October 10, 2015

Charcoal Bamboo: Should You?

There is a trend in cloth and bamboo fiber diapers right now to ‘add’ charcoal to it. In reality, it is a synthesized process that adds elements to the bamboo. It leaves the diaper with a lovely deep gray color finish at the end. It is thought that there are a number of benefits in adding the charcoal to the diaper, but it may all be for naught.

charcoal bamboo diaper

The Benefits of Charcoal Bamboo

Charcoal in itself has a number of benefits. These same ones, such as odor absorption, are thought to work in the diaper as well. Other benefits rumored to come from charcoal bamboo include

  • Microbacterial resistance: The charcoal fights off any bacteria found in the diaper that may lead to rashes or skin irritation.
  • Temperature Control: Charcoal bamboo is efficient at absorbing not only wetness, but humidity as well. This leads to a dryer and more comfortable baby butt. It can also release humidity to keep the skin from getting too dry if necessary.
  • Anti-Staining: Due to its color, it is incredibly difficult to stain charcoal bamboo. It constantly comes back looking new.
  • Calming: Supposedly, charcoal bamboo releases negative ions that are absorbed by the body. These in turn help to calm the mind.

The Truth About the Benefits

People who stand behind their charcoal bamboo will list off many reasons that it is a better material. The truth, however, is slightly different. If you take each of the benefits listed above, you cannot find research that actually backs up these assumptions. Here is what is actually shown to occur with each benefit

  • Microbacterial resistance: Natural bamboo has this quality, however, it is lost during the processing it takes to turn it into a diaper or cloth insert. If this exists at all, it is so minimal that there is no noticeable effect.
  • Temperature control: Charcoal bamboo, like natural bamboo, does wick away moisture. It does not, however, adjust the humidity levels of your baby’s diapers.
  • Anti-Staining: This benefit is actually true to some regard. The charcoal bamboo inserts are difficult to stain because of the darker color. It is not anti-staining, it just hides the stains better.
  • Calming: This is one of the most far-fetched claims that has been made. There is absolutely no evidence behind the theory that charcoal bamboo can calm the mind. If you have an extremely high needs baby, you may think it is worth a shot but should not expect results.
  • Odor Absorption: Charcoal does absorb odors. Charcoal bamboo, however, will not make a noticeable difference to any other diaper. If your baby makes a smelly poop, everyone is still going to know.

 

The benefits listed with charcoal bamboo diapers seem to be made due to the benefits of charcoal itself. These do not, though, carry over from the natural form of charcoal to the synthetic additives in the diaper. If you want to test out the different diapers, definitely do. The only real benefit here, though, is going to be for cloth diapers specifically due to the staining. Let’s face it, you aren’t going to rinse and reuse a disposable diaper.

 

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October 09, 2015

Baby Led Weaning

The first time you offer solid foods to your baby is both exciting and nerve wracking. Most doctors say anytime after six months is the right time to start foods other than formula and breastmilk. In terms of baby led weaning, that is the perfect time. At six months, your baby is capable of feeding herself and making choices to what she wants. This method lets parents skip those purees and enjoy a simpler way of sharing solids with their babies.

baby led weaning

What is Baby Led Weaning

Baby led weaning is precisely how it sounds: you allow your baby to lead the process of weaning to, or adding in, solid foods. This means that she is going to signal when she is ready for food. As a parent, there is no extra work making purees, freezing them in ice cube trays, or purchasing special foods. Your baby is going to eat the same foods that you do.

How Baby Led Weaning Works

Once you are ready to start the weaning process, you look for signs that your baby is ready. The most obvious is that he starts to grab food off your plate. You can either continue sharing your food or cut solids into smaller pieces on his own plate. This allows him to grab and eat whatever he wants. Many parents don’t do baby led weaning because they are afraid of their baby choking. This is a natural reflex, however, that babies learn from.

There are a number of tips to utilize when practicing baby led weaning as well. Most of these come from experience and learning how to make the process easier. If you decide to try to this method, consider

  • Buying a plastic high chair that fits in your shower. Baby led weaning can become extremely messy and this makes hosing it off much easier.
  • Starting with finger or coin sized foods that are simple to grip. As your baby develops, move to smaller sizes that help develop pincer skills.
  • Avoiding plates and bowls. Likely, your baby will use the dishes to throw food across the room, onto the ceiling, or the dog.
  • Avoiding putting food to your baby’s mouth. This is the opposite of baby led weaning and likely will make him stay away from the food.
  • Remembering that it is for fun before one. This means that any food before one is not nutritionally necessary because your baby should still get the bulk of nutrients from breastmilk or formula.
  • Making it easy for yourself. Don’t make special meals for your baby, let him eat what you are eating.

There has been some research done on baby led weaning. One of the most fascinating results found is that parents who used this method has less picky eaters than those who pureed. This is because if a baby eats only purees, he gets used to food having that particular texture. Suddenly, when he is introduced to solids there are texture and sensitivity issues. So if your baby is ready to start solid foods, consider baby led weaning. Not only will you save yourself a lot of preparation time, you will have an easier time getting your children to eat when older, too.

 

October 08, 2015

Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Did you know you can make your own laundry detergent? Most people know, but have no desire to take the time. That is because there are a lot of unknown variables: what products you use, ratios, and how you use it. Not only that, but you have to invest time in making laundry detergent when you can just grab it in the aisle at the grocery store. There are actually benefits to making your own detergent though, especially when you have little ones at home.

 

homemade laundry detergent

Ingredients in Homemade Laundry Detergent

There are an unlimited number of recipes out there for laundry detergent. Each one uses a variation of ingredients and the amount placed in. Most homemade laundry detergents include some of these

  • Hot Water
  • Borax
  • Essential Oil
  • Washing Soda
  • Salt
  • Castile Soap
  • Grated Bar Soap

The main ingredient that determines the others is Borax. If you decide to use Borax, it cuts out the need for many of the other items. Borax, though, is being debated as to whether it should be used. It is added to most recipes because it boosts cleaning power and helps to remove odors. The controversy surrounds its safety. Some studies show that it is harmful to our reproductive systems. It is also shown to be a skin irritant. This is the biggest known issue and unfortunately if you are using it for sensitive baby skin, may be an issue.

Benefits of Homemade Laundry Detergent

Likely you are making your own laundry detergent for one of two reasons: finances or chemicals. You either want to save money as the cost of laundry detergents rise or you don’t want unnecessary chemicals all over your clothes. It is questionable if these are worth the work of making yours.

  • Saving Money: It was once found that making your own detergent saved a mere $26 and some change. While it does not sound like a lot, it also depends if you are buying name brand or generic. You will save more switching from a name brand detergent. Some families can do a lot with that small amount of extra money.
  • Chemicals: There are a number of additives found in laundry detergent. These may serve a use, but also come with a side effect. Surfactants, for example, are used as a booster to help the cleaner get into the fabric. It is known that these are carcinogenic, or cancer causing. Other chemicals included in over the counter detergent may be: chlorine, perfumes, phosphates, and dyes. Each of these is known to cause harm. It is not only in cleaning, but then imagine these chemicals sitting against your skin and then absorbed all day long. This can be dangerous for adults as well as babies.

Other benefits include

  • Environmental: Ingredients used in homemade laundry detergent are generally green and therefore good for the government.
  • Natural: These are natural ingredients that you can pronounce. You will know where they came from and how they affect the body. These naturally clean your clothes, remove odors, and whiten.
  • Efficiency: Homemade laundry detergent is actually extremely efficient and works in any type of washing machine. You can have an HE machine, top loader, front loader, or anything else and these work.
  • Safe for sensitive skin: Nobody has more sensitive skin than a baby. By choosing the ingredients going into your detergent, you won’t have to worry about how it is going to affect your child. She will also grow up without absorbing the chemicals found in over the counter detergent as well.

If you ever thought about making your own laundry detergent, try it at least twice. The first time you may find the recipe doesn’t clean as well as you like. The second time, you will see your results. It only takes approximately eight dollars to gather all the ingredients needed for a year of laundry detergent. That is worth the attempt. If it doesn’t work out, you can always run to the grocery store.

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October 07, 2015

Time In vs. Time Out

Discipline is a struggle for every parent. Not only are there many styles of disciplining, but one method doesn’t always work for two children. One of the newest up and coming terms thrown around is ‘time in.’ This is touted as the best form of discipline over time outs and also known as positive parenting. Learn more about both time outs and time ins to see if one of these methods may work for your family.

time out chair

The Time Out

Time outs have been used for decades, making it one of the most well-known discipline options. Those who use time-ins will call this a form of punishment. In the simplest form, a time out means

  • Placing your child in a specific location like a chair, the stairs, or corner of a room.
  • Setting a time limit for how long the child must stay there.
  • Ignoring any talk, cries, or other actions of your child.
  • Placing your child back in the spot if he leaves until he has met the necessary time.

Some parents change the components of the time out to meet their family needs. There may, for example, not be a specific location. Other parents may allow their children to speak if it is addressing the situation at hand. If you are using a time out, you want to ensure to

  • State in simple terms why the child is put there
  • Let the child know how long he needs to sit there.
  • Re-state why there was a time-out and ask for an apology.
  • Leave the issue alone unless it reoccurs.

Many parents time it based on the child’s age. This means, for example, if your child is five he gets a five minute time out. A seven-year-old gets seven minutes, etc. Younger children may want a visual timer that allows them to see the progress made. Hour glasses or kitchen timers work well for this purpose.

If you are using time outs, there are signs that it is not working. If you notice any of these, you will want to try another form of discipline with your child. The main symptoms to look for include

  • Your child constantly asking how much time is left
  • You place your child into a time out on a daily basis or for every issue
  • Your child laughs or runs away if you mention a time out
  • Your child repeats the same issues
  • You find yourself angrier

When these issues are not occurring, then the time out is likely working for your family. If you are looking for other methods though, you may consider time-ins.

The Time-In

A time-in is actually rather similar to a time out. The main difference is that you at no point are ignoring your child. This is why it is called a positive parenting technique – you continue to hear and meet your child’s needs. When faced with a time-in, a parent

  • Brings their child to a quiet and comfortable spot.
  • States why the child is there.
  • Continues to discuss the issue and find the root of the cause.
  • Restate what the issue was.
  • State other techniques the child can use to properly problem solve.

When faced with a time-in, there are different tactics that can be used dependent on your child’s temperament. Along with a discussion with the parent, many children just need a quiet place to calm down and get away from overstimulation. This may look like

  • A corner with a blanket on the floor, books, and puzzles: Your child can then go read or do quiet activities until she has calmed down. Once calm, you can discuss the situation to find out why it occurred.
  • A calm down jar: This is an easy DIY project that uses water, glue, glitter, and other objects. You can make it with your child. When he needs to calm down, you simply shake the jar and have him look at the falling glitter and objects. You may want him to take deep breathes as well. The child should be calm after one to two rounds of this.
  • Meditation: Believe it or not, even young children can practice meditation. This focuses on deep breathing exercises. You may need a focus object such as a picture for him to look at while breathing. Younger children will need the parent to do the activity and count the deep breathes with them. This helps both of you calm down.

If time-ins are not working, you will notice many of the same symptoms of the time-outs. Your child will

  • Run when you suggest one
  • Refuse to speak with you
  • Continue the same poor behavior
  • Continue to increase your frustration and anger levels

The time-ins are considered positive parenting, however, because you are meeting your child’s needs through conversation rather than ignoring him. It therefore is allowing your child to be heard and gets rid of the power struggle rather than fueling it.

Other benefits of the time-in include

  • Encouraging conversation: When your child feels heard, he is more likely to discuss his feelings with you rather than hide them. This means that there is more conversation and shared information between you and your child.
  • Processing emotions: The conversations allow your child the necessary time to process emotions. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the emotions, he talks through them and can see a cause and effect. This is not generally achieved through time-outs.
  • Positive Self-Thought: Most children put into a time out feel embarrassed and disgraced. A time-in, instead, creates a positive atmosphere for your child. He ends the time-in feeling good about himself because he understands and works through his emotions.

Time Out and Time In

There is an alternative to choosing either a time out or time in. You can create a combination of the two. This allows you to get the benefit of both discipline forms. As an example, your family may:

  • Start with a time out that occurs in a calm down place. During this time, you do not speak to your child and he cannot move until he has quieted himself.
  • Join your child and discuss the issue, his emotions, and other options for dealing with the situation
  • Reiterate why the action is not allowed and what to do next time.

The above situation combines some solitary moments of a time out with the conversation of a time in. This may work for families who need time to cool down and process emotions alone before a calm discussion can occur.

There are, of course, many discipline techniques outside of a time out or time in. These are two of the more popular methods because there is no hitting, spanking, or physical force involved. If you use a technique different from someone else, remember to be respectful of their situation. You may not believe in time-outs, but it may be what works for another child. Most families probably use a combination of a time out and time in without evening knowing it is occurring. What do you think? Do you prefer a time in or a time out? Or perhaps, you use a completely different method to discipline. No matter what, finding the right discipline method is always tricky.

 

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October 06, 2015

Online Diaper Subscription Services

The convenience of door-to-door delivery services has proven to be effective in terms of growing new businesses in the past 5 years. Large companies like Amazon don't even need to sell their own products or brands while growing at exponential rates. Although online shopping is nothing new, the popular way to receive consumer products these days is subscription services.

There are "mom's clubs" online which enable a parent to arrange regular diaper deliveries to the doorstop without even having to go online and order more. The websites send advance notices so customers can update the sizes based on their baby's growth. Other companies to offer this service include Diapers.com, Target, and Amazon Elements - which now has it's own line of diapers and baby products. 

However, it is not only the subscription service which keeps customers happy. The product quality must be competitive as well. According to www.nonwovens-industry.com , Amazon halted sales of its Elements Soft and Cozy diaper line on its site. The online retailer claimed that it needed to conduct design improvements due to negative customer feedback.


Other subscription based services, like Honest.com, started out as purely an online company but can now be found in major retailers. Honest has also undergone some changes in their diapers and ranked LAST in www.babygearlabs.com reviews of disposable diapers.

 

With automated delivery service, customers may choose to receive just 1 package at a time, or they can bundle multiple packages of several products together. For Mom's the convenience of having even 1 less item to carry from the grocery store is worth the price of UPS/FedEx/USPS delivery. Especially for those Moms with twins!

 

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Are companies with distribution channels just trying to offer diapers because they have the customer base? Or should we start taking a look at companies focussing on the product itself? 

 

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October 06, 2015

Tips on Getting a Shower

Everyone has advice for new parents: get sleep now is usually the big one. The piece of advice nobody says, though, is that you may never shower alone again. At least for a few years. When it starts, you have a newborn. It takes at least a week and spit up left in your hair for a day before you realize you showered two Wednesdays ago. Then, the baby screams if you leave her. This continues for a year until she just starts stripping and jumping in with you. There are, though, a few tips for getting that well deserved shower. There is nothing quite so refreshing – and deserving – for a new Momma.

 

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Showering with an Infant

During the newborn and infant stages, remembering to take a shower may be your biggest challenge. If this is your issue, you may want to set a reminder in your phone. Many babies, though, simply don’t allow their parents to take a shower. Instead, they demand your attention at all times. Feedings, diaper changes, spit up, cuddles, finding five minutes to get sudsy is difficult. If you are struggling with this, you may find it easier using one of these tips

  • Place your baby in her swing or bouncer: Leave her on the floor in front of the tub. This way you can watch her, grab a shower, and attend to her as needed. The swinging or bouncing is likely to help her stay asleep or at least calm.
  • Place her on a blanket with some toys: If staring off isn’t working, give her some toys to help her stay entertained.
  • Shower with her: It is likely going to be uncomfortable at first, however, if done properly this is completely safe. You can use either a small baby tub or something like a Blooming Bath to lay her on. Then, you can shower and she can see you the entire time. As a bonus, you can then gently rinse and bathe her when you are done. Two clean in one go.

 

Showering with a Toddler

Showering with a toddler often becomes more difficult, especially if you have a light sleeper. Suddenly, naps and evenings are no longer available. Everyone told you to put on a movie. They did not mention that after one minute of shower bliss, a naked toddler would be pushing your legs while claiming the water. If you are struggling with a toddler and a movie doesn’t cut it, you may want to

  • Place her in a high chair with a favorite snack: Whether it is cereal, apples, or sugary cereal, if your baby will give you 10 minutes of peace to shower, take it. You can also use coloring page placements to add extra entertainment.
  • Put a gate in her room: The gate is used to contain her within her room, which ideally is fully baby proof. Then, she can play with toys or lay down. It allows her door to stay open, however, so that you can still hear her if she calls for you.
  • Bring Out the Electronics: In a worst case scenario, bring out the electronics. Whether it is a tablet, a phone, or something else you know she craves, use it. Turn this into a special occasion that is used only when you shower. It gives your toddler something to look forward to and you a peaceful break.

Every parent deserves that 10 to 15 minutes by themselves to take a shower. Yes, you can shower with your toddler, too. It is not the same. If you are struggling to get that much needed break, don’t be afraid to give it to the one thing you know your baby wants. Whether it is a favorite toy, movie, or game, the peace a shower can bring you is well worth it. Not only will your body be clean, but your mind will be refreshed as well.

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September 27, 2015

Breastfeeding Your Newborn in the Hospital

Everyone told you what labor would be like, but not one person was right. That is because each labor is different from the next. The key characteristics, though, are generally feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. As soon as your beautiful baby enters the world, she is probably ready for her first drops of colostrum. Breastfeeding immediately, while extremely beneficial, can also be incredibly difficult. Surprisingly, there are still doctors who offer poor advice to maintain a breastfeeding relationship. This is simply because they are not specialized in breastfeeding and do not spend time researching it. If you want to, and are able, to breastfeed your newborn, follow some of these tips to help ensure a successful nursing relationship.

Immediately After Birth

Whether you delivered via c-section or vaginally, immediately after birth skin-to-skin time is highly recommended. This encourages bonding between the newborn and mother while also helping to bring your milk down. Ideally, your baby will nurse within the first 30 minutes to 1 hour after birth. Her first shots, being weighed, etc, can occur after this time.

In terms of breastfeeding, skin-to-skin encourages the breast crawl. This is the most natural hold for your baby to begin nursing. Many mothers are led to believe that positions like the football hold are the best. In fact, though, the breast crawl allows your baby to find your breast by yourself. It allows

  • Baby to rest head between breasts
  • Baby moves head and ‘crawls’ up to the breast
  • Baby to choose breast and place it in her mouth

Even as a fresh newborn, your baby can actually move enough to find the boob when she is hungry if she is close enough. It allows you to give her milk without shoving it in her face. Other holds, of course are necessary and helpful throughout the course of your breastfeeding experience.

In Recovery

Momma’s, your nipples have never been so sore. It feels like the worst sunburn and gets worse each time your baby nurses. While uncomfortable, it is completely normal. Nursing is a physical sensation that your body has to get used to – similar to a callus on a finger. Pack some Soothies in your hospital bag that you can slap on between feedings. These are cool gels that can be peeled off, without washing, before feeding and placed back on afterward.

Your baby starts nursing with colostrum until your milk is fully established. If you are lucky, your baby wakes to nurse every one to two hours. This is because the milk takes only 90 minutes at most to fully digest. Other babies want to nurse every 15 minutes. Others never ask to nurse and you need to force them. Recently, a doctor was overhead telling a Momma with a five day old that it was okay to nurse her only every six hours. That is not okay. No matter what temperament your baby has, she is ideally fed on demand and every two hours at most. This allows her to

  • Establish your milk supply
  • Bond
  • Rid her body of the meconium

There is no question that breastfeeding a newborn is exhausting. With every nursing, more than likely there is a diaper change as well. Many Momma’s start to feel like nothing more than a dairy cow. Just remember, this passes. As you recover mentally and physically from pregnancy and labor, these moments nursing because shared memories with smiles, giggles, and many milk comas.

 

September 26, 2015

Diapers: The Pee and Poop Count

There are only a few ways your doctor can tell if your baby is getting enough milk or formula. The first two are weight and height growth. The next is counting the number of pee and poop diapers each day. When you leave the hospital, you may even receive a chart to make it easy. This is important because it ensures your baby is getting all his necessary nutrients and helps to prevent jaundice or other health issues. If you are worried your baby isn’t eating enough, read on to find out what is normal.

The Diaper Count

A newborn goes through difference stages of wet diapers in the beginning because the Momma’s milk hasn’t come in yet. Once this occurs, though, it quickly shifts and you will change more diapers in this stage than any other. The typical wet/poopy diaper count for a newborn is

  • Days 1-2: One to two wet diapers with meconium
  • Days 3-6: Five to six wet diapers, three greenish poop diapers
  • Days 6 and on: Five to six wet diapers, three to five loose stool diapers

In the first week, there is a general rule of thumb: the number of wet diapers a day is the same as the baby’s age. One day old, one wet diaper, two days old, two wet diapers, etc.

After day 6, you should still have a minimum of the five to six wet diapers a day. More than likely, you will have even more than this. The poop diapers, however, may shift. You may notice that your baby starts to have less frequent bowel movements with bigger results. Meaning, there is a lot more poop per diaper.

If you are breastfeeding, it is common that every diaper has poop in it. It is digested quickly and therefore expelled quickly.

How the Count is Made

It is important to note that these averages are achieved in a disposable diaper with an average pee and/or poop in it. Cloth and natural fiber diapers may need to be changed more frequently since they do not have the chemicals in it made to hold more water weight. So where a disposable diaper is changed 5 to 6 times a day, a cloth diaper is more like 6 to 8 times.

Likewise, it makes a difference as to how long you go between diaper changes. One Momma may change her baby as soon as the wetness indicator has changed. She has a higher number of wet diapers a day than the Momma who waits for the diaper to start sagging. To determine the average diaper weight used here for the newborn, add three tablespoons of water to a clean diaper. That is one wet diaper.

If you are unsure your baby had a wet diaper, place a Kleenex in the diaper before putting it on. This will get wet and stay wet if your baby pees.

 

Counting wet and poopy diapers may seem like an old way of doing things, however, is gives your doctor the best information about your baby’s health. It ensures that he is not dehydrated. The consistency of the poop can tells the doctor if your baby has a healthy digestive system. These are small and key tips that allow you, and your doctor, to know your baby is doing well that are completely non-invasive. If you have any questions, though, please call your doctor for advice.

September 24, 2015

The Controversy of Pull-Up Diapers

Your toddler is showing sides of potty training. She watches you use the toilet, she sits on it with the diaper still on, or she may even attempt to use it herself. The struggle is not only teaching your baby to understand her body, but what to put her in. Do you keep using diapers, switch to the pull up, or do directly into underwear? Most parents go to the pull-up, however there is some controversy as to whether that is the ideal method.

Benefits of the Pull-Up Diaper: The pull-up is considered the next step toward freedom because it mirrors underwear. The diaper can be pulled up and down the same way. This makes it easy for your baby to get to the potty, but catches accidents without any floor messes. Other benefits of this diaper include:

  • Parent Sanity: Underwear means there will be accidents. It means cleaning the floor and lots of bubble baths. It is even worse when you leave the house, never knowing if she is going to pee in the grocery store without telling you. The pull up makes it easy to leave the house without constantly wondering if today is going to be the day Target, and your food, is drenched in baby pee.
  • Thickness: A pull up is usually thinner than a normal diaper. This means your baby is going to find it more comfortable to wear and may not attempt streaking throughout the house.
  • Ease: Many parents actually start using a pull-up far before potty training begins. You know that stage, the one where your baby squirms, twists, kicks, yells, and punches getting her diaper changed. It is often a lot easier to pull the diaper down and pull a fresh one back up without any laying down. Imagine if the pull up could take the fight out of a diaper change.
  • Nighttime: Accidents at night are probably the worst. Your baby wakes up, you wake up. You have to change and clean your baby as well as the sheets on the bed. Often, your baby is then too awake to go back to sleep and a night party ensues. Pull-ups keep this party from getting started.

Disadvantages to the Pull Up: There really is one disadvantage to the pull up, which unfortunately pretty big. The pull up is still a diaper. This means all the urine is fully absorbed so your baby never learns they are wet. It turns into a never ending cycle. While accidents are a headache, these actually teach your baby to recognize their body’s signs that they need to get to a toilet. The pull up prevents this.

Other options instead of a pull up include cloth trainers that are made to absorb the first drops of pee and tell the baby she is wet. It does not prevent an accident. You can place rubber pants on as well if you want to keep it off the floor. You may also consider a pull-up made from natural materials. Unlike synthetic ones, they aren’t going to completely stop the wetness from being felt. Natural diapers will, though, hold the waste so you don’t have the overflow spill.

Whether you skip the pull-up or stay with it, ultimately you want to do what works for your family. Some daycare providers, for example, insist on the diapers. Like many baby products, you may find a mix of the pull-up with regular underwear works best for you. This generally means at night and when leaving the house, a pull up is put on. At home, your baby wears underwear. A situation like this is ideal because the baby can learn her body’s signals, and the parents still get some sanity. Reduce your use, but sleep well!

 

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September 23, 2015

Babyproofing your home

When your little one starts rolling and army crawling, it is time to pull out the babyproofing supplies. It may seem early, but shortly after the army crawl comes the sprint crawl followed by the walking. Your life then changes forever as your baby learned how to get into everything from drawers, cabinets and doors while yanking on the heavy furniture. The areas you need to babyproof first are the ones you find yourself constantly finding your baby at. Then, follow these tips to catch those other areas you may not think of quite yet.

Heavy Furniture: As your baby starts coasting, he uses anything he can to pull himself up. This often becomes the couch or your legs. While these are safe, other furniture is not. Pieces such as dressers, bookcases, and televisions need to be bolted into the wall. There are straps sold as most stores that attach to the piece of furniture and the wall. If your baby then pulls up on it, it can tip a few inches without falling atop your baby. It may seem unlikely to happen to you, but this actually occurs too frequently.

Kitchen: The kitchen is one of the biggest areas to babyproof. Any drawer or cabinet that has something your baby shouldn’t be dealing with needs to be safe. There are a number of kits to help you do this, some without needing to screw anything into the cabinets. These kits often come with range covers so the stove cannot be turned on accidentally. Many parents find leaving one cabinet or drawer with baby safe items in it helps keep your baby out of the other drawers.

Bathroom: Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is the next place to go. If you find your baby shoving toys in the toilet, getting into the cleaners, or constantly overflowing the faucet, it is time to babyproof. At first, it is much easier to simply put a cover over the doorknob and keep the door closed. That way when you have to run to the bathroom you aren’t worrying about unlocking the toilet seat. Unfortunately, after potty training starts this no longer works.

Other Tips: More than likely you have hit the three main areas that babyproofing is really a necessity. Depending on the temperament of your baby, you may find other areas need to be finished as well. Here are a few places you may not have considered:

  • Outside Doors: Some babies figure out the locks quickly and learn how to escape. There are locks you can place higher up on the door that keeps them from running out the door.
  • Steps: If you have a sunken living room, that pesky step or two may be causing some injuries. As easy fix is using a one dollar pool noodle and slicing it lengthwise. Insert over the corner of the step and falls won’t hurt anymore. This can be used on sharp corners and furniture, too, costing much less than other methods.
  • Think Up: If you have a climber, think up. The tall furniture, the pictures on the wall, the dining room chairs: these are areas you need to be attentive to. It may seem silly, but a climber is going to get up on the back of the couch and start playing with that beautiful framed picture. Suddenly the picture falls and you have a sad baby. You want to ensure everything is either high enough, bolted down, or removed until this stage passes. You may even find it easier to wall mount your television and its stand.

Some parents get lucky and have babies more interested in learning language before exploring. They then have little babyproofing to do. Many parents, though, have explorers who want to get into everything. When babyproofing, you really need to think like a baby and watch him to see the important areas to get done. Not only will it keep him safer, but it will keep you saner as well.

 

 

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