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  • Baby Safety Month: Tips for making sure your baby sleeps safely

    0 comments / Posted by Sydni Snyder

    There is nothing more important than keeping our babies healthy, happy and safe. That’s why this month we are jumping on September's Baby Safety Month bandwagon. We will be focusing on different aspects of baby safety like crib/sleeping safety. 

    9 Quick tips for bedtime safety:

    1. Using antique cribs can be a lot more dangerous than you’d think. Crib standards have changed a lot in the past few years. There is a reason that you can not buy some of the standard crib features from 10 or 15 years back…. they’re not safe! So, if you plan to use your great great grandmother’s fabulous antique crib for your little guy, know that you will most likely have to make some modifications to it to make sure your baby stays safe!

    Make sure your cirb meets standards at https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/cribs and that it has all its pieces!

     

    2. Test the width of the slats on your crib with a soda can. If a can of soda can fit (and get stuck) between the slats, so can your babies head, hand, or foot.

     

    3. If the sides of the crib are adjustable and can go down, don’t use the crib.

     

    4. Although cute teddy bears, and blankets seem like a good idea to keep your baby warm and cozy, they can harm your baby more than you’d think. The best thing for your baby to sleep on is a firm mattress with a tight crib sheet (like a BATZkids Milestone Crib sheet ;). All the extra accessories can become choking hazards. 

     

    5. If you’re worried about your baby staying warm, try using a sleep sack. A good rule of thumb is that your baby will be comfortable using the same amount of clothing that you would be comfortable in. (Check out sleep sacks at http://www.halosleep.com/our-products/sleepsack/)

     

    6. If you’ll be using a used crib, check www.recalls.gov to see if it has been recalled for any reason.

     

    7. Don't place the crib near any type of blinds or curtains. If you decide to hang any pictures or wall decor above the crib make sure it’s secured to the wall. For example, you could use command strips and a nail. You’d never want anything to fall off the wall and hit your baby while he sleeps.

     

    8. It’s a lot safer for your baby to sleep in his crib than with you. Although you’ll certaintly be tired, put the baby back in the crib. If you’ve followed all the safety guidelines, it is the best and safest place for your baby to sleep!

     

    9. Lay your baby on his/her back to sleep. This will reduce the risk of SIDS.

     

    Visit https://babysafetymonth.org for more!

    Check back each week for more safety tips!

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  • Tips & Tricks for Decorating Milestone Blankets

    0 comments / Posted by Chelsie Sanders

    I thought it might be helpful to compile some of my favorite posts in a quick list of ticks and trick for decorating your milestone blankets. Hope this helps!

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  • The Silent Lunch Box Wars Amongst Parents

    0 comments / Posted by Chelsie Sanders

    While everyone was gearing up for back to school with clothes, shoes, and school supplies, I was having a major anxiety about what to pack in our toddler's pre school lunch box. We recently enrolled our oldest son Traxton in Kindergarten and our middle son Acen in Pre-K.  This is their first time being away from home. So I'm totally new to this school lunch box thing. We used to call it a brown bag lunch back in my day. Why? You might ask. Well, because you literally packed it in a brown paper bag. Now a days our kids are equipped with fancy Pottery Barn lunch boxes with their names embroidered on them and cool bento storage boxes inside. 
    I'm a stay at home mom of three boys. With the exception of making sure things are natural or organic I've placed minimum thought about what to feed my growing toddlers for lunch. My days are pretty hectic with them, our other 24 month old son, and attempting to run a small business.  Now all I can think about is what the teachers will think about the snacks I pack, and more importantly, what other parents were packing in their kid's school lunches. Will all the kids have cute little Mickey Mouse shaped sandwiches, raw carrots, and raw celery? Will I be criticized for packing one too many Oreos? 
    My timeline has been filled with mom friends posting their kids school lunches. I've seen everything from sandwiches made to look like animals to veggies made into a rainbow. There had been such a wide variety of what parents included in their kid's school lunch boxes. 
    It seemed to have been a silent lunch box war going on involving who could pack the healthiest and most creative lunch box. Naturally I felt inclined to join in.
    And so the lunch box war in my head began. I racked my brain about what to include in Preston's first week of lunch. I struggled with several thoughts, including, how to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.  Do I make sandwiches? And if I do, how do I cut them out in shapes?  Will my cookie cutters work? Suddenly, I realized that I was over thinking it, I can do whatever I want.  There are no rules I need to follow or standards I need to live up to regarding what I feed my child. 
    As stay at home moms we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves. We compare ourselves to what other stay at home moms are doing. And some times we draw the conclusion that we arent good enough. I have friends with four children that make motherhood look effortless, while some friends with one make it seem like they've been in the treaches of WWIII. There is no right or wrong way to do this thing called motherhood. We don't have to prove to anyone that our job is tough. It is 24 hours long and 7 days a week of sometimes non-stop chaos. We hold it all together without thought or hesitation. I run my small shop Bebe Nourri somehwere in between all the madness. So the next time you find yourself having an anxiety attack about something as simple as school lunch remember that you are enough, you are awesome, and you are doing an amazing job. And for me, I'll continue to slay motherhood in my own way, one peanut butter and jelly sandwich at a time. Well maybe sunflower butter since the school is nut free.
    XOXO
    Chelsie
    *Instagram photos courtesy of @summjenn & @barnes_n_noble mom friends killing this thing called motherhood. 

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