Once upon a time, only "crunchy" mommies knew--or cared--about organic baby creams and shampoos. Mothers who espoused ideas like baring baby's bottom to the air were seen as, at best, a bit eccentric. By 2006, though, the market for organic baby skin care products had grown to $26 million, and organic baby shampoos, diaper creams and lotions moved from health food stores to mainstream supermarkets.
Even if your baby has little more than peach fuzz covering his head, his hair requires a bit of personal care. Treat your little prince's or little diva's hair to the attention it requires. This will keep your infant looking her cutest, feeling her best and ready for all those close-up pictures that will be taken.
A baby’s brain is magnificent. The rate at which it develops is astronomical from the moment conception happens through the time of birth. The brain is the life source of the body. It communicates messages and tells the body what to do. The brain controls everything from a baby’s thinking skills to his perceptions. For the body to work properly, the brain undergoes significant development and changes throughout the entire gestational period.
Baby toys for newborns should be as simple as possible because your newborn is still adjusting to light, sounds, textures and even the voices of Mom and Dad. Toys that are overly stimulating or deliver a multisensory experience can be overwhelming for little ones, leaving them anxious or even frightened. Newborns don’t do much playing in the early stages of development, but they can see, watch and touch the world around them. You’ll need to invest in some very simple and basic toys designed to introduce colors, noises and textures, since these will keep your baby happy and amused.
Did you know your baby's social development and attachments to you and others are significant to his communication skills, language development and many other facets of development? It's so important to provide your baby with an environment rich in nurturing stimuli like some of the suggestions we have listed below:
CJ Foundation shared ten stepen steps to help keep your baby safe.
Always lay your baby to sleep face up.
Side and tummy positions are not safe; check with your doctor if your baby has breathing problems.
Don’t smoke while pregnant and never smoke near your infant.
While pregnant or considering pregnancy do not smoke. Never let others smoke near your baby. Smoking is a major risk factor for SIDS.
Having a new baby can be overwhelming; new parents deal with fussiness, frequent diaper changes and what seems like constant feeding. They do this all while feeling sleep deprived. Fifteen to twenty percent of new moms experience some sort of pregnancy-related depression or anxiety, according to the NY State Health Department. Help yourself by learning the basics of infant care: from feeding to burping to dressing to sleeping, the routines are simple. As you establish your own parenting rhythm, you'll gain confidence. You'll also hopefully gain more sleep.
Infants thrive on and need stimulation to ensure proper development. By stimulating your infant's senses, you're encouraging communication, interaction and learning. You're also giving him a sense of importance. However, there can be too much of a good thing---an excess of new sights and sounds can overstimulate a baby. Also, not all methods of infant stimulation are beneficial. Walk through any major baby department and you'll see numerous gadgets and videos claiming to make your baby smart. Are these really necessary?
The best car seat for your newborn infant depends on which one best fits your type of car and your baby. There is no universal "best" car seat---the best one is the one that works for you. However, there are car seats that consistently receive high rankings from parents and high safety ratings from experts. When shopping for a car seat for your newborn, decide which type to buy (infant or convertible) and which safety features are most important to you.
Nutrition plays an important role in an infant's development. The early stages of the baby's development are critical to her growth and health. Babies are susceptible to infections and illnesses that are preventable with proper nutrition. Therefore, parents should prepare meals that consist of nutritious foods and provide a well-balanced diet that can help their babies grow healthy and strong. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents can start introducing solid foods when a baby reaches the age of 6 to 8 months, with more varieties given through 10 months and onward.