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    How do I know when my baby is sleepy?

    How do I know when my baby is sleepy?

    I have spent many hours talking about, thinking about and searching on line on how to get my babies to sleep. Sleep in babies is probably just as important as a nutritious diet.   A well rested baby promotes growth, health, contentment and brain development. Ever since I’ve known that an overtired baby who does not nap during the day, does not equal more sleep or even longer periods of sleep, I’ve been obsessed in getting my babies to nap before they are beyond the point of no return.   The problem for us is, babies do not talk and are not able to tell you when they’re tired - if you try to put them down before they’re ready they end up becoming upset and hysterical.  However, when they're so small, the only way they can communicate to us is through crying and when they do try to communicate to us when they’re tired, it can be difficult to differentiate from whether they are hungry, wet or soiled nappy, bored or in pain.  By spending time with your baby, you get to learn to read the different signs they display when they’re tired and you soon learn to know when they’re ready to sleep. 

    Based on my personal experience with my own babies, these are some signs I look out for when my baby is trying to tell me he’s tired and needs to sleep. Some may be obvious but it's always reassuring to know that others are also looking out for the same things. I hope this helps your little baby sleep well.

    - droopy eyes making them look smaller

    - glazed/glassy look in his eyes with difficulty in focusing

    - yawning and rubbing eyes

    - rubbing or tugging at ears

    - becoming quiet and withdrawn from play or attention

    - becoming still, relaxing to fall asleep

    - frowning or knotting eye brows

    - long drawn out whines

    - wanting to be held more than usual/more clingy

    - rests his head on me or my lap or on the ground.

    Why does my silicone product smell?

    Why does my silicone product smell?

    The idea of being 100% plastic free really appeals to us, particularly when it comes to what goes into our children's mouth and so, where possible, we try to source products for Onco that are plastic free. With that in mind, you will find that we do not sell plastic products in our Feeding section, and if we do, it is a minimal part of the product. 

    Onco silicone products are made from FDA approved food grade silicone and does not smell before first use.  Ensure all your silicone products are manufactured using food grade silicone.

    Silicone is probably the most natural material (besides glass) for use with feeding children.  You may sometimes notice a distinct smell and these smells that sometimes occur are actually the result of food oils and washing detergents clinging to one another, it is not the silicone material itself. This is because there are no chemicals added into the formula to make the silicone rigid.  

    There are several methods to reduce and remove the smell:

    1. Lemon Juice is a good solution to use when washing the silicone (not necessary all the time as not all foods will cause the silicone to smell  - but if it does, washing with it greatly helps and it is safe).

    2. Baking soda is another product to use. You can wash the silicone product with it when smells are noticed. 

    3. Boiling the silicone for 5 minutes after cleaning will also elminate the smell. 

    4. Baking in the oven for 2 hours at 200F/93C will eliminate the smell.

    Although our products are dishwasher safe, dishwasher detergent can leave a smell on the silicone mat.  We recommend using washing up liquids that do not contain fragrances or additives, this also helps to reduce the incidence of smells.