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7 Simple Tips To Make Your Baby Comfortable In Summers
A newborn’s skin is extremely delicate and so is the baby's immune system. Chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in clothing, detergents, and baby products can cause irritation to the baby’s skin along with other complications such as rashes, dryness and chaffing. In the summer season, the hot winds can cause even further dryness to the baby’s skin. The first year of life is very crucial for the baby, so, it is of utmost importance to protect your child’s skin in the hot summer months. Here are 7 simple tips to make your baby comfortable in summers: Increase your baby’s fluid intake - One can easily get dehydrated in the summer season, so make it a point to give enough water to your little one. If your child is younger than 6 months of age and is still breastfeeding, then you need to increase your own intake of fluids so that you can produce enough milk. Give the baby lots of seasonal fruits and juices Include lots of seasonal fruits and their juices in your little one’s diet since they not only provide the much-needed nutrients to your child’s body but also supply water to him/her. Make your baby wear light cotton clothes - Always dress up your child in light-colored cotton clothes so that his/her skin is able to breathe and he/she doesn’t get any rashes from tight clothes. Summer Skin Care - Baby skin is very delicate and needs to be handled with utmost care. Here’s how you can take care of your baby’s delicate skin in the summers- Wash - Resist the urge to bathe the baby too frequently since this can remove the natural oils of the baby’s skin and making it dry and vulnerable. Use only a pea-sized amount of a natural body wash to bathe your baby. You can use coconut-oil based cleansers to clean the baby’s delicate skin since they soothe the baby’s skin without causing any harmful effects. One such cleanser is The Moms Co. Natural Baby Wash and it has the added benefits of avocado oil, chamomile oil, and aloe vera gel, which soften your baby’s delicate skin. Shampoo - Do not shampoo the baby’s hair every day. When it comes to newborn skincare, “Less is more”. You need to use only a pea-sized amount of shampoo to rinse the baby’s scalp and you need not shampoo the baby’s head every day. A shampoo with organic ingredients is more suitable since you definitely don’t want to take any chances with your newborn’s skin. The Moms Co. Natural Baby Shampoo is a coconut oil-based cleanser that cleanses the baby’s scalp gently and also conditions the baby’s hair with its organic argan and moringa oil. Moisturize - The best time to moisturize the baby’s body is right after a bath because this is the time when the skin is able to absorb the moisture easily. Using a mild lotion on the skin after a bath. So, make it a point to apply a mild body lotion on the baby’s skin after giving him/her a bath. One of the best options is to apply The Moms Co. Natural Baby Lotion, which has the right ingredients such as organic shea butter, cocoa butter and organic jojoba oil to hydrate and nourish your baby’s delicate skin. This natural baby lotion is mineral-free and this makes even more reliable for your little one. Prevent Sweat - Baby skin is prone to rashes due to sweat so, keep your baby’s skin sweat-free with a talc-free powder during the hot summer months. Nowadays most powders contain talc and fragrances which can be harmful to the baby but The Moms Co. Natural Talc-Free Baby Powder is prepared with cornstarch and helps to absorb the extra moisture within the folds of your child’s skin. It’s organic chamomile and calendula oils help to soothe your baby’s delicate skin. 5. Wash baby clothes before being worn - Before touching your baby’s skin, the new clothes that you bought, might have been in a clothes rack for a long time, might have accumulated dirt and would have been touched by many others. Always wash your baby’s clothes with a mild detergent and an antiseptic before making him/her wear them. This helps to get rid of all the dirt and germs. 6. Avoid taking the baby out during peak hours - As much as possible, avoid taking the baby out during the time when the sun is the hottest, i.e. between 10 am - 4 pm. Schedule outings either before or after this time. Whenever you step out, make the baby wear a hat and carry an umbrella to provide shade to your little one. 7. Do not go in and out of the AC too often - A sudden temperature change can lead to a runny nose and also affect the baby’s skin adversely. Whenever you need to take the baby out of an airconditioned room, turn off the AC, wait for 5-10 minutes and then go. When you’re coming from outside with your little one, do not turn on the AC immediately. Allow the baby’s body to cool a bit under the fan and then turn on the AC. For more such informative articles and videos, download the Mylo App now! Register on the app if you haven't already and get tips worth Rs. 10,000/- for free! Disclaimer: This blog is supported by The Moms Co.
As my baby was born in 36week , her birth weight was 2.140 kg and now after one month her weight is 2.690 kg. Is it normal as per age or is my baby is very week comparative to other babies.what should i do to increase her weight.
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Hi moms which formula milk is good for gain weight? Last 1 and half mounth I was using nan pro then from last 2 days I have started similac advance plz help which one is good for baby weight gain?? I m really confused?? My baby is 47 days old now.
My baby does thumb sucking all the time she is active, playing, trying to sleep.. doctor said it is oki..but she keep on scratching her head ,then eyes then reaches to mouth for thumb sucking, . I m thinking to introduce pacifier for her. Should i ?
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Symptoms and Remedies for Teething in Babies
The first tooth is a big event in your baby’s young life, but it can be uncomfortable. The more you know about teething, the better you can help your baby get through it. Schedule a trip to the dentist after her first tooth arrives (usually around 6 months), or generally by her first birthday. Signs of Teething Most babies begin to teethe between 4-7 months old. But some start much later. The symptoms aren’t the same for every baby, but they may include: Swollen, tender gums Fussiness and crying A slightly raised temperature (less than 101 F) Gnawing or wanting to chew on hard things Lots of drool Changes in eating or sleeping patterns What works to soothe a friend’s baby might not work for yours. You may need to try different things to help your little one feel better. Often, something cold in your baby’s mouth helps. Try a cold pacifier, spoon, clean wet washcloth, or a solid (not liquid) refrigerated teething toy or ring. Some experts say frozen teething toys are too cold and may hurt your baby’s mouth. Make sure to clean teething toys, washcloths, and other items after the baby uses them. Babies -- especially those who are teething -- love to chew. It’s OK to let your baby chew as much as she wants. Just make sure you know what she’s putting into her mouth and that it’s safe and clean. A hard, unsweetened teething cracker can be comforting. If your baby is older than 6-9 months, you can offer cool water from a sippy cup, too. You can also massage her gums by gently rubbing them with your clean finger. If the teeth haven’t come in yet, you can let your baby gnaw on your finger. If you’re nursing your baby, try dipping your fingers in cool water and massaging her gums before each feeding. That may keep her from biting your nipple while nursing. Medicine that you rub on your baby’s gums to stop the pain of teething may not help. It quickly washes away in the mouth. Stay away from over-the-counter teething gels and liquids that have the ingredient benzocaine. The FDA says this ingredient shouldn’t be given to children under 2. It can cause rare but serious side effects. A small dose of a children’s pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, may help your baby. But ask your doctor before giving her any medication, and use it exactly as the doctor says. Teething can be rough for you and your baby at first. But it’ll get easier as you both learn how to soothe each new tooth that pops out.
3 month old baby sleep and feeding schedule
Now that you have had three months with your baby, you would have noticed how they have grown and developed tremendously during the past 12 weeks. You would notice them falling into a routine and developing a pattern of behavior. Here, we discuss what your three-month old’s sleeping and feeding schedule should look like and some tips to help both you and the baby to settle down. Sleep Schedule Most babies would have started regulating their sleep schedules by now. They would be sleeping for longer hours and would have more wake times during the day. Usually, a three-month baby would sleep for around 15 hours a day. Of this, they would sleep 11-12 hours in the night and need 1 long nap and 3-4 short naps during the day. As the baby grows, the catnaps would further reduce to 3 during the day with more wake time occupying their time. This is the best time to introduce them to a sleep-wake-feed pattern that would encourage them to sleep longer stretches. If you notice that your baby, who was sleeping comfortably throughout the night, has started waking up frequently at night, do not worry. This is a temporary phase and happens when a child is going through a growth spurt, either physically or mentally. Feeding Schedule Just like your child is able to consolidate its sleep, it would also be able to regulate its feed. As the baby’s capacity has increased quite a bit since they were born, they would be able to go longer between feeds. Additionally, the baby would require less of night feed now and would be more interested in feeding during the day. At this stage, the baby should be taking around 170-200 ml of formula milk every 4-5 hours and 6-8 breastfeeds every 24 hours. Things to Remember While Scheduling Keep these things in mind when you start setting your child’s sleep and feeding schedule. A three-month old baby’s feeding schedule should not go beyond 6 feeds of formula milk in a 24-hour period. This means approximately 950 ml of formula milk. A child needs at least 15 hours of sleep in a day, including night sleep and naps. Babies usually take four naps a day, morning, afternoon, early evening and late evening. During the wake time, you need to make time to do things like massaging and bathing, playing games, strolling in the park, reading, etc. This would help them develop their strength and learn new skills. Sample Schedule 7:00 — Wake up 8:00 — Feeding time 8:30 — Short nap 9:00 — Wake up and feed 10:00 – Massage and bath 11:00 — Feed and long nap 1:00 — Wake up and feed 1:30 – Playing or reading 2:00 — Short nap 2:30 — Wake up and feed 3:00 – Playing, exercising or reading 4:30 — Feed and short nap 5:00 – Stroller walk 6:30 — Feed 7:00 — Catnap 7:30 – Playing 9:00 — Feed and bedtime 10:30 — Top-up feed + 1-3 night feedings Ensure that the top-up feed is given at mother’s bedtime, so that she can also have a longer stretch of sleep. This is just a guideline schedule and you would have to work out your schedule according to your and your baby’s comfort. Featured Image Source
Is using an air conditioner safe with a newborn?
Yes, it is safe, provided you take a few precautions. Most doctors agree that it is safer to use a cooler or an air conditioner (AC) with a newborn than to let him stay in a hot, airless and humid environment. Babies, particularly newborns, can't adjust their body temperature as well as adults. This makes them vulnerable to overheating and heat-related illnesses such as heat rash, dehydration, heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Some experts say that a properly cooled and ventilated room helps your baby to sleep comfortably and reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). On the other hand, a room that is too cold could severely lower your baby's body temperature and chill him. Follow these tips to help keep your baby safe and comfortable while using an air conditioner or cooler: Maintain a comfortable room temperature: Changes in the outside heat and humidity can affect the cooling of your AC or cooler. Your room could get chilly or warm very quickly, making it uncomfortable for your baby. So, keep the temperature at a comfortable setting, that is not too cold or too warm. Our paediatrician, Dr Saroja Balan, recommends maintaining a range between 23 and 26 degrees C. If you are using an AC, set the timer for the duration it takes to cool down the room. If your AC doesn't have an inbuilt timer, use an alarm clock to remind you. If it doesn't have a temperature display, keep a thermometer in the room to help you monitor the temperature. If you are using a cooler, leave a window or door partly open to allow the passage of air, especially in humid weather such as the monsoon. As a cooler evaporates water to cool, it increases the humidity in the air. In a closed room, the humidity keeps going up and eventually the cooling will stop. This can bring a gradual rise in the temperature, making the room hot and sticky. If you are using an air conditioner or a cooler, you may follow the tips given below for the safety of your baby: Keep your baby away from the direct blast of cold air from the AC or cooler Dress your baby in light layers that cover his arms and legs. Doing so will protect your baby from cold air You may like to try a light cap for his head and some light cotton socks to cover his feet If you plan to use a light blanket, make sure you tuck it below his elbows to avoid covering his face Ideally your baby should wear one more layer than you and should not be dressed too warmly for the room or wrapped too snugly Content source Featured image source
Is it normal for a newborn to poop after every feeding?
As a new mom, you may be concerned and anxious to see your baby passing a stool after every feed. You may be wondering if it is normal for your baby to poop after every feed or is your baby pooping too much? Just relax because it’s normal for babies to poop after every feed. Pooping after every meal is actually a good sign that your baby is getting plenty of milk. To know more on this, read below: Is It Normal For My Baby To Poop After Every Feed? Yes, it is perfectly normal for babies to poop after every feeding session. Some babies poop after every feed and some after every 3-5 days. In fact pooping after every feed indicates that your baby is in good health and getting enough milk. The frequency of stools can slow down between 3 to 6 weeks of birth as your baby’s stomach grows and she settles into a routine. But then some babies still continue pooping after every feed for as long as one year. Every baby is different. So, if your baby’s bowel movements are fairly consistent and he is his usual cheerful self, there is nothing to be concerned about frequent poops. Do Breastfed Babies Poop More? Pooping after every feed is common among breastfed babies. Breastfed babies poop more frequently than formula-fed babies. This is because breast milk contains immunoglobulins. These are substances produced by the body’s immune system. They also work as a natural laxative and are very helpful for clearing meconium in the initial days. They also contribute to frequent pooping and lack of constipation in breastfed babies. It’s quite normal for some babies to have fewer bowel movements after 6 weeks. There may be cases where your baby may be pooping only once a week. But there is nothing to be alarmed about. How Many Times A Day Do Formula Fed Babies Poop? Formula fed babies generally pass fewer stools than breastfed babies. This is for the simple reason that formula can be harder to digest as a result takes longer to pass through your baby’s system. But there may be instances where your formula fed babies will be pooping after every feed especially during the early weeks. How many times a day a formula fed baby poops differs from baby to baby and also changes as your baby grows. For some formula fed babies, during the first month, three bowel moments are considered normal while for others the frequency can go upto 5 poops a day. Between 1-2 months, the frequency of bowel movements changes in babies. So now your baby might just be passing one stool every day to one every other day. For some babies, passing stool once every two days is also considered normal. Just keep in mind that as long as the poop has the consistency of peanut butter, there is nothing to worry about. How Often Does A Baby Poop After Starting Solids? Once your baby starts solids around six months, the frequency of his poop will be affected. The frequency, color, and smell of the poop will change once your baby is on solid feed. Your baby may poop several times in a day or he may go without a bowel movement for several days. We can attribute this to their immature digestive system. When your baby’s system is matured enough to process the solid food efficiently, you will notice that the bowel movement of your baby returns to normal once again. Content source Featured image source
Four-weeks old baby: Health, growth, care and more
At 4 weeks, your baby is almost a month old and you've both gone through an enormous amount of change in a very short period of time. Before you do anything else, give yourself a pat on the back for making it this far and recognise all that you have accomplished since you met your little one. You’ve made it through sleepless nights, struggled through feedings, and learnt to do pretty much any task one-handed. But just like every new week so far, there’s plenty more in store for both of you! Here’s what you need to know about your 4-week-old baby. Developmental Milestones: Some babies will develop a little faster than others and some babies may need time to “catch up.” At 4 weeks old, your baby might be able to: Body Hold their head up for a few minutes Lift hands toward the face or mouth, but it won’t be long before they reach their mouth! Control more head movement, like turning the neck from side to side Make jerky, quivering arm thrusts Keep hands in tight fists Continue strong reflex movements Brain Recognize you, your partner, or family members with widened eyes See more clearly, up to about 18 inches in front of them Listen intently when you speak or sing Start to coo May turn toward familiar sounds, including your voice. Hearing is fully developed at this stage. Study human faces Baby Care Basics: By four weeks, chances are you’ve become a diaper-changing pro! Whether you are using cloth diapers or disposable diapers, your little one may start experiencing a diaper rash from time to time, especially during the summer months. To help prevent and treat diaper rash: Change your baby’s diaper more frequently: As soon as you notice the diaper is wet or soiled during the day, change it. Use a diaper rash cream: You can apply a diaper rash cream as a preventive measure, especially if your baby is prone to getting rashes. Air it out: The best way to prevent and treat diaper rash is to let your baby go all-natural. If your baby seems excessively uncomfortable, especially after a feeding, they may be experiencing gas. Try these helpful tips: Burp after feedings: Be sure to burp your baby from the bottom upward to facilitate the air movement. Switching formulas: Your infant may need to change formulas several times before finding one that works best for their digestive system. Change bottles: Bottles and nipples are all made differently, so it might be helpful to try several types of bottles and nipples that have different kinds of airflow to experiment with what reduces gas in your little one. Health & Safety At 4 weeks old, your baby will have another well-child check-up. At this visit, the pediatrician will evaluate your baby’s growth and development and go over important safety guidelines with you. You can expect to be asked about: Your home environment: If you smoke, you should quit to reduce the risk of SIDS and increase your baby’s health. No smoke or secondhand smoke should be around the baby. Car seat safety: At 4 weeks old, your infant should be in a rear-facing infant seat. Vaccines: The second dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine may also be administered at this visit. Content source Featured image source
How can I cure my newborn’s hiccups?
Seeing your baby grow can be called as the most beautiful thing in the world. During this process, you get to hear your newborn’s little coos, tiny yawns, laughters, cries etc. However, sometimes a few sounds may leave you worried and you find it hard to conclude if it is normal for your baby. When your baby hiccups, the sound may appear to be cute but you might be wondering if it is normal. You will be glad to hear that it is perfectly normal for your baby to hiccup. Baby and newborn’s hiccups do not cause any harm and just one sign of your baby’s growth and development. If you want to cure your newborn’s hiccups, the following tips given below may prove helpful: Take a break and burp: Taking a break from a feeding to burp your baby may help get rid of the hiccups, since burping can get rid of excess gas that may be causing the hiccups. Burping will also help because it places your baby into an upright position. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests burping your bottle-fed baby after every 2 to 3 ounces. If your baby is breastfed, you should burp them after they switch breasts. Use a pacifier: Infant hiccups don’t always start from a feeding. When your baby starts to hiccup on their own, try allowing them to suck on a pacifier, as this will help relax the diaphragm and may help stop the bout of hiccups. Let them stop on their own: More often than not, your baby’s hiccups will stop on their own. If they aren’t bothering your baby, then you can just let them run their course. If you don’t interfere and your baby’s hiccups don’t stop on their own, let their doctor know. While rare, it’s possible for hiccups to be a sign of a more serious medical issue. Try gripe water: If your baby seems to be in discomfort because of their hiccups, then you may want to try feeding them gripe water. Gripe water is a combination of herbs and water that is believed by some to help with colic and other intestinal discomforts. The types of herbs can vary and may include ginger, fennel, chamomile, and cinnamon. Though gripe water has not been shown to help with hiccups in babies, it’s a fairly low-risk product. Before you give your baby anything new, it’s always recommended that you discuss it with your baby’s doctor. Content source Featured image source