Hug a Monkey

June 15, 2010 by  
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First of all – the name is just too cute for words!  I love it.  Hug A  Monkey – it says it all.

When my babies were little we didn’t see many baby slings around. It wasn’t until they were already walking and too big for me to carry when I saw the idea take off.  Even this weekend two moms from our church were slinging although the one mom was having trouble adjusting the sling so it was high enough for her baby.

HugAMonkey to the rescue!  This looks like, by far, the easiest baby sling out there – with a very nice price tag to match!  Click the video below to see how easy this sling is to use!  And then click here to visit the site to buy one for yourself or a new mom that you love!

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Using Sign Language with delayed little ones

April 5, 2010 by  
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I’m a big fan of Baby Sign language. I’ve seen the successes that it’s brought for some of my young mom friends and I experienced it first hand when we babysat for our friends’ daughter from birth. It really does work.

But I’ve often wondered if the same simple signs that parents use with their infants and toddlers might also work well for parents of preschoolers and elementary school age kids that have some learning difficulties and the like. Now a days it seems like no matter where you turn, there is another child that’s considered “on the autism spectrum” and I would think that using sign language with these precious kids might help to reach them at a level that you might not be able to otherwise.

I’m no expert but it seems that speaking with the kids visually as well as with speaking the words while making the signs to them would help to bridge the communication gap with kids that are hard to communicate with. I know it certainly can’t hurt!

I have a resource to pass on to you today that might help in this regard. First is a free ecourse on Aspergers Syndrome – another syndrome along with autism that I hear more and more about these days. If you’re interested in learning more about this, just fill out the form below and you’ll get a series of emails that touches on the syndrome, the symptoms, treatments, etc. It’s really thorough and it’s free! 🙂

Here’s the sign up for that – and don’t worry – this is just a list for that particular ecourse. I won’t email you through that beyond those initial emails.

Enjoy and I hope it’s helpful!

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Prepare Your Child for a New Arrival

September 16, 2009 by  
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Children grow up so fast, and there are changes each step of the way. If you’ve recently found out you’re pregnant, you may be wondering how to prepare your child or children for a new arrival. Use these ideas and you may find your child actually looking forward to their new brother or sister.

It’s common for older children to feel jealous when they’re told about a new sibling. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. There is much you can do to help them feel less jealous and more eager to be the older sibling. Here are some suggestions:

1. Involve your older child in as much of the pregnancy as you can. Tell them as soon as you and your partner feel comfortable and make it a joyous occasion for them. Have a special “I’m going to be a big brother or sister” dinner for them.

2. Look through the family’s baby pictures. Start with yours and your partner’s, and then look through each child’s baby pictures. Ask them who they think they looked like. Then ask them who they think the new baby will look like the most.

3. Buy them a t-shirt that says “I’m a big brother” or “I’m a big sister.” Explain to them you’ll need their help when the new baby comes. Tell them you know they’ll be a great sibling.

4. Ask them for their ideas for baby names. Be prepared, however, because they may want to name the baby after their favorite toy, pet, or television character!

5. Take time as a family to read books about becoming an older brother or sister. Give them an opportunity to tell you how they feel about a new brother or sister. Are they afraid you won’t love them anymore? Are they afraid you won’t have time for them? Be sure to let them know you’ll never stop loving them.

6. Take them to the doctor with you. Ask the nurse to allow your child to be in the room while they listen to the baby’s heartbeat or during a non-vaginal ultrasound.

7. Try to find a class for siblings. Some hospitals offer these classes to teach new brothers and sisters how to properly hold and care for a baby. Classes will also give them a non-threatening avenue to discuss their feelings about their new sibling.

8. Expose your child to other babies. If you have friends with babies, be sure to visit so your child can see how to hold a baby, talk to them, and how careful they’ll need to be around them.

9. When you bring the baby home, be sure to ask for help from your child. This will give them a sense of being important to the baby and to you. Ask them to get diapers, wipes, or clean clothes for the baby while you bathe or change it. If you’re bottle feeding, show them how to hold the bottle so they can help feed the baby.

10. If you’re breastfeeding, your older child obviously can’t help with feeding. However, you can have special toys for them to play with while they’re in the room with you and the baby during feeding time. This will allow you to spend time with them and take care of the baby’s needs.

You may find that using some of these ideas on how to prepare your child for a new arrival makes the transition easier. While these ideas won’t guarantee your child won’t have feelings of jealousy, they might help you help them accept the baby quicker.

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Tips for Traveling With Your Breastfed Baby

July 16, 2009 by  
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You have spent awhile getting used to breastfeeding your child at home
and getting into a comfortable routine. Traveling can really mix up
this routine and present new challenges, especially for a
breastfeeding mother. Here are a few tips that can help ease you into
a more enjoyable and comfortable trip with your breastfed baby.

Road Trip With a Breastfed Baby:

If your baby or toddler is already eating solids, this can be an
option for feeding him on the road. However, if he only drinks milk,
you might want to pump milk ahead of time into bottles to feed him
along the way. If you are the passenger, you can even pump into a
bottle and feed him during the drive, if need be. Some babies do not
take bottles at all and only drink from the breast. In this case,
you’ll want to schedule in regular meals and snacks for your child by
visiting rest stops to nurse him. Do not remove the baby from his car
seat as you travel on the road, as this is both illegal and
potentially dangerous.

Breastfeeding On An Airplane:

While it may be frowned upon by some people, it is perfectly legal to
breastfeed your baby in public, and this includes during a flight. As
a breastfeeding mother, you even have an advantage over those who use
bottles, due to the strict liquid regulations. While bottles of
formula and milk are now allowed onto planes, the milk in your breasts
are not subject to search and are quite portable, making traveling
easier for you. One tip you’ll want to try is breastfeeding your baby
during takeoff and landing. This can reduce his fears of flying and
reduces the chance of his ears popping, which can feel painful for a
baby. While many people aren’t thrilled about having a baby near them
in flight, breastfed babies typically make wonderful flying
companions!

Taking along a baby sling can be a huge help when traveling with a
baby, especially when going through busy airports. You can even nurse
discreetly in the sling and noone will be the wiser. The sling also
helps to comfort baby and reduce fussiness, as well as helping him nap
when he’s tired.

Bottle Feeding

Breastfeeding while traveling and doing activities is certainly
different than feeding at home. For many breastfeeding mothers, bottle
feeding is a new concept. If you do plan on bottle-feeding your pumped
milk on outings, be sure you have a cooler that can keep milk fresh as
you are traveling and be sure to abide by the guidelines of how long
milk should be kept. If you are planning on being away from the baby
for a period of time, such as a day at the spa, then be sure to pump
ahead of time for baby as well. This can also be an adjustment for
baby as well and should be introduced to him days before your
departure.

Taking care of yourself

Although vacation is designed to be fun, it can also be physically and
mentally exhausting. There is a lot of moving around from place to
place that occurs, as well as eating at new places and experiencing
new things. It is also possible you will be nursing on a different
schedule, which can be uncomfortable for you. To counteract this, be
sure you are getting plenty of rest, fluids and nutrition. If you are
breastfeeding at odd hours or less than usual, you might need to carry
along a small pump with you (or pump by hand) to release some milk and
give you some comfort. Take along breastfeeding items you may need,
such as breast pads, lanolin or hot packs if your breast get sore.
Vitamin B6 can also assist in tenderness. Vacations are a common time
for moms to experience plugged ducts or mastitis. Baby is distracted
and you may be nursing less. Be sure to take care of yourself so your
vacation is relaxing.

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