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When Should I Teach My Baby To Swim?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in General, New Mom on the Block, Toddler Tips | Comments Off on When Should I Teach My Baby To Swim?

What are the experts saying about teaching infants how to swim

With so many of us heading to the beach or pool in order to beat the heat, we’re taking on the fierce subject of babies and swimming. So many new parents, and even veteran ones wonder when they should teach their babies how to swim. Of course there is no perfect answer for every family, but some folks seem to feel that it’s natural for an infant so why not teach them early on. Other experts feel we should wait. Read on for answers that may help your family to decide what’s best for you. 

How old were you when you learned how to swim?

Maybe you’ve noticed some of the swimming baby videos that have been going viral. If not, here is a really neat one that amazed us. Most importantly, this adorable little girl doesn’t look like she was ever in danger. According to what we read, her parents were right there and able to jump in at any time.

With more and more water accidents and drownings happening, it may be a good idea to teach your little ones to swim. There are so many safe ways to accomplish this. The water safety tips alone are good tools to learn, but the skill of swimming is something that your kids will have for a lifetime. Here are some tips that Baby’s Own Room rounded up for our New Moms on The Block.

Are you heading to the beach or pool this year? If so, what safety precautions have you made to keep your precious little ones safe from water accidents? We’d love to hear from you. Thanks for dropping by and happy blogging! – Baby’s Own Room

Video Courtesy of – Adam BC YouTube

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Top 3 Tips For Breastfeeding in Public

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in New Mom on the Block | 4 comments

 

Top 3 Tips For Breastfeeding in Public

 

Do you get nervous about breastfeeding in public? It is usually an awkward moment for every new nursing mom. However, there are some methods you can use to tame the public-breastfeeding jitters. So read on and gain confidence when unbuttoning your blouse in public.

For a start, it is important to know–even though everyone may not be happy if you start nursing your little angel in front of them; you have the law on your side!

No matter what people may tell you, you are allowed to nurse in public. Here are some things you can do in order to help you nurse with confidence and comfort even when you are not at home.

Top 3 Tips For Breastfeeding in Public:
1. Dress for Success
Make sure that you are wearing something that will give your baby easier access to his lunch–while granting you more privacy at the same time. Two piece outfits, shirts that button from bottom to top or have hidden flaps are very useful. Try to avoid dresses unless they open from the front or have a wrap style front. Blankets and shawls can also come in handy.
2. Dress Rehearsal
Before heading out, you can breastfeed your baby in front of a mirror to see how much exposure you are getting. You can also ask your partner to observe. In case you are not comfortable with a full frontal view, you can always try turning to the side until you find a position that is best for you. First timers, don’t worry if your breastfeeding fears get the best of you. Always store some breastmilk and have a bottle on hand for a just in case moment.
3. Find an ideal place to nurse
Whenever you go out, scout places that are ideal for nursing such as a quiet corner in a department store or an out-of-the-way table in a restaurant. Some of my favorite Department stores have beautiful and peaceful Family Rooms just for you, the nursing mom and baby duo. Remember not to let your baby go hungry since he will start to cry and make it hard for you to feed him discretely.

Also keep in mind that confidence is the key to breastfeeding in public and the more you do it, the less self-conscious you will become. Do you have a supportive, funny, or wacky breastfeeding story to share with us? We’d love to see your pics and or hear from you at Baby’s Own Room’s Facebook community

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Valuable Tools for Teaching Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in New Mom on the Block, Toddler Tips | Comments Off on Valuable Tools for Teaching Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Valuable Tools for Teaching Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Sometimes getting your baby to sleep through the night in their own bed or crib is a matter of making a few minor changes that will make them more comfortable. In many instances, it is not about where they sleep, but rather, who or what is around them. Here are a few valuable tools for teaching your baby to sleep through the night.  Things like–using items they love and or something that reminds them of you, setting up sleep patterns, and naps during the day; all will work towards getting them to stay asleep at night.

Establish times

You should allow your child to nap during the day, and make nighttime for sleeping. Many parents will pick up their children and let them play at night when they keep fussing. Not only will this disrupt your own sleep patterns, but it will never get them to bed on time. So, allow your child to take naps earlier during the day rather than closer to bed time. Doing this will make them sleepier at night, and it is more likely they will fall and stay asleep for several hours at night.

Who and what (not where)

As a parent, you might think they want to be in your bed or your arms, when in fact their crib or toddler bed will do just fine. If it seems they cry when they aren’t in your arms, opt to use something that will remind them of you. A blanket with your scent or a beloved toy with memories can be of great comfort to baby. By simply feeling as if they are close to you, via touch and your scent, they will find it easier to stay asleep at night.

Bonus Tip: Creating a constant routine every day, a blanket, a toy they love, or placing something that reminds the child of you in the crib, are all simple things you can do. It will take time, and you have to be consistent. However, building a loving routine will eventually force your child to learn right from wrong, learn when they should sleep and wake up, and it will also make things easier on you!

Do you have anything else to add to our list of tips for the Baby’s Own Room “New Moms on the Block?” We’d love to hear from you. 

 

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Baby Bonding With Reading Bedtime Stories by Snuggleberry Baby

Posted by on May 17, 2014 in New Mom on the Block, Our Designers & Brands | Comments Off on Baby Bonding With Reading Bedtime Stories by Snuggleberry Baby

Snuggleberry Baby's crib bedding and storybooks center on their ambition to strengthen the parent-child relationship.

One activity that strengthens the bond between parent and child is bedtime storybook time. The newest brand carried at Baby’s Own Room, Snuggleberry Baby, is on a mission to help make your child’s bedtime as memorable as a storybook. They’ve included an adorable and fun children’s book with each baby bedding set! If you begin this tradition with your baby early on; there will be many benefits for child, mom, and dad.

Here are a few good benefits that are bound to help create a bond through reading.

  • Reading enhances creativity and imagination
  • Interacting together increases oral communication skills
  • Establishing a bedtime routine for better sleep habits
  • Bedtime story telling helps you to raise book lovers

Baby Bonding With Bedtime Stories by Snuggleberry Baby. Chevron Owl Themed Baby Bedding Set.

 

 

What was your favorite bedtime story growing up?

 

I remember reciting every word as my parents read Are You My Mother, by P. D. Eastman to me, even before I could read myself. I’m not surprised that it made the National Education Association list, Teacher’s Top 100 Books For Children!

 

Snuggleberry’s Night Adventure Storybook, an adorable reading book, the story is set within the captivating scene of the Bedding Set Quilt.

Reading awareness is very important to those of us at Baby’s Own Room, so we’re excited about the goal of our newest brand. Impeccably designed with quality in mind–Snuggleberry Baby’s crib bedding and storybooks center on their ambition to strengthen the parent-child relationship. By creating captivating scenes which inspire imagination, their hope is to put you and your child at the very heart of that goal.

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5 Simple Tips For Dining Out With Baby

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in New Mom on the Block, Toddler Tips | 4 comments

5 Simple Tips for Dining Out With Baby - Baby's Own Room Blog

As every parent knows, dining out with a baby in tow can be a stressful experience if you’re not prepared. It’s fair to say that restaurant etiquette won’t be first and foremost on your little one’s agenda. We’ve all been there to witness a full blown tantrum or two, and most likely just as the meals arrive. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be like this. If you follow these 5 simple tips for dining out with baby, you will be able to enjoy a peaceful night out with your family in a lovely restaurant.

1. Familiarize Your Baby With The Restaurant

Upon arrival, take some time to walk your baby around the restaurant. This will get them familiar with the strange surroundings and make your child more accustomed to a room full of people. Showing off your baby’s cute factor will also earn points with other diners and make them more forgiving should junior decide to act up later on!

2. Choose The Right Time

Make sure you choose a time when the restaurant won’t be too busy or your baby isn’t be too tired. Work your meal around baby’s normal eating time and try and avoid heading out for a meal at nap time.

3. Keep Baby Entertained

Bring some toys! Your baby will easily get bored so it is important you have some way of entertaining them while you eat your food. Brightly colored books or toys are best in this situation. It’s also wise to roll out the toys in stages instead of presenting them all at once.

4. Bring Baby’s Favorite Food

If your baby is still breastfeeding or on the bottle this won’t be an issue, but if your baby has just moved on to solids your options could be limited so make sure you bring along some of their favorite foods.

5. Try Not To Feel Embarrassed

Although a full on public meltdown can be very embarrassing at the time, it’s important to remember you are not the first person this has ever happened to. Most of the people eating and working in the restaurant will have experienced the same thing before. They will understand what you are going through. People are surprisingly patient and empathetic about these things, and you don’t have to high tail it out of the restaurant just because your baby starts to cry.

How do you deal with dining out with baby? Please add your best parenting tips and resources in a comment below, a new parent will love you for it and so will we!

 

Photo credit: © Ekaterina Pokrovsky – Fotolia.com

 

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50 Things to Collect for Your Pregnancy Memory Book

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in General, New Mom on the Block | Comments Off on 50 Things to Collect for Your Pregnancy Memory Book

50 Things to Save for Your Pregnancy Memory Book

 

From the moment you start your preconception planning to the second you give birth, thousands of memories will be made. A baby and pregnancy memory book is the best way to preserve these cherished moments–to have for a lifetime. Imagine how awesome it will be to have these keepsakes for your children and grandchildren! This week, Baby’s Own Room would like to list 50 things to collect for your pregnancy memory book. 

Consider saving some of these items that symbolize the important events in your personal pregnancy journey:

  1. The receipt for your home pregnancy test.
  2. The Dr. appointment reminder card for your first prenatal exam.
  3. A photo of mom and dad hugging prior to the pregnancy.
  4. A photo of mom and dad hugging during the pregnancy.
  5. Baby bump photos each of your 9 months. Tip: Each month you can take the photo in the same pose and same spot to show the growth.
  6. Your first ultrasound photo.
  7. Tags from your first maternity outfit.
  8. Before and after photos of your baby’s nursery room.
  9. Pressed flowers from your romantic celebration of the growing family.
  10. Photos of you putting the crib together.
  11. A list of your strange food cravings.
  12. A list of name choices leading up to the chosen one.
  13. A handmade family tree.
  14. Your hospital wristband.
  15. Baby’s hospital band.
  16. A photo of your OB/GYN and favorite nurse.
  17. Your baby shower invitation.
  18. Tons of pictures from your baby shower.
  19. Gender ultrasound picture.
  20. Record of baby’s first kick.
  21. A personal message to baby from mom and dad.
  22. A newspaper headline from baby’s birthday.
  23. Movie tickets from your last date together before baby.
  24. Empty candy wrapper of your most craved sweets.
  25. List of baby shower guests and gifts.
  26. Photo of clock showing time of delivery.
  27. A list of the most popular songs in baby’s birth year.
  28. A list of popular movies.
  29. Any and all cards received during your pregnancy.
  30. A How Mom and Dad Met letter.
  31. Sibling bonding pictures. (kissing tummy, reading to unborn baby, feeling baby kick)
  32. Your store baby registry list.
  33. Pictures of you and your baby shower planner.
  34. A copy of your countdown calendar.
  35. Create a short video story to watch with baby. (include wishes and dreams for baby)
  36. Schedule a professional maternity photo shoot. Save your favorites in the memory book.
  37. Document your lamaze classes with photos and memories.
  38. Document your breastfeeding classes.
  39. The first gift card used from your baby shower registry.
  40. Blog posts , articles, and newspaper clippings sharing baby and parenting tips.
  41. Pictures of the family pet. (it will be nice to compare the growth each year)
  42. Photo of baby’s first outfit to wear from the hospital.
  43. Document your shoe size before and after pregnancy.
  44. Get a manicure that says It’s A Girl or It’s A Boy, if you know the gender ahead of time. Keep the photo.
  45. Create a baby bump mold. Keep the photo.
  46. Start an art project surrounding baby’s due date for baby’s wall.
  47. Swatches of fabrics from baby’s first crib bedding set.
  48. Have a belly painting night once your baby bump is nice and round. Take cute pictures and create a collage.
  49. Create a personalized pregnancy ticker.
  50. Once baby is finally here, take a photo of the hospital room scale showing the birth weight for your Instagram and Facebook shares. 🙂

Did we miss anything? Please share any unique keepsakes you included in your pregnancy memory book, we’d love to hear from you. Remember to enjoy every single moment; even though it may seem to last forever–9 months will fly by. Happy pregnancy and happy baby from your friends at Baby’s Own Room.

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