November 25, 2022 7 min read
Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted caring for your newborn? This is something you don’t have to feel guilty about. You're not alone. Newborns are a lot of work, and it takes time to adjust to the new routine. But don't worry because there are some things you can do to make life easier with a newborn. We've compiled 10 no-nonsense hacks that will help you take care of your newborn like a pro!
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Whether you plan to breastfeed or not, skin-to-skin time with your baby is important.
As the baby's skin is in contact with yours, they are receiving a sense of security and comfort. This high-quality bonding time can help to reduce the baby's stress response and sets a relaxed vibe for your baby to be fed well.
For this newborn baby tip, lay baby on your bare chest with just a diaper on then get snuggling.
The benefits of skin-to-skin contact with your newborn baby go beyond just making them feel safe and secure. Studies have shown that babies who are held skin-to-skin develop better breathing patterns and their heart rates stabilize faster.
Lots of doctors and midwives will suggest skin-to-skin contact right after birth, and you should do it as often as possible.
Its cool to have your baby close to you. They start feeling a bond between you and them that is thanks to Oxytocin (the love hormone). This practice is also proven to stimulate and increase breast milk production so baby can stay well fed.
Newborns need to be fed every few hours and you can't help but provide an easy access for your baby to get fed, even when you're in public. Of course, you don't want your breasts exposed, but you also don't want your baby to get hungry when you are outside your home.
It is important to remember, when you are nursing at home, that the clothes can start as something new that causes a reaction of resistance. At first it's normal for newborns to scratch and fuss as they get used to being covered up. Soon though they will get used to this and think it feels more secure.
But to make life easier for you, as a nursing mom doesn't mean you can't be fashionable when going out, so here are some nursing clothes that moms in our community often buy.
No matter how vivid you think your memory is, all moms would bet that night feeding newborns can be tiring and you can’t help but forget which side you last nursed on.
The most commonly used marker is a safety pin, however, instances are, that these saftey pins may get loose and prick your skin or your baby’s while you are both sleeping, and that is why we advice using a not so tight ponytail or any other elastic placed on your wrist instead.
Practice yourself to get used with a routine to place the marker after every breast feed because there’s nothing worse than skipping a side and getting over-full! Remember that your breastmilk needs time to refill and also needs time to release.
Yes! You should! Doing this 2-4 weeks after you have estabished your milk production prepares your newborn in adjusting to another source of food, which leads to helping you get more sleep as someone can easily take turns with you in nursing your baby.
As much as we think of developing deeper bond to your child with a pure breastfed, you must as well think of your overall health because your baby can sense your emotions too, so don’t be too consumed with the motherhood thing sacrificing your own welfare for the sake of your child, your health is imprtant too.
Babies are fed multiple times in a day. Skipping 2-3 breastfeeding alternating it with a bottle for each day will make life easier later on for everyone.
Most moms had that “first-time fear” of bathing their newborn, whilst baby bath aide tools are common in the market, but this Baby Bathtub Seat we have in-store is ergonomically designed to give you the best value of your money, while you can be sure that your newborn won’t slip in the thub while bathing.
But how often do we need to bath our newborns? At the first months, it is adviced that you limit bathing your baby for 2 to 3 times per week to avoid baby’s skin getting dry. And gradually increase bathing time as your baby ages by months and starts to become more sweaty and active.
Please remember to bath your baby starting from toes up to the knees, shoulder and lastly the head. In short, that’s where you apply the song “My toes, my knees, my shoulder, head”, as this helps in the proper circulation of blood in the body. This techniques also applies to adults to prevent heart problems as they age.
Don’t forget to check the water’s temperature before putting your baby in the tub. It is very important too that you have your own set of organizer bag for baby’s bath time needs, which may include towel, baby soap, sponge, baby oil, hair brush, water heat thermometer, etc. Make sure you have everything you need by your side before bathing your newborn.
It is also important that you start a bedtime wash routine with your newborn early on. You can make use of lavender infused baby oils or lotions that is calming and soothing for babies. Overtime, your baby will know that it’s time for bed whenever you wash them with this scent. You don’t necessarily need to give them a bath. Wiping your baby with a soft and clean warm cloth before bed time will be just fine.
Since the invention of white noise, it has been a staple in many homes. It has been used to help babies fall asleep, adults sleep better, and even reduce tinnitus symptoms.
White noise is a random sound that covers all frequencies and is often used to mask other noises that might keep someone awake or cause them stress.
Here are some examples of white noises babies love to hear at bedtime.
Babies enjoy hearing these sounds because they help them sleep better and stay calm. They can also be used to soothe babies who wake up in the middle of the night.
Newborns experience the best sleep ever with a comfortable swaddle. Light, tight swaddles make baby feel really comfortable. Ones that keep the arms close to the body can help prevent babies from waking up when they lay on their back, which is what they like best. Holding the baby like this is reminiscent of the womb and may make them feel calm.
Here are some of our best selling swaddles we can recommend.
It's really important to regulate light and dark room for your little one.
A child's exposure to light and dark room is critical to their wellbeing. This exposure can affect the production of melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates our sleep cycle. Too much exposure to light at night can cause insomnia as well as excessive daytime sleepiness.
A lot of babies reverse the days and nights in their sleep, so keeping it really dark at night and bright during the day can help them regulate their sleep pattern.
Once they have figured out nap time and nighttime routine, a dark, cool room will help your baby sleep better. They should feel relaxed and more rested because of it.
Pro Tip: Make the room smell like mom. Newborns are accustomed to the scent of the mother nursing them to sleep. To ensure your baby won’t easily wake up when you try to sneak out, place your recently worn clothes near them so they can still smell you.
The most unforgettable memory you would ever have in newborn care is your first time to change your baby’s diaper due to a diaper blowouts!
You just cant help but to think how could a tiny being release such a huge mess!
The most common thing that could happen is that fist time mom and dad in-charge of changing diapers creates a bigger mess for scattering baby’s poop on the floor, your bed, the changing pad, etc. and using too much baby wipes supply.
So keep in mind this tip to avoid the hassle;
Yes, you have to master your baby's onesies for a quicker change as newborns can feel cold quite easily. Many first-time parents, especially first-time dads, are a bit comical when it comes to putting on and removing the onesies without irritating the baby. At most, they only figure out the purpose of why onesies are designed the way they are and not to be worn on babies like when wearing t-shirts.
Here are our most comfortable and fashionable onesies for babies proven by mommies!
Whatever it takes, don't lose your patience. Always take time to relax, and sleep when the baby sleeps. Accept help from others, and don't mind the pile of laundry or the messy house. Always prioritize your baby and your time for rest, and regain back your full strength.
This is an open form post, so please feel free to leave your thoughts below. We would love to hear any feedback or experience you have had with newborn care. This guide should help you get started on that journey!
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December 05, 2022 5 min read
If you notice, even in your own family circle, most of our youth are interested in works related to the use of technologies, and few to none are interested in planting or gardening. And when a crisis comes, it becomes hard to have food on the table without having money to buy it.
Why do you think this happens? This is because our parents and even ourselves who are now parents too have never thought of teaching our kids how to plant and grow our own food.
But it's not too late to include gardening in your family activities and daily routines. Together, let us discuss with our kids the importance of learning how to plant and grow our own food in the comfort of our own homes.
November 28, 2022 6 min read
It's stressful to deal with teenagers disrespecting you, and often, our intention as parents to think only the best for our kids is actually impacting them the other way around.
As parents, we should not be surprised when our teenagers act disrespectful, since this is a natural phase of development. We should also not take it personally and instead, try to understand the cause of the disrespect.
November 21, 2022 3 min read
Looking for a hairstyle that's both easy to do and stylish? Look no further than this easy and doable hairstyle for little girls!
These styles are perfect for little girls who want to have a Princess look without all the hassle. With a few simple steps, you can have the perfect hairstyle for your little one in no time!
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