Why Baby Sleep Positioners Will Not Be Used in Our Home

Periodically, someone on my home board will ask for recommendations on baby sleep positioners.  Some moms say that they’ve used them because their baby has acid reflux, or it was the only way to keep their baby from rolling over in his or her sleep.

As usual, I have a bit more of a hard line approach to the use of baby sleep positioners.  (I suspect that’s not a surprise to anyone who has ever read a blog posting or message board comment from me.) [Read more…]

Tips for Getting Rid of Cradle Cap (New People Co brush)

 

No one likes seeing cradle cap on their baby’s brand new skin, but unfortunately, some babies get it. Nope, it’s not a pretty sight. But there are things you can do, and if your baby hasn’t gotten cradle cap yet (not saying that they will), there are things that you can do to help prevent it, and if baby already has it, some things to help get rid of it.

Wash your baby’s hair.

Easy peasy. Wash your baby’s hair with a gentle shampoo two or three times a week. This can help prevent cradle cap by removing excess oil and dead skin. Don’t wash more often, because you can actually make cradle cap worse, if you do that.

Brush baby’s hair.

I know, some baby’s only have peach fuzz, but brushing even that peach fuzz will give baby a gentle scalp exfoliation, especially if you do it right after a bath. A great brush (that the company sent me to review) for that is the New People Company brush. This brush is great for everyday brushing, not just for treating cradle cap. Made out of recyclable plastic and top rack dishwasher safe, it’s surprisingly gentle yet effective (unlike those soft bristle brushes you get at the store). I used it on Little Man’s cradle cap right after his baths (without oil, as he had a very mild case) and it helped clear it up quickly.

If it’s really stubborn, try a little oil and brushing.

Olive oil seems to be the most popular recommendation. I would imagine coconut oil or vegetable oil would work as well. I have heard moms complain about coconut oil or their kids cradle cap getting worse when using oil though. Here’s an article with a little bit more info about that. Apparently some kinds of cradle cap can be caused by a form of yeast, and if your kid has that kind of cradle cap, olive oil can make it worse. If you go this route, try leaving it on your baby’s head for at least a few minutes before brushing. You shouldn’t have to use a lot, just enough to moisten the scalp. You can wash after if you choose or feel like baby’s hair is too oily.

All of my kids have had cradle cap unfortunately. My oldest boy had the worst and longest lasting case, though trying to clear up cradle cap with my girl’s thick hair was a pain too. Little Man got lucky and his was very mild. And it did help that I had access to a good quality brush like the New People Company brush. They’re a little pricey at six bucks a brush, but I think they’re worth it for how well they work.

You can follow New People Company on Twitter and Facebook.

Have you had to deal with cradle cap? Did you do any of the above?

Tips for Preventing Diaper Rash

 

Diaper rashes seem almost inevitable when your kid is in a diaper 24/7. Some babies seem to be more disposed to them than others, while others are lucky and never get one. Sister has really sensitive skin, and she will get really bad rashes if I’m not careful. Little Man’s rear end doesn’t seem to be so sensitive. After diapering three kids, I’ve finally figured out a few tips for preventing diaper rash. It took me long enough! But here’s what I do to prevent rashes on my babies. Also I’m sharing about a diaper ointment I got to review that I love. These tips work whether you use disposables or cloth diapers.

Change frequently.

Okay, that’s a no-brainer and I figured that out with my first kid, but it needs to be said. Change diapers frequently. Change poop diapers as quickly as possible.

Clean thoroughly.

I don’t care what you use, but clean that baby’s butt thoroughly when you’re changing them, whether it’s a poop diaper or just pee! I use cloth wipes and plain water most of the time (sometimes I’ll use a gentle wipes solution). You wipe after you pee, right? Make sure to wipe your baby after they’ve peed too.

Dry their butt.

I kind of do this at the same time as I’m cleaning their butt, because I use a sprayer to wet their butts directly and wipe with a dry cloth. This way when you do the next step, you won’t trap any moisture against their skin.

Apply ointment.

This can be anything, from an over the counter cream like Balmex (not recommended for use on cloth diapers) or something homemade. The point is to have something that protects baby’s skin. The diaper cream will be a barrier between the baby’s skin and what they ‘deposit’ into the diaper. No, it does not have to contain zinc or a powder. I didn’t always do this and when I started doing it at every single diaper change, it made a HUGE difference. Sister and Little Man have only had one rash since I started doing this (and I think it was because I was testing out a new detergent and hadn’t worked out the right amount to use yet, especially since it affected both of them).

An awesome ointment that I got sent to try is Eco Sprout’s Coconut Stick. It says on the package that you might want to eat it because it smells so yummy and they’re right! I suppose it depends on whether you like the smell of coconut or not (I do). I’ve been mainly using it on Little Man (Sister was testing another ointment), and it’s kept his little tush nice and soft! Like I said, we’ve only had the one rash since we started using this. There are only three ingredients in it (coconut oil, Vitamin E, and beeswax), which I love. It comes in a stick, and if you’ve read another review of mine, you know I love stick ointments. No mess and no having to clean my fingers off after! And so easy to toss in the diaper bag for on the go. I’ve used this to get rid of rough patches on Little Man’s feet with only a couple of uses. I love the Coconut Stick. My only complaint about it is that it goes pretty quick. We’ve used up almost the whole stick in less than a month. Oh and this stuff doesn’t cause any problems with cloth diapers.

That’s  it. It’s that simple to prevent diaper rashes, whether you’re using cloth diapers or disposable diapers.

You can purchase the Coconut Stick from Diaper Junction (affiliate link). They retail for about $9.95.

Is there anything special you do to prevent diaper rashes?

Why Child Vaccinations Are Important

There are a lot of different reasons why people do or don’t choose to participate in child vaccinations.  I’m not here to criticize them or bring up any logical fallacies.  I’m giving my opinions on child vaccinations, and maybe a little bit of factual information sprinkled in.

That being said, think about what you learned in history class.  Think back to that time before child vaccinations.  I grew up hearing stories of loss due to childhood illnesses that are largely eradicated.  Before the days of the dtap shot, my grandmother (who, if she were still living, would be a great great grandmother today) grew up.  It was the Great Depression. [Read more…]

5 Tips for Bath Time (And a Review)

I have to admit- Little Man does not like bath time.  So I figured out a great bath time routine.  Now the time I give him a bath varies, because I really do have to catch him when he’s in a good mood if I don’t want him screaming bloody murder.  So here are my tips for making bath time easier on you and baby: [Read more…]

Hell’s Gate and Babywearing

 

In honor of International Babywearing Week, I’ve decided to pull out some of my old babywearing posts.  My favorite places to wear my babies were always out and about, so it was a guaranteed adventure.

When we finally got out of Chilliwack and headed back home, I had put the freshly laundered Snugli infant carrier and the ring sling in the back of the van.  The husband had declared that we would not be stopping on the way home because we both wanted our puppies back.  Surprise!  We stopped at Hell’s Gate, so he grabbed out the first babywearing thing that he could find.  I strapped on my ring sling carrier, put Norton in, and began my journey of babywearing in Hell’s Gate.  Babywearing in Hell’s Gate is kind of a necessity.

I suppose I should start by explaining what Hell’s Gate even is.  Hell’s Gate is a narrowing of the Simon Fraser River in BC, and it got its name because of how treacherous the river is to travel by canoe.  The river narrows in that gorge to 110 feet wide between solid rock.  The explorer Simon Fraser described the area in his journals as travelling through “the gates of Hell” and suggested that no man ever try that again.

Now, Hell’s Gate is a wonderful little road side destination.  You take an air tram down to a little land strip almost at the bottom of the gorge on the opposite side of the river.  It’s a beautiful view.  However, because it’s in an air tram, there’s no way to have even an infant umbrella stroller.  Well, I suppose maybe you could fold it and carry it with you in the tram, but it’s really not even entirely convenient for something small like an infant umbrella stroller.  Babywearing is much easier.

Anyway, once you’re down in the gorge, there’s a cute little shop, a fudge shop (which offers postpartum diet friendly sugar free fudge, among other things, a restaurant, cool things to take pictures of, and this awesome suspension bridge that goes over the river.

The view over the river is absolutely a delight.  Here’s a picture of Norton in his sling with me at the bridge.

 Hell's Gate and Babywearing (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

As far as road trip stops go, this was a rather nice one.  Norton slept pretty much the whole time in his sling, and Andy and Brittany were rather cooperative.  (Brittany was also rather appreciative of the young German guy who was there for a summer job to improve his English.  We’re still teasing her about finding a German.)

One thing for sure, though: babywearing in Hell’s Gate is the only way to go with a baby.  What was your favorite outdoors place for babywearing?

Originally written June 26, 2010.

Infant Car Seat Clean Up

I knew when Norton started gnawing on the pull strap of his infant car seat that it was time to clean the darned thing.  Well, actually, I knew that it was time to clean Norton’s infant car seat when we had to put a receiving blanket under him in Cache Creek (3 hours from home) because he’d gone through his diaper and his clothes.

Fortunately, the task of taking apart the infant car seat for cleaning went to the husband.  He patiently sat down and popped the restraint straps out of the seat, and then carefully removed the padding. [Read more…]

Supply Issues and Breastfeeding #NationalBreastfeedingWeek

I didn’t actually breastfeed, but when I was exclusively pumping for Norton, I absolutely did worry about supply issues.  Meg, Eudora’s future mother-in-law, has managed to breastfeed Huan for sixteen months and counting.  Here’s her advice on supply issues:

Once you’ve got your latch figured out, supply issues seem to be the next obstacle to overcome.  Babies go through growth spurts around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months.  During these growth spurts, they will give the term “nursing on demand” a whole new meaning.  You may as well make those 2-3 days at a time a write off and stay home.  You will be on demand more than off. [Read more…]

Perfect Latch #NationalBreastfeedingWeek

I’ve never breastfed… beyond one brief moment when a nurse helped me get Eudora latched on at the hospital.  That means that I, obviously, never had any idea of what it’s like to master that perfect latch.  Meg, Huan’s mommy and Eudora’s future mother-in-law, is awesome and worked with Huan to get the perfect latch as part of successful breastfeeding. [Read more…]

Beginning a Nursing Relationship

Since I’ve never breastfed, I can’t really be much of an advisor during National Breastfeeding Week.  Beginning a nursing relationship is far from an area of expertise for me… but I’m fortunate to have friends.  Meg, Huan’s mommy and Eudora’s future mother-in-law, has been breastfeeding for nearly a year and a half.  Here’s her story on the early days of establishing a nursing relationship with Huan. [Read more…]