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The Five Second Rule, Germs, and Your Baby

Are you ready for the real scoop about the five second rule? Here you go: germs attach immediately to food or pacifiers dropped on the floor. They don’t have to wait five seconds to do anything. Hence, the old five second rule is a complete farce!

Germs are very sticky creatures. The moment your food or your baby’s pacifier touches the floor (or anything else), the germs stick, according to research done by P. Dawson as reported in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.

Dawson further found that significantly more bacteria are transferred to food or pacifiers that are dropped on wood and tile floors than on carpet floors.

Obviously, germs aren’t things that exist only on the floor. Germs are everywhere. If you took the tip of your average pencil and looked at it through an electron microscope, you would see a virtual zoo of germs. Theses germs include bacteria, viruses, and fungi — as well as microscopic animals such as dust mites. Gross!

How Germs Get into the Body

Germs live everywhere: in your pillow, on your finger, in your hair, and in your stomach. It’s comforting to remember that most of these germs are rather harmless. Additionally, the ones that are dangerous have to get past your skin to do any damage. That’s why cuts should be treated to minimize infection, and why surgery is always done in a sterile environment.

Aside from an open wound, the next quickest way germs can get in your body is through your mouth. That’s why it is never a good idea to eat food that’s been dropped on the floor, no matter how long it has been sitting there. It’s also never a good idea to pick up a pacifier that your baby has spit out onto the floor without first thoroughly sanitizing it – even if happened in your own home (and was there for less than five seconds)! As soon as food or pacifiers touch the floor, millions of disgusting bacteria are immediately transferred. Picking up the food or pacifier in less than five seconds doesn’t help at all!

“Throwing Out” the Five Second Rule

With that said, the obvious answer when food hits the floor is to throw it out. However when a pacifier hits the floor, properly sanitizing it every time is a huge pain. If you’re like every other parent, a pacifier landing on the ground is a routine event, and you need to sanitize it many times per day! So how can this be avoided?

Enter the Binki Band from Sister Chic. Binki Bands are essential in keeping pacifiers off of the floor or ground, and free of germs. They are popular with parents because of their snug clip, their universal attachment, and an assortment of available stylish fabrics.

Bikini Bands are compatible with all pacifiers including Mam, Soothie, and Avent — to name a few. Binki Bands put an end to the pick-up game, and make the five second rule officially irrelevant (at least where it concerns your baby’s pacifier!).

Take a look at Binki Bands here >>

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5 Baby Shower Gift Ideas That Will Make You a Hero

Running out of practical, yet fun and unique ideas to gift at the next baby shower you’re invited to? Here’s a review of five unique baby shower gift ideas. Each of these will be fun, useful, and practical items for the parent-to-be!

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

OTO-TIP Daily Ear Cleaning

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Developed out of the Stanford University’s BioDesign Program, the Clear Ear OTO-TIP’s patented spiral spin technology provides a way to do daily ear cleaning. It is safe, effective and easy to use on infants, children, and adults. It has an automated spinning swab, with a built in safety cap, for completely safe daily ear cleaning.

Everyone from the doctor to the media has made us aware that we shouldn’t put things deep into our ears – especially baby’s ears! OTO-TIP’s patented spiral spin technology provides a way to do daily ear cleaning that is safe, effective and easy to use. This product is vastly superior to cotton swabs, ear candling, or ear vacuum kits.

OTO-TIP is designed to be used on the entire family, and will definitely make you a hero at that next baby shower!

Order an OTO-TIP here >>

The Baby Shusher Sleep Miracle

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This unique item truly is a sleep miracle for newborns and their parents. If you’re familiar with Harvey Karp’s “5 S’s” techniques from The Happiest Baby on the Block, then you know how effective “Shushing” can be to help soothe and calm a fussy baby.

“Shushing” is a doctor-approved and thoroughly tested technique designed to break a baby’s cry spell and engage their natural calming reflex. The rhythmic shush reminds baby of being inside mom, where they were inundated 24 hours a day with loud sounds of blood flow and other in utero noises (up to 95 dBs, or the sound of a very loud vacuum cleaner).

The Baby Shusher perfectly replicates the “Shushing” sound and, quite simply, works like magic!

The Baby Shusher is small, compact, and easy to keep clean. It can be used in the crib, in the car, when visiting friends and family, or when doing the everyday important things like grocery shopping or catching up with friends.

Take a look at the Baby Shusher in use here >>

This miracle is a must-have for every soon-to-be parent, and is at the top of the list for a perfect baby shower gift! It can be ordered as a stand-alone item, or as part of the Baby Shusher Gift Collection (which would be perfect for that baby shower!)

Order a Baby Shusher here >>

Tumzee

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As a baby begins to get a bit older and can start holding her head up on her own (anywhere from 1 – 3 months of age), then it’s time to begin Tummy Time.

Tummy Time encourages fine and gross motor skills. Tummy Time also encourages babies to push up on their hands and arms which develops strong shoulders, arms and hand muscles required for grasping and reaching.  Experts recommend about 30 minutes of Tummy Time each day for infants.

Tumzee is designed to make Tummy Time as pleasant and successful as possible. It is designed for babies from birth to crawling age. This unique design enables babies to be positioned on their tummies on an incline, which assists in reducing the frustration many babies experience during Tummy Time.

All in all, it’s a hugely unique and practical baby shower gift idea that will make you a hero!

Order a Tumzee here >>

Dropper Stopper

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What parent hasn’t had to deal with their baby or toddler dropping or throwing their pacifier or sippy cup? Do you have any idea how many germs these things pick up the instant they touch the ground?

The Dropper Stopper is a fun, trendy, and unique product from Sister Chic that stops the drops!  With its patented design, the Dropper Stopper prevents dropped baby items from ever hitting the dirty floor!

Made with flexible material, one end wraps around strollers, highchairs and baby carriers — while the opposite end secures sippy cups, bottles, toys and more!

Dropper Stopper is a must have for moms on the go. The special grip material provides a nice snug hold. With a variety of snaps, the length can be easily modified. Made with designer fabric, this accessory is vibrant and holds up great in the wash.

Winner of the Moms Best Award, parents love that you can simply wrap it, snap it and say good bye to the pickup game!

Dropper Stopper can be ordered in a variety of fabrics here >>

Also take a look at Sister Chic’s Binki Bands and Tushy Totes.

CLEARinse Nasal Cleaning System

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Nasal congestion can be distressing for babies and entire families. It can make eating, sleeping and breathing difficult — especially for baby. Relieving this congestion can be challenging, as over the counter cold and allergy medicine cannot be used for infants and children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends saline irrigation and aspiration as the most effective, safe way to relieve nasal congestion in infants and children.

CLEARinse uses a custom pump system, recommended by doctors, that creates similar flow and pressure settings used in doctor’s offices and hospitals to clear noses. It is the only device on the consumer market that both irrigates and aspirates the nose, making the recommended procedure more streamlined and easy to perform.

CLEARinse works like a charm on babies, children and adults. It’s a baby shower gift that goes beyond just baby!

Order a CLEARinse Starter Kit here >>

These items top the list as some of the best baby shower gift ideas, and definitely beats giving another package of diapers!

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Sister Chic’s “July Madness” Facebook Contest

Sister Chic’s “July Madness” Facebook Contest

Would an extra $100 in cash fit well into your pocket book right now? Sister Chic has announced an exciting and easy-to-enter Facebook contest surrounding their must-have products for parents.

Starting on July 5th, Sister Chic will be launching their “July Madness” contest for all customers who have put Sister Chic products to use. The contest is simple! All you need to do is record a short (minimum one minute) video, or write a 250-word submission, describing what the Sister Chic range has done to make life easier for you and your family! Just remember to have the product in the video, or attach a picture to your written entry. Your submission can be funny, serious, informative, or entertaining – basically, anything you can dream up. Be yourself and have fun with it!

Once you are happy with your entry, post it directly from your Facebook account to the Sister Chic Facebook Fan Page Wall.

Sister Chic will be accepting contest submissions on their Facebook page starting on July 5th, and ending at 11:59 pm Central time on July 15th. We will then select our 64 favorite submissions and begin a voting-based, bracketed-style competition starting on July 20th.

  • The FIRST PLACE winner will receive a $100 top prize!
  • The SECOND PLACE winner will receive a gift package that includes a collection of Sister Chic items.

Winners will be determined based upon a survive-and-advance, bracketed voting competition on Sister Chic’s Fan Page that will run from July 20th – 27th. The cream will rise to the top as friends, family, and Fan Page followers select their favorite entries each day!

Haven’t tried the Sister Chic range yet? Take a look here! Then once you put our products to use and see how amazing they are, you’ll be ready to submit your contest entry!

Start getting your submissions ready today, then plan on submitting starting on July 5th! Good luck!

**Submissions become the property of Sister Chic and can be used on our website, social media accounts, YouTube, or any other media we deem appropriate.