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Photo Contest Results

July was a fun month to host the Summer Photo Contest.

We enjoyed watching the pictures come in and the voting that was occurring. Many of you shared your photos with family and friends and there was a tight race to the finish.

As we announced on our Facebook Wall Yesterday – Here is the winning photo:

Thank you so much to everyone who participated, from the entrants to the friends and families that voted for your images.

We wanted to share all the other photos that were entered into the contest as well.

  

  

  

  

   

  

  

  

  

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Babies And Bedtime Fussiness

If your baby is very young or a new born then it is expected that they will get up many times at night.  However in the case of older babies, it may not be acceptable for your baby to be fussy and not sleeping through the night. It is very frustrating for you if your baby goes to sleep after a great deal of effort and then keeps waking up frequently. It is a big achievement if your baby sleeps uninterrupted throughout the night. However, if your baby is not sleeping well then there could be many reasons why. You and your family might want to start thinking about your day time activities and how these could be affecting the sleeping pattern.

The baby’s biological clock is not yet set up and if you don’t set a routine for them they find it difficult to settle down. Thus following a fixed pattern can help with that. They will begin to understand when they are supposed to play and when to sleep and so on. When they are small we help them by setting a routine and then we try to follow the routine as close as possible. For instance, in the mornings they might learn that it is bath, then feed, and then play. At evening they might learn that a story, feed and then lullaby is bedtime routine. Thus, if you follow this pattern for a while then the kids start remembering it.

You could also keep track of the times that your baby has slept during the day. The baby may not go to bed at night because he may not be tired enough. They have to play sufficiently to make them tired by the end of the day. You can also help them in discovering new things and stimulate them during the day. If you don’t think they are doing enough of that, then you may have to change your own habits. Then your baby might then sleep soundly at night.

When it comes to nap-time during the day it varies with the age of the baby, and their individual needs. Keep an eye on when they nap and for how long, and how it may be affecting your babies night time routine.

Sometimes getting out of the house, and being exposed to new surroundings is helpful. You may take the little one to your friend’s house, or to a park or even to the shopping mall. Your baby loves change and is stimulated by it. They like to see new things, and the stimulation is tiring for them. Thus, they sleep well at night. With the passage of time their bed time fussiness will go away and you will not have to bother about it anymore. That is the best part of it all.

If all of this doesn’t work, or if you have a gut feeling that there is something else going on perhaps you need to discuss it with your paediatrician. Make sure to let them know all the things that you have tried and to make note of anything that is causing your internal alarm to be triggered.  Things like irritability if laying on one particular side - perhaps even while nursing or feeding, or if your baby is startled while sleeping even when it is quiet.

You know your baby better than anyone else and you will know if there is something that is making you uncomfortable.

We would love to hear about any tips and tricks that you have tried that have worked for you.  I bet there are other mothers who would be grateful for your insight.  Please leave your comments below.

 

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Experimenting with Sunblock

We just got a message from someone about Sunscreen vs Sunblock.

Their daughter wanted to know about the differences between sunscreen and sunblock so after applying sunscreen, their daughter used q-tip to draw an 8 on her leg.  After playing outside for a few hours there was an 8 left behind.

I am sharing this story with you because it gives you a really good mental picture of how Baby Butz works as a sunblock.  The ingredients in Baby Butz reflect and scatter the light and acts as a wall between your skin and the sun.

While sunscreen and sunblock each protect you in different ways, for some people their skin is too sensitive to use a sunscreen because of the harsh chemicals that are used to protect your skin. Sunblock such as baby butz is also a safer alternative for babies and young children.

There is not an easy answer as to which method you should use, but we can provide you with some information about both of them here.

SUNSCREEN

  • Also known as chemical sunscreen
  • Must use multiple chemicals because there isn’t one chemical that can do the job alone
  • They use chemicals to absorb and reflect the sun’s rays

SUNBLOCK

  • Also known as physical sunscreen
  • Reflects the UV rays from the skin
  • Made of inorganic particulates (titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or a combination of both)
  • Baby Butz is made with Zinc Oxide which is 100% Natual and 100% Safe

Important information for either Sunblock or Sunscreen

  • Must be applied Thickly
  • Applied 15-30 min before exposure and again 15-30 min after exposure
  • Apply again after swimming, sweating or rubbing.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you use sunblock or sunscreen and does this information change your thoughts?  Please leave us your comments below.

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Photo Contest

We have begun our Summer Photo Contest and we would like to invite you to participate.

Make your way to our Facebook Page and enter your own image or vote for someone elses.

Contest is open to all Canadian Residents and will run till July 31st – the faster you enter the more time you will have to collect votes.

The picture with the most votes at the end of the contest will win.

$100.00 Gift Certificate to West Coast Kids!

and

a Large Jar of Baby Butz Diaper Rash Cream

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What’s In Your Diaper Bag?

Diaper Bag essentials.

 

Yesterday we were talking about this very subject on Facebook, and there were such great ideas that we thought it would make a great blog post.

The ideas that were supplied by you as well as some of the things that we thought of are listed below:

 

Baby wipes: Have travel-sized packs on hand to clean baby after a change, and to wash faces and hands after a snack or a meal.

Blanket: receiving blankets are always handy for wrapping up baby, burp cloths and of course if it is cooler weather bringing an extra warm blanket is always a good idea.

Bottles, formula and ice packs: If you bottle feed baby (whether it’s formula or breast milk), be sure you pack a couple of bottles (and ice packs) in case baby gets hungry, you never know when you could get delayed and being prepared will help make your unexpected delay less stressful.

Burp cloth: If you use special burp cloths bring an extra you never know who you may meet up with and you will have a fresh clean cloth for your friend.

Cell phone with paediatrician’s number: A cell phone is a wonderful tool to have with you when you are out and about, but the most important thing to do with your phone is make sure all your important phone numbers are programmed in your cell phone.  If you need to make an emergency call you won’t have to try to remember a phone number.

Change of clothes: Packing an extra outfit or two is almost essential, you never know what kind of mess you might find yourself in :)

Change pad: By bringing a change pad, you will be guaranteed that you always have a clean area to change your baby.

Diapers: This one should be implied, we didn’t think to add it to the list till much later in the Facebook conversation. Generally if you pack one diaper for every hour that you are gone for, then you should be okay.

Diaper rash cream: Only the best will do for your precious little one, so make sure you have a jar of Baby Butz cream.

Extra pacifiers: If your baby uses them, you won’t want to be caught without one if they throw it out of the stroller, or it gets lost in the car seat.

Medications: If your baby is currently taking something make sure you have it with you.  Also mentioned was gripe water and prune juice.

Plastic bags: Also mentioned by you was the need for plastic bags for soiled diapers, and for leaky bottles too.

Playthings: Toys were also mentioned, and they could be small items such as teething rings or rattles.

Snacks: Healthy snacks (such as almonds, dried fruit, carrot sticks, etc.) will keep you from splurging on chocolate and chips when you’re out and about, and finger foods and juice boxes for your older child can be helpful as well.

Sunscreen: Babies older than six months should wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Don’t forget to put it on your wee one even in winter months

Water: Water is important for you to keep yourself hydrated, but also to use with a corner of your receiving blanket for quick cleanups of you, your child, or their toys.

Hand Sanitizer: Having hand sanitizer in your diaper bag can save you when you find yourself in a location where soap and water are not available.

Mosquito Netting: This is great in the summer to have to put over your baby’s stroller when you are out during times when there are a lot of mosquitoes.  Keep your baby safe.

Kleenex: Runny noses, sneezing, sniffling and to be used as a napkin in a pinch, Kleenex can be a life saver.

Do you have anything in your diaper bag that we have missed, or perhaps we mentioned something that you never thought of.  Please leave a comment below to let us know what you think.

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Date night is nice, but the type of dates you choose may be more important than you think.

Your babies will thank you for taking the time to understand the importance of date night and to make sure that you have good quality time while on those dates. Here are some of the benefits that your children will receive:

  1. You will be less stressed at home
  2. You will have more patience
  3. Your relationship with your spouse will be stronger

All of these things will make for a positive, fun and more relaxed couple which will mean you have more time and energy for your children. You and your spouse will have a much easier time communicating between date nights as well.

For some of you this next question will be easy for to answer, for others it will be very difficult, and for some it might just be impossible. Take a deep breath and think about a time in your relationship with your spouse when you didn’t have children. If you have always had children as part of your relationship, then imagine what it might have been like….

Think about how you used to spend time together, did you spend your time talking to one another, cuddling or touching each other? When we find someone we want to spend the rest of our lives with dating them is fun, exciting and energizing.

Keeping the spark alive is an important part to a long lasting relationship. Here are a few things that can be worked into your date night:

  1. Fun
  2. Real conversations about all kinds of things (other than the kids and the “issues” that are going on in your household
  3. Choose to be lovers rather than parents
  4. Connecting to one another so that you can remember what you love about each other
  5. Take some extra time to get dressed up for your date

Date night doesn’t have to be expensive either.  If you can’t afford to pay a babysitter for example you can pair up with another couple and trade date night babysitting. Be creative in planning and make it a lot of fun. Here are a few date ideas:

  1. You can pack a picnic and go to a park for your date.
  2. One of you plan the entire date from the babysitting, down to the final detail, and let it all be a surprise to your spouse
  3. Have a date afternoon and go to the Zoo

What other ideas do you have for an inexpensive date?  Please leave a comment below We would love to hear your ideas.

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Why it is important to get out of the house?

Tired mom on couch

 

As a mom, sometimes it feels that it is just easier to stay inside.  Things have changed a lot for you, no longer is it just you that has to get ready to go somewhere.  Now you have to bring extra clothes, diapers, wipes, hats, blankets…. The list is endless.

 

What many people don’t know is that getting outside is actually a very good thing for your overall health and the health of your baby.

The sun has some amazing benefits to offer us such as:

  1. It kills microbes (that is why it is so good to put carpets and blankets out in the sun that can’t be washed)
  2. Lightly tanned skin is more resistant to infections and sun burning (some skin diseases are actually improved or even cured with controlled exposure to the sun)
  3. It improves our mood by stimulating endorphins (the feel good hormones)
  4. It helps to combat insomnia – exposure to the sun during the day helps to produce more melatonin at night (which is the sleeping hormone)
  5. Sunlight helps us to incorporate Vitamin D which then makes it possible to absorb calcium in the intestines
  6. Vitamin D and related compounds have been shown to slow the development of some cancer cells – that leads us to say that the sun helps to fights disease
  7. Exposure strengthens the cardiovascular system, as well as the circulatory system.
  8. It strengthens liver function (hence why it helps to treat jaundice in our babies)
  9. The sun helps the kidneys do part of their job, because when we sweat we release waste through our skin.
  10. It will help to increase metabolic rate as it stimulates the thyroid thus helping you loose weight
  11. It can ease the symptoms of pre menstrual syndrome
  12. The sun is also very good at healing swollen joints during inflammation caused by arthritis

mom and baby in park

 

Sunlight is so important for your mood, energy, and sleep. Make it a point to leave the house at least once a day, even if it’s

just to sit in the backyard, or to walk around the block.

I realize that although you know the benefits, it may still be difficult to convince you that going outside is worth the trouble. I challenge your for the month of June to get out of your house everyday, and to soak up some of the sun’s rays.

Perhaps you can find a mom in your neighbourhood who you can partner with and encourage each other to stick to the plan.  The important thing about the relationship with your build with the other mom is to make sure you don’t help each other find excuses to avoid going outside. Instead help find excuses to get outside.

If you really need help to stay on track and you have an older child at home with you, you can tell them that you will be going to the park everyday in June.  You know they will hold you to it rain or shine :)

In order to change habits it takes dedication and repetition.  Let’s do this together!

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