Gorgeous Themes for Your Baby Boy’s Bedding & Nursery

Jungle bedding set with lion, giraffe and monkey design
Jungle bedding set with lion, giraffe and monkey design
NoJo Little Bedding Jungle Pals, 4 piece set

Picking the theme is one of the first and most fun choices a parent gets to make when they are designing a nursery. Many nurseries have a common theme that is reflected in the wallpaper, bedding, toys, etc.

Below is a list I have assembled of the most classic themes for baby boy bedding. They are great themes to use, although if you prefer a mix and max approach there is nothing wrong with that either!. You will have a much easier time finding corresponding nursery decor!

Safety

Keep in mind that cot bumpers are not recommended for babies under twelve months, as they can contribute to the baby re-breathing the same air, which is a risk factor for SIDS.

The same is true of pillows, stuffed animals, and loose blankets. Blankets should be tucked in tightly, with the baby positioned with her feet close to the bottom of the cot. Many people prefer to use baby sleeping bags in the first year to keep baby warm and safe.

Sleeping bags can also tie in with your nursery theme. Although you may not find one that matches perfectly, you can find zoo or jungle animal themed sleeping bags, moon and stars bags, and giraffe sleeping bags or even Winnie the Pooh sleeping bags among others.

Chibi Zoo Anime Nursery Ensemble, with monkey, zebra, tiger, elephant and hippo
Chibi Zoo Complete Nursery Ensemble & Crib Bedding Set

Baby Boy Bedding Themes

Jungle Animals – The jungle holds many exotic creatures. The colors and patterns of these creatures will make for very cute baby boy bedding and are sure to excite your baby’s imagination and senses. It’s also very easy to find lots of different stuffed animals, like lions, zebras and monkeys. You can make the nursery into a jungle zoo! Jungle, Zoo, Farm and animal themes are very popular, which means there is lots of material to choose from, whether you want to buy a ready made set (like the one pictured) or make your own bedding from themed fabric.

Moon and Stars – This theme will give your nursery a very soothing ambiance. The heavenly bodies in this theme will have a very calming effects on your baby. Optionally, you could also add spaceships.

"Wish I May" moon and stars 100% cotton baby bedding set
“Wish I May” Cotton quilted Crib Bedding Set

Transportation Vehicles – I will probably never be able to explain it, but for some reason toddlers just love transportation vehicles. You can try to prevent it if you want, but sooner or later he will each out his tiny hand to the cars passing by and mimic their sound, “Vroom vroom!”

Instead, just accept that you have a little daredevil on your hands and cater to this inexplicable interest he will sooner or later develop. Like the jungle animals bedding, the cars or trains in this bedding theme come in a lot of fun colors and shapes. It will be great for your baby’s senses.

Cartoon & Movie Characters – This should need no explanation. Kids just absolutely adore cartoon characters. Personally, I think a classic Winnie the Pooh nursery is among the best choices you could make. But that’s just me. Other’s prefer a Lion King theme, or even a bright Sesame Street Theme.  Decide for yourself.

How Long Will Your Baby Keep This Theme?

Classic Pooh 3-pc. Crib Bedding Set in Neutral Colours
Classic Pooh 3-pc. Crib Bedding Set

Something else to consider when choosing your theme is whether your baby boy is going to stay in this room – with this theme – as he grows into a toddler and preschooler, or the nursery is going to be used for another baby later, while you little boy moves into another room.

If the latter is true, you might want to consider a unisex nursery theme, in case your next baby is a girl, while if the former is true, consider whether you want to choose a theme that will last into your child’s grade school years, or you are happy to change the decor as your child grows older.

One option if you don’t want to have to change too much, is to choose a specific theme for the crib bedding, but carry it through the to walls, curtains and other furnishings only in colors, or not at all. That way, when your baby body grows into a big boy bed, he can have a new theme, with relatively little pain or cost to you!

Stressful Nights: Understanding Your Baby’s Sleep Cycle

The Baby Sleep Book by William Sears et al, with a forward by Dr James McKennaHere’s a well-known fact: Your baby needs more sleep than you do. In fact, babies spend two-thirds of their day sleeping to help their brain make the proper connections. This only happens during sufficient sleep time.

However, your baby’s sleep is often interrupted making you sleepless at night. It’s not because they can’t sleep a full, long stretch but because they need to wake up to be fed or be made comfortable (changing time).

Usually, the average time your baby will sleep is be between 14-16 hours. Their sleeping routine starts out with short sleep and wake cycles with longer wake-up cycles during the night for feeding and changing time. But then as your baby grows older, their sleeping time is gradually reduced, as are their night wakings. By the time that they’re 18-24 months old, their sleeping hours have likely been reduced to 11-13 hours.

The stages of your baby’s sleep

Just like the normal adult, your babies experience different stages of sleep. To understand that better here’s the order of your baby’s sleep cycle:

  1. Drowsiness your baby’s droopy eyes is a good indication that they would go into light sleep.
  2. Light sleep this is just your baby relaxing and preparing to enter into quiet sleep.
  3. Quiet sleep or NREM this is the between stage from light and deep sleep where dreams can also happen. In older children this stage of sleep is where sleepwalking and nightmares usually occurs. As for babies, this stage is mostly a non-dream state that is shorter and is well developed in newborns rather than adults.
  4. Deep sleep by this time your baby will be deep into sleeping and is actually dreaming.
  5. Dream or REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep most babies spend 50%-80% of their bedtime on REM sleep. Premature babies spend a lot more time in REM sleep than full term babies accounting to 80% compared to 50% of the latter. While an adult dreams for an average of two hours, babies can accumulate a total of eight hours of dream sleep alone.

It’s very important for you to understand the stages of your child’s sleep because that is how you will understand their movements while they have their eyes shut.

Babies in REM sleep tend to have the occasional twitch, irregular breathing and eyes darting back and forth under the eyelids while having their bodies completely still. During quiet sleep or NREM, babies will have deep and regular breathing. However, you may notice your babies give a start, move their arms, legs or suddenly suck their fingers or do similar actions during this time, but these movements known as hypnagogic startles and are very normal. Sometimes, your babies will even open their eyes and look like they’re already awake but actually they’re not. They are still truly asleep and only need a minute or two to get back to their sleeping cycle. Don’t disturb your babies right away and let them sleep by themselves.

Usually, after entering REM sleep, your babies will go back again to the deep sleep cycle and quiet sleep before waking up. Unlike adults, who have an average 90 minutes sleep cycle (though it varies through the night), your baby will have a complete sleep cycle of about 50 minutes.

So now that you know exactly how your baby sleeps, the next thing to do would be to develop good sleeping habits and bedtime routines for them to ensure that they get to enjoy a good night’s sleep and that you get enough sleep too.

The Top 5 Most Common Questions About Your Baby Bouncer

Rainforest themed baby bouncer with happy baby enjoying the overhead play items.
Rainforest themed baby bouncer with happy baby enjoying the overhead play items.
The Fisher Price Rainforest Baby Bouncer has more than 150 five star reviews on Amazon (4.5 star average).

There are many accessories that parents need for their new baby, and for many a baby bouncer or rocker is at the top of the list. Many parents know that a bouncer can be a great item to have available, but there are a few common questions that arise:

Q: What ages are best for using a bouncer?

A baby can start using a bouncer when they are big enough to hold up their head, most companies recommend waiting until the child is 3 or 4 months old. The child can continue to use the bouncer until they grow out of it; typically that is when they start walking. Once the child is mobile, they will no longer want to stay in one place to play in the bouncer.

Q: Can a baby bouncer cause shaken baby syndrome?

Sometimes when a baby gets in their bouncer, they are so excited that they start jumping around very fast and hard. Parents worry about shaken baby syndrome, but there is nothing to be concerned about because they are not experiencing violent movement in their neck. Bouncers are safe to use, and your child will not suffer shaken baby syndrome by playing in a bouncer.

Q: Which brand of baby bouncer is best?

There are many great brands of baby bouncers, but one of the best is the Fisher Price baby bouncer. Online reviews are very positive for the Fisher Price brand, and many parents have said that they love the features that are included in their bouncers.

Baby Bouncer in earthy colours with overhead "toy bar"
The Fisher-Price Coco Sorbet Comfy Time Bouncer has a five star rating on Amazon.

Q: Can a bouncer move on its own to bounce the child?

Most baby bouncers include a vibration feature or a bouncer feature that allows the child to bounce without a parent moving the bouncer. Some of the bouncers have a spring type of reaction, so that even slight movements of the baby’s arms or legs will bounce the bouncer. Read the detailed description for the bouncer that you are going to buy to be sure that this feature is included.

Q: Should I buy a bouncer or a swing?

If you are trying to decide if a swing or a baby bouncer is better for your child, consider purchasing a combo. There are certain brands that offer detachable parts that can be purposed for both a swing and a floor standing bouncer, which allows multiple uses as your child gets bigger. Buy a combo unit to get the most bang for your buck…and its space saving too!

However, if this is not an option, my own experience is that a baby bouncer or rocker is more useful – for a longer period – than a swing. It also generally takes less space, and is more portable.

NB A baby bouncer is not a jolly jumper or other jumping unit, which is a jumping/bouncing unit that your baby stands/hangs in, usually in a stand-alone own frame or suspended in a door frame, and ‘jumps’ on the floor. These are generally not recommended by experts, for developmental reasons.

Saving During Pregnancy to Make Parenting Easier – 10 Tips

Expecting a baby can be one of the most exciting, rewarding, overwhelming and expensive times in your life. Preparing for the arrival of your baby and taking proper care of yourself during pregnancy, involves some additional expenses that are unavoidable.

Once the baby finally puts in an appearance, ensuring that your child has the best possible start in life can have an enormous impact on your financial circumstances. So how can you reduce the cost of parenting and make the whole thing more enjoyable?

Need/Want

You will need to separate your needs from your wants when deciding what you will need for your new baby. Stick to the basics. Check out parenting websites for a list of what you really need.

Budget

Sit down and write out a budget that takes into account all the extra expenses that are pregnancy related. This is particularly important for two income families that are planning to live on one income for a period of time after the birth of the child. Once you have a budget laid out, start looking for areas where you can shave off some of the expenses.

Start saving now

If you are planning to go from two incomes to one, try living off one income during pregnancy and saving the other person’s income. This will not only help you build up your savings rapidly, it will help you determine how well you will be able to manage on one income.

Don’t buy new

Borrow or buy used maternity clothes rather than spending money on a new wardrobe. Most pregnant women wear their usual clothing for the first three months and only need maternity clothes for the last six months. You can find gently-used maternity wear at second hand stores, consignment shops and garage sales or get them on loan from friends or family.

Baby clothes

Don’t go overboard when buying baby clothes. Baby clothes are cute but they are ridiculously expensive. Babies really don’t need much and they grow out of their clothes very quickly. You can often get gently-used baby clothes for free from friends and family or buy them for a pittance at garage sales.

The nursery

When decorating a nursery for your baby, keep it simple. The emphasis should be on creating a safe, comfortable, relaxing environment. Many of the items you need for a nursery can be borrowed or purchased used. Paint the room in a versatile neutral colour so that you can easily redecorate it as your child grows, by changing a few accessories.

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Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

So, you’ve been invited to a baby shower. But what do you get get the new mom? You could check the registry, or get the same old cute baby clothes. While appreciated, it’s not the most unique thing in the world. So, what do you do when you want something truly unique?

Diapers will always be needed, but here’s a twist on the old standard: a diaper cake. These look like cakes, but they’re made completely of diapers. To make one, you stand the diapers on their side and line them up in a circle. You start with a large circle on the bottom, and do subsequent layers with smaller circles. To provide structure at the center of the cake, you can use packages of wipes. Then, for a cake topper, use a small stuffed animal, rattle, or teething ring.

Another unique gift, that you don’t see very often, is a silver plated certificate tube. This can be engraved, and therefore personalized with the baby’s name and birth date. As a baby shower gift you’ll have to give an IOU the engraving, since you won’t know the name and birth date yet. However, the certificate tube is also a good baptism gift.

Don’t forget that not all gifts have to be for the baby directly. You can also get gifts for the parents. A gift certificate to a restaurant that delivers, an offer of babysitting, or a gift certificate for housecleaning would all make great baby shower gifts. Finally, if you know what kind of camera parents have, you can get them an extra memory card, or several rolls of film.

Baby showers are fun times, but sometimes it can be hard to decide exactly what to get. You can get something for the baby, or something that the parents can enjoy, and will help them with a baby. With a little bit of creativity, you can give a truly unique baby shower gift.

The Benefits of Unisex Baby Bedding Sets

Sweet Jojo Designs 11-Piece Honey Bumble Bee Hive Yellow, Gray and White Unisex Baby Girl or Boy Crib Bedding Set Without Bumper
Sweet Jojo Designs 11-Piece Honey Bumble Bee Hive Yellow, Gray and White Unisex Baby Girl or Boy Crib Bedding Set Without Bumper
This sweet Jojo Designs 11-Piece Honey Bumble Bee Hive UnisexCrib Bedding Set has a 5 star review on Amazon

There is a wide variety of unisex baby bedding sets available on the market today from animal print baby bedding to the more classic or universal colors which of course aren’t gender specific. Parents opting for unisex baby bedding do not have to worry whether the baby is going to be a boy or a girl and as an added advantage this kind of bedding can be used for any other babies that might come along.

Sweet, Wish I May Quintessential Cotton quilted 10 Piece Crib Bedding SetGoing for unisex baby bedding will obviously save you some money in the long run if you have children of different genders, as long as you choose high quality and durable materials when shopping for unisex baby bedding sets.

Consider buying organic crib bedding manufactured from high quality cotton, linen or silk. Organic materials like organic cotton or even silk might cost a bit more but the fabric is highly anti-allergic thereby protecting your baby’s delicate and sensitive skin against rashes and allergies. Remember that a baby’s skin is a lot more susceptible to the chemicals used in the manufacturing process of the cheaper polyester/cotton variety for example.

Organic linen is another option, and provides good insulation in both winter and summer, but it has quite a different texture to cotton (see this article about a linen duvet cover for an explanation of the difference).

100% Organic Cotton 3 piece Baby Nursery Crib Bedding Set for boys and girls by Baby Owl
Full organic bedding sets are not so easy to come by. This 3 piece gender-neutral crib set is 100% organic cotton

Whether you are going for a unisex baby bedding set or not some experts are encouraging new parents to think out of the box and not go for the traditional colors and designs typically associated with the term “baby bedding”. Remember that the typical themes often become outdated once your children grow older which would mean investing in a new bedding set once again so keep this in mind when deciding on which bedding to purchase.

Of course, if you are buying crib (or cot) bedding, your child is going to outgrow it before too long anyway, so it’s more important to keep the general decor of the room neutral – you can change the bedding as your baby grows.

Merino Kids Organic Cotton Baby Sleep Bag For Toddlers 2-4 YearsYou can also limit your need for more than the basic crib or cradle bedding (ie a fitted sheet and mattress protector) by using baby sleeping bags or swaddling your newborn in something like the Cocooi Babywrap Newborn Baby Swaddle, which, being made from Merino wool, regulates your baby’s temperature.

So rather than going for the traditional baby girl or baby boy bedding set go and check out some gender neutral baby bedding sets and try to choose a theme, color or design which will last for many years to come and will not become outdated once your baby has grown a bit.

Hiccups In Newborns – A Normal Nuisance

Newborns get hiccups at regular intervals. In fact, they hiccup more often than any infant or adult. Getting excited may trigger hiccups in newborns. However, there are instances when they get hiccups right after every feed. Probably, what causes hiccups in newborns to occur very often is the relative immaturity of their internal organs, and doctors insist that frequent hiccups in newborns are just normal, so they need not any medical intervention. They may come back more often, but like hiccups in adults, hiccups in newborns resolve on their own after a few minutes.

In adults, when hiccups become persistent, doctor’s intervention is possibly necessary. It is because hiccups in such case might have possible association with serious illnesses, such as diabetes, pneumonia, multiple sclerosis, stroke, tumors, metabolic disorders, meningitis, to name a few. On the other hand, it is not unusual at all that a newborn hiccups persistently. Hence, there is no need to see a doctor so long as the hiccups do not interfere with the newborn’s sleep and feeding.

When it comes to hiccup treatments, adults have invented way too many methods for their own hiccups. One of the most popular is to drink plenty of water until the hiccup is gone. This method is, however, outright impossible to employ with hiccups in newborns because they are too young to force to do so. You can, however, offer them some breast milk or formula, which often does the trick. Many adults also think that breathing methods are effective hiccup treatments, such as breathing into a paper bag, alternating breathing pattern, or holding one’s breath for a few seconds. Again, these methods are impossible to employ plus too unsafe to newborns. Adults are likewise fond of consuming particular food in arresting hiccups, like eating sugar or a spoonful of honey, a banana, or peanut butter, or drinking vinegar, to name a few. While it may not be impossible to feed newborns or babies, they should not be given solid food at such young age.

Generally, the best solution to a hiccuping newborn is to offer some breast milk. Often, this will clear the hiccups immediately. A bottle will of course work too, but is not as convenient as a solution, if your baby is not otherwise due a feed. Otherwise, it’s simply a matter of waiting until they pass. Generally babies are not bothered by hiccups, though they can make sleep difficult, and in fact one of my children used to wake herself up by hiccuping, as she would get them virtually everytime we lay her down on her back.

Buying a Cheap Double Pram

side-by-side double stroller
side-by-side double stroller
The InStep Safari double jogger stroller has 39 five star reviews on Amazon.

A double pram is an essential item on your baby shopping list if you’re expecting twins or if you already have a baby or young toddler and you’re expecting a second child. However a pram is likely to be one of the more expensive items on your list, particularly a tandem or twin model, and thrifty parents will be looking for ways to keep the costs down. It may seem an impossible task to find a cheap double pram but if you’re not too specific about the model that you buy and you know where to look, it is possible to get significant savings.

One of the first steps to take in order to keep the costs of buying a pram down is to stay away from the designer makes. Double prams are available from many manufacturers but some of the trendier and popular brands will often have large price tags and are not always better than cheaper alternatives. Remember that a pram is a functional item and you shouldn’t just consider it as a fashion accessory, especially if you are looking to save a bit of cash.

It is worth reading a few reviews online to see which prams are really worth the money and which models you’re paying a premium for the design or the name. Often certain models of pram become popular because they are very user friendly so if you have your heart set on a particular model, don’t despair. Baby shops often offer large discounts on certain items, especially if the manufacturer releases a new model or color and you can often find double prams / pushchairs on sale.

Keep an eye out for baby clubs for new mothers and special offers that will give you coupons and money off codes for shopping online. If you’re spending a lot at one particular store the discounts can be quite significant.

5 Bedroom and Closet Organization Tips For Mom

1 white Sliding Wire Basket mounted on the wall
1 white Sliding Wire Basket mounted on the wall
Rubbermaid Configurations Sliding Wire Basket

We all know closets are the nemesis in any home. We try to keep them clean and tidy but after a while we get lazy and procrastination sets in. Well when it comes to our children the same issues apply but if you can get a method going early when they are first born then you have a real chance of keeping clutter at bay. Here are some closet organization ideas to help keep your child organized.

 

  1. Every six months or so, take everything out of your children’s closet and decide which items can stay and which should go. You can donate the outgrown items to other people who will still need the.. Chances are you have a family member or friend who could use the hand me downs, and if not, send them to a charity shop.
  2. Reserve the top shelf for your children’s out of season clothing items. Get plastic containers or storage cubes and label them by season. So when it’s spring, keep your winter clothes out of the closet and into the plastic container, and vice versa. That way there is still more closet space for your child to utilize.
  3. Have a hamper basket to place your child’s dirty laundry. So that early on, they can learn the value of closet organizing their clean clothes from their dirty ones.
  4. Hooks are especially important, so be sure there must be at least 3 or 4 of them in their room. It’s a great way to place their coats, hats and sports equipment. Just be sure it’s placed in a height where your child can reach it. This gets them involved in the care of their clothes in a way they can easily manage.
  5. For older children (say 3 and up), a wire closet storage system can be a good choice, allowing them to easily see what’s in each drawer.  This increases the chances of them putting their clothes away in the right drawer, and also makes it easy for you to see at a glance what they have clean. You can even reserve one drawer for clothes that are clean enough to be worn again, so they are not shut in a stuffy drawer getting smelly, but are also not lying around the room.

These childrens closet organization tips are an excellent way to get your baby’s and children’s rooms in order. If closet organization is not a part of your home cleaning regiment then you need to get started implementing them in all of your home closets.

Decorating a Nursery with an Art Poster for Every Character You Love

Two piece wall art, 5 giraffes
Cotton Tale Designs 2 Piece Play Date Wall Art

When you have a baby on the way, your attention will be focused on designing your baby’s nursery. There are mothers who would prefer to design their baby’s room with the traditional pink if it’s a girl and blue if it’s a boy. While others, prefer to have a room that is designed for both a girl and a boy. That is not a bad idea and it can help your growing baby adjust to the variety of colors displayed in the room as well as its contents. Perhaps you are on a budget, since you are saving for the medical expenses and baby needs once your baby is born, so choosing an affordable style for the room is a practical thing to do. You can have the walls painted in one pastel color and have an art poster for every cartoon character you would love to introduce to your baby.

The cartoon character portrayed in an art poster could be Garfield, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck or even Pink Panther. Their 1 to 2 featured colors are great for a baby’s developing eyes and brain. Better yet you can use posters of unknown characters or orginal designs that have strong contrasts to help your baby’s developing eye sight. As they grow up they will be curious and fascinated wanting to watch, draw and hear stories about these characters.

Art 4 Kids "Silly Jungle Animals" Mounted Art Print
Art 4 Kids "Silly Jungle Animals" Mounted Art Print , 30"x17"

Choosing characters that they don’t have ready access to on television or through books is a good way to encourage your angel to be artistic and imaginative, creating stories of their own.It will also allow you to make up stories to entertain your little ones without the bias of ready made characters. Just make sure that these posters are hung by poster frames that will help preserve and maintain the condition of the posters from tearing, sagging and stains, dust and mold. The frames will also add style and depth into the nursery with your chosen frame designs.

Creating a nursery does not have to be expensive as an art poster as well as poster frames are very affordable. Remember, designing a nursery does not have to be expensive, but it should be beneficial.