How to wash your baby?

To keep your baby fresh and clean, it is not necessary to bathe every day. You can use the warm water to wipe the whole body thoroughly every day. This is usually termed ‘topping and tailing’. You must choose a time that makes your baby awake and comfortable. You should make sure that the room is completely warm. You must get the whole thing set before placing them in the bathing area. You would require a basin full of warm water, a towel, cotton wool balls, best body wash for baby, a changing diaper and if needed, clean clothes.

Steps to wash your newborn´s body

You might find the following step-by-step method beneficial

  • You should hold your baby on your knee or just make them to lay on a changing mat. Gently remove all their clothes, except their singlet and nappy, and slowly wrap them in a towel.
  • You must wet the soft cloth in the warm water and also check that it does not become too soggy. Use this wet cloth to wipe tenderly throughout your baby’s eyes from the inner edge to the outer edge. You must use a soft cloth for each eye. This is followed in such a way to make sure that you do not carry any stickiness or infection from one eye to another eye.
  • You should wipe each nostril of your newborn gently to get rid of mucus. Sometimes the cotton buds will get stuck inside of your baby’s nostril, so make it slowly and gently. This could eventually end up in damaging the lining portion of the nose and provoke bleeding.
  • You should use a pure cotton to wipe behind and around your baby’s ears, do not try to rub inside the ears. Make sure that you do not attempt to clean inner part of your baby’s ears, sometimes it will harm your baby’s ears.
  • You must wash the remaining parts of your baby’s face that are under the chin, neck, and hands in the same method and completely dry them lightly with the towel.
  • You must take off the nappy and clean your baby’s bottom and genital parts with clean cotton wool and lukewarm water. You must dry it very thoroughly and you should also clean the parts that include the skin folds. Now, it is time to put on a fresh nappy.
  • It would surely help your baby to ease if you speak. Always try to sing and smile when you wash them. Make sure that your baby is comfortable to take up the bath.

Bathing Tips to be followed

Newborns only necessitate a bath about two or three times a week, but if your baby likes it, you can also bathe them daily. Do not bathe your baby right after feeding it or when they are feeling hungry or tired. It is an excellent idea to bath a baby at the day end. This would help to fix up a bedtime habit. You must make sure that the room is warm. You must take everything you want in your hands such as warm water in a tub, baby body wash, soft cloth, baby wash, shampoo, fresh diaper, fresh clothes, as well as a washcloth.

  • You should set up a non-slip bath mat on the floor and another one in the bath. You must make sure that you have everything which you want to hand. You must turn off your phone because you would be most probably being distracted.
  • The water should be in a lukewarm condition and not hot. You can maintain the water temperature around 37 to 38°C. You must turn the water off and check the temperature. You should mix the water well so there are no hot patches. You can fill the bathtub about 8cm.
  • You should hold your baby on your knee and then gently clean their faces.
  • You must lower your baby tenderly into the bowl or bathtub. You must hold their upper arm using your hand while supporting their head and shoulders with another hand.
  • If your baby seems to be scared of bathing and screams, you must try to bath together. You must make sure that the water is not too hot. It is more comfortable if someone else handles your baby when you go in and out of the bathtub.

How to Choose Wipe Warmer Machines for Babies

Many baby warmer machines exist on the market today. They come in many colors and have different functions. You could get one that has a high capacity of warm wipers, or one that has a high level of moisture. Tough to decide from all the options on the market today. But, don’t worry because many mothers go through the same thoughts. Generally, pick a warm wiper machine that fits your personal needs and style. The first steps to picking a warm wiper that you would love. Your the mother and you should be the one choosing what you really want for your baby. Let us help you better decide on your version of the best baby wipes warmer around. Read what we have to say below.

Baby Warmer Must Be Bacteria Controlled

Bacteria Controlled

Every baby warmer you buy must be bacteria controlled. There is no way you want a baby warmer that is not. Bacteria comes from the outside and inside of baby warmer. Bacteria can affect your baby. Cause baby to have a really bad stomach ache or cause you to make a trip to the hospital. Read the label of the baby warmer you buy and make sure it is bacteria controlled. The best baby wipes warmer is not the best if it is not bacteria controlled. You have things you want to do in life, and moments you want to enjoy with your child. Don’t let bacteria infection caused by a warm wiper machine not bacteria controlled get in the way. Your time is precious and so is your baby.

Outside bacteria is highly dangerous for warm wipers. Bacteria outside comes from dirt, digestion, wild animals, dead animals, viruses, sewers, and who knows what else. You don’t want that outside bacteria getting into your warm wipers and causing the moisture to evolve into something ugly. If you notice any bad smells after you use a warm wiper, that’s a tip that the bacteria is making a nest in there and you need a refund. Therefore, never use war wipers that attract outside bacteria.

Make Sure Heat Is What You Wanted

All baby warmer machines produce heat. What level of heat do you have in mind? Do you want your baby screaming in red marks or do you want them to be gentle? Meaning, test out each warm wiper you buy and make sure they suit a heat level you are comfortable with. You might not know the level of heat you and your baby likes. So, give it some time and try different levels of warm wiper machines. Keep trying until you find  a warm wiper that closely fits the dream you had in mind, when you decided to buy a warm wiper machine.

Seals in Moisture All Day

Furthermore, moisture in the warm wiper must be able to stay in all day and for days. Otherwise, you are wasting your money and should get a different warm wiper. You don’t want to brush your baby’s butt with a dry rag do you? Cause them more irritations and make them feel less of a baby and more like a adult. Moisture is important for making the skin soft, gentle, and free from dead skin. Give your baby that nice glow of love that you saw in the hospital. You want your baby to look amazing and have the best skin that nature can give them. Well, this is only possible if you have a warm wiper with long lasting moisturizer. If you notice your moisturizer becoming dry next week after use, use that receipt and take your item back to the store. Never accept a product that does not work as it should weeks later.

Latte & Coffee Mate Lovers: Give Aways!

Attending BlogHer12 was such a great thing. Apparently, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. This time, the gift recipient is you!

coffee give away

The makers of Coffee Mate/Nescafe Mementos have graciously donated a full box of Caramel Latte AND 5 coupons for a free bottle of the new Coffee Mate Natural Bliss creamer!

This is such a generous give away and honestly, had I not been offered these as give away items for my readers, I would have kept it all for myself!

Sorry but that’s how much my husband and I love the new natural creamer and the caramel latte. The good news is I was sent a few coupons and samples for myself so I wasn’t completely forgotten :-)

Now, for the give away. There will be 6 winners. The grand prize winner will receive the box of Caramel Latte Nescafe Memento. 5 additional winners will receive a coupon for a free bottle of Natural Bliss Coffee Mate creamer.

This is right on time for National Coffee Day which is September 29th. That’s when the winner will be announced.

Enter the give away by leaving a comment below. Then, check out the rafflecopter to gain extra entries:

United States residents only.

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$300 Best Buy Giveaway

Best Buy has opened a new website, To kick off this grand opening, you will receive 50% off any photo to canvas print purchase + free standard shipping.  If you didn’t win my last giveaway of a canvas print, this is a great deal to cash in on.  Just use the promo code BLOGLOVE2012 at checkout. Hurry though. There’s also a $300 Best Buy Give away running on their Facebook page.

printcopia canvas prints

Canvas prints make great holiday gifts!

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Stress Freedom Friday: Focus on Someone Else

stress freedom with compassion

It’s easy to fall into having a pity party when you think that nobody’s problems are as bad as yours. As sad as it may be, that’s not the case. There’s always someone with a situation that’s more severe than yours. I sort of feel bad taking a little comfort in that.

However, you don’t have to feel bad about someone else’s challenges or struggles (I was going to say misfortune but it didn’t seem right). Instead of just taking comfort in the fact that your life circumstances aren’t as grave as another’s, why not lend a helping hand?

Nothing takes the focus off of your own problems and stresses like helping someone else with theirs. You may not be able to do much but you can offer a word of encouragement, a shoulder to lean on or even just lend an ear. Show compassion for another.

One special needs parent to another can relate with each other much better. You never know when you’re going to need someone else to talk to or just vent with. Someone will pay it forward to you some day.

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Stress Freedom Friday: Reduce Stress By Getting More Sunlight

Have you ever just felt like you were so busy tending to the needs of your special little one that you couldn’t even take a break to get some fresh air outdoors? Keep going that way and after a while you may begin feeling a bit displeased with life or dare I say stressed. Sure, you love your child, but you also need to take some time to be someone other than a caregiver.

reduce stress by getting more sunlight

According to Discovery Health:

Sunlight triggers our circadian rhythms, our sleep-wake cycles. When sunlight hits the optic nerve, the brain cuts down on the release of melatonin, a hormone that controls sleep, and increases production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter tied to wakefulness and feeling happy. When the sun sets, this cycle is reversed, with more melatonin produced and less serotonin. The more sunlight the body receives, the more serotonin the brain produces. In addition, the body also creates vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. High levels of vitamin D help our bodies maintain high levels of serotonin.

Since stress is directly linked to depression, it seems that getting more sunlight is a good natural way to relieve stress.

Hmm, there really may be something to this. Other than the scientific research, I’ve noticed in my own life that I am just much happier in the summer time when the sun is shining bright.  I can’t stand the dark days of winter and usually rush to get home before dark so I can fill my home with plenty of light.

So, the net net of it is, sunlight is a free way to reduce stress so what have you got to lose? :-)

This post is a part of the Balancing Life series of posts

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CLOSED: Photo Canvas Giveaway! – Winner Announced

The WINNER is: Shannon Sander!

Congrats Shannon. Please send me your mailing address on the contact form here.

You have 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner!


What’s better than getting a gorgeous, ginormous sized canvas print of your favorite photo?

Getting a FREE gorgeous, ginormous sized canvas print of your favorite photo! ($67 value)

Easy Canvas Prints  has graciously offered to sponsor a 16″x20″ photo canvas print giveaway!  The photo canvas can include a photo of anything you like . Just imagine your sweet child on a beautiful canvas print.

Or maybe you don’t want a print of your child. The photo could be of anything you like. It could be a photo of your dog, your business logo, some flowers or whatever.

Enter the contest to win here:

Contest rules: This contest will run from Thursday, August 9th through Wednesday, August 29th (my oldest son’s birthday!). All entries via the Rafflecopter will be checked for authenticity. Contest open to residents of the contiguous 48 states in the U.S. and allow you to create customized business cards, banners and signs as well as canvas prints for the home. Their affiliated microsite, sells custom car magnets.

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Stress Freedom Friday: Give it to God

Often times we wind ourselves up in a ball inside over the circumstances in our lives. It’s human nature to do so. That is until youget another nature. God’s nature.

Being a born again Christian, I’m acquainted with the difference between trusting myself and trusting God. Before I was saved, I trusted myself or others – only to be disappointed.

Now, that I’ve given my life to Christ I no longer have to struggle on my own. I can give my problems to God and so can you. That’s not to say that it’s easy or will come naturally all of the time. Casting your problems on God takes practice and a mindset to do so.

Today’s stress freedom tip is one that’s probably the most difficult to implement yet the easiest. It’s difficult to break the habit of trusting ourselves. Therefore, we struggle and we stress. it’s also easy to give all of our troubles to God. All that you need to do is verbally give them to Him.

Tell God that you can’t deal with whatever it is you are dealing with and that you are holding Him to His Word to care for you after casting your cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7).

God keeps His promises too. Unlike people. Give it to God. Whatever IT is.

This post is a part of the Balancing Life series of posts

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XLear Nasal Spray with Xylitol Product Review

Allergies run through my family it seems. Hayfever and animal allergies seem to be the most  popular. I keep an air purifier running in my living room and my bedroom.  Having 2 cats, it’s a must.

Another must is making sure I clean out my nasal passages regularly. That’s why I was thrilled to receive Xlear’s Nasal Spray with Xylitol. Now, here’s the funny part.

This nasal spray was formulated for kids but anyone can benefit from using it.  As blessings would have it, CJ is the only one in the house without allergies.  So, he really didn’t need the Xlear Nasal Spray for allergies.  So, I used it for mine!

I still use the nasal spray on CJ every now and again though because the air is dry in my bedroom and the spray helps him to sleep more comfortably.  As for me, the Xlear nasal spray helps to clear out whatever causes my nose to itch so it’s a good thing I have 2 bottles.

What I really like about this nasal spray is the fact that it has Xylitol in it. Xylitol is beneficial for so many things including:

  • Being a safe substitute for sugar. Inhaling the nasal spray was much more pleasant than inhaling the average saline nasal spray. You could sort of taste the sweetness.
  • Prohibits the growth of bacteria. Can you imagine how much bacteria is in your nasal passage? Xylitol helps prevent the over-growth of bacteria that leads to nose, ear and throat infections.
  • Helps reduce the instances of sinus infections. When used in a nasal spray, Xylitol is greatly beneficial in cutting down the amount of bacteria in the nasal passage that causes sinus infections.
  • Support the immune system. Studies suggest that when taken in small amounts Xylitol can support the immune system by encouraging the growth of your white bloods cells which fight infection.

Xlear’s Nasal Spray is now a household staple of mine. Even when CJ doesn’t need it, I’m happy to use it for relief of allergy symptoms :-)

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Stress Freedom Friday: Cool Light Therapy

Happy Friday!  It’s that time again. Time to provide a tip to help you keep stress at bay in your life.

Sounds so simple right?  After all, stress comes with the territory. Or does it?

Some stress is avoidable.  Let’s focus on a cool way to lighten up your stress load  in a way that’s preventable.

If your stress is a result of a Vitamin D deficiency, light therapy is an effective way to remedy that.  Of course, your doctor will have to confirm if a deficiency is the true culprit.

Vitamin D can be absorbed from simply being outdoors in the sunlight. How cool is that? No fancy gadgets or costly products to buy.  Nature can take care of it.

But what about if the sun is not shining? Then, a SunLight Therapy Lamp can really help.

It’s smart to have a means of light therapy available if you find yourself feeling down in the dumps regularly.

This sunlight desktop lamp simulates sun light. It also triples as a reading lamp and task lamp. It makes a great gift too!

This sunlight therapy lamp increase a release of seratonin (the feel good hormone) so that you can experience an improved feeling of well being.

This post is a part of the Balancing Life series of posts

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