Holding and cradling a baby can be a very enjoyable experience, whether it is your own child or that of a close friend or family member. However, if you do not have experience when it comes to holding a baby, it is important that you make yourself aware of the proper techniques for lifting and holding a baby. This is especially true when it comes to newborns, who are very weak and prone to injury Read the rest of this entry »
Smarter babies grow into successful adults. That is why parents should understand that the music a babies listens to can make them smarter. Everything from classic rock tunes to classical selections can help babies learn. For instance, songs by the Beatles have a rhythm that directly links to a baby’s mathematical ability. Listening to classical music, such as Bach, has been linked to improved grades for college students.
There are a vast number of musical genres that may help a baby become smarter. Nursery rhyme songs Read the rest of this entry »
It is a common belief that playing music for a baby is a method of improving his or her mental development. Although scientific studies are inconclusive on that idea, it is true that a baby can hear before he or she is born. Playing music for a baby, before and after birth, is a fun activity for parents. The key is selecting music that is appropriate to the situation.
The music that is best when trying Read the rest of this entry »
If you are like most parents, you are probably concerened about how to give your child a developmental edge. You may find yourself lost in the toy aisle wondering what product is truly the best for your little bundle. While all the available options can make your choice a difficult one, there are also a lot of guidelines that can help you.
Your choice of toys will mainly depend on your baby’s age. It is important to buy age appropriate toys the first few years of life to reduce the chance of Read the rest of this entry »
Transitioning from breast to bottle feeding can be quite easy if both the mom and the baby are prepared for it. After nursing for any length of time the baby is used to that type of routine and comfort. To make the transition more smoothly the nursing mom can start pumping and putting the milk into bottles. She may have to try different types of bottles in order to find which ones the baby likes the best. Holding the baby as she did when she was breast feeding Read the rest of this entry »
Some simple tips and techniques can make each diaper change quick and easy. The first thing to remember is to make sure you have all of your supplies before you begin. You will need a diaper, wipes, and diaper rash cream just in case. Lay the baby down on the changing table or mat tummy side up. If you have a fussy baby, give him or her a small toy or play peek-a-boo to keep them occupied during the diaper change. The next Read the rest of this entry »
When you have small children, one of the things that you will need is a stroller. The type of stroller that you buy will depend on what you need the stroller for. If you want to walk after the baby is born, then you should get a stroller that has a place to put a car seat. You can place the car seat on the top of the stroller so that you can look at the baby while you are walking. As the child gets older, they can be Read the rest of this entry »
When you have a new child in the San Francisco area, it may seem that your opportunities for getting out and exercising could be limited. However, due to the many hills and beautiful weather throughout the year, one of the best ways that you could still exercise would be to go on a walk while carrying your baby. Not only is walking a great form of exercise and to reduce stress, carrying a baby around will add extra weight resistance, which can make the walk more challenging. While carrying a baby while walking Read the rest of this entry »
Colic is very uncomfortable for a baby, simply stated it is trapped gas. Holding the baby in a semi upright position and firmly massaging his stomach and back while pressing in a firm upward motion is helpful. You can actually feel the gas bubbles moving with your hands but this is a very slow process and the baby’s cries can jangle the nerves and tempt you to give up.
However, the most effective method is an old-fashioned remedy-plain peppermint tea or melted peppermint candy. It is best Read the rest of this entry »
Keeping your newborn safe and healthy is always the primary concern of any new parent. An inconsolable child is one of the hardest things to deal with as a new parent. Is she hungry, wet or tired? Sometimes your inability to console this small bundle of joy has nothing to do with its primary needs and instead is due to colic. Colic is a condition usually found in newborns at about two to three weeks of age. Loud and continuous crying for Read the rest of this entry »