Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Is Your Baby Crying? Here Are Some Likely Reasons Why

Crying. As a new parent this can be very upsetting to you, but you must remember that it's the only way your baby can communicate with you. When you're a new parent you might find it very difficult to recognize why your baby is crying, but rest assured that there is probably a very good reason. Luckily, there are some very common reasons why your baby might crying, and I can list them out for you that you as a checklist that you can go through. Over time you will be able to recognize exactly what your baby is crying, but at first you will have to probably do some trial and error until you recognize the difference between your baby's cries.

A soiled diaper is probably the most common reason why a baby would cry. Soiled diapers are very uncomfortable to the baby, and not only that, they can cause painful diaper rashes which you obviously want to avoid. Changing your baby's diaper often is very important, you must ensure to leave the diaper not too tight. Changing diapers can be a messy and, frankly, disgusting job at first but you will quickly get used to it. If your baby starts crying even more when you take the diaper off, you can try putting a soft blanket on it while you change the diaper. Babies often do not like being uncovered in this can make them cry even more.

Check to make sure that your baby is not too hot or too cold. If your baby is red, appears to be sweating, or has a higher than normal temperature but not sick, it is probably crying because it's too hot. If your baby is cold give it more clothing or a warm blanket, babies are very sensitive to temperature and if they are too hot or cold they will let you know by crying. A good rule of thumb in clothing your baby is to give it one more layer of clothing than what you are wearing. Then simply adjust according to changes in temperature.

You could also try swaddling your baby. This involves simply wrapping your baby tightly in a blanket with its arms and hands to the side, which imitates the feeling the baby has when it's still inside the womb. This is very comforting to the baby and might simply be all he or she needs to calm down. If you are uncomfortable with swaddling your baby, I suggest asking a friend who is also a mother, or a healthcare professional. I'd highly suggest learning how to properly swaddle your baby as it is one of the best ways to soothe and calm your baby down.

Another common reason that a baby is crying simply because it is hungry. Newborn babies need to leave the area often as they are growing quickly in the body needs food often. Just give your baby a bottle or letter nurse and it will probably calm it right down. Even if your baby is in Hungary the act of nursing or sucking on a bottle can be very calming. There's no need to worry about your baby overeating; it simply will stop eating if it's not hungry.

You may also find that your baby cries because it is tired. Babies are known to get cranky very quickly when they are tired, and you should get your baby on a regular sleep schedule each day. Doing this will also make it easier for you as a parent, as your baby will be much more likely to sleep through the night if it is on a normal sleep schedule. I would recommend having a routine that you put your baby through before it goes to sleep, such as singing or humming, cuddling, rocking, etc. this will help your baby avoid a tantrum when it goes to sleep.

Over time you will find that it is much easier for for you to recognize why your baby is crying. It can be difficult for a new parent at first, but you will eventually be able to recognize why your baby is crying and whining to fix it. Don't let it overwhelm you; it is something all new parents have to go through at first. Please keep in mind that if can't get your baby to stop crying or it seems like it is sick or in pain, you should take it to a doctor just to make sure that everything is okay. Remember, crying is the only way a piece have of communicating and if they are in pain or say they don't know how else to tell you about it.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Do You Breastfeed? You Should Use A Nursing Bra

If you're a breastfeeding mom, you will want to read this. Have you considered using a nursing bra? If you don't use a nursing bra,or haven't at least thought about it, you really should. For many years I used a regular bra until one of my girlfriends persuaded me to experiment with a nursing bra, and I don't think I'll ever go back until I stop nursing.

As you may likely know, the female body begins to produce milk at some stage in the final trimester of pregnancy, in expectation of the child soon being born. As soon as the baby starts to breastfeed, some changes start to take place in the woman's breasts, and it is not unusual for the breasts to get engorged when the woman first begins to breast feed. This is very uncomfortable, trust me; it happens when the breast becomes full of milk, but it is unable to flow out. A nursing bra will help minimize this, and making use of a manual or electric breast pump might also help a lot. If you're going to go this route, be sure to read breast pump reviews before purchasing, as they can be very expensive and you'll want to purchase the right one.

It is generally suggested that a new mother breastfeed newborn babies for the first 24 months of life. Research has shown that breastfeeding supplies a number of appreciable health benefits to both the baby as well as the mother. A mother's breast milk is by far the best nutrition a child can get when they're that age, up until the stage where they're able to consume soft foods. Sadly, breastfeeding can be an issue sometimes. As an example, it's not always an easy task to be able to breastfeed your baby in public. This is often an uncomfortable situation for new mothers to manage, for self-evident reasons. Fortunately, bra manufacturers have made some strides in creating bras that will let the mother to breastfeed in public places and keep some personal privacy and avoiding shame. Nursing bras are specially designed so that the nipple area is exposed for breastfeeding while, at the same time, supporting the breast. Furthermore, nursing bras are commonly made from a very stretchable material, which provides it the ability to adjust to the size of the breast before, during, and after breastfeeding. This will make it much more comfortable in comparison to a normal bra.

Despite the fact that bras are made to support the breasts, they just aren't comfy enough for a breastfeeding woman, nor to they provide satisfactory privacy for the woman to breastfeed in public. A nursing bra alleviates both of these issues, which makes it much easier on the nursing mother. There are numerous nursing bras available on the market, and consideration is needed before buying one. Conversely, a breast pump can be a big help in alleviating these problems. Since you can pump and store the breast milk for later use, it avoids the issue of nursing your baby in public. Not surprisingly, breast pumps can be much more expensive than even the best nursing bra, so you'll have to decide based on what's best for you and your budget. If you choose to go with this route, be sure to read breast pump reviews, because not all of them are created equal.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Welcome to my baby and kids blog!


My name is Jennifer Parker, and this is my brand new blog about babies and children. Being a mother, I've often thought about creating a blog to talk about my daily trials and tribulations when raising my kids, as well as give some tips and advice to other mothers in the same boat. Being a mother isn't an easy job; in fact, it may be one of the toughest jobs in the world. We mothers should stick together, and make it easier for all of us. :)

I have 2 children; one baby and one school-age boy, so life can be pretty hectic. I am also a single mother, which makes things even more interesting. I am grateful to get a lot of help from my wonderful parents, and I don't think I could do it without them. Thanks, mom and dad.

Over the coming months and years I hope to share some of the things I've learned when raising my kids. I certainly hope that this comes in useful to other mothers around the world. Maybe I will even learn a thing or two from other mothers. Being a parent is a learning experience, and you have to learn it as you go, but as long as you try your best, I don't think you can go wrong.

I hope this blog grows over the years and becomes a great source of information and wisdom. :)