Follow these tips to transition your baby from the breast to the bottle when you've encountered your baby refusing to feed from a bottle.Read More
Key points to get the best out of your noise machine:
Turn it up as loud as possible. It should be about as loud as your vacuum cleaner.
Place it 2-5 feet away from the baby’s crib.
Make sure it plays continuously through the baby’s sleep time at night and naps (the Conair brand may have a timer button on the side - make sure this is OFF).
Tummy Time Tip:
Watch your baby as he sleeps and note if he tends to hold his head toward one direction more than the other. If so, be sure to change the direction of his head so he spends an equal amount of time lying on both sides to prevent flatness.
Tummy time is of huge importance to help prevent Plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome. In a culture where we can not always hold our babies or have someone else hold them, it leads to babies being flat on their backs for longer periods of time. Tummy time will give your baby the ability to not only avoid flat head syndrome, but help promote pushing up, crawling, rolling over, sitting up and eventually pulling to a stand.
Tummy time can be a great time to bond with your baby skin to skin. Undress your baby down to his diaper and place him on your skin at your chest as you recline in bed or in a chair. Your baby will likely snuggle right in and love the position and warmth from your body. You can also do tummy time by placing your baby on your lap or on a semi firm surface like a blanket over the carpet. As your baby gets older and has more head control there are great tummy time toys that you can utilize like the Fisher-Price Rainforest Activity Gym.
A great tip to remember to help avoid flat head syndrome when placing baby on his back for sleeping is be sure to watch your baby as he sleeps and note if he tends to hold his head toward one direction more than the other. Be sure to move his head the other direction so he's on both sides equally to prevent flatness on one side.
Bath Time Tips:
- Cradle cap is oily, yellowish, scaley skin on your baby's head that you may start to see appear a few weeks after birth.
- With each bath, use a small drop of soap on a baby brush and gently swirl the brush over the top of your baby's head to loosen the skin.
- Be sure to thoroughly rinse the shampoo out.
- No alcohol swabbing is needed.
- Let it dry out on its own (fold the diaper down away from stump). Usually within 7-10 days it will fall off.
- Watch for foul odor and yellow/whitish discharge, which is a sign of possible infection.
- Nails are adhered to your baby's skin at birth.
- It is best to use a nail file instead of clippers to avoid accidentally clipping your baby's skin.
There is no “one method fits all” for babies. I encourage all new parents to read and research as much as they can and choose a method or variety of methods that they feel comfortable with. Whatever method you choose, consistency is crucial and giving the method a good 3-5 nights before giving up on it and trying something else is key.Read More