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When to Move Baby to Crib

Hannah Baby Moses Basket

The recommendation these days is to keep your newborn close at night. This has proven to reduce the chance of SIDS. SIDS is scary and all babies are at risk, especially from birth to 5 months. Most parents are opting for Bassinets, Cradles, Moses Baskets or CoSleepers because these make great options even in the smallest of bedrooms.

Parenting is a tough job,  add sleep deprivation to the mix and it becomes downright exhausting. Keeping your baby close at night means no matter how beat you feel at the end of the day, you’re not going to sleep through those tiny little cries that need tending.

Before long you’ll be adjusted to having your baby close. The thought of moving him into his own room so far away will test your comfort zone. But once he’s outgrown the bassinet, he must be moved to the safety of the crib. So, what is the sign that triggers this move? Well, the good news is your baby will let you know and your parental instinct will kick in to support the decision.

The medical community sets developmental milestones. One of these is the ability to roll over. This is your sign. When this happens, the once perfect sized bassinet will be too small to accommodate the needs of your growing infant. With his newly developed muscles, he’ll begin to work on pulling himself up. If he decides to do this one day after waking from a nap, the sides of the bassinet will no longer provide the necessary safety against falls. This is why moving him before he starts pulling up is so important.

The nice thing about parenting is your knowledge level grows with your child. Let’s hope we can all stay one step ahead!

Written by Debbie, Owner of Absolutely Organic Baby
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Bassinets Have Come a Long Way, Baby!

Classic Bassinet with Activty Gym Mahogany

We love the Cariboo line of baby bassinets! The sleek, gently curving design is hand crafted from solid wood to create a beautiful piece of furniture. But it’s not just the looks we admire. It’s the versatility of the bassinet that deserves kudos.

The optional bassinet changer easily transforms the bassinet into a changing table. It quickly provides a comfortable and safe place to change diapers without taking up any additional space. 

The activity gym is the perfect option for keeping baby happy and entertained. It’s recommended that babies be put to bed while they are drowsy but not yet asleep.  This helps them learn how to soothe themselves and not rely on parents. The activity gym offers amusement and helps baby to relax whether dozing off to sleep or waking from a nap. Its clever design makes it simple to move about once baby is old enough for floor play.

There’s also an option for placing a veil around the bassinet to help protect baby’s eyes from bright sunlight. And, for longer use, it has a toy box conversion kit. All these benefits and a footprint small enough to fit into most apartment sized bedrooms.

The Cariboo Bassinet is beautiful, practical, multifunctional and built to last from one generation to the next. Its non-toxic finish is PBDE free making it a safe choice for your little one and a real value for you.

Written by Debbie, Owner of Absolutely Organic Baby
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Rooming-In Strengthens Attachment Bond

Rooming-In Newborn

In the early 1940’s a new concept of maternity care appeared in American hospitals.  As a solution to create a more fulfilling postpartum experience, newborns were placed in the same room as the Mother. Today evidenced based research supports the many advantages for this model of care and “rooming-in” is encouraged by hospitals and embraced by expectant Mothers.
One of the major reasons for rooming-in is to establish a strong attachment bond with your baby. During the first days of life a baby’s attachment instinct is at its peak. A secure attachment creates trust and has an effect on the physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of your child’s development. Studies show being responsive to your infant’s needs does not “spoil” your baby but rather helps him grow into a more independent child.
An important method for bonding is skin-to-skin contact. This keeps your baby warm and helps ease the transition to life outside the womb. By the time a baby is one to two days old he can recognize his mother’s smell from other women. Placing baby on your chest allows him to hear your heart beat, smell your scent and feel safe.
Babies who room-in have a higher success rate with breastfeeding. When your baby is close it’s easier to keep up with the demands of breastfeeding. You are able to pick up on his feeding cues and readily provide comfort. Frequent feedings helps establish an ample supply of milk.
Data reveals babies who room-in cry less. You may get more restful sleep knowing you can quickly offer comfort and soothing when needed. You have a chance to recognize and learn to respond to your baby’s gestures and sounds, this is all part of the bonding process.
Your hospital stay provides an opportunity to observe how your baby is bathed, handled, changed and swaddled. Nurses ensure you get the help you need to develop these skills and encourage the natural bonding process.
The average hospital stay for normal vaginal delivery is 1-2 days. So, where’s the best place for your baby to sleep when he comes home? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends newborns sleep in the same room as their parents, but not in the same bed because of suffocation risks. Bassinets and Moses Baskets require a small footprint and are a means of keeping your baby close if your room can’t accommodate a full sized crib.
Rooming-in gives you a glimpse into the future and hopefully instills you with the confidence you’ll need to nurture your baby in an environment where he feels safe and secure.

Written by Debbie, Owner of AbsolutelyOrganicBaby.com
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