Archive for July, 2011

July 26th, 2011

Baby Carriers and Baby Slings

Baby wraps and baby carriers are great for keeping your baby close while still getting things done.

 

There are a lot of great products available from Around My Baby, but it can be difficult to know which one is best for you. If you’re looking for a good, comfortable product to help you get things done while still carrying your baby around, we have plenty for you to choose from. Here are a few things to know if you’re trying to decide whether to get a baby carrier or a baby wrap.

Baby Carriers
Baby carriers are popular products because they are comfortable and easy to learn to use. They offer some versatility in how you carry your baby, though not as much as a baby wrap offers. They are designed to be comfortable for both you and your baby, and they come in trendy designs.

Once you’ve used your baby carrier a time or two, it is easy to put on and take off. They are designed for the express purpose of helping parents securely carry their babies without tying up their hands, so you can be assured that you are using them correctly and that you and your baby are safe and comfortable.

Baby Wraps
Baby wraps are generally more versatile than baby carriers because you can tie them in many different ways to carry your baby in different positions. A baby carrier usually limits carrying positions to one or two, but wraps allow you to tie it in dozens of ways to accommodate your growing baby.

However, with this versatility comes a sharp learning curve. In order to make sure your baby is safe and a certain position is comfortable, you have to learn exactly how to tie the wrap into that particular shape. In this way, it takes a little longer to learn how to use a wrap than a carrier. Many parents feel that’s OK, though, because they aren’t limited by the placement of buckles and straps.

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July 20th, 2011

Stay Cool

Do you remember signing yearbooks in high school? I think my favorite thing to write (and least favorite thing to read) was “Stay cool this summer!” Today, that feels like pretty good advice.

There are a lot of fun, wonderful things to love about summer. But it can get really warm for moms and babies alike. It’s difficult to keep yourself nice and cool, but you’re probably more concerned about keeping your baby out of the heat when the temperatures outside (and inside, if you don’t have air conditioning) are getting unbearable. Here are a few ideas.

1. Get wet. If you can get to the pool, jumping in the cool water is a great way to beat the heat. But you don’t have to pay big money to get your baby wet—set up the sprinkler in the backyard and run through it, or even use a little spray bottle. Keep a spray bottle of water in the car while you run errands to spray on your baby and keep her nice and cool.

2. Cut back layers. You might have gotten in the habit of keeping a onesie under your baby’s clothes during the winter, but shedding layers is a great way to stay cool. If your baby is a girl, breezy dresses can reduce weight and keep her cool. If you have a little boy, keep him in lightweight, short-sleeved clothes. This can make a big difference in how cool your baby stays.

3. Keep treats on hand. Who doesn’t love a good popsicle? This summer, make sure you have otter pops, ice cream cones, popsicles, lemonades and other good, frozen treats on hand. Cool down from the inside out and enjoy the sweet tastes of summer at the same time!

4. Reduce direct contact. Use a baby carrier that prevents direct contact between you and Baby, like these from Kokopax. It’s nice to stay cuddled and warm during the winter, but in the hot summer months it’s nice to avoid sharing body heat.

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July 12th, 2011

Five Fun Things to Do With Your Baby this Summer

Summer is heating up, and July is already half over! Don’t miss your chance to have serious fun in the sun with your little munchkin. Some popular summer activities are better suited to older children, but there are plenty of things you can do with your baby that both of you will enjoy.

Take a hike. Sometimes all you need is to simply get out in the sunshine. Pack your baby in a carrier, sling or stroller and enjoy the great outdoors together. If you’re worried about sunburn or overheating, take your walk early in the day. You will enjoy getting your blood moving and your baby will love the sights, sounds and smells of summer.

Get in the water. Your little one won’t be swimming laps or taking leaps off the diving board anytime soon, but most public swimming pools have a place for parents to play with their kids. Lather on the sunscreen and spend a summer afternoon splashing around. You’ll both love it.

Create some art. Drawing with sidewalk chalk is a cheap, fun way to spend hot summer days. Leave messages for family members, draw pictures of your favorite things or just scribble on the ground. You won’t have to worry about your baby staying in the lines and she will love learning to use her hands to create something.

Go to a petting zoo. Your growing child loves seeing new things and having new experiences, and petting zoos provide both. Take your little one for a ride to see your local animal neighbors. Help your baby pet the tame animals and let him watch you feed them. These new things will take the humdrum out of summer days at home.

Listen to music. Even though your baby might not have much past musical experience to draw from, she will still love to listen to your favorite tunes. Sing along to the music and dance with your baby. This will be a welcome break from your day and will teach your baby basic music and rhythm skills.

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July 8th, 2011

A Midsummer Dream

Around My Baby LogoDoes summer seem to be flying by to anyone else? The weather has finally caught up with the calendar around here, and between vacations, family reunions and general summer fun the time has really gotten away from us!

But we’re not too busy for another giveaway! Our friends over at BabesAndKidsReview will be hosting an Around My Baby giveaway in a few weeks, and we have a feeling you’re going to like it!

Check back here (or on our Facebook page, or our Twitter account) over the next few weeks to learn more about the giveaway, see what you could win, find out what you need to do to enter and maybe find a promo code or two.

But trust us, you should get excited for this one.

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