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How to Burp Your Baby
To prevent mealtime discomfort, follow our guide to burping an infant.
How to Change a Diaper
You’'l be diapering about eight times a day. To save time and keep your little soaker clean, learn the basics with this guide to changing baby's diaper.
-You'll be changing your baby's diaper about 8 times per day. So, to help you get it done quicker and easier, we broke it down into a few simple steps. Remember, you can't leave baby alone on a changing table, even for a second. So, be sure to keep your changing area stocked at arm's length with diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream. Once baby is strapped onto the table, open the soiled diaper but leave it under his tush. Sometimes, a sudden exposure to cold air can cause your baby to pee. This is especially true for boys. So, if you've got a little guy, you'll be glad if you leave the diaper open but still on. Grasp your baby by the ankles and lift her tush up. Gently wipe her clean with baby wipes. Girls should always be wiped from front to back to keep bacterial out of the vaginal area in order to prevent urinary tract infections . Be sure to wipe all visible areas. Apply a coating of diaper cream each time you change baby's diaper , and she won't get a rash. It works. Apply it to the areas that most commonly get inflamed, around the rectum, and diaper area. Secure the diaper snugly with the fasteners. One of the most common diapering mistakes is not putting the diaper on tightly enough, which leads to leaks. You'll know if the diaper is too loose if it sags or slides down. If you have a new born, you'll need to fold down the top of the diaper to avoid covering the umbilical cord stump.
How to Treat Diaper Rash
Chances are good that your tot is going to experience diaper rash at one point or another. Learn how to treat it and when you should call your doctor.
Even if you're super vigilant about changing your baby's diaper , you probably won't be able to dodge diaper rash forever. With a few simple strategies you can clear it up quickly. To keep the rash clean change your baby's diaper as soon as you realize it's wet or dirty. Even mild baby wipes can irritate sore skin. So use just water and a washcloth or soft paper towel to gently wipe the area. When you are done, if you have time, let your baby roam around without a diaper to allow the rash to dry out. Just be sure to put a waterproof mat underneath your baby in case he pees. If you're short on time shake a little corn starch based baby powder into your palm away from baby and apply it to his bottom. Finish by applying a thick coat of
How to Bathe a Baby
You must keep one hand on your baby at all times when she's in the tub. So, make sure the baby wash, shampoo, and towel are in arm's reach before you lower her into the bath. You may even wanna squirt cleanser on a wash cloth ahead of time. Fill an infant tub or clean kitchen sink with about 2 inches of warm water. Check the temperature with the underside of your wrist. If it doesn't feel too hot or cold, gently place your baby in the tub while supporting her head. Be sure to clean your baby's neck, armpits, bends of the legs, and in the folds of the skin. Formula or breast milk, spit up, dirt, and sweat can get trapped in these areas and cause irritation. To prevent dry skin, use body wash only a couple of times a week. If you bathe your baby more often, make sure to moisturize or use plain water. To keep your baby from getting chilly, wash her hair last, lightly massaging shampoo into her scalp. If she has cradle cap, put shampoo on a baby brush and rub her head in a circular motion. To rinse, cup your hand over her forehead to keep water out of her eyes. When taking your baby out of the tub, hold her under her head and back for support. Place your other hand under her bottom, making sure you get a good grip on both of her legs, then carefully lift her out of the tub. Wrap her up right away in towel and dry her-- again, paying attention to the folds of the skin.
her into the bath. You may even wanna squirt cleanser on a wash cloth ahead of time. Fill an infant tub or clean kitchen sink with about 2 inches of warm water. Check the temperature with the underside of your wrist. If it doesn't feel too hot or cold, gently place your baby in the tub while supporting her head. Be sure to clean your baby's neck, armpits, bends of the legs, and in the folds of the skin. Formula or breast milk, spit up, dirt, and sweat can get trapped in these areas and cause irritation. To prevent dry skin , use body wash only a couple of times a week. If you bathe your baby more often, make sure to moisturize or use plain water. To keep your baby from getting chilly, wash her hair last, lightly massaging shampoo into her scalp. If she has cradle cap, put shampoo on a baby brush and rub her head in a circular motion . To rinse, cup your hand over her forehead to keep water out of her eyes. When taking your baby out of the
How to Clip Baby's Nails
Wondering how to clip baby's little nails? Trimming is so simple with these easy-to-follow pointers.
But with some know-how, it becomes second nature. Choose a pair of nail clippers or scissors specifically designed for infants. They are the safest option because they are made for tiny fingers. Some even come with a little magnifying glass for easier navigation. You'll also need an infant nail file to smooth rough edges . It's helpful to have someone hold your baby to keep him from wiggling while you work or enlist a partner to distract
How to Soothe a Crying Baby
Harvey Karp, M.D. explains how to turn a crying cutie into a sleeping beauty.
to our babies when they are immature, and so we imitate they sensory experience they have in the womb, and when you do that, you actually flip the switch. You turn on something called the [unk]
How to Relieve Baby's Gas
When your baby is gassy, he may need some help to ease the pressure. Try one or all of these soothing steps to relieve baby's gas.
tummy time a regular part of baby's day. In addition to building upper body strength it can also alleviate gas. Some babies may object to being put on their stomachs at first but they generally grow to like it as they gain head control and grow stronger. Infant massage is another gas reliever. One popular method is I Love You strokes. Lay your baby in front of you and undo the taps on her diaper. Using light pressure run the knuckles of two or three fingers down baby's left side from below the ribcage to the top of her hip. That's the I. For the L, run your fingers below her ribcage from right to left then down the top of her left hip. Lastly, create a U beginning above the right hip, moving up her right side then across to her left side under her rib cage , and down her left side to the top of her hip. Your baby sees a U. Repeat the sequence several times. If
How to Reduce Your Baby's Reflux
-Gastroesophageal reflux is a condition in which foods or liquids in the stomach leak back into the esophagus. If your baby is showing signs of reflux such as spitting up frequently, consider talking to your doctor about which formula is best for your baby. Sometimes switching to a hypoallergenic or lactose-free option, can help relieve reflux. He may also suggest a formula made with rice cereal added in. Keeping your baby in a sitting position during feedings and for at least 20 minutes afterwards and burping partway through mealtime may help relieve some of the discomfort associated with reflux. Your baby may also benefit from smaller more frequent feedings. Some babies with reflux naturally prefer to eat this way. Others get cranky if they don't get their food feeding at once. After a few days though, your little one should adjust to this new schedule. So, try to stick with it. It's also best to make sure your baby's diaper and clothing isn't too tight because it can put pressure on her tummy and make her especially irritable. If your baby's reflux isn't improving or seems to be getting worse, talk to your pediatrician.
try to stick with it. It's also best to make sure your baby's diaper and clothing isn't too tight because it can put pressure on her tummy and make her especially irritable. If your baby's reflux
We all love a nice soothing massage. But did you know that your baby can benefit from a soft touch too?
-It's massage time. -A massage can stimulate a child's circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems . Not to mention, it's a relaxing bonding experience between baby and mom. Research shows it can even help premature babies gain weight faster and sleep better so it really is great all around. The perfect time and place for a massage? Just before you
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
Nursing sessions can last 30 to 40 minutes. So, your comfort is key. Try these basic holds to decide which works best for you, but feel free to shift your arms, legs, and posture until you feel relaxed. For each position, make sure your baby's head is titled back with her chin pressed into your breast and her nose free. The cross cradle hold is often the easiest for new moms because it lets you clearly see your baby's mouth, so you know if you need tweaks. In this position, you'll support your baby with the arm opposite to the breast on which she's feeding. Lay your baby on her side and run your forearm along her spine, holding the base of her head with your hand. To do the cradle position, sit in a chair and hold your baby with her neck on your forearm. Nuzzle her body close to yours with the same arm. Use a pillow or rolled up receiving blanket to support your arm or back if necessary. For the football position, place your baby on a pillow and hold her with her chest against your side and her legs behind you. If you're nursing on your right breast, hug your baby to your body with your right arm and support her head with your hand. This position may be difficult for women with a long torso or small breasts. If you prefer to nurse lying down, lie on your side with your knees bent. If it feels better to straighten your legs, place a pillow behind your back to help you stay up. Lay your baby down with her belly against yours, and rest her neck on your bottom arm. A baby who has reflux may prefer a straddling pose because being vertical helps keep food down. This may also be a good position if you have a very fast milk flow, though it can be difficult for moms new to nursing. Lean back and hold your baby so her belly touches yours and her legs straddle your body. Support the base of her head with whichever hand feels comfortable. If you don't feel comfortable when you're breastfeeding or have other concerns, consider contacting a board-certified lactation consultant for help. Go to ilca.org to find one in your area.
you prefer to nurse lying down, lie on your side with your knees bent . If it feels better to straighten your legs, place a pillow behind your back to help you stay up. Lay your baby