Parrots to Poets — Its all in learning to say words

A ready reckoner for you to check your child’s development As a parent you may spend many anxious moments worrying whether your child is developing well, whether anything is wrong, or worrying about illnesses or learning disabilities. Well, most developmental articles or charts are just general reference points. Some babies grow and pass each stage quickly while others develop slower but do catch up. So, don’t fret if John has not said “ ba, ba or da, da,” when your neighbor’s child born a few days later already has. Every baby is like a sponge and receptive to things in his or her immediate environment. A baby who has people talking and interacting with him or her all day long …

Help! My Breastfed Baby Spits Up Frequently

Q: My breastfed baby spits up frequently. Is there something I’m eating that could be causing this? Could it be reflux? Or is this normal? A: If your baby is spitting up, even if it’s a frequent occurrence, it’s rarely a sign of a serious problem. In fact, “In a healthy baby,” according to the late Dr. Gregory White, previously a medical advisor to La Leche League, “spitting up is a laundry problem, not a medical problem.” If your baby is gaining weight properly and otherwise developing normally, you probably have nothing to worry about, and likely the problem will lesson and eventually go away by the time baby is a year old. Still, it can be disconcerting if your …

Help! My Baby Is Crying!

“Why does my Baby cry? What can I do?” Every new mum and dad ask themselves frantically when their newborn cry. Most parents with newborns carry the expectation that being good parents mean having happy babies all the time (Smiling babies is what everyone usually see in all the baby magazines…) The reality is that babies have to cry. Remember: Crying is the first form of baby talk. Crying is a normal event in the lives of all babies. When a baby comes out of the womb, the first thing she does is cry. It is the only way your baby communicates with you from the start. She (let’s assume this is a baby girl) may be hungry ;she may …

Helping New Parents and Infants Transition

Of all the research done on childcare and early childhood education you’d think someone would do studies on the fear that make couples looney in the head after they become parents. The biggest thing for a new parent is fear. Fear of what they would do if anything happened to their little Johnny or little Sue. This advice was given to them by their loving and caring family, friends, experts and professionals that never had a child. Truly all of that wonderful advice was meant to help the new parents, but it set off a stampede of stuff inside of them even they didn’t know they had. So for three months they are homebound with their new baby while entertaining …

Guide To Massaging New Born Babies

Newborns simply love to be touched and cuddled. The skin to skin touch helps you and your baby bond, comforts your baby when she is upset or uneasy with gas or colic problems. Hence, touch is a critical part of growth and development. The massage strokes used on adults are completely different from the strokes to be used on newborns. You can adapt the adult strokes to massage your child. Just make sure that your strokes are lighter on them. The younger they are, more delicate and smaller will be the strokes be. It is ideal that you take your child either on your lap or lay him on any kind of elevated soft surface such as few thick towels …

Breastfeeding My Baby, Where Do I Start?

Congratulations you have a new baby! Having a new baby is hard enough but when you choose to breastfeed you sometimes feel that you made this experience even harder. Breastfeeding is not as difficult as it looks or as you may have heard from others. It is actually pretty easy and a very fulfilling way to nourish your newborn once you get the hang of it. Remember as with most things practice makes perfect! Breastfeeding is new to you and to your little one but with a little practice you two will become pros in no time! During the first week of your baby’s life, your breasts will produce colostrum for your baby to drink. Colostrum is rich in antibodies …

Breastfeeding Is More Than Just Food

While the breastfeeding process exists to nourish a newborn and to provide everything that it needs to grow, breastfeeding is much more than food for a baby. The entire breastfeeding process provides significant benefits for both the baby and the mother. 1. Breast Milk Is A Living Substance Babies do not have a fully functioning immune system until they are one year old. For the first year of life, a breastfeeding mother actually provides the immune response for a baby who is exposed to a cold or flu. If a baby were to suffer a cold, his mother would immediately start to increase her white blood cell production to counteract the bacteria or virus whether or not she experiences the …

Breastfeeding – Breast is Best

Women have been feeding their children this way from the beginning, and it is of course natures intended food, therefore the best nourishment for your child. The decision to breast-feed is entirely up to you and each woman should make up her own mind, it is an individual choice. There are a number of reasons why a mother would decide not to breastfeed, including infection e.g. hepatitis or HIV this can be passed onto the baby through the breast milk, or if the mother is on long-term medication for an illness, in this situation it is advised to bottle feed instead. Some mothers can’t produce enough milk and others just do not like the idea at all, either way it’s …

Breast Feeding or Bottle Feeding Your New Baby

Breastfeeding Is Natural Babies need to eat often — every 90 minutes to two hours. Feed your baby when she begins to show signs of hunger, such as rooting or sucking on her lips, fingers or fist. Try to feed her before she cries. Feeding your baby often won’t spoil her. It will help you learn to become more aware of your baby’s needs. Don’t limit feeding times. Babies need different amounts of food at different times of the day, just as grown people do. Relax! Take your time. The more you nurse your baby, the more milk you will have. Do not give your baby formula or water. If you do, you will make less milk. If you think …

Finally, The Real Reason Why Toddlers Have Tantrums

Many parents find their toddler’s temper tantrums bewildering. How is it possible that a once-sweet baby could fall to the floor screaming and kicking looking more like a wild animal than their beautiful baby? How could such behavior be considered normal? To learn the answers, you need to put yourself in the shoes of both a baby and a typical toddler. Ute Fumeaux, CEO and founder of child-educational-toys.com is a mother of 3, and has taken it upon herself to read everything she can get her hands on about parenting and takes every opportunity she can to observe mothers and children around her. Ute’s way of explaining tantrums is to take a look at what life is like from the …

How Will I Cope? How Relaxing helps you and your Baby – from Pregnancy onwards

Pregnancy You’re in the final trimester of your pregnancy. Up until now you hadn’t felt so bad. Now, though, you feel enormous and there seems no end to it. Baby has started kicking on a regular basis and is so active at bedtime that you rarely get a good night’s sleep. You start to worry how you will cope once the baby is born if you feel so tired now. Your digestion is dreadful, you seem to have permanent heartburn – and when you try to bend down! Baby arrives You’d been waiting for this moment for so long. Here she is, in your home, a real human being created by you both, a little miracle. And what happens? She …

How Often Should A One-Month Baby Go For Check Up?

What happen during the first month of your newborn, does your baby need check up? In the first weeks after birth, your newborn begins a series of routine check ups. These are called well child visits. All healthcare professions have individual approaches to the timing and frequencies of these visits. In general, you should take your baby for a checkup within a week after delivery and thereafter, one or two visits during the first month as recommended by your doctor. During the well child visits, the doctor will perform the following: Measure weight, length, and head circumference of the baby. The doctor will plot these measurements on a growth chart for comparison of previous and later markings to ensure normal, …

Infant Language Development

Do you want your baby to become an intelligent talker? Then you must take the initiative. Before you know what to do, get informed about certain things. These are: Children normally have more understanding of language and they are generally more expressive than the adults Girls normally develop communication skills faster than the boys When it reaches the age of 7 days, then an infant can distinguish her mother’s voice from the others When it becomes 2 weeks old then it starts recognizing its father’s voice You can get to hear few consonant sounds and vowel sounds from the infant at the age of 6 to 8 months The infant begins responding to commands at 6 to 8 months when …

Baby Cribs – Safety Is Key

You have just learned that you are expecting a baby. Even if you have other children, you must take a look at cribs. Is the crib you already have an antique? You should look carefully at your second hand crib whether it is an antique or not. The safety of your new baby makes this necessary. The screws and/or other fasteners such as bolts must be in place and not loose. It is of the utmost importance that this is tested before you place your baby in the crib. Take something that is almost equal to your 4-month-old baby’s weight. In order to be certain that it will hold its position bounce it off the mattress. If it doesn’t your …

How To Introduce Baby Food To Your Baby

As your little one reaches the age of five or six months, it’s time to start thinking about introducing semi-solid foods into his or her diet. Before then, mother’s milk is the best food for a baby. Breast milk is easy to digest and provides a rich supply of vitamins and disease-fighting antibodies for the baby. It also fosters a close bonding experience between the baby and his or her mother. While most mothers have enough milk to satiate their little one’s hunger, the decision to breastfeed is a deeply personal one. Breastfeeding may not be preferable to all women. For mothers who can’t breastfeed or who decide not to, baby formula is a healthy alternative. Babies should be fed …

8 Great Baby Products that Make Mom’s Life Easier

You’re exhausted. You ache all over. You haven’t slept in what feels like days. Sounds like you’ve just completed the Tour de France or climbed Mount Everest. No, you’re “just” a Mom. With all that is demanded of moms they need as many products as possible that save them time and energy. The latest and greatest baby products are created with the overextended mom in mind they make your life easier – or at least give you one less thing to worry about! 1. Baby Carriers – More commonly known as “baby slings”, baby carriers are no longer cumbersome pieces of equipment that are bulky and uncomfortable. Reminiscent of the swaths of fabric worn by tribal women, today’s baby carriers …