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Communication by Crying

Until your child learns how to talk, the only way they know how to communicate is by crying. It is hard to imagine that such a simple form of communication takes on so many forms. While at first all babies’ cries sound the same, there is variation in the rhythm, tone, and volume of each crying fit. Newborn babies usually cry for simple reasons such as being hungry, tired, or need to have a diaper change. As your baby gets older, their needs become more complex. You learn as parents the different types of cries your child makes and you know how to assess their needs or wants. Babies usually spend two to three hours crying, but keep in mind it is communication. For new parents, here are reasons and simple remedies as to why your baby is crying and how to help them.

Most often, babies cry because they are hungry. Newborns need to be fed little amounts at least eight to twelve times a day. They will usually cry when they are hungry so you will know when to feed them. Older babies don’t eat that many times throughout the day, especially babies that are on solid foods.

It is very important for babies to burp after they eat. They can get tummy aches very easily and it is common for air to get in their tummies if they are drinking out of a bottle. Babies will cry when their tummies hurt, and more than likely they just need to be burped. If you try burping them and they don’t stop crying they could have a more upset stomach or be crying for a different reason.

After a baby eats they either sleep or go to the bathroom and sometimes both occur simultaneously. You may know to change your baby soon after they eat and that can prevent fussiness or crying. However, there are always times throughout the day when your baby will go to the bathroom. They don’t like dirty diapers, nor do the parents and they will cry when they need to be changed.

Babies need a lot of sleep, especially newborns. They take naps throughout the day and sleep through most of the night when they aren’t eating as often. Babies often need help falling asleep. They cry because they are so sleepy. You can wrap them in soft blankets, cuddle and rock them to sleep, or put them in their crib to rest comfortably. Babies get very cranky and they don’t know they need to sleep or how to fall asleep quickly.

We all need to feel loved and have attention, and this is no different for babies. They want to feel safe, secure, nurtured, and loved by their family. Babies will cry if these needs aren’t being met. If your baby is crying and they don’t need to eat, sleep, or be changed then they probably want your affection and attention. Older babies need a lot of stimulation and they want you to engage them in child’s play such as a game of peek-a-boo.

You will learn the different types of cries your baby makes and you will also learn their schedule. They may cry at the same times during the day because they are used to eating or taking naps on a regular schedule.

About The Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com.

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How to Soothe Your Upset Baby

Sometimes, the only way for a baby to communicate is through crying. There is nothing more upsetting to a parent than hearing their baby cry and not knowing why. Parents learn the different types of noises and crying their baby makes based on what they desire. They can tell the difference between a cry of hunger or a cry of pain. It is common for babies to cry a lot if they are teething or experiencing irritating rashes from diapers. When your baby is upset or crying you instantly rush to their needs and try to stop the crying. Here are some ways you can soothe your baby if they are upset.

Once you have figured out the types of crying your baby makes, you can do preliminary trial and error actions to stop the crying. For example, you can feed your baby, change their diaper, or cuddle them to make them feel better. At other times, your baby will cry and you won’t know why. They could feel discomfort from a rash, they may have a stomach ache, they could be teething, they could be too hot or too cold, or they might just want to be held and cuddled. If the crying doesn’t stop, and you are not sure how to meet your baby’s needs, you can try to soothe them in different ways to stop their upsetting moment.

Babies love to feel warm and secure. To soothe your baby if they are upset, you can wrap them in soft blanket. You can make a little blanket burrito and keep your baby wrapped up as if they were still in their mother’s womb. Don’t wrap your baby too tightly and keep their face uncovered at all times. Hold your baby and softly pat their back or rub their tummy.

Another technique for soothing your baby is to play music that has a light sound such as classical. Keep the volume low but play something that is also soothing for you. Light jazz sounds or nature sounds are also very comforting. If the music doesn’t work, just speak softly to your baby and tell them how much you love them, how safe they are, and how wonderful the little bundle of joy is to your life.

For older babies that can play with toys and hold things, you could give your baby one of their favorite toys. This can immediately stop the crying if they are bored or feeling anxious. If your baby isn’t old enough to hold a toy on their own, you could place a pacifier in their mouth instead. This is especially helpful when your baby is teething.

Some babies just need to feel safe, secure, and close to their parents. Sometimes all it takes to soothe a baby is to look at them and make eye contact. Change the position your baby is in so that they face you, can see your face, or are closer to you.

A baby communicates by crying out for their parents, and these techniques will help you to soothe your baby when you are unsure of why they are crying.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com.

Baby Gifts for the Holidays

Everyone loves to spoil their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, and sisters. The holidays are a perfect reason to spoil a baby without feeling guilty about it. You can buy as many gifts as you want that will light up a big, bright smile on your baby’s face. You could even buy gifts that are good for your baby or a baby that you might be buying for. Keep in mind to buy gifts that are safe, healthy and age appropriate. Here are some ideas for baby gifts during the holidays.

Toys are great for babies and small children. They offer hours of entertainment, are fun to play with, and can also be educational. When buying toys, it is better to find a toy that your baby will benefit from. A lot of toys are designed to be educational. Also, you should look at all toys and check the age level which is included on most toy boxes. Small toys can be dangerous to small children. Check toys for any damages that could scratch your child or be swallowed.

Clothes are great gifts for any age. Baby clothes especially are so cute and good to give because babies go through so many changes during the day. They also grow so fast that they always need new outfits. Baby clothes also have the most festive holiday designs such as reindeer, snowflakes, angels, or Santa Claus. You can find organic clothes that are made with fabrics that won’t irritate or scratch your baby’s skin causing eczema flare ups.

Diapers and diaper ointment can become very expensive. Parents with small children and babies in diapers will appreciate a couple of packages of diapers and diaper ointment. It will help cut monthly costs spent on diapers. This may not seem like a fun gift, but the parents will really appreciate the help. Gifts don’t always have to be luxurious or fun; they can be items that are needed. If you decide to give diapers and/or ointment as a gift, buy organic products or cloth diapers that won’t cause a rash.

Gifts for a baby’s room are thoughtful and can last for years. You can give decorative pieces that will be cherished as the baby gets older too. You could give a night light, lamp, blanket, crib sheets, a rocking chair, or some other type of furniture. Another decorative piece that will surely be cherished is a stuffed animal. They sure have come a long way from the traditional teddy bear, and you can get any sort of stuffed animal. A lot of these gifts will be appreciated by the parents as well.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com.

Protecting Your Baby’s Skin in Winter

Winter conditions such as dry winds, cold temperatures, snow, and rain can be harmful for your baby. It is common for babies and young children to get sick in the winter because of decreasing temperatures and the flu season. The harsh winter weather alone can cause damage to your baby’s skin. Their skin is so sensitive and can become irritated more so than adults’ skin. Cold winter air and dry, heated indoor air can cause irritation and dryness of the skin making eczema flare ups more frequent. Here are some ways to protect your baby’s skin during the winter.

When bathing your baby, be extra cautious of the water temperature. You should always practice safe bathing techniques, not just in the winter. The temperature should be lukewarm, a mixture of hot and cold water. Cold water will making your baby uncomfortable and water that is too hot can dry the skin out more or burn their sensitive skin. Also, use soap made from natural products that aren’t too heavily scented. Unnatural products can contain harsh chemicals that could make a winter rash worse. Moisturizing after bathing is smart because the skin is clean. It is common for babies to suffer from eczema, so using eczema oil will help to prevent that.

You may be surprised to know that babies can regulate their body temperature just as well as adults can. Don’t dress your baby in too many layers trying to keep them warm. If your baby becomes overheated they may develop an irritating heat rash. Keep your baby warm with jackets and blankets. Dress your baby in material that can breathe a little such as cotton. Dress your baby as you would dress yourself. It is common to add an extra layer of clothing to your outfit to stay warm, but only layer up once.

Adults and babies are often irritated by chapped lips during the winter. It may not seem like your baby’s lips could get chapped because they appear moist from drooling, teething, or having a pacifier. You can use a lip balm on your baby but make sure it isn’t the kind that has a tint of color. Find an organic brand that won’t cause irritation. Using lip balm will add a protective layer that will heal or prevent chapped lips.

To protect your baby’s hands and feet, which are often exposed to the outside elements, you can use gloves and socks. Wearing gloves will protect your baby’s hands from cold winter winds. When skin is exposed to wind, cold air, and other elements, the skin can become very dry. A lot of heat is also lost through the tops of our heads. Find a cute, little beanie or hat for your baby to wear. Unlike adults, some babies don’t have a lot of hair to keep the tops of their heads warm.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com.

The Perfect Baby Gift for Newborns

“No one likes change but babies in diapers.” Barbara Johnson*

The welcoming of a new baby into this world brings so much joy and excitement for friends and family members and especially the new parents. The birth of a baby brings new beginnings, ideas, challenges, and successes for both the baby and parents. There are plenty of new decisions to make to ensure your baby will grow up healthy, strong, and happy.

Aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and grandparents will want to shower your new baby with gifts. As a new parent, don’t be afraid to ask for certain gifts you’ll need or to register online or at a store so people will know what you need or want. For example, you may only want natural and organic products for your baby, and as gift buyer you may want to introduce new parents to a natural lifestyle. Here are some great ideas for the perfect baby gift.

One of the best gifts you can give is diapers. You should buy either cloth or chlorine free diapers. This is such a great gift because on average newborns will go through 12 diapers a day, 84 a week, and 360 per month. That’s a lot of diaper changes! Older babies usually wear about eight diapers a day. Most new parents will agree that receiving diapers is one of the most perfect gifts because it’ll help them save money for other expenses.

A great gift to go along with the diapers is a natural diaper ointment. It is important for babies to have diaper ointment with every changing so they won’t get diapers rash. Natural ointments can be found as sprays, balms, and oils. They are made with natural ingredients such as Kukui Nut Oil, Emu Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, and Tea Tree Oil. You could prepare a gift basket with a spray, balm, and oil so that the parents can sample different types of natural baby products and include a couple of cloth diapers and bottles to make the basket complete.

Babies will also need a lot of bottles during the day, so you can find some cute baby bottles. There are different types and brands of bottles, so you may want to ask the parents first which type they’d prefer. Or, buy a bottle that you have used for your children that you really liked. To make the gift look really cute and presentable, you could use a lot of curly ribbons wrapped around the bottles in light pastel pinks or blues. If you want to keep with the organic theme, you can buy organic bottles that are BPA free.
The life of a new baby is something to celebrate and is a great way to shower the new baby with gifts.

*(Quote from http://www.newbabynames4u.com)

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

The Effects of Chlorine in Disposable Diapers

For a lot of parents, the big decision making factor is convenience especially when it comes to the diaper debate. For some parents, using disposable brands is the most convenient choice. However, they should reconsider because there are disadvantages to the health of your baby’s skin from using disposable diapers that a diaper ointment won’t be able to treat. Most disposable brands use synthetic ingredients including chlorine which is bad for your baby’s skin. After reading about the effects of chlorine found in disposable diapers, you may want to consider switching to cloth diapers which are only made with natural ingredients.

Chlorine is an ingredient you will most likely find in all disposable diaper brands. It is an extremely harsh chemical that has long term effects to our health. It is most often used to kill bacteria in water and should mostly be used for purifying drinking water, and is usually found in swimming pools to keep them sanitary. So why is it used in diapers? Chlorine makes your skin dry and causes rashes, so if your baby is wearing a diaper with chlorine in it then it is having contact with your baby’s skin for long amounts of time. When exposed to this harsh chemical for a long time, it can unfortunately be a cause of cancer. Using a natural diaper ointment may only provide temporary comfort. It is better to use cloth diapers along with a diaper ointment made with organic ingredients because your baby’s health won’t be negatively affected.

When you look at the ingredients used to make a disposable diaper you may not see the word “Chlorine.” However, you will find the ingredient dioxin listed. It is the chemical used in the bleaching process which makes disposable diapers white. During the bleaching process, the chemical uses chlorine in the gas form. Studies have shown that dioxin can cause cancer if a person is exposed to it for a long time or in big doses. For babies or even adults, small amounts can lead to skin diseases, or rashes.

Another common chemical used in disposable brands is sodium polyacrylate which is used as the liquid absorbing agent. It is often seen as a gel in disposable diapers. This chemical also used to be in tampons and was found to be a cause of toxic shock syndrome. According to Diaper Safari (www.diapersafari.com), the ingredient can no longer be used in tampons but for some reason is still allowed in making disposable diapers.

The effects to your baby’s health are too great to risk from using disposable diapers. Don’t take the risk of damaging your baby’s skin because of the convenience that disposable brands may offer. If possible, always use natural baby products and find diapers that are chlorine free.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

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