Baby swings are a convenient way to soothe or entertain a baby. They come in a wide range of styles, from small, portable swings to elaborate swings that rock in all directions. The rhythmic, back-and-forth motion of a swing calms babies. Although there are many benefits to using a baby swing, there are also some things to take into consideration when deciding how often and for how long to use it.
Parenthood brings with it many new worries, including the color of your baby’s stools. With numerous diaper changes on an average day, most parents see a variety of stool colors. The changes cause alarm in some new parents. A range of stool colors are possible, but some colors could signal an underlying problem.
The nutrition a newborn receives during his first several months of life are vital to his growth and development. As a doting mom, you can set him on a healthy path by carefully selecting foods packed with nutrients and appropriate for his developing digestive system. As you plan your newborn’s daily menus, consider the nutrient benefit of each newborn’s food you select.
As your baby gets her new set of chompers, she might pick up a new annoying habit. Teeth grinding — or bruxism — is common in babies, especially those who are currently teething. Though this behavior might be grinding on your nerves, there’s usually no reason to be concerned. This too shall pass.
Your toddler’s urination problem could be a minor condition or a sign of something more serious. Unfortunately, her limited communication skills can make it difficult to tell what’s really going on. Take all problems seriously — you may be able to solve the problem with slight modifications to your child’s routine or your child may need a visit to her pediatrician.
While some boys may be ready to begin potty training between 18 months and 2 years of age, others may not be ready until they are closer to 3. While age can be helpful in determining if your boy is ready to begin potty training, it’s not the most important factor. When deciding when to start potty training your boy, how physically and emotionally ready he is to begin training is more important than his age.
If you introduce infant formula to your baby, you’ll probably want to be on the alert for signs of an allergy, especially if allergies run in your–or the baby’s father’s–family. Most infant formula includes cow’s milk or soy products in the ingredients. In cases of infant formula allergies, cow’s milk protein is the most common allergen. Still, allergies to formula are not all that common; according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, less than 3% of babies in the United States have an allergy to milk protein. Since half of the babies who are sensitive to cow’s milk protein also turn out to react badly to soy, soy-based formula is not necessarily the solution if your baby does turn out to have a dairy allergy. Check with your baby’s physician before switching to a hypoallegenic formula. It may reassure you to know that there’s good chance your baby will outgrow an allergy to infant formula within a few years.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has been urging mothers to breastfeed their baby for a minimum of 6 months, but there has been a lot of press recently with woman complaining that 6 months is way too difficult. Some say that they are feeling “pressured” to breastfeed and consequently not enjoying the breastfeeding experience. Or they feel “guilty” if they decide to stop breastfeeding before the sixth month mark.
If you are hosting a play date with all your mommy friends and their babies, plan some group activities for everyone. Although infants are still just learning to be mobile and interactive, you can set up activities that will entertain both the kids and moms. Keep in mind that most activities will require direct mommy supervision.
Food allergies seem like a common occurrence, but they actually only affect 6 percent of children in the United States, according to BabyCenter. Many times, your child has a food intolerance that she will grow out of that is not a full-blown food allergy. Still, it’s important to monitor your baby closely to look for the signs of food allergies. Delaying certain foods until your baby is a certain age may also help prevent allergies, both now and later in life.