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Baby Care

Adjusting to a New Baby


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It can be hard to adjust to having a new baby in the house, especially if you’ve never had any children before. Your sleep pattern will be disrupted, and it will be difficult to think of anything other than taking care of the baby. However, it’s very important that you remember to take care of both yourself and your partner so that your relationship and health are not compromised with the added stress.

  • Make time for a date away from the baby. You can find a babysitter you trust, or ask a family member to watch your infant – the important thing is that you get out for some time alone so that you can reconnect with your partner.
  • Join a parenting group in your community. This can be a great way to connect with other new parents, make some new friends, and receive help with the adjustment phase. Sometimes, all it takes is the reassurance that someone else is going through the same stressful situation. Parenting groups are a great place to find tips on feeding your new baby, and learning how to prevent common health problems as well, like constipation.
  • Visit Moontomars.org. You can find helpful advice and articles that will help you learn more about your infant.

Taking care of a tiny being that can’t voice its needs is a difficult task, and having a trusted resource to read can be very helpful. As a new parent, you aren’t expected to know how to do everything! Books and online articles can be wonderful preparation for the actual event, and can become a valuable tool to lean on during tough times.




Ways to Make Your Cleaning Chores Easier

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Keeping up on house work is a tough job for new moms. They are tired, not usually feeling perky, and have a hard time finding the time to make sure the house remains in order. This is especially true if the baby is brand new, and is demanding a lot of care. There are some things however that busy mommy’s can do to keep up on all the tasks around the house, without sucking up too much time to do so, and the best way to accomplish this is with basic chores lists.

Breaking House Work Down

Breaking down the tasks into sizable chunks is a great way to do bits and pieces, allowing the house to get cleaned during the week, and not all in one day. This also means that a busy mom can devote the time she needs to her family and not just the floors. Here is a sample list that works well:

1. Monday: clean bathrooms. This might sound basic enough, but the bathroom is an area that is alway lurking and rarely gets attended to.

2. Tuesday: clean kitchen. Make this a top to bottom cleaning. This will help keep things organized for the rest of the week. Consider making this the grocery shopping day as well.

3. Wednesday: Laundry catch up, and tidy master bedroom. This is a great way to get all that laundry cleaned and ready to go.

Create a list for the rest of the week. You will find out what works best for you, and what type of routine you prefer.

Mommies Deserve a Mini Vacation

New moms will agree that taking a break from the riggers of early motherhood can be a good thing. Once baby is sleeping through night, that may be a good time to consider a quick night away, or even a weekend. Some great ideas to look into include a local spa, Bed and Breakfast, or even a girls night out.


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Getting Ready For A Break

Getting ready for that perfect little mini vacation means that both baby and mommy need to be ready. One of the best indicators of whether or not the baby is ready is by analyzing their sleep pattern. If baby can get a full eight hours, then Daddy, a baby sitter, or another relative will be up for the challenge of caretaker for a night.

Show the person that will be caring for your baby how to properly bath, change, and feed the baby, so that you have complete peace of mind while away. If the baby has any health concerns, this is a good time to address all issues that may arise. If your baby is still breast feeding, make sure to leave enough pumped milk behind so that there is a fresh supply.

After all of the major issues have been discussed, it is now time to take that break that you surely deserve. While you are away try to focus on relaxing and engaging with other adults. This will go a long way to helping you rejuvenate and get ready to dive back in to being a new mom.

Does the Type of Clothing Your Child Wear Prove You’re Parenting Properly?

You most likely know the answer to the question in the title. Outward appearances, except of course for those concerning cleanliness and signs that children are receiving proper nourishment, tell little if anything about any mommy or daddy’s ability to be a good parent.

Important things, like providing the best infant care possible, are what determine a person’s parenting abilities. Thankfully, couples or single parents don’t have to go through this alone. Nowadays, there is information available on every parenting issue imaginable, from whether or not to breast feed to where you can find the best prices on Nike clothing for your little sports star. You can get advice and tips on where to shop for baby food and children’s clothing, as well as how to keep sane.

Nike clothing now comes in the smallest baby sizes, so you can dress your little budding sports figure in his own football or baseball jersey, even before he’s old enough to grasp the ball itself. That’s okay, though, because good parenting includes indulging your child and yourself every once in a while. Many new parents enjoy buying brand name items, such as Nike clothing, even though Junior will probably only get one or two wears out of it before he outgrows it. True Nike apparel is durable, making handing it down very easy.

When you’ve finally reached that stage where your baby is sleeping through the night, you’ll enjoy watching your little one while he rests. Hold on these memories; they’ll get you through the parenting issues yet to come.

Let Sleeping Dogs or Babies Sleep

Many nervous new parents want to make sure the infant is all right when he or she is asleep. If you are one of these parents, you can check if the baby is all right – without actually waking the baby. If you watch the baby’s chest, you can see it rise and fall. If that does resolve concerns, you can place your hand on the infant’s back or chest and feel the movement. Some people place a mirror or their hand near the nose or mouth to test for breath.  Waking the baby up during the night can establish a routine of waking during the night and will take longer for the baby to adjust to sleeping through the night.  Babies need as much as 16 hours a day or more of sleep.

During the first month or two, your baby probably will not have a regular sleep pattern, but as the baby gets a little older, a pattern will emerge, and if necessary, sleep training can be used to get your infant onto an appropriate schedule.

Some parents prefer to stick to strict schedules and others prefer to let the infant set their own schedule. Either way, when working toward getting your baby to sleep through the night, as bedtime schedule or routine is a good idea. If you give the baby a bath or read a story before putting the baby to bed, do it consistently, each day at the same time and in the same way. You and your baby will come to learn this is the routine that signals bedtime for the night versus just a nap.

Preparing for Your First Child

If there is anything like anxiety and excitement, then wait until you become a father or mother expecting your very first bundle of joy. To be an expectant parent is to be in a mix of emotions. On one hand, you will be expressing feelings of joy and happiness and on the other hand, you will be dampened by the unknown and in no time, you may become tensed.

It must be said at this point that the way you prepare for your child is also quite instrumental to the delivery of such an offspring. To make sure that all goes well, here are some tips that you can make use of as a parent that is eagerly awaiting for the arrival of a bouncing baby.

The first step is aimed at reducing the tension that you have as an expectant father or mother. You can do this by ensuring that the mother who is heavy with the child goes for the various antenatal sessions on a regular basis. While going for antenatal services, you can also request for an ultrasound scan in other to ascertain the sex and number of the baby. This step is very important in the sense that once you know whether the child is a boy or a girl and you know you are not expecting twins, then your load of anxiety has been reduced by half.

Once the sex and number of the fetus has been ascertained, the next thing will be to start buying baby materials and accessories. Some couples begin such shopping as early as possible but you have to select a time that you will be comfortable with. Also, it is important for the mother to desist from strenuous activities in order not to injure herself or even the baby. In extreme cases, vigorous exercise on the part of the mother can lead to a miscarriage.

Life as a New Mother

For millions of ladies in the world, one of the days that they look forward to if they have not given birth before is the day they will cuddle their own babies in their own caring arms. For those that were once new mothers, the experience is one that will linger on in their minds forever. Life as a new mother is one of the exciting and challenging things that a female can experience.

One thing with the life of a new mother is that there is this rush or wave of excitement in the mother. She cannot stop gazing at or stealing intermittent looks at the innocent bundle of joy that she can now refer to as her own. New mothers see their first child as a crowning glory or a sort of achievement for all their efforts.

Another thing with being a new mother is that it signifies your upgrade to another stage in life, you are now the latest member of one of the largest clubs on the planet –the club of mothers. However, one feature with this ‘rite of passage’ is that many women react differently to becoming members. While some are very positive and refreshed about the new development, some others are enveloped by fear or uncertainty.

Several factors can be responsible for these different reactions. For a lady that has a supportive spouse in addition to giving birth to a child that has no defect, the joy is better experienced than imagined. On the other hand, a woman that gave birth to a child with a disease or a congenital defect will not be happy and see motherhood as an additional burden. The case is even made worse in a situation where the product of pregnancy has been rejected by the father or in a circumstance where the father cannot be traced, as in a rape or promiscuous lifestyle.

Importance of Breastfeeding

One of the traits that we share with other mammals is the manner and pattern of feeding the child. If your mind went to breastfeeding then you are right. Breastfeeding is an integral part of our lives, this is because it is very likely that you must have been a recipient of breast milk when you were at a younger age.

Breastfeeding has been with human beings right from the very first day and little has changed even in this age of high technology and advancement in science. The important of breastfeeding cannot be overlooked or underestimated. The World Health Organization has said that exclusive breastfeeding for a child for some months after birth is the best meal a child can get. So, why is breastfeeding so important and why do some women refuse to breastfeed their offsprings?

Breast milk is important for a number of reasons. One of such has to do with the composition of the breast milk itself. It has been shown that breast milk contains all the needed vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that a baby needs. As if that is not enough, the components are all in the right proportion and not one is in excess. In other words, by giving breast milk to your child, you do not have to get any vitamin supplement to give him or her again. And in addition to this, the breast milk blends totally with the system of the baby and so there is no fear of gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea and on that can be experienced with infant formulas. By breastfeeding your child, you also pass some protective substances to the child and this is in addition to having a closer bond.

Keeping Your Pet Safe With Costumes

As a (pet) parent, the last thing you want to do is to jeopardize your pet’s safety when it comes time for Halloween or some other occasion. Indeed, there are some elements that can lead to an unsafe pet costume.

The number of Halloween outfits for pets is quite startling. With the number of choices of pet costumes, there are also a number of safety issues that are potentially presented, placing more importance on taking note of these elements. Don’t get too caught up in elaborate setups unless your pet can handle it.

One of the most important aspects of pet costumes is the neck area. Staying away from costumes that are tight in the neck area, such as a turtleneck sweater, is a must unless you are sure your pet is comfortable. Comfort around the neck area will ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.

As you are a (pet) parent, there is another aspect that your pet has in common with a child: small parts. Once you have purchased your pet a costume for Halloween, make sure to look over the costume for any small parts that may be bitten off of the fabric.

Complete a test run once you purchase your pet costume. Most retailers will accept returns if it is in its original condition, which will give you a chance to send it back if it does not fit correctly. Make special note of how the costume fits and any possible hindrances for your pet, such as fabric touching the floor or an uncomfortable hat, for instance.

A pet costume is a wonderful way for your pet to add some style to the occasion. If you have children your pet may be able to accompany you and the children as you get some treats, should you be dressing everyone up for Halloween.

Caring for the Infant

Even though an infant is a thing of joy and always fun to play with, it can be an uphill task to take care of one. For those that care for one, the message is clearer. To care for an infant, you have to possess certain virtues. These include mercy, patience, love, kindness and the last of all but not the least, care.

These features are quite important because of the fact that taking care of an infant can be very challenging and even frustrating in some instances. This is particularly true for a case in which the infant cannot express himself or herself properly.

However, once you are in the right frame of mind, caring for an infant can actually be very interesting. But, you need to know the needs of the child and respond to them appropriately and as soon as possible. This is because infants are driven more by instinct rather than logic or reason. That is why an infant can wake up in the middle of the night demanding to be fed even when the mother is fast asleep. Such is the life of an infant, they see the world with a different lens.

In taking care of one, you do not have to be discouraged in the short term. A time will come when that little infant of yours will grow up into an adult. At that point, you will be glad you took care of him while still a tiny toddler. Infants can be messy at times, some of them are fond of rearranging the house and playing all day while some prefer to cry for no reason. Whichever the type you have decided to cater for, be patient.