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Decorating your baby's new band or helmet can help reduce tension both for you and your family, and for others in public.  Many parents have found that decorating helps strangers see this medical device as something fun, rather than a sterile, "don't speak of it" type of thing.  Stickers, paint, and such can help open the door to an educating conversation (about plagio!), instead of a "stare-a-thon"!  Here are a few decorating ideas for the new "head gear".  Have fun! :o)

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This is our daughter, Hanna.  Her DOC Band is painted with several coats of silver acrylic paint, then a variety of rub-on transfers.  To keep everything looking new, I applied several coats of acrylic varnish over everything.  I used acrylic paint because it is non-toxic and low odour.  It also dries fairly fast (1 hour per coat).  You can find all sorts of rub-on transfers at your local craft store (we love animals!).  We wanted a permanent look, so I applied several (I mean dozens - over time!) coats of acrylic varnish over everything.  As Hanna bumped her head over the months, and using alcohol for cleaning, it was necessary to put another coat on every week or so.  I recommend VARNISH, as I tried acrylic sealer at first, and it did nothing for me!

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This helmet is made of clear plastic (with a foam insert), so this clever Mom decided to paint the INSIDE! Acrylic paint was used to paint the background of this sea-scape, and stickers were used on the outside for detail.  No varnish was necessary for this paint job, as the foam insert made for great protection.  Clear nail polish was applied over the stickers to keep them from peeling. 

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Stickers are a fast and easy way to make plain white into fun!  Check your local craft/scrapbooking stores, or order on line.  There are always many themes for boys or girls, and for every season and holiday.  For temporary protection, use a layer of clear nail polish over each sticker.  For a permanent finish, use the acrylic varnish, but work quickly if you are using paper stickers, as the varnish can run the colours. 

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Another creative Mom did this band with acrylic paints.  The acrylic varnish was use for protection.  She changed scenes often by peeling of the old design, sanding lightly, then starting again.

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