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If you are looking for an easy baby shower gift to give to a mother-to-be, diaper cakes are always a popular option. A diaper cake is made by rolling up disposable diapers and putting them together in the shape of a “cake” to give to the new mom.
Diaper cakes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and themes. You can find many free resources online to show you how to make diaper cakes, or you can order diaper cakes exactly to your specifications. The only real draw back to traditional diaper cakes is that they can become very expensive, especially if you buy one that is pre-made. Many big diaper cakes require a large box of diapers to complete, and diapers are very expensive.
If you want to make a diaper cake but can’t invest the time or money necessary to complete one, then you might consider making these “stork bundles” instead. Stork bundles require a lot less diapers and are very easy and inexpensive to make. And they are very cute!
1 receiving blanket
10 disposable diapers
Rattle, pacifier, or teething ring (optional)
You can often find receiving blankets in packages of two or more, so it would be very easy to make a pair of stork bundles to give as a gift. You will need twenty disposable diapers to make two stork bundles.
First roll each diaper up tightly and secure around the middle with a rubber band.
Take one of the receiving blankets and fold it in half, and then fold it in half again so that you have a long narrow strip.
Cut a piece of ribbon about 24 inches long and set it next to you (you can find lots of great ribbon in a variety of colors at your local Dollar Store).
Set the folded receiving blanket in front of you. In the center of the strip line up four rolled up diapers. Stack three diapers on top of the first layer, then two diapers, and then one diaper, to create a pyramid of diapers. Fold up the ends of the blanket in one hand as you stack the diapers, to keep the diapers from falling down.
Holding the ends of the blanket with one hand, use your other hand to tie the ribbon around the top of the blanket, to keep the diapers in place. If desired, you can also tie a baby rattle, teething ring, or pacifier on the ribbon. Tie the ribbon in a pretty bow.
That’s it! These stork bundles are easy to personalize. You can make pink ones, blue ones, or gender neutral ones. If you can find a good deal on receiving blankets, you can make two stork bundles for about $10. You can just give them as a gift, or you can even use them as table decorations at a baby shower.
New moms love practical gifts that they can put to good use right away, and moms can never have enough diapers. Make a couple of these easy stork bundles to give as gifts today.
Samantha Edwards regularly blogs on baby & children topics. With her own experiences as a mother, she wants to share the wealth of information she has learned. For baby gifts visit boxt.com.au.
by Jessica Flynn
Comfort is a great way to help your infant make it through a cold. Babies like the feeling of knowing their parent is close to them at all times especially when sick. You might notice your infant expressing more attachment then usual for comfort when your little one is sick. So cuddle up!
Patting a baby on the back when they’re really congested seems to help loosen things up so baby can breath better. This combined with comfort before bedtime may relax your baby enough to help them fall asleep and breath easier.
Humidifiers, preferably a cold one, so there is no chance of baby getting burned, is one of the number one things pediatritions recommend for colds. It has definitely worked wonders for my family so I do suggest putting one in your babies room to help them breath better. So this combined with comfort and patting in your babies room should hit the spot.
Suctioning your baby’s nose before bed time or any other time when your baby has a hard time breathing will help your baby breathe better, and when your baby can breathe better they will be able to sleep better.
Bath time or should I say sponge bath? Is always a great way to help a baby relax especially if they have a low fever. So a warm rag to sponge your baby down before pajama time will be a good way to help your baby relax for that rough night with a cold.
by Kyra Bradbury
Eczema is more common in babies with a family history of allergies or asthma. It begins as a bright red looking rash on the cheeks and then progresses to other areas of the body like behind the ears, and to the neck, arms and legs. After a baby turns six or eight months, the red, scaly rash can move into the diaper area too. Small pus filled bumps will fill up, ooze and then crust over. When baby scratches the itchy areas, the skin can become infected.
It’s important to seek medical treatment for the eczema in most cases in order to prevent complications like infection. About 50% of children will clear up by around eighteen months of age and will become milder by around age three. One third of babies with eczema will also have allergies or asthma at some time later in their childhood.
To help baby cope with eczema, it’s helpful to do the following:
1. Keep baby’s nails trimmed. Keeping baby’s nails trimmed helps prevent the damage that the nails can do to the skin. You can also cover his or her hands with socks as well, especially while sleeping.
2. Keep bathing to a minimum. Babies with eczema should only be bathed up to three times a week for only 10 or 15 minutes at a time. Aveeno Baby makes a great oatmeal bath for soaking that may help alleviate dryness and itching. Check with your baby’s pediatrician for specific bathing recommendations.
3. Lotion. Use a skin cream that your pediatrician recommends on baby after bath time. Never use Vaseline or any type of oils.
4. Control Temperatures. Keep baby out of very cold or very hot weather. Keep your home at a moderate temperature as well and ensure the correct humidity in your home with the use of a cool mist humidifier (that is cleaned regularly).
5. Dress Baby Appropriately. Cotton is best for baby’s skin. Try to avoid any scratchy fabrics or shirts or pants with rough areas that will be against your baby’s skin while he/she wears them. Loose, cotton clothing will help to soothe baby’s itchy skin. Carpet can also be irritating. Spread a cotton sheet on the floor where baby plays.
6. Avoid Contact With Other Children. When your baby’s skin is open in any area due to itching, it’s best to limit contact with other people and other children. Your baby will be more susceptible to other skin infections like herpes.
7. Watch Your Baby’s Diet. If any particular food seems to be causing the allergic flare up, avoid that food with the supervision of your baby’s pediatrician. Keep track of what baby eats as well as the reaction of your baby’s skin. A food diary may help to point to an allergic culprit in your baby’s diet.
8. Continue Medical Treatment. If baby’s eczema continues for any length of time, it’s best to continue the treatment prescribed by your baby’s doctor. If eczema hangs around for years, it can cause thickening and cracking of the skin which will require steroid cream treatment and possibly antihistamines and antibiotics.
by Mandy McCollum
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is “why should I teach my baby sign language when he/she is not deaf?”
Well that is a good question. Even if your child is not deaf, there is scientific research that has been done to show the benefits of sign language for hearing babies.
Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn, founders of Baby Signs program, have spent a lot of time and energy into research before they developed the program Baby Signs. In their research they focused on hearing babies and the benefits of using signs.
They wanted to make sure that if they made a product for hearing babies that they were not going to cause problems for them in the future.
One myth is that using sign language slows down the baby’s ability to speak. If they can communicate using signs then they will never talk, right? No…research actually proves the opposite.
Results of the study were amazing!!!
The tests revealed at 11-30 months signing babies had a three-month advantage over the non-signers. The babies using baby sign language were also putting together significantly longer and more complex sentences. At 36 months, signers were almost a FULL year ahead of their non signing age mates!!!
Test results at 8 years old, showed those who had used sign language as babies scored an average of 12 points higher in IQ tests then their non-signing peers.
Not only does using baby signs with your baby increase their IQ, it also has other benefits as well.
Some other benefits are:
- Using sign language with your baby can reduce the frustration levels for both baby and mother alike. Have you been in a situation that you could not tell what your child wanted? The only thing that your child could do was drag you to the kitchen, and then point. Well does he want a drink, food, or something on the counter? You could not help him, and after many attempts to figure it out you get frustrated and so is he. Sign language comes in very handy.
- Using sign language with your baby builds trust between the baby and you. Imagine the above situation again. Your child drags you to the kitchen (actually this would not happen if you were signing with them). You are in the kitchen and your baby signs “drink”. You know exactly how to help them, and you give them a drink. Not only does your child walk away with new confidence about himself, he also walks away with the trust that you know how to help him when he needs you.
- Using sign language allows babies to share their world to you. Babies are able to communicate at a very young age. But unfortunately their verbal skills fall far behind, and they are not able to communicate things with us. If they know sign language and have the confidence that you understand them, they will show you what they are thinking and looking at, what they want to know more about, what their interests are, what they don’t like, the list goes on and on.
- Using sign language boosts their positive emotional development, confidence, as well as self esteem. They know what they want, and they have to figure out a way to communicate to us before they can speak. Sign language “bridges” the gap before they can verbalize it to us.
In conclusion, the evidence shows that using sign language with your baby is good for baby as well as for you, the parents. Now you know that signing with your baby increases their IQ throughout their life, decreases the frustration level, builds trust, allows you to share in their world and understand what they are thinking, and boosts confidence and self esteem. The better question to ask would be “Why not use sign language?”
Mandy McCollum has been passionate about sign language since she was young. She is one quarter away from receiving her sign language interpreting degree and has taken classes at the Chicago Deaf Center. She has also taught children sign language as part of a homeschool curriculum.
I am always looking for ways to save money on health care. As if health insurance premiums aren’t high enough, there are high deductibles that never seem to get met. My challenge this year is a $200 cap on preventive health care, and I have an infant who needs his immunizations. Every time I take him to the doctor, I receive a bill that is anywhere between $200 and $500. Unbelievable. It’s not so bad when your insurance pays for it, but when they don’t, what can you do?
Low income families are very familiar with their local health department. Many people who do not have health insurance go to their health department for their children’s immunizations. Most people who have insurance coverage overlook this option. Anyone can go to the health department for immunizations. In fact I have been told the doctor’s office gets their immunization shots from the state health department. At the health department, the shots are a fraction of the cost that they are at a doctor’s office. At the doctor’s office a lot of what you are paying for is the office visit.
Last week I took my son to the health department for his last infant immunization. The cost? $26! He received the exact same shot he would have received at his doctor’s office. Of course his pediatrician would be mortified that he missed his 15-month-old check up, but I really think doctors these days are a little excessive in how many times they want to weigh and measure a perfectly healthy child. Just my opinion!