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September, 2013

30 Sep 13

Bath temperature thermometers for babies

Using the right bath temperature for babies is very important. Infants cannot regulate their body temperature like adults, so it is important that the bath water is not too hot and not too cold. Bath time is also an intimate bonding moment between parents and children, so you want to make sure your baby is comfortable and not left with a chill. When our daughter was a newborn we bathed her in the kitchen sink, so to warm up the draughty kitchen, we used my grandmother’s trick of turning on the oven. For the water, we knew that we could pour it on our inner wrists and elbows to make sure it was not too hot for Hannah. The problem was that Chris and I prefer to have scalding showers, so we feared our tolerance was too high to accurately judge the right temperature for our newborn daughter. Bath temperature thermometer To […]

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28 Sep 13

‘Swaddle Love’: Swaddling tips for new parents

Autumn seems to be the season for new babies. We always know more than a few people who have just had a baby or who are due to give birth come this time of year. That means lots of baby shower and christening presents for us to shop for! I adore shopping for newborns – all those tiny playsuits, bootees, bibs and hats – but knowing full well that having a newborn can be daunting, I usually like to give nervous new parents something that helps them too. One aspect that I remember intimidated us when our daughter Hannah was born was swaddling. Were we wrapping her too tightly? Too loosely? How could we tell? Swaddling benefits Swaddling, a practice in which a newborn is wrapped tightly in a cloth or blanket, is an age-old tradition for a reason – it really works! It provides your baby with a feeling of […]

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20 Sep 13

Sleep easier with baby movement monitors

It wasn’t too long ago that baby monitors were very basic technology. The monitors did nothing but transmit sound, and even that they sometimes did not do so well, with the crackles and pops of the speaker often mixing in with your baby’s gurgles and coos. But as technology has become smarter, so have baby monitors. They are not just for audio anymore, though the sound quality has certainly improved. Now, there are baby movement monitors in addition to audio and video monitors. Some even monitor the nursery’s temperature! Monitoring baby’s movement We first learned about baby movement monitors when Jane was pregnant with Hannah. As first-time parents, the worry of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, was big in our minds, so we intended to buy a monitor with video in order to always keep an eye on our newborn. Instead, we came across this baby movement  and sound […]

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05 Sep 13

No numbers here! A child’s alarm clock that teaches night and day

It’s no secret that children’s sleep schedules are very different from their parents’. Generally, little ones go to bed and wake up earlier than adults, sleeping anywhere from 10 to 12 hours a night, depending on the child’s age and sleep habits. When our daughter Hannah was a newborn, she sure slept a lot, clocking in 20 hours of shut-eye a day sometimes! Young children also wake up more often during the night as they transition between REM sleep and non-REM sleep stages. Adults wake up too during these transitions, but we wake up and fall asleep again so fast that we rarely remember doing it. Babies and toddlers are still learning, so many times they have trouble soothing themselves back to sleep like adults can. Unfortunately for us tired adults, when the little one is up, so are the parents. Child’s Alarm Clock For children who wake early, night and […]

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