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The Best Gift Ideas for New Parents and Babies0

Searching for an appropriate gift for a newborn or the new parents? While there are a ton of cute baby gifts out there, they are not always useful or practical. If you’re thinking about stuffed toys, onesies, and rocking chairs, be assured the new mum and dad can do without those. Trust us, they are probably going to be gifted those items in dozens and you certainly wouldn’t want to add on to that pile.

All parents-to-be appreciate practical gifts and things that will make their days a little easier. So, if you are hunting for that baby shower gift to delight the new parents, here are some exciting ideas to try.

Selfie stick

For new parents, there’s never enough baby pictures. But unless there’s someone to handle the camera, often either mom or dad goes missing from those photos. A selfie stick means that the parents can proudly feature in their baby’s photos without any assistance.

And because the chances of someone gifting a selfie stick is relatively slim, you’re likely the one they’ll be thanking you when they capture and enjoy those precious moments with their bundle of joy.

Comfy maternity clothes

A great pair of PJs, a beautiful nightie, or a snug wrap dress all make wonderful gift choices for the mum to wear during and after her pregnancy. You could either pick a piece of clothing yourself or buy a gift card from specialist labels like this and this.

Gift vouchers

Not just maternity clothes, there are vouchers for nearly every consumable item these days. While a gift voucher might be a last-minute choice, it is really a win-win—you don’t have to lose sleep over finding the perfect gift, and the recipient gets to pick something they really need and want as opposed to an item that they have to return or exchange.

A baby sling

A baby carrier or a sling is particularly helpful for the new parents. It’s as easy as simply strapping their baby on while they make a quick trip to the supermarket. Also, because it keeps the baby close to the body of the parent carrying them, it is a great bonding technique while on-the-go.

Meal kit subscriptions

Coming up a menu and whipping up meals on a daily basis can be a challenge for many of us. Throw in a baby and sleepless nights into the equation and it’s not hard to see why this gift can be a life saviour for new parents. With meal subscription services like HelloFresh that offer easy-to-cook, step-by-step recipes and garden-fresh ingredients, it can be a breeze to cook tasty, delicious meals from scratch every day.

meal delivery boxes are one of the best new parent gifts
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Meal delivery boxes

Go one step further and buy them a subscription for fresh, nutritious, chef-made meals that the new mum and dad can enjoy without having to enter the kitchen. Services like Foodst and Youfoodz that deliver healthy, tasty, home cooked meals to the doorstep can give the busy couple a welcome respite from the kitchen chores for a while.

Diaper caddy

Changing diapers isn’t fun but it can be easy. Be the one to gift the new parents a diaper caddy that fits everything they need for hassle-free diaper changing sessions, any time anywhere. With storage options and well-designed organizers, diaper caddies are a great practical gift that the new mum and dad will truly thank you for.


With looking after the baby becoming the no.1 job for the new parents, it’s clear that they won’t have time to spare in the kitchen, cooking time-consuming dishes. A multicooker like an Instant pot which is a 9-in-1 multi-functional programmable slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, hot pot, and more, all rolled into one is a handy appliance that will surely be loved by the recipients.

A gift subscription to The Australian Breastfeeding Association

For new mothers planning on breastfeeding, this gift subscription can be of incredible value. The subscribers receive the book, ‘Breastfeeding, Naturally,’ and get access to a goldmine of information, resources, and support. Plus, the lucrative discounts at ABA stores are a delightful bonus for the new mom!

Other practical and thoughtful gifts include:

  • cleaning packages
  • birth and pregnancy related books
  • restaurant vouchers

Or, you could even volunteer to:

  • go grocery shopping on behalf of the new parents
  • babysit older kids
  • help them in their day to day tasks in one way or another.

In addition to it, you could get new baby flowers delivered in Sydney to convey your heartfelt message through charming flowers.

Know that nothing is more valuable to the new parents than a helping hand and willing soul to make their days a little bit easier while they are dealing with the excitement, fatigue, and challenges of handling the newborn.

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Nested Bean vs. Love To Dream Swaddle Up0

Nested Bean vs. Love To Dream Swaddle UpThe Nested Bean vs Love To Dream – both The Nested Bean Swaddle and the Love To Dream Swaddle are great products. But, do you need both? Is one better than the other for your baby’s sleep?

In this blog post, you’ll learn about both products and which we recommend!

Love To Dream Swaddle

The Love To Dream Swaddle is a great product to help your baby sleep better that we’ve been recommending for years. This is a product meant to capitalize on all the benefits of swaddling but make it easy to swaddle your baby. It also makes it hard for your baby to break out! Breaking out of the swaddle is a safety hazard.

In addition, the Love To Dream is designed to help you swaddle your baby with their arms up rather than down by their sides. This is typically more comfortable for your baby which can lead to longer stretches of sleep.

The Love To Dream Swaddle also has dual zippers, one at the top and one at the bottom, to make diaper changes easier and faster.

The really cool design of the Love To Dream Swaddle is that it has “wings.” But, these wings are meant to zip off when your baby is ready to be unswaddled. This will allow your baby to find his or her hands for self-soothing and allow them to push up if they roll onto their tummy.

Nested Bean Swaddle

The Nested Bean products are very innotaive with the simple premise that sometimes you just need a hand on you to feel comfort. That’s what their lightly-weighted products emulate: the feeling of a parent’s hand on your baby. Of course, there’s no perfect replacement for your hand but it’s a great concept!

While Nested Bean has a few different products, the one you’d compare to the Love 2 Dream Swaddle Up would be the Zen One or the Zen Swaddle®.

The Zen One has a 2-way zipper and a strap to keep your baby’s arms down when their moro reflex is still strong. You can stop using it as your baby gets older and they can have their hands up.

The Zen Swaddle is meant to be snug enough for your newborn but flexible to allow your baby to grow. That’s why it has an inner pouch for when your baby is younger, or you can put your baby’s legs on top of the pocket once your baby is bigger. You can also leave your baby’s arms in or out, depending on whether or not you’re trying to stop swaddling.

There are many different colors and prints to choose from for the Nested Bean Swaddle and the winged design makes it very easy to use. No special folding, wrapping, or tucking!

Nested Bean vs Love To Dream – Which is Better?

Both the Nested Bean Swaddle and the Love To Dream Swaddle Up are great products. But, which is better for your baby’s sleep?

We have worked with families who have used both and clients love both products. As a sleep consultant for over 10 years, I can tell you that either product would be a good choice. However, the age of your baby may influence whether you buy one.

Newborns, Pregnant Moms, or a Baby Shower Gift

If you have a newborn, you’re pregnant and doing research, or if you’re buying as a gift, I recommend you purchase the Love To Dream Swaddle UP which is appropriate for newborns. The newborn size does not have zip-off wings but you don’t need them.

Once your newborn weighs 13+ pounds, I recommend the Love To Dream Swaddle Up Transition Sleep Sack with Zip-Off Wings. If you’d rather buy just one of them, go with the Swaddle Up Transition Sleep Sack with Zip-Off Wings and simply use a receiving blanket until your baby is 13+ pounds. Babies go from their birth weight to 13 pounds practically in a blink of an eye!

The benefits of swaddling are clear and your baby will most likely appreciate the snug feeling of being swaddled. The Love To Dream is a bit snugger than the Nested Bean Zen Swaddle. And, your baby will likely be in the swaddle for at least 2-3 months, if not longer. So, your purchase will be well worth the added hours of sleep you will likely get!

And, when your baby is ready to move away from swaddling, you can zip off one or both wings for an easier transition to a sleep sack. Voila!

However, some babies don’t sleep well once their arms are free, of course! Try giving your baby a week or so to get used to it. If your baby struggles with having their hands completely free, you can then consider adding a sleep sack to your toolbox such as the Zipadee-Zip.

Now, if you are comparing the Zen One and the Love To Dream Swaddle Up then they are very similar products. Love To Dream has been around a lot longer as the Zen One product is a new product and more expensive. I like the concept of the 2-way zipper and zip-off wings which they both have. If your baby happens to like a hand on their chest as they sleep, then the Zen One would give you that added benefit. But, if your baby doesn’t settle with a simple hand on their chest, then it’s simply unnecessary. The reviews are better for Love To Dream than Nested Bean on Amazon, though, in general. A few comments describe babies being able to break out of the Zen Swaddle which defeats the purpose and can be dangerous.

Other comments about Nested Bean talk about it “not working.” The “problem” with products with specific approaches to helping your baby sleep is that all babies are different. If your baby doesn’t respond to a hand on their chest, then the weight on the Nested Bean products simply won’t make much of a difference. This isn’t a problem with the product. It’s simply not solving the sleep problem in a way that works for your baby. It doesn’t hurt to try, of course, and these types of products are just tools in your toolbox. You just need the right tool for the right job!

4+ Month Olds and/or Baby is Rolling

If your baby is nearing, or older than 4 months old, we recommend you transition to a sleep sack with hands out. If you already have a Love To Dream, Zen Swaddle, or Zen One then all you need to do is zip off the wings or swaddle with your baby’s arms out. But, if you haven’t yet bought one of these products, you probably want to buy a traditional sleep sack.

Of course, your baby’s sleepwear is only one variable that impacts your baby’s sleep. And, that’s what we do here at The Baby Sleep Site!

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Bedtime Battle: 10 Top Tips For Establishing A Good Bedtime Routine0

Any parent who has reached the toddler milestone will have experienced the classic tantrum and fighting bedtime. Now, your child may think they have a perfectly valid excuse for their behavior, but trying to navigate that as a parent is exasperating!

Nine times out of ten, your little one is acting out of emotion and tiredness. In fact, you may find that the most challenging part of your day is bedtime. Establishing a good bedtime routine early on can encourage healthy sleep patterns and allow your babe to get quality shut-eye in the process.

Here are our 10 top tips for establishing a good bedtime routine:

1. Stick to a fixed bedtime

We all know that when it comes to parenting, the one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work! Our children are individuals and have their own distinct personalities from the beginning. So balancing that with routine can be overwhelming. However, you are the parent; therefore, you are the boundary maker!

Creating a fixed bedtime or a sleep window for your child will help establish a routine. Their body’s natural circadian rhythm – the sleep-wake cycle – will psychologically associate the routine patterns with bedtime. Plus, the better your child sleeps, the more effective their body can carry out essential functions and restorative processes.

For some parents, having a rigid time for bed works. However, when it doesn’t, the flexible approach may be your lifeline. Putting your child to bed when they aren’t tired may set you up for a fall before you even switch off the light.

2. Embrace bathtime

Warm, bubbly, and fun, bathtime is a magical place for a child. It is a place where brightly colored toys and your babe’s imagination can thrive. More than that, a warm bath has an incredible effect on your body’s temperature. As you quickly cool down after a bath, your body associates the feeling with nighttime.

Now imagine that you are a child. Establishing a bathtime routine early on will help your babe to fall asleep quicker in response to the bath-body temperature effect. Sleep will come easier, and your child is more likely to sleep for longer too.

It’s worth mentioning that not all children have the same response to a bath. Some will find the whole experience too exciting! If that’s your child, save bathtime for the morning.

3. Brush their teeth

If you can establish a tooth brushing routine with your babe from the start, you are setting them up for life. For some, this might sound too good to be true! But sticking with a routine will give your child the best fighting chance at developing good oral hygiene.

Dentists recommend that children should brush their teeth two times a day for at least two minutes. So building this into your child’s daily routine morning and bedtime will encourage good technique and save them unnecessary trips to the dentist.

Even babies can get involved! Sweeping a soft damp cloth or dental baby wipe over their gums will remove any leftover breastmilk or formula sugars. As soon as teeth start to appear, you can introduce a soft-bristled toothbrush, or an electric toothbrush to make brushing even easier.

Whatever you do, make the whole experience fun! There’s nothing worse than having a battle of wills just before bedtime. Sing songs, do a toothbrush dance, and show your little one how it’s done!

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4. Final diaper change or toilet break

As most parents will know, there is nothing worse than stumbling around in the dark and having to sort out a nighttime accident! Overflowing diapers are one thing, and then there are saturated urine sheets. Parenthood is certainly not for the weak.

Encouraging your babe to use the toilet before they go bed will not only help develop bladder control, but it will likely give you and your child an uninterrupted night’s sleep. Well, in terms of waking up to use the toilet anyway!

If your little one is still in diapers, changing just before bed will give your child a more comfortable and less sore night all round.

5. Invest in a weighted blanket

Trouble sleeping affects so many of us from infancy to adulthood. Bedtime can be made more difficult by having a sensory disorder, overactive imagination, and separation anxiety. That’s where a weighted blanket comes in. With its deep pressure stimulation, your child will feel like they are receiving a warm hug all night long.

Safe and secure, your little one will fall asleep quicker and for longer. Meaning, they are less likely to wake up feeling tired. What’s more, due to the blanket’s weight, your child will feel more grounded as they sleep. The feeling of comfort will make bedtime feel like a welcome part of any child’s day.

Be aware not to use it with children under the age of 1 though. Primarily, weighted blankets (and other items such as loose blankets, pillows, and stuffed toys) can increase the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This is because items like this are capable of accidentally restricting the babies breathing.

SIDS can’t occur after the child’s first birthday, so once this has passed, speak to your pediatrician or doctor to decide the best time to use one.

6. Turn the TV off

Watching TV up to the point of bedtime is generally a bad idea. Not only does it overstimulate your child, winding down from a dopamine-fueled hour of cartoons takes time. Going straight to bed after experiencing a sensory overload will not do you or your babe any favors come bedtime.

So, switch screens off at least an hour before bed and do a calm activity together. Whether it’s reading a story, coloring-in, or playing soothing music, make the last hour before bed a joyful occasion.

7. Share your day

Do you know, the most favorite person in your child’s eyes is you? Getting to share parts of your day together will be a perfect bonding moment before bedtime.

You can talk about what they found fun? Who they played with at pre-school or what they found interesting. What did they learn? Whatever makes your little one tick is worth knowing about.

Then, give them a little insight into your day. Did you see their favorite type of dinosaur or favorite animal on your travels? What was the supermarket like? How was your day at work?

Reach into your child’s world for a moment. It’s a truly precious time to share together.

bedtime book read
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8. Storytime

Not only is reading beneficial for your child’s development and language skills, but it is a beautiful time to share together. Allowing your child to use their imagination and see the world in new ways will enhance their childhood experience.

Snuggle up together as you both escape into a fairytale adventure. From the fantastic to the life lesson, you can develop a lifelong love of reading in your child’s formative years.

If old enough, let your child choose which book to read from a small selection each night. If they keep going for the same story, go with it! Repetition is a vital part of your toddler’s learning.

9. Gentle lullaby

When you become a parent, you have to let go of the things that hold you back or make you feel embarrassed. Singing may not be something you excel at, but your child will love you singing them a lullaby.

Ever since your babe was in the womb, they have been able to hear your voice. Now that they are here in the world, your voice is one of the most familiar sounds they know throughout childhood.

Familiar and soothing, your little one will love you singing them to sleep. Building this in as part of their bedtime routine will allow them to fall asleep with ease.

If you really struggle, play quiet music in the background as your little one drifts off. Feel free to sing along if you’re brave enough!

10. Say goodnight

Having a definitive end to the day is beautifully summed up with “goodnight.” Although your babe may not be ready for the final goodnight, saying it anyway brings everything to a close.

Letting your little one say goodnight to all their favorite toys, their pet dog, and then you will ease them into sleep mode.

It would be too assumptive to think that all children respond well to goodnight. However, building into your child’s routine will reinforce the idea of bedtime.

One model doesn’t fit all

All children are wired differently. Personality, character, and sense of self all dictate how well the routines we build into their lives will work.

If something you try doesn’t work, get creative. Think about what brings your child joy! If brushing their teeth is the biggest battle of your day, make it interactive. Get involved! You can even use your babe’s favorite toy to reinforce that dental hygiene is essential for everyone.

For most parents, saying the final goodbye of the evening can be the most challenging. So think about what makes your child feel comfortable – is it a toy, blanket or merely having a light on. Making your little one’s bedroom feel like a safe space will encourage better sleep development.

Lastly, don’t beat yourself up. The art of a routine all comes down to learning and persistence. You’ve got this!

Want to win the bedtime battle? From bathtime to brushing their teeth, establishing good bedtime routines for your child will set them up for life. Whether you like a fixed, rigid routine or a flexible one, build your routine around what suits you best.

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Modern Toddler Bedding0

If you have a toddler, it’s important to make sure that you are getting them some comfortable bedding. This will help encourage them to drift off to sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep can create a range of benefits. For example, you’ll be able to encourage healthy growth, improve their attention span, and help them learn new information. Let’s look at some tips that you can use to find the perfect modern toddler bedding.

Choose a Design That Appeals to Your Toddler

One of the biggest benefits of modern bedding is the number of designs that are available for you to choose from. There are dozens of stunning colors and images for you to explore. In some cases, you might want to take your toddler with you when you are shopping. Then, you can allow them to pick out the one that appeals to them most. By doing this, you’ll be able to get something that they will feel excited to sleep on. This can help make the transition to a bigger bed easier.

If you want, you might use the bedding they select as the basis when designing the room. For example, if they choose a green quilt filled with dinosaurs, you might want to paint the walls green. You can also use it to inform the type of furniture you choose, matching the colors or theme of the bedding. This can help you make sure that the room has a cohesive style. When making these design decisions, you can consult your child. By doing so, you’ll be able to make sure that they feel comfortable in the space.

Save Money with a Kit

There are a few important pieces of bedding that you’ll need to get for your toddler. Often, you’ll want a sheet, comforter, and some pillowcases. If you purchase each of these items separately, you might find that you need to spend a significant amount of money. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, you can purchase these items as part of a kit. In most cases, this kit will include a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, a pillowcase, and a comforter. By bundling all these items together, you’ll often be able to save a lot of money. You’ll also be able to make sure that all the designs match. It might be a good idea to get a few kits. This will ensure that you’ll be able to have one set in the wash, while the other is on the bed.

Pick the Right Pillow

When deciding what bedding you want to get, it’s important to make sure that you’re choosing the right type of pillow. There are several reasons why this is crucial. First, it will help ensure the right amount of spinal support. It will also ensure that they feel comfortable, helping them fall asleep faster. However, if they are under 18 months old, you might want to avoid introducing a pillow, as this might be a potential choking hazard.

There are dozens of pillow options available for you to choose from. However, it’s important to consider your child’s unique needs to make sure that they get the right pillow. First, you’ll find a range of different materials. It’s often best to try to find something that will be hypoallergenic. This will help limit the number of bacteria that can grow on the pillow, keeping your child safe. It can also be a good idea to get memory foam filling, rather than feathers or hemp. It’s best to avoid pillows filled with small pellets, as they might pose a choking hazard if they break.

You might also want to consider how firm the pillow will be. It’s often best to get something soft enough to remain comfortable but firm enough to offer spinal support. Finally, you’ll need to get a pillow that’s the right size. In most cases, toddler pillows will be between 13 to 18 inches.

As you can imagine, it’s easy to become confused by the number of options and brands available for you to choose from. Thankfully, there are some tools that you can use. For example, check out this informative comfy and safe toddler pillows compilation.

Choose a Mattress Protection

As your toddler gets older, you’ll want to move them out of the crib and into a bed of their own. As you do this, you’ll often need to purchase a new mattress. Though this can be a big investment, it will ensure that they get the spinal support that they need. To make sure that this mattress will last for a long time, you might want to use a mattress protector. These are thin sheets that can help protect the mattress from any spills. This will ensure that the water doesn’t seep through to the mattress, which can cause mold. It will also make cleaning up messes easier. Typically, a mattress protector will only cost around $50. Compared to the costs of paying for a new mattress, this figure is negligible.

Consider the Materials

It’s important to make sure that you’re getting the right type of materials when picking bedding for your toddler. This will allow you to get something that will be appropriate for both summer and winter. During the warmer temperatures, you’ll often want to get cotton. This will be a lighter material, allowing air to flow through it, keeping them cool. However, as the temperature starts to fall, you might want to turn to wool. This traps hot air, making sure that your toddler is kept toasty and warm during the winter months.


Choosing the right toddler bedding is very important. It will impact how comfortable your toddler feels in their bedroom, helping to make the transition from bed to cot easier. You will also be able to help them get the spinal support they need, keeping them healthy as they grow. So, use these tips to make sure that you’re picking the right modern toddler bedding.

Author Bio

Nathan Bowers was born in Brisbane in 1997. Since then, he’s moved to Toowoomba where he works as a freelance writer.

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Everything to Know About Kids Weighted Blankets and Their Benefits0

We spend almost one-third of our lives in bed, sleeping, or trying to sleep. Sleep is an integral part of our lives as it allows us to regain our energy & prepare our body for the activities. Adults, children, babies, & elders everyone needs to complete the sleep cycle in order to stay healthy.

Children & babies have varying sleep patterns which as a parent really matter to you. Most of the children sleep during the day or in unusual hours. Some children find sleeping tough due to uncomfortable bedding or topper. This can make the parents stressed and overwhelmed. If you are one of those parents who are constantly worried due to their child’s inadequate sleep, here is the best thing you can do.

mom and child happy resting in bed
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If it is your first child & you are worried how you can help the infant sleep quickly, it is always the best to follow some guidelines from parenting sites or ask your elders.

You can opt for a weighted blanket for kids & toddlers or add stuffed toys to their beds they love. Below are given the benefits & salient features of these blankets that make them stand out, keep on reading to find out!

What makes these blankets different?

Before adults became the significant beneficiaries for these blankets, manufacturers used to make them for children, specifically. They were mainly used to induce sleep for children with autism in the beginning.

As time passed, it was found that they are the best non-medical cure for insomnia, stress, anxiety, and a way to induce sleep quickly.

These blankets come in different forms. One thing that makes them different from conventional ones, is that they come with an added weight. That’s because various brands use small grains as a filling to bring in that extra weight. This extra weight adds a snuggly effect to the body & almost feels like someone is hugging the sleeper while he/she is sleeping.

The controversy behind these blankets

If you research, different doctors have varying opinions on whether one should buy a weighted blanket for their kid or not. Here’s what they say:

  • Some love the idea because it’s a non-medical way to solve sleep-related problems for kids. That means that you don’t have to get them to consume any drug, leading to addictions, to cure sleep problems.
  • While some doctors feel that the blanket’s weight can be way too much for your child. And it can cause suffocation, difficulty in breathing, and death eventually.

So should you buy them?

In the expert’s opinion, there’s nothing wrong with buying a weighted blanket. The benefits, obviously, outweigh the cons. And there are many best kids weighted blankets you can buy for your kid.

Nonetheless, it’s good to follow a buying guide to help yourself end up with a premium quality blanket. One such guide is given below:

  • You should first understand the behavior of your child. Every child has different sleeping habits, and for some, especially hot sleepers, sleeping with a weighted blanket is an added burden. So, they can’t even sleep or use it.
  • Find the right size for your child. Experts recommend parents to buy a weighted blanket whose weight is 10% of the child’s mass. It should never be more than that.
  • Also, you need to supervise its usage as a parent. If the child is older, you can ask them what kind of blankets they would like. Test it by laying it on them and finding out what they think and feel about the blanket. And that’s a super parenting tip right there.
  • Always choose a color & design that your child likes. For instance, you can opt for the ones having their favorite cartoon characters printed on them. When it comes to choosing the color scheme, select it according to the gender & nature of the kid.
  • Last but not least, review as many brands as possible to find the right one for your child.

Benefits of Buying Weighted Blankets for Your Kids

If you feel that buying a weighted blanket for you is the right solution, here are some of the benefits you’ll experience, especially if it’s the right one & bought keeping all the guidelines in view. Here’s everything you need to know:

Your child will sleep immediately

Some parents have to sit down next to their children to watch them sleep. If they leave before they fall to sleep, the child might remain awake for the rest of the night. But if you buy the weighted blankets, the weight on them will soothe them to dreamland within minutes.
In short, these blankets will help kids sleep effortlessly & wake up fresh.

It reduces anxiety and any sleep-related issues

Your child may not have any stress or anxiety. But if your child can sleep throughout the night without waking up, you can be sure that they will be productive during the day. It also eliminates any health challenges related to sleep immediately.

The parent is also a beneficiary

If your child sleeps well, you don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to take your child back to bed. You also get enough sleep, and you are productive throughout the day.

Supply necessary warmth to the Kid

Kids’ weighted blankets are warm. Regardless of how cold it is outside, your child remains warm inside the snuggly blankets. On the other hand, if your child doesn’t like blankets that are too warm, you can opt for medium weight ones that are a breathable option.

Final words

As a parent you’ll always think best for your child. The same is the case when it comes to their bedding, there’s nothing as hurtful as buying bedding or blanket that you know your kid will never use.

Therefore, when buying, use a buying guide & explore different market options. It’s also essential to take your child with you when buying. Get to know their sleeping patterns, what they like (color schemes, styles, or patterns), and figure out if they prefer a particular type.

About The Author:
Aqib Ijaz is a digital marketing guru at He is adept in IT as well. He loves to write on different topics. In his free time, he likes to travel and explore different parts of the world. You can read more of his blogs at eyesonsolution.

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Second-Hand Mattresses Could Increase The Risk Of Cot Death0

It’s a common tradition in many families to pass down a mattress from one infant to another. While this tradition still occurs, a 1997 study indicates just how harmful this practice can be, and newer research has surfaced which shows similar findings.

According to the latest research, babies that sleep on mattresses previously used by other infants have a higher chance of falling victim to cot death. In fact, as per this research, of the 131 cases of cot deaths, more than half of the infants were believed to be sleeping on used mattresses that had been passed down to them from family members.

The same can’t possibly be said of a gently used mattress, can it? Interestingly enough, the study also revealed that the mattress was more often than not, used previously by babies who lived in an entirely different household.

So, factors such as the mattress coming from another household, the conditions under which it was used, and the number of infants that slept on it, could also play a role in its potential to be a health hazard, and this will be explored below.

If you’re thinking of saving some money by getting a used mattress for your little one, consider the following.

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?

Each year, over 500 babies lose their lives suddenly and this occurrence is often blamed on cot death. Cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplainable sudden death of infants who are less than a year old.

Oftentimes, the death remains unexplainable even after a thorough autopsy has been performed and the scene has been carefully examined.

Second-Hand Mattresses And SIDS

According to a case-controlled study done in Scotland between 1997 to 2000, the use of a second-hand baby mattress can significantly increase the risk of SIDS, especially if the mattress is coming from another household.

The research shows that the risk is more pronounced if the bed was initially slept on by an infant who passed away due to SIDS before the mattress was passed on, or if the mattress was utilized by more than one infant during its lifespan.

The participants in the study were asked to fill in a questionnaire that includes information on infant care practices, such as details on co-sleeping habits on the day and/or night of death. This is in addition to the infant and family’s overall social and medical data.

As believed by some researchers, a toxic bacterium that is feared to be linked with cot death is found on second-hand mattresses.

While the research does reinstate certain points brought out in the initial 1997 study, there is a gap in the evidence that prevents the researchers from wholly attributing sudden infant death syndrome to old mattresses. Suffice to say, the cause and effect relationship between old mattresses and SIDS has not yet been fully established.

But, there’s a valid association between the use of second-hand mattresses and an increased rate of SIDS which parents cannot afford to overlook.

Mattress Solutions For Infants

As a parent, this research may seem a tad bit overwhelming. Your natural parental instinct would be to get rid of the second-hand mattress to ensure your infants’ safety. Despite the inability to establish a cause and effect relationship between second-hand mattresses and SIDS, it is advisable to ditch the old mattress and opt for a brand new mattress for your baby, especially if the used one came from another home.

Buying a new mattress would be the best option, even though some doctors have stated that used mattresses are probably not to blame for SIDS, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Also, be sure to always apply the following requirements by doctors to ensure that your baby’s mattress is safe to use:

1. Mattresses need to be clean:

As a specific requirement, infant mattresses must be cleaned regularly. The suggestion is to buy mattresses with removable and washable PVC covers. The removable covers make it possible to clean the mattress easily and effectively.

With PVC mattresses, each baby born in a house need not have an entirely new mattress. Parents’ ability to wash PVC mattress covers means that they can keep the baby’s mattress clean for longer.

2. Mattresses ought to be sturdy:

For infants, it’s recommended that mattresses shouldn’t be saggy and overly soft. Doctors suggest that new-born babies should sleep on firm and sturdy mattresses. The used mattresses that were found in studies to cause SIDS could have become overly soft over time.

This could be a possible reason why mattresses passed down from one home to another could have been blamed for the cot deaths.

3.Mattresses must be new looking:

While it need not be a spanking new mattress, the mattress must not look dated or aged in any way. Mattresses that show signs of timely deterioration should be thrown away and never reused for infants, as the wear and tear might be a possible health hazard.

4. Babies should sleep on their backs:

For years, elders have recommended that new-born babies sleep on their backs to avoid SIDS. It seems that there is some wisdom to this, as it has been shown to be the safest and most comfortable sleeping position for baby.

Also, your little one’s cot should be free of any soft toys and excess blankets that might accidentally obstruct their breaking. Taken together, these measures can be very effective at preventing cot deaths.

From the research, it’s evident that much of the power to prevent SIDS is on your hands as a parent. Firstly, you must be aware of all the qualities of the particular mattress that you’re putting your baby to sleep on.

Pay attention to everything and be observant when your baby sleeps. Remember just as you would have the best sleep on a good, firm mattress, your baby is no different. Be aware of the type and quality of the mattress that you buy for your baby as well.

Trust us, your baby is a new mattress away from the best possible sleep ever, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that their chances of going through SIDS is exponentially lower.

This research should never scare you, but should rather empower you to make informed choices when it comes to the wellbeing of your baby.

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4 Types of Parenting Styles and Their Effects0

How we raise and develop a child has changed drastically over the years. Nevertheless, one of the exciting things about parenting is that there is a great variation in how each parent raises their kids. On the other hand, there are many similarities as well that parents love to share and follow. Overall, there is a direct link between the particular actions of parents towards kids and the children’s later behavior. For example, children who are raised in the same environment and share a home can grow up to have different personalities. On the contrary, children raised in different environments can grow up to have remarkably similar personalities.

Researchers have stated that there is a direct link between different parenting styles and the influence these styles have on children. According to many, children can be influenced by the effects of the parenting styles so much so that these effects can carry over into adulthood.

So, we can say that parenting styles matter when raising children. If you are new to parenthood, it can be a bit overwhelming to adapt to a new lifestyle. What to follow, what not to follow, things can get confusing. To help you get out of this dilemma, we have prepared this post that discusses the 4 types of parenting styles and their effects.

But before we start, let’s understand what a parenting style is.

What is a parenting style?

Parenting style is a work of psychology that was introduced by the University of California based psychologist Diana Baumrind in the 1960s. It was later refined by Maccoby and Martin in the 1980s.

During her research, Diana observed that the preschoolers showed noticeably different types of behavior. And she realized that each type of behavior was a result of a specific kind of parenting.

Diana’s theory suggests that children’s behavior and the type of parenting style are highly correlated. That is, different parenting styles may lead to different child outcomes and development.

Based on extensive analysis, interviews, and observations, Diana identified three types of parenting styles, namely Authoritative, Authoritarian, and Permissive.

Following Diana’s work, Maccoby and Martin expanded her theories and introduced a fourth style of parenting – Uninvolved (Neglectful) parenting.

Today, these four parenting styles are classified based on two dimensions of parenting behavior:

  1. Responsiveness – Responsiveness is a parenting behavior that tells the degree to which parents are sensitive to and accepting their kids’ developmental and emotional needs.
  2. Demandingness – Demandingness is a parenting behavior that tells the degree to which parents demand their kids’ maturity or control their behavior.

Parenting style is important because it literally determines the kind of environment in which a child is raised in. Parenting style is a spectrum. Different kids need different parenting practices and not a different parenting style. It can be a mix of all two or more styles of parenting or whatever works for the healthy development of the child.

Types of Parenting Styles and Their Effects

As we have already discussed, there are four different types of parenting styles –

  1. Authoritative
  2. Authoritarian or Disciplinarian
  3. Permissive or Indulgent
  4. Uninvolved or Neglectful

#1 Authoritative Parenting

Authoritative parents are highly demanding and responsive towards their children. That is, they have high expectations for maturity and achievement. On the other hand, they are also warm and responsive. Authoritative parents enforce boundaries and set rules using reasoning, providing guidance, and having an open discussion with their kids. They provide their children with explanations and reasoning for every action they take. This allows the kids to generate a sense of awareness. On top of that, this enables kids to learn goals, morals, and values.

Such parents use disciplinary methods that are confronting, meaning negotiable, reasoned, result-oriented, and concerning with the behavior. They are supportive and affectionate, and more likely to interact with toddlers with kids nursery rhymes or baby rhymes videos in English and other activity-based approaches to encourage independence and provide autonomy.

Some experts call it also as a democratic parenting style because authoritative parents allow bidirectional communication. Overall, kids raised by authoritative parents are cherished. The result of authoritative parenting are kids –

  • Who are more active
  • Exhibit less violent tendencies
  • Have better mental health – less delinquency, anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts and keep themselves away from drugs and alcohol
  • Socialize with peers using competent social and interactive skills
  • Develop good self-esteem
  • Tend to have higher academic success
  • Are more independent
  • Are happy and content

Having high standards and being warm is authoritative. Therefore, it is considered to be the best parenting style parents can approach.

#2 Authoritarian Parenting

Authoritarian parents have high levels of demandingness but extremely low responsiveness. In other words, authoritarian parents have low levels of responsiveness and high levels of parental control. While you may feel like authoritative and authoritarian sounds similar, there are major differences in parenting approach, demand, and belief between the two. The primary difference is that authoritarian parents demand “blind obedience.” That is, they completely shut off their child with reasons like “because I said so,” following only a one-way communication through orders and rules. When the child tries to reason with authoritarian parents, it is considered as a backtalk, which is not appreciated.

Authoritarian parents often employ harsh punishment and use stern discipline. They even use corporal punishment to discipline their child. They coercive disciplinary methods that are domineering, imperious, and concerned with making status discrimination. These parents are not nurturing and generally are unresponsive to kids’ needs. They usually define their way of treating children as ‘tough love.’

Nevertheless, children raised under authoritarian parents tend to –

  • Have the worst coping mechanisms
  • Are likely to have drug abuse problems
  • Be more prone to mental issues and disorders
  • Boast extremely poor social skills
  • Perform worse academically
  • Poses behavioral issues
  • Possess low self-esteem
  • Appear insecure
  • Are less independent
  • Have an unhappy disposition

Once children are down that road, it is difficult to pull them back. Authoritarian parents need to understand that there is nothing wrong with being authoritative, but simultaneously you also have to have the willingness to listen and be more responsive.

#3 Permissive Parenting

Permissive parents have low demands and high responsiveness. Permissive parents have the tendency to raise children who are unapologetic, undisciplined, hyperactive, or highly energetic. Permissive parents are those who set very few rules or no rules or are completely reluctant to enforce rules and boundaries on their children.

While they are indulgent and warm, they can’t say ‘NO’ to their children and fear to disappoint them. Parents are advised not to turn permissive as they have the worst outcomes. The majority of the permissive parents think that by following this behavior, they are “being friends” with their children. However, they fail to understand that children need to be corrected when needed else you are ruining their life as they turn out to be the most unpleasant adults.

Permissive parents tend to have children who –

  • Encounter more problems in social interactions and relationships
  • Possess egocentric tendencies
  • Have worst self-control
  • Cannot follow rules

All these traits are harmful to society if you look at the bigger picture.

#4 Uninvolved Parenting

Uninvolved or neglectful parents don’t set high standards for their children nor set any firm boundaries. They don’t care about their children’s needs and don’t interfere with their lives either. This makes them low responsive and low demanding.

Uninvolved parents themselves could be having their own issues, especially mental issues or physical abuse. They might be experiencing depression or have experienced child neglect when they were kids.

In some cases, children raised by neglectful parents turn out to be more intelligent and responsible. But there is only the slightest possibility. In the majority of cases, neglectful parents raise children who –

  • Have mental issues, including suicidal tendencies in adolescents
  • Encounter more addiction and delinquency problems
  • Cannot self-regulate emotions
  • Are more impulsive

Neglected children have nobody to guide them or listen to them. Therefore, they can be easily manipulated by others. They may look for an escape but eventually end up being like their parents or even worse.

Which parenting style is the most effective?

Parenting is not just about turning on speakers to play baby rhyme songs whenever your kid is crying, not listening to you. It is more than that. As said earlier, authoritative parents get the best outcomes in their children. Authoritative parenting requires parents to be more demanding and more responsive. Nevertheless, there may be exceptions and inconsistencies in some areas. That is, you may fail to successfully be an authoritative parent, but you can expect your child to be more responsible and understanding. There are some factors that play a crucial role in how your child will turn out.

  1. Child Temperament – the behavior of the children may influence the outcomes and the parents’ choices.
  2. Cultural and Ethnic Differences – while authoritative parenting is considered good, it can sometimes be difficult for parents to act authoritative, depending on their socioeconomic status – parental education, income level, etc.

So, what type of parenting style do you prefer? It is extremely important that you follow the best practices that are in the best interest of your children.

Author Bio: Cody Cruz is a content marketing journalist at Babyrhymes. His experience in the field of startups has prepared him to create interesting and valuable content for a diverse group of readers.

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Top 10 Best Sleep Sacks for Baby’s Sleep0

Parents are often concerned about whether their baby is too cold or too hot to sleep well. And, we want babies to sleep as much as possible. When it’s time to stop swaddling your baby, we advise you to transition to a sleep sack. Here are the top 10 best baby sleep sacks that can help your sleep better, in no particular order.

Zipadee-Zip Sleep Sack

We have been recommending the Zipadee-Zip for a very long time. It’s a great swaddle transition product because your baby will likely feel more secure, allowing them to sleep better at night and at nap time. The primary feature of the Zipadee-Zip is the “wings” that cover your baby’s hands without restricting movement. There are many sizes and patterns available for purchase. The product is of great quality, and we have heard many clients rave about this sleep sack!

Woolino 4 Season Sleep Sack

The Woolino 4 Season Ultimate Baby Sleep Bag Sack has been a top seller for over a decade, and for good reason. Merino wool is very soft, hypoallergenic, and temperature regulating. This award-winning sleep bag isn’t cheap; however, you won’t need to buy separate sacks for different seasons, AND you can use this sleep sack until the age of 2 years old. That means you won’t have to buy a new size every few months like with some of the others. It also has four shoulder snaps and a 2-way zipper for easy dressing and diaper changes. Highly recommend this sleep sack!

Love To Dream Swaddle Up

If you are in the market for a sleep sack but you aren’t sure whether your baby is ready to stop being swaddled just yet, the Love To Dream Swaddle Up Transition Bag is a great choice! It has patented zip-off “wings” so you can easily and gradually help your baby adjust to the “freedom” of being unswaddled. If necessary, you can zip on and off the wings to guide your baby to a sleep sack over time. Once you are ready to permanently lose the swaddle, simply keep the wings off.

Halo Sleep Sack

The HALO Sleepsack is a classic, and a great sleep sack for babies. The most notable feature of the HALO Sleepsack is that it has a double zipper to make diaper changes easier. The sleep sack is made from polyester micro-fleece and is sleeveless to reduce the risk of overheating. And, it comes in a variety of sizes, from baby to toddler, as well as colors. It also comes with a reminder to put your baby on their back to sleep. We think this sleep sack is a solid choice, and it’s not as expensive as some of the others.

Bitta Kidda Sleep Sack

The Bitta Kidda Soother Sleeping Bag is very innovative. It is unsafe to have anything loose in the crib with your baby until they are at least a year old. But, this sleep sack comes with an attached lovey, which can help your baby learn to self-soothe without being able to lose the lovey, or throw it out of the crib. This is perfect for tactile babies like my second son. This sleep sack also has a patent-pending diagonal zipper to make diaper changes easier, but not so easy that your baby can unzip it themselves. This can become an issue as your baby becomes a toddler who wants to skip a nap. There is also an internal diaper cover similar to a onesie so the sleep sack moves with your baby. Very clever!

Burt’s Bees Wearable Blanket

The Burt’s Bees Wearable Blanket is nothing fancy but highly-rated. It is 100% cotton, comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and has a double zipper for easier diaper changes like many of the others. The price is right, and if your baby doesn’t need any “bells and whistles,” this is a great way to have a safe blanket on your baby. Keep in mind, it isn’t the warmest of blankets, so be sure to dress your baby appropriately and set the room temperature to be conducive to sleep

Simple Joy’s by Carter’s Sleeping Bag

These wearable blankets, Simple Joys by Carter’s are another highly-rated 100% cotton sleep sack we recommend. There is a tab on the sack that covers the zipper to keep it away from your baby’s chin and neck. That makes it harder for your toddler to unzip it (which can become a problem). These are definitely budget-friendly, given they are sold in a pack of 3, and will get the job done! The biggest drawback is finding these in larger sizes.

Amazing Baby Transitional Swaddle Sack

The Amazing Baby Transitional Swaddle Sack is another product that can help your baby transition from swaddle to sleep sack more easily. The mitten cuffs cover your baby’s hands, which will gently suppress the moro reflex. But, it is not as restrictive as a swaddle. This means if your baby rolls onto their tummy, they can use their arms to lift themselves up, which is important for safety. You can take one or both mittens off to allow your baby to self-soothe by using their hands and fingers. As with most of the others options, this sleep sack has a 2-way zipper to help with diaper changes and is 100% cotton.

TILLYOU All-Season Micro-Fleece Baby Sleep Bag

The TILLYOU micro-fleece baby sleep bag is another all-season sleep sack, according to the manufacturer. This sleep sack comes in a variety of sizes and also has the double-zipper with a cover at the top to protect your baby’s skin. This is not a fancy sleep sack and comes in basic colors. If you like simple, this is a great choice for you and your baby.

Hudson Baby Muslin Sleeping Bag

The Hudson Muslin Sleeping Bag is another basic sleep sack made of muslin cotton. Muslin cotton is a more breathable cotton which is likely best in a warmer climate. This sleep sack comes in a variety of unisex patterns so you can use it with multiple children. These are another budget-friendlier option without bells and whistles.

You Might Also Be Interested In: Zipadee Zip vs. Love To Dream Swaddle Up

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Drinking Water Before Bed: Good or Bad?0

Hydration is extremely important throughout the day, and there’s no better drink than water, which we consume daily to hydrate our body, and to restore and cushion our tissues and joints. It isn’t a surprise that water makes up more than 75% of our body mass. However, is drinking water before bed a good idea? In this article, we’re going to break down the benefits of drinking water at night, as well as the drawbacks. Read on!

Water is the most essential drink we could consume. With that in mind, it doesn’t surprise us that you think you should drink it before bed. On most occasions, people who’ve missed taking enough fluids throughout the day think that it’s a good idea to make up for the liquid loss in the night. Still, that can be an extremely bad idea depending on how close to bed you drink and whether you have certain health conditions.

What Is The Amount Of Water You Need Per Day?

Our body uses water to channel toxic waste through urination and bowel movement. That means that while we take water that is beneficial to us, we also lose it by breathing, sweating, urination, and bowel movements. That’s why it’s important to take water consistently and constantly replenish the water supply, especially if you require more water per day or live in drier and hotter regions.

One way of doing that aside from drinking water itself is to drink water-rich beverages, while also consuming food rich in water. Now, let’s calculate how much water a healthy adult that lives in a mild climate needs.

According to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the perfect value for water intake includes:

  • 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for adult males.
  • 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids for adult females.

We refer to fluids because water intake doesn’t only reach our body through daily water intake, but also other beverages and foods that contain water. The academic facility also stated that the daily fluid intake should come from 80% drinks and 20% food.

What About the 8 x 8 Rule?

If you’ve heard about the 8 x 8 rule, you’re not alone. If you haven’t, however, there’s the advice that states that drinking eight 8-ounce water classes a day would have various health benefits for our body. Moreover, it’s easy to remember so you won’t have trouble catching up to meet your “daily goal.”

While this is a great way to motivate people to drink water and keep track of their intake, the water taking preferences differ and vary for many people. Those who aren’t too physically active and don’t live in hotter regions, even fewer glasses could suffice.

On the other hand, some people would require more due to their health conditions or weight. Finally, for some people, it may be enough. There’s no better indicator of water than our own body and thirst. That said, you should drink water whenever you feel thirsty.

Things That Influence Water Intake

If you find yourself doing things listed below and feel thirsty, you may need to change your relationship with water and drink more or less water, based on your needs.


If you engage in physical activities that contribute to fluid loss such as sweating, you will need to drink additional glasses of water to replenish your water supply. Expert advises taking water before, during, and after a workout. However, the water intake during workouts should be in the form of short sips so you wouldn’t catch a cold when your body heats up. Those who practice intense workout sessions may need extra water or a sports drink that is rich in minerals and electrolytes that can feed you nutritional values.


Depending on whether the environment you live in is more hot and dry or humid and rainy, you will experience different necessities for water and fluids in particular. Those who sweat a lot as a result of temperature fluctuations may need more water to sustain themselves. On the other side, some people who live in the mountains and higher altitudes may be more prone to dehydration.

General Health

Sometimes, the overall health state may reveal more about your hydration needs. If you get ill, your fever, nausea, throwing up, and diarrhea will lead to fluid loss, demanding more thirst from us. Based on what doctors recommended, plan your fluid intake accordingly. There are also a lot of oral rehydration solutions that your doctor will prescribe you to replenish the lost fluids. Additionally, people who suffer from bacterial bladder infections and urinary tract infections will also require more water to get rid of the problems.

Drinking Water Before Bed And Maternity

When women are expecting, their metabolism goes under a set of metabolic and hormonal changes to help the baby grow and prepare it for the arrival. With that in mind, we prepared a little section on how maternity affects water intake.


Women who are expecting are eating, drinking, and walking for two. With that in mind, they spend more energy compared to the average person. It’s of extreme importance for them to drink water frequently as well as eat. It is recommended for pregnant women to drink at least 10 cups of water.


Also, women who are breastfeeding should also stay hydrated for the sake of the quality of the milk. Excess activity leads to dehydration and so women should drink around 13 cups a day to keep themselves hydrated and fresh, according to detailed research as well as the statement from the World Health Organization (WHO.)

Babies And Water

Under no conditions should you give water to your infant if he or she is younger than six months. Even older babies and toddlers younger than two should not drink too much water. The reason for that is because baby stomachs are extremely small and can’t take more than one to two teaspoons of fluids. As a result of that baby can’t take a lot of fluid and receives all the needed nutrition through breastmilk or formula intake.

Water Intoxication

The water intake for a baby younger than six months is not only dangerous because of their small and undeveloped stomachs, it can also lead to a serious occurrence known as the water intoxication. It’s no secret that water can be dangerous to anyone if taken in abnormal amounts. Still, water even in moderate amounts can lead to serious health complications for the baby.

Water intoxication happens when kidneys receive too much water to handle, and given the baby’s kidneys are small, even the teaspoon amount of water can be dangerous for them and cause intoxication in the bloodstream. It compromises the electrolytes in our blood and much more.

The kidneys are also underdeveloped compared to the adult kidneys which is why it’s impossible and likely for a baby to suffer water intoxication even from the smallest amounts of water.

Water intoxication can’t only happen from consuming water as a drink. A lot of parents practice introducing their babies to swimming schools. Some schools make groups of babies as young as four months and in such situations, as a lack of caution, it can happen that the baby swallows too much water.

When Can Babies Start Drinking Water?

Babies from 6 months to one year old are allowed to drink water but in moderate amounts. The idea of introducing them to water is mostly to get them to get used to the taste so they won’t refuse it when it’s time to separate them from breast milk and formula. Babies and toddlers, however, shouldn’t drink a lot of water before being one and a half to two years old.

Toddlers and Children

As your baby grows into a toddler, it’s much safer for them to drink water for the sake of hydration. But what’s the recommended amount?

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies states based on thorough research that children 4 to 8 years old should drink seven cups of water, while children aged 9 to 13 years old should drink 9 to 10 cups of water.

With toddlers, MayoClinic recommends water intake of two cups of water for two years old toddlers, while the three years old toddlers should drink from two to three cups of water a day. Be vary not to restrict your toddlers on water if they feel thirsty, as now they don’t drink formula or breast milk (most likely) they’ll need more sources of hydration.

Drinking Water Before Bed: The Good

Here is a list of good sides of drinking water before bed. Needless to say, drinking water before bed will prevent dehydration, but here are some benefits worth mentioning.

It Lifts Your Moods

A lot of people believe that water has healing abilities, and the studies supporting frequent hydration just keep coming. Now, there’s a popular belief that drinking water frequently, as well as before bedtime has a positive impact on your mood. Research has shown that liquid loss can lead to fatigue, mood swings, headaches, anxiety, depression, and difficulties with concentrating. These are all conditions closely associated with lack of sleep.

Researchers believe that 1.5% of fluids loss can lead to the aforementioned conditions, while our brain may not even signal the sensation of thirst before we’ve lost over 2% of fluids. That said, to feel at peace with your mind and soul, it’s important to frequently drink water, and if you didn’t catch to fill the daily quota, you can do it before bed.

It Stops Hunger

Some people have difficulties sleeping when they’re hungry and they don’t practice late-night snacks due to medication, a lifestyle change, or some other reason. One of the ways to silence the feeling of hunger is to drink water, particularly warm water.

Another reason people will feel hungry is that they practiced eating early in the evening but went to bed at late time in the night. A lot of studies suggest that it’s not healthy to eat just before the bed, but if the hunger is too strong, then a glass of warm water should silence your stomach until morning. Still, this article exists because there are both good and bad sides of drinking water before bed, so it’d be best to drink it in moderation. You should drink water, however, if the stomach pain caused by hunger is too loud and intense to ignore, to the point it’s preventing you from sleeping.

The water will trick your stomach into thinking you’ve eaten and that it’s time to digest. That way, you have enough time to fall asleep without triggering the hunger in your stomach again. Sleeping long and properly will have extreme effects on how you start days.

It Helps Treat Hangovers

People who drink a lot of alcohol, especially on empty stomachs are prone to waking up with hangovers the next day. If you have active nightlife and drink frequently, then drinking a glass or two of water will help you treat problems with waking up hungover. When you drink alcohol, your body will likely lose a lot of fluids, so water before bed helps wake up rested and restored.

While drinking water won’t prevent hangovers in entirety unless you drink in moderation, the consequences will be minimized and you’ll be able to go through the day without medications or staying in bed for the rest of the day.

It Helps With Morning Headaches

Morning headaches are a frequent occurrence for people who don’t get enough sleep or have ongoing health issues. However, in many situations, morning headaches can be a result of inadequate hydration caused by lack of water or fluid loss. One of the best benefits of drinking a glass or two of water is that it will minimize the effects of morning headaches.

Of course, if you feel morning headaches way too frequently every month, you should consider changing the pillow or mattress, or go to the doctor.

Drinking-Water Before Bed: The Bad

For many people, the main downside of drinking water before bed would be waking up in the middle of the night or early in the morning having to use the toilet. However, the bad sides of hydration just before bedtime are many and it’s important to get informed about them.

Sleep Interruption

It’s crucial to get a healthy amount of sleep per night, usually seven to eight hours. However, if the sleep cycle is often disrupted through the night, according to Terry Cralle, a registered nurse and certified sleep educator, you’re likely to feel tired and drowsy throughout the day. The interruption of the sleep cycle is often a result of needing to use the bathroom as mentioned above. A lot of people with sugar or kidney disease need to urinate frequently throughout the night if they don’t take the proper medication. Drinking water just before bed can lead to sleep being interrupted in the long run.

Weight Gain

A lot of experts blame the lack of improper sleep for weight gain. Additionally, drinking too much water before sleep especially may cause weight gain because the water binds with salts in our body which causes it to preserve and create fat deposits inside our bodies. Even though water is great for weight loss throughout the day, it shouldn’t drink just before bed.

Kidney Problems

Some people who have problems with kidneys can have implications due to sleeping right after drinking water. Kidneys help filter the water before we eject it out through urine. When our body sleeps so does our metabolism and every digestive and processing mechanism is working slower. With that in mind, the toxic material in our kidneys may stay there for too long causing long-term problems.


Nocturia is defined as a condition which is followed by frequent urinating through the night, disrupting the sleep cycle and hygiene as a result. Scientists recorded it on several occasions and studies. There has also been a relation between Nocturia and fatigue in the morning. That said nocturia can often be associated with sleep deprivation.

Risk Groups for Nocturia

Obesity – Scientists recorded that obese people are more prone to experiencing nocturia. In their research, medical experts found that obese people are more likely to urinate at least once per night.

Cardio-vascular diseases – There is research that suggests that is a relation between sleep deprivation and heart diseases due to frequent relieving through the night. These patients are also prone to experiencing nocturia as a result of the medication they’re taking.

Diabetes – High or low levels of glucose in the blood can stimulate urine activity through the night, resulting in nocturia and sleep deprivation.

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy – BPH is a condition where enlarged prostate results in more pressure on the bladder, leading to irregular urination at night. BPH mostly affects men who are older than 50.

Should You Drink Water Before Bed?

When you compare the good and bad sides of drinking water before bed, the answer is no. Drinking a lot of water before bed may also lead to bladder infections like Urinary Tract Infection because the kidneys can’t catch up all the toxic material filtering through the night. Is there a compromise? Absolutely. While water is a great hydration method through the day and associated with many benefits, you should drink it up to two to three hours before bed, so the aforementioned drawbacks wouldn’t manifest.

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How to Increase Milk Supply When Pumping — 10 Proven Ways!0

Pumping loads of milk can be easy— Just keep emptying the breasts!!

But there’s a lot more to it than you think.

Lots of moms have a hard time producing enough milk to keep up with the baby’s needs and also to release the engorgement pain.

I had a horrible time with my three kids, especially the third one, who was born premature. So, I had to pump exclusively for a month before I could start breastfeeding.

In the beginning, it was just 14 oz a day!! Shocking right? All those consultations seemed useless at that point. Few more weeks in and I said I had enough. I need to pump more milk.

What I did was make a list of the most successful breastfeeding and pumping moms in my community. Talked with them and used their ideas. Then I went looking for research that could back up those ideas. Applied them and I would say most of them worked!

The result— I was able to increase it to around 30 oz a day after a few weeks.

Here are the exact same strategies that I used to double up my milk volume!!

1. Keeping the Breasts Empty (Most Effective)

This one is the most talked strategy in the entire history of moms. Straightforward but it seems most first time moms get it wrong.

Research has found that milk production is heavily dependent on effective emptying of the breasts and not frequent pumping. Yes, that’s the difference ladies.

Use your hands to massage and pull out milk until you think you are empty. Even if you think you have pumped enough and your baby needs no more milk, do it.

2. Utilize Power Pumping

You can try out power pumping (rapidly emptying the breasts) if you have a perfectly healthy, full-term baby but struggling to find time for day time pumping.

Well, there are lots of ways to do it. What worked for me was to pump whenever I came across my pumping unit. So, I would pump for 10 minutes every 40-50 minutes for 5 hours, empty the bottle and start over again.

Continue doing this for 3-4 days until you can shift to your usual pumping routine.

3. Double up the Pumping

If you are using a single pump, you are depriving yourself of producing more milk. It seems that double breast pumping can only reduce time, which is BTW necessary for working moms.

I was surprised to know that simultaneous breast pumping can increase your production. The reason is when you double up, your body responds to the stimulation longer compared to single pumping.

Well, if you haven’t got a double pump yet, follow this guide to get some of the most effective pumps in the market that can help you keep up to daily output.

4. Pump Right After and Between Feeds

This was one of the easiest ways to deal with low milk supply. One of my neighbors accidentally found that pumping right after breastfeeding gave her more milk.

I did some digging and found that it’s actually a fact. Right after your baby suckles, start pumping. Do it for 10-20 minutes even if there’s no milk. Remember, you are keeping yourself stimulated here and tricking your body to produce more.

For some moms, taking an hour gap and pumping in between feeding works best. So, you have two options, now. Let us know what works for you.

Note: If you are night weaning, you might not want to pump in the middle of the night, though!

5. Warm Breasts, More Milk?

Yes! This works. And.. lots of studies have proven it to be effective.

If you are using an electric breast pump, warming up your breasts before the session can significantly increase milk supply. It might be because of oxytocin reflex (letdown reflex) or the milk channels receive less obstruction.

The easiest way is to use a warm breastshield. Alternatively, you can wrap a warm and wet washcloth on your breast or DIY warm wet sock filled with uncooked rice. Whatever way you choose, it should work.

6. Mind Training and Relaxation Goes a Long Way

Milk production has a connection with our emotions. At least that’s how our brain is designed!

If you have been through post-traumatic stress due to childbirth, lost someone you loved, living with an abusive partner, or any other emotional stress, your milk supply can drastically decrease!

It’s important to get away from those stress factors. Training your mind in a certain way can improve the condition to some extent. Here’s what you can do:

Get isolated when pumping or at least away from negative persons or thoughts.

Keep yourself distracted by talking on the phone or watching a movie.

Imagine thoughts that trigger your milk ejection. I get triggered when I hear my baby cry. So, listening to an audio clip of your baby crying can be the solution.

7. Combine Electric Pumping With Hand Compression (Highly Effective)

The best way to breast pump exclusively and still keep increasing milk supply might seem counterproductive! But with additions of some hand techniques, your production can increase 10%-46%. That’s huge!

I recommend compressing your breasts during pumping. With modern electric pumps that stimulate, compress, and suck at the same time, this should be a no brainer job!

8. Getting the Suction Level Right

Most moms have the idea that increasing the suction power can help them obtain more milk. In fact, it’s the other way round!

There is something called ‘maximum comfortable vacuum’. This is the highest level of suction at which you remain comfortable. Research shows that pumping in this way can increase flow rate and volume.

The suction level is different for different mothers. For a particular person, it might not be the same every day. So, start from the lowest setting and tap the + button until you find the sweet spot.

9. Flange Size Matters!

To be honest, I never thought flange size can actually impact my milk flow. I started using the flange that came with my pump! It was too small and I ended up with pain and decreased production.

The same goes for large flanges, except your nipple will feel squeezed and sometimes become discolored. So, measure your nipple size and get the right flange.

10. Alternative Strategies to Increase Milk

Sometimes when nothing works, you need to look for alternatives-

Herbal Treatment: Often known as galactogogues in medical science! Certain herbs like Alfalfa, anise seed and fenugreek can increase milk!

Chiropractics: This one needs a doctor’s approval. However, I have met with moms whose milk production increased after a chiropractic treatment.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture for treating milk production can be dated back to thousands of years as it helps stimulate oxytocin.

Body Massage: I found shoulder massage and having someone walk on the sides of my spine to help me get more milk. Maybe it has something to do with that shivering sensation.

Some FAQs

How much milk can I get when exclusively pumping?

If you follow basic guidelines and the strategies we mentioned, you can get 25oz-30oz breast milk every day!

Do I need to take galactagogues like Domperidone for increased milk supply?

In most cases, changing your pumping style, mental approach, and eating certain herbs can improve the condition. However, if nothing works, you should talk with your doctor about any possibility of improvement with Domperidone.

Final Words…

Sometimes it’s best to give yourself time and some treats to replenish. If you feel like not pumping, take a day or two rest. Breast pumping or feeding doesn’t work if you are not motivated! Come back again and apply these techniques as much as you can. Most of these, if not all, will work.

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