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How To Get Baby Used To The Crib

How To Get Baby Used To The Crib

Many parents do not feel safe when their children lie alone, but science has shown that letting children sleep on their own when they're little helps children to be more independent. Moreover, this helps both parents and children have more space and be more comfortable when sleeping. But is it easy to train your baby to sleep alone in a crib? Let's read the following article to understand more.

When should you transition your baby to a crib?

This is related to how big and how old your baby is. Check the instruction of the bassinet to know if it still suits your baby. The typical weight limit for a regular bassinet is from 15-20 pounds, when your baby might be 3 - 4 months. If the your baby has outgrown her bassinet, try switching their sleeping place into a crib. This will make your baby feel more comfortable for both sleeping and playing. When your baby reaches 3 - 6 months, you should consider switching their sleeping place.

Why does your baby hate sleeping in a crib?
After a long time sleeping in a bassinet, it’s hard for babies to sleep in any another place because children generally feel safe and secure when they are in a familiar place.

How to get your baby used to sleeping in a crib instead of bassinet?

Create your baby's crib position
  • Don’t rush. Just give it time to help your baby get used to the crib step by step. You should let the crib become familiar to your baby. Consider a pre-warm up by letting them listen to a familiar sound or a lullaby. 
So, where should the crib be?

While it may be best to have your baby’s crib in your bedroom so that you can see your baby, having your baby in a separate sleeping area might be a better idea so that they can get accustomed to their new sleeping arrangement.

The crib should be in a dark and cool place. Don’t place your baby's crib near the doors due to the fact that outside noises may wake them.
  • Do not place the crib near the window. 
For some parents, you may not realize that your child can climb out of the crib until you see them do so. To be more secure, don’t place the crib beside the window.

What you should do before your baby’s bedtime

  • Feed them enough before they're sleepy. This will help them sleep well through the night
  • Check the safety of the crib, mattress, bars, etc.,
  • Check the temperature of the room: the ideal temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Start talking to your baby before they sleep while they're little. No matter what the story is, they may not understand, but your gentle voice can help them relax and fall asleep in the best way. And this is also a way for you to have more opportunities to be closer to your baby and to help them communicate by language faster.
  • Massage your baby’s body while they're lying in the crib. This is a way to help children sleep well that many people recognize. Every night before bedtime, parents should take a few minutes to do some gentle massage. Just simple movements such as massaging hands, feet, using gentle strokes also gives feelings of love to your baby. Therefore, your baby will have fun when they're in their crib. This can in turn help them become more accustomed to their crib.
While your baby is sleeping in a crib
  • Keep quiet
  • Do not use baby sound machine too much because this makes babies’ ears work a lot while sleeping
  • Remember not to dress your baby too warmly or use blankets that are too warm in the crib, this might make your baby overheat.
  • Make sure your baby does not sweat or isn't too cold
  • If your baby suddenly cries, but their eyes are still closed, just coax or lull them softly back to sleep
Time for your baby to give up the crib

When your baby can stand on their own feet and have learned to walk, a crib is no longer suitable for him because they can completely climb out of the crib without us being aware.

Having your baby getting adjusted to something new may not be easy, however, it’s not too difficult. Just be patient, gentle and give it time.

Author bio:
Emma is the founder of ShrewdMommy, where she and associates blog about pregnancy advice, parenting insights, tips for mommy. Those experiences will somehow help you in your search for questions about pregnancy and baby tips. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook!
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Annmarie John
5 Ways to Have The Perfect Me Time ~ #CambriaWines #NotesOfCambria

5 Ways to Have The Perfect Me Time ~ #CambriaWines #NotesOfCambria

I just love my wine, and just like milk, wine does my body good. Together with Cambria Wines I want to share some ways you can have me time, and how Cambria Wines can help you do that, and it all includes music.

Music and wine; they go hand-in-hand. Have you ever had a glass of wine sans music? It really isn't the same. The past few months have been crazy in my household, with getting the kids ready for back to school, there really hasn't been much time to dedicate to myself. Something that you should always think about. Whenever I do get a chance to myself, the first thing I always grab is a book and a glass of wine. I turn on some slow jams and just mellow out. Now I've never really thought of music and wine blending together so harmoniously until I listened to Cambria Wines: Notes of Cambria. Just take a moment and watch the videos below, and listen to how it all came together.

This 4-part video series shows how pairing wine and music elevates your senses. Cambria Wines challenged professional musician Kalei Yamanoha to create musical pieces that would capture the true essence and flavor of their Cambria's Benchbreak Pinot Noir and the Cambria's Benchbreak Chardonnay. Both wines are estate grown and bottled, high quality and immensely flavorful wines from California's Santa Maria wine region.

I listened to the “Pinot Noir Waltz” and saw myself in a vineyard taking in the beautiful surroundings while swirling a glass of red Cambria's Benchbreak Pinot Noir. The haunting music just takes you away to an entirely new place. One where you just want to take a break away from the world and immense yourself in peace and tranquility.

Listening to "Chardonnay Shanty" was an entirely different feeling altogether. The banjo playing made me want to kick up my heels and dance. It gave me a more energetic feel and begged me to invite friends and family over for a good time, while sipping on our crisp white Cambria's Benchbreak Chardonnay wine.

These musical pairings are a great way to experience, learn, and talk about wine with friends and family, but on the occasions where you would prefer to be all alone, having a glass of Cambria Wine will only make your alone time more pleasurable. Here are 5 ways you can have the perfect me time!

1. Spa Day
When was the last time you went and just had a spa day all to yourself? Go out and get your hair done, get a manicure and pedicure, facial and just beautify yourself. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself, and you'll feel amazing when you do. If you're low on funds, then give yourself a manicure or pedicure and proceed with steps 2 - 5.

2. Bubble Bath
Lock your bathroom door, turn off your cell phone for an hour or two and pour yourself a warm bubble bath. Turn the music up and let the warm bubbles relax you while you get yourself some me time. Self-care is very important and wine just tastes better in the tub.

3. Read a Book
What's your favorite genre? Now you don't have to read a book while in the tub, but why not? Either way you'll be relaxing with a book that will transport you to another world. Once again, don't forget your glass of wine.

4. Music
Turn on some music. While I prefer listening to classical or jazz music, it's whatever music you prefer. Remember this is about you. Music has a way of relaxing you. Maybe turn on some music from the 70's or early 80's that will bring back fond memories of yesteryears.

5. Glass of Wine
Throughout it all, don't forget your glass of wine. Whether it's the fruity flavors of a red wine or the crisp taste of white, find your favorite bottle of wine and sit back and relax. After all, it's your time!

If you're still looking for a bottle of wine that will transport your sensibilities, use the Cambria Wines Store Locator and pair a bottle with some music today.

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Annmarie John
How to Turn a Nursery Into the Best Place for Your Kid

How to Turn a Nursery Into the Best Place for Your Kid

What comes to mind when you think about your little one's nursery?

Most parents aim for a comfortable place where baby feels safe, and organized room where all the essentials are at hand, and maybe a cute and fun theme. As important as these elements are, why not also use this space to encourage your baby's physical, intellectual and emotional development? Here are some ideas to help you make your baby room do just that.

1. Texture

Babies can learn a lot through touch. As your son or daughter gets older, they will enjoy the tactile experience of feeling different textures. Soft versus hard, smooth versus bumpy, fuzzy versus prickly: all of these feelings are new and fascinating to baby. Why not include them as part of the baby room decor?

2. Patterns

Babies love to gaze at interesting objects. High-contrast patterns with bold colors are especially popular with newborns; given their immature eyesight, these images are easiest for them to see. As baby gets older, they will continue to enjoy observing more subtle designs. Being exposed to patterns can also help them learn about repeating elements and organization, skills they will need to need to rely on throughout life.

3. A Reading Nook

Nothing can be more stimulating to a child's mind than being held close and sharing a book. It is never too early to introduce baby to reading; even before they seem to be paying attention or able to follow a story, they are learning from your vocal rhythms and from looking at the pictures. This can also become a beloved part of the bedtime routine for years to come. A dedicated reading area could be a great element of the nursery to help them get into the habit of picking a book on their own later.

4. Space to Move

One of the more overlooked ideas for the baby room is plenty of open space to move. After all, crawling is an art that takes lots of floorspace to perfect! Baby will not only be encouraged to exercise physically, but their growing brain will also be engaged in exploring all areas of the nursery. Having too many items taking up floorspace could feel confining for baby, and limit the natural creativity children love to use. As a bonus for parents, having unfilled space makes it easier to keep the room clean and organized.

5. Low-Tech Toys

Certainly, toys that light up and talk or sing are both fun and educational, but toys that don't "do" anything also have their place. When baby has to use her imagination to play, she is in control of the experience rather than just following along with what the toy does. Blocks can become whatever he wants to build, until they fall over. Why do they do that? Cars can roll around wherever she wants, but why do they stop when they run into each other? Play experiences with low-tech toys can engage baby's brain in ways that higher-tech one can't.

I'm Shannon, a mother of three adorable kids: a boy and two girls. My children fill my life with fun and joy and make my life really fulfilled. I also enjoy reading, shopping, and hanging out with family and friends!
Another my passion is blogging and trying out new baby products. Baby Monitor 101 - is my blog about parenting and baby safety.
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Annmarie John
Getting Your Kid's Closet Ready for Back to School ~ #GameOn #CartersAtKohls

Getting Your Kid's Closet Ready for Back to School ~ #GameOn #CartersAtKohls

Summer is almost over and back to school is fast approaching. We share some tips on how to get your kid's closet ready for back to school, while introducing some new clothing from Carter's available at Kohl's.

I'm going to be honest with you, I LOVE back to school shopping and I love both Kohl's and Carter's. Growing up, going back to school shopping was the highlight of actually going back to school. It mean an entire new wardrobe and I just love clothes. Madison, the baby of the family, starts Kindergarten in just a few short weeks, but her closet is a mess. Madison has more clothes than anyone in my household. Not so sure how it all happened, but there are even clothing with tags still attached, still not worn, but are now too small for her. With a new school year approaching, I wanted to get her ready for back to school with an entire new wardrobe, but in the meantime I needed to clean out her closet. So how do you get your kids closet ready for back to school? I'm going to share with you how I get it done.

Set a schedule. 
While it depends on how big your child's closet is, it will more than likely take a few hours to get it reorganized. Set aside a day or a few hours of a day to get it all done.

Get your child involved. 
While your child may not want to do the work, letting them know that they will be getting a brand new wardrobe might get them in the mood. You can also offer an incentive as well for younger children and praise them for doing a good job. To make it fun, let them put on a fashion show, this will allow you to see what fits and what doesn't.

Sort through clothing. 
Take everything out of the closet, don't leave a single thing behind. This is your time to sort through and evaluate what you want to keep, donate or place in the trash. Store clothing that your child may grow into containers, and put away seasonal items that will not be used.

Make a list of what you need. 
Once you've gotten rid of what you don't want, it's now time to go back to school shopping for new items. Kohl's has always been one of my favorite place to shop and the Carter's brand has been one of my favorite when it comes to children's clothing. As a matter of fact, they were one of the first piece of clothing Madison had against her skin as a newborn. Their selection is always age appropriate and I feel good knowing that I'm getting value for my money.

Get new hangers.
Madison's closet was filled with baby hangers, but she's now grown up, so I decided to get her new hangers. I purchase plastic hangers since they're not only affordable, kids can also use them to slide their clothing on and off easily.

To make it easy for your child to get dressed, organize your child's closet by type, such as all tops, pants, dresses etc., in one spot, using a label which you can purchase separately, or if you're handy make your own. You can also keep matching outfits together making it even more accessible.

Don't forget the maintain.
Keep your little one's closet in tip top shape by maintaining it. Get rid of too small clothing as soon as they become too small, and remember to place clothes in their designated section. Keep a hamper near by so that your little one will not place their dirty laundry in their closet and once a week, go through to make sure everything is in order.

Whether you're shopping for new clothing for back to school or because your little one has outgrown their clothing and you just need a new wardrobe, be sure to check out Kohl's. Before I went in-store shopping, I took a look online at what Carter's had to offer at Kohl's so I could plan my shopping trip. Carter's has a great selection for both boys and girls from size 0-8, and I love the fact that I can mix and match my choices. This way I can have quite a few outfits while only purchasing a few pieces. They are very affordable so I never feel like I'm breaking the bank.

There is a 40% - 50% off Carter's Playwear sale from 8/4 – 8/20. Shoppers can also use the BTS10 code to get $10 off $50 spent on the back to school categories (which includes Carter’s clothing).

How do you get your kids closet ready for back to school? 

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Affiliate links are not associated with Kohl’s.

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Annmarie John
How to Save Money on Kids Clothes

How to Save Money on Kids Clothes

Kids outgrow clothes faster than any parent can blink, it’s as if you started Summer off with these adorable little children only to find come Fall they are nearly as tall as you.

Time flies when you are raising kids and clothing goes quickly. This is why many parents who spend a boat load of cash on clothes get frustrated, your kids don’t have to have the best of the best brand clothing, they simply need clothing that fits them and suits their body style. Today we are going to share some tips on how to save money on kid’s clothes so that you can have peace of mind while shopping for clothing.

Shop Clearance Racks
The first way to save money on kid’s clothes would be to shop those clearance racks at your local retail store. Clearance racks are a great source of fabulous clothing at a reduced price so they can clear out that stock of clothing for new items. There’s nothing wrong with clearance rack clothing and they can save you a boat load of funds.

Shop Thrift Stores
You really should start your kids off young going to thrift stores to shop. There’s nothing more awesome than heading out for kid’s clothes and seeing what your local thrift store has.  Check the thrift stores before going to retailers to ensure they don’t have any hot items available in their shop. You may be surprised the quality of clothing you can find at a thrift store.

Accept Hand Me Downs
Nothing screams saving money like getting free hand me downs from the local family who has kids that outgrew clothing. It’s always wonderful when you can have friends or family provide you with hand me downs for your kids. If those hand me downs aren’t suitable enough for back to school, you can always use them as play clothes so the other clothing isn’t ruined.

Make Your Own Clothing
While this idea may have been more common back in the old days, there are still many creative ways you can make your own clothing. With sewing kits and other options available on the internet, you should be able to master making your own kid’s clothing as a means to save some cash.  Talk to your own mother to see how she made clothing when you were a child, she may have some tips!

Have a Mom Swap
This is similar to hand me downs, but not exactly. Having a Mom swap is when a bunch of local Mom’s gather around at an event hosted in your home with one mission in mind – share clothing that kids have outgrown. Host your own Mom swap event to help the neighborhood moms save on kids clothing now and in the future.

Whether you are looking for back to school kid’s clothes shopping or getting clothing for a new season that is fast arriving, these tips listed above should open your mind to creative ways to save money on kids clothes both now and in the future!

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Annmarie John
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