of soft, safe car toys that you’ll use only in the car. If these are interesting enough, they may hold her attention. (Avoid hard toys because they could cause injury in a quick stop.)

Tape or hang toys for viewing.
You can do this on the back of the seat that your baby is facing or string an array of lightweight toys from the ceiling using heavy tape and yarn. Place them just at arm’s reach so that your baby can bat at them from her seat. (Don’t use hard toys that could hurt your baby if they come loose in a quick stop.)

Make a car mobile.
Link a long row of plastic baby chains from one side of the backseat to the other. Clip soft, lightweight new toys onto the chain for each trip. Make sure they are secure and keep on eye on these so that they don’t become loose while you are driving.

Hang a made-for-baby poster on the back of the seat that faces your baby.
These are usually black, white, red and bold primary colors; some even have pockets so you can change the pictures. (Remember to do this, since changing the scenery is very helpful.)

 

 

Experiment with different types of music in the car.
Some babies enjoy lullabies or music tapes made especially for young children; others surprise you by calming down as soon as you play one of your favorites. Some babies enjoy hearing Mom or Dad sing, more than anything else! (For some reason, a rousing chorus of “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” has always been a good choice for us, even out of season!)

Try “white noise” in the car.
You can purchase CDs of soothing nature sounds or you can make a recording of your vacuum cleaner!

Practice with short, pleasant trips when your baby is in a good mood.
It helps if someone can sit near her and keep her entertained. A few good experiences may help set a new pattern.

Try a pacifier or teething toy.
When your baby has something to suck or chew on he may be happier. Just make sure it doesn’t present a choking hazard, and keep to small, soft toys.

Hang a mirror.
That way your baby can see you (and you can see your baby) while you are driving. Baby stores offer specialty mirrors made especially for this purpose. When in her seat, she may think that you’re not there, and just seeing your face will help her feel better.

Put up a sunshade in the window.
This can be helpful if you suspect that sunshine in your baby’s face may be a problem. Use the window-stick-on types, and avoid any with hard pieces that could become dislodged in a quick stop.

Try to consolidate trips.
Trip-chaining is effective, especially if you avoid being in the car for long periods of time, and you don’t have many ins-and-outs.

Make sure your baby hasn’t outgrown her car seat.
If her legs are confined, or her belts are too tight, she my find her seat to be uncomfortable.

Try opening a window.
Fresh air and a nice breeze can be soothing.

If all else fails . . . take the bus!

 

This article is an excerpt from Gentle Baby Care by Elizabeth Pantley. (McGraw-Hill, 2003)

 

You are welcome to reprint this article on your website or in your newspaper or newsletter, provided that you reprint the entire article, including the complete byline with author’s name and book title. Please also send a link or copy to elizabeth@pantley.com . Thank you.

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November 15th, 2011

The Baby Blues

I remember when I was lying in my hospital bed after the birth of my fourth child, Coleton. I had endured a full day of labor and a difficult delivery (who says the fourth one comes easily?), and I was tired beyond explanation. After the relief of seeing my precious new child came an uncontrollable feeling to close my eyes and sleep. As my husband cradled newborn Coleton, I drifted off; my parting thoughts were, “I can’t do this. I don’t have the energy. How will I ever take care of a baby?” Luckily for me, a few hours of sleep, a supportive family, and lucky genes were all it took to feel normal again. But as many as 80% of new mothers experience a case of the baby blues that lasts for weeks after the birth of their baby. This isn’t something new mothers can control ¾ there’s no place for blame. The most wonderful and committed mothers, even experienced mothers of more than one child, can get the baby blues.

 

What are baby blues?

Your baby’s birth has set into motion great changes in your body and in your life, and your emotions are reacting in a normal way. Dramatic hormonal shifts occur when a body goes from pregnant to not pregnant in a manner of minutes. Add to this your new title (Mommy!) and the responsibilities that go with it, and your blues are perfectly understandable. You’re not alone; this emotional letdown during the first few weeks is common after birth. Just remember that your state of mind has a physical origin and is exacerbated by challenging circumstances ¾ and you and your body will adjust to both soon.

 

How do I know if I have the baby blues?

Every woman who experiences the baby blues (also called postpartum blues) does so in a different way. The most common symptoms include:

  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Sadness or feelings of loss
  • Stress and tension
  • Impatience or a short temper
  • Bouts of crying or tearfulness
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping or excessive tiredness
  • Not wanting to get dressed, go out, or clean up the house

 

Could it be more than just the baby blues?

If you’re not sure whether you have the blues ask your doctor or midwife, and don’t feel embarrassed: This is a question that health care providers hear often and with good reason. If you’re feeling these symptoms to a degree that disrupts your normal level of function, if your baby is more than a few weeks old, or if you have additional symptoms ¾ particularly feelings of resentment or rejection toward your baby or even a temptation to harm him ¾ you may have more than the blues, you may have postpartum depression. This is a serious illness that requires immediate treatment. Please call a doctor or professional today. If you can’t make the call, then please talk to your partner, your mother or father, a sibling or friend and ask them to arrange for help. Do this for yourself and for your baby. If you can’t talk about it, hand this page it to someone close to you. It’s that important. You do not have to feel this way, and safe treatment is available, even if you’re breastfeeding.

 

How can I get rid of the blues?

While typical baby blues are fairly brief and usually disappear on their own, you can do a few things to help yourself feel better and get through the next few emotional days or weeks:

  • Give yourself time. Grant yourself permission to take the time you need to become a mother. Pregnancy lasts nine months, the adoption process can take even longer, and your baby’s actual birth is only a moment ¾ but becoming a mother takes time. Motherhood is an immense responsibility. In my opinion, it is the most overwhelming, meaningful, incredible, transforming experience of a lifetime. No wonder it produces such emotional and physical change!

No other event of this magnitude would ever be taken lightly, so don’t feel guilty for treating this time in your life as the very big deal it is. Remind yourself that it’s okay (and necessary) to focus on this new aspect of your life and make it your number-one priority. Tending to a newborn properly takes time ¾ all the time in his world. So, instead of feeling guilty or conflicted about your new focus, put your heart into getting to know this new little person. The world can wait for a few weeks.

Consider as objectively as you can just what you have accomplished: You have formed a new, entire person inside your own body and brought him forth; you have been party to a miracle. Or, if you’ve adopted, you’ve chosen to invite a miracle into your life and became an instant mother. You deserve a break and some space in which to just exist with your amazing little one, unfettered by outside concerns.

  • Talk to someone who understands. Talk to a sibling, relative or friend with young children about what you are feeling. Someone who has experienced the baby blues can help you realize that they are temporary, and everything will be fine. A confidante can also serve as a checkpoint who can encourage you to seek help if he or she perceives that you need it.
  • Reach out and get out.  Simply getting out (if you are physically able and okayed for this by your health care provider) and connecting with people at large can go a long way toward reorienting your perspective. Four walls can close in very quickly, so change the scenery and head to the mall, the park, the library, a coffeehouse ¾ whatever place you enjoy. You’ll feel a sense of pride as strangers ooh and ahh over your little one, and your baby will enjoy the stimulation, too.
  • Join a support group. Joining a support group, either in person or online, can help you sort through your feelings about new motherhood. Take care to choose a group that aligns with your core beliefs about parenting a baby. As an example, if you are committed to breastfeeding, but most other members of the group are bottle feeding, this may not be the best place for you, since your breastfeeding issues won’t be understood and you won’t find many helpful ideas among this group. If you have multiples, a premature baby, or a baby with special needs, for example, seek out a group for parents with babies like yours. And within those parameters, look for a group with your same overall parenting beliefs. Just because you all have twin babies doesn’t mean you will all choose to parent them in the same way, so try to find like-minded new friends.
  • Tell Daddy what he can do to help. It’s very important that your spouse or partner be there for you right now. He may want to help you, but he may be unsure of how. Here are a few things that he can do for you ¾ show him this list to help him help you:
  • Understand. It’s critical that your spouse or partner feel that you understand that she is going through a hormonally driven depression that she cannot control ¾ and that she is not “just being grumpy.” Tell her you know this is normal, and that she’ll be feeling better soon. Simply looking over this list and using some of the ideas will tell her a lot about your commitment to (and belief in) her.
  • Let her talk about her feelings. Knowing she can talk to you about her feelings without being judged or criticized will help her feel much better.
  • Tend to the baby. Taking care of your baby so Mommy can sleep or take a shower can give her a breath of fresh air. Have her nurse the baby and then you can take him for a walk (using a sling will keep Baby happy) or go on an outing. A benefit for you is that most babies love to be out and about and will enjoy this special time with you.
  • Step in to protect her. If she’s overwhelmed with visitors, kindly explain to company that she needs a lot of rest. Help her with whatever household duties usually fall to her (or get someone to help her) and do what you can to stay on top of yours. Worry about the house’s cleanliness or laundry upkeep will do her no good whatsoever. If relatives offer to take the baby for a few hours, or to help with the house, take them up on it.
  • Tell her she’s beautiful. Most woman feel depressed about the way they look after childbirth ¾ because most still look four months pregnant! After changing so greatly to accommodate a baby’s development, a woman’s body takes months to regain any semblance of normalcy. Be patient with both her body and her feelings about it. Tell her what an amazing thing she’s accomplished. Any compliments that acknowledge her unique beauty are sure to be greatly appreciated!
  • Tell her you love the baby. Don’t be bashful about gushing over the baby. Mommy loves to hear that you’re enraptured with this new little member of your family.
  • Be affectionate, but be patient about sex. With all that she’s struggling with physically and emotionally, weeks may pass before she’s ready for sex (even if she’s had an OK after her checkup.) That doesn’t mean she doesn’t love you or need you ¾ she just needs a little time to get back to the physical aspects of your sexual relationship.
  • Tell her you love her. Even when she isn’t feeling down, she needs to hear this ¾ and right now it’s more important for her health and well-being than ever.
  • Get support for you, too.  Becoming a father is a giant step in your life. Open up to a friend about how it feels to be a Dad, and do things that you enjoy, too. Taking care of yourself will help you take care of your new family.

Accept help from others.  Family and friends are often happy to help if you just ask. When people say, “Let me know if I can do anything” they usually mean it. So, go ahead and ask kindly for what you want, whether it’s watching your baby so that you can nap, taking your older child to the park, helping you make a meal, or doing some laundry.

Get some sleep. Right now, sleeplessness will enhance your feelings of depression. So, take every opportunity to get some shuteye. Nap when the baby sleeps, go to bed early, and sleep in later in the morning if you can. If you are co-sleeping, take advantage of this special time when you don’t have to get up out of bed to tend to your baby. And if your baby’s sleep patterns are distressing to you then reach out to an experienced parent for help, or check out my book The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night.

Don’t fret about perfection right now. Household duties are not your top priority now ¾ in fact, nothing aside from getting to know your baby is. Remember that people are coming to see your baby, not your house, so enjoy sharing your baby with visitors without worrying about a little clutter or dust. Simplify, prioritize, and delegate routine tasks, errands, and obligations.

Enjoy your job. If you work outside the home, then view your time at your job as an opportunity to refresh and prepare yourself to enjoy your baby fully when you are at home. Go ahead ¾ talk about your baby and share pictures with your co-workers. Chances are, they’ll love to hear about your new little one. This is a nice and appropriate way of indulging your natural instincts to focus on your baby when you can’t be with her.

Get into exercising. With your health care provider’s approval, start exercising with short walks or swims. Exercise will help you feel better in many ways both physical and emotional. Even if you didn’t exercise before you had your baby, this is a great time to start. Studies prove that regular exercise helps combat depression, and it will help you regain your pre-baby body much more quickly.

Eat healthful foods. When the body isn’t properly nourished, spirits can flag ¾ particularly when the stress of recovery makes more nutritional demands. If you are breastfeeding, a nourishing diet is important for both you and your baby. Healthful foods, eaten in frequent meals, can provide the nutrition you need to combat the baby blues and give you the energy you need to handle your new role. And don’t forget to drink water and other healthy fluids, especially if you’re nursing! Dehydration can cause fatigue and headaches.

Take care of yourself. Parenting a new baby is an enormous responsibility, but things will fall into place for you and everything will seem easier given time. During this adjustment phase, try to do a few things for yourself. Simple joys like reading a book, painting your nails, going out to lunch with a friend or other ways in which you nourish your spirit can help you feel happier.

Love yourself. You are amazing: You’ve become mother to a beautiful new baby. You’ve played a starring role in the production of an incredible miracle. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished, and take the time to know and enjoy the strong, capable, multifaceted person you are becoming.

*This article is a copyrighted excerpt from Gentle Baby Care by Elizabeth Pantley. (McGraw-Hill, 2003)

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November 12th, 2011

Using the Petunia Pickle Bottom Baby Carrier

 

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Carrier

If you haven’t seen this adorable chic baby carrier yet then your missing out! The Petunia Pickle Bottom Baby Carriers are fashionable, durable and have the unique qualities that every petunia product has. We wanted to give a how to video so if you are using one and not sure if your using it right or your not sure how to use it check out this easy how to video for a inward facing or outward facing hold.

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November 7th, 2011

CuddleBabe Wearable Blanket

Perfect for Car Seats & Strollers

With the winter months approching every parent is thinking about staying warmer and keeping there little ones warm. The hardest part about keeping the little ones warm that are in car seats or strollers is the bulky blanket that falls off when you are walking around or that gets caught in the stroller wheels. Which makes that soft cuddly blanket dirty and wet if the ground is moist. The cuddlebabe is a great fix for this problem. It’s designed to keep your child warm with the fun designs of fleece material that has a individual spots for arms, legs and even a hat for their heads. It also comes with a button that helps keep the fleece closed if your outside or you can open up the blanket if your baby is getting a little warm.

One of the greatest parts of the CuddleBabe is that the back of it is open for the car seat and stroller restraints so you don’t have to fuss with  extra material around the buckles, but you don’t need to worry about their little backs getting cold because its against the carseat. This helps keep your child safe by following the safetly guidelines of carseats and strollers.

If your looking for a great baby shower gift, the gift sets come with an Blankee made of the same beautiful, high-quality fleece that is 14”x14” size is perfect for little baby hands and easy size doesn’t drag along the floor. This blankee is trimmed and covered on the back with luxurious, coordinating, washable satin that becomes a silky soother for your baby.

Use your CuddleBabe blankets in 2 different stages. Newborn and infants up to 27 inches long or the large size is for infants up to 34 inches long.

CuddleBabe’s can eliminate the snowsuit struggle and allows your baby to move freely, drink a bottle, hold a toy. Check out their fun designs and gift sets!

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November 2nd, 2011

Multiple Savings for Twins & Triples!

Saving on Multiples!

Surprise your having twins, maybe triplets! I’m sure you were a little shocked, or maybe just really excited about the idea of having multi-birth pregnancy. We want to help you out be giving you a discount on purchasing multiple carriers and any style you’d like. If that means you want a certain kind and your partner wants a specific style you can still get both and save! Use the coupon code: 22poms11 for 22% off your order!!!

Multiple Savings on Accessories

Check out the savings when you purchase multiple carriers or baby accessories. If purchasing multiple accessories us the following discount code at checkout: 11poms11. If you want to save on carriers look below for more savings and the coupon code.

Enjoy!

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October 25th, 2011

Halloween Ideas for Every Age

Sometimes Halloween can be a little bit of a bore while your waiting for the long awaited trick-o-treating night. So we wanted to give you some ideas of things you can do on the days leading up to that sweet event.

Some fun games you can play with your kids is Pumpkin Bowling. I know this is not the typical thing you do with those orange things that sit on your porch but your kids will love being able to roll around their new found friends. This is an easy game, all you will need is  to arrange a triangle of 10 empty plastic 1- or 2-liter bottles or if you have cans those would also work. Just make sure they are completely empty so you don’t have any surprises left on your floor. Players take turns gently rolling a pumpkin into the pins, with three chances to knock them all down. You can have smaller kids get closer for a better chance at knocking the bottles over and making it more exciting for them.

Another fun game that might be a little better for kids that are big enough to hold a broom steady is Pumpkin Roll.  Determine a starting line and a finish line. Set 2 pumpkins (better for kids is small to medium size pumpkins) on their sides at the start and have the racers line up behind them. At “Go,” each pair of challengers uses sturdy brooms to propel the pumpkins over the finish line.  These games could also be fun for a way to keep kids entertained during Thanksgiving.

 

Healthy Halloween Apples

If your a fruit lover but want to add a little pzazz  to your healthy treat this is a fun way to add some extras and your kids will love that they get to choose what they add!

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Popsicle or craft sticks
  • White chocolate chips and red and yellow food coloring OR orange candy melts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Thick skinned oranges
  • Whole cloves
  • Cut up fresh fruit, such as melon, grapes and pineapple
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Wax paper

Cooking Instructions

For the apples:

  1. Remove any labels. Wash apples and remove stem.
  2. Insert stick into top of apple.
  3. Melt white chocolate chips or candy melts according to package directions in microwave or on stove top. If you want to color the white chocolate, add a few drops each of yellow and red food coloring and stir to make orange.
  4. Use a tall cup or glass wide enough for the apple to fit into. (If using microwave, melt the chocolate or candy right in this cup.) Dip apples into melted candy or chocolate until completely covered.
  5. Place apple on wax paper.
  6. Decorate with chocolate chips to make a face or chocolate sprinkles for a festive apple.
  7. Allow to cool and harden on wax paper. You may put them into the refrigerator to speed the process.

Green Monster Cupcakes

Let your child’s creativity flow but allowing them to make any kind of monster face they want. It can be sweet or scary, the sky’s the limit.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For decoration:

  • One 16 oz. tub vanilla frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Marshmallows (regular and mini)
  • Strawberry licorice laces
  • Licorice all sorts
  • Gummy rings
  • Gumdrops
  • Candy-coated chocolate
  • Sour tape
  • Red and black writing icing

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Put all the cupcake ingredients in a bowl and beat them together until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and fill each halfway with the mixture.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the muffins have risen, are golden in color, and spring back into shape when pressed with your finger. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  5. Color the vanilla frosting using the food coloring.
  6. Spread the icing over the top of the cupcakes and decorate them with sweets.

Halloween Craft: Spirit Jugs

Fun way to light the path of trick-o-treaters to your house. Your kids will love making all the fun faces they can think of and see them light up!
Materials
  • Clean plastic gallon milk jugs
  • Black permanent marker
  • Craft knife
  • String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights
Instructions
  1. Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.
  2. Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).
  3. Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

We hope that you have a fun and save Halloween.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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October 18th, 2011

Cribs, Bassinets, and Co-sleepers, What’s the Difference?

Sleeping arrangements with a newborn can be a tricky task to figure out. You want to make sure you’re getting the rest you need to be an attentive parent during the day but also taking care of your baby’s needs at night when your half asleep. Your little newborn needs rest to grow, develop and help them be a happy baby for you while still getting nourishment the need. So do you keep your baby close in bed with you, do you use a bassinet, co-sleeper or a crib?. You the parent get to choose what works best for you, we just want to  give you some information to help make an educated decision.

There have been studies about parents having their babies sleep in bed with them. Some say it’s not a good idea, others say that its been done for hundreds of years, so which is the right answer? You are the best person to say. There are some things that you want to remember if your baby is sleeping in bed with you:

  • Always put babies under six months to sleep on their backs and not their tummies.
  • Don’t sleep with your baby if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or any substance that could diminish the awareness of your baby.
  • Don’t sleep with baby on soft surfaces, such as bean bags, water beds, and couches.
  • Avoid crevices between mattress and wall or mattress and side rail.
  • Avoid side rails, head boards, and foot boards that have slats that could entrap baby’s head.
  • Avoid putting your bed nearby curtains or blinds that have dangling strings that could strangle baby.
  • Only one baby in bed at a time, please.

These cautions have been shared from AskDrSears.com, safe co-sleeping research.

So is co-sleeping and a co-sleeper the same thing? Nope. Co-sleepers can be a bassinet type device that is attached to the side of your bed or it can be placed in your bed but has sides on it to prevent parents from rolling onto it. This allows for the parents to have the space they need to sleep, the baby has their own space to sleep but they are both within arms reach. So when its time for the baby to be feed, it’s an easy reach for mom.

Co-sleepers offer a unique way for both parents to bond with their baby from the time they arrive home from the hospital. Having the baby within arms reach you can offer extra love, comfort and closeness your newborn is use to but still feel safe in knowing your baby isn’t in your bed or protected in your bed.

Now, maybe your thinking that a bassinet and a co-sleeper are the same thing? In a way, they could be, but co-sleepers can attach directly to the bed as mentioned previously , they can be put directly in the bed or they are a stand along but have on side that is a little shorter for convenience. Bassinets can be close to your bed but they are generally a stand along device.

Bassinets are smaller than cribs which helps your baby to feel like they still have a small area to sleep in similar to the feeling of being in the womb.  Bassinets come in many different styles to fit each families needs and wants.

Eventually most babies sleep in a crib after the parents feel it is time. For some its 3 weeks others it could be 9 months or longer. Either way cribs are a comfortable place for your baby to sleep when your both ready for the change. And if your concerned about the extra space within a crib you can also find baby safe inserts to help your little one stay in one place.

As a parent, the most important part is to do what you feel is best for you baby. Be smart about the products you purchase to make sure they are certified for safety, quality, performance and functionality.

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October 14th, 2011

Petunia Pickle Bottom Lover!

A couple of months ago I won the Tour in Yoshino carrier by Petunia Pickle Bottom!  I never win anything-I couldn’t believe it!  I was so excited to see if I would love the carrier as much as I love my PPB diaper bag.  Well, all I can say is, I am hooked!  When I first got the carrier I thought…YAY, a cute carrier for my new baby girl.  Little did I know, there were WAY more things I would love about this carrier than just it’s looks!  I have had other carriers & brands, that have collected dust because they were either uncomfortable to me or my baby, or more importantly..too much of a hassle!

With 3 little ones, getting anything done is a huge task.  But honestly-I can tell you I have used this carrier while doing dishes, cooking dinner, doing laundry…even game night with friends!  =D  It kinda cracks me up because I think my baby thinks I’m just holding her all day, making a VERY happy baby!
We also took the carrier to Disneyland & Sea World!  Not only did we get comment after comment about how cute it was, It was SO nice not having to hold her during all of the shows!  It was so easy to get on and off and get baby in and out!  Oh and it is SO soft so it never gave my baby a rash on her face like others I have tried!

I truly can’t say enough good things about this carrier.  I LOVE it and would recommend it to ANYONE!  I can’t wait to pass it on to my friends when they have baby girls-or baby boys if they don’t care about the pink!)

Thanks again Around My Baby!  You have saved me in more occasions than I can count!  =)

Brooke

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October 5th, 2011

Potty Training – Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Get Ready

If your child is near or has passed his first birthday, you can begin incorporating pre-potty training ideas into his life. They are simple things that will lay the groundwork for potty training and will make the process much easier when you’re ready to begin.

  • During diaper changes, narrate the process to teach your toddler the words and meanings for bathroom-related functions, such as pee-pee and poo-poo. Include descriptive words that you’ll use during the process, such as wet, dry, wipe, and wash.
  • If you’re comfortable with it, bring your child with you when you use the toilet. Explain what you’re doing. Tell him that when he gets bigger, he’ll put his pee-pee and poo-poo in the toilet instead of in his diaper. Let him flush the toilet if he wants to.
  • Help your toddler identify what’s happening when she wets or fills her diaper. Tell her, “You’re going poo-poo in your diaper.” Have her watch you dump and flush.
  • Start giving your child simple directions and help him to follow them. For example, ask him to get a toy from another room or to put the spoon in the dishwasher.
  • Encourage your child to do things on her own: put on her socks, pull up her pants, carry a cup to the sink, or fetch a book.
  • Have a daily sit-and-read time together.
  • Take the readiness quiz again every month or two to see if you’re ready to move on to active potty learning.

 

Get Set

  • Buy a potty chair, a dozen pairs of training pants, four or more elastic-waist pants or shorts, and a supply of pull-up diapers or disposables with a feel-the-wetness sensation liner.
  • Put the potty in the bathroom, and tell your child what it’s for.
  • Read books about going potty to your child.
  • Let your child practice just sitting on the potty without expecting a deposit.

Go

  • Begin dressing your child in training pants or pull-up diapers.
  • Create a potty routine–have your child sit on the potty when she first wakes up, after meals, before getting in the car, and before bed.
  • If your child looks like she needs to go–tell, don’t ask! Say, “Let’s go to the potty.”
  • Boys and girls both can learn sitting down. Teach your son to hold his penis down. He can learn to stand when he’s tall enough to reach.
  • Your child must relax to go: read a book, tell a story, sing, or talk about the day.

 

  • Make hand washing a fun part of the routine. Keep a step stool by the sink, and have colorful, child-friendly soap available.
  • Praise her when she goes!
  • Expect accidents, and clean them up calmly.
  • Matter-of-factly use diapers or pull-ups for naps and bedtime.
  • Either cover the car seat or use pull-ups or diapers for car trips.
  • Visit new bathrooms frequently when away from home.
  • Be patient! It will take three to twelve months for your child to be an independent toileter.

Stop

  • If your child has temper tantrums or sheds tears over potty training, or if you find yourself getting angry, then stop training. Review your training plan and then try again, using a slightly different approach if necessary, in a month or two.

 

This article is an excerpt from The No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Say Good-Bye to Diapers by Elizabeth Pantley. (McGraw-Hill, 2006)

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