While your baby's favorite toys must be cleaned every week, visibly stained toys or toys used during your baby's recovery from a cold or an upset tummy need immediate cleaning. Hand wash fabric toys, wash metal toys in the dishwasher, soak bath toys in a white vinegar solution, give plastic toys a soap soak, and wipe down wood toys. Use natural cleaning agents like mild castile soap, tea tree oil, and vinegar.
It is important to initiate potty training when your child is developmentally ready. Make them an active participant in the training process and allow them to learn at their own pace. A consistent training schedule, tons of praise and rewards, and lots of patience and positivity are key to successful potty training. Also be sure to never admonish your child if they have an accident.
Babies typically tend to fall asleep at the breast when they’re satiated. Sometimes, this can also happen when your baby has not latched on properly. If you experience pain during nursing, that’s another sign of an improper latch. Babies who were born with a low birth weight may also be sleepier during feedings. As long as your baby is steadily gaining weight and passing stool and urine normally, there's no reason to worry.
To ease night-time battles with your toddler set a relaxing night time routine with a strict bedtime. Let the baby make choices such as which pajamas to wear and allow a favorite toy or blanket in bed. Avoid scary stories and movies and imagine happier endings for nightmares to dilute frightening dreams. Also, make sure they nap in the day but limit sleeping after mid-afternoon.
Give only sponge baths till your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off to ensure it doesn't get wet. You can then bathe your baby thrice a week till the time they start crawling around and getting dirty. But certain areas like the face, hands, neck, and diaper area still need frequent and regular cleaning during this time. Once they start crawling, give your baby a bath every day.
Swaddling is an age-old technique that can soothe and pacify babies. Choose a light wrap and lay your baby face up on the wrap with head and neck above the fabric. Fold the wrap across the baby’s body from one side, lift the bottom of the wrap and fold up. Then fold the second side of the wrap across and tuck in. Don’t swaddle babies who can roll over.
Folic acid is a critical B vitamin for your body when you’re planning a pregnancy. It significantly lowers risk of major neural tube birth defects in the baby including spina bifida, anencephaly, and encephalocele and can ward off folate deficiency anemia in the expectant mum, too. Just be sure to get the right dosage – too much can be equally bad. If you have a family history of neural tube defects, are diabetic, or have epilepsy, however, you may need higher folate intake. For everyone else, a 0.4mg intake will suffice.
Divorce can be just as hard on your kids as it is on you. Simple things like always greeting them with a smile when you visit, not arguing with your ex in front of them, or taking up a class or activity together can help. Introduce a few new things at a time and avoid a sudden change of home, town, or school. Be sure to communicate, listen, and help answer their queries and validate their feelings. Get professional help for yourself or your child if it is needed.
We often wear comfortable clothes at home. But, research indicates that spending more time naked comes with a host of benefits. It improves one's body image and self esteem. It also boosts metabolism and burns fat. Sleeping naked improves one's quality of sleep, prevents vaginitis, and boosts sperm count. Going bra-less strengthens pectoral muscles, prevents infections due to breast feeding, and improves the mothers' bonding with their newborns. Lastly, going nude promotes intimacy in relationships.
Avoid feeding honey to babies who are less than a year old. This is because honey is a potential source of a disease-causing bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. When a baby consumes honey, the bacteria is consumed, too. Due to the immature digestive and immune systems, these bacteria grow inside their intestines resulting in a condition called infant botulism.
Every newborn is different. Some of them have glorious locks of hair on their heads that make them look absolutely adorable. Scientific studies have proven that expectant mothers who suffered from chronic heartburn during pregnancy are more likely to have newborns with hairy heads. In many cases, this is due to the hormonal influence of estrogen on the growing fetus.
Having a proper vision is indeed a privilege. Not everyone has 20/20 vision and variations are bound to occur. If you have 20/30 vision it only means that you have stand 20 feet away from an object to view what a person with normal vision can see at 30 feet. Most of the time you don't need glasses or contacts for 20/30 vision. However, if you develop any eye strain or headaches, you need correction immediately.
Choking is a worry for most parents with children. For babies under one year, five forceful back blows and chest thrusts may help the baby cough out the object. For babies over a year old, back blows and abdominal thrusts can help. Take your child to hospital immediately even if you were able to remove the object choking your child.
During any separation or divorce, it's not just the adults who are affected, but the kids too. Toddlers and young children who aren't able to fully process the situation may end up throwing tantrums, becoming more irritable and anxious, losing their appetite, or complaining of aches and pains. Older kids and teens might become withdrawn and struggle with school. Even normally well-behaved kids might start to misbehave. If you ignore a child’s cries for help, it could impact their self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and relationships, and even put them at risk for depression and alcohol abuse as adults.
Babies usually start walking between 8 and 18 months. But the process is a progression from crawling and standing to cruising and walking independently. Hold them in a standing position and help them use furniture for support when they're ready to stand. Placing toys just out of their reach will encourage them to take steps and shuffle along using furniture for support till they eventually start walking on their own.
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