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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.

IVI Kid’s 3D Floor Rugs

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Playing was once a creative and recreational activity that the kids and their parents enjoy. It’s where they bond together and discover each other strengths and weaknesses. Children, on the other hand are more active and more creative. But today, playing is defined into a whole new perspective. Kids nowadays are dependent on technology. The once active, interactive, resourceful¬† kind of playing was replaced with video games, DVDs, mp3 players, and social media where they just sit and let these devices do what they want. Where is the fun in that?

Bring back that creative, fun, and interactive play that your kids will enjoy, through IVI 3D Kids Floor Rugs. These colorful and inviting rugs makes a great setting to whatever your kid’s imagination desires. IVI Kids Floor rugs come in different themes and setting so whatever you child’s fancy is, the rug can make it happen. Add toys and decorations that match the theme to create the right element that your kid’s friends can join and enjoy.

These 3 dimensional play rugs from Turkey meet the strict European Child Standards. It’s safe to play for hours, can endure and physical or mechanical punishment, and is non-toxic. Let your child’s imagination roll and allow creativity to take place. Bring back the fun in playing with IVI Kid’s 3D floor Rugs.

Click here to view our full range of IVI Kids Floor Rugs.

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Tips to help your baby sleep

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Babies are not born with an understanding of the day/night sleep cycle and so it is a skill that they learn in the early stages of development. We have compiled a list of tips that researchers and parents have shown to be helpful in encouraging sleep in babies.

  • Practice safe co-sleeping practices. Click here for more information on SIDS, co-sleeping and breastfeeding.
  • Night feeds can be a great way to calm baby back to sleep so avoid changing the nappy at the end of the feed, instead change the nappy before or halfway through the feed.
  • Let baby fall asleep on the breast.
  • Get baby used to the idea of associating calm with night time by keeping the lights dim and avoiding play and using high energy levels at night.
  • Offer your baby another feed before you go to bed, even if they are not due for a feed. Don’t wake them, let them suck in their sleep.
  • Avoid caffeine if you’re breastfeeding. This will be transferred to your baby through the breast milk making them restless.
  • Wrap your baby, this will reduce the startle reflex making them feel more secure.
  • Rock your baby, a soothing motion will calm baby to sleep. Baby slings are perfect for this, where mum can get things done and soothe baby at the same time. Alternatively a rocking chair is also a good idea.
  • Play your baby soothing music. Babies are accustomed to loud noises whilst in the womb, silence is not natural to them! Soothe them with music or ‘white noise’ such as the maternal heartbeat.
  • Massage your baby and they may find it easier to fall asleep. Mums enjoy a massage, so it’s worth a try and it makes a lovely bonding experience between baby and parent.
  • Create a routine that signals to your baby that it is bedtime. You may give your baby a relaxing and warm bath before bed or dim the lights to signal that it is time to quiet down.
  • Look for signs of tiredness as a queue to get baby ready for sleep. A lack of focus and fussing are signs that your baby is tired and if not seen to they will turn grumpy which makes it hard to settle them down to sleep.

Parents are bound to lose some sleep when they welcome their new baby into the home however it is important to remember that the baby will develop this skill eventually and parents should see these moments as opportunities to bond with their baby. Enjoy the touch of your babies skin, their smell and how amazing they are, your special creation.

For more information on babies and sleep, visit some of our favorite links:

http://www.tresillian.net/tresillian-tips/settling-techniques-newborn-12-months.html

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/sleep-naps-12/slideshow-naps

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/getting_help_from_parenting_centres.html/context/612

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/baby-sleep/FL00118

http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/resource_themes/baby_and_toddler_sleeping.html

 

Step by step – how to change a nappy

Monday, December 24th, 2012

The steps involved in changing your baby’s nappy will vary depending on whether you’re using cloth or disposable but for the most part the steps are basically the same. Either way it is important to change your baby’s nappy regularly to prevent nappy rash which is an uncomfortable condition generally brought about by leaving your baby in a wet nappy which harbors the growth of bacteria and fungus causing what we see as nappy rash. Nappy rash is best prevented in contrast to having to treat the area with antifungal/steroidal creams and managing a baby that is in extreme discomfort. Nappy rash can be prevented by changing baby regularly and ensuring their skin is kept clean and dry. A zinc barrier cream is useful to apply after baby has been cleaned and changed, this creates a barrier between the moisture in the nappy and the baby’s skin.

How to change a nappy:

  1. Have a clean and dry nappy handy
  2. Unfasten the tabs on the nappy whilst keeping it in place
  3. If your baby is a boy ensure the penis is covered with a cloth to prevent a sudden warm shower!
  4. Wipe away any poo with the nappy
  5. Fold the nappy in half underneath the baby. Clean side facing up
  6. Using a damp baby cloth wipe clean the front of your baby thoroughly, making sure if your baby is a girl that you wipe from front to back- always away from the vagina. Doing so will prevent bacteria entering the vagina which can lead to infection
  7. Lift your baby’s legs holding them with one hand and wipe their bottom using a damp cloth, with the other hand
  8. Dispose of the dirty nappy and get a clean nappy
  9. Place the clean nappy so that half of it is positioned under your baby’s bottom and the other half between the legs
  10. If you have a newborn ensure that the back of the nappy is positioned higher than the front to avoid irritating the umbilical cord stump. For boys tuck the penis down to prevent moisture escaping
  11. Fasten the nappy, making sure it is snug fitting without being too tight
  12. If you’re using cloth nappies, knock any stools into the toilet and place the nappy inside a nappy bucket making sure the lid is sealed tightly
  13. When washing cloth nappies make sure you wash them in a separate load and use hot water with a double rinse. Avoid softeners which may cause problems with nappy absorbance and baby’s sensitive skin
  14. Dress your baby and wash your hands

Here are some helpful resources relating to changing nappies:

http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/ch43poster2.pdf

http://www.birth.com.au/Changing-nappies/How-to-change-a-nappy-step-by-step#

http://www.babycenter.com.au/a536384/nappy-changing-the-basics

Breastfeeding and diet

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Many mums are tempted to go on a strict diet following the birth of their baby. If you’re going to breastfeed, it’s important to consume a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients. This will be a demanding time for your body, it will be drained of nutrients and energy and you must replenish these reserves to ensure a quality supply of milk and to maintain your overall health and wellbeing.

Breastfeeding will drain your body of fluids so it is important that you drink lots of water, up to 2L per day is recommended.

Important nutrients include:

  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamins

Some women find they naturally lose weight whilst breastfeeding and it’s important to keep in mind that this natural and gradual reduction in fat should be the goal rather than rapid weight loss.

You may find yourself snacking more frequently whilst breastfeeding and this is normal as your body is refuelling the energy lost from breastfeeding. Plan for this hunger and you will be able to avoid being tempted into eating chocolate and other unhealthy options. Here is a list of beneficial snacks for breastfeeding mums:

  • Toast and sandwiches- use avocado as your spread to replace margarine and butter
  • Dairy products such as yoghurt, milk and breakfast cereals
  • Seeds- chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Nuts- almonds, walnuts, macadamia
  • Celery and carrot sticks- whip up a yummy dip using avocado, tomato, red onion and lime juice

Be sure to include these nutrients in your meals:

  • Protein- meats, fish, seeds, dairy, legumes, beans.
  • Four serves of calcium per day (very important or it will be drained from your bones)- dairy products, sardines
  • Iron- think red berries (Vitamin C), meats, dried fruit, nuts, spinach (leafy greens- these also provide folate and Vitamin A)

Certain medications and other compounds such as caffeine will pass into breast milk and therefore should be avoided. Ask your pharmacist about medications which are appropriate for breastfeeding. Limit tea and coffee to 2 drinks per day to avoid feeding your baby large amounts of caffeine. Avoid fish with high levels of mercury such as flake and swordfish.

Breastfeeding has been shown to be beneficial to the development and wellbeing of babies and therefore you have the support of many helpful resources at your fingertips. Here are a few that you may find helpful in your journey:

Nappy bag checklist

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Packing your baby nappy bag may seem somewhat daunting at first however we have created this simple checklist which although general in nature (every baby is different) – it’s a terrific foundation for building on with your own ideas and baby’s requirements.

Organising your nappy bag

Use our checklist to organise your nappy bag

 

  • Nappies- depending on how long you’re going out for you should always carry one or two nappies in your bag and some extras in the car just in case. If you’re using cloth nappies, we recommend selecting a nappy bag that is roomy enough to accommodate your cloth nappies which can be bulkier than disposables. The il Tutto nappy bags (Nico, Mia, Chiara) are very spacious as are the OiOi carryall styles and the gr8x escapades design.
  • Nappy wet bags – these are waterproof sacks that zip up and contain any soiled clothing or nappies that you may need to store when you’re out and about. We are currently giving away 2 free wet bags with every nappy bag purchased from our store!
  • Wipes – you can purchase handy travel packs which will fit snuggly into your nappy bag. Some nappy bags also come with a wipes case which is great for keeping your wipes moist and handy for convenience. We also love the reusable bamboo wipes which are super soft and perfect for babies who have sensitive skin as they do not contain any fragrances or chemicals that may cause eczema.
  • Tissues
  • Change mat – a padded change mat is handy when you need to change your baby on the run. These are portable and fold up so as to fit into your nappy bag. You can also purchase change stations which have compartments for your wipes, creams etc.
  • Sanitiser – the new hand sanitisers are available in small travel bottles which are great for using on your own hands after changing bubs if you have no access to soap and water.
  • Change of baby clothes - just in case. Always have some warm clothes in case the weather changes for example socks, jumper etc.
  • Hat -¬† in case it’s cold have a beanie and for any weather keep a hat in your nappy bag for bubs and one for you too – if you have the room.
  • Sunscreen & repellant – infant roll on sunscreen.
  • Food – keep a jar of baby food in your nappy bag and some snacks for bubs.
  • Bottle and formula – kept inside an insulated bottle holder which generally comes with most nappy bags but can be purchased separately.
  • Bibs and burp cloths
  • Toys -¬† a couple of toys to keep your baby entertained.
  • Dummy – stored in a pacifier pocket which comes with some nappy bags.
  • Baby Panadol or Neurofen – in case of fever or pain.
  • Muslin wrap – great for covering your babies pram or wrapping baby in whilst feeding/sleeping.
  • Bottle of water – for mum, particularly important for breastfeeding mums who need to keep up their water intake (up to 2L per day).
  • Nursing cover and breastpads – for breastfeeding mums.
  • Barrier cream – or Pawpaw ointment to prevent nappy rash.
  • Spare shirt & bra for mum- in case you get chucked on or leak through your breast pads.
  • Some spare change – keep $10 in spare change, this will be handy for parking metres or other odd charges.
  • Blanket – keep a blanket and or muslin wrap underneath your pram as it may be too bulky for your nappy bag.
  • Keys – some nappy bags have a handy key finder which you can attach your keys to.
  • Mobile – Keep an eye out for nappy bags that feature a pocket for your mobile phone. These are super convenient when you have bubs in one arm and need to find your phone quickly.
  • Wallet or purse – don’t leave your license and money in your hand bag! Remember to transfer your purse over to your nappy bag and vice versa depending on if you have baby or not.

We have a great range of nappy bags to suit all mums. We even have a special section for mums with twins or more than one child. Click here to view our full range.

Tips on creating a modern baby nursery

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Over the past few years we have noticed a trend toward parents purchasing modern decor to create their ultimate baby space. Modern nurseries are often simple, sustainable, gender/colour neutral, flexible, efficient, child friendly and inspire children’s imaginations.

Here is a simple checklist you can use when creating your modern nursery.

1. Set a budget- note down all the essential items you will need for your baby, including items such as the cot, change table, drawers, nappies, bassinet, bath, pram etc. Once you have budgeted for these items you can then start working on your budget for the nursery decorating. It’s a great idea to be browsing magazines, blogs and websites etc for ideas and keep a folder or note pad to jot down your ideas. I have included some great nursery decorating resources at the end of this page.

2. Get organised early- it’s a good idea to begin sourcing where you will purchase your nursery items relatively early to mid way through your pregnancy. Some items may need to be ordered in or custom made and this can typically take 1-3 months in some cases for items ranging from wooden baby names, wall decals up to your essential goods such as furniture. The other benefit in sourcing your supplies early rather than later is that you may be able to shop around for the best price and snag a bargain at a sale.

3. Keep it simple- it’s important to keep in mind when creating your modern nursery that this space should feel like a calming and safe place to your baby. Shapes of furniture and other items should be simple with natural curves and lines, nothing overly flamboyant. Keep the colours neutral, natural tones are perfect. Some of our customers have created amazing nurseries using colours such as beige, which will progressively be livened up with your baby’s toys, floor rug, bedding and wall decals etc. The photo below shows how a neutral backdrop has the effect of highlighting the items used to decorate the nursery in this instance the white furniture, books, toys and wall decals. This wall decal is perfect for modern nurseries as it customisable (choose your own colours to match your nursery colour palette), gender neutral (can be re-used for your next baby or evolve into a kids room), flexible (removable if you wish to re-design the room), adaptable (the branches can be transformed into shelves, saving space- purchase these from Ikea). You can find out more information or buy this wall decal by clicking here.

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Use this tree shelf decal to decorate your nursery

 

4. Use some bright colours- bright colours will add interest to the nursery. Items such as toys, floor rugs, wall decals, clocks and even furniture can add a pop of colour. White furniture on a darker contrasted wall looks terrific and if you prefer brown furniture use a lighter colour on your wall to make it stand out. Customisable wall stickers are readily available and you really should invest some time into thinking about the colours you would like in your nursery. Choosing your bedding and items which are not customisable first may be a good option as wall stickers in most instances can be customised to match your bedding and wall colours. As the image below shows, bright dot decals are the ultimate in adding some instant colour.

Bright dot wall decals

Dot wall decals can add a splash of colour to any kids room.

 

5. Saving space- select decorating and furniture items with a view to creating an open space. For example if you are limited for space, when selecting your furniture instead of purchasing a change table plus a separate set of drawers, choose a change table that already has a built in set of drawers underneath. As shown below.

Baby change table

6. Re-use- Modern spaces should reflect modern goals and sustainability, the re-usability of items is key in the nursery. Select gender neutral colours and the space will be perfect if you decide to welcome a baby boy or girl to the nursery in the future. Some furniture can be re-used for example source a cot that can convert into a toddler bed, saving the need to purchase unnecessary furniture down the track. Other reusable purchases may include your designer nappy bag which can often convert into your favourite handbag once you no longer need to carry about your baby items. Movable wall stickers are a fantastic sustainable option and they can be re-used over and over without losing efficacy. Similarly supporting ecofriendly products such as fabric wall stickers instead of PVC vinyl decals will go a great way to fulfilling the long term goals of a modern nursery. Reusable cloth nappies are fantastic too!

7. Child friendly- modern nurseries should showcase items that are child friendly and usable. With the aim of encouraging exploration and inspiring the imagination. Interactive wall decals are a great way for a child to explore art and learn visually. Alphabet wall decals are educational and make a bold statement in the modern nursery and kids room.

8. Themes can be limiting- avoid creating a nursery around an overpowering theme such a licensed character. Instead allow your baby to develop their own tastes as their modern nursery inspires their imagination and encourages their independence. Some popular themes can be found by clicking here.

9. Personalise the nursery- it is so easy to personalise your baby’s space with customisable name wall stickers and wooden names. For as little as $49.95 you can add your child’s name to their wall as a wall sticker, in your choice of colours and fonts. Painted wooden names can be ordered for as little as $29.99 depending on the length of the name.

Some inspiration for your nursery project:

Tree wall decor

Tree wall stickers for the home or office

Bird cage wall stickers

Birdcage wall stickers can be customised to suit your home decor.

Owl wall stickers

Owl wall stickers are customisable to suit all nurseries.

Woodland tree decor

Woodland wall stickers for kids rooms available in 4 designs

 

Some resources that you may find helpful:

Baby nursery ideas on pinterest

Chic and Cheap nursery

Project nursery

Lay baby lay

Baby room ideas on pinterest

Looking for a cheap designer nappy bag?

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Here at Totsntales we understand how daunting it can be for parents to purchase all of the items they need before babys arrival. The latest designer nappy bag range by OiOi goes some way to helping parents purchase a quality nappy bag with a ‘cheap’ price tag. The Essential nappy bag range retails for just $89 and is available in two fantastic unisex dot designs, turquoise and caviar. Perfect for both mums and dads who won’t feel silly carrying around a ‘girly’ diaper bag.

We’re sure you are all going to love this range! Finally a cheap designer nappy bag that oozes style without compromising functionality. These gorgeous bags come with all the inclusions we have come to know from OiOi- a change mat and insulated bottle holder. A real pro with this range is the light weight nature of the bag. Unlike some bags that are 1.5-2kg before you even put anything in the bag, this bag is comfortable and spacious.

We highly recommend this nappy bag for those looking to purchase a stylish, unsiex, quality nappy bag that will fit all of your baby/kids goodies without breaking your budget. This one ticks all of the boxes!

Looking for a Custom, Removable & Reusable Cherry Blossom Tree Wall Sticker?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

We have an exciting new design to share with you all. We love this new design from Wall Craft because you can choose your own colours for the cherry blossom tree! Not to mention the standard benefits of purchasing a Wall Craft branded product- removability, reusability, eco friendly inks and materials, BPA & PVC free, adheres to just about any surface (excluding unpainted brick) and most importantly your supporting an Australian made and designed product.

This design is available in 2 sizes so it is likely to suit most wall spaces and budgets! The small size retails at just $69.95 and stands 1.1m tall, while the larger size is 2.2m tall and is priced at $149.95. This is great value for an Aussie made product which has been manufactured using premium quality materials that are not toxic to your little one. If you purchase your cherry blossom tree wall sticker today it will ship in just 2 working days!

 

 

Custom made name wall stickers in your choice of colours are now available

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

We have a new range of custom made products that are a great way to personalise your child’s nursery or room. It has taken us months of trialling materials and getting designs together but we can finally offer a range of custom made wall sticker names and monograms. Although we have a limited number of designs at present more will be added each week. We go through a process of quality testing and not until we’re 100% happy with the quality, durability and usability of the designs, are they then available for you to purchase.

We are using a premium quality matte vinyl in the manufacturing process which ensures you’re going to receive a product that not only looks great but will stand the test of time. The product is also removable and won’t damage your walls. Are you sick of purchasing cheap vinyl wall stickers that are continually needing to be re-applied after curling at the edges or worst case falling into your baby’s cot?

We have spent hours researching the best quality products from around the globe and we’re confident that you will be happy with the quality of our custom made wall sticker names. Thank you for your patience whilst we have been in the testing phase and we apologise if the current range isn’t quite what you’re looking for. We have lots of new designs in the pipeline so stay tuned! Send us an email if you have an idea that you’d like to see made into reality- we love custom wall sticker jobs!

If you’re looking for custom made wooden names, we also have these in our store. Our wooden names are available in painted, fabric and raw wood finishes.

Custom name wall stickers

Custom name wall stickers

 

Colour chart

Colour chart