Minggu, 18 Juni 2017

Sleep Problems - Helpful Tips for Your Baby and You

Sleep needs

Did you know that newborn babies need 21 hours sleep a day and children from six months to two years of age need at least 12 hours sleep? Sleep deprivation can cause problems for everyone in the family: fractious babies during the day, exhausted mothers and an anxious, stressful atmosphere.

Sleep deprivation

Sleep starvation is a huge problem for today's parents. A survey of 2,000 new parents and 2,000 people aged 55 to 65 was carried out by Mother and Baby and Yours magazines.
It found today's parents try all kinds of things to get their babies to sleep through the night, including taking the infant into their own bed. In contrast, parents in the 1960s and 1970s tended to say their babies had slept peacefully in their own cots.

Today's parents

New mothers of young babies reported that, on average, they only have three and a half hours sleep a night, compared to five hours which the older generation said they used to get.
Two thirds of those surveyed said this "sleep starvation" left them feeling bad-tempered, with the same proportion reporting irritation with their partner. Other problems included being tearful, forgetful, depressed, more accident prone or clumsy, unable to function properly, and irritable with their baby.

So what's different?

In the 60s and 70s roles tended to be more clear-cut. Fathers went to work and earned the money, mothers stayed at home and brought up the family.

Mothers today often feel they are expected to bring up the family and earn money doing something interesting. This situation can create anxiety: family members can often be living miles away from each other, so there's very little support for the parents.

30-40 years ago you probably had relatives living nearby who could help with babysitting and be there to offer advice - generally to calm the situation. I saw a lot of young families while running a homeopathic clinic in Bristol. They rarely had family support nearby. Here in Cornwall it is noticeable that there is more family support, possibly because this is primarily a rural area, strong in traditions.

Vicious circle

Anxiety breeds anxiety. If you're feeling tense and anxious the chances are that your baby will pick up on this and react in a similar way, so you get caught in a vicious circle. When other family members come home they pick up on it too.
Obviously when you're getting up several times a night to breast-feed you're going to feel very tired, but there is a great difference between being tired and tense and tired and relaxed.

The chances are that if you have periods of time when you can relax then your quality of sleep will improve. Your baby will pick up on this and learn to relax as well and your baby's quality of sleep will improve because of this.

Sometimes a baby can be irritable simply because he or she hasn't had enough sleep. When a young baby isn't sleeping at all well it can affect the whole family. Obviously with new born babies disruption is expected but when the problem persists, sometimes for years, the results can be devastating.
Benefits of good sleep

While your baby is sleeping his or her cells are being regenerated, so the quality and amount of sleep is very important in the development of your infant.

Often over-stimulated babies calm themselves by looking away, yawning or sucking on their lips - this self-relaxation increases their parasympathetic activity and reduces sympathetic nervous activity.

In plain English the parasympathetic nervous system chills us out and the sympathetic nervous system stresses us out.
The two systems work side by side to create a flow in the system. However, for example, through lack of sleep, this balance gets thrown out and your baby is more stressed out then muscles tense up and blood vessels are constricted.

In this culture, with all its inherent pressures, people's Sympathetic systems very often stay on guard, unable to give in to the softer, more gentle flows of the Parasympathetic system.

If we're used to being tense we might not even think it a problem if our baby is also tense - and, as with adults, a chronic state of tension leads to stress related symptoms and illness.

What can help?

Learning to relax for a start. There are many forms of relaxation. Yoga, meditation, tai chi, pilates - these are just a few choices. There may be classes nearby or you could watch a video at home to learn the right moves.

Start early

During pregnancy, especially the final trimester, there can be anxiety about the impending birth. Regular listening to relaxing music to help create a relaxed state during pregnancy can actually help during the birth itself. By the time your baby is born, your body will have learned to relax even more deeply to the music, as a conditioned response

Mothers-to-be are encouraged to play music to their unborn babies because research has shown babies can respond and be soothed by soft music both before and after birth. According to Dr. Thomas Verny, author or 'The Secret Life of the Unborn Child' your baby can kick in time to music from 25 weeks. The right musical stimulation can enhance development, encourage sucking and promote weight gain in newborn babies as well as help them to be relaxed and calm.

A relaxing day

Imagine the difference you could make to your life by getting into the habit of relaxing through activities like yoga, meditation or listening to calming music every day - especially if you set a regular time. It's worth it.
If you and your baby are more relaxed then sleep is going to be a lot easier. If your baby is spending his or her time in a relaxed and calm state during the later part of the day or around the time you would like him or her to start dropping off, it can only help.
We're the same - if we've just been dancing away at a party we're hardly likely to be in the mood to sleep straight afterwards - we'd be buzzing - so why should babies be any different?



Minggu, 11 Juni 2017

Baby Safety - 4 Essential Safety Tips For Your Baby

1. Despite the laws against it in all states, many children still get killed in car accidents for not having car seats or the wrong way of strapping them on the seat. In buying a car safety seat, it is necessary that the seat corresponds with the size of the child, fitted to the car seat and its safety systems, is easy for parents to use and can meet all the necessary safety standards established by the federal law.

2. When transporting your baby, make sure that you put her in a child car seat that is approved and safe to use. Never ever leave your child in the car unattended even for a few seconds. Use the curb side if entering or exiting the car with your baby.

3. When about to use the baby car seat, make sure that you read the safety instructions indicated therein and follow them. Seats that are "infant only seat" are for those weighing only up to 20 pounds. You may use them with or without the base when placing it in your car.When used in the vehicle, the handle of the infant-only seats should be down.

4. The infant-only seat should be strapped at the center back seat of the car. That is the safest area of the car for it. Your baby should be rear facing. Never ever put your child in the front seat where there is an air bag. Not only is it illegal, it is also dangerous as the airbag can easily suffocate and kill your baby.

Minggu, 04 Juni 2017

Important Care Tips For Your Baby - Essential Quick Tips to Becoming a Super Parent

A new baby means a whole new world for couples as they have taken yet another step in their lives and parenthood now awaits them. You will never know how hard it actually is being a parent until you are in the situation yourself. You have no form of escape but to brave up and face it. You may not be the best parent in the whole world but I am very sure if you put your heart into doing it right, you will be the super parent to your own baby at the very least.

Well something I have learnt along the way of becoming a parent is to know what are the things you need to buy before the birth of your very first baby comes along. This ensures you do not panic once the situation gets out of hand and with your wife not being in the best mental mindset right after giving birth.

Contrary to what most parents think, a baby cot is not the most important thing to purchase before the birth of your baby. Yes, it is nice to see the beautiful baby cot lying in the designated baby room in your home but it is not the first thing your baby really needs once it gets home from the nursery in hospital.

What your baby really need are baby diapers. Do ensure you get the ones for newborns or at the very least small in size. When your baby is out it requires on an average about 8 diaper change a day and that equates to 40 diapers in a week. So make sure you stock up at least 80 newborn diapers in that nursery of yours at home.

After the first 2 weeks, babies can now start moving into the small sizes for diapers and the change for diapers will be less frequent as compared to the first 2 weeks. But do remember the first thing you have to prepare yourself with is diapers and stock them up when baby diapers at the departmental store or supermarket near you goes on sale. Take your time and compare the prices before buying to ensure you do not overpay and get the most out of your dollar. Also if possible stay out of budget diapers unless you are under budget constraint after giving birth. You do one to give your baby the very best don't you.

So remember, do not go splurging on that expensive baby cot and not leave anything for the diapers that your baby needs once it gets home. Be warned that diapers these days do not come cheap. So your better of being ready rather than sorry.