Nursery Themes

Whether you are about to have your first baby or your fourth, decorating your baby’s nursery is a very special activity. After all, the nursery is the place that will serve as your baby’s sanctuary for the next years to come. That said you want to be sure that you invest the energy, time and money to make it as homey, pleasing and aesthetically pleasing as possible for your baby. With
that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help you choose the perfect theme for your baby’s nursery:

European Theme

Say the word ‘European’ and sophistication and elegance come to mind. A European nursery theme makes use of a colour palette that is easy on the eyes. Colour choices include lavender and creams or pink and blue. Fine imported linens that touch the floor are used for the crib and a sturdy rocking chair can also be brought into the room.
Furniture items for European themed nurseries include oval mirrors, armoires with shelves, and mini crystal chandeliers. Wallpaper that features bunnies or bumblebees are also often used. European themed cribs can range from dark wood with hand painted leaves, wrought iron finish in gold or slate, or country French in white or walnut. Accent the nursery by tying bows around the crib.

Jungle Theme

As opposed to the European nursery theme, the jungle theme is more fitting for parents who would like to provide a more colourful,vibrant atmosphere for their child’s nursery. Jungle themes use plenty of stuffed animals, wallpaper or murals featuring lush tropical forests, and tasteful wood décor. You can either paint the walls of the room a deep shade of green to give off the illusion that one is deep in the jungle, or go for a lighter atmosphere by painting the room cream or yellow and painting murals of jungle animals on the wall. Use  beddings that feature different jungle animals and decorate the room with stuffed animals. You can also opt to use solid coloured beddings if you think the room is starting to look a little too busy.

You can also hang mosquito nets around the room to complete the look.
Lastly, decorate the windows with stickers of birds, flowers or rainbows to make the colours around the room pop.

Ballerina Theme

While the two themes mentioned above are gender neutral, the ballerina theme is a theme that you should consider applying for your nursery if you have a little princess on the way. While it may seem complicated at the outset, creating a ballerina theme for a nursery can actually be pulled off with the use of simple décor. You can paint the walls with a shade of pastel pink or purple. Pick up bedding fabrics that feature ballerina prints such as ballet shoes or little ballerinas.

Browse online or at the store for a framed picture that you can hang
on the wall that fits the ballerina theme. Depending on your taste and preference, you can choose a vibrant, colourful photo or a more
classic and reserved black and white one. You can also put up a pair
of ballet shoes on the wall or behind the door to give the room a
genuine ballerina feel. Lastly, you can showcase a music box with a
spinning ballerina in the centre.

These are only some of the nursery themes that you can consider using. There are many more such as a farm animal theme, a beach theme or a teddy bear or a balloon theme. What is important is that you like what you see and what you feel when you are in the room as it is you and your baby who will be spending time in it.

Nursery Cleaning: Toxic Free Is The Place To Be

Mothers and fathers take pride in bringing their little one home to a cozy, beautiful and safe nursery.  With baby’s first experiences outside the womb, we understand that babies are very delicate and extra sensitive to their new surroundings.  So we try our best to take every precaution to guard our precious little one from harmful agents.  Being outside, there is not much one can control.  You can’t control how the air smells, or the car that drives down the road, or the individual close by who is sick.  Sure, you make every attempt to keep your baby away from hazards, but you take the risk every time baby is outdoors.  What you can control is keeping your baby’s nursery safe, sanitary and totally free from harmful toxins.

eco baby

Cleaning

Keeping your nursery clean is essential to providing a safe environment for your baby.  Make sure you regularly clean the carpets using a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.  This filter will help get rid of the majority of dangerous pathogens, allergies, dust particles, pet dander and more.  According to a 2002 U.S. Geological Survey, 80% of cleaning solutions leave behind a residue which may include antibiotics, synthetic hormones, insecticides, etc.  That is a poor exchange for germ-free surfaces!  These chemical substances can be very harmful if ingested or inhaled and can affect the development of your baby’s immune system.  Go to the store and get yourself some non-toxic cleaning products.  They are just as effective and smell considerably better.  You can also try home remedy cleaning solutions which are significantly cheaper and free of toxic residue.

Crib Bedding

Your crib bedding is the last thing your little one sees before bedtime and the first thing your newborn sees when he/she wakes up.  You newborn will spend about 2/3rds of the time sleeping in the crib, so selecting safe baby crib sets and taking appropriate care of it ought to be one of your top priorities.  Mattresses made up of wool or latex can cause allergic reactions, so try buying an organic mattress or allow a regular baby mattress to air out for at least one month prior to bringing baby home.  Purchasing organic baby bedding and clothing are also an ideal alternative.  Organic baby bedding is free from chemical finishing agents that are utilized to preserve the fabric.  Choose baby bedding which is 100% certified organic cotton so it is soft, comfy and breathable.  Make sure to wash all items using fragrance-free detergent and no fabric softener.

Painting

Painting your nursery walls is a wonderful way to create a nice ambiance for your nursery.  Make sure not to paint while your pregnant and also use paint that has no or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  This goes the same for sealers and finishers for furniture.  Buying unfinished furniture is even better, but realistically, buying new furniture is not always feasible.  Again, give your nursery several months to air out before bringing baby home.  An air purifier with HEPA filter is also useful in getting rid of allergens, dust particles, asthma inducers, chemicals, biological contaminants and so on. 

Take proactive measures to ensure your baby’s nursery is safe and free from toxins.  I would suggest preparing and sanitizing your nursery several months before baby is due to guarantee all possible contaminants are eliminated.  You may not be able to control outside variables from imposing harmful agents, but you can certainly control turning your nursery into a safe sanctuary for your baby.  Taking eco-friendly precautions is not only safer for your precious little one, but mother nature will thank you for it.

Pacifiers on Babies

Helping others to be aware of pacifiers is the main motive of this post and if you read this post you would also get ample information about pacifiers.There would be innumerable number of posts on pacifiers available on the internet and you must think that there is nothing left that has not been said but just read this post and you would have to take back your words.

Reaching the half way mark can provide you with sample signs of what is in store for the next half. So, if you are satisfied with what you have read about pacifiers here, you would not be disappointed further also.

Experts have voiced valid concerns regarding the use (and abuse) of pacifiers. Not only can pacifiers cause nipple confusion in an infant, it is also associated with premature weaning. A newborn infant is driven to suck on anything placed in their mouths, including a finger or artificial nipple. In an ill, small, jaundiced or easygoing baby, this drive to suck may become a substitute for feedings, since the urge to suck is being satisfied.

Some babies might be satisfied with the simple act of sucking, and if a weary mom or dad decides to try the pacifiers in an attempt to get baby to sleep for a longer period of time or go further between feedings, it can result in such problems as poor weight gain, and in the nursing mom, mastitis, engorgement, a decrease in milk supply, or plugged lactation ducts. Pacifiers and artificial nipples are specially designed so they automatically stimulate the spot in the back of the baby’s mouth, between the hard palate and soft palate that stimulates the sucking reflex.

This might create a lazy baby who will have trouble drawing mom’s nipple into his mouth far enough back to that same sucking reflex is stimulated during feeding time. The pacifier’s shape can even cause changes in the arch of the soft bony roof of the mouth, molding it high and narrow around the shape of the pacifiers.

It is very important to avoid two common, yet very harmful, practices when using pacifiers. First, do not tie the pacifier to a string so that it’s readily available within baby’s reach should the urge strike. This is especially dangerous once baby becomes mobile and learning to crawl and roll, and could pose a strangulation hazard.

Secondly, do not dip the pacifier tip in honey or something equally sweet, as this could introduce cavities in baby’s teeth. Generally speaking, infants and toddlers do not receive regular dental checkups like older children and adults, so therefore if a cavity should develop as a result of such a practice, it could result in severe harm and pain in baby’s mouth and teeth.

And finally, be aware of the overuse or misuse of pacifiers. If your baby isn’t fussy or upset, a pacifier is obviously not needed. Be aware of how you are feeling as a parent when you are offering a pacifier to your baby. Is it really to pacify baby? Or is it more to pacify you?

It is true that most of us hesitate to read posts for the fear of wasting our time but now when you are reading this post do you still think that you should have hesitated in reading this post about pacifiers on your baby first year?

There can never be an end to learning. This post about pacifiers was just a beginning to a long journey. And your success would depend on how much seriously you take this journey to be.

Breast Milk Is The Best Food for Your Baby

If you’re seriously interested in knowing about breast milk, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at things you need to know about breast milk.

Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. It is the only food your baby needs during her first six months. A baby is not ready for other foods, except formula, during the first few months of life.

A breastfed baby usually doesn’t need water. However, you may give her water if the weather is hot and your home is not air-conditioned. Don’t add sugar or honey to the water. Don’t give flavored drinks or soda pop to your baby. Don’t give fruit juice to a newborn baby.

Now that we’ve covered those aspects of breast milk, let’s turn to some of the other factors that need to be considered.

Breast milk is best for your baby’s health. Breastfed babies don’t get sick as often, and they usually don’t have as many allergies. They may even be smarter! Also, breast feeding seems to protect mothers from certain types of health problems.

Mothers often find that breast milk is the easiest way to feed their babies. Also, there is no cost.

You don’t have to wash and sterilize bottles and nipples when you breast feed. This leaves more time for other things. Breast feeding your baby can even help you lose some of the weight you gained when you were pregnant. Breast feeding can be a pleasing experience for baby and mom.

Take time to consider the points presented above. What you learn may help you overcome your hesitation to take action.

Your Baby Should Sleep on His Back

This interesting article addresses some of the key issues regarding SIDS. A careful reading of this material could make a big difference in how you think about SIDS.

You want to keep your baby safe when she sleeps. Most babies are healthy and have no problems when sleeping. But sometimes babies die in their sleep. This is called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or crib death. Doctors have not found out what causes SIDS.

If you don’t have accurate details regarding SIDS, then you might make a bad choice on the subject. Don’t let that happen: keep reading.

Research shows that babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to die from SIDS. If your baby has a health problem, your doctor may tell you to put her in another position. Otherwise, always put your baby to sleep on her back.

Other factors in lowering the danger of SIDS are:

Breastfeeding. Your breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. Breast milk helps protect your baby from many illnesses, as well as SIDS.

Smoke-free environment. Don’t smoke around your baby. Don’t take her around others who smoke. Babies in smoke-free homes have fewer colds and infections.

Closeness. Keep your sleeping baby nearby. It,s good for your baby to learn to sleep in her own crib. Be sure you can hear her if she cries or is in distress.

Bedding. Be sure your baby is sleeping on a firm mattress. Don’t put your baby to sleep on soft or fluffy things, such as a pillow, quilt or waterbed. Keep stuffed animals out of the crib at sleep time.

Temperature. Make sure your baby is warm but not too hot.
Doctor visits. Take your baby in for her regular checkups. Any time your baby seems sick or has trouble breathing, take her to the doctor or clinic.

Now might be a good time to write down the main points covered above. The act of putting it down on paper will help you remember what’s important about SIDS.

All about Baby Blues

When you think about baby blues, what do you think of first? Which aspects of baby blues are important, which are essential, and which ones can you take or leave? You be the judge.

(Take Time for Yourself)

Some new mothers go through what is known as the baby blues,or postpartum blues.

This happens because your body goes through many changes during pregnancy. These blue feelings may happen to you before your baby is born or afterward.

If you base what you do on inaccurate information, you might be unpleasantly surprised by the consequences. Make sure you get the whole baby blues story from informed sources.

You may feel discouraged or tense, or feel like crying over little things that would not usually bother you. Don’t worry. These feelings are common. They won’t last forever.

You may also have trouble sleeping. If you do, at least take time to rest. You are under a lot of stress. Getting some rest may help you handle your feelings.

It may help to talk about your feelings with others. Talk with family and friends. You can find out if there are any parent groups in your community. Or contact the National Mental Health Association for a list of local affiliates at 1-800-969-NMHA or visit their Web site at www.nmha.org/. Churches and religious organizations in your community may be able to help you find someone to talk to. You may also want to talk to your doctor.

If you have friends or family who will help you with meals, housework or shopping, now is the time to ask them. It is also a good time to let your baby’s father help out.

Is there really any information about baby blues that is nonessential? We all see things from different angles, so something relatively insignificant to one may be crucial to another.

A Special Word to Fathers

The best course of action to take sometimes isn’t clear until you’ve listed and considered your alternatives. The following paragraphs should help clue you in to what the experts think is significant.

As a father, you have an important role to play in taking care of your baby. Your baby needs you. And mom needs you to share many of the responsibilities of taking care of your new baby. When you do things with your baby, you and your baby get closer. You and your baby form a bond that helps her feel safe and happy.

You may feel nervous around a newborn. Or you may be afraid to touch your baby because you have never done it before. The best way for you to get over the uneasiness is to hold your baby.

Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there’s more to baby than you may have first thought.

Here are some things you can do to be a part of your baby’s life. You will find that the more you do with her, the more comfortable you will be.

Hold and cuddle your baby.

Smile and laugh with your baby.

Talk to your baby. Your baby will quickly learn your voice and know that you are her daddy.

Change your baby’s diapers.

Cuddle with mom and your baby during breastfeeding.
When mom,s breast milk or formula has been put in a bottle, you can give your baby the bottle. Cuddle with and talk and sing to your baby during bottle time.
Take your baby for a walk. Babies love the sights and sounds of the outdoors.

Play with your baby.

That’s how things stand right now. Keep in mind that any subject can change over time, so be sure you keep up with the latest news.

Your Baby Depends on You for Checkups!

In today’s world, it seems that almost any topic is open for debate. While I was gathering facts for this article, I was quite surprised to find some of the issues I thought were settled are actually still being openly discussed.

Your baby needs medical checkups during her first days, weeks and months so the doctor can see if she is growing right. The way your baby grows in her first year can affect her health for life.

Knowledge can give you a real advantage. To make sure you’re fully informed about Checkups, keep reading.

Checkups are a normal and important thing for babies. Even though your baby seems healthy, she should get checkups at one to two weeks of age, and at two, four, six, nine, and 12 months of age.

Your baby’s first visit to the doctor will be a week or two after birth. Ask your doctor for the results of the hearing screening if it was done in the hospital. If a hearing test was not done, ask your doctor for a referral for the test. You need to know as soon as possible if your baby has hearing problems. If she does, she may need special help now so she can communicate with people. This will help her when she learns to talk and read.

At each checkup, the doctor or nurse will:
Examine your baby’s head, eyes, ears, heart, lungs and other body parts
Measure your baby’s length, weight and head size
Ask about your baby’s hearing and vision
Ask you questions about how she eats, sleeps and acts
Give you information about how a baby develops and grows

Of course, it’s impossible to put everything about Checkups into just one article. But you can’t deny that you’ve just added to your understanding about Checkups, and that’s time well spent.

Your Newborn Reflexes

You should be able to find several indispensable facts about reflexes in the following paragraphs. If there’s at least one fact you didn’t know before, imagine the difference it might make.

Babies have special reflexes that last only a few months. It helps to know what the reflexes are so you are not alarmed when they occur.

I trust that what you’ve read so far has been informative. The following section should go a long way toward clearing up any uncertainty that may remain.

The following reflexes are normal for newborns:
Moro or startle reflex: This occurs when your baby’s head shifts position quickly. Or when her head falls backward. Or when your baby is startled by something loud. She will react by throwing out her arms and legs and extending her neck. Your baby will then quickly bring her arms together. She may cry when doing this. This reflex should go away after two months.

Rooting reflex: This is how your baby hunts for her mother’s breast. If you gently stroke the side of her cheek with your finger, she will turn her head toward your finger. This lasts for three to four months.

Grasp reflex: Your baby will clench her fist around anything pressed into the palm of her hand. You can show this to a big brother or sister. Say, The baby wants to hold on to your finger. This reflex goes away at five to six months.

Stepping reflex: If you hold a newborn baby upright under her arms with her feet on a hard surface, her feet will make a stepping action. This happens even though it is a long time before she is ready to stand or walk. This usually lasts a couple of months.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about your baby’s reflexes.

Knowing enough about reflexes to make solid, informed choices cuts down on the fear factor. If you apply what you’ve just learned about reflexes, you should have nothing to worry about.

Healthy Newborn Looks Like

Healthy Newborn Looks Like

Have you ever wondered if what you know about newborn is accurate? Consider the following paragraphs and compare what you know to the latest info on newborn.

Newborn babies don’t usually look like the cute babies in diaper ads. Newborns’ heads are often more pointed than round. Their skin may be wrinkly and reddish in color. This is normal.

In the center of your baby’s head is a “soft spot” where the skull bones have not yet joined. This allows your baby’s head to be flexible during the birthing process. The skull bones will grow together to cover this spot as your baby grows. Meantime, the soft spot allows your baby’s brain to grow.

Sometimes there are dark red patches on the baby’s eyelids. They can also be on the bridge of the nose or back of the neck. No one knows what causes these. They usually go away during the first year.

Truthfully, the only difference between you and newborn experts is time. If you’ll invest a little more time in reading, you’ll be that much nearer to expert status when it comes to newborn.

Some babies are born bald, some have thin hair, and others are born with thick, dark hair. For many babies, this first hair rubs off. For others, the color may change.

Eye color can also change after birth. Eye color is usually set by the end of the first year.

The umbilical cord that is left on the navel at birth will drop off in five to 10 days. The place where it falls off will become your baby’s belly button.

Sometimes baby girls bleed from the vagina. Sometimes boys or girls will have swollen breasts. They may even produce a few drops of milk at birth. Hormones from the mother cause this. The discharge is harmless and will soon disappear.

If you’ve picked some pointers about newborn that you can put into action, then by all means, do so. You won’t really be able to gain any benefits from your new knowledge if you don’t use it.