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NEW: MiniMonkey 4-in-1 Baby Carrier

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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MiniMonkey baby carrier is a user-friendly, ergonomic, and safe baby carrier that spreads the weight of your baby to your hips, back, and abdomen instead of relying only on your shoulder. This unique feature makes your child extremely light to carry even if he is 4 years old. It is a 4-in-1 baby carrier which means, you can carry your child in four positions – at the front (3.5kg+), facing out(6 months and above), belly to belly (3.5kg to 18kg), and back position (6 months and up).

MiniMonkey baby carriers also come with small pockets for mobile phones, keys, and other small items, and a handy sleeve to place your hands. There is also a head support to protect your baby’s head and the shoulder strap can be used straight, or crossed.
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What I like about MiniMonkey is that it evenly distributes the weight evenly on my body. Apart from having an excellent weight distribution, the padding is excellent. I don’t feel any pressure after 45 minutes of walking and it seems that I can go for hours with this.

MiniMonkey 4-in-1 Baby Carrier comes in 4 colors: Dark Grey, Dark Purple, Red, and Turquoise.

For a great all round baby carrier, MiniMonkey Dynamic Carrier is available and for a more traditional approach, there is also MiniMonkey Sling.

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Soundly At Night

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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About a quarter of children under 5 have sleep problems. They either don’t want to go to bed or they keep waking up in the middle of the night. When your baby is constantly waking in the night, your sleeping patterns are disturbed, making it tough to function, so here’s a few tips we’ve found for helping little ones sleep at night. We hope some of these are useful for you!

How much sleep does your child need?

During the first 2 months, your baby’s need to eat takes over your baby’s need to sleep. You need to feed him almost every 2 hours if you are breastfeeding and little less often when bottle-fed. At this stage, your baby sleeps from 10 to 18 hours a day, usually 3 to 4 hours at a time. At this time, babies don’t know the difference between day and night. Your baby might be wide awake from 1am to 5am.

By 3 to 6 months, babies sleep for up to 6 hours. But just as you think your baby is under a nice sleep routine, by 6 to 9 months, your baby’s developmental stages can throw things off.

Here is a detailed table of the possible sleep patterns of your baby.

Age Nighttime Sleep Daytime Sleep * Total Sleep
1 month 8 8 (inconsistent) 16
3 months 10 5 (3) 15
6 months 11 3 1/4 (2) 14 1/4
9 months 11 3 (2) 14
12 months 11 1/4 2 1/2 (2) 13 3/4
18 months 11 1/4 2 1/4 (1) 13 1/2
2 years 11 2 (1) 13
3 years 10 1/2 1 1/2 (1) 12
*Note: number of naps in parentheses

 

Make daytime activity more social and lively and night time more quiet and calm. This will help your baby set his body clock and learn the difference between day and night.

Give your baby a chance to fall asleep on his own. Put your baby down when he’s sleepy but still awake. Don’t rock your baby to sleep or feed him because if you rock or feed your baby to sleep, he may start to depend on it rather than getting used to settling himself.

Set a bedtime routine. Keep it short and simple. A good routine might be:
1. take a bath
2. nappy change
3. pajamas
4. a story or a song

Give him a security object. Give him a baby blanket or a stuffed animal. Make it mum-scented by keeping it with you for a while. Babies have a strong sense of smell so when he startles awake, your smell will calm him down.

A stuffed animal like this Alimrose monkey wrapped with your scent keeps your baby sleeping the whole night.

A stuffed animal like this Alimrose monkey wrapped with your scent keeps your baby sleeping the whole night.

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Also a mobile like this Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Musical Cot Mobile keeps your baby asleep even if he wakes up in the middle of the night.

Co-sleep with your baby. If you like for him to sleep in your bed, lie down together and cuddle him pretending to sleep. This will let him know its bedtime.

Meet your baby’s needs. Try to determine why he is waking up in the middle of the night. Is his nappy full? Are his clothes comfortable? Is he sick?

Dream-feed. Many believe the dream-feeding your baby might help if your child wakes up at night hungry. When you are dream-feeding your baby, you direct a late-evening feeding instead of waiting for him to wake up hungry. The extra feeding fills his belly up just enough to earn a bit more uninterrupted sleep.

Set an established bedtime. Experts believe that between 6:30 and 7:00 pm is an appropriate bed time for babies under 1 year old.

Massage. Babies who get massages for at least 15 minutes tend to fall asleep faster than those who are only read of bed time stories.

Don’t skip naps. Naps don’t keep your baby awake at night, in fact it makes him sleep better at night. Don’t omit naps because it is important for his mental and physical growth.

Understand the cues. Instead of waiting for him to completely fall asleep while doing something, look for cues that will tell if he is sleepy. Signs like rubbing his eyes, being whiny, or yawning. Your baby might have a unique cue so do check for that also.

Checklist for Buying a Baby Sling or Carrier

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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The art of babywearing promotes a healthier baby, makes them cry less, and makes you bond more with your child. Once you’ve learned the art of babywearing, you’ll be hooked on it!

Baby carriers have been around for a while now. People before have found that a baby sling or carrier can free up their hands so they can do more tasks without being interrupted. Also, the rhythmic movement of the parent can relax a distressed baby and at the same time, promote a bond with the parent and the child. These findings are also backed by scientific research.

Here are some questions to ask before you buy a baby carrier or sling:

check_box_ok_yes-128How old is your baby?
If you have a younger baby, choose a sling or carrier that is suitable for younger babies. If you have a newborn, for example, buy a sling or carrier that provides ample support to the baby’s neck. Certain slings or carriers provide adequate support for a wide age range, starting from infants.

check_box_ok_yes-128Is your baby heavy?
Another consideration is choosing a carrier or sling based on its weight capacity. This is because every baby is different in weight and different carriers and slings handle weight different, so it is important that the carrier or sling you choose allows you to feel comfortable and provide adequate support specific to your baby.

check_box_ok_yes-128Do you plan to use it for a long time?
If you are planning on wearing your baby for a long time, like until he or she turns 15 months old, or when you’re always going on long trips, choose a baby carrier that can adapt to it. For example, Baby Bjorn baby carriers are developed for newborn until your baby is 3 years of age. It is an ergonomic baby carrier that is maximized for comfort.

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Choose a carrier that can be adjusted to whoever wants to use it. If you and your partner are going to use it, ensure that it is adjusted to fit you both.

check_box_ok_yes-128How easy is it to use?
At first glance, slings and carriers look complicated to use. Manufacturers make such contraptions to ensure the baby’s safety and comfort. So if you are willing to invest time in learning how to use the carrier, adjust the sling, your range of choice is greater. Consider how you can get in and off easily without juggling your baby. Also, consider how you will be able to use it without needing any assistance.

check_box_ok_yes-128Ergonomics and Quality
Ergnonomics determine how comfortable and safe it is to use for both the baby and the wearer. A baby carrier should have enough support to have an efficient weight distribution. The better its weight distribution, the longer you’ll be able to carry the baby, the more comfortable he or she is.

The market has a lot of baby carriers and slings. To tell a better quality carrier or sling, trust the ones that have already established their brand in the industry, and look for reviews from other parents.

Baby Bjorn One Black Mesh Baby Carrier

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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Here’s another baby carrier from Baby Bjorn, the Baby Bjorn One Black Mesh Baby Carrier. This innovation, and design provides superior comfort for you and your child. This Baby Bjorn, is a multi functional front and back baby carrier that features a generously padded adjustable waist belt, back support, and wide shoulder straps to allow you to carry your baby in multitude of ways.

The Airy Mesh fabric keeps both you and your child cool and comfortable as it has a breathable material that can effectively release moisture and heat. Airy Mesh is ideal for warmer climate as it is composed of technically advanced mesh materials, which makes it cool and comfortable.

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The carrier also offers a design which can give you control and flexibility. You can choose to carry the baby on your shoulders, hips, or even both. The ergonomic waist belt can be used to vary pressure points; thus reducing neck and back strain, and has wide shoulder straps for maximum comfort even at 26 pounds.

Baby Bjorn baby carriers are specially designed to fit your newborn without the need for additional insert. This allows you to establish a connection to your child from birth thus bringing in that magical moment not found in most baby carriers in the market.

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Baby Bjorn One Black Mesh Baby Carrier is developed with pediatricians to provide ample support for your child’s head, back, and hips from newborn to 3 years of age. Baby Bjorn lets you carry your child for hours without pain and discomfort. Although it might look complicated to use at first, but once you get used to it you can easily use this carrier even without help.

Available now in our online store: http://www.totsntales.com/shop/baby-bjorn-one-black-mesh-baby-carrier-4409.html

New Baby Carriers by Ergo Baby

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

We are excited to expand our range of Ergo Baby Carriers to include a stunning new purple Ergo Baby Original Carrier, as well as two new colours in the Ergo Baby Performance range, Charcoal and True Blue.

We now stock the Ergo Baby Performance Carriers in 3 different colours: Charcoal, True Blue and Green. The Ergo Baby Performance range have been popular due to it’s light weight (1/3 lighter than Original Ergo Baby Carriers) and with it’s breathable mesh lining, everyone stays cool even on the hottest days!

Click here to view the new range of Ergo Baby Carriers in our online store.

New Adjustable Baby Slings by Peanut Shell have arrived!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

We’re excited to share with you the latest baby sling design by Peanut Shell. This new design is fully adjustable, no more sizing charts or problems fitting your baby sling as one size fits all!

The colours are absolutely divine with something to suit all tastes! We have 6 colours available as shown below.

Why is the new Peanut Shell sling a must have for all new mums?

  • Exclusive designer prints
  • Endorsed by Celebrity Mums
  • Perfect for premmies to toddlers
  • 5 carry positions – one size fits all
  • Lead & Formaldehyde Free
  • Easy breastfeeding on-the-go

Something else worth noting is the stunning boutique style packaging these slings are delivered in, they make the perfect baby shower gift! We’ll even gift wrap the sling for you, so you’ll be all set!

At just $79 for the Adjustable Peanut Shell sling you can’t go wrong really!

To learn more about or to purchase this design in our online boutique please click here.

 

Baby Bjorn Baby Carriers now available!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

New to our store this week are baby carriers by Baby Bjorn, who have been designing award winning baby carriers since 1973. The family owned Swedish company’s goal has been the same since they started the company back in 1961 -  to simplify everyday activities for parents and small children by developing innovative products for parents and children.

Today’s range of Baby Bjorn baby carriers have evolved significantly since their inception in 1973, and in cooperation with leading paediatricians, they have developed some spectacular designs.

Among the range of Baby Bjorn carriers we stock are: Active, Air, Original, Original Spirit, and Synergy.

Click here to browse our Baby Bjorn range. Some photos are below for a quick preview.