DealDash Examines Baby Food

DealDash Baby

Do you have a little baby that is going to be trying solids soon? DealDash is here to explain what some of your options are when choosing baby food.

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to your baby, and most people mean well when they try to give you advice. If you are unsure what you should be feeding your baby you should ask your baby’s doctor, first. You might end up feeling overwhelmed with all of the different options out there to choose from. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Baby Cereal & Baby Oatmeal

Baby cereal and baby oatmeal are the first solids that a baby usually tries when they are ready to move beyond milk and formula. These foods are very similar, they come in a powder form that you can mix with milk, formula, or water. You can add more or less liquid to make them thin and soupy or thicker like regular oatmeal. When you first give these to your baby you will want to make them very thin and soupy and gradually thicken them up.

Rice Husk Baby Crackers

Baby crackers made of rice husks are also a very popular beginner food for your baby. When your baby is able to sit on their own they should be able to eat these crackers with supervision. These crackers melt when your baby gums them, and they can feel very soothing on their gums when they are teething.

Jarred Baby Food

Jarred baby food is usually the next step after your baby is comfortable with the baby cereal and baby oatmeal. Typically you would start with jars that are made of a single fruit or vegetable and move your way up to jars that have multiple fruits and veggies combined. That way you can see which ones your baby likes best, dislikes, and most importantly to see if your baby has an allergy to any of them.

Baby Food Pouches

Baby food pouches are becoming very popular, they are great for taking on-the-go because you can squirt them directly into your baby’s mouth instead of having to remember to bring a spoon. They are also great for babies that are a little older and can suck the food directly from the pouch themselves.

Cheerios

Cheerios are a beloved food of almost every baby, toddler, and kid. Plain Cheerios are a great snack food for your baby and are inexpensive and fun to eat. They are a safer food since they are small with a hole in the middle to prevent choking. Cheerios are great for babies that have a couple of teeth to chew with.

Homemade

Homemade baby food is the freshest and healthiest food available for your baby. Unfortunately, it takes quite a bit of time, effort, and clean up to make your own baby food. If you have time on a weekend, though, you can make large batches of baby food and freeze them in small batches to use throughout the week. If you’re interested in making your own baby food it’s fairly simple and all you really need is a food processor.

I hope that you found this DealDash article on baby food helpful. Check back here and our sister blog DealDash Tips daily for new articles. If you are shopping for a new baby item, toy, kitchen appliance, or other home item check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! DealDash

DealDash Contains the Baby

Image result for cute baby in fence

There are many ways to keep a baby safe from itself. Let’s look at the different ways to keep a baby safe.

As the mom of a 9 month old baby I am constantly worried that he is getting himself into trouble when I step away for even a moment to answer the phone or check on something in the oven. Luckily, there are many ways to keep babies safe and sound from harm these days. Here are a few ways to keep your house baby-proofed and safe for everyone.

The number one way to keep your baby safe is constant vigilance, of course, but there are just a few times a day that you might need to leave your baby alone for a few minutes at a time. When you need to leave your baby to check the mail, answer the phone, or any other 5 minute activity then you should utilize a baby monitor. There are different types of baby monitor:

  • Classic – You can hear the baby, and when you press a button you can speak to the baby.
  • Video – You can see and hear the baby, and when you press a button you can speak to the baby. Some have other features such as room temperature, plays lullabies, and night vision.
  • Smartphone – With these monitors, they do everything that the video monitor does, except instead of having to stay within 100 yards of the house you can check your baby from anywhere using your smartphone. This is a great monitor to have if you leave your baby at home with a babysitter, or if you have a nanny.

Another way to keep your baby safe is by investing in a Pack N’ Play, playpen, or play yard. These are great to have if you are at home within sight of your baby but need to keep them contained for a short period of time, such as when you are cooking, cleaning, or doing a project. If you use one of these, make sure that all of the toys that you put in the baby containment unit are baby-safe and non-chokable.

Lastly, be sure to baby-proof your electrical outlets and keep your phone chargers out of reach! Electrical outlets pose a danger to babies, especially if they are in the stage where they like to lick and chew on everything. Phone charger cords can be a dangerous choking and electrocution hazard.

I hope that you have found this article on baby safety helpful. DealDash has many baby products up for auction. When you need a baby product be sure to check DealDash first. Here is a link to visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

VTech Safe&Sound VM311 Expandable Digital Video Baby Monitor

DealDash Looks at Car Seats

Image result for different car seats

Choosing the proper car seat for your child or grandchild is very important. Let’s look at the different types of car seats available.

Riding in a car seat is an absolute must for all babies, toddlers, and little kids in the US. A child needs to be in some kind of car seat or booster seat until they are at least 8 years old, and have reached a height of 4’9. There are a few different types and styles of car seats available according to the child’s age and development. Here is a quick guide to choosing the proper car seat to keep your child safe.

Image result for infant car seat

Infant car seat. Also commonly known as the “baby bucket”. These car seats are amazing when you have a small baby. The bucket fits into a base that is connected to your car, and can be removed and carried around. If you only want to buy one of these car seats you just have to have a second base if you want to transfer the baby to your second car. Be warned, though, the weight of a baby plus the weight of the baby bucket can get very heavy. Your baby bucket should always be rear-facing in the car. Check your individual baby bucket for weight limits. My baby bucket has a weight limit of 25 pounds, but yours might be different. Once your child exceeds the height and weight limit of their baby bucket it’s time to purchase a convertible car seat with a higher weight limit.

Image result for convertible car seat

Convertible car seat. This is the car seat that your child will be sitting in for years to come. Make sure that you get a comfortable one that has great safety ratings. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat, which can be found on the back of the seat. Many people choose to flip the seat forward facing around the child’s first birthday, but try to hold off until their second birthday, for safety. After the after the age of two, feel free to flip that seat around so your child is forward-facing. Your child can stay in this seat as long as they like, until they hit the weight limit. Most convertible seats have a weight limit of 35 or 45 pounds. It is printed on the seat, be sure to check.

Image result for booster seat

Booster seat. Many convertible car seats can convert into booster seats. However, if yours doesn’t have this feature, you can get a booster seat such as the one pictured above. Your child needs to stay in the booster seat until they are least 8 years old, and have reached a height of 4’9.

I hope that you found this article helpful in choosing a car seat. DealDash has car seats and booster seats available for auction, as well as many other baby and child products. Visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Image result for car seat

DealDash Crafts: Spooky Lanterns

Image result for homemade halloween decorations

Welcome back to another DealDash Spooky Crafts article, today we will be talking about spooky lantern decorations for outside the home.

Isn’t Halloween fun? Halloween and Christmas are my two favorite holidays for decorating inside and outside the home. Today’s article will include some fun and easy lantern crafts that you can do to decorate the outside of your house to welcome the little trick or treaters that are sure to come knocking in a few weeks.

Trick or Treat Lantern Cans – If you like the look of the lanterns in the above picture, they are super easy and very cheap to make. This is more of an adult’s or teen’s craft, I wouldn’t suggest doing this craft with little ones, unless they are just watching.

Materials:

  • Clean empty metal cans that have the tops removed. Any size metal can will do.
  • Sharpie marker
  • Awl, hammer
  • Paint & brush
  • Candle or battery-powered candle

Instructions:

  1. Using your sharpie marker draw your message in DOTS on the can. Make the dots approximately 1/2″ apart.
  2. Using the hammer and awl, poke holes in the can on each dot, spelling out your message in holes in the can.
  3. Paint your can, being careful that the paint doesn’t pool in the holes you made. If you need to, you can clean up the paint blocking the holes with a Q-tip. Let dry.
  4. Put candle in the can, light, enjoy the lit up message.

Image result for outside halloween craft

Milky Ghost Lanterns – If you would prefer to do a Halloween craft with your little ones, this one is much more kid-friendly.

Materials:

  • Clean empty milk jugs
  • Sharpie marker
  • Battery powered LED lights
  • Paint (optional)

Instructions:

  1. If you want to make colored ghosts, then do this optional step first. put a TINY drop of paint inside your milk jug, then follow that with about 1/4 cup of water. Shake up the jug, then leave the top off, and let it dry. This will produce a very thin coat of paint on the inside of the jug. I suggest using lighter colors for this such as yellow, orange, pink, or light green.
  2. Draw on your ghostly faces with the Sharpie onto your milk jug.
  3. Put in your battery-powered lights, and enjoy your lanterns. If you have painted the inside of the jug, be sure that your paint is dry before you put the LED lights in.

I hope that you have enjoyed this article on how to make ghostly lanterns for your home. If you’re looking for any other items for your home, visit DealDash. DealDash has home items of all types, indoors and out to decorate your home. Bid and win on DealDash, just click on this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Gives the Baby a Bath

Image result for cute baby in tub

If you’re a new parent, or if you are a grandparent who hasn’t bathed a baby in the past 30 years you might wonder what the proper way is to bathe a baby. DealDash is here to help.

How often? What temperature? What shampoo? How long? What do I do? Are some of the questions that new parents might ask when they are faced with the challenge of bathing a baby. Most hospitals have the nurse give you a quick lesson before you leave the hospital, but let’s face it – you are still in shock from having this tiny new human in your life, along with some lingering pain, that you might not have paid as close attention as you should have. However, that’s okay. Here is a foolproof way to get your baby clean with a minimum of tears – from both of you.

The first thing that you are going to need is a vessel to bathe the baby. You can get special tubs for the baby, or an insert that fits into a large sink. However, you can also get creative and use a bucket or other large tub-like container. Personally, I got a baby bathtub and bathe my baby with the tub on the bathroom counter top between the two sinks. That way I can get fresh water from the sink tap if I need it, and the tub is up high enough that I don’t hurt my back bending over the bathtub if I had put it inside the regular tub.

Next, decide what kind of shampoo and baby wash that you are going to use. With my first two kids I used the standard yellow Johnson & Johnson baby wash/shampoo combination. However, my newest baby has extremely sensitive skin along with eczema all over him, and the regular baby shampoo just wasn’t working for him. After a trip to the dermatologist I am now using Aveeno baby bath products that have lavender and oatmeal in them. It’s up to you what kind of shampoo and baby wash that you would like to use, just keep in mind that a lot of babies have sensitive skin, so you might have to experiment a little to find one that works for them.

As to how often and what temperature…Most of these are up to you. I (and my pediatrician) suggest bathing your baby every-other day. This keeps your baby smelling fresh and clean, but won’t irritate their sensitive skin as much as bathing them every day. Of course, if they get extra dirty feel free to give them an extra bath, but try to keep it to every-other day, especially in the winter. Experts suggest that baby bath water should be between 90-100 degrees. I have a cute little octopus bath toy that has a thermometer built-in, you could also take the temperature using the regular digital thermometer. If you don’t have any of these products handy, you can just stick your wrist & inner arm under the faucet as you are running the bath. If it’s too hot or cold for your inner arm, it’s too hot or cold for the baby.

Lastly, if you have a little boy, I suggest sticking a wash cloth or a hand towel over him while you bathe him – otherwise you might get a shower, yourself!

DealDash has some great baby products available for auction. If you need a baby stroller, high chair, or car seat be sure to visit DealDash. Just click this link here and you can check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Image result for best water temperature for baby bath

DealDash Sews a Minky Blanket

Image result for minky blanket

Minky is one of the softest fabrics that you can use. Minky is a very common fabric to make into baby blankets, and here is one very easy blanket that you can sew yourself.

I absolutely love to sew. I make anything and everything, from baby bibs to dresses to baby blankets. I love to make patchwork quilts, but they are just too time consuming if you want to whip up a quick baby blanket for a gift at a baby shower. Making a blanket from minky and printed cotton is a quick and easy project that you can complete in a weekend – or less if you don’t have any interruptions!

Image result for minky blanket Materials:

  • 1 yard of minky fabric, any color that coordinates with your printed cotton
  • 1 yard of printed cotton that coordinates with your minky fabric
  • 1 yard of batting, your choice of thickness
  • About 200 inches of bias or binding tape – Please note that 1 yard of fabric is always 36 inches long, but the width usually varies between 32 and 60 inches. Most fabrics are available in widths of 45 inches and 60 inches. So depending on the particular fabric that you have selected for your project the width can vary. So please measure your fabric to figure out how much binding that you need.
  • Notions (thread, scissors, pins, fabric chalk or marker, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Lay your printed cotton fabric pattern side down on a clean and clear area of the floor.
  2. Lay your batting on top of the fabric, matching up all of the edges
  3. Lay your minky fabric on top, with the little nubbies face up
  4. Pin all around the edges – I put my pins about 5-6 inches apart
  5. If you would like, you can draw a pattern on the blanket that you can sew, such as swirls or whatever you feel comfortable with doing. If you don’t want to do that extra step, then you can just sew through the blanket from one edge to the other, twice vertically, and twice horizontally. This is just to make sure that the inner batting doesn’t move or get bunched up when you’re using it.
  6. Trim around the edges to even everything up, and then zigzag stitch or serge around all of the edges
  7. Pin your bias tape/ binding all the way around your blanket
  8. Sew the bias tape/binding onto the blanket
  9. All done!

Wasn’t that easy?! I am in the process of making one for my little 7 month old baby, his nursery is nautical patterned, heavy on the whales. I couldn’t find a blanket that I liked that had whales and was soft enough for a baby blanket, so I decided to make my own.

DealDash has great sewing machines up for bid. DealDash has both of the most popular brands, Singer and Brother. Get yourself a new sewing machine on DealDash. Just click this link right here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Image result for minky blanket

DealDash Packs a Diaper Bag

Image result for diaper bags list

If you’re a new parent, you probably have no idea what you will truly need when you’re out with baby. Take it from a seasoned mom what you need, and what you should leave at home.

As the mom of three kids (8, 4, and 7 months), I am well versed in baby products of all types. When you see a mom or dad on TV with a diaper bag they have just about everything except the kitchen sink – this makes the bag not only extremely heavy, but also difficult to find the item that you are looking for in a hurry. Here is a list and a quick explanation of what you should be packing in a diaper bag for a local outing. If you are wondering what you should pack for baby for a longer outing, such as a long weekend, just multiply my list by the number of days that you will be away!

  • The Bag – You need a bag that is large, sturdy, has a shoulder strap, and has multiple zippered pockets. There are so many different types and styles of diaper bag that I couldn’t even begin to list them all. I personally carry a bag that was specifically meant to be a diaper bag, but you could easily use something more stylish such as a bag that was meant for laptops as long as it is roomy enough to meet your needs.
  • Diapers – I like to pack enough diapers to be able to change the baby every 2 hours, plus 1 extra diaper for an emergency.
  • Wipes – 1 travel pack of wipes, or if you don’t have one of those, you can just pack single wipes in a ziplock bag. I like to pack 2 wipes per diaper, plus 2 extra wipes in case of an extra messy diaper.
  • Changing Pad – This can be an actual pad, or just a towel the size of a hand towel/kitchen towel.
  • Food – Depending on how old your baby is food might mean milk/formula and bottles, squeezy pouches of food, or food jars and spoons. I personally pack enough milk for my baby to eat 2 ounces per hour (but it’s more likely he will eat 6 ounces every 3 hours). I also like to pack a couple of emergency “nursette” bottles just in case.
  • 2 bibs
  • 2 pacifiers
  • 1 extra outfit
  • 1 soft stuffed toy
  • 1 chewy teething toy
  • Your personal items

That’s it! That’s exactly what I keep in my diaper bag, and it’s served me well. My baby never goes without anything he needs. DealDash has some great diaper bags up for bid, as well as various other bags that would be the perfect size to serve as a diaper bag. Just click this link here and you will be taken to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding!

Image result for baby supplies clipart

DealDash Presents Toys for Toddlers

If you have a child or grandchild who is a toddler you know that sometimes they are hard to please. Here are some fun games that you can enjoy together.

Spending time interacting with your small child in the form of play is very important. It’s hard to set aside time from work, chores, and other things that adults need to get done in a day, but make playing with your toddler a priority every day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. It’s good for both of you. Here are a few simple games and activities that will entertain your toddler and won’t break the bank.

Phoning it in – Charge up a couple of your old outdated cell phones and hand a phone to your child and keep one for yourself. Pretend to make calls, and hold conversations with each other or other relatives that aren’t home at the time. For older toddlers show them how to take pictures with the camera feature, and enjoy all of the wacky pictures that they will end up taking.

Cheerio Counting – Kids all seem to love Cheerios. Why not teach them how to count to 3, 5, or even 10 with the Cheerios? You can even teach simple math to older toddlers, i.e “I have 3 Cheerios, and I eat 1, how many do I still have? Count them! 1, 2!”

Paper Towel Tubes – Paper towel tubes are fun! You can pretend that they are a telescope and play pirates, you can get two and use them as drumsticks to play a song, or for extra fun you can each take a tube and talk to each other through it, making silly sounds and voices. Give it a try.

Playing House or Fort – If you have gotten a large auction win from DealDash that came in a large box, how about taking the time to cut out an entrance and an exit, and encourage your child to go in and out. Pairing that with some pretend play, such as knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell, and asking if anyone is home is sure to delight your little one.

Now head on over to DealDash so you can win an auction for something that will arrive to you in a large box so you can make a play house! If you’d rather buy your toys pre-made be sure to check out DealDash’s Hobbies, Toys, Outdoors, and Games category located at this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.

DealDash Pet Talk: Hamster

Most kids would love to have a pet. Sometimes it just isn’t practical to have a cat or dog. How about a hamster?

I admit it, hamsters are not as exciting a pet as a cat or dog. However, they can be great fun, especially for younger kids. They have all of the great hallmarks of a perfect first pet; they are inexpensive, their habitat can be easily purchased and not very expensive, and they are easy to keep as a pet.

There are different breeds of hamster, but if you are going to your local Petco you will probably see short and long-haired European hamsters. When you get your hamster they will probably be a baby or young hamster, not yet fully grown. When they are adults they will be around 5 inches long and can live between 2 and 3 years with good care.

When you are shopping for your new pet hamster be sure to look for one that has bright clear eyes, is active, and doesn’t have any kind of moisture or wet look neat it’s tail. The best way to pick a great pet is to make sure that you get the healthiest one that you can find.

As I said before, the hamster and it’s supplies are fairly reasonably priced, and they don’t need a lot of accessories to be happy. The hamster itself should be between $12-20 if you go to a chain pet store. Below I will list the supplies that you will need to get your new little furry buddy off to a good start.

  • Cage
  • Bedding – high quality paper bedding, crumbled paper bedding, or hardwood shavings. Cedar-based products are not suitable. They can give your furry friend a respiratory infection.
  • Water bottle & food dish
  • Food (prepared hamster pellet diet as well as fresh fruit and timothy hay)
  • Wheel (for exercise)
  • Chew sticks

That’s all you really need to get started. I would suggest getting the biggest cage that’s reasonably priced and can fit easily where you plan to keep the cage. Hamsters love to run and climb, so multi-level cages with tubes are recommended but not required. When you are looking for a cage be sure that it’s made for hamsters and not a larger animal such as a guinea pig, because  a hamster can easily squeeze through the cage bars if they are spaced too far apart.

I hope that you found this article helpful to get your family a new little friend. If you’re looking for pet supplies DealDash has you covered! Check out DealDash’s pet section at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

How to Motivate Your Kid to Read

Are you a moms and dad searching for pointers on how you can motivate your young child to be an early reader? These Tips from DealDash will help you greatly. The capability to read is a very important ability as it aids develop language skills as well as forms the structure for acquiring knowledge. Daily reading likewise stimulates your youngster’s creativity as well as imagination. Here are some beneficial suggestions that will help obtain your child to read routinely.

kid

  1. Read Aloud

Allot time to check out to your child daily. If you are a working mama, make it a practice to read out loud to your kid for at least fifteen minutes when you obtain home from work, or before your child goes to sleep.

When reviewing to your young child, make sure to utilize a lively and animated tone. You could likewise assist your toddler slowly discover how to recognize words by indicating each word as you read it out loud. To additionally promote your kid’s imagination and also believing abilities, you can additionally ask concerns related to the story. This will certainly develop your child’s capability to focus as well as focus on information. As an example, if the book you are reading to your kid is about wild  animals, you could ask your kid to call each wildlife on a particular web page, as well as to inform you what each animal is doing.

  1. Visit the Collection Frequently

Among the very best methods to expose your toddler to a wide variety of books free of cost is to on a regular basis check out the public library with your kid. Take your young child to the kids’ section of the collection and also get your child to select guides she or has success in. This will guarantee that your youngster is inspired to check out the collection publications you have actually borrowed.

If your child reveals interest in a specific topic, for example cars or canines, you can likewise borrow publications pertaining to his or her passion to make sure that your child could find out more about the subject.

  1. Be A Role Model

Kids really usually emulate the behavior of their parents. If your youngster sees you reading, they is most likely to believe in the significance of reading. To urge your kid to read, it additionally aids if your kid has easy access to publications in the house. Display youngsters’ books magnificently on bookshelves in your toddler’s bed room as this will make it simple for your kid to browse the titles on display, as well as to pick his or her favored books to read.

kid

DealDash hopes these tips help, you can head over to the site and now and check out what types of items DealDash has that can help your child grow and have fun.