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Why A Baby Shower Is Important For All Your Children

I finally got my pics printed off my digital devices for my third baby (she's almost 2) and pulled out her baby book to finish entering the information and add pictures. It was then that I realized I had nothing to put on the pages regarding the baby shower so I will be covering the cute pre-written sayings up with pics and gluing them down. I referred to my second born's baby book to see what I had done there, (it was many years ago now) and realized that not only were those pages were blank as well, but I will definitely have to make some stuff up as well. Actually I realized it was much worse than that as I could not find even 1 baby pic of him and it got me scrambling into the garage to blow the dust off of our old computer, plug it in and retrieve the baby pics there before they were lost forever.

This also opened my eyes to a common oversight. 

 

I thought we could help others a little with this particular oversight as our gifts are perfect for any family having a second child and the oversight is why we decided to gear our site towards them.  I think that all kids could benefit from having a baby shower/sprinkle...or Sip and See as it is known for a middle child. Helps with the feeling of being just one in a line where the head and tail are the special ones like on a snake.

Oldest, middle and youngest siblings on a chair

 

As no child should be left out, you can take certain actions to try and help your middle child know he or she is an important member of the family. Putting on a baby shower for your second child is a good way of doing this.  If you don't feel comfortable letting your friends put on a shower for you because you have it all from your first, put it on yourself.  It is technically the first birthday a child will have. The special day is no longer geared towards what you may need for the new baby but geared specifically to the new baby, and a mom and creating memories.  Meeting, cooing over and celebrating the new precious life as well as giving the new mom of at least two your love and support is more the focus of the second and subsequent baby showers or sprinkles.  And getting the pics to fill out his baby book is bonus. If I could do it again, I would absolutely have the little get together for him because he is not less than my first baby or my third baby but he may feel like it. 

    

Because the products on our site are made with the baby essentials, a new mom would need them (and a new baby would use them) which makes them perfect to congratulate someone (or you) on the birth of their (or your) second baby" whether it's the second, third, fourth or...  They add to the pictures that will be taken of the shower as well as being thoughtful so once the pics are over don't feel bad at tearing into them.  They have served their special purpose being immortalized in the baby book on the baby shower page.

Our kids were really spaced out so we could have had full blown baby showers for each of them. The oldest was born in 1999, the second was born in 2007 and our third, was born in 2014.  With the  wide spread, it was like having three first born kids but even so our middle wasn't spared the angst of being the middle kid. As we all know everyone having a baby could use a hand with the little and large expenses of it. Diapers are expensive lol!! This makes one of our diaper cakes particularly thoughtful for a sprinkle.

Here are 5 of our top second baby gift ideas:

Baby Octopus

octopus made from baby stuff

 

  • Hooded Towel
  • 2-Receiving Blankets
  • Hat
  • 2-Changing Pads
  • 4-pairs of socks
  • tulle gift wrapping (not shown)

 Stork Delivers Baby Diaper Cake

Stork Diaper Cake yellow

  • 54 newborn sized disposable diapers
  • 30" x 30" Hooded terry towel
  • 30" x 30" flannel receiving blanket
  • full size terry bib with stork design embroidery (as shown)
  • plush bear toy
  • infant cap
  • elegant silver lined tray
  • gift wrapping

Deluxe Lollipop Diaper Cake

Diaper cake the looks like lollipops

 

  • 13 size 1-2 diapers
  • 6 size 3 diapers
  • 5 size 4 diapers
  • 100% cotton receiving blanket
  • 100% cotton onesie
  • 100% cotton hat
  • 6 washcloths
  • Bib with "Sweet as Candy" embroidery (not shown)

Diaper Cake Delight

 

  • 152 newborn diapers
  • 1 corsage made from newborn socks for the new mom to wear
  • 4 cute cupie dolls for when baby is a little bigger
  • Ribbon and Tulle for the finishing touch

 Gentle Giraffe Diaper Cake

  • a hooded towel
  • baby blanket
  • bib
  • burp pad
  • onesie
  • baby blanket
  • booties
  • terry toy
  • 12 newborn sized diapers

 

Why is My Child Screaming like a Banshee?

Image result for toddler screaming pic

Pic provided by firsttimemomamddad.com

Our sweet little girl has entered the screaming phase.  She is amazing and adorable until she opens her mouth then not so much.  We have been trying to deal with it in two ways. Either ignoring it or asking her to speak in her quiet voice using our whisper voice so she can hopefully understand what "the quiet voice" is. In the grocery store, I try to make eye contact with other shoppers who are near and smile apologetically.

On the Saturday of the may long weekend, we were travelling a ways out of town.  About half and hour from our destination, Kate started her screaming.  (She probably felt she was in the car exactly long enough.)  10 minutes later, my older boys, 15 and 7 years were about ready to do ANYTHING to make it stop!  They were loosing it so badly I had to stop to walk her around the car.  At the end of the weekend, when we had to head back, they didn't want to come back with her so they came back into town with their Dad-who went out a day early to get some errands done.

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 Pic provided by babycenter.com

After "the long weekend incident", I knew it was time for a little research into what else we could do as the boys were never screamers.

Here are some reasons your toddler may be screaming:

1) She's exploring the sound of her voice and what she can do with it.

2) Some toddlers scream when they want attention. (which would explain why Kate screams like all the time lol)

3) Others because they can't have something.

Screaming at your toddler to lower her voice will not work...only reinforce the "whoever is loudest wins" mentality.  Our best bet is to avoid situations that temp your toddler to scream and when she does just divert her attention.  We have definitely got our work cut out for us.

To help you do this, here are some ideas:

1) Run your errands when your toddler is well rested and fed.  

2) Take cheerios or some other healthy treat for a snack...works well as a distraction.

3) Take your toddler out to kid friendly places whenever possible.  

4)  Be prepared to cut your losses and run lol.  Make sure you grab the most needed items first so if your toddler is pitching a fit, you can slip through the till and make your escape.  Splitting your grocery list into 2 or going more often would also help.

5) Ask her to use her indoor voice.  If your child is screaming because she is happy, try not to comment or criticize

If your child is screaming to get her way, don't give in to it.  Once she starts screaming ignore it until she stops.  Once she does stop, you can give her the item she wanted in the first place.  It's a bit of a balancing act.  Good Luck!

Thanks to the Baby Center for the info

5 Ways To Tell If Your Baby Is Sick Or Just Teething

Most moms have wondered if their baby is sick or just teething.  I decided that when I have a question about my 1 year old that I need to look into, I would write a little blurb about it.

Our little girl is teething and it's giving her a run for her money (and me too). Sometimes, it's hard to tell when a baby is getting sick or just teething -which reminds me of the allergy commercial-just allergies?  

Common teething symptoms that are not usually mistaken for illness is:  (Get ready there are alot #poorbabies!)  *Deep breath like Ace Ventura*  decreased appetite for solids, biting, drooling, gum rubbing, irritability, face rash, sucking, wakefulness and the delightful biting!

Here is a little clarity about when to worry.  

Pic provided by fourwinds10.net

1)  Teething mucus is clear and does not run out the nose in the delightful number 11 we know so well.  It just fills the nose and lies in wait for your little angel to swipe at it   creating the signature streak up the hand.  (also good for blowing bubbles...Yikes!).  Cold mucus is green or yellow and running.

2)  Teething will rarely cause a fever higher than 101 F (or 38.3 C) whereas, a low grade fever is common though any fever lasting more than 24 hours should be looked at if your baby is not behaving like themselves.  (difficult to arouse or is not drinking enough.)

3)  Teething may be confused with an earache because the baby will pull at his or her ears mistaking the pain coming from their teeth to pain coming from their ears.  With an ear infection, aside from ear pulling, the pain increases when they lay down, fever is generally present and the mucus is green.

4)  Diarrhea is not associated with teething and neither is peeing less.  If your baby has these symptoms, it's time for a doctor's visit.

5)  Lastly, a baby doesn't get progressively sicker with teething -she or he is the same level of miserable the whole time!  It usually lasts for about 8 days, 4 before the day, it comes through and 3 after :-)

When in doubt, if uncomfortable with your child's symptoms, call your doctor or take your baby in for that quick check-up.  

 

Thanks to Dr Sears and Web MD for the info