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30 Nov 13

Soothing a crying baby

As a first-time parent, one of the first things you will have to learn is how to soothe your baby when he or she is crying. The first step to soothing a crying baby is to find out why he or she is crying. It can be a challenge, like learning another language! For new parents, trial and error is a good way to start until you learn to distinguish between cries. Your baby may cry because he or she is hungry, tired, bored, too hot, too cold, overstimulated, has a dirty nappy, has wind, or simply wants a cuddle. Depending on the reason, here are some ways to comfort them. Suckling and singing The action of suckling can be soothing for your baby. If you are breast-feeding, try letting your baby suckle your breast, or if you are bottle-feeding, give them a sterilised dummy. Do not dip it in anything sweet […]

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14 Nov 13

A first-time parents’ guide to cleaning the nursery

As many first-time parents soon find out, little babies are particularly good at making big messes. This means your nursery can harbour all kinds of germs in its nooks and crevices, which can make cleaning the nursery a daunting task for worried new parents. Parents shouldn’t work themselves into a tizzy over sanitizing anything and everything near their little ones. Actually, experts say that some exposure to bacteria and viruses will help build up your child’s immune system. But this is no reason to let the filth pile high. Besides promoting good hygiene and preventing infections, keeping the nursery clean makes for a more comfortable environment to play and bond with your baby. The hot spots So where to begin? If you have a changing table, wipe it down every day or more often if it is dirty with antibacterial cleaning products to prevent infection. Disinfectant wipes are really handy for […]

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08 Nov 13

How to prevent your baby from choking

It’s one of new parents‘ worst fears and a very real hazard for babies – choking. As babies learn to chew and swallow food, it is common for them to explore their environment and put new foods or objects into their mouth. But young children have small airways, so it is not always easy for them to cough up or splutter out food or objects that become lodged in the throat. Parents, don’t despair! There are certain things you can do to prevent your baby from choking, including knowing which food and toys are age-appropriate and what to do in the event that your child is choking. High-risk foods Motor skills are a very important part of swallowing correctly, but most babies do not develop sufficient motor skills to swallow until they are at least 4 months old. Do not introduce solid food to babies until they are able to swallow. Steer […]

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07 Oct 13

Top and tail: Bathing your newborn

A new baby can be overwhelming for first-time parents. Between feeding, soothing and spending time with your newborn, there is a lot to do! But for the first month or so until a baby’s umbilical cord drops off, new parents don’t have to worry about giving baby a bath. However, just because your newborn isn’t ready for a sink or a bath tub doesn’t mean that he or she shouldn’t be washed. Instead, you can keep your baby squeaky clean using the “top and tail” method. Topping your baby Topping and tailing a baby means washing him or her from head to toe using cotton wool and warm water. Although there is nothing wrong with giving a newborn a proper bath, the top and tail method is an easier or less frightening alternative for some babies during their first few weeks of life. In order to top and tail your baby, […]

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29 Sep 13

Letting your baby cry it out

First-time parents often cannot resist rushing to their baby’s side when he or she starts to cry. This is good! After all, crying is a baby’s first form of communication. A child’s tears tell mummy and daddy that “I’m hungry”, “I need a new nappy” or “I feel ill” in place of speech. But when it comes to sleep, sometimes letting your child cry for a bit before offering comfort isn’t such a bad idea. This can be tough for new parents, but the Cry It Out technique is important for babies to learn how to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own. Many paediatricians and sleep experts such as Richard Ferber, author of the book Solving Your Child’s Sleep Problems, say that crying is often an unavoidable part of baby sleep training. Sleep training Just like learning to chew, crawl and talk, learning to fall asleep is a skill which babies […]

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