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What To Do On A Baby’s First Christmas

If a newborn is the latest addition to your household, then this time of year will doubtless be truly magical, as you look forward to your baby’s first Christmas.

If it’s your first time being a parent, you might be wondering what sort of things you can do to keep your little one occupied and entertained, so that you can make the most of such a lovely few days together.

While very young babies will probably spend most of the day napping on and off, slightly older ones are often just as likely to be entertained by sparkly wrapping paper as a huge pile of gifts. But, if you’d like to do something special to mark the occasion, there are several Christmas activities for babies that you can try.

What To Do On A Baby’s First Christmas

Young babies don’t need masses of entertainment to keep them occupied, (to be honest, as long as they’re well fed, loved and not too hot or cold, they’re happy) so keeping it simple to avoid getting them overtired is a good idea. Maybe try adding some twinkly fairy lights here and there, which could grab their attention, or perhaps a little toy or singing Christmas figure.

Often babies love company, so letting them soak up the festive atmosphere and attention from family members in between naps can be good.

And, what is a great idea is for you to find ways to mark the occasion, so that you’ll be able to look back on it with fondness in years to come. As such, remember to take lots of photographs and video and make some good memories to treasure in the future.

You could also paint your baby’s hands and feet to make little tree, snowmen and reindeer stamps that can be made into lovely Christmas cards this year, or perhaps create a decoration for the tree out of a foot or hand print.

Other activities for babies and ways to mark the occasion can include the following:

  • Their own Christmas stocking
  • A special ornament or decoration for the tree
  • A Christmas teddy bear or other toy
  • A little Christmas outfit
  • Photographic Christmas cards for family

All of these are things parents will be able to keep and treasure for years to come.

Other Christmas Tips For Babies

If you’re a new parent who is having Christmas at home, you could ask friends and family members to each bring a dish of food round so you can concentrate on spending time with your baby instead of the cooker. It’s a time to cherish, so soak it up and enjoy every moment you can.

Don’t spend lots on masses of gifts for a small baby, as they’re very unlikely to remember how much Santa brought them on their first Christmas. Instead focus on perhaps buying them a special keepsake and plan how you’ll make the day memorable for you all.

If it’s your baby’s first Christmas and it’s the first one as a little family, why not consider starting a family tradition of your very own, such as hanging up bespoke stockings or decorations, or going to the pantomime together.

If it’s a newborn family member, or baby of a friend you are buying for, try and make the gift useful, such as buying clothes they can wear in the Spring.

MARK YOUR BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS IN STYLE

If you’re unsure of where to start in buying a keepsake or gift to mark the magic of a baby’s first Christmas, then at Organic Babe we have a few good ideas.

Take a look through our range of sweet little Christmas stockings, teddy bears, bootees and gift sets, all of which are made using the most natural processes to create the kind of high quality that you’ll want for something that can be treasured for years to come.

Every item comes beautifully gift wrapped, to make it even more special as a gift to give at this lovely time of year.

BUY ONLINE TODAY WITH ORGANIC BABE

Take a look through some of the products and gifts we have available online to buy for a baby’s first Christmas and get ready to fall in love with how beautiful they are.

We are offering free Australia Wide

Funny Santa baby girl lying on white blanket with gift – Christmas concept

delivery throughout December and you can also benefit from next day delivery on orders placed before 11am, so there’s still time to make the most of these delightful Christmas baby gifts. If you have any issues with your free next day delivery please get in touch so we can ensure you get your little ones gifts on time!

Why Choose Natural Toys For Baby

These days, more than ever, we are surrounded by the kind of environmental toxins and chemicals that can be dangerous to our health. In the food we eat, the clothes we wear and even the air we breathe, there is often an element of pollution.

It’s because of this that people are increasingly bringing organic produce into their lives to reduce the levels of toxins which surround them and get back to the benefits that nature can bring for themselves and their families.

When a baby first arrives in the world they need as much protection as possible from the kind of unhealthy chemicals and other harmful substances that are often used in manufacturing and production processes. After all, a newborn baby’s body is still developing, even once it’s left the womb and we believe that offering the most natural environment in which they can thrive is the best way to care for them.

As well as going down the natural route with organic food and clothing, it’s easy to see why parents choose natural toys for their baby. But, if you’re wondering how much of a benefit choosing organic toys over the standard plastic options can offer, then read on to discover more.

The Benefits Of Buying Natural Toys

When you buy organic toys for babies, you know that no chemicals have been used to make them. Not only do they come with the standard safety elements, such as the absence of choking hazards, but they have also been made using no chemicals or metals which might be harmful to a child’s health. So, when toys inevitably go into the mouths of little ones or are handled roughly, you know that they’re always going to be safe.

Organic toys are made of natural materials, such as bamboo and unfinished wood, which offers the added reassurance that the only things coming into your baby’s hands are products which are made as nature intended.

They can also offer great value for money, as the fact that they’re not mass produced and full of chemicals often means they’re more hardwearing and will last longer, perhaps even being passed down the line from sibling to sibling.

Cut Down On Plastic And Encourage Creativity

We sometimes hear people complain of excessive packaging and too much plastic in the toys children play with. And if you’re one of those who would like to discover the healthier alternatives, then organic toys could be the way forward for you. Try reducing the plastic, battery operated type toys and instead opt for natural ones which encourage creativity and imagination.

And if you must use plastic, avoid the more toxic types such as vinyl and go for safer plastics which are labelled with the numbers 1-5.

Also, try to avoid metal in the toys that children play with, such as metal costume jewellery which can contain harmful substances like lead and other cancer causing metals.

OUR RANGE OF NATURAL TOYS

At Organic Babe, not only do we provide a range of newborn clothesaccessories and bedding which is all made using only organic materials, but we have a delightful array of toys for newborns which will provide hours of entertainment, as well as the peace of mind in knowing that they’re safe to have around.

If you’re looking for natural toys for babies which will contain none of the chemicals and other substances which might be harmful to a child’s health, then our range of organic baby toys include the following:

  • Wooden toys
  • Stuffed toys
  • Rattles and teethers
  • Soft toys
  • Dolls
  • Comforters
  • Ride on toys
  • Pull and push along toys
BUY NATURAL BABY TOYS ONLINE

When you’re on the hunt for a toy for a newborn, whether it’s as a gift, or something for your own little one that you know will be completely safe, then take a look through our lovely range.

We care about our customers and that’s why we’re proud to say that when you buy natural baby toys online with Organic Babe, you can rest assured that every care has been taken to ensure they’re made in the most natural, loving and healthy way.

We Love our Mums

Often we are asked how we go about what to talk about on our Organic Babe Blog – as in particular there are so many blogs out there reaching out to mums-parents to be.
As Mums ourselves we have discovered along the way just how important it is for baby to have the best beginnings in life and once able to understand and verbalise to know that what we are feeding and buying our babies and children is pure and free from chemicals and dyes and harmful bacteria.

Today we will emphasise that whilst all care is taken to cloth your baby without chemicals and dyes and pesticides it is still considered an expensive alternative which a lot of mums are just not able to afford.
The good news is that organic baby clothes have become more popular over the years and because of that have reduced significantly in price which allows our mums, grandmothers, friends and family to buy that someone special in their lives a beautiful organic baby product.
Coming from a large family myself we now have nieces and nephews who have become parents themselves and to see their journey of how they are bringing their babies into this world and what steps they are taking to make sure they live in a friendly environment is inspirational.
What I have noticed is they are going back to basics with growing their own vegetables and choosing wiser options of chemical free food and vegetables.
Truly I could go on and on and at the end of the day it took me a long time to realise that buying organic and living organically has not only helped me to my path of living a healthier lifestyle but infact have become an advocate of sharing with you all in buying organic.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Happy Parenting!
Pam

Mumma Talk 16-20 Weeks How Your Baby is Growing and Changing

Mums and Dads and Friends

Your baby probably isn’t content to just sit and lie around watching things anymore.

He or she is likely to be intensely interested in everything he can get hold of and will be moving their little body in all sorts of ways to try and get to things.

They will want you to play with them more, talk, and find interesting things to play with and investigate.

You will notice that your baby seems to have unlimited around of energy when he’s awake.  You will need to bring more patience and humour to your role as a mother.

Babie social skills when they see strangers may cry but smiles at familiar faces and voices.

Babies little muscles are developing and are pretty good now when they reach out to grab things.

Feeding well they won’t be ready to try solid foods until they are six months old when their tongue control and ability to swallow should be well developed.  Solids are about learning to eat, which is why they are not introduced by bottle.  At this stage you should only be watching them for signs that they are starting to get ready to try solid food.

They might start:

  • showing an interest in food, including what’s on your place
  • * showing an increased appetite for breastfeeds or formula
  • * opening their mouths when food is offered on a spoon (but don’t let them eat it yet)
  • showing very good head and neck control and the ability to sit upright when supported.

The importance of a good sleep pattern is establishing towards a regular pattern.

Maintain a bedtime routine

Put them to bed awake

Wait and listen when they wake and don’t rush in

Make day and night difference

Happy Parenting

From We Mums

 

Your Baby’s Journey into Solid-Food

Starting solid is an exciting and messy time in bub’s development.  Its best to wait until around six months before starting those first test-tests says the spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. “At this age babies are developmentally ready for solids and need additional food to get all the nutrients they need”.

Stage 1 – Smooth purees are ideal solids.  Apart from honey, which should be avoided until after 12 months, there’s no need to delay any foods. Withholding foods such as egg and fish can actually increase gallery risk.

Cook your baby’s food well and make purees a little thicker than breastmilk or formula at first.  Offer them on a soft spoon at a time your child is alert and happy.

When your baby gets the hang of runny purees, you can introduce a more yogurt-like texture.

Stage 2 – Lumpy mashed and minced foods are next. “The puree stage only needs to last a few weeks and increasing textures is important for oral development.

Research shows bubs introduced to “lumpy” foods after 10 months are more likely to have later feeding difficulties than those introduced to them between six and mine months.

Stage 3 – “Most babies can manage finger foods by eight months” but be led by your baby’s individual readiness.  This stage is fun, and feeding themselves is great for your child’s fine motor control.

Until NextTime

Happy Parenting

Choosing Safe Baby Toys

Here at Organic Babe we want to pass on as much information we can to help you make great choices including choosing safe baby toys.

Toys are one of the greatest gifts you can give as once baby is looking around and seeing things for the first time they grab onto what they can.

Here are some simple tips to help you:

Make sure the toys you give cannot fit inside their mouths – they must be at least 4cm long on all sides.

Choose organic baby toys as there are no pesticides, chemicals, dyes and safe on babies skin.

Never give toys with small parts.  They are a choking risk if they come loose and are swallowed.

Never give anything that could break or splinter.

Never give your baby anything with sharp or pointy edges.

Beware of stuffed, furry or foam toys – check all the seams regularly so that you don’t get any of it in their mouths and choke.

Never give a toy with dangling ribbons, elastic or string long enough to wrap around their necks.

If you have older brothers and sisters, make sure you baby cannot get a hold of their toys if they have any of the above features.

Happy Parenting

Baby Steps

Every new mum needs to know where they can get help once having a baby.

You will get advice from everyone and whilst they are trying to help and are excited to let you know their journey it doesnt necessarily mean its right for you!

So we have listed some important and useful contacts for you.

Family Planning – Australian Multiple Births Association

Ph: 1300 886 499

www.amba.org.au

Parentline

Ph: 1300 301 300

www.parentline.com.au

Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies

Ph: 188 704 539

www.havingababy.org.au

Pregnancy Birth and Baby Helpline (DoHA)

Ph: 1800 882 436

We are here for you all and more information will be available in our next blog

 

Happy Parenting

Cuddles when Baby Needs It

Helping your baby in these moments can be extra cuddles, chats, walks and sing-a-longs and the more attention you give your baby the more they will respond.

Life is very hectic to say the least and getting into a schedule you will discover is very important.

Life has been rather hectic in the last few months and its nice to take time out and just spend some me time.

Whatever you do make sure “mummy” gets that time where she can relax and enjoy the wonderful moments of being a parent,

Until our next blog ‘Happy Parenting’

The Third Month 9-13 Weeks

How your baby is growing.

Your little one should be well and truly taking a lot of notice of the world around them by now.

Your baby should be getting a bit more control of their little body, spending a lot of time kicking legs, waving arms around and trying to reach for things.

Talking to your baby is a very important part of building your relationship and helping their brian to develop.

Try to talk to your baby as much as possible. You can even pretend to be having a conversation by “answering” the funny sounds they make.

Its lots of fun and you’ll probably be rewarded with a smile and even a laugh.

A big immunisation reminder for all parents and carers: your baby is due for their 8 week (2 month) immunisations.

 

The Second Month 5-8 Weeks

Welcome to my world

A really lovely thing about the second month is that this is the time when most babies start to smile. There is no better feeling than when your precious baby first smiles at you!

Your little baby may be starting to take a real interest in everything around them in their new big world.  They may be looking around and listening and watching everything you do.

You may have an active baby who wriggles a lot and makes lots of noise screaming, crying and ‘cooing”.  Perhaps you have  a quiet baby who likes to spend the waking hours just looking at everything.

Remember that you baby is learning all the time – and learning mostly from you.  You can help make your baby’s world an even more wonderful place by having lots of cuddles, chats, walks and sing-a-longs.  The most attention yo u pay to your baby, the more he or she will respond.

Life is still probably very hectic for you with this new little one.  However, you will most likely find that the second month brings with it a more predictable schedule.

Happy parenting!