Dressing Up Your Baby

Finding the right outfit for your baby can be difficult sometimes! There are moments when you would like to dress up your little baby with a matching outfit to the one you have one, while sometimes you are simply looking for a way to match your baby to the kind of day it is outside. Dressing your baby can sometimes even more difficult than dressing yourself! This is a normal path that most parents cross when their babies are still young, and that is okay. Here are some tips that may help you determine the best outfit for your baby on any given day.

Keep It Simple

It cannot be stressed enough the fact that your baby simply looks better when their cute little face is the center of attention. When choosing an outfit for them to wear, keep the outfit simple and decluttered from crazy designs or other accessories attached to the clothing. Keeping the main part of the outfit simple will help accentuate your little baby’s beautiful and unique features.

Fun Details

While it is important to keep your baby’s outfit simple, adding fun little details to the outfit will make it fun and unique. These types of details may include decorative socks, like animal socks, or a headband with a cute and colorful flower. These small details are easy to add to your baby’s outfit.

A Personal Touch

All too often you may receive a special gift to pass on to your baby from a close relative or friend. This may be a special blanket from your mom that she used while you were a baby or it might be a headband passed along from your grandma. Whatever it may be, incorporating something personal to add to your baby’s outfit will help make it unique as well as personal to you and your baby.

Blacks and Browns

Unless you are preparing your baby for a very specific event like a funeral or camping, try and keep your baby’s wardrobe free of blacks and dark browns. These colors are often unflattering to little babies and often convey a certain aura of moodiness. You may have heard that the color black often makes your baby look slimmer, but you can still achieve the same effect by using a dark blue or a dark purple.

Neutral Colors

Sometimes the best outfit for your baby consists of neutral colors, like white, grey, tan, or other tones from the color spectrum. By choosing these types of neutral colors, it becomes easier to choose outfits for you to wear in order to match each other when going out or when taking family photos. Additionally, if you are choosing an outfit that has special designs, like stripes or polka-dots, be sure that the colors of the design are neutral as well.

Textures, Patterns, and Fit

While keeping things simple in your baby’s outfit, you may also consider something with textures or unique designs, such as flora or water patterns. Again, the key to a great outfit is to keep it simple, so when choosing an outfit with a unique pattern or texture it is important to find something that is not distracting from your baby and simply accentuates their beauty.

 

Once you have found an outfit with which you feel comfortable, make sure it is not too loose nor too tight on your baby. Tight-fitting clothes are uncomfortable for your baby and may end up cutting off their circulation, while loose-fitting clothes often make it look like they are swimming in their own outfit.

 

Ultimately, the most important thing is to get an outfit that makes you happy. Your baby is your pride and joy, so use the knowledge you have learned here and apply it as you will. It is okay to match your baby’s outfits to your specific taste. Having a little baby to cherish and love is one of the greatest joys in life, so go out and embrace it as long as you can.

How to Emotionally Recover from Childbirth

Giving birth is a herculean task that requires amazing strength from you as a mother. However, along with the effort of having a child, the recovery time afterward can be incredibly difficult, during the most crucial few days that your baby is alive. Here are some ways to emotionally recover from giving birth, and be the best version of yourself that you can be for your new baby.

Enlist Help of Family and Friends

The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child, and that is never truer than the first few weeks after the child is born. Many women suffer from postpartum depression because they feel like they are alone, and they do not know how to take care of the baby without feeling inadequate. If you need help, do not fear asking your loved ones to occasionally pitch in with the newborn, whether it is doing a grocery run or giving you time to take a nap.

Stabilize Your Hormones

Hormones for new mothers are incredibly strong, and some of those hormones are needed to bond with your baby and to stimulate breastfeeding. However, hormones can also be detrimental and cause you to have mood swings and various other symptoms. In this case, you may benefit immensely from a hormone balance supplement, a natural way to regulate your hormones so that you are feeling stable and well enough to care for yourself and your baby.

Join a New Mother Support Group

With the advent of social media, it is easier than ever to connect with people who are going through the same struggles as yourself. Use Facebook or other sites such as Meetup to find new mothers in your area. You can share stories, take care of your infants, and swap tips for tackling common problems that arise during the first few months of your baby’s life. Because new mothers have such a unique experience, these types of bonds are crucial.

Spend Bonding Time Alone With Your Baby

Although having your friends and family there to assist you with your newborn is always helpful, there are many reasons that you should take some time every day to be alone with your baby. You can do some of the nighttime feedings by yourself, have skin to skin contact, or simply take your baby out for a walk. When you form the bond with your baby, it allows you to better sense what he or she needs.

Do Not Be Afraid to Ask For Help

Being a new mother can be overwhelming and isolating, but you do not have to go through it alone. If your mother is nearby or you have easy access to her, make sure to reach out if you are struggling. You should also try to get in touch with friends and family members who have had children. Often times, they will be much more understanding of how you are feeling than others. More often than not, they will be glad to take your infant off of your hands so you can take a shower or get some rest.

Get Outside the House

Newborn mothers often forget that it is still vital to ensure you get plenty of sunlight and outdoor time after your baby is born. If you are feeling up to the task, you can begin to take your baby outside as soon as you would like to. Be sure to have everything you need, such as a stroller, diaper bag, and other essentials so you do not fret or worry when you are away from home. You can gain great benefits from simply taking a short walk or spending time at the park.

You do not have to be afraid of what will happen to you after your baby is born. With these tips, you are sure to be able to build a support system and get back on your feet in no time.

5 Child Summer Safety Tips

Kids have a great time during the summer. The favorable weather allows them to spend more time outside. However, outdoor activities can expose them to risks. They may also sustain injuries while enjoying indoor activities. Parents need to be extra careful during this season to avoid accidents.

Since your children are on vacation during this much loved season, they will have time for fun. You have to keep your kids safe, while they enjoy themselves during the summer. The following summer safety tips will help you to protect your kids and allow them to enjoy the nice weather.

  1. Prevent falls

Statistics show that the emergency units in health facilities treat more kids for injuries resulting from falls during summer. Falls can lead to concussion, a traumatic brain injury that disrupts its functioning. Kids may fall indoors or while at the playground. Monitor your children’s activities. Make sure that likely fall hazards, such playground equipment and stairs are safe.

Ensure that the ground beneath the playground equipment is safe. Soft surfaces are preferable for playgrounds. A 9-inch layer of wood chips on the surface of playgrounds will help absorb the impact of falls.

    2. Water safety

Children may die from accidental drowning or sustain serious injuries from near-drowning incidents. Carefully watch your children when they are near or in the water as drowning can occur silently and in a twinkle of an eye. Make sure they wear well fitted and comfortable life jackets while swimming or playing near water. Allow them to swim only under the supervision of an experienced swimmer or lifeguard. Also, avoid distractions while watching kids in the water.

You can improve child safety by restricting access to the pool. A fence not less than four feet high around the pool with a self-latch will prevent kids from getting to the water unnoticed. Besides, knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is crucial.

   3. Protection against sun and heat

Kids may experience heat stroke if they stay under direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Such a situation can increase their body temperature and lead to dehydration. Prevention of heat-related illness is an important summer safety tip. Dress your kids in light-colored wears that cover their skin, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to protect them from the harmful rays of the sun. Besides, never leave them in locked cars.

It is better to engage in outdoor activities in the mornings and evenings. Allow your kids to cool showers during periods of extreme heat waves. Also, make sure your children increase their water intake to avoid dehydration.

   4. Be wary of strangers

An essential baby safety tip during summer is to prevent infants from getting lost. Besides, kids may wander off during outdoor activities especially if they meet other children or want to explore an object or activity out of interest. Never leave them or allow them to go anywhere with strangers.

   5. Bites and Stings

The hot weather favors bugs. However, bites and stings of other insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, bees, and wasps or even snakes may lead to health issues. You can use insecticides and repellents to prevent kids from their bites and stings. Also, make sure that your children wear long clothing that covers their bodies when outdoors.

Summer is a great fun time. However, keeping your kids safe will allow you to fully enjoy the season. Make sure their foods are hygienically prepared and served to avoid food poison and observe other child safety tips.

Tips and Tricks (or-Treats) for this Halloween Season

Halloween is almost here and that means two things: your kids will want all the candy in the world, and they will want to get all this candy while dressed up as their favorite character. While Halloween is an enjoyable holiday for people of all ages, it can also be a scary one if proper precautions aren’t taken. Here are some things to keep in mind during this spooky season.

1. Make sure costumes are safe.

Since it will be dark outside, costumes should be bright and reflective. They should also be short enough, so your child won’t trip or get their costume caught in any hazards like debris, jack-o-lantern flames, etc. Any body paint should be tested on a small section of skin before the big day so allergic reactions can be avoided. Also, double check that your child can see through their eye mask if they have one!

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2. Use flashlights to see what’s around you.

Sure, there are some street lamps and porch lights, but a flashlight with fresh batteries is the best way to ensure a lit pathway while trick-or-treating. Phone flashlights work too!

3. Always use sidewalks and crosswalks and avoid walking through lawns.

It’s late at night and it might be difficult to spot trick-or-treaters. Play it safe and stick to the side. As for lawns, there might be tripping hazards like a garden hose or other miscellaneous items that the homeowner forgot to remove.

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4. Always read the ingredient label.

If your child or someone in your family has a food allergy, be sure to separate treats containing
the ingredient and let the rest of your family know why. Some candies are made in places where
contamination could have occurred. Err on the side of caution to protect your family this year.

5. Check for tampered treats.

If a treat is unwrapped, homemade, or otherwise suspicious, throw it away. Although it’s rare to
find tampered treats, it’s not worth the risk. Most likely, your children won’t miss one or two
treats. Worst case scenario: head to the stores on November 1st to pick up all of the discounted
Halloween candy.

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5 Ways to Let Your Little One Help Decorate This Halloween

Pumpkins are a must-have decoration during the fall, but unless your child is patient enough to watch you carve the pumpkin, it can be hard to include the little ones in the fun. Your child can express their creativity by decorating the outside of a pumpkin. Here are five ideas for pumpkin decorating with young children:

1. Use Paint

Toddlers love finger painting (and making a mess), but this way, they can paint as many layers with as many colors as they want. Make sure to use washable paint so the mess is easier to clean! If using tempera paint, mix it equal parts with washable glue to prevent flaking after the paint dries.

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2. Use Stencils

Whether it’s a shape or an animal stencil, you can hold it onto the pumpkin while your child fills it in. This offers some guidance, while also letting them have at it. Switch it up with different colors and different stencils for a unique design!

3. Decorate with Stickers

The great part about this method is that you can use old stickers that have been laying in your craft supplies for a while or buy stickers from the dollar store! Your little one can decorate while also working on their motor skills.

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4. Use Glitter

While glitter is the messiest way to decorate a pumpkin, it can also be the most fun! Will your
child dump the glitter over the whole thing? Will they strategically pour the glitter? Or will they
simply toss it up in the air and let it fall where it may? Pick a nice day and decorate outside with
your child if you choose this route.

5. Make it a Costume Party

If you really want a mess-free decorating experience, opt for dress-up! Your child can dress the
pumpkin in hats and scarves and call it a day. You could even have a pumpkin fashion show!

pumpkin with witch hat

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Preparing for Flu Season – Useful Information You Need to Know

hot beverage on bedside table

Flu season is fast approaching. Take preventative measures and know what to do before you or your child falls ill. Flu season is suspected to come early this year.

How do I prevent the flu?

1. Get a flu shot

2. Eat healthy, exercise, and maintain healthy practices

3. Boost your immune system

However, getting the flu shot is not a guarantee that you will not catch the flu but getting the vaccine could help lessen the symptoms of the flu. The flu shot takes about two weeks to become effective, so a good time to get the flu shot is by the end of October. Healthy children 6 months or older can get the flu shot.

Obviously, taking care of your body and overall health should be a priority regardless of if it is flu season or not. Proper nutrition, drinking plenty of water, and exercise does wonder for your body and immune system. Maintaining healthy practices includes washing hands, disinfecting surfaces, washing clothes and bedclothes regularly, using separate cups and utensils, and sneezing or coughing into the inside of your elbow. To get a leg up over flu season and boost your immune system, try implementing a multivitamin to your daily routine.

What can I do if I or my children get the flu or another virus?

If you or your child has the flu, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, rest, and manage fever and pain. Check with your health care physician or pediatrician first, but acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used to alleviate pain and fever symptoms.

In addition to pain medications such as ibuprofen, applying heat using a heating pad or other methods to areas that are painful and sore can help reduce pain. Taking a warm bath can help break a fever.

If you or your child has a stuffy nose and cannot breathe properly, try using a humidifier or the CLEARinse Nasal Aspirator to clear the nose. Interestingly, this nasal aspirator was developed by an ER Doctor and made with young children and babies in mind. As always, wash your hands and disinfect surfaces and other areas in your home.

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Your Toddler’s Tantrums are a Good Thing

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It can be hard to keep your cool when your child is having a tantrum. It can feel like there is no end in sight, frustrating, and helplessness. Believe it or not, tantrums are healthy for children and your relationship with your child.

Why are tantrums good for my child?

When your child is throwing the temper tantrum of all tantrums, they are getting their emotions out. Part of developing, emotionally and mentally, is learning how to manage your emotions. Children are simply in this learning process, so go easy on them! They trust you and feel safe in showing their emotions and telling you how they feel.

Releasing their emotions will make them feel better, relieve their stress, clear their head, and more. Many times, children have breakdowns after they are told, “No.” Hearing that they cannot have something or take an action is healthy for you and your child. It shows children that there are limits and that you, as the parent, are standing your ground.

What can I do during and after my child’s tantrum?

During the tantrum, try asking them to explain how they feel and why they are acting in that way. Let them know that it is okay to express their emotions.

Afterward, teach them why you said, “No,” to them. Explain their behavior related boundaries. Let them know that you said “No,” to candy because they did not eat their veggies at dinnertime. Everything is a learning process!

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