In many parts of the world, ear piercing is done directly after birth, often in the hospital. However, in North America – piercing a baby’s ear is a matter of personal decision.
We have reentered the era of “breast is best” and the La Leche League is making a fierce comeback. Today, birthing centers are armed with a crew of lactation consultants who make it known that their number one goal is to get every mother breastfeeding.
So, the big question IS – how much should your baby be sleeping? The following sleep chart gives you an estimate of how much sleep is recommended for your baby, based on age.
Around 1 in every 4 women will get a breast infection, or a blocked duct while nursing. This is extremely common and can make nursing so painful that it becomes impossible.
She was too small and too fragile for me to hold, but oh, how I longed to embrace her. She must have been so scared. I certainly was. Miraculously, several days later she was strong enough for me to snuggle and nestle close to my body.
Many of those opposed to extended breastfeeding aren’t upset so much by the fact that the child is drinking breast milk per se, but they’re bothered by the source.
According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, there are specific times, or months during the year – that help to motivate life success among people. His book, goes into great detail about the specific birth dates and months of highly successful people in this world.
The amount of time off a woman gets after having a child varies around the world, but by how much? How much time does/should a new mom get off of work to spend with her new child? Is 6 weeks enough? What about a year?
The popularized ‘yummy mummies’ on television who seem to emerge from childbirth with a perfectly flat, toned and bikini ready belly, has truly put a lot of pressure on the rest of the new mothers to lose weight, quickly.
Having a decent baby monitor ensures that you can get some laundry done, watch your favorite soap opera or even take a shower and know full well that if your baby wakes up, you will be able to hear them.
In a perfect world, close together would mean at least 3 years apart. This way you are able to spend all your time and attention with your firstborn, indulging in every milestone moment with little else to think or worry about besides the baby at hand.
One on every 300 babies have something a little worse that is called GERD or Gastro esophageal Reflux DISEASE – which will not go away without treatment.
For the first time in your life, you feel the need to redo a room from top to bottom, ripping up carpets and repainting walls just to ensure that your baby has the room YOU always dreamed of having.
In the first few months, millions of moms prefer the easy to navigate gown sleepers. This way their baby’s tootsies can stay ultra warm, diaper changes are a breeze and you don’t have to worry about undressing and redressing your baby every time you turn around.
It is difficult to find professionals that will stand up for co-sleeping. On the other hand, those that are against it are a loud and obnoxious group who can make parents who sleep with their children feel as though they are violating some law.
I think that when my baby won’t sleep he needs to be rocked. Let the Freudians and the parental saints of the world disagree with me, but rocking solves what I can consider to be either one of the major sleep disruptions without drugs, manic parenting, or otherwise unruly behavior.
While finding the right bed can make the transition from a crib or toddler bed into a child’s first bed less of a traumatic transition, creative parenting and consideration for the child’s very real feelings will make just as much of a difference
The discomfort that teething causes can start well in advance of any teeth actually appearing. Some babies are affected as early as four months of age. At this age, even if Baby isn’t officially teething, his mouth is getting ready for the teeth that will emerge.
The sleep of an infant is quite unlike that of an adult. Not only do babies spend more time sleeping than adults, they also have different sleep patterns. Knowledge of how babies sleep helps with understanding why they need to sleep as much as they do.
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