Category: My Newborn 7-12 M

Is it Safe to take my Baby out of the House?

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Some parents are concerned about taking a young baby outside. Many cultures, in fact, keep some moms & babies inside a house for up to several months.

Is there a medical reason not to take the baby outside, though, no, there is not.

Fresh air is healthy and learning and being exposed to new environments is critical for a babies development.

If germs are a concern for you, make sure to minimize the amount of contact with areas with many people. Playgrounds, for example, is a place where the baby does not belong. Out in the open fresh air though is great to show baby the new world it lives in.

You do want to stay away from any people who are sick, though. Better safe than sorry.

Take the above advice & with your slow jaunts outside, your baby will naturally be exposed to the essential elements in our air & around our lives and they can do so with no danger to their bodies or immune system.

Do make sure you are properly dressing the baby. The baby can’t communicate well at all and crying is virtually its only tool of interaction. Avoid the baby crying because it’s too cold or not prepared for the weather. Think of the babies needs and plan accordingly from warm clothes in winter to sunscreen in summer.

Babies Childhood Development is Vital

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Your child’s school season is in full swing by now. Another year of getting the little ones ready for the year & with our busy stressful lives, another year of pushing our little ones out into the world.

We are talking to parents with toddlers and all the parents to be.

Are the children we send out truly prepared? Most people don’t have time to think of it this way but preparation for the 1st day of school starts far earlier then the first day a child walks into a classroom. It begins all the way back at birth and parents are the child’s first and most important teacher and the home is a child’s first classroom.

Neuroscientists have long ago been able to demonstrate that between birth/conception and age 3, a child’s brain undergoes an impressive amount of development. It doubles in size in the first year, and by age 3 it has reached 80 percent of its adult size. This development occurs in the primary areas of the senses, language and math, emotions and logic, and memory and awareness. These are some of the most important supplies needed for school and learning.

You are your child’s first teacher, caring for and educating can be both challenging and rewarding for parents. During early childhood, babies’ brains are being programmed for the learning they will do for the rest of their child, teen and adult lives & everything they do during the first three years of life affects their behavior, personality, emotional stability & ability to learn. The exact same as you dear parent reading these words. You underwent the same process of conditioning through your parents.

Brain development is extremely sensitive to environmental influence and the quality and dynamic variety of the physical environment are very important factors. A more stimulating environment produces more complex and stronger brain connections or synapses.

This is extremely important because synapses are what allow a child’s brain to learn. As an adult feeds, holds, touches and talks to the child, messages are sent to their brain non-stop. The babies brain is essentially always on, just like ours.

A toddler learning to climb stairs is a good example. The child likes to repeat things — like climbing stairs. A caretaker talks to the child and offers guidance, but the child is feeling what the stair’s texture is like, they are working on balance, and they are focused on what needs to happen to get to the next step.

The more and more the child practices, the better they can climb. The brain connections happening during this process become stronger. Infants and toddlers exposed to healthy, varied and responsive environments show significantly more complex brain functioning into their teenage years than children who did not have these experiences.

A negative social environment can activate hormones in ways that negatively affect children’s brain functioning, including their ability to learn and their memory.
So what is necessary for the child’s brain to develop properly?
All children need and deserve the best start in life, including dependable, emotionally responsive and nurturing parents and caregivers, economic stability, quality childcare, nutrition and healthcare and a varied and responsive language environment in which children are exposed to a wide vocabulary and are read to every day.
An average child will be exposed to 1,251 positive or encouraging words in an hour, whereas a child living in poverty will be exposed to less than half with 616 positive or encouraging words per hour.

This “word-gap” could have a negative impact on the child’s ability to keep up with their peers when they do enter school. They have heard thousands and thousands of fewer words than the child they are sitting next to.

Children should be provided with a consistent learning environment that includes developmentally appropriate toys, play and challenges — these toys do not need to be expensive.

The benefits from healthy brain development are tremendous. A child who is given the opportunity of a healthy and nurturing environment that encourages mental development is more likely to have a higher IQ score with better cognitive and language skills.

He or she will adjust to and learn easier in school and not repeat a grade or be assigned to a special education program. He or she will be emotionally competent and well-adjusted, able to reason, problem solve and to control violent impulses.
This is the child who is truly ‘ready’ for school.”

Much love, 
The ParentingandBabies.com Team

Best Guide to Infant Teething Symptoms & their Remedies Baby Teeth

The Best Guide to Infant Teething Symptoms & their Remedies

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Your super-fussy baby might simply be experiencing the painful symptoms associated with teething. Here, you can learn how to identify these symptoms along with the best strategies for pain relief.

Are you wondering when those pearly whites will first start to appear? The majority of babies have their first tooth arrive around the time they are six months old, but your baby’s teeth might appear as soon as they are three months old or even as late as fourteen months old. The timing of the first tooth will greatly depend upon other factors such as how old their parents were when they got their first tooth and whether or not they were a preemie. Preemies typically have their first teeth arrive on the late side. Every baby’s reaction to teething can be very different, too. Some babies show no symptoms at all, while others experience drooling, crankiness and swollen gums weeks before the first tooth appears.

Timeline for the Appearance of Baby Teeth
Usually, infants receive their first teeth in pairs, and these are usually the two on the bottom front. Next, the two top front teeth appear. However, it is very normal for a child to have four bottom teeth and none on the top, or vice versa. Here is a typical tooth timeline:
• 6 months: lower central incisors
• 8 months: upper central incisors
• 10 months: lower and upper lateral incisors
• 14 months: first molars
• 18 months: canines
• 24 months: second molars

Teething Signs
Keeping in mind that every baby’s teething process is different, you can expect to notice these possible signs:

A Constant Urge to Chew
Emerging teeth cause pressure in the gums that is relieved by counter pressure. It is also possible that chewing occurs due to the sensation that something is coming through the gums.

Puffy Gums
Shortly before a tooth pokes through, the gums may be slightly red and swollen. If they appear bruised, your baby may not prefer counter pressure since it can irritated their already inflamed gums.

Increased Drooling
Excessive saliva is normal for many babies so it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are teething. While there is no way to know for sure if the drool is teething-related, it might be if you notice the other symptoms as well.

Fussiness, Especially at Night
Pain and discomfort will always lead to crankiness. Fussiness due to teething tends to happen more at night for two reasons. First, the teething process occurs more at night since this is when the body repairs and grows. Second, your baby will have fewer distractions while they are sleeping, so any pain that wakes them up is certain to be noticed.

Tooth Eruption
When that first tooth appears, you will notice a small, white bump along the gum line. It might be slightly sharp, and some infants experience a small amount of bleeding at the site of eruption.

Ear Pulling
The nerves in the face run from the jawline to the ear, and your baby’s ear tugging might not signal an ear infection. Instead, they could be responding to referred pain from teething.

A Change in Eating Habits
For some babies, the counter pressure that comes from their bottle nipple or spoon while eating may lessen the pain so they try to eat more. For others, this causes more pain, and they may refuse their meals. Any changes in your baby’s eating habits may signal a new tooth coming in.

Soothing the Pain
It may take some experimenting to find the pain relief technique that works best for your baby. Some infants enjoy gnawing on a washcloth that has been wet with water and frozen in the freezer. Teethers with different textures can also be of help.

Early Teeth Care Tips!
During the teething process, many babies prefer to chew on their crib rail, which can cause damage to their baby teeth. Use plastic guards to protect those chompers.

Massage
When a tooth is still below the gums and it has not caused any bruising, counter pressure can be applied using a clean finger. Simply rub the area to see if it helps ease your baby’s crankiness.

Distraction
Similar to a headache, teething can cause constant, low-level pain that is frustrating. Distraction from the pain can work wonders during these times. Spend some extra time with your child, cuddle or surprise them with a new toy that can help keep their mind off of teething.

Teething Tricks to Avoid
• Chewing biscuits and other hard foods such as frozen bananas, zwieback crackers and melba toast. Although they can help with the strong urge to chew, they can break into chunks that pose a risk for choking.
• Applying a little brandy on swollen gums. This old home remedy is now known to be unsafe. Even tiny amounts of alcohol are poisonous to babies.

When to Contact a Doctor
Since many of the symptoms of teething can mimic other conditions, you may need to call the doctor if they continue without the appearance of any teeth. Babies who haven’t had their first tooth appear by 15 months may also need to visit a dentist for x-rays to make sure they are developing normally.

You can expect for teething to continue for approximately two years, but don’t worry…it gets less painful as time goes on. No one is certain why this occurs, but experts believe that babies get used to the sensation after their first several teeth erupt. Remember that it is time to brush that precious little tooth as soon as it appears. Just use a fingertip toothbrush or a clean washcloth, and brush it twice a day. Also, never let your baby fall asleep with their bottle since the pooling juice or milk can lead to decay. While the teething process can be tough, keep in mind that it doesn’t last forever, and soon you will be enjoying every moment when you see your baby flash their beautiful smile.

My Newborn, 7 to 12 Months

My Newborn, 7 to 12 Months

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4 to 7 Months Milestones

Your newborn is totally ensnared by the world surrounding her. She smiles, giggles, and even “talks” to you. Plus, she’s always on the move. By the time your baby is 7 months, she can likely roll onto her stomach and then back again, sit without assistance from you, and support her weight with her legs so that she can bounce. Your baby uses her strong grasp to pull items close to her and can move toys from one hand to the other with ease.Suddenly, your newborn is becoming more sensitive to your voice, even listening to your warnings when you tell her not to do something. In fact, your baby even knows her name now. She turns to you when you call out to her.

Peekaboo is now her favorite game, and she enjoys searching for items that you have partially hidden. She sees the world in complete color now, and she can see farther than before. She follows toys carefully with both of her eyes, and she even looks at herself in the mirror.

Your Role
At this point, your child thrives on interactions with you, so you need to integrate play into everything you do together. She loves to smile and cuddle, and you should reply when she talks so you can encourage her communication. Read with her every day, naming the items you see in books, pictures and other things around you.

It’s time to give the baby opportunities to build strength. Do this by helping her sit up and by setting her so she can play on her tummy and her back. Before she learns to crawl, make sure that you have taken steps to childproof the house and that you keep her area safe to explore.

Your next step is to provide age-appropriate toys and other items (like a large wooden spoon or box) to spend time exploring. Establish a solid schedule for sleeping, eating, and playing.

By the time she is 6 months old, your little one may be ready to begin eating solids.

Red Flags
Every infant grows at her own pace, but you should speak with your baby’s pediatrician if she:
• Appears either extremely stiff or very floppy
• Is unable to hold her head steady
• Is unable to sit without help
• Will not respond to sounds or grins
• Is not affectionate with people she is familiar with
• Will not reach for nearby items

8 to 12 Months Milestones
Your baby is really going now! He has become eager to explore, and it is surprising how rapidly he can get around scooting and crawling. He even sits on his own, grabbing anything within reach to pull himself up to stand. He may even take a couple wobbly steps before his birthday.

Your infant’s chattering sounds more like an actual conversation, and you are going to hear his first words soon – typically “mama” or “dada.” Soon your little one will talk in short phrases, but in the meantime he uses his hands to show what he wants – or does not want – and pays careful attention to words you use.

Baby’s hands are becoming very nimble. He entertains himself by putting things into containers and then removing them. He also uses his thumb and his finger like pincers to eat solid food. Your infant wants to be exactly like you. He shows this by brushing his hair, sipping from a “big boy” cup, and acting as if he is babbling on a phone.

Your baby may appear outgoing, but he might be reserved around people he doesn’t know well. When you leave the baby alone, he might get upset. Don’t worry; separation anxiety is a normal reaction right now.

Your Role
Keep chattering with the little one. This is a critical era for developing language skills. Frequently describe your routine, what you’re doing, what you will be doing next, and what you see.

Your baby learns about feelings when you describe what you are thinking. Read to your baby frequently and play games like peekaboo and hide-and-seek.

As baby becomes increasingly active, it is important that he has safe places for his adventures. While he may not be walking just yet, you help him prepare by holding him so that he puts weight on his legs.

It’s important to pay extra attention to things your baby likes and that you give him freedom to use his five senses to learn new things. Offer your baby crayons, paper, blocks, empty containers, pots and pans for playtime.

Offer praise and rewards for positive behavior. If your baby gets into trouble, a simple “no” and and direction toward something else is sufficient. Although your baby is too young to comprehend and listen to rules, you can show him which actions are not allowed. This will help him find appropriate activities.

Respect your baby’s separation anxiety. Build trust by allowing him time to get used to new caregivers and by always saying bye when you leave.

Red Flags
Every baby develops at his own speed, but make sure to make a pediatric appointment if your baby:
• Will not crawl
• Drags one side while crawling for longer than a month
• Is unable to stand with assistance
• Will not try to find objects hidden in front of him
• Does not say any words
• Will not use gestures, such as shaking his head or pointing