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How Do I Take Care Of My Baby In Winter

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How Do I Take Care Of My Baby In Winter 

The arrival of this cold weather brings a lot of worries and health issues. Most of the people welcome winter with smile on a face, but parents of a newborn like you are worried about the health of the baby.

Newborns are very delicate and need special care during this season as they are prone to infections very quickly. So, you may always have a question in your mind about how to care for baby in winter season. In this article, I am going to share with you’ll some winter tips that are very helpful to you to protect your baby from all types of infection and viruses.

How Do I Take Care Of My Baby In Winter

 

Symptoms of winter infection in babies

Babies usually fall ill during the winter season, so these are some of the symptoms that can help you to protect your baby by taking appropriate actions.

  • Pain in the chest due to respiratory infections.
  • Fever, cough, runny nose, headache, and fatigue.
  • Continuously coughing that leads to vomiting.
  • Having trouble while breathing due to a blocked nose.
  • Buzzing sounds while sleeping or coughing.

Baby skin care tips for winter

  1. Prevent dry skin of your baby in winter

Prevent dry skin of your baby in winter

During the winter season, due to the cold weather, the skin usually becomes dry. Baby’s skin is delicate and contains all the essential nutrients required for healthy skin. So you must not bathe your baby daily, and even if you bathe him alternate days then don’t soak him more than 10 mins in the water. Also, make sure that the water is up to 100 °F and not too hot as it can burn your toddler’s skin. After bathing your baby, pat dry him and apply some moisturizer that is made especially for babies with no chemical ingredients. Reapply the moisturizer to keep the skin moisturized the whole day.

  1. Massage your baby

Massage your baby

No matter what season it is, massaging a baby is very essential as this not only helps to strengthen his bones but also helps to increase the humidity. The doctors and the caretakers always suggest massaging your baby in warm room temperature. Making use of essential oils can also help in moisturizing the skin by making it soft.

  1. Newborn cold weather clothing

Baby toddler in balck stroller outdoors on a snowy winter dayin sonwsuit Premium Photo

As there is very little humidity in this weather, the sensitive skin of the baby dries as well as they are more prone to infections and viruses. Always dress a newborn in winter in warm clothes to protect your baby from cold and diseases. Make sure that you cover his head and feet as through these babies don’t lose the heat from their body. If you are wearing a donning jacket to protect your baby from this cold weather, then make sure your baby’s head is not pressed over your chest.

  1. Maintain the right temperature at home in winter

Mom’s like you are always worried in this season as they have to protect their baby’s skin from this cold weather. So usually, you may close all the doors and windows to prevent the cold air from entering the house. But too warm room may also be a problem for your baby. To avoid too much warmth in the room, you can keep the room temperature for a newborn in winter to 68° F to 72° F.  When your baby is sleeping, you can set the thermostat to 65° F to 68° F as this can reduce the risk of SIDS in babies.

  1. Never miss the vaccinations

Maintain the right temperature at home in winter

As winter brings a lot of illness and infections with it, so you must never miss a vaccination in the winter to protect your baby against harmful infections and viruses. In case if you miss the vaccination date, then call the pediatrician and make the appointment for the next time. Vaccinations are beneficial for your baby as they protect their entire life.

  1. Breastfeed your baby

Breastfeed your baby

Breastfeed your baby even in winter as your milk provides all the nutrients that help him to increase his immunity to fight the viruses and infections. Also, make the skin to skin contact with your baby while breastfeeding as the warmth of your body will be relaxing for him.

  1. Maintain your hygiene

You must always keep yourself clean as most of the time you are close to your baby, and the germs on your hands may infect your baby. So always use a sanitizer to disinfect the bacteria while holding your baby. You can also inform your guests or relatives to do the same while carrying your baby as the germs can find even the smallest way to reach your baby and infect him.

  1. Cover your baby while taking outdoor

Cover your baby while taking outdoor

In winter, the delicate skin of your baby dries if it came in contact with the wind. So whenever you take your baby outside the house to breathe fresh air, always cover him from head to toes. Make sure that your baby’s tummy is on the warmer side and toe to the cooler side, as this indicates that your baby is kept at the right temperature.

  1. Include soup in your baby’s diet

Hot soup in the cold winter is very enticing. If your baby has reached the age to be fed semi-solid, then you can feed him soup. You can include chicken broth or smashed vegetables puree in the soup with the garlic as it is known to cure all the winter health infections.

  1. Avoid too many baby products

As the babies have delicate skin, so avoid using too many baby products like the baby soaps, shampoos in the winter season. Frequently bathing your baby can wash all the nutrients from the skin, making it dry, which can lead to rashes. You can use soap once a week while bathing your baby.

  1. Keep your baby’s skin moisturized

Keep your baby's skin moisturized

As winter can cause your baby’s skin to become dry, so you can apply moisturizer made with milk cream, or you can even consult your doctor for other lotion suggestions. If you don’t want to use any baby products and prefer natural remedies, then you can use milk cream or clarified butter, also known as ghee, for massaging your baby.

  1. Use a humidifier

In the winter season, most of us have the heater in our house, which can help to keep the house warm. You can also install a humidifier in your home so that the humidity levels are maintained. This can help to keep your baby’s skin moisturized for a long time.

 

During the winter season, taking care of newborn babies is essential to protect them from the winter ailments. So these were some of the winter essentials for baby, that can protect your baby in this cold season.

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How Does Stress Affect Pregnancy

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How Does Stress Affect Pregnancy

Facing stress during pregnancy is common among most of the women. During pregnancy, our body undergoes various changes physically as well as mentally with lots of mood swings and anxiety. But did you’ll ever think of how this stress is going affect you and your baby. This article covers some of the questions that come to your mind related to pregnancy stress and also various effects of stress on pregnancy.

How Does Stress Affect Pregnancy

Causes of stress in pregnancy

Every woman is different, and so they may experience stress in pregnancy due to various reasons. Below are some of the reasons that can cause stress during pregnancy.

  • Unplanned pregnancy.
  • Mood swings due to hormonal changes.
  • Continually thinking about how to take care of your baby.
  • Office work pressure and responsibilities.
  • Medical conditions like nausea, constipation, and headache.
  • Thinking about the negative experiences of your past pregnancy like the miscarriage or death of your baby.
  • Worrying about the financial expenses to nurture your baby.
  • Depressed due to the death of your family member.
  • Misunderstandings between you and your partner or violence among your family members.

Does stress affect pregnancy?

Certain stress-related hormones are the primary cause of stress during pregnancy which results in complications. Taking stress for a long time can affect the immune system, which protects us from any type of infection in the uterus. This can lead to giving birth to a premature baby.

Few women deal with their stress by smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs which are very harmful during pregnancy and may sometimes lead to various pregnancy problems.

What are the symptoms of stress?

The common symptoms of stress can be classified into various types, as mentioned below. If you experience these symptoms, then consult the doctor, or you can take preventive measures to reduce your stress.

Symptoms of emotional stress

  • You become frustrated or moody at times.
  • You try to avoid talking to people.
  • You feel depressed, lonely and less confident.
  • You become overwhelmed and may sometimes lose your control.
  • You find difficulty in relaxing your mind.

Symptoms of physical stress

  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Insomnia
  • Chest Pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Nervousness and shaking
  • Grinding teeth and clenched jaw

Symptoms of cognitive stress

  • Constant thoughts coming in the mind
  • Constant worrying
  • Seeing only negative things of anything
  • Poor judgment
  • Inability to focus
  • Forget all the stuff after sometimes

Symptoms of chronic stress

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive problems
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Headaches
  • Get irritated on small things
  • Continuously thinking of different things

How to reduce stress during pregnancy?

How to reduce stress during pregnancy

If there is a problem, there is always a solution to it. So similarly, if you are stressed for any reason, then there are ways which can help you to manage it. Here are some of the ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.

  • Initially, try to figure out what is causing you to stress and try to speak to your partner, best friend or a doctor about it. Even they can give you some solutions and help you in managing it.
  • Practice meditation or prenatal yoga every day as this can help you to release stress.
  • If this is your first pregnancy, then you may find discomfort and worry about it so you can ask your doctor about ways to deal with it.
  • Take proper rest and sleep to relax the body and mind. If doing household chores or other activities are making you feel tired then leave it for and take rest for some time.
  • You can join antenatal classes or research online for various pregnancy-related queries. Doing this can help you to get the appropriate knowledge and clear all your doubts which can make you feel more confident. Also joining pregnancy forums can be more helpful, and you can connect with other moms as well.
  • Massaging is also one of the best way to relieve stress. There are various spas available for those who provide pregnancy massage so you can go there and get yourself a good massage. But make sure that the therapist is a well-trained person and also have the experience and knowledge of massaging a pregnant woman.

Can stress affect baby in womb?

When you are stressed, your body undergoes various biological changes, as well as the stress hormones, are elevated. Taking too much stress can affect your baby in the womb. It may lead to premature birth or low birth weight problem, which are the significant effects of maternity stress.

Preterm babies may have disorders related to development and learning. Also, in their adulthood, they may face issues like chronic health problems, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Also, according to one of the recent studies, stress can affect a baby’s temperament a neurobehavioural development. Babies whose mother has taken stress during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester may face problems like depression and irritability.

Can arguing and stress cause a miscarriage?

Can arguing and stress cause a miscarriage

Stress has been considered as a possible cause of miscarriage. It has been reported that most of the women indicate physical and emotional stress in the earlier months of pregnancy or before the conception.

Researchers have found that during the stress, our brain secretes several hormones, among them, one is the Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH). According to past research, women who gave birth to a premature or a low weight baby had a high level of CRH in their blood. This increases the risk of miscarriage in women having stress.

Our brain releases CRH hormone in reaction to physical as well as emotional stress. It is produced in the placenta and the uterus of the pregnant woman to trigger uterine contradictions while delivering the baby.

Can stress cause spotting during pregnancy?

Stress can have all kinds of changes in the body, be it physical or mental strength. Some women may experience vaginal spotting due to the high levels of physical and emotional; stress.

Spotting is the small number of drops on the panties that doesn’t spread all over the panty liners.

Can stress cause cramping during pregnancy?

Can stress cause cramping during pregnancy

Cramping is normal during pregnancy but sometimes its a severe concern. During the first and second trimester, your body is working extra to prepare your newborn baby. You may experience cramps and pain throughout their pregnancy phase, as your muscles in the uterus will begin to expand. This can stretch the skin from both the sides of the stomach.

During the third trimester, you may experience more pressure in the pelvis, as your baby presses the nerves that go from your vagina to your legs. You may feel the cramps while walking or when your baby moves in the belly. Lying on one side can give you relief for some time. If you experience more cramps in any phase of pregnancy, then you should immediately consult your doctor and get some advice from him.

Can stress cause morning nausea?

Can stress cause morning nausea

Nausea during pregnancy is the most common and experienced symptoms that most of the women report. It is not only the sign of the early pregnancy, but it has a trait that can be seen in the first trimester of the pregnancy and even a little longer. Though nausea is an uncomfortable feeling, the good thing about it is that it doesn’t cause harm to your baby. Nausea can be prevented and treated with simple home remedies. You can suck the candy, eat smaller meals every day instead of taking larger meals and get plenty of rest.

Can stress cause high blood pressure in pregnancy?

Can Stress Cause High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy

Blood pressure causes the blood to flow against the arteries that carry blood from the heart to all the other parts of the body. High blood pressure can cause problems like preterm labor, low birth weight, preeclampsia and placental abruption. High blood pressure can be prevented by reducing stress, staying active, and eliminating the consumption of alcohol, cigarettes and street drugs. Also, avoid eating food that contains a high amount of salts like soups and canned food.

Can crying cause stress to the baby?

Crying doesn’t cause harm to your baby. But taking too much stress can cause your brain to release a hormone known as cortisol to your body. This hormone is passed to your baby through the placenta. If this hormone is continuously given to your baby’s body, then there are chances that the baby is anxious and colicky.

How does stress affect prenatal development?

Maternity stress increases the rates of infant mortality, preterm birth and the low weight baby, which can have an affect the health and development from childhood to adulthood.

Chronic stress can also lead to the subtle differences in brain development of your baby that may lead to behavioural issues as the baby grows.

Conclusion

Bringing baby to this world is a happy moment for all the mom, and for this, you need to take care of various things during your pregnancy phase. These were answers to some of the questions related to pregnancy stress that always comes to your mind.

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Pregnancy Diet Chart Month By Month

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Pregnancy Diet Chart Month By Month

In this hectic day to day lifestyle, maintaining a well-balanced diet is essential for pregnant women as in this phase, the body undergoes various changes. Some food items are good for the health of the baby and mom, and some are harmful. So today, in this article, I am going to share with you a healthy food chart for a pregnant lady that must be followed for the proper growth of the baby.

Diet Chart For Pregnant Moms

For the proper development of the baby in the womb, every mom should follow the diet chart during pregnancy month by month. I have divided the diet chart structure into 3 phases: 1st Trimester, 2nd Trimester, and the 3rd Trimester.

1st Trimester Pregnancy Diet Chart

1st Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

During the first month of pregnancy, the body undergoes various changes. Also, there is a drastic change in the hormones, and therefore balanced diet should be consumed to ensure proper development of the baby.

1st Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

Food To Eat In The First Month Of Pregnancy

  • Fruits.
  • Food Rich in Vitamin B6: Bananas, Salmon Fish, Peanut Butter, and Nuts.
  • Dairy Products.
  • Meat.
  • Food Rich in Folate: Green Vegetables, Eggs, Asparagus, Broccoli, and Beans.
  • Fibre Rich Food: Legumes, Oats, and Whole Grain Bread.

Pregnancy Diet Tips For First Month

Here are some of the diet tips that pregnant women must follow in the first month of pregnancy.

  • Take prenatal vitamins along with your diet.
  • Increase the intake of fluids and stay hydrated.
  • Eliminate the consumption of junk food.
  • Eat meals in a smaller amount at regular intervals.
  • Avoid the intake of spicy foods that may lead to heartburn.

2nd Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

Appropriate nutrition during this stage is essential as the baby develops its neural tube, which in the later stage develops the brain, spinal cord, and the nervous system. Also, the circulatory system and the heartbeat is developed in this stage. Hence a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein is essential.

2nd Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

Foods To Eat In 2nd Month Of Pregnancy

  • Folic Acid: Fortified Bread, Avocado, Legumes, Lentils, Orange Juice, Beans, Cereals and Green Leafy vegetables.
  • Iron: Clams, Cereal, Green Leafy Vegetables, Bread, Pasta, Nuts, Beans, Beef, Dried Fruits, Sea Food, and meat.
  • Fiber: Fruits, Vegetables, Legumes, Oats, and Whole Grain Bread.
  • Iodine: Iodized Salt, Fish, Milk, Fortified Bread, and Cereal, Cheese and Yogurt.
  • Protein: Fish, Seeds, Dairy Products, Eggs, Meat, Legumes and Nuts.
  • Vitamin B12: Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Meat, Milk, and Milk Products.
  • Vitamin C: Citrus, Strawberries, Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Bell Peppers( Yellow & Red).
  • Vitamin D: Mushrooms, Cereals, salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, Milk, Eggs.
  • Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Raw Almonds, Olive Oil, Hazelnuts, Egg Yolk.
  • Calcium: Nuts, Kale, Broccoli, Tofu, Milk, Yogurt, Cheese.

Pregnancy Diet Tips For Second Month

Here are some of the diet tips that pregnant women must follow in the second month of pregnancy.

  • If you have morning sickness, then you can eat crackers.
  • You must regularly eat your meals and never skip it.
  • Drink a lot of fluids.
  • Prevent the intake of spicy and oily food.
  • Eliminate the consumption of street food.
  • Wash the fruits and vegetables before eating them.

3rd Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

The diet in this month of pregnancy is very crucial for the growth of the baby. The moms should be stress-free and fit as most of the miscarriage seemed to occur in this month. Also, the feeling of nausea, hunger, and sleepiness is reduced until this time.

3rd Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

Foods To Eat In Third Month Of Pregnancy

  • Vitamin B6: Citrus Fruits, Green Leafy Vegetables, Eggs, and Potatoes.
  • Fruits.
  • Carbohydrates: Bread, Rice, Potatoes, and Whole Grain.
  • Meat.
  • Iron and Folate: Oatmeal, Bran, Beetroot, Tuna, Beans, Potatoes, Broccoli, Meat, Green Vegetables, Eggs, and Oranges.

Pregnancy Diet Tips For Third Month

Here are some of the diet tips that pregnant women must follow in the third month of pregnancy.

  • Eat smaller meals in a day instead of larger meals.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Take the supplements prescribed by the doctor at the proper time.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs, and other toxins as this can harm your baby.
  • Consult the doctor before making any changes in the diet.

2nd Trimester Pregnancy Diet Chart

4th Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

In this month, you will get relief from all types of issues like nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, bloating, headache, and peeing. Also, until this month, the baby is fully developed, and you can feel his movements. This diet this month should be nourishing for the growth and fine-tuning of the baby’s organs.

4th Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

Foods To Eat In Fourth Month Of Pregnancy

  • Foods Rich in Fatty Acids.
  • Food Rich in Fiber.
  • Meats.
  • Dairy Products.
  • Fruits.
  • Food Rich in Iron.

Pregnancy Diet Tips For Fourth Month

Here are some of the diet tips that pregnant women must follow in the fourth month of pregnancy.

  • Avoid consuming spicy food, fried food, or food containing a high amount of sugar and sodium.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • You can sprinkle ground flax seeds on your salad, yogurt, or oatmeal as it is an excellent source of omega-three fatty acids and dietary fiber.
  • Limit the intake of sweet dishes as this can lead to weight gain and diabetes.
  • Limit the intake of caffeine and iron supplements.
  • Wash the fruits and vegetables to remove the germs, soil and pesticide residues.

5th Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

In this month, your baby starts to bloom, and so your belly begins to grow. The cravings for eating various food increases as the hormones reshuffle. But you have to control your need for junk food and eat only healthy food as the initial priority is the proper development of the baby.

Foods To Eat In Fifth Month Of Pregnancy

  • Protein Rich Food: Nuts, Pulses, Cereals, Eggs, and Steamed Chickpea
  • Increase the Fluid Intake
  • Salads and Green Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole Grains

Pregnancy Diet Tips For Fifth Month

Here are some of the diet tips that pregnant women must follow in the fifth month of pregnancy.

  • Eat at regular intervals instead of eating at one time.
  • If you are feeling hungry, then opt for nuts and seeds instead of junk food.
  • Set up a meal plan so that you can provide all the essential nutrients required for the proper development of your baby.
  • You can always consult a doctor before consuming any food item. Also, you can ask the doctor about alternative food, if you are allergic to it.

6th Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

In this phase of pregnancy, the baby grows rapidly, so you should increase the nutrients in your diet like carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. Avoid consuming spicy foods, seafood, and caffeine. Also, in this, you will face some health issues like lower back pain, swelling in hands and legs, an increase in vaginal discharge, gastric problems. 

6th Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

Food To Eat In 6 Month Of Pregnancy

  • Fruits
  • Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Fluids

Pregnancy Diet Tips For Sixth Month

Here are some of the diet tips that pregnant women must follow in the sixth month of pregnancy.

  • Whenever you have hunger cravings, eat fruits and vegetables as it contains all the essential nutrients required for the baby’s development.
  • Before taking any medicine for a small illness, you must always consult the doctor.
  • If you are a foodie person and like to eat different food items, then you can eat fast food once or twice a week, but mak ensure you eat it in small portions.

3rd Trimester Pregnancy Diet Chart

7th Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

In this phase, your baby is fully developed and so requires proper nutrients for the health. Instead of taking large meals, you must eat in small portions so that your baby gets all the essential nutrients needed. Make sure that you intake 450 calories extra daily. You should also increase the intake of liquids in large quantities to eradicate all the toxins from the body.

7th Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

Food To Eat In 7 Month of Pregnancy

  • Food Rich in Iron and Protein
  • Food Rich in calcium
  • Food Rich in Magnesium
  • Food Rich in Folic Acid
  • Food Rich in DHA
  • Food Rich in Fibre
  • Food Rich in Vitamin C

Pregnancy Diet Tips For Seventh Month

Here are some of the diet tips that pregnant women must follow in the seventh month of pregnancy.

  • Include fresh fruits, eggs, nuts, legumes, beans, dry fruits, milk in your daily diet plan. You can do a heavy breakfast as your body have the whole day to digest the food.
  • In the afternoon, you can eat starchy food items instead of sugary ones. Your afternoon’s lunch should be a balanced promotion of fruits, vegetables, salad, chapati, bread, salads, and rice. Also, try to include food rich in proteins in your diet.
  • In the evening, your snacks should not be heavy and must include healthy food items.
  • Keep your dinners light as this can cause heartburn and constipation. Include salads and fresh fruits to get a good night’s sleep.

8th Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

In this stage, as the baby is fully developed, even then, you have to maintain your diet to keep him fit and healthy till his birth. You might feel very hungry as whatever you eat will go to your baby as well. So you should keep a check on your diet.

8th Month Pregnancy Diet Chart

Food To Eat in 8 Month Of Pregnancy

  • Salmon
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Dried Fruits
  • Green Leafy vegetables
  • Egg Yolk
  • Dairy Products

Pregnancy Diet Tips For Eight Month

Here are some of the diet tips that pregnant women must follow in the eight month of pregnancy.

  • Drink plenty of fluids as this can prevent constipation and also increase the bloodstream volume that carries all the essential vitamins and minerals to the mother and the child.
  • Consume only food items that add nutritional value to your diet.
  • If you like to eat seafood, then eat the fish that is safe during pregnancy.
  • Stop drinking alcohol and other toxins that are harmful to the baby.

9th Month Pregnancy Food Chart

Now its time for your baby to enter this new world. You should be cautious about what you eat. Increase the intake of Vitamin C and folic acid into the diet.

Food To Eat In 9 Month Of Pregnancy

  • Calcium-Rich food
  • Folic Acid Rich Food
  • Vitamin A Rich Food
  • Iron Rich Food
  • Vitamin C Rich Food
  • Drink plenty of liquids

What Not To Eat And Drink During Pregnancy?

During the pregnancy, special care must be taken physically as well as during the intake of meals. Certain food items should be avoided, and some are to be limited during the pregnancy phase. Here are some of the food items that should be avoided during pregnancy.

  • Raw Fish
  • Raw Meat
  • High Mercury Fish
  • Raw Eggs
  • Fresh Sprouts
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Unpasteurized Milk and Dairy Products
  • Processed Junk Food
  • Animal Liver
  • Papaya
  • Soft Cheese

Pregnancy is the most amazing experience that a woman faces in her life. During that phase, to keep yourself and your baby healthy, you must follow a pregnancy diet plan. So I hope this pregnancy diet plan for each month has proved helpful to all of you. 

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How To Properly Hold a Newborn Baby

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How To Properly Hold a Newborn Baby

Holding a newborn for the first time is quite a nervous feeling to all of us, and we often feel stressed while holding them with love. Babies are not heavy, and hence you can handle them with ease. So if you are holding the baby for the first time, then you need not worry now, as we have come with the various baby holding positions that can help you to hold the baby safely in an appropriate way.

Create a bond with the baby

Create a Bond With the Baby

Creating a special relationship with the baby is essential as they can connect with you, and also it will help you to understand what they want to convey to you like what they feel. Creating a bond while holding a baby is the best way, as you can sing a song, talk to them, read the stories to them, and entertain them. Doing it will enhance your baby’s mood, and even your baby will interact and enjoy the alone time with you.

How to hold a baby correctly?

While holding the baby for the first time, be careful and provide support to the head and neck, as the baby’s head is the most massive part of their body and so they are not able to balance it. Now you may be wondering how to hold baby during takeoff and landing? The basic rule for holding a baby up is by placing one hand below his head and the other below his bottoms. The same rule applies while carrying the baby as well as keeping him on the bed. Below is the solution to your concern about how to hold a newborn baby properly,  as per your comfort.

1. Shoulder baby hold

Shoulder Hold Baby

Baby’s feel more secure and relaxed when they are in close contact with your body. While carrying a baby on the chest in this way, use the basic rule of holding the baby that is placing one hand under the baby’s bottoms and another hand to support baby’s head and neck. Make sure that the baby is facing outwards so that it becomes easy for him to breathe.

2. Cradle hold baby

Cradle Hold Baby

It is the most preferred position by most of the moms while breastfeeding a baby. To carrying newborn in a cradle position, lift the baby by placing one hand under their head and other below baby’s bottom. Then bring baby near to your chest and rotate slightly in a way that your baby’s body is horizontally near your chest supported by your dominant hand, and the other hand placed below supporting his back.

3. Belly hold baby

This pose is best when you want to burp your baby or when you want to release gas out of your baby, as it becomes easy to pat their back slowly. For cradling the baby, bring your baby close to your chest with one hand below their bottom and the other arm to hold his head and neck. Then slightly turn your baby with one hand and hold the baby on the stomach, but make sure that you are holding baby firmly with your other arm, and his legs stretched beside your forearm and his head resting on your forearm.

4.  Newborn football hold

It is a comfortable position for breastfeeding a baby while sitting as well as standing. This position is the same as the cradle hold, and the only difference is that in a football hold, the baby’s legs are placed in the inner side of your forearms while in the cradle hold the baby’s legs rest on your forearms.

5. Lap hold baby

Lap Hold Baby

To hold the baby in this position, place baby on your lap with his head pointing towards your knees facing upwards and his legs towards your waist. Then lift your baby’s head with both the hands for support and from below the baby’s back hold the baby with your arms at the same time. Also,  the baby’s legs will be towards your waist.

6. “Hello world” baby hold

Hello World Baby Hold

If you want to let your baby look at what is going around, then this pose is the perfect one. To hold a baby in this position, place one hand on your baby’s chest and the other hand below his bottom. If the baby is very small then make sure that your baby’s head is touched to your chest so that his head is balanced. You can also hold your baby in this position while sitting.

7. Holding Baby on Hip

Hip Side Baby Hold

People usually have a question on how to hold a baby on your hip in a proper way. If your baby has grown a little older and can balance his head, then you can hold your baby in this position. It is also beneficial while doing other tasks. To hold a baby in this pose, place your baby’s midsection on your waist with his legs apart on your thighs or abdomen. Provide support to your baby’s back and legs from behind with one hand, and if your baby wants extra support, then you can use your other hand as well.

8. Face to face baby hold

This pose is best if you’re going to interact with your baby and entertain him. To hold the baby in this position, carry your baby with the forearm of one hand supporting his head and back and the other hand supporting his waist. Bring the baby below your chest with his face facing you.

Tips on how to safely hold a baby

  • Before carrying your baby, pay attention to your baby’s mood, and if he is feeling uncomfortable, then change the position of catching him. Here are some tips that are essential to consider while holding a baby.
  • If you are feeling nervous while carrying the baby for the first time, it sitting and holding him is a good option.
  • Always hold the baby with both hands.
  • Do not carry other things or perform multitasks while holding a baby.
  • If you want to carry your baby without holding him, then opt for a baby carrier as per your comfort.
  • Make sure that your baby is in a comfortable position to breathe while you hold him.
  • Provide newborn baby neck support as they can’t handle it on their own.

A newborn should be handled with extensive care as they are very delicate. So these were some of the ways on how to properly carry a baby. I hope you’ll found these positions helpful.

Do share with other readers your ways to hold a baby in the comments below.

Baby Rashes Causes and Treatment

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Baby Rashes Causes and Treatment

As the skin of the little infants is very delicate and sensitive, so you need to take proper care of your baby’s skin as it is more prone to rashes especially in the area of the folding parts like knees, neck, elbows, and thighs. New moms usually panic, even if their baby feels a bit uncomfortable. Yeah, I can understand that it is a usual behavior as every mom care for her toddler and always want to see them fit and healthy. So, today I am going to share with you some baby rash home remedies, as they mostly occur on the baby’s skin, in the early stage but before that let’s take a look at the causes of such rashes. 

How To Prevent Baby Neck Rashes

Causes of skin rashes in infants

  • Heat

Baby gets heat rash easily in the summer season due to the extreme heat of the sun. These are small tiny red itchy bumps that cause irritation to the sensitive skin of the babies and may appear on any part of the body.

  • Stork bites

These are the small pink spots that appear on the baby’s neck at the time of their birth. These are not rashes but the clotting of the blood vessels in one region of the skins dermal layer. These spots don’t require any treatment as they vanish on their own.

  • Fungal Infection

Fungal infection in the baby’s neck mostly occurs on the folding parts of the body due to the excess moisture and sweat, which becomes a thriving ground for Candida.

Home Remedies To Treat Neck Rash

First, let me tell you what exactly is the baby rash. It is the red, flat, or raised rash that usually occurs on the folding parts of the baby’s skin. It can vary from prickly heat to skin infections caused by fungus. Take a look at the below remedies as it is suitable for all skin type and also will not harm your baby’s skin.

1. Wear loose cotton clothes

Causes Of Skin Rashes In Infants

Always dress your baby in loose cotton clothes so that air can easily pass through your baby’s body, making them feel relaxed. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes as this can irritate your baby’s skin, and sometimes it might become difficult for them to make the movements. The benefit of wearing loose clothes is that it helps to reduce the formation of sweat in the folding body parts that prevent rashes.

2. Cornstarch for baby neck rash

Cornstarch For Baby Neck Rash

The sprinkling of cornstarch on the rashes after the bath or before going out of the home will keep your baby’s skin dry and moist free. It also works as a soother for skin irritations like the sunburns and the allergies. You can also create a paste by mixing cornstarch with water and make sure that the consistency is like peanut butter. Apply the paste on the rashes and let it dry. You can apply it during your baby’s bedtime as this can give enough time to the mixture to work.

3. Use Oats for neck rashes

Fungal Infection In Baby's Neck

Oatmeals are useful for soothing the skin with its inflammatory properties and prevents skin rashes and irritations. Giving your baby an oatmeal bath helps to vanish all the skin irritations. You can soak the oatmeals for 20 mins in a bathtub and bathe your baby with that water to treat the rashes also you can make a paste and apply on the infected area.

4. Use Ice to soothe the rashes

How To Prevent Baby Neck Rashes

You can apply the ice or ice-cold water to the affected areas to soothe the inflammation. Take cold water with ice mixed in a bowl and soak a clean cloth in it and place that cloth on the rashes for 5-10 mins. Once its done then pat dry the area. You can repeat the procedure when needed.

5. Use boiled water for bathing baby

Baby Gets Heat Rash Easily

You should always bathe your baby with boiled or distilled water so that the water containing harmful microorganisms doesn’t cause any harm to your baby like any skin infection or skin irritation. For soothing your baby’s skin, you can also add a cup of oatmeal. Also, keep a specific time to bath your baby, but it should not be quickly after feeding as it can cause vomiting.

6. Massage with coconut oil

Causes Of Skin Rashes In Infants

Massaging your baby with coconut oil can keep their skin healthy, moisturize, and also free from any type of infection. You can also massage your baby twice a day for soft and clean skin. Applying coconut oil directly on the rashes can give you better results by reducing the inflammation and itchiness.

7. Use baby talcum powder

Baby Rashes Causes And Treatment

After bathing your infant always apply talcum baby powder on the fold of neck and other parts of the body so that that area can remain dry and doesn’t accumulate sweat and causes rashes or infection.

How to prevent baby neck rashes?

As it is said that, prevention is better than cure then why not take care of the baby’s skin at the earlier and prevent the rashes from occurring on the skin. Below are some ways which you can follow in your daily routine to prevent these skin rashes from occurring.

  • Always bathe your baby regularly so that proper hygiene is maintained.
  • Always wear your baby loose cotton clothes so that pass the air and prevent the sweat from developing on the folds.
  • After bathing apply some baby powder on the folds of the body so that the region can remain dry for long hours.
  • During winter cover the baby body with woolen clothes but make sure that wool doesn’t touch the skin as this can irritate your toddler’s skin.
  • After feeding your baby wipe the neck because sometimes milk dribbles down on the folds of the neck and remains there for long giving a boost to the bacteria’s to grow there.
  • Give vaccinations to your toddler on proper time so that any skin infections can be avoided in the future.
  • Use products that are specifically designed for baby as it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
  • Do not let any ill person kiss your baby as the skin of the infant is very sensitive and more prone to infections.
  • Cover your baby with full sleeves clothes before taking them outside the home.

When to call the doctor?

Your baby’s skin is very delicate and needs proper care and grooming to keep away from skin infections and rashes. However rashes on the baby’s skin disappear on their own, but if it’s getting redder, cracked or weepy or if it doesn’t show any improvement after applying the home remedies or neck rash cream then you should consult the pediatrician for baby skin rashes treatment.

These were some of the best home remedies for drool rash that can you do to prevent such rashes on your baby’s neck and keep him away from all types of skin infections.

Effective Breastfeeding Advice For New Moms

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Effective Breastfeeding Advice For New Moms

When the baby is born, the first thing the mom is told to do is to breastfeed the baby. Breast milk is very essential for the babies, as they get all the vital nutrients required for their development. Babies are breastfed until they need it, but feeding for a minimum of 6 months is a must. The new mums may be unaware of how to breastfeed the baby, so in this article, you will get to know some newborn baby breastfeeding tips that will help you through this starting phase.

Breastfeeding Tips For Moms

1. Hunger cues in infants

Hunger Cues In Infants

When the baby is hungry, they tell their mom through various cues. So here are some baby hunger cues that your baby will be doing when he/she is hungry.

Signs that your newborn is hungry

  • Your baby will open and close his mouth.
  • Your baby will suck his finger, and whatever is near.
  • Your baby will smack his lips.
  • Your baby will stick out his tongue.
  • Your baby will turn his head here and there repeatedly.
  • Your baby will start crying.

When you see your baby doing these activities, then breastfeed him/her immediately.

2. Best breastfeeding positions for latching

Best Breastfeeding Positions For Latching

When you are breastfeeding your baby, you will have to sit for a long time until your baby’s stomach is full. It’s a good practice to take the pillow so that you can sit comfortably for a long time as sitting in an uncomfortable position can cause neck, back, and shoulder pain. Also keep a water bottle with you, as you will feel thirsty while feeding.

You can try the below comfortable positions to feed your baby without causing yourself any pain.

  • Breastfeeding by lying down on one side with your baby facing towards you.
  • Sit in a reclined position and hold your baby in your arms.

3. Relieve blocked milk duct

Sometimes when your milk gets backed up, it starts developing the ducts, which may cause your severe pain. You can feed your baby from the breasts which can help in relieving clogged milk ducts and allow the milk to flow smoothly. You can also take a hot shower and then apply a cold compress which helps the fluid to flow smoothly and prevents the inflammation.

4. Look for the best position for your baby

When your baby is breastfeeding, he/she will find the best position for them so that they can relax and enjoy their food. Every baby is different and may feel comfortable in various posture, so it’s better to observe the baby position while breastfeeding so that you can adjust yourself next time as per your baby’s comfort.

Baby Position While Breastfeeding

There are some guidelines that you can follow to check which position is comfortable for you and your baby.

  • Your baby’s mouth should be in the level of your nipple.
  • Your baby’s head should be tilted backward slightly.
  • You should be in a position that makes your baby comfortable with sucking the milk.
  • Your baby’s chin should be on your breast so that his/her nose is not blocked and can breathe easily.
  • Your baby should latch the entire areola and not only your nipple.

For proper breastfeeding posture, the tummy of you both should touch each other, and your baby’s nose should touch your nipple. During nursing, it’s essential to make sure that the baby is comfortable and can breathe easily.

5. Staying hydrated while breastfeeding

You should always drink a glass of water whenever you breastfeed your baby. Drinking water or any healthy juice frequently can help to create more milk in your breasts. Also, if you have drunk alcohol, then avoid breastfeeding your baby for at least 2 hours as your baby consumes whatever you eat and drink. Hence alcohol is harmful to your baby.

6. Relax yourself while breastfeeding

Newborn Baby Breastfeeding

While feeding your baby, always make sure that you are not stressed, as taking stress during that phase can lower the production of milk. Your baby will come to know if you are stressed and so it may become difficult for him/her to latch.

Breastfeed your baby in an environment that is calm and stress-free. If the place which you have chosen is not comfortable, then try another one as during feeding a sweet bond between the baby and the mom is created.

7. Ask for help when needed

Breastfeeding your baby at the beginning may be a bit difficult as you have to hold the baby in the proper position so that the baby feels comfortable breathing. After your delivery, the nurse will keep an eye on how you breastfeed your baby and will help you or guide you for the positions. If she is not near, then do ask for help from the other nurses, and they will also help you.

If you are facing the problems of lactation, then do take the help of the lactation consultant as they won’t understand your needs on their own. Even if you go home from the hospital, you can still contact the lactation consultant to guide you if you have any problems or facing any difficulty in feeding.

Signs of effective breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is very essential for the growth of the baby, and hence it should be done appropriately. You should always keep a note of it what things should be and what should be avoided during breastfeeding. So, for the new moms, I have mentioned below some signs of successful breastfeeding that will help you to understand if your breastfeeding is appropriately done or not.

  • If your baby is cheerful the whole day and if there is an improvement in his/her health, then you have breastfed in the right way.
  • While breastfeeding, when your baby’s tummy is full, he /she will remove their mouth from the breast and appear tired and may sometimes fall asleep, and this is normal, so you don’t have to worry about it.
  • Your baby’s diaper should be wet during breastfeeding.
  • Your baby is gaining weight regularly.

As breastfeeding is very essential for the newborns, so these were some tips that will be helpful for the new moms.

Top 10 Tips For New Parents

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Top 10 Tips For New Parents

The arrival of a baby is the delighting moment in your life, and with this happiness also comes the responsibility of becoming a good parent. Newborns are very delicate and require a lot of attention and care to protect them from dust and other infections. You may get a lot of advice, or you can say tips from family members, friends, and relatives regarding baby care which can make you stressed and worried. But caring for your baby is not that difficult if done together with your partner. In this article, you will get to know various such parenting tips that are helpful for the parents.

Tips For First Time Parents

Here are some of the parenting tips for baby care.

1. Maintain Good Hygiene

Newborns are very delicate and are prone to allergies and infections quickly.

  • Try to maintain cleanliness in your house and also around your baby.
  • Wash your hands with handwash or sanitizer before carrying your baby, playing with him or feeding him.
  • Sterilize your baby’s toys, as they have the habit of throwing everything anywhere, and this may result in the intake of germs.

2. Handling a newborn baby

Handling a Newborn Baby

Babies are very fragile and need to be handled with care.

  • Whenever you pick your baby, hold them in a way that provides support to their head and neck.
  • If you are taking your baby out of home, then make sure you have applied the moisturizer and wore them full sleeves so that they don’t get sunburns.
  • While playing with your baby, do not shake your baby much or bounce him in the air.
  • If you want to wake your baby then instead of shaking you can tickle your baby’s feet or gently blow on the cheek.

3. Newborn Umbilical Cord Care

Newborn Umbilical Cord Care

Baby cord care in the newborns is necessary. It takes around 1-4 weeks to heal the cord completely. During this period, do not bathe your baby with the water or wet his naval in the water. You can sponge bath your baby to maintain the hygiene. Consult your doctor immediately if you see any changes in the naval.

4. Soothing baby

Soothing Baby To Sleep

Babies cry for various reasons, and so you have to calm them down by trying different ways. The first thing you should try is to figure out the reason behind your baby’s cry. Babies usually cry when they are hungry, when their diaper is dirty, they want to burp or they want you to soothe them through your gentle touch.
 
To soothe your baby try the below-mentioned activities:

  • Swaddle your baby
  • Entertain them
  • Give them their finger to suck
  • Take them out for a change
  • Swing them
  • Sing a song or hymn
  • Massage your baby

5. Ask others for help

Being the parent for the first time is a unique experience, and so you may not know a few things that are essential while taking care of your newborn. It’s a good practice to seek the help of other people who have babies as they can guide you properly if you have any doubts. Also if you have a specific concern and that is worrying you, then you should consult the doctor immediately.

6. Talking to your newborn baby

Talking To Your Newborn Baby

Babies usually express their feelings and emotions through expressions. They initially understand what are you trying to convey them and so try to respond to you in their way.
 
How to talk to your newborn baby?

  • Always say the words clearly while talking to your baby as this can help them to recognize your language.
  • Touch your baby with love and speak to them.
  • If your baby communicates with you, then always maintain eye contact with him/her.
  • If your baby is laughing with you, then smile back and laugh with your baby as this indicates that he is enjoying his time with you.

7. Bonding with newborn baby

Bonding With Newborn Baby

Creating a bond with your baby is very important in the initial stage as this indicates your baby that you love and care for him/her.
 
Way to create a bond with baby

  • Talk to your baby while changing their diaper.
  • When feeding your baby say cute things that they would like to hear from you and praise them.
  • Give a massage to your baby.
  • Take your baby out for a walk and spend some alone time together.
  • Kiss your baby while playing or cuddling with him/her.

8. Putting baby to sleep

Putting Baby To Sleep

Soothing baby to sleep is the most significant task for all the parents in the beginning. Babies usually enjoy if you pat them slowly on their back. So while putting newborn to sleep, you should always pat them slowly on their back or stomach. Never play with your baby if he/she is feeling drowsy as this can disturb their sleep.

9. Diapering your baby

Diapering Your Baby

Baby diapering is the daily task for all the moms. Diapering your baby is a good practice but make sure that you don’t keep the dirty one on their skin for a long time, as this can cause rashes and may also harm their delicate skin. After a few days of diapering your baby, check whether the baby’s skin is free from rashes and itchiness or not. And if you notice rashes then try another brand and again if you see the rashes or redness then consult the doctor immediately.

10. Feeding your baby

Feeding Your Baby

When your baby is born, breastfeed your baby for at least 6 months as your milk helps their bones to become stronger and also gets various nutrients from it. Then after 6 months along with breast milk start feeding baby porridges but not the solid food items. You should breastfeed your baby until your baby needs it.

Babies are very delicate and require special care in the initial stage as they cant communicate with us directly about their requirements. So these were some of the parenting tips for first time parents that are very effective and can help you to take care of your baby. 

Top 10 Newborn Baby Tips For Dads

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Top 10 Newborn Baby Tips For Dads

Becoming dad for the first time is the most overwhelming experience as well as a challenging task in one’s life. You may always have a question of how to be a good father to a newborn and so become very careful while doing any activities. You may sometimes panic for doing small things which you don’t know and even sometimes may wonder how to do certain things in an appropriate manner and from where to start it. But, now you don’t have to worry about it anymore as in this article I am going to share with you’ll some helpful first time dad tips which are useful in the long run.

Here are the newborn baby tips for dads or you can say dad to be checklist.

1. Care from the beginning

It will be great if you start caring for your baby from the day of his birth. You can make it a daily habit for doing small needful things of your baby like dressing, changing diapers, bathing, playing with them, and even settling them to sleep after they have their food. Doing all these activities will slowly create a sweet bond between you and your baby and will also help you to understand your baby’s habits. Furthermore, caring for your baby will give a break to your wife to relax for a while.

2. Understand baby’s cues

Babies don’t speak, and so they try to give cues or signals if they want something or if they dislike something. But you have to try to understand newborn baby cues or signals to find out what your baby exactly needs. Every baby is different and may sometimes have different ways of showing their needs. Here are some common cues which an help you to understand what your baby needs.

a. When your baby wants your attention

  • Your baby will make eye contact with you if he/she wants you to cuddle them.
  • Your baby will turn his/her head and eyes towards you to get your attention.
  • Your baby will reach out to you if he/she wants to get your attention.

b. When your baby wants a change or a break from you

  • When you go near your baby, and if he/she turns in another direction, that means they don’t want you to cuddle him/her and need a break.
  • If you take your baby in your arms and if he/she pushes their body back and cries, that means they want a break from you and want to remain in bed.

c. Baby Tired Cues

  • Your baby will start crying if he/she is tired and wants to sleep, and even they cry when they are hungry. Also, you must spend little time in bed with your baby to settle them till they sleep. Singing a lullaby will also help to quickly put your baby to sleep.
  • When your baby is yawning or rubbing his/her eyes means you must put them to sl

3. Putting baby to sleep

Babies usually sleep on their own, but sometimes they require your pampering to go to bed. When it’s your baby’s bedtime, you can lie him/her on the bed and slowly pat on his/her stomach, or you can carry him/her on your shoulder and pat on his/her back, also rocking baby to sleep works great and as by doing this they can feel your love and comfort at the same time. It would be great of you sing a song or hymn for your baby as this can create a lovely bond between you both. In the initial phase sleeping with the baby on the bed until they sleep is a good practice as this builds trust between you and your baby.

4. Changing newborn baby diaper

Baby’s cry when their diaper becomes wet, and this is the cue that you need to change the diaper. Before putting the new diaper, keep all the things you need closer to you so that it becomes easy for you to wind up the process. First, lay your baby on the bed facing towards you, then remove the dirty diaper and keep it aside. Take the wipes or tissues and clean the area. If you have a baby girl, then wipe from front to back and if you have a baby boy, then wipe from the berries. After cleaning the area, lift the baby from the bottom and place the new unfold diaper below your baby’s butt and tighten the straps as needed. Also, note that the newborn diaper change frequency varies so you don’t have to panic if your baby has not peed or pooped during that period.

5. Burping your baby

Babies inhale a lot of air while eating or drinking their food. So to get this air bubbles out, you need to burp baby after feeding. There are various baby burping positions that you can follow like you can make your baby sit on your lap facing sideways and then place your palm on their chest and hold the chin with the thumb and the index finger. With the other hand, pat gently on your baby’s back until the burps come out.

6. Talk to your baby

Make a habit of talking with your baby as much as you can nd. For example, you can speak to them while changing their diaper, feeding, massaging, and even while playing with him/her. Encouraging baby to talk not only strengthens your relationship with your toddler but also helps the baby to learn new words and language.

7. Connect to your baby through physical touch

Babies usually like when their parents take them in their arms and cuddle them with love, play with them. Doing this increases the trust between you two, and even your baby feels safe and develops a strong bond with you. This kind of bonding also helps stimulate the development of your baby’s brain.

8. Taking newborn out of house

During the evening, when there is no sun outside, taking baby for a walk can relax your baby and make him feel fresh. This can make your baby feel fresh and can he/she can enjoy spending quality time with you. Make sure before taking your baby out you apply some moisturizer on his/her skin and wear him/her full sleeves clothes, so that their skin doesn’t get damaged due to dust or harmful pollutants in the air.

9. Help your partner to feed your baby

For your newborn baby breast milk is the best food from which he/she can get all the essential nutrients required for their development. Even for your partner, it will be a new experience and might find it sometimes difficult to handle your baby while feeding. You can help your partner by holding baby while breastfeeding so that it becomes easy for your baby to drink the milk. You can also help her by giving whatever she needs.

10. Ask for help

If you are getting ready to be a dad then it’s a  good practice to take the help of the experts or the people who have the experience instead of messing with the things. You can observe your wife when doing all the baby’s tasks as it can help you to perform it with ease. If you are finding any difficulty in performing any baby’s activity then take the help of your wife and ask her you doubts if you have any.

These are some of the newborn advice for dads, that can help you to start caring for your baby. I hope you found these tips helpful.

Baby Skin Care Routine

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Baby Skin Care Routine

When a baby is born, you are delighted and take care of him from the very first day, be it his feeding, clothes to keep him warm and much more. Being a mom, you care about every little thing, and so taking the care of his skin is also very essential as the newborns are born with susceptible and fragile skin. First-time mums may be worried or may not be knowing the ways to take care of their baby’s skin. So, today I am going to share with you baby skin care routine which you can take care of your baby’s skin to keep it nourished and free from any infections. But before knowing these ways, let us see why its necessary to take care of the baby’s skin.

Moisturizing Baby Skin

Importance of baby’s skincare 

– The newborns are more prone to skin allergies in the first few months.
– Baby’s skin needs time to get adjusted in the new environment.
– Baby’s skin is very thin and fragile.
– The newborns have to face many skin challenges in their daily routine like the diaper rashes, chemical soaps, shampoos, etc.

Baby Skin Care Home Remedies And Tips

1. Bathing your baby

Baby Skin Care Tips Home Remedies

Every parent wants to bathe their child daily, but this should be avoided as it removes all the natural oils that protect the baby’s skin. The newborn should be bathed only 2-3 times a week or even less then that is fine as bathing them every day can make their skin dry, which can cause various skin related problems.

Babies don’t get dirty except for their diaper area or face. As babies aren’t doing any 9-5 job or a gym workout, a sponge bath is perfect for them, or even baby skin care wipes. You can wash your baby’s face and diaper area with lukewarm water. Also, make sure whenever you are bathing your baby avoid using new harsh products like soaps or shampoo on their sensitive skin instead try to use products that are made especially suitable for baby’s skin. Use soft towels to pat dry your little one’s body. And finally the room in which you keep your baby after the bath should be warm, so don’t forget to turn off and air conditioners to prevent the cold.

2. Moisturize your baby’s skin

Fungal Infection In Baby's Neck

Your baby’s skin is very sensitive and so after bathing your baby pat dry him and immediately you must apply the moisturizer to your baby’s skin. Moisturize doesn’t add moisture to your baby’s skin, instead it will prevent the moisture to evaporate from the skin. Select the moisturizer that is suitable for your baby’s skin. Always do a patch test before applying any product as newborns skin are very prone to allergies and reactions.

3. Clean the skin foldings

As the newborn’s skin is sensitive, so moisture tends to lock between the fold on your baby’s skin. Gently wipe the skin folds frequently to prevent the rashes. Babies usually have neck rashes as the milk rolls in the neck folds. You can go through home remedies for baby rash on body if you want to prevent the rashes on your baby naturally.

4. Powdering your baby

Baby Skin Care Home Remedies

After bathing, parents usually apply powder to keep their baby dry the whole day. But it is good practice to air dry your baby. While applying a powder to your baby skin, always use the baby skin care products and avoid using scented or perfumed powders as this can cause irritation and rashes to your baby’s skin. Also, avoid applying a lot of powder containing the chemicals or grains in their diaper area as this can cause them harm in the future.

5. Putting Diapers and Nappies to your baby

Baby Skin Rashes Treatment

Diapers are usually helpful to keep the babies clean as the baby’s skin is very delicate and prone to infections, so keeping the dirty diaper for long can irritate your baby’s skin and may cause rashes. If the diaper is clean and still you see rashes on your baby’s skin, then change the brand and check again after some days whether the rashes are there even after using the other diaper. If this is the case, then you should consult the pediatrician as they can give your baby skin rashes treatment if he has an infection.

6.Dry Skin on your baby’s face

Baby Dry Skin On Face

If your baby has dry skin on face, then you should not bathe your baby regularly as this can wash away all the essential natural oils from their skin. You can use a baby moisturizer for face to keep your baby’s skin hydrated and soft, or you can even use pure coconut oil. When your baby is born, then during the first month do not bathe your baby, just give a sponge bath so that the moisture doesn’t wash out from the skin. Always use good quality newborn baby care products, but make sure that your baby is not prone to any allergies to any products like shampoo, bath gels, and lotions.

7. Baby Body Massage

Baby Rashes Causes And Treatment

Massing your baby regularly with essential oils like almond and olive can keep your baby’s skin moisturized for a long time. Massaging is not only beneficial for the skin but also keeps your baby’s bones strong and healthy. If you are a first-time mom so baby massage techniques will help you to massage your baby in an appropriate way.

8. Clothing your baby

Baby Skin Care Wipes

As baby’s skin is very delicate always wear them loose clothes so that the air can easily pass and they don’t feel hot. Also wash your baby’s clothes, blankets, and bedding separately with the detergents that are made especially for babies that are dye-free and has a pleasant fragrance. During the summer it is recommended to wear your baby loose cotton clothes so that the air can pass between the clothes and the body because the fitting garments can irritate the babies.

9. Acne & Eczema on your baby’s skin

Baby Skin Care Home Remedies

Baby’s acne is not like the acne of the teenagers, so you don’t have to worry about it. According to the research, the pimples on your toddler’s cheeks and nose may occur due to yeast or lack of essential oils on the skin. You don’t have to panic about it as it vanishes on its own without any medication.

Eczema is a red itchy rash that can occur on the baby’s face, elbow, chest, arms, and even behind the knees. It happens mostly to the children whose ancestors were having asthma, atopic dermatitis, or any allergies. If you find such rashes on your baby’s skin, consult the doctor immediately. Also, take preventive measures like applying baby sensitive skin products as in gentle soap during the bath as well as use a little amount of moisturizer on your baby’s skin to keep it hydrated.

10.  Exposing your baby to the sun

The baby’s skin should not be exposed to direct sunlight as their skin is very fragile and may cause sunburns. So it is always recommended to cover your baby with full sleeves clothes and pants and make sure to apply the sunscreen that is made for children before going out of the home to protect your baby’s skin from sun’s ultraviolet rays.

11. White Bumps (Milia) on baby’s face

These are the small papule that appears on the baby’s skin when the skin is not functioning correctly. It occurs in 50% of the newborn’s skin mostly on the body parts like chin, cheeks, nose, and forehead and can rarely occur in other parts of the body as well. But you don’t have to worry about it as it goes on its own without any treatment.

12. Yeast Infections on your baby’s skin

Yeast infection can occur at any age, and babies usually face the yeast infections, and the areas affected by it are usually mouth and the diaper areas. Mouth infection is one of the common in most of the kids as it occurs due to poor oral hygiene, antibiotic usage, or immune problems. It is bright red and has a white papule and is mostly seen on the children’s tongue and gums. If it occurs very frequently, then consult a doctor so that the doctor can give appropriate medications for its treatments.

These were some of the newborn skin care guidelines for all the mums so that you can take care of your infants or toddlers skin and keep it healthy for a long time.

Top 17 Pregnancy Tips For First Time Moms

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Top 17 Pregnancy Tips For First Time Moms

Being pregnant is the most beautiful experience for all the first time mums, and during that phase, you need to take special care of yourself and your baby. If you think that you are pregnant, then you should take a home test using a pregnancy kit to ensure proper care is taken. Apart from the doctor’s medications, you need to maintain a balanced diet for pregnancy to keep yourself and your baby healthy. So today, in this article, I am going to share with you some early pregnancy care tips for living a healthy lifestyle in your pregnancy phase.

Here are some labor tips for first time moms

1. Consult a doctor

Consult doctor during pregnancy

As soon as you come to know that you are pregnant, you should consult a doctor so that he/she can give you proper medications and a proper diet plan that needs to be followed from the start till the end of the pregnancy phase. Always talk to your doctor about your previous or hereditary medical issues so that you and your baby can get the appropriate treatment for it.

2. Exercise

Regular exercising is beneficial for you as well as your baby, and it has various benefits as below:

  • It reduces the complications that occur during the time of pregnancy, such as high blood pressure.
  • It helps to cope with the posture and strains in the joints during the pregnancy.
  • Increases the chances of giving birth to a child normally rather than surgery.
  • It boosts your mood if you are feeling low.
  • It helps to get your curves back after the baby is born.
  • It helps you to maintain your weight.

You can take a pregnancy class or even go for a walk for 15-20 min in a shaded place. Some of the exercises that are beneficial during pregnancy are pilates, yoga, swimming, and walking. But before performing any exercise, you should consult your doctor and listen to your body and don’t overdo it.

3. Eliminate the intake of toxins

During pregnancy, you should avoid the intake of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, any solvents like the whitener, paint thinner, etc as this can lead to a miscarriage, defects in the baby and other problems and increase the intake of pregnancy health drinks. Also, intaking cigarettes can supply less amount of oxygen to the baby, which can cause suffocation. 

If you are more addicted to toxins and find it difficult to stop its intake, then you should inform your doctor in the very first appointment about it, as he/she can guide through appropriate programs that helps the pregnant woman to stop smoking. 

4. Eat Well

When you are pregnant, whatever you eat or drink is supplied to your baby so healthy eating in pregnancy is very important. Even the actions you do or the activities you perform are reflected on your baby. So it’s essential to take proper care of your health during that phase. To maintain a food diet during pregnancy, you must eat pregnancy health food like fruits, vegetables, fish, and dairy food regularly. Also, you must drink plenty of water, as the increase in the water level helps to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. You can also drink canned juices that are good for your health.

Check Pregnancy Food Tips to know which food is beneficial to you during pregnancy.

5. Avoid risky tasks

Performing household chores is an excellent job as it becomes a part of the exercise for the mums. But cut off some dangerous tasks from your daily to-do list as it may be harmful to you and your baby. 

  • Stop doing the below tasks:
  • Climbing the stools and ladders.
  • Lifting heavy objects.
  • Using harsh chemicals for cleaning the floors.
  • Cleaning the pet litter.
  • Standing for an extended period, especially near the hot gas stove.

6. Check your medications

During pregnancy, before taking any medications even for little illness, always consult a doctor as he can guide you on how many tablets will be effective and appropriate during pregnancy. Also, avoid experimenting with natural remedies to cure the illness. Take the medications prescribed by the doctor at the proper time suggested by the doctor. 

7. Eat food rich in folic acid

Folic acid is very essential for the proper development of the baby’s neural tube and the creation of the red blood cells. Include food rich in folic acid in your food diet during pregnancy, so that you can get the essential nutrients required for the body.

Food that contains Folic acid are

  • Legumes
  • Asparagus
  • Eggs
  • Green Vegetables
  • Beetroot
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Brussels Sprout
  • Broccoli
  • Avocado

8. Stay Clean

Maintaining cleanliness is a good practice all the time, especially when you are pregnant. Always wash your hand before eating as well as wash the vegetables and fruits as the germs can be consumed with the food, which may cause harm to the baby as well. You can even use an Ethyl alcohol-based sanitizer to wash your hands if the washbasin is not available nearby. 

9. Travel Smart

Before planning a trip always consult your doctor, so that he/she can guide you the right time for going on the trip. Avoid traveling on the road containing potholes as it can cause harsh movements that can harm your baby. Also, while traveling by car properly put the safety belt. The belt should be placed on the collar bone and taken from below the abdomen across the thighs, also take care that you are sitting far from the airbags. Avoid sitting for a long time as this can help to prevent the blood clots.

10. Gain knowledge related to pregnancy

Healthy Pregnancy Tips

You must always read books or read online various articles related to pregnancy as you can gain knowledge from it about what is beneficial for you and your baby and what is not. You can also join a childbirth class in your area as the experts can guide you properly throughout the pregnancy journey. Also, consulting the doctor will be a great choice, but be open to the doctor regarding your allergies or past pregnancy issues.

11. Practice Kegels

Labor Tips For First Time Moms

This is one of the best exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles, bladder and uterus. This is very easy to perform and can be done even in a public place. To begin this exercise squeeze the abdomen as you do when you are in hurry for peeing. Hold the breath for seconds and release it. Repeat the procedure a few times.

12. Track your weight

Early Pregnancy Tips

Gaining weight during pregnancy is the usual thing, but being overweight is harmful to your baby and also being underweight can cause defects in the baby. The body mass index of a pregnant lady with one baby is measured as:

  • Underweight: Gain 28-40 pounds
  • Normal weight: Gain 25-35 pounds
  • Overweight: Gain 15-25 pounds
  • Obese: Gain 11-20 pounds

Always consult your doctor and schedule regular checkups to ensure that the baby remains healthy.

13. Drink plenty of water

Food Diet During Pregnancy

Drinking a lot of water during pregnancy is very essential as it supplies oxygen to the baby and flushes away carbon dioxide and toxins. It also increases the volume of the blood. Drink 8-10 glasses of water in a day and if you don’t feel like drinking plain water then you can squeeze a lemon in it.

14. Know about Postpartum Depression

Balanced Diet For Pregnancy

During pregnancy, 10-20 percent of the women face depression which is not suitable for the health of the baby. So if you are facing depression then consult the doctor and take the prescribed medications on time.

15. Eat Fish

Healthy Food For Pregnancy

Fish contains a high amount of Omega 3s which are very essential for the development of the baby’s brain. Also, a study in 2007 has shown that the moms who has eaten fish during the pregnancy gave birth to baby’s having a high IQ. A pregnant woman is recommended to eat 12 ounces per week. Avoid eating fish which contains high mercury like shark, swordfish, mackerel.

16. Take care of yourself

Signs Of Healthy Pregnancy

During pregnancy you may sometimes feel stressed, so it’s very important to take out some time for yourself and pamper yourself. Sleeping for 8 hours is a must during pregnancy and if it’s not possible for you to get a good sleep at late night then take small naps in the day time. Try to do things that make you feel relaxed like go for a spa or on a walk or in the salon as doing things you like can make you feel de-stressed which is beneficial to you and your baby.

17. Write Birth Plan

As soon as you know that you are pregnant, start writing the birth plan which will help you to decide how you want your pregnancy phase to go. You can list down various things that can be included in the birth plan like:

  • What kind of clothes will you love to wear.
  • From whom do you want gifts from and what type of gift.
  • What procedures you want to avoid.
  • Which position would you like hile giving birth to your baby.
  • What type of clothes would you like to wear
  • What would you like to spend more time
  • What is the further step if any complication arises during pregnancy.

Questions to ask your doctor during pregnancy

Always ask questions that come to your mind so that your doctor can clear all your doubts and help you in maintaining proper health.

  • What counter medications are safe for me to use?
  • How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?
  • What exercise should I perform during pregnancy?
  • Which vaccinations are necessary and when to get them?
  • How long can I work?
  • What beauty or skin products should I use?
  • What should I eat and avoid eating?
  • Which pregnancy symptoms are normal and which are emergency?
  • What are the signs of a healthy pregnancy?
  • What are the signs of a healthy baby during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, special care must be taken in the first few months to avoid miscarriage or other problems. Also, you have to be careful while eating food. There are various healthy foods for pregnancy that the moms should consume to make their baby healthy and should avoid the food that can cause harm to their baby and may sometimes create defects in the baby. So, these were some of the early pregnancy tips for all mums. I hope you’ll found it helpful.

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