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Teaching Children to Sleep In Their Bedroom

Teaching Children to Sleep In Their Bedroom 0

If your toddler has been getting out of the bed at night to join you, we have tips that will help you to bring this to an end. Notice that it could be a difficult path to walk, but if you are determined, you will get baby used to their bedroom.

Firstly, it is important that you develop a bedtime routine for your children. A calm bedtime routine is the best way to get them into their own room. A routine such as switching off the television and brushing teeth could help prepare them for a soothing session.

Take your child to their bedroom, sing a lullaby until they doze off and check and ensure that they are safe before you leave for your room. If your child walks into your bedroom at night, take them back without any emotions. If they come back, ensure that you take them back regardless of how sleepy you are. This way, they will realize that you are not playing with them. 

It is recommended that you remain neutral and avoid showing emotions when taking them back and just keep your cool and don’t get angry. Children will also try to gauge your response so being consistent is the way to go.

Depending on the child, it may take a few weeks before your child gets used to their bedroom so, you need to be patient but remain consistent, always. Once they have mastered the new rules and are sleeping in their rooms, assure them that you will be available to help them whenever they need help.

  • Dan Canfield
Help baby sleep when it is hot

Help baby sleep when it is hot 0

Sweaty blankets and high temperatures may not be fun to your little baby. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that the temperature stays around a comfortable 70°F

The rule of the thumb is that if you are feeling hot, the baby is also feeling hot. If you realize that you don’t need a cover, the little one may just need one. But if you are sleeping naked, the infant will be comfortable in a sleepsuit. If the temperatures are high, the baby may do without a sleeping suit.

Some babies will sweat a lot during the night. It is normal and helps the body to cool down. Perhaps when you notice that the sweating is too much, you may need to check whether it is too hot for the baby. Open the windows and doors. If you can, avoid using air conditioning because it dehydrates the body.

Lastly, ensure that you keep the house cool throughout the day to reduce night sweats.

 

 

 

  • Dan Canfield
How to help ease teething

How to help ease teething 0

 

Teething babies can become a nightmare and make it difficult for you to sleep at night. Luckily, there are things you can do to reduce the teething issues and enjoy your sleep. Most babies start teething at the age of six months. It starts with the appearance of the two lower incisors. This will be followed by the appearance of the top front teeth.

Note that most parents think that it is normal for the teething problems to cause high fever and diarrhea. This is not true so when the temperature rises above 100.4o F a fever is present.

How To Sooth the Sore Gums

If you notice that the baby is uncomfortable as a result of teething issues, wash your hands and use a finger to rub the baby’s gum. The pressure alone is enough to ease the baby’s discomfort. Alternatively, place a cold washcloth or even a spoon to the baby’s gum. It will help to sooth the baby. You may also try to give the baby some hard food. Offer some edible fruit so that the baby can gnaw it. Foods such as pilled carrot or cucumber should be eaten. As you do all this, ensure that you keep an eye on the baby because pieces that are likely to break off might cause a choking hazard. 

Alternatively, you can try over the counter remedies. If the baby is cranky, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are recommended. However, don’t give the child lidocaine or benzocaine. These drugs are harmful and could be fatal to the baby.

If the baby does not feel better and you realize that it has developed fever, consider consultig a doctor.

 

  • Dan Canfield
Bottle Feeding

Bottle Feeding 0

Here are some helpful guidelines if you choose to bottle feed your baby. 

Baby should only be breastfed when hungry

The child should be held in an upright position. Don’t allow the baby to drink from the bottle when lying as this can lead to ear infections.

As you continue bottle-feeding, ensure that you change the baby from side to side. It stimulates the eyes and development and also helps to thwart the development of side preference.

The baby should gently draw the nipple of the bottle, this allows for them to control the feeding. It is recommended that you stroke the baby’s mouth with the nipple as that  helps to elicit a rooting response. 

Encourage pauses as the baby is bottle-fed to reduce the chance of guzzling  and allow the baby to feed to satiation and not finish the content of the bottle.

If you notice that the baby releases the nipple bottle before finishing the content, it is a sign that they are done!

  • Dan Canfield
Changes after pregnancy

Changes after pregnancy 0

After the baby’s arrival, the mother should expect some changes with her body. Skin discoloration, hair loss, breast enlargement, stomach changes ,vaginal pain, discharge, and swollen legs are perhaps the most common changes that the expectant mother should expect to see.  This post looks at some of these changes and what the mother should do.

Hair Loss

Large amounts of hair may be lost a few weeks after giving birth. About 100 hairs could be lost per day. While pregnant, the expectant mother may not lose hair due to the raging hormones. However, as soon as the pregnancy is over, the body must compensate for the extra hair by making her lose more hair. This will happen in the first 6 months after giving birth. The mother should not panic when it happens because hair growth will soon set in.

Skin Discoloration

The tan coloration that appears around the eyes when pregnant will start fading immediately after you give birth. In some women, a red hush around the mouth will be experienced while some women will suffer from dry skin. These are temporary changes that should be gone within a few weeks.

Breast Changes

The breasts are likely to become swollen and more flushed after delivering. They get engorged with milk two days after giving birth. They may sag and stretch the skin and in some cases, milk leakage may be experienced as well.

Changes in the Stomach

Immediately after you give birth, your uterus will still be hard and can be felt even when you touch the naval. However, after about 6 weeks, the weight drops from 2.5 pounds to about 2 ounces. This way you will no longer feel it pressing on your abdomen. The brown line that is normally drawn at the center of the lower abdomen disappears. However, the stretch marks will take some time before they disappear if present. These changes should not worry you. Stomach exercises like sit-ups can help to get your tummy flat.

 

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3 most common post pregnancy issues for mama

3 most common post pregnancy issues for mama 0

After delivery, physical recovery may take some time. If you underwent a C-section, the stitches may take longer before they heal and you will probably also be required to take painkillers for some time. However, with vaginal delivery, the mother may not need to take painkillers unless there are other complications.  In either case, the body may require a nutritious diet, and enough rest and sleep to help it recover. 

Here are the most common things you may see going on with your body:

  1. Vaginal Bleeding

After birth, a woman may continue experiencing vaginal bleeding for up to six weeks. YOu could experience heavy bleeding including clotting and a foul smell. When the bleeding is recurrent, make sure to see a doctor.

 

  1. Sore Nipples

Ordinarily, soreness in the nipples should end within the first few days after delivery. However, when it persists, it is important to seek help. It is important since it makes it easier for you to create a latch for the baby and feed properly. If the sore nipples persist, the following are some of the things that you should do to solve the problem.

  • Don’t put on your bra and allow the nipples to get some air after feeding
  • Feed the baby often to make it less ravenous
  • Apply creams and medicine recommended by the doctor.

 

  1. Breast Engorgement

This refers to the enlargement of the breast after delivery. It happens after the fifth day when you start feeling sensations in the breast. The breast get full with milk and may feel as hard as a rock. The excess milk should be expressed. Use hot towels and ice packs to soothe the breasts.

 

 

 

 

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