Archive for September, 2010

How to Stop Your Baby From Crying

All babies cry, this is a perfectly normal thing for them to do.  Babies have a very limited way of communicating with us and crying is the main way that they can communicate with us that something is wrong.  One of the easiest ways to stop your baby from crying is to learn to recognise the different cries from your baby and address the problem or the cause of the discomfort.  Children or babies rarely cry for nothing and the sooner you work out what is upsetting them the sooner you will be able to stop the crying.

One of the main reasons babies cry is because they are hungry.  Babies and small children cannot tell you that they are hungry so they cry instead to get your attention.  Recognising when a baby is hungry is a good skill to develop as this problem is easy fixed with a quick feed or a bottle.  After a feed some babies may still cry and this may be due to wind from air swallowed during feeding.  This discomfort can easily be dealt with by burping the child to release the trapped air.  Once the baby has been burped and is more comfortable they should stop crying.

Another reason that babies cry is they are uncomfortable due to a wet or dirty nappy.  Checking the baby’s nappy is a good place to start if a baby won’t settle and stop crying.  Once the baby is more comfortable after a nappy change it is then easier to soothe or settle the child and if this is the cause of the crying then the nappy change should make a big difference to the crying.

Babies will also cry if their sleeping environment is uncomfortable.  If this is the case you should try adding or removing layers of the babies clothing to make them more comfortable.  With new born babies try wrapping them tightly in a blanket as this will make them feel safer in the cot and may help to stop baby crying.

Babies will also cry if they are sick or they are suffering from colic.  If at any stage your baby develops a temperature or the baby cries for long periods of time it is important to consult a doctor to determine the cause of the crying.  Babies that cry due to colic or have a high temperature will only stop crying once the cause is dealt with so it is important to consult a doctor.

Knowing When to Move a Child From a Baby Crib to a Bed

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to deciding to move a child from sleeping in a crib to sleeping in a regular bed.  Generally children make the move from the baby crib to the bed between the ages of 1 and 3 years or when they are two big to stay sleeping in the crib.  In other situations parents make the decision to move a child from a baby crib to a bed once the child has been toilet trained so they can easily get out of bed to use the toilet at night.

For parents who are looking to make the transition between the crib and the bed easier there are a few things that you can do before and after the child has moved to sleeping in their own bed.  Some children find a change in their routine or situation difficult to cope with while others seem to take things in their stride so it is important to take your time with some children so that the move from the baby crib to the bed is not a negative experience.

If the child is to stay in the same room they have been sleeping in while in the crib once they have moved to the bed try to put the bed in the same place that the crib use to be.  An addition to this is to continue to use the bed linen from the crib even if is doesn’t quite fit the new bed.  You can gradually introduce the new bed linen as the child becomes more comfortable with the new sleeping arrangements.

When moving a child from a baby crib to a bed it may also be beneficial if the child is involved in choosing either the bed or the bed linen or both.  There is plenty of themed bed linen on the market so it should be easy enough to get sheets or a doona cover that has their favourite character on it.  Getting the child involved in the choice of things for their bed creates a bit of excitement which may make the transition from the crib to the bed a more positive experience.

One last thing to remember when moving a child from the relative safety of a baby crib to a regular bed is to make sure that there is appropriate safety equipment in place such as a guard rail to stop the child from rolling out of bed.

Good Parenting Tips

Parenting can be one of the most rewarding experiences you  can have however it can also be difficult and situations can arise that test the parent child relationship.  All parents make mistakes, even the most forgiving and patient ones so the following are a few tips that may help you foster and maintain a positive relationship between parent and child.

The most important part of good parenting is to love your children.  Love can be expressed in many different ways such as a hug or a kiss and is essential for any child.  Letting your children know how much they mean to you is an important part of a healthy relationship that should exist between any parent and child.

Spending time with the children is also important when it comes to good parenting.  By spending time with children doing activities such as reading or playing games can develop a positive relationship between parent and child and also lets the child know that they are an important part of the family.  Spending quality time with children also results in better behaved children as many ‘bad’ children display unacceptable behaviour in an effort to attract attention.

Providing safety is also an important part of good parenting.  Children need to have an environment where they can feel safe after having a nightmare or during a loud thunderstorm.  Safety is important for children who look to their parents for guidance and also need to be reassured as children can often feel insecure.

Listening to your children is also an important part of good parenting and in many cases children will have something to say that can make you smile or surprise you.  The days of children are seen and not heard are defiantly gone and it is important to give children space to express their opinions and ask questions.  Taking the time to answer questions and explain things to children is a valuable part of their development.

Another essential part of good parenting is consistency.  This can include consistency with discipline and consistency with rules and schedules which involve children.  Consistency with discipline is important especially between parents as problems can develop if there is no consistency.  Family rules that are consistent also make it easier for children to learn and remember and these rules can then be used in situations where for example a baby sitter is looking after the kids.