Archive for Baby Gear

How to Help Your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep

How do I get my sleepy, crying baby to go to sleep? This is a question that many new moms would love to have answered. However, every baby is different so there is no one single answer. My husband and I found it helpful to read a few different books to get some ideas. We ended up pulling a few ideas from each along with some techniques of our own to determine what works best for little Baby Roku. And it is an evolving process! What worked for him at 1 month no longer works at 5 months! When he was a newborn, we would co-sleep. But after two weeks, he suddenly was not falling asleep in the bed with me…even after a full belly! That is when we read “The Baby Whisperer” and “Happiest Baby on the Block”. We found that a combination of swaddling, ‘shhh-ing’, rocking, and then placing him in his own baby crib was what worked best for him. I highly recommend researching techniques along with understanding your baby’s cues to find a technique that is best for him/her.

Baby Roku is 5.5 months old and loves being swaddled. We started swaddling him when he was about 2 months to help him sleep better and longer at the advice of one of the books that we read. It totally worked! To this day, swaddling calms him down before he goes to sleep in his crib. Which is great at his current stage because it seems when he is getting sleepy his arms and legs REALLY start moving. Swaddling also keeps him from scratching his face and eyes in the middle of the night.

We use the Kiddopotamus organic cotton swaddle (we have about 4 of them). I highly recommend this swaddle because the velcro attachments make it very easy to use. He occasionally ‘breaks out’ of the swaddle, but this does not seem to wake him up. I just swaddle him back after feeding and he lulls himself right back into a deep sleep. We joke that he will still want to be in a swaddle even after we send him off to college! However, I am sure that he will ‘let us know’ that he has grown out of the swaddle before then. : )

roku in his swaddle at 3 months

Baby Roku in his swaddle at 3 months

Baby Roku in his swaddle at 5.5 months

Baby Roku in his swaddle at 5.5 months

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Baby Roku goes to “My Gym”

Baby Roku had his second visit to My Gym this week! He loves being social with other babies and it is also great for me to meet some mom’s with kids his age. There were 3 other mom’s in his class with babies ranging in age from 3 months to 5.5 months. His favorite part of the experience was swinging in the baby swing. He almost fell asleep! He also really enjoyed the fish puppet show at the end. We did some ‘tummy time’ (Roku is NOT a huge fan) and some other baby exercises for stretching and strengthening. I learned from Zachary’s Mom, Michelle that Peg Perego makes a great highchair. We have not bought one for Baby Roku yet, so we will have to check it out!

Baby Roku loves the swing at My Gym

Baby Roku loves the swing at My Gym

Baby Roku almost falls asleep in baby swing at My Gym

Baby Roku almost falls asleep in baby swing at My Gym

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Roku’s Favorite Toys! Buying Organic and Safe Baby Toys

You’ve probably heard of the dangers of BPA (Bisphenol-A) and PVC that can be found in baby toys and teethers. These are dangerous chemicals that can be hazardous to the health of us and our children when ingested (and possibly even through frequent contact to our skin!). So how do we avoid these dangerous chemicals and buy safe toys? There are a few ways you can do this. You can go to the websites Safe Mama and Environmental Working Group where many toys are reviewed for their safety and chemical content. It also helps to avoid buying plastic toys and opt for wood and organic cloth toys instead.

I just ran across another website that rates toys and other items based on their impact to the environment, your health and society. They give you a rating for each of these three categories. And then for health, they go into detail what contaminants it contains, if any. Go to Good Guide and you will find out what contaminants are in specific toys by entering the toy or manufacturer’s name.

What are Baby Roku’s Favorite toys and teethers? He really likes Sassy’s Earth Brights line of wooden toys that he also uses as a teether. I think that his favorite toy right now is the toy called “Trix” by HABA. His buddy Thaddeus introduced this toy to him a few weeks ago. Hi likes this colorful, triangular grasping toy, however it appears that any toy from this brand would be great based on their name; The name HABA stands for high quality products, product reliability, age appropriate materials and environmental consciousness. He also loves his organic bunny that he got from his Aunt Sheila. He loves the floppy ears and arms for playing and chewing!

Where can you buy these toys? I happen to run across a great company on Amazon.com called Fat Brain Toys (www.FatBrainToys.com). They sell a lot of American Made toys (it seems like everything from Babies R Us is made in China!) and a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor toys. They have excellent customer service and seem to have a great corporate philosophy. I have only ordered one toy there, but it was a great experience.

Baby Roku plays with his favorite 'safe' toys

Baby Roku plays with his favorite 'safe' toys

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Roku Weighs 22 pounds! Time for a new car seat

Raw Food Babies Gain Weight Too!
When Roku neared the 22 pound weight limit of his Chicco Infant Carrier Carseat at 4 months, I had to find a ‘big boy’ car seat to replace it. So I sent out an inquiry to my friends via Facebook and my mom’s group and the Britax Marathon was the choice…hands down! Of the 10 people who responded to my inquiry, ALL 10 suggested this convertible carseat. I ordered it online through http://www.travelingtikes.com for a great price. They have EXCELLENT customer service too. Roku still hates riding in a carseat 90% of the time, however I am 100% pleased with the quality and comfort of this carseat.

Roku in his Britax Marathon

Roku in his Britax Marathon

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