How to Potty Train Your Child

Pix. 1. You have to potty train your child well after carrying him for nine months

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Potty training is one of the issues that will come up as your baby grows and starts eating solid food. Some mothers wonder whether there is a right age at which to give a child toilet training. Others are curious about whether there are methods that a mother can use to make toilet training easy and fun. There are techniques you can use to potty train your child and I want to share some of them with you in this article. 

Should You Potty Train Your Child?

Many child specialists agree that it is not necessary to train your baby from birth. They think it is harmful for they believe that a small baby feels good when he passes his motion and soils himself because he feels the motion are his creation, something which belongs to him and which he cherishes.

Age to Potty Train Your Child

“What is the best age to potty train your child?” some mothers ask.It is quite impossible to train a child until he has learnt to control his urine and motions. A baby will muster the art of controlling the urge to urinate and to move his bowels after he is one year old.

If you are too strict with your baby before this control is established, you will only make your child hate the chamber pot. He will become stubborn and have frequent tantrums. So, forget all about potty training your child until he is well over a year.

Fastest Way to Potty Train Your Child

If you can get a small seat with a potty under it, you may find that your baby may consent to sit on it for a few minutes. If he obliges by passing a motion, be careful not to carry away the potty or show signs of disgust. Let him carry his pot to the toilet and help you to flush it away. Praise him after you flush the toilets to encourage him to adopt that habit. If he enjoys the game you will find that he will oblige you again and again as time goes on. This is one of the fun ways to potty train your child.

Potty Training Your Strong- Willed Child

A strong-willed child may refuse to sit down, or get up before he has performed. The best you can do is to coax him to sit on the chamber pot. You may also choose to take him to the toilet where you should sit on the seat and laugh to show him that moving the bowels is a fun thing to do.

Another way you can potty train this kind of child is to give him a reward, such as a kiss and a moment of cuddling, whenever he finishes with the act. If he sees that every time he obliges you he gets kiss and a show of love, he would be more willing to move his bowels.

Easy Ways to Potty Train Your Child

It is a good idea to leave a part of a toddler’s training almost entirely to himself in the first year. Just say “wee-wee” when he urinates and “pooh-pooh” when he soils himself so that he will associate those actions with those words.

During your baby’s second year, he will become more aware of wetting or soiling himself. It will make him more conscious of what he is doing. You will realize that in no time he will say “wee-wee” or “pooh-pooh” before he wets or soils himself.

How to Potty Train Your Child at Night

Give your baby liquids and fluids mainly in the morning and afternoon but refrain from giving him any fluids or liquids after  5.00 p.m. so that he can urinate most of these liquids and fluids before you go to bed. With time his bladder will learn to hold on until the morning and, consequently, he will not wet himself at night and cry to disturb you.

Also, wake your child up at 10.00 p.m. or thereabouts. Ask him if he wants to “pooh-pooh” so that you can help him to move his motions before you sleep.

How Not to Potty Train Your Child

There are a few things you must avoid when you want to potty train your child:

  • Do not force him to pass a motion if he does not want to. Do not nag at him too much or else you will make him withhold his movements for days and become constipated.
  • Avoid too much fuss and anxiety. Fussing around the child will make him tense and he may take a longer time to gain control over himself because tense, highly-strung children take a longer time to attain control than relaxed ones.

Conclusion

If you want to potty train your child in a way that will be less stressful and make the child co-operate, then you must refrain from putting pressure on the child to kow-tow to your ways, but give him some freedom to be a child. This will make the child more willing to move his motions to please you.

 

You might also like to read about how you can take good care of your newborn baby and also how to take care of him as he grows.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Breastfeed a Baby

Pix. 1.  How to breastfeed a baby while sitting upright

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Every pregnant woman has to decide whether to breastfeed a baby or whether to feed a baby with artificial food.

There are several advantages of breastfeeding your baby:

  1. It is convenient and time-saving. You do not have to wash or sterilize bottles, make sure the food is at a particular temperature, or have to prepare the food as it happens when you give your baby artificial food.
  2. Studies suggest that women who breastfeed are less likely to develop breast cancer.
  3. It will help you to lose some of the weight you gained during pregnancy.
  4. It will help your uterus return to its normal size.
  5. A breastfed baby is less likely to be infected with bacteria, fungi, or viruses.

If you decide to breastfeed your baby, you must, first of all, prepare your breasts for breastfeeding whilst you are still pregnant.

Preparing Your Breasts for Breastfeeding

From about the 30th week of your pregnancy hold the outer part of your breasts gently anytime you have your bathe and massage them towards your nipple. After you do this manipulation for a period time you will see that a yellow liquid, called colostrum, will seep out of your nipples.

This exercise will help to keep the milk ducts of your breasts open as well as help you learn how to express your breasts so that you will have little problems doing it when your baby is born.

Prepare Your Nipples

From about the 30th week of your pregnancy wash your nipples with water anytime you have your bathe and dry them carefully, and then rub a little anhydrous lanolin on them. Draw out each nipple and roll them very gently between your forefinger and your thumb a few times. As a result of this exercise, your nipples will become flexible and will not crack when your baby sucks.

Various Positions in Which You Can Breastfeed Your Baby

There are a number of ways you can position yourself so that you can breastfeed your baby properly:

  1. You can breastfeed a baby while sitting upright.
  2. You can breastfeed a baby while lying down in bed.

 

How to Breastfeed a Baby While Sitting Upright

Sit in an armchair and put one arm on an arm of the chair. You may choose to put a pillow on the arm of the chair if that will make you feel more comfortable. Let your baby sit on your thighs and support him with one hand. Your

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How to Breastfeed a Baby
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How to Breastfeed a Baby

baby’s head must rest on the elbow joint of the hand you are using to support him, whilst the lower part of that same arm supports his thigh or the lower part of his back.

Remove your breast and hold it with your other hand. Push your nipple gently towards your baby’s mouth and press your breast away from his nose so that he can breathe properly. Make sure that at least some of the areola (the dark part around the nipple) is inside your baby’s mouth. Continue to hold the breast firmly as your baby sucks.

You may read more about it here too.

How to Breastfeed a Baby While Lying Down in Bed

Put your baby in a supine position on the bed. Lie down on the bed beside your baby, facing it. Make sure you are comfortable.  Draw your baby close to you and make sure his head is pointed directly at your nipple, but not looking up, down, or to the side. Positioning your baby in such a way will prevent him from pulling your nipple to one side which can cause you pain.

How to Breastfeed a Baby with Teeth

Whether you breastfeed a baby while sitting upright or while lying down  in bed, tilt your baby’s whole body towards you. His head should face your nipple directly. Then, push your nipple about one inch into his mouth so that his lips forms a seal on the breast. This will prevent the baby from biting your nipple. Remember to press your breast down from your baby’s nose so that he can breathe well.

Conclusion

When you breastfeed a baby, which forms part of taking good care of your newborn baby, it will help you to bond with him properly. The spectra s1 baby breast pump and spectra s2 baby breast pump can also help you to feed your baby if you are a career woman.

You must also remember  that to be able to breastfeed your baby well, you have to take good care of yourself when you are pregnant.

 

 

 

 

 

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How Can I Take Good Care of My Newborn Baby?

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“How can I take good care of my newborn baby?” That is a question some new mothers ask themselves when they consider the responsibility of looking after the frail, little being they bring into the world.

Well, I sympathize with all new mothers who feel apprehensive about taking good care of their babies for it is not an easy task. I share your concern and so have put together this article to give you a few tips so that you can make your baby feel happy.

How Do I Feed My Baby?

You have the choice between doing exclusive breastfeeding for six months or feeding your baby artificially. The choice you make, which should make it easy for you to feel relaxed and comfortable, depends on what you feel is easy.

Breastfeeding

According to the WHO, “Breast milk is the best food a child will ever have. All substitutes, including cow’s milk, milk-powder solutions, and cereal gruels, are inferior.” Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby.

If you decide to breastfeed your baby:

  • feed him or her when he wakes up and starts crying because he is hungry. The more often you feed your baby, the more often your breast will be stimulated to secrete more milk.
  • make sure you never become thirsty during a day. Drink three glasses of water, fruit juice, or milk immediately you wake up in the morning (or even four glasses if you can). In the afternoon drink another four glasses of water, and end the day with two glasses of water.
  • you can decide to use the spectra s1 breast pump or spectra s2 breast pump to help you express your breast milk for your baby.

Bottle Feeding

This method will help you to know exactly how much milk your baby takes. But do not forget that it will give you more work to do: you will have to clean the bottles and the teats  and also sterilize the bottle and teats between feeds. In addition, you will have to cover up the bottles to protect them from being infected.

 

If You Can’t Breastfeed

There are some mothers who, though they would like to breastfeed their babies, cannot breastfeed. You do not need to feel guilty, disappointed, or become defensive when others talk about the wonderful moments they have when they breastfeed their babies.

All you need to do is to choose a good brand of artificial feed and to use that brand consistently to feed your baby. When you are about to feed your baby, hold him snugly in your arms and let his cheek brush against your breast so that he can get the feeling of being close to you while you give him the bottle.

Whilst feeding him

  • ensure the hole in the teat is large enough or else your baby will get tired sucking and he may not get enough milk;
  • keep a fair amount of pull on the bottle so that your baby has to tug a little;
  • hold the bottle tilted so that the teat is always full of milk; and
  • burp your baby half way through the feed and also at the end of the feed.

 

Baby’s Motions

For the first few days after you give birth to your baby, he will pass stool which may be greenish-black in color. This motion, which is known as meconium, is normally smooth and sticky. As time goes on, your baby’s motions will change in color.

Your baby may do only one or two motions a day in the first few months after you come home from the hospital. If he gets constipated, give him more frequent or longer feeds or stop giving your baby sugar, especially white granulated sugar. Furthermore, make sure you give your baby enough liquid. If your baby seems fretful while awake, give him water with a little fruit juice added. Giving your baby two drinks in the morning, two in the afternoon, and two in the evening will help him to move his bowels easily.

 

Taking Care of Your Baby in Summer

Small babies feel very uncomfortable when the weather is hot. There are a variety of things you can do to help your baby keep cool and comfortable when the temperatures hit the roof between June and August.

Clothing

Dress your baby in natural fabrics such as cotton or finely knitted wool. Avoid dressing your baby with clothes made from synthetic products. If your baby is very young, dress  him in a light gown, a vest, and a light wool jacket. Older babies—three months on—can wear cotton dresses which allow their legs the freedom to kick.

How to Protect His Eyes

A baby can easily get red-rimmed watery eyes if the summer sunlight is too strong. Dark colors near the eyes of the baby can help to reduce much of the glare. Therefore, dress your baby in green, blue, or brown instead of white before you take him for a walk in the sun.

Conclusion

If you feed your baby well, make sure he passes stools regularly, and ensure he is comfortable during summer, you will have no need to ask the question, “How can I take good care of my newborn baby?” because your baby will be happy and you will be happy as well.

 

You might want to read this article if you are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Can I Take Good Care of My Baby?

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“How can I take good care of my baby?” you may be asking right now as you read this article. I want to show you how you can take care of your baby’s skin, his hair, and plan your day so that you can give your baby the kind of care he deserves.

If you want to be able to take good care of your baby, however, you must begin by taking good care of the one who will be looking after baby: You!

1.    Take Care of Yourself First

You need to be in the best of shape physically and psychologically before you can take good care of your baby. One thing that you can do to get yourself in the best frame of mind is to solicit assistance from your parents or siblings. Talk to them about the possibility of spending about two weeks with them after you deliver. This arrangement will help you in two ways:

  1. You will have time to concentrate on the care of your baby since your parents or siblings will do the household tasks.
  2. These loved ones, who may have had the experience delivering, can give you valuable tips to help you take care of your baby.
  3. Since you may not be doing household chores, you will have time at your disposal when baby is sleeping and you can use that time to exercise. Exercising will give you the strength and energy you need to take good care of your baby.

 

2.    Taking Care of Your Baby’s Skin

The skin of a baby’s bottom is very sensitive and so needs regular application of creams to protect it. Accordingly, apply a mixture of zinc and castor oil cream, with a few drops of Friar’s Balsam mixed with it. It is an excellent ointment which will keep your baby’s skin in great condition.

3.    Care of Your Baby’s Hair

Do not use too much soap when you wash your baby’s hair. Wash his hair at most three times in a week with mild soap. This will prevent the occurrence of “cradle-cap”—a scurf condition of the scalp. If you happen to see flakes of scurf in your baby’s hair or crusts on his scalp, remove it with medicinal liquid paraffin and a soft brush. The condition may also cause spots to appear on the forehead and face of a baby.

4.    Colic

It is a condition which causes a baby to suffer terrible pain in his stomach and which, consequently, makes him scream and draw his knees up. Some babies normally suffer from colic between six and ten in the evening. You can deal with colic by putting your baby on his tummy and turning his head to one side. Make sure you do not put a pillow under his tummy.

 

5.    Establish a Daily Routine

When you go home after your baby is delivered and you are not quite settled, it is best to do things as they seem easy to do. Your baby may wake up at irregular times and so it may be difficult to fit him into a time-table.

However when you settle down, it is good to plan a daily routine you are going to follow. A baby grows to like it when life is regular. When he gets to know that certain things will happen at certain times without fail, it will give him sense of security and he will be happier. Therefore, write down a routine for each day and do your best to stick to this plan.

You may decide to draw up a plan such as the one below.

 

Table 1.  A Daily Plan to Help Me Take Good Care of My Baby

Time of Day Activity
Between 6 am and 7.30 am Bathe baby and give him his early morning feed
Between 7.30 am and 8.00 am Prepare breakfast for my husband and myself
Between 9.00 am and 11.00am Walk briskly around the house to exercise and do household chores
11 am – 12.00 noon
  • Have a short rest
  • Talk to friends
  • Read for 10 minutes
12.00 noon to 2.00 pm
  • Have my lunch
  • Feed baby
  • Change baby’s diapers

 

2.00pm to 4.00 pm Take baby on a walk in the pram
4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Change baby’s diapers
  • Put baby in an armchair so he can stretch his legs, kick and get some exercise
6.00 pm to 7.00 pm
  • Bathe baby
  • Feed baby and tuck him into bed
  • Prepare husband’s dinner
10.00 pm
  • Bathe baby and feed him
  • Turn in for the night

 

Conclusion

The answer to, “How can I take good care of my baby?” is to put yourself in the best physical and mental frame, be very observant so that you can deal with any issues that affect your baby’s body, and also to organize yourself so that you can have ample time to feed your baby and spend quality time with him.

You must always remember to feel relaxed as you take care of your baby and enjoy being with him. This will help you to enjoy being a mother, one of the most exciting, pleasurable, and satisfying jobs you will ever do here on Earth.

 

If you are pregnant or making efforts to get pregnant, you might want to read this article.

You might also like to read how to potty train your child, how to breastfeed a baby, and how to take good care of my newborn baby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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