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Our children are much more inclined to listen to a voice that sounds warm and encouraging than one that sounds harsh and judgmental. The tone of your voice is just as important as the volume. The tone of voice we use communicates how much we wish for an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and respect when it is caring and inviting. A baby may hear quick breathings, clipped words and extended pauses, these might indicate anxiety or upset. A slow, monotonous voice or a quieter tone than normal could imply exhaustion or illness. You might hear faster, slightly louder speech if you're excited. What is the reason for changing our voice when we are talking to kids? There is an emphasis on the rising pitch, greater pitch variation, and a more musical rhythm and tone. Research suggests this exaggerated emphasis may help infants learn speech patterns or increase attention when parents warn them of danger. Whenever caregivers yell, toddlers tend to focus on the emotion rather than the message. It is important to keep in mind that harsh or aggressive language can have a negative impact on a child's self-esteem, behavior, and communication skills. When disciplining a child, it is more effective to use positive, gentle, and calm tones as opposed to harsh ones. As a parent, one of the most important parts of communicating with your child is not only listening to them but actively listening too. That is because active listening shows your child that you care and are interested in what they are saying. Active listening can also help you learn and understand more about what is going on in your child's life. How do angry parents affect a child? A parent who is angry or stressed can make his or her children behave in a bad way or become physically ill. Children react to anxious, stressed parents by losing their concentration, having difficulty playing with other children, becoming silent and afraid, being rude and aggressive, or becoming sleep-deprived. In addition to causing anxiety, low self-esteem, and increased aggression in children, it can also make them more vulnerable to bullying due to their distorted understanding of healthy boundaries and the importance of self-respect.   What is the best way to communicate with kids without yelling at them?   Take the opposite tone. Ask questions. Make it fun.  Take a break. Be positive — and clear. Control the conversation.   What's the best way to communicate with kids?   Talk to kids clearly, respectfully, and considerately. Be realistic about what you can do at home. Deal with concerns in a problem-solving way. Work together with a positive attitude. As soon as concerns arise, talk about them.   You will be able to build your relationship with your child if you say "thanks" and "please" every time you speak to him. Spreading good manners and showing respect will bring you closer together; mean words and a harsh voice will alienate him. When parents use positive words with their children, their cognitive functioning will be improved. When parents use negative words, a child's brain functioning can be interrupted.   Read also: Hands-On Parenting: What Is It And How Can You Be One Traditional Parenting VS Modern Parenting: Which is better? Tantrums In Toddlers: How To Stop And Handle Them  
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by on September 25, 2021
Two car seats rested against a large, ornamental rock at the bottom of the Walmart parking lot. It wasn’t a place anyone would expect to see a car seat. No sign announced why they were there. They weren’t labeled “free to new home.” They just sat there, mute testimony to some event in their plastic and acrylic past. As a fitting embellishment for the scene, the sun was setting in a thin, red line of last light, just before the city streetlamps began to turn on. Importance of Car Seats Car seats are important equipment for today’s busy families. A best-case scenario for these seats is that they were out-grown, old, cracked or otherwise damaged and no longer able to do their job of protecting children. Perhaps the family that had owned them had set the seats out of their car and left them there so as to avoid the irritation of recycling them or throwing them away.   Keeping up With Child Growth Children outgrow car seats at an alarming rate. That is why many hospitals and baby resource, such as, make it possible to sell or trade old car seats for new ones. With car seat prices starting at around $50 and going up from there, it can be one of the biggest expenses for bringing baby home. It is an expense rivaled only by the cost of a crib or bassinet. For your child’s comfort, a car seat must be properly sized. Seats intended for an older child will not properly support an infant’s head, neck and back. An infant seat might cramp an older baby, causing back and neck discomfort. Therefore, purchasing a new car seat could be an important step for a young family, even if they owned previously serviceable seats. Car Seats, Joint Custody, and Similar Considerations Few women would be willing to go back to the bad old times when the only way out of an unsuitable or even dangerous marriage was death. Furthermore, in the not so very distant past, a woman fleeing an abusive marriage might have been forced to leave her children behind “Till death do you part” might have a romantic ring to it, but for some wives marriage was “a fate worse than death.” Better by far to be able to tell a judge or file some papers that declare the marriage to be null and void than to resort to extreme measures. Failed marriages in historical times make good fiction, but a poor reality in which to live. But that still leaves the children. Some youngsters are fortunate enough to simply have two loving families who manage to communicate and function in ways best for the children. Others, might have one good family and one in not-so-good. And then, there is the third scenario where the custodial parent reluctantly releases their precious child to the other parent. What does that have to do with car seats left in a parking lot? They might have belonged to a disgruntled parent who was denied custody or visitation rights. Those two aged and broken seats might be a social commentary. Car Theft and Car Seats Nothing telegraphs “not my car” quite like a safety or booster seat hanging out in a vehicle occupied by a group of rowdy teens, or even by a person who is clearly driving alone. While certainly not conclusive (see above situations where a child might need to go from one family vehicle to another), it could raise a flag with an officer of the law. Solution? Ditch the car seats.  
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by on September 30, 2021
Some babies love car rides, here are 8 helpful tips to prepare your baby for their car ride that the whole family will appreciate. Putting your baby to sleep by placing them in their car seat and driving around the block is often a very effective way for them to go to bed. But other babies hate riding in a car, and they especially hate the car seat. If your infant gets carsick easily or has extreme separation anxiety, then you might have a bit of a problem on your hands. But handled correctly, car riding should be a pleasure for the whole family most of the time. Here are eight ways you can help make car riding more pleasant for your child. 1. Spread a towel or even one of those foil windshield screens over the car seat and the metal buckles that might touch your baby. Metal heats up quickly, especially in areas where outdoor temperatures can exceed 110 during the day. Always check the temperature of the metal before buckling your child into the seat, as some metals can become hot enough to cause burns. 2. Make sure the seat is the right size. The carrier or seat that seemed to be “just right” last week can become too small very quickly. Unfortunately, a good car seat is an expensive purchase. One way around this is to join a parent exchange where you can trade in your too-small seat for a sanitized hand-me-down from a slightly older baby. 3. Add a toy to the seat but do make sure that it is age appropriate and not likely to have any parts that can be pried off and swallowed. As with all toys, a choking hazard is not the goal. “Exercise” boards with things to pull, push and move around are ideal if there is some way to secure them to the car seat. Toddlers love having their own baby steering wheel, so they can play at driving. 4. Provide a small bottle or sippy cup. If the day is hot, give sips of distilled water rather than milk or juice. Snacks are an option for babies who can hold food but could be a choking hazard. 5. Play soothing music or sing songs. Babies have a very short attention span, and the anticipation of going to Grandma’s house just might not be enough to sustain patience with being forced to sit still for a long time. Interactive entertainment can make a difference. 6. Velcro or otherwise mount a small tablet on the back of the forward seat, just at eye level. Play soothing music or an age-appropriate video. Those videos with fish swimming can sometimes be enough. [bsa_pro_ad_space id=15] 7. Play something active with  your baby before getting into the car, then feed him or her just before the trip. With any luck, you’ll be able to enter the vehicle with a clean, well-fed, sleepy baby who will snooze out for several miles of the trip. 8. If the crying persists consistently every time you go for a car ride, talk with your pediatrician to see if there is a physical cause for your child’s discomfort. Riding in a car should be a pleasurable experience, and for many children, it is. Keep in mind that long road trips are very difficult for active youngsters. Even if your youngster decides to relieve his or her boredom by pelting the driver with snacks provided as part of the in-vehicle entertainment, try to hold on to your cool. Do, however, pull off the roadway at the first opportunity and relieve your young bombardier of any and all potential missiles. Not all children enjoy riding in a car, but most do. If your child begins crying as soon as you approach the car, try doing some detective work to learn what might be the problem. In many cases, the remedy can be simple. When the problem is complex, such as a child that has motion sickness, then you might need to consider getting your pediatrician’s help. What did you think of our blog? Let us know in the comments section below!
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by on July 18, 2022
At Ebaby, we know that life totally changes once your baby arrives. And while it’s all good things, breastfeeding is not easy - in fact, for many women, it can be painful and uncomfortable. However, there are plenty of things you can do to care for yourself during this time. To help, we put together a few self-care tips that you can implement while breastfeeding to make your experience more enjoyable for both you and your baby. Choose a Comfortable Nursing Bra When you’re breastfeeding, comfort is of the utmost importance. That’s why you’ll want to choose a durable nursing bra that gives you the support you need. For extra ease, choose a style that’s comfortable enough to wear while you sleep! Look for bras made from breathable fabric with robust support and convenient nursing access. Bonus points for finding one that offers double-duty as a hands-free pumping bra. You can start your search by shopping online, and as you check out online marketplaces like Amazon, you can purchase bras while picking out other items you need, like toilet paper, baby wipes, diapers, cleaning products and more.  Balance Time With Your Other Children Breastfeeding takes up a lot of your time and energy, and if you have other children, you might be worried about whether or not they’re getting enough attention from you - especially if you’re heading back to work soon. It can be hard to balance time with all of your kids when you’re breastfeeding a new baby. Talk to your partner about designating time with your kids so that you can work out a fair, informal “schedule.” For example, you might want to put your kids to bed at night, ask them to join you while you’re cooking dinner, or plan some nearby weekend outings without your newborn. Think of it this way, your partner can get some quality time with the baby while you get quality time with your other children Create a Cozy Environment Lots of mothers start “nesting” in the final weeks of pregnancy - it’s only natural that you want to create a cozy environment where you can care for your baby! But you can keep brightening up your home after your baby arrives, too. You might want to pick out cute new throw pillows or blankets, hang photos of your baby on the walls, or order fresh flowers online! Depending on your tastes, you can click here to put together your own unique bouquet or choose a curated combination. Having fresh flowers is a simple way to add a sense of relaxation and beauty to your home.  Enjoy Hands-Free Activities Breastfeeding can take up a lot of time. When your baby needs you for so many hours of the day, it’s easy to feel like you have little to no time for yourself. However, breastfeeding does present you with the opportunity to enjoy some hands-free activities! Very Well Family recommends doing a little reading, which can be convenient with audiobooks, catching up on a TV series you enjoy, or calling your friends. Eat a Healthy Diet Eating a healthy diet can make breastfeeding easier. Certain foods will help boost your milk production in the long run. There’s no single “diet” that you have to stick to while breastfeeding, but you can definitely benefit from incorporating certain foods into your diet. Mustela recommends eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, a few servings of lean protein per day, whole grains, healthy fats, and foods that contain lots of calcium, such as milk, yogurt, and broccoli. It’s important to get plenty of calories into your diet while you’re breastfeeding - remember, you’re technically still eating for two! Breastfeeding can pose lots of challenges, but it can also be a time to truly bond with your baby. If you’ve been having trouble caring for yourself while caring for your baby, it’s only natural that it will take a bit of time to find the right balance. With a comfortable nursing bra, a plan to spend time with your other kiddos and healthy eating, you’ll be able to focus on self-care while breastfeeding. Are you in need of baby products? Check out the wide selection on Ebaby! Browse our online marketplace today to start shopping. Photo via Pexels      
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by on July 7, 2022
Sweet and squishy baby cheeks are hard to resist kissing, but doing so can cause serious health consequences. Though kissing an infant doesn't always cause RSV or other illnesses, it can spread germs that can lead to illnesses that newborn immune systems find it hard to fight. Infants are particularly vulnerable to the HSV-1, better known as the Herpes Simplex Virus. The virus causes sores around the mouth and lips in adults. While HPV type 1 infection is rare, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Make it a point that anyone who is unwell, should strictly stay away from the baby. One of the most serious risks that come from kissing babies is the transfer of fever blisters, also known as cold sores. HSV 1 causes fever blisters to form around the baby's mouth and can spread to other areas of the body, even their brain. Everyone who comes into contact with your baby should follow safe hygiene practices. You can also implement a no kissing rule till the time your baby is atleast six weeks old or develops a stronger immune system. You can ask politely to your friends or relatives, be firm and stick to your guns. Explain that your request for them to refrain from your baby isn't one that will last forever, just until they are older and their immune system is stronger.  Pediatrics states that infection with the herpes virus is uncommon for infants. But you can never be too safe. Keep the baby kisses at home and if you have cold sores or see someone with cold sores, then kissing the baby is strictly off-limits. A consultant paediatrician at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Agatha David, says kissing a newborn on the lips or any part of the face can lead to meningitis, a viral infection caused by herpes. You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst. They remain contagious until completely healed. Our baby's well-being took priority. A newborn baby's immune system is underdeveloped, and whilst they're not fully immunised, it makes them highly vulnerable to severe infections. Kissing, sharing drinks, or transferring things from mouth to mouth can transmit RSV. Washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, and avoiding contact when you are sick will decrease the spread and help protect our littlest family members. Since kissing the baby is pretty important to many parents, kissing them is totally fine as long as they know they don't have a cold sore. But which grandparent, cousin or neighbor will be forgiven, if they made the new baby sick? Better safe than sorry. The even bigger challenge was that there are very affectionate people who love kissing babies, however it is not okay to let other people kiss your newborn baby. We don’t know where they've been and who they've kissed so don’t let them kiss your baby. They may have been recently exposed to some form of a cold or other respiratory disease that may not show symptoms of yet. You don’t want them passing this on to your newborn infant whose immune system is not fully up and working yet. Just tell them "PLEASE don't kiss my baby." It's better to hurt someone's feelings than possibly pass a harmful virus to your baby. Blow them a kiss from far. Babies love “human touch.” It doesn’t have to be actual kissing. That is how they relate to their external world. That need for human connection doesn’t suddenly go away. 
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by on October 15, 2022
For newborns, a visitation schedule should be set up so that the noncustodial parent can visit frequently, often and for a short period of time. It is more beneficial to your child to make a few short visits per week than an eight-hour visit every week. You can extend the visits as the baby grows to provide him/her with a better chance of bonding with the other parent. You need to take good care of a new baby and get to know him if you are going to have him. It takes relatively little to take care of a baby, so you should be able to do it. You need to feed them, interact with them, comfort them when they're upset, keep them clean, and make sure that they sleep in a safe, comfortable place. The pick-up and visitation times you arrange should not conflict with naps or be in the middle of a wind-down routine, so that they do not conflict with naps. Over the first two years, experts recommend that a child should not be separated from either parent for very long periods; this will ensure the child's bond with both parents grows stronger.  As a result, for most new babies, the best arrangement is to live entirely with Parent A and have frequent daytime visits with Parent B throughout the first few months of life. Once your baby gets to the age when they are a little bit more adaptable, then you can begin overnight visitation. In any case, it is well known that by the time a child reaches the age of three or four, he or she is much more adept at communicating their needs and therefore, able to express themselves more clearly. Due to this, they ought to be more equipped to spend time away from their primary caregiver, and as such spend more time with the other parent overnight. A child's maturity, along with the relationship between them and their parents, are equally important as their age when it comes to determining a child's future success. It can be observed that 7 year old kids or even 11 year old kids will handle a week on / week off schedule better than certain 11 year old children. Due to this, one blanket approach is not going to work for everyone. There is a common misconception that mothers have greater rights when it comes to child custody than fathers. However, the truth is that there are no laws in the U.S. that guarantee mothers a preference or additional rights when it comes to child custody.  Sadly, it is very common for mothers to block the father from seeing his child simply by refusing to allow him to see him at all. However, fathers do not often recognize that they have the same rights as mothers do when it comes to child contact. They have the same right to access to the child as the mother, so they have as much access as the mother does when it comes to child contact. There is no doubt that co-parenting can provide additional comfort and stability for young children after a divorce, but experts suggest that spending too much time together after a divorce can also have some potentially negative effects on children and parents.   There is nothing more important than being nice to each other in front of the child. Children hear and see what is happening, and they learn how to treat others through the actions of their parents. If parents treat each other respectfully, that will teach the child to treat others respectfully as well.   Read also: Traditional Parenting VS Modern Parenting: Which is better? The 10 Most Effective Ways For Moms To Practice Self-Care
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by on September 8, 2022
Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping). In the first year, babies learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Rolling over, crawling, walking, and talking are all considered milestones. The milestones are different for each age range. There is a normal range in which a child may reach each milestone. For example, walking may begin as early as 8 months in some children. Recent brain research indicates that birth to age three is the most important years in a child's development.   TYPICAL DEVELOPMENT: Typical development will give generic progress of the child compared to peers of the same age. Atypical development occurs when the child appears to lag behind or is way ahead of same-age peers in any of the different skills. You can learn how to recognize the differences between typical and atypical development. For example, about half of babies can walk by their first birthdays. But walking any time between 9 and 16 months is considered normal. Developmental milestones are only guidelines. Your baby's health care provider will evaluate your baby's development at each well-baby visit.Skills such as taking the first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are called developmental milestones. By the end of their first month, most babies raise their head and chest when lying on their stomachs and support their upper body with arms when lying on their stomachs. At age 6 months, your baby should be more coordinated, start to respond to particular words, and have a better sense of the world around them.  Smiling, crawling, manipulating objects, walking, self-care, and talking are examples of developmental milestones that provide valuable insight into a child's development. Most children develop skills in similar patterns and at similar times. Normal processes of development are genetically preprogrammed and subject to social and emotional influence.   ATYPICAL DEVELOPMENT: Occasionally, development does not follow the usual pattern; this results in what is termed atypical development, or development that is not typical of the human species. Atypical development means development that is unusual in its pattern, is not within a normal developmental milestone, and adversely affects the child's overall development. Atypical development occurs when the child appears to lag behind or is way ahead of same-age peers in any of the different skills. You can learn how to recognize the differences between typical and atypical development. This will help you to identify potential issues that may benefit from early intervention. The absence of reciprocity, lack of sharing enjoyment or interests, problems with joint attention and apparent disinterest in parents or other children are also concerning atypical characteristics of social development. Other examples include intense separation anxiety, unusual fearfulness of people, and extreme shyness. Unusual eating habits, abnormal sleep patterns, temper tantrums, and aggression toward self and to others are among the most common of these abnormal behaviors. Doesn't seem to respond to loud noises. Doesn't follow moving objects with eyes by 2 to 3 months. Doesn't smile at the sound of your voice by 2 months. Doesn't grasp and hold objects by 3 months. Doesn't smile at people by 3 months. Atypical development can manifest in different ways, especially in children. There can be physical delays or cognitive dysfunctions, and there can be social or emotional manifestations. Atypical development in children can cause learning challenges and difficulty with social interactions. Developmental delays are usually caused by a variety of life-long conditions categorized as developmental disabilities (DD). Developmental disabilities include Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and cerebral palsy, all conditions also referred to as special needs. It's possible that your child will outgrow a developmental problem on their own. But, with help, your child is more likely to reach their full potential. Learn how you can be an Ideal Parent: Positive And Successful Parenting by reading this blog. Learn also what is the Importance Of Socialization For Babies Does your baby grows normally or you've noticed any signs that fall under atypical development? Let us know in the comment section below!
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by on August 29, 2022
Stay-at-home parents do the jobs of several people, but when it comes to re-entering the workforce, it can be challenging to figure out all the details that go along with it. Whether you’re thinking about looking for a job outside the home or starting your own business, it’s a good idea to consider continuing your education in order to boost your prospects and your confidence. The key to finding success lies within achieving work/life balance, as well as finding the right educational program for you. These days there are so many options available online that you can find an affordable course or degree plan that meets your needs in no time. Ready to get started with finding work/school/life balance? Check out the resources at Ebaby, which helps parents with everything from infant health questions to coupons. Here are a few tips on how to get started when you’re ready to continue your education and go back to work: Give yourself a great at-home setup Whether you’re going to be learning at home or starting your own business, it’s important that you have a spot in the house that allows you to get things done. Set up an office area, if possible, and make sure it will give you some privacy. Not only will this help you focus on your to-do list, it will help you reduce stress and guilt as you juggle everything on your plate. If you don’t have room to give yourself an office that’s separate from the rest of your house, get creative and set up a work area in a quiet corner. There are lots of resources available for creating small offices these days, especially since the pandemic caused so many changes to the way we work and learn. Consider taking a professional development course Once you have a setup at home to work and learn in, you can take a look at your educational options. There are many ways to start, including taking online courses toward a two or four-year degree or working on a professional development course, which is a great option if you already have experience in a particular field. For example, if you’re knowledgeable about project management, you can find a job helping professional teams collaborate and communicate. Look online to find the right Scrum Master course for you, then take an assessment to ensure your skill level is where you want it to be when you’re finished. Build a stellar resume Once you’ve completed your scrum course, it’s important to look over your resume and give it an update, especially if it’s been a while since you worked outside the home. You’ll want to highlight your skills and accomplishments, but you don’t have to worry about creating a great resume from scratch; with a free resume creator, you can utilize a template that allows you to customize a professional-looking format with your choice of colors, fonts, images, and copy. This will take the pressure off so you can focus on the content of your resume rather than making an eye-catching design. Start your own business Not ready to go back to work for someone else? Starting your own business may sound like an overwhelming project, but it can actually be pretty simple if you start small and use some of the small business resources that are available online. You can even plan out your business while going to school or taking a professional development course. Build a detailed business plan, secure a great name and register it, and figure out how you’ll fund everything. If you have a winning idea, there’s no time like the present to share it with the world. Whether you want to start a business, take a professional development course, or find a new job outside the home, it’s important to get your spaces organized and create routines that you and your family can easily follow. This will help you find work/life balance and keep stress at bay. Photo via Pexels  
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by on September 20, 2023
The journey of motherhood is filled with precious moments, and one of the most significant is the bond created through breastfeeding. As a new mom, it's essential to be prepared with the right tools to make this experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. In this blog, we'll explore five essential items that every new mom should consider when embarking on their breastfeeding journey.   Nursing Bras and Tops: Investing in comfortable nursing bras and tops is crucial for breastfeeding moms. These specially designed bras offer easy access for nursing while providing essential support. Look for bras with adjustable straps and easy-to-open clasps to make feeding your baby a breeze. Nursing tops with discreet openings or flaps provide privacy while allowing easy access for your little one. Buy here: 3PACK Womens Full Bust Nursing Seamless Maternity Bra   2. Breast Pump: A breast pump is a valuable tool for breastfeeding moms, whether you plan to return to work or simply want to build up a stash of milk for times when you can't be with your baby. Manual or electric, a breast pump helps you express milk efficiently and comfortably. Some electric pumps even have double pumping capabilities, saving you time and effort. Buy here: TSRETE Breast Pump, Double Wearable Breast Pump   3. Nursing Pillow: A nursing pillow is a must-have for new moms. These pillows provide much-needed support for your baby, allowing you to find the most comfortable breastfeeding position. They can be placed around your waist to elevate your baby to the right height and reduce strain on your back and arms. Many nursing pillows are also versatile and can be used for tummy time and as your baby grows. Buy here: Boppy Nursing Pillow Original Support   4. Nipple Cream: Breastfeeding can sometimes lead to sore and cracked nipples. That's where nipple cream comes to the rescue. Choose a lanolin-based or all-natural cream to soothe and moisturize your nipples. Applying nipple cream after each feeding session can help prevent discomfort and promote healing. Buy here: Motherlove Nipple Cream (1 oz) Organic Lanolin   5. Nursing Cover or Scarf: While some moms are comfortable nursing in public without any cover, others prefer a bit more privacy. A nursing cover or scarf is a great accessory to have on hand for those moments when you'd like some discretion. These versatile pieces of clothing are designed to drape over your shoulder, covering both you and your baby during feedings. Buy here: Cotton Nursing Cover - Large Breastfeeding Cover with Built-in Burp Cloth & Pocket   In conclusion, breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural way to nourish your baby and build a strong bond. Having the right essentials can make this experience more comfortable and enjoyable for both you and your little one. From nursing bras and pillows to breast pumps and nipple cream, these five items should be on every new mom's breastfeeding checklist. Remember that every breastfeeding journey is unique, so don't hesitate to seek support and advice from lactation consultants or support groups if needed. Happy breastfeeding!   Read also:  Must-Have Newborn Essentials: Preparing for Your Baby's Arrival The Top 5 Playpens for Both Indoor and Outdoor Play Top 5 Baby Car Seats for Safe and Comfortable Travel Top Baby Strollers: Choosing Comfort and Convenience for Your Little One Navigating the Postpartum Period: Essential Products for New Moms  
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by on August 19, 2022
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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by on September 13, 2022
Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! Becoming a first-time parent is one of the most exciting things that can happen to you. Of course, it can also be incredibly stressful. Preparing for a baby requires a number of important preparations, especially if you have a disability. Thankfully, parents with disabilities have access to all kinds of resources and assistive tools to help with child care and the endless demands of daily parenting life. Check out the following article for help preparing your home and life for your new child! Seek Help with Difficult Emotions Becoming a parent comes with a range of emotions. It’s not uncommon for expectant parents to feel overwhelmed by emotion as their delivery date draws near. If you’re struggling to cope with changes in your mental health and emotional well-being, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. Keep in mind that there are therapists online who can help you work through any difficult emotions you’re dealing with right now. Online therapy is a great option for people with disabilities! Virtual mental health services ensure maximum privacy and security while offering a variety of licensed professionals to choose from. Look for therapists offering free consultations so you can find the best match. Consider Upsizing Your Home When you have a disability, more space tends to make life easier. Even if you feel comfortable navigating your home right now, consider how your space needs might change once your baby is born. Adding new furniture and baby gear could make your home feel cramped and cluttered. Consider finding a larger home to accommodate your growing family and make space for the new things you need to buy for your baby. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, be sure to start the buying process as soon as possible. For example, you’ll need to check your credit score, organize the appropriate paperwork, determine your buying budget, and find a great real estate agent. You may also want to look into assistance programs that can help you fund your home purchase or pay for accessibility modifications. If you’re not ready to make a down payment on a home or would just prefer to rent, there are many suitable properties available in the LA area. Carefully consider which type of home you require and look for sites that allow you to filter by accessibility. Make Helpful Home Upgrades Accessible home modifications can make it easier for you to care for your new baby. For example, installing grab bars in areas like bathtubs and showers can help when bathing your child while using non-slip rugs and mats throughout your home can help you avoid falls when you’re trying to keep up with a crawling toddler. Installing a chairlift in your home can help you safely navigate staircases with a baby in your arms. Think about ways in which your home could better serve you as a parent, and invest in modifications to make your life easier! If you need to make room in your home for a nursery, you may want to place some items into storage if you’re unsure what to do with them. Storage units in LA can be on the pricey side, but with some research you can find a 5’x10’ unit for under $100. Look for Adaptable Baby Gear Today, parents can find all kinds of adaptable parenting products designed to give people with disabilities more control and confidence when caring for their kids. For example, The Mobility Resource lists several adaptable alternatives to traditional cribs, strollers, and car seats: Chest harness baby carriers and wraps. Side opening cribs. Baby carrier attachments for wheelchairs. Baby bibs that attach with velcro rather than snaps. Breastfeeding slings. Nursing pillows. Swivel-base car seats. Many other assistive tools exist, so be sure to do your research! And if you can’t find a solution to one of your childcare challenges, consider creating one yourself. Countless parents with disabilities have come up with creative solutions to daily obstacles, creating everything from braille-labeled baby bottles to wheelchair-accessible baby bathing stations. And be sure to visit Ebaby for the latest high-quality baby furniture, clothes, and products! Parenting with a disability is much easier today than it was in the past. These days, parents with disabilities have access to assistive technology and adaptive gear that reduce the need to rely on others for childcare help. Get set up with the right tools and resources so you feel confident about your role as a soon-to-be parent, and consider moving to a new home for expanded space. Photo via Pexels
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by on October 26, 2022
What does "hands-on" mean exactly? A hands-on “mom” is someone who spends purposeful quality time with their children. It's spending time, engaging in activities, and creating memories with them. It doesn’t matter whether you are a dad or a grandma, preschool teacher, caregiver, au pair or nanny, anyone can be a hands-on “mom”.  Having a hands-on approach to parenting always involves spending lots of time with the children. According to William Mattox Jr.'s article "The Parent Trap," Harvard University child psychiatrist Robert Cole stated that children's frenzied desire to have possessions is not only a result of the television ads they see. A recent study conducted at Columbia University found that parents who exert their parental authority by taking a "hands-on" approach to raise their children tend to have a much more positive relationship with their children, as well as a reduced risk of harming themselves with drugs and alcohol.   Ways of Hands-on Parents:   Monitoring what the kids are watching on the television: It is possible for you to monitor what your children watch with the help of the TV Parental Guidelines and V-chip. TV Parental Guidelines. Based on the movie rating system, this system has been developed to provide an age-group rating system for television shows. You can find these ratings in TV guides and local listings, as well as on the screen when viewing your cable program guide. Keeping track of what kids are doing on the internet: It is essential to have parental controls in place if you have young children using the internet. These controls are necessary to protect the cren from the many threats that can be seen online, such as predators, cybercyber criminalserbullying, and inappropriate access to the internet. Expecting their kids to tell the truth: A child must learn the importance of telling the truth, as well as the importance of being honest. It is important to remember that lying can cause damage to your relationships as well as your self-esteem. It is important to strike a balance between feeling guilty and ashamed that you are caught lying and taking responsibility for fixing it. Eating dinner together with the kids most of the time: Eating together tends to promote more sensible eating habits, which in turn helps members of the family manage their weight more easily and, in turn, makes life more comfortable. When a family sits down together and eats together, it helps them to handle the stresses of everyday life and the hassles of day-to-day existence. Requiring kids to do household chores: Chores enable children to gain valuable experience and skills that they will use in adult life to take care of themselves, their home, and their family. Whether it's preparing meals, cleaning, organizing or maintaining a garden, chores help children to gain responsibility for their lives. Regularly reviewing the kid's academic performance: Children are expected to spend much of their time on their education and need to graduate with good academic results in order to receive a good education. Children who have excellent academic skills are more likely to get employment benefits, higher income, greater self-esteem and confidence, lower anxiety and depression levels. Monitoring where their kids at after school or during weekends: After school ends up for the day, kids are usually forced to spend a lot of time inside at home. However, parents don't have to worry about this too much. Just simply monitor what your child does after school, in the evenings and on weekends. Monitoring their kids' phones: The law permits parents to track their child's phone without them knowing because they install a parental control app, such as mSpy, on the device they want to monitor. However, parents can monitor only their kids who are under the age of thirteen. The mSpy monitoring app allows you to spy on your child's online activities without them knowing. Having curfew hours for older kids: Teenagers can sometimes be forgetful and irresponsible. Curfews should be given to keep them safe and help to teach them to follow instructions in order to become more responsible and responsible adults. Teenagers should be given the opportunity to be responsible adults by being given curfews. Knowing their kid's friends and parents: PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) analyses show that students who attend schools where their parents know their children's friends, as well as their families, do better in school, have more positive attitudes toward collaboration, and feel happier and more secure at school.   A hands-on parent is one who invests time, energy, and effort into multiple aspects of the life of his or her child. Here's what it means to be one: Hands-on dads share responsibilities – He knows that leaving everything up to mom or the family since you are the breadwinner isn't a good way to raise your child.
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