Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baby Room Themes: Fun Ideas Your Baby Will Love

Decorating a nursery for your new baby can be a fun and exciting experience. It will be the first place for your baby to dream, to experience, and to grow. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Location. Calm surroundings are critical to a newborn's development. Avoid room's that are close to a busy street, where there could be more noise. Will the baby's room be on the same floor as your bedroom ? This makes it more convenient to monitor your baby. However, you can always opt for an audio or video monitor.

Time to decorate! Choosing a particular theme and design for your baby room depends on how much you want to spend, how much space you have, and whether it's a boy or a girl. To be safe, you can always go for gender-neutral colors such as greens, purples, and reds.

Choosing a theme. Now it's time to let your imagination run wild. To get some ideas, visit a few baby stores and check out different styles. They may even have example rooms set up that you can check out. Take a look at the following nursery themes to get a few ideas rolling.

Animals. This motif could include kittens, puppies, farm           scenes, or teddy bears. This is a common theme that can easily be found in stores. You could purchase everything from the     sheet and comforter set to coordinating wall hangings and wall paper.

Cartoon / TV Characters. The options are numerous here. Winnie the Pooh, Spiderman, Aladdin, Curious George, Bugs Bunny, Snoopy, and Peter Pan are just a few examples.

Noah's Ark. This a popular theme with plenty of designs to choose from. You can accesorize with animal pictures, a nursery lamp, bedding, and even a rocking chair.         

Dolphins or other underwater scenes. This theme will add a cool, refreshing feeling to your new baby room. The cool colors will also be comforting for you baby. For decorating, you could use sea-related wall hangings, sea shells, a border with waves, or even sea horses.

Crayons. Remember how much fun crayons use to be. Introduce your child to a new and creative world with this theme. You could use accents in the shape of hand prints or stencil of your choice. Place these on the walls, window frames, closet door, or even the lamp shade. Looking for the perfect paint. Crayola has come out with paints with their colors made specifically for the baby's room.

Whichever design you choose, use inexpensive stain-repellant area rugs that can be easily replaced when you want to update the design. You'll want a room that your child can grow into. The most important thing to keep in mind with choosing a baby room theme is make sure that it is safe and comfortable. From there, the possibilities are endless. Best of luck!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Potty Training: Tips for Knowing When Your Child is Ready

It is recommended to begin potty training between the ages of eighteen months and three years. The average age most children become potty trained is two.  So how do you know when it is time to begin the process? There are multiple indicators that provide parents clues about whether or not their child is ready to begin potty training.  The following criteria are very important when considering potty training.

1. Your child is older than eighteen months.  Typically, if the process is started too early it will take longer and you will probably experience setbacks. 

2. Your family has not experienced any recent significant changes that have affected your child's routine nor will any major changes occur in the near future.  Examples include having a new baby, moving, starting preschool or daycare, and divorce.  If you are experiencing any acute stress, such as loss of a job, death in the family, etc. then it is not a good time to approach your child with learning a new skill.

3. Your child needs to understand certain words like "pee," potty," and "poop" (or whatever words you use to refer to going to the bathroom).  Other words that are good for a child to understand are "wet" and "dry."

4. Your child is cognitively able to understand and follow simple directions.

Other signs of readiness that varies from child to child are:

1. Your child is imitating other people's behavior.  This is especially so if s/he is imitating an older sibling or parent going to the bathroom.

2. Your child expresses a desire to wear underwear.

3. Bowel movements occur with regularity and usually at the same time each day.

4. It is clear when your child is going to the bathroom.  Your child may tell you this verbally or by making a face and/or noise or going to a special place.

When assessing your child's readiness for potty training it is wiser to follow your child's lead than to make the decision according to a timetable.  When a parent captures the optimal window it only takes a short amount of time to potty train a child.  Another important consideration is to not introduce any other new skill around the time your child is potty training.  For example, moving your child to a big kid bed around the time your child is learning to go to the potty will be too overwhelming for him/her.  Wait a month after one skill is well established before moving on to the next developmental growth adventure. 

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

How to Lengthen Baby's Day Sleep

Basically see what your baby needs. Some may be quite happy to have a number of shorter sleeps in the day. Others very obviously need to have at least one longer sleep because of their behaviour.

If your baby is cranky or unhappy a lot of the time in the day it may be that he or she needs more sleep even if he or she is getting some sleep already.

Here are 3 tips that may help lengthen your baby's sleep time

1. Catch early tired signs:

If your baby is going to bed already over tired it is harder for him or her to get to sleep initially and then to stay asleep just because they feel yukky from being over tired. Think about when you are over tired. It usually takes a long time to go to sleep by which time you feel even more cranky and frustrated because you just want to sleep.

2. Watch what,if any, sleep associations your little one needs for sleep:

A sleep association is something your little one needs to go to sleep. As adults we may have a favourite pillow, need a blanket on etc to sleep well. These are all sleep associations that are helpful. If your baby has a sleep association that is not there when he or she comes into a light sleep, it may prevent him or her from going back to sleep in the next cycle.

3. Be persistent:

If you can see that your little one needs more sleep, keep at it. Your little one is too immature to decide this for him or herself. This is where as a parent, it is up to you to seek out ideas, tips or strategies to help, to implement them and to stick with it. Your baby's age will affect how long it will take to teach something new. A younger baby may not have habits ingrained as much as an older baby. It takes time to form a new habit which is basically what we are doing. We are teaching something new. A lot of parents give up too soon. Keep at it and it will change.

Helping your baby to get more sleep will bring it's own rewards. Your baby will be so much happier. In addition you will enjoy him or her even more and you will feel happier that your little one is happier. Babies thrive when they are well rested just as we do.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

5 Signs A Toddler Is Ready to Potty Train

"Potty training". It's a powerful word combination. It strikes fear in the hearts of some parents as they remember friends and family with toddlers who took forever to toilet train. To others, these words mean sweet freedom. Freedom from lugging around the diaper bag, freedom from the diaper aisle, and freedom from wiping little bottoms several times a day.

There is a reason these words bring both fear and hope for freedom. If training begins too soon for a child who is not ready to use the potty, it can drag on and on and on. But, if toilet training begins at just the right time, with a cooperative and excited toddler, it can mean the beginning of the end for your diaper bag!

So... how do you know when the right time is to begin toilet training your toddler?

Look for these 5 signs that your little one is ready to begin potty training:

Shows an interest in the toilet: Showing an interest in the toilet (or a potty chair if you already own one) can be a sign your toddler is ready to learn to use the toilet.

Notices when he/she pees or poops in his/her diaper
: Being aware of his/her own bodily functions is a key sign of readiness.

Has dry times and doesn't poop when sleeping: Having times of dryness, like waking up dry from a nap, is a sign that a toddler has some control of the bladder muscles. Not pooping when sleeping can be a sign of some control over bowel muscles. Having bowel movements around the same time each day can be a sign as well.

Doesn't like being in a dirty diaper: You can often tell your toddler doesn't like being in a dirty diaper if your toddler tries removing the diaper or asks for a diaper change.

Is in a cooperative phase: Using the toilet instead of a diaper is a big transition in a toddler's life. Potty training will not go smoothly if your toddler isn't emotionally ready even if he/she is showing all the signs of being physically ready. If your toddler is in a defiant phase and saying "no" to everything, toilet training may turn into a power struggle and progress slowly. It may be best to wait a little while and begin the training when your toddler seems a bit more easy going and cooperative.

If your toddler is showing these five signs, s/he is probably ready to begin potty training! Now the question is... are you ready?

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Baby Sleep Tips

Getting a baby to adjust to a normal sleep schedule can be a challenge for new parents. Here are some tips so that both you and your baby can get a good night's rest.

1) Establish a routine - A kiss good night or stroking the baby before sleep can calm the child, or bathing and cleaning the child before bed time. Make sure to repeat these patterns. Once the baby becomes familiar with this routine, they will know that it is time to sleep. Also, make sure the baby sleeps in the same place and in the same conditions as much as possible.

2) Try lullaby music - Lullaby music can calm the child as can white noise CD's. The sound of a vacuum cleaner is also known to have a soothing effect.

3) Make sure that the room temperature is not too hot or cold and that the baby is in a location that is away from any noise or distractions that may cause the baby to awaken.

4) Shorten nap time during the day - If the baby sleeps too much during the day, then he or she may not be able to sleep as well at night. When napping, keep the lights on and try not to give the baby any cues that it is bed time by avoiding the night routine. No need to wake the child from napping, but if conditions are brighter and a bit noisier, then the baby will probably wake up on its own.

5) Rocking - Rocking and massaging the baby can relax the child and this may be good as prelude to sleeping through the night.

6) Read a story - Read a story or spend some time with the baby before bed, instead of just dropping the baby off in the crib and leaving. This extra time will allow the baby to transition into sleep.

7) Feeding - Make sure the baby is getting good nutrition. If you must feed the baby in the middle of the night, make sure to keep the lights dim so as to not disturb the baby's sense of time.

8) Make sure that it is quiet at night and that there is activity during the day. Babies need to learn the difference between night and day.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

How To Handle Your Crying Newborn

If you are a first time parent, then caring for your newborn can seem like a very daunting task. It is totally natural to feel totally overwhelmed and most parents worry that they are not up to the job at hand. It is a huge responsibility to have to take care of another human being, especially one so tiny! One of the main issues that new parents struggle to cope with is understanding their baby's cries.

All babies cry - and they do so a lot of the time! Crying is the first method of communication that a bay learns and it can be difficult at first to understand the different cries and what they mean. Sometimes it might seem as though your little one is just inconsolable and nothing you can do will stop them from wailing. However, perhaps these tips abut the three most common reasons a baby might cry can help you to understand what the problem is.

Mommy! I'm Hungry!

The most common reason for a baby to cry is hunger. A newborn has a tiny little stomach which cannot hold much, so even if he or she was fed recently it is always best to check if the baby is hungry again when the crying starts. It is usually possible to tell the difference between hungry crying and other crying, but it may take a little time to learn the different sounds. If your baby is being breastfed then it is often the case that the mother's breast will leak milk when the baby cries to be fed. This is the body's natural response.

I Just Want To Cry!

Have you ever, either as a child or and adult, felt overcome with emotion and wanted to burst into tears? The answer will probably be yes and sometimes your baby might feel that way too. It is especially common for this to happen in the afternoon or early evening and it need not necessarily mean that anything is wrong. You should expect some periods of unexplained crying and it is only really an issue if the crying becomes continuous.

Cuddle Me Please!

Babies require lots of physical contact, especially form Mom and Dad. If your baby is crying and is not hungry, then it could be that he or she is craving some contact. Try to pick the baby up and comfort her. It is common for parents to use a baby sling or to simply rock the bay in their arms. Singing might also be of help. Many new parents are wary of spoiling their baby by holding her too often, but it is not really possible in the early months - in fact it will improve bonding.

These are just a few of the common reasons why your baby might be crying. It is a natural stage of a newborn's life and it is all part of caring for your newborn.

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