Are you a new mom diving into the world of babywearing? In honor of Baby Safety Awareness Month, we would like to share this information by our friends over at Ergobaby, a line of products we carry in the gift shop:
The growing popularity of babywearing in our modern society makes more parents aware of an amazing tool to meet their children’s need to be close to them while keeping up with a busy schedule. Very young babies feel most secure when they in their parents’ arms, where food and warmth are readily available. A toddler can be kept safe from vehicles or other dangers in public, and receive the reassurance that a loving caregiver provides when they become overstimulated. As with any tool, there are guidelines to make its use as safe as possible.Babywearing safety begins with choosing the right carrier. There are many choices in modern baby carriers, to fit every budget and style. Make sure the carrier you choose is appropriate for the age of your baby. Is your child within the stated weight guidelines? Is there an insert necessary for a newborn? Be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions and consult an educator or babywearing group if you need further instructions. Shop at reputable dealers to ensure that your carrier is authentic and follows current safety guidelines. Check your carrier periodically to make sure all seams and fasteners are intact and working properly.
When trying a new carrier or a new carrying technique, make sure you and baby are well-rested, and baby is fed and content. Use a spotter if someone is available. If not, practice over a soft surface, or from a sitting or kneeling position. Having a mirror handy will allow you to check your progress from all angles. Very young babies need good neck and head support at all times in order to protect their airways. This can be accomplished in upright, chest to chest carrying positions, with the carrier pulled to about mid ear level behind their head. Make sure buckles clip completely or knots are secure.
Some Do’s and Don’ts for safe and happy babywearing:
Autumn is almost here, and it seems like the end of August through September are extra busy (and stressful) with weddings, end-of-summer vacations that can still somehow be taxing, school starting back up, new routines and fall sports. With all of this activity, how can you even find a moment to breathe?
Despite September coming to an end, the season does not seem to show signs of slowing down as we all fit in our last-minute outdoor activities before that first frost hits. It can be difficult to find time to relax with all this hustle and bustle, even on the weekends.
But, Jennifer Clark from Marketing is here to provide you with five ways you can relieve that stress and create a schedule that fits in some 'me' time:
1. Shut off your phone.
"Even though I don't have children yet, the start of fall means business is busier and my weekends are typically booked with events," Clark says.
Instead of waking up earlier to fit in time to relax, she recommends spending an hour every day away from all technology.
"I become distracted with my phone and computer and have the tendency to just continue working. Stepping away from the computer and all other technology not only helps me de-stress, it helps relax my eyes as well, which is important for eye health."
Instead of getting on and checking Facebook first thing in the morning, get up and go for a walk or run, leading us into tip number two:
2. Do some yoga.
"Really, doing any type of exercise will be beneficial in relieving stress," she says, "but one of the great things about yoga is that it helps you to connect with your body and mind at once." Whatever your exercise of choice is, she says to spend at least 2.5 to 5 hours per week doing it. Exercise reduces stress as well as improves your overall health.
"You'll feel so much better."
Have little ones to take care of? "Incorporate them into your exercise," she says. "Go for a jog with them in the stroller or get a baby carrier and go for a hike."
Consider speaking with a Gatti staff member from the gift shop for one of the ErgoBaby selections in the store, Clark adds.
3. Be creative.
"Dedicate some time each week to being creative," she suggests. "Whether it be reading, writing or drawing, exercise your mind in other ways to take focus off things that may be stressing you out each week. You don't have to be Van Gogh or Stephen King to pick up a pencil and run with your thoughts."
Have little ones? Incorporate creative time with them. Even though you will be sharing your 'me-time' with the kids, you will be instilling positive activity while developing special memories. Share your work with one another when you're done, which will also help keep creative time important to everyone each week.
4. Wake up earlier to eat breakfast.
"Depending on your family structure, this is a great excuse to get up and enjoy the quiet while sipping your coffee before needing to get everyone (or everything) else going. Even just getting up earlier to have a cup of coffee or tea can help relieve the feeling of going non-stop in your day," Clark advises.
In addition, eating breakfast has not only been shown to improve mood, energy and memory, it can also decrease risks of heart disease and diabetes.
5. Create a schedule for the family (and yourself).
"It may be difficult to find that personal time without getting everyone else in the household on task as well. Put together designated time for things like homework where the kids spend time working on it alone and time when you, the parents, review it with them separately."
Encouraging this helps to create skills they will need in the future such as self-sufficiency and team work.
You can use homework hour for yourself, and having a schedule may assist in keeping anxiety at bay.
Do you find this list helpful? What would you add?
Jenn is the Marketing Director at Gatti Pharmacy. Despite not having children, her expertise comes from working three positions and serving on multiple committees. Juggling a busy schedule while incorporating time for herself has been something she has had to master over the last year and a half.
Would you like to be featured on the Gatti blog? E-mail Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When protecting baby, we know to keep plugs covered, medications out of reach and locks on cupboards, but there are a handful of other precautions to consider for baby's safety that we may not typically consider in our day to day lives.
In honor of Baby Safety Awareness Month, we bring you this helpful and downloadable infograph:
Are you a new mom? What has surprised you the most about infant safety that you may not have realized before?
School is back, which means the start of fall! Unfortunately, it also means flu season is near.
As students start classes, the flu and other illnesses are quickly passed around due to close quarters. Annually, the flu affects 35 million Americans and is the cause for missed days at work and school. As a viral illness, antibiotics are ineffective to combat the symptoms. The best defensive mechanism is being proactive by getting the flu shot.
The flu shot is recommended for everyone six months and older. It is an inactive vaccine, causing your body to develop memory to the virus. This memory allows the body to recognize the virus when it presents itself in live form (via exposure to infected people) and combat it more effectively.
Stop by Gatti Pharmacy today to help you and your children protect yourselves this season. We offer flu vaccines to all children and adults nine years of age or older.
How else can Gatti help you? Stop in today to find out.
If you've never transferred your prescriptions before, it can seem like a daunting task. But it truly is as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Kyle, one of our pharmacists at Gatti and Patient Services Director, put together this helpful infograph for those who may have never gone through the process:
Still have questions? Give us a call. We always have the time for you. 724.349.4200.
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