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If all is well, most babies cry immediately after birth. Most then quietly gaze with large open eyes at their surroundings before falling asleep. But some might stay awake and want to feed. If your baby seems ready, you can try breastfeeding within a few minutes of birth. Enjoy these first wondrous cries, they signal that your baby's respiratory and circulatory systems are making a successful transition from life inside your womb to life outside it. Newborns may continue to cry because they're shocked by the transition to the outside world. Every baby is different. Some might feel hungry or cold but aren't able to express it by crying. If your pediatrician has determined everything is fine with your newborn, they may simply still be learning how to cry. Still, as long as your baby's needs are met, there's no issue with them not crying as much. Newborn crying jags are inevitable. On any given day, a newborn might cry for up to two hours or even longer. Babies do indeed feel pain, and that they process it similarly to adults. Until as recently as the 1980s, researchers assumed newborns did not have fully developed pain receptors, and believed that any responses babies had to pokes or pricks were merely muscular reactions.  As quickly as possible, a new baby is placed in your arms. Often, the baby is placed skin-to-skin on your chest right after birth. Some babies will breastfeed right away. In the first hour or 2 after birth, most babies are in an alert, wide awake phase. Abstract. Vociferous, shrill, and piercing-the first cry of the newborn infant signals that a new and separate life has begun. Separated from the body of the mother, the newborn cry serves to call for care, support, and protection. Developing babies need oxygen beginning early in pregnancy. But a baby won't take their first breath until after birth. This means that babies don't truly breathe in the womb. Instead, the umbilical cord provides the baby with oxygen until the first breath. There are no nerve endings in your baby's cord, so it doesn't hurt when it is cut. What's left attached to your baby is called the umbilical stump, and it will soon fall off to reveal an adorable belly button. Your baby may have some of your blood on their skin and perhaps vernix, the greasy white substance that protects your baby's skin in the womb. If you prefer, you can ask the midwife to dry your baby and wrap them in a blanket before your cuddle. Mucus may need to be cleared out of your baby's nose and mouth. The first cry is critical to initiate successful transition from fetal circulation, where the baby is completely dependent on the mother and placenta for gas exchange, to life outside the womb where the baby must use its own lungs to sustain life. Read related article: Do's And Don'ts When Taking Care Of A Newborn Baby What New Parents Need To Know About Natural Childbirth What New Parents Need To Know About Natural Childbirth
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Newborns don't have a strong immune system yet, so they're at risk for infection. Make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands. Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling your baby. Always support your newborn's head and neck. To pick up baby, slide one hand under baby's head and neck and the other hand under their bottom. Bend your knees to protect your back. Once you've got a good hold, scoop up your baby and bring baby close to your chest as you straighten your legs again.   Five Things That You Need To Do To A Newborn Baby:    Wash your hands before touching a baby - Until your baby is at least two months old, it's an excellent idea to ask visitors to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before holding your baby. Set yourself and immediate family members the same rule. Washing with soap and water is best, but most alcohol-based sanitizers are fine to use on young children as long as you handle them with care: Use just a pea-size amount and rub your child's hands until they're completely dry so he doesn't try to lick or swallow any gel, then store the bottle safely out of reach. Hold the baby like a football - Prone over arm can be a part of tummy time sessions. Place your baby over your forearm supporting their head in the natural bend of your elbow and resting your opposite arm between baby's legs supporting them with your hand at their tummy or shoulder. Keep your baby upright after feeding - Always burp your baby when feeding time is over. To help prevent the milk from coming back up, keep your baby upright after feeding for 10 to 15 minutes, or longer if your baby spits up or has GERD. Keep your baby upright after a feed. Once your baby has finished feeding, try not to lay him down for a nap or a nappy change straight away. But don't worry if your baby spits sometimes.  Immunization is important - Your child should receive their first doses of most vaccines during their first two years of life. They may need several doses of the vaccines to reach full protection. For example, the CDC recommends children receive their first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12 months of age or older. No matter the schedule you choose to follow, Bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG), Hepatitis B (HB 1), and Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV 0) are the 3 main vaccines given to every newborn right after birth. Different doses and vaccines will then follow when your child is 6 weeks, 10 weeks, and 14 weeks old. Trimming your baby’s nails - You may not need to cut your baby's nails for the first few months. Newborns' nails are very soft and will probably be worn down by their clothing. However, babies can't control their arm or leg movements for the first 6 weeks. If their nails are sharp or jagged, they may scratch themselves. Massage the child's hands or rub them with a towel before cutting his/her nails to desensitize his/her skin. Play music while you cut the child's nails to play down the sound produced by the nail clipper.   Five Things That You Should Not Do To A Newborn Baby:    Don’t bounce a fussy newborn - Offer a swaddle. This snug wrap in a receiving blanket keeps your little bundle feeling secure. Don't get discouraged. It's long been thought that for most babies, crying peaks at six weeks and then gradually eases off. Your baby's cry is how they communicate with you. Babies cry so they can be fed, put to sleep, or have their diaper changed. All babies cry. Don’t extend your baby forward to someone else - Protecting the head and neck is the priority when passing your newborn to someone else. Introducing your baby to others at home can be challenging. If you have other kids, be sure to spend some quality time with each of them. Rather than holding the baby out in front of you, have the other person come close, facing you. Don't Put Your Newborn on Their Stomach at Bedtime - It isn't safe to put babies to sleep on their stomachs. That's because this position increases the risk of SIDS. The same goes for placing your baby to sleep on his side. From the side-sleeping position, your little one can easily roll onto his stomach and end up in this unsafe sleeping position. Don’t kiss a newborn baby - A newborn baby's immune system is underdeveloped, and whilst they're not fully immunised, it makes them highly vulnerable to severe infections. Many pediatricians warn against strangers kissing babies due to their vulnerable immune systems, as infants are at particular risk of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), allergic reactions, fever blisters and foot and mouth disease. Don't hold a baby if you are tired - Remember that safe sleep is a must. “Too frequently, exhausted parents fall asleep holding their baby and wake up hours later to find the baby in a dangerous position,” says Dr. Ahmann. “If you're tired, put your baby back in the crib. Having a baby is hard work, and when you finally see your little one for the first time, you might be overcome with emotion after waiting such a long time to give birth. Read related articles: What New Parents Need To Know About Natural Childbirth Importance Of Self Care During Pregnancy and Welcome Baby Party: A Sip And See
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The Bible is clear that children are to be looked upon as a blessing, not an inconvenience.  In a US study, researchers actually found that dads brains change more when they parent a girl and discovered that fathers have different brain responses when they interact with their toddler daughters than they do when they play with their toddler sons. A daughter is the biggest strength, support system, and also, the weakest link of her parents. Without you realising, she changes you and makes you a better person.   Scientific Reasons To Have Daughters: Daughters make men more generous. They make parents more likely to favor gender equality.  They're more likely to support their aging parents financially.  Having two is apparently the recipe for happiness.  They can grow up into friends.  They make dads live longer.   When parents are old, daughters become more responsible than sons. This is because before marriage they care of their own parents and after marriage they take care of their family. Hence the essence of responsibility never dies in daughters. Daughters are more understanding and tolerant when compared to sons. Perks of having a son: You learn that boys do cry.  You learn that toys are toys.  You get to help shape a well-rounded, sensitive, respectful man.  Your expectations and beliefs are challenged.  You can better understand your partner (or dad or brother or friend) . You have the opportunity to nurture a tight bond.   The Clothes. Sure, baby girls' clothes might be cuter, but boys' togs are simpler and fewer in number, which makes a new mama's life much easier. This simplicity comes with a hidden bonus: you won't spend nearly as much money dressing your little guy as you would a girl. Sons express and build trust and hence are good communicators. Moms encourage their sons to express their feelings and are quite patient to them. Compared to dads, moms are usually soft-spoken and good listeners. Moms not only nurture their children but they also take care of their homeworks, playtime and other things. Male babies on average have greater difficulty self-regulating their emotional state and therefore have a greater reliance on emotional support, especially from their mother. While it may seem taboo to admit you have a preference for the sex of your unborn child, it's OK to admit your dreams. Giving birth is a miracle, whether it's a boy or a girl. Each and every time a baby presents to the world and takes his or her first breath, it is a guarantee that life goes on. Parents and family members rejoice and make plans for their future with their newest member.  Read related blogs: Why Having A Daughter Is Always Better and So Much Joy In This Little Boy
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Caesarean section, also known as C-section or caesarean delivery, is the surgical procedure by which one or more babies are delivered through an incision in the mother's abdomen, often performed because vaginal delivery would put the baby or mother at risk.   Babies born by Caesarean section have dramatically different gut bacteria to those born vaginally, according to the largest study in the field. The UK scientists say these early encounters with microbes may act as a "thermostat" for the immune Increasingly, researchers are finding that c-sections are linked to both short and long-term health problems for baby. Short-term problems include breathing difficulty, risk of head/facial laceration from surgery, breastfeeding difficulties, and delayed bonding.   There's usually no limit to the number of caesarean sections that you can have. But the more caesareans you have, the longer each operation will take, and the higher your risk of complications becomes. If you've had a caesarean in the past, it's still possible to give birth to your baby vaginally. Because first-time C-sections often lead to C-sections in future pregnancies, a vaginal birth is generally the preferred method of delivery for first pregnancies. About 2 in 3 babies in the United States are born via vaginal delivery, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. As with any major surgery there are several risks associated with a cesarean delivery. These include blood clots, hemorrhaging, and reaction to the anesthesia. Some of the main risks to you of having a caesarean include: infection of the wound,  causing redness, swelling, increasing pain and discharge from the wound. infection of the womb lining,  symptoms include a fever, tummy pain, abnormal vaginal discharge and heavy vaginal bleeding.   The prevalence of maternal mortality and maternal morbidity is higher after CS than after vaginal birth. CS is associated with an increased risk of uterine rupture, abnormal placentation, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and preterm birth, and these risks increase in a dose–response manner.
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Taste buds are found mostly on the tongue, but also on the roof of the mouth and along the lining of the throat. At birth, babies have about 10,000 taste buds. You'll have between 2,000 and 8,000 taste buds as an adult they get replaced every few weeks. But as you age, some stop working or aren't replaced. The truth is that babies are born with a sense of taste - they actually develop taste buds in the womb. Your baby absorbs the flavors of the mother's food choices during pregnancy through amniotic fluid. And as your baby grows, their sense of taste changes and they can distinguish different flavors. In fact, as a baby they may have a wider distribution of taste buds in their mouth than you do as an adult. Babies who smack their lips in satisfaction at a new flavour make most parents happy. But breast milk or baby formula are the best food for your baby during those first six months. From four to six months onwards, your baby can start tasting regular food.  Taste buds in newborns can be found on the tonsils as well as the usual places like the tongue. During their first three months, your baby can distinguish between sweet and bitter tastes. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal has concluded that the smell of infants triggers a physiological response in mothers similar to that experienced by hungry people presented with a delicious meal.   Most experts suggest not introducing sweets for the first year of your child's life. You want them to develop a taste for other, healthier food items first. But realistically, there are no specific medical guidelines for introducing chocolate to your baby. The American Association for Paediatrics suggests that chocolate should not be given to children before the age of two (1) because it is a source of refined sugar. But it is also best avoided by young children because of its caffeine content. Infants can't process solid foods early on, but they do have taste buds. Infant taste buds develop in the womb, so this statement is FALSE. They can taste things that their mother ingests because it gets into the amniotic fluid around them that they swallow.   A baby's first taste buds appear on their tongue while they're still in the womb. A newborn can taste sweet, sour, bitter, and savory. But a child's taste buds are different from an adult's. Infants and children have a higher concentration of taste buds that are receptive to sweet tastes. Scientists believe this is to make them more receptive to their mother's milk.  
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Natural childbirth is giving birth using no medicines at all, instead using techniques such as relaxation and controlled breathing for pain. For many, having a natural childbirth isn't about being "brave",  it's about treating labor and delivery as natural events. Labor and delivery can last several hours, and it is painful. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be. I recommend taking childbirth classes, which cover everything from deep breathing and pain relief to C-sections. Every labor is unique, and sometimes things don't go exactly as planned. Baby gets huge benefits when delivered by natural birth. Vaginally born babies have more diversified microbiomes, fewer allergies, and less risk of obesity, asthma, and diabetes in childhood and later. While the experience is different for everyone, labor usually feels like extremely strong menstrual cramps that take your breath away and make you unable to talk. As labor continues and the pain worsens, the pregnant person tunes out stimuli and adopts a tunnel vision, focusing on the labor and getting the baby out. For first-time moms, labor may take anywhere from 12 to 18 hours, and perhaps longer. For moms who have given birth before, labor can sometimes be shorter; however, each birth is different. Some babies are born in several hours; others might take 10 hours or longer. According to the World Health Organization, 90% to 95% of the entire world's births are normal. According to the Public Citizen Health Research Group, certified nurse-midwives have a cesarean section rate of 11.6% compared with a national average of 23.3%. While many mothers choose to use epidurals during labor, other mothers opt for unmedicated births. As Dr. Edna Ma, an anesthesiologist explains, the decision is ultimately a maternal choice. "Health professionals should respect a mother's choice and her autonomy, provided there is no harm to the mom or baby. Some people describe the feeling as being like intense period cramps, others say it feels like a tightening or pounding feeling in your uterus or across your belly, others describe the feeling as being like very intense muscle cramps, while still, other people describe contractions as being like the sort of wrenching. Pain during labor is caused by contractions of the muscles of the uterus and by pressure on the cervix. This pain can be felt as strong cramping in the abdomen, groin, and back, as well as an achy feeling. Some women experience pain in their sides or thighs as well. Only about one in 100 women have the variant, which reduces the ability of nerve cells to send pain signals to the brain, researchers at the University of Cambridge found. The gene then acts as a natural epidural and may explain why childbirth is a less painful experience for a small number of women. Fainting during labor is extremely rare. Nature created the female body in such a way that it mobilizes all its forces when giving birth to a baby. Passing out is not a typical reaction of a woman's body to childbirth. Read Importance Of Self Care During Pregnancy and Things That Surprise You About Postpartum. Natural childbirth can be a beautiful experience. Women are inherently capable of giving birth, have a deep, intuitive instinct about birth.
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Baby's head position, mother's feeding posture, holding the baby for breastfeeding, the feeding position, feeding time, and a number of feedings are all challenges for a new mom. Difficulties with getting your baby to latch, less milk supply, and sore nipples are just some of the hardships a new mom encounters. No person can be everything to everyone every second of every day. “The hardest part for me about being a mom is the guilt,” says Chicago mom Lisa Steinke. “Even though I told myself I would never be a guilty mom, that whole idea flew out the window the second I gave birth. Most people find the first six to eight weeks to be the hardest with a new baby, and whilst people may not openly discuss many of the challenges in these early weeks of parenthood (if at all), there are a number of common hurdles you may face at this time. But many first-time parents find that after the first month of parenthood, it can actually get more difficult. This surprising truth is one reason many experts refer to a baby's first three months of life as the “fourth trimester.” If months two, three, and beyond are tougher than you expected, you're not alone. Here are 5 challenges of a new mom and how to deal with them:   Lack of "ME TIME It's important to take out dedicated 'me time' for moms because it's when you're happy that your child is happy. Many moms tend to feel guilty if they can't attend 24/7 to their children's calls. This mom guilt can weigh you down and doesn't allow for a balanced existence between the woman and the mother in you. Have a shower, no matter what. Go shopping when they're asleep. Get beauty treatments at home. Get through that boxset during a feed. Visit family or friends. Make a relaxation-only rule for your baby's sleep. Sleep Deprivation Sleep loss is a common, normal experience after the arrival of a baby. However, if you develop difficulty falling asleep or returning to sleep, you should seek help. Tackling sleep problems as soon as possible may help to reduce the risk of postpartum depression. New mothers are also at risk for insomnia, daytime sleepiness, anxiety, depression, non-refreshing sleep, and fatigue. Sleep deprivation can worsen symptoms of postpartum depression, which affects one in eight mothers. Practice good sleep hygiene. Create the best sleep environment for you and your baby. Accept help and don't be afraid to ask for it. Breastfeeding Problems Common breastfeeding challenges include sore nipples. Many moms say that their nipples feel tender when they first start breastfeeding. Low milk supply. Breastfeeding challenges are common, but knowing what to expect and when to get help can help you overcome them. Breastfeed for at least 10 minutes on each side and try to keep your little one awake and actively sucking during each feeding. Use a breast pump after and in-between feedings. Eat well, get enough rest, and drink plenty of fluids. You Feel Out of Shape Getting back into shape after having a baby is hard, even for women who were fit and strong before becoming pregnant, a new study shows. Pregnancy is known to put stress on many parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, muscles, and joints. Your body changes over time; it takes a while to get close to your pre-pregnancy shape and size. Expect to naturally lose some weight before your first postpartum doctor's visit (usually around six to eight weeks after giving birth). Allow Your Body To Recuperate. Being a new mom is an important job, so focus on taking the time to enjoy that new little person in your life. Get up & move. Establish an eating philosophy. Get back to a regular exercise routine. It Pains Everywhere It is normal to experience pain all over your body after giving birth. This is because the body goes through intense strain during contractions. Sometimes the contractions can be so intense that some women continue to experience pain and aches weeks after delivery. For after-birth pain relief, you can try applying a hot water bottle or heating pad to your abdomen. You can usually also take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, but check with your doctor first, especially if you are breastfeeding. New mothers experience a rollercoaster of emotions as they adjust to their new role. Being a mom to a new baby can be hard. If your baby cries all the time or won't sleep, parenting is even harder. Most first-time moms go into motherhood with expectations. What they'll be like as a mom, how they'll feel, and even what the baby will be like.
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If you'd prefer not to bathe your baby every day, a quick 'top and tail' clean will do. Clean your baby's face and eyes with cotton wool and warm water. Use a washer to clean your baby's hands and nappy area. Make sure you support your baby's face and head clear of the water and talk gently to them so they feel safe. In fact, we recommend delaying your newborn's first full bath for at least two weeks. Newborns shed about three layers of skin within their first week, which often surprises new parents. Cleaning Baby's Face Start with the baby's face. Use a moistened, clean washcloth or cotton ball to wipe each eye, starting at the bridge of the nose and then wiping out to the corner of the eye. Wash the rest of the baby's face with a soft, moist washcloth without soap. Clean the outside folds of the ears with a soft washcloth. Try our Baby Washcloths. Cleaning Baby's Ears All you'll need is a washcloth or cotton ball and some warm water. It's not safe to use cotton swabs or to stick anything inside your baby's ear. Use a Safety Ear Wax Remover for Newborns/Toddlers. If you notice earwax inside the ear, you don't need to remove it. Never put anything in your child's ear canal to remove a foreign body. Removal should only be attempted by a professional with the proper equipment.  Cleaning Baby's Eyes It is recommended to clean the eyes of the baby a couple of times a day: after waking up, that is when there is a greater accumulation of secretions. Soak one cotton ball in some warm water and squeeze out extra water. Clean the corners of your baby's eyes, wiping gently from the inside corners to the outside corners. Use a new cotton ball for each wipe. Wipe gently around each nostril to get rid of mucus. Cleaning Baby's Nose Wipe gently around each nostril to get rid of mucus. You can use Safety Easy Nasal Booger Remover. It's best not to put anything inside your baby's nostrils. This can hurt the lining of the nose and cause bleeding. Medical experts agree that you shouldn't do it more than three to four times per day to prevent creating inflammation or nosebleeds from irritation. If your baby hates this process and cries or fights it, you're better off skipping this method, or at least waiting and trying another time. Cleaning Baby's Mouth Cleaning your baby's teeth is important for keeping their mouths healthy. Without good care, they can get cavities and other problems. Before their first teeth start coming in, though, newborns need their tongues, gums, and inner cheeks to be bacteria-free to avoid potential health issues. Try to use a soft-bristled toothbrush for cleaning the mouth. Moistened the brush before using it. Use it on both teeth and tongue in a circular motion. Try to avoid using the brush on the newborn tongue. Buy Silicone Finger Toothbrush for Toddlers and Baby Cleaning Baby's Tounge To clean your newborn's tongue, you should first wash your hands and then take a small piece of moist cloth or gauze around your finger and use it to gently rub the surface of the tongue in circular motions. A newborn's gums and tongue should be cleaned after every feeding. It is important to care for your child's teeth and dental (oral) health from birth. Practicing healthy habits can prevent or reduce tooth decay (cavities) in infants and children. Always clean your infant's gums after feeding. Buy Tooth Tissues with Xylitol, Teeth Wipes for Babies and Toddlers. Your newborn should be bathed with a sponge bath for the first few weeks of life. This is the simplest way to clean your baby before the umbilical cord falls off. Sponge baths are also the best way to bathe boys who were circumcised while the circumcision site heals.  Bath time might be part of your nightly ritual, but doctors actually don't recommend daily baths for babies. Excess exposure to water can zap their skin of moisture and worsen conditions like eczema. Then again, not bathing your baby often enough can also aggravate eczema, plus lead to other infections. Read Blog about Crusty, Flaky Patches On Your Baby's Skin: Eczema - How To Get Rid Of It
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by on August 12, 2022
By the World Health Organization's definition, self-care means taking all the steps you can to take care of your physical health and well-being, including hygiene, nutrition, managing stressors, and seeking medical care if needed. Being active during pregnancy will improve your energy levels, alleviate pain and discomfort, and lower your risk of pregnancy complications. And if that's not motivation enough, staying fit during pregnancy also prepares your body for giving birth. Engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy, and more. Self-care is the practice of caring for one's own health, well-being, and happiness. It is an essential component of stress relief and wellness. Making time for yourself may feel indulgent or selfish, but that is far from the truth.   Practice Self-Care During Pregnancy Nourish Your Body. Food is medicine, and the right choices can bolster your mood, deliver key nutrients and help your baby grow.  Get Moving.  Permission to Pause.  Spend Time Outdoors.  Clean Up Your Beauty Routine.  Unplug One Full Day a Week.   Staying active is a key part of pregnancy self-care. It should be a part of your self-care routine whether or not you're pregnant. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby develop and grow, and it'll help keep you fit and well too. Reduce stress. A pregnant mom's stress can be harmful to the baby's brain development and sometimes lead to premature birth. Exercise during your pregnancy. Exercise is always important, especially during pregnancy. Regular, daily walks are an easy way to keep moving. Regular exercise in pregnancy can reduce the risk of developing complications such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.   Pregnant mothers need: Prenatal Vitamins. Morning Sickness Remedies. A Good Moisturizer. Belly Support Band. Body Pillow. Supportive Bra. Maternity Clothing. Pregnancy Books.   Both emotionally and physically, a pregnant mom needs someone to look up to. To ask for advice, to make important decisions, and to share her future plans, she needs someone to count on. Having a child changes her life forever. Right from the first day of her pregnancy, her life is preoccupied with her child. Read blogs about Expecting A Baby To Turn Head Down During Pregnancy and Using A Disposable Nursing Pad During Breastfeed
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by on August 11, 2022
Starting at about three or four months, babies are ready to broaden their horizons to larger, organized groups. Babies feel safe to explore the world. New environments filled with new adults and other infants and children when supported by a parent or caregiver. The first 12 months of an infant's life are full of social development milestones. They go from being a helpless little creature to a vocal one-year-old with their own personality. They rapidly become more communicative and expressive with their face and body. For starters, babies will learn to speak more slowly than if you did talk to them. Not speaking with your children means their vocabularies will be smaller. Not conversing with your children also means that you're spending less time paying attention to and interacting with them. Making eye contact, talking to your baby, playing with them and showing interest in them are all brilliant ways to encourage social development (Happe and Frith, 2014; Green et al, 2017). Responding when they share things with you is helpful. Playing and interacting with your baby is crucial for their development, and will help them reach milestones related to talking, understanding words, and learning to socialize. By three months, your baby will be a master of "smile talk." Sometimes she'll start a "conversation" with a broad smile and gurgling to catch your attention. Other times she'll lie in wait, watching your face until you give the first smile before beaming back her enthusiastic response. Her whole body will participate. Be interactive and sociable: Remember, kids take their social cues from their parents, so it's important that you maintain healthy social environment. So a six-month-old baby doesn't need to interact with other six-month-olds to learn how to be social, they'll learn those skills by interacting with parents and siblings. As your baby becomes more mobile, they may start to take an interest in other babies . They'll happily play alongside another baby, and once in a while, they'll smile and coo, and imitate each other's sounds. During his second year, your toddler will develop a very specific image of his social world, friends, and acquaintances. He is at its center, and while you may be close at hand, he is most concerned about where things are in relation to himself. Even toddlers and infants reap the cognitive and emotional benefits of interacting with others. The right socially interactive environment will help children develop strong language skills, creativity, social intelligence, and confidence. Without socialization, a toddler or preschooler, wouldn't understand how to enter into a group or even child-child situation. Kids aren't born understanding how to behave with other children, adults or in public. Socially isolated children are at increased risk of health problems in adulthood. Furthermore, studies on social isolation have demonstrated that a lack of social relationships negatively impacts the development of the brain's structure. There are ways to practice social skills at home such as; building relationships through virtual play dates, display kindness by reaching out to a new friend, teach your child empathy by being considerate of others, teach self-control by taking turns, give your child the gift of not always winning and sharing.  Read similar blogs: The Importance Of Play In Promoting Healthy Child Development Taking Your Newborn Outside For Walk
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by on August 10, 2022
Spoiled child is characterized as excessive, self-centered, and immature behavior". It includes lack of consideration for other people, recurrent temper tantrums, an inability to handle the delay of gratification, demands for having one's own way, obstructiveness, and manipulation to get their way. Some kids also say hurtful things as a means of trying to get what they want. If they can hurt you, you might feel bad or doubt yourself and give in. So in some cases, it's a way to achieve a more tangible goal. When children don't listen, many parents are tempted to raise their voices. But yelling isn't likely to lead to positive results. According to this study shared by BetterHelp, the long-term psychological effects of yelling at a child includes Increased Anxiety. Short-term effects are that children feel bad, they eventually learn to tune us out and as they model our behaviour of yelling, they in turn yell too and can show increased aggression.  Too often, our tantrums are born out of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. Therefore, it's important not to put yourself in a position of feeling chronically overwhelmed by getting upset over every little annoying thing your child does. One way to combat this is to think hard about what is most important. Children act mean because they're impulsive, they don't know better ways to solve problems, and their empathy isn't fully developed. “Induction” means guiding children to understand how their actions affect others.   When Your Kids Won't Listen, Do: Get on Their Level. Do find opportunities for praise.  Do set limits and keep them.  Be specific.  You're their parent, not their buddy. Be realistic with punishment. Reward the right behaviors.  Listen, listen, listen.   When Your Kids Won't Listen, Don't: Lecture your child about the broken rule and the lack of listening. Dwell on them “never” listening, bring up the incidents constantly. Punish them but instead give guidance and consequences. Belittle your child or try to make them feel bad. Don't back down from rules and limits. Don't view discipline as punishment. Discipline may feel as though you're punishing your kids.   The most powerful tool for effective discipline is attention to reinforce good behaviors and discourage others. Remember, all children want their parent's attention. Catch them being good. Children need to know when they do something bad and when they do something good.   Here are some good punishments for your child:  Time-Ins. Most parents would give their kids time-outs for bad behaviour, wherein the kids sit silently in a corner.  Exercise.  Make them do Chores.  Timer.  Practise. Punishment Jar.  Cool-Off Time.  Tidy Up the Clutter. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Positive discipline is a way of teaching and guiding children by letting them know what behavior is acceptable in a way that is firm, yet kind. Punishment describes methods of control, gained by requiring rules or orders be obeyed and punishing undesired behavior. Embrace natural consequences: When the punishment is specific to the offense and logical, kids have a better chance of modifying their behavior. Praise the right actions: Don't just punish the wrong behaviors. Make a habit of praising good decisions.  
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by on August 9, 2022
The postpartum period begins immediately after childbirth as the mother's body, including hormone levels and uterus size, returns to a non-pregnant state. The terms puerperium, puerperal period, or immediate postpartum period are commonly used to refer to the first six weeks following childbirth. “Postpartum” means the time after childbirth. Most women get the “baby blues,” or feel sad or empty, within a few days of giving birth. It's no wonder a vast majority of women feel overwhelmed and teary in the face of all this. If the baby blues are going to strike, they will within a few days of giving birth and typically last 7 to 10 days. For many women, the baby blues go away in 3 to 5 days. If your baby blues don't go away or you feel sad, hopeless, or empty for longer than 2 weeks, you may have postpartum depression. Most new moms experience postpartum "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks. The postpartum period generally includes the first 4 to 6 weeks after birth, and many cases of PPD begin during that time. But PPD can also develop during pregnancy and up to 1 year after giving birth, so don't discount your feelings if they're happening outside of the typical postpartum period. You feel hopeless, sad, worthless, or alone all the time, and you cry often. You don't feel like you're doing a good job as a new mom. You're not bonding with your baby. You can't eat, sleep, or take care of your baby because of your overwhelming despair.  Life-threatening conditions that can happen after giving birth include infections, blood clots, postpartum depression and postpartum hemorrhage. Warning signs to watch out for include chest pain, trouble breathing, heavy bleeding, severe headache and extreme pain. Avoid stairs and lifting until your doctor says these activities are OK. Don't take a bath or go swimming until the doctor says it's OK. Don't drive until your doctor says it's OK. Also wait until you can make sudden movements and wear a safety belt properly without discomfort. Adjusting to motherhood. Get plenty of rest. Get as much sleep as possible to cope with tiredness and fatigue. Seek help. Don't hesitate to accept help from family and friends during the postpartum period, as well as after this period. Eat healthy meals. Maintain a healthy diet to promote healing. Exercise. Postpartum depression is often treated with psychotherapy (also called talk therapy or mental health counseling), medication or both. Psychotherapy. It may help to talk through your concerns with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional. Mostly new moms suffer from postpartum, if not all. But this would eventually goes away. Just remember, you are one of the strongest and bravest human being giving birth to another human. That alone can gives you strenght. Your child is your strenght!
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by on August 8, 2022
A study by British parenting site Mumsnet in 2012 found that 45% of mothers desire a baby girl, just 22% said they wanted a boy. The study found that the prime reason mums wanted daughters was because women felt they would “bond and understand” them better. Parents are supposed to love all their children equally, but subconsciously, they may be biased, a new study suggests.  Women really do prefer daughters, and men (slightly) prefer sons, according to new research from Finnish and American scientists. From the moment they meet one another, mothers teach their daughters how to love and be loved. For better or for worse, they are an essential part of who we are. Having a little girl gives mama a better understanding of how she feels because all mothers have been little girls once. Nobody cares for the parents and siblings as much as a daughter does. No matter where they are and who they are with, daughters always have a sense of care and responsibility for their family members. Advantage of Having a Baby Girl in Your Life: Female Bonding Easier Diaper Changes Mama Can Be a Role Model Names and Nicknames Daddy's Little Princess Brings Out the Gentleman Tea Parties She Will Care for You in Your Old Age   In a US study, researchers actually found that dads brains change more when they parent a girl and discovered that fathers have different brain responses when they interact with their toddler daughters than they do when they play with their toddler sons. During daily interactions, dads are more responsive and attentive with their little daughters than with their sons. Studies showed that dads sang more often to their girl toddlers. They also spoke openly about different emotions. This is probably because feelings are more acceptable in girls.  Rules for Dads of Daughters Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection.  Always be there. Pray for her.  Dance with her.  Tell her she's beautiful.  Give her the gift of experiences ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The last thing you want is a patient who has spent the last nine months convincing themselves they're having a boy, only to find out they're having a girl.” Most of the time, Dr. Brizendine says that any sort of gender disappointment disappears once the baby is born. Without you realising, she changes you and makes you a better person. That's the power of a girl – a daughter. Appreciate your little girl and make her independent. If sons are close to their mother, daughters are the closest to their father. No man can ever beat the love of a father for his daughter. Anyone can become a father, but it takes the soul to be a real father. A daughter is the biggest strength, support system, and also, the weakest link of her parents.
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by on August 7, 2022
Whether you had a vaginal birth or c-section, your body is capable of getting pregnant very shortly after giving birth. You can ovulate before having your first postpartum period,1 and as soon as you ovulate, you can conceive. It's easy to assume that getting pregnant a second time is a cinch. And often, it is! But more couples actually experience secondary infertility — infertility that shows up after you've already had at least one baby — than primary infertility (infertility the first time around). In general, most women won't start ovulating right away after having a baby, but the return of the menstrual cycle ranges widely for women. While unlikely, it is possible to get pregnant less than 6 weeks after having a baby. However, it is impossible until a woman ovulates again.  Having another baby might be the last thing on your mind right now. But getting pregnant too soon after giving birth can be risky for both mother and child. Sometimes problems getting pregnant for a second or subsequent time are related to a complication that occurred in a prior pregnancy or prior to delivery, such as uterine scarring or damage to the fallopian tubes. You can get pregnant as little as 3 weeks after the birth of a baby, even if you're breastfeeding and your periods haven't started again. Unless you want to get pregnant again, it's important to use some kind of contraception. Risk of getting pregnant again after birth: Premature birth. The placenta partially or completely peeling away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery (placental abruption) Low birth weight. Congenital disorders. Schizophrenia. Based on the study findings, they suggest the optimal time between giving birth and getting pregnant again is 18 months, with a range of 12 to 24 months. That said, many experts still adhere to the recommendation of 18 to 24 months. In the United States, nearly half of adults consider two to be the ideal number of children, according to Gallup polls, with three as the next most popular option, preferred by 26 percent. Two is the favorite across Europe, too. Ashley Larsen Gibby, a Ph. Nine to 10 months age gap is obviously the smallest gap you can have, and can be quite tough but rewarding at the same time. The children are so close in age they will learn a lot about the world together. The risk of an early death increases by 18% for parents of an only child. Also, the risk is higher for parents of three or more kids. Scientists believe the lifestyle of parents with two kids somehow helps them live longer. Is it a household of girls, a household of boys, or a mix of the two best for parents? According to a survey conducted by British parenting website Bounty, two girls are considered the best combination for parents to have a happy and harmonious family life. In general, siblings that are closer in age demonstrate less sibling rivalry and the kids play together well, which many parents love. How many children or kids do you want to have? Let us know in the comment section below! You can also read other interesting blog about babies here!
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by on August 6, 2022
To maintain the kind of stamina and focus required to give their best to children and to work, it's important for working moms to care for themselves the way they care for their children. Here are some ways how you can balace your work and family if you are a wroking mom: Let go of the mom guilt Mom guilt has many origins, from personal insecurities to outside pressures from family, friends, social media, and other sources. Forgive yourself. Letting go of guilt has to start with a commitment to stop beating yourself up over your choices and circumstances. Release the need to be perfect. Stop comparing yourself to other mothers and restore balance. Letting go of mom guilt can be tough, but you deserve to give it up and enjoy this journey of motherhood.  Use time saving hacks All it takes is a bit of planning, prioritizing, and a few time-management. Avoid kitchen nightmares with floor mats. Opt for stress-free cups and glasses. Invest in a large freezer. Encourage healthy eating without tantrums. Nail the school run. Create an efficient beauty routine. Set bills to auto pay. keep an ongoing shopping List. Prepare everything a day in advance. Have your groceries delivered. Shop online when possible. Go to our marketplace and shop baby products you need! Find childcare providers that you trust There are so many benefits of your child being in daycare. It helps YOU prevent burn-out, helps kids develop social skills and can even enhance language and cognitive development. You have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about, friend. Putting your kiddo in daycare doesn't make you a bad parent, or less of a parent. Go to our Baby Directory and look for a Childcare or Daycare near you!. Your baby will not feel abandoned by you when you return to work. Mostly because he or she is a baby who really has no idea what “work” is, but also because you're a good mom who loves her baby no matter what. Maintain open communication with your manager Open communication gives people the confidence to speak up. If there is no fear of punishment for offering genuinely constructive feedback then ideas get better, workplaces become safer, and systems get smoother. Open communication lines engender the kind of trust and comfort that employees need to resolve conflicts among themselves. They also make it easier for management to step in when a conflict is too big for workers to solve on their own. Reconnect with your partner Reinstate date night. Ask a friend or relative to watch your baby for a few hours so you can go to dinner or the movies, just like old times. Make time for yourselves as a couple maybe try to fit or adapt some of the things you used to enjoy together into your new life, such as watching a DVD or eating at your favorite restaurant. Create special and meaningful family activities Families who share everyday activities together form strong, emotional ties. Studies have found that families who enjoy group activities together share a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to situations as a family. Try sharing activities like preparing food, reading, playing word games, going to the park and more.
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by on August 5, 2022
Cleaning your house before you give birth is kind of like the ultimate spring cleaning. You want to go from room to room, and top to bottom. Decide where your baby will sleep in the nursery. Place the crib away from items that might pose a safety hazard, such as cords for blinds. In essence, the first night at home with your newborn may be more stressful than you hope due to the fact that both you and your little one have a lot of adjustments to make together. It's perfectly normal and expected for newborns to be fussy and cry more when we try to put them down. How to clean the house before the baby comes: Declutter Dusting Vacuum Clean the Carpets Mop Hard floors Wax Furniture Wash the Windows Deep Cleaning the Bathroom   How To Prepare Your Home For A New Baby Plan a move well in advance. Batch cook before the birth.  Put together a downstairs basket.  Clear away the clutter.  Invest in smart storage.  Rethink your spaces.   Prep, cook, and freeze extra meals. Stock up on household essentials, like laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, and other cleaning tools. You should definitely wash baby's clothes, blankets and other washable items that will come in contact with their skin. It's not necessary to do it before they're born, but it's a good idea to do it before they wear them.   What Should be Pre-Washed Before Your Baby Arrives Baby clothes. Any baby accessories made of fabric. Blankets and swaddle blankets. Stuffed animals and other cloth toys. Do this around 4-6 weeks before the baby is due. This is close enough to the date so that the clothes aren't sitting for months on end collecting dust. But it isn't too close to your due date when you should be focusing on rest and preparing for birth.   What do you need in your baby's room: Cradle, crib, bassinet, or Pack 'n Play. Dresser or clothing bins. Rocking chair or glider. Toy bins. Lighting. Diaper changing table. Laundry hamper.   Most people find the first six to eight weeks to be the hardest with a new baby, and whilst people may not openly discuss many of the challenges in these early weeks of parenthood (if at all), there are a number of common hurdles you may face at this time. Slowing down and truly giving your body the chance to heal is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. So, to recap, if at all possible, avoid using the vacuum cleaner for the first 6 weeks postpartum. If you need to sweep or mop, really take it easy. How did you prepare your house before the baby arrives? Let us know in the comment section below and don't forget to drop by our Marketplace to see all the list of baby proucts you need!
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by on August 4, 2022
Babies need a lot of stuff! And a lot of that stuff can't be hung on a hanger: blankets, bibs, burp cloths, socks, baby gear, hats, just to name a few! Add shelves to provide additional vertical storage. First things first, separate your baby's clothes by size and put them into piles to help make the process a little bit smoother. Once you have all of your baby's clothes sorted by size, hang them up or fold them. Keep reading to find out just exactly how to do this! Buy only a few 0-3 month size baby clothes: Your baby will grow so fast in those first few weeks that he'll probably bump up to size 3-6 month before you know it. So have plenty of 3-6 month size clothes ready for your newborn before he arrives.   How to Organize Baby Clothes Keep daily used items close to the changing table. In the first few weeks, your baby grows so much.  Use size organizers in the closet.  Drawer dividers can have multiple purposes.  Organize by item type. Keep a hamper close by your changing table.   What to put in baby drawer; Because baby things are so small (and there's so much stuff!), it would be easy for items to get lost in the big dresser drawers. diapers baby wipes & face/body wipes creams, ointments, lotion brush nail & nasal care thermometer   Considering babies go through 1-2 outfit changes a day, it is a good idea to have 4-6 zip front onesies and bodysuits on hand. It is a good idea to have a mix of merino and organic cotton bodysuits, as well as short-sleeved and long-sleeved.   How to Organize Your Nursery Dresser Label each drawer row in your baby's dresser so you can grab outfits in a breeze.  Put your larger items such as swaddles, blankets, towels and more in one of the bottom drawers of your nursery dresser.  Keep baby shoes upright and in place with a separate storage box.   Baby Organization and Nursery Organization Tips Utilize the Space Under the Crib.  Drawer Organizers are a Must. Add a Shelving Unit to the Closet. Removable Storage Bins are Your Friend.  Grab Some Clothespins.  Stay Organized with Clothes Dividers.   Organizing your closet by color not only creates a look of organization in your closet but it can also help you to identify where you have items in the most color, the least color, and too much duplication. You'll need to have a plan before you start putting items into piles and corners, you'll need closet dividers so you know where each month's clothes belong. Newborns don't require an extensive wardrobe. Buy a couple of side-tie or side-snap T-shirts to put on your baby until their umbilical cord separates. After that, dress your little one in their "working" outfit. Scan through our Marketplace for more baby products!
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by on August 3, 2022
Parenthood is defined as carrying the responsibilities of a parent, while the word parent simply means a father or a mother. A single parent is simply that one parent raises a child in their household without a partner living with them. Single-parenting would cause a problem to both parent and child. Less opportunity for parents and children to spend time together. Effects of the breakup on children's school performance and peer relations. Disruptions of extended family relationships. Problems caused by the parents' dating and entering new relationships. Single parent households usually have a shortage of finances, which can have emotional effects on the children, such as increased frustration and anger and an increased danger of violent behavior. They might experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, abandonment, and have difficulty with socializing. If parents aren't able to cope with the stress caused by single parenting, they run the risk of experiencing burnout. This is a common condition among single parents that can often lead to increased anxiety, depression, and physical health issues. Single-parent children can feel frightened, stressed, and frustrated by the difference between their lives and their friends'. Children of single parents are more prone to various psychiatric illnesses, alcohol abuse, and suicide attempts than children from homes with two parents. Children raised by single mothers are more likely to fare worse on a number of dimensions, including their school achievement, their social and emotional development, their health and their success in the labor market.  Single parenting disadvantages: Having less money. ‌As a single parent, you may be at a financial disadvantage. Spending less quality time.  Work overload and multitasking‌. Negative feelings. Behavioral problems. Relationship problems. Today single parent families have become even more common than the so-called “nuclear family” consisting of a mother, father, and children. A single-parenting would be better if a sole parent can provide the required secure emotional base, clear boundaries, love and warmth that children need for healthy standard development. Children can thrive with one loving role model. Spending time together is the real key to a happy and mentally healthy child. Children raised by single parents can be just as happy and mentally healthy as children living with two biological parents. Whether a child has one parent or more, children do well when they have parenting that's nurturing, warm, sensitive, responsive and flexible. Single parenting advantages: Undivided attention. ‌Children of a single parent usually get their parent's undivided attention.  Freedom to make decisions. Fewer arguments.  Good role model.  Independence and responsibility.  Sense of belonging.  Close relationship.  Positive parenting. The hardest part of being a single parent is that there's no one to lean on. The loneliness is hands down the toughest part of single motherhood. As pretty much any single mom will tell you, having a child on your own is not selfish at all. In fact, being a single mom is one of the most selfless things you can do. Single moms don't often have much time and/or money to spend on themselves. Everything they do is for their families. Being a single parent doesn't mean you're alone. You may have family members, friends, or neighbors nearby that can pitch in when you need them. Being a single parent is even much better rather than having a violent spouse or unsupportive husband. Don't be too harsh on your self thinking about what your child could feel without a mom or a dad. Raising them alone is already enough for them to feel that you love them.   Read related blogs: Baby's Basic Needs: Food, Shelter and Clothing and It's Easy To Become A Dad, But Harder To Become A Father
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by on August 2, 2022
Birthmarks are areas of discolored and/or raised skin that are present at birth or within a few weeks of birth. Birthmarks are made up of abnormal pigment cells or blood vessels. Although the cause of birthmarks is not known, most of them are harmless and do not require treatment. Vascular birthmarks happen when blood vessels don't form correctly. Either there are too many of them or they're wider than usual. Pigmented birthmarks are caused by an overgrowth of the cells that create pigment (color) in skin. Birthmarks are quite common. In fact, it's estimated that more than 10 percent of babies have some sort of birthmark. Some types of birthmarks appear more frequently than others. For example, vascular birthmarks like hemangiomas occur in 5 to 10 percent of newborns. Most birthmarks are permanent, but a few types fade as a child grows. Birthmarks are common and usually harmless. But some may require treatment for cosmetic reasons or because of rapid growth. Still others may be a sign of an underlying disease. You may notice the birthmark changes color, becoming slightly yellow or orange. The surface can feel pebbly or warty. Where it usually develops on the body: This birthmark usually appears on the scalp or face. Occasionally, it develops on the neck or another area of the body. Throughout history, birthmarks were feared by superstitious, paranoid, and religious fanatics. But in the present day, many believe birthmarks are lucky omens with special meanings indicating reincarnation, life purpose, or destiny. Stork bites, sometimes also called a salmon patch or angel's kiss, are common newborn birthmarks typically marked by a red or pink color and smooth, flat texture. Around 80 percent of babies are born with nevus simplex, though they're significantly more likely to affect white babies compared to babies with darker skin. Port wine stain birthmarks are the rarest (less than 1 percent of people are born with them) and occur because the capillaries in the skin are wider than they should be. Dr. Kos says these birthmarks do not go away, and in fact, gradually, over the years, they usually darken and thicken. Most patients decide to go forward with birthmark removal for one of three reasons: The birthmark interferes with normal activity; The birthmark bleeds or displays other distressing symptoms; The birthmark makes the patient feel uncomfortable or self-conscious with his or her appearance. Usually birthmarks are only a concern for your appearance. But certain types can increase your risk of skin cancer. If your birthmark bleeds, hurts, itches, or becomes infected, call your health care provider. Some people have birthmarks due to their genes. For example, a child may have the same type of birthmark as a father, mother, grandparent, aunt, or uncle. In some cases, the birthmark appears in the exact same spot as the relative! Read this related blogs : Baby Skincare Tips And Products To Use , Why You Should Not Let Other People Kiss Your Baby, Crusty, Flaky Patches On Your Baby's Skin: Eczema - How To Get Rid Of It
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by on August 1, 2022
The welcome party, it's really quite the same as the baby shower! Well, it's almost the same except it's after the birth. A welcome baby party is similar to a baby shower, but with an interesting twist. The party takes place after the baby arrives instead of before. This is a neat idea if there are lots of relatives and friends who want to visit your new arrival. Everyone can get a glimpse of the newborn and welcome her home. A Sip & See is a party held after the birth of a baby to introduce the little one to friends and family members. It's usually a more casual event than the baby shower (with new parents often hosting it themselves), and it can be a fun way to celebrate a child's arrival. A sip and see is a party, usually planned by the parents, that invites friends and family to drop by, sip on some refreshments and meet the new baby. It's a perfect opportunity to introduce the newest family addition to all of your loved ones in a single go and on your own terms.  It's completely up to the guest of honor as to who is on the invite list, but the standard is to ask all family members, close friends, and other people who have expressed a desire to meet the new baby.  Protocol and etiquette for a baby sip and see: Party is set sometime between 1-6 months after birth. No gifts requested. (But some guest would bring some anyway.) Kept the party size small. Snacks and drinks may be served. ... You can request no kids if you want to. While gifts aren't required at a sip and see, some guests may choose to bring them. If you are a guest attending a sip and see, we recommend bringing something personalized for the baby. The Sip and See party is more like an open house to celebrate the new babe rather than an organized party. So, most Sip and See parties do not have games or activities. Most have themed finger foods, beverages, and decorations to celebrate the opportunity to meet the newest family member. Wondering What Gifts You Can Give To A Baby? Here's Our List! If you are a guest and would like to greet the new parents, you can say.. “So happy for you" “Congratulations on your new arrival." “Wishing you many congratulations on your new bundle of joy.” “What a very lucky baby!" “Well done on creating a mini human being." “Really happy for you both." If you are the one hosting the party, you can send the invitation like these.. Sip-and-See. Come toast with us to welcome our baby. At our home. Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Do you know how loved you are? Join us in welcoming. the new light of our lives. Please join us for a sip-and-see. To meet our little one.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​For most families, these baby parties is an opportunity to get together with friends and family with an additional little bundel of joy. But some believes it's a party society makes us feel obligated to have. And if we don't, we're seen as going against the status quo. But you must also remember that it's not against the law to not have a baby party, especially if you and your partner are having financial crisis, after all the baby itself is your biggest "gift".  Read Baby On A Budget: Ways To Save Money With A New Baby You can checkout baby party dresses at our store! Visit Ebaby's Marketplace!
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by on July 31, 2022
Many parents wonder if their little one is having a nightmare when he cries out at night or during sleep. Night terrors take place during the deep sleep phase. Your baby may begin crying or even screaming suddenly if for some reason this stage is disrupted. It's likely more disturbing for you. Your baby doesn't know they're making such a commotion, and it's not something they'll remember in the morning. Night terrors usually happen in kids between 4 and 12 years old, but have been reported in babies as young as 18 months. They seem to be a little more common among boys. A night terror is a common sleep disorder that happens while a child is in slow-wave sleep. This is the stage of deepest sleep during the first third of the night. During a night terror, a child may panic, scream, or make sudden movements. If this happens, stay calm, and do not wake them. All babies are born with a number of normal newborn reflexes. Moro reflex, also known as startle reflex, is one of these primitive reflex responses intended to keep baby safe. You may have noticed that your baby startles suddenly while sleeping before; this is the Moro reflex at work. You might think that the tiny twitches you see in your baby are a response to a dream. You might worry that they're some kind of seizure. But hold on, because researchers now believe that many of those twitches actually contribute to your baby's motor skills development. Since your baby doesn't dream at an early stage of brain development, it's safe to assume that babies do not have nightmares either. Nightmares stem from exposure to trauma, an overactive imagination, and the normal stresses of everyday life. Toddlers generally start having nightmares from about the age of three. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 50% of children between the ages of three and six have nightmares, so know that you're not alone in this experience. Nightmares can also start when the child is about two years old, and reach a peak between the ages of three and six years. About one quarter of children have at least one nightmare every week. Nightmares usually occur later in the sleep cycle, between 4am and 6am. Try to be supportive and understanding. Sleep terrors differ from nightmares. The dreamer of a nightmare wakes up from the dream and may remember details, but a person who has a sleep terror episode remains asleep. Children usually don't remember anything about their sleep terrors in the morning. Many toddlers experience night terrors. They are different than nightmares and do not have a lasting effect.  During a nightmare or even a night terror, reassure your child in a soothing voice that they are safe, and if it seems to calm your child down, hold them until it's over. As they aren't aware of their surroundings, the best thing you can do is make sure they won't fall or bang into anything. Does your baby experienced night terror or nightmare? Let us know in the comment section below!
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by on July 30, 2022
Powdered milk was often given to newborns before 3 months of age. After 6 months, most babies ate beans and rice or whatever the family ate. Adult foods were broken into small bits and fed from the mother's hand. Mothers normally chose suitable food from among what the family was eating. Baby food is any soft easily consumed food other than breastmilk or infant formula that is made specifically for human babies between four and six months and two years old.  Baby food looks very different in certain parts of the world. Countries like Japan and India have different variations on the traditional porridge. Other countries like France and Kenya like to stick with simple fruits and veggies. Take a look at some foods that "babies eat around the world", below:  Spanish Babies Eat Paella A Spanish dish which is full of flavour and also provides you with some fantastic vitamins and minerals. Spanish paella is full of lovely seafood which will give baby lots of nutrients.When mealtime rolls around, Spanish children usually dig in to whatever the adults are eating. While there are some foods that seem to be kid favorites (white rice with tomato sauce, anything with pasta, and croquettes, just to name a few), Spanish kids scarf down meals that would seem downright exotic to most. Mexican Babies Eat Achiote Although less likely to be eating non-infant cereals and baby food vegetables, 6- to 11-month-old Hispanics were more likely to be eating fresh fruits, fruit-flavored drinks, baby cookies, and foods such as soups, rice, and beans that are common in many Hispanic cultures. Some of the first foods that Mexican moms feed their babies are soups, fruits (such as papaya), and avocadoes. Older tots chew on soft tortillas too. Some mamas favor sprinkling a touch of chili powder on the foods as a way to get their little picky eaters to try new foods. Chinese Babies Eat Steamed Fish China's breastfeeding rates are low for a variety of cultural and societal reasons. Long working hours, short maternity leaves, the prevalence of mothers who migrate from their villages for work and leave infants with their families and scarce nursing facilities. Chinese babies are weaned on congee, a watery rice porridge. Congee is a great base to mix with other foods, such as puréed pulses and vegetables. Chinese mums often include ginger and garlic. Some use soy sauce, although we wouldn't recommend it because it's salty. Steamed, deboned fish is abundant in China, and this healthful protein-packed meat is often prepared in a dish called congee. Congee is the rice cereal of the Asian world; it's a neutral comfort food that can be easily altered with any ingredients you have on hand. Korean Babies Eat Seaweed The majority of Koreans start baby food with purees, but in the form of rice porridges or otherwise known as juk. The practice of eating seaweed soup after giving birth is believed to date to the Goryeo Dynasty and started because people noticed whales eating seaweed after giving birth. Traditionally the soup symbolizes and honors Samsin Halmoni, a goddess who helps women through pregnancy and childbirth. Unsalted and crushed seaweed can be given to babies as soon as they start eating solid food, usually at the age of 6 months old. Seaweed is an excellent source of iodine, which helps the functioning of the thyroid gland, but it can also affect it, if consumed in larger amounts. Japanese Babies Eat Octopus In moderation and ideally after 12 months of age. Octopus is an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. However, as you'll soon learn, Japanese babies are fed Japanese foods like rice, tofu, and dashi from an early stage. Most Japanese parents spoon-feed their babies these foods until they are able to use utensils much later. Do you know other foods that babies eat around the world aside from this list? Let us know in the comment section below!
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by on July 29, 2022
Mothers and fathers tend to have good intuition and knowledge of their own children. They often know more than they think they do, and they should not be afraid of making mistakes. Children are resilient and forgiving and usually learn and grow through their mistakes. Parents tend to be just as resilient and forgiving. Herese our 5 list of Parenting Style: Balanced parenting, is a parenting style first described by scientists in the 1960s. It includes high warmth and support for your child along with appropriate monitoring and discipline. We sometimes use the words “authoritative” or “lighthouse” parenting instead of “balanced,” but they mean the same thing. A balanced parenting style works because it does three things: Your warmth, love and involvement make your teen more open to your influence.  Uninvolved parenting, sometimes referred to as neglectful parenting, is a style characterized by a lack of responsiveness to a child's needs. Uninvolved parents make few to no demands of their children and they are often indifferent, dismissive, or even completely neglectful. Uninvolved parenting is characterized by low emotional responsiveness along with a lack of supervision. Researchers have found that uninvolved parenting could make children the victims of bullying by peers or older siblings as the parents are unable to guide them. Permissive parenting, sometimes called “indulgent parenting,” is a style of child-rearing that features two key traits: being nurturing and warm (which is good for kids), and. being reluctant to impose limits (which is problematic).  Studies show that affectionate, responsive parenting fosters secure attachment relationships. It promotes psychological development, and protects children from toxic stress. However, permissive parents do not control or regulate their children's behavior. So their children are less aware of the limits of acceptable behavior. They also exhibit worse impulse control and have more behavioral problems. Permissive parents might make comments such as “I never say no to my child” or “my child chooses what they want to do.” Permissive parents struggle to set age appropriate boundaries and instead shift decision making to children. Strict parenting, in psychology, strict parents are defined as parents who place high standards and demands on their children. Strict parents teach you how to actually value the things you own by making you earn them for yourself. You learn excellent powers of persuasion. Having strict parents means you had to choose the right time, the right moment and the right mood to present any kind of argument. Because strict parents set boundaries and enforce limits, children learn self-control. These kids are less likely to succumb to peer pressure or engage in risky behavior. Strict parents are consistent with discipline, and children learn at a young age that consequences exist for inappropriate behavior. But such pressures can lead to sleep deprivation, eating disorders, anxiety, low self-esteem and poor academic performance. They tend to change their way of thinking. They stop doing anything. An overbearing parent, is someone who wants control over their kid's life and choices. Adult children of overbearing parents often endure this treatment for decades because they either feel powerless to stop it or feel that the emotional cost of doing so would be too high. People with overbearing mothers or an overbearing parent may be more likely to struggle making decisions, suffer from anxiety and have low self-esteem. Good parenting is an accumulation of actions and interactions that you have with your child. It is driven with purpose and end goals in mind. Good parenting aims to develop in children character traits like independence, self-direction, honesty, self-control, kindness, and cooperation. How did your parents raise you? What kind of parents are you? Let us know in the comment section below!
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by on July 28, 2022
The jump from wearing diapers to using the potty is a huge childhood milestone. Most children will complete potty training and be ready to stop using diapers between 18 and 30 months of age,1 but this certainly isn't the case for all kids. Some children are not fully out of diapers until after the age of 4. You can potty train a one-year-old anywhere between 12 and 24 months, but the most important thing is to start! Prepare your child by reading books about potty training ahead of time. Normalize “going potty” in your home (let them see you go potty). Training a child too early can lead to toilet accidents because the bladder may not be strong enough. It may also lead to constipation, kidney damage and even urinary tract infections, said Hodges, mainly because children are holding in their bowel movements longer than they should. Many children show signs of being ready for potty training between ages 18 and 24 months. However, others might not be ready until they're 3 years old. There's no rush. If you start too early, it might take longer to train your child.  Signs that you baby is ready for potty training: Pulling at a wet or dirty diaper. Hiding to pee or poop. Showing Interest in others' use of the potty, or copying their behavior. Having a dry diaper for a longer-than-usual time. Awakening dry from a nap. Once you take off the diaper, set a timer and plan to take your child to the bathroom every 20 or 30 minutes. One of the main causes of potty training accidents is because the child is having too much fun or is too engrossed in play to listen to their body and make it to the bathroom in time. Hold him securely on the seat (bare-bottomed, of course). Give a signal. While he pees or poops, begin to make a noise that he can learn to associate with potty breaks, such as "ssssssssss." Sound off whenever he's in the act of peeing or pooping, or as soon as you anticipate he's about to.  Potty training a girl is sometimes considered easier than potty training a boy, since girls don't have the option of peeing standing up. It may be better for moms to show their girls how to use the potty as a form of teaching by example.  Potty training a boy can be slightly different than potty training a girl. This is because boys will eventually need to learn to pee standing up. It's recommended that you start him off peeing sitting down before having him pee standing up. To encourage peeing standing up, turn it into a game of target practice by dropping a piece of O-shaped cereal into the toilet bowl or potty onto which he must aim. It may also be better for dads to show their boys how it's done. Check out our Standing Urinal Wall-Mounted Toilet Potty Training for Boys. What should you NOT do when potty training: Don't Force the Issue. Don't Start Potty Training During a Time of Stress. Don't Set Deadlines. Don't Treat Accidents Like a Big Deal. Don't Use Clothes That Are Difficult to Manage. Late potty training can lead to physical consequences. Their inability to control their bladder and bowels at an early age can actually affect their bladder- and bowel-control as they grow older. Some parents potty trained their child as early as 4 months old. Checkout this Realistic Potty Training Toilet for Kids and Toddlers.
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