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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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How to Work with 3 Month Old baby on their Milestones

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How to Work with 3 Month Old baby on their Milestones

Knowing if your 3 month old baby is on track for healthy development is important, but with everything else to balance when a baby comes – whether you are pregnant with your first one or trying to juggle more than one – newborn development can seem even trickier to follow.

For me, baby milestones might as well have been renamed something more like “Worry Markers for Mothers” or “Measurements for How Normal Your Kid Is” when I was pregnant. The first time I heard of them, shortly after finding out I was pregnant with my son, I immediately started down the inevitable chain of thought into the rabbit hole of “Mommy Worry:” What milestones do I need to know? What do I do if my child does not meet his or her milestones? Does that make me a bad mother, or does it mean my child will have problems? How can I help my son or daughter achieve his or her milestones?

Oh, God, what are my in-laws going to say if my child does not meet his or her milestones?

Thank goodness for logic. My doctor explained to me very easily milestones are just general expectations babies have around certain times in their lives; she stressed the developmental milestones, from week-to-week to month-to-month, from newborn development to toddler development, are just guidelines for every child. And when it comes down to it, every child is different. I relaxed quite a bit as she walked me through several examples. Even though I was not even four months along yet, I was comforted greatly by knowledge. There is nothing more calming in the face of “what if” and “what could be” than “what to expect” and “what do to if…happens.”

Her tutorial was a needed reminder following the birth of my son, especially in the first three months of his life. As a first-time mother, I wanted to make sure of two things: First, that my son was on par with his infant reflexes, and second, that I was being a good mommy by helping him to learn the reflexes he needed to know.

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The First Month is the Longest Month

The first month heralds much excitement in a mother. We have instantly dropped close, if not more, to ten pounds from giving birth, and we are getting acquainted with our little one. The baby’s development stages all start off with simple ways of getting to know you. Looking at your face, as his or her mother, is one of the first ones. Your baby should be able to look up at you as the first month continues; you can see this as late as the third month, however, so if your child does not look up at your face until then, it is okay. He might just be more interested in something else; my son really liked to watch his mobile when he was getting his diaper changed or when I would put him down in his crib.

The goal is to get your baby to make eye contact with you. To check eye contact, hold your baby at arm’s length in front of your face, or lay him on his back at a similar distance. I would put my son and my daughter on the floor on a blanket, and then lean over them. Focus your gaze into your baby’s face. Your baby should be able to make eye contact with you here. I would often talk to them like this, to get them not only to look at me, but get them to start babbling. It was just so cute; I wanted to see if they would “talk back” to me.

In the same line, one of the next baby milestones is how they react to loud sounds or intensify and ceases activities. This helps test their hearing abilities, and it is simple; all you need to do is check the baby’s reaction to loud sounds. For this one, it really is a learning process; the babies don’t know how to react to them at first. I had to learn that myself; when my daughter didn’t react to my dog barking at first, I felt the worry creeping in. But later on, she started laughing at the dog when it would bark, so that might explain why she didn’t jump or flinch or cry right away.

To check this more objectively, lay your baby on his back on a flat surface. Clap your hands; make sure you hold them where your baby cannot see. Your baby should respond to loud noises, either stopping his activity, or intensifying his facial expressions, movements of limbs, or sucking. At one month, the baby might not move around a lot to see where the sound is coming from; at three months, he might be more comfortable moving his head towards the sound.

On a more physical level, in the first month, a baby is expected to begin making symmetrical movements in his or her body. What this means is your baby’s movements should be similar, though not identical, for each of her arms and legs. To check the symmetry of the baby’s movement, you will need to lay your baby on her back and watch her movements.

Speed and strength should be relatively similar in all limbs, so that there is no arm or leg that your baby has significantly less actions than the others’ movements.

These are some of the first key milestones. One of my favorite things to keep in mind in life and with kids is that the more you try to do, the less you will get done. If you can check those four milestones on your own, and feel comfortable (or at least not uncomfortable) doing them, that is a good start.

How to Work with 3 Month Old baby on their Milestones

Second Month Starts

As the first month rolls into the second, the physical movements start to become more pronounced. You will see your baby start to move more often, and with more confidence. I once told my husband after the second month, I was used to the baby’s weight and it was much easier to hold them on my end; for both of mine, the power they were comfortable wielding with their arms and legs made me more comfortable.

During the second month, if your child has begun to look at your face, you might also see him start to use his eyes to follow a moving object. I saw this pretty early with my son; we had two cats at our house, and just looking at him, I could tell he wanted to know what they were. I would pull them down and let him “pet” them. He would begin to watch them as they wrangled themselves free. By the time my daughter came, the cats were used to having a baby around, so they came up to her on their own.

To check the ability to make eye contact and facial movements in motion, or follow an object in motion, you can lay your baby on his back or hold him in your lap in front of another person. When the baby is looking, move your face left and right (just a few inches each way) through the center of his vision, at a distance of about 20-30 inches from your baby’s eyes. Since you are his mother (or father) and he is familiar with you, you can see if he will follow your face. You can also do this step with an object such as a rattle or another toy, or even a cat like I did. The key for the first couple of tries is not to accompany the tests with voices or sounds. Your baby should be able to follow the face of the parent or the object at a pace of the other person, or the object he held before his eyes.

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Third Month and Fourth Developments

Since babies are all different, their measurements, both on the infant growth charts and the baby development milestones, might be all different, no matter how many kids you have (although some might be the same). You should try to see the baby stages with each child as a continuation; each day they are getting older and as they learn something new, they can still do the old moves, too.

This is seen in getting your child to follow your face as you move across his line of vision. This is similar to the previous milestone, which is the start on helping him develop the next developmental milestone; this is the milestone where he follows movements across the midline of his vision. To check your baby’s ability to make eye contact and the ability to track face movement or an object in motion, get him ready to watch you. You can do this by laying him on his back or sitting up in someone else’s lap. When your baby moves his eyes up, move your head to the left and right through the center (this time, about a foot each way) about 20-30 inches away from  your baby’s eyes. You can repeat the action with any object or toy. Like the previous milestone check, there should not be any noise around to help your baby be able to focus. Your baby should be able to follow our face or the object at your own pace, or the object you hold before his eyes.

Remember that this step is more complicated for your child than the previous one; as a result, while this milestone shows up as early as the second month; it might not come until the fourth month. I have learned several times over that some babies just don’t even reach some of the baby stages. My son started crawling at five months, and was walking by ten months; my daughter, watching her brother play and run around with our dog, didn’t start crawling until eight months, and she wanted to walk so badly her crawling was neglected. But even though she wants to walk more than she likes crawling, there’s one milestone that was my favorite with both of my children: smiling.

If your baby smiles in response to social stimulation, you have reached another milestone, and this is a happy one. Talk to your baby, or tease her with a nice touch to the face or chin, to examine if your baby is smiling and responding to this stimulus. I loved it when both of my kids started smiling; it was just a magical moment. I could see they were happy, and furthermore, when they began to smile, I could see it as a sign as to what made them happy. Seeing them grin at my husband, or smile as they see me headed their way, or how happy they looked when would see the dog or cats, would just fill me with such joy.

While I have gone over some of the earlier milestones – the eye contact, tracking, similar movements, and smiling – I want to assure you any of these could pop up at any time during the first three months, and some even into the fourth month. It is important to check the milestones to make sure your baby is developing well and keeping up on his or her progress. If your child does not do any of these, it should be a sign to take them to the doctor to get them checked out. The important thing here is just that you are paying attention to your child, and you know your child well enough to see if something is wrong or something needs to be checked out by a specialist.

As your baby grows, you as their parent should be able to see if something is off. Each child has his or her own personality as well as level of ability. I knew of one little girl who was born around the same time as my son, and she did not smile very often. She started smiling more frequently later on as a toddler, but as a baby, she was just very serious. There wasn’t anything wrong with her; it was all personality.

Reminders

As a parent, you should be able to see the milestones. Before the baby comes, it seems like a lot of work to watch for them or to help the babies develop the skills and abilities. But in the first three months, your world bends and surrounds your child. You love your baby, and you will be watching him or her constantly. You will want to get to know them and help them develop. The first month of both my children’s lives were very long, but they were also very short; once I had them, I fell in love with them, and after you fall, there is a blissful sort of recovery period as you realign your priorities. Each minute was precious and celebrated, but it all seemed very short by the time the fourth month started.

Conclusion

The first three months of your child’s life are filled with learning, and learning about each other. While the baby stages and development milestones might seem stressful, you will have the best aid in getting through them: the unconditional, powerful love of your child.

Which 0-3 milestones did you try? Did your baby go over them all or skip one or two? We would love to hear from you.

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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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Infant Growth Spurts, What does it mean? What to do?

Infant Growth Spurts the complete guide

Just when you think your baby has some sort of natural pattern of sleeping, waking, and eating – you may find yourself exhausted by a feeding marathon, or, more blissfully, you may find he has slept extra hours during the last day or so. Why the sudden break of patterns? Your baby may be undergoing an infant growth spurts!

Infant Growth Spurts, What does it mean? What to do?

While you should track a newborn’s patterns more closely with an infant growth spurts chart, to ensure that he is not getting dehydrated or otherwise in need of urgent care, sleeping an extra hour or two more before the next feeding may be just what your baby needs to grow and it is one on our infant growth spurts symptoms. (Of course, if your baby seems lethargic, or you are otherwise concerned, consult your doctor immediately. Also, unlike teething, a fever does not normally accompany a growth spurt, so this would be a clue that something else is going on.)

Infant growth spurts occur about 5 or 6 times before baby’s first birthday, and each growth spurt lasts a couple of days. Somewhere between 10 days and two weeks, the first one will occur. Other growth spurts occur around 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months – but you will definitely recognize a growth spurt by your baby’s changes in behavior, even if he is on his own unique schedule.

Sometimes, in between growth spurts, your baby may feed more frequently for a day or two, without much noticeable gain – and these are called feeding spurts. But with a growth spurt, your baby may appear to outgrow her clothes and diapers overnight. Growth spurts usually have a period of eating more, and a period of changed sleep patterns. Other signs include restlessness, particularly clingy behavior, and dissatisfaction after feedings.

During sleep, the body produces a special hormone that helps babies grow. This hormone is simply called the human growth hormone (HGH). Your baby needs food and rest to grow – if you are wondering what you can do during a growth spurt to help your baby, follow her natural cues, and allow her to sleep when she needs to sleep, and eat when she is hungry. By the first growth spurt, you’ll probably know her feeding cues; if you’re thinking, you can’t possibly be hungry still / again, you may just be surprised! It won’t last for forever, though.

Especially if you are breastfeeding, the first few growth spurts can be extremely taxing physically for a mother and can lead to exhaustion both emotionally and physically for the new mom who tries to do everything herself. Allow yourself some grace! You’re still figuring all of this out, and it is perfectly normal to ask others around you to help out by giving you a break or taking care of a few tasks. You may also need more fluids, an extra snack, and to take advantage of napping while your baby is sleeping. Don’t be afraid to guard your time and communicate your needs.

How much does a baby grow in the first month/year?

You might be wondering exactly how much your baby might grow in first year of her life. Although each child will grow at her own rate, she could increase in length about 10 inches, and gain up to 3 times her birth weight. Growth charts are a tool used to track your child’s development, so that any issues can be addressed in a timely manner. Your child’s development, even during a growth spurt, should fairly closely follow a particular line, or percentile. A percentile tells you how your child measures compared to 100 other children his age. If you told 100 children to line up tallest to shortest, and your child was at the 45th percentile, then he would stand right after kid number 45 – he would be taller than 45 kids, and shorter than 55. Usually, length, weight, and head circumference are measured for infants. BMI is not used until the child is over 2 years of age.

Some breastfeeding mothers become worried that their supply is too low, and attribute their baby’s fussiness, associated with growth spurts, to their baby’s not getting enough milk. If this is your case, know that supplementing can actually interfere with your supply.  To further relieve your fear of not making enough milk, keep in mind that more frequent feedings will actually increase your supply, as your body is being told to make more milk, more often.

If you’re newborn baby is fussy after a feeding, try swaddling her, and putting her in a swing, or, for any age, wearing her. Some babies will want to suck on something to soothe themselves, as well. If she calms down, she probably got enough to eat; hunger would overpower these soothing methods. Another good test that may be an option is to go for a walk with your baby after a feeding if she is particularly fussy. If she falls asleep, she was satisfied – and you get the benefit of a little fresh air and exercise.

Wearing your baby during a growth spurt may allow you to nurse more frequently while still being free to take care of yourself, if helping hands are limited, or you have multiple young children. This also keeps your baby feeling secure and reassured if they are not sleeping well during this part of the growth spurt.

Of course, another reassuring fact is if your baby is producing enough wet and soiled diapers, then he is getting enough milk. (Four or more bowel movements and six or more wet per 24 hours is normal for a breastfed baby.) During a growth spurt, you will most likely see more diapers than your baby’s average, as more milk is going through his system, whether formula fed or breastfed. It is potentially helpful to track feedings, diaper changings, etc. on a chart. There are several printable ones available online, as well as apps for smart phones that you may download for free.

Infant Growth Spurts, What does it mean? What to do?

Infant growth spurts our conclusion

Growth spurts can be a trying period of time for parents, but armed with information, patience, and most importantly – love – these time periods will pass, and your healthy baby will be him- or herself again!
For more video tutorials regarding infant milestones during the 0-3 month age range please click here, or 3-6 month age range please click here.

Which infant growth spurts did you observed in your baby? How did you handle these times? We will be happy to hear from you…

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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.

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Baby Crawling: A Step Forward to Learning

Baby crawling is defined as any progression either behind or forward. Crawling is the first step that a baby takes to move on its own. It is the method of moving with the help of the hands and his knees. Both hands and knees are key elements to crawling as they hels to move front and back and also balances the entire body from falling. Our baby first learns to crawl on his own when he is experiences a bit of moving without the help of others. Our baby can move forward or backward with the help of his own hands and knees. The hands keep him balance his entire body and the knees help him to move around in the space. The other important attribute of crawling is it helps our baby strengthening his muscles to be able to make him strong enough to walk in future milestones.

The Development of Baby Crawling

It is observed that most of the babies started learning to crawl in the age of 7 months. Some babies start crawling as late as 10 month to actually start crawling. It may change depending on the growth of the child and how quickly a baby learns to crawl. Other forms of movement includes rolling, scooting, slithering. But it is the first step for a baby towards learning experience of moving around the open space.

Some babies may not crawl at all; instead move directly to pulling, standing, cruising, and walking. Some parents tend to be worried about their babies if they do not crawl but it is a matter of evidence that clarifies that it is just a mere incident and not worrying fact at all. Our baby is likely to crawl when he or she becomes capable of sitting without support from others. At this stage, our baby is strong enough to make its head steady. Our baby hands and knees are muscular enough to move forward and backward. At the time of crawling, our babies look around to find something they are looking for such as toys, equipment or anything of their interest. After 4 months of their birth, babies started crawling and it takes almost another 3-4 months to start walking around without the help of others.  When a baby becomes perfect in its movement through crawling, it uses an arm and a leg to move around rather than using two hands. Gradually, it starts learning how to be sit for a crawling position.

The Next Steps of Crawling

When our baby becomes mastered at crawling, the next thing that matters the most for our baby is to learn how to walk around. After that he or she pulls up for reaching to table, chair, and any object in which it can stand with. Once it grasps the knowledge of standing on her feet completely, it has gained confidence of moving around through crawling, walking, leaping, jumping, running etc.

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Parents’ Role

Parents’ roles are very important when babies try to learn how to crawl. It is imperative that we as parents’ should give our baby enough open space for crawling. Parents should give them some tummy time for learning. Physical demonstration of crawling is another very important thing as babies try to imitate others behavior. Parents or any elderly person must give some time with the baby for playing with them. Mother should use techniques to improve the muscles of the babies so that they can crawl. The best way to improve crawling is to push them forward to reaching or grabbing things. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggested that pillows, boxes, and sofa cushions are the objects that can be used to create obstacles. Our baby has to navigate these obstacles in order to get around smoothly. These navigation movements will build confidence, agility and speed of our baby to learn quickly. We as parents’ should also keep in mind that a crawling baby is prone to accidents. Therefore, it is our duty to make the house childproofed especially the stairs gateway. The stairs should be kept away from the reach or the babies should continuously observe in order to avoid any accident before they completely learn how to walk. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also suggested that our babies need not to be wore footwear until they properly learn how to walk. Another role of the parents is to keep practicing light exercises with their babies which are helpful for them to learn more quickly.

Matter of Concern

Babies usually are very imitative in nature. They do what others do. Therefore, it is an imperative task for us as parents not to engage in such activities which are harmful. They usually learn to develop various skills and techniques at different stages of their growth. The matter of concern for the parents is when they start learning to crawl, accidents may take place. Harmful chemicals, scissors, computer peripherals, electronic goods, electric wires are especially prone to such accidents. Moreover, if the house is multi-storied, then the stairs are also subject to accidents to children given that the child is unable to walk on its own. Other matter of concern for the parents is for the babies who have not shown any progress of crawling at all even after the age of 12 months. The parents then need to consult with the physician to try to identify the fact. Moreover, premature babies are unlikely to behave normally, which means they start to crawl a bit later in their growth.

Conclusion

Babies are very sophisticated in nature. It is not always the fact that they will start crawling from a particular age of their life cycle rather it is a subjective matter. Some babies start crawling a bit earlier and some starts a bit later. It is not universally true each child will have the same level of stamina, strength and effort. It may vary from one to another but certainly it is a method that children learn at some stages of their life cycle. In fact, it is one of the most important steps for most of the children to develop to learn how to walk without the help of others.

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