5 tips to prepare for a newborn’s arrival
Bringing your baby home with you for the first time is typically one of the most exciting moments for a parent. However, preparing for baby’s arrival can be a little overwhelming at times.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all manual for becoming a parent, these tips can help ensure you’re ready to bring your little one home.
Prepare the Nursery
Baby-Proof the House
Pack a Hospital Bag
Ready the Car
Set Some Boundaries
Find more tips to prepare for your child’s arrival at eLivingToday.com.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images (mom and dad bringing baby home)
Sources: Family Features | eLivingToday.com
Monday, July 23 is National Gorgeous Grandma Day.
This #GorgeousGrandma is the creator and publisher of Natural Baby Magazine! She is seen here holding her newest grandson, Kyle. She has another grandson due in September. Her granddaughter, Izabella (19-months old) was her inspiration for starting Natural Baby Magazine.
Read Our Story of how Natural Baby Magazine was born!
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By Angela J. Willard for Natural Baby Magazine
Diaper rash happens. It doesn’t happen to every baby or all the time, but that does not mean it cannot happen to yours. If your baby gets diaper rash, the first thing you should NOT do is blame yourself. Rashes happen. The next thing you should do is understand that they are painful to your baby and act immediately in healing the rash and eliminating the cause of it.
When my daughter was a baby she would get terrible diaper rash and nothing seemed to work. I was distraught! I would take her to her pediatrician who assured me it’s “no big deal” but it was a big deal to my daughter who was in pain and with no relief. Not even prescription creams worked on her stubborn rash that soon caused blisters. I had to do something!
I switched from disposable diapers, which irritated her skin, to cloth diapers (which saved me a lot of money in the long run) and I changed them OFTEN. I was on diaper duty 24/7 to ensure that she stayed as dry as possible to help heal the rash. Through this process, I learned she was allergic to her own urine. If I had known then what I know now, having raised five babies, I would have found someone who makes homemade salves! They work. I have used both devil’s club and dandelion salves and am amazed at how quickly the rash heals, along with keeping baby as dry as possible.
There are other things you can do to soothe your baby’s bum while working toward healing the rash:
As a parent, we want our children to be healthy, happy and content. One way we can ensure this is by eliminating causes of the opposite. If your baby has a stubborn rash and you are exasperated, work with your pediatrician/naturopath to determine the cause of the rash, such as an allergy to their own urine, and do all you can to help your baby heal.
Angela J. Willard is a mother of five adult children and a grandmother. She is the publisher of Natural Baby Magazine and is studying to be a naturopathic physician. You can contact her at naturalbaby [at] publishinparadise.com
One of the best ways to help your baby learn a wonderful vocabulary is to read to them. We want to encourage our readers to read to their babies, even while still in the womb. Read to your baby every day and she will hear your nurturing voice and know how loved she is. As she grows older during her first year, she will learn the words you read to her, she will begin to copy your words and mimic your voice, which will help build her vocabulary as she explores the world of babble which will eventually lead to talking.
Communication is important and it’s never too soon to start teaching your baby how to communicate effectively with others. To help encourage new parents to take time to read to their children, we are offering a contest!
Submit Your Baby Story (intended to be read to infants) to us and one lucky winner will be selected! The winning story will be published in a free eBook to be enjoyed by all of our readers of Natural Baby Magazine. Contest ends November 12, 2017. Winner will be notified via email and announced on our website and social media networks. Author’s retain all rights to their work and will grant onetime eBook publication rights to Natural Baby Magazine.
For more information and to submit your baby story, visit our website at www.NaturalBabyMag.com/contest.html
When it comes to parenting, there’s no one-child-fits-all handbook. There are times when caring for a little one can be a far cry from the snuggles and smiles that make it all worthwhile.
Healthy skin is critical to a baby’s long-term health and happiness, and it can impact both baby and family quality of life. Caring for a baby’s skin from birth helps avoid skin conditions such as diaper rashes, eczema and other irritations, which are often the source of many sleepless nights.
With these simple tips from the baby and child skin care experts at Mustela, having a happy, healthy baby isn’t as challenging as it may seem.
Protecting baby’s skin
Find more ways to care for your baby at MustelaUSA.com.
Photo courtesy of Isobel Benesch, @BelandbeauSOURCE: Family Features|
(BPT) - The big day has finally arrived and your newborn is here. Your baby is as perfect as you imagined and you’re filled with a love you never knew existed. Even before she or he arrived, you started making more careful choices and looked for gentle alternatives with natural-based ingredients for your little bundle of joy.
One thing that needs to be considered when seeking out gentle options for babies is their skin — and that starts with the precious threads in babies’ clothing, according to pediatric dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine.
“As a pediatric dermatologist and mother of five, I know that babies’ skin can go through many changes throughout infancy, and the majority are perfectly normal,” Levine says. “There are simple ways parents can protect babies’ skin from irritants, such as pre-washing clothes before first wear and choosing gentle fabrics.”
Levine offers parents some tips on how to keep the world gentle for your little one:
1. Moisturize when needed.
Peeling skin around the wrists and ankles is a normal part of a baby’s development, and requires no treatment. However, if dry or sensitive skin persists after the first few weeks of life, special care may be needed. Keep baths short, use water that’s warm, but not hot, and a small amount of gentle cleanser. For babies with dry skin, moisturize twice daily using an ointment or a cream, preferably one with many ceramides.
2. Choose the gentle fabrics.
Infant skin is definitely more sensitive than adult skin, so the fabrics you put against your baby’s skin can affect her comfort and skin health. Choose light, comfortable clothes that are free of pleats or seams that can put unnecessary pressure on a baby’s skin. Fabrics should be soft and absorbent, such as cotton or cotton blends like cotton polyester or cotton spandex.
3. Wash clothing before using it for the first time.
"Nine out of 10 dermatologists recommend parents wash baby’s clothing before wearing it for the first time, according to a survey by Dreft laundry detergent and I agree," Levine says. While 97 percent of parents surveyed by Dreft said they believe it’s important to pre-wash baby clothes, just 40 percent actually do so every time. New clothing can harbor dirt, excess dyes and processing chemicals, so it’s important to pre-wash clothes using a gentle, yet effective detergent like Dreft purtouch that is 65 percent plant-based and made from naturally derived ingredients. Wash your newborn’s clothing separate from the rest of the laundry.
4. Use products specifically made for babies.
When choosing a skin care product for your baby, such as sunscreen, look for one specifically designed for use on infants. These baby products have been tested and proven to be gentle and less irritating to a baby’s skin. For example, baby sunscreen, which parents should start using after a baby turns 6 months old, usually contains physical blocking elements like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, rather than the chemical blockers used in some adult sunscreens.
5. Do your best at diaper duty.
The diaper region requires extra attention since it’s prone to wetness and irritation. Change your baby’s diaper frequently, especially when it’s wet or soiled. A more absorbent diaper will help keep moisture away from baby’s skin longer. Always dry the diaper area well after cleaning or a bath. If your baby is prone to diaper rash, try a zinc-based diaper cream with every diaper change to help soothe and protect skin.
“All parents want to care for their baby in the best way,” Levine says. “Little things, like prewashing new baby clothing in a gentle baby detergent and moisturizing as needed, can help keep the world gentle for your little one and his or her skin.”
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