19
Jul

4 Easy Ways to Use Baby Oil

by Tiffany in Birth & Baby

Ways to Use Baby OilAfter a child is born, people tend to give gift after gift after gift, maybe without realizing quite what it is the gifts do. Baby oil is an often bought gift for the expectant mom. It’s a product that’s little understood and seems to just exist inside of baby gift baskets. If baby lotion is around to provide moisture, what uses are there for baby oil? Due to the nature of oil, it clings to skin longer, providing more hydration.

Aside from contributing to the overall hydration of your child, baby oil has many other uses you might not have known about. This article is going to go over those other applications!

Removing Latex Paint from Skin

Paints and primers are tricky, sometimes they can just rub off dry like rubber cement, sometimes they’ll be stuck to your hands for a few days. A secret trick to removing these stains is to take a cotton ball, wash cloth or other porous fabric and dab the cotton ball on the baby oil, once applied, rub in concentric circles around the painted portions of your skin. Baby oil is not a scrub, it’s softer and more localized massage oil.

After you feel like you’ve made some progress, feel free to scrub with soap and water until all of the paint gone.

Remove Eye Make Up

Everyone loves a clean face, but modern makeup supplies have been designed to stick to faces stronger than they ever have before – which can make it quite a chore to take off. If you don’t have the right tools you may not be able to remove it, which can lead to build up in your pores that can cause acne outbreaks. If you simply apply some baby oil to a cotton ball and gently rub over any eye makeup that you want removed. Use another cotton ball to wipe off excess oil, and voila!

Shine Your Wooden Furniture

If your dinner party guests are on their way and you’ve just noticed that there are unsightly water stains on your tabletops, have no fear – baby oil can help by providing a quick polish. This is a great alternative if you have nothing else and no time to get to a store to buy a tablecloth.

The mineral oil will make the wood shine and help create a water-proof barrier that should impress all guests.

Removes Wax, Gum or Bandages

If you’ve got some bubblegum or wax on your body or in your hair, baby oil will get it out. Apply a small amount to the affected area, let it sit, then work at the mess with your fingertips. It will make the gum easier to get out, it will soften the wax, and it will help the bandage come off without tearing out any hair. This is a great method to remove the residual wax after an eyebrow waxing appointment.

Baby oil has many practical health and beauty uses, as well as household applications – so be sure to keep some around your house handy at all times!

15
Feb

Products That Make Mothering a Newborn Easier

by Tiffany in Birth & Baby

Portrait of a 2 months sleeping baby girl.

Becoming a mother is the most miraculous feeling a human being can experience. During pregnancy and delivery your body is put through the ringer, but the second you hold your newborn baby, it’s all worth it.

I’m not going to lie. Being a mom is no easy job, especially if it’s your first time having a child. Luckily, there are a lot of products that have made motherhood a whole easier. Here’s a look at some of my favorites:

Products for Building an Essential Breastfeeding Kit

In recent years, a lot of new information has come out about the importance of breastfeeding. While it can be a pain in the boobs at times, it’s much healthier for your baby. The good news is there are a lot of products that make breastfeeding more convenient.

The most important product is a good breast pump. There are two versions you can choose from: a manual hand pump or an electric pump that does the work for you. Whichever you choose the two most important features are durability and portability. Two brands that are worth considering are Avent and Medela.

rel “nofollow”>BabyCubby.com is a great one-stop shop for putting together a breastfeeding kit with everything you need. They have an awesome selection of individual pumps and entire systems plus a whole lot more. Additional products that are essential to making the breastfeeding experience easier include:

  • ·  Storage bottles with nipples
  • ·  A breastfeeding pillow
  • ·  Cloth sling
  • ·  Nursing pads
  • ·  Nursing bra
  • ·  Burp cloths
  • ·  Bag to keep everything in

Don’t forget to pamper yourself a little. Breastfeeding is deceptively exhausting and at times painful. There are a number of products that are specifically designed to keep your nipples healthy. A soothing, all-natural nipple cream is a must. Hot and cold gel pads can also provide much-needed relief.

Products for Creating an Awesome Diaper Changing Station

Most new moms are surprised by how much time is spent changing a newborn’s diaper. They usually go through 10-14 a day. Since you’ll be changing an ungodly amount of diapers, a highly functional diaper changing station can save a lot of time.

Just about any flat surface can double as a changing table as long as you have a cushioned pad to lay your baby on. There are also cribs that can convert into a changing table as needed. If you can afford one, a purpose-built changing station is the best bet since it has storage for keeping all your diaper products and rails to keep your baby from rolling off the table.

Whichever option you use, make sure a few drawers are within reach and cleared out. In the top drawer keep the following:

  • ·  Diapers
  • ·  Inserts if you’re using cloth diapers
  • ·  Wipes
  • ·  Diaper cream

Right next to the changing station have a diaper disposal can ready and waiting. These are a great place to keep used diapers before they get tossed or washed because they keep the odor from escaping. Keep additional can liners in one of the changing station drawers.

Your setup will differ slightly depending on whether you use disposable diapers or cloth diapers. I personally prefer cloth diapers because they are much more environmentally friendly than disposable diapers. Cloth diapers will cost more upfront but they will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the long run.

A great diaper bag is another must for taking your changing station on the go. It should be large enough to hold literally everything but not so large that you can’t hold it along with a car seat/carrier.

Products for a Quick and Clean Bath Time

Newborn babies get their bottoms cleaned many times a day, but a full-on bath is only needed every other day to prevent dry skin. Thank goodness, because baby bath time not nearly as simple as hopping in the shower. However, I came up with a system that made things much easier and enjoyable for baby.

A cushioned pad that can be laid out on the counter or changing table helps to contain the water and makes the bath much more comfortable for your baby. You can also use a thick towel. Once I’ve got that laid out I’d grab my shower caddy with the must-have baby bath products:

  • ·  Gentle baby shampoo
  • ·  Mild moisturizing baby soap
  • ·  Soft sponge
  • ·  Small bowl for clean water and rinsing
  • ·  Wipes
  • ·  Hooded baby towel
  • ·  Clean diaper

The caddy makes it quick and easy because everything I need is already there. Leaving baby mid-bath just isn’t an option, so you’ll also avoid having to stop and swaddle your baby back up.

If you aren’t bathing the baby right by the sink you’ll also need a plastic or inflatable baby tub. Some moms also simply prefer a tub. One that looks really neat is the 4Moms infant sink tub, which lets clean water in and flushes out the dirty water. A baby tub that goes in the bathtub can be convenient since splash over won’t have to be cleaned up. If you’re bathing in the tub a cushy bath mat is a knee saver.

There you have it – three systems and the corresponding products that can make motherhood much easier on new mothers and their newborns!

13
Oct

How to Make Homemade Baby Food

by Tiffany in Birth & Baby

make your own baby food

Making your own baby food can sound a bit overwhelming, but with a little planning, it can be a rewarding experience for both you and your baby. Baby food is simply grown up food that’s been smashed or ground up so that the baby can eat it. They can eat what you eat if it is prepared for them. It is much cheaper and healthier than buying up little jars of mystery slop with questionable ingredients that many babies don’t care for anyway.

There are many benefits to making your own baby food. If you’ve looked at the price of baby food lately, you might be surprised at how high it is. Making your own food eliminates that cost and the need to recycle all those little jars. Want organic? If you want your food to be organic and not full of preservatives, you have to pay more at the grocery store. No problem, making your own baby food can be the solution you are looking for.

Most of the equipment you need is probably already in your kitchen. Adding what is missing is not expensive and may actually save you money in the end when you factor in the cost of the commercial food you won’t have to buy.

Things you’ll need:

– Food mill, blender or hand blender (I like the Vita-Mix)
– ice cube trays to freeze extras – Unless you want to cook up food for your child everyday, freezing is the way to go. Instead of having to make new, you can just pop it in the microwave and be ready to go in no time. Ice cube trays are a great way to store food and make convenient portion sizes.
– freezer storage containers
– storage jars or containers
– vegetable steamer – Don’t boil baby food; it takes away nutrients from your baby’s food. You can get an inexpensive steamer that cooks quickly and leaves all the vitamins and minerals your baby needs
– pots, pans, colanders, etc.

A portable baby food grinder will help take the hassle out of eating at a restaurant or at grandma’s. They are inexpensive and easy to use and most restaurants will be happy to bring you a plain baked potato, sweet potato, or steamed veggies. Then you just grind and serve. Easy peasy.

Infants often start out eating cereals and pureed fruits and vegetables. The first step is to wash and skin fruits and vegetables then cut them up into small pieces. This will make them easier to use later. Steaming the veggies makes them soft and easy to smash and retains vitamins and minerals lost in the boiling process. Once you’re done steaming, keep the water. You can add it later to thin out your food to the right consistency. If you’re preparing meat or pasta, just cook it on the stove as normal, but don’t add any oil or spices.

As baby grows, she can eat the same meals as the family, just mashed or pureed to her needs, allowing her to learn the family’s tastes. There won’t be any issues introducing table food to her since the flavors will match what she’s eaten all along, not the flavors of the little jars in the grocery store.

After your food is prepared, pour it into the ice cube trays. Once the cubes are frozen, put them in a separate freezer storage container and put them back into the freezer. When you’re ready to go, just take a baggie out of the freezer and warm it upon the stove; simple as that. I don’t use a microwave but that is an option as well.

Making your own baby food is a rewarding and fun experience. Knowing that you are in control of the product and your baby’s nutrition will make the small hassles worthwhile. You will know EXACTLY what is in the food and that is comforting. When you make your own baby food, you always have options.

How to Make Homemade Baby Food

17
Sep

How Co-Sleeping Can Help

by Tiffany in Birth & Baby

I am a big advocate for cosleeping. I shared a bed with all three of my kiddos and I found the benefits for both mom and baby to be without measure. This is especially so with infants and babies who are still breastfeeding but the benefits easily extend to toddlers as well. It makes for healthier and more attached and secure children. And another big bonus: It’s free! No need for a pricey crib which might just be recalled a year or two down the line anyway.

For more info check out my article on Co-Sleeping Safely With Your Baby and enjoy the infographic below!

How Co-Sleeping Can Help

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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27
Aug

Go Primal – Wear Your Baby

by Tiffany in Birth & Baby

Go Primal – Wear Your BabyYou seem to hear about baby wearing everywhere these days. Moms at the park are talking about it and everywhere you turn a new celebrity mom or dad is wearing their baby and making it the next “hip” thing to do. So what is all the buzz about?  Only the latest, greatest, way to carry your baby. Or actually a time honored tradition passed on from moms of old…

Natural families often practice some method of attachment parenting and wearing your baby close to you in a sling, wrap or other baby carrier is often a big part of that. In ancient days women wore their babies to keep them close and safe while they traveled, hunted, foraged, or farmed. Natural moms of today also carry their babies close to them while they work and play. Even breastfeeding is made easier when your baby is cuddled against you in a sling or wrap.

Ring slings and wraps are adjustable, allowing the most flexibility and freedom in how you wear the baby. They can be easily worn by people of different heights (and widths) making it easy for dad or grandma to wear the baby too. You can even get shorter or longer tails depending upon your size. Wrap slings are simply one panel of fabric that is wrapped around the body and tied (or tucked) creating a pouch for baby. The baby can be worn in front, in back, on the hip, facing in, facing out, or lying down. Ring slings are wrap slings that secure by threading one end of the sling through a ring, like a belt, instead of knotting. Some ring slings come with padding on the edges (also called rails) so that the baby doesn’t get red marks on their legs and to provide greater stability. It is easy and discreet to nurse while wearing a ring or wrap sling though it can take a little bit practice to learn how to adjust and wear, but instructions and even video tutorials are available.

Pouches and tube slings have less of a learning curve. Slide it over one shoulder, slide the baby in, adjust the sling so that baby doesn’t fall out and so all the fabric isn’t bunched on your shoulder, and you’re off and running. Pouch and tube slings are not adjustable as they are one or more pieces of fabric sewn together into a single unit. Baby can still be worn in all the ways as a wrap sling, though baby may outgrow the sling before mom is ready to stop. But what mom needs an excuse to have more than one sling or wrap right?

Asian style carriers use less fabric. The baby is supported in a rectangle of fabric and it is secured to the body with four straps: the two at the lower corners tie at the waist and support most of the baby’s weight and the two at the upper corners cross around mom’s shoulders and tie in front. Baby can be worn facing in or out and on the back, hip or front. As there is less fabric, nursing may be more problematic but they are very stylish.

There are many choices in which type(s) of sling is right for you. Try them on at stores or ask your friends if you can try theirs out for a day or two and see which feels comfortable to you. Ask family and friends and online acquaintances for recommendations. There are even discussion forums and groups dedicated to helping you find the right sling for you. It just couldn’t get any easier.

For more reasons why babywearing is awesome check out my previous article… 10 Amazing Benefits of Babywearing. Enjoy!

10 Amazing Benefits of Babywearing

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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