Shopping for skincare is not like shopping for other items. Generally speaking, shopping for a baby is easy. Going around for things they need to make them happy or keep body warm. Taking out the can of ravioli to spoon feed them later. Then, one day you travel over to the skincare section. This is where you get confused and don’t know what you should look for. All the brands for baby skincare say the same thing. Looks like a foreign language. Despite that, we want to help you decipher the crazy skincare baby code. Follow the simple instructions below.

Avoid Fragrance Free Skin Care Products

Fragrance is not a good thing to look for when looking for skincare. Most baby wash products have them. Even, the all natural baby skincare products. Fragrance causes baby skin to irritate real bad. Slashes at the fragile skin and causes red scars to appear. Babies who have dry skin or eczema suffer more. So, stay away from baby care products with fragrance. Remember, the best body wash for baby should have no fragrance in it at all.

To add, you might want to know if your baby has dry skin or sensitive skin. There are body washes and other baby clean products for different skin types. Know which one relates to your baby. Feel on the skin and determine if its soft or hard. Find a product that specifically fits it. Very important to do because the wrong skin type can cause baby skin to burn tremendously.

Choose Moisturizers in These Forms

Moisturizers baby

Moisturizers at the store in baby skin care isle come in many forms. Got your ointments over there on shelf 2. Hard soap on the left stuffed under the liquid soap. Strangely, it’s all clustered in and you got to pick something that works well on baby skin. To do this, choose moisturizers that come in ointments and emollient creams. Emollient, means soap that has the power to soften the skin. Each day, apply this to the little one and they should have strong and healthy skin.

More, never use any soap products that have alcohol. Alcohol is not good for babies. Can cause extreme irritation in some instances. Please stay away form all skincare products that have little bit of alcohol. The best body wash for baby that you find must not have alcohol as well. To enumerate, alcohol seeps on the baby’s gentle skin. Then, peels back all the thin tissues holding onto baby. The child might be able to go to the hospital, but the scars will not heal. Baby’s overall look will deteriorate and be very unfortunate.

Read the Labels on the Back and Look Up Chemicals

Every baby product you buy has chemicals made into it. Doesn’t matter if it is natural or artificial. Read that label and write down the chemicals on it. Next, look chemicals up on Google and see if it cause your baby problems. We do this all the time for our kids. Hopefully, you can do it too and prevent child from going to the hospital often.

I’ve owned my share of strollers…22 to be exact. I have owned Graco, Baby Jogger, Inglesina, Zooper, Baby Planet, Mutsy, Maclaren, Phil & Ted’s, and now the Micralite. Some have stayed in my stable for weeks and even months, and others have gone out the same day the UPS man brought them to my doorstep. No, this does not mean that I am crazy, but instead a dedicated Mom trying to find the right stroller that works; just like you! The revolving stroller door in my house has given me the inside track on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to strollers.

The list of strollers to choose from is endless for new parents. There are lightweight, full-size, all-terrain, joggers, twins/doubles, sit and stands, side by sides, triples, mid-size, tandems, and of course my least favorite travel systems. While the travel system can serve its purpose I feel most new parents buy a travel system simply because they are not given the opportunity to see what is available. And yes, the Graco Metrolite travel system was the first stroller I ever purchased for my son. Looking back?if someone would have pointed out to me that there was a whole world of strollers out there waiting for me to discover instead of the 5 or so brands at my local big box baby retailer; I would and could have purchased something different.

While a travel system may seem like the wonderful happy answer to your prayers it really is just a simple solution for many parents, and you most likely think this is what you should buy. The deal with a travel system is that you get a stroller and an infant car seat with a base for one low price, and that is really where the deal ends. Many new parents get hung up on the big baskets, snack trays, and parent cup holders that come with them when there should be more to your decision making process than that.

One place I think new parents fail to ask themselves when choosing a stroller is how will they actually be using their stroller. Here is a list of some questions you should ask yourself when choosing a stroller:

  1. What are you going to use the stroller for? Jogging/Running, Walking, Mall Cruising, Outdoor festivals, etc.
  2. What type of city do you live in? Urban, Suburbs, Country, etc.
  3. What terrains you will be pushing your child over? Grass, Sidewalks, Cobblestones, etc.
  4. Are you interested in a bassinet/carrycot option?
  5. What style stroller are you looking for? Lightweight, All-Terrain, Full-Size, 3-wheeler, Jogger, Twin/Double, Side by Side, Tandem, One that can accommodate a second rider, Snap n? Go, etc.
  6. Do you prefer one handed steering?
  7. What kind of recline?
  8. What type of wheels? Pneumatic, EVA, Plastic, etc.
  9. Color? Solids, Patterns, Sporty, Funky, Stylish, Designer

More stroller shopping tips:

  1. If you are going to jog or run while pushing your stroller it is not recommended that you jog/run with an infant under 6 months of age, and some argue children under 12 months because of the increased risk of Shaken Baby Syndrome. While many swivel wheeled air tire strollers can handle light jogging when the front wheel is locked; I recommend a fixed wheel with at least a 16? size wheel.
  2. Why use a bassinet or carrycot? The infant car seat was never meant to be used for long periods of time. There is research that shows your baby can develop breathing problems from the angle at which they sit in their infant car seat. It is perfectly safe for them to ride in the seat in the car, but definitely was not intended to be used in place of a crib or for somewhere to stroll around for hours while you shop. A bassinet or carrycot is one of the best options; however, a completely reclined stroller seat with an insert will work well too.
  3. Keep in mind things like footmuffs, parent consoles, snack trays, cupholders, stroller hooks, and liners can all be purchased separately from many different retailers.
  4. I am all for helping the environment and recycling, but?If you are buying a pre-owned stroller carefully inspect every inch of the stroller for defects, and check for things like 5 point harnesses, and if there have been any recalls before you purchase.
  5. If you are on a budget, yet want a fantastic ride for your little one; all kinds of deals can be found by searching Craigslist, Ebay, Consignment Shops, and different stroller groups found on many online resources. And if the sky is the limit don?t forget you can always import a great European Pram too if you can?t find something you like here. So?go online, do your research, be informed, and when all else fails call a Baby Planner!

Below you will find a list of some GREAT Stroller Manufacturers:

Adventure Buggy Company
Baby Jogger
Baby Planet
BebeConfort
BebecarBOB Gear
Bugaboo
Bumbleride
Chicco
EasyWalker
Emmaljunga
GT Baby – I?coo & Rock Star Baby
Inglesina
Kelty Kids
Joovy
Maclaren
Maxi-Cosi
Micralite
Mountain Buggy
Mutsy
Orbit Baby
Peg Perego
Phil & Ted?s
Quinny
Silver Cross America
Stokke
Stroll-Air
Teutonia
UppaBaby
Valco

If you’re familiar with baby planners, you know that they offer services to expectant parents as they prep for baby’s arrival: Baby Registry, Nursery Design, Personal Shopping, and Nanny Sourcing to name a few. You may not be aware that they offer a variety of help for after delivery as well.

Looking back, how I would have loved for someone to have prepared meals delivered to my door once we returned from the hospital! Or to help me get my birth announcements out! My first child was over three months old when I finally got around to sending announcements. The thing of it is that I’ve always been an organized person, but I didn?t expect to need a Master Plan just to get a shower in each day, forget finding time for a project!

Enter the baby concierge who can help parents adjust to their new “norm” by offering some direction and assistance. She has expectations of what your potential needs may be, and is ready with a list of local contacts to meet them. Baby planners can find classes or breastfeeding resources in your area, run errands, baby proof your home, teach you how to make and store your own baby food, etc. This help can be priceless to someone who doesn’t have family nearby to lend a hand or whose friends can’t offer advice because they don’t have young kids. Some baby planners are even available by phone or email for a period after the baby is born to field questions on baby products or to provide you with research on various topics like vaccinations or sleep issues.

Best of all, whether you plan ahead or the need arises suddenly, whether you need help with it all or just with say, baby proofing, a baby planner can help. Most offer set packages or the opportunity to design your own.

Preparing for a new baby and all the details therein can be a bit overwhelming. Add the fact that the preparation includes a sibling (or more), and the stress level can increase very quickly. Here are a few tried and true tips I have found to be beneficial in helping siblings cope with a new baby. As with anything, keeping in mind your child?s age and personality will be key. 

· Sharing the news of your pregnancy as early as possible to allow your child(ren) to get used to the upcoming arrival is a good idea. Of course you may want to make sure that you are out of what you may feel is the ?danger zone? of the first three months before doing so. But giving them time to process the information and get used to the idea is the way to go. 

· Introducing the baby while still pregnant will allow your child(ren) the opportunity to talk to him/her. The more they are getting to know the baby while it is still in the uterus the more they will feel already acquainted when the baby arrives. Informing your child(ren) that the baby can hear their voice and that it may respond with kicks or movement is also very exciting for them. 

· Taking your child to one or more of your doctor?s visits will build excitement as well. This is especially true when hearing the heartbeat or seeing a sonogram. Seeing and hearing the baby will add to the realization that it is really there and on its way. 

· You may or may not choose to find out the sex of your baby. Doing so can also be a great way for your child to become acquainted with the new little one. Along with this comes naming the baby. Letting your child become part of the baby-naming process is fun for them. When we were in the process of naming our last baby each member of the family chose about five names they liked and all of the names were put on the fridge. We would review each other?s names and comment on the ones we liked. It was surprising how we really agreed on the names we liked. Children feel important when involved in these kinds of details. 

· Bringing out pictures of your other children when they were babies and talking about how excited you were when they were on their way makes them feel special too. They come to realize through your stories that you went through a lot of preparation and excitement when you were expecting them as well.

· Preparing your child(ren) for what to expect when you go to the hospital for the birth of the baby will be important as well. This is especially true for younger children who could be afraid when mommy and daddy rush out of the house to head for the hospital. Let them know what is going to happen and who will be looking after them if they are not going to leave for the hospital when you do.

· Once you are home with the new little one you will want to let them help you out as much as possible. Little ones love to bring you a diaper when needed or help bathe the baby by pouring little cups of water over their arms and legs. Little things mean a lot to them when they feel they are helping to care for the baby. This may mean a little more time to complete each task and a little more patience on your end but it really does pay off. 

· Do try to spend one-on-one with your other children whenever possible. Make the most of these times and let your child know how special and loved they are. It is important to capture these times as often as you can.

· When discipline problems arise ? and they will ? do handle them with consistency and just as you would before the baby arrived. It is imperative that your children see that, new baby or not, their behavior must remain in check. 

· Most of all, relax. Children sense tension. And tension can breed more tension. Try not to overreact. Try to let your other children touch, hold, and play with the baby as much as they want. After all, this is their way of bonding. Don?t be afraid that they will break the baby. Babies are pretty resilient and they love the attention of their brothers and/or sisters.

You can have a happy home and happy children. As with most situations, preparation is the key.