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Simple Tips to Help Baby’s Hair Grow Well

Babies have a beautiful face, But you notice something is off when you take a picture. Everything seems in order at first. Skin looks soft like cotton. Clothes look suitable for the occasion. Babies smiles with a happy expression. Then, you spend time to look a little deeper in photo. That’s when you see it coming from the forehead. Hair seems a little skimpy. In other words, it looks like its not going to be long when they get older. Nowadays, you can do something about the baby hair not growing. See the useful tips below.

Find Shampoo With Vitamin D

Place your hands on the best shampoo for baby with vitamin D. That milk you drink with your cereal has vitamin D. Feed the baby some cereal each morning and watch their hair grow. Babies do not always have to drink milk form the store. Moreover, If your really cheap on the month’s budget to buy milk, you could ask the mother to breast feed. Most women are more than willing to say yes. Besides, she is your helper in child making. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask her anything that relates to baby and help it grow better. Relax, there is nothing that could get worse then a strange look.

Feed them Natural Nuts

Not willing to feed them milk for hair growth, then feed baby some nuts that come from Earth. Scientist have recently discovered that nuts can promote hairs on head to grow more. Certainly, almond nuts that are fed every day. Put your hand in the nut jar and feed them little almond nuts. The nuts come from the Earth and won’t cause baby harm if you feed them one at a time. Hey, don’t go crazy with their nuts. Take your time with it and feed the guy. Always, feed them nuts one by one. Not having the time to, then you should not be doing it. Health injuries may occur so do it like suggested.

Gently Groom the Hair

Move your hands and hair tools through their hair easily. Be very soft with it and take the time. There is no need to go through their hair fast. Just comb their hair gently. Go inside and help them clean out fungus preventing them from growing hair. Pulling on their hair in a very force way could lead to more hair loss. So, take the advice. In time, the hair will grow faster. Sometimes, the hair is trying to grow but needs a gentle pat. Give the baby hair that gentle pat to encourage it to grow even more. Patience can be annoying but it can be rewarding too. Do not forget that.

Wash Hair With Shampoo That Make Baby Hair Grow

Washing their hair with shampoo is fine, but washing their hair with shampoo that promote growth is better. Chemicals are added into each bottle to make the baby hair grow in spots it wasn’t suppose to. Also, natural ingredients to make the hair free of dirty minerals trying to slow down hair growth. Definitely, try the shampoo out for a couple weeks if you want some quick results. Apply best shampoo for baby hair growth you can find. Scientist are smart remember. They can make baby hairs grow fuller and longer. Test the theory out.

My Baby Wears Combat Boot(ie)s (guest post by Dad-O)

Check these things out. The very outdoorsy booties by Stonz Wear are my new go-to shoe for any time Babe-o is going to be out and venturing off the beaten path. Most of her baby shoes are fine for grass or pavement and that sort of thing, but don’t exactly hold up to anything much messier than that. These things, on the other hand, will put up with whatever you throw at them. Rain, snow, mud, pointy stuff, you name it.

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And the great thing is that they’ll fit a growing foot for a really long time. So instead of having to come up with tiny little crazy-expensive outdoor kicks every time you want your little one to be able to do some puddle jumping or slopping in the mud, you can just throw these things on. They cinch up with a simple tie and can go on and off in about eight seconds a piece.

They are made of coated nylon that is water and wind resistant. That rocks.

So far our pair has survived the beach, long/weedy/buggy grass, and our occasionally swampy backyard with flying colors. I certainly can’t say the same for whatever shoes I was wearing on any given excursion. It’s great to come home from daddy-daughter adventuring and know that while I peel off my gross, muddy, soggy, sandy, occasionally bloody shoes and socks that Babe-O’s much-cuter feet are safe and sound inside her cozy combat booties.

Sleep Training: Today’s Moms

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I’m reading Today’s Moms to review and I had to put up this post before I’ve even finished (a more thorough review will post later).  I just had to get some other parents’ input on this subject.

The seemingly epic battle is to cry it out, or not to cry it out.  Parents in both camps get pretty fired up on this subject, and I’m no exception.  I do believe that it can be discussed with courtesy and respect, though, so please keep that in mind if you share your story or input.
I’m pretty adamantly against crying it out, especially before the age of 6 months.  Something new that I hadn’t seen before was the reference of 12 pounds as the acceptable benchmark to start crying it out (p. 66).  Both of these benchmarks seem a bit arbitrary to me.  I can’t quite wrap my head around what’s so different about a four-month-old and a six- or eight-month-old, with respect to sleep training.
Yes, the older our precious babies get, the more they learn to be not-so-precious and do things like try to manipulate us.  “If I cry, they will come.”  I’m all about taking a stand against that during the day, and in a safe manner (when it’s crying to whine and not due to need).  But at night?  Not so much.
All I can think of is a baby, likely alone in their room, crying for someone to come and comfort them.  My daughter is a few days shy of being nine months old, and she’s just starting to sleep through the night, from about 8pm to 6 or 7am.  Until now, she’s had the pleasure of feeding on demand 24/7, which means that if she wanted a three minute snack-n-suck at 2am, she got it. I’m not saying that wasn’t frustrating and it didn’t suck – it absolutely did.
But even at my most desperate and tired moments, I have to remember that this time is fleeting, as cliche as that sounds.  That not a lot of kids are still having multiple night wakings after the age of one or two.  That I can manage the sleep interruptions as long as she needs me to, until she’s ready to sleep through on her own.  Sure enough that time came.  It would’ve been freakin’ sweet, had it come about three months ago, but honestly – I’m not much worse for the wear, either way.
My main beef with cry-it-out is the message it sends to the baby.  This quote from Today’s Moms really sums it up:  “She cried the first night for fifteen minutes…the second night for five…and then she gave up.  She figured if no one’s coming, might as well not bother, and by four months, she slept through the night.” (p. 70)
That makes me ache inside.  Especially when it’s just a four-month-old (still so new to the world!), but even age aside…that message just seems horrible to me.  “…if no one’s coming, might as well not bother,…” – that’s just heartbreaking to me.  When it’s spelled out that way, is that the message we want to send our babies?  That they’re crying and in need of comfort, but they might as well not try because we won’t come, anyway?  It’s a tiny baby, for pete’s sake!
The other thing that’s always mentioned alongside crying it out is how unbelievable painful and difficult it is for the parents.  Is it really wise to engage in parenting methods that make us cringe, make us cry, make us feel absolutely awful?  How is that good for us or our babies?  The notion of setting a timer and resisting the urge to tend to our babies is unnatural and painful.  But it’s worth the pain for both parent and child to get more sleep?  I guess it might be for some, or rather, that is must be for some, but again, I just can’t wrap my head around it.
I’m getting a little fired up here.  I think I’ve articulated my beef with cry-it-out.  Babies will sleep through on their own soon enough – is it worth sending that “don’t bother crying, I won’t come” message to get uninterrupted sleep a few months earlier?  I just can’t see how anyone justifies that.
So do tell, I’m sure we’ll have a lot of different opinions on this – what’s your position on sleep training and cry-it-out?

Flowerz in Her Hair…

I’m a huge fan of bows and barrettes for little girls.  Given that I had a home-grown mohawk until I was two (for some reason, the hair on the sides of my head just didn’t grow like the top), I assumed it would be a few years before I could start using that sort of thing on my own daughter.

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Surprisingly, she was born with a full head of lush, dark hair.  As she’s gotten older, it’s thinned out a bit and gotten lighter, but she’s still got enough for a little bow or barrettenow and then.  Oh, and of course, she’s always been able to wear baby headbands, which I find to be a.dor.a.ble.!
So, I went to find her some cute new bows.  Of course, I went online, because going to the store would mean going, and well…I choose my errands carefully!  I came across Flowerz in Her Hair and was immediately ready to order one of everything.  The little cutie in the photo above is from the Flowerz in Her Hair site – as soon as I saw her, I was hooked, I knew I had to have these for my girl.  Luckily, Amy sent me some things to review, much to my delight!
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Clockwise: Bow holder (pink), Pinwheel Bow, Funky Flower clip, 
Simply Clippies clip, Cute As A Button clip, 
Super Stretch Headband, Natural Flower clip
There’s a must-have for all the little ladies in your life, the Super Stretch Headband.  They are both super soft and super stretchy, made of something that reminds me of little girls’ tights.

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There’s a little ribbon band at the seam, which is also used to clip on the various bows and flowers that go with the bands.  The cool part about that is that the bows and flowers can also be used as clips on their own, too.  It’s soft, it’s small enough for an infant, but stretchy enough to last well into the toddler years, and perhaps beyond.  I love that you can change the look of it so easily, it’s a super versatile piece.

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The flower clips all work with the headband and on their own.  They come in snap clips, alligator clips, or on a french barrette clip (the kind you squeeze the end together to get it to pop open).  The Achilles heel of the alligator clips on the clippies and flowers is that the bottom of the clip is exposed, meaning it’s just the metal, no ribbon or anything to cover it.  For older kids, or for use with the headband, no problem at all; for use on an infant…I’ll probably shy away from that, I’m a little afraid that the metal would accidentally scratch her.

Amy packages the bows beautifully, too (I love pretty packaging, I won’t lie…=).  As if the bows aren’t cute enough, the packaging it pretty, too.  I had to share this picture that I took before opening everything up.  The sticker warns that these could be choking hazards & not to let little ones mouth on them.  Very sweet looking.
Since I’m constantly fishing through the little box I keep my girl’s barrettes and headbands in, I was thrilled to receive the Clip Holder.  The clips are all in a row, organized and at my fingertips.  It looks pretty cute haning on her wall, too!  The best part?  You get one FREEwith every order!  How awesome is that?!

You get one of these FREE with any order!
 
One of my favorite things about Flowerz in Her Hair is that the prices are so fair.  You get a lot of bows for your buck! You’ll have to see it to believe it.  I highly recommend checking out Amy’s site, the little girls in your life will thank you for it!
While you’re there, pick out your favorites, because if you mention them here, you can win a $20 shopping spree at Flowerz in Her Hair!  If you’d like to spend more than that, Amy will even pick up the shipping, it’s 100% free to you!  Here’s how to win:
To enter (mandatory!):
  • go to Flowerz in Her Hair and let me know what your favorite items are in the comments (1 entry)
For Bonus Entries (up to 4!): (leave a separate comment for each, please!)
  • Follow me here, on Twitter, or subscribe via email (you can do all three in the sidebars): 1 entry each (3 entries, total – separate comments for each)
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Giveaway runs from 5/29-6/15/09, midnight EST.
Gotta have them right now?  Use the promo code HAPPYMOM to receive 15% off of your order! =)

Smart Mom = Happy Babies

My girl is teething right now, and it’s BAD.  Most of the time, she’s been a sport, but there have been some days that had me at my wit’s end.  About three weeks before her bottom teeth came through, she had three days that were just awful.  She was a cranky little bear, much to our dismay and frustration.

That was two months ago.  The time in between has been ok, but the teething is back in full swing now.  She’s working on her top teeth, and she’s taking what I imagine must be a pretty uncomfortable situation like a champ.
Except that it makes her behave like a HOLY TERROR.  The screaming. And the whining. And the screeching.  And the….you get it.  It’s noisy around here these days, and not in a very pleasant way.  I count down the hours until Daddy gets home to take over baby duty.  I try to refrain from SOS-like emails that might make him question whether or not I’m holding down the fort.  I am, but it gets pretty dicey sometimes.
I know you moms and dads out there can relate.  We’ve tried a lot of teethers.  Frozen washcloths, soft, hard, fabric, plastic, rubber…the gamut.  She won’t have them.  At least she wouldn’t, until we discovered Smart Mom Teething Bling! Do you see the clouds opening up with the rays of sunshine?  That’s how it felt to me!

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It’s awesome.  The Bling (it comes in a pendant, bangle, or keychain) is just the right mix.  It’s hard, yet soft; firm, yet pliable.  And most importantly, she loves it!  So much so, in fact, that my husband wore it when he took her to the grocery store one day.  I was quite surprised that he’d done it, but he pointed out that it was unobtrusive and discreet.  He tucked it into his shirt when she wasn’t using it, and it was in her mouth when she was, so it really didn’t look like jewelry on him.  He was just happy not to be bending over a thousand times to pick it up, and that she was content when she was using it.

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Teething Bling is pretty cute, too.  Even celeb mommies wear it.  The necklace I tested is in the jade color, which pretty much goes with everything.  I used to wear a necklace every day, before I had my daughter.  Her constant tugging meant I had to stop, though.  I was afraid she’d break the necklace or manage to get the pendant off and choke on it or something.  So, no more jewelry – or so I thought.  I wear my teething bling when we’ll be out and I know she’s going to want to fuss with something.  The teething bling is pretty entertaining to her.  Let’s face it – ALL bling is entertaining to her, but this one is baby-friendly.  Smart Mom, is right!
It’s jewelry, it’s a teether, and most importantly, it makes my girl happy!  And a happy baby equals a happy mommy, right?!  My daughter loves to take the bangle and play with it, teethe on it, and try to get our dogs to take it (naughty girl!).  I keep the keychain on a link with her stroller toys, so that we always have on when we’re on the go, too.  I’d keep it on my keys, but mine get pretty dirty and it just didn’t seem like it would work for us.  Although it’s worth noting that it’s all dishwasher safe, how awesome is that?!  Like they packaging insert says, “Pretty and practical.  Now that’s a SmartMom.”  So right!
The other thing that makes this mommy happy is that Smart Mom gives back (you know companies that give back are my fave!).  A percentage of their retail sales goes to Dress for Success and CureSearch, both great organizations.  In addition to that, they’ve also paired with the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds from this month’s sales will be donated – so get your bling this month, everyone!

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So you’re thinking you’d like your own Teething Bling….win some!  One winner will receive her very own set of Teething Bling:  the pendant, a key chain, and a bangle bracelet!
Here’s how to enter:
  • Go to the Smart Mom site and let me know what your favorite pattern is in the comments – 1 entry (you MUST do this to get the bonus entries!)
More ways to enter, each worth 1 extra entry: (leave separate comments for EACH, please!)
  • follow me on Twitter (in the sidebar)
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  • add my button to your site (sidebar, too!)
  • write a blog post on your site about your experience with teething (your kids, what your parents told you about your own teething), and link to this review.  You MUST comment and leave a link where I can find it. =)
Giveaway runs from 5/28-6/12/09 (midnight EST).  Good luck!