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Sizzling Summer Tips That Will keep Your Little Ones Cool All Summer Long

 

Cool Babies Summer ’17

Kicking off Memorial Weekend means plenty of outdoor adventures and trying to keep our babies comfortable and cool when the temperatures start rising! These sizzling summer tips will keep our little ones cool all summer long!

When the scorching heat arrives, nothing keeps our little ones cool better than some good ol’ H2O. So keep those cups fully loaded and close by to ensure healthy hydration.

Paddling pools, water tables, sprinklers? Yes, please! Find a shaded area or set up an umbrella and the kiddos will be splashing their way into Adventureland in seconds!

Misting bottles are another great tool for a quick breeze. Just fill up a clear travel size bottle with chilled water and mist away, but prepare yourself for a ton of contagious giggles!

Need a quick pick me up? Skip the sugary ice cream and whip up some sweet cocktails your toddlers will also enjoy making with you. Add your fruity favs, berry goodness, and Greek yogurt for a flavor-packed slurp that will keep them feeling tropically cool.

Want something even easier? We got you! Simply cut up some cold cucumbers, carrots, and melon and, BAM! Easy, breezy vitamin-freezies!

Time to knock out? After a long day in the heat, your little babes will be ready for bed in no time and cool baths are great for those hot nights. Keep it 100 when it comes to hot days and stick with cotton clothing and bedding to achieve maximum comfort and cool through out the night.

Early Childhood Education: Looking for the Perfect Preschool

It’s never too early to start thinking about your baby’s education. Many programs have waitlists or other lengthy admission processes, so it’s best to start as soon as possible. Early childhood education programs are beneficial for learning and cognitive development of preschool students. It helps them build a foundation for success as they proceed to elementary school and beyond. In addition to gaining basic knowledge such as ABC’s and 123’s, preschools and childcare centers create an environment for socialization, exploration, respect, and problem-solving among other skills. However, not all preschool programs are the same nor do they cost the same. Consider these factors when choosing the perfect early childhood education program for you and your little one.

Before you begin…

Keep in mind that every preschool is different. The learning environment depends on location, resources, and educators. So before researching programs, think about the type of environment your child thrives in, whether it is noisy, quiet, free, or structured. Also, state-funded, private, and religious programs adhere to different learning and safety standards. To begin your search, make a list of what you’re looking for in a school. Include skills you want your child to develop, location, learning environment, and cost.

Researching schools

Now that you have a sense of the type of preschool you want for your child, you can begin your online research. Browse the program’s website to get a first impression and also search for any reviews parents may give the program. You can also find information such as the program’s philosophy, hours, and admission process. Knowing the program’s philosophy is particularly useful in determining the type of skills they teach their students. These values will also give you a sense of the skills they encourage their students to learn. For example, preschools that emphasize teamwork will also emphasize communication. Furthermore, preschools encouraging exploration also encourage problem-solving.

In addition to skills and values, you may also want to consider the type of care your child needs during the day such as snacks and potty training. Childcare centers typically admit children ages 3 to 4, while some have an infant and toddler program. The type of services the program offers depends on the age group. Again, it is important to remember that every early childhood education program is different.

Visiting the schools

Looking online can only give you a brief idea of what the preschool is all about. So the next step in finding the perfect preschool is visiting the school yourself. Many early childhood education programs offer tours that let parents experience the day-to-day of the program. For the first visit, come without your child. Then, bring your child for the follow-up visit to see how he/she interacts with the environment.

When you’re at the school, first think about whether the facility will spark your child’s interest. If your child likes to play dress-up, are there costumes to use? What sensory stations are available? Is there a sand pit? Is there play-doh? Also, what books are available for the children to read? Every facility is set up in a different way and offers different learning methods depending on the teacher and curriculum.

Another thing to observe is the staff-child interactions that take place. One important consideration is the staff-child ratio. Classrooms tend to have anywhere from a 1:2 ratio to a 1:4 depending on the age group and needs of the children. However, programs that have more than a 1:4 ratio may not give each child adequate attention.

During your visit, pay special attention to the happiness of the children and how the staff resolves conflicts. Are children fighting with each other or are they happily exploring together? How do the staff make a crying child smile again? What happens when children fight over a toy? Also, pay attention to the level of engagement and excitement in the room. The program’s values and philosophy determine how staff members interact with the children. You know best what methods work well with your child, whether it’s a more hands-on approach or individualistic.

The final decision

Finally, it’s time to make a decision. Before considering any other factor, consider the schools that excited your child the most. Interest plus engagement make the perfect combo for an amazing learning experience. Next, make a pros and cons list of each school based on what you want for your child. You can even put together a score sheet based on the most important factors such as location, cost, and curriculum. Be patient making the decision of where you want your child to attend. Preschool is a big time and cost investment but will all be worth it in the end.

Happy National Bath Safety Month!

January is National Bath Safety Month! In honor of this month-long celebration of bath safety and awareness, here are a few steps to make your baby’s bath safer and more enjoyable. It’s normal for babies to be fussy during bath time for the first few months. But taking the right steps can help them adjust to bathtime quicker and easier.

Your baby’s umbilical cord should be completely healed and fallen off before proceeding with a tub bath. Otherwise, submerging the baby’s body in water may cause infections.

As you prepare for baby’s first bath, make the room nice and warm. Keeping the room warm helps regulate the baby’s core body temperature when going in and out of the water. Next, cover the floor of the bathtub with a towel. It is easier for a baby to adjust to laying on a soft towel than a plastic tub.

When everything is set up, fill the bathtub with about two or three inches of warm water. The water temperature should be between 90 to 100 F. Once there’s enough water in the tub to cover the baby’s body, place your hand and wrist into the tub to check the water temperature.

If the water is just right, support the baby’s neck and body as you lower the baby into the tub.

Start bathing your baby by using a cotton ball and gently wipe the baby’s eye from the inner corner out. Discard the cotton ball afterward and use a fresh one to wipe the other eye. Use fresh cotton balls each time you clean your baby’s eyes to prevent discharge from spreading to the other eye.

After, use a washcloth to clean your baby’s face and neck. Wet the washcloth and begin by gently wiping the baby’s cheeks and forehead. Then, clean the creases of the baby’s neck. As you clean the baby’s neck, be sure to get into all the creases to clean up milk dribbles that may collect there.

Once the face and neck are clean, continue wiping the baby’s arms, legs, fingers, and toes.

Lastly, it’s time to clean the baby’s head and bottom. Use the washcloth to wipe the baby’s bottom. Then, set the dirty washcloth aside.

You may choose to wash the baby’s hair with mild, tear-free soap or rinse with warm water. Squeeze a quarter size bit of soap into your hand and massage it into the baby’s hair using small gentle circles. Then, soak a clean washcloth and gently squeeze the water onto the baby’s head. You can also use a small cup instead of a washcloth.

When the suds are all gone, lift your baby up out of the water and into a towel. Hooded bath towels help keep the baby’s head warm as you dry them.
Since babies have sensitive skin, over-washing may dry their skin. In the first few months, limit baths to only a few times a month. You can keep your baby clean in between baths by wiping them with wet washcloths. As they adjust to bathtime, it becomes fun for the whole family. In the meantime, celebrate National Bath Safety Month and make baths as enjoyable and safe as possible!

Craft Ideas for Kids Home for the Holidays!

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas, which means kids are home for winter break! Make the most of this time with easy holiday crafts for kids and kids at heart. These project ideas will be sure to let their creativity and imagination flourish. Who knows, you might even get cute new holiday decor in the process! Here are three project ideas to get you started.This year, decorate your Christmas tree with customized, one-of-a-kind ornaments! Create marble ornaments with a few simple materials.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clear glass or plastic ball ornaments
  • Acrylic paints in all your favorite colors (even the glitters)
  • Egg carton

First, help kids take off the top clip of the ornament. Next, choose 3-4 paint colors. Carefully squeeze small amounts of each color into the ornament so that it runs down the inside walls of the ornament. Make sure to disperse the colors sporadically. Then, rotate the ornament until the paint covers the entire inside of the ornament.

Finally, let the ornaments dry by placing them upside down in an egg carton to remove the extra paint. Drying may take 1-3 days. Once the ornaments are completely dry, replace the clip on the ornament to hang it up. Kids may need adult assistance with this step. Now, you have beautiful one-of-a-kind ornaments to add to your Christmas tree!

This is for marshmallow and candy fanatics of all ages. This project lets kids’ creativity and imagination roam free as they create the perfect Snow Buddy. When they finish, kids may want to put their Snow Buddy into hot chocolate or on a cupcake!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Small and large marshmallows
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Vanilla icing
  • Candy of all shapes, colors, and sizes
  • Licorice laces

To begin, use the pretzel sticks to attach multiple large marshmallows to make the body. Next, use small marshmallows and pretzel sticks to create arms and legs. Then, use icing to stick the candy pieces on the marshmallows for eyes, nose, hats, and mouths. Also, use candy belts to make cozy Snow Buddy scarves and sweaters! Additionally, use licorice laces to create fun hairstyles such as braids and spiky hair!

Candles can be safe for kids too, as long as they’re flameless. This season, let kids create a festive candle holder that you’ll be proud to display. The best part of this project is that it uses 100% worry-free flameless candles.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Holiday colored paints such as white, blue, red, green, silver, and gold
  • Paint brushes
  • Small clear glass candle holders
  • Flameless, battery powered tea light candles
  • Optional: Cotton balls

First, hand each kid a candle holder and different paint colors to use. Next, kids can paint holiday scenes onto the candle holders such as snow and Christmas trees. Encourage creativity, but avoid covering the entire candle holder. Leave some space to let the candlelight shine through.

Optional: Let the paint dry. Then, pull apart cotton balls and fill about 1/3 of the candle holder for “snow.” Bury the candle into the cotton, but do not cover the flame.
Finally, switch the candle on and watch your new holiday candles dazzle!Click here to get the latest on iBaby products and offers!

5 Favorite Fall Children’s Books

There is something very special about the fall season—pumpkin patches, golden leaves, delicious treats, Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities, and the list goes on and on! With so much to love about autumn, this season presents many opportunities for family bonding. Imagine curling up by the fireplace, with a hot cup of apple cider in hand, as you enjoy your favorite fall reads with the whole family. By reading fall themed books with your little ones, they can learn all about what all the amazing things this season has to offer. These fall reads will get your children excited about fall, and appreciating it more than ever before.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

Celebrating 50 years, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is a classic children’s book, written by beloved author Charles Schultz. Schultz tells the story of Halloween night, where Charlie Brown and his gang enjoy all the fun this evening possesses. Amongst the festivities, Charlie’s friend Linus van Pelt waits alone in a pumpkin patch for “The Great Pumpkin.” Regardless of what his friends believe, Linus stands his ground. Linus firmly believes “The Great Pumpkin” will rise soon from the patch to give toys to all the children of the world. Does “The Great Pumpkin” finally arrive this year? You’ll have to read to find out!

“Mouse’s First Fall”

Perfect for children experiencing their first fall, “Mouse’s First Fall” tells the story of a little mouse’s fall adventure. Author Lauren Thompson brings to life all of the beautiful hues of fall—red, orange, yellow, brown. “Mouse’s First Fall” speaks to the child inside each of us. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to jump into a pile of colorful, crunchy leaves as well! This book teaches the littlest ones all about the wonders of fall, as their eyes are opened to this special time of the year.

“The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin”

Who doesn’t love The Berenstain Bears?! Our favorite family of bears is at it again in this fall themed book. Excitement mounts for the Bear Country Thanksgiving Festival, as the Berenstain family enters the popular pumpkin contest. With so much talk and pressure about winning the contest, the meaning of Thanksgiving gets lost in the competition. Thankfully, the Berenstain family recalls all they are thankful for, recapturing the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

“Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin”

With the incredible artwork in this book, your baby will certainly love Tad Hills’ “Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin.” Follow the journey of these adorable animals, as they seek out a large, orange pumpkin. Wandering all over the forest, to an apple tree, a leaf pile, and a log, this duck and goose refuse to give up. In addition to a great story, your child will adore the colorful images and precious animal art on each page.

“Corduroy’s Best Halloween”

Cuddly Corduroy cannot wait for Halloween, in this book from Don Freeman and Lisa McCue. This bear wants to host an unforgettable Halloween party for all of this friends. Of course, Corduroy wants to partake in all of the fun Halloween activities, like trick-or-treating! However, much like the rest of us, Corduroy cannot decide what to dress up as! Want to know what Corduroy is for Halloween? Guess you will have to grab a copy!

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Pumpkin Decorating for the Whole Family

As we enter into the month of October, we can’t help but think about all of our favorite Halloween activities. Decorating your home with spooktacular designs is one way to get the Halloween fun started! If you want to set your home apart from others in your neighborhood, you will need creative Halloween décor, like a one-of-a-kind carved pumpkin! So gather the whole family together, and enjoy lots of laughs, as you each create your own special jack-o-lantern. To help provide a bit of inspiration, and get those creative juices flowing, here are some helpful pumpkin decorating tips!

The Right Tools

For any successful pumpkin design, you will need the right tools. First, start out with a selection of stencil designs and pencils to plan out your design. Many stencil designs can be accessed online for free or a minimal fee. You may also purchase stencil kits in stores, or create your own design from scratch! Many times, pumpkin carving kits come with stencils that the whole family can enjoy.
If you are carving pumpkins with little ones, you can purchase more “child-friendly” kits. These kits supply tools that appropriately fit small hands, providing the most control for carving. For young children too young to carve, consider alternatives like painting a pumpkin or decorating one with colorful craft supplies. Regardless of how your child chooses to decorate their jack-o-lantern, they should be supervised each step of the way.

Prepping Your Pumpkin

Choosing the right pumpkin is the foundation for the perfect jack-o-lantern. Select a pumpkin that is medium sized—not too small and not too large (much like Goldilocks’ conundrum!). If you choose a pumpkin that is too large, the prepping and design of the pumpkin will require a great deal of time and labor. A pumpkin that is too small will be difficult to carve your design into. In addition, avoid extremely round or oddly shaped pumpkins. Adhering a stencil or adding a detailed design to these pumpkins can feel quite impossible.
Once you’ve chosen a pumpkin, clean the pumpkin to rid the surface of any dirt or other residue. Next, cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin and lift off the top—save this part of the pumpkin for later! Your little ones will need assistance for this part. Using gloves, remove all the pumpkin seeds and strands. With the scoop tool, remove all of the remaining strands and seeds. Once your pumpkin is hallowed out, you will be ready to carve your pumpkin! If you choose to decorate your pumpkin with paint or other crafting supplies, there is no need to hallow out your pumpkin.

Decorating Success

Choosing what you carve into your pumpkin or how to decorate your pumpkin is the best part! Be creative and choose a design that matches your personal taste, or the décor of your home. If you are decorating pumpkins with the entire family, consider having a themed bunch of pumpkins. Alternatively, you could show your furry family pet extra love by featuring their adorable face on your pumpkin. With older children, a friendly family carving contest could make the time together even more memorable!
Once you have finished carving your pumpkins, place tealight candles inside of your pumpkin, and place the stem back on top. Voilà! Your pumpkin is ready to be set on your porch or doorstep for all your guests to admire!
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5 Tips for Baby’s First Pumpkin Patch

The leaves are changing colors, the smell of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air, and you can finally pull your favorite boots out from the back of your closet. Fall has arrived. For many families with new babies, this is the beginning of the first holiday season with your little one. This holiday season will be filled with many “firsts,” creating special memories, and starting family traditions. One favorite fall family tradition is an annual visit to the pumpkin patch. If this is your first visit to a fall pumpkin patch with your baby, these tips can come in handy to create a fun-filled family day.

1. Find the Right Fall Pumpkin Patch

With many pumpkin patches to choose from, it is important to find a pumpkin patch suitable for taking your baby to. Your baby’s age and temperament are vital factors in determining which pumpkin patch would be best for your family. Certain patches are more crowded or have an older crowd. Some pumpkin patches have activities more suitable for young children, such as face painting, hay rides or train rides, and corn mazes. These patches provide a fuller family experience, adding to the traditional hunt for the perfect pumpkin. Also, be sure to check out the events calendar for your local patches (either by calling or checking online), for special events taking place on specified days.

2. Bundle in Layers

Fall can have a mixture of warm and cold days, along with weather changes throughout the different times of a day. Dressing your baby in layers allows for a quick outfit adjustment when faced with temperature shifts. Since pumpkin patches generally consist of hay and dirt areas, walking babies should wear tennis shoes or boots for protection.

3. Indulge in Fall Treats

Tasty sweet treats await your family at the pumpkin patch. If you know when you will be visiting a patch, prepare to indulge with fall favorites. Many patches have delicious locally baked goods and treats that will be hard to resist. Take the opportunity to welcome the start of the holiday season with these scrumptious delights. For just today, resist the need to count the calories.

4. Create the Perfect Photo

A pumpkin patch is the perfect place to take a festive family photo to share with friends and family. Patches provide ideal backdrops with pumpkins, scarecrows and fields of lush green corn stalks. Try to choose a time when there is good natural light, avoiding overcast or very bright sunlight. Adding a cozy fall sweater or flannel shirt to your baby’s ensemble will help create a picture perfect moment for a family photograph. And both layers are easy to remove or put on! If your baby is under 12 months, dressing him or her up in a pumpkin costume would make for an unforgettable photo.

5. Don’t Rush the Moment

Pumpkin patches can be crowded places, especially as it approaches closer to Halloween. The bustle can sometimes take away from being in the moment and appreciating this special family time. Don’t let it. Even amidst the frenzy of activities, there is no need to rush through the day. Take your time and remember to cherish each minute of that day with your family. After all, you’re creating memories that your little one will not soon forget!

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How to Plan the Perfect Baby Shower

Hooray! August is here, and that means many of you might be expecting super soon! About 4 million babies are born every year, and stats show that the biggest month is usually August. Afterwards, the next biggest months are typically July, October, and September. So if you haven’t already thrown a baby shower, you’re probably looking to kick one off very soon.
If we know you guys, it’s most likely your first ever baby shower, which means you could be super stressed about it. Very recently, Mean Girl and Mom-in-waiting Lacey Chabert had a baby shower hosted by Good Carma Studio. It got us thinking about all the planning that went into an event, and all the fun that they had during it.
Now your baby shower probably won’t have a camera or a live studio audience, which means planning it is going to be way easier and way simpler. Plus, we’re here to help out. So read on for some tips on how to get that baby shower juuuust right.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Location, Location, Location

Location is crucial when hosting a baby shower
The first thing to figure out is where to actually hold the baby shower. It should be large enough to be roomy, but not so large that parts of the space aren’t even touched. In that sense, it does depend on who RSVP’s to your invite, but it doesn’t hurt to start planning now.
But yeah, where to host it? You could host it at home, but do you really want to clean up that much afterwards? I think not. Besides, you’re about to spend a ton of time at home in the near future. Best to enjoy the shower in a spot that you already love visiting, and it might be a while until you get to go again. Not that home isn’t a great place to celebrate, but maybe reserve it as a last-ditch location.
Do you have any restaurants, cafes, or clubhouses that you love to frequent? Places sometimes do allow parties, so it wouldn’t hurt to ask if you can host a baby shower there. Your fave bar might also work, but you might have to host it during the day instead.
Other great locations include ballrooms and spas. Actually, now that we think about it more, hosting your baby shower at a spa would be magical. Imagine having your party, and then getting group facials right afterwards… You should totally call your nearest spa right now, and make that foot massage party/baby shower happen asap.

Pick a Theme, Any Theme

While a theme isn’t strictly necessary, and you could host a regular baby shower without one… Question is: why wouldn’t you? Having a theme simply ups the ante, and gives the event a pretty substantial boost. At the very least, it’s a talking point for a bunch of your friends and family and a way for everyone you know to find a way to socialize with each other.
In any case, what theme to pick? Well, what do you love? Are you into Pokemon? Go with that! Or are you a movie buff? How about a Star Wars theme? Or a Frozen theme? Or a Star Wars/Frozen hybrid theme, where you dress up as Jedi Elsa? It isn’t a party until everyone breaks out with their toy lightsabers. If you’re a fan of classic literature with strong female protagonists, you could go with a Pride and Prejudice theme. And if you’ve got a macabre sense of humor, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Okay, that last one might be a bit much. But still, tons of choices; the sky’s the limit. You can hop on Pinterest and do a search on baby shower themes. You’ll find a ton of inspiration from the ridiculously cute results. Pick your favorite and run with it. No matter what you go with, you and your guests will surely love it. If not, that’s what Force Persuade is for.

Spreading the Word

Baby shower invites should be brilliant and awesome and promise the world. Not really. But they should be cool.
Alright, you’ve got a venue and a theme. It’s time to do the invitations – these puppies have to be solid. You can’t just call everyone and ask them to show up. That’s not very special at all. You’ve gotta go big on this one!
Now, you probably shouldn’t go all out and do hand-written invites on imported bohemian invitation cards. But they should look great, convey your baby shower’s theme, and be fun to read. Definitely draft out what you want them to say, and be as funny as possible. For example, if you go with the Jedi Elsa theme, you could include some Force Persuade and Chosen One puns. And if you have any writer or designer friends, be sure to rope them into ask for their help putting your invitations together.
Finally, instead of mailing them out, reach out to your friends and family, go out for some tea or some other event, and hand-deliver the invite. That’s extra super special (also, it’ll be harder for them to say no, bwa-ha-ha!)

Refreshing Refreshments

The food and drink at your baby shower is super important
The food and drink you plan for your baby shower don’t have to be outrageous. Rather, you don’t have to necessarily go all out. Having a good spread on a buffet table should be all you need. As long as the food tastes great and the drinks are light and bubbly, you’re pretty much set.
Don’t forget to ask your guests about food allergies and special dietary needs – you wouldn’t want anyone getting sick during this special day. In any case, the best food to have here is probably lots of good finger food. It allows every to snack through the day without getting too heavy to party later on.
And speaking of partying… We don’t want to say alcohol is mandatory, but it totally should be. Yeah, you can’t really have any, but your guests will absolutely appreciate it. Alcohol just helps get everyone in a celebratory mood, plus you don’t have to go heavy. Some crisp, cold champagne works wonders for any occasion, especially for celebrating you finally getting your own mini-you.

It’s All Fun and Games…

Even your baby shower needs games, otherwise people will riot
Guests… Check!
Venue… Check!
Food & Drink… Check!
The only other important thing that needs planning are the games and activities. Eating, drinking, and socializing is good, but all parties need that element of fun to help bring it to the next level.
There’s the classic baby photo game, where everyone sends you a photo of themselves as a baby, and during the party, the rest of the guests have to figure out which baby turned out to be who. It’s actually pretty good fun, and is a really good ice breaker.
If your baby shower is Pokemon themed, you could always fire up Pokemon Go (Grandma’s been itching to find a Mewtwo) and have a quick walk around your venue. Chances are, it’s already a Gym, and you guys could literally have a huge match to claim it. It’s a highly social game being played at a very social event. Win-win. Leave a Magikarp to defend, just for fun.
There’s other things you could plan for and play as well – trivia, board games, the Telephone game, yea olde card games, etc. Some of the best social games that exist typically have few or simple rules. Just do a quick search and see if you can find any that match the theme you’ve picked out.

Need Great Tips for your Baby’s First Week?

Your heart’s beating and you’re super excited: this is your baby’s first week at home. You’ve read all the books, prepped for everything, and probably even gone through some practice with some baby dolls. But now that you’re facing your future for the first time, things are a bit daunting. Maybe even scary.
How will you know what to do? What if you mess up? What if you forget?
Hey, relax. Deep breath. We’ve got your back with this brief guide, but also be sure to talk to friends, family, and your doctor to get their advice.

Bonding

Bonding with your baby
Because your baby can’t do much on their own, it’s extra crucial for you to spend as much time bonding as possible. There are a few ways to really get your bond with your newborn going.
Lots of skin to skin touching and cuddling – perhaps the best way to bond. Potentially most effective when combined with the times you breastfeed your newborn.
Lots of chatting, laughing, playing, and eye contact – over time, your baby will learn to follow your actions and start to mimic you.
Your voice and touch – in truth, your baby loves your voice, and both your voice and touch help keep them calm, now and in the future.

Communicating

Communicating with your baby
In truth, you and your newborn are learning how to communicate with each other each moment you spend bonding. But it’s important for Mom to do a bit more legwork when it comes to understanding “babyspeak”. Babies are super fussy, and will cry when irritated, hungry, sleepy, too cold, energetic, too warm, dirty. It’ll even seem like they cry for the sake of crying. Maddening. Luckily, determining what’s bugging your baby doesn’t take long.
However, what you have to pay attention to is how your baby is crying. That indicates what exactly is on their mind. Though this does take a bit of time, and you’ll have to pay close attention, but eventually you’ll know which exact pitch means someone needs a diaper change. Again.
Soothing
Soothing your baby through the power of swaddling
Newborns just out of the womb seem to constantly be in need of being soothed. And it’s understandable – they were having a grand ole’ party in your womb, when they were pulled kicking and screaming into this crazy, bright, blue world.
Your best bet to keep them calm (and quiet) is to hold them close. You want to mimic the feeling of them being back in the womb, as that’s incredibly comforting for babies that age. It’s also why swaddling is super effective. Most importantly, your touch and voice will be what calms your newborn down the most. It’s that feeling of home, and love, and Mom that sets the “Crying Time” switch to off.

Feeding

Feeding your baby
Newborns typically get hungry around every 2 to 3 hours, and because of their super tiny tummies, need only 1 to 3 ounces of milk each time. While breastmilk is definitely the most nutritious milk possible for your baby, we understand that providing breastmilk 24/7 could be a challenge. Some mothers have been able to mix up breastfeeding with bottle-feeding and found great results.
But we aren’t the experts for your baby and your biology, and actually, you should get the professional advice from your doctor, pediatrician, or even a lactation expert. It also would help to reach out to your own Mom to get advice, no matter how strange the phrase “Hey Mom, tell me about boobs,” might be.

Cleaning

Cleaning your baby
Luckily, newborns don’t really need to be cleaned daily. Usually, three times a week is more than enough to keep them from getting grimy (and stinky – yikes!) We get that bathing your baby can be daunting. They get super slippery when wet, and your first few times bathing could be a stressful event.
So our advice isn’t to put your baby in a washtub – though do have it close-by. Instead, lay your baby on a towel, and gently wash them with a damp sponge or washcloth. Be sure to avoid getting water on the umbilical cord, or (if they have it) their circumcision.
No matter what, always keep one hand on your baby, and all your bathing products within arm’s reach.
Sleeping
Babies and sleeping.
Oh, sleep. None of us are ever fully prepared for the kind of sleep deprivation that a baby brings. Which is really weird considering that babies pretty much sleep for 16 to 18 hours per day. I suppose the problem is that they wake up every few hours to get a milky snack.
In any case, it’s a whole new test of endurance that you never knew existed. Luckily, there’s a way to make the sleep dep easier to handle.
Our advice is to use a chart to track your baby’s sleep habits. Eventually, you’ll find your baby’s natural rhythm, and you’ll be able to synchronize your schedule to match. And really, you ought to nap with your baby as often as you can to keep your energy up. It’s probably the only way to keep your sanity intact, too.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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