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-Hi. I'm Jessica Hartshorn from American Baby Magazine. I'm here to talk about how you can choose a breast pump. If you're gonna be pumping milk frequently for your baby, a double electric pump is probably your best tool for the job. It works both sides at once and it works on a motor so it's really fast and efficient. The only problem with the double electric breast pump, it does cost several hundred dollars. So if you're not completely sure you're gonna pump or you're not completely committed to pumping at work, you might wanna look into renting a double electric from the hospital where you can pay by the month. There's another option and that's a battery operated pump but doesn't work as smoothly all the time as a motorized pump but it does save you money. And the third kind of pump is a manual pump. This is the kind of pump that you use just on one side at a time and you can do the pumping yourself but it's completely quite and discreet. You can really even be great if you just wanna take an evening away from your baby. You might wanna consider having it a double electric for work as well as the manual for times when you're away in the evening. Ans so those are some things you wanna think about when you're thinking about buying a breast pump.
-Hi, I'm Jessica Hartshorn from American Baby Magazine and I'm gonna talk about how you can store and use your breast milk safely. Breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator or in the freezer. You wanna use a closed top bottle or a breast milk storage bag that's made for this purpose. You can buy either in the baby aisle of most mass merchant stores, or supermarkets, or drugstores; and the breast milk storage bags are sterilized, which makes them different than a regular sandwich bag. When you take milk out of the freezer, you can thaw in the refrigerator or in a bowl of hot water or run it under the hot water in the sink. You don't wanna refreeze breast milk and you don't wanna mix fresh breast milk with frozen so only take what you need out of the freezer. And the longer you feed your baby breast milk, the more you'll understand how much he or she drinks in the day. When you take milk out of the refrigerator, you don't wanna leave it out for more than about an hour or two just like regular milk. If you wanna warm your breast milk, you could do it using hot water from the sink or a warm bowl of milk. You don't wanna put it in the microwave because microwaves heat unevenly and also can destroy some of the nutrients in your breast milk, so be sure you just warm it gently. You only want to get it to about body temperature since that's what your baby would be used to drinking straight from the source and that's how you can store and use your breast milk safely.
Hi. I'm Jessica Hartshorn from American Baby Magazine, and I'm gonna help you figure out how to choose a baby food maker. If you wanna make food for you baby, almost anything that purees food will do and that can include your home blender, or Cuisinart or if you have a food mill that works with a hand grind, can constrain out seeds. Any of that can puree food but there's also a lot of devices sold specifically for making baby food. That can include an emerging blender when you can put in a pot of food to turn it into more of a puree for your baby. That can include a special machine that will steam the food and puree it in the same bowl that saves you a lot of time and clean up, or it can be something as simple as a food masher, where you can take food that you've already heated and softened and mash it into baby food. When you're deciding which one to buy, it may mostly depends on how often you picture yourself making your baby's food or you're just gonna mash food occasionally like fruits for breakfast. Maybe just in a masher or you can be turning the family's dinner into your baby's food. Maybe using an emerging blender or your home blender. But if you picture yourself making lots of baby food for all your baby's meals and maybe special blends, consider one of the bigger machines that will help you cook and puree it in the same device. And so hopefully, whatever you cook the baby will find delicious.
Hi. I'm Hallie Scheflin from American Baby Magazine. And I'm here to talk about eco-friendly bottles. Plastic bottles are no longer made with a chemical BPA, so they're safe for baby as any other bottle. The plastic bottles can always be recycled which is why some parents prefer greener option. Glass bottles can be recycled when baby moves to a cup. Silicon sleeves can be added to help make the bottle shatter proof and easy to hold. And the new stainless steel bottles can be converted to water bottles later on.
-Hi. I'm Hallie Scheflin from American Baby Magazine. And I'm here to tell you how to clean a bottle. You can clean a bottle like you would clean any other cup with water and a bit of soap. A bottle brush helps you wipe the bottom insides of the bottle then you can set it on a regular drying rack or you can get a bottle drying rack that helps you organize all the bottle pieces. Bottles can also go in the dishwasher on the top rack away from the heating elements. There are dishwasher baskets you can buy to keep all the pieces together. About once a week, you might wanna sterilize the bottles and parts. There are microwave or electric steam sterilizers for that purpose or you may wanna do things the old fashion way by putting them in a pot of boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes. The boiling water definitely works best for glass bottles. Be weary of boiling plastic parts.
-Hi. I??m Jessica Hartshorn from American Baby Magazine and I??m here with Adam Cohen of DaDaRocks.com and a certified passenger safety technician and he??s gonna give us some tips for installing your car seat correctly ??cause so many parents get it wrong, right? It??s hard. -90% of Americans have car seat installed incorrectly. First, we check is if we could wiggle more than an inch, it??s not installed correctly. -You need to get it tighter than that. -Absolutely. -And do you use the latch or a seatbelt or both? -You never ever, ever use both seatbelt and latch. You choose one or the other. The simplest way is usually latch. Latch is the clips down here and it topped [unk] and it??s really simple to install, instructions can be found in your user manual or on the stickers on the side of the car seat themselves. For seatbelt, you then take the seatbelt go through one of the seatbelt passing the car seat and once again that should be clearly labeled by the stickers on the car seat and then you could simply click it in. -Or in the manual which is really important for [unk]. -The user manual is critical information that you need to know so please review that too. -But if you can??t understand the manual and can??t seem to get it tighten enough then what do you do? -Well, they need to go to seatcheck.org and enter in your zip code and final local certified passenger safety technician in your local area to install it. While municipal, you know, agencies might install it for free, local stores that are certified might have a meal charge for it and once again safety first. -Right, better to have somebody else look at it and be sure. So thank you for those tips for installing your car seat correctly.
-Hi. I??m Jessica Hartshorn from American Baby Magazine. I??m going to teach you how a travel system works. A travel system is one of the baby world??s biggest bargains. You get a stroller and a car seat sold together for about a $100 less than what you??d pay if you bought this piece separately. And because the stroller and the car seat are sold together, they??re meant to work together, that means you can have your sleeping baby in the car and take them out in the car seat without disturbing them and snap the whole car seat right under the stroller which become sort of a wheeled-base for the car seat. It??ll snap in there nice and tight and lets you take your baby around undisturbed. And of course if you wanna just keep the car seat in the car especially later as your child grows older, then you??ve got the stroller to use on its own. Alternatively, you can buy your car seat and then buy a stroller frame to put it on. This is a stroller frame it??s basically a basket with wheels. You can buy a sort of generic version like the Snap and Go that will accept all different kinds of car seats and make a sort of wheeled-base for them. You can also get a stroller frame built for your specific kind of car seat. So this car seat snaps right on to its own frame. You??ll hear it clicks down so it??s on a nice and tight and it makes [unk] easy way to get a baby around for the first 6 months and can be useful and less expensive than a full size stroller if you wanna wait and make your full size stroller purchase later.
Hi, I??m Hallie Sheflin with American Baby Magazine and these are 3 things to look for in a double stroller. If one of your children is an infant, you want one seat to accommodate a car seat. If you??ll be having newborn twins, you want both seats to take car seats. Test drive the side-by-side option versus the front to back to see which you like best. One is wider, the other is longer. Both options fit through doorways, so don??t let that concerned you. And as with any stroller, make sure you like the handle bar height and overall feel of how the stroller moves.