Monthly Archives: July 2016

Need Great Tips for your Baby’s First Week?

Your heart’s beating and you’re super excited: this is your baby’s first week at home. You’ve read all the books, prepped for everything, and probably even gone through some practice with some baby dolls. But now that you’re facing your future for the first time, things are a bit daunting. Maybe even scary.
How will you know what to do? What if you mess up? What if you forget?
Hey, relax. Deep breath. We’ve got your back with this brief guide, but also be sure to talk to friends, family, and your doctor to get their advice.

Bonding

Bonding with your baby
Because your baby can’t do much on their own, it’s extra crucial for you to spend as much time bonding as possible. There are a few ways to really get your bond with your newborn going.
Lots of skin to skin touching and cuddling – perhaps the best way to bond. Potentially most effective when combined with the times you breastfeed your newborn.
Lots of chatting, laughing, playing, and eye contact – over time, your baby will learn to follow your actions and start to mimic you.
Your voice and touch – in truth, your baby loves your voice, and both your voice and touch help keep them calm, now and in the future.

Communicating

Communicating with your baby
In truth, you and your newborn are learning how to communicate with each other each moment you spend bonding. But it’s important for Mom to do a bit more legwork when it comes to understanding “babyspeak”. Babies are super fussy, and will cry when irritated, hungry, sleepy, too cold, energetic, too warm, dirty. It’ll even seem like they cry for the sake of crying. Maddening. Luckily, determining what’s bugging your baby doesn’t take long.
However, what you have to pay attention to is how your baby is crying. That indicates what exactly is on their mind. Though this does take a bit of time, and you’ll have to pay close attention, but eventually you’ll know which exact pitch means someone needs a diaper change. Again.
Soothing
Soothing your baby through the power of swaddling
Newborns just out of the womb seem to constantly be in need of being soothed. And it’s understandable – they were having a grand ole’ party in your womb, when they were pulled kicking and screaming into this crazy, bright, blue world.
Your best bet to keep them calm (and quiet) is to hold them close. You want to mimic the feeling of them being back in the womb, as that’s incredibly comforting for babies that age. It’s also why swaddling is super effective. Most importantly, your touch and voice will be what calms your newborn down the most. It’s that feeling of home, and love, and Mom that sets the “Crying Time” switch to off.

Feeding

Feeding your baby
Newborns typically get hungry around every 2 to 3 hours, and because of their super tiny tummies, need only 1 to 3 ounces of milk each time. While breastmilk is definitely the most nutritious milk possible for your baby, we understand that providing breastmilk 24/7 could be a challenge. Some mothers have been able to mix up breastfeeding with bottle-feeding and found great results.
But we aren’t the experts for your baby and your biology, and actually, you should get the professional advice from your doctor, pediatrician, or even a lactation expert. It also would help to reach out to your own Mom to get advice, no matter how strange the phrase “Hey Mom, tell me about boobs,” might be.

Cleaning

Cleaning your baby
Luckily, newborns don’t really need to be cleaned daily. Usually, three times a week is more than enough to keep them from getting grimy (and stinky – yikes!) We get that bathing your baby can be daunting. They get super slippery when wet, and your first few times bathing could be a stressful event.
So our advice isn’t to put your baby in a washtub – though do have it close-by. Instead, lay your baby on a towel, and gently wash them with a damp sponge or washcloth. Be sure to avoid getting water on the umbilical cord, or (if they have it) their circumcision.
No matter what, always keep one hand on your baby, and all your bathing products within arm’s reach.
Sleeping
Babies and sleeping.
Oh, sleep. None of us are ever fully prepared for the kind of sleep deprivation that a baby brings. Which is really weird considering that babies pretty much sleep for 16 to 18 hours per day. I suppose the problem is that they wake up every few hours to get a milky snack.
In any case, it’s a whole new test of endurance that you never knew existed. Luckily, there’s a way to make the sleep dep easier to handle.
Our advice is to use a chart to track your baby’s sleep habits. Eventually, you’ll find your baby’s natural rhythm, and you’ll be able to synchronize your schedule to match. And really, you ought to nap with your baby as often as you can to keep your energy up. It’s probably the only way to keep your sanity intact, too.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Is Mozart’s Music Effective for your Baby’s Growth?

Everyone has at least heard about the Mozart effect. It’s that theory people who listen to Mozart’s music are temporarily better at spatial reasoning. As a result, people have taken these studies and applied them to babies, reasoning that this approach would be very helpful with their developing minds. It makes sense that classical music would affect your baby’s growth and development for the better.
But we wonder just how effective the Mozart effect actually is. Can classical music actually help babies become smarter?

Mozart and the Human Brain

Back in the 90s there was a huge media storm surrounding a couple of studies that linked classical music, specifically Mozart’s music, to higher cognitive brain functions. The first study was published in 1991 by French researcher Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis in his book “Why Mozart?” He wanted to study the effects of music’s healing properties and development on the human brain.
In 1993, his study was further expanded by three researchers: Rauscher, Shaw, & Ky. They wanted to specifically study the effect of Mozart’s music on spatial reasoning. With their test group of college students, they discovered that the effects did enhance their spatial reasoning, but only for a maximum of 15 minutes.
There were sound positive results, just not specifically on children, IQ, and long-term growth.

The Mozart Effect

The media caught on to the research and pretty much ran with it, and gave the research great amount of attention for the rest of the 90s. Articles in subsequent years kept on touting how classical music increased people’s IQ’s, despite the fact that the studies never attempted to correlate Mozart’s music with IQ. Like a decade-long game of Telephone, the story grew and changed beyond the original findings.
In 1997, writer Don Campbell published “The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit”. In it, he reiterated the previous theories by the researchers albeit incorrectly attributed IQ instead of spatial reasoning, and posited that, logically, it would help in a child’s mental development.
This caused a major frenzy nationwide. In 1998, Georgia governor Zell Miller famously proposed $105,000 of the state’s budget would be devoted to providing classical music CDs to children. Products began showing up on shelves that took advantage of this wave of interest, notably Baby Einstein’s Baby Mozart VHS.

So Are Babies Better Off?

Now that it’s decades later, we should theoretically be seeing much smarter babies, right? The unfortunate thing is that most of the benefits were simply overblown by the media, and by some companies. No scientific study has ever shown a correlation between listening to music, and IQ growth.
There are some modern studies that do show that music has an impact on human development in terms of how we process that sort of stimulus to open up our minds. It’s a reason why we listen to music while working, or to gain inspiration creatively.
It was also discovered that though listening to complex music was temporarily beneficial, learning how to play a musical instrument was definitely effective in increasing IQ. The increase averaged roughly three points, which can be significant.
In conclusion, introducing your baby to Mozart’s music won’t really turn them into a genius, but perhaps they’ll gain an appreciation for the classical giant. And to really make them shine, have them learn the piano so they can play Mozart on their own

What’s your take on Mozart’s music on babies?

 

The 6 Best Baby-Friendly Vacation Spots

So you’ve likely just had a baby, and might be wondering if you’ll ever get to have a vacation ever again. After all, it’s crazy tough taking care of your toddler at home, much less somewhere you’ve never been. But don’t fret! There are tons of family resorts and baby-friendly vacation spots that cater to families just like yours all of the time.
This means you could actually forget about your kid, guilt free, and go have some serious fun. Well, for a couple of hours, anyway.
Check out the list below; there’s a few different choices depending on how much you want to spend, how far away you want to go, or what kind of things you want to experience. Just keep in mind that overseas resorts usually require that your baby’s immunizations are up to date, so make sure to check their respective FAQ’s for the shots they require.

Vacation Destinations in the United States

Stay closer to home
Disney Cruise Lines. What else can be said about Disney Cruises, other than they are beloved by families across the United States. Though their minimum age is 3 years old, there are multiple activities and clubs they can explore under counselor supervision. Though there are a ton of great activities for kids, they don’t shy away from giving the rest of the family some amazing options for R&R! Each cruise line has a wide array of things to do, from dinner to parties to nightclubs and more. And with Disney and Star Wars being all chummy, some cruise lines have Star Wars themed events. This means your family gets to hang out with the Skywalker family, too!
Great Wolf Lodge. Perhaps one of the most widely known indoor water parks, Great Wolf Lodge offers amazing family adventures in twelve States (and Canada). They boast all sorts of activities for all ages, which is a huge plus. However, unlike many of the other choices, these resorts don’t offer childcare services. The one great thing about these parks is that they’re all indoors, which means that inclement weather will never affect your family’s fun. And they’re more than just water parks – they’ve got restaurants, shops, theaters, spas, and more.
Tyler Place Family Resort. One of the most loved resorts in America, Tyler Place Family Resort has activities for your children as well as for you. The best parts are the Infant and Toddler programs which assigns a caregiver to give your baby some great experiences at the resort while you catch some “you time”. The best part is that the resort has always been owned and operated by the Tyler family, so they know exactly the kind of activities and entertainment yours would love. Stateside, this resort is probably the most baby-friendly spot for family vacations and should not be missed.

Global Vacation Destinations

Take your family and your baby globetrotting!
Aulani. Disney has an amazing resort in Hawai’i proudly called Aulani. It is named after the phrase “messenger of a chief”, and signifies the amazing Hawaiian culture your family will experience. They provide many excellent experiences for your kids at Aunty’s Beach House, although they have the same age restrictions as their cruise lines (3-12). These experiences range widely: learning about Hawaiian culture, surf-related activities & crafts, Hawaiian-style parties & dancing, and more! This resort isn’t just fun – it’ll teach your family about the rich culture of Hawai’i. Truly, that’s the best of both worlds.
Franklyn D Resort & Spa. Located in beautiful Jamaica, they tout themselves as the ultimate family resort. In many ways, they certainly are! They are arguably the most baby-friendly vacation destination in the world. There are activities for kids, teens, and adults, and each family is assigned a personal ‘Vacation Nanny’. These nannies provide care and fun for your kids while you explore the resort during the day. They’re a mind-blowing perk that’s families absolutely love. For this resort, the term ‘all-inclusive’ seems to merely scratch the surface.
Club Med Ixtapa. If you don’t want to get too far from the US, Club Med has a resort amidst the gorgeous Sierra Madre mountains. Club Med Ixtapa caters to families with children of all ages, with different levels of childcare, ranging from babies to toddlers to preteens to teens. This means you can safely let Club Med staff – lovingly called ‘gracious organizers’ – take care of your kids while you go off and enjoy the more adult side of the resort. There’s definitely tons to do for all members of the family such as exploring the beauty of the Mexican Pacific ocean.

Are you taking your family to any baby-friendly destinations this summer?

Whoa! iBaby Air Featured on the Indiegogo Team Favorites Collection!

Great news, everyone! We just got featured on the Indiegogo Team Favorites Collection! This is such a momentous accomplishment just a few days after launch, and we’re super excited for the success of this campaign.

iBaby Air is the world’s smallest indoor smart Wi-Fi air quality monitor and ion purifier that detects volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as carbon monoxide, alcohol, and eighteen other elements. It purifies the air with negative ions, tracks your air quality, and allows you to create charts and see changes over time. And it even sends notifications straight to your smartphone through the iBaby Care app!

What’s really exciting is that the campaign recently hit 30% funding, and we hope to hit the $15,000 mark in record time so we can get this truly amazing product in your homes.
Be sure to snag your iBaby Air now for just $79!