Step 2 - Massaging your baby
Step 4 - Swaddling your little one or putting her into a sleeping bag
A child this age generally wants to do everything that they want to do. It is very difficult for them to hold on their emotions. They often scream, cry, stamp their feet or their fists. You have to understand they are going through lots of different emotions in a day and we have to be patience and understand their emotions.
Let your child know that it is ok to be upset – it’s simple a part of life. As mums we should let them know that they cannot get everything that they want all the time and there are some limitations in life. Also, solving every problem for them does not help your child’s development. They cannot learn how to deal with that feeling and cannot solve their problems.
How can we help our little ones?
Let her find out her true feelings first. Tell your child that it is ok to be upset and you sometimes can be upset too. That’s normal. If your little one is screaming or stamping their feet when they are angry, show her acceptable ways of vent her emotions such as punching pillows or stamping their feet.
Once your little one gets through this stage, life will be much better for her and for you. Because she will be more independent, she can explain what she wants, and she is moving freely than before.
Two years old are learning fast and sometimes they disagree with parents. They also want to be liked by you too. Routines and consistency is key to help your child go through this stage.
Having said that every child is different. Not all kids go through terrible twos. So let your child some time to find out her true feelings and let them deal with these feelings.
What is Bonding?
Bonding and attachment happen when you consistently respond to newborns with love, warmth and care. Newborns use body language to show when they want to connect with you. Good ways to bond with new borns include smiling, eye contact, singing, reading and cuddling.
Why is bonding with a baby important?
When you response to your baby’s needs, your baby will feel secure and safe. They develop healthier relationship with other people around them. You do not have to feel the bond when you see your baby. It can take some time.
As long as you take care of your baby’s needs such as cuddling, smiling, showing your affection and feeding, she will not suffer if you do not feel the bond at first sight.
Some dads feel bonded straight away when they hold their baby, for some dads it may take some time. This is perfectly normal. Everyone is different. You may help your partner recover from the birth so take it easy and give some time yourself to bond with your baby.
In the past researches were suggesting to spend a lot of time with your newborn during the first few days to establish a bond right away. However, bonding takes time.
Parents who are separated from their baby soon after delivery for medical reasons or who adopt their kids later in childhood also develop close, loving relationships.
The most important part of it, you should not feel guilty if you did not bond with your baby immediately. Give some time to yourself and your newborn baby.
What are the best ways to bond?
Please note that these are the general advice for parents from parents. For professional advice please consult your doctor.
If you notice that your baby has a white coating on his tongue, it may be just the milk residue. You can wipe it off easily. Make sure that you use a clean damp face cloth or gentle finger toothbrush after feeding.
Milk residue is very common for newborns. Because babies are not able to produce enough saliva to clean their tongue so milk residue stays there. it should go away for a few days.
However, if you see any signs of the followings, call your baby's provider or a doctor:
- White or yellow patches on baby's inside of the cheeks, lips, gums or throat
- If your baby is crying after breastfeeding or sucking on a pacifier or bottle
If your bab's provider diagnoses thrush, she may prescribe an oral anti fungal medication (often nystatin). It may take two weeks to clear up the infection.
Can I prevent my baby getting thrush?
Not always. Some babies are more prone to yeast infections. There are a few things that you can consider of doing to lower the chance of getting thrush:
- Don't give any antibodies unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Clean the bottle, pacifier and your nipple every time you feed your baby.
- Let your nipples air dry between feedings.
- Wash your hands before feeding your baby, especially after feeding and diaper changes.
Many babies who don't like bathing when they are toddler. They may have a fear of getting water on their face, getting sucked down the drain or may be scared of pooping or peeing in the water. You are not alone!
Fortunately, there are many parents tested many different ways of overcoming their toddlers fear. Here is the some of the things you may consider trying;
1 - Bathing with your toddler - " I had to bath with my daughter to overcome her fears of having bath. I was her while she is playing with her toys"
2 - Bath toys - You can either take your toddlers favorite toys to bath or you can buy new bath toys for your toddler to play with them only in the bath. They will look forward to having bath.
3 - Bubble party - No matter your toddlers age, bubble party always on the top of everybody's list. "As soon as I said to my son that we will have a bubble party in the bath, he instantly overcome his bath fear"
4 - Play beauty salon - "I let my daughter to wash my hair first in the bath then I can was her hair. We pretend like we are in the beauty salon."
5 - Use soft muslin cloth after drying your toddler instead of bath towel - Some kids may be very sensitive to some harsh materials. " I realised that my son hated getting dried with a bath towel. As soon as we start using a muslin cloth, he loved having bath every night"
6 - Take a step back - "My son did not like bathing at all. So I took a month off bathing him, instead I wiped his body with a cloth every day. After a month later, he wanted to have a bath and still loves bathing."
If your toddler does not like bathing or have a fear of bathing, you can try to use the above suggestions. Every child is unique and different. Motherhood is a trial and error game. Good luck!
Baby Lead Weaning basically means self feeding, skipping spoon, use fingers and it is absolutely loved by babies. This is the most enjoyable moment for them.
What is the benefits of baby-led weaning?
- Supports the development of babies eye-hand coordination, chewing skills and healthy eating habits. It also offers babies an opportunity to explore the taste, texture and aroma of a variety of foods.
- Babies who self-fed eat less food than they need since they are feeding independently
- Baby-led weaning have a lasting effect on a child's food preferences. They eat healthier and you will not need to buy jar food for your baby.
Most of the time mums are concerned about mess but BLW is an important milestone for your baby to go through.
Here is some tips for baby weaning success:
- Texture is the key. The food that you give your baby should be soft and easy to smash with gentle finger pressure. You should steam fruit and vegetables when beginning baby-led weaning
- Always let your baby eat his/her food
Make sure that you are with your baby at all times but do not sit next to her/him and watch him constantly. Instead you can finish your cooking in the kitchen and keep an eye on your baby at the same time.
- If you are having dinner together do not make fuss about when they are making mess.
- Always give her/him soft food or half cooked food. Like banana, avocado, steamed vegs, poached salmon, pasta, omelets cut into pieces, strips of chicken
- Let your baby use safe utensils.
- Make sure your baby gets enough nutrients. Many babies struggle eat all of the food at first. You may give your baby finger foods with purees until she gets the hang of self feeding.
- Once your baby has tried and tolerated several single-ingredient foods, you can begin offering mixed dishes.
What if my baby chokes?
Gagging is very common in early days of eating. It is a normal and reflexive safety mechanism that might cause watery eyes and coughing or sputtering. But parents can understand that gagging is a safety reflex and it is normal. Babies will learn with your reaction. If you get scared then baby will get scared. So make sure that you are calm when baby is eating his food.
Choking on the other hand happens when the food gets stuck in the throat or windpipe, blocking airflow. If a baby is choking, she will not make sound. To avoid this situation, move away grapes, nuts, raisins or raw vegetables until baby is comfortable with chewing easily.
- Always stay with your baby while he is eating
- Make sure your baby is sitting up when eating
- Serve foods that aren't hard
- Take an infant first aid class so you'll be prepared
- Do not rush to help your baby when she gags. Babies can feel parent's panic and can develop negative associations with eating. Instead stay calm and give her time to work it out.
Step 2 - Massaging your baby
Step 4 - Swaddling your little one or putting her into a sleeping bag
Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
Breast milk lowers your baby's risk of having asthma, allergies. - Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies.
Breastfed infants more likely to gain right weight as they go along rather than becoming overweight.
Muslin is a long-beloved cotton fabric. It has what’s called a “plain weave”, which means it’s made from a crisscross pattern.
Muslin is a soft, woven, cotton or bamboo multi-layer cloth popular for baby cloths and blankets because the fabric is so gentle and absorbent, and it gets better and softer with more use. Especially ones that are made from 100% bamboo rayon are incredibly soft.Muslin cloths are used for;
Benefits of Muslin Cloth?1 - Soft and breathable fabric is one of best baby accessories for babies:
Soft and breathable fabric allows babies to feel cool and relax. They can be multi used. Bamboo muslin cloths regulates babies body temperature and makes babies feel better.
2 - Helps baby sleep better:
Sleep is essential for babies. Bebekish eco friendly and sustainable muslin cloths are used for swaddling babies so that babies can have a better sleep. Babies can have allergies to dust and this cannot be recognize easily by parents. Allergic babies do wake up a few times in the night and they cannot go back to sleep easily. This makes them feel uncomfortable in the bed. Sustainable bamboo muslin cloths are anti allergic and anti bacterial which are the best baby products.
3 - Multi functional muslin cloth
Muslin cloths can be used for everything. Their generous size allows mums to be creative and they love to use the muslins almost everywhere.
4 - Easily can be cleaned:
Muslin cloths are easily can be cleaned in the washing machine or by hand.
There are so many different types of muslin cloths are available on the market. It is very important to choose a muslin cloth that is suitable for babies sensitive skin. Bebekish sustainable, organic muslin blankets are free from any harmful substances and natural. Its super softness will make your baby feel relax and happy.