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Creating a comfortable nursery for your little one

Posted by Joy Hart on

Creating a comfortable and nurturing environment in your little one's nursery can have a significant impact on a newborn's feeding and sleep routines. From the moment they are born, babies rely on their caregivers to provide them with a safe and secure place to rest, eat, and grow. By taking the time to carefully design and organize the nursery, parents can help establish healthy feeding and sleep habits that will serve their baby well throughout their first year of life. 

Bed/Bassinet

The bed or bassinet is one of the most important elements of the nursery to consider. Babies spend the majority of their time sleeping, so it is essential to choose a safe and comfortable sleeping surface for them. When selecting a crib or bassinet, look for one that meets safety standards, such as those set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Choosing a bed with a firm and flat mattress can also help to prevent the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).* 

Climate & Lighting

While the bed is one key component to making a nursery comfortable for your baby, it is also important to consider the lighting and temperature in the nursery. Compared to adults, babies are not able to regulate their temperatures as easily. It is essential to keep the room at a comfortable temperature, between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Also be sure to keep the room well-ventilated, as this can help prevent overheating and promote healthy breathing. 

When it comes to lighting, consider investing in a nightlight or dimmable lamp that can be adjusted depending on the time of day. A softer, dimmer light is often more conducive to sleep while a brighter light can be helpful for feedings and diaper changes. 

White Noise

White noise can help create a peaceful environment for your baby and help with restful sleep. Many babies are sensitive to noise and can be easily awakened by sounds from outside the nursery. White noise machines or apps can help create a soothing and consistent background noise that can help mask other sounds and promote sleep. 

Textures & Colors

In addition to the physical comforts, it is also essential to consider the emotional and psychological needs of a newborn. This can include the use of soft and comforting materials, such as blankets and stuffed animals, as well as the incorporation of calming colors and patterns in the nursery décor. 

Routine

Establishing a routine can be a vital aspect of helping a newborn sleep and eat well. Routines can include setting a consistent schedule for feedings and diaper changes, as well as establishing a bedtime routine that includes activities like singing lullabies, reading stories, and swaddling. 

Consider your comforts

As a new parent, it is important to also remember to take care of yourself. Focus on creating a comfortable and functional space in the nursery for you to rest, relax, and care for your baby. 

A comfortable chair or rocking chair in the nursery can be a great addition in the nursery. This can be a place for you to sit and feed your baby, as well as a place to rest and relax when you need a break. Look for a chair that is comfortable and supportive, with features like armrests, lumbar support, and adjustable backrests. 

A designated space for all of your baby's essentials, such as diapers, wipes, and clothes can help you and baby be comfortable in the nursery and help make routines easier. Consider adding a changing table or dresser to the nursery, as well as storage bins or baskets to keep everything organized and within easy reach. 

Creating a relaxing and enjoyable space for yourself in the nursery can make the space feel cohesive in your home. This can include incorporating personal touches, such as artwork, photographs, and plants, as well as using soothing colors and textures in the décor. 

Remember to take care of your own needs as a new parent. Ways to do this include setting aside time for self-care, such as taking a warm bath or getting some exercise, as well as seeking support from friends, family, or a support group. By taking care of yourself, you will be better able to care for your newborn and navigate the challenges of parenting. 

Finally, it is important to be patient and flexible when it comes to a newborn's sleep and feeding habits. Every baby is different and it may take time to find what works best for your little one. By providing a comfortable and nurturing environment and being consistent with their routine, you can help your newborn establish healthy sleep and feeding habits that will serve them well throughout their first year of life. 

*For further guidelines on how to choose the safest mattress for your baby's bed or bassinet, review guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

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Creating a comfortable nursery for your little one

Posted by Joy Hart on

Creating a comfortable and nurturing environment in your little one's nursery can have a significant impact on a newborn's feeding and sleep routines. From the moment they are born, babies rely on their caregivers to provide them with a safe and secure place to rest, eat, and grow. By taking the time to carefully design and organize the nursery, parents can help establish healthy feeding and sleep habits that will serve their baby well throughout their first year of life. 

Bed/Bassinet

The bed or bassinet is one of the most important elements of the nursery to consider. Babies spend the majority of their time sleeping, so it is essential to choose a safe and comfortable sleeping surface for them. When selecting a crib or bassinet, look for one that meets safety standards, such as those set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Choosing a bed with a firm and flat mattress can also help to prevent the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).* 

Climate & Lighting

While the bed is one key component to making a nursery comfortable for your baby, it is also important to consider the lighting and temperature in the nursery. Compared to adults, babies are not able to regulate their temperatures as easily. It is essential to keep the room at a comfortable temperature, between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Also be sure to keep the room well-ventilated, as this can help prevent overheating and promote healthy breathing. 

When it comes to lighting, consider investing in a nightlight or dimmable lamp that can be adjusted depending on the time of day. A softer, dimmer light is often more conducive to sleep while a brighter light can be helpful for feedings and diaper changes. 

White Noise

White noise can help create a peaceful environment for your baby and help with restful sleep. Many babies are sensitive to noise and can be easily awakened by sounds from outside the nursery. White noise machines or apps can help create a soothing and consistent background noise that can help mask other sounds and promote sleep. 

Textures & Colors

In addition to the physical comforts, it is also essential to consider the emotional and psychological needs of a newborn. This can include the use of soft and comforting materials, such as blankets and stuffed animals, as well as the incorporation of calming colors and patterns in the nursery décor. 

Routine

Establishing a routine can be a vital aspect of helping a newborn sleep and eat well. Routines can include setting a consistent schedule for feedings and diaper changes, as well as establishing a bedtime routine that includes activities like singing lullabies, reading stories, and swaddling. 

Consider your comforts

As a new parent, it is important to also remember to take care of yourself. Focus on creating a comfortable and functional space in the nursery for you to rest, relax, and care for your baby. 

A comfortable chair or rocking chair in the nursery can be a great addition in the nursery. This can be a place for you to sit and feed your baby, as well as a place to rest and relax when you need a break. Look for a chair that is comfortable and supportive, with features like armrests, lumbar support, and adjustable backrests. 

A designated space for all of your baby's essentials, such as diapers, wipes, and clothes can help you and baby be comfortable in the nursery and help make routines easier. Consider adding a changing table or dresser to the nursery, as well as storage bins or baskets to keep everything organized and within easy reach. 

Creating a relaxing and enjoyable space for yourself in the nursery can make the space feel cohesive in your home. This can include incorporating personal touches, such as artwork, photographs, and plants, as well as using soothing colors and textures in the décor. 

Remember to take care of your own needs as a new parent. Ways to do this include setting aside time for self-care, such as taking a warm bath or getting some exercise, as well as seeking support from friends, family, or a support group. By taking care of yourself, you will be better able to care for your newborn and navigate the challenges of parenting. 

Finally, it is important to be patient and flexible when it comes to a newborn's sleep and feeding habits. Every baby is different and it may take time to find what works best for your little one. By providing a comfortable and nurturing environment and being consistent with their routine, you can help your newborn establish healthy sleep and feeding habits that will serve them well throughout their first year of life. 

*For further guidelines on how to choose the safest mattress for your baby's bed or bassinet, review guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

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10 Must-Have Items for Your Baby Registry

Posted by Joy Hart on

By Leah Eagle

One of the truly fun things you get to do during your pregnancy is to create your baby registry.

Registries have changed a lot over the years. You can now choose to create one at physical stores or online (or both!).There are also sites like Babylist.com where you can choose products and it will show what stores they are available and keep track of it all in one spot. 

As you've probably seen, there are so many baby products out there to choose from. There are some items that you really need and some that you really don’t. Olli+Lime has done the research and compiled a list of the top 10 products to add to your registry. 

1. Diapers (and wipes too!)

There is no limit on how many diapers you’ll need for your baby. They go a lot, and newborns will go through as many as 10 to 12 diapers each day. Depending on how quickly your baby grows, you may or may not be in the newborn size for very long. Make sure to register for a variety of sizes, including 1’s and 2’s so you can have them on hand when you’re ready to move to the next size. As for the brand, you’ll have to figure out what works best for you and your baby, which may take some time. However, one of the most popular ones for newborns are Pampers Swaddlers. And don’t forget to add wipes too. They may be the item you go through the fastest!

2. Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Sophie is a natural teether that originated in France over 60 years ago, but she is still as popular as ever. It’s not only an adorable giraffe, but is made from 100% natural rubber (rather than plastic) and is a perfect size and shape for babies to hold. They can also chew any part of this toy, but the ears, horns, and feet are made with thicker rubber for extra gnaw-ability. Sophie also squeaks when you squeeze her. Cleaning is easy with a damp cloth. To prevent trapped moisture inside Sophie, just cover the squeaker hole while cleaning. She may just become your baby’s first bestie!

3. Organic Burp Cloths

Burp cloths are not only great for putting on your shoulder after you feed your baby, they can also come in handy to wipe their mouths during feedings, runny noses, drool or come in clutch when messes happen. It’s good to keep several on hand so you’ll always have a clean one nearby. You’ll want to not only have them at home, but also on the go, so make sure to pack them in your diaper bag when taking your baby out. Clean burp cloths are a must to have ready on the daily.

4. Boppy Nursing Pillow + Cover

Not only does this nursing pillow help provide support feeding (both breast and bottle)​​ it can be used for things beyond feeding time. It can multitask as babies grow through their first year. Other uses include: propping (3 months+); tummy time (6 months+); and sitting support (9 months+).

It’s also a good idea to register for multiple covers, so you can always make sure there is a clean one ready to go.

The Boppy is completely machine washable, including the pillow, the pillow cover and the slipcover.

5. Sleepsack Swaddle

If you’ve never swaddled a baby before– it can be a harder task than you may think. Luckily, advances have been made in this category and there are now

SleepSack Swaddles have made the process a whole lot easier. They have all of the  benefits of a traditional swaddle, but in a much simpler and foolproof design. Swaddling is basically wrapping a blanket securely around your baby so that they are unable to wriggle out and interrupt their sleep. There are options in the Sleepsack Swaddle to place your baby with their arms in, hands-to-face, or with one or both arms out. inverted zipper to make middle-of-the-night diaper changes easy breezy. Just unzip, change and put them back to sleep; no need to unswaddle.

6. Baby Carrier

If you want to keep your baby close to you for extended periods of time, there are plenty of baby carriers on the market to choose from. Newborns as small as 7 pounds can be safely worn in a carrier, and most can hold up to 30 pounds, so these can be a good investment on your registry. Carriers allow parents to do other things while still keeping the baby close. Other options of wearables include wraps, slings and backpacks. Benefits of baby wearing include closeness and attachment with your baby, providing them with a safe and secure environment and being able to do tasks while still holding them.

7. A sound machine

Sound machines have come a long way and don’t provide only white noise these days. They are available with features including a nightlight, sounds and songs that can be downloaded to your phone. It combines all of the devices that you need into one easy-to-use device. It can also provide a soft light for midnight newborn feeding sessions. As your children grow, it offers wind down stories for preschoolers and a wake up function for older children. Hatch is one of the most popular brands, and parents can control all the functions by using an app on their phone.

8. An activity gym/playmat

These can provide your baby entertainment from tummy time to sitting up and beyond. Babies get visual stimulation from all the different items included that they can look at and also tactile stimulation with the toys they can touch. Both can encourage your baby to explore and learn. They can also teach play skills to allow them to engage their curiosity. The padded surface provides a cozy spot for your little one to spend some playtime or supervised tummy time each day.

9. A bathtub or bath seat

While many of us may have grown up getting bathed in the kitchen sink, there are now a plethora of baby bathtubs available. Some babies love bath time, some are indifferent and others just don’t care for it. Figure out the bathing routine that works best and make it as easy and relaxing as possible for your baby. There are sink inserts that can turn your sink into a mini bathtub. Basin tubs are standalone tubs that can be placed in the bathtub or sat on the counter. Bath supports let your baby be in a reclined position. Most baby bathtubs have a newborn portion that can be removed and be used as your baby grows. While you’re adding these to your registry, make sure to also put in for some baby bath, baby shampoo, wash cloths and hooded towels!

10. Gift cards

For people who still don’t know what to get as a gift, make sure to include gift cards on your registry too. This way, you can buy whatever you want, or buy items you didn’t receive from your registry. They’re also good to have on hand when you need to make trips to the store to replenish your stock.

Make sure to register for items in a variety of price ranges. While friends and co-workers may spend around $25-$50, family will likely want to spend more, so make sure there are plenty of options to choose from! 

Did you know all Olli+Lime products can be added to your registry via Babylist.com? Simply open up the product listing and click "Add to Babylist" to get started! 

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10 Must-Have Items for Your Baby Registry

Posted by Joy Hart on

By Leah Eagle

One of the truly fun things you get to do during your pregnancy is to create your baby registry.

Registries have changed a lot over the years. You can now choose to create one at physical stores or online (or both!).There are also sites like Babylist.com where you can choose products and it will show what stores they are available and keep track of it all in one spot. 

As you've probably seen, there are so many baby products out there to choose from. There are some items that you really need and some that you really don’t. Olli+Lime has done the research and compiled a list of the top 10 products to add to your registry. 

1. Diapers (and wipes too!)

There is no limit on how many diapers you’ll need for your baby. They go a lot, and newborns will go through as many as 10 to 12 diapers each day. Depending on how quickly your baby grows, you may or may not be in the newborn size for very long. Make sure to register for a variety of sizes, including 1’s and 2’s so you can have them on hand when you’re ready to move to the next size. As for the brand, you’ll have to figure out what works best for you and your baby, which may take some time. However, one of the most popular ones for newborns are Pampers Swaddlers. And don’t forget to add wipes too. They may be the item you go through the fastest!

2. Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Sophie is a natural teether that originated in France over 60 years ago, but she is still as popular as ever. It’s not only an adorable giraffe, but is made from 100% natural rubber (rather than plastic) and is a perfect size and shape for babies to hold. They can also chew any part of this toy, but the ears, horns, and feet are made with thicker rubber for extra gnaw-ability. Sophie also squeaks when you squeeze her. Cleaning is easy with a damp cloth. To prevent trapped moisture inside Sophie, just cover the squeaker hole while cleaning. She may just become your baby’s first bestie!

3. Organic Burp Cloths

Burp cloths are not only great for putting on your shoulder after you feed your baby, they can also come in handy to wipe their mouths during feedings, runny noses, drool or come in clutch when messes happen. It’s good to keep several on hand so you’ll always have a clean one nearby. You’ll want to not only have them at home, but also on the go, so make sure to pack them in your diaper bag when taking your baby out. Clean burp cloths are a must to have ready on the daily.

4. Boppy Nursing Pillow + Cover

Not only does this nursing pillow help provide support feeding (both breast and bottle)​​ it can be used for things beyond feeding time. It can multitask as babies grow through their first year. Other uses include: propping (3 months+); tummy time (6 months+); and sitting support (9 months+).

It’s also a good idea to register for multiple covers, so you can always make sure there is a clean one ready to go.

The Boppy is completely machine washable, including the pillow, the pillow cover and the slipcover.

5. Sleepsack Swaddle

If you’ve never swaddled a baby before– it can be a harder task than you may think. Luckily, advances have been made in this category and there are now

SleepSack Swaddles have made the process a whole lot easier. They have all of the  benefits of a traditional swaddle, but in a much simpler and foolproof design. Swaddling is basically wrapping a blanket securely around your baby so that they are unable to wriggle out and interrupt their sleep. There are options in the Sleepsack Swaddle to place your baby with their arms in, hands-to-face, or with one or both arms out. inverted zipper to make middle-of-the-night diaper changes easy breezy. Just unzip, change and put them back to sleep; no need to unswaddle.

6. Baby Carrier

If you want to keep your baby close to you for extended periods of time, there are plenty of baby carriers on the market to choose from. Newborns as small as 7 pounds can be safely worn in a carrier, and most can hold up to 30 pounds, so these can be a good investment on your registry. Carriers allow parents to do other things while still keeping the baby close. Other options of wearables include wraps, slings and backpacks. Benefits of baby wearing include closeness and attachment with your baby, providing them with a safe and secure environment and being able to do tasks while still holding them.

7. A sound machine

Sound machines have come a long way and don’t provide only white noise these days. They are available with features including a nightlight, sounds and songs that can be downloaded to your phone. It combines all of the devices that you need into one easy-to-use device. It can also provide a soft light for midnight newborn feeding sessions. As your children grow, it offers wind down stories for preschoolers and a wake up function for older children. Hatch is one of the most popular brands, and parents can control all the functions by using an app on their phone.

8. An activity gym/playmat

These can provide your baby entertainment from tummy time to sitting up and beyond. Babies get visual stimulation from all the different items included that they can look at and also tactile stimulation with the toys they can touch. Both can encourage your baby to explore and learn. They can also teach play skills to allow them to engage their curiosity. The padded surface provides a cozy spot for your little one to spend some playtime or supervised tummy time each day.

9. A bathtub or bath seat

While many of us may have grown up getting bathed in the kitchen sink, there are now a plethora of baby bathtubs available. Some babies love bath time, some are indifferent and others just don’t care for it. Figure out the bathing routine that works best and make it as easy and relaxing as possible for your baby. There are sink inserts that can turn your sink into a mini bathtub. Basin tubs are standalone tubs that can be placed in the bathtub or sat on the counter. Bath supports let your baby be in a reclined position. Most baby bathtubs have a newborn portion that can be removed and be used as your baby grows. While you’re adding these to your registry, make sure to also put in for some baby bath, baby shampoo, wash cloths and hooded towels!

10. Gift cards

For people who still don’t know what to get as a gift, make sure to include gift cards on your registry too. This way, you can buy whatever you want, or buy items you didn’t receive from your registry. They’re also good to have on hand when you need to make trips to the store to replenish your stock.

Make sure to register for items in a variety of price ranges. While friends and co-workers may spend around $25-$50, family will likely want to spend more, so make sure there are plenty of options to choose from! 

Did you know all Olli+Lime products can be added to your registry via Babylist.com? Simply open up the product listing and click "Add to Babylist" to get started! 

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Safe sleeping standards for infants

Posted by Joy Hart on

By Leah Eagle

Whether you’ve just had a baby, or are expecting, one of the most important things to do is to create a safe sleep environment for them. Since babies spend much of their time sleeping in the first year of their lives, the nursery should be the safest room in the house.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at ways you can make sure your baby is safe while sleeping.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 3,500 sleep related deaths among U.S. babies each year. They can be from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), accidental suffocation or strangulation, and other unknown causes.

In 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its safe-sleep guidelines for infants for the first time in more than five years. It emphasized the importance for babies to sleep on their backs on flat, level surfaces to reduce their risk of SIDS.

Many of the deaths each year are preventable, and the authors of the new guidelines urge parents to take several simple steps to help keep their children safe.

The AAP has the following recommendations for a safe sleep environment for infants:

Lay your baby on their backs for all naps and at night

It’s recommended that infants be placed for sleep in the supine (back) position every time they sleep until they turn one. Studies show that babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to die suddenly and unexpectedly than babies who sleep on their stomachs or sides. Some parents may worry that babies will choke when they're on their backs, but their airway anatomy and their gag reflex will keep that from happening, including those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

According to the Safe to Sleep Campaign, babies automatically cough up or swallow fluid that they spit up or vomit—it's a reflex to keep the airway clear. Studies show no increase in the number of deaths from choking among babies who sleep on their backs.

Provide a firm, flat sleep surface

Use a firm, flat, sleep surface with no incline covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft objects to reduce the risk of suffocation or wedging or entrapment.

A firm surface shouldn't indent when your baby is lying on it. Any surface that inclines more than 10 degrees isn't safe for your baby to sleep on. If your baby falls asleep in a car seat, stroller, swing or infant carrier, move them to a firm sleep surface on their back as soon as possible.

Place your baby in a crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that meets the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Never co-sleep with your baby 

Instead of bed sharing, room share with your baby. This means keeping your baby's sleep area in the same room where you sleep for at least the first 6 months, but in a crib, bassinet, or play yard close to your bed.

The AAP recommends room sharing because it can decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50% and it's much safer than bed sharing. Pillows and blankets could be dangerous for babies, along with the risk of the baby falling off the bed or someone accidentally rolling onto them during the night.

Room sharing will also make it easier for you to feed, comfort and watch your baby. If you do bring your baby into your bed to feed or comfort them, place them in their own sleep space when you're ready to go to sleep.

Once your baby is able to sit up on her own (sometime between 4 and 7 months) or pull themselves up to a standing position, it’s time to lower the mattress so they can’t climb out.

Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area

This can include items like bumper pads, pillows, blankets, comforters, mattress toppers, non-fitted sheets and stuffed animals. Keep these out of your baby’s sleep area to reduce the risk of entrapment, suffocation or strangulation.

Don't let your baby get overheated

Overheating can increase the risk of SIDS. Babies only need one more layer than you would wear in the same environment to be comfortable.

All of the above recommendations are based on studies that include infants up to 1 year.

The Safe Sleep for Babies Act was passed in 2021. It makes it unlawful to manufacture, sell, or distribute crib bumpers or inclined sleepers for infants. Specifically, inclined sleepers for infants are those designed for an infant up to one year old and have an inclined sleep surface of greater than 10 degrees.

In its new guidance, the AAP also warns against the use of commercial devices that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS or other sleep-related issues, including wearable monitors. 

To stay on top of current recommendations and for more information regarding safe sleeping, be sure to keep up-to-date on the guidance provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and talk with your baby's pediatrician should you have any questions. 

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Safe sleeping standards for infants

Posted by Joy Hart on

By Leah Eagle

Whether you’ve just had a baby, or are expecting, one of the most important things to do is to create a safe sleep environment for them. Since babies spend much of their time sleeping in the first year of their lives, the nursery should be the safest room in the house.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at ways you can make sure your baby is safe while sleeping.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 3,500 sleep related deaths among U.S. babies each year. They can be from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), accidental suffocation or strangulation, and other unknown causes.

In 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its safe-sleep guidelines for infants for the first time in more than five years. It emphasized the importance for babies to sleep on their backs on flat, level surfaces to reduce their risk of SIDS.

Many of the deaths each year are preventable, and the authors of the new guidelines urge parents to take several simple steps to help keep their children safe.

The AAP has the following recommendations for a safe sleep environment for infants:

Lay your baby on their backs for all naps and at night

It’s recommended that infants be placed for sleep in the supine (back) position every time they sleep until they turn one. Studies show that babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to die suddenly and unexpectedly than babies who sleep on their stomachs or sides. Some parents may worry that babies will choke when they're on their backs, but their airway anatomy and their gag reflex will keep that from happening, including those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

According to the Safe to Sleep Campaign, babies automatically cough up or swallow fluid that they spit up or vomit—it's a reflex to keep the airway clear. Studies show no increase in the number of deaths from choking among babies who sleep on their backs.

Provide a firm, flat sleep surface

Use a firm, flat, sleep surface with no incline covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft objects to reduce the risk of suffocation or wedging or entrapment.

A firm surface shouldn't indent when your baby is lying on it. Any surface that inclines more than 10 degrees isn't safe for your baby to sleep on. If your baby falls asleep in a car seat, stroller, swing or infant carrier, move them to a firm sleep surface on their back as soon as possible.

Place your baby in a crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that meets the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Never co-sleep with your baby 

Instead of bed sharing, room share with your baby. This means keeping your baby's sleep area in the same room where you sleep for at least the first 6 months, but in a crib, bassinet, or play yard close to your bed.

The AAP recommends room sharing because it can decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50% and it's much safer than bed sharing. Pillows and blankets could be dangerous for babies, along with the risk of the baby falling off the bed or someone accidentally rolling onto them during the night.

Room sharing will also make it easier for you to feed, comfort and watch your baby. If you do bring your baby into your bed to feed or comfort them, place them in their own sleep space when you're ready to go to sleep.

Once your baby is able to sit up on her own (sometime between 4 and 7 months) or pull themselves up to a standing position, it’s time to lower the mattress so they can’t climb out.

Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area

This can include items like bumper pads, pillows, blankets, comforters, mattress toppers, non-fitted sheets and stuffed animals. Keep these out of your baby’s sleep area to reduce the risk of entrapment, suffocation or strangulation.

Don't let your baby get overheated

Overheating can increase the risk of SIDS. Babies only need one more layer than you would wear in the same environment to be comfortable.

All of the above recommendations are based on studies that include infants up to 1 year.

The Safe Sleep for Babies Act was passed in 2021. It makes it unlawful to manufacture, sell, or distribute crib bumpers or inclined sleepers for infants. Specifically, inclined sleepers for infants are those designed for an infant up to one year old and have an inclined sleep surface of greater than 10 degrees.

In its new guidance, the AAP also warns against the use of commercial devices that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS or other sleep-related issues, including wearable monitors. 

To stay on top of current recommendations and for more information regarding safe sleeping, be sure to keep up-to-date on the guidance provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and talk with your baby's pediatrician should you have any questions. 

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Sensory Development: Ideas to help your little one grow

Posted by Joy Hart on

By Leah Eagle

Chances are you’ve heard the term sensory development, but how much do you know about it? Here’s some information to explain more on just what it means.

In general, sensory development refers to the maturing of the five senses: hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision. According to abilitypath.org, it also involves the way your baby’s nervous system receives input from these senses and then forms an appropriate motor or behavioral response- which is known as sensory processing.

From the moment your child is born, they are constantly using their senses to explore and understand their surroundings. Sensory development strengthens the use of their senses by combining different colors, textures, noises and more.

As a parent, it’s important to understand how your child’s sensory systems develop. Here are changes you can look for as they grow:

  • Hear: Although their hearing is well developed at birth, newborns cannot hear certain quiet sounds. Around 3 months, they will begin to turn their head toward sounds they hear and by 4 to 8 months, babies can hear the full range of sound frequencies.
  • Smell: Newborns have a sharp sense of smell, enough so that they can differentiate the smell of their mother’s milk from others. It won’t be until around age 5 that your child can identify some foods by smell.
  • Taste: A newborn can distinguish between sweet, salty, sour, and bitter tastes. Your baby will have full sensitivity to taste around 12 to 18 months.
  • Touch: This includes all of the physical sensations that can be felt through your baby’s skin. At birth (or shortly after), your baby can tell the difference between hot and cold temperatures and also feel pain. Between 1 to 9 months, babies can notice different textures with their hands and mouth.
  • Sight: Newborns can focus on objects about 8 to 15 inches away. By one month, they can see about three feet away. At birth, a baby's color vision is limited, but by two months, they can tell the difference between basic colors. Between 4 and 7 months old, babies will have full color vision.

Sensory Play
As your baby grows, they will develop different skills through sensory play, including language skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills and cognitive growth.

Examples of these include: learning different ways to communicate emotions, wants and needs; their ability to use small muscle groups and coordinate movements; sitting, crawling, jumping and running and problem solving skills.

Sensory play focuses on activities that engage your child's senses and helps them develop language skills and motor skills. It also helps build nerve connections in their brain’s pathways, which can help your child complete complex tasks.

Helping with sensory development at home

There are many games and activities that stimulate your child’s senses that you can play with them to promote their sensory development.

1. Sensory bins

Fill a plastic tub or large container with different objects like water, cotton balls, buttons, dried rice or pasta. Add in small toy shovels or spoons, small toys or figurines to encourage imaginative play. (Make sure the items aren’t choking hazards and keep an eye on your child when using smaller items!)

2. Finger painting

With infants, help paint their hands and feet with a soft brush and then make prints on a piece of paper. For older babies, set up an area with paper and finger paints or brushes. Playdough or slime can work too!

3. Playing outside

Outdoor activities provide many benefits for kids including: strengthening motor skills, improving overall health and muscle strength, encouraging independence and allowing the use of creativity and imagination. Plus, they get to learn all about nature!

Whether playing in the sandbox, running around or swinging or sliding — these are all forms of sensory play.

4. Bath Time

While getting clean, babies and kids can also enjoy bubbles, rubber ducks and other bath toys for a sensory experience.

Here are some ways to promote sensory development with your baby at different ages and stages throughout their first year:

Birth to 3 months

  • Hang a mobile above their crib for visual stimulation.
  • Encourage your baby to hold or shake a rattle or something that makes a sound
  • Play or sing songs with your baby to help with their listening skills.


3 to 6 months

  • Introduce tummy time
  • When holding them, face them outward to see the world around them
  • Play in different positions to help develop their sense of movement and balance
  • Play peek-a-boo with them

6 to 9 months

  • Show them how to turns pages of a board book
  • Encourage crawling by placing objects for them to reach
  • Begin to offer baby food, including fruits and vegetables
  • Let them explore on a play mat or bouncer
  • Play with stacking toys and items with different sizes and textures

9 to 12 months

  • Give them toys that require gripping and finger movement to encourage hand and finger control.
  • Offer new foods and snacks
  • Hold both hands to encourage walking
  • Let them do certain things independently


Sensory development and focus can also be enhanced by contrasting visual patterns and textures for little ones. Did you know black and white images can even help stimulate the development of the optic nerves?

Olli+Lime's monochrome designs can help create a perfect modern nursery, while promoting a multi-sensory experience. We also have new products available to bring pops of color into your nursery. We make it easy to make your modern, multi-sensory nursery completely and truly yours.

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Sensory Development: Ideas to help your little one grow

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By Leah Eagle

Chances are you’ve heard the term sensory development, but how much do you know about it? Here’s some information to explain more on just what it means.

In general, sensory development refers to the maturing of the five senses: hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision. According to abilitypath.org, it also involves the way your baby’s nervous system receives input from these senses and then forms an appropriate motor or behavioral response- which is known as sensory processing.

From the moment your child is born, they are constantly using their senses to explore and understand their surroundings. Sensory development strengthens the use of their senses by combining different colors, textures, noises and more.

As a parent, it’s important to understand how your child’s sensory systems develop. Here are changes you can look for as they grow:

  • Hear: Although their hearing is well developed at birth, newborns cannot hear certain quiet sounds. Around 3 months, they will begin to turn their head toward sounds they hear and by 4 to 8 months, babies can hear the full range of sound frequencies.
  • Smell: Newborns have a sharp sense of smell, enough so that they can differentiate the smell of their mother’s milk from others. It won’t be until around age 5 that your child can identify some foods by smell.
  • Taste: A newborn can distinguish between sweet, salty, sour, and bitter tastes. Your baby will have full sensitivity to taste around 12 to 18 months.
  • Touch: This includes all of the physical sensations that can be felt through your baby’s skin. At birth (or shortly after), your baby can tell the difference between hot and cold temperatures and also feel pain. Between 1 to 9 months, babies can notice different textures with their hands and mouth.
  • Sight: Newborns can focus on objects about 8 to 15 inches away. By one month, they can see about three feet away. At birth, a baby's color vision is limited, but by two months, they can tell the difference between basic colors. Between 4 and 7 months old, babies will have full color vision.

Sensory Play
As your baby grows, they will develop different skills through sensory play, including language skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills and cognitive growth.

Examples of these include: learning different ways to communicate emotions, wants and needs; their ability to use small muscle groups and coordinate movements; sitting, crawling, jumping and running and problem solving skills.

Sensory play focuses on activities that engage your child's senses and helps them develop language skills and motor skills. It also helps build nerve connections in their brain’s pathways, which can help your child complete complex tasks.

Helping with sensory development at home

There are many games and activities that stimulate your child’s senses that you can play with them to promote their sensory development.

1. Sensory bins

Fill a plastic tub or large container with different objects like water, cotton balls, buttons, dried rice or pasta. Add in small toy shovels or spoons, small toys or figurines to encourage imaginative play. (Make sure the items aren’t choking hazards and keep an eye on your child when using smaller items!)

2. Finger painting

With infants, help paint their hands and feet with a soft brush and then make prints on a piece of paper. For older babies, set up an area with paper and finger paints or brushes. Playdough or slime can work too!

3. Playing outside

Outdoor activities provide many benefits for kids including: strengthening motor skills, improving overall health and muscle strength, encouraging independence and allowing the use of creativity and imagination. Plus, they get to learn all about nature!

Whether playing in the sandbox, running around or swinging or sliding — these are all forms of sensory play.

4. Bath Time

While getting clean, babies and kids can also enjoy bubbles, rubber ducks and other bath toys for a sensory experience.

Here are some ways to promote sensory development with your baby at different ages and stages throughout their first year:

Birth to 3 months

  • Hang a mobile above their crib for visual stimulation.
  • Encourage your baby to hold or shake a rattle or something that makes a sound
  • Play or sing songs with your baby to help with their listening skills.


3 to 6 months

  • Introduce tummy time
  • When holding them, face them outward to see the world around them
  • Play in different positions to help develop their sense of movement and balance
  • Play peek-a-boo with them

6 to 9 months

  • Show them how to turns pages of a board book
  • Encourage crawling by placing objects for them to reach
  • Begin to offer baby food, including fruits and vegetables
  • Let them explore on a play mat or bouncer
  • Play with stacking toys and items with different sizes and textures

9 to 12 months

  • Give them toys that require gripping and finger movement to encourage hand and finger control.
  • Offer new foods and snacks
  • Hold both hands to encourage walking
  • Let them do certain things independently


Sensory development and focus can also be enhanced by contrasting visual patterns and textures for little ones. Did you know black and white images can even help stimulate the development of the optic nerves?

Olli+Lime's monochrome designs can help create a perfect modern nursery, while promoting a multi-sensory experience. We also have new products available to bring pops of color into your nursery. We make it easy to make your modern, multi-sensory nursery completely and truly yours.

Read more


Tips & Tricks for Nursery Reorganization

Posted by Joy Hart on

By Leah Eagle

Something about turning the calendar to a new year brings about an urge for organization and decluttering.

This can also be true for your baby’s nursery. As your little one grows, there will be items that they no longer need. When this happens, it’s a good time to find a new spot for them (maybe a basement or attic?) and make some space for other items.

Reassess your original nursery set up and take an inventory on the items to decide what needs to stay and what can stay and what needs to go. Decide on a plan for items that are no longer needed. It could be storage bins or boxes in a designated area. Just make sure to label everything so you’ll know where to find it later!

Outgrown clothes
The thing babies outgrow the fastest is their clothes. Decide if you want to save those for future babies, give them to a friend or family member or make some money off of them in a consignment sale. Once you have those out of the way, there will be more room in the closet for the sizes they are currently in and larger sizes too. In addition to hanging clothes, use bins or drawers for other items like pajamas, socks, shoes and more.

If they’ve outgrown the rock and play, baby swings, activity mat or baby tubs, those can go to your storage spot also. This will make room for the next big things, like walkers or activity stations.

Changing station
The diaper changing station is like the headquarters of a nursery, but it can also become a catch-all for other things. Go through and decide what needs to stay and what can go. Obviously the necessities…diapers, wipes, ointments, lotions can stay. Things like baby brushes, almost empty tubes, expired medicines and other items need to go. Make sure all the items are organized so you can get to them quickly and easily. In addition to the nursery, it’s also good to have a diaper caddy with the same items somewhere else in the house where you spend a lot of time.

Toy storage
Once your baby can sit up and play on their own, it’s a good idea to organize their toys into baskets they can access easily. It’s also a way to keep messes at bay as everything can be placed back in the bins when finished so the room looks neat and tidy!

Baby-proof!
Once they are mobile, babies are into everything. Make sure that medicines are stored out of reach, along with anything else that may be a danger to them. Childproof cabinets and doors, avoid floor lamps, make sure wall hangings are installed safely and properly and use covers for electrical outlets.

Book storage
Whether you use a bookcase, spice racks hanging on the walls or bins to store your baby’s books, once they are big enough to enjoy them, make them easily accessible. Put board books and soft books on the bottom shelf and work up from there.

Create a feeding/pumping station
Whether you are breast or bottle feeding, have everything you need handy. Use a craft cart with wheels to make it easy to move around the house. Fill it with your pump, extra bottles, nursing pads, a nursing pillow, snacks, and a water bottle. Also add some burp cloths and a blanket or two.

Label everything
If you’re using boxes or bins to organize baby’s things, it might be hard to figure out what’s in each one of them. To help, attach labels to the outside so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Use closet and drawer dividers
If you store your baby's items in drawers, it’s easy for them to become messy. Drawer dividers can help prevent disorganization and contain loose items like socks, sleepers, burp cloths and more. Closet dividers can help keep clothes sorted by size so you will know where one size ends and the next begins.

Think up
Make use of vertical space. Hang floating shelves to display photos or other items. While over-door organizers are made for shoes, those see-through pockets are also the perfect size for bibs, burp cloths, and other small baby items.

For something a little sturdier, try an over-the-door pantry organizer. These are made to hold spices, but they work great for baby toiletries, medicines, and more.

Toss the junk
Having a baby often means you’re showered with gifts. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep and love everything you received. It’s a constant management inflow and outflow of stuff in your space. Have a bag or bin for things that are no longer being used, and once they are full, get them out. Store items that you want to keep for future babies and get rid of the rest.

Store things outside of the nursery
Everything doesn’t have to be in the nursery. If you’re short on space, find somewhere else where things can be stored so the nursery is free for clothes and essentials.

Things to move might be:

  • Feeding items – If you prep bottles in the kitchen, keep everything in there
  • Back stock – Store all your extra diapers and toiletries in a box in another room or garage
  • Old clothes and toys – Store in the loft or garage, or give them away
  • Toys – Keep a few toy baskets in the living room for easy access

We hope this gets you inspired and excited about reorganizing and sorting items in your baby’s nursery! Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

 

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Tips & Tricks for Nursery Reorganization

Posted by Joy Hart on

By Leah Eagle

Something about turning the calendar to a new year brings about an urge for organization and decluttering.

This can also be true for your baby’s nursery. As your little one grows, there will be items that they no longer need. When this happens, it’s a good time to find a new spot for them (maybe a basement or attic?) and make some space for other items.

Reassess your original nursery set up and take an inventory on the items to decide what needs to stay and what can stay and what needs to go. Decide on a plan for items that are no longer needed. It could be storage bins or boxes in a designated area. Just make sure to label everything so you’ll know where to find it later!

Outgrown clothes
The thing babies outgrow the fastest is their clothes. Decide if you want to save those for future babies, give them to a friend or family member or make some money off of them in a consignment sale. Once you have those out of the way, there will be more room in the closet for the sizes they are currently in and larger sizes too. In addition to hanging clothes, use bins or drawers for other items like pajamas, socks, shoes and more.

If they’ve outgrown the rock and play, baby swings, activity mat or baby tubs, those can go to your storage spot also. This will make room for the next big things, like walkers or activity stations.

Changing station
The diaper changing station is like the headquarters of a nursery, but it can also become a catch-all for other things. Go through and decide what needs to stay and what can go. Obviously the necessities…diapers, wipes, ointments, lotions can stay. Things like baby brushes, almost empty tubes, expired medicines and other items need to go. Make sure all the items are organized so you can get to them quickly and easily. In addition to the nursery, it’s also good to have a diaper caddy with the same items somewhere else in the house where you spend a lot of time.

Toy storage
Once your baby can sit up and play on their own, it’s a good idea to organize their toys into baskets they can access easily. It’s also a way to keep messes at bay as everything can be placed back in the bins when finished so the room looks neat and tidy!

Baby-proof!
Once they are mobile, babies are into everything. Make sure that medicines are stored out of reach, along with anything else that may be a danger to them. Childproof cabinets and doors, avoid floor lamps, make sure wall hangings are installed safely and properly and use covers for electrical outlets.

Book storage
Whether you use a bookcase, spice racks hanging on the walls or bins to store your baby’s books, once they are big enough to enjoy them, make them easily accessible. Put board books and soft books on the bottom shelf and work up from there.

Create a feeding/pumping station
Whether you are breast or bottle feeding, have everything you need handy. Use a craft cart with wheels to make it easy to move around the house. Fill it with your pump, extra bottles, nursing pads, a nursing pillow, snacks, and a water bottle. Also add some burp cloths and a blanket or two.

Label everything
If you’re using boxes or bins to organize baby’s things, it might be hard to figure out what’s in each one of them. To help, attach labels to the outside so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Use closet and drawer dividers
If you store your baby's items in drawers, it’s easy for them to become messy. Drawer dividers can help prevent disorganization and contain loose items like socks, sleepers, burp cloths and more. Closet dividers can help keep clothes sorted by size so you will know where one size ends and the next begins.

Think up
Make use of vertical space. Hang floating shelves to display photos or other items. While over-door organizers are made for shoes, those see-through pockets are also the perfect size for bibs, burp cloths, and other small baby items.

For something a little sturdier, try an over-the-door pantry organizer. These are made to hold spices, but they work great for baby toiletries, medicines, and more.

Toss the junk
Having a baby often means you’re showered with gifts. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep and love everything you received. It’s a constant management inflow and outflow of stuff in your space. Have a bag or bin for things that are no longer being used, and once they are full, get them out. Store items that you want to keep for future babies and get rid of the rest.

Store things outside of the nursery
Everything doesn’t have to be in the nursery. If you’re short on space, find somewhere else where things can be stored so the nursery is free for clothes and essentials.

Things to move might be:

  • Feeding items – If you prep bottles in the kitchen, keep everything in there
  • Back stock – Store all your extra diapers and toiletries in a box in another room or garage
  • Old clothes and toys – Store in the loft or garage, or give them away
  • Toys – Keep a few toy baskets in the living room for easy access

We hope this gets you inspired and excited about reorganizing and sorting items in your baby’s nursery! Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

 

Read more