Category Archives: health

Bathing Your Newborn

Today we have some excellent advice on how to bathe your baby. There are a lot of great recommendations in this video that range from the practical to issues of safety.

There are certain recommendations that you may want to really listen to; for example:

Turning the cell phone to silent and/or taking the home phone off the hook (or putting the ringer on silent) is very important. You don’t want to have any distractions going on while you are bathing your baby. Such distractions can actually become a safety issue for your baby.

In addition, it also goes through some of the trouble spots you may want to make sure you bathe and wipe on your baby.

All in all, this is a great video to help prepare you for when you need to bathe your baby for the first time.

Enjoy!

Watch: How to bathe your newborn


Induction: The Whys and the Hows

Missing your delivery date can be a bit of a hair raising ordeal. By the time that date comes around, you are more than ready to welcome baby into the world.

However, as the days creep past your delivery date, and the inevitable reality sinks in that you are overdue, thoughts may begin to creep in.

“When is baby going to come?”

“Is everything ok?”

“What are we going to do?”

Well, one thing your doctor might suggest is induction. Inducing labor can oftentimes be the preferred method of delivering an overdue baby. But what, exactly is involved with induction?

Today we have a phenomenal article for you that will take you through all the whys and hows of induction.

It covers a multitude of reasons why an induction may occur. There are in fact numerous reasons besides the reality of being post-due.

In addition to these various reasons, there are also various methods. And as we know, one method does not fit all.

So take a look at today’s article and learn about the whys and hows of induction, so that you are better prepared if you have to think through this issue.

Read the full article here: Induction: Why and how to get labour going

 

Babies and the Flu

It’s that time of year when many people are visiting the doctor to have their annual flu shot. And you yourself may be going to get yours. Perhaps as you are walking out the door and getting into the car with your baby, you may be wondering if your baby needs one as well.

Today we have a helpful article which helps break down some of the advice given by the Center for Disease Control on who should be getting a flu “shot” and who doesn’t need one.

Now, it is true that anti-viral medications are very much a personal choice. By no means are we telling you that you should go out and immediately get one. At the same time, we are not saying you shouldn’t. Again, it’s a personal choice.

What we want at the end of the day is to provide literature which will help you in making decisions for yourself, your baby and your family as a whole.

So take a look at today’ article on whether the flu shot is something your baby needs. Be informed about the decisions you make for your family and take care during this particular season of the year.

Read the full article here: Antiviral Medications and the Flu

Don’t Be Fickle About the Folate

Are you getting all of your folic acid on a daily basis? Not sure what that is or why it’s important? Well, we’re here to help with that.

Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps your skin, hair and nails on a daily basis. You see, folic acid promotes cellular growth. This in turn is a good thing as you are looking to develop healthier and stronger hair and skin.

Another thing that folic acid helps is in preventing certain birth defects in your baby. A lot of times we are able to get a certain amount of folic acid naturally from foods we eat. Folic acid is found in spinach, orange juice, and certain types of beans.

Folic acid is also added to “fortified” foods, such as grains and cereals. But as is typically the case, the amount you are able to get from such sources is not always sufficient.

It’s for this reason that your pre-natal vitamins contain folic acid. It’s very important to take those vitamins, for your own health and the health of your baby.

For more information on folate and its importance, take a look at today’s article.

Read the full article here: Your daily folic acid dose

Protecting Baby From the Elements

Winter is in full effect, and the elements outside are getting harsher and harsher. No matter where you live, you need to spend some time considering how such elements will effect the tender skin of your new bundle of joy.

You may think that just because you are on the west coast that you don’t have to worry so much. Sunny SoCal is never a place for any true, harsh element. But that’s not necessarily the case. The winds do get colder, and that chill factor can play with the sensitive skin of your baby.

And for those of you on east coast and in the midwest, you already know how harsh winter can be. You not only contend with the cold gusts of air, but also the sleet that is so common during this time of year.

With such conditions, what do you need to be aware of? Well, for one…you need to be aware of the signs of hypothermia and frostbite.

Both of these are extremely dangerous…and even more so for our young and tender babies. Remember, your newborn does not have the physical resolve that you do. So be careful…and with that in mind, we have for you today a much needed primer on both of these conditions.

Take a look at this post from the March of Dimes on windchill, frostbite, and hypothermia.

Read the full article here: Wind chill, frostbite and hypothermia, oh my

Sensory Skill Development Activities

Sensory skill and fine motor development is one of the funnest and most fascinating things to see in our young children. As they go through the various developmental stages, you will see not only their appearances change, but also their tactile abilities develop as well.

Today we have some fun activities to help encourage that development.

Read the full article here: 20 No Mess Sensory Activities

Don’t Do It All

I know, I know…your one goal in life is to be the supermom you always envisioned mothers to be. But as motherhood has come upon you now, well one thing is evident…mothering is not always an easy task, and in fact…it’s just plain down right difficult. I mean, how in the world do these women do so much?

You know that question all too well; and you know exactly what I’m talking about. We live in a society that shows these supermoms on tv, in movies, and in books. We read about them and we want to be them. But then reality sinks in and we find that it’s really difficult.

Well, I have great news for you today: You don’t have to do it all. In fact, you can mess up from time to time. And you can go even further…you can neglect some of your weekly duties. Ok. Now that’s saying a lot. But let’s be clear here, those weekly duties don’t define who you are, what you do, or whether you are a supermom or not.

Take it from today’s article…you can, and you will, and you should not do everything all the time. Your sanity depends on it. Your happiness depends on it.

Read the full article here: we’re not going to get it all done, and that’s cool

Wonderful News from the March of Dimes

This past week saw the observance of World Prematurity Day. What is that? It’s a day where we remember the serious issue of premature births throughout the world, and the research and healthcare being done to help stamp it out.

Now we have great news from the March of Dimes as they themselves have pledged 75 million dollars over the next 10 years for 5 research facilities.

Here is to the continuing efforts to bring healthy babies into this world.

Thank you.

Read the important announcement here: Launching new, cutting edge prematurity research centers