the dangers of camphor
Using a baby carrier is a great way to have baby around and still get things done. There are several different kinds to choose from. Here are certain guidelines that will help you pick the perfect carrier for you and baby.
Taking care of baby's teeth will be an adventure from the beginning but once you get the hang of it you and baby will be set for life. Good dental hygiene starts early and lasts a lifetime.
Getting your house ready for baby is a task in itself. As baby grows and they can get themselves in more trouble, your babyproofing will adjust as well. Here are a few things to get you started.
Ear infections can be common among young children. Find out how to avoid ear infections and what to do when baby is suffering from one.
Immunizing is imperative to the health of your child and the children around them. Each child gets a series of vaccines starting at birth. Immunizations may seem complicated but your Health Record booklet will make it easy for you to keep track of with the schedule and pages for you to document each immunization.
At first bathing baby is more like a sponge bath due to the umbilical cord but once the stump falls off you can begin regular bathing. Find out when to begin bathing baby regularly and how to do so, here.
Breast engorgement is the overfilling of the breasts with milk which can be painful. This is usually caused by an imbalance between milk supply and infant demand. This can be a common reason why mothers stop breastfeeding sooner than they planned. There is no reason to let this dissuade you from breastfeeding because there are things that can be done.
getting enough breast milk
There are several ways to find out if your child is getting enough breast milk. Here are several helpful points to make sure your child's nutrition is on track.
how to breastfeed
Ever wonder how to make sure your baby is latching on comfortably during breastfeeding? Or why you're getting sore nipples from breastfeeding? Find out what can be done to ensure healthy feedings and good breast health during breastfeeding.
breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding
Choosing whether to breastfeed or bottlefeed is normally one of the harder decisions to make when it comes to your newborn. Nobody should be put down for their choice whether it's personal preference or inability to breastfeed. Find out what people have to say about this ongoing battle.
the dangers of camphor
Camphor is an active ingredient (along with mentol) in vapor-steam products, such as Vicks VapoRub and it is effective as a cough suppressant. Camphor can be helpful in certain situations when used in moderation but when used too much can cause seizures. Find out more here.
the dangers honey
Honey and products containing honey should never be fed to babies. Honey can cause infant botulism. Although some people have used this with their babies in past years. Honey is not a food for babies.
You may have heard "breast is best" when it comes to breastfeeding your child. Breastmilk has all of the vitamins and nutrients your child will need to fend off illnesses and to make them grow at a normal, healthy rate. This video will give you more information on the benefits of breastmilk.
Breast pumps are a great accessory to the breastfeeding mother but not in the beginning and for many reasons. This video will explain why using a breast pump in the beginning may be more harmful than helpful to your breastfeeding routine.
first days of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the most beneficial when started as soon as baby is born and often so baby gets used to their food routine. This ensures mom makes enough milk for baby and baby gets all the nutrients needed. Learn more about the contents of breastmilk and benefits here.
Nowadays circumcision is looked at differently than it used to be. Circumcision used to be for health reasons but now those reasons have been disproven. When your son is born you will have the choice whether to circumsize or not, personal preference or religious beliefs may sway your decision. A lot of time if Dad is circumsized you may choose to follow suit. Again, the choice is you and your partners to make. Learn about how to care for your circumsized child here.
Having a colicky baby can be a frustrating situation for any parent. No need to worry, there are plenty of things you can do to help relieve baby's stress. If nothing works bring baby to the doctor to make sure they are 100% healthy. If baby is still fussing, make sure to always be there to offer your support and love.
Many parents like to keep baby close to them during sleep times but most people don't advise that because there are too many things that can go wrong. Your best bet is to choose a safe crib and keep that close by in your room. To see your options while baby's transition from infant to toddler to preschooler, check out this video.
The key to handling postpartum depression, PPD, is having support. If you feel you may have PPD or the "baby blues", listen to some helpful information here.
Dressing baby can be complicated. Not sure of how many layers baby should wear? Listen to these helpful tips.
Not sure if your child is progressing at a 'normal' rate? Here are a few guidelines for you to take note of. Remember, if you're worried about your child's development, speak to your child's doctor.
The key to a great diaper bag is not having extra unnecessary stuff! Preparing yourself with items "just in case" is great but don't overload yourself. Learn what necessities should always be in your diaper bag. Be prepared.
giving medicine correctly
Giving baby medicine can be confusing. Sometimes dosing information isn't very clear. Sometimes baby moves their face and some falls on their shirt. Do you give more? How can you be sure how much baby got? You don't want to give baby too much but what about too little?