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The Best Summer Safety Tips For Your Baby

It’s summertime!

 
And now that the days are longer and the weather is 100° hotter, it’s time to bring out the bathing suits and ice-cream. But along with all the fun, new and experienced parents have a lot of concerns. Like whether their baby is well protected from the sun, and what to do when the bugs start biting. And because of this, there are lots precautions all parents should take as soon as the calendar hits June. So, we have compiled a list of Best tips to keep your baby safe during the Summertime. 
Protecting your baby from the sun is crucial. Even more when young children are more prone to heat strokes and heat exhaustion. Because of this, it’s important to protect your baby whenever you leave the house. And that includes dressing them in loose, easy-to-breathe clothes. This includes cotton onesies, shorts, sun hats, dresses, and sleepers. It’s always important to check your baby for signs of overheating or distress.

Apply Sunscreen

Protecting your baby from the sun’s UV rays is important to keep their delicate skin safe. Parents with children under 6 months, should apply a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Children under 6 months should never apply sunscreen since their skin is too fragile.

Playing in the pool is one of the fondest memories most kids have during summer. But as fun as it is, parents should practice extreme precautions to avoid drowning. If your baby is under 4 months old or can’t hold his/her head up, then they aren’t old enough to play in a pool or any water source. Always make sure they are never alone in the water and only do so when accompanied by a reliable adult.

If your baby is old enough to swim, don’t immerse them completely in water. Some babies haven’t learned to hold their breath which can result in drowning or swallowing of water. This can lead to the intake of bacteria that can cause stomach problems or diarrhea.

Bug Safety

Insect and mosquito bites can cause huge downers during any summer vacation. And as irritating as it is to apply smelly bug repellent, it’s crucial to do so to avoid hurtful bug bites. Bug repellents that use the ingredient ‘deet’ or ‘picaridin’ are safe for infants 2 months and older to use.

 

Top Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact

Carrying your baby for nine months creates a special and unbreakable bond. After-all, you did provide all the important nutrients and necessities they needed. But once he’s pushed out of the comfort of your womb and into the outside world, creating a bond is even more important. And that’s where skin-to-skin contact comes in. Skin-to-Skin contact gives babies the security and comfort they found in your womb. And even better, it can have a lot of health benefits that can carry onto their infancy. So, here are the top reasons to have skin-to-skin contact with your newborn baby.
Breastfeeding Experience
Skin-to-skin contact between baby and mom can begin a strong lifetime connection. So, if you can have skin-to-skin contact after birth, it will usually result in your baby’s first breastfeed. This tender moment will help you produce prolactin, the hormone that begins milk production. Skin-to-skin contact also benefits your baby’s growth, digestion, and increase interest in feeding.
Fights Infections
Skin-to-Skin contact introduces your baby to the helpful bacteria on your skin. This means that the same bacteria that colonizes you will also colonize the baby. And that will help promote new breast milk that contains antibodies. These antibodies will fight off infections and improve your baby’s immune system.
Premature Babies
Skin-to-Skin contact can help the health of premature babies. The warmth and comfort of your skin provides the same level of security they found in the womb. It also helps improve oxygen levels, reduce stress and assist in healthy development.
Emotional Bond
Engaging in skin-to-skin contact can strengthen the bond between baby and parent. During the first time of contact, the body releases love hormones create a bond. Some of the hormones like oxytocin, and prolactin, help mom be closer to baby. This is beneficial for mom’s in reducing postpartum depression and stress.

Cloth Diapers Vs. Disposable. What Should You Use?

When it comes to your baby’s tooshie, you probably want to know everything there is about the diapers that go on it.  And if you’re a new or expectant parent, you’ve probably wondered what route to go; disposable or cloth. But regardless of what you’ve heard, both type of diapers have their ups and down. So here at iBaby, we’ve gathered all the information you need to make your decision on cloth vs. disposable diapers.
The difference between cloth and disposable:

Cloth and disposable diapers are completely different, but get the same job done. Contrary to disposable, you can throw cloth diapers in the laundry and re-use them. They may seen old school, but they have come a long way from the time our grandparents used them. You can find them in different shapes, sizes, and several levels of support. On the other hand, disposable diapers are straightforward to use and can be throw in the trash.

Pros of Using Cloth Diapers:
Using cloth diapers can save you thousands of dollars by the time your baby is potty trained. And since you can re-use them, you know you won’t be spending time or money at the store. It’s also said that cloth diapers help make potty training easier. The cloth can help kid’s become familiar with the feeling of underwear. In addition, cloth diapers are beneficial to the environment. They produce less waste and don’t take up room in landfills.
Cons of Using Cloth Diapers:
Cloth diapers can be more time consuming since you have to wash them and can’t throw them out in the bin. Washing cloth diapers can be a process and require in-depth research on what products to use and how to use them.
Pros of Using Disposable Diapers:
Disposable diapers are the most common type of diapers you hear of. And that’s because of the ease they bring to parents. All you do is roll it up, throw it in the bin and put on a new one. These diapers are easy to use and super convenient for parents who are on the go.
Cons of Using Disposable Diapers:
Some disposable diapers contain toxins that can be dangerous to the environment and to your baby. Disposable diapers can also be expensive and can cost thousands until your baby is potty trained. There are a lot of organic diaper brands that can be healthier for your baby and are biodegradable.

How to Shop With Your Baby

Shopping with a baby can be one of the most daunting and overwhelming tasks any parent can go through. This can sometimes make you feel afraid and like you’re going into battle. And if we’re being honest, it can be. Shopping with a baby is physically and mentally challenging and you may wonder if it’ll ever be enjoyable again (it will). Here at iBaby, we understand the struggle of shopping with a baby or even two. And because of this, we have compiled some amazing tips on how to shop with your baby and help you conquer any shopping spree. And help you feel sane along the way.
1.Prepare with favorite toys
The easies way to keep your baby entertained during a shopping trip is to pack some of their favorite toys. Attach some car seat toys and small books that will keep your baby amused during your trip. Another great way to keep your baby entertained is by engaging and making silly faces while you shop. This will make your baby laugh and feel included in the activity.
2. Think Ahead
Preparation is key when planning any trip with your child. Especially when you’re going to the store. Before you leave the house, make sure your baby is fed and does not have a dirty diaper. If not, this can result in a very grumpy baby and a very short trip to the store.
Thinking ahead and packing an assortment of snacks is also a great way to  keep your baby busy and entertained. This is even more helpful when you’re grocery shopping.
3. Early Bird Catches the Worm
It’s always best to hit the stores early in the morning to prevent large crowds that might stress your baby out. Make sure you plan your trip around the store hours and how busy it can get.
4. Nap Time
Taking your baby out during nap time can alleviate the stress of shopping. The smooth rocking of a car and a shopping cart will help them unwind and enjoy the ride.
5. Baby Carrier
Using a baby carrier will make a shopping trip easier and bearable. Carriers allow you more mobility and help keep your baby close to you. This allows you the freedom of strolling the store without having a fussy baby.
6. Online Shopping
It is said that online shopping was specifically created for parents. We’re kidding. But it sure seems that way. Online shopping can relieve the stress of going into a crowded store and having a grumpy baby. This is the best method for parents to get comfortable and enjoy a shopping trip straight from their bed.

Celebs Who Are Expecting in 2018

Last year was a fertile year for some of hollywood’s top A-listers. Hollywood welcomed cute bundle of joy’s from famous celebs like Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Natalie Portman. And now that we’ve entered into 2018, it seems like there will be even more famous births to keep our eyes on. Yes, that means some of our favorite celebs are expecting for the first, second or a third time. So, here’s a list of some of the most anticipated celebrities who are expecting in 2018.
Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson
It’s been no secret that Khloe Kardashian has always wanted to be a mother. And now all her dreams are coming true in 2018. Khloe recently announced via Instagram that she and boyfriend Tristan Thompson are expecting! After keeping it a secret for six months, everyone is happy to finally know her secret.
Kate Middleton & Prince William
Kensington Palace has announced that the royal family is growing in 2018. Prince William and Kate Middleton are growing their family and are expecting a third bundle of joy. Let’s face it, we all can’t wait to see another adorable royal baby this new year.
Jessie James Decker & Eric Decker
Country singer jessie James and Husband Eric Decker are expecting baby no.3 in 2018! The family of four are eagerly waiting their new addition in the new year.
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have graced our Instagram feed with adorable pics of baby luna. But now, the iconic duo have announced a fourth addition to their family in 2018. We’re sure baby Luna will be an amazing big sister.
America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams
America Ferrera made her pregnancy Instagram official with a cute post on new years eve. The happy couple announced that they’re expecting their first child in 2018. And we could be more excited for the new addition to the sisterhood of traveling pants.
Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott

Known for breaking the internet, Kylie Jenner has reached new levels with her pregnancy”. It’s reported that the 20-year-old star and boyfriend Travis Scott are expecting in 2018. Though it hasn’t been officially announced, the internet is eager for some answers from the makeup mogul.

 

The Dangers Behind Secondhand Smoke

The majority of smokers and non-smokers understand the dangers of smoking. But usually, people tend to overlook the side-effects of secondhand smoke. Because of this, pregnant women and kids are at higher risk of diseases like asthma, SIDS, and cancer. Secondhand smoke is also the leading cause of diseases that can result in diseases in children and newborns. To learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke and how to prevent it keep reading.

What is Secondhand smoke?

The smoke inhaled by others and not the intended active smoker is secondhand smoke. There are two combinations of smoke released from a cigarette. Mainstream smoke, and sidestream smoke. The smoke exhaled by a smoke is mainstream smoke. And the smoke released from the end of a cigarette, pipe, or a hookah is side stream smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, sidestream smoke is the most dangerous due to the high cancer causing agents. Because of this, it’s best to keep children away from smokers and to keep a smoke-free home. 

What are the Side effects for my children?
Secondhand smoke can cause serious problems in children. Those who are exposed to this can suffer from asthma, SIDS, Lymphoma, Leukemia, liver cancer, and brain tumors. Secondhand smoke can also cause kids to get sick more often, get lung and ear infections and suffer from asthma.

How Can I Protect My Children?
Parents can protect their kids by making sure their home and cars are smoke-free. Secondhand smoke can still contaminate the air through ducts, floors, and walls. The best way to prevent it from reaching children inside the home is to always smoke outside.

Effects of Secondhand Smoke in Expectant Mothers:
Secondhand smoke can lead to a lot of problems for expectant mothers.  This includes miscarriages, early delivery, SIDS, and learning disabilities. And when an expectant mother is in direct contact with secondhand smoke, so is their child. So, it’s always best to keep away from smokers and secondhand smoke.

How High Humidity Can Affect Your Children’s Health

Hot weather has the power to make you feel too humid or too sweaty. And sure, you may think this is a normal occurrence until the air becomes a too suffocating that it makes you want to stand by the AC all day long. And you may ask yourself, “so what? Humidity is always around us”. And yes, humidity in the air is normal. But when levels reach a certain high they can cause havoc with the health of your loved ones. So, if you’re still wondering  on the  effects of high humidity on health keep on reading!

What is Humidity?
First things first, what is humidity? In a nutshell, humidity is a measurement of how damp the air is or isn’t in any given environment. Your air isn’t just air – it contains moisture in varying degrees depending on the temperature. The higher the air’s temperature, the more water the air can hold.” (You Can keep reading more about humidity in our post: How Harmful is High Humidity to your Family’s Health?

But how Does Humidity Affect My Kid’s Health?
Humidity can cause greater havoc in children than adults. And if you’re not cautious, a child can easily go from feeling hot after playing soccer to suffering from heat exhaustion. High humidity can affect your child’s health in various ways. From creating a disarray with their body temperature to creating a breeding ground for allergies. High humidity can result in heat exhaustion, heat stroke and an overproduction of mold causing allergies.

What is Heat Exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion is one of the most common occurrences of hot weather and high humidity. Heat exhaustion can overheat and prompt your body to go into alert mode to try and cool it down. But when the cooldown process — sweating — doesn’t help cool your body the temperature continues to rise. And that’s where heat exhaustion comes in. Heat exhaustion, also known as overheating, can lead to an excessive amount of sweat, dehydration, rapid pulse and other chemical imbalances. These symptoms can be extremely dangerous as they can easily gravitate from heat exhaustion to heat stroke.

What is Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke is a significant form of heat exhaustion. This can cause a child to experience severe symptoms including nausea, dizziness, muscle pain, weakness, headaches, and sometimes experience black outs. This is the most significant heat and high humidity related injury, but you can always prevent these ailments by keeping cool during hot days, staying near A/C units and cranking up air purifiers.

If you’ve ever wondered why your allergies seem to act up when it’s hot, it’s probably because of the high humidity in the air. High humidity can be a breeding ground for dust mites, allergens, and dust. These allergens can lead to and worsen allergies, asthma, and eczema. Hot weather can also trigger and overstimulate pollution resulting in asthma and allergy flare-ups. The best way to prevent these flare-ups is to control your environment and turn on the air purifiers.

A Dad Appreciation Post for the World’s Greatest Dad

Dads come in all shapes and sizes. Your Dad is the person who makes you feel safe and is always around to lend a helping hand. He is your support system and your shoulder to lean on. If there’s someone special in your heart that meets these criteria, whether he’s your Uncle, Grandpa, Guardian, or Father, he deserves a special recognition this Father’s Day! Here’s a dad appreciation post to show just how awesome dads are!

Dad Will Always Have Your Back

Whether it’s defending you against bullies or the monsters under your bed, Dad is always there to protect you. He makes sure that your date/significant other always treats you well. He’s even the one to give your prom date a stern warning before you dance the night away! Calling him for help is like calling Batman to defend Gotham. He’s always there to save the day! Also, he’s always there to make sure everything is A-Ok.

Dad is the Man of Wisdom

Dad gives the best advice and teaches you to be a better person. He teaches you to gain respect and to be respectful. He teaches you how to get through the toughest times and to how to celebrate the greatest times. Not only are his words powerful, but his actions are inspiring. If you’re ever wondering how you should go about life, you can look at Dad as a role model!

Dad Cheers You On

You can always count on Dad to cheer you on at the sidelines whether it’s your music recital or sporting event. He’s your coach, mentor, and cheerleader (even if he won’t admit it). He’s the one who’s always wishing you the best in life and wants you to reach for the stars. Even when he’s not there physically, you know he’s cheering you on in spirit!

Dad Takes Care of You

Whatever it may be, you can count on Dad to take care of you and you can count on Dad to provide you and your family with food, clothing, and shelter. He’s the one who makes you breakfast or mans the grill for those delicious summer BBQs. He’s even there to comfort you when you’re sick or lift your spirits when you’re down. Most importantly, you can count on dad to shower you with unconditional love!

Dad is the Best

There’s nobody in the world that can replace Dad. He’s the best superhero in the world and nobody can do the job better than he can. This Father’s Day, give a shoutout for the Dad in your life!

Parenthood Moments in 5 Hilariously Accurate Comics

A message for parents

Brian Gordon is a cartoonist and father of two kids. Just like any other parent, he experiences the good, bad, and gross moments that comes with raising children. However, Gordon had an idea one day after losing his job as a greeting card artist. As he realizes that raising his second child is just as difficult as the first, he needed a place to vent about how hard parenting is.

Thus, Fowl Language comics was born! Fowl Language comics are a series of comics that show the everyday struggles of being a parent. The inspiration comes from Brian’s parenthood journey. In an interview, he talks about how his “…cute little muses of [his] drives [him] nuts sometimes, and they’re also a source of [his] inspiration.” He also realizes that feeling frustration towards his kids is completely normal.

Though, he claims that parents are hesitant to complain about kids. With Fowl Language comics, he hopes to create a sense of solidarity amongst parents. By drawing inspiration from his struggles, Gordon creates comics that are not only relatable, they’re also hilarious. Check out these five comics that proves “The struggle is real.

Fowl Language comics started out with six Facebook fans and a way for Brian to share his parenthood moments. Now, his duck comics have been seen and shared by millions all over the world. The phenomenon is so big, that it was the fourth most popular Facebook post in 2015!
Brian Gordon notes that his children are currently too young to understand the jokes in his cartoons. So he’s safe from any suspicion for now. In the meantime, Gordon’s kids get to enjoy their dad’s duck cartoons knowing that their Daddy loves them!

Praising Hard Work Versus Natural Talent

 

What’s wrong with telling kids they’re smart?

We’ve all admired how kids seem to be a natural at one thing or another. Most likely, we’ve given praises such as “You’re a natural,” or “You’re born to do this!” There is no doubt that these praises for kids’ natural talents are well-meaning and heartfelt.
However, this type of praise may be doing more harm than good. Rather, studies show that praising hard work rather than natural talent makes a huge impact on overall achievement. By praising effort, we are teaching kids that their performance is due to their effort. We also indicate that performance is a learning process that involves mistakes and taking risks.
When we praise natural talent, we teach kids that their performance has little to do with the amount of effort they put in. Instead, we give them the impression that talent is natural and effort has little to do with their success.

Two different views

There are two types of goal orientations: mastery and performance. Mastery orientation, in other words, is “practice makes perfect.” With mastery orientation, the amount of effort and practice is related to success. Kids who have a mastery orientation tend to focus more on trying their best and less on how they measure up to their peers. Performance orientation is the belief in natural abilities. Kids who have a performance orientation tend to compare themselves to their peers and are less likely to relate success with practice.

Where’s the evidence?

A study by researchers at Columbia University demonstrates the importance of praising effort versus natural talent. In this study, 412 fifth graders participated in a series of tests. After the first test, students received compliments for their good work, intelligence, or effort. For the second test, every student received a bad score, regardless of their real one. 
Afterward, students were asked to complete a task of their choice. Those who received praise for their effort were more likely to choose challenging tasks than those who received praise for their intelligence.
The results of this study demonstrate how different types of praise affects how kids react to challenges and failure. Those who contribute their effort to their success are more likely to embrace challenges and learn from their mistakes. On the other hand, those who contribute their abilities to their success tend to stick to things they know they can do. Discouragement may lead these kids to undermine their performance and give up before reaching their full potential.

Here’s what we can do better…

In conclusion, telling kids that their hard work pays off encourages them to persevere through challenges and take risks. They also compare themselves to their peers less and focus more on their individual performance. Instead of telling kids they’re a natural at something, we can say “You’ve made such an improvement,” or “I can tell you’ve been practicing.” Small words make such an incredible difference in the way kids perceive themselves. Giving kids a growth mindset may be the key to success.