Basic Signs to Teach Your Baby Before They Can Talk

Basic Signs to Teach Your Baby Before They Can TalkDespite the fact that your baby can’t form sentences yet, they can most certainly learn basic sign language. When you become a parent, any type of communication with your child is vital, which means teaching them different signs can make a huge difference. Also, a baby’s understanding of language and motor skills develop faster than their ability to speak. Here are some basic signs to teach your child before they’re able to talk:

Food/Drink

If you can teach your child the ability to show you when they’re hungry or thirsty, this will definitely come in handy before they are able to tell you. Using the hand motion of hand to mouth with a tilting motion should be good enough for you to understand that your little one is in need of some sustenance.

This is also a sign that will save you from temper tantrums or crying fits as you will know exactly how to help your baby when they show you.

Hot

The ability to show your child that something is too hot will provide a great preventative measure for their safety. This will not only allow you to show them something that shouldn’t be touched because it’s too hot, but it also lets your child show you when something is too hot for them to eat or touch.

This motion can be shown to them by putting your hand out or touching something, and then quickly withdrawing it.

Where?

Another great and simple sign language movement you can teach your child is asking them where something is. By shrugging your shoulders and holding your palms out, you can show the little one that you’re unsure of where something is located. This can be helpful when you take your eyes off of them for a while and need to know where they’re hiding something.

Thumbs Up

The thumbs up and down signs are universal signs for indicating whether you like or dislike something. Due to this, the thumbs up sign would certainly be beneficial to teach your child before they are able to speak. If your little one can tell you what they like or don’t like without even speaking a word, this could be of monumental help as you’re raising them.

Since this sign is understandably more difficult for a child to pick up and understand, try to use the thumbs up as often as possible. Anytime you notice your baby enjoying a certain food or having fun with a toy, indicate a thumbs up each time!

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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Holiday Sleep Routine Tips to Stay on Track

Holiday Sleep Routine TipsThis is my favorite time of year. I love all things holiday, so it just puts me in a good mood to see decorations, to hear different music, and to do special things as a family. When I speak with parents of little ones, the joy of the upcoming season is often filled with a little bit of nervousness and angst as they consider how the holidays may affect their little one’s sleep. Here are some tips to help manage your child’s sleep during the holidays so that they really can be happy.

1. Plan Ahead to Be Well-Rested

Take a look at your holiday calendar. Are there events that will interfere with your child’s naps and bedtime? If so, do your best to make sure that you can keep your child well-rested in the days leading up to and after these special events. A well-rested child will be more adaptable and flexible. Whenever possible, schedule activities around your child’s sleep schedule so that they will not be overtired once it is time for fun. Try to travel earlier in the day so that you can reach your destination before bedtime and introduce your child to their new sleep environment.

2. Bring the trash with you

If you are traveling this holiday season, you may find yourself staying with family in a guest room.  That guest room may or may not have curtains or shades, and it may not be dark enough for your child to sleep well. No problem! Throw some black trash bags and painters tape into your suitcase just in case you are faced with a super bright room.  The trash bags will block out the unwanted light and the painters tape will leave no marks when you take the bags down at the end of your visit.

3. Be creative in finding places to sleep

Sharing sleeping space with little ones isn’t always easy, so sometimes it helps to improvise with where your child sleeps. Take a look around.  Is there a large walk-in closet that can serve as a place for your child to camp out? Of course, it’s important to make sure these areas are baby or kid-proofed before placing a pack n play, mattress, or sleeping bag inside. Make sure the area is well ventilated and has access to heat if you are in a cold climate.

My children have slept in walk-in closets and enclosed lanais when visiting family. We used a clothesline and large pieces of felt fabric to create a “kid cave” so that they had a separate sleeping area that was also dark and away from other noise in the home. When staying in a hotel, consider bringing a clothesline and an extra sheet with you so that you can create a more private sleeping area for your child.

4. Leave Sleep Training for Another

Time Nobody wants to have a child that doesn’t sleep well when they travel or visit with family, but be realistic about your expectations. When sleep training, it’s important to be as consistent as possible with your child’s sleep environment and the timing of sleep. It’s just not practical to sleep train and expect your child to improve their sleep habits while you are traveling or if you are off-schedule.

The same may be true if you are hosting guests at your home. Sleep train a few weeks before your trip or wait until after you return. You will have a better chance of success and you will enjoy your trip and visitors so much more.

5. Have fun!

The holidays do not occur every day, so if your schedule gets a little funky, that’s okay! Get right back to basics once the holidays are over. If you really get off track, there may be a few nights of reinforcing expectations, but most children don’t forget how to sleep well as long as you are consistent and go back to doing what you were before the interruptions. Have a great time this holiday season and to all, a good night!

certified child sleep consultant

Guest Blog by Lori Strong, Certified Sleep Consultant and Owner of Strong Little Sleepers

Lori is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant through the Family Sleep Institute and Certified Happiest Baby Educator. She is the founder and owner of Strong Little Sleepers, which was started on the idea that all families need and deserve to get a good night’s sleep. Lori was the first certified child sleep consultant in Austin, Texas and was honored as Best Sleep Expert in the 2013 Austin Birth Awards. She is also a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. Lori combines her experience as an educator and a parent to offer customized sleep plans and support to families with children ages 0-6 across the country.

For more information, please visit www.stronglittlesleepers.com.

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6 Awesome Organic Recipes

I firmly believe that’s best to choose an organic option whenever you can – from our products to our food. When it comes to our meals, we only have to make a few adjustments to eat healthy. Here are some of my favorite organic recipes.

1. Organic Potato Crust Quiche (Gluten Free & Grain Free) Recipe

Organic Potato Crust Quiche

Perfect for lunch or brunch, these personal-sized quiches are easy to heat up quick when you’re in a rush. Like most quiches, you can easily change out the ingredients to suit your prefernces.

2. Smoothie Kit Creations

Smoothie Kit Creations

Admittedly, smoothies can take a lot of work. Their signature feature (the plethora of ingredients) can take time to prepare if you’re making just one smoothie. This isn’t so much of a recipe as it’s a “hack.” By portioning out your smoothie ingredients at one time, you reduce your labor and you’ll be more inclined to drink your fruits and vegetables each morning. Pretty clever!

3. Sweet Potato Casserole (Grain Free, Paleo, Primal)

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes are common around this part of the year. If you’re from a southern home in the States, they’re an absolute staple. This organic recipe combines a creamy inside with a crunchy pecan topping.

4. Almond Butter Brownies

Almond Butter Brownies

Almond butter is basically the consistency and flavor of regular butter without all the calories. These brownies are just as chewy and delicious as those made with traditional butter.

5. Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

Made with organic ingredients, soup is the perfect meal this time of year. It warms your belly and you can keep a lot of it on hand for guests.

6. Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake

Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake

Who doesn’t love cheesecake? A thin slice of cheesecake is a great compliment to some of the heavy meals we eat this time of year. This recipe creamy and full of amazing texture, but it’s not so sweet that it’s tough to enjoy.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Stylish and Eco-friendly Diaper Bags Moms Will Love

Diaper bags are an absolute essential item for mothers of all aged children. They’re necessary to hold so many different items that their child will need throughout the day while away from home. Due to this, finding the perfect diaper bag can sometimes be a little difficult with so many options to choose from.

Eco-friendly moms would certainly be looking for diaper bags that aren’t harmful to the environment or their children – something made from safe and non-toxic materials. Here are some suggestions of eco-friendly diaper bags for mothers.

Ergo Baby Carriers 

eco-friendly diaper bag

The company Ergo Baby provides a full assortment of diaper bags, backpacks, changing stations, and front carrier pouches that can be chosen in a bunch of different colors and designs. The best part about this wide selection is that their products are all made of organic cotton. These products are available through their website as well as various retailers.

Kalencom

eco-friendly diaper bag

Upon first glance, it may look like Kalencom’s diaper bags are not eco-friendly due to the fact that they are made from PVC. However, the company assures it’s customers that the PVC they use contains no phthalates or other harmful chemicals that can be found in some baby products. Their diaper bags and accessories come in many different styles and designs, and they can also be found on their website and at retail sites.

Fleurville 

eco-friendly diaper bag

Fleurville is an interesting company in that they are one of the very few that make their diaper bags out of recycled water bottles (PET). Also, the company says the bags are free of PVC, phthalates, and BPA chemicals. The products they offer are both fashionable and practical for moms looking for effective diaper bags for their child. These products can be found online through their website.

Diaper Dude

eco-friendly diaper bag

Diaper Dude offers both diaper bags and baby changing stations for dads on the go, and in manly designs. They are another company who has managed to make their products out of the material from recycled water bottles. Also, they are free if PVC and phthalates similar to almost all the other eco-friendly diaper bags on this list. They can be found through the company’s website as well as on Amazon.com.

Maxwell Designs 

eco-friendly diaper bag

Maxwell Designs is a unique brand that is a part of Tootsntots.com. This company offers diaper bags that are purely made of hemp products! These hemp bags are free of dyes and synthetic fillers, making them another great eco-friendly choice for environmentally conscious moms. They can be found on the company’s website.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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