How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth

Weekly Trip to the Library

Thanksgiving is coming up and I’m trying to get my Nanny Kids thinking about being thankful and grateful. I found How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? at the local children’s library and it’s perfect book to help teach them to be grateful for their abundance of food.

The book provides step-by-step illustrations about how farmers do their part to get food from the farm to their lunchboxes. The story describes the processes of making all sorts of foods such as bread, cheese, chocolate chips, and so much more, with colorful, vibrant illustrations.

Health tips and a peek at basic food groups are included in this children’s book as well.

After reading this book discuss how the food in your Nanny Kid’s lunchbox was grown, packaged, and made it to the grocery store, to their fridge, and finally their lunchbox.

You can purchase your own copy of the book by clicking any of the links above and below:

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?

6 Favorite Swaddle Blankets and Sacks

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I’ve never cared for an infant that didn’t love being swaddled.

My favorite baby parenting book is The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. His methods are extremely simple and absolutely work! His theory is that by creating a comfortable environment similar to the womb will allow a baby to happily sleep more.

It is easy to follow Dr. Karp’s Five S’s — swaddling, side, stomach positioning, shushing, swinging, and sucking. Each “S” triggers natural calming reflexes to soothe the baby.

Swaddling is an excellent way to prepare newborns for a good night’s sleep. Dr. Karp cites a study that found that the younger babies went to sleep more quickly after being swaddled. The study also showed that babies who are swaddled, or wrapped tightly in cloth before being put down to sleep, were more likely to sleep on their backs — a position that is suggested by most pediatricians for prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Newborns are usually swaddled until about 3 or 4 months or as soon as they are able to roll over by themselves.

Once a baby starts rolling over by themselves swaddling can be dangerous since babies shouldn’t lie on their stomachs without being able to use their arms.

A transition swaddle is like wearing a blanket and good solution for that time in between swaddling and a baby being old enough to use a loose blanket. Transition swaddles are designed to let the baby’s arms be free, while still providing the coziness of a swaddle, without the dangers of a loose blanket.

My Personal Favorite Swaddle

Halo Swaddle

The Halo Swaddle is my personal favorite swaddle to wrap the baby’s arms to prevent the startle reflex described by Harvey Karp and to use as a transitional swaddle. This is the only 3-way adjustable swaddle that adjusts to a baby’s sleep style. Swaddle arms-in, one or both arms out, to ensure the baby’s best sleep and an easy and gentle transition to the SleepSack wearable blanket when it is time to stop swaddling.

Traditional Swaddle Blanket

Traditionally, caregivers use large, thin blankets to wrap baby up. They can be used for other things post swaddling, like burp cloths, nursing cover ups, and blankets as well.

img_1909aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets

I love Aden and Anais muslin products. I believe all new parents and nannies should stick up on Aden and Anais products. They are so soft, lightweight, and extremely absorbing. These lightweight blankets do double duty as a nursing cover, burp cloth, playmat and can be thrown over a stroller or car seat to provide shade well after a baby needs to be swaddles. They are machine washable and they stay soft wash after wash.

Swaddle Sacks and Pouches

Easier to navigate, swaddling sacks and pouches use Velcro, snaps, and zippers to quickly swaddle an infant without the learning curve needed for traditional swaddling. Swaddle sacks and pouches prevent issues such as startling, face scratching, overheating, and loose unraveled blankets from covering a baby’s face.

img_1910The Original Woombie Swaddle

For babies that like to wiggle a little in their swaddle the Woombie Original Swaddle allows infants to move their arms and legs a little while being swaddles. This is the easiest swaddle I’ve used. It has a zipper and no Velcro, flaps, or extra fabric to deal with. And lots of babies love having the freedom to naturally move their arms and legs around, while still feeling safe and comforted.

Summer SwaddleMe Original

The Summer SwaddleMe Original is a simple pouch with fabric wings that is quick and easy to use while helping the baby feel safe and secure. The soft fabric wings fasten and readjust securely with hook and loop attachments to create a perfect fit. There is a harness slit that works with most restraints on car seats and sleeper products.

Transition Swaddles

Allows the baby to have their arms free to turn over while still having the cozy feeling of a swaddle. Transitions swaddles are safer than using loose blankets for babies.

img_1912Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit

The Magic Sleepsuit is a thick jumper. It has arms and legs like a normal one-piece outfit, but the thick material helps restrict baby’s movements as they get used to sleeping without a swaddle.

img_1913Woombie Convertible Baby Swaddle

This wearable blanket is ergonomically shaped with a ‘hip healthy’ design and and arms-free interior encouraging self-soothing in the Hands Over Heart recommended sleep position. Mild compression mimics the sensation of touch and two way zipper prevents unraveling throughout the night. The cotton/spandex blend fabric is light, breathable, and provides a multi-dimensional stretch. Arms open to convert the swaddle to an arms-free sleeper, allowing two options to do what’s most comfortable for the baby.

Kalamata’s Kitchen

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Broccoli, Raisins, and Bacon

Cooking for Families Nothing becomes more boring for my Nanny Kids than being served steamed or sautéed vegetables for dinner every evening. My Nanny Kids love this broccoli side dish from the October, 2006 Gourmet and is also published on the epicurious web site. You Will Need: 2 lb broccoli, trimmed and cut into 1-inch […]

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Apple Cake

Cooking for Families It’s apple picking season. My Nanny Family picked, then bought, loads of apples at the apple orchard. So we started trying tons of recipes using the apples. My Nanny Kids love this sweet apple dessert found on the epicurious web site. It is more apples than cake and isn’t a tall, fluffy […]

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5 Favorite Teethers

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Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years

New Way to Learn About Columbus There is a lot of controversy about Columbus Day. Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday in October every year to honor the anniversary of the “discovery” of America on October 12, 1492. From the viewpoint of the Europeans, Columbus discovered North America. In reality, Columbus discovered the […]

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Mummy Hotdogs

Cooking With Kids Kids love Halloween. This is a fun and simple lunch or snack to make with the children in preparation for the spookiest day of the year. These mummies taste just like pigs-in-the-blankets children enjoy as hors d’oeuvres at parties. Allow your Nanny Kids to roll out the dough and wrap it around […]

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Halloween Lunch Box Treats

Creative Wednesdays Send Jack O’ lanterns and ghosts in your Nanny Kids’ lunch boxes. Simply use a permanent marker to draw spooky faces on orange and white prepackaged snack items. You can also use the marker to draw on the skin of oranges and clementines you send to school with the kids. You Will Need: […]

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Nannies Show Kids How to Apologize

Apologizing to Children We all make mistakes — plenty of them. As nannies we are important role models for the children in our care. It’s important for us to confess and to apologize to children when we make mistakes. Doing so teaches children to do the same. It’s not enough to just say we are […]

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