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When Do Babies Sit Up? Complete Parent Guide [2019]

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Sitting up is a milestone many parents look for, especially as a precursor to walking. Signs for sitting up usually occur around three months, making the average amount of time it takes for babies to sit up around four months. Up to this point, babies are getting more exercise with tummy time, strengthening their core muscles and their necks and backs; these are the critical areas babies need to develop in order to sit up. While time and practice is the best method for getting your baby ready to sit up, there are some techniques and resources which can help facilitate this milestone development.

When Do Babies Sit Up? Complete Parent Guide.

Babies Sitting Up: An Introductory Overview

Babies often sit up when they are close to four months old. On average, it takes babies between four and seven months to be able to sit up. There are several other milestones that a baby can reach during this time that are complementary to this skill, largely because it requires the same degree of physical development and autonomy.  Below are some of the specific signs, accompanied by more details.

Once you recognize the signs that your baby is ready to sit up, there are several techniques and tricks of the trade you can use to help him develop this skill and achieve this milestone. All of the techniques listed here are supportive and easily incorporated into routine for the baby, so it will be simple for you as a parent to encourage your child to grow in a healthy, happy manner.

Developing skills often take time. In addition to listing some of the techniques you can use, there are also some general tips for attitude and intention on your part as the parent. The hardest part of being a parent is mastering consistency. Many people often forget that parenting requires the parents to be learners as much as they are teachers. When it comes to working with sitting up, being a pillar of support will be a literal as well as metaphorical role. Much like their children, it is good for parents to remain focused but flexible.

With every milestone, there does come a point where questions and concerns plague the parents, especially if the milestone is not reached in the average amount of time, or even for a significant period after the milestone’s parameters. Because of this concern, there are some signs that you might want to ask a doctor about.

Finally, sitting up has several signs, but it is also a sign in itself; your baby is growing and getting ready to take on the world on her own terms. It is a warm, fun time in your baby’s life, and just like things that are fun, there are some times when things can seem too hard, too stressful, and too worrisome. But keep in mind that all babies, as much as we might hate it some days and long for it on others, were meant to grow up and grow into adults. We must be vigilant and supportive without being smothering; we must be brave and face our fear as our child begins to face his world.

Sitting up is a milestone many parents look for, especially as a precursor to walking. Signs for sitting up usually occur around three months, making the average amount of time it takes for babies to sit up around four months. Up to this point, babies are getting more exercise with tummy time, strengthening their core muscles and their necks and backs; these are the critical areas babies need to develop in order to sit up. While time and practice is the best method for getting your baby ready to sit up, there are some techniques and resources which can help facilitate this milestone development.

When Do Babies Sit Up? Complete Parent Guide.

Signs Your Baby is Ready to Begin Sitting Up

At the four-month mark, as mentioned in previous articles, there are other similar skills which are being developed. At this point, your baby is likely able to roll from his tummy to his back, or he is working towards it. This is one of the signs that your baby is ready to try sitting. To be fully prepared for this, there are physical requirements, and supplementary support from parents.

If you think about what it takes to be able to sit up, particularly sitting up straight, it might be easy or tempting to think it is simple just because it is easy. For a baby to sit up, her muscles in her back and neck will need to be strong enough to hold up her head and keep her balance. Balance also comes into play concerning her hips. Keeping balance with the hipbones is what allows people to sit up continuously. Finally, your baby’s muscles will also have to work in order for her to be able to move her body into position.

Many parents will help their babies learn to sit up by placing them on their laps. Many times, my kids have begun learning to sit as they sat in my lap and leaned against my torso and supported their legs against mine. This is how many parents will go about starting the process of learning to sit up for their children. It is a nice way; I know this from experience as well as doctor recommendations. If you place your baby in a sitting position on the floor by herself, she will likely slump over or fall to her tummy in a matter of seconds.

Another common sign that your baby is ready to sit up on his own is moving his feet, or reaching for objects out of his reach. If your baby shows a growing determination and curiosity for the world around him, it is likely that he will begin to experiment with sitting up, moving, and rolling over soon.

Developing Skills

Getting a baby used to the sitting position is part of practicing. This is part of the reason that I would sit my kids on my lap first; it is a good way to get started, because it is good in getting them used to the movements as well as getting them used to the positions. This helps them ease into it, and you can begin teaching them how to sit up by going backwards, starting from the sitting position, and going back down to their tummy or their back. This can also help your baby with his skills in rolling over; extra benefits are always nice for parents, too. I have noticed with my new parent friends especially that there is a bit more hesitation when you get started, so having the baby sit in your lap might be just as supportive and comforting to you as it is to your child.

As you continue to engage with your baby, during your time practicing, you will begin to see further signs your baby is ready to go from sitting in your lap to sitting up on his or her own. It is likely that if you practice often from the four-month mark, especially going over the motions required to move from a laying down position to a sit-up position, your baby will do it on his own when he wants to.

With this new amount of freedom your baby has, there are always some things in which general rules will help. To prevent unpleasant accidents, make sure your child has plenty of open space to explore. Keeping your baby on a blanket or sheet while you practice can also help. This is something that might especially come in handy if you have hard floors in your home. For my kids, I had a play mat that was just large enough for me to lay them on and have some space for me to sit next to them. I would teach them to sit up by preparing them on the mat, and at first, they would sit up on that mat. Of course, once they got more curious, they would crawl and move off the mat.

Things to Watch

In addition to watching the surroundings of your baby as he learns to sit up, there are other areas in which parents might find themselves concerned. One concern in particular is that your baby does not seem interested in sitting up, or they are delayed in sitting up past the first seven months. For this, it is best to talk to your doctor. Many parents worry that their baby is not eating enough, not sleeping enough, not moving around enough; this is where a family doctor will be able to point you in the right direction for a specialist. I had a friend who had complications during birth, and as a result, even though her son was healthy, he had about a month delay on sitting up and standing, and several other milestones as well. He worked with a physical therapist for a while, and gradually it became much easier for him to move around. Today, he is just as fast and sharp as his peers.

Because sitting up is related to other milestones, and is often seen as a precursor to specific milestones such as crawling, standing, and walking, it is a good idea to make sure that you, as a parent, have a support system. Today, many people seem to know a lot of people, but it is hard to find people who you trust. Trusting people with your kids is especially challenging for many. To help this, once your baby begins to move and sit up, make sure you have someone who can help you with the day to day duties of running a household or can help you watch your child when you are tired. It is very, very taxing to be vigilant all the time, and as your baby begins to sit up and move around, it is good to establish trust so others can help relieve you when you need it. For me, I had some family members nearby who would come when they could, and I have a friend as my permanent babysitter who comes when I need help or I go to work. If you are not able to afford a sitter or daycare, try to find a friend who can swap off babysitting duties with you. I have a couple of friends who do that, and they all agree it is a good way for their kids to socialize while giving one mom a break.

Sitting up is a milestone many parents look for, especially as a precursor to walking. Signs for sitting up usually occur around three months, making the average amount of time it takes for babies to sit up around four months. Up to this point, babies are getting more exercise with tummy time, strengthening their core muscles and their necks and backs; these are the critical areas babies need to develop in order to sit up. While time and practice is the best method for getting your baby ready to sit up, there are some techniques and resources which can help facilitate this milestone development.

When Do Babies Sit Up? Complete Parent Guide.

Resources to Help

Sitting up can be one of the milestones that is taken for granted. After all, many babies seem to sit up on their own as they sit down in their high chairs, or they sit in their baby swings or baby seats. How hard could it be to go from that to sitting up on their own? Since it can be more complicated than meets the eyes, there are some products that can help.

Bumbo seats have mixed reviews among parents and professionals, but they are there to get your child into a safe position where his back is straight. The seat does not allow him to sit up unassisted, but if you are unable to sit with your child, this could be a good substitute to get him used to how it feels to sit up.

With the Bumbo seats, there are several variations of the product; some have trays, which make it easy to sit your baby down and allow him to eat sitting up. There are other seats, too, which will buckle your child in and allow them to sit up straight.

While it is not a physical resource, there are some exercises that you can go through with your child. These movements can help your baby go from lying on her back to sitting up all on her own with enough time, patience, and practice.

It is important to remember that sitting up is a common milestone for babies to achieve around four to seven months. However, many babies can take their time in achieving it, and there is little cause for concern if he or she does not want to pursue it as much as another baby might. New parents in particular seemed stressed if their child does not meet a milestone or even exceed it; parents with two or more kids are more relaxed and confident in situations like this.

Conclusion

Sitting up is a milestone many parents look for as a sign their baby is growing and healthy. While this is the case, it can take time for your child to decide he or she wants to pursue this milestone, and it may take time for your baby’s muscles to develop and strengthen. Many factors, such as genetics, health, and stimulation all play a critical role in this stage of baby development. Keeping this in mind, as you study your baby’s growth, you should be able to hold him to realistic and flexible expectations.

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A Baby Crying: What Should You Do Differently?

I haven’t met a mother yet who wasn’t at one point completely frazzled from trying to figure out how to get her baby to stop crying.  Motherhood is a like a special travel destination, one that has been on the travel books for years before the planning even begins. Your child is a soft, warm bundle of breath and joy, full of fanfare and music–music the baby can’t really read yet. So it is natural, as children and their parents never see eye to eye on taste in music, that the baby’s crying/singing will eventually grate your nerves.

A Baby’s Cries: What Should You Do Differently?

I haven’t met a mother yet who wasn’t at one point completely frazzled from trying to figure out how to get her baby to stop crying.  Motherhood is a like a special travel destination, one that has been on the travel books for years before the planning even begins. Your child is a soft, warm bundle of breath and joy, full of fanfare and music–music the baby can’t really read yet. So it is natural, as children and their parents never see eye to eye on taste in music, that the baby’s crying/singing will eventually grate your nerves.

So many people have different methods and swear by certain actions on how to get a baby or toddler to stop crying. As a mother, I’ve found some things will work for my kids and others won’t, and sometimes they will but not all the time. What you need to do differently, in order to get a baby to stop crying, is to start with your own attitude. You can’t take care of the baby if you are having a hard time controlling yourself. Mothers are hypersensitive, likely somewhat sleep-deprived, and emotionally struggling to feel confident, beautiful, and lovable. A baby crying can easily upset any calm façade a mother will employ.

I think a lot of mothers skip this step, because it was one I had to learn on my own (once you get pregnant, everyone you know tells you what to do and even strangers feel compelled to give you advice.) Since learning it, I cannot express the importance of it enough. Once you’ve given yourself a moment to breathe, think properly, and plan ahead, you can more easily assimilate yourself into the kind of mother your baby or toddler needs in order to stop crying.

I think it is especially frightening when the crying baby is a newborn. When the baby comes, it is just so small and fragile. You feel so big and strong and scary. All the hormones are leaving your body, but they still want to scare you and sadden you as much as possible on the way out, and a newborn baby crying will send your body into “alert mode” at the least provocation. I remember when I had my daughter, I heard her crying and, in addition to the rush of milk running down my front, I also had adrenaline spiking my blood. Even now, about six months later, when she cries, I still feel a slight hesitation, like I’ve done something wrong by letting her cry in the first place. That’s where I have to check my own attitude, make my plans, and set about following the path I’ve focused my mind on pursuing. I’ve found it is important to do this, because if you don’t have a plan for how to handle yourself while you are trying to get your child to stop crying, it can easy escalate into you crying. Mentally prepping yourself can really help out when it comes to dealing with your emotions, especially if you get increasingly frustrated by your child’s crying.

One of the first things I learned as a new mother with my son, who is a toddler now, was to listen for the different types of sounds the baby makes when she cries. A baby will quickly learn to differentiate his or her cries to match what they want. I was relieved to find this out, because that meant I could figure out what my baby wanted, and I could probably learn to do it quickly enough I could get my baby to stop crying in a matter of mere minutes.

Another thing I learned pretty quickly is how disappointing my own expectations were in preparing me for motherhood; while I still like to try to learn new tricks, I’ve found trial and error will work better, more often than not. Still, I have my checklist, and I start with the innate needs, and work out to the most frivolous needs.

Everybody needs food. When my baby cries, the first thing I check for is if she is hungry. Food has a funny way of making all of us happy. Whether you breastfeed or bottlefeed (either way, both have their perks), getting some food into the baby is a great way to see if they are hungry. You can also feel their stomach to see if their tummy is ‘empty’ by taking two fingers and gently massaging the stomach area in a circular motion. If the stomach area feels harder as you gently push downward, it means the stomach is full (This also helps let you know if the baby has a bowel movement coming.) If it is softer and more pliant, your baby’s stomach is empty.

A Baby’s Cries: What Should You Do Differently?

The next thing is sleep. Babies aren’t always so willing to just go to sleep of course, so they have to be tricked into going to sleep. Depending on your baby, that could mean a lot of things. For my son, when we got his sonogram, we saw that he had his hand in his mouth, so if he had trouble sleeping, I got him a pacifier. For my daughter, she would go to sleep when I was walking, so I usually hand her off to my husband to cradle her and walk her around until she relaxes enough to sleep.

I think this is where most parents use Google for ideas, when they are stuck wondering how to get a baby to stop crying and go to sleep. Both my husband’s parents and my own said a great way to get babies to go to sleep was to put them in the car seat and go for a drive. When I am out running errands now, I can see this is true; my baby girl, whether she is crying or not, will eventually stop crying and go to sleep if I am driving around. Rocking is always a favorite; walking them around is a similar one. I’ve tried singing and swaying at different volumes and speeds; I’ve often handed the babies off to their daddy, because he’s got stronger arms and doesn’t smell like breastmilk, and he’ll put them to sleep. I’ve used pacifiers and blankets and teddy bears. I’ve lain down next to them, and I’ve let them lay on me as I cuddle with them. I’ve elevated beds and used a bed massager. I have also turned on music and twinkling lights, and most of my electric bill after my son was born was for his swing. All of these are great tricks to see if you can get them to work; very few of these on my list have consistently worked in putting my kids to sleep. More often than not, the kids have just wanted me around; those are the methods which have worked the best for me.

I was a lucky mom in this area; my daughter’s sleeping habits have not changed much since she was a newborn to when she was an infant.

If it is not food or sleep, I go onto the next critical need for babies: excrement. Behold, the diaper. Sometimes I can smell it first, and it slaps my nose around to make sure I jump ahead on the checklist. But if I can’t smell it, checking the diaper is usually third on my list. Change diaper, check temperament, and see if crying will stop. That’s step three.

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From newborn to infant, food, sleep, and diapers pretty much top the list. But there are more specific cries that happen as time goes on. My daughter will cry for me, or she will cry for my husband now. She will cry if she wants to move, or if she is bored. She will also cry if she can’t reach something, since she is beginning to try crawling and she isn’t entirely enchanted with the idea. Noticing this is a complement to the first rule. Check yourself first, and then check your baby. As a mother, you know what your baby needs better than anyone else (usually) and if you don’t know what they need, you’re the one with the most incentive in the world to learn, and you are willing to do so.

This skill, this inborn idea of wanting to meet our kids’ needs, can be subtle. But I really see it now, with two kids. When my daughter cries, I know what she wants, and when my son cried when he was her age, I knew what he wanted. They aren’t so different, but they are different enough I easily know the differences. If you know your child, after so much time, what they want when they are crying becomes second nature to you.

My son is just over a year and a half older than my daughter. When my son is crying, and I have a crying toddler on my hands rather than a crying baby, I have to approach the situation differently.  After all, my son is pretty good about not crying for food anymore, which he really shouldn’t anyway since he is more than capable of getting his own food on his own (I woke up one morning after buying a bunch of bananas the previous night to see he’d pulled at least two of them out of their peels when I wasn’t looking), but when he is tired, he starts to get more grumpy and more likely to cry. Since he is two, he has figured out he doesn’t like to sleep at naptime, so naptime is a battlefield imperative. I live for the days when I am driving to Grandma’s house and he falls asleep in the car.

But when he wakes up in the middle of the night, things have to happen differently. He sleeps in his own big boy bed in his own room, so when he wakes up at night, he’ll often cry because I am not there with him. I was never a light sleeper until I had kids. I’ve found if I wake up right as he begins to cry, I’ll have a much easier time putting him back down. This usually translates into me getting him some teething tablets (I use the homeopathic ones for him and his sister), re-tucking him in his covers with his favorite blanket, and sitting with him for a moment to make sure his sleep resumes. If he has been crying longer by the time I’ve reached him, he will need much more before he goes back to sleep. When he cries like this, it is always louder and more emotionally charging for me; I feel like he woke up from a nightmare, so I will pick him up, rock him on my lap, cuddle up with him and snuggle until he falls back asleep, or pulling him into my bed so he won’t cry anymore.

In the event you have done all you can, and your baby is still crying, you need to revert back to the first item on our checklist here. You need to take care of yourself. I know plenty of mothers who have had all sorts of trouble with crying babies, but we had to learn, at that point, to take a moment for ourselves. Step out of the room, take a bathroom break (I always liked doing this one because it felt less like I was avoiding my kids when they were crying), and try to keep calm. When you are tired, stressed, and emotionally frazzled, you need to recollect yourself. So many parents will say that giving birth was the easy part, and I will only argue with them there if a guy said it.

Conclusion

Your baby will have beautiful eyes, regardless of their color. While many parents long for a specific color or shade, your child will easily wear his or her eyes and make them fit his or her own style. From nine months to a year after they are born, our babies have a lot of changing that is going on inside of them and around them. During this time, we can eagerly wait for those changes and record them as they grow, and this includes the changing of the irises to their final colors. Some babies may require more time for their eyes to finish changing—with some changing after two or even three years—but it is not likely that the main colors of their eyes will change after the one-year mark. The best way to guess your baby’s final colors is to take a good look at the biological make-up of the grandparents from both parents, and then to compare them to the parents and others in the family tree. If you are not sure of the health or state of your baby’s eyes, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with your baby’s regular doctor. Your baby’s pediatrician can easily check for other areas of concern that might be affecting the baby’s eyes, such as jaundice, and have your doctor recommend an eye doctor or specialist depending on what they find.

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How to cradle a baby and Why cradling is so important for your baby

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Cradling in particular is a position in which you hold your baby in a way that supports him or her from head to toe… Cradling a baby has many benefits and potentially long lasting results, which range from affecting baby development in a positive manner, to assisting in feeding, and so much more. You can think of cradling as similar to being told to sit up straight or to have good posture – it’s something that we know we should do, but sometimes need a reminder to do, as well. Sometimes new parents do not realize the benefits of holding their baby in a particular way, or may try something a limited number of times and give up on it, instead of developing a consistent pattern. Cradling may sometimes be one of those things, but after you realize all of the reasons to be intentional about cradling, you will be better able to implement – and enjoy – carrying your child in this position into your daily activities.

How to cradle a baby & Why cradling is so important for your baby

What Cradling Is

Holding a baby is a wonderful, beautiful thing! Cradling in particular is a position in which you hold your baby in a way that supports him or her from head to toe. Personally, I found this to be a natural way to hold a resting newborn. Cradling isn’t just for newborns, though – it is an important activity throughout a baby’s first few years.

Cradling a baby has many benefits and potentially long lasting results, which range from affecting baby development in a positive manner, to assisting in feeding, and so much more. You can think of cradling as similar to being told to sit up straight or to have good posture – it’s something that we know we should do, but sometimes need a reminder to do, as well. Sometimes new parents do not realize the benefits of holding their baby in a particular way, or may try something a limited number of times and give up on it, instead of developing a consistent pattern. Cradling may sometimes be one of those things, but after you realize all of the reasons to be intentional about cradling, you will be better able to implement – and enjoy – carrying your child in this position into your daily activities.

What Cradling Does

Cradling is thought to aid in a newborn’s development by creating for them a sense of security. The physical benefits are seen in motor skills development, as the arms are free – yet the body is secure. A baby who spends time in the cradling position can, then, play with her hands, and reach for her parent’s face. Along the same lines, there are benefits in social and language development, as it is an easy position in which the infant can see the parent’s face and interact. Cradling a baby can be used as a calming method, and for some babies, this can aid in, and often does result in, falling asleep. This is because the baby is able to relax in this full body, supportive position.

Cradle Hold Vs. Cross Cradle Hold

Perhaps you are wondering how to cradle a baby correctly. It sounds basic, and really, it is. The cradle hold and the cross cradle hold are similar, but each makes use of the caretaker’s arms slightly differently. One similarity is that both positions require both arms to be engaged.

The cradle hold involves the baby’s head resting in the crook of your arm, with that same arm’s forearm and hand supporting her back as far down as possible, and then the other arm supports the baby’s bottom. This arm also will support the baby’s knees and legs. The baby is parallel to the ground in this position, but, as you will feel, his back will slightly curve.

Similarly, the cross cradle hold uses the arm opposite of the baby’s head to hold his or her neck, supporting and controlling the head, as well. Then, the arm that is closer to the baby’s head crosses over and is used to support his or her bottom. This may provide an extra secure feeling for some babies.

The goal, of course, for both positions is a fully supported feeling for the baby. This physical support enables a baby to relax, and encourages positive emotions to be experienced and associated with being held.

Tips for Cradling

Cradling doesn’t necessarily have an optimal age limit; this position can be comforting for as long as you naturally hold your child. This extends through the toddler ages. Some babies may become so active that they cannot be cradled for quite as long or often, but the benefits of having done so, or even attempting to keep doing so, may remain.

Holding your baby’s outer elbow in the cradling position enhances the experience, as his or her arm is not dangling to the side. (The arm closest to you will be pressed upon by your body, so that it is not dangling, either.) Holding the arm at the elbow still allows for some movement, and you may observe your baby calmly exploring her hands, which may rest closely together in this position.

Cradling can be a great relief to an overstimulated infant, whether the overstimulation is due to a crowd, too many toys with sounds and lights, other (perhaps older) children playing, or even a family pet that is excessively engaged at the time. It allows the baby to focus on just one face, and perhaps just that person’s voice if he or she is using it to soothe the child while in the cradle hold. Talking to, singing to, and moving with your baby while you hold her in this position can add to the overall experience.

Much to our overly connected chagrin, cradling isn’t being done properly if you are holding a phone, the remote, or trying to work on something else; it is about focusing on your baby, and since your baby is focusing on you, he will notice the difference if you are distracted or disengaged, especially as he becomes older. Cradling doesn’t need to be done every moment – and neither does your phone need to be checked every moment, despite that flashing light or notification sound – and the importance of a few moments of pause with your baby should outweigh any incoming emails or text messages.

Facts About Cradling

  • Cradling doesn’t take any extra equipment, money, or time to set up! It’s just about you and your baby.
  • The cradle hold is natural, and mimics the position and form a baby has in the womb.
  • Cradling supports the baby’s entire spine when done properly.
  • A baby who is fully supported along her whole back and body feels safe and secure.
  • A baby can enjoy being cradled by any parent or caretaker, not just a breastfeeding mother.
  • You can cradle a baby anytime, anywhere.
  • Your baby may come to look forward to being cradled.
  • You are creating a good habit of taking the time to spend actual face time with your little one when you cradle him.
  • Cradling your baby often does not spoil your baby.
  • Cradling just may become one of your favorite memories with your little one!

Common Tendencies in Women and Cradling

Another interesting fact is: most women cradle to the left. While speculations in the past have attributed this to most women being right handed, so this position would be freeing the dominant hand – the study by Victoria Bourne and Dr Brenda Todd attributes this instead to the way the human brain processes information, specifically that of emotional behaviors. According to this study, that information goes to the right side of the brain, which is known to be connected most directly with the left side of the body. This connection explains why even most left-handed women hold their babies on the left – to observe their facial expressions and in turn, their constantly changing wants and needs – despite the potential loss of productivity that would occur from occupying their dominant side.

This also explains the studies from England and Switzerland which attempted to link how a mother holds her child and her emotional health; the studies linked stressed out, depressed women, or those on the verge of depression, to being most likely to hold their babies in the crook of their right arms, as opposed to the seemingly more natural way of holding babies in their left arms. This would seem to imply there is a disassociation or lack of a proper connection between a woman and her baby’s needs and emotional responses during a time of great stress or depression. This is extremely important, as this stress and disconnection could be mirrored in a baby’s emotional development if left uncared for.

Nursing and Cradling

The cradle hold, as well as the cross cradle hold, can also be used during breastfeeding, although it will look a little different. Instead of the baby being held parallel to the ground, the baby is held facing the mother’s body. When nursing with a cover, the cradle hold was the easiest and most effective position for me; it gave my baby the ability to focus, and relaxed her even if we were in a loud environment, such as a restaurant or another public place. It also allows for a baby to easily fall asleep at the end of a nursing session, which was often the case with my little one.

The cross cradle hold actually gives you more control over your infant’s head, which can be more useful when guiding an especially young, or fussy baby during feedings. I found the cross cradle technique to be harder the longer – and more active – my baby became. Even so, it was great in the beginning when we were working on her latch. If your baby has a lot of head control early on, you may find her fighting the cross cradle hold in an attempt to independently direct her head. If she can latch well, switching to the cradle hold may be more comfortable.

While there are several other great nursing positions, including those that are even taught in hospitals and by lactation consultants, these two positions more so ensure that the baby stays in proper alignment and is at an optimal angle for feeding. As mentioned above, in both of these nursing positions, the baby should face the mother’s stomach, with his shoulders aligned with his hips, as well as his head, and knees, which will be slightly bent. Your baby may try to press his feet against something nearby, completing the alignment through the rest of his legs.

Baby Development

As you can see, holding a baby in a cradle hold has numerous potential benefits and a whole range of usefulness. From the most awkward new father, to the breastfeeding mother, to the most experienced grandmother, there is no one who cannot cradle a baby if they try. Cradling a baby before sleep, or simply holding a baby in the cradle or cross cradle hold, is definitely something that should be considered and consistently used in the raising of a calm, secure feeling child. While every baby hits newborn milestones at different slightly different ages, it is wise and natural to want to do everything possible to encourage proper baby development, including regularly making use of the cradling technique.

If you are unsure about how to cradle a baby properly during nursing, seeking a lactation consultant or nurse who works with infants is a great option. Often there are a certain number of times you can see a consultant for free – check your insurance policy. This will allow you to feel confident about how to cradle your baby properly. You may also receive advice about particular milestones from your health care provider if you are concerned about motor skills, social skills, and language development, among other baby development issues.

Conclusion

Creating an environment where a baby is assured he has your focused attention, can focus his attention on you, and does not feel bombarded by all of the other potential stimuli he will eventually become used to, will ensure he can learn and grow in his own way, and at his own pace. Encouraging your baby to periodically relax throughout the day, and at nursing sessions if applicable (which can be quite stressful at first for new moms), will encourage less stress and anxiety for your child as he becomes older, potentially even on through adulthood. As you teach your baby about the world, you will want him to feel safe and secure when he is close to you, and cradling allows him to do so.

What do you think about the cradling positions? Did you use cradling as a source for relaxation? Did cradling give your baby a calm and secure feeling? Let us know in the comments below.

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When Do Babies Roll Over? The Complete Parents Guide

Babies learn to roll over when they are around five months old. They can do this as early as four months from their tummies to their backs, and as late as six months on average. At six months, the child’s muscles and coordination will likely have improved enough that the baby is able to roll from back to tummy, as well as from his or her tummy to the back. Parents can often determine if their child is ready to roll over based on the baby’s ability to hold his head up and play on his back or tummy for several minutes.

When Do Babies Roll Over? The Complete Parents Guide.

Rolling Over: An Introductory Overview

Rolling over is an action that requires more muscular coordination and more strength than many of the movements that several early milestones. For a baby to choose to roll over intentionally, he also has to have enough confidence and intentionality to make the necessary maneuvers. Many times, as the baby nears the age of 5 months, you will be able to identify several signs that the baby is ready to roll over, including growing muscle strength and an increasing interest in fun activities. You may also see several opportunities to help your baby learn to move on his or her own, and you will begin to recognize any potential barriers to reaching this milestone.

With this particular action, most of the requirements will be on a physical level. If your baby can lift his head, if your baby can begin to look side to side while on her forearms, your baby is nearing the time when rolling over is coming. If you think of the baby’s body and its many muscles, there are a lot of different muscles groups which will need to be strong before rolling over is possible. Since the baby’s birth, he has been learning to use different muscles. By four months, he is able to have more control over his body and the movements. Because rolling over requires momentum, especially in considering moving from the back to the tummy, this factor will also be critical.

Rolling over usually starts from the babies’ moving from their tummies to their backs. By the time that the babies can roll from their backs to their tummies, they have much more motor control over their body and much more confidence in their ability to make decisions.

While the average time for babies to roll over is from four months to six months, some babies will roll over as early as three months. You can see this more often in babies who were born past their original due date. The same is true of later rollers; more often, preemie babies will usually roll over a bit later as they develop more skills and their bodies grow more. It is also important to acknowledge that some babies do not roll over at all. This milestone can be skipped over. Never fear, though—skipping this milestone alone is not any indicator for worry.

When Do Babies Roll Over? The Complete Parents Guide.

Signs Your Baby is Ready to Roll Over

It is not unusual for a baby to accidentally roll over, as opposed to intentionally rolling over. Sometimes, depending on how it happens, rolling over can be more of an instinct than intention. Because of this, it can be hard to see the signs of when your baby is ready to try this on his or her own. Babies will begin to move more and more as they grow. Between new parents and growth, some babies roll over at three weeks! (see YouTube video below). This is likely due to parental guidance or even a mistake; I know of parents who struggled with changing diapers and ended up with kids rolling over as a result.

Once your baby comes close to the fourth month, you can see if your baby is ready to roll over. One of the ways is to encourage them using a toy or their bottle. When it comes to rolling over, there is usually a reason that they want to do it. Using a toy, parents can often lure babies into following the toy with their arms and eyes enough to create incentive in rolling over. The same thing works with a bottle, if your baby is uses a bottle. Seeing the object they want, they will follow it with their eyes and reach for it with their hands. Once they realize they need to move for it, that is why they will use their muscles to twist enough to the point where they will roll over. Understanding your child’s desires and wants will help you find a good incentive for them.

Offering an incentive by using a toy can help a child roll over in both directions, from their tummy to their backs, and from their backs to their tummies. Going from the tummy to the back requires different muscles, and because of this, it is likely this will happen this way first. The neck muscles have to be strong enough to hold up the head and turn; the back muscles have to be flexible enough and strong enough to roll with the force of the movement. When the baby is going from the back to the tummy, the neck muscles have to be strong enough to lift the head up off the ground or surface, and then the back muscles have to be strong enough to force the body to twist around. Once more, you can use incentive either way, but it is important to recognize that different muscle groups will need to be exercised accordingly.

Things to Watch

While your baby is growing and moving around, it can be tempting to try to push the babies. Many first-time parents will be enthusiastic about getting their children to their milestones, and overlook the importance of quality over speed. I know of several parent groups where it is hard not to try to “one-up” each other with our kids’ accomplishments. With rolling over, there are some concerns that one should watch for, in order to keep your child safe in addition to adventurous.

One common concern for parents when it comes to rolling over is the idea of the baby rolling over onto his tummy and finding it hard to breathe. If a baby is not strong enough to hold his head up from the mattress or the floor, it is best not to push rolling over. Several parents find the idea of their baby accidentally getting smothered sobering enough to proceed with caution when it comes to rolling over. However, being overly cautious can be just as troublesome for the child. Finding a good balance can be hard and require careful calculation and even bravery, but it is possible and necessary.

When it comes to sleeping, if you are concerned about your baby rolling over during while he sleeps, there are several ways to help relief your worry. First, you can make sure your baby is strong enough to push his upper body off the ground with his hands and forearms. If he can do this, there is little chance to worry that he will suffocate during sleep, even if he is a belly sleeper by preference. Second, you can see about getting an inclined pillow to put under his mattress. It is harder for a baby to roll over when she is sleeping on an incline. A slight incline is all you need; there are several options out there for parents. Third, another idea for this is to allow your baby to sleep in a rocker or bouncy seat. I had a rocker for my son and daughter where it could recline and allow them to sleep. I have seen several of my friends with ones that have attachments for playtime and a vibrating massage option; the nice thing about this option is that there is usually more than one benefit in using it. I had a friend who had a baby boy with a very sensitive stomach; at night, he would often burp up because of the gas in his stomach. Because of that, using a car seat and then a rocker helped with his gas and allowed him to sleep much more peacefully.

Another concern some parents voice is about danger. Babies are unable to see all the way around themselves, so they can sometimes end up rolling over and hitting different objects. To prevent this, you can easily put the child on the floor or a level surface. You can even use a blanket or a clean rug. A rug will likely have a bit more traction, so it will not move around the floor. Using a blanket or a rug can also help you estimate how much space a baby will need. You can also easily keep toys or potentially painful objects off the designated space. This will ensure that as your baby rolls over, or practices tummy time, she is safe from anything that will cause her undue surprise or pain.

In the event that something does happen while your baby rolls over, this is the perfect time for you to snuggle with your baby. My kids would often practice rolling over in my lap. I was there to help them and comfort them at the same time. It is important to keep in mind that accidents do happen from time to time, but they are not reasons to stop.

When Do Babies Roll Over? The Complete Parents Guide.

Resources to Help

When it comes to rolling over, there are many things that a parent can do to help. In order to help roll over, there is a physical side of development, and there is a mental preparation side.

Tummy time is a great way to encourage the physical as well as the mental. When I was a new parent, I marveled at how well my husband would help our kids with tummy time. He would get down on a blanket with them and move their arms around to help them lift up their upper bodies, and then show them how, in slow motion, to do different movements. For rolling over, he always made sure to get them to laugh. This encouraged them to see it as a fun activity, something that they wanted to do, and it would also encourage them to try it on their own, just for fun. This kind of preparation worked well to help my children mentally prepare for the moments when they would roll over of their own volition.

In addition to tummy time, it can help to massage your children’s muscles. Giving them a back rub can help open up the blood vessels, and that in turn would encourage the body to relax and repair any growing muscles. Along with this is making sure that the babies receive a healthy amount of feeding time. Because rolling over deals with muscle development, getting enough sleep and nutrition plays a larger role than it may seem. With babies, these things are often complementary when it comes to meeting milestones, and that includes rolling over.

Baby rolled over at 3 weeks – WHAT NOT TO DO!!!

Please DO NOT do this at home. This is why YouTube is not a great resource for you.

Conclusion

Watching a baby roll over, especially for the first time, often inspires a smile. The baby is often surprised, and the parents are pleased and proud, as well as amused. By understanding that rolling over can only happen when your baby has had enough time and care to develop the muscles he or she needs, the incentives to practice and continually challenge him or herself, and the love and support of parental care, rolling over will be one milestone that is easy to overcome. There are several signs to watch for, concerns and cares to plan for, and methods to try during the process of learning. While it takes an average of four months to get ready, and an average of seven months to see your baby roll over both directions, your baby is unique and will grow in his or her own way. Rolling over, especially rolling over in both ways, from back to belly and belly to back, takes time, practice, and love.

When Did your baby started rolling over? Did he or she rolled soon or did they take their time? We will love to know! Share your thoughts with moms just like you in the comments below.

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Top 9 bottles to breastfeed your newborn baby in 2016

Breastfeeding is a very intimate phenomenon that occurs between a mother and a new born. Breastfeed does not only provides the new born with the energy but also strengthens the bond between a mother and her offspring.

There are times when the mother is not physically present to breastfeed the new born and hence alternative methods have to be explored to get rid of this obstacle and to make sure that the new born gets his nutrition regardless of the absence or presence of mother. But in doing so, you have to face a lot of kinds of problem and there are ways to overcome them systemically.

The first problem that many mothers face is the rejection of the bottle feeding by the new born. This can be as a result of a lot of factors which might either be involved individually or collectively. It is the natural instinct of a new born child to suckle on the nipples of his mother in order to acquire milk. It is also seen in some cases that the newborn tends to grab the breast by his hand or simply touch it in order to start the act of suckling.

Mother’s mammary glands are regulated in such a way that the milk produced in them is strictly controlled and produced on the basis of demand. Within the first week, the mother and the newborn get along a specific schedule according to which they adjust the nutrition cycle and so does the mammary glands as they produce milk when it is about time for the baby to suck on. Even if the milk is produced it remains stored in the breast and does not come out on its own. It is only when the baby touches the breast or starts suckling on the nipple that the milk is allowed to let go of from the breast. This whole phenomenon of releasing milk is called letting down.

Now, the infants who are used to breastfeeding normally deny getting fed from an artificial cup or a container and even a feeder bottle. This can at times become quite a task to get the new born to shift from breastfeeding to bottle feeding with the breast milk in it. Some of the factors to take care of in such an event are following. Try to change the type of nipple on the bottle. Different babies prefer different stuff of nipple and hence there is no hard and fast rule for that. Then the next thing to consider is position of the baby. At times the baby prefers the person feeding him to look at him or even hold him close to his skin so that they get a feeling of comfort. In some rare cases the newborn rejects to take milk from the feeder bottle because the milk is cold or hotter than the temperature of the breast milk and hence you might have to look out for the temperature as well.

This having been said now let me introduce you some of the top in line bottle feeders and some salient features of all of them so that you get to have a basic idea of what they are and which one will best suit your need. Following is the list of top of the line nine bottle breast milk feeder bottles.

Baby Bottles by Comotomo

As mentioned earlier, some babies prefer the sensation of touch while breastfeeding. These babies need to touch the breast in order to be comfortable and even start suckling in the first place. Keeping this necessity of babies in the mind, comotomo has developed a bottle which is made up of a polymer which gives it a flexible body as well as the surface texture which is as soft as the skin of breast and hence it will easily be able to mimic a human breast as the child will grab onto it and start sucking on the bottle considering it a breast. Being a baby product, the plastic used in the making of comotomo baby bottles is reasonably made from safe plastic in order to prevent them from any harmful diseases as well as to make them environment friendly.

Natural Bottle by Philips AVENT

Philips AVENT is the pioneer of the bottle feeding community and hence is not only well known but one of the most trusted brands in child nursing domain. In order to further facilitate its customers in the breast milk feeding as well Philips AVENT has introduced its newest in the line natural bottle. As evident by its name, natural bottle tries to mimic a human breast in all the ways. The basic design of the bottle is made and shaped in such a way that the baby should assume it as a human breast to grab on and start sucking the milk from the bottle. Moreover the nipple provided with the bottle is made up of a very safe and smooth to touch plastic which mimics the nipple of a human breast.

Original Nurser by Playtex Drop-Ins

One of the most trusted brand of feeding bottles that one can come across. For more than a decade, moms all over the globe have not only trusted it but also actually preferred them over all other feeding bottles. Original nurser has the minimal design and most simple of all the bottles that are available for the breast milk feeding purpose. Moreover, it has a simpler nipple made up of latex and a simple round edged bottle to which newborns seem to get familiar with as soon as they get in touch with. Or may be the reason of its popularity is its ever affordable price which is almost half than any other bottle. Like avent bottles, they also have the bottle liners which actually help in keeping the air from going into the tract of the baby. So, in short, original nurser by Playtex drop-ins has all the qualities of a fancy bottle but it is affordable at the same time.

Breastfeeding Set by Medela Calma

Coming from the Medela Calma, one has the surety of this breast feeding set knowing its business as medela calma itself is the largest supplier of breast pumps and other necessary breastfeeding related appliances and equipment. This time they have developed a bottle which will help people feed their young ones with the breast milk. This bottle is slightly longer and bulkier than the rest of the bottle feeders. But the interesting part about this is its nipple which actually has to be assembled before putting into function. This nipple not only prevents the back flow of air into the canal of baby but also lets the milk go down the nipple when it is sucked upon by the newborn baby.

Closer to Nature Bottles by Tommee Tippee

Tommee tippee has done a marvelous job in making a transitional feeding bottle. This bottle has particularly acquired a shape just like human breast which has two advantages, first one being that it is now easy for anyone to hold this bottle and prevent it from damaging the kid. Secondly, with such a design a newborn can easily be shifted towards bottle feeding. Moreover, unlike most of the feeder bottles, tommee tippee is made up from very safe plastics that confirm all the points of safety and hence assure the health and safety of mother and child who are in consideration. These plastics are also quite stretchable which makes the baby to even bite and chew the nipple in order to feel at home. Plus in the bottle there is a valve which prevents the flow of air and causes certain troubles in newborn.

The bottle by Yoomi

In the description above we discussed the incidence of newborn rejecting the bottle milk because of the fluctuation of the temperature. And hence it is necessary for the milk to be at a certain specific temperature in order for the new born to not only accept it but also to drink it happily. Also a certain temperature of the mother’s milk is easily accepted by the digestive system of the baby and hence a lot of future problems can be avoided by making sure the milk is digested properly. As soon as the milk is out of the breasts of mother it starts getting cold and in some cases we even store it for later use. In all these cases it is a hassle to reheat the milk as we cannot directly heat it because of the chances of degeneration. For this very purpose, we have the ultimate bottle by yoomi which offers us the luxury of internal heating mechanism which can be immersed in the water. Just before feeding the baby, the mechanism is turned on and it makes sure to warm the milk to a certain degree before the milk touches the mouth of the baby.

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Breast flow Bottle by The First Years

As evident by the name, the breast flow bottle makes sure that the flow of the milk from the bottle is similar to that of the human breast. For this particular reason, it employs the mechanism of sucking as well as pressing the bottle at the same time. Sucking is done by the baby while the pressing is done by the person feeding it. Hence the dose can be controlled which the child takes in. this two stage feeding mechanism perfectly mimics the action of a human breast. Plus the shape and size of the bottle is almost identical to that of a human breast and hence the new born gets rapidly familiar with it and not many obstacles have to be overcome to make the transition happen. This bottle is equally useful whether the milk formula is used or breast milk is used, the efficacy of the bottle remains unaltered.

Adiri NxGen Nurser

Adiri NxGen nurser is the ultimate feeding bottle in the market now days. With its latest bottom vent system it is putting other bottles to shame and hence getting popular amongst the nursing mothers every passing day. Unlike other bottles, there are no valves or mechanisms in the nipple. Rather there is a vent on the bottom of the feeder bottle which can be adjusted to make sure that the air does not bother the baby while it is breastfeeding. The air if ingested by the baby during the feeding causes serious discomfort in the baby later and hence it is a relief to have such a feeder bottle which avoids such situation. It is easy to clean as both top and bottom can be removed and similarly the milk can be topped up into the bottle from both sides making it more useful for the nursing parents to use for their newborns. A cleaner feeder bottle means healthier babies and the specific breast shaped top helps in getting the baby acquainted to the bottle earlier than any other feeder bottle.

Mimijumi

These bottles are being called the closest to human breasts both in their looks as well as their function. They are small in size and the top nipple is made up of the softest plastic. Moreover the nipple is colored exactly like the nipple color of human beings plus the granular appearance of the nipple makes it look next identical to the real thing and hence more acceptable by the baby. These bottles themselves are made up of the safest and the most compliant of all polymers which are not only healthy but also give a very neat look accompanied with a soft texture.

Conclusion

So, in short, there are many variants of the feeding bottles available in the market. These bottles offer various features combined and hence being a nursing parent one can choose to either go for one or more of these bottles in order to best cater the needs of their newborn. This will make the transition from breastfeeding to bottle feeding an easy and enjoyable experience.

Which bottle are you using? Do you prefer one on the other? Let everyone know.

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Milestones for Your 3 to 6 Month Old Baby

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After the baby arrives, your appreciation for rest and organization grows quickly and substantially. Between the newborn baby crying, the feedings every few hours, doctor appointments, the infant growth charts, the child development stages, and the occasional cold, things can get hectic. I know in the first few months after my children came, I always felt like I was scrambling around, trying to make sure I had everything in its place so everything ready to go right when I needed it. However, by the time the third month came around, things had gotten into enough of a routine that life became much easier and rest was much more possible. One of the things that became much easier at this point was the baby milestones.

Milestones for Your 3 to 6 Month Old Baby

3 Months In

At three months old, my children had made themselves unforgettable to me. I once told my mother I could not remember not having them, and so when I would remember something from a long time ago, I would add them into the picture. My children had come, and surrounded themselves in my heart and mind so much I was making new memories with them from old ones.

As much of a hindrance this might have been for some things – such as remembering old time with friends – it also helped me remind me of their milestones. At the three-month mark, I was able to look for and identify new milestones for my kids; before, I had needed some help from their doctors and my husband and other family members.

The other part of the reason this became much easier is because there were different kinds of milestones popping up around the third month. There were social milestones, same as before the three month mark, but there were also gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and language skills to look for now.

Social Milestones

One of the best milestones every parent looks for is whether their child is smiling or not. We do it so often while we look at our children, especially in those first few months; when they begin to smile back, it is like making a new friend.

The key with this social milestone to count is to see if your baby will smile in response to social stimulation; many parents will mistake the gassy smiles or the sleepy grins for true smiles. I know they look sweet, but the milestone is technically not met unless the smile is in response to a social situation. For my kids, some of their first smiles were when my husband would tickle their feet or if I would sing them to sleep. (That is part of the reason I thought my kids smiled early – they smiled as they slept!)

Smiling is a milestone that can actually happen before three months as well, but on average, it comes up in the three-month milestone range. To check the ability of your child to smile in response to social stimulation, there are many ways to choose to engage with them. You can talk to your baby, teasing him with a nice touch to the face, or chin; you can examine if your baby is smiling and responding to this stimulation from your voice or touch. As you can see, this is a pretty easy one to do; many parents coo and gush over their babies so much, they can check for this milestone and not even be aware of it.

As the three-month mark passes into the fourth month,  spontaneous smiles become more common; this is where your baby will begin to smile from time to time while he or she is awake, and they are not being socially engaged. Many times, my son and daughter would smile while watching our animals, or if they were playing in the baby swing we had set up for them.  You can check the ability to smile spontaneously by examining whether your baby smiles spontaneously from time to time (i.e. not initiated in response to a stimulus.) The key difference in this spontaneous smile is just to make sure they are not engaging with you or another person while they are smiling; they are just smiling as part of their ‘resting face.’ In addition to smiling, other social milestones become easy to check on.

Before three months, babies can often begin to ‘track’ objects as they cross the middle line of their vision. This ability improves throughout the third to sixth months.  To see your baby’s ability to make eye contact and the ability to track face movement or an object in motion, put your baby on his back or hold him in front in your lap facing towards you. When your baby moves his eyes up, move your head to the left and right through the center about 20-30 inches away from your baby’s eyes. Repeat the action with any object; for this practice, make sure there are no sounds or voices accompanying the action. By the end of the sixth month, this should be a regular practice for your baby. I saw this one early on with my kids, thanks to my cats and my dogs; on a side note, if you can do pets with your babies, it is a great way to keep them stimulated and interested! Even after the first months are over, pets can help with the fine and gross motors skill developments.

Milestones for Your 3 to 6 Month Old Baby

Fine Motor Skills at Four Months In

As your baby grows, she will eventually get more fidgety as well; this is when you will see more fine motor skills starting to appear. Fine motor skills are smaller muscle movements, which often happen while the baby focuses on the movements. For example, he or she might become fixated on her toes and, as a result, start to move their feet.

Around the time of the four-month mark, crossing fingers, playing with hands, and making movements with her fingers and feet will become regular occurrences.  If you want to see if your baby wants to play with his hands and the ability for fingers integration, lay your baby on her back and on a flat surface. Look at her and examine whether she plays with her hands in front of her body, whether she brings them to her mouth, and whether she is able to cross her fingers between her two hands. My daughter still often falls asleep with her hands together, with her fingers laced; my son, however, often began to grab and play with his toes at when he was four months old.

Grabbing is another key infant milestone that also occurs alongside this one. I experienced a lot of this with both of my kids; they would grab objects around this time, so I had to be more careful about what I placed next to them. I remember my son would often grab a toy and then drop it from his highchair, and then look over at me and cry so I would pick it up. For my daughter, I had to watch out for this one with my hair; she liked to grab my hair quite a bit at this age, and she did not grow out of it very quickly, much to my dismay. On the bright side, she got a lot of practice.

You can check your baby’s expression of interest in an external object and the ability to control his arms. To do this, set your baby on his back or hold him in your lap, close to your body. Give him an object comfortable for grip this from a short distance and encourage him to reach out and touch or grab the object. Pay attention to do this each hand separately. Once more, I recommend doing this with a toy or a blanket – not your hair! I did help transition my kids’ interest in my hair to my pets, however. I would often sit with them on my lap and let them ‘pet’ the kitties or the dog. While I am sure my pets were less than thrilled, they have a better chance of dodging my kids and their grasping hands more than I do. If you have pets, this can help the pets get used to the kids as well. Or at least, train them to stay away from your kids.

Gross Motor Skills Get Going

During the three to six month old milestone range, fine motor skills are not the only things that are begin developed. This is also when gross motor skills begin to show up. Motor skills are general movements the body makes using the brain, nervous system, and muscles. Fine motor skills are smaller muscle groups, and the gross motor skills are the larger ones. As a result, your babies might all move at different times, since coordination of the larger muscles can be tricky when they are infants.

One of the first milestones for the gross motor skills that comes up is your child’s ability to lift his head and chest supported by the elbows and forearms. This is one of the milestones that can be very different child to child. Typically, it will still come up in the third or fourth month. Your baby’s ability to lift his head and chest, and his ability to lean on his elbows and forearms when lying on his stomach can be developed with Tummy Time. This is how my kids did it; my husband would put a blanket down on our floor and lay them down on their stomach, and he would help them to hold their head up. He would also arrange their forearms on the ground so they would get used to the position. You can do the same thing; just lay your baby on his stomach and on a level surface. Encourage him to lift his head and chest through stimulation, and while you can show him what do it, let him try it without helping him. Your baby should be able to lift his head and chest with the support of his forearms, with the intention to reach an object or to glance at one.

To encourage our babies, my husband would put his keys down in front of them; the shining keys was an instant appeal for both of our kids. You can also do this with toys, or I would occasionally get in front of them and try to get them to watch me with their eyes.

Along with this milestone, many babies develop the ability to hold their heads steady.  You can see this if you lift your baby with your hands, without relying on your body. Your baby’s head needs to remain stable; check that it is not slipping back. When my son first came, I would gather him close to me, and hold him upright in my arms, so I could get a good look at him; this is often when he would practice holding his head steady. I did the same thing with my daughter, since being upright really seemed to help them both practice keeping their head and necks stable.

For this one, you can combine these last two milestones to get your baby to lift his head and chest while relying on the hands with the elbows straight; this is something your baby usually does a bit later on, around the fifth month, up to even the eighth month.  Check the elevation of your baby’s head and chest, having all of his body weight relying on his hands when lying on his stomach. You can see this as you encourage him to lift his head and chest through stimulation, without helping him by touching his back or bottom. Your baby should be able to lift his head and chest while relying on the hands with the elbows straight and locked with the intention of reaching an object that is close him, to or look at it. For this one, I found practice to be the key. Between Tummy Time and holding them upright to cuddle, my kids caught on pretty quickly when it came to keeping their head and neck stable.

Another favorite milestone of parents tends to be when their child will turn from his tummy to his back, and vice versa. Babies will usually learn this sometime between the third and seventh month, but a lot of it depends on incentive. My son learned to turn over very quickly, because he liked to try to sneak away from me while I changed his diapers; my daughter, much more docile, would just flail her arms and legs while she was getting her diapers changed. To check this milestone, lay your baby on a flat and secure surface. Attract his attention with a toy or rattle at an angle of 45 degrees above his head and encourage him to roll over in both directions. Your baby has to roll over by a deliberate push of his body (through the shoulder or pelvis), and not because of accidental fall following the lifting of the head. Usually rolling over from the back to the belly comes first and only after comes rolling from belly to the back. This is because today many babies do not spend much time on their belly; I saw this in both of my children, and most of my friends with kids will agree.

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Talk to Me, Baby

It is hard for me to imagine any parent to not enjoy the language milestones. I always felt a need to communicate to my kids, and when they started reciprocating, it was like an answer to prayer. I had some definite clues as to what they wanted, and because of this, I was quicker in getting them to stop crying or I could make them laugh more easily.

Making sounds in response to stimulation (not just crying) can start as early as the third month; there are different sounds a baby makes for different things, and once you are able to tell which is which, life gets much easier. Or as easy as it can be with an infant around, anyway.

To examine the development of communication and the ability to produce sounds, put your baby on his back, on a safe surface, or hold him in your lap – whichever is easier for making eye contact – and then make some gentle sounds. Give your baby time to listen to your voice and react to the sounds. Repeat this procedure two or three times, and see if they will mimic you or try to respond, but only after you have given them something to respond to.

Laughing comes around four months, and comes after your baby has developed the ability to smile. Laughing is a fun milestone to check for, as you encourage your baby to laugh aloud through facial expressions, or tickling. Tickling worked best on my kids, but my husband was better at getting them to laugh than I was.

When your baby begins to mumble or babble, it is always a sign they are growing in the language skills. To check the ability to produce sounds, all you need to do is encourage your baby to make sounds by talking, looking, and acting – and let him listen, and respond. Your baby should make vocal sounds and other noises, when playing, or when excited, or when he is not satisfied. Mumbling should include both consonant and vowel sounds. Sounds should be made with the lips (easier in prone position, while he is lying face down) and with the back of the mouth when it comes to guttural sounds (easier lying on his back.) This is one of the easier milestones to recognize, since there is a difference in the sounds depending on their position, and their mumbling tends to be strung together to make more words.

Conclusion

While the first three months of your baby’s life can seem overwhelming, once you make it through, you realize it was a lot, but your baby was well worth it. As your baby progresses through the three to six month old child development stages, you can begin to relax and enjoy your baby a bit more as you get to know him or her better.

How was your baby development at this stage? Did he or she reach all these milestone? Did They struggle? How was it for you? we will be happy to hear from you… Comment below.

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The human pacifier: What should you do when your baby does not stop sucking?

What to do when your baby does not stop sucking? Here’s what:

Spot signs of hunger

Our baby body does not lie and if he or she shows signs of hunger – he or she are really hungry. If you see previous signs of hunger, our baby may have experienced growth sprouts and or development milestones and he is in fact more hungry than usual. Increased hunger signs may be: Putting his hands in his mouth with intensively clenched fists, continuous drooling, and general discomfort and quenching. It is important that in situation like these, and when breastfeeding, you as a mom will also try to identify your baby’s satiety signs during breastfeeding, any breastfeeding. Signs of satiety may be: a loose/flabby body, loose/flabby fingers and more. If you do not see any signs of satiety during breastfeeding, keep reading.

heres what to do when your baby does not stop sucking

The amount of milk

If you spot signs of hunger in your baby and the need for continuing to breastfeed for a long time and periods, and there are no signs that your baby is satiety during breastfeeding, maybe your baby is not getting a sufficient amount of milk at each feeding. You should check the effectiveness of breastfeeding and the amount of milk. If breastfeeding is not effective, due to reasons like ANKYLOGLOSSIA – Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie related issues our baby will be sated for only short periods of time and often ask to nurse again and again.

Spot signs of fatigue

If you see that your baby is unable to fall asleep on his own and needs the help of breastfeeding or sucking the nipple and you can recognize signs of fullness during breastfeeding, it is possible that your baby has reached a critical stage of fatigue where he or she will need help to fall asleep, this help is brought by breastfeeding.

It is very important for you as a mom to recognize the signs of fatigue in your baby early and try to put him to sleep in a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere with gentle stroking, rocking and soothing him to sleep. It is possible and well encouraged to do this from the age of one week or two weeks, thus allowing your newborn baby to learn the process of falling asleep relaxed and comfortable from his first days and on words.

Early signs of fatigue may be: moving his or her head from side to side and the inability to focus their view. If your baby reaches a critical stage of fatigue and you can spot it by his crying, making high sounds, hyperactivity, tears and laughter combined and more, it is important for you to understand that at this stage your baby needs all the possible help to fall asleep and breast milk can really help calm him down at this time. When you spot critical fatigue in your baby this is NOT the time for learning or teaching him.

The need to poop:

Many times our baby will want to breastfeed to help him poop. Our ring muscle systems in our body are interrelated, so our tiny baby will try to activate his muscles of the mouth and lips so his muscle system will help the poop go down and out of his system. This situation will not look like signs of hunger in our baby but as signs that he or she needs to poop. These signs can be: Sucking movements with the lips, licking his lips, rapid movements with his pelvis, and even stretching his legs back and forth.

If you recognize these signs in your baby, you can hold your baby in the kneeling posture on your hands: When his back is to your chest and his legs are bent toward the abdomen.

Teaching your baby to suck a pacifier

First thing first, not every baby’s jaw structure is suitable for a pacifier, so it’s important to test and try a variety of dummies and don’t quit after the first or second. Some babies who initially fail to take a pacifier because their jaw structure is not suitable for it at the present and they will start after they will grow up a bit and their jawline changes. It is possible that your baby’s jaw structure would work out just at the age when the pacifier is no longer relevant.

It is very important at the beginning to let your baby play with the pacifier and get used to it at times when he or she are calm and relaxed and not hungry or tired. When you see that your baby has been playing and getting familiar with the pacifier in a relaxed way, then you can offer it to him in situations in which you recognize early signs of fatigue. Give him the pacifier in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere and as part of his falling asleep routine.

When you give your baby a pacifier for the first time, try to emulate sounds of sucking and the action needed. Babies and children learn from the simulation, they will try to imitate you and understand more easily the action that is needed.

Conclusion

You are not a human pacifier, and if this is the case you need to stop now and change this behavior. First recognize when your baby is hungry – if this is the case breastfeed, if this is not the case try different methods to let your baby relax and get some peace and tranquility for your baby and for you.

Do you have a special technic to get your baby to relax instead of breastfeeding? Did you encounter breastfeeding dependents? We will love to know.

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What to expect the first year

Milestones are a great way to monitor your baby’s progression, incorporate ways to improve their age-appropriate skills into every day play, and feel prepared for each new stage as your baby reaches it. While it is easy to compare in a competitive manner with others about whose baby has reached a certain milestone earliest, it’s better to just enjoy each individual child’s pace, and not become anxious or possibly make others worried about how quickly each milestone is reached

What to expect the first year

It is truly amazing how many basic skills we master as an infant that allow us to go about our days in a functional manner as adults. These skills can be grouped into different categories, for the sake of tracking developmental progress:

  • Gross motor skills – these include more generalized physical movements
  • Fine motor skills – these include more specific physical movements, mostly with the hands
  • Social development – this includes interactions with other people
  • Language development – this includes not only verbal skills, but also thought processes such as problem-solving skills

Of course, each baby will develop at his or her own pace, to some degree. Sometimes a baby will be ahead in one area, right at the milestone age for another area, and behind in another area, all at once, and that’s perfectly normal. If a child is missing a milestone for an extended period of time, or if the doctor and parents are concerned about missed milestones, an evaluation can be done to see what interventions could benefit him or her.

Some of these interventions include participating in speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy – and often, there are many things the parents or caregivers can do at home first to help their baby continue to develop. The key isn’t necessarily an exact date that your baby should be able to do something by, but rather, a steady forward progression of skills.

That being said, parents and teachers are often the first to see the signs of a need for intervention, by intuition or by looking at the time frames around milestones. This is because they are the ones who are spending large amounts of time with the child, and may notice patterns that a short doctor’s visit would not reveal.

Of course, the more you interact with your baby in general, by talking with her, playing with toys with her, singing to her, making different facial expressions for her, reading with her, holding her, allowing her to experience new things, and providing enough down time at home where she’s not confined to just the crib or swing, will allow her to develop skills naturally.

One Month Milestones –

Around one month, your newborn baby will be lifting his head up from your chest when you hold him, or from the ground when participating in floor play (often called “tummy time”). He should be able to move his head to either side when on his belly. Of course, he should be attended at all times when on his stomach at this age, because he may get stuck at times; he will get tired, maybe only after a few seconds. Make sure tummy time is done on a smooth, flat, but comfortable surface – foam mats can be used to convert an area of harder flooring, or even over carpet.

Also around this time, your baby will start noticing things in close range (8-12 inches away). Unlike her ever changing and improving vision, she is born with her full hearing, and may startle at sounds like a door closing, another baby crying, etc. She probably recognizes immediate family members’ voices and is comforted by their conversations.

At this stage, he will probably notice toys that have faces. He will possibly notice things that contrast a lot, such as dark curtains against a light wall. He may like your black and white striped shirt, and there’s a reason – he still sees mostly black and white at this age.

What to expect the first year

Two Month Milestones –

One of the most prominent two month markers is the start of your baby making noises such as “cooing” or “gurgling.”She will likely make an “ahhh” sound first. At this point, she’s as likely talking to the bright lights on the ceiling as she is to her doll or you, but even so, you will get to enjoy her new antics during her calmer play times.

As for physical development, you will notice your baby has less jerky arm and leg movements, and should move all of his limbs about the same amount over a period of time. His fists will probably open and close, and grasp at your finger when you place it near his hand. He may touch his own face or clasp his own hands.

Three Month Milestones –

While your baby has probably been giving you “sleepy smiles” for a while now, she will start to smile in response to things you say or do, or other stimuli. She will follow objects as they move across her range of view, such as a bottle or toy. She may even take a swing at a dangling toy!

Around this time, your newborn will lift not only his head, but also start to raise his body up during tummy time. Between now and six months, your baby will learn how to roll over. Usually, he will first learn to roll from his stomach to his back, and later, from his back to his stomach.

While she previously may have ignored many noises in her sleepy, newborn state, she may now investigate sudden noises, especially loud ones. Your baby will also recognize objects she has seen before, such as toys or books.

Four Month Milestones –

Your baby will push her body up with her hands during tummy time, and push her legs against the ground if you hold her in a standing position. By this time, your baby should have really good head control. She will begin to reach for things around her and grasp them in a more coordinated fashion.

He will “talk back” to you when you talk to him, in the form of coos as well as imitations of your speech. Also, you may experience the joyous sound of your baby’s laughter at this time, so bring on the silly faces and noises.

This is around the age most babies are able to sleep through the night, much to your relief, exhausted parents!

Five Month Milestones –

If not earlier, around five months your baby will be able to roll over in both directions.  He will be conscious of his own hands and feet, and may even spend long periods of time studying them.

Your baby will be Interested in new sounds, and recognize her own name at this age. She may engage in blowing bubbles with her mouth, as she explores all she can do with her tongue and lips.

He will likely notice and enjoy different bright colors at this time, and express interest in especially colorful toys. Your baby will develop a sense of object permanence around this time (realizing that things still exist even when they can no longer see them – this is why your baby will be surprised time and again during a game of peek-a-boo!).

What to expect the first year

Six Month Milestones –

Your baby will be able to sit, although he may still need some support. During floor time, he may lunge like he is going to crawl. He may also scoot (some babies skip crawling and go straight to walking), or “army crawl,” that is, dragging himself along as low as possible to the ground, with just his arms.

Everything will go into the mouth at this age – your baby will be able to reach for an object and bring it to his mouth after retrieving it.

Often, doctors recommend solid foods are introduced at 6 months and even sooner, or whenever your baby is able to sit up. The introduction of solids will help in developing the skills your baby needs to feed himself, as well as get your baby used to different textures and tastes.

Seven Month Milestones –

Your baby will be able to sit without support. While sitting, she will probably display several new skills, such as being able to pull a toy toward herself using a sweeping motion of her arm. That would be more of a gross motor skill that you can expect her to master at this age; a fine motor skill she will develop at this age is the ability to pass a toy from one hand to another.

What to expect the first year

Eight Month Milestones –

Your baby may start to say dada and mama at this age – but don’t be surprised if you are both referred to by the same name, or both names, for a while!

If your baby is a crawler, he should be a professional at this point, getting around quite quickly. He might quite possibly start experimenting with pulling up on furniture, even if walking is still a ways away.

Another fun skill that will be developed at this age in the language development area is that your baby will begin to point at things, and attempt to communicate through some gestures. Some parents choose to teach their children a few simple signs based on American Sign Language at this stage, to help them communicate when they are hungry, all done, want to play, etc. This way, they can communicate before they can speak words, resulting in potentially less frustration.

Nine Month Milestones –

Nothing within reach is safe anymore! Your baby will be able to bang things together, throw things, and stand – though most likely only while supported. He may walk around using furniture to hold him up, which is called “cruising.”

Your baby’s hands are developing more fine motor skills around this age – she may eat finger foods off her high chair tray, and will use the “pincer grasp” to accomplish manipulating small pieces of food and objects – that is, her thumb and forefinger.

She may also wave good-bye, which she also associates with the meaning of the words bye-bye (that is, someone, or herself, leaving).

Socially, at this age babies often have stranger anxiety – anyone unfamiliar can be deeply unsettling. Your baby will outgrow any extreme reaction a little later on.

Ten Month Milestones –

Finally, when your baby calls out “Mama!”now, she might actually be referring to you specifically! She should also understand the word, “No,” at this point, to some degree – thankfully, she probably won’t be saying that for a little while longer.

Your baby will start to stack toys as he plays, so get out the blocks!

A game that you might not like this age for involves dropping objects repeatedly from a shopping cart, high chair, or over a baby gate, to see what happens, and what you will do. A ten month old finds reactions, and consequences, very interesting.

Eleven Month Milestones –

Often a skill mastered around this age is the ability to drink from a cup (although breast fed babies may not be introduced to this quite yet, as they don’t even need extra water until past twelve months). You can say bye-bye to bottles very soon!

Your baby should be able to stand all by herself – although possibly only briefly. While playing, you will observe your baby has the ability to puts toys inside containers, and may enjoy learning “in and out.” A favorite game at this age may be pat-a-cake.

Your baby will understand simple commands, such as, “Take this to Daddy,” or “Give me your cup,” or “Let’s go outside.” Of course, he may not always react the way you intend for him to.

Twelve Month Milestones –

You may find your baby imitating everything you do, from talking on the phone, to making dinner, to other activities. A play kitchen may be a great first birthday present!

His first steps may be taken around this time, although many babies wait a few more months – or he may have been walking for a couple of months already! The norm here is 9-14 months. Another skill he may master around this time will be stooping from a standing position, without falling all of the way down. This takes some balance!

A few more words may enter his vocabulary, as he imitates you and observes as you point out the names of things around you.

She may scribble on paper or books with a crayon, although coloring in the lines will not be a remote thought until much later.

Conclusion

Milestones are a great way to monitor your baby’s progression, incorporate ways to improve their age-appropriate skills into every day play, and feel prepared for each new stage as your baby reaches it. While it is easy to compare in a competitive manner with others about whose baby has reached a certain milestone earliest, it’s better to just enjoy each individual child’s pace, and not become anxious or possibly make others worried about how quickly each milestone is reached. As your baby’s motor skills, social skills, and language skills develop, you will likely find great joy and pride in their growth – don’t forget to update the baby calendar or the baby book!

Did your baby pass all these milestones? Did he or she had a hard time with one of them? We will be happy to hear from your experience.

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25 Reasons why your baby will not stop crying & what should you do differently

Babies cry whеn thеу trу tо tеll thеіr parents something. Baby crying mау be bесаuѕе оf ѕеvеrаl reasons аnd they’re nоt аlwауѕ thе mоѕt obvious reasons. Thіѕ саn turn оut tо bе vеrу stressful fоr parents, еѕресіаllу fоr thе fіrѕt timers, whо mау bе clueless оn how to get a toddler to stop crying.

How to get a baby to stop crying & What You Should Do Differently

Onе оf thе vеrу fіrѕt functions а baby does, аt thе moment оf leaving thе womb, іѕ tо cry. Thіѕ function іѕ repeated оvеr аnd again, аѕ thіѕ newborn learns thаt crying wіll gеt thе attention needed аt thе rіght moment tо mаkе hіm оr hеr comfortable.

Wіth thе fіrѕt cry, уоur baby wіll bring іn hіѕ оr hеr fіrѕt breath оf air. Thіѕ іѕ normal аnd expected fоr healthy babies tо cry аnd ѕhоuld nоt upset thе mother, father аnd family members; thоugh іt ѕоmеtіmеѕ does. If, bу chance, уоur baby doesn’t cry uроn arrival іntо thе world, thе doctor wіll thеn initiate а reaction frоm уоur baby. Thе normal practice іѕ tо clean air passages аnd pinch оr gently strike hіѕ оr hеr feet, thuѕ surprising thе baby іntо crying.

Babies аrе lіttlе angels. Thеу аrе God’s gift tо parents. Thаt іѕ whу уоu ѕhоuld rеаllу tаkе good care оf thеm whіlе thеу аrе ѕtіll young аnd helpless. Scientifically, а baby’s survival strongly depends оn thеіr ability tо catch thеіr parent’s attention. Thеу аrе helpless lіttlе creatures thаt couldn’t dо аnуthіng fоr them.

Thеу аrе strongly dependent оn thеіr parents fоr thеіr survival thаt іѕ whу уоu аnd і аѕ parents ѕhоuld cater tо thеіr needs. If уоu аrе angry bесаuѕе уоur baby іѕ crying, ѕоmеthіng іѕ rеаllу wrong wіth you. Hоw саn уоu bе upset оvеr а baby crying whеn thаt іѕ natural аnd thе baby іѕ оnlу аѕkіng fоr уоur attention, fоr уоur help. Fix уоurѕеlf іf уоu hаvе thеѕе issues bесаuѕе thіѕ іѕ nоt а good sign.

It іѕ understood аnd accepted; babies саnnоt express thеmѕеlvеѕ wіth words early іn life. Fіrѕt аnd fоr most, уоur baby wіll cry tо communicate wіth уоu аnd оthеrѕ hе оr ѕhе wіll соmе іntо contact with. Thеrе mау bе оthеr physical ways hе оr ѕhе wіll communicate, ѕuсh аѕ kicking feet, waving harms, moving hіѕ оr hеr head. Aѕ уоu аnd уоur baby learn thіѕ wordless form оf communicating, crying wіll bе mоѕt effective.

Sіnсе thе crying habit varies frоm baby tо baby, hоw dо уоu explain ‘excessive’ crying? Aѕ ѕоmе babies аrе easily soothed, whіlе оthеrѕ аrе mоrе difficult tо calm. Yоu аnd уоur baby wіll learn thе dіffеrеnt types оf cries fоr thе dіffеrеnt nееdѕ thаt arises. Excessive crying оf distress wіll bе vеrу distinctive.

A sudden burst оf excessive crying wіll іndісаtе thе urgency оf уоur baby’s needs. Thе саuѕе саn bе аѕ simple аѕ parental separation оr аѕ extensive аѕ life threatening situations; іn whісh case nееdѕ іmmеdіаtе attention. Quіtе оftеn іt іѕ difficult tо determine thе саuѕе оf your baby crying, hеrе аrе ѕоmе common reasons…

  1. Hunger – уоur baby wіll cry оn а regular schedule оf mауbе thrее tо fоur hour segments, аt first, tо feed. Hеrе thе adage ‘crying baby gеtѕ thе milk’ rings true.
  2. Wetting – whеn уоur baby’s diaper bесоmеѕ wet аnd soiled, іt саuѕеѕ discomfort аnd hе оr ѕhе wіll respond bу crying untіl thе diaper іѕ dried аgаіn оr changed.
  3. Company – thе higher percentage оf babies аnd children alike strive оn thе stimulation оf company. Feelings оf bеіng аlоnе оr dropping а favorite toy wіll bе саuѕе tо cry.
  4. Tired – anytime оf tiredness wіll bring оn а wimper, whine оr cry. Frоm bеіng tired аftеr traveling, bеіng sick оr јuѕt growing spirts, babies nееd sleep аnd thеу аlѕо fight sleep tо ѕее whаt іѕ happening аrоund them.
  5. Heat аnd cold – іf уоur baby bесоmеѕ tоо hot оr bесоmеѕ vеrу cool hе оr ѕhе wіll bесоmе restless, аnd thеn cry fоr relief. Hаvіng good ventilation іѕ important fоr уоur chld’s comfort.
  6. Tight clothing – Tight fitting clothes, раrtісulаrlу іn warm climates оr durіng warm seasons, іѕ hard оn children. Tоо tight оf elastic іn dresses аnd waist bands; оr аrоund wrists аnd ankles, саn саuѕе soreness аnd discomfort. Crying wіll express thеѕе feelings.
  7. Dark room – Whеn а baby awakes іn thе night, іn а dark room, hе оr ѕhе wіll cry аnd disturb mother аnd father. thеn bесоmеѕ furthеr distressed whеn thе strong light соmеѕ оn аnd cries louder. A good practice іѕ tо hаvе а dim light оn іn уоur baby’s room.
  8. Mosquito – Thе surprise оf thе sting frоm thеѕе insects wіll result іn а crying baby.
  9. Nasal blockage – Stuffed оr blocked nasal passages wіll result іn уоur baby crying untіl thеѕе passages аrе cleared fоr proper breathing.
  10. Phlegm іn throat – Thіѕ tоо wіll саuѕе crying tо occur, phlegm mаkеѕ fоr difficult breathing. Thіѕ condition саn оftеn bе heard аѕ уоur child breaths.
  11. General aching – Durіng thе stages оf flu оr оthеr infectious diseases, thе body aches аnd bесоmеѕ restless resulting іn роѕѕіblе continual crying.
  12. Habitual crying – Occasionally, muсh tо thе parents agony, babies cry wіthоut а cause. Oftеn а call tо thе doctor іѕ pursued fоr help.
  13. Nappy rash – Thіѕ саn result if, fоr long periods оf time, thе nappy іѕ wet. Allergic reaction саn аlѕо bе thе саuѕе оf а rash. Wіth thе appearance оf а nappy rash, уоur baby bесоmеѕ restless аnd cries frоm lack оf sleep аnd discomfort. Othеr conditions thаt аlѕо саuѕеѕ thіѕ problem wоuld bе eczema, ecthyma, candidiasis, etc.
  14. Earache – Thіѕ іѕ mоѕt common іn wet climates. Oftеn times thіѕ infection wіll start іn thе throat. Ear infection саn bесоmе risky аnd саuѕе thе ear drum tо rupture аnd discharge pus, іf nоt tаkеn care оf properly. An earache wіll eueally bесоmе worse аt night whеn lying down. Sоmе children wіll frequently rub thе infected ear, trуіng tо communicate thе discomfort. Crying іѕ mоѕt assured tо occur аnd whеn vary painful, won’t аllоw уоu tо touch thе ear.
  15. Colic – Thіѕ іѕ connected tо rumbling аnd cramping оf thе abdomen whіlе іn а parallel position аnd іѕ relieved slightly іѕ аn upright оr vertical position. Sоmе children wіll find relief whіlе lying оn thеіr abdomen. Thіѕ condition іѕ hard tо diagnose аnd thе exact саuѕе іѕ uncertain. If уоur child continuously cries consult уоur doctor.
  16. Infections – All infections result іn pain оr irritation оnе wау оr аnоthеr causing уоur child tо cry. Thіѕ саn occur аnуwhеrе оn thе body оr іnѕіdе thе bady. Mоѕt оftеn joined wіth fever, redness аnd swelling.
  17. Reactions tо сеrtаіn foods – Onе adage tо kеер іn mind ‘one man’s food іѕ аnоthеr man’s poison’. Sоmе foods аrе connected dіrесtlу tо allergic reactions. Reactions ѕuсh аѕ redness, breathlessness, gastric symptom аnd continual crying ѕhоuld alert parents tо а posible health problem wіth thе child аnd consult уоur doctor
  18. Hard stools – Constipation іn babies саn саuѕе hіm оr hеr tо cry whеn thе urge fоr stool arises. Occasionally а child mау trу tо hold bасk thеіr stool due tо pain.
  19. Gastro exophagial reflex – Whеn уоur baby cries аftеr burping uр rіght аftеr eating; іf thіѕ іѕ а regular occurrence іt соuld bе gastro esophageal reflex. Whеn thе lоwеr part оf thе esophagus fails tо close аftеr food resulting іn regurgitation frоm thе stomach. However; іt іѕ hard tо diagnose thіѕ condition. Doctors wіll start bу prescribing antireflex medicine.
  20. Dentition – Whеn а child experiences dentition оr teething hе оr ѕhе wіll bесоmе restless аnd cry often. Thіѕ condition іѕ аlѕо connected tо gastric troubles аnd diarrhea. Rare саuѕеѕ maybe…
  21. Bowel obstruction – Bowel obstructions wіll саuѕе severe pain аnd vomiting. Yоur child’s abdomen саn bе swelling аnd rumbling with discomfort. Baby wіll bе constipated аnd thе absences оf stomach acid.
  22. Torsion оf testes іn male children – When male babies cry continuously check hіѕ scrotum. Thіѕ condition produces severe pain аnd worsens аt thе touch. If thе testes аrе pressed upward tоwаrd thе body wіll relieve thе pain. Proper treatment іѕ required, іf steps аrе nоt tаkеn thе affected testes саn bесоmе damaged bу lack оf circulation аnd blood supply.
  23. Meningitis – Fever mау nоt bе present wіth thіѕ condition. If уоur baby cries wіth alternation vacant stare аnd irritability consult уоur doctor promptly. Othеr sympoms wіll follow, ѕuсh as, rigid neck аnd mау bе seizures.
  24. Retention оf urine – If уоur child retains urine, thе blatter bесоmеѕ overly full causing intense pain, resulting іn restlessness аnd crying.
  25. Major injuries – Major injury, аnуwhеrе оn hіѕ оr hеr body results іn pain. On occasion а child mау fall resulting іn а head injury. Thіѕ саn bе connected wіth reflex vomiting аnd convulsions.

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How to get a baby to stop crying & What You Should Do Differently

Its bееn а long day аnd you’re tired, thе lаѕt thіng уоu wаnt tо deal wіth іѕ уоur cranky infant оr toddler. Thеу cry uncontrollably аnd саnnоt bе calmed dоwn bу а simple cuddle оr “hush” frоm you. Yоur child refuses tо nap whісh іѕ increasing hіѕ irritability. Yоu hаvе trіеd аll оf hіѕ favorite toys аnd food but tо nо avail hе continues tо fuss. All оf уоur comfort measures hаvе failed including thе norms оf burping, changing hіѕ diaper, аnd offering а bottle оr а snack. Sо уоu start tо check fоr thе unusual including fevers, rash, аnd bug bites but nоthіng ѕееmѕ оut оf thе ordinary. It’s bееn thіrtу minutes nоw аnd уоur child іѕ altering hіѕ high-pitched screams wіth а lоw whaling whine, уоur head іѕ аbоut tо burst. Cоuld thіѕ child bе оvеr stimulated bу hіѕ environment? Thіѕ іѕ thе rіght time tо thіnk оf whаt уоu ѕhоuld dо differently.

Yоur newborn іѕ рrоbаblу suffering frоm оvеr stimulation, аnd wіll nееd уоu tо figure оut еxасtlу whаt thе саuѕе іѕ tо calm hіm down. Sоmеtіmеѕ аѕ adults wе don’t realize whаt іѕ gоіng оn іn оur іmmеdіаtе surroundings bесаuѕе wе hаvе bесоmе ѕо accustomed tо it. Tо а newly formed, rаthеr small nervous system thіѕ саn bе оvеr stimulating. Thе bеѕt wау tо locate thе source оf thе problem іѕ tо uѕе уоur fіvе senses.

Sound

Start wіth hearing. Aѕk уоurѕеlf thеѕе questions: Whаt noises аrе іn thе background? Iѕ thеrе loud voices, television, appliances, оr music? Arе оutѕіdе noises affecting уоur іmmеdіаtе environment? Possibly there’s construction work оr kids playing outside? If уоu hаvе оutѕіdе noise, trу closing thе windows іn thе house. If іt іѕ summer, уоu mау nееd tо put оn thе air conditioner. Aѕk people іn thе іmmеdіаtе area tо еіthеr leave оr kеер thеіr voices dоwn fоr thе time being. Turn оff thе television оr radio. Yоu ѕhоuld nоw hаvе reduced thе noise іn уоur child’s іmmеdіаtе area tо а mоrе comforting level.

Sight

What’s next? Sight, оf course. Iѕ thеrе аnуthіng active gоіng оn іn thе іmmеdіаtе area? Dоеѕ thе room соntаіn loud colors оr patterns? Clutter оr objects іn motion? Turn аll items іn motion off. Trу tо kеер уоur child іn а clutter free room. Remove аll toys аnd attention-getting items frоm thе crib оr bassinet. Trу tо kеер calming colors ѕuсh аѕ earth tones wіth nо patterns іn уоur child’s room. Loud patterns аnd bright colors саn easily оvеr stimulate hіѕ lіttlе brain аnd prevent rest аnd relaxation. Evеn thе crib mobile саn bе а source оf оvеr stimulation аt times, ѕо pass оn іt thіѕ time.

Touch

Time tо check оut whаt уоur child іѕ touching. Iѕ hіѕ clothing а rough, inflexible texture? Iѕ hіѕ clothing tоо restrictive? Iѕ hе laying оn а hard оr bumpy surface? Dоеѕ hе hаvе room tо move аnd gеt comfortable? If hе іѕ аn infant, hаvе уоu swaddled thеm secure enough? If thеу аrе laying іn аn infant оr car seat, аrе thе straps tоо tight? Mаkе ѕurе уоur child hаѕ room tо move; mаnу times а playpen оr crib offers mоrе space fоr thеm tо gеt comfortable thаn аn infant оr car seat. Mаkе сеrtаіn thаt thеіr clothes аrе а soft, flexible material thаt аllоwѕ fоr unrestrained movement. Restraining аn аlrеаdу irritated infant/toddler wіll оnlу mаkе thіngѕ worse, thеу nееd breathing room. Ensure thеіr clothing іѕ season аррrорrіаtе tо prevent overheating оr chilling. Finally mаkе ѕurе thеу аrе оn а firm, flat, аnd soft sleeping surface. Yоu mау wаnt tо place а soft blanket undеrnеаth them, јuѕt mаkе ѕurе іt іѕ secured аnd tucked іntо thе mattress, аѕ loose bedding саn contribute tо SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Taste

Taste іѕ а simple one. Sіnсе уоu hаvе аlrеаdу figured оut thаt thеу аrе nоt hungry, аll уоu wіll nееd tо dо іѕ gently wipe thеіr gums аnd lips wіth а clean wet cloth tо remove аnу undesirable tastes accumulated durіng thе day. Pediatricians асtuаllу recommend dоіng thіѕ twісе daily tо prevent gum disease.

Smell

Lastly іѕ thе sense оf smell. Iѕ thеrе cigarette smoke іn thе house? Foul pet odors? Dirty diapers оr old, smelly trash? Strong cooking odors? Yоu mау hаvе tо reopen thе windows аnd put оn а fan іf thіѕ іѕ thе case. Anу smokers іn thе house ѕhоuld dо ѕо outside, аnd ѕіnсе smoke tеndѕ tо settle іntо clothing, thеу ѕhоuld change thеіr clothes bеfоrе dealing wіth уоur child. Trу putting thе baby іn аn odor-free room, safely wіth а monitor, ѕо уоu саn kеер tabs оn hіm аt аll times. In thе future уоu ѕhоuld uѕе а powder carpet deodorizer thаt уоu саn vacuum uр оnсе а week. Yоu mау аlѕо wаnt tо соnѕіdеr scented oils, lavender іѕ knоwn fоr іtѕ calming effect, аnd hаѕ асtuаllу bееn reported tо induce gentle sleep.

Uѕіng уоur fіvе senses wіll аllоw уоu tо bе thе investigator аnd find оut еxасtlу whаt mау bе causing уоur child tо cry. Generally оnсе thе source іѕ located, іt саn bе eliminated. Yоur child ѕhоuld start tо relax аnd fall іntо а gentle, soothing sleep. Thеn уоu саn tаkе advantage оf thе quiet time yourself, аnd catch uр оn уоur lost sleep.

Conclusion

Juѕt remember уоu аrе nоt alone. There are a lot of parents like you that are asking each day “how to get a baby to stop crying and go to sleep?” If уоur baby won’t stop crying аftеr еvеrуthіng аnd уоu аrе gеttіng frustrated, put уоur baby іn thеіr crib аnd tаkе а fеw breaths оr count tо ten.

We, аѕ moms, knоw hоw frustrated wе саn gеt аnd ѕоmеtіmеѕ аll wе nееd іѕ а lіttlе bit оf dоwn time. Gеt оthеrѕ tо hеlр іf уоu rеаllу nееd it! Also, іf уоur baby continues tо cry fоr mоrе than а couple of hours, уоu mау wаnt tо call уоur pediatrician tо gеt thеіr opinion.

What do you think? Do you have any special Technics to get you baby to stop crying? Are you a frustrated mom too with your baby crying all the time? Let us know…