Monthly Archives: January 2015

iBaby Monitor M6 to the Rescue

Lisa from The Wise Baby has found herself in a predicament Luckily, she ordered iBaby Monitor M6 through Amazon, and it was delivered overnight. We are excited that Lisa was able to thoroughly enjoy her vacation and that our monitor came to the rescue! The rest of the story and Lisa’s opinion on iBaby Monitor M6 can be found here.

Why It Is Important to Spend Time Without Kids

Nothing can really prepare you for that big change of becoming a parent. Of course, you anticipate that your life will change and you will be busier but you are most likely underestimating the extent. The majority of parents find themselves completely occupied with their newborns. The whole life changes. There is nothing else but the baby for you.
Experts say it is a dangerous way of looking at reality that can hamper your personal relationships with friends, family and your partner. As you become a 24/7 wellness guardian of your new baby, you may forget about yourself and your own happiness. The overwhelming sense of responsibility leads to postpartum depression in not only women, but also new fathers as they transition into a new parenting role.
That is why it is important to find time to spend away from your children, even if it is only 30 minutes to get coffee from outside or go on a short window shopping session. You can use your free time to catch up with your girlfriends over the phone or watch the latest episode of your favorite show. Without the baby in the room. No peeking at the baby monitor either.
Often times, the relationship with your partner is the first to suffer. You need a reminder what made you fall in love with the person before the baby appeared. You should continue having common interests and activities to enjoy – without kids in the picture. Commit to at least one date per week with your partner. It does not have to be a candlelit dinner in a restaurant in the evening. Pick a time when you are least tired and go on a hike, watch a movie, play some pool or go swimming.
Bottom line is that if you do not have some ‘me-time’ as you used to have before the baby, you will not be able to stay your happiest. And when you are not happy, you won’t be able to your best to your family – your partner and your baby. You should not feel guilty about taking some time off from your parenting duties because you will come back to your kids as a happier mom and your kids will be happier in return.

How to Fly with an Under Twelve Months Old Baby

Are you getting ready for your baby’s first flight ever? The very first flying experience might sound scary because you don’t know what to expect, but many parents agree that babies under a year old are the easiest to fly with. If you’re one of those parents getting ready for a flight, you might want to check out these tips broken down by age:
1-3 months old
This might be the easiest age to have your infant fly with you. Almost certainly, your baby will be asleep most of the flight. Even when awake, she will probably be happy just sitting in her car seat or in your lap. As with any baby, have her suck on something during takeoff and landing – pacifier, bottle or you can nurse the baby. Have extra clothes and diapers in case of an accident and enjoy your flight!
3-6 months old
This stage is quite easy to manage as well. By three months of age your baby should have a predictable routine, so you will know what to expect en route. While the baby will not be asleep as much as she was when she was a newborn, she should be still quite manageable in her car seat or on your lap. You might want to bring a water bottle to offer to the baby during takeoff and landing in case she does not want to nurse. Bring some familiar objects for the baby – a favorite blanket or a toy.
6-12 months old
As your baby spends more time awake, you will find yourself alert and busy traveling with a baby over 6 months of age. If you can, get a separate seat for a baby because it will be more challenging trying to keep her on your lap buckled. Make sure you have some antibacterial wipes for everything your baby will want to explore. The best part of this age is that your baby will transition to solid foods which will make feeding easier. Make sure you get your baby used to room temperature food ahead of the flight for even easier meal times.

How to Choose a Baby Crib Mattress

While future parents often spend a lot of time researching what type of cribs are best for their child, usually less attention is given to crib mattresses. Which is unfortunate, because mattresses not only contribute to a peaceful sleep of babies but also support the baby’s growing body when she is sleeping. An improperly chosen mattress can be a danger to an infant, so it is important to know a few things when searching for a perfect crib mattress.
Soft or hard?
Not all mattresses are created equal. Look for one designed specifically for infants. They are usually more firm that regular mattresses since softer mattresses present a suffocating hazard to babies. Never allow your baby to sleep on an air mattress, water bed and softer adult mattresses as they all are dangerous to infants.
What’s inside?
You can choose between foam and innerspring mattresses. The former are usually lighter and cheaper. If you would like to buy a foam mattress, choose one that regains its shape faster after being pressed on. This will help your baby to change his sleeping position easier. Innerspring mattresses are usually more durable than foam ones. Choose one with thicker springs which makes the mattress more firm.
Reusing a mattress?
Can you save money on a crib mattress? In fact, there are some concerns about using second hand mattresses. The reason for them is that mattresses might trap bacteria and fungi that can be passed on to your baby. Use good judgment when deciding whether or not to use a mattress that was handed down to you. If you know that it was properly stored in a well-ventilated area and used with a mattress cover, you should be fine.

How to Care for Your Baby’s Skin in Winter

Remember that feeling when you first got to touch your baby and adore his softest skin? As the time goes by and seasons change, you might notice that your baby’s skin has become a bit drier in winter. Cold winter air has less moisture that warmer air which causes skin to lose moisture and become dry. To keep that ‘baby skin’ soft and glowing as ever, there are a few things you have to do.
Protect your baby’s face when outside
Always apply hypoallergenic moisturizing cream or lotion to your baby’s face before going outside. Give preference to products that contain SPF as your baby can get sunburn even in winter, especially on windy days. When staying at home, use a moisturizing face lotion without SPF at least once a day.
Keep your baby’s lips moisturized
Don’t forget about applying a lip balm to your baby’s lips, especially if he is a notorious drooler. Look for a lip balm made specifically for babies with more natural ingredients. Remember to reapply from time to time.
Take care of your baby’s skin after bath time
For winter time, you might want to choose a richer body lotion to use for your baby after bath time. Choose a moisturizer without alcohol and perfume and apply in within five minutes of bath. Keep water warm but not hot when giving a bath to the baby as hot water dries skin out more than warm water does.

Getting Ready for Your First Trip as a Family

If the last time you traveled was just with your partner but now you have a little one to join you for the first time, you must be very excited. More like, excited and scared. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when setting out for your first trip as a family. Some people prefer staying in furnished apartments to have a full access to a kitchen, while some prefer hotels with more amenities. No matter where you are planning to stay, there are a few things you should check on before heading to you temporary home:
Does the place have a crib or a playpen?
Call the place in advance to check whether or not they have a crib or a playpen. If they do, you don’t need to worry about bringing your own unless you absolutely prefer to do so. If you prefer to have your own, buy a portable one and have it shipped to your destination in time for your arrival.
What does your child need for sleeping?
What helps your child to sleep? A new environment can be stressful for a child, so having something familiar for the sleeping time will be comforting for your baby. It can be his favorite toy or a blanket, or the book you read before the nap time. You might also consider bringing a night light since the hotel rooms can be quite dark at night.
What do you need for bottle cleaning?
Keeping your baby feeding supplies clean is key when traveling and most likely no hotel will provide you with those. Think in advance what you might need: bottle brushes, bottle drying rack, your favorite detergent. We often take those things for granted when we are at home and truly understand what we are missing when being away.
Does the place have a bathtub?
Call the place in advance to see what kind of bathrooms they have and, if possible, request one with a bathtub to wash the baby. If there is none available, you will need to bring a baby bath tub with you or order to have it shipped to your destination in advance.
Where is the closest supermarket?
No matter if you decide to bring all your favorite baby essentials such as diapers with you or buy them on the spot, it is a good idea to know where the nearest supermarket is. If possible, choose a location with one within walking distance.

What Drinks Are Okay for a Baby?

From water to alcoholic drinks adults can enjoy a variety of drinks suited for different moods and different occasions. When it comes down to children, it is important to know that there are restrictions based on a child’s age that will help you understand whether or not a drink is suitable for your child. So make yourself a cup of tea and get yourself familiar with recommended – and not recommended – drinks for children:

  • Breastmilk: This is essentially the only liquid your child will need from birth until at least six months of age. It is recommended to breastfeed the baby for a year or longer if desired.
  • Water: You can choose whether or not to give your child water before she is six months. If you decide to do so, it will not harm the baby. After six months, you should offer water to your child. You can start teaching your baby to drink water from the sippy cup around 6-8 months.
  • Cow’s milk: Cow’s milk and powdered milk is not recommended for babies under 12 months of age. Children are usually not able to properly digest it before that age. Cow’s milk can make your child anemic or hurt her kidneys.
  • Infant formula: This is a substitute for breastmilk. It should be given to a baby until she is one year old. After that, there is no need for formula – the baby should make a transition to solid foods.
  • Tea: Caffeinated teas should not be given to infants or toddlers. You can offer your child some unsweetened herbal tea after six months of age to help with colics. Caraway, chamomile, fennel and dill are the best choices for an under a year old.
  • Juice: Since juices contain sugars, they are not recommended for children because they contain unnecessary calories and can cause teeth decay. If you wish to offer juice to your child who is over six months old, dilute it with at least 50% water. Offer it at meal times (not as a snack) and from a sippy cup.
  • Soda: Packed with caffeine and empty calories, soda drinks should not be given to infants or toddlers.
  • Coffee: It is not recommended to give coffee to infants or toddlers. Caffeine is not recommended until at least the age of 10.

Five Ways to Stay Healthy in Winter

The first time your hear your child sneeze, you will realize that winter is not only about Christmas fun. Winters usually bring bouts of cold, flu and other unpleasant illnesses. So before your hear that sneeze… take some action to not hear it at all! Here are five ways you can keep your kids healthier in the cold season:

  • Make sure kids get enough sleep: with the nights getting longer in winter, the wish for hibernating is only natural. Try to rearrange your child’s schedule in a way that will allow him to sleep for 8-9 hours at night. Encourage day naps, too – and no one will blame you if you take one yourself.
  • Practice eating good food: it is colder and darker in winter and you might be craving comfort foods that aren’t necessarily healthy. Fight the urge with making some rich flavorful soups – which are also helpful in supporting the immune system. Remember that your children should start the day with a hearty breakfast – you can try warm oatmeal with fruits and nuts instead of cereal. Ginger, garlic, dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables should be on every day’s menu.
  • Keep your kids’ schedule: children from early age find it comforting to have a set schedule. Winter might not be the best time to disrupt it by starting a new hobby or redecorating the nursery. If your children were allowed to stay up longer during the winter break, it might be difficult to go back to the old schedule abruptly. Amp up the TLC and spend more time hugging and cuddling with your kids to ease the transition.
  • Don’t forget to exercise: make sure your kids don’t spend all day playing on tablets or watching TV. Let them go outside to play in the snow, take them to a local museum, farmer’s market or a skating rink. If you have a baby, use a baby carrier to go on an all-family hike.
  • Keep positive outlook: stress contributes to lower immunity, so stay positive and practice good thoughts. Be thankful for what you have and focus on the positive in any situation.