12 things that we usually don’t know about babies

September 292012

There’re a lot of things that a new mom doesn’t know i.e why babies head look strange or why they are always hungry. Just an example from the article:

My baby’s head looks strange

You envisioned a picture-perfect Gerber baby — round, rosy, and oh-so-cute. If your newborn’s head looks a little strange and cone-shaped at first, that’s because he probably spent hours wedged in your pelvis. Openings in the skull allow it to mold its shape to fit through the birth canal. “This protects against skull fractures or brain injury during a vaginal delivery,” says Anne Hansen, M.D., a neonatologist at Children’s Hospital Boston and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Other imperfections add to your baby’s temporary troll-like appearance. If he slid out on his nose, his nostrils may be a bit squashed. Fluids accumulated under his skin may make his eyes look swollen. And he may even have a few small bruises on his face and scalp if forceps or a vacuum extractor was used to deliver him. Your baby is a work of beauty in progress. Be patient, and he’ll soon become the angel you imagined.

You can read the rest on Parents.com: http://www.parents.com/baby/care/newborn/12-things-no-one-ever-tells-you-about-babies/

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How to make baby booties

September 272012

If you wan to know how to make baby booties then you should visit this site – how to make baby booties
They are so cute, I really adore them :)

Just check them out:

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Treating your baby’s colds

September 202012

It’s awful when your baby is ill. Babies can’t tell what’s the problem and moms are always so worried when the little one doesn’t feel well. Now that the weather is turning cold your baby can get the cold. How we can protect them? What kind of medicines can we use? There’re many questions to answer. The good news is that Babycenter can help you with this great article:

Is it okay to give my baby over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicine?

Most experts say no. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises doctors to tell their patients that OTC cough and cold medicines aren’t effective in children younger than 6 and can sometimes have dangerous side effects. You may want to ask your child’s doctor what he suggests.

Keep in mind that cough and cold medications won’t shorten the course of your child’s cold or prevent further complications such as ear infections or sinus infections.

If your baby is feverish, ask your doctor about giving her infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Never give your baby aspirin as it makes her more susceptible to Reye’s syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease.

Fortunately there are always alternative treatments that can help your child:

Adding a few drops of menthol, eucalyptus, or pine oil to a vaporizer or bath may help your baby feel less congested, says Kathi Kemper, professor of pediatrics, public health sciences, and family medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and author of The Holistic Pediatrician. (You can get these oils at most natural food stores.) If your baby is at least 6 months old, a weak, lukewarm solution of chamomile tea can also be soothing.

Source: http://www.babycenter.com/0_colds_78.bc?intcmp=Nav_HP_Hero3&page=3#articlesection4

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Co-sleeping with your baby

September 182012

I’m a new mom and I read a  lot about co-sleeping with babies. To be honest I’m a little bit worried when my baby is sleeping with me. My biggest fear is to roll over on him. Although I know there are many moms who do co-sleep with their babies. The following article is really helpful when you decide to co-sleep with your child. There’re og course some safety hazards that you need to consider f.ex. :pillows, loose blankets, soft mattresses.

Check out this great article written by Heather Turgeon:

Both of my babies spent most of the night with me as newborns. They lay swaddled at my side, and I scooted them over to breastfeed and doze – it helped us all sleep. The bassinet worked better after two months, and then on to separate rooms. Even in the toddler years, though, my son occasionally ended up with us if he was sick. In other words, my family, like most, opted for some combination of independent sleep and bed-sharing. You might find that not many people label their family as “co-sleeping,” but that with some probing, it turns out that a good percentage of families actually do tote their little ones to bed once in awhile. The incidence of co-sleeping has been on the rise in the U.S. (and is high throughout the world), with around half of families reporting at least occasional bed-sharing and about a quarter of families making a regular practice of it.

Whether you should co-sleep depends on how it works for you. If your baby, you, and your partner are sleeping well and feeling rested (newborn wakings notwithstanding) and you’re doing it safely, then great. As with most aspects of parenting, there isn’t one right way. But here are some points to consider when you’re trying to find the right sleep arrangements for your family.

Do you co-sleep with your baby? What’s your opinion?

Source: http://www.babble.com/baby/baby-sleep-solution/co-sleeping-pros-and-cons/

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5 mistakes that new moms make

September 142012

Everybody makes mistakes not only new moms and dads. We may not be that experienced but we always learn from our mistakes. You can’t prepare yourself for everything but try your best. Check out these 5 tips that can be very helpful when you’re a new mom (or dad):

Crowded Public Places

Your baby is tiny and brand new. You may have obligations and events you want to attend but it’s not worth the risk, you don’t want a sick newborn. Stay home with your newborn for the first few weeks until your baby builds up his immune system. Avoid things like kid birthdays or crowded malls.

Sleeping Through the Night

Some parents get excited when their new born sleeps through the night, this isn’t a good thing at such a young age. A newborn may sleep through the night but you need to wake the child to feed them. Newborns need their nutrients about every 4 hours. If you let your baby sleep through the night it could cause her to develop jaundice and become sluggish making it harder for her to wake  up when she is hungry and need to bed fed. Check with your personal pediatrician to see when it is okay for them to sleep through the night.

Source: http://www.babiesonline.com/articles/

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Traveling with babies – top tips

September 112012

When you have a newborn baby you probably want to stay at home and you don’t really want to travel with him/her if it’s not really necessary. A new moms knows that a baby requires 24/7 attention, feedings, lots of diaper changes and you’re also worried that your little angel might catch something while traveling.

But when your baby turns 3 months he/she is big enough to travel. Every mom thinks that babies are extremely fragile but this is actually not true. Once you start traveling with your baby early enough it won’t be a big deal later on either. Your baby can’t walk or run around so he/she won’t get into any trouble – it’s actually gonna be a greater challenge later on.

Important Health and Safety tips when you travel with your baby:

  • Prepare a first-aid kit so you’ll have the supplies you need for dealing with minor medical problems while traveling with your baby. Be sure to take along any prescription medications that your baby requires, even if only on occasion. (It’s always when you leave the inhaler at home that your little one has an asthma attack at Grandma’s.)
  • Fill out an emergency sheetcontaining contact names and numbers and your child’s health information, including the names of any medications he takes, so it’s handy if needed.
  • Take a hat for your baby to shade him from the sun in warm weather or keep his head bundled in cool weather. Sunscreen is a must, too, if you’ll be spending time outdoors — no matter what season. Use sunscreen of at least SPF 15, with both UVA and UVB protection. Apply in small amounts to the face and back of hands in babies under 6 months, or more liberally wherever skin is exposed in older babies.
  • In the car, your baby should always ride in the back seat, in a rear-facing car seat — never in a front seat with (or without) a passenger air bag. Before you leave, make sure the car seat is properly installedand that the seat’s belts are correctly threaded. Make sure the harness fits your baby snugly and securely.
  • Get removable shade screens for the car’s side windows — available at baby supply and discount stores — to shield your baby’s eyes from the sun and keep him from getting too hot. Peel-and-stick shades are more secure, and therefore safer, than those that attach with suction cups.
  • Keep your baby as safe as possible when you take public transit(like a bus, train, or taxi) by bringing along a car seat. The car seat will provide some protection even when there are no seat belts to strap it in.
  • If you’ve purchased an airplane seat for your baby, bring an FAA-approved car seat for your child to sit in (this is the safest way for babies to fly). If you haven’t bought a ticket for your baby, you’ll be able to use the car seat only if there are empty seats on board.
These are really great tips to follow – it will help to enjoy traveling with your child.
Source and more tips:
http://www.babycenter.com/0_traveling-with-a-newborn-to-8-month-old_7157.bc?intcmp=Nav_HP_Hero4 

Are there any dangers to potty train a child too early?

September 72012

Potty Training

The answer is yes, there are. There are many parents who would like to potty train their child too early. They do it in Europe too. Everybody knows that diapers are pretty bad for environment. There’re also scientific studies were written that children who train later are more likely to end up having accidents.

This is a really interesting topic and I thought it’s really worth to share with you:

As a pediatric urologist who specializes in toileting problems, I’ll tell you this: Children under age 3 should not manage their own toileting habits any more than they should manage their college funds. Preschools that require 3-year-olds to be potty trained – like the one in Virginia that suspended 12-year-old Zoe Rosso for excessive potty accidents – are harming kids. And infant toilet training, promoted in Mayim Bialik’s new book Beyond the Sling, is just plain nuts – unless, like Bialik, you monitor your child 24/7, feed your child a high-fiber vegan diet, and home-school your child. Babies need to experience uninhibited voiding, or elimination, without the expectation of using the toilet at such an early age.

It’s not that young kids can’t be potty trained. Sure they can. But knowing how to poop on the potty is not the same as responding to your body’s urges in a judicious manner.

Source: http://www.babble.com/toddler/toddler-health-safety/dangers-potty-training-early/

 

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Get a Free Baby Carrier

September 52012

Get a Free Baby Carrier from Seven Slings. Just use promo code: “BABYSAVINGS” at checkout.
You can use the code more than once – you just have to open a new browser/window to do so. Shipping is $11.95.

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