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Safely Swaddling Your New Baby

Safely Swaddling Your New Baby

Safely Swaddling Your New Baby

As a brand new parent, it can help if you think of your newborn’s arrival as the final trimester of his or her development. In fact, recreating the environment of the womb is a great way to calm down a fussy newborn and sleep better those first months. Swaddling a baby can give that sense of closeness and security (after all, your newborn has been in a pretty tight space for the last nine months). When you swaddle, you will want to do so in such a way that the baby’s legs can still move up, down, and out a little so as to prevent hip dysplasia. To safely swaddle your baby:

1. Use a thin, stretchy square cloth and set it down like a diamond. Fold down the top corner to create a flat line. You can also use a rectangular blanket with the long side on top.

2. Lay your baby down so that the shoulders are just about at t
he fold/flat line you just created, with the head off the blanket.

3. Tucking the baby’s right arm down to the side, pull the left corner of the blanket across the newborn, tucking it under his or her left side securely.

4. Holding down baby’s left arm straight, bring the bottom corner up and across the left shoulder.

5. Pull the right corner snugly across to baby’s right side, making sure there is room for the legs to move.

6. Flip and tuck the right corner end into the back.

A snug swaddle can mimic the womb and make your baby feel secure and calm, even sleeping longer. In addition to blankets, you can also use swaddling products. Remember to not leave your baby unattended, and to wrap the swaddle snugly, but not too tight.

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Perfect Christmas Presents for Babies and the ones to Avoid

Perfect Christmas Presents for Babies and the ones to Avoid

Perfect Christmas Presents for Babies and the ones to AvoidChristmas is magical – a time of family gatherings, exchanging presents, singing carols, decorating a tree, and of course, shopping. For parents of babies, they can expect to be deluged with gifts that can range from cute and thoughtful to the strange and thoughtless. Here is a guide for shopping for that perfect baby gift and the ones to avoid.

Toys that will keep a baby interested even at a young age are simple toys that have contrasting colors or plays music with the touch of a large button. A rattle or teething toy would also be a welcome gift. If you are looking for toys that the baby will grow into, soft building blocks encourage creativity and development of small motor skills. A soft ball that can be kicked or thrown without causing damage in the house is another great option. Push toys like shopping carts or vacuum cleaners will develop newfound walking skills.

Anything with small parts or magnets is a bad idea. Babies put everything in their mouths. Toys that can be easily swallowed are dangerous. Make sure that the toy is the right age of the baby. Anything too easy or too difficult will not hold their attention. Keep in mind the size of the parents’ house before buying a large toy. Stuffed animals take up space and only a select few become favorites. The rest just collect dust.

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