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Tips to Soothe Your Crying Baby

March 31st, 2015

No matter what age or stage your newborn baby is, when it cries it gets on other’s nerves. This is especially true when out in public. There are ways to calm a baby when it’s crying at home, as well as out in public. Here is a list of the top six ways to calm a crying baby.

#1: Millikan Drops

If a baby has gas, they will naturally cry as a reaction to let their parents know. Sometimes patting their back isn’t enough to release these gas bubbles. Therefore, using Millikan drops, an over the counter gas relief remedy for babies, is an option to consider. If you explore this option, however, be sure to read the instructions for how much and how often to administer.

#2: White Noise Machine

White noise has been known to have a calming effect on people of all ages, especially a newborn baby. There are many ways to achieve this goal ranging from using a fan set on low or an actual white noise machine. Many pediatricians will advise against the use of using a fan because it could cause the baby to become chilled or it could dry out their nasal passageways.

#3: Baby Carrier

Some babies feel more comfortable when they are placed in their baby carriers. They will cry less often because they feel more snug, secure, and cuddled. Also, there is less occurrences of gastrula reflux when babies are on their backs and sleeping slightly upward at an angle. It is not a good idea, nor is it safe, however to keep a baby unattended in their baby carrier. If you choose this option, be sure you’re supervising.

#4: Bjorn

This is another way of swaddling a baby while out in public whereby the baby is carried directly against their parent. Some parents carry their baby in their homes using their Bjorn, as well, to provide extra body to body comfort and help their baby feel secure.

#5: Nursery Monitors

Use of nursery monitors prevents parents from rushing into nurseries whenever a baby starts crying. They can monitor whether their baby is just fussy, how long they’re crying, if they’re able to calm themselves, and so on.

#6: The Fussy Baby Book

This is an excellent resource written by Dr. Sears teaching new parents about how to allow babies to calm themselves, be in the area when babies are crying, and prevent over-stimulation.

5 Car Seat Mistakes You Must Avoid

October 7th, 2014

New parents take a lot of time picking out items to create a beautiful and baby safe nursery. The same kind of care needs to go into choosing the right car seat for your vehicle. Over 50 percent of parents use a car seat incorrectly. Take the time to learn to use the car seat correctly. Your baby’s safety is at stake. There are five commonly mistakes made when using a car seat that are easily avoided.

Old Seat

Car seats actually have an expiration date. A car seat is only good for a 6 short years. The plastic on the car seat starts to weaken once it passes its expiration date, making the seat unsafe. If using a seat from an older child, make sure that the expiration date has not passed. Buying a car seat from a yard sale or borrowing one from a neighbor is not recommended. You do not know the history of that car seat and it could have been in an accident.

Straps and clips

Parents are afraid of making the straps on the car seat tight for fear that they may hurt the baby. However, it is the opposite that is true. If the straps are not tight enough your little wiggle worm will be able to get free. Also if you are in an accident, the loose straps will not keep your baby from getting whiplash and other injuries that can occur. There is a simple test to check to see if the straps are too loose. Try to pinch the straps at the shoulder location. If you can get the material to fold without applying too much effort, the straps need to be tightened. The location of the clip is important as well. The chest clip needs to be aligned with the baby’s arm pit. The clip could injury the stomach if not properly placed.

Clothes

It is a natural reaction to bundle your baby on cold wet days. However when placing a baby in a car seat, this is actually a mistake. In an accident, the layers of clothes are compressed by the straps. This will leave room for your baby to be whipped around in an accident.

Forward

The baby’s first birthday is usually celebrated by being moved to a forward facing position in a car. This is a mistake. Wait until the baby reaches the maximum weight and height of the car seat.

Creating Play Mat Heaven For Your Baby

February 14th, 2014

Play Mat  For Your Baby

Children need plenty of space and time to play as this develops the brain, social skills, and a feeling that life is fun. However, there are considerations to be taken, especially before a child can walk. A play mat is a great way to safely let a child explore the world, enjoy their toys, and develop their tiny muscles. Here are some things to consider before buying one.

Consider Texture And Material

There are several different materials mats come in. Some mats are thicker and softer so as to be more comfortable and sound absorbent; these mats are often difficult to wash. Some others come with a crinkly texture that while exciting to an infant, this can give grown-ups severe migraines. Some mats have fun patterns and reflective surfaces to stimulate babies during tummy time.

Hygiene And Parent’s Comfort

It’s important to keep in mind cleanliness of the mat. A mat that can be disassembled so that the mat can be washed and the attachable toys cleaned is ideal. It is best to find a balance between safe and convenient. While it is nice to disassemble toys attachments and roll up the mat when guests come over, having a toy that has poorly connected parts that come apart too easily is a danger to babies. Using good judgment and research in regards to safety and finding a toy and mat system that a parent is comfortable with assembling, disassembling, and washing is essential for turning mat time from a dreaded experience to a fun daily activity.

Pick A Pillow, But Not Just Any Pillow

Many baby mats come with a baby sized pillow that either attaches to the system in some secure way, or can simply be moved around. Designed to support the neck and shoulders of the baby during play, this adds to their comfort and helps ensure that they will not roll over and suffocate. The pillow can also be used under the tummy to make it easier for a baby to play with their toys. When choosing a pillow, make sure that the baby isn’t allergic to any of the stuffing materials.

Alternatives

Mothers and fathers on the go don’t always have the option to pack a bulky mat. Luckily, if staying at a friends house or in a hotel, an individual can lay a blanket and some pillows down with some toys for mat time. Be vigilant during this improvised mat time as these materials work in a pinch, but aren’t designed to be baby proof. It is best to supervise the infant to make sure they don’t get caught up in the blanket or change position on the pillow as this can lead to discomfort or suffocation if left uncorrected.

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Items New Mothers Should Be Without During Baby’s First Year

November 9th, 2013

Items New Mothers Should Be Without During Baby's First YearThere are several items that all new mothers can really benefit from having before their first child is born. Beds, storage, and plenty of blankets are a given but there are some other items that can be really helpful. One very important item is a cool mist vaporizer. Until babies reach four months of age they cannot be given very many medications. If a baby becomes ill before four months a cool mist vaporizer is usually one of the first items doctors recommend to sooth a sick newborn. In the first year of life there are ten important items that every new mother should have; before the baby is born, if possible.

Furniture

When it comes to newborns there are three must have items. These are a bed, a storage item, and a car seat. If a woman has these three pieces of furniture ready for when the baby arrives it will make taking the baby back and forth to the doctor safe. It will also ensure that the mother has a place prepared for the baby and the baby’s things. The bed can be a bassinet, cradle, or a crib; a crib is the best option for the entire year. Any storage item will do including a dresser, wardrobe, shelves, or closet. One item that is optional, but is so close to necessary is a baby swing. Most babies are soothed by swinging to sleep. It can be especially helpful for colicky babies.

Medical supplies

Diaper rash cream, extra formula, distilled water, and Tylenol or Motrin are four of the most important medical items to have on hand for newborns. Diaper rash cream helps immediately soothe any irritation or rash; often stopping it before it gets worse. Extra formula comes in handy as well as water for natural emergencies, car problems, or lack of funds. Tylenol or Motrin is very important for fevers that can spike without warning.

Baby supplies and clothing

Babies always need extra changes of clothes but almost equally important is the diaper bag. Another essential item is a diaper changing pad or extra changing blanket so that babies can be changed on a clean surface. It also helps keep friends homes and bathrooms cleaner than laying a baby directly on a bed or counter where germs can be transferred.

Conclusion

Babies come with a lot of needs but it takes very few items to make it through the first year. A few toys, storage items, a place to sleep, food, and love is all that is needed for baby’s first year. Often parents are holding and caring for their child so a lot of furniture or items to entertain them are not necessary.