Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Swaddle Swag: Why You Should Swaddle Your Newborn Baby

Swaddling is the practice of wrapping your baby tightly in a blanket that goes back to ancient times. Babies love the warm tight feeling that scientists say may remind them of being in utero. It may help to calm the baby down, prevent her from waking up if she startles in her sleep, and simply help her stay warm.

The rules for swaddling are quite easy. You can start swaddling the baby right from day one. Swaddle the baby for naptime as well as for the time she’s awake until the baby is about four weeks old. After that, swaddle the baby for naptime only. Pediatricians do not recommend swaddling after the age of two months, when babies are likely to start rolling over.

There are lots of techniques for swaddling, and you can pick the one you like best. We like this simple one from Baby Center. Remember to always give your baby some room in her legs – make sure she can easily bend her legs when swaddled. This will help prevent risk of hip dysplasia.

Two months of swaddling your baby will fly by in a flash. Don’t lose this opportunity and take a lot of photos of swaddled baby. You can use your baby monitor to capture moments when the baby is smiling in his sleep… she will thank you later!

Thanks to Melika Bashi for sharing a beautiful photo of her baby Radeen… We cannot get enough!
Photo credit: Elmira Nosratollahi from le-dezign photography

You Are What You Eat: Four Rules For Healthy Lifestyle During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a special time for any woman, and it is natural for a future mother to be concerned whether or not she is providing the best care for her unborn child. Often times, these concerns involve a woman’s diet during pregnancy and her lifestyle in general.
‘Now that you’re pregnant, you should eat for two’. We all have heard this saying. But is it true?
‘You should not do this when you’re pregnant’. Most of us have heard something like that as well. But remember, pregnancy only qualifies as a ‘disability’ in the HR office.
Let’s take a closer look at some rules to follow when you are expecting a baby:

  1. Do not pack on calories. Your baby is really small and does not require another 2,000 calories, which is a typical diet for an adult. In fact, you should add only about 300 calories to your everyday diet when you become pregnant.
  2. If you haven’t been eating healthy, it is the best time to start it. This means eating more fruits and vegetables, and choosing lighter, leaner meats. Skip sushi, coffee, soda, and alcohol. Add a good prenatal vitamin.
  3. Do not forget to exercise. Spend at least 30 minutes a day outside, preferably walking. Not only exercise helps you stay in better shape, it also provides a boost of endorphins, which will make you a happier mom-to-be.
  4. Do not compare your weight to that of your pregnant girlfriends. Did you know that the amount of weight you should gain depends on your body mass index before pregnancy? According to the Institute of Medicine, for women who were underweight before pregnancy, 28-40 lbs weight gain is considered healthy. Moms with normal weight pre-pregnancy are recommended to gain 25-35 lbs. Overweight women are okay to gain 15-25 lbs, while obese women should aim for 11-20 lbs.

There are many resources a pregnant woman can consult on keeping a healthy lifestyle, including doctors and online resources. We recommend exercising common sense and good judgment when listening to advice, and doing good homework when learning something new.

Let’s Rejoice: iBaby Monitor M6 Gets A Review on The Geek Church

The Geek Church logo

When we get reviews from men… it’s always special

We are saying ‘hallelujah’ here as we got an iBaby Monitor M6 reviewed by Mark at The Geek Church. Mark talks about the minimalist design of M6 that anyone is likely to enjoy. He also digs deeper by discussing how tech-savvy (or not?) you need to be to use the monitor and showcases the monitor’s features he loved.
Read full review here.

What New Mothers Usually Do Not Talk About: Fighting Postpartum Depression

As you are preparing for the baby’s arrival, you feel excited and maybe a little scared. When the baby comes, your life changes completely. You are tasked with caring for a new human 24/7, a responsibility that can be overwhelming. It is natural to feel irritable, tired, and anxious. Dubbed, ‘the fourth trimester’, these feelings are familiar to almost any woman and a natural reaction to this life-changing event. In fact, fathers are not an exception either and may feel anxious after a baby’s birth as well.

However, when the symptoms last longer than two weeks, it is time to take the bull by the horns. What can be done? The very first step is not being isolated and talking to someone you trust about your feelings: your partner, your family or close friend, or a doctor. We are inspired by blogger January Harshe who started #takebackpostpartum on Instagram in an effort to bring awareness to the condition and support fellow mothers.

While you will be feeling an immense love for your little one, it is important to not forget about yourself. Find a way to have some ‘me-time’ and quality time with your partner. Take your baby out for walks, exercise and make healthy food choices. Do not beat yourself up if your house does not look perfect any more. Make realistic goals for yourself and feel good when you reach them.

Postpartum depression is a treatable condition and happens to many new parents worldwide. With time, positive attitude and support you can overcome ‘baby blues’ and be the happy parent you always wanted to be.

Five Things You Should Never Say To A Pregnant Woman

A pregnant woman with her partner walking on a beach
If you know anything about pregnancy, you know how much hormones add to a woman’s state at that time. You know you should be careful with things you say, but there are also common etiquette rules that you want to follow when speaking to a mommy-to-be.
Learn how not to make a fool of yourself with these easy five etiquette rules:

  1. ‘Are you pregnant?’ or ‘You look huge!’

First of all, if you are not sure whether a woman is pregnant, do not bring it up. Ever. Let a person share happy news with you when she is ready. And even when you know a woman is pregnant, try to avoid mentioning her weight gain.

  1. ‘Can I touch your belly?’

How would you like to have your belly touched multiple times a day? While it might be okay for a family and close friends, you probably wouldn’t want a stranger touching you. As tempting as it might be, do not ask for that.

  1. ‘What names are you thinking about?’

While some people share the name of a baby with everyone before the big day, some people prefer to keep it personal. Still curious? You can ask whether the couple is having fun picking names instead.

  1. ‘Is it you or your hormones?’

Hormones do mess up with you and it’s something you cannot control. However, it will be rude to remind the woman about her hormones all the time. Let it fly.

  1. ‘Don’t do that.’

If you knew how much advice pregnant women get, ranging from ‘You shouldn’t dye your hair’ to ‘You shouldn’t sit cross-legged’, you would not dare to offer any advice ever. Instead, saying something like, ‘I heard some people do this… What do you think about it?’ will sound more polite.

Babiators, Stat: Why You Need To Pick Up A Pair Of Sunglasses For Your Baby

Child in sunglasses on a beach

Sunglasses are more than just a cool accessory.

‘Sun is shining, weather is sweet…’. The spring is finally here.

As the days become longer and warmer, you probably spend more time outside with your child. It also means you baby sees more sun, and you might be wondering whether your baby needs a pair of cool shades.

In fact, your baby’s eyes are not any different than yours, so a good pair of sunglasses is a good idea from an early age. Sunglasses shield your baby’s eyes from harmful UV rays, which can help prevent such diseases as cataract, or retinal degeneration later in life.

When choosing a pair, make sure they block at least 95% of UV rays. Because a baby is likely to try how the sunglasses taste at some point of time, seek ones that are made of non-toxic materials (BPA-free). For that reason, you might want to pick the ones that have acrylic lenses, not polycarbonate.

If your baby is not that into sunglasses, have her wear a wide brimmed hat or a visor. Seeing you wearing a pair of sunglasses might make your baby want to copy you, so pick up a pair of aviators and go twinning with your child as you enjoy the sun.

Three Ways To Make Your Baby’s First Easter Extra Special

Easter bunny
The most spring weekend is almost here! If it is going to be your baby’s first Easter, then the weekend will be extra special. If you still don’t have a plan worked out, check out these suggestions to make the baby’s first Easter unforgettable.
Dress the part
Start with picking some Easter themed clothes. You can always find cute onesies or bibs that say ‘My first Easter’, or you can go for solid colored clothes in pastel colors – mint, lavender, cream or yellow. Check out Pinterest for decoration inspiration and make sure you take lots of photos of your baby.
Pack the Easter basket
The Easter basket for a child that is under one year of age will definitely be different than the one for an older child. While you cannot put any candies, eggs or chocolates in it, feel free to add stuffed toys and teethers in a shape of a bunny, headbands, blankets, or spring colored burp cloths.
Play games
Have some plastic eggs in different colors to play with your baby. You can hide them in your baby’s presence, for example under a pillow, and have them ‘find’ the eggs. Or you can have the baby sort the eggs by color. If your baby is too small for these games, she will still enjoy looking at and exploring these new objects. Just have a camera ready not to miss her smile.

iBaby Monitor M3 Is On Sale… No Joke!

Laughing boys
How many April Fools jokes did you hear today? We have something for you that will make you smile from ear to ear, but it’s not a joke. Are you ready?

Well, the news of the day is that our iBaby Monitor M3 is on sale now on our website for only $109.95. Hurry up, supplies are limited!

The M3 is the first version of the iBaby family, which adopts the latest technology for easier set up and enables monitor viewing from external networks without additional set up. Works on your phone, tablet, and PC. Read more here.