Small Decor Guide for Your Kid’s Room

Today, decorating your kid’s room can be as demanding and just as much fun as decorating your own living space. Kid’s rooms are getting more and more stylish by the year, and they open up a whole new world of exciting design possibilities, no matter the size of the room and the age of the child. With decorating kids’ rooms you can be as bold and magical as you want, but make sure you listen to their wishes. Let’s have a closer look into some décor ideas for your kid’s room.

 

Bring in some colour

Most of the parents decide to paint their kid’s room one colour. That’s okay, but it can get a little boring. Why not try a combination of three or four colours? Or add some dramatic stripes to spice things up! When it comes to boys rooms, you can always go for nautical colours and décor. Get some wooden shelves, blue linen and furniture, and some fun pirate chests as storage space. But, if you’re raising a little Dora the Explorer, you can paint the walls with animal and plant motifs, add suitcases for storage and get a lot of stuffed animals as décor.

Shelving

If your kid likes to collect stuff and is very proud of their collection, make sure to provide them with enough display space. This way they can arrange and rearrange their prized possessions as they want (as long as you put shelves and cabinets on their level). If your kid wants to display photos or other trinkets they hold dear, you can provide them with corkboards or create a little hanging garden of beautiful memories. You can hang photos from thin ropes and attach them to the walls. You can also make or buy a cool magnetic board if you’re aiming for a more contemporary and industrial look.

Light it up

Good lighting is very important for kids of any age. They need multiple light sources, such as overhead lighting for play, task lighting for studying and a gentle light that can stay on during the night. Soft night lights come in many interesting shapes and sizes and are perfect for nurseries and young kids’ rooms.

Provide them with a healthy space

Since kids love their rooms soooo much, it’s important to provide them with a healthy space. When you design and decorate the room, you must think about ventilation. Proper ventilation is important for many health reasons. It prevents asthma and protects the respiratory system, reduces the number of allergens, lowers condensation, and well as the concentration of VOC and radon gas. Make sure your kid’s windows are opened often enough and get some air purifiers to filter out the air. You can check out some air purifier reviews online and get the one that best fits your child’s needs.

Study space

Kids today have more and more school obligations, so a tidy and organised study area is a must, especially in teens’ rooms. Don’t try to save money on desks and chairs, but get ergonomic ones that will keep your kid’s back in optimal position. Also, provide them with some shelves for coursework and books.

Personalise for older kids

When it comes to older kids, the best décor option is to take something they love and incorporate it into the design. For instance, if your kid’s an aspiring athlete, you can paint their room the colours of their favourite team, or frame their idol’s jersey. You can also get them a classic display shelf for all their sports memorabilia. If your kid is into music, find a cool way to display their instruments and records. But, you have to bear in mind that a young teenager’s tastes change often, so design the room that can be easily updated with accessories.

As you can see, designing and decorating kids’ rooms can be a super fun creative project. As long as you capture something your kid likes and incorporate it into the design, they will love their new space. Make sure the room is safe and clean, and your kids will always have a place where they can be themselves.

We live in Toronto and therefore spend a lot of time walking around our neighbourhood and we also (like most Canadians) live for the summer. As much as we love the summer, we know how important it is to protect ourselves, and our daughter, Avery, from the sun with SPF but for extra coverage and protection, we heavily rely on the Shield™ Stroller Comfort Canopy.  It conveniently folds into a small bag and can just live in the bottom of our stroller for when we need it.

It  easily fits over our stroller keeping Avery shaded, protected from bugs, or even rain, as the front has a roll down rain cover. We also use this for when Avery is sleeping to keep it nice and dark for her while still letting in fresh air through the mesh at the sides.  This is so perfect for our family as we also love to travel and beach vacations are a must for us. This stroller cover protects Avery from the sun and heat while we are out enjoying the day. I absolutely love the convenience of this product and how compact it folds up so we can bring it everywhere with us!

 

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At Mommy Connections, we love working with Pampers because they are always improving their products and listening to Mom’s & Dad’s.  Mommy Connections was recently invited to an amazing Baby Dry launch party a few weeks ago in Toronto and it was clear that Pampers truly does want to create the very best product.  An amazing young woman who works directly with Pampers products by the name of Christina Shah was there to explain why the new Baby Dry diapers are different and how exactly they work.  Christina is actually a chemical engineer who is now a Senior Engineer with Proctor & Gamble.  She works at their American test facility where they have real life families trying new products and can actually take their live feedback and immediately create new trial prototypes in the next room. She has such a cool job!  We created a quick facebook live video at the event (see below) where we had Christina demonstrate the amazing absorbency of the new Baby Dry diapers.  We saw what diapers were historically made of and what made them so bulky before and how thin (but more absorbent) they are now.

The event included a variety of bloggers and influencers from across Canada and it was lovely to meet so many new women!

 

 

Sleep Expert, Andrea Strang from KinderSleep was also at the event, sharing tips to help your baby get a better night’s sleep.


Here are some proven tips to help your baby (and you) sleep through the night.

Worrying about sleep makes sleep worse

Parents receive many mixed messages about the dos-and-don’ts of raising a child – especially around the topic of sleep. This can cause a lot of worry, stress, and guilt. Babies are sensitive to their parents’ emotions and it makes them even less likely to sleep well if you’re stressed. When you find techniques that feel natural and work for your family, stick with them and trust the process. There is no one way to parent and every situation is unique. Also, make sure to take time for yourself, even if it’s just five minutes to recharge – this makes a world of difference!

Keep things dark at night

Light exposure at night has one of the biggest impacts on sleep quality in our modern society. In the evening when the lights dim, our bodies start to produce the sleepy hormone, melatonin. Melatonin not only helps us to feel tired, but it also recharges through the night to help promote sleep… as long as we are sleeping in the dark. If you can avoid turning on the lights in your child’s room at night, this is ideal. Other helpful tips include investing in black-out blinds or screen protectors to do your best to block out light. You can also swap out your regular lightbulbs which emit blue or white light for new bulbs that emit red, yellow or orange.

Avoid overnight diaper changes

If diaper changes can be avoided at night, this can encourage better sleep for children and parents. Not only do babies dislike being naked, this also ties back to light exposure. When melatonin is reduced in the night, cortisol levels rise, which makes us more wakeful and can fragment sleep cycles, causing lighter sleep, especially in the early morning. A better diaper will help to ensure a full night’s sleep while keeping your baby dry and avoiding leakage. With Pampers Baby Dry offering 12-hour protection and extra absorb channels you can rest
assured your baby is comfortable which means more sleep for everyone.

Pampers understands how important sleep is for baby’s development. Research shows babies’ skin can sense wetness, acting as little “alarm clocks” to potentially wake them up. New Pampers Baby Dry is thinner and drier* for 12 hours of outstanding overnight protection. Now all Pampers diapers offer exclusive Extra Absorb Channels that lock away wetness to protect against leaks and provide a comfortable fit for baby.
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As we’ve seen, the diaper can handle up to twice as much liquid than the average baby releases. Pampers Baby Dry’s core structure absorbs and distributes fluid quickly and evenly into the Pulp/AGM layer, where it locks fluid away and turns it into a gel  keeping baby dry. This allows babies (and parents!) to sleep easy, without disrupting them for a diaper change, minimizing leaks and discomfort.

We had a great time in Toronto yesterday with the Pampers baby panel crew. We learned so much about the new Baby Dry line and all of the amazing technology behind it. We saw proof that these new diapers will keep your baby dryer, longer. They will also ensure a better nights sleep because a comfy baby is a happy baby! #lovesleepplay #ad

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Avoid overtiredness

When we are tired in the evening and we don’t go to sleep, our bodies release cortisol which stimulates the release of adrenaline, giving us a boost of energy. To avoid this happening to your child, learn to understand evening sleepy zones. Watch your child for early signs of being tired (gazing, staring off, a quiet moment, or stopping play for a moment) and advanced sleep signs (rubbing the eyes, yawning, pulling the ears, fussiness and crying, or physical signs such as red eyes or eyebrows). At these times, be sure to get your child into their sleep place to avoid your child entering into the overtired zone (Wake Maintenance Zone) or getting a “second wind”.

Parents can work on improving their own sleep

We often put a high importance on improving children’s sleep so that parents can sleep better too. Research shows that a parent can manage on 5.5 hours of sleep within a 24-hour period – less than 5.5 hours can result in feeling emotionally unstable and stressed out while managing the demands of life with a new baby. Do your best to sleep 5.5 hours (naps count!) by applying the above tips and tag teaming with your partner. Working on your own sleep will help the whole family feel better and live more happily.

 

 

Thank you, Pampers, for an amazing event with so much information!

Daylight Savings time is right around the corner – on Sunday March 12, you need to move your clocks forward one hour.  While this makes it easier getting up and at it in the morning after a long dark winter, it means that you are losing an hour.  If you have little ones, this can be challenging on your families sleep routines and your kids might continue waking earlier than normal.

A few tricks our family has are slowing moving up meal and nap times in the few days leading up to the time change.  It is easier for a child to adjust to the hour forward if they are well rested, so try to stick to the regular bedtime and nap time sleep duration’s that they are accustomed to.

Kim West known as “The Sleep Lady”, has some great tips for transitioning your children to the new time on Sunday:

 

In the days leading up to Daylight Saving Time, slowly shifting bedtime in 10 to 15 minute increments until baby is sleeping at their new time. This allows for your child to slowly adjust without making any sudden changes.

 

Baby spends between 12 to 16 hours of each day asleep, and moisture or temperature change cause disruptions if baby is not wearing the right diaper. In fact, according to P&G, 35 percent of babies wet their diaper before they fall asleep. Babies pee on average 3-4 times per diaper at night and diapers need to be able to handle overnight wetness. Pampers’ diapers feature 12-hours of overnight dryness to keep baby dry, and asleep, no matter the time difference.

 

For parents whose children are early risers due to the time change, try the “Dramatic Wake Up” – which goes as follows:

o   When your child wakes up, comfort them until their actual wake-up time with the lights off and the room quiet.

o   Leave the room for a full minute until baby’s wake up time arrives, then re-enter dramatically saying “Good Morning,” or by opening the curtains and turning on the lights.

Dramatic Wake Up helps teach your child the appropriate hour for being awake, rather than the time when you soothed them back to sleep.

 

“A child that is well rested will transition more easily to a new schedule than a tired, cranky one,” says West. Adding an extra nap to baby’s schedule the week leading up to Daylight Saving Time will make the hour difference easier for you and your child.

 

As you spring forward an hour, so do all of baby’s other activities. In addition to shifting bedtime in 10 to 15 minute increments the week leading up to Daylight Saving Time, adjust meal time and other important activities as well as those count as important daytime markers for baby.

 

To reset your child’s circadian rhythms, expose them to sunlight after their new wake up time. A quick walk outside, opening of the blinds or playing near an open window will help their body transition to Daylight Saving Time.

 

With persistence and consistency, your family should be back on track within a week.  For those families that don’t have super sleep-sensitive kids, you might not need to worry that much about DST, but if you have kids that need an exact bedtime routine every night to function normally (aka – not super cranky!) then definitely move mealtimes, naptimes and bedtimes little by little for a few days leading up to the time change.

 

 

 

*Mommy Connections is a proud member of the Pamper’s Baby Panel

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September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of baby safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products. For the past 40 years MAM’s top priority has been the development of products for the well-being, safety and health of babies that make life easier for parents and allow them to focus on the joy of family.

Safe sleep ranks at the top of every parent’s list of worries with SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.  Each year, about 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, or unknown causes.  By providing infants with a safe sleep environment it is possible to help reduce the risk of SIDS.

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As parents, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our babies. In observance of #NationalBabySafetyMonth @MAMbabyUSA shares some recommendations to provide infants with a safe sleep environment and to help you and your baby rest easier at night:

 

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One of the most important purchases for your nursery is the crib mattress, as a newborn can sleep up to 16 hours per day!  Look for a breathable crib mattress designed for baby’s health, safety and comfort such as the Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress which is Greenguard Gold Certified.

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About MAM – standard setting baby products 

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on five continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit www.mambaby.com.

 

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Our friends at Pampers want to make sure your baby is getting enough sleep – check out these 4 keys:

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Why is this important?

Importance of Healthy Sleep

 

So many parents struggle with the issues of sleep.  In my own home, I have been blessed with 3 amazing sleepers – up until my son turned three and started having difficulty sleeping through the night due to enlarged tonsils.  He would wake up like a newborn – multiple times per night and every few hours.  It was awful!  I really believe the having good sleep habits up until this challenging sleep time in our house hold really made all the difference.  We ensured a steady routine, calm evenings, bath time every evening and putting our kids to bed awake (and on their own!) to ensure they were learning the skills to be able to fall asleep on their own.  As you have read above, sleep is so incredibly important for our growing little ones.

One of our moms had the opportunity to interview Sleep Expert and Founder of Good Night Sleep Site Alanna McGinn.  She was also Pampers’ Special Guest at a media event celebrating Pampers Ambassador (and Olympic athlete) Mark Oldershaw last week.  Check out her answers to our biggest sleep questions!

1)  Sleep training a 1 yo vs. a 2 yo – how would you approach it? Fundamentals are the same for both.  There are four keys:

  1. Create a sleep santuary; dark, quiet & cool environment.  Use blackout blinds and a white noise machine.  Ensure that the baby naps and goes to bed at night in the same place, so they begin to feel secure in their crib.
  2. Make naps a priority – staying on a solid schedule will ensure baby is well-rest and ready for bed at night.
  3. Introduce a calm routine at bedtime – trying including a nightly warm bath, a story and a cuddle to sooth baby before bed.
  4. Choose a sleep method that works for your family – it’s important that you choose something that both parents are comfortable with.

2)  Why do naps take longer to train than bedtime?

There are different drives for sleep – and it’s stronger at night.  Kids tend to have an easier time at night.  During the day – it’s harder to get them into the next cycle.  They CAN nap/sleep, but it’s harder to get back into that sleep rhythm.  In addition, children are constantly busy and have a hard time adjusting during the day – consistency is key.

3)  Transitioning from 2 naps to 1 – what’s the best method to approach it?

Make sure you don’t try to transition too early.  Age appropriate is around 15-20 months.  Starting too early can backfire. Make sure they’re ready.

Removing the morning nap doesn’t mean less sleep overall.  When you move a nap by say 15 minutes, tack it on to bedtime.  If bed was at 8 pm, it will now be at 7:45, and so forth.

 4) Transitioning from a Crib to a Bed – how can you stop them from coming out of bed?

If you can keep your child in their crib until 3, great – unless they are climbing out.  Set boundaries – make sure you have a good sleep routine during the transition, do them one after the other.  Make it fun!  Pick out new bedding, a special new stuffy or some new bedroom decor.  Make sure to establish sleep rules right from the start.  Incorporating things like a toddler alarm clock, bedtime routine chart, and setting limits can help in your journey and should be established from day 1.  You have to expect that he will get out of bed, as this newfound freedom will be too exciting for him to pass up.  Be prepared with your plan and firm in explaining it, as how you handle it right from the start will make a difference. If he comes out of his room, lead him back again every time, with little to no engagement. You may have to do this over and over again throughout the night but provided you remain consistent in setting those boundaries, after a few nights he will get the message.

5) How would you approach sleep when a child/baby is sick – teething, etc.

Teething can cause discomfort, but doesn’t mean you need to throw your sleep rules out the window. If your child is extremely sick, do what is necessary.  Make your baby as comfortable as possible and if they are sick, try and nice hot steamy shower with them to relax them and then go back to your bedtime routine, if possible.

6)  Scenario:  My son was a terrible sleep trainee – and partially my fault.  How can I get him on to a better sleep regime so that he sleeps through the night, or – will go back to sleep himself without me having to go in and rock him. 

Again, this falls back on consistency and setting the ‘ground rules’.  Since he is able to talk, it does make it more difficult since they are vocal – but this is where you explain what the rules are, and keep to them.  Read more about Toddler Sleep tips on the Pampers website.

 

Sleep Tip!

If you’d like more information – please visit Alanna’s website http://goodnightsleepsite.com/.

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Firstly, let me just say that this box is amazing!  It arrived in a large (2’x3′) cardboard box on our doorstep.  It is an impressive package to arrive, that is for sure.  When you take The Baby Box out of the packing, it is a beautiful white box with grey owls.  Modern and FILLED with great stuff!  If you are an expecting parent, simply REGISTER on The Baby Box website.  The box is generally sent out 2 months prior to your babies expected arrival date.  This is a new program to Canada and is just getting started in Ontario.  More than 80,000 parents have already registered in Ontario and the boxes will begin being shipped in the Fall.  The idea was initially created in Finland and is now being brought Canada by two entrepreneurial women.  The Baby Box ensures every baby has a safe place the sleep and has some essential baby items as well like blankets, sleepers, a baby hat, diapers, wipes etc.  The box itself becomes the babies bed and comes lined with a little mattress.  Once baby outgrows the box, this eco-friendly box can be re-purposed for a toy bin or storage for clothing that baby has outgrown.  BThe Baby Box Co. is a social enterprise which partners with hospitals, government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide Baby Boxes, quality products, resources and ongoing education to families on a large scale. Baby Boxes are also available direct to consumer either as a standalone item or filled with new baby essentials.
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Items in each box will vary slightly.  The box we received had diapers, wipes, bibs, baby mittens, a board book. a baby hat, 2 sleepers, a small towel/cloth set, a thermometer, baby food and even a wrap for baby wearing!  So many great items in one package.  I think our favourite products were the wrap for baby wearing (which we LOVE!) and a entire package of Pampers wipes & diapers.  Diapers are probably the most necessary item that all moms require immediately and something that is constantly running out.  We can’t wait for this product to arrive to Provinces all across Canada.  Learn more at http://www.babyboxco.com/

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What inspired the creation of The Baby Box Co.?

Two women entrepreneurs and childhood friends Michelle Vick and Jennifer Clary founded the company. When Michelle had her first child, she was shocked to learn that SIDS was the number one cause of death in infants one to 12 months old, and she and Jennifer and became determined to find a way to make it easier for parents to practice safe sleep. The Baby Box Co. boxes come inscribed with “Every child matters. Every family matters.” These words represent Michelle and Jennifer’s commitment to providing every infant The Baby Box Co. serves with a safe sleep space and every parent they reach with the high-quality products and educational resources they need to properly care for their child.

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Are Baby Boxes a proven model for safe sleep and reducing infant mortality?

For more than 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a Baby Box that is basically a starter kit for the baby’s first year of life. The box – a gift from the government – includes clothing, diapers, bath products and other newborn necessities and the box itself has a mattress, which for many, serves as baby’s first bed. The Baby Box is credited with helping Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

 

Where does The Baby Box Co. sell?

As of January 2016, The Baby Box Co. is working with 26 U.S. States through government agencies, hospitals, tribes, and non-profits organizations. The Baby Box Co. is working globally with 12 countries with many BtoB programs in development. The Baby Box Co. ships to consumers in 52 countries worldwide through www.babyboxco.com.

 

What differentiates The Baby Box Co.?

The Baby Box Co. is the first company to offer traditional Baby Boxes to consumers outside of Finland and is proud to share this special, lifesaving tradition with parents worldwide. There are companies out there that are baby gift boxes. They are very different from The Baby Box Co. as they are not safe sleep spaces focused on maternal and infant healthcare. The Baby Box Co is the only supplier of tested, safe-certified Baby Boxes anywhere in the world as well as being the only supplier with an American headquarters. The Baby Box Co. is a social enterprise/ for-profit company headquartered in Los Angeles with additional offices in Texas, UK, Australia, Canada, and Singapore.

 

Is this for me? What types of mothers are getting the boxes?

One of the beautiful things about the Baby Box tradition is that it is steeped in the powerful belief that every child and every family matters regardless of socioeconomic status: every baby deserves a strong, supported start in life. While THEY certainly have programs launching in vulnerable communities, a majority of THEIR partners actually distribute to all new parents within their organization or area rather than singling out those who are particularly disadvantaged.

 

What are the benefits of using a Baby Box?

Baby Boxes are portable, they take up less space and are more affordable than cribs, and they are eco-friendly, all while lowering the risk of SIDS by 40x for parents who would otherwise co-sleep with their babies. This is especially important in light of the recent infant mortality data, which shows that the US infant mortality rate is higher than any of the other 27 wealthiest countries in the world.

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Additionally, the Baby Boxes come with materials about safe sleep and other important infant care information. The Baby Box Co. launched Baby Box University, an online resource with videos and information for pre to post natal care and we include a free membership to this platform with every Baby Box we ship.

 

How are parents using the Baby Boxes?

Most parents use their Baby Box as a safe place for their baby to sleep at night. These parents generally keep their box right next to their bed. Other parents use the Baby Box as a place for baby to relax or nap during the day; they often keep the Baby Box in the kitchen or living room and use it (somewhat like a playpen) while they are in that room. Baby can rest safely while mom and dad are busy folding laundry, taking care of other kids, and so on. Once baby is too big for the box, it can be re-purposed as a storage box for toys or all of those tiny onesies that no longer fit!

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What comes in a Baby Box?

The Baby Box can be bought or gifted as a standalone item or filled to the brim with new baby essentials handpicked by the experts at The Baby Box Co. Each program is tailored to the community needs. For more information on various Baby Box options please visit www.babyboxco.com

 

How long will the baby be able to use the Baby Box?

It depends on how quickly your baby grows, but most babies are comfortable in their Baby Box until 8 months of age. We recommend that babies cease using their Baby Box as a primary sleep space once they can pull themselves up independently. Once they have gotten too big, the Baby Box is perfect for storing toys or as a keepsake chest.

 

Our Partners at Pampers are pleased to be Baby Box sponsors!

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Our family LOVES sleep sacks.  All three of our kids started out sleeping in a Swaddle Me sleep wrap and then progressed to the sleep sacks.  All three of our kids are also AWESOME sleepers and started sleeping through the night at 4-6 weeks old.  All of them were swaddled, bundled and kept nice and warm, which I think makes a huge different.  Adults like to sleep under something – even if it is hot out, a light sheet makes us all sleep better.  Same goes for kids – they like to have something more on them than just a sleeper and since kids are so squirmy all night, a sleep sack is a must.

The first thing I noticed about the Fishkopp sleep sack is the beautiful pattern.  The pattern options are all beautiful and bright, very modern and definitely European.LF Sleep Sacks_Clothing Rack

The next thing I noticed was that the sleep sack seemed very big – my 7 year old asked if it was for her!  We received a size 18-36 months and our baby is 16 months.  This must be a common inquiry as we received a little note card with information on the sizing.  They are designed to provide warmth without restricting movement and allows the child to still wiggle around freely.  Sleep sacks that are too small can cause overheating.  The larger sleep sack gives more of a normal blanket feel, without having loose blankets in the crib or bed and allows for more airflow.  Sleep sacks like the Little Fishkopp also are great for children who are in beds that don’t stay under the covers and then wake up because they are cold.  As long as your child’s head is large enough not to slip through the neck opening, it is safe to use.celebritybabytrends_littlefishkopp4

Why the name?  It means “Fish Head” and reflects the Nordic style and commitment to providing quality products for kids everywhere.  The founder of Little Fishkopp is a native of Northern Germany.  She came to the US 20 years ago on a tennis scholarship.  Like many mompreneurs, she started the company after her son was born in 2011.  She began researching sleep bags and wanted to concentrate on unique fabric designs that were 100% organic cotton, quality (inverted!) zippers, a tab to prevent child from unzipping the bag and more.

The bags come in 3 sizes (0-6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months) and two weights light and standard.  home-banner-1

The bags range from $59 – $79 USD.  Visit their website for more information! www.littlefishkopp.com  

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Tips to Soothe Your Colicky Baby!

A fussy baby means no sleep – for Baby or Mom.

So what’s keeping your baby up? Colic is a common up-all-night problem, which can leave your little one tired and irritable (Mom might feel the same!). So how do you encourage some much-needed sleep for the both of you?BABY-ON-FLOOR-WITH-TOYS

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Clean diaper. Full belly. What else could be the problem? In newborns, extended periods of crying could be colic, especially if your baby appears inconsolable.

Watch for the signs. If your little one has frequent bouts of intense crying, passes gas during these crying jags, or pulls his legs up when crying, it could be colic.

When? It usually starts between the 3rd and 6th week after birth and ends by the time the baby is 3 to 4 months old. [more info here]
To ease your baby’s symptoms, try these tips:COCYNTAL 30D EN 2013 HR

Developed specifically for babies ages 1 to 6 months, Cocyntal is just as easy to use as Camilia, with single, drinkable unit-doses, and is also free of dyes, preservatives and sugar.

Aside from these ideas, you can never give too many cuddles. Your baby will look to you for comfort and relief. No pressure!


This homeopathic medicine may not be right for everyone. Always read and follow the label.

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