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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 9:34AM
By -AML
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Here is a picture tutorial on how to make

a TUTU for anything!

I made a TUTU CRIBSKIRT! How easy and Cute! 

 

Materials:

 

  • Fabric sized to fit crib {28" x 52"}
  • Tulle of your color choice { I used two basic rolls from Michaels}
  • Scissors

 

Make Small slits throughout fabric edge. Cut strips of tulle. Make sure you measure the tulle so that it is long enough for what you will need it for. Then take tulle strip and loop it through the slit. and pull! It is that easy! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!!!!!

 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 9:09AM
By -AML
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Keeping your child safe has become your innate responsibility since they were conceived. Therefore, I have compiled an easy guide to keeping them safe from birth. Making sure that our babies are safe is a never-ending job that changes as they grow. It very important to always keep your eyes on them and observe what they are learning to do next so that you are best prepared to keep them from any harm. Most of this will seem like common sense but I guarantee there will be something in here you didn't think of! 

Our everyday lives are full of sharp edges, shaky furniture, burning stoves, swimming pools, and busy streets. Its time to get down to your babies level and see the world as they do.  How fast and far can they move? How high can they reach? What is catching their attention? What new things can they do today? Sometimes children's risks are not always obvious and therefore its important to be on constant alert. Children have different temperaments and may be at a higher risk for encountering danger.  Learn Infant CPR and Choking Procedures! It will be life saving if needed.  TIP**Anything that can fit into a toilet paper tube is a choking hazard. 

 

ROOM BY ROOM

Baby proofing should happen before the baby needs to be protected. Dont wait till they are rolling, crawling, walking to start.  

 

ALL ROOMS Get on your hands an knees and begin to crawl through your home. Take note of every little nook and cranny your baby can get into. Make sure to note any electrical outlets, cords, doors, chocking hazards, breakable items ect.  Install smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Check them regularly for proper function. Cover all electrical outlets. Protect any electrical cords. Install safety gates to prevent them entering an area that is off limits. Protect the stairs with gate so they cant go up or down without supervision. Houseplants can be harmful, keep out of reach. Always keep floors clean and clear of any small objects that can be choking hazards. {especially if you have a pet. mine brings things in from all over}.  Always make sure doors and windows are locked. Keep all winder coverings out of child's reach. Check furniture for sharp edges and that they are sturdy.If not then attach them to the wall. TV's, Computer Screens, & Wall art can fall and harm your child make sure they are secure to the wall and cant easily be removed.  Whenever using baby/child products make sure you use any straps, harnesses or safety measures to protect them from falling & or injury. Never leave baby alone on bed, table, chair ect. Even if they are sound asleep.  Have a first aid kit handy. Purchase a fire extinguisher and have all able family members know its location. 

 

 

NURSERY

Cribs- make sure slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. make sure all screws and hardware are installed properly and secure. Mattress should be snug in crib and that there are no spaces in between a child can get stuck. Mattress should be firm with a tight fitting sheet. Crib bumpers are a safety hazard for SIDS so use a Breathable Bumper. Remove bumper once baby can stand so they dont use it as a way to get out of crib. Make sure Mobile is secure and hung high enough that the baby cannot reach it and pull it down. 

Changing Tables- never leave baby on the changing table alone and use a strap to keep their wiggle butts safe. Always make sure that your diapering supplies are stocked and close. Make sure that you clean every fold & crevice of child during diaper changing.  Childproof all outlets, cords, and areas in which they are harm themselves.  Make sure temperature of baby room is not too hot or too cold.  Keep baby monitors far enough away that they will not be harmed by the frequency. 
 

 

KITCHEN

 

TIP**  use one drawer/cupboard with child safe items that they can play with.

Drawers/Cupboards- Childproof all drawers and cupboards that hold harmful items. I would recommend just doing it all because their are things we would never think of that can be harmful but some how they always find a way. Make sure that you keep any electrical appliances unplugged and out of their reach. The child will learn to climb on the counter and turn things on. I have seen it happen. 

Cooking- make sure that you keep all handles inward on stove, never cook while carrying child, if you can lock stove/oven do so. Using the Microwave to heat baby food/formula is a big NO NO. It create heat pockets and that can burn their mouth. Also try to think about items that are small they can choke on, like refrigerator magnets. Make sure trash can is tall and not easy for them to tip over or get into. Never leave any bags close to child or within reach. They can use them to suffocate. Keep all alcohol in a closed and locked area. 

High Chairs- Make sure chair has a wide base for good stability. Always strap your child in properly. Dont place high chair in proximity to hot surfaces. Never leave them in high chair unattended. 

 

BATHROOM-

Children can drown in only a few inches of water! Never leave them alone in a bathroom let alone in the tub. Install no-slip mats in tub and remember floors are slippery when wet. Make sure all toilet lids are closed and if necessary get a lid lock. All children will hit their head on the bath faucet eventually and adding a spout cover will protect their little heads. Always make sure you test the water before you put your baby in it. With that said dont be afraid to put them in nice hot water {obviously not too hot} but its not fun to sit in cold water. The water begins to cool as soon as it comes out of the faucet and since will typically bath them it will get colder.

Get latches to childproof all drawers and cabinets. {especially anything that has medicines, cleaning supplies ect.} Toothpaste, shampoo, soap ect. can be harmful to your child as well make sure that they are out of reach when not in the bathroom with them.  Bath child before feeding so that they do not spit up/throw up from movement. Never use a Qtip in nose or ear unless its a specified baby Qtip that guards from going too deep. Even then use caution. 

 

GARAGE/BASEMENT These areas usually store lethal tools and chemicals. keep all harmful chemicals and tools high out of their reach. Do not allow your child to play around cars or driveways. Make sure that garage door sensors work properly and even then keep them away. 

 

LIVING ROOM Remove any breakable items, secure all entertainment cords, cover fireplace with proper protection. 

 

OUTDOORS Make sure that if you have a pool that it has a child proof cover or gated. Close off any pet area so that your child cannot access any soiled areas. Again, be sure to watch that they dont get into any plants, rocks or soil. Use protection against the weather at all times. Never leave your child unattended outdoors. Dont allow them to play near street or hazardous area. 

 

PETS Never leave your child alone with your pet. I dont care how sweet or gentle your pet is.  Dont allow child to tease or harm pet even if on accident. Make sure the pet has supervised time to get to know baby/child. Teach child to play nicely with pet. Ignoring pet due to baby/child will only cause them to be resentful so include pet in activities as often as possible.  make sure pets are up to date on immunizations. Keep all food, toys and bones away from child. Teach your children proper ways to approach pet. make sure they understand that strange pets can be dangerous. 

  • Keep Medical History Form and a Emergency Contact Form in an easy to access location.
  • Never SHAKE Your baby! 
  • Never leave them in the car alone! 
  • Dont Smoke in home or around baby! {there is such a thing as third hand smoke. It is what baby inhales from your hair, clothing and skin after you smoke. It isn't just from smoke that come directly from cigarettes it actually sticks to you and then you carry it around with you and to people around you. Washing your hands isnt enough. If you have a loved one that smoke and they come to visit often ask them not to smoke before coming over or while they will be around baby. 
  • Lock up your FIREARMS!

Preventing SIDS {Sudden Infant Death Syndrome}

Place baby on back to sleep

Put them to sleep on a firm mattress

Remove any items in sleep area {if you are worried they will be cold swaddle them}

  Smoking/Second hand smoke raises risk of SIDS

Overheating Baby can raise risk keep them comfortable and room temperature neutral. 

Co-sleeping raises risk. Do so with caution

 

Poisons Babies can get their hands on! 

  • Cosmetics
  • Perspiration Drugs
  • Cleaning Products
  • Vitamins
  • Over-the-counter Medicine
  • Household Plants
  • Paint thinner, lighter fluid, antifreeze ect.
  • pesticides
  • Alcohol

Poison Control # Should be memorized! 866.222.1222

 

 

 

How to treat.... {first before we get into treatment its important that during any injury you stay as calm as possible. First because your child will pick up on your temperment and will mimic it. 

  • How to treat scrapes & cuts- Wash area with soap and water, pat dry and apply antibiotic treatment such a s Neosporin & apply bandage { make sure bandage is not so tight it cuts off circulation. It should cover open wound but allow air to flow through.} If the cut is deep apply pressure to stop bleeding. Watch for heavy bleeding as well as infection with pus, odor or fever.
  • How to treat insect bites & stings- Remove stingers/splinters with tweezers. If it is hard to remove dont dig into skin give it a day or two to be pushed out until it can be pulled out by you. Apply an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling. apply a paste of baking soda and water to remove venom and soothe area. if you see a severe rash appear it could mean an allergic reaction. Also shortness of breath and swelling of the tongue, hands or face indicate an allergic reaction and require a trip to ER.
  • How to treat burns- immediately place the area under cool water. Loosely cover are with clean, dry gauze and monitor for infection. Ice or ointments will only make it worse. Look for blistered skin. If the burn is severe call 911. 
  • How to treat bumps & bruises- apply a cold compress to the area to ease the pain and swelling. Keep baby awake for at least an hour. Observe their behavior. If their crying is inconsolable, they vomit, their pupils change size, or they are having trouble focusing call your doctor or head to the ER. 

 

 

Even the safest parents will have accidents and the most important part is that you are alert and active in your childs life. This will help you comtinue through the years as they turn into teens. {oh boy....I can absolutely wait for those days to come.} 

Have fun with your child, play & play it safe! 

 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:39AM
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First thing you might not be able to soothe their discomfort completely. You can help soothe some discomfort with these tips! 

 


 

Between 4-7 Months your baby will begin to teeth.

Here are some signs they may be teething! 


  • Drooling 
  • Gum swelling and sensitivity
  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Biting behavior
  • Refusing food
  • Sleep problems
  • Pulling on their ears

You may also have other symptoms to deal with like a fever or diarreha. 

 

 

Let them CHEW! on anything that will help them put counter pressure on their gums without being a danger. The counter pressure helps relieve the painful pressure of the teeth pushing up & out of the gum line. It helps to put these teething toys in the fridge or freezer to add cold pressure, which can help numb the area. I have heard of using a cold washcloth since it is soft and cold. If they are old enough, try a frozen banana. 

 

Let them RUB! I put my daughter on my lap and let her rub my {clean} finger on her gums. She does it with her fingers but they are tiny. She will bite down and move my finger across her gums. Plus then you can actually feel the progress of the teeth moving it starts to get harder in a way. 

 

Give them COLD! cold feeding of solids or bottle to help soothe the gums. 

 

Give them RELIEF! there are many medical treatments such as numbing gel, tylenol, and tablets that help relieve their discomfort. I would recommend using not medical remedies until you must. Check with your pediatrician. Always follow the directions on the boxes and try a little first to see if it works. 

 
Got any other remedies Please Share! 

 
Monday, October 15, 2012 3:00PM
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Here are the Baby Basics you will need to know for taking care of your newborn. It is a very scary thought that you will be responsible for another persons life. Let's face it controlling our own lives is difficult enough. Much of the following is common sense but it never hurts to add more knowledge. Follow these guidelines on how to take care of a baby and you will do just fine. Many of the things that you will need to know are here in this article but really its important to follow your instinct first. No matter what anyone else tells you. By the third month I could identify different cries and pretty much know what my baby wants before they even want it. 

 

My Baby Taking Care Of Motto:

"Keep It Simple, Stupid!"

 

How to Properly Carry Your Baby:

Always put hand behind head when lifting and carrying. Place both hands around baby. One hand under the head and the other around their torso or under their tush. When carrying them in cradle position making sure that you have their head nestled into your elbow crease and that their entire body is supported and secure in your grip. 

Make sure that you take precautions to protect your hands, arms, shoulders, and back when caring your baby. They will make you start using your body in ways your not used to and they only get heavier. You may feel great at first because your body is still full on the hormone Relaxin. As soon as that starts to wear off you will be feeling the pain. Trust Me.  {I had a problem with my thumb and wrist (the doctor called it mommy wrist) it is very painlful when the thumb is used and takes a very long time to heal. It will inhibit your use of your hand, which is very necessary for taking care of a baby. I had to get shots of steroids into my thumb tendon. The shot hurt worse than labor.}  

How to Soothe Your Baby: {use these when you have met their basic needs such as feeding, changing, sleep and they still arent calm}

  • Rocking/ Swaying
  • Stroking their head
  • Patting their back
  • Swaddling
  • Singing or Talking to them
  • Playing soft music
  • Walking/Strolling/Car ride
  • White Noise/Vibration
  • Burping/ Lay on stomach {to relieve pressure}
  • Warm Bath

Signs Baby is Hungry:

  • Hands are in baby's mouth
  • They will stick out their tongue
  • They will smack their lips 
  • They will have jerking movements like they are trying to search for food
  • They will suck on your arm or any object near their mouth
  • Crying is the last sign! try to feed them before this happens

How to Feed Your Baby:

When the baby is first born you will either start trying to get the hang of breastfeeding or you will be mixing formula. Here is a quick explanation of how to feed your baby and tips I learned along the way.

Breastfeeding:

It does make you burn 500 calories a day. If you want to lose weight keep at it. Breastfeeding is not easy but it will be easier than trying to hit the gym.

Human Milk is the best for baby. Formula will mimic the mommies milk but nothing man made is ever as good as nature made. Breastfeeding has benefits for both mommy & baby other than just food. I do have to warn you that babies that are breastfed do have a higher risk of having high levels of Bilirubin, which causes Jaudice. 

Take advantage of any lactation advice and help you can get. You will need to have patience because breastfeeding is a full time job with overtime. Here is an example of your day when breastfeeding.

 

You will wake up every 2 hours to feed baby. You will latch them on one breast. 15-20 minutes later you will burp them. Then latch on to other side. 15-20 minutes later you will burp them. {sometimes they only need one side (make sure you keep track which was the last one and alternate, a good trick is to you a pin on the bra strap to the side that was last used) , if so that means you will still need to spend the other 15-20 minutes pumping to ensure proper milk production.}

Then in 40 minutes you get to do it all over again! Yes, I know its all about the booby until baby begin to weed off needing to eat every 2 hours. 

The hardest part about breastfeeding is the latch. Knowing that you have a proper latch is not easy. Lactation specialist will let you know when the baby is latched properly and even tell you the signs to look for but honestly they are very subtle. There are a few situations when a woman will not be able to breastfeed due to physical or medical reasons. I unfortunately was one of them. You will possibly feel guilty at first but know that you tried and that you will do whatever you need to do to make sure that you baby is eating and satisfied. 

Once you get the latching down, now you need to ease your worry about the baby getting enough to eat. You cant see how many ounces they are getting. This is very nerve racking. Just know that every mother worries about this no matter how many children you have breastfed. One way to ease your worry is to keep a journal of the baby's feeding schedule and diapers. There are great apps out there to help you keep track electronically and they do all the math for you. This way you can get an idea of your baby's eating patterns and if they are having healthy diapers.

You will also be checking baby's weight gain. It is normal for them to gain 1/2-1 ounce a day for first three months. 

The other way to ease your mind is to pump. Pumping allows you to see how much milk is being released. This also helps your body produce more milk and lets you begin to start storing the milk. I did both and I still worried. ;) 

Breastfeeding will create some uncomfortable situations for you. Sore, cracked nipples, engorgement, leaking milk, ect. Know that all women experience these things and its normal. Get yourself stocked with Lanolin. Put some in your diaper bag too. Have nursing pads all over the place just in case. 


How to store and feed your baby pumped breast milk: 

Breast milk will stay fresh for 3 hours, in the fridge for 3 days and the freezer for 3 months. Just remember the number 3. To freeze the milk simply put it into a freezer safe container and place in freezer. You should defrost the milk in the fridge. 

To warm the milk you will want to only use hot water in a container and place the bottle/bag into the hot water until it slowly warms up. Never use the microwave it creates hot spots that will burn the babies mouth. You can also purchase a bottle warmer but that is a luxury and not necessary. Test the warmth of the milk on the back of your hand. Personally, {I know you will think this is gross} but I test it with my lips. Its a personal preference. 

 

Formula: 

Which one to choose? Honestly, they are all the same. Your baby may prefer one over another especially if they are having tummy issues. There are a few different types to choose from, dont get overwhelmed just buy one and stick to it. I recommend buying them at Costco or Sams Club. They offer the large sizes and for the cheapest I have found. 

 

Here is how to know how much to feed baby! 

 

baby weight X 2.5 divided by # of feedings. 

Example- baby weighs 10 lbs x 2.5= 25 divided by 10 feedings = 2.5 ounces per feeding. 

 

This equation will be easy to follow for first 2-3 months after that you will get the hang of what your baby needs. Remember to adjust the amount as your baby grows and as they eat less often. 

 

Mixing Formula:

 

I always have hot water ready. You can do this by boiling water and putting it in a thermos for the day's feedings. I do this and it lasts me all day & night. You can also have a water cooler with the hot water attachment. I dont recommend boiling water every time they are hungry or you will just piss them off making them wait! ;) and a screaming baby just stresses us out.

I put some hot water into the bottle; add cold filtered water until it is at the level I need to mix. I test the water on my lips. {just act like your taking a sip with your lips closed and feel the temperature of the water}. Then I add 1 scoop for every 2 ounces. Put bottle nipple on securely, hold down nipple whole as you shake the formula to mix it well. If you dont shake well there will be clumps of unmixed formula. Yucky! 

Only mix 1 serving at a time. Unless you have twins and need multiple servings at once. 

Formula Milk will last 2 hours period. Discard after that. Also once baby has used some of the milk and didnt finish discard the rest. 

 

Choosing the bottles you will use can also be overwhelming. Again, there are many companies out their that claim to do 100 things right. Just pick on you are drawn to. I will warn you that bottles get scratched, lose their color, and start to smell. {yes, fun} The easiest way to clean them is with a bottle brush and baby dish soap. Make sure they air dry in a well-ventilated area that is not near anything that will contaminate the bottles. 

 

I have 6 Tomme Tippe Bottle in Pink. 2 x 5 ounces & 4 x 9 ounces you can buy this as a set for about $45.00! I love them! They also have a great attachment for their bottle that will work with any breast pump! 

 

How to Burp your baby: 

There are a few ways to do this. Find the way you like to do it that works and is comfortable. You may have to do multiple moves to get that burp! Use a Burp Cloth! They may not always let on out, if not hold them upright for 10-15 minutes to keep them from spitting up and try again. If baby seems fussy after feeding they may need to burp. 

  • Baby is held upright over the shoulder{I found putting her stomach close to the top of my shoulder was easiest, can be scary for a newborn that doesnt hold their head up}
  • Baby sitting on lap while you hold their jaw and pat with your other hand. {looks scary but its my favorite. Most comfortable with newborn}
  • Lay baby across knees and pat their back. {great for when baby has tummie issues, it helps ease the pressure}

 

Your baby may have cases of severe hiccups. Its normal and not much you can do. Patting them on the back may help. 

Spit-up- This is normal unless it happens all the time and it happens in large amounts. It may ne a sign of acid reflux. 

Always make sure that you are using the proper nipple for your baby's age. If the nipple whole is too big they can choke. If the nipple whole is too small they will be making loud sucking noises and get tired from having to suck so hard. Then it will be time to change out the nipple. Remember the more they et in one sitting the more they will have to suck and their little mouths will get tired. It shouldnt take longer than 7-10 minutes for them to finish their bottle. 

{my daughter choked many times while being fed as a newborn. She was having acid reflux. It is scary so be careful. If they start to choke immediately take the bottle out of their mouth and hold their hands up in the air. I used to blow air in her face which also triggered her to take a breath.} 

 

How to Change Baby's Diaper:

 

Another crazy product you will need to choose a brand for. I use Pampers. For the most part they are great but yes, I have had some leakage. I buy wipes from costco. 

 

First you will want to have an area in the home that is comfortable for you to change the baby because it will happen often. I use a dresser top that is at a perfect height so that I dont have to bend over. Use a waterproof pad under their tushies. 

You will want to remove the diaper slowly because air will trigger them to pee! Then is they have a poopy diaper take the top of the diaper and wipe down trying to get as much of the poop wiped away into the diaper. This way you will use less wipes and it will lower your changing time. {and lower the chances of it getting everywhere} 

 

The first poops are very very very sticky! A tip for helping with first poops is to apply some baby oil between their legs. This way the next time they poop it wont stick to their skin and the oil will make it easy to wipe it off. I had a travel size bottle in my hospital bag and it really helped. 

 

If you have a boy make sure you have something close to cover that little pee pee! If you have a girl it can be harder to clean all areas. Make sure that you are wiping clean every nook and cranny. {Yes, I just called my babies vagina a nook & cranny}

Use diaper rash cream if you notice that their tushies are red. Make sure that you check all areas in depth. I dont use cream every time unless she is red. I believe in letting the skin breathe as much as possible. Just imagine having a diaper on 24/7! 

 

You will want to change the babies diaper every time they wake-up or feed { and then in between as needed}. If you find that they have diaper rash I recommend washing their tushies as often as possible to help it heal. 

Depending on your baby's growth you will need to change diapers sizes often. Dont buy too many of one size because the baby may go through a growth spurt and then you will be stuck with them. You will know the baby is ready to move up a size when they have red rings around the legs like it is too tight, baby will begin to leak out of the diaper, if the diaper doesnt make it close to the belly button. 

 

At 1-2 months old your baby's bowel movements will decrease dramatically. Dont get worried. As long as the baby has a bowel movement every 2-3 days and it is not hard then they are fine. If it goes longer and they are pooping hard poop call your doctor they are constipated. 

 

How to Give your Baby a Bath:

 

I gave my baby a bath everyday since the day we came home from the hospital. I was never told not and she is perfectly fine {At least 3 x a week. And wash their bottoms at least once a day to avoid rashes}. I of course avoided getting her belly button wet due to the cord not falling off yet but other than that she loves her baths. Its possible that if you wait too long they will hate it! I used a baby tub with a newborn sling that cradled her well. 

Make sure you have everything you need before you begin, dont ever walk away from the baby! 

You will want to fill the tub with only a small amount of water at first {almost like a sponge bath}. Test the temperature with your elbow. You want it to be warm enough so that they dont get cold and note that water begins to cool right away. Place baby in the water and hold on tight. You will need another person to be there for the first few times. Caution: Babies are SLIPPERY WHEN WET! While holding their head with one hand begin washing their body with baby soap. Once they are all lathered up use a silicone based cup and rinse the soap off with water. When washing their hair make sure that you avoid getting water into their ears. Take some water into your hand and wipe down their face. Think of all the milk that has dried onto their skin! Some areas of concern are under their chin and around their neck. Babies have a lot of fat in those areas and they dont always get cleaned well. 

Quickly, take baby out of water and cover them well with a towel. You want to make sure they stay nice and warm. Soon this will become a great way to start a bedtime routine! The water is very calming for the baby and its nice to go to sleep all fresh and clean! 

 

How to Clip Your Baby's Nails:

 

I waited till she was 6 weeks old. Its up to you! I was just too scared. 

I recommend doing this after a bath when their nails are soft. Use very bright lighting. I had my husband feed the baby while she was sitting on his lap facing out. When she was eating she was calm and I could handle her fingers without her moving. 

 

Take the baby nail clippers {dont use adult size} and tuck it under the corner of her nail. Look closely to make sure that you only have the nail between the clippers. Hold your breath and press down. Move the clippers along the underneath of the nail until you cut across the entire nail. 

 

You will cut your baby at some point. I did the first time. But its worse when they are scratching themselves all over. Just have patience and work slowly! 

 

How to Put Your Baby to Sleep:

It is normal for a newborn to sleep 16-22 hours a day. For the first 3 weeks the baby will eat every 2-3 hours making your sleep schedule crazy. Babies are not born with a sense for day & night that is something that you will have to start teaching them. I do not agree with waking a sleeping baby unless, you know that they are not getting enough food and therefore you must feed them for their safety. 

 

To teach baby the difference from night and day you will want to start by the lighting. Keep nights dark and days bright! Nighttime = no play time! Daytime= lots of noise and play. A great way to get baby to go back to sleep during night feedings is to change their diaper before they eat. This way the soothing of the bottle will lure them to sleep and you wont have to get them awake to change their diaper. {I learned this the hard way}.

It is very important that you teach your baby to put itself to sleep. At night you will want to put them down while they are sleepy but awake. They will learn to fall asleep on their own. It is great to swaddle them when they sleep for two reasons. 1. it keeps them warm at night without using a blanket {lowers chance of SIDS} and 2. it keeps them from waking themselves up at night with jerky movements. {this is how I got baby to sleep through the night at 4-6 weeks.} 

 

Your best bet to get baby to sleep at night is to start them on a schedule. Your baby will determine that schedule but keeping it will be up to you.

 

How to Take Care of Baby's Skin:

 

Your baby's skin is so soft and full of baby smells. But after birth you may notice that their skin isnt perfect. In fact, it will start to peel. It may also be red and/or spotted. This will go away in time. Your baby will also be covered in fur. Yes, I said fur that will also slowly exfoliate off their skin. You might also notice that your baby has acne and/or Milia {tiny white bumps under the skin that will disappear on their own}. Since baby's skin is so fresh and new it will get sensitive easily. Many babies begin to get rashes in places that air can not circulate so make sure you allow the skin to breathe often. They may also get Miliaria {which is a heat rash, looks like small red bumps, or heat blisters} Keep the area dry and clean and it will go away. If any of these things dont get better in time with proper cleansing call your doctor. 

Your baby will also make funny looking movements and sometimes you wont understand why. Two of the most common are:

1. Moro Reflex- Jerking of hands and feet. Once you witness this movement you will know it right away. This will last for up to 2 months. This is why swaddling them at night helps keep them sound asleep because they will jerk in their sleep and it startles them. 

2. Plantar & Palmar Grasp- The clenching of the fingers and toes. Kissing my baby girls feet is my favorite and even funnier when she grabs a hold of my lip with her toes! This will stop anywhere from 5-12 months. 

 

You might also like:

Labor & Delivery 101

Jaundice 101

Checklists to make life easier

Baby Blues

First days home with baby

Gifts we give and recieve from our children


 
Friday, October 05, 2012 10:07AM
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How To apply Eyeshadow! 

 

 

Here is a great pic I found on Pinterest! Explaining How To

 

Here is what I got using a brown & blue pallet!