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As many of you know, living in a small space is challenging – add a baby into the mix, and even those who thought they had their space organized can be thrown for a loop. As the due date draws closer, the nursery will fill up quickly with tiny clothes, toys and books. Not to mention big stuff like swings, strollers and other newborn gear! Figuring out where to put everything can be a challenge but here are a few fun suggestions to keep all of baby’s things organized, read on.
First things first!
Pack away all toys, clothes and other gear that baby is not ready for yet. Only leave out the age appropriate things that are necessary in daily life on your easy to reach shelves. Babies grow up so fast that its normal to accumulate things – especially clothes – that your kiddo is not quite big enough for yet. However, that doesn’t mean those items need to be accessible right now. Make the most of your closet space by utilizing high shelves; also consider using under-bed boxes for quick, easy access. Be sure to clearly label the stuff you stow away (and sort it by age if possible) to make it easy to find the next size up when you need it.
Storage is key!
Parents understand the need for lots of shelving – especially if you live in a small space. Floor-to-ceiling shelving would be ideal for most parents as it allows for tons of things to fit in one space and is super-convenient for putting things away. Unfortunately storing everything on open shelving can look messy but you can easily hide your storage area by hanging full-length curtains from the ceiling in front of the shelving. That way you can just slide them closed and all of the mess will disappear! Another idea to use cute storage boxes to stow all of that gear in – choose something that is easy to pull in and out and make sure to add a fun tag to label what is inside.
Do you have other ways to maximize storage in baby’s room? We would love to hear your suggestions!
If you have ever wondered if your baby can benefit from music then just think of all the times you’ve put on a relaxing tune to wind down at the end of the day, or used an upbeat melody to motivate yourself and put a smile on your face. Your baby is no different. For decades, lullabies have proven solid for soothing infants to sleep and you are probably among the many parents who have learned the words to classic songs to sing your kiddos softly to sleep night after night. Continue to do this!
Did you know that music is sometimes part of therapy for premature babies because research links listening to music with improved weight gain? Music can benefit you, too. It has the power to lift your spirits, soothe your frayed nerves, and move you to dance. Sharing these tunes together promotes bonding with your child as you both will experience joy simultaneously. Additionally, learn as much as you can about music because as your baby gets older research shows that studying music at a young age can dramatically influence your child’s brain development and creativity.
Babies can hear music in the womb and can even distinguish between and remember different sounds! Newborns have the ability to recognize and remember certain aspects of pitch and rhythm. Foster these skills by making music an important fixture in your home and routines. Play music at bedtime so you can prompt your child to go to sleep by associating specific songs with the end of the day. Don’t resign your music selections to lullabies, but do think cheerful and simple. Let your personal preferences be your guide but try to stay in tune with what your child responds favorably to. The goal is to create a lasting love for music in your child while having fun and exposing your child to new sounds. Be proud – sing loud!
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It may seem like an offbeat idea at first but there are actually many proven benefits to taking time out to fly a kite. The good news is that kites can be obtained easily and at little cost. Of course you could spend a fortune on the perfect kite but you could also make your own and design it to your personal style. This activity is something you can do solo or you can always involve your kids and family in on the fun! It’s also important to note that kite flying is an outdoor activity inclusive of individuals of all size, age and physical ability.
Socializing is one of the great benefits of kite flying as it is often done in groups – most often as a fun activity but it can also be done competitively. The kites we pick are often a reflection of ourselves and our personalities. A beautiful kite flying in the sky is a natural conversation starter for those who struggle with social interactions but want to reach out to a fellow kite flyer at the park. We can also use kites to create happy memories with our families that we talk about for years to come. There is much evidence which shows that we need social connections for our lasting health and well-being so why not use kite flying as an opportunity to do just that.
Another added benefit of kite flying is the fact that it gives you another reason to get up and go outside and explore the world around you. This activity is hopefully framed by wide open spaces, blue skies and gentle winds. There is much research that proves that being in nature is good for you. Take this time outside to appreciate all that is around you. Make shapes out of clouds, watch the waves roll in, gaze as the wind dances your colorful kite all over the sky but take a moment to reflect. You really will appreciate and feel the difference later.
There isn’t really much physical effort involved in kite flying but it does foster the environment for bigger forms of outdoor play and exercise. After a nice flight you may be tempted to continue your walk, step it up to a run or move on to another outdoor sport that is offered nearby. Your heart rate will already be elevated and your mood will be conducive to exercising. Kite flying does have some value as a cardio workout but it also helps with mindfulness. It helps one pay attention and fosters more acute awareness of the here and now. This type of awareness has huge health benefits including decreased anxiety and depression. Who knew when people told you to “Go fly a kite!” they were actually trying to do you a favor?!
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