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.
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
In an ideal world, all new parents would have the opportunity to devote all their time and energy to their new babies, and would not have to worry about work for several months at least. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. While some people’s employers do permit ample maternity and even paternity leave, many people are not so lucky. But the good news is that, whether you have to go back within days, weeks, or months, there are options for Continue reading
If you are worried your partner may be suffering from PND look out for the following symptoms. Your partner may feel:
• A sense of hopelessness
It can be difficult for you to understand why your partner has postnatal depression so 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
Would you like to nurture and encourage your baby’s growing independence? You can do this by encouraging your little one to sometimes play alone for short periods of time. This can help you get a treasured little break too.
You may find that your baby is attached to you all day long and makes a big fuss if you try and put him down, even for a moment. Carrying babe around all day does wonders for your biceps but it can mean that some of your own needs and those of others in your family do not always get met. Your baby needs to start developing his own skills too like sitting upright and crawling. To start giving yourself little breaks and to help your little one flex his own muscle Continue reading
If your breast tissue is red, swollen and painful it could be Mastitis. It most commonly occurs in breastfeeding women and is also known as puerperal mastitis or lactation mastitis. You can have the condition and not be breastfeeding but it is rarer and mastitis typically affects just one breast. If you are suffering from this condition you may be experiencing flu-like symptoms like a high temperature, chills and aches.
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.