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You’re expecting your first baby, what could be more exciting? Planning for a new baby is fun and decorating the nursery is even better, What kind of crib should you buy? Do you need a swing?  Should you buy a high chair now or later?  Questions, questions and more questions. There are so many products to choose from and each year  something new comes on the market that every parent thinks she must have.

The first rule of thumb when planning your nursery is to sit down and make a list of items you think you will need. Some of the items are must-haves. But it’s not always easy to know what will actually make you and your baby’s life simpler or what’s just the newest trend.

Once you have your list, set a budget and try your hardest to stick to it. You can buy baby furniture and equipment for as little as three dollars and up into the thousands. Many times you will find yourself returning items you thought you would need but realize aren’t necessary once the baby is born.

The following list will help you create a well-outfitted nursery for your precious baby.

  • Convertible Car seat with two bases(one for each car), to safely bring baby home.
  • Standard-sized crib. (30”x 54”)
  • Standard-sized crib mattress (27 ¼ “ x 52”) Organic crib mattresses are available.
  • You may also use a co-sleeper instead of a crib, if desired. This allows parents to have baby at arm’s reach but in her own bed.
  • Waterproof crib mattress pad
  • 4 fitted crib sheets (28” x 52”) for standard crib.
  • Musical crib mobile with remote for turning on and off
  •  Glider, Rocker or big, comfortable chair. Rozzie from Scottsdale says, “ having a big, cushy chair in the nursery allowed me to sit Indian style while feeding baby Dylan, making us both really comfortable.”
  • Armoire for storage if the room has no closet.
  • Changing Table or Chest of Drawers with Changing Pad on top.
  • Baby swing
  • Musical bouncy seat with vibration and above-head toy attachment.
  • Baby positioner to cradle baby’s head and neck in swing, stroller or car-seat.
  • Exercise ball to help with a colicky or cranky baby. Jill from Arizona says, “ Logan stopped crying as soon as I held him and gently bounced up and down, a real life-saver!”
  • Diaper pail and replacement bags, available in different styles.
  • Baby hamper.
  • Trash can.
  • 3 binky’s
  • 4 swaddling blankets
  • 1 small and 1 medium sleep swaddler with Velcro for easier swaddling (if desired)
  • 6 long-sleeved newborn sleepers or onesies.
  • 3-4 newborn long-sleeved outfits. Babies grow fast!
  • 4 of booties and/or socks to keep those tiny feet warm.
  • 4 receiving blankets.
  • 6 burp cloths.
  • 6 bibs with snap or Velcro fasteners.
  • Baby bathtub or bath sponge for sink.
  • 3 hooded baby bath towels.
  • 6 baby washcloths.
  • Baby shampoo, bath wash and lotion.
  • Mild laundry detergent for baby clothes.
  • 2 boxes of newborn diapers or 12 newborn cloth diapers with covers, to start.
  • Baby monitor (comes with or without video function).
  • Night light.
  • CD player with repeat button.
  • Lullaby CD’s for naptime.
  • Stuffed bear with heartbeat sounds and/or white noise machine. Amy from Phoenix says, “every nursery should have a white noise machine in their baby’s room. It’s so calming!”
  • Baby wipes.
  • Tissues.
  • Infant thermometer, baby pain reliever drops, nasal syringe, saline nose spray and first aid kit including ipecac syrup.
  • Poison control number posted in clear sight.
  • Cotton swabs, cotton balls, petroleum jelly, diaper ointment and baby oil.
  • Nail file for baby’s nails and toenails.
  • 6 BPA-free baby bottles, bottle warmer, bottle brush and drying rack. Paula from Georgia says, “It’s great that baby bottles are now labeled as BPA-free and I know I am keeping baby Rose safe.”
  • If nursing, breast pump, pads, storage bags or bottles and lanolin cream for soreness.
  • Diaper bag with changing pads and pockets to hold supplies.
  • Baby window shade for the car.
  • Attaching travel mirror to view car-seated baby in back. Karen from New Jersey says, “having this mirror provided me with piece of mind. Knowing I didn’t have to turn around to see my baby made it safer for all of us.”
  • A few rattles and newborn toys. Young babies respond to the color red.
  • Camera
  • Thank-you notes.
  • Help! My Baby Came Without Instructions book  by Blythe Lipman. A great parenting book with quick and easy tips to help make that first year with baby a breeze! www.babyinstructions.com
     
    You will need to purchase other items as your baby gets older. But the above list will give you a head-start and prevent unnecessary trips to the baby store during those first few months. Have fun and enjoy your new little bundle!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

     

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How to establish a bedtime routine

One of the first things parents what to know when they arrive home from the hospital is: how do I get my baby to sleep through the night? My simple answer to this question is…routine.

Establishing a bedtime routine is the most important gift you can give your child.   They will actually thank you one day for being such a good sleeper, I promise.   If you establish a bedtime routine early in life ( the earlier the better) it will stick with your child forever through their life.

The most important thing to remember when establishing your bedtime routine is repetition.   Do the same thing every night at the same time if you want success.

Here are just a few ideas for a great bedtime routine:

  • start the bedtime routine before your child shows signs of being tired.  Once they are tired, it’s no good.   If under a year old, start their bedtime routine between 6:30 and 7 pm.
  • give your child a warm bath.
  • massage your baby with lotion.
  • put your child in comfy pajamas.  Make sure to dress your child according to the weather.   Footie pajamas are great year around for babies and toddlers.
  • read a book to your child.
  • start your routine the same time every night.   Follow your same routine every night.  So if you start with a bath, pajamas, then book and bed, do that every night in the same order.
  • let your child fall asleep by themselves.   This one is key!  Once they use you to fall asleep, they will always need you to fall asleep.
  • Be patience…routines take time to establish and work.

Once your family has picked a bed time and routine every one needs to be on board for the routine to work.   Good luck to all and I wish everyone success in their bedtime routine.

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Baby Sleep Advice

Do you wish your baby or toddler would sleep better?  Is it a struggle to put your child to sleep every night? If so, we recommend going to Baby Sleep Advice to start solving your baby’s sleep problems today.

Baby Sleep Advise is a website that helps your baby sleep through the night and sleep well consistently,  discover newborn sleeping tips & avoid toddler sleep problems: effective down-to-earth infant sleep help from real-life experience + personalized expert sleep parenting advice.
My Baby Pajamas and Baby Sleep Advice have teamed up together to offer a Contest Giveaway.    We are offering a $30 Gift Certificate to My Baby Pajamas with the review of any baby product you have used to help your child sleep.   Here are all the details:       Which baby products do YOU love?  To be a valid entry to the contest giveaway, your review will be…

  • … about a baby product that is somehow related to sleep for a baby, toddler or young child, or … a parent. This can be broad and includes (but is not limited to): what helps baby sleep well, improves nursery and crib safety, creates a pleasant (cute) sleep environment, …. Reviews of online baby stores where you bought baby stuff are also welcome.
  • … a true and honest real-life experience. Sponsored or biassed reviews will not stand a chance
  • … describing the product as precisely as possible (brand, type, model), what you used it for, how it relates to your child’s sleep
  • …at least 200 words long.
  • … NOT necessarily positive. If you have had a poor experience with something, that is just as valuable for other parents to know!
  • … accompanied by your email address. This will not be published along with the review and I will only use it to send you your prize, nothing else.

Click here to Entry to win: http://www.baby-sleep-advice.com/contest-giveaway.html#validentry

Good Luck!!!

At My Baby Pajamas we know the importance of a good nights sleep.  But do our kids know just how important it is to get a good nights sleep?  We have talked with several sleep experts and even some of the experts have written  a few articles for our blog but we would like to share one website with you today.   This website is for kids, parents and teachers and it teaches the importance of sleep to children.  The website is Sleep for Kids and it was created by the National Sleep Foundation.

The National Sleep Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting education, sleep-related research and advocacy.

Sleep for kids is geared toward school age children and teaches the importance of sleep to them.   The website has many different sections for your child and you to go over together.   There is “Why we Sleep”, “How Sleep Works”, “Sleep and You”, and it also has a section of games and puzzles for kids to do on their own.   Sleep for kids also has a section for just Parents and Teachers and goes over many different sleep questions and sleep disorders.

If you and your children are not getting the recommended amount of sleep at night (an 8 year old requires 10-11 hours of sleep), this is the website for you.   This is something you and your child can do together.

My Baby Pajamas believes everyone deserves and needs a good night sleep!  Sleep tight tonight!

Please forward to anyone you know who can benefit from this website: Sleep for Kids.

The Importance of a good nights sleep
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A good night sleep starts with a comfortable pair of pajamas 🙂

baby sleep tipsToday starts the beginning of the National Sleep Awareness Week.   Starting today March 7 and ending Sunday March 13th, which is also Daylight Savings Time.   You can go to the National Sleep Foundation website for more information and tips.   Also be sure to check out Babysleepsite.com for information and a giveaway.  As a parent, we all know the importance of a good nights sleep.   If you have a baby remember routine is an important role in getting your baby to sleep through the night, plus comfortable pajamas 🙂

We wish everyone a good nights sleep!

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My Baby Pajamas would like our customers to know about the The Baby Sleep Site “Labor” Day Giveaway.  Plus, one of the prizes is a gift certificate from My Baby Pajamas!

The Baby Sleep Site decided to celebrate being a parent with their “Labor” Day Giveaway. With this in mind, they tried to come up with some prizes to help make our jobs as parents just a little easier.   Of course, this means they have included some prizes to help with baby sleep because as we well know, when baby sleeps better, we sleep better.   Plus, having comfortable and adorable pajamas on your baby helps too. 🙂

Here is the link for the giveaway and there are many ways to enter to win: http://www.babysleepsite.com/giveaways/parent-labor-day-giveaway/

Also, don’t forget your babies comfortable pajamas.   Our footie pajamas are always a best seller!

Good Luck to everyone!!


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Nicole Johnson, owner of The Baby Sleep Site

Nicole Johnson, owner of The Baby Sleep Site

If you have an “easy” sleeper, you’re lucky and your baby has probably been sleeping well since she was just a few weeks old. But, if you have a baby with sleep problems, life can be more exhausting for both of you. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to childhood obesity, depression and learning difficulties, and problems only become more difficult to break as your child gets older. Using these 5 tips to tackle sleep problems in the 4- to 7-month-old-range will get you off to a great start help your baby sleep through the night.

1. Develop a Sleep Routine – Children thrive on routine and predictability. With proper nap and bedtime routines, a child will know what to expect and begin to welcome sleep as part of the daily schedule. A typical bedtime routine might last 20-30 minutes (possibly longer for spirited children) and include diaper and pajamas (the appropriate weight and style for the room temperature), a quiet game, breastfeeding/bottle/cup (for babies under 2), teeth brushing, potty (if applicable), reading, cuddling, and then lights out. A nap routine is similar to the bedtime routine, but usually shorter, about 10 minutes.

I usually exclude a bath from the bedtime routine, since I know parents may not have time or energy to bathe their child every day, and, until the kids are older and getting very dirty, there is no need. Second, if a child is spirited, a bath may actually do more to energize the him than to calm him.

2. Schedule an Early Bedtime – An early bedtime is crucial to a good night’s sleep. When babies and young children are overtired, they may have more difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep and will often wake too early in the morning. While many parents think that keeping a child up later at night is best, it’s actually the early bedtime that will lead to a more restful sleep and a later waking in the morning.

3. Ensure Baby Takes Naps – The better a child naps during the day, the better she will sleep at night because she’s less likely to be overtired at bedtime. A good nap lasts at least one hour and is in a quiet, sedentary location, versus in a stroller, swing or car, which is not nearly as restorative. Shorter, more frequent naps are common during baby’s first 6 months. If your baby is in daycare, you may need to work with your daycare providers to establish routines and limits to enable your child to nap longer.

4. Avoid Sleep Associations – Babies, like all humans, have natural sleep cycles, which are periodic awakenings throughout the night. (We rarely remember them in the morning.) If a baby falls asleep using a soothing technique, like a pacifier, bottle, nursing, or rocking, which he cannot replicate on his own when he awakens between sleep cycles, he will likely cry out for Mom or Dad to help him back to sleep. So it’s important for you to put the baby into his bed awake, so that he falls asleep on his own and will be able to put himself back to sleep during the night.

5. Manage Night Feedings – Through the first nine months, it is considered normal for babies to eat one or two times overnight. Some stop much sooner on their own accord or with just a little nudge from mom. If a baby is eating more frequently than that or she is older than nine months, you may want to consider cutting back (or cutting out) feedings. All babies are different and experts disagree as to when overnight feeding should stop. A mom knows her baby best and will be best able to determine whether she still needs to eat at night, but any more than two feedings after three months old and she probably has a sleep association with nursing or the bottle.

Nicole Johnson is a sleep coach and the owner of The Baby Sleep Site™ (www.babysleepsite.com) specializing in baby sleep products and consulting services. She is also the President of Babble Soft (http://www.babblesoft.com), a premier baby software company that further helps new parents with baby sleep issues. Nicole is a wife and the mother of two boys. With a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Ohio State University, Nicole has also received an honorary degree in “Surviving Sleep Deprivation,” thanks to her son’s “no sleep” curriculum. She has become an expert on infant and toddler sleep and has made it her mission to help other parents solve their child’s sleep problems, too.

Shop for your baby pajamas for your bedtime routine at www.mybabypajamas.com!


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It’s August and that means families all over the United States are preparing for back to school.     The National Sleep Foundation has offered sleep tips to help make the transition from summer time sleep schedules to back to school sleep schedules easy for both kids and parents.

Here are a few of the tips from the National Sleep Foundation:  a few weeks before school starts, start moving their bedtime 15 minutes earlier every other night until you reach their school  bedtime.   Also, make sure you wake your child up 15 minutes earlier every other day until you reach their back to school wake up time.

Be consistent with your routine.  Be sure to stick with your new routine even on the weekends.  Also, make sure your child has a good sleeping environment.   A cool, dark and quiet room are best.  Remember the best sleeping temperature is 68 to 72 degrees.

Make sure to limit the amount of caffeine your child has after lunchtime.  Especially, if you have a young child.   Also, studies show children and adults sleep better with no TV.  The flicking light from the TV can disrupt good sleep.

  • Sleep experts generally recommend at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep for kids ages 5 to 12 and even more for younger preschool-age children.
  • Teens need about 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night to function best.

Good luck and Sleep Tight!   Be sure to check out our new arrivals for back to school pajamas.   We have already started to receive Skivvydoodles and Kicky Pants Bamboo Pajamas.


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Jack with his blanket and binkie Age 2

Every parent knows that getting your baby to sleep through the night is difficult and sometimes a long road.   Establishing a routine very early in a infants life is key but another important key is teaching your baby to fall asleep independently and staying asleep.

Everyone, including babies, will and do develop sleep associations.   These are the things we associate with bedtime.  Both my children had a favorite blanket that they took to bed with them.   My youngest also had a binkie (which is now a aide in preventing SIDS).    Many will say not to use  a binkie but we had no choice with Jack.  He was tongue tied and it was used to strengthen his tongue.   Plus, they do give it up when they are ready 🙂  Whatever it may be make sure it’s safe to be in the crib with you baby and that it’s NOT you!

We all love holding and rocking our baby.   We as parents only get to hold and rock our babies for a short part of their lives.  Experts will say not to  hold or rock your baby to sleep every night because then your baby will associate this with them sleeping.   When your baby wakes up in the middle of the night, they will not be able to recreate that same sleep environment on their own because it involves you.

As your journey begins to teach your baby to sleep on their own start to introduce items to your baby that they can sleep with, such as a special blanket.  My Baby Pajamas has soft bamboo blankets by Kicky Pants.   Soon your baby will associate these items with sleep.   Then when they wake in the middle of the night, they will be able to soothe themselves back to sleep without your assistance by holding their special blanket or item.   Don’t forget comfy pajamas!

Good Luck and sleep tight!

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It’s summer time and many moms wonder what to put on their baby at bedtime.    The ideal temperature for the best sleep is 68-72 degrees.   If you have air conditioning, make sure you are dressing your baby properly.   Long sleeves and long pants would be ideal for a baby in air conditioning.  Also, many moms like footie pajamas.   Make sure the footie pajamas are not a heavy weight.   My Baby Pajamas carries many great options for footie pajamas.   Here is the link for footie pajamas: http://www.mybabypajamas.com/footed-pajamas/ .

If you do not have air conditioning make sure your baby does not get too hot at night.   Putting a fan in their room works great or if you have a ceiling fan be sure to use it.   Also, you don’t want to dress them in long sleeves pajamas.   A great option is our bamboo pajamas for kids.  My Baby Pajamas carries Kicky Pants Bamboo pajamas and we offer short sleeve pajamas from 3-6 months to 18-24 months.   Kicky Pants Pajamas are incredibly soft and luxurious feeling.  Bamboo is an eco-friendly, sustainable crop that grows wild without the aid of fertilizers or pesticides.  Bamboo fabric is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and antistatic.  Bamboo absorbs water 3-4 times better than cotton, keeping skin comfortable, rather than sticky.  And, bamboo stays 2-3 degrees cooler in the hot weather and 2-3 degrees warmer in the cold weather.   Here is the link for our bamboo pajamas : http://www.mybabypajamas.com/kicky-pants-bamboo-pajamas/.

No matter how old your child may be, please be sure to dress them comfortably.   My Baby Pajamas offers a huge selection of pajamas for kids of all ages.


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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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