The Coloring Games

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

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It was a phenomenon. In 1951 Palmer Paint introduced the Craft Master brand which sold over 12 million kits. The Palmer Paint Co. archives now reside at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and there have been numerous showings of its vintage pieces in museums, galleries and art shows from New York to San Francisco. Simply stated- it's the Marilyn Monroe of arts and crafts. So what holds such splendor, inspires such intrigue, loves to play such coloring games?

The Kit

It was all about the kit. You got what you got. More specifically you got what everyone got, and back then you were right on trend. Today you can still find vintage paint by number kits on Ebay, and if the arts and crafts bug bites you can most certainly pay modern prices to wait on the mailman.

Then the anticipation mounts and the day finally arrives when the kit hits your doorstep. You and your excited kids break out those plastic containers of vibrant but cracked and dried paints and realize… if you had hours to spend alone with a tiny paintbrush and some new art supplies you'd be able to recreate a magnificent sailboat masterpiece, or perfect rendition of horses crossing a path in some far off land you're pretty sure we've already deforested. The kids however, realizing at first look that the beat-up box most likely doesn't hold any sort of crafts for kids, have already turned back to the television set.

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

Yes, the problem with such vintage arts and crafts, like so many other lovingly remembered activities, is that most of us don't have the luxury to spend copious amounts of time doing much of anything other than the list of things we password protect in one or another of our electronic life-organizing devices. Much less want to spend the little extra time and money we might find sitting alone somewhere with an outdated art design using expensive art store supplies and painting by numbers.

Paint by Number's New Sponsor

Grab your kids and break out your everyday arts and crafts supplies, but tell your budding artists that the free coloring pages you'll print today are not any regular coloring pages for kids. The paint by number experience you remember so dearly will be delivered to you and yours via your personal computer, and with a few new surprises up its sleeve. On the 2012 launched paint by number web phenomenon you will certainly find free coloring pages, great coloring pages for kids, ideas for crafts for kids and coloring games, but you will also find something even more impressive and masterfully iconic… a home for today's new paint by number experience! Here you and your little ones can choose your favorite personal photos or images and with the click of a mouse upload them to create the world's most perfect free coloring pages and paint by number masterpieces.

The website converts your photos and gives you the choice to use paint, markers, colored pencils, or even standard everyday crayons to create your priceless works of art. You can print complete paint by number outlines and instructions and coloring pages for kids right there at home and all for free! And even though you might have set out searching for some Dora the Explorer Download the Dora the Explorer Paint by Numbers project (.pdf format), before you know it, you and your family of newly created artists will be players in the best kind of coloring game – connected, inspired, and busy creating lasting pieces of priceless, personal, professional quality artwork.

Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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