Archive for September, 2011
One of the great little side benefits of having a baby is the chance to go out and shop for some of the cute baby clothes and items that you will need when the baby comes home from hospital. At this point in time many parents know whether they are having a boy or a girl and this makes things a little easier when shopping for clothing and accessories. Many parents will shop for various essential items before the baby comes home as it makes things a lot easier when your shopping if you are not juggling a new born.
Surprisingly new born babies do not require a huge amount of items or clothing during their first couple of weeks at home. When it comes to clothing it is suggested that you buy a few one piece jump suits or Onesies, a few baby sleeper outfits, a warmer jump suit for cooler nights and a baby blanket for wrapping them up tight when sleeping and feeding.
Apart from clothing the baby will require nappies and bath items during the first weeks and beyond. An important purchase is nappies as newborn babies can go through quite a number of nappies in a day so you want to make sure that you have enough and that they are the right size and fit for the child. It is also recommended that you have disposable wipes, washcloths, towels and a gentle baby wash to keep your child clean and make bath time easy.
Newborn babies also need to have their own designated sleeping area as well as a seat in the car for the all important trip home from the hospital. Choosing a crib or bassinet for your child is a matter of taste and deciding on what features you need. When choosing furniture for use around babies it is also a good idea to make sure that the furniture passes the various safety standards. For use in the chosen crib or bassinet light weight blankets and bedding needs also to be bought.
Next to consider are items needed for feeding the baby. Even if you are intending on breast feeding your new baby it is also a good idea to have a few bottles just in case. If you are going to be bottle feeding then you will need formula as well as baby bottles and also equipment to clean and sanitize the bottles before and after use.
Parents, especially those who are about to become parents for the first time, need to consider having a safe environment around the house for their child. Deciding what safety products you will need can be a difficult task and one that needs to be considered carefully by all parents. Some baby safety products are required by law while others are considered necessary depending on the type of home that you have.
One of the most important baby safety products that you will need is a suitable car seat for the baby. Selecting the right baby seat for your child is important both for the safety of the child in the event of an accident and also to comply with the laws regarding restraints for children in cars. When selecting a baby car seat it is important that you select the right type for the size and age of your child and that it passes all the relevant safety standards.
Another important baby safety product is portable baby gates or baby stair gates. In a house that has stairs these gates are essential to prevent a child from falling or injuring themselves on stairs and they can also be used to prevent a baby that has learnt to crawl from accessing certain rooms which may contain hazards that you wish to keep away from the child such as household pets.
The next safety product that is an essential in any house that has a baby is the use of child safety locks on cupboards and drawers. These locks are important especially for households with toddlers that are able to move about the house and are old enough to know how to open cupboards. These locks are important to stop children accessing potentially dangerous things such as cleaning supplies.
To ensure that your child stays safe in the house it is important to buy and install child proofing products which will keep your baby safe around power chords and plugs. There are many great power plug protectors available on the market and many come in packs of 10 and 20 so that all power chords and plugs in the house can be child proofed.
A good quality baby monitor is also a must have safety product. These monitors are great for ensuring that your baby is asleep or to tell you when your baby has woken up. Baby monitors are great in situations where one parent is looking after more than one child as this allows them to look after children in different rooms of the house.
Feeding toddlers is tricky. They’ve got their preferences, but they’re not quite able to voice them, so it’s always a guessing game for the parents. How many parents have tried a new product or recipe only to watch it go uneaten? If you have a particularly picky eater on your hands, the problem grows tenfold.
There’s no one-size-fits-all trick that will work for every child, unfortunately—they all see mealtime in their own way. The key is not so much getting them to eat what’s on the plate (although that’s the bottom line), but make them comfortable with eating solid food. Some toddlers may simply need more time to make the transition from soft food, while others simply have hard-to-please palates.
Every child, even a picky eater toddler, has a natural sense of what his or her body needs. So one thing you don’t’ want to do is force them to eat something they don’t want to, no matter how healthy it is. Having a variety of foods on hand for them to choose from may work better. Don’t sit and watch, or even coax them to eat—just put the plate on the high chair and don’t make a fuss over it.
When you try to introduce new foods, do so one at a time, and serve them alongside tried and tested favorites. That way, they have something to fall back on if they don’t like the new dish. Give them new foods in small amounts; even a teaspoon will do. Sometimes, seeing so much “new stuff” at once can intimidate the child and keep them from even trying.
You’re probably familiar with children saying they don’t like a certain food, although they’ve never seen it before. There’s no use trying to get them to see logic here; often, the reason they say it is that they don’t like the smell, the color, or the texture, or the food may be stirring up bad memories, such as when they were sick.
Once you get them to like something, try to “sneak” some health into it. This is especially useful if their favourite food isn’t exactly nutrient-packed, such as plain rice or cereal. Add some small diced vegetables to rice and broth, or some mashed or diced apples to his morning snack. As always, start small and gradually increase them until your child develops a taste for it—you just might find a new favourite!