Statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the leading cause of injury death for infants under 1 year old is suffocation, accounting for three-quarters of all infant injury deaths — thousands every year. Many of these senseless deaths could have been avoided by taking appropriate cautionary measures.
Below are objects in and outside the home, with which parents need to use precautions, to avoid choking hazards.
A growing number of new parents are bucking traditional gender roles by having the mom go out to work while the dad stays home and takes care of the baby. The Hollywood image of stay-at-home dads tends to portray a bumbling oaf who cannot do anything right, feeds the baby soda, and watches sports while the baby gets into dangerous things, but this is clearly unfair to many modern dads who are engaged as equal partners in the process from the time when the baby is just a distant dream. Stay-at-home dads can Continue reading
There are many reasons why you might want to make friends after you have had a baby. Perhaps you were content with only a few friends before but now feel the need to associate with other new parents. Maybe you find your childless friends have grown distant, or perhaps you have recently moved to a new area. Whatever your case may be, there will come a time when you may want to get out and even take some time away from the baby, and having friends makes this much easier and more enjoyable. And if your new friends have young kids as well, this presents great social-development Continue reading
The second half of a baby’s first year is a time of much joy and relief for new parents. The baby becomes more regular in her patterns, she begins to learn how to communicate her needs, and she no longer cries for seemingly no reason. But even though things tend to be relatively smooth in these months, many new issues arise toward the end of the first year. Separation anxiety, which takes the form of tearful fussiness when separated from one or both parents, is the one that parents most often complain of. Though it is a perfectly normal part of a child’s development, it can be frustrating for parents.
How separation anxiety develops
Younger babies are usually quite comfortable being passed to a nonparent caregiver. During the middle months of the first year, however, babies develop a sense of object permanence, and they come to understand that Continue reading
To be as prepared as you can be for starting a family, ask yourself some questions before you decide to try and conceive. Sit down with your partner and ask yourselves the following questions:
• Are you both as committed as each other in becoming parents?
• Are you ready to give up your lie-ins and Friday nights with your friends?
• Do you have enough support for childcare?
• Have you considered how being a parent may change you and affect those closest to you?
• Are you aware and prepared that your child may have a disability or be special needs?
• Are you on the same page as your partner in terms of how you want your child to be brought up? Do you agree on what religion you would choose for your child as an example?
The change to your life once you Continue reading
For fathers-to-be the preparation for birth and labour can be an anxious time. Many men find it hard to see their loved one in pain and feel helpless as they cannot take the pain away. As a prospective father there is so much you can do to help your partner and be the rock she needs you to be. You can look forward to an incredible journey which will result in the experience of a lifetime.
Ask your partner how she wants things to be when she goes into labour. Plan together so that you are Continue reading
Drug abuse is doubly dangerous if you are a pregnant woman as drugs can harm you, compromising your ability to have a healthy pregnancy and they can also directly damage your baby’s prenatal development. As a pregnant woman it is vital you lead a healthy lifestyle by having a well-balanced and nutritional diet, you get enough rest and carry out some light exercise. It is very important to abstain from doing anything that could harm your unborn baby like smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs.
Once your children are tucked up and asleep in bed it means that Mummy and Daddy get some precious ‘me time’. A successful and well established bedtime routine ensures sleep filled nights for your little ones so that they function well through the day and also you and your partner has time to relax. Your family’s bedtime routine is the foundation of all your other routines so it has to be working correctly.
Preparing for your newborn baby arriving can be overwhelming so here is a guide to getting the essential gear required for those first few weeks. The list can seem endless once you think about what you might need; pushchairs, cots, nappies, blankets. Here I will try and cut through the confusion and give you a guide to the top ten necessities as chosen by mothers and in a budget friendly way.
There is a visible string of tissue underneath your baby’s tongue that is attached to the floor of his mouth and is called the frenulum. Babies who have tongue-tie have a frenulum that is too short causing problems with the mobility of their tongue. The medical term for tongue-tie is ankyloglossia.