Top 10 Teething Tips

teething tipsTeething is a tough time for babies and toddlers and it’s tough on parents to watch their little ones fuss and cry from pain and discomfort. Teething toys can help due to their silicone textures that babies love to chew on. There are also several other homemade remedies you can try and tips you can follow to soothe your baby. Here are my top 10 teething tips all parents should know.

1. Rub baby’s gums

Teething babies gnaw on your fingers because they like the pressure against their gums. Rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger to put slight pressure on their gums which will feel good for baby.

2. Dry baby’s drool

Teething often causes babies to drool excessively which can irritate the skin, especially on baby’s chin. To prevent irritation, always keep a washcloth nearby to dry the drool.

3. Give baby a teether

Specially made teething toys can provide the perfect amount of resistance for baby.

4. Give baby a washcloth

You can soak a washcloth in water and apple juice and then give to baby to chew on. This is messier than using a teething toy but will work in a pinch.

5. Give baby frozen fruit

Place cold pieces of fruit in a mesh bag and give it to baby to chew on. You can also give baby a large frozen carrot or a frozen bagel. Just make sure it is not too hard or it can harm baby’s gums.

6. Clean baby’s mouth

Use a clean, damp washcloth to rub over baby’s gums which will keep bacteria from building up in baby’s mouth. When teeth begin to appear switch to using a small toothbrush with soft bristles.

7. Try cold baby food or yogurts

Babies that are teething may not want to eat. Try feeding them cold baby food or yogurts to help soothe the pain and fill their bellies.

8. Stick to the same sleep routine

Baby may start waking up during the night due to teething pain, but it’s important to stick to his usual sleep routine. If baby constantly cries for you and you go to check on him, he will begin to become dependent on you being there to fall asleep. If the sleep routine has already been disrupted, make sure you go back to it as soon as possible to reinforce it once again. The Family Sleep Institute can help with sleep training if any problems persist.

9. Keep an eye on teethers and pacifiers

Baby may be chewing more aggressively on teethers and pacifiers while teething so be sure to check them closely and look out for any broken or loose parts that can pose choking hazards. Inspect teething toys and pacifiers before every use for signs of wear and tear.

10. Check with your doctor

It’s common for baby to develop a low fever, runny nose or loose stools while teething, but you should still check with your doctor if your baby experiences these symptoms in case they are due to something more serious.

teething toysGuest blog by Lori Bredemeier, Founder of Little Toader.

Lori Bredemeier is the co-founder of Little Toader with her husband Michael. They are the inventors of AppeTEETHERS, safe and effective teething toys for babies that look like real foods!

What makes AppeTEETHERS safe:

1. AppeTEETHERS are solid silicone and extremely durable. There are no parts and there are no surface materials that could possibly come apart or detached.

2. Lori and Michael are germ-a-phobes! This is another reason they chose silicone. AppeTEETHERS are not porous so they do not absorb germs, dirt, or any other undesirable deposits. This makes them very easy to clean at home or on the go.

3. AppeTEETHERS do not have topical paint. All of our coloring is the actual color of the silicone. There is no risk of flaking or having the paint rub off into your baby’s mouth.

Consistently ranking in the top teething toys, AppeTEETHERS are a truly unique teething solution. Babies love them and parents get a kick out of watching their precious bundle of joy using them. All Little Toader products are tested and are Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant.

Visit www.littletoader.com.

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12 Ways Moms Can Be Greener in 2014

eco friendly momThese days it’s easier for parents to live a greener lifestyle and teach their families to be environmentally conscious. There are so many ways that you can make a difference and make small lifestyle changes in order to help save and protect the earth. For moms this includes buying products that are eco-friendly, making your own natural products, and making the effort to do things a little differently than what you’re used to. Families can start by making one simple change for each month in 2014. By introducing these changes into your families’ lives gradually, it makes the transition to a greener lifestyle easier for kids and parents so everyone will be excited to adopt these changes.

 1. Buy organic baby/kids products and clothing

Parents should be paying attention to the materials that make up the products they buy for their kids. Often these products contain harmful ingredients and chemicals that are not safe for children. Always check the labels when purchasing baby and children’s products.  Avoid items containing polyurethane foam which is often treated with toxic fire-retardant chemicals.  Look for eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, and non-toxic products made from organic materials with low-impact dyes.

 2. Car-free Saturdays

Every weekend parents can make the decision to not use the car at all and opt to walk or use their bike. Many times parents rely on their cars for every little trip, even if it’s just to drive a few blocks away to a friend’s house or to the park. Making the sacrifice to not use the car one day a week encourages families to go out into the fresh air and get some exercise. Plus it saves money on gas while reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.

 3. Ditch the Ziplocs and use reusable bags

Instead of using plastic bags that can be dangerous to the environment and have chemicals that can leach into food, opt for glass containers or reusable bags. Use bags that are eco-friendly, washable and BPA and Phthalate-free. Reusable bags are much more convenient and safe for storing lunch and snacks for kids when they are chemical-free. These bags can also be used for all kinds of storage to organize clutter and can be washed numerous times while remaining durable.

 4. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergent

Using green cleaning products for the home ensures the safety of your family and pets. These cleaning products contain no harmful chemicals that are dangerous for your health and can cause allergies and skin rashes. You can even use some items you already own at home to make your own natural cleaners. Use eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergents that are super-safe for your home, are all-natural and great for those with sensitive skin.

 5. Use motion sensor lights or light dimmers in your home

Motion sensor lights can detect when someone enters and leaves a room so they automatically turn on or off. With these lights you will never forget to turn the lights off again so they automatically save energy for you and they’re great for kids who can’t remember to turn the lights off when they leave a room. Light dimmers also save energy while they are in use by using less electricity and they can save you money in the long-run.

6. Be smart about your paper/plastic use

You can reuse all of the paper in your home for kids’ art projects, wrapping paper and more. Use old magazines to make fun collages and old memos and note paper for kids to draw on. Make a printing mistake?  Don’t throw the paper away!  Have a bin nearby for recyclable paper.  When ordering take-out, let the restaurant know that you do not need them to send napkins, plastic utensils, condiments or anything else you already have. Finally, opt for dry-erase boards for writing down messages and notes to the family so you don’t have to use memo pads.

 7. Donate old clothes, toys and books

If your kids have gently-used clothes and toys they have outworn, donate them to a local thrift store or Salvation Army store so another family can use them. You can donate all sorts of items to these stores,  so clean out those closets and pantries, and make one big trip to the store. This is a great family activity and teaches children the importance of giving back.

8. Line-dry your clothing

A clothes dryer may be convenient but it also results in an expensive electric bill.  It can use more energy than any other appliance in your home. Start hanging your laundry on a clothes line to dry to cut down on costs and electricity. Did you know that in most homes in Russia and France they only have washing machines?  Everyone hangs their clothes to dry all year round.

9. Buy locally grown food

Buying local is a great way to save; food is fresher and tastes better. Plus, you’ll know exactly where your food is coming from and it’s healthier for you. When you buy local you’re supporting sustainability and farms with eco-friendly practices.

10. Set up recycling bins in your home

Get your kids to practice recycling regularly by setting up different colored recycling bins in the home. Teach kids which types of items go in each bin and what is not allowed in the bins. Show them the labels on items that indicate the item is recyclable and make a game out of it so kids have fun learning.  And recycle plastic grocery bags by taking them back to the grocery store and placing them in the appropriate bin. Buy and use recyclable shopping bags for your grocery runs.

11. Choose products with an Energy Star label

The Energy Star program is sponsored by the EPA and the Department of Energy and it rates different household appliances and items. An item with an Energy Star label guarantees the item is energy efficient. By using Energy Star products you use about 30% less energy than the average household.

12. Plant your own garden

Growing your own fruit and vegetables at home can save you a lot of money and provides your family with healthy, nutritious food. You don’t need a big space to grow a garden and it has an immensely positive impact on the environment. Use eco-friendly methods to maintain your garden, like composting and collecting water in a rain barrel.

nursing pillowGuest blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

When Clark sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed, Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, who is a mother herself, said, “The San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud Double Blessings (Clark’s company) for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin polyfiber Eco*Loft™, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

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6 Sleep Tips for Easier Traveling with Children Over the Holidays

traveling sleep tipsWith the holiday season quickly approaching, many parents are wondering how to fit their holiday travel plans around their child’s sleep schedule. In my work with children and families as a certified sleep consultant, I’ve learned how to help families get through the holidays. Here are 6 tips to help your children sleep well while traveling this holiday season.

1. Establish healthy sleep habits before you leave

A well-rested child will adapt to changes in their routine and schedule better than an overtired child, so make sure they are caught up on sleep before you go. It’s also important to have a consistent sleep routine in place so that you can re-create their nap and bedtime routine when traveling. This will be comforting to your child as they will recognize the sleep cues even in a strange place.

2. Do some planning ahead of time

If you don’t normally share a room with your child, try not to share a room while you are traveling. Book a hotel suite instead of a single room, hang a sheet as a room divider, or use a walk-in closet as a temporary nursery. If you child is unable to see you, it will make the transition easier and they won’t be looking for middle of the night stimulation. If you plan on using a travel crib or playpen over the holidays, allow your child to practice sleeping in it before you go.

3. Bring along their sleep environment and favorite items

Bring your child’s sheets, blankets and sleep sack with you if possible. Their familiar smell and feel will help calm your child in a strange environment. If your child is used to falling asleep to white noise, bring that along as well to help soothe them and drown out any unfamiliar noises. Also don’t forget to bring your child’s favorite lovey, pacifier or stuffed toy as these items are invaluable when traveling away from home.

4. Preserve sleep schedules as much as possible

Where possible, make your travel and holiday plans around your child’s normal sleep schedule. Make it possible for your child to nap when they usually nap, and maintain your usual nap time and bedtime routine. If you follow your usual schedule and routine, your children are less likely to lose sleep and become cranky and overtired.

5. Help them adjust to changing time zones

If you are traveling to a different time zone for more than a few days, get your child’s schedule on the new time as quickly as possible. Have your child go to bed at their usual bedtime and be sure to wake up your child in the morning when they would normally wake up. It also helps to expose your children to plenty of natural light to reset their internal clock.

6. Have a plan of action for your return home

If there were many changes to your child’s sleep environment, schedule and sleep habits while away, your child’s sleep may be a little “off” upon your return home. Have a plan to get your child back on their usual schedule and routine the minute you walk through your front door. If your child missed some sleep over the holidays, plan for an earlier bedtime to help them catch up on sleep. The sooner you get them well-rested and back to their regular routine, the sooner your child will adjust to being back home.

certified child sleep consultantGuest blog by Jenn Kelner from BabyZzz

Jenn Kelner is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant and owner of BabyZzz. She helps tired families with infants, babies and toddlers become well rested families through customized sleep solutions and support. She offers various services including home, phone/Skype and email consultations.

For more information visit www.babyzzz.ca or email jenn@baby-zzz.com.

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Car Seat Safety Tips for Parents Traveling With Small Children

car seat safetyWhen it comes to traveling by car with little ones, parents want to be prepared to make the trip as safe as possible. It’s not always easy to know what to do to protect your children, which is why you can find different resources online to help guide parents on how to keep kids safe in and around vehicles. As a mom of four and as a certified car seat safety instructor, I encourage parents to do their research on vehicle safety.  Below are four tips for choosing the right car seat.

One of my favorite sites to help parents find the right car seat for their situation is Healthy Children, which is from the American Academy of Pediatrics. They have a list of car seats on the market each year that gives the sizes and prices of each car seat.

Parents should remember that four things need to be true for a car seat to be the right one for them:

1. The car seat must fit your child.

You should choose your car seat based on your child’s age and size. As children grow they may no longer fit in the same seat. Check the manual for your car seat to determine the maximum weight and height allowed by the manufacturer.

2. The car seat must fit your car.

Car seats are not designed to fit every vehicle. To make sure it’s the right fit for your vehicle you should test the car seat that you are planning to buy and also read the car seat section of your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more information.

3. The car seat should fit your budget.

Car seats can be expensive but just because it costs more does not mean it’s a better choice. Making sure that it’s the right fit for your child and vehicle are the better criteria to go by. Choose the car seat that best suits your needs. Keep in mind you should never purchase a used car seat without knowing the history of the seat and checking to see if it has been recalled. If you have any questions about the seat, call the car seat manufacturer.

4. Most importantly, you need to use the car seat correctly EVERY time.

You have to make sure that your car seat is facing the right direction according to your child’s age. Infants and toddlers under age 2 should ride in rear-facing car seats. It’s also important that you use harness straps and chest clips correctly so they fit snugly across your child’s body. Always follow the instructions from the car seat manufacturer to ensure that you are following all of the guidelines.

Just because a seat is fancy or a brand name doesn’t mean it is the right one. Every car seat on the market meets all of the U.S. standards for car seat safety. Cup holders, colorful decorations, or licensed characters do not help at all with safety.

For more information on car safety for kids visit www.safekids.org and www.safercar.gov.

Find a car seat inspection station near you at http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm. A certified technician will inspect your car seat and show you the correct way to install it.

no slip baby bowlGuest blog by Brabara Schantz or Baby Dipper Bowl

As a stay-at-home mom of 2 sets of twin babies, Barbara faced the daunting task of feeding them. Frustrated with the bowls she had already purchased, she researched and bought other bowls, but still remained disappointed. She needed a bowl that required only one hand to successfully feed a baby, but wasn’t able to find one on the market that satisfied this need. The vision for the Baby Dipper® bowl came to her when her twin girls were about 6 months old, not long after they started eating baby cereal and other pureed foods. After much learning and hard work, she was able to bring the Baby Dipper bowl to market so that others can enjoy true one-handed feeding.

For more information, visit www.babydipper.com.

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