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Know Your Baby’s Teething Stages and What to Do For Each

know your baby's teething stages

Teething is infamous for being an incredibly testing time, for baby and for parents.

The teething stages take place over a long period of time and can be incredibly uncomfortable for a child. In total, they’ll have 20 teeth coming through: 4 central incisors, 4 lateral incisors, 4 canines and 8 molars.

The long time span can often make things difficult for Mom and Dad. No one wants to see their child in discomfort, especially not when it means a sleepless night or added stress for them too!

Knowing the teething stages and how to identify them when they’re due can really go a long way to making this essential part of development slightly more comfortable.

It’s great to have a plan in mind for each stage, with options of things to try when times are tough. After all–no two babies are the same, so try switching up your teething remedies to see what works.

There are 5 different teething stages that you should be aware of. They start at birth and take you all the way through to 33 months of age.

Learn the teething stages and how to spot them

Stage 1

0-6 months

This is the only stage in the teething process that you don’t need to worry about!

Your baby’s teeth won’t have come through yet, so you’ll be able to focus on feeding them from the bottle and knowing how to stop those newborn baby fusses.

Towards the 6 month mark, you should start to notice the signs of stage 2 of teething. Read on and find out what you need to look out for.

Stage 2

6-8 months

Stage 2 is when your baby’s incisors and front teeth will begin to erupt from the gums.

The pressure of the teeth growing up through the gums will manifest themselves in a variety of ways before your baby will have to deal with the pain of actual teeth.

What are the signs?
Your baby will start drooling more and you’ll notice that they’re always looking for something to chew on. Ear rubbing and fussing are common signs of the second stage of teething, too.

How to tackle stage 2
Make sure you have plenty of toys for baby to chew on and that you’re monitoring the things they’re putting in their mouths at all times.

You can also massage your baby’s gums with a clean finger or damp cloth to help give some of the pressure that will ease the pain. This is definitely not something to try once the teeth have started coming through!

You might find it helpful to keep a bib on them during this stage to help catch all the drool, or you may find yourself doing multiple outfit changes on any given day!

Stage 3

10-14 months

The primary molars will start coming through at the back of the mouth during stage 3 of the teething process.

You can expect to start seeing some upper and lower teeth coming through on both sides–a recipe for sleepless nights and unhappy moods for baby!

What are the signs?
Unfortunately, you’ll be familiar with most of the signs of stage 3, because they’re very similar to stage 2 signs, but amped up a notch.

You can expect to see much more drool, fist chewing, and grumpiness. Your baby may also have a loss of appetite and even a touch of fever during this stage.

How to tackle stage 3
A cooled teething ring is a good investment at the 10-14 month benchmark. It’s also important that you keep an eye on some of the more unusual symptoms of this stage of teething.

If the discomfort looks like it’s increased in severity, it may be wisest to go to a pediatrician to check in.

Don’t forget to keep your baby’s mouth free of drool (hard as that may be), as prolonged dampness can cause discomfort and skin irritation if left too long.

Stage 4

16-14 months

Stage 4 of the teething process is very similar to teething stages 3 and 2. The canine teeth will start making an appearance in the top and bottom of the jaw during this stage.

What are the signs?
The symptoms for the fourth stage of teething are also similar to teething stages 2 and 3. Lots of chewing, crying, sleeplessness and a loss of appetite. There will also be drooling, a very frowny face and potentially a touch of fever.

How to tackle stage 4
You may find at in these later stages, giving the baby some food to chew on might be more helpful than a teething ring or wash cloth. Cooled cucumbers or carrots can be soothing and relieve the pain.

Now that a few teeth have come through, you can also try using the sippy cup as a way to combat the pain. It can be filled with cold water, which is soothing on sore gums, and the spout can be chewed!

Stage 5

25-33 months

The final stage of teething is said to be the most painful. It’s the time during which the large molars begin to erupt from the gums.

Even though it may be the most painful, there’s no reason to believe that you can’t help your baby through this final and difficult stage with a little preparation.

What are the signs?
The signs of stage 5 will be the manifestation of those last few teeth.

It’s easy to forget to keep an eye on the severity of symptoms by this point, as you’ll have been experiencing them with your baby for some time, so make sure you continually keep checking.

How to tackle stage 5
Everything you’ve been trying up until now is highly likely to become ineffective during this final stage, so resorting to over the counter remedies can be good to help get you through that final push.

Frozen fruit might also be a nice way to alleviate pain and get some extra nutrition into your child’s diet.

 

Having a plan in place for each of the stages of teething is important, not just for your baby’s comfort and development, but for your own peace of mind.

Once all your baby’s teeth have come through, you’ll be left with a toddler that’s looking for grown-up food to enjoy.

Start planning your food strategy and find out how much to feed them and which foods are best.

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What Your Baby Not Eating Means and How to Fix it

What Your Baby Not Eating Means and How to Fix it

So, you always knew that parenting would come with some challenges.

But, whether you’re an excited new parent learning the ropes or a seasoned parenting maestro who could write a best-seller on infants, your baby not eating can be incredibly frustrating, and sometimes it can get you worried sick.

When Your Baby Is Not Eating

Having that delicious baby formula sprayed all over your brand new top sure isn’t fun.

And spending a geological age pureeing carrots only to have them launched fifteen feet across the room is not the stuff from which dreams were made.

Your baby not eating can range from the funny to the frustrating to the absurd. But, often, it can be really worrying.

The good news is that most causes of poor feeding are not at all serious in nature, and they can be solved easily. Often, if your baby is growing and developing normally, there’s usually no reason to worry.

Poor feeding in babies is actually a surprisingly common experience, and many new parents have had to thread the path upon which you now find yourself.

If your baby hasn’t been feeding well, this article is for you.

We’re about to take a deep dive into the reasons why your baby may be refusing food. And, we’re sharing tried and tested ways to help rectify the problem.

Sound good to you?

Awesome!

Let’s get right to it.

Poor Feeding and Loss of Nutrients

Poor feeding in babies can range in severity from picky eating of certain foods to absolute refusal to feed at all and all things in between.

Because he or she is at such a critical juncture in life with milestones of all kinds popping up, once identified, poor feeding has got to be addressed.

Sometimes the temptation may be to dismiss the initial problem and hope that it will improve over time.

However, if you find that the normal feeding parameters are no longer in play, it’s important to actively do something about it.

At this stage in your baby’s life, essential nutrients are a vital component in helping with cognitive development and growth. Your baby will need all the required nutrients if he or she is to thrive.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the issues at play.

What Your Baby Not Eating Means and How to Fix it

1. Refusal of Food

When your baby is refusing food, one of the first things to study is the precise nature of the refusal.

It’s helpful to look for patterns.

  • Is one specific type of food being dismissed or are all foods getting equal treatment?
  • Does the refusal come at a particular time of day or night?
  • Is the refusal coming at the beginning of the meal?
  • Does it happen towards the end?

Often, once you notice the pattern, you can fix the problem with some minor adjustments.

Remember that babies refuse food for a variety of reasons. Here are some possible reasons:

  • Your baby may actually be full
  • Something may be distracting him
  • She may feel sick at that moment
  • Perhaps your baby’s feeding schedule doesn’t fit into your planned one?

Often, your baby’s refusal of food can be down to something simple that can be quickly fixed.

If you find that you have considered all of these possibilities and none fit into the pattern on display, talk to your pediatrician.

2. Refusing New Foods

We could label this one “fussy eating” as well because refusing new foods and fussy eating are two sides of the same coin.

Almost every infant will go through a stage of rejecting new foods outright or being fussy when it comes to foods they may or may not like.

It should almost be considered a right of passage!

In most cases, your baby not eating particular foods will be a passing phase. But, that said, it will be a phase that you can help them through with some considerable persistence.

Here are some things to try to help your baby accept new foods:

  • Deliver the food in very small portions at first
  • Offer your baby small portions of the new food during a current meal
  • Try to make the new food appear similar to the foods already accepted – don’t veer off wildly with color, texture, etc
  • Continue to offer the new food at other meals.

The key trick is to not overreact if your baby refuses the new food. Though it may be difficult, stay relaxed and move on happily to the next thing.

Persistence is power!

And, do bear in mind that that full acceptance of new foods can take a few weeks or even a month or two depending on the child.

3. Vomiting And Spitting Up

These two issues are very common in babies and are a natural element of the growing up process.

Vomiting can have many different causes.

  • Your baby’s digestive system is still developing
  • You baby may have a sick tummy
  • Has your baby taken medication?
  • Does your baby have an infection?

Baby vomiting is usually not a matter for huge alarm and, it usually gets better on its own.

But if your baby keeps vomiting for more than 24 hours, or if he appears to be in pain or dehydrated in any way, err on the side of caution and call your pediatrician.

When your baby is spitting up he is engaging in a normal baby activity, and, the solutions are usually very simple.

  • Avoid overfeeding your baby
  • Keep him upright when feeding
  • Burp her regularly
  • Try not to play with her excessively directly after feeding.

The frequency of spitting up typically fades after your baby’s first birthday.

4. Baby Not Eating – Other Causes

Sometimes, a temporary illness of some kind may be the reason why your baby is refusing to feed.

Common ailments that can interrupt the normal feeding flow include the following:

  • Infections – ear, etc
  • Sick tummy
  • Diarrhea
  • Teething
  • Coughs and colds.

These matters are usually not serious and they should clear up within a few days.

However, there are some other issues that may arise that will need immediate medical attention.

If your baby is refusing food and is showing any of the following signs, seek medical attention without delay:

  • Your baby has a fever of over 100 degrees F
  • She is vomiting blood
  • There is blood in her stool
  • She has a persistent cough that is worsening
  • She is wheezing
  • She is crying constantly.

Always remember that nobody knows your baby better than you do.

When in doubt, it’s always best to double check with a pediatrician.

Conclusion

So, there you have it.

Your baby not eating can mean a lot of different things.

And, the good news is that, for the most part, simple solutions can always be found to help your baby thrive.

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Is Co-Sleeping the Right Choice for Your Newborn?

Is Co-Sleeping the Right Choice for Your Newborn?

One of the greatest controversies in this history of child rearing is Co-sleeping with your newborn. The practice has been something that mothers have done since we walked out of the jungle.

But a lot of myths surfaced over time. Especially recently, people believe myths about co-sleeping that really are harmful to both you and your baby.

Myths are a thing spread by word of mouth. A lot of good information is shared by word of mouth.

But it can sometimes be like playing a game of “telephone,” especially now that we share almost anything over a global information network.

We’ve compiled some of the most common myths about co-sleeping. And we’re going to dispel them one by one.

Myth #1: Co-Sleeping Will Always Be Detrimental And Dangerous

There are ways of doing a thing and then there are ways of doing a thing. You could dive 800 feet through the water or you could dive 800 feet with an oxygen tank and a mask. One will kill you, the other will be fun.

It’s the same way with Co-sleeping. The myth that Co-sleeping is dangerous comes from people who do it wrong.

Co-sleeping doesn’t always mean being in the same exact bed together. It could very easily mean being immediately next to where your baby sleeps.

Having the baby near you will help you notice cues that come from your baby.

You will actually more likely avoid SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) this way.

Myth #2: You’re Spoiling Your Child

This one mystifies the most educated of us. How can you spoil your child by keeping them close? Sure, at one point, they will need to learn how to be independent of you.

But that’s a long way off. They need to learn to be attentive to you and you to them before that ever happens.

Bonding to your baby is good. Being attentive is even better.

Your brain will keep a part of itself active while you sleep to be attentive to baby. This is why you should at least have baby nearby.

Myth #3: You Can’t Be Intimate If Baby Is Nearby

This is one of the silliest myths out there. If you can’t have intimate relations because your baby is either in bed or in the room with you, then there is something deeper going on in your relationship. Go see a marriage counselor immediately.

You can have sex with a baby around. Make it fun. Make it a game.

See who can be the quietest while getting it on. Games like that might actually bring a new spark into your marriage rather than extinguish it.

Myth #4: Nobody Does Co-Sleeping

Actually, according to Dr. McKenna at the University of Notre Dame, 80% of breastfeeding mothers are co-sleeping with their babies. They’re just not making it public because of the stigma.

And, it’s a complete logical fallacy to assume that you should or shouldn’t do something because the crowd is or is not doing something. Some of the worst things in history have been done because the crowd was or was not doing something.

Go with the science and go with your instinct. Your baby will certainly benefit from it.

Myth #5: Babies Need To Sleep Alone

Imagine this: you are in a nice warm space, floating in comforting liquid. You don’t have to worry about any of your needs.

A tube feeds you and takes away all your waste. You have a nice lullaby machine that puts you to sleep whenever you’re sleepy. And you are almost always in a state of slow motion.

Every once in a while a pleasant voice sings and entertains you. There are no harsh lights and no harsh weather or environments. Everything is soft.

Suddenly you are ejected from this wonderful world into a place of hard surfaces. Harsh lights surround you. The world around you actually gets cold!

People place you on solid immobile surfaces and you always have to cry for your supper or your waste to be taken away.

Would you want to be left alone in that situation? Wouldn’t it feel cruel if they did leave you alone in that condition?

This is exactly how your baby feels. Sensory deprivation will never help your baby. And loneliness will not help them become independent.

You must teach your baby to be content. And the only way you can teach this is by keeping them content. And co-sleeping will give you the opportunity to respond to your baby on point.

Myth #6: You’re Irresponsible If You Are Co-Sleeping With Your Newborn

Parent shaming is a common theme in contemporary society.

“That kid is screaming for candy at the grocery store; why doesn’t mamma spank that kid?”

“You let your kid eat WHAT?!”

“Breastfeeding in public, what a shame! Cover yourself up!”

It seems to be inescapable at times. But that’s what you will have to deal with as a parent.

Despite the fact that people need to bud out and mind their own business, you don’t need to listen to them anyway.

People have the right to decide for themselves how they sleep with their newborn or child.

As long as you’re being safe with your newborn, nobody should have any concern over your sleeping habits. There is no reason why they should be judging you. And there is no reason to feel ashamed that you are co-sleeping with your newborn.

You have instincts, intuitions, and a brain. Use all three. You have every right to do that. In fact, it should be exactly what you do. Letting other people decide your life takes power away from you.

Only you decide what sleeping arrangement is right for your family.

Conclusion:

Sometimes co-sleeping is just easier. And if you’re being safe about it, co-sleeping is actually healthy. You are more than right in choosing what is right for your child.

Do you co-sleep with your baby? What precautions do you take? Do you experience judgment from others?

We’d love to hear from you down in the comments section.

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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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10 Simple Ways to Soothe a Fussy Newborn

10 Simple Ways to Soothe a Fussy Newborn

New parents don’t need to be told that having a baby is a blessing.

You’ve been planning for this darling little addition to your life for much longer than nine months.

When they arrive, you’re so excited to get to know this brand new human, an example of your love made real.

Of course, having a baby isn’t all sweet-smelling skin and bonding sessions full of lots of eye contact.

A lot of new parents report that having a baby was maybe a little more challenging than they anticipated.

Beyond the diapers you have to change or how quickly a little one can grow, how often your bundle of joy turns into a crying mess can be unexpected.

A fussy newborn is difficult in a number of ways.

It can be hard for a parent to not understand why their little one is crying so much.

And, of course, the constant tears can cause new parents to lose a lot of sleep – up to two hours a night!

If you’re reading this article through bleary eyes or holding your little one to try to calm another round of tears, we’ve got you covered.

Keep reading for a top ten list of ways to soothe a crying baby and get back a little peace of mind.

Does Your Fussy Newborn Have Colic?

Colic, defined by crying more than three hours at a time, affects almost 30% of babies.

Although this condition usually resolves itself around 3-6 months, you don’t have to just grit your teeth and bear it.

You can try the “colic hold” to try to calm your baby down.

Lay him across your forearm belly down.

Hold him close to your skin and rock him back and forth very gently.

When your baby is crying so much, you’ll be glad to have this technique in your repertoire.

Emulate The Womb

Your baby’s rent was up and they were evicted from the coziest place they’ve ever known – mama’s belly.

The womb was cramped but cozy, and no doubt baby misses being back “home”.

Try to recreate the sensation of being bundled up by swaddling your baby tightly – but gently – in a thin blanket.

Place her little arms across her chest for maximum effect.

Swaddling is a proven technique to help babies sleep better for longer periods of time.

Get Up And Get Going

There’s a reason we rock our babies in our arms, in cribs, or in chairs. The gentle motion has a calming effect on them and puts them to sleep.

If your usual standards aren’t doing the trick, it might be time to bust out the big guns.

Strap baby into his stroller and take them on a brisk walk around the block. This is great for the new parent pushing the stroller, too – it helps to get in some exercise.

If that fails, step it up even further with a lengthy car ride.

Skin To Skin Contact Is Calming

Holding an infant wearing nothing more than a diaper and maybe a hat against your bare skin (called Kangaroo Care) is proving to be excellent for newborns, especially preemies.

Not only is it a great opportunity for you to bond with baby, the practice comes with a slew of health benefits.

Oxygen levels rise, temperature evens out, and heart rate stays steady, not to mention the baby sleeps better too.

Enjoy a few moments of calm with your baby with kangaroo care.

Soft Background Noise Can Be Soothing

When the baby is in the womb, they hear more than you would think.

They hear the rush of blood, the gurgle of the stomach, and the thrumming of the heart.

Your baby’s room might be a little too quiet; they need that soft hum of background noise to relax.

Try getting a white noise machine or a ceiling fan to provide a steady – but soft – sound.

If you have neither of those on hand, vacuuming in another room or simply saying “shhh” will still help baby get back to sleep.

Let Them Cry It Out

Sometimes, there’s just nothing you can do, and that’s OK.

While it can be frustrating to hear your fussy newborn wail and not know what to do, at times it’s best to just take a step back and let them cry for a bit.

Being too involved and not letting a baby cry it out is one of the top 10 new parent mistakes.

Try this technique: lay a soft blanket on the floor and place your infant in the center.

There the baby will stay safe and can cry to their heart’s content.

You can be out of the room but stick close by. In fact, this is a great moment to get a little bit of time to yourself.

What Vibe Are You Putting Out?

Have you ever had a friend that’s nervous around babies? It’s more than likely that a baby starts crying when they get handed to this person.

Babies are very sensitive to changes in environment and to people’s moods.

While new parents might snip at each other a bit due to lack of sleep and new life challenges, try to keep it to a minimum – and never in front of the baby.

Babies can sense when those around them are unhappy. Stay calm around baby and they’ll likely respond in kind.

Is It Gas?

A fussy newborn might be upset by that old standby – gas.

There are a few tried and true methods to deal with it.

Lay your baby face down across your knees then gently rub his back.

You can also try laying him on his back and bicycling his legs.

If this is a reoccurring issue it might be time to talk to a doctor about using anti-gas medicine.

Give Them Something Relaxing To Look At

Gentle, soft lights and movement are great to put any fussy newborn at ease.

There are a few things on the market that fill a room with soft lighting and slowly moving shapes.

A star shower of colored light is very relaxing for baby and parent alike.

In fact, an aquarium will do in a pinch.

The low light, soft bubbling sound and pretty fish are beautiful and calming.

Diet Plays A Big Role In Baby Temperament

If you’re nursing, it’s a no-brainer to cut out caffeine and alcohol. Other foods can be irritants for baby too.

Dairy, spicy foods and onions are all common culprits.

If you’re feeding baby formula, it can’t be stressed enough that you need the healthiest options.

American formulas allow sweeteners in their ingredients. European formulas, in contrast, usually have restrictions on which additives are allowed.

Popular European formula brands, like Hipp formula or Holle, come from cows that graze in pastures.

Organic infant formula isn’t difficult to purchase and is a wonderful choice for your baby.

Formuland, shipping from California, is your one-stop shop for finding the best organic baby formula.

New parents have enough to worry about; how to handle a fussy newborn just got crossed off that list!

Try these tips out and tell us which one worked the best for you.

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What to Do When Your Baby Always Wants to Be Held

What to Do When Your Baby Always Wants to Be Held

Being born is hard. It’s a tough transition. Imagine it. You’ve spent your whole life in a warm comfortable place. The light is always a warm glowing red. You don’t ever have to think about food, ever. And even when you defecate, it just gets disposed of without your knowing.

It’s a constant state of “being held.” And then, suddenly, it all comes crashing in. You’re forced through a tight space into a cold and barren landscape. Bright, harsh lights pierce your eyes. The comfortable fluid where you lived your life is now fridged air.

Your body now has to heat itself. It has to learn how to defend against invaders like viruses and bacteria. Fortunately, you brought a little defense force with you until you can grow your own. But that doesn’t change the fact that sickness and death are always waiting at your door.

That’s why your baby always wants to be held. They haven’t gotten used to the world. Your world. And they need help transitioning.

1. A New Way To Think About Why Your Baby Always Wants To Be Held

It’s like a brand new vegetarian. They can’t quit meat cold turkey. That’s crazy. So, clever people have created meat substitutes to make the transition a little less painful. Of course, it will never replace the real thing. Meat will always be meat. But, if they are going to make the transition, they’ll have to sacrifice a little.

This is how you should think of your baby. Like someone transitioning into an unfamiliar world. Like an addict quitting their drug of choice. It’s going to be a little rough. But they shouldn’t have to quit cold turkey. They need that gentle switch over.

But the problem with the baby who always wants to be held, is that doctors jump directly to colic when concerned parents ask for advice.

Some doctors question the validity of these diagnoses. Mostly on the basis of saying 50% of babies have this “abnormal” condition called colic. Sounds more like an epidemic, if it were true that this many babies had colic.

The more likely scenario is the one mentioned in this article’s first paragraph. The baby who always wants to be held is going through a rough transition. And many parents look for the easy answer.

Now, we aren’t saying to distrust your doctor. But bringing up alternative thoughts is never a bad thing.

2. What To Try First Before Assuming It’s Colic

The period right after birth until three months of age is commonly called the “Fourth Trimester.” This again is a time of incredible change for your baby. And it’s probably when your baby always wants to be held.

But there are some things you can do to ease that transition. And hopefully, you won’t have to rack up such a large doctor’s bill treating something that may not even be there.

Contractions

That last bit of their life in the womb, your baby constantly experienced movement. They became quite enamored of the feeling. But when babies come out of the womb, one of the things they miss is movement.

What do parents tend to do to babies when they lay them down? Do they put them on something that moves? No. They place them on a fairly solid, stationary object called a bed, or a crib, or even the floor with a blanket.

Your baby finds this lack of movement disturbing. Your baby always wants to be held because that is preferable to the cold, motionless slab upon which you typically place them.

Instead, try placing them in a rocking crib, or gently swaying them in your arms from side to side. A car ride too can help them fall asleep and not be so fussy.

The Noises

Imagine being inside a large pumping machine every time you sleep. Soon, you won’t be able to sleep without the sound of the pumps. This is what’s happening when your baby always wants to be held. They want to be closer to your heart.

That may sound cheesy, but they need sounds familiar to them to fall asleep.

Some music services actually offer music specifically for this purpose. These songs can include heartbeats, water sounds, and other rhythmic sounds.

Baby Yoga

How do certain amusement park rides simulate flight? By holding you over space, right?

Your baby hung out in essentially a null gravity compartment for the nine months in the womb. And, a lot of stimulation was blocked out by your body.

This is a two-fold bit of advice. Your baby always wants to be held, but that isn’t always working is it? Instead, hold your baby face down. Let them lie across your arm with their head gently resting near the crook of your arm and their arms and legs dangling.

Not only is this a soothing position, it gives them a sense of weightlessness and they won’t have your face in theirs the whole time.

A possible reason why this works: object permanence. Object permanence is why peek-a-boo is so amusing to babies. Until about eight months of age, a baby has no concept of the existence of objects outside of their view. When you put your face behind your hands, your face ceases to exist for the baby.

Perhaps not having your face constantly before theirs is a way of helping them forget about the strange world they are in and sleep.

Food

Lastly, your baby may simply be hungry. Forget the feeding schedule. Forget them even finishing their bottle. They may just need the comfort of the nipple to get them through.

This is a natural and important part of the “fourth trimester.” It helps the skull bones return to the natural position after birth.

If you aren’t breastfeeding, a good formula might be a good thing. Especially if you need something to feed in a pinch.

Conclusion:

Your baby is just trying to cope with the harshness of this new world. Help them get through it. Give them all the love and care you can.

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Baby Formula Stain Removal: How to Do it Right

Baby Formula Stain Removal

A mom’s work is never done.

Even after a mom has fed her baby, at any moment her little bundle of joy could be spitting up baby formula.

Removing the formula stain can be pretty darn hard.

I’m sure you’ve been there. And I’m sure you’ve tried everything.

But, how do you get the stain out completely?

Even the best baby formula can be a little tricky to take out.

In this article, you will learn baby formula stain removal tips that you can start using today.

Plus, with the help of these tips, you won’t have to run out and buy pricey cleaning products.

So read on.

You’ll learn everything you need to get out those stains, cheaply and effectively.

Let’s begin!

Use Dish Soap

For this baby formula stain removal tip, you’ll be using dish soap as a pretreating formula.

Any dish soap will do.

You can use it when you don’t have other cleaning products at your disposal.

Dish soap essentially strips away the oily properties of the formula.

The process

Before throwing your stain-laden garment into the wash, you’re going to want to add dish soap to the area where the stain is.

Let the dish soap rest on the stain for about 15 minutes.

Afterward, rinse the fabric thoroughly with cold water.

You might want to repeat this step to ensure a deeper cleanse.

Once you’re done with this process, throw the vestment into a separate bucket filled with cold water.

After you’ve let it sit for a few minutes, add it to the washer along with your other clothes.

Baby formula stain removal tip 101

To ensure that you get the stain out completely, you’ll want to clean the stain right away.

Obviously, this tip is a given to some of you, but I know some moms who are a little lax in getting to the stain right away.

Being resigned about cleaning stains right away might work for other stains, but not for formula stains.

Thing is, as soon as a baby spits up the formula, letting the formula sit in the fabric will make it tougher to remove.

And when the formula is completely dried, it will leave a sour smell that will be hard to mask, and hard to get rid of.

You’ll want to avoid that.

The presoak method

You can use stain removal cleaning powders (like Oxiclean) to help fight the stain.

BIZ works, too.

Actually, any enzyme cleaner or powered dish soap will work in this case.

They sell these products in big-bottle form at the Dollar Tree.

So stock up!

How to do it

Let the clothing item soak in a bucket of water.

Add your cleaning powder to the water.

Before you dunk your clothing item in water, you can use the dish soap method I spoke of above.

Afterward, follow up by adding the cleaning powder.

The dish soap will break up the stain, and the stain removal powder will help to continue to dissolve the stains and get them off completely.

I recommend you leave a soak-bucket somewhere in the bathroom or kitchen where you can quickly throw in soiled clothes in the event that your baby spits up.

Use Lemon Juice for white clothes

Do you have a white top with a really old stain?

Good luck getting regular detergent or soap to clean it off!

To remove the stubborn yellow on the fabric, you can use lemon juice to get rid of this stain.

Use lemon juice after you’ve allowed the soiled garment to soak, and after you’ve washed it.

Next, apply a good amount of lemon juice to the stained area.

Then, leave the fabric to dry in the sun.

The lemon juice and the sun will essentially bleach the stained area.

Use baking soda

This is another excellent baby formula stain removal tip, which sides more on the traditional side.

But, using baking soda works!

One of the problems with formula stains is that it leaves a yellow smear.

To avoid this yellowing effect, as soon as your baby spits up, wipe off the formula. (lightly, of course. You don’t want to smear it into the fabric, as it will be harder to remove).

Add baking soda to the soiled area and wash.

Don’t worry about your other clothes in the wash getting yellow from the formula.

The baking soda will neutralize the stain.

Also, refer to 50+ Amazing Uses of Baking Soda.

What to do if you still see yellow

If you’ve added baking soda to the stain and have washed the stained clothing item, yet you still see discoloration or yellowness, don’t fret.

These stains are most likely previous breast milk or some of the protein residue that had remained on the fabric.

In most cases, it won’t be the original stain.

That said, you can still get this stain out by presoaking the soiled garment in a cleaning powder like Oxiclean.

Another tip is to use, along with Oxiclean, Hydrogen Peroxide.

You’ll also want to take note of some of the baby formula out there, which have concerning ingredients, which might leave stronger stains.

Use meat tenderizer

One of the most effective ways to remove formula stains is to use meat tenderizer.

Note: this can work for pretty much any stain like dirt, grass, oil and even blood.

Here’s what you’re going to want to do:

  1. Get yourself some meat tenderizer powder
  2. Combine the powder with a small amount of water
  3. Cover the stain with the powder and let it sit overnight
  4. Wash normally

When it comes to removing stains, the goal is to break up the formula’s protein residue.

But, the stain will remain until you have successfully broken up these tiny proteins.

Final Thoughts

Being a mom is a full-time job, and sometimes moms just can’t catch a break.

A moment of relaxation can turn into fabric nightmare, like in the case when your sweet bundle of joy decides to share a meal with you.

Trying to remove these after-stains can be tough.

But with the tips covered in this article, we’re sure you won’t have this problem anymore and will find it easier to get rid of these tough baby formula stains.

What are some baby formula stain removal methods that have worked for you?

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Parenting tips, from generation to generation – Are You Ready?

Parenting is a challenging task for anyone. There is one fits all style in doing it and there is now fail proof approach in performing the role. This is mainly because each individual child differs from another. In addition, the environment from which we live in changes over time. The technological advancement has contributed and affected the way our relationship with our child evolved. Parent roles have also shifted in many different directions; many are practicing the modern family where both parents work for the benefit of the household and a few remain traditional in set up where the family depends in one income provider. There are also relationship matters that have to be taken in to consideration like when parents have decided to lead separate lives yet still believes in co-parenting the child. Because of these changes in the dynamics of parenthood, what may be effective parenting practices done decades ago may not be as valuable to the kids now.

 

There are however many lessons in parenting that can be pass on from one generation to the next and still yielding positive results. Some of this advices and tips have withstood the test of time and have proven to be applicable to every parent in any situation. Here are the top on the list parenting advice worthy to keep.

 

  • What parents ought to understand is the importance of being consistent. It is quite difficult to stand with what you have set as acceptable and what is not when your child is being a challenge. But the value of consistency plays a major role in disciplining and raising your child. You cannot flip-flop on your decisions and convictions as this may tend to indicate that you are not serious about the matter and or you may not gain respect from your child. It is important for both parents to agree on basic rules in guiding the child so as not to result with one of the parent questioning the other especially in front of your kid/s.

 

  • Balance the role of being a parent and also being a friend to your child. What is tragic today is the alienation and mistrust of most children towards their parents. It should always be kept in mind that the home is a place where your kid should be most open about himself and is most accepted. You can only create such an atmosphere if you have a strong friendship bond with your child which primarily stems from trust. Make it a point to not only be a parent but also be a friend to him. Know his interests, be willing to sit down and play with him, create an environment where your child can freely express himself to you and if possible be willing and open to confide to you. This kind of relationship will be very important in raising a confident, self assured, and secured individual. If you do this, you are halfway done in raising a capable and valuable human being into the world.

 

  • Set realistic expectations and have a regular reward system. What destroys a child’s outlook in life and self worth is the disappointment that parents often inflict their child with. It will be helpful to be cognizant with your child’s abilities and weaknesses, that way your expectations and aspirations for your child will be in tune with who he truly is. Setting the bar too high will only frustrate you and damage the self esteem of your child. It is also very important to be observant of their personal accomplishments may it be big or small, nothing builds them up more than being appreciated and rewarded for it. This will motivate them to always do excellently in whatever task they have in their hands.

 

Rearing a child is complicated and hard. A few guidelines will help you stay on track in good parenting. As parents we all wanted what is best for them, our good intentions though may not be for their best interest. It will be nice to check our hearts from time to time in consonance with these time tested advice in parenting.

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8 Essential Tips Every Mom Needs for Work-Life Balance 

Being a mother is not easy. Being a mother with a work is probably the most difficult thing every can ever do. It is quite difficult to juggle doing your job while taking care of your kids and doing house chores all at the same time. When you do good at work, you feel bad because it seems like you are not doing a good job at home and vice versa.

For sure, you would want to do everything and you wish to find the balance between your life and work. But is that even possible? Of course, it is. Here are some tips that will help you do so:

  • Ask help from your partner.

Let’s face it— you cannot do everything on your own. Lucky for you, you have a partner to work with. Keep in mind that parenting is a joint effort so do not be afraid to seek help from your partner. Think when is the most stressful part of your day and that is when you would ask your partner to help you.

  • Be mindful.

The main reason why mommies find it difficult to find balance between work and life is because their mind always wander. When you are at work, you think about your children back at home and when you are at home, you think about work. If you want to be more efficient, be mindful of everything you do. Focus on just one thing at a time.

  • Look for an effective and efficient child care specialist.

If you feel guilty for leaving your kids back home, the least that you can do is to make sure that they are in safe and reliable hands by choosing a reliable child care specialist. Try to create a list of criteria that you want her to have. Plus, you can ask recommendations from family and friends.

  • Ask your company for a flexible work schedule.

We all know that it will be difficult for you to work at 9-5 and take care of your kids at the same time. That is why you should ask your boss to give you a schedule that will work for your family and company.

  • Use your time efficiently.

There are many hacks that can help you save time. You can try cooking dishes that can last for a long time, outsource task that will take you time to do so, clean your house daily and prepare everything the night before.

  • Create a calendar.

Have a calendar that will tell you when to pay your bills, when to clean the house, what you need to do and many more.

  • Assign tasks to your children.

If your children are old enough, you can assign to them simple household chores like sweeping the floor, washing the dishes and many more.

  • Take advantage of technology.

During your break time at work, make a video call to your kids to make sure you are doing well. This will help ease the guilt a bit.

You can never achieve a perfect life. You cannot be a supermom and a supercareer woman at the same time. The least that you can do is to find a balance between the worlds that you are living in and you can do that with the tips mentioned above.

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Moms’ Guide to Achieving Work Life Balance

Fulfilling the responsibilities of a mom while holding up a career is not an easy feat. You will surely find it hard to juggle your time between family and work and you will feel like a failure from time to time. Maybe you have exhausted all possible means to achieve balance between the two but to no avail. Well, lucky for you, you are already at this page. That’s because we have prepared some tips on how you can achieve work life balance. Here are some of them:

  • Have some quiet time.

If you wish to take good care of your family and excel at your job, it is important that you take good care of yourself too. The best way to do this is to schedule a quiet time every single day. After work, try to sit down for a few minutes and just simply do the things that you want to do for yourself. It can be about just simply lying down or have a luxurious bath. In this way, you will be ready to face the challenges that come with preparing dinner for the entire family.

  • Plan your work schedule.

It is important that you avoid work time overlap with family time. Avoid bringing home some work and do your work when you should be bonding with your family. The key to doing this is to plan your work time accordingly. Find a way to stick to it so you are rest assured that you will be out of the door by 5pm. In the event that you have no choice but to work late, it is a must that you cooperate with your spouse to make sure that one of you will take on the responsibility of cooking dinner and taking care of the kids.

  • Turn off TV during dinner time.

The only time that your family can be able to talk to one another and share stories about your day is during dinnertime. Sadly, many families tend to watch TV during this time. Turn off the TV and eat dinner altogether so you bond, share stories and connect with one another.

  • Have limits.

Establishing boundaries is important if you are trying to achieve balance between work and family. At work, learn to say no when you feel that it will already invade your precious family time. At home, do not schedule any events or do not make any promises when you know that your time will prevent you from fulfilling it.

  • Have a support network.

Do not hesitate to ask for help. Please keep in mind that you cannot do things on your own. There are times when you will need help so do not be shy to ask for it.

 

Being a mom is never easy but being a mom while maintaining a job is an entirely different challenge to conquer. But lucky for you, you do not have to suffer any longer. The tips mentioned above will help you to excel at work while taking good care of your kids and family.