Parenting tips

by chekna on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

*read the article from The Sun

HERE are some useful pointers for first-time mothers as well as mothers with a new addition to the family.

» Keeping cool
On hot days, it is difficult to sleep – even for adults. Ensure that the baby is not too hot by choosing appropriate clothes and checking on the baby from time to time to make sure he/she is comfortable.

» Your rules matter
Don’t let anyone else tell you what to do when it comes to your family’s sleeping arrangements. What works for one person will not work for others, so set your own rules and don’t rely on others.

» Don’t over-react
Experts say that babies’ pain thresholds actually develop as a result of their parents’ reaction to falls, cuts and other bumps. To help your child deal with pain as they get older, don’t smother them with sympathy they don’t need.

» Cries for help
Parents should never ignore their babies’ cries at night that sound different to their normal crying pattern. High-pitched, continuous cries and low groaning sounds can often indicate signs of pain and discomfort and should not be ignored.

» Soothing massage
Often, babies will cry when they have some gastric discomfort. If it is indigestion or wind, it can be helped by a gentle abdomen massage. Use gentle strokes from their right hip, up to the ribcage and back down to the left hip. You can also use calming oils like lavender or chamomile to boost relaxation.

» Teething pain
If your baby is crying because of teething pain, try letting him/her chew on something cold (like a teething ring), which will ease the pain and swelling. Otherwise, you can try teething gel.

» Swaddle comfort
Many babies respond well to being swaddled when they are very young. Wrap a blanket firmly but not too tightly around them, holding arms and legs secure. Some babies fight to free themselves, so a half-swaddle, leaving the arms free, often works for them.

0 blaze of sunshine: