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What to Do When Your Baby is Spitting Up More than Normal

What to Do When Your Baby is Spitting Up More

As a new mother, you can expect that spit up is a way of life.

Every baby does it so most moms just have some extra baby wipes on hand or deal with spit up as part of their daily wardrobe.

And yes, if your baby is spitting up, that’s normal.

But there comes a point when it’s not healthy.

Here is what to look for and what to do if your baby is spitting up.

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How to Calm Down a Fussy Baby

How to Calm Down a Fussy Baby

If you’re a parent, you know how difficult it can be to calm down a fussy baby. From the moment you see their little face scrunch up and those tears well, you know life is about to get tougher.

An upset child can throw any day into chaos, and it can make you feel like you’re doing something wrong. Don’t worry, this is normal!

Calming your baby down can be a chore and a half, and you’re likely looking for the best ways to do so. In fact, calming down a child can be the toughest part of raising an infant. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

Take a breather, you deserve it. Don’t worry moms and dads, with a bit of patience, this too will pass.

Sometimes you can’t take your baby outside if they’re being fussy, so you have to find ways to calm them down. Read on for some quick and easy ways to calm down your fussy baby.

Swaddle Your Fussy Baby

You likely remember this from a parenting class you may have taken before your baby was born. It’s one of the most basic yet effective techniques for taking care of a fussy baby.

Wrap your baby up tightly in a blanket and hold them close. Give it a few minutes, but your child is likely to calm down.

It’s suggested that close physical contact calms babies because of certain chemical reactions. Who knew there was so much science involved with calming a baby down?

You’ve likely heard about oxytocin before. It’s a chemical associated with bonding, happiness, and general feelings of love. And there are tons of benefits to swaddling aside from calming your fussy baby down.

It’s not only a great way to bond with your child. Oxytocin is a critical part of forming that important bond between parent and child. If you’re not familiar with Oxytocin already, get ready, because you’re going to hear about it a lot.

And believe it or not, this isn’t limited to babies. While you may not wrap yourself in a blanket, odds are when you’re upset, you look for physical comfort as well.

Use Ambient Sound

The use of quiet, natural noises is a great way to calm any fussy baby down.

You’ve invested in the crib, the stroller, the breast pumps or formula, and tons of other devices for your baby. But have you considered purchasing a white noise machine?

If you’ve discovered that your baby calms down when he or she hears a noise, it may pay for itself in the long run.

Ambient noises often remind infants of the safety and security of the womb. So go ahead and let that air conditioner or refrigerator run! Open a window and listen to the beautiful sounds of birds chirping.

Be sure to use this tip when it comes time for bed, as well. It’s suggested that you use white noise to help your little one settle down for a restful night of sleep. You may remember this from one of our previous blog posts!

You’ll be glad you did, and it’s likely that the noise will calm your baby down. What parent couldn’t use a few extra precious moments of sleep?

Time To Move

Every parent knows how important movement is to calm a baby down. Whether your baby can’t get to sleep or is acting extra fussy, moving in slow, repetitive motions can help.

There’s a reason why rocking chairs are sold in almost every baby store around the world. The constant motion of the back and forth rocking calms your infant and reminds them of being in the womb.

And rocking is great for mommy, too. Believe it or not, rocking can actually help the spread of those nasty varicose veins! The simple back and forth motions increase blood flow in the legs.

If you don’t have a rocking chair on hand, not to worry! You can just as easily pick up your baby and walk around a room with him or her on your shoulder. The movement makes you baby feel safe and secure in your arms. They’ll be asleep in no time!

Sing Me To Sleep

If the tears won’t stop flowing and your baby won’t settle, you’ve still got plenty of options. Even if the white noise machine doesn’t work, you’ve got a great tool ready to go — your voice!

One of our most natural instincts as parents is to calm our child with our voice. Think about it, how many times have you instinctively shushed your baby to calm them down? Singing is another great way to calm a fussy baby.

The science behind singing is quite fascinating. According to Psychology Today, babies begin processing sounds quite early on in utero.

At around 25 weeks, they’ll begin to understand and hear noises — mainly, their mother’s voice. Sorry dads, this is part of the reason why mom will always be the favorite from birth.

Plus, your baby will make for a great audience. Who cares if you can’t sing? All that your baby cares about is comfort and security, and singing is a quick and free way to provide it.

Buckle Up: It’s Time For A Ride

Taking your baby for a quick trip around the block isn’t just a clever technique in commercials. It can help you get some much-needed peace and quiet and calm your fussy baby down. So crank up that engine!

Like walking with mom or a few moments in the rocking chair, car rides have an almost magical power over babies.

This is because car rides actually combine two of our previous tips: movement and sound. It’s the best of both worlds!

No need to turn on the radio or provide any extra stimulation. The hum of the car will be all the noise your child needs, and the gentle stops and starts of the car serve the same function as moving.

So next time your little one refuses to calm down, don’t get upset, get out!

Speak In A Low, Soft Voice

If it isn’t clear by now, audio is a huge component of an infant’s life. If you’re not up for singing the ABCs for the 12th time, then just talk it out. Speak softly and watch the hypnotic effect of your voice take hold.

You can read the newspaper or even a grocery list for what it’s worth. It doesn’t really matter what you talk about, just make sure you’re speaking softly.

Remember, babies love noise — but it’s important that the noise isn’t too much for their tiny ears. So make sure to keep your voice low. And the more even-keeled your voice is, the better.

Plus, by talking with your fussy baby, you’re actually helping their brain grow! It’s believed that talking to your child helps them grasp language earlier in life.

It’s also suggested that you speak in brief, repetitive sentences. So just like movement, repetition and consistency are key.

Consider Your Surroundings

Fussy baby or not, their environment matters, and more than you think.

Too much stimulation can be bad for a fussy baby. After all, they have no real understanding of the world. Therefore, it’s likely that your baby will be ultra sensitive to their surroundings.

You know how short a baby’s attention span is, to begin with. Being in a room with a fussy baby when there’s too much going on can be a disaster. They won’t know what to look at or focus on, so they’re more likely to get overwhelmed.

And as a parent, you know that overwhelmed can rapidly turn into fussy.

Here are some quick and easy things you can do to make sure the environment is perfect for your baby.

Turn off the TV, lower the lights, or just use natural lighting. While it seems too simple to be true, this is often overlooked by parents. Pay attention to your surroundings, because your baby certainly is.

Just Be

Okay, we know what you’re thinking. We just spent tons of time telling you why you should get up and move with your fussy baby.

And there is merit in it. In fact, most of the time it works.

However, as a parent, you know there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Maybe your baby is particularly fussy.

If that’s the case, find a comfortable place to sit down, and just be still for a few moments.

Place the baby near your heart so they can hear the soothing beat of your heartbeat, and watch as their mood transforms. Being a parent is tough, there’s no way around it. Sometimes the best way to calm a fussy child is just by waiting it out with them.

Try and calm down.

This is a great time to practice meditation, as counterproductive as it may seem. Your heartbeat and breath will calm your child down in no time. You’ll be helping yourself, and your fussy baby!

So there you have it, some of the most efficient ways to calm down a fussy baby in a matter of minutes.

What do you think?

Is there something we’re missing? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

And while you’re here, be sure to check out all of our fantastic baby products. From tips and tricks to formula, we’ve got everything you need!

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Cloth or Disposable: Which is the Best Diaper for Your Baby

Cloth or Disposable: Which is the Best Diaper for Your Baby

As a new parent, you’re probably facing a lot of important questions right now.

Should you commit to breastfeeding or opt to bottle feed? Is it ok to pick your child up every time she cries, or does that lead to a spoiled baby who will have a hard time learning to self-soothe?

What makes the best diaper: cloth or disposable?

The great diaper debate has raged since the creation of disposable diapers in 1946.

Back then, disposable diapers were heralded as the next big thing in convenience when it came to raising children.

But these days, cloth diapers are enjoying a resurgence in popularity as part of the natural movement.

Both options have plenty of perks and drawbacks, so keep on reading to find out how to choose the best diaper for your baby.

How to Choose the Best Diaper for You and Your Baby

There are quite a few factors to consider when deciding how to cover your baby’s bottom.

Cost

The high cost of disposable diapers is one heavily referenced stat that has encouraged countless parents to switch to cloth.

Parents spend, on average, between $1,500 and $2,000 on disposable diapers per child. That cost can easily jump to $2,500 if you opt for high-end, premium brands.

Cloth diapers seem to have an obvious edge here since you purchase one set of diapers that you can use throughout your baby’s life. You can even re-use them for future children or donate them to another young family interested in saving on diaper costs.

And cloth diapers can save you a hefty chunk of change. In fact, you could save as much as 27% on diapers by switching to cloth.

But while the upfront costs of implementing a cloth diaper system are less, there are other regularly occurring maintenance costs you should consider.

Cloth diapers mean you’ll be washing more loads of laundry and dealing with higher utility bills. They also mean that you will spend more time cleaning dirty diapers instead of simply tossing them in a bin.

While the extra time is not really negotiable, there are ways to mitigate the extra energy costs associated with cloth diapers:

  • Run fewer loads of diapers through the wash. Resist the urge to wash dirty diapers daily. Invest in an airtight diaper pail to store diapers as they wait for laundry day.
  • Always wash on a cold cycle. Cutting out the hot water will make a big difference in your energy bills without sacrificing cleanliness.
  • Hold off on the special products. Premium fabric softeners and dryer sheets are not really necessary for your diapers, and they may even irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. Keep it simple instead.
  • Line dry instead of tumble dry. Your dryer might be the faster option, but consider ditching it in favor of line drying. It will save you green in the long run.

Even with higher energy bills, cloth diapers cost less than disposable diapers. If lowering costs is your main motivator, cloth diapers are the best diaper option for your family.

Fit and Function

When you’re dealing with the only thing separating your baby’s bottom and their entire wardrobe, you want to be sure everything is working properly.

Most disposable-diaper enthusiasts cite superior absorption and adjustable fit as wins for their preferred format.

In some cases, they’re not wrong: Disposable diapers generally beat out their cloth counterparts when it comes to their ability to soak up liquids.

That’s because all of the top disposable diaper brands have spent years ramping up their drying technology to keep your baby drier longer.

Just be aware, those brands tend to charge premium prices for the latest innovations in dry diaper tech, so be prepared to pay more at the register.

While disposable diapers are more absorbent than cloth, you can easily get around this by changing cloth diapers more often.

That practice has the added benefit of reducing diaper rash, so it’s a boon to your baby’s routine no matter which diaper you choose.

As far as fit, cloth diapers are not as far behind disposables as you may think. Many cloth diapers feature an adjustable, velcro-laden outer diaper with washable liners to ensure that everything stays where it should on your baby.

While disposable diapers are more absorbent, cloth diapers are not that far behind. Shop around to find the best diaper for your baby, but be prepared to pay more for premium.

Product Safety

Disposable diapers are made of a plethora of various petrochemicals, but they are considered safe to use on your child.

You may have heard rumblings, however, of the dangers of disposable diapers.

A 1999 study, for example, showed that some of the materials used in disposable diapers can cause asthma-like reactions in mice. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, however, has never seen that reaction in an infant.

Dioxins are another cause for concern for some parents. Dioxins are cancer-causing compounds that are found on disposable diapers—but in very small amounts.

But if the thought of anything toxic doesn’t sit well with you, you may want to opt for cloth diapers.

Cloth diapers are the best diaper choice if you want to incorporate natural products into your baby’s lifestyle.

Eco-Friendliness

The arena where cloth diapers really win out is in waste reduction.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans line landfills with 20 billion disposable diapers every year.

Those diapers translate to approximately 3.5 million tons of waste. And, since it can take 450 years for them to decompose, we’re stuck with them for a while.

If you don’t like the idea of your baby’s diapers turning into artifacts that will literally endure for centuries to come, cloth diapers are the best choice for your family.

Cloth diapers are usually considered to be the best choice from an eco-conscious perspective, but it’s not quite so clear-cut.

Since cloth diapers require so many extra loads of laundry, the amount of water required to keep them clean can be high.

That won’t be a big problem if you have an energy-efficient machine, but if you’re working with a gallon-guzzling older model, you may want to reconsider the cloth diaper route.

The biggest influence on your cloth diaper’s eco-friendliness, however, is the specific type of cloth it’s cut from.

Cotton carries a huge carbon footprint, and it’s commonly used for cloth diapers.

That footprint comes from the large amounts of fertilizers and pesticides associated with cotton farming and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the manufacturing process.

Cloth diapers do wonders for waste reduction, but if you’re looking for the best diaper for the planet, choose something made of hemp or bamboo—basically anything other than cotton.

 

Convenience

Disposable diapers are the clear winner when it comes to sheer convenience.

When it’s time to change, you just take the diaper off and toss it. It couldn’t be simpler.

Cloth diapers, on the other hand, have several added steps.

First, if your baby has left you a solid surprise, you need to find a way to dispose of that before tossing the diaper in the laundry.

Many cloth diaper users flush feces before storing soiled laundry. You can also do a quick preliminary rinse to cut down on odors and make cleaning easier in the future.

When it comes to storing your dirty cloth diapers, you have to choose your diaper pail wisely. Unless you want to wash every day, you’ll need something that contains odors.

Choose something airtight and opt for flushable liners if you’re concerned about generating waste, but be prepared to wash loads of dirty cloth diapers a few times per week at least.

If you don’t have the time to deal with laundry, laundry, and more laundry, choose disposable diapers.

The Number 1 Factor to Help You Choose the Best Diaper

Ultimately the best diaper for your child comes down to your own personal preference.

If convenience is your top concern, you should reach for a pack of disposable diapers. If you’re unwilling to add more bulk to already bursting landfills, cloth diapers are the way to go.

Real Cost vs. Lifestyle Cost

While your family budget is a very important deciding factor in choosing the best diaper for your baby, don’t forget to consider the demands on your time and energy you’ll face in your daily life.

Disposable diapers require fewer loads of laundry, but you’ll be spending more time headed to and from the store to restock. They may also mean you’ll have to drive further to that big box store to take advantage of sales and bulk prices.

Cloth diapers mean that you’ll be getting your hands dirty—literally. You’ll have to get up close and personal with dirty diapers every laundry day until your child is potty trained.

Those lifestyle costs add up.

That’s why it’s important to take stock of how you’re spending your time and make adjustments where you can.

Keep those costs in mind when you choose the best diaper for you and your baby.

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10 Best Natural Baby Products You Should Buy

best natural baby products

Our babies come first in our lives. And when it comes to our babies, we want the very best and most natural.

Which is why we search long and hard for products that will heal and comfort our children.

A lot of people are concerned with what they put on their skin and in their bodies. And same can be said for our babies. There are plenty of products out there that claim to be natural or organic and yet contain harmful ingredients.

We’ve compiled a list of truly the best natural baby products. Let’s take a look, shall we?

1. The Best Natural Baby Products: Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 Sensitive Baby Face, Hands, And Body Wipes

Babies can have allergies and sensitive skin and develop rashes. It’s quite a painful and annoying experience.

And we really do want to keep from irritating their skin when we clean them up. Which is why it’s imperative that we find a baby wipe that is both natural and hypoallergenic.

The Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 sensitive baby wipe has no petrochemicals, no phthalates, and no parabens.

The first ingredient is purified water and is safe enough for your baby’s face and most sensitive areas.

The cloth is made from 100% natural plant-based. fiber and is completely biodegradable.

2. HiPP Organic Baby Soft Care Nursing Cream

HiPP is a german company with over 100 years of excellence behind their products.

They use the safest ingredients allowed by law and always use natural, organic, non-GMO ingredients. (One of the reasons we typically recommend European products is because of the many chemicals banned in Europe.)

The HiPP Organic Baby Soft Care Nursing Cream is part of their “Baby Gentle” line. And it gently absorbs quickly into the skin.

As will all the best natural baby products, this contains no mineral oil, parabens, essential oils, or allergy-causing scents.

After you use this on your baby, their skin will be moist and refreshed. And with the lack of mineral oil, you do not end up with a greasy baby.

3. HiPP Organic Baby Soft Children’s Shampoo

The PH of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is 6. This means that it’s acidic. It also contains Sodium Coco Sulphate, a fairly dangerous toxin.

Neither of these is true for HiPP Organic Baby Soft Children’s Shampoo.

The PH in the HiPP shampoo is zero, meaning it’s neutral. This is a completely tears free formula.

And just like the lotion, it contains no mineral oil. This minimizes the risk for allergic reactions.

It also contains no dyes or essential oils.

4. Babo Botanicals Nutri-Soothe Natural Lip Treatment Balm SPF 15 Sunscreen

Your baby’s lips can get chapped just like yours. And they need to be protected from the sun just like yours.

If you’re looking for the best natural baby products that keep those little pink lips both moist and protected, check out the Babo Botanicals Lip Treatment Balm.

It’s 100% safe for infants. And it includes all natural ingredients.

It’s sunflower oil is there to repair the skin’s barrier. Thus it protects your child from infections.

The avocado gives a small dose of Omega-3s. And the beeswax moisturizes.

5. Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Bubble Bath

You might know oat milk as a great alternative to cow’s milk. But what you might not realize is that it’s great for bathing as well.

One of the main ingredients in Babo Botanicals Bubble Bath is oat milk. And if you find your baby has eczema, then this is the perfect bathing formula to pick up.

Oat milk has a calming effect on irritated skin. And the Calendula in the bath formula will moisten the dry skin.

It contains a “Nutri-Soothe” blend of anti-oxidants, vitamins, and anti-inflammatories.

And, of course, the bubbles will always be fun for you and baby.

6. Logona Calendula Baby Bodycare Oil

Speaking of Calendula, did you know it’s also good for curing diaper rash?

The Calendula Officianalis Flower Extract (marigold) in the Logona Calendula Baby Oil moisturizes and soothes the skin.

This oil contains marigold, soybean oil, sweet almond oil, europeaea fruit oil, and other natural oils.

Traditionally, marigold was used to treat sunburns, warts, and acne. Which is why it’s included in the Logona Calendula Baby Bodycare Oil as the main ingredient.

This product is great for the whole family. It’s even safe for pets! Which makes it one of the best natural baby products out there today.

7. Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel

Teething is a painful process for children. And having something on hand to both keep the gums clean and soothe them is useful.

The Weleda Children’s Tooth gel does just that.

It’s filled with natural silica. A rough compound meant to clean the plaque off gums and teeth.

It’s fluoride-free, as fluoride is harmful to infants. And it’s flavored with both organic spearmint and fennel. So it will taste pleasant to your baby’s tongue.

If you can start your child on good hygiene, they will be more likely to have great dental hygiene later on in life.

8. Weleda Baby Calendula Face Cream

Your baby’s face can get dry, especially during the winter months. You need a face cream that is as organic as face creams come.

The Weleda Baby Calendula Face Cream is 96% organic.

Weleda claims to have a patented Biodynamic garden in Germany where they grow their marigolds.

This special marigold extract supposedly calms inflammation and adds a protective layer on the skin.

Whether it does these things or not, this formula is soothing and it does moisturize quite nicely.

It’s synthetic fragrance-free. And you will find no chemical preservatives or petroleum based ingredients in this face cream.

9. Weleda Nursing Tea

This is more for mother than it is for the baby. But the calming scents will affect your infant in positive ways as well.

The ingredients of Fenugreek, anise, fennel and caraway promote lactation and soothes your digestion.

10. Holle Organic Oats Porridge

And at 4 months, you can start weening your child (if they are ready. This is something you should consult with your doctor about) and feeding them baby porridge.

It contains whole grain oat flour and thiamin.

It’s completely organic and tasty.

Conclusion: The Best Natural Baby Products Are Right Here

These products are by far some of the best in the world. You won’t go wrong if you choose to use any one of them.

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The Top 10 Baby Care Products You Don’t Need

The Top 10 Baby Care Products You Don't Need

Raising a child is one of the most difficult things anyone will ever experience. No one piece of advice applies to every situation, and no child is alike.

There are so many variables that people panic, and often turn to the Internet and baby books to “figure out” reasonable solutions.

The problem is, well, exactly what we just mentioned. No situation is alike, and applying baby book ideas is likely to end in disaster more often than not.

One thing people usually end up realizing after it’s too late, is the enormous amount of “stuff” that you don’t really need to raise your child.

Obviously, they’re some creature comforts and necessities, but remember, humans have been raising children for millions of years without the luxury of high definition baby cameras.

Saying no to excess baby stuff (crap) will help keep your life stress free and your pocketbook happy.

Here are the top ten baby care products you don’t need to raise a happy, healthy child.

Baby Care Products #1: Crib Bumpers

These seem like innocent baby care products, right? Who doesn’t want their baby protected from bumping into their crib bars?

We get it, and normally would agree. However, crib bumpers increase the probability of infant choking.

A study published in the “The Journal of Pediatrics” found that 23 babies died between 2006 and 2012 from suffocation caused by a crib bumper.

That number is three times higher than the average number of deaths in three previous seven-year spans.

Other agencies like the American Academy of Pediatrics, also advise against crib bumpers.

The potential choking hazard is far more concerning than a bumped head.

#2: Video Baby Monitors

We already mentioned these baby care products, and the HD video monitors are back. Sure they sound great, but stay with us for a moment.

How many hours of the day do your stare at your baby? We’re willing to bet it’s quite a few.

Do you really need video feed of what your child is doing during naptime/bedtime? We say not really.

All a video monitor does is cause parents to constantly obsess over their baby’s actions.

A regular baby monitor will be all you really need.

Instead of buying a camera, use this downtime to SLEEP!

#3: Bottle Warmers

Don’t take this the wrong way if you already own a bottle warmer, but they’re a waste of money.

Yes, it’s convenient to do something else while your bottle warms up. We get that, but using your sink and some hot water only takes a few minutes and saves money.

If you really want a bottle warmer, put it on your baby shower gift list.

#4: Lavish Toy Sets

Big sprawling toy sets are great for toddlers and other older children, but for newborns they’re overkill.

We’d argue they’re not real baby care products at all.

Your baby doesn’t need complicated toys during their first few months. In fact, during the first few weeks, they don’t need toys at all.

Investing in some cheap stuffed animals makes much better entertainment for your newborn.

#5: Infant Bathtubs

Your child is only small for so long, so baby bathtubs aren’t really necessary. Let’s do some simple math.

If you follow the recommended guidelines and bath your child three times a week or less, that’s only a maximum of 72 baths after 6 months.

You child might not even fit in the tub after 3-4 months, so that 72 baths is a little exaggerated.

At an average of $50 for a baby bath tub (estimated), you’re paying 70 cents per bath.

It’s much more cost-effective to bathe your baby in a normal bathtub. So long as you watch your child, issues won’t arise.

#6: Diaper Pails

Diapers are a necessary evil, and unless you want to go the cloth route, you’ll end up buying a lot of them.

That said, almost every parent we’ve met also owns a diaper bin. Why? The obvious answer is to put diapers in, duh.

But why not just use a closed-lid garbage can with some stick-on air fresheners? They work just as well, and cost less.

There are 54 options for garbage cans under $15 dollars on Target’s website, and zero for diaper pails.

You do the math.

#7: Baby Shoes

Babies don’t walk, so why would they need shoes? They don’t. At most, some cozy baby socks work well enough to protect your child’s feet.

Baby shoes can even hinder foot development, due to the restricting nature of most sneakers.

Obviously if your baby is already walking this tip doesn’t really apply to your situation.

#8: Baby Food Makers

Baby food makers sound great in theory. Everyone wants to feed their child the freshest food made right in their home.

That’s all fine and dandy, but do you really need to invest in a product that does the exact same thing as a food processor?

If you already own a food processor great, you have a baby food maker. If you don’t, just buy a food processor. It’ll outlive and outperform any baby food maker (and you can use it for things other than baby food).

#9: Baby Laundry Detergent

You don’t want to use any old laundry detergent for your newborn, but baby-centric detergent isn’t needed.

Usually these “baby detergents” cost more, are harder to find, and subsequently, waste your money.

It’s fine to use any eco-friendly, non-toxic, dye/fragrance-free, hypoallergenic detergent.

Almost every supermarket or home goods store will offer several options of this kind of detergent.

#10: Fancy Outfits

Everybody wants to play baby fashion show. Dressing up your child is fairly commonplace nowadays.

We understand why people do this, however, we think it’s all a bit silly. Think about it this way.

Your baby is going to spit up all over anything in his or her path.

Expensive baby outfits are doomed for destruction, usually just days after you’ve bought them.

Babies also change shape early on in their lives. What’s comfortable for them in their first few weeks might not fit when their bodies start to develop.

Save yourself the money and the headache of baby clothes shopping and stick to the basic onesies and swaddling blankets.

There you have it, our top 10 baby care products you don’t need. Hopefully this list gives you some insight and saves you some money.

Parenting is tough, and it’s always nice to know what’s needed and what’s junk.

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Newborn Bathing 101: Have a Safe and Comfy Bath

Newborn Bathing 101: Have a Safe and Comfy Bath

You keep your baby healthy and safe by using baby formula that’s organic, GMO-free, and free from additives. What goes in your child’s body is undoubtedly important. But what goes on your baby’s body during newborn bathing is also significant.

Bathing a newborn takes care and attention because newborn infants can’t even hold up their head. Fortunately, there are simple ways to safely practice newborn bathing, including sponge bathing and bathing in a tub.

How Often Should You Bathe Your Child?

When a newborn first comes home, it’s important to keep him or her clean. However, daily baths are not necessary and may be harmful.

If you bath your child too often, you may cause eczema, which causes dry patches of itchy, inflamed skin. Eczema occurs when skin can’t retain moisture due to pollutants, dry indoor heating, and over bathing.

When you bathe your baby too often, the skin barrier is weakened and outside irritants can penetrate the skin, causing an immune response like eczema. A study found that using moisturizer can protect babies’ skin from developing eczema.

To protect your child, limit newborn bathing to three times a week unless they are actually dirty. In addition, use only small amounts of mild, fragrance-free cleanser. Immediately after the bath, apply some fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizing lotion to keep your baby’s delicate skin from drying out.

Newborn Bathing: Sponge Baths

For the first three weeks, or until the umbilical stump falls off and heals, you should give your newborn a sponge bath. Immersive bathing can irritate or cause infection in the umbilical area if it’s done too soon.

To perform a safe, comfortable sponge bath for your newborn, follow these steps:

  • Choose a clean, flat surface in a warm room. You can use a changing table, a counter, or another flat surface. Avoid using soft or fabric surfaces like a bed because you can easily spill the water, getting the bed wet and dirty and distracting you from the baby.
  • Fill a bowl or nearby sink with warm water. To make sure the water is the right temperature, ensure that it feels comfortable to your inner wrist. If you’re still concerned about water temperature, use a thermometer to confirm that the water is around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Use a washcloth or cotton ball dipped in the warm water to wash your baby, starting at the top of the head and moving down. Start by cleaning your child’s eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. Wipe the baby’s closed eyes from the inside near the nose outwards toward the ears. Use a fresh cotton ball for each eye. When washing the ears, be careful that no water gets inside.
  • Create some lather with a small amount of baby soap and wash the rest of your child’s head. Use fresh cotton balls and a clean washcloth, and dry with towels as needed.
  • Move down the body, washing the baby completely and taking care to clean crevices like the area around the neck, under their arms, and behind their knees.
  • Carefully clean the genital area last, making sure not to apply too much pressure or cause pain.
  • Dry your child and dress them. You’re done!

Newborn Bathing: In a bathtub

When bathing your newborn baby in a tub, it’s usual to use an infant bathtub or a large basin placed inside the sink or bathtub. This will help ensure the child’s safety as you bathe them.

It’s vital to choose the right time to bathe your newborn. If your baby is hungry, tired, or has just been fed, another bathing time should be selected.

Also, make sure that you have no upcoming visitors and are OK not answering the phone for a short period. Getting distracted can be dangerous for your child.

To prepare for the bath, make sure that you have the following items prepared:

  • A warm room to wash in
  • A clean tub or washbowl
  • Two clean towels
  • A clean diaper
  • A clean change of clothes
  • Clean washcloths

The steps for newborn bathing in a tub are:

  • Fill the tub with warm water to 2 – 3 inches deep. Don’t put soaps or oils in the water until the baby is at least a month old.
  • Use your wrist to test the water and make sure that it has a uniform temperature. Ideally, you want the water to be 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Before placing the child in the bathtub, clean their face using cotton balls as described for the sponge bath. Be sure to use a new cotton ball for each eye and avoid getting water in the ears.
  • Wash your baby’s hair while supporting them in leaning over the tub. Then dry their head. You only need baby shampoo if the head is dirty.
  • Slowly lower your baby into the bath, using one hand and forearm to support their head and neck. Keep your arm under your child’s back, grasping him or her firmly under their arms.
  • While keeping the baby’s head out of the water, clean the child with your other hand. You may like using a small cup to pour water over the infant to rinse off any soap and keep your child warm. Pay particular attention to making sure folds and crevices are clean, such as under the arm, around the neck, and behind the knee.
  • When you’re done, lift them out and dry them with a towel. Put on the clean diaper and fresh clothes. Great job!

The biggest key to newborn bathing is never to leave the child unattended. This can’t be emphasized enough. Unfortunately, an infant can drown in an inch of water in less than 60 seconds. If something happens that you need to attend to, scoop your newborn up in a towel and take him or her with you.

The idea of newborn bathing can be intimidating. Having a wet, soapy, squirming child whose safety is entirely reliant on you can feel overwhelming!

Fortunately, with a little practice and confidence, you can master these steps and truly enjoy bathing your baby.

If you’re ready to learn more about taking the best care of your baby both inside and out, contact us today! We’d love to answer your questions about baby care, baby formula brands, and how to choose the best formula for your child.

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The Ultimate Top 10 Best Teething Remedies

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Raising a child is one of life’s most difficult experiences. There’s no amount of knowledge in the world that makes child rearing easy.

It’s even fair to say that having one child doesn’t stop you from running into trouble raising the next one. All children are unique, and while it makes the process difficult, it’s also one of parenthood’s joys.

Every prospective parent knows that some days are easier for your baby than other. Babies undergo different “stages” as they mature and grow, and not all of them are comfortable.

At the forefront of the difficult infant stages is teething. The process refers to the very uncomfortable few years when your baby’s first set of teeth is growing.

You’ll know the process has begun when your baby starts drooling and attempting to chew on anything and everything.

Gum swelling and sensitivity, food refusal, and even general irritability all also occur during teething. The process is stressful for everyone involved.

Luckily, parents have developed excellent natural teething remedies over the years to make the experience easier to bear.

We’re going to break down our 10 best teething remedies and how they can provide your child with relief during a stressful time.

Gum Massage

Sometimes simpler is better when it comes to teething. Take a clean finger and rub your baby’s gums along the areas where potential teeth will grow.

The idea is to counteract the pressure the teeth are putting on your child’s gums. The new sensation can also take your infant’s mind off of the pain.

Formula is Your Friend

At the start of teething your infant won’t have enough teeth to eat solid food, but some parents are tempted to feed their children “adult’ food as teeth emerge.

Solid food can cause discomfort when teeth are nearing the surface. Stick to baby formula to ease the irritation chunks of food have on tender gums. Organic, GMO-free formula is full of nutrients and free of irritants, making it the perfect choice come teething time.

Ice

Ice is another oldie but goodie. Adults use ice all the time for treating inflammation and mild pain. RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is so effective it’s standard advice from professional physical therapists.

Putting ice on your baby’s gums serves the same purpose. The ice decreases inflammation and creates a safe, mild numbing sensation that your child may enjoy. Just remember to apply ice from the outside of the mouth, or use cubes too large for your infant to choke on.

Breast Feeding

While some babies stage a hunger strike during teething, others can’t get enough milk. There are two schools of thought here.

First, the sucking motion of breastfeeding might reduce gum pain. Second, breastfeeding is comforting. It’s an activity your child knows is safe, and can bring stability in times of pain.

Chamomile tea

Many cultures have used chamomile tea for centuries as a pain reliever. The leaf’s natural anti-inflammatory properties are perfect for soothing your infant’s swollen gums.

Give you baby small sips of chamomile tea, or rub the tea directly onto his or her gums with your finger. Remember, never give your child homegrown tea. Botulism spores may live on the tea leafs and can grow in your infant’s stomach.

Sophie the Giraffe

Babies love Sophie, and parents do too. For more than 50 years the rubber giraffe has helped teething children relieve their discomfort. Sophie provides a safe, danger free object for your infant to chew. Unlike many household items, Sophie is too large for swallowing.

The rubber giraffe is also BPA and phthalate free and made of baby-safe food paint.

Cold Fruit

This remedy works under the same principals as our ice cube method, only much tastier. Frozen fruit is a great way to relieve your infant’s pain while also providing them with a healthy, delicious snack.

Mesh feeders that mimic pacifiers are available to allow your child hands-free fruity goodness. The cold will numb your baby’s gums while the mesh pacifier protects them against choking.

Homeopathic Oragel

Many companies sell Oragel to numb your child’s gums. These products work, but can also lead to excessive numbing and an increased choking risk.

Try out homeopathic Oragel instead. These Orgel’s use natural herbs to create a mild numbing effect. They’re only so effective, though in this case work to avoid choking potential.

The Sippy Cup

As your child gets older, it’s likely you’ll switch their drinking methods to mimic those of adults. We’re talking, of course, about sippy cups.

Sippy cups take care of two things at once. First, they help teach children how to use cups. Second, the end of a sippy cup is a popular knawing tool for teething children. Cold water combined with a sippy cup spout can keep tooth pain at bay.

Distractions

Mind over matter is more than a cute saying. There is evidence that “forgetting” about pain can have a similar effect as pain medication. We’re not getting babies to meditate, but just distracting your child will give them something to focus on besides teething pain.

Make sure you’re choosing activities that require some amount of brain power. Reading your infant books or engaging their imagination are both good distractions.

The teething process is difficult, there’s no getting around it. It’s a difficult time in a baby’s life that takes on toll on the whole family.

We’re fortunate enough to have the experience of those brave parents who came before us to provide insight into the best teething remedies for soothing pain and providing relief.

Stick to these all natural remedies for teething pain relief and your baby will have a beautiful smile before you know it.

If you’re looking for a supplier of all natural, organic, GMO-free child care products, visit our website or get in contact with us.

We provide Europe’s best child care solutions delivered directly to your door from within the United States. Nothing is too good for your child, and we see no reason why children in the U.S. should miss out on all natural infant formulas.