Posts made in August, 2013

Starting Pre School: 5 Great Tips to Get Your Little One Ready For The Big Day

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Toddler, Toddler Tips | 4 comments

School is right around the corner and Baby’s Own Room would like to share some great tips on prepping your little one for the big day!

Beginning preschool is an exciting time for both you and your child, but can be nerve-wracking as well. Some kids are raring to go, while others may be anxious about being away from mom’s comforting arms. You can both look forward to their preschool adventure with a few “getting ready for preschool” tips.

  1. Casually start talking about what preschool is. Invite friends over who attend (and enjoy!) preschool, and while they’re playing, ask questions about fun things they do, favorite games they play or songs they sing. You can also find books showing popular characters going to school for the first time.
  2. Teach taking turns and sharing. For example, play with one of her dolls, and if she grabs for it, ask, “If I was a girl at preschool playing with this, how could you ask nicely for it?” Model desired behavior, asking her if you can please use something, and then giving it back when you’re “done” with it.
  3. Teach your child some independence. Have him bring dishes into the kitchen, put his own jacket on, and put things away when he’s not using them. Children are expected to do many of these things at preschool, and if these aren’t new concepts, it will give your child confidence.
  4. Adjust your schedule to resemble school days. Get her to bed and up at the same time as a school day schedule. Find out about snack and nap times at school, and add a sit-down snack and a “quiet time” at home to mirror the preschool schedule.
  5. Most preschools encourage a “lovey,” or some kind of transitional object. If possible, get a duplicate of a favorite book or stuffed animal to send off to school with your child.

Baby’s Own Room is confident that with just a few thoughtful preparations, your child’s first day at preschool should go smoothly, making it a fun, exciting time for you both.

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Children’s Room Decor: Changing Pad Covers

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Kids Room Decor, Nursery | Comments Off on Children’s Room Decor: Changing Pad Covers

When you start thinking about nursery décor, the major purchases come to mind: Furniture such as crib, rocker, and changing table; coordinated bedding and curtains. But there are so many other décor details you can add to make your baby’s first environment unique and attractive. From stuffed animals to wall hangings, toy boxes to ceiling borders, putting the final touches on your child’s nursery can be a fun personalizing experience. One of the final touches you may not have considered is a soft, colorful fabric changing pad cover for the vinyl pad you will lay your baby down on many times a day.

A changing pad cover may not seem like a necessity to you, but remember: Your baby will spend lots of time on that little vinyl pad! In the wintertime, a changing pad cover adds softness and warmth, and during hot, humid summer days it saves your little one from the discomfort of lying on that sticky vinyl surface.

Not only does a changing pad cover add to the comfort of your baby at diapering time, it can also add an extra touch of color and softness to the nursery. Some nursery décor collections have optional changing pad covers in fabrics that coordinate with sheets and comforters. You can choose solids that complement the color scheme, or patterns that harmonize with the theme of your nursery décor. Changing pad covers come in a variety of colors, patterns, fabrics, and textures. They are normally purchased singly but stocking up on means having a couple extra on hand in case one needs to go into the wash – you are, after all, going to be dealing with some messy bottoms on them!

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Fit Pregnancy: Sex – What Women Want to Know

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Fit Pregnancy | Comments Off on Fit Pregnancy: Sex – What Women Want to Know is talking S-E-X after childbirth today. If you are pregnant or a brand-new mom, you are probably wondering what sex is going to be like after a vaginal childbirth and you’re not alone. Most new moms are unsure of what to expect in the bedroom after baby, so let’s talk candidly about some of your concerns.

Pain: Immediately after childbirth, your vaginal area will be tender. To avoid pain and complications, listen to your doctor’s recommendation for how long to wait to have sex after giving birth (usually four to six weeks). If you had tearing or an episiotomy, you want to be sure you have healed fully, to prevent new tearing or infection.

If you are worried about pain, suggest to your partner that you try sexual stimulation in other ways, until your soreness has faded. You might also try different positions, where you have more control over the depth of penetration, the amount of friction, and the pressure on sore areas. It’s always good to have open communication with your partner to let them know what feels good and what doesn’t.

Physical changes: Many new moms are concerned about vaginal changes – stretching, discoloration, dryness, or swelling – from childbirth. Never fear, these symptoms will improve with time. There are also some steps you can take to make these concerns less of an issue.

To help tone your pelvic floor muscles try Kegel exercises. Once you get the hang of it, it’s like riding a bike you’ll never forget. Start out by tighten your pelvic muscles as if you’re stopping your stream of urine. Hold it for five seconds at a time. Your goal is to work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions.

If dryness is an issue, there are vaginal lubricants available over the counter.  However, if dryness persists, you should discuss the concern with your obstetrician.

Birth control: Remember, your body is awash in hormones after childbirth, and conception is possible even when nursing. Be sure to use condoms and/or spermicides until you can return to taking your normal birth control method. encourages you to have a healthy and active sex life with your partner so be sure to talk with your doctor to and make sure you’ve got the green light for some romantic time with your hunny bunny. Diapers do need to be changed but don’t forget the bond between you and your mate.

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