Here are just a few ways to help ease your child's way into potty training and onto the big kid's toilet.
Sweater weather is here and so is snuggle, cuddle and keep-warm season! As we say bye to summer, we greet fall with open arms, pumpkin spice lattes and the best bedding there is.
Keeping your baby healthy, warm and comfortable is always a priority, no matter the month or season. But it's no secret cooler weather requires a little extra work when it comes to keeping your little ones warm.
Between the dreaded allergies that often accompany fall season and the occasional accidents that sometimes occurs during potty training, it's essential that you use the right type of bedding, such as waterproof and hypoallergenic bedding, to keep your baby warm and comfortable.Read more
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Decorating a room with new style, paint, and furniture can be incredibly fun. However, when you're decorating the nursery of your newborn or soon-to-be newborn, there are some ideas you need to consider and some to take off the table immediately.
Because your baby's nursery is going to be the place where they'll sleep and play between diaper changes, their nursery needs to be as comfortable for them as possible as well as pretty enough for you not to wince when you open the door. Therefore, keep some of these nursery choices in mind when you begin to finally set up your newborn's room.
Pick the Right Color
Going gender-neutral with your nursery's color palette can be a great idea, but only if you choose the right palette. While we may associate the color yellow with joy and sunshine, too much yellow can strain on the eyes and cause irritable behavior. Additionally, because yellow is often a daytime-color, it can make it difficult for your baby to fall asleep. Try using softer colors such as powder blue, grey, or lavender which are more gentle on the eyes and can keep a room from feeling too bold when decor is added.
Choose Softer-Looking Wall Art
Children can have a wild sense of imagination when it comes to fears because they haven't come to learn what's threatening to them and what isn't. For instance, a child is afraid of thunder because of the loud sound it creates and will continue to be afraid until they are old enough to understand why it happens. Therefore, choose wall decor in your child's nursery that doesn't play to their fearful imagination. If you're using trees in your designs, be sure they're fluffy-looking with leaves rather than scraggly with reaching branches that may appear threatening to your baby in the dark as they get older and develop object permanence.
Use Heavy Curtains
Babies sleep a lot, but in order for them (and you) to get the sleep they need, their nursery needs to mimic the lighting of night at any given time. Use heavy curtains or window shade to block out any daylight and be sure to have your baby's crib away from where they can see the sun. Just like how adults can trick their sleep cycle by leaving a light on in order to work even after the sun goes down, a baby's sleep cycle can be tricked by turning the lights off.
Use the Right Baby Crib Sheet
When choosing a baby crib sheet, be sure to choose a fitted crib sheet in order to keep your newborn safe from the threat of suffocation, which can happen in the case of loose sheets. Additionally, utilize waterproof fitted sheets and pillowcases. You may have the greatest diapers on hand, but something can always go wrong resulting in either a number of washes or having to buy a new set of sheets altogether. A waterproof sheet will last you from early childhood up until their toddler years when they begin potty-training -- 15% of potty-trained children will continue to wet the bed up until age five. In addition, the hypoallergenic nature of a waterproof baby crib sheet will keep your child safe from any skin-irritation that may result from summer heat.
However, three baths a week isn’t enough to keep your child fresh-smelling. With continuous drool and sweat, it takes additional care between bath times to keep your child clean. Here are some tips to keep your baby clean and healthy between those bath-times.
To keep your newborn’s skin from drying out in the bath, but to keep grime, dirt, and oil from building up on their skin use wipes periodically throughout the day. And not just on their genitalia during diaper changes.
Wipes help to remove sweat, spit, and oil that may accumulate in the soft skin folds of your baby’s neck, back, and arms. Routinely running a wipe through these folds will keep your baby smelling fresh between bath times.
Waterproof bedsheets and pillowcases
Waterproof bedsheets are more than potty training sheets. A baby goes to the bathroom often throughout the day and night and a diaper isn’t always going to catch all of the leaks. This often leads to multiple changes in bedsheets and pillowcases and sometimes those same sheets ending up in the garbage.
Baby waterproof sheets and additional protective pillowcases give you more bang for your buck. You’ll be able to get far more uses from a baby crib sheet that’s a waterproof crib sheet than you would a regular one and without the need for laundry stain remover.
When a wipe won’t do the trick, but it isn’t a bath night, utilize the helpful hand of a warm washcloth. A warm washcloth mimics a sponge bath, but with less water, and it will get more grime and sweat from the skin folds of your baby than a wipe.
Keeping your child clean and fresh is essential to maintaining their health. Be sure to give your baby two to three baths and week and to tend to their skin throughout the day with a wipe or washcloth to keep grime and sweat from building up and creating a painful rash.
A mattress protector, especially a waterproof one, is definitely a good shield against spills, but it's also an excellent shield against bacteria. Almost 15% of children still wet the bed at age 5, and while it's not a huge deal, it's the perfect breeding opportunity for bacteria. But if you invest in a waterproof mattress protector, you'll be preventing those bacteria from growing, as cleanup is fast and easy and fluid won't be able to seep into the mattress.
Allergic Reaction Prevention
Microscopic pests like dust mites live in the fibers of mattresses and can trigger irritating allergic reactions if you're not careful. Not only can a mattress protector prevent those little attackers from irritating your skin, it can help prevent inhaling them. Inhalation can also irritate the respiratory system, and mattress protectors are designed to prevent that kind of irritation.
Child Health Aid
School-aged children tend to bring their activities home with them, and if those activities involve germs or dirt, you can be sure they'll make their way onto the bed. No matter how much you clean the bed sheets or the mattress, those bacteria will continue to thrive there. But a mattress protector can help you ensure they won't spread to other areas of your child's bed or bedroom. And if you make a move to invest in a mattress protector from the very beginning, you might not have to worry about bacteria living in your child's mattress at all. Proper hygiene is important, but there's no safety net quite like a mattress protector.
Mattress protectors provide just as many, if not more, benefits than waterproof sheets for baby cribs. Why wait to invest in something that will keep you and your family safer and cleaner at night?