Now that your baby has arrived, you are probably overwhelmed with all of your new “mommy” responsibilities. Feeding your tiny newborn is practically a full-time job, and you can’t even count how many times you stop to change a diaper each day. However, it’s essential that you take time out of each day to truly bond with your baby. The following tips will help you easily establish a special bond between you and your child.
Changing a baby’s diaper is not as easy as they make it look in childbirth class. Real babies squirm, kick and fuss, making a simple diaper change a challenge for many new moms. Babies wet their diapers an average of 20 times per day during the first several months of life, according to the American Pregnancy Association. To prevent skin irritation, your baby will need to have his or her diaper changed every 2 to 3 hours and immediately after each bowel movement. It may seem overwhelming at first, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
Toys are not only a great way to occupy your baby, but these creative play things also help your baby learn important developmental skills. Choosing age-appropriate toys for your child is essential, according to KidsHealth.org. Toys that are designed for your infant’s specific age level and developmental level will help them grow by leaps and bounds.
From growth to brain development, so much depends on what our children eat. Feeding a newborn is a round-the-clock commitment and nutritional needs continue to expand as your baby ages. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that breastfeeding is best for infants, as breast milk contains a nutritional blend of fatty acids, amino acids, lactose, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. If breast feeding isn’t possible, infant formula is an excellent source of essential nutrients for infants. Continue reading
It’s nearing the end of your pregnancy and motherhood is in clear view. Relish in the last few weeks and prepare for the arrival of your new baby. According to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, 70.6 percent of women take maternity leave with the average length of leave being 10.3 weeks. Here are some tips that can help you plan your leave and eventually transition back to work. Continue reading
Sleep is invaluable for children who are growing at a rapid pace, and even more so for exhausted mommies and daddies of babies who still wake several times a night. Establishing a consistent sleep routine for young children can be highly beneficial for both you and your baby. Here are some helpful tips to incorporate into a satisfying bedtime routine for everyone in the family.
As a new parent, you want your child to be safe while at home and on the road. Modern car seats offer a plethora of safety measures to ensure that your little one stays secure while traveling to your destination. When used correctly, car seats can reduce the risk of injury by 71 to 82 percent, according to the American Automobile Association. Using a child safety seat is the best protection you can provide for your child when traveling by car and every state in America requires infants and small children to be restrained while riding. Protect your new bundle of joy by following some simple car seat safety tips.