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Take a Sneak Peak at our upcoming fabrics for our designer diaper bags. Coming in January 2007 is a black houndstooth, khaki gingham, retro swirls and designer plaid. Look for Michael Miller, P Kaufmann and Covington prints next.

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Tips for Soothing a Colicky Baby

December 28th, 2006

It’s heartbreaking to see your newborn suffering from colic. You feel so helpless, not to mention tired and worried. The first thing to do if you’re not sure that your baby actually has colic or some other ailment is to see your pediatrician. He or she will be able to confirm if your baby is indeed suffering from colic and even give you some helpful solutions.

Here are a few things you can do to help soothe your baby’s colic:

Baby Massage – You don’t need any fancy books or classes to do this. All you need to keep in mind is to be very gentle and look at your baby for any cues of discomfort. Lay your baby on her back and add a little baby oil to your hands. Rub your hands together to warm them up before touching baby. Then lightly massage starting with babies arms, gently massage in long gentle stokes, then move on to babies tummy and massage in gentler circular motions, move on to the legs and finally the feet.

Play Soft Music – Some babies love soft music while others may cry even more. Experiment and see what works for your baby. You can try very low classical music, be careful not to play it too loud as the tempo can sometimes agitate baby. Try background or “white” noise such as the dishwasher or dryer. You can also purchase one of the white noise CDs available at many baby stores.

A Warm Bath – Add a little chamomile lotion or natural lavender oil to your baby’s bath. Then gently place baby in water and just let her relax. The water will often relieve the pressure on their tummy and help the colic.

Swaddling – A lot of babies love the feeling of security that comes from being swaddled. It may be due to the warmness or the fact that he won’t be startled by his own reflexes but swaddling is definitely worth a try to help soothe a colicky baby.
To swaddle your baby lay a blanket on a flat, soft surface and fold one of the corners down a little. Place baby on his back with his head on the folded section. Pull one of the corners over one of your baby’s arm and across his body. Tuck the edge under his back. Bring the bottom corner up under baby’s chin. Then bring the last corner over your baby’s right arm and tuck it under the other side. If your baby doesn’t enjoy this you can try swaddling but leaving his arms free.

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Getting Your Baby To Sleep The Night

December 28th, 2006

You’re exhausted, moody and can’t even think straight! Sound familiar?

Most parents suffer from sleep deprivation at some point. Even those who are lucky enough to have babies who are good sleepers eventually have to deal with getting their toddlers to stay in bed.

To make matters worst there is so much conflicting information as to how and when we should get our babies to sleep through the night. It’s enough to leave a new parent wondering what’s the right thing to do?

Here are a few tips:

Listen to your instincts. Remember you know your baby best. Take all advice you get (including this one) as what it is, “advice”. Never let it replace your own personal judgment. You know your baby best and only YOU know what’s really right for him. If it feels right to rock your baby to sleep, then do it. If it feels right to bring your baby into bed with you then do it.

Stop the guilt. Don’t take it personally. A lot of us suddenly feel instant guilt when our baby cries. Are we doing the right thing? Does she need feeding? Is his diaper wet? And on and on…

Remember your baby could be crying for a number of reasons and some are out of your control. Did you know that babies are born with the crying reflex but not the laughing reflex? Well they are… it’s instinctive for babies to cry. We’re going back to primitive times. Babies cry to have their needs met. Sometimes those needs are just to simply cry it out for a bit while feeling the warmth and comfort of their most loved person … you!

Become an expert. Go online or to the library and read a few books on baby sleep and sleep patterns. Arm yourself with all the knowledge that you can so that when others come your way offering advice you can politely say you know exactly what you’re doing.

When reading advice don’t go for the latest books or fads. Go to the library and look for actual baby sleep research. Then sit down and make a list of what you’re feeling. What do you feel is right for you and your family? This could be more important than any book you may find on the subject of baby sleep. Speak to your spouse and make sure you agree on what method you’ll use.

Whatever you decide, the main thing to remember is that sleepless nights are part of having a baby. Do what feels best for you and remember that this is a normal phase of your baby’s development and will soon end.

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Welcome!

December 26th, 2006

 

Welcome to the Luv My Bag Blog. Here you will not only find updates about our diaper bag line, but helpful tips and information that every parent can use from infant care and toddler developement to family finances and travel.

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