Baby care: Basics for the second month of birth

After the first month of birth, you must have gotten so used to your baby. If you feel as if you’re investing a lot of energy with very little return, the second month may turn the tide a little. The early weeks of parenting can be a very one sided affair, with lots of input and not much feedback from babies to let their parents know how they’re faring. But now is the time when your baby will be more animated, smiling, starting to coo and really connect with you. Seeing your baby smile can be heart melting. Even if you’ve never had much to do with babies before, you are likely to have some idea of how to talk to your own. They won’t be critical of your attempts. Just remember to establish eye contact with them, speak gently and show some animation in your face. As your baby smiles in response to you, then you, in turn will respond to them. Feeding Your baby may show increasing signs of hunger this month and demand to be fed more often. Try to follow their lead when it comes to feed times and trust their ability to know when they need to feed. If you are breastfeeding and have only been offering one breast, you may find you need to start offering both breasts at feed times. Your baby will still need feeds overnight, but they may be having a longer sleep period, perhaps 5-6 hours between a couple of their night feeds. This longer, unbroken sleep can be an ideal opportunity for parents to make up for lost sleep in the previous weeks, so take advantage of it. unnamed (49) Sleeping Watch for more patterns of sleep developing this month, with your baby sleeping anywhere from 1-3 hours between most of their day sleeps. They are likely to be showing tired signs 30 minutes-1 hour after the end of their feeds and this is often the best time to place them into their cots for a sleep. Total sleep over 24 hours varies considerably and any amount between 9-18 hours is considered normal at this age. Behaviour Many babies peak in their crying episodes at 2 months, causing their parents to become almost as distressed. There are many reasons why baby’s cry, even when it seems that all of their needs have been met. Maturation of the nervous system, being overwhelmed by stimulus, becoming overtired or just wanting reassurance are some of the most common reasons. Developmental milestones Your baby’s involuntary grasp reflex will disappear around now, only to be replaced by a deliberate grip. Make sure you have some rattles and small but safe toys which they can entertain themselves with. This is also the time when your baby will discover their hands and feet and will keep themselves amused for stretches of time. As yet, your baby is still too young to know that those interesting appendages belong to them which mean they’ll be just as fascinated each time their hands and feet happen to cross their field of vision. Your baby’s vision is also developing at 2 months of age and they will be able to follow you with their eyes. Watch them as they track your face and fix on your eyes, then smile in recognition. Hold a toy in their field of vision and watch their eyes work in unison to focus on it. If you notice your baby has a squint or any other problems with their eyes, see your paediatrician. Growth Your baby is likely to have a lot of growth and weight gain in the 2nd month, with an average of 150-200 grams per week. Don’t worry if they gain a lot of weight one week and not so much the next. Weight gain is only one indicator of growth. Head circumference and length, contentedness and general behaviour are equally as important as what the numbers on the scales demonstrate. Look at their weight and growth over a period of weeks, rather than each week being separate to the others. Keeping well This is the age when your baby is due for their first immunisations. Mark the date on your calendar or diary for when your baby turns 2 months of age so you don’t overlook it. Alternately, you may wish to go to your doctor. Staying safe Provide your little one with lots of floor time every day. If you have pets, you’ll need to keep them away from the baby, no matter how interested they may be. Never leave your baby unsupervised on their change mat, on the floor or in an unsafe place. They are still small and can be accidentally walked on. If they have toys, it should be rounded and soft, with no sharp edges. Play and interaction Watch for your baby’s response to loud or even sudden noises. If they jump and become startled, this is a reassuring sign that their hearing is normal. Most babies have a hearing screen at birth and if there were concerns, a re-test is recommended

Baby Care: Basics for the first month of BABY birth

Many are still fairly sleepy and apart from short wakeful periods of feeding and being alert, they sleep for at least a couple of hours between their feeds. Here are some basics to keep in mind; Feeding Expect your baby to need to feed at least 6 times/24 hours at 1 month of age. If they are breastfeeding this could increase up to 12 times. Try not to control their feeding times too much and let your baby determine how much and how often they want to feed. Unless they have been unwell or were premature, they will be able to gauge when they need to feed and are satisfied with the volume of milk in their stomach. Sleeping Give your baby plenty of opportunity to sleep and be sensitive to their sleep cue.  It’s easy to over handle small babies which, although done with the best of intentions, can cause them to become over tired. Even at this early stage, aim to place your baby into their cot when they are tired, rather than already asleep. unnamed (41) Behaviour You may be seeing some early smiles when your baby is 1 month old, but these are likely to be due to their reflexes, rather than being responsive. Closer to six weeks your baby is likely to be giving you true smiles. Many babies develop colicky behaviour at 1 month old and find their lungs. This can alarm parents who may have been lulled into thinking their baby is reasonably passive and calm. Remember, there are no right or wrong ways to soothe your baby. As long as you are gentle and kind, your baby will respond to your efforts. How long they take to respond however, is open to many factors.   Developmental milestones333cdcc3a060c8fffe22826972e7728d Your baby can track with their eyes now and follow objects as they move. They will primarily look for your face and establish eye contact with you for a couple of minutes. Babies are primed to search for their parents’ faces, listen to their voices and turn in the direction of human sound. Early interactive experiences with you and other people will help your baby’s brain to grow and learn about the world. Although they are extremely vulnerable and dependent on you to fulfil their every need, they are also designed to seek out stimulus. Growth Your baby should be well above their birth weight by now. Most babies regain their birth weight within the first 2 weeks after birth. An average weight gain at this age is between 150-200grams/week. If your baby is not gaining weight and growing, there is a reason for this and it is important to speak with a healthcare professional. Extra fat will be obvious on your baby’s thighs, their tummy and their face. They may have more rolls of fat in their neck and in their upper arms. Don’t be concerned that your baby could be gaining too much weight at this age. Breastfeeding babies normally gain a lot of weight in the first few months of life and then plateau or even off with their weight gain. Formula fed babies tend to gain weight at a steadier, more consistent rate. what-give-1-month-old-for-constipation Keeping well Your baby will be due for their first immunisations in one month, so investigate your options on where you choose to have this done. Try to minimise your baby’s contact with anyone who is unwell. It makes sense to reduce any possible exposure to infections and although you cannot insulate your baby entirely, you will be doing them a favour by using sensible precautions. Hand washing is the number one method of controlling infections and minimising contamination. After you change your baby’s nappy and before feeding them, wash your hands and dry them well. You may find your hands are drying out more than normally, so apply a good quality hand cream as frequently as you can. Staying safe Get into the habit of raising your baby’s cot sides before your walk away. Although it is still a couple of months until your baby will be rolling, this is a good habit to develop. Likewise, when your baby is on the change table, on the couch or any other surface, making sure you have one hand on them at all times. Active babies can wriggle and squirm and need to be watched particularly carefully. Getting used to baby equipment and furniture takes time and lots of practice. Make a point of trying it out when you aren’t pressed for time. Holding a crying baby in one arm and fighting with a collapsible pram whilst trying to read the instructions is a situation that is best avoided. Play and interaction Provide your baby with supervised tummy time each day. This will help them to develop their neck and upper body strength. They may only tolerate this for short periods, but don’t let this stop you from offering it. Although it can be tempting to tiptoe around the house when your baby is asleep, this could lead to them being sensitive to environmental noise. Babies who come into families where there are already lots of young children seem oblivious to household noise and learn to adapt, because they have to.

Woman, 35, gives birth to baby weighing 6.7 kg

If you think you have seen a heavy child before, then you will be totally shocked to see this baby. A 35 year old Chinese woman has given birth to a child weighing 6.7 Kilograms, which is twice the average weight of a normal newborn. A woman gives birth to a baby weighing 14.7 pounds. His father names him Kang Kang, meaning 'healthy' The baby boy, who is being touted as one of the heaviest newborns that China has ever seen, was reportedly born through a Cesarean Section at Daxing Hospital in Xian, China. BIG The father, only identified as MrWang, nicknamed his son ‘Kang Kang’, which means healthy and strong in Chinese. The child was reportedly born in great health. The doctors say he measures 58 cm tall, almost twice the length of an average newborn. According to the medics, Kang Kang’s mother was suffering from gestational diabetes, which led to eating disorder. MrWang and his wife had allegedly been informed that their baby could be bigger than usual. They were surprised to learn that he weighed 6.7 Kilograms. The parents have been advised to monitor the child’s diet and watch his weight closely to avoid diseases such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. BIG 2 “Most Chinese families prefer to have bigger babies, so they over-feed expectant mothers. The problem with this tradition is that excess nutrients can lead to illnesses in the baby .It also increases chances of difficulties during labour,” says Dr Liu. In China, a baby is ‘overweight’ if he or she weighs over 4 Kilograms. According to the country's Ministry of Health, a normal newborn is expected to weigh somewhere around 3.3 Kg on average.        

Motherhood:Top tips for weaning a baby

Weaning is the period of transition from milk to solid foods and usually starts around six months of age. This is an important time for a baby to be introduced to solid food, as they will require additional nutrients, which will not be available in breast milk or formula. The Nigerian Medical Association suggests exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Providing you are consuming a healthy diet, breast milk should provide enough energy and nutrition for your baby until they reach this age. Babies under 17 weeks of age are not developmentally ready for weaning and should not be fed anything other than breast milk or formula. If your baby is showing signs of readiness including coordinating their hands, eyes and mouth, trying to grab food and put it into their mouth, being able to sit up and hold their head steady and swallowing food. To help you on your weaning journey, we have put together tips to ensure success in the weaning process. Set the scene Put a routine in place for mealtimes. Ensure your baby is well supported in a comfortable highchair; they should be able to topple over or wobble around. Before Wiping Encourage your little one to lick away any food from around the mouth. This is good way to get your baby’s tongue and mouth working towards swallowing effectively and developing tongue and mouth muscles for talking. 0 Have Fun Encourage your baby to have fun and play with food, experiment with mashing, squashing, licking and squeezing. These activities will encourage your baby to taste and enjoy their food and learn new flavours. Eat Together Sit with your baby at mealtimes and eat together. Let them share your plate and taste your food. Mealtimes are about being sociable, so talk to your baby about their food. Two Courses Offer your baby both a savoury and sweet course. This is a great way to encourage your baby to try a wide range of tastes and textures and provides lots of variety for your baby whilst keeping it interesting. Trust Mother Nature The gag reflex is further forwards in babies mouth than in adults. If their food slips towards the back of their mouths they will cough it up. They will do this frequently while learning to eat solid foods. If you are concerned you could consider using a Food Feeder. This will encourage your baby to self-feed, whilst also encouraging development of fine motor skills and hand eye o-ordination. It also removes the possibility of choking in a small child. Continue Milk Feeds Whichever way you decide to wean, either breast milk or formula milk should continue alongside solid food as it still provides most of the nutrients your baby needs as the amount of food your baby eats increases, the amount of milk they take will decrease. Don’t Give Up Try, try and try again! It can take up to 14 attempts before a baby learns to like a new food, especially the more challenging ones, so don’t worry if your little one refuses certain foods at first. If you have a fussy baby who is refusing foods consider using a Food Feeder, the ability to be independent and self-feed may be the incentive your child needs.

Keeping your child’s teeth in shape

Brushing baby's teeth is vital to your baby's dental care, but their teeth need more than just cleanings to stay healthy. Here are eight ways to keep your child's teeth in shape for life. 4e7a5dede60293780b0c25f1a9827800_XL

  1. Dish up foods rich in vitamins and minerals:  Your baby needs the right building blocks to construct their teeth, and that means an adequate intake of calcium, phosphorus, fluoride, and other minerals and vitamins (particularly vitamin C, which is crucial for healthy gums).
  2. Scrap the sugar: It may seem impossible to completely avoid sugars in your baby's diet, but you'll want to limit them as much as possible — particularly refined sugars (which are found in, of all things, commercial teething biscuits) and sticky natural sugars (such as those in dried fruits). Keep sweets to a minimum — no more than once or twice a day — and serve only with meals.
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  4. Give cheese: Can't brush baby's teeth after she's had a high-carb or sugary snack? Give her a slice of cheese. In addition to their high calcium content, cheeses, encourage saliva production, which helps clear cavity-causing acids and sugars from the mouth. The packaged one or the local one(the yoruba's call it Wara).
  5. No sharing spoons: What causes cavities in babies? It’s not just sugary snacks or lax brushing habits that promote tooth decay: The prime suspect is actually a type of bacteria that lives in the mouth and spreads easily from parent to child (and between children) via saliva. The bacteria, known as streptococcus mutans, feeds on sugar and other food debris in the mouth, producing acids that break down calcium in the teeth and lead to tooth decay. If your dental history includes lots of cavities, you’re more likely to pass along cavity-causing bacteria to your little one. Reduce the risk by making sure not to share toothbrushes, spoons, or other utensils with your baby. And make sure you’re brushing and flossing, too!
  6. Use a cup instead of a bottle: Your baby may still love her bottle, but you'll want to get her used to drinking from a cup. Bottles and sippy cups containing milk or juice have been associated with tooth decay because they allow the liquid to pool in baby's mouth and on the teeth. If you’re afraid your child will make too much of a mess drinking from a cup, use a sippy with a straw or just put water or very diluted juice in the sippy.
  7. Reduce the sugary juice: To cut back on sugar, only offer juice in a watered-down form and only with snacks and meals, not as an all-purpose tummy filler.
  8. No bottles in bed: Although your baby may love the comfort her bottle provides, don't let her go to sleep with one. She may (and probably will) leave the nipple in her mouth, and the drips and drops of fluid that dribble out can be broken down into acid, which erode those newly minted teeth.
  9. Use fluoride toothpaste: The Nigerian Medical and Dental Association gives parents the go-ahead to use fluoride toothpaste as soon as your baby’s first tooth arrives — just make sure not to use more than a rice-grain size smear until your child is older than three. But be wary; too much fluoride can be as bad for your baby's teeth as too little.

Cute! Biracial Twins: black and white baby girls

- Kalani and Jarani Dean were born with different skin colors, making them biracial twins

- Their parents are a couple conformed by a Caucasian woman and an African-American man

- There is a 1 in 500 chance that interracial couples expecting twins will have children with different skin colors

When Whitney Meyer tells strangers that her infant daughters are twins, they never believe her because the baby girls were born with different skin colors in Quincy, Illinois.

Cute! World falls in love with these black and white baby TWINS

Kalani and Jarani Dean

Nine-month-old Kalani inherited her mother’s lighter complexion, while twin sister Jarani got her darker complexion from her father, Tomas Dean.

The mother said she was immediately surprised when she saw her daughters, born in April 2016, for the first time.

Cute! World falls in love with these black and white baby TWINS

"Kalani is our loud child," Meyer said. "She is crawling everywhere and going nonstop."

"J doesn't like to move. She just wants to be held, and she loves to eat."

Cute! World falls in love with these black and white baby TWINS

According to the BBC, a biracial couple expecting twins have approximately a 1 in 500 chance for their twins to be born with different skin colors.

Meyer said: “At first when they were born, I wanted to believe it but it’s so rare I didn’t think it’d happen to my twins! But sure enough they’re biracial twins!”


Eczema in babies: What you should know

Skin rashes in babies are quite common. They can suddenly appear out of nowhere and then be gone again. As a parent, though, it can be quite disconcerting to see skin rashes on your baby. One of the most common skin rashes in babies is eczema, or otherwise known as atopic dermatitis. Eczema occurs in around one in five infants starting in the first six months of age, but usually improves significantly between the ages of three to five years. The prevalence of diseases like eczema, are on the increase but we are unsure why. It is a common non-contagious inflammatory skin condition that has numerous possible causes and no known cure. It’s an atopic condition, which is a form of allergy in which a hypersensitivity reaction may occur in a part of the body not in contact with the allergen. EZEMA 8 Eczema in babies appears as a red skin rash that’s dry. It may be scaly and when scratched, can weep and become infected. Eczema often appears on the cheek first, then can spread to the forehead and the backs of arms and legs, and eventually spread to the rest of the body. There are many possible causes to why a baby might develop eczema. ECZEMA Some of which include:

  • Family history especially of asthma can increase the chances of developing eczema.
  • Babies have hypersensitive skin therefore can more likely react to environmental allergens like dust mites, pollens, animal fur, feathers, woollen or synthetic clothing and chemicals in cleaning solutions for the house or personal use.
  • Food allergies or food sensitivities, which are triggered by eating certain foods or passed through a mothers breast milk. Whilst food is not the cause of eczema, the most common foods that can trigger an eczema flare up include cow’s milk, egg, wheat, peanuts and shellfish.
  • Nutrient deficiencies for example some breast-fed babies may not be getting the required vitamins and minerals through breast milk, as their mother may not getting enough. And some formula-fed babies may not be able to utilize the vitamins and fats in baby formula.
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  • Mothers taking probiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding or given to the baby to take orally.  Research shows that probiotics help to restore beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can help better digestion and absorption of food, as well as support the immune system. Beneficial bacteria can be found in foods for example yoghurt, as well as supplements. See a healthcare practitioner trained in nutrition that can advise you on the right probiotic to take.
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  • Changing your diet whilst pregnant and breastfeeding or your baby’s diet, as certain foods can trigger eczema to flare up. This may involve allergy testing or an elimination diet to see which food is the culprit. If you suspect food allergies, get tested or see a paediatrician for your baby. As well, see a nutritionist or dietician when doing an elimination diet so to limit the risk of nutrient deficiency.
  • Increasing essential fatty acid in the diet either by food, which includes fatty fish for example salmon, mackerel and sardines, as well as nuts such as walnuts and almonds, or supplementing with fish oils. Research shows that EFA’s help to regulate inflammatory conditions in the body, as well as support skin health. Eczema is a dry skin condition therefore supplementing with EFA’s can help moisturise the skin. Again get professional advice from a nutritionist or dietician in the best foods and supplements.
For formula fed babies, make sure your baby is getting the right vitamins, minerals and fatty acid it needs. The most important and effective treatment plan for eczema is to treat the root of the cause, rather than the symptom. This involves getting professional advice. Once you have worked out what causes it in your baby, you can confidently help minimise the triggers and start your baby on the road to healthy skin.    

Doctors checks 50 times before cancer diagnosis

JESSIE Jessie Stocks remains in hospital, battling infections and viruses (Photo: Michelle Rawlins) A mother’s intuition is always right most times especially when it comes to their kids. Mums should always follow their heart, No one knows a child than the mother. A mum claims she took her poorly baby girl to medics more than 50 times before she was diagnosed with cancer . Mel Stocks says she sensed something wasn't right with her tiny daughter, Jessie, when she was just one week old. But she says she spent 14 months visiting doctors and hospitals before the youngster was diagnosed with leukaemia . She even claims that she was dubbed an "overprotective mother" and a "time waster" as she sought help for her daughter. “All that time, I just knew there was something wrong with Jessie," said Mel, who now lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. "She had no appetite, was very lethargic and continually had flu-like symptoms. "She was poorly from being days old.” JESS The youngster, who was diagnosed with leukaemia aged 14 months, is pictured with her parents and sister (Photo: Michelle Rawlins) She added that, when she visited one doctor, she was told: "If she gets any worse, don’t bring her here and waste our time again, take her to A&E." Mel had a feeling something was wrong with Jessie shortly after her birth. “I already had one daughter, so knew the difference between a well and poorly baby," she said. "She wasn’t as alert as her sister had been, and was very prone to nasty colds and chest infections. "It was as though she had no immune system and couldn’t fight anything off." She added that she took her daughter to several GP surgeries, hospitals and walk-in centres in a bid to find out what was wrong. "She was prescribed anti-biotics more times than I can remember, but they never made any real difference," claimed the mum of two. Aged nine months, Jessie's appetite began to vanish and she started suffering from diarrhoea, as well as night sweats. She would wake up dripping wet and, in the weeks before her devastating diagnosis, her mum felt lumps under her rib cage. Mel claims that, when she mentioned these lumps to a doctor, she was ignored. She says it was only when another medic examined Jessie, during a second visit to the doctor's, that her daughter was sent straight to hospital. There, the youngster was reportedly diagnosed with an iron deficiency and severe anaemia. But within weeks, she developed spots on her ankles. After more hospital visits, a consultant realised something was seriously wrong and diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. LOVE The little girl is pictured with her mum, Mel, and her seven-year-old sister, Macy (Photo: Michelle Rawlins) “Up until then, I was made to feel neurotic and panicking over nothing, but all that time I just knew something was wrong with my little girl," said Mel. MUM J Two weeks after Jessie's leukaemia diagnosis, a bone marrow test revealed the youngster also had a Philadelphia chromosome gene. This is rare in children and made the leukaemia difficult to treat. Jessie, then aged only 14 months, needed a platelet and blood transfusion. She was also started on chemotherapy. But Mel was devastated to later learn that the treatment was not working and her daughter would need a bone marrow transplant. She says the little girl needed an intense, high dose of chemotherapy to get her small body ready for the procedure last year. Today, Jessie is leukaemia free. Source:Mirror  

Kids: Soothing tips for teething pain

As outrageous as this may seem to believe, some babies are actually born with teeth. But for most babies, teething happens sometime in the first year, often near 6 months. It’s no joke, either. Teething pain can turn even the most relaxed baby into a crying baby. They are not to blame as sharp teeth pushing through tender tissue can be uncomfortable. So what can you do for your baby? You have many options beyond the standard ibuprofen that are safe and effective at reducing pain and inflammation during those painful teething days. babies Cold In the same way ice works on a sprained ankle to numb pain and reduce swelling, cold compresses and other items soothe sore gums. Put a wet washcloth in a clean plastic bag and chill it in the refrigerator. (For an extra soothing touch, first soak it in tea, which has been shown to calm fussy babies and help them sleep.) When you remove the washcloth from the bag, your child will enjoy munching on it because the fabric massages the ridges in her gums while the cold numbs the pain. Also, try a refrigerated pacifier or teether. (Never store the teether in the freezer because it can get hard enough to damage a baby's gums.) There are a variety of refrigerated teethers available, including some with plastic handles so your baby's hands won't get cold. Liquid-filled teethers work well, but watch for leaks. baby 2 Firm rubber teething rings are a good alternative. Whichever kind you choose, keep an eye on your baby to make sure she doesn't choke as she gnaws on it. If your baby has started solids, offer her chilled (not frozen) fruit in a mesh bag specially designed for that purpose. Or give her a large carrot (not a baby carrot, which is a choking hazard). Hold one end while your baby chews on the other, keeping watch over her the whole time. Pressure Teething babies love to feel pressure on their gums because it distracts their brain from the sensation of teething pain. If your baby rejects cold items, chewing on a teether at room temperature may do the trick. Some teethers even vibrate. If one type doesn't work for your child, just try another kind until you find one that helps. Hard, unsweetened teething crackers can also provide relief. Or give this strategy a go: Gently rub your baby's gums with a clean pinky finger. Medication Numbing gels or creams that you rub on your baby's gums to relieve teething pain are available over the counter in drugstores. However paediatricians warn that medications containing benzocaine shouldn't be used on children younger than 2 without guidance from a doctor. babay 3 One risk is that the medication won't stay where you put it. Even if you rub it directly on your baby's gums, she might swallow some of it with her saliva. This can inadvertently numb her throat and interfere with her gag reflex, making it harder for her not to choke. In rare instances, benzocaine can cause the amount of oxygen in the blood drops dangerously low which js a dangerous condition. Painkillers If nothing is working and your baby needs relief, your doctor might recommend trying an over-the-counter painkiller like acetaminophen. (Note: Don't give new medicines to a baby without first checking with a doctor. Ask the doctor for the proper dosage whenever giving acetaminophen to a child younger than 2.) For babies at least 6 months old, ibuprofen is another option for reducing inflammation in your baby's gums. But bear in mind that the drug can irritate the stomach, which may be problematic if your baby's already refusing to eat (which some teething babies do). Aspirin is off-limits for anyone younger than 19 years old. Don't give it to your baby or even rub it on her gums. The drug is associated with Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially life-threatening condition. Fever, vomiting, and diarrhoea aren't normal symptoms of teething. If your baby has a persistent fever, gets worse, or seems sick, call the doctor. Despite this, paediatricians warned mothers that teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to babies and children. The agency advised mothers to stop using these products immediately and throw away any they have. This is because there have been reports of adverse events, including seizures, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, constipation, skin flushing, agitation, difficulty urinating, excessive sleepiness, and lethargy. If your child experiences any of these symptoms after using teething product, get medical help right away.

 Bathing with your baby: What you should know

  Some mothers think it might not be right to bath with your baby. But here is the thing, it can be more than okay to bathe with your baby. For starters, what better way to shower your little one with love and boost bonding than to cuddle skin-to-skin? Bathing your baby in a tub of warm water can also soothe crying; your baby will probably calm down as she feels your body against hers, along with the warm water and change of scenery. Another plus to bathing with your baby? You’re bound to get a sense of well-being, and that’s sure to wash over her. Some mothers enjoy breastfeeding in the bath since the warm water can help with the letdown of milk. And taking a bath with your baby can even be a time-saver. download (77) Bathing with a baby is a whole different ball game from bathing alone. Some things to keep in mind include;

  • Wait until she’s old enough. Don’t submerge your baby in water until her umbilical cord drops off and her navel has healed. Stick to sponge baths and turn to other bonding tactics, such as holding your baby’s bare body against your bare chest until then.
  • Make sure the water is just right. It should be body temperature or a tiny bit warmer (use a thermometer if you’re not sure) and no deeper than two or three inches.
  • Gather everything you’ll need before you get into the tub, including any items you’ll use to bathe your baby (body wash, shampoo, washcloths, towels). If you forget something, skip it or take your baby with you if you must have it now. NEVER, EVER leave your child alone in the tub, not even for a second.
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  • Do not try to climb into the (slippery) tub while holding your (slippery) little one. Place her in her bouncy seat or bath seat beside the bath, get in yourself, and then reach over for her. Better yet, have your partner hand her to you.
  • Get a grip. If your tub doesn’t have a non-slip mat, lay one down now so that you don’t slide around: Even if you’re sitting, your baby could easily take a nosedive if you slip. And when you’re taking a bath with your baby, keep both hands on her at all times. Try bending your knees and letting your little one recline against your thighs facing you.
  • Keep her wet and warm. Use a plastic cup to pour water over your baby’s body from time to time — that’ll keep her from getting chilly.
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  • Make a safe exit. When baby bath time is over, reverse the steps you followed to get into the tub: Place your baby into her bouncy or bath seat and tuck a towel around her, or hand her to someone else before you get out.
The real beauty of bathing with your baby is that it’s an experience you can share for months to come. Of course, by then, taking a bath with your little one will be more about water play, but that’s okay. So in the main time, enjoy bath moments with your tiny tot.