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Tips for Flying with a Baby

Many parents avoid air travel with their babies because they fear being “those parents” that have a screaming baby on a plane.  But if you think about it, traveling while your baby is young, relatively immobile and sleeps often is actually a great idea.  When your baby is a bit older, traveling may be quite disruptive of her schedule and she may feel very constrained by having to sit for long periods of time.  Rather than avoiding air travel altogether, use these tips for flying with a baby to help ease the trip as much as possible.

Tips for Flying with a BabyWhen booking your flight, consider your baby’s schedule.  If flights are offered at various times, pick ones that allow your baby to sleep around the time of her regular naps.  To the extent possible, avoid scheduling flights that would mean the check-in process falls during naptime.  Between getting out of your car, getting your tickets and going through security, your baby is bound to wake up and be cranky in the airport if she didn’t get a proper nap.  Doing the best you can to get your baby to sleep on the plane is ideal for everyone.  Also, book direct flights rather than prolonging your trip with a layover.  Trust us, it’s worth the extra money.

Speak to the airline prior to your flight to find out what they offer in the way of making flying with a baby as pleasant as possible for you and all the other passengers on the flight.  Often they can recommend seats or areas of the plane that offer more space or privacy.  Some airlines provide baby bassinets to make sleeping on the plane more comfortable for your baby.

If your finances or awards miles allow, try upgrading your seats so you have more space.  Everyone is more comfortable when they are not crammed into tight quarters.  Although not required until age two, buy a seat for your baby as well to give both of you plenty of room.

Experts agree that flying is safest when babies are in a car seat.  Be sure to check size regulations before traveling to make sure yours is compatible with your airline’s seats.  Keep your baby strapped in as much as possible during the flight, especially during take-off, landing and turbulence.

Sometimes pressure changes hurt babies’ ears during take-off and landing.  Be prepared to breastfeed your baby at those times.  The sucking action should help relieve your baby’s discomfort.  However, not all babies experience pain from cabin pressure so leave your baby alone if she seems fine.

Don’t let your baby get hungry.  Stick to your normal breastfeeding routine.  Err on the side of offering more feedings than not enough.  We all know that a hungry baby is a fussy baby so do your best to avoid that situation.  You may need to stop somewhere in the airport to nurse before your flight so allow for extra time.

Make sure you have all the supplies you need including extra clothes in case you have an explosive diaper or spit-up.  Bring toys, a favorite lovey and books to entertain your baby as much as possible if she gets antsy.  If it is safe to move about the airplane, walk your baby around to give her a change of scenery.  Most passengers will delight in seeing a happy baby on their flight.

If your baby is fussy or crying during the flight, don’t panic.  Do the best you can.  Others understand that babies cry.  It’s the parents that do nothing about their crying babies that are often the most irritating.  If you are doing your best, other passengers will likely be more understanding than you would think.  Chances are they were in your shoes at one point or another.

Enjoy your summer travels with these tips for flying with a baby!

Ways to Get Rid of Cradle Cap

The scaly dry skin that often appears on a baby’s head is officially called infantile seborrheic dermatitis but most people call it cradle cap.  Cradle cap is usually not uncomfortable for your baby and probably bothers you more than him.  The crusty dandruff-like flakes may peel off and land in your baby’s hair or face, which many parents dislike.  Today we’re sharing ways to get rid of cradle cap to help ban those unsightly bits once and for all.

Cradle cap is caused by overactive oil glands on your baby’s scalp.  Natural sebum oil builds up and creates these dry, scaly patches.  If your baby is under a month, give cradle cap a chance to clear up on its own.  Often it does within just a few short weeks.  If it persists for several months and still bothers you, you may want to take action.  Otherwise, most cradle cap completely disappears by one year of age.

ways to get rid of cradle capThe best way to get rid of cradle cap immediately is to apply oil or similar substances directly to the scalp.  Natural plant-based oils such as olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil work well, as do mineral-based oils or petroleum jelly.  Before bath time, smooth the oil or jelly over the affected area on the scalp.  Let it set for 30-60 minutes.  Then gently massage and loosen the crusty spots with a soft bristled baby brush or comb, or simply use your fingers to peel off the dead skin.  Continue to work the area until all of the flakes are gone.  Finally wash and rinse your baby’s hair to get rid of all of the oil and remaining dry skin.

Using oil to get rid of cradle cap usually does the trick in the short term.  However, if your baby has chronic dry skin, cradle cap may reappear.  In this case, you’ll need to help your baby promote hydration in his skin with a few other methods.  Start by moisturizing your baby’s skin every day.  After your baby’s bath, pat his skin but don’t let it get completely dry.  Then apply a baby-safe lotion all over his body.  This will help lock in moisture.

Next, consider the air condition in your home.  Especially in winter months, the air may be very dry and your home’s heating system may perpetuate the problem.  Use a humidifier throughout your house and run a warm-mist vaporizer in your baby’s room at night.  This will help your baby’s skin retain much-needed moisture to prevent dry skin conditions such as cradle cap.

Dry skin is also an inflammatory reaction.  Anti-inflammatory foods can help alleviate inflamed skin.  Your baby will certainly need your help here.  Try to consume lots of wholesome anti-inflammatory foods in your diet like fruits, vegetables and whole grains to pass along the nutrients through your breast milk.  Omega-3 fatty acids are also an excellent anti-inflammatory.  Nuts, beans and certain fish like salmon are good sources of omega-3s.  If your baby’s skin is extremely dry, ask your doctor about using prescription fish oil in your baby’s breast milk bottle.  You can easily slice open the capsule and pour it into your breast milk until dry skin issues resolve.

If none of these measures work for your baby’s cradle cap, consult your pediatrician.  There may be other issues at play that are causing skin dryness.  Eczema often looks like cradle cap but is a more serious condition and can become painful.  Prescription ointments or oral medications can help with this and other dry skin concerns.

We hope you find these tips to get ride of cradle cap helpful.  Remember, a baby’s new skin is sensitive and delicate so keep your treatments gentle and know that most issues can be resolved with minor natural methods over time.

What to Look for in a Crib

If you thought picking out a bed for yourself was hard, try selecting one for your baby.  There are seemingly endless choices in baby cribs.  While aesthetics may be important, the top priority when you consider what to look for in a crib is your baby’s safety.  Today we’re sharing the biggest safety features and concerns you should keep in mind as you go crib shopping.

Safety Certification:  Crib safety is regulated in the U.S. by the federal government.  However, there is an independent organization called the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) that certifies the safety and quality of cribs.  Most experts recommend purchasing cribs that are JPMA approved.

what to look for in a cribSafety Standards:  The latest safety standards were issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission on June 28, 2011.  Cribs manufactured before that date may not meet the current safety standards.  These include slats that are no wider than 2 3/8 inches due to concerns that your baby may get stuck between them.  Additionally, drop-side cribs are now considered a safety hazard and are not approved by government or JPMA standards.

Only Buy New:  For most of your baby’s gear you should consider buying gently used items or accepting hand-me-downs.  But for cribs, new is best.  This is the only way you can be sure of the date of manufacture and the condition of the product.

Check Construction:  If you are building the crib yourself, follow the directions implicitly.  Your crib should feel extremely sturdy once it is complete and you should not have extra pieces remaining unless they are designated as spare parts.  Cribs with stabilizer bars are usually safest.  Also, make sure no sharp pieces are exposed such as bolts, nuts, screws, or uneven edges.  If you are unsure about your own ability to assemble the crib, hire someone to do it properly.

Keep it Simple:  Although they may look nice, decorative knobs, posts and adornments can be dangerous for your baby as they could scratch or cut your tot.  Also, clothing may get caught on these features and create a choking hazard.

Adjust the Mattress:  Most cribs have adjustable mattress heights that allow you to raise it for younger infants that cannot move much and then lower it later as your baby begins to pull up.  Be sure your mattress is at the right height for your baby’s stage.  Also, be sure your mattress fits snugly in the crib you select.

Bottom Sheet and Nothing Else:  Your baby’s crib should only have a fitted bottom sheet and nothing else.  Top sheets, blankets, comforters, bumpers, sleep positioners, toys or any other objects in the crib can be a suffocation risk.  Make sure the fitted sheet is the appropriate size for the mattress too.

Crib Placement:  Keep your baby’s crib away from dressers, bookshelves and windows.  As your baby grows and is able to pull-up, stand and crawl, her adventurous and inquisitive nature may entice her to pull down objects around her or attempt an escape. If your baby does climb out of her crib, it’s time to move to a different bed.

Convertible Cribs:  Many families opt for convertible cribs that transition from a regular crib into a toddler bed and sometimes on to a full size bed.  This can save money down the road but be sure you like the way it looks once it is converted before committing to a convertible crib.

Stay Informed:  Consumer Reports and other online resources can be good references for crib safety guidelines and finding the best value.  Do your research on what to look for in a crib.  This is a big purchase and one that you’ll have for several years.  The safety of your baby is worth the extra time.

4 Ways to Wear this Nursing Tank

nursing tankWhen it comes to your nursing attire, you probably have several goals in mind.  Comfort and support are essential, of course.  You want it to be functional as well to make breastfeeding as simple as possible.  While you check off all the boxes of what you want in your nursing wardrobe, don’t forget style and versatility too.  As we continue to enjoy springtime and round the corner into summer, a nursing tank top like our super fashionable polka-dot Shirred-Front Comfort Nursing Cami is the ideal breastfeeding top.  We’re showing you 4 ways to wear this nursing tank to meet all of the demands you should have of your nursing attire.

Casually Chic

Polka dots are a classic playful and sassy pattern that will keep you looking hip this spring and summer.  The rippled front feature adds a touch of depth on the outside, while the inner sling supports your breasts even as they fluctuate in size throughout breastfeeding.  Pair our shirred-front comfort nursing cami with jeans or shorts for picnics, playdates, festivals and family dinners.  Denim, white, black or any bright solid shorts will make this nursing tank pop. Add a casual necklace or bracelet and flat sandals to complete the look.

Dreamland Desired

No need to get half-undressed in the middle of the night when you’re wearing this nursing tank.  It makes nighttime feedings faster so you and your baby can return to dreamland quicker.  The one-handed clasps are easy to use and the adjustable straps help ensure you get the perfect fit and support as your breasts change size.  Our nursing cami can be worn with pajama pants or pajama shorts for adorable and functional nighttime nursing wear.

Yes to Yoga

Stretch, strengthen, breathe and mentally relax with this perfect yoga nursing tank.  The cotton/spandex blend makes our shirred-front comfort nursing cami flexible for even the most challenging yoga poses and offers maximum breathability during your workout.  Be ready to feed your baby before or after exercise without even needing to change clothes.  This nursing tank looks great with black full-length yoga or athletic pants or shorts.

Dressed for Date Night

With a fitted bust and empire waist, this nursing tank is swanky enough for a date night too.  You’ll feel sensual and sexy when you pair our cami with your nice black pants or a black skirt and heels.  Add a sheer black blouse over the top for an uber trendy look or throw on a cardigan on cooler nights.  Your guy will be stunned that this cute top is actually a nursing tank.

Get everything you want out of your nursing wardrobe when you shop the nursing collection at  Look and feel great with our comfortable, supportive, stylish and versatile selections of nursing bras and nursing tanks.

The Most Common Poisons for Babies

As parents we are always on alert to ensure the safety of our babies.  It’s part of the job.  Knowing where dangers lurk is especially important when it comes to the most common poisons for babies. According to, approximately half of poison exposures are among children six and under and 99% of them were accidental.

Today we’re taking a look at the most common poisons for babies so you can take measures to keep your baby safe.

Knowing where dangers lurk is especially important when it comes to the most common poisons for babies.

Cleaning Supplies

From dishwashing and laundry detergents, to bathroom tile cleaners and rust removers, cleaning supplies are extremely toxic to babies.  Unfortunately many of them come in brightly colored bottles that may look appetizing to your tot.  Cleaning supplies are not only dangerous when ingested, but many of them also cause burns when exposed to a baby’s delicate skin.

Medications and Vitamins

While you would never intentionally give an adult medication or supplement to your baby, she may come across them and help herself.  And chances are, she won’t just take one.  Cold, cough and sinus medications, antidepressants, antihistamines, pain killers and iron supplements are among the most dangerous to children.

Personal Care Items

You may not realize how toxic your personal care items, including cosmetics, may be to your baby.  Of course you would never take a bite out of your lipstick or drink hair dye, but your baby might.  Nail products such as nail polish remover and nail glue top the list of the most harmful personal care items.

Plants and Pesticides

Your houseplants may brighten your home but they may also look delicious to a baby who experiences the world through her mouth.  While natural, inedible plants can be hazardous for anyone to consume much less a baby whose body is still developing.  Also, pesticides that you may use on indoor or outdoor plants (or that may have been used prior to your purchase of them) can be worse than ingesting the plant itself.  Of course some plants are inherently poisonous, such as wild mushrooms and poison ivy or oak.


This is a no-brainer that babies should not drink alcohol.  This intoxicant can stunt development in major ways.  That’s why doctors caution mothers against drinking during pregnancy and drinking in moderation while breastfeeding is a must.

Hydrocarbons and Antifreeze

If a product smells bad, it probably is bad for your baby.  Hydrocarbons including gasoline, paint thinner, lighter fluid, and furniture polish have a toxic scent for a reason.  Antifreeze may be odorless but just as dangerous.

Other Toxic Products

If you’re worried about your baby chocking on small items she may find on the floor, you should be just as worried if she is able to swallow them.  Plastic toys, coins, button batteries and items with lead paint are very dangerous to babies.

Keep your little loves safe from the most common poisons for babies by securely locking cabinets, even those that you believe are hard-to-reach.  Also, supervise your baby at all times to ensure she doesn’t come across anything that would be poisonous to her precious body.

Why Breastfeeding Makes you Hungry and Thirsty

It is quite common for breastfeeding mothers to feel extra hungry and thirty.  Breastfeeding takes a lot of energy which burns calories and depletes hydration.  Your energy expenditure is to your baby’s advantage because the effort your body spends making breast milk directly benefits your baby.  Here’s the skinny on what’s happening when you breastfeed:

It is estimated that producing breast milk takes 25% of the body’s energy.  That means you are working extra hard to maintain all other life-sustaining functions.  So it’s no wonder the extra load will make you more hungry and thirsty.

Why breastfeeding makes you hungry and thirsty

Two very common questions of breastfeeding mothers are: how many calories does breastfeeding burn and how many calories should I eat while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can burn up to 1,000 calories a day, depending on the amount of breast milk you are producing and expressing.  However, experts recommend that nursing moms eat 300-500 extra calories a day.  Typically this puts mothers in a 1,800-2,200 calorie range per day.  Dipping below 1,500 calories a day can interfere with milk production.

Of course nutrition must be assessed on an individual basis, especially when it comes to lactating moms.  Those with more fat reserves may be able to eat less while breastfeeding.  Those with active lifestyles may need to eat more to keep up with the caloric demands of their day on top of producing breast milk.

While a healthy diet is optimal for mothers, even those with less-than-perfect diets can produce quality breast milk for their babies.  As much as possible, nursing moms should try to eat nutrient-rich foods including whole grains, protein, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.  Maximizing nutrition in meals can help keep calories from being excessive while still getting all the good stuff you need.  Nursing moms are also encouraged to continue taking prenatal supplements to increase the nutritional output of their breast milk.

When it comes to water, most experts recommend drinking to quench your thirst.  This probably means eight to ten 8-oz. servings of water-based liquids a day.  Over consumption of water is not going to increase milk supply and may actually have the opposite effect.  If you find breastfeeding makes you thirstier than usual – which many women do – drink a bit more water to stay hydrated.  Light yellow urine is a good indication that you are drinking plenty of water.

Most of the time your body will tell you how much you need to eat or drink while breastfeeding.  The transition from pregnancy to postpartum breastfeeding can make reading your body somewhat difficult at first.  You may find yourself famished at times or not hungry at all.  When you are hungry and thirsty, eat and drink.  If you aren’t, eat and drink enough to maintain good nutrition and hydration.  Also remember, when your baby hits a growth spurt, your body may be working even harder to produce milk to satisfy your little one and therefore you may be hungrier or thirstier than usual.  After the growth spurt, you can probably reduce your food and water intake again.

Flower Crafts for Mother’s Day

Flowers are the traditional Mother’s Day present and practically every mother loves receiving them.  But better than a bouquet of live flowers that will eventually wilt is a homemade bouquet.  Flower crafts for Mother’s Day can be fun for the whole family and the perfect gift to give to mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and friends.  Today we’re sharing several creative ways to present mom with a beautiful bouquet using these flower crafts for Mother’s Day.

Paper Plate Flowers:  Decorate plain white or colored paper plates to look like the face of a flower.  You can cut the edges to make any floral shape you desire, from tulips, to daises to pansies.  Layer plates of various sizes for a more dynamic look.

Egg Carton Flowers:  Cardboard egg cartons are great for making flowers. You can cut out each egg cup individually or cut four out together.  Decorate the insides with paint, markers, glitter and other fun materials.

origami flowersOrigami Flowers:  For the more talented florists out there, research the art of origami flowers.  Spend time following the directions to create a polished bouquet for mom.

Tissue Paper Flowers:  Using 3 sheets of colorful tissue paper, alternate folds back and forth and then clip the middle with a paperclip, tape or a pipe cleaner.  Gently peel back the tissue paper layers to create bold, bright and beautiful flowers.  Cut the edges as desired.

Handprint Flowers:  Little hands and fingers make natural flower petals and a terrific keepsake flower craft for Mother’s Day.  Dip hands into colorful paint and have a blast making handprint flowers on canvas or cardstock.  Alternatively, trace your hands and cut them out.  Then overlap the cutouts and glue them to paper to make a fabulous bouquet.

Pipe-cleaner Flowers:  Pipe-cleaners are a fun and bendy craft material that is easy for even little hands to manipulate.  Make loops out of the pipe-cleaners to form the shape of flower petals and leaves.

Sponge Flowers:  Sponges can be used to make flower crafts for Mother’s Day in two ways. First you can cut colorful sponges to be the flowers themselves.  Or you can use a flower-shaped sponge as a stamp.  Coat it with paint and make a stunning floral-scape on paper or canvas.

Ribbon Flowers:  Using a variety of colors, textures and widths of ribbon can make a unique bouquet.  Simply cut strips of ribbon and create loops for each petal.  Then glue your petals to a stem.

Cupcake Wrapper Flowers:  Cupcake wrappers work nicely for flowers because they are already in a floral shape, more or less.  You can color the insides and use buttons to be the center of the flower.  If the natural crinkle of the wrapper isn’t enough “umph” for you, try cutting each fold to create more dimensions.

Once you’ve fashioned your gorgeous flowers, you can use a variety of materials to create stems including popsicle sticks, pipe-cleaners, toilet paper rolls, straws or other craft sticks.  You can place your bouquet in a vase or pot, or group them together to hand over as a Mother’s Day gift.  Alternatively you can glue them to paper for a festive and bright Mother’s Day keepsake picture.

We hope your family has fun with these flower crafts for Mother’s Day!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Moms will REALLY Appreciate

mother and daughter with flowers


As Mother’s Day approaches, you still may be mulling over the best gift to get the mothers in your life.  They are special to you and you want to show your love in a meaningful way.  But what present can match your gratitude for these heroic mamas?  Today we’re sharing Mother’s Day gift ideas moms will really appreciate.

Meal Delivery Service:  Let mom skip a few nights of cooking for the family by gifting her a meal delivery.  This growing trend allows mom to pick out restaurant-quality food freshly prepared and delivered straight to her doorstep.  Companies like Instead of Flowers, Door Dash and Uber Eats are wonderful options for this time-saving gift.

Spa Treatments and Time to Get Them:  Allowing mom some time at the spa is a classic Mother’s Day present but adding in time to visit the spa allows her to actually use it.  When you present mom with her gift card for a massage and facial this year, include a personalized coupon for several hours off mom-duty to spend at the spa.  When the time comes, don’t just watch the kids for her, keep the house tidy and do some chores too so she’s not behind when she returns home.

Homemade with Help:  Mothers love anything homemade from their spouses, kiddos or friends.  But not everyone is the crafty, homemade type.  If you want to go this route, buy a kit with simple directions for making something sweet for mom.  Perhaps a birdhouse that you and your kids can assemble and paint.  Or you can easily visit a craft store and pick out a box or flower pot to decorate for mom.  She’ll love the sweet, personal touch.

Fitness Tracker:  Help mom keep her physical activity on track with a fitness tracker.  These devices easily count steps, estimate calories burnt and calculate other healthful stats.  Then mom can really see how much energy she spends taking care of her family.

Home Service of her Choice:  When time and budgets are tight, some desired household projects fall to the end of the to-do list.  Volunteer to complete one home-improvement project for mom OR pay for a professional to do it.  Mom may really want an interior decorator consultation or a landscaper’s eye on your yard.  Gift her a service she’s wanted to make her happier with her home.

Fruit Bouquet:  Flowers are lovely on Mother’s Day but a fruit bouquet is lovely AND delicious.  This nutritious edible arrangement will be something the entire family can enjoy together.

Gift of the Month:  Show mom you love her year-round with a gift of the month, such as fruit, wine, magazines or beauty products.  Subscription services are available through many companies.  Mom will be delighted to receive her gift package every month and she’ll remember how sweet you were to give it to her.

Family Portrait Session:  Moms love photos of their families.  Plan a family photo session with your immediate or extended family and have some of the images framed for her.  She will celebrate this memorable gift for years to come.

Give Her an Experience:  Brainstorm with your entire family about the things mom loves to do.  Then take her on an adventure of her favorite things throughout the day.  This may include breakfast-in-bed, a walk in the park, going to the movies, getting ice cream, having a tickle fight and eating at her favorite restaurant.  Show mom how much you love her and know her by planning a special surprise day.

We hope you find something for the moms in your life among these Mother’s Day gift ideas.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Reminders for your Babysitter

babysitter__1460040689_162.206.228.38When it comes time to leave your baby in someone else’s care, you want to feel confident in your babysitter or any other care giver who may be watching your little one for awhile.  Part of ensuring proper care for your baby is arming your babysitter with the information she needs to know.  Whether she’s watching your baby occasionally or will be a long-term care giver, you’ll want to offer these reminders for your babysitter for the safety of your baby.


If your baby is on a sleep schedule, be sure to give your babysitter the details on when to put your baby down for a nap or to bed for the night.  Remind her that nothing should be in the crib except the baby.  That means no toys, no blankets and no pillows.  Also, make sure she knows to only lay your baby down in the crib on his back.  Even if your baby rolls and prefers stomach sleeping, your babysitter should put him down on his back.  If you have a naptime or bedtime routine such as reading a book or singing a lullaby, explain it to your babysitter.  This routine is probably comforting to your baby and will help him fall asleep as usual.

Diaper Changes

Most babysitters who have cared for babies know how to change a diaper but do make sure yours knows were to find all of your supplies.  If you have different diapers for daytime and nighttime, show her the difference.  Remind your babysitter never to leave your baby unattended on the changing table.  One hand should remain on the baby the entire time.  If she needs to get something that is out of her reach, she should pick up the baby to go get it.


Like sleeping, let your babysitter know your baby’s feeding schedule.  If she will be thawing frozen breast milk, explain to her how to do it.  Remind your babysitter never to put your baby’s bottle in the microwave as this could create hot spots.  Running it under warm water, setting it in a cup or bowl of warm water or using a bottle warmer are the best ways to warm up breast milk.  Also let your babysitter know that once your baby drinks from a bottle of breast milk, it should not be reused for another feeding.  Additionally, show her how to wash and sanitize the bottles after use.

In Case of Emergency

Leave a list of emergency numbers by the phone including yours, local family members, your pediatrician and poison control.  It’s always a good idea for your babysitter to be CPR certified.  If she is going to be a long term child care provider for your baby and she is not CPR certified, offer to pay for the class for her.  Also, remind your babysitter never to give medication without your consent.  In case she does call and you agree to her administering medication, make sure all of the medications in your baby’s medicine cabinet are in date and appropriate for your baby’s age.

General Safety & Other Instructions

Clearly express your expectations to your babysitter.  Babies should be watched constantly and, depending on your baby’s age, should be checked on periodically while sleeping.  Show your babysitter where it is safe and not safe for your baby to play.  Give her access to your cleaning supplies to clean up any spills but also to ensure your baby doesn’t get into them.

If your babysitter will be driving your baby, double check that the car seat is properly installed in her car and go over driving safety expectations like not texting or talking on the phone when your baby is on board.

Also let her know what types of activities are appropriate and any limitations to them.  For instance, you may want her to do tummy time several times a day or you may not want your baby spending her entire day looking at electronic toys.  Make your wishes known so your babysitter can engage your baby the way you see fit.

Leaving your baby in someone else’s care can be difficult for some new parents.  Uses these reminders for your babysitter to ensure she is prepared to care for your little one successfully.

Ways to Decrease a Baby’s Risk of SIDS

If you find yourself checking to make sure your baby is breathing several times a night, you’re not alone.  The fear of your baby not breathing is probably about the worst thing you could imagine.  The truth is, although the risk is small, it can happen and it’s called SIDS.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS occurs when babies under 1-year-old die while sleeping for accidental reasons or no apparent reason at all.  It is most likely to occur in babies who are 1 to 4 months old and risk of SIDS greatly decreases after 6 months.

For parents, SIDS seems out of their control.  But there are environmental and behavioral factors that are linked to a baby’s risk of SIDS.  Therefore parents have the ability to decrease a baby’s risk of SIDS by adhering to the following recommendations:

SIDS__1460040294_162.206.228.38Always place your baby on her back to sleep.  Stomach sleeping greatly increases the risk of suffocation as a baby’s mouth could get smooshed into the mattress if she cannot lift her head or roll over.  Side-sleeping increases the chance that a baby could roll to her stomach.  Sleeping on her back is the very best and safest way for a baby to sleep.

Avoid co-sleeping but do sleep close.  Babies should have their own space to sleep.  Being in a parent’s bed can lead to suffocation due to blankets, sheets, pillows and a parent accidentally rolling on the baby.  However, babies who sleep in the same room as their parents for the first few months have less of a chance of dying from SIDS.

Clear the sleep space.  Make sure your baby’s sleep space has nothing in it including toys, stuffed animals, blankets or bumpers.  All of these are suffocation hazards.

Breastfeed as long as possible.  Studies show that breastfeeding decreases a baby’s risk of SIDS by up to half.  Experts don’t know why this is the case but the statistics point to the value of breastfeeding to reduce SIDS significantly.

Don’t let your baby get too hot.  Overheating increases risk of SIDS.  Keep your baby’s room cool, ideally between 68 and 72 degrees.  Also dress your baby in light, breathable fabrics.  Never let your baby sleep with a blanket as she may get tangled in it. Rather, use a sleep sack to ensure your baby is just warm enough.

Never give your baby honey.  Honey is linked to SIDS because it can cause botulism.  This bacterial infection may close off a baby’s airways.

Give your baby a pacifier.  Babies love to suck and sucking can help their breathing as well, lowering risk of SIDS.  If your baby wants it, let her sleep with a pacifier.  Never force it however and don’t replace it if it falls out during sleep.

Don’t drink or smoke while pregnant.  Babies born to mothers who drank or smoked during pregnancy have a higher risk of SIDS.  Additionally, second-hand smoke exposure increases a baby’s risk of SIDS.

Vaccinate your baby.  Babies who receive all of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended immunizations are 50% less likely to die of SIDS.

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