Where Can My Baby Safely Sleep?

Where Can My Baby Safely Sleep?

Bassinets and pack and plays are both safe sleeping environments for your infant, as long as they meet the following Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines:

  • Sturdy bottom and wide base
  • Smooth surfaces without protruding hardware
  • Legs with locks to prevent folding while in use
  • Firm, snugly fitting mattress.

If you can’t afford a crib, find a Cribs for Kids partner in your area or talk with your doctor about possible alternatives.

Why can’t I leave my baby in the car seat to sleep?

Car seats are designed for travel in a moving car and not as a sleep surface. If a baby is left in a car seat for extended periods of time, when not in a moving vehicle, your baby can move into a dangerous position that blocks their breathing. Your baby should always be removed from the car seat when arriving at your destination.

Can my baby sleep in a bouncy seat or swing?

Bouncy seats and swings are not designed for a sleeping baby. If a baby is left in a bouncy seat or swing for extended periods of time, your baby can move into a dangerous position that blocks their breathing.

If your baby falls asleep in the bouncy seat or swing, remove them from the bouncy seat or swing, and place your baby flat on their back in a crib, bassinet, or play yard. Bouncy seats and similar items should always be placed on the floor and never on a bed, table or other furniture.

Source:  Sleep Safe Kentucky 

Sleep Safety Tips For Newborns

Safe Sleep Kentucky provides a wealth of information about sleep safety with your newborn. Before you bring your baby home, read these important tips.

  • Do not overheat a baby. If you are comfortable in light clothing, the baby will be too. Keep the room temperature at a comfortable setting for you.

  • If your baby does require an extra layer for warmth, dress him/her in layers such as a onesie and a footed sleeper, or use a sleep sac over their clothing. Blankets should not be used in the bed for warmth.

  • Keep a baby away from cigarette smoke, including e-cigarettes. This is a good time to make your home and car smoke free.

  • A baby should never sleep in a car seat, swing, infant seat, adult bed, couch or chair, or any other item not designated for infant sleep.

  • Provide “Tummy Time” for the baby every day, while they are awake and an adult is watching. This helps with muscle development.

  • Be Aware, not Impaired. Drinking or drug use, even use of prescription drugs, can impair your ability to parent and increase the danger of SIDS for your baby. Always follow the ABC’s (alone, on their back, in a crib) to keep your baby safe.

  • Always follow the ABC’s of Safe Sleep for your baby.

    If your baby won’t sleep and cries continuously:

  • Check to see if your baby is hungry, tired or needs changing

  • Cuddle the baby in your arms

  • Walk and sing with your baby

  • Take your baby outside for a walk (weather permitting)

  • Give your baby a warm bath

  • Call a friend or family member to come watch the baby

  • Talk to your baby’s doctor

  • NEVER, NEVER, NEVER shake a baby

    Remember: Babies rely totally on adults for their safe care. A baby may not stop crying no matter what you try. No matter how frustrated you get, NEVER shake a baby. If you need to take time to calm yourself, place your baby in a safe sleep space (alone, on their back and in their crib) and check on them every 15 minutes.

    For more information on Safe Sleep Kentucky, please visit their website at safesleepky.org or the national Safe to Sleep Campaign at safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov.

Crib Safety: Two Things You Should Know Before Your Baby Comes Home

Crib Safety: Two Things You Should Know Before Your Baby Comes Home

 

1.  What Goes in the Crib?

The answer? Nothing but your baby! Newborns should never be covered with a blanket or comforter. That also means no toys, stuffed animals, pillows, or anything! The Pediatric Society of America recommends “bare is best”.

The minky receiving blankets made by Liz and Roo are for wrapping baby while rocking, cuddling, or holding your baby, for "tummy time", car seat or stroller use. The key is to use the blanket outside the crib. You can also lay the blanket on the floor and place your baby on the blanket for play time. They'll love the feel of the plush faux fur!

Buck Woodland Minky Receiving Blanket                       

Babies only need a fitted crib sheet in the crib. You won’t find a top sheet for a crib and the use of any sheet or blanket in the crib is potentially dangerous. Fitted sheets should fit the mattress tightly. At Liz and Roo, we use a strong, one inch elastic band all the way around the crib sheet to ensure it hugs the mattress tightly and safely. In addition, our sheets are extra deep so they wrap around and under the mattress. You don't want to fight the sheets when remaking in the middle of the night, and you really don't want the corners curling up and coming loose (that's not safe for baby). That's why the extra deep pockets are important for a safe fit. We've got lots of pretty designs in our deluxe signature all cotton crib sheets and our linen crib sheets.

Linen Crib Sheets

Inexpensive crib sheets have tiny elastic bands that lose their elasticity with washing and eventually begin to creep off the ends of the mattress. It's worth it to spend a few dollars more on your crib sheet to ensure your baby’s safety and your peace of mind.

2. Is There an Alternative to Bumpers?

There is! The Pediatric Society also recommends you not put a bumper in the bed with your infant. That dramatic change has swept the country, with many retail stores dropping bumpers altogether.

So, how do you get around the thought, "I want my nursery to look pretty"?! The safe  solution is a Crib Rail Cover.  It serves a dual purpose. First, it protects against teething marks and your baby potentially ingesting tiny wood slivers. (If you've got a convertible crib, you want to preserve it, because that rail becomes the footboard of your future bed!)

Second, it is a beautiful finishing touch to the crib bedding and “look”. Take a look at Liz and Roo's rail covers, also known as crib teething covers, in solids and patterns. You can monogram the rail covers with baby's name or initials to personalize the nursery.

Pink Baby Girl Crib Bedding with Monogram

Crib Rail Covers have ribbons or ties that secure through button holes. They fit securely over the rail of the crib. The gold polka dots crib rail cover shows how the ties secure through the button holes. You can tie in a knot for security, and leave the ribbons hanging, or you can finish with a bow, as shown below.

 

At Liz and Roo, we sell the blanket, the crib sheet, the skirt and the rail cover as separates so you can mix and match. We also sell a 3 pc and a 4 pc set. It’s made in the USA, ensuring quality workmanship.

Take a look at our baby girl bedding selections, baby boy bedding selections, or gender neutral baby bedding. You'll find made in USA quality baby bedding featuring the highest quality standards with your baby's safety in mind!

Black and White in the Nursery – Your Baby’s Development

Did you know that babies can tell the difference between light and dark even before they are born? When born, they see shapes by following the lines where light and dark meet. Yet, they are several weeks old before they can see their first primary color – red.

In their first weeks and months, babies learn to use their eyes – actually their eyes “learn” how to see. In their critical first year of life, your baby’s brain and eyes begin to coordinate images – this is what allows them to remember what they’ve seen. The right stimulation can increase your baby’s curiosity, attention span, and memory.

Numerous studies have been done on the value of black and white for visual stimulation. Here’s why. Newborns can only focus about eight to 12 inches from their face, and they see only black, white and gray. As early as the first week, your baby begins to respond to movement and begins to focus on your face. Soon your baby will smile when he or she sees you.

Over the next few months, you will notice your baby following moving objects. At this stage, your baby starts to recognize things, especially toys and mobiles with bold, geometric patterns.

There are so many opportunities to stimulate your baby’s brain. From the simple, downloadable black and white patterns below to black and white mobiles to black and white crib bedding, there are a multitude of ways to incorporate black and white in the nursery.

Click here for free downloadable art! http://babystrology.com/baby-learning/infant-visual-stimulation/

Downloadable Art for Babies in Black and White

If you look online, you’ll see a number of other free black and white visual stimulation tools.

We’re also fans of these small “art cards”, available on Amazon here:  https://www.amazon.com/Wee-Gallery-Cards-Baby-Collection/dp/B001CBAJBQ?th=1. This little boxed set is priced at $14.99.

Flash Cards for Babies in Black and White

Another fun way to introduce black and white in the nursery is through their crib bedding. Black and white sheets, changing pad covers, and curtains can really make a statement in the nursery.

Read more about black and white crib bedding on Liz and Roo’s Black and White Collection page. We love the high contrast of our black and white polka dot changing pad cover and all the other black and white options available for the nursery.

  

Recently, we read an article on the benefits of breast feeding for newborn eye development. According to a study published in the February issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “babies who are breast-fed have significantly better vision as young children than babies fed from formula.” Because scientists have previously hypothesized that the chemical known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – found in higher concentrations in breast milk than in formula – enhances the vision of developing children, the researchers randomly added DHA to the formulas of some of the non-breast-fed children.

Sources:

(Natural News)

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How To Clean Your Baby Toys Safely

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BABY TOYS SAFELY

This post is hosted by Sally Perkins of Penn Jersey.

The Importance of Toxin-Free Cleaning of Baby Toys

Toys are an important part of childhood. Babies get their very first toys the day they are born, and some of those items become their proverbial best friends for a long time. With germs, bacteria, and other seemingly harmful substances crawling around, parents can’t help but wonder how to protect their youngsters from catching various diseases, as they put their favorite toys in their mouth. Naturally, they come to the conclusion that cleaning everything that touches the ground is the best solution.

But what are the best baby-safe cleaning items and methods that won’t harm the child?

Analyze your Cleaning Product for Toxins

Nowadays, we have access to the most powerful and efficient cleaning products that even smell good. Not only do they terminate stains in a blink of an eye, but some of them also leave a protective layer on the surface to prevent new germs from re-attaching. All of these properties sound very appealing when watching a commercial, but have you ever wondered how cleaning products affect your baby's health

Health Risks

Recent data indicates that annually around 1,000,000 young children swallow poison, which originates from cleaning products. This is often an unintended mishap the parents omit to foresee; however, it is definitely worth taking into consideration as some cases have been reported to be fatal. 

Furthermore, asthma, allergies, and eczema are a few additional points to consider. As some of the cleaning products are over-effective, they will likely kill the good bacteria that was actually meant to boost the baby’s immune system. However, due to their absence, the child is more likely to develop allergies. Also, certain chemicals found in store-bought products act as irritants on the baby’s skin and may cause a rash and eczema.

Healthy Cleaning Alternatives

The good news is, there are many household items that can be used to clean toys on a regular basis. Some of the most common ones include natural lemon juice, vinegar mixed with water, and even rubbing alcohol. Vinegar, as well as citric acid found in lemon juice is an effective substance with mild sanitizing properties, while alcohol is a strong germ killer that evaporates within seconds, so you won’t have to worry about the unpleasant smell.

Making sure to use mild yet effective cleaning products is paramount to ensure your baby’s present, as well as future health. Additionally, these safe cleaning alternatives are not exclusive to toys; you can also use these to wipe the floors, kitchen counters, and other surfaces your baby might have access to.