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How Travel with your iBaby this Thanksgiving!

You’re Just hours away until the warm cozy smell of roasted turkey, hot stuffing and sweet pies wafting in your Mama’s Kitchen. But wherever you’re headed for Thanksgiving, the main concern is how you’re getting there with the little ones. Here at iBaby, we want to make sure you are prepared this Thanksgiving. So here are our best tips to make sure your plans run smoothly for everyone involved.

Prepare For All Weather Situations
November can be a tricky month to dress for when traveling. And depending on where you go, make sure to bring enough weather appropriate clothing. Always pack for an assortment of apparel for those traveling in between weather conditions. Include extra warm and cool clothing, leggings, jammies, jackets and footwear. Fuzzy socks are mandatory.

Schedule Your Time
To help everything go smoothly, always give yourself extra time. Whether you are flying or have a 2-hour drive ahead, make sure there’s time for pit stops, diaper stops and nursing breaks. Always make sure you get on the road or arrive at the gate earlier for any mishaps or dirty diapers. Trust us, they will most likely happen.

Babies Eat First
Always make sure your little one is fed and full before it’s your turn at the table. This will guarantee some time for yourself before the baby wants to be held. It’s also always important to take interval breaks with hubby or another helping hand. You deserve to eat your turkey too!

Pack Up the Important Gear
Make sure you have all the extra products your baby will need in order to be entertained at your host’s house. Also, call your host ahead of time to see if they have any of the large bits you’ll need like an extra crib, or a pack-n-play. You also can’t forget to bring extra binkies, bottles and some of your baby’s favorite toys so you can keep baby occupied while you’re indulging.

Set Up Your iBaby Monitor
Don’t forget to bring and set up your iBaby Monitor where your baby will be sleeping. And remember, when setting up your iBaby in a different location, you will need to reset the monitor. Firstly, save all the photos from your gallery. Then go to settings and delete the camera through the iBaby Care App. Once these step are complete, you can now re-install the monitor like doing so for the first time. This will ensure your monitor is up to par with your hosts Wi-Fi.

The Dangers Behind Secondhand Smoke

The majority of smokers and non-smokers understand the dangers of smoking. But usually, people tend to overlook the side-effects of secondhand smoke. Because of this, pregnant women and kids are at higher risk of diseases like asthma, SIDS, and cancer. Secondhand smoke is also the leading cause of diseases that can result in diseases in children and newborns. To learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke and how to prevent it keep reading.

What is Secondhand smoke?

The smoke inhaled by others and not the intended active smoker is secondhand smoke. There are two combinations of smoke released from a cigarette. Mainstream smoke, and sidestream smoke. The smoke exhaled by a smoke is mainstream smoke. And the smoke released from the end of a cigarette, pipe, or a hookah is side stream smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, sidestream smoke is the most dangerous due to the high cancer causing agents. Because of this, it’s best to keep children away from smokers and to keep a smoke-free home. 

What are the Side effects for my children?
Secondhand smoke can cause serious problems in children. Those who are exposed to this can suffer from asthma, SIDS, Lymphoma, Leukemia, liver cancer, and brain tumors. Secondhand smoke can also cause kids to get sick more often, get lung and ear infections and suffer from asthma.

How Can I Protect My Children?
Parents can protect their kids by making sure their home and cars are smoke-free. Secondhand smoke can still contaminate the air through ducts, floors, and walls. The best way to prevent it from reaching children inside the home is to always smoke outside.

Effects of Secondhand Smoke in Expectant Mothers:
Secondhand smoke can lead to a lot of problems for expectant mothers.  This includes miscarriages, early delivery, SIDS, and learning disabilities. And when an expectant mother is in direct contact with secondhand smoke, so is their child. So, it’s always best to keep away from smokers and secondhand smoke.

What is SIDS and How to Lower the Risks

Having a baby is one of the greatest feats a mother will ever go through. But parenthood can come hand in hand with sweetness and harsh realities. Babies, specially newborns, are fragile and are prone to get ill quicker. And every so often, they can suffer from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a condition that has no real cause and no way to entirely prevent it. Because of this, SIDS can lead to be one of the most confusing condition any parent can go through. It can make you feel helpless and vulnerable with a lot of unanswered questions as to why and how this can affect you. So, if you want to learn more about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and how to reduce risks keep on reading

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SIDS  is the unexplained death of an infant, usually when they’re asleep. No one is entirely sure why it occurs or if there’s an answer to help prevent it. Even through it’s a  unknown syndrome, there are few known risks factors associated with it.

What is SIDS Linked To?
SIDS is linked to children who are born with brain defects, low birth weight, and respiratory problems. It’s also closely related to babies whose brains can’t control breathing and sleeping patterns. Because of this a baby can easily fall asleep and not have the ability to wake up while oxygen levels drop.

SIDS is also linked to parents who expose their children to cigarettes and secondhand smoke. Children who have been exposed to smoke can be affected three times more often than those in non-smoking homes.

What Steps Can I Take To Reduce Risks?
There isn’t a foolproof way to prevent SIDS. And that’s what makes this condition that much more frightening. Though there are several steps you can follow to decrease the risks.

Sleeping Habits:
Babies are at a higher risk if they sleep on their side or stomach. It is always crucial to lay a baby on their back and to closely monitor them to prevent smothering. Always make sure that anyone who is babysitting understands that babies should always be laid to sleep on their back. It’s crucial that babies sleep in a firm bed away from loose blankets, comforters, pillows and stuffed animals.

If you’re breastfeeding don’t stop! Breastfeeding is linked to lower the risks of SIDS by 50%. Though this can help, you have to make sure to avoid alcohol when breastfeeding as this can increase the risks of SIDS.

SIDS  has been reduced in babies who have been vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.