Toddlers can be very frustrating to parent. They want something, they scream, you give it to them, they still scream. They actually don’t know what they want, so what is it they need? Why the meltdowns? Here’s a hint, it’s something a lot more essential than a new toy or an ice cream.
Do you understand your baby’s needs? A baby’s needs are simple, but some of them are less obvious than others. In general, babies have three sets of needs: physical, emotional and developmental. Make sure you’re meeting all of them by checking out this list.
Do you wish your newborn could just tell you what they want instead of crying? Here are the things your newborn wants you to know. Remember to stop, breathe and choose love. Your newborn loves and admires you. Here are the things they want to tell you. What a newborn wants you to know:
A while ago, I wrote about how the second pregnancy was different from the first.
Now that the baby is here, I can tell you about what it’s like going from one child to two. My son was 16 months when our daughter was born, so he’s still a young toddler.
I have included some tips I found helpful for introducing the toddler to the new baby. This is my personal story as someone with a partner, so if you’re a single mum, you may have a much harder time with two. Here we go…
Don’t you just hate when your child starts screaming in a shopping center and everyone turns to look at you?
Are you torn between doing something to pacify the child to take the onlookers attention off you, and holding your ground as you know you should to curb this behavior permanently? Despite your knowledge, do you often choose the former option anyway for fear of judgement?
Swaddling your baby is useful to help them sleep longer during the newborn period – but is there any particular time when you should stop swaddling your baby?
Sending your baby off to daycare can be emotional and nerve-wracking. It’s hard to trust strangers to care for your little one, but at the same time you need to work, get things done and get some alone-time or time with other adults so you don’t go insane.
So, how do you choose a good daycare which will care for your children well? What are the most important things to consider?
I was very lucky with my son. He knew how to feed, was extremely alert at birth and never had any problems with latching.
This April, we welcomed our daughter into our family. She was an entirely different story. She didn’t latch well, and didn’t seem too interested in the breast. She then developed jaundice which made her sleepy and disinterested in feeding. It would take 5-10 minutes to get her latched on and then she would often slip off or fall asleep within seconds.
Jaundice is extremely common in newborns and not usually a cause for concern unless it is severe. However, the symptoms of sleepiness and lethargy can cause problems for breastfeeding. There is also a risk it will get worse if they are not feeding enough.
What things are helpful for this situation? We didn’t resort to using formula and breastfeeding is improving. Here’s some tips if you encounter problems establishing breastfeeding with your newborn.
Having a baby is both wonderful and traumatizing. It can be easy to get caught up in the blur of sleepless nights, feedings, and comforting a fussy baby. Among all that, don’t forget to make good memories and spend quality time. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself having regrets…
There’s a lot of things that can sabotage your breastfeeding efforts early on. I highly recommend that you educate yourself during pregnancy or take a refresher course even if it’s your 2nd+ child.
There’s so many important things that other bloggers miss in their articles too. I’ve seen plenty of articles about pumping schedules, diets and supplements, the claim that it’s all supply and demand. They miss they fact that a healthy bond with your baby is an essential component for breastfeeding…