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My Baby Pajamas October Freebie Friday is under way.   Enter to win now.

Here’s what we are giving away this month of October:  My Baby Pajamas is teaming up with Baby-Sleep-Advice.com.   Heidi, is a mother of two, infant sleep parenting adviser, certified breastfeeding counselor and the author of the Baby-Sleep-Advice.com site.   Heidi has given My Baby Pajamas  one (1) e-book,  “The Complete Newborn Sleep Guide”, for our October giveaway.   Plus, My Baby Pajamas is also giving away one (1) pair of Kicky Pants Bamboo pajamas.  Winners choice!  This is a great giveaway for any mom.

Here is a little about the e-book:
It is a complete how-to guide full of facts and tools that effectively help your newborn baby sleep well.
It offers parents with a new baby the must-know facts about newborn sleep including sleep cycles, sleep patterns, nursery safety guidelines, influence of feeding choices on sleep and the best place to sleep.
At the heart of the guide are the newborn Key Tasks.   These essential steps are easy to implement and truly set the best stage for baby to sleep well.  But the guide does not stop there.   Every technique also has alternatives (the famous What if it doesn’t work? boxes) to help each parent find out what works for their unique baby.   Also, it guides parents through most common newborn sleep problems (sleeping only when held, sleeping short stretches only, colic, ….) and helps them spot serious disorders timely (reflux, sleep apnea).
The do’s and dont’s list give an interesting set of tips every parent should know.

Want to order the book now? Here is how to order this great e-book packed with information for any new mom.  http://www.baby-sleep-advice.com/newborn-sleep.html

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So enter today to win your e-book and one pair of Kicky Pants Bamboo Pajamas (winners choice).

Here is how to enter to win:

  • Main entry: Go to our Blog post and answer the question: How many hours do YOU sleep a night?
  • extra entry: subscribe to our newsletter for our website ( already subscribe, let us know).
  • extra entry: Follow us on Twitter
  • extra entry: Like us on Facebook
  • Must have a U.S. Mailing address and be 18 years or older to enter.   Good Luck!!
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My Baby Pajamas October Freebie Friday Giveaway

Welcome to My Baby Pajamas “Freebie Friday” giveaway.    My Baby Pajamas offers one Freebie Friday giveaway a month.   The giveaway will begin on the first Friday of the month and the giveaway will end on the last Friday of the month.   Our October giveaway will start Friday, October 7, 2011.  The giveaway will end on Friday, October  28, 2011 at midnight PST.    The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on October 29, 2011.

Here’s what we are giving away this month of October:  My Baby Pajamas is teaming up with Baby-Sleep-Advice.com.   Heidi, is a mother of two, infant sleep parenting adviser, certified breastfeeding counselor and the author of the Baby-Sleep-Advice.com site.   Heidi has given My Baby Pajamas  one (1) e-book,  “The Complete Newborn Sleep Guide”, for our October giveaway.   Plus, My Baby Pajamas is also giving away one (1) pair of Kicky Pants Bamboo pajamas.  Winners choice!  This is a great giveaway for any mom.

Here is a little about the e-book:
It is a complete how-to guide full of facts and tools that effectively help your newborn baby sleep well.
It offers parents with a new baby the must-know facts about newborn sleep including sleep cycles, sleep patterns, nursery safety guidelines, influence of feeding choices on sleep and the best place to sleep.
At the heart of the guide are the newborn Key Tasks.   These essential steps are easy to implement and truly set the best stage for baby to sleep well.  But the guide does not stop there.   Every technique also has alternatives (the famous What if it doesn’t work? boxes) to help each parent find out what works for their unique baby.   Also, it guides parents through most common newborn sleep problems (sleeping only when held, sleeping short stretches only, colic, ….) and helps them spot serious disorders timely (reflux, sleep apnea).
The do’s and dont’s list give an interesting set of tips every parent should know.

Want to order the book now? Here is how to order this great e-book packed with information for any new mom.  http://www.baby-sleep-advice.com/newborn-sleep.html

complete-newborn-sleep-guide-cover-3D-small

So enter today to win your e-book and one pair of Kicky Pants Bamboo Pajamas (winners choice).

Here is how to enter to win:

  • Main entry: Go to our Blog post and answer the question: How many hours do YOU sleep a night?
  • extra entry: subscribe to our newsletter for our website ( already subscribe, let us know).
  • extra entry: Follow us on Twitter
  • extra entry: Like us on Facebook
  • Must have a U.S. Mailing address and be 18 years or older to enter.   Good Luck!!
What is Cradle Cap?

Cradle Cap

You look at your baby and she’s just perfect! Those tiny hands and soft baby skin…she’s such a miracle. But wait, what is that scaly stuff on her scalp. It looks like wax ,it’s thick and yellow and not pretty.  Did you use the wrong shampoo, is she sick? Should you call the pediatrician?

Sounds like your baby has cradle cap and it’s very common.  It usually rears it’s ugly head  those first few months of life. It’s not contagious and should clear up on it’s own in six to twelve months. The scalp may look dry and flaky or it can have thick oily yellow or brown patches.  You don’t need to call the doctor unless it becomes inflamed.

Here are what some moms from the Berkeley Parents Network did to get rid of cradle cap.

  • Use the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner. Make sure it doesn’t go in the eyes as it’s not a “baby shampoo” but it worked. We use it every so often to prevent it from coming back. Sara
  • Rub olive oil on the baby’s scalp so it softens the cradle cap. Then use  a comb to gently scrape the scales away. Shampoo as usual. It took two or three times for the scales to be completely gone.       Cathy
  • At bath-time, rub baby’s scalp with oil. Brush the scalp in a circular motion as this seems to loosen the flakes. Then use a comb to get out the little flakes. I used baby oil and did not shampoo afterward. Seemed to work better letting it soak in and moisturize the scalp. Eve
  • My nurse friend said to use a little Head and Shoulders shampoo. It worked like a charm! Be careful not to get it into the baby’s eyes. Elaine
  • My hairdresser told me to rub baby oil or jojoba oil on the scalp to loosen the cradle cap. Then shampoo. It worked perfectly and never came back. But it wasn’t easy to get the oil out.
  • Try using a soft toothbrush and mineral oil. Susie
  •  If your baby is still nursing, take a couple of tables of Brewers Yeast for a few days. This is an old remedy for cradle cap. Peg

The consensus is to use some type of oil on the scalp and gently comb or brush out the flakes. Don’t forget, a little cradle cap doesn’t take anything away from this beautiful miracle you’ve created….your baby!

Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions. She is passionate about babies, toddlers and their parents. After working in the field for over twenty-five years, she wrote her third award-winning book, HELP! MY BABY CAME WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS which is available at  www.babyinstructions.com, amazon.com and all major bookstores . You can hear Blythe’s weekly radio show on Wednesdays, 11am EST @ http://www.toginet.com  Blythe is available for in-home, video and telephone consultations. Become her Fan on Facebook and Twitter at Baby Instructions.

©Blythe Lipman 2011

                                    

Sidebar

Pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene says: Cradle cap is a crusting and scaling rash found on the scalps of many healthy babies. The sebaceous glands in their skin are hyperactivated often because of mom’s hormones that crossed the placenta just before birth. These glands pump out a greasy substance that keeps the old skin cells attached as it dries.

Most of us have heard the words ” tongue tied” and we imagine a person stumbling to talk or having problems getting their words out.   But in reality, tongue tied is a medical condition that almost 5% of babies suffer from and have problems feeding as a infant.

The medical term for the condition known as tongue-tie is “ankyloglossia”. It results when the frenulum (the band of tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is too short and tight, causing the movement of the tongue to be restricted.

Tongue-tie is congenital (present at birth) and hereditary (often more that one family member has the condition).

How to tell if your baby is tongue tied?  Look for a few signs but with anything please consult a physician for a exam.

  • Look at him/her and stick out your tongue. Even tiny babies will imitate you. If he is unable to extend his tongue fully, or if it has a heart shaped appearance on the tip, then you should have him evaluated by his doctor.
  • Put your finger in his/her until he/she starts sucking.  See if his tongue extends over his gum line to cup the bottom of your finger. If not, you may want to have him/her checked.
  • Your baby gets very frustrated during feeding time.
  • If you are breastfeeding your baby can’t latch on successfully and stay on.   Also, it’s very painful for you while your baby is breastfeeding and you might even hear a clicking sound as your baby sucks.
  • Has problems gaining weight

Please consult a physician if you believe your baby may be tongue tied.   These signs can also be associated with other health problems and it’s always best to talk with your physician.

The My Baby Pajamas Team

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Once you survive the newborn stage of your child and start to catch up on your sleep, there are a few items we just could not live without during the infant stage of our babies.   Now, every mom is different and probably has a different top 5 list but this is just a guide to help get you started for the infant stage of life for your baby.   This is the stage when their little personality comes out and they giggle at anything.

  1. An exersaucer :  many companies make different versions.   This will be your life saver while you shower, cook a meal, you name it.  Babies love it!
  2. A baby play mat: again a lot of different companies make this item.   Be sure to find one that will wear well because you could be throwing it in the wash a lot if your baby spits up 🙂  Baby play mats are great for tummy time and learning to roll over plus most versions have mirrors which just makes a baby giggle!
  3. Pack N play : These are a life saver when you need to put the baby down.  They are great for the road, naps, and even a little alone time for your little one.
  4. Comfy baby pajamas:  did you really think we would have a top 5 list without mentioning comfy baby pajamas 🙂  These are a must to go along with your bedtime routine. 🙂
  5. Bumbo seat:  This was given as a baby shower gift and thought it was crazy looking.   Turned out to be a hit!  Nice thing about the Bumbo seat is it’s lightweight and can go anywhere with you!  Helps babies build their upper body strength too.

Enjoy this time in your babies life.  It goes by in a blink of an eye and the next thing you know they are tweens 🙂

What is something you could not live without during your child’s infant stages?  We would love to hear from you and help any new moms we can 🙂

 
New Baby?

Forget Schedule, Think Routine

 

        Ahh, to hear that soft breathing and those wonderful sleep noises on the baby monitor is a lullaby to any new parent’s ears. But wait, do you hear crying?  Oh no, the baby has only been asleep for fifteen minutes and you’re so tired!

Sometimes you can stand on your head, bring in a violinist or a whole floor show and your baby will not eat, go to sleep or stay asleep for very long. Not having your baby in a good routine can be enough to put any sleep-deprived parent over the edge.

But let’s face it, babies can’t tell time. And everything is so new those first few months. Their days consist of eating, sleeping and pooping and certainly not scheduled. But the good news is that by three to four months, most babies will be on some sort of a schedule. By then you will know how long she nurses or how much formula she takes, how long she will be awake between feedings and how long naps usually last. While there can be surprises, the getting-to-know-you period is over.

Here are some tips to  help you and your precious little bundle get into a routine.

  • Don’t keep your house quiet. Remember, the womb was a noisy place. You want your baby to be able to sleep no matter what’s going on.
  • After the  first month, wake your baby for a feeding every three hours during the day. This will start to establish a good routine and should help her sleep longer during the night.
  • If you’re bottle feeding and using powdered formula, fill the bottles with water in the morning so all you have to do is pour in the formula and shake. Most babies are fine with room temperature bottles.  And remember, you don’t have to feed her the minute she wakes up. Give her a little time open her eyes, stretch and give you a smile.
  • If your baby is drowsy and too tired to eat, try changing her diaper, singing or gently tickling her feet until she’s awake and alert. It may take a few days to get her body used to mommy waking her up.
  • Make sure to complete a feeding and not let your baby graze for the next few hours. She will never get enough to fill her tummy and take a good nap.  And those hunger signals will come sooner than later.
  • Establish a play-time ritual after each feeding whether it be tummy-time or just a walk outside to see the flowers.
  • While it may be tempting to let her sleep in the swing for hours on end, it’s not a good idea. You don’t want awake time to start at midnight! Use the three hour rule above.
  • When it’s time to go back to sleep, lay her down while she is awake and drowsy. Teaching your baby  to go to sleep on her on will make everyone’s life much easier.

The most important thing to remember when trying to get your baby on a schedule is to be consistent. Once you find what works best, do it the same way each time. Every baby is different and there is no right or wrong way to do things. Trust yourself. Before you know it, your baby will be on a schedule that will make your heart smile.

Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions. She is passionate about babies, toddlers and their parents. After working in the field for over twenty-five years, she wrote her third award-winning book, HELP! MY BABY CAME WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS which is available at www.babyinstructions.com,Amazon.com and all major bookstores . You can hear Blythe’s weekly radio show on Wednesdays, 11am EST @ http://www.toginet.com  Blythe is available for in-home, video and telephone consultations. Become her Fan on Facebook and Twitter at Baby Instructions.

©Blythe Lipman 2011

Sidebars

The first thing to do is give yourself a break. “From birth to two months, just throw the whole concept of scheduling out the window,” says Ari Brown, M.D., coauthor of Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year. Your infant is going to reverse day and night; she’s going to sleep through feedings and feed when you think she should be sleeping. She’s still trying to adjust to the world outside the womb. Trying to get a little baby to adhere to a timetable is a recipe for frustration.

Kim West, author of THE SLEEP LADY’S GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy with Joanne Kenen, says;

Even very young babies benefit from scheduling and consistency at night time and nap time. It cuts down on their crankiness and crying, and lays the groundwork for learning how to sleep through the night once they’re a little older.  but  even around two weeks you can start gradually laying the groundwork by developing a flexible routine and expanding your soothing repertoire for your baby.

Don’t forget comfy pajamas from My Baby Pajamas for your little one.  Being comfortable while sleeping makes a world of difference when establishing a routine.

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About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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