DIY Baby Shower Gift: Stork Bundles


If you are looking for an easy baby shower gift to give to a mother-to-be, diaper cakes are always a popular option. A diaper cake is made by rolling up disposable diapers and putting them together in the shape of a “cake” to give to the new mom.

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Complications Related to Premature Birth

Babies that are born before 37 weeks gestational age are considered to be born prematurely. It is not always known why babies are born prematurely. Sometimes an otherwise healthy pregnancy can result in a premature birth. There are, however, risk factors associated with the increased possibility of a baby being born early.

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5 Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep with a Cold

by Jessica Flynn

Comfort is a great way to help your infant make it through a cold. Babies like the feeling of knowing their parent is close to them at all times especially when sick. You might notice your infant expressing more attachment then usual for comfort when your little one is sick. So cuddle up!

Patting a baby on the back when they’re really congested seems to help loosen things up so baby can breath better. This combined with comfort before bedtime may relax your baby enough to help them fall asleep and breath easier.

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When a Baby Has Eczema – What Do You Do?

by Kyra Bradbury

Eczema is more common in babies with a family history of allergies or asthma. It begins as a bright red looking rash on the cheeks and then progresses to other areas of the body like behind the ears, and to the neck, arms and legs. After a baby turns six or eight months, the red, scaly rash can move into the diaper area too. Small pus filled bumps will fill up, ooze and then crust over. When baby scratches the itchy areas, the skin can become infected.

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When Should my Baby get Solid Foods?

by Joyce Brister

For the first six months, breast milk or formula is recommended. Babies learn how to eat more solid foods after they have grown and developed more. The reflex is to push solid foods out of the mouth as the gag reflex is developing, towards the end of this time, you might introduce strained foods such as bananas, pears, rice cereal, and applesauce. Pay attention to the reactions of each food, to see if allergies may be present.

Teeth start to come through and child is able to sit erect. Introduce each food and give the child a chance to get used to it before trying another one. This way you can be aware of any instant dislikes or problems with a certain type of food. Some foods do produce strange colors at the other end so be aware of this while changing your baby’s diaper. The next stage of development and foods are from age seven to nine months, mashed potatoes, peaches, avocados, carrots, squash, barley cereal, soft teething biscuits, and pear or apple juice.

The next stages of development include foods that are lumpier, finger foods that are soft enough to chew easily. By the age of two years, most a toddler can handle most of the same foods the family is eating, just smaller portions and remember the eating habits may be different then the family. This is a good time to start to work on washing hands after meals and snacks as well as brushing teeth using a very soft toothbrush. It is a good idea when introducing new foods to watch for favorites and to limit the sweets, providing interesting alternatives. Toddlers love food cut into shapes or designs and unusual mixtures together, like potato chips and bananas in a sandwich.

The best way to teach a liking for healthy foods is to include them in your regular diet, if they see mom and dad eating healthy they will want to follow the example. Of course that does not mean wheat germ or yogurt every day, but a healthy assortment of fruit, vegetables and other foods that enable the body to grow healthy and strong. Deciding what foods and when your child will be ready for them is a decision that you need to think about, the above examples will help with this and there is a lot of different information online as well as in books and magazines.

Many of the first solid foods eaten by toddlers or young babies are soft foods they can easily eat and digest without having reactions to. Watching a young toddler eat and enjoy all aspects of food, from the smell, feel, taste and texture can be interesting and in some cases, frustrating as food can be spread all over the child, high chair, floor and a good amount on the parent. Be patient and relax, this is normal behavior for a child enjoying his food.

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