Tips for Choosing the Right Baby Carrier

There are tons of great products for babies and a lot claim to be the best. After much trial and error, the absolute baby item you can never live without is a baby carrier or sometimes called a baby sling. This wonderful invention will save you from hours of carrying your little one. All mothers and fathers love to hold and carry their babies, but sometimes you need to get other things done. This can be difficult if you have a baby that requires holding the majority of the time. Baby carriers are a life saver for moms and dads.

Basics of a Baby Carrier

Basically, a baby carrier allows you to hold your baby hands free. It is similar to a backpack but turned around. Carriers strap your baby close to your chest while supporting the head and body with comfy material. Carriers come in different styles, the most common being the backpack style which keeps the baby’s head upright and against your chest. With this backpack style a baby can face inward or outward once the head can support itself. There is also a sling type carrier which allows the baby to lay across the front of your body.

When Out and About

Strollers can be very convenient when out in public, but sometimes it can be tiring pushing the stroller and maneuvering through crowded areas. With a carrier, all you have to do is have your baby safely against your chest and now you just maneuver yourself. This is great for shopping, hiking, amusement parks, zoos and any other crowd situation or when you need to use your hands. There are also benefits for the baby. Sometimes in strollers your baby can get fussy and want attention. With a carrier, your baby tends to be more calm and comfortable by being so close to you.

Around the House

There are a lot of responsibilities around the home and they can’t go on hold just because you have a baby. Baby carriers can be a life saver. Maybe you need to vacuum or clean floors, use the carrier to talk and sing to your little one while cleaning. Babies want constant attention so strap on the carrier to do laundry, check the mail, clean rooms or even go outside and check on plants or flowers.

A baby carrier is definitely a product moms and dads can’t live without. Your lives are busy and a carrier makes that less stressful and difficult.

 

4 Essential Newborn Care Tips For First Time Parents

Newborn care especially for your fist born child is actually one of the biggest challenges that parents face. At the beginning, parents will always feel overwhelmed because they don’t have the experience. There will be so much to learn and each day is actually a learning experience. Here are 4 essential tips that can help first time parents.

1. Picking up and holding your baby .

newborn_baby_careAs a mother, you must know as to pick up and also hold your baby safely. Whichever position you choose to hold your baby, always ensure that the newborns neck and head is well supported. This is because a baby cannot hold or support his/her own head up.

  • Lay you baby on his/her back and scoop him/her with two of your arms. One of the arms should support your Childs bottom while the other should rest comfortably against his/her head.
  • Hold you baby with one arm while ensuring that his/her head is actually laid at the crook of your elbow and his/her bottom lying on your hand. The other arm will be free to gently caress and support the baby.

2. Feeding your baby.

breastfeedingNewborn eat at an interval of three to four hours. Babies who breastfeed usually feed more frequently than those who are bottle feed. As your baby stars to grow, he/she will start feeding less frequently but his/her mealtime will also lengthen.

  • You should know that your baby will always let you know he/she is full. Usually they turn away from bottle of nipples.
  • Healthy newborns become hydrated rarely and thus it is unnecessary to actually give them supplemental feeding of water or juice. The usual take of formula or breast milk is enough to supplement all the needs of your baby.

3. Burping your baby.

BurpYourBabyNewborn babies usually tend to swallow air especially during feeding. This causes them to spit or even become fuzzy if they are not frequently burped. Newborns care requires you to try these burping methods.

  • Ensure that you sit your baby upright on your lap .Support his/her head chest and also pat his/her back.
  • With your lap facing down, lay your baby and gently pat your hands on his/her back

4. Putting you baby to bed.

largeSome babies sleep up for 10 hours a day while others sleep up to 21 hours a day. Most babies also tend not to sleep during the night until when they are about 4 months old. The following parent proven strategies can help you teach you baby that daytime is for play and night time is for sleep.

  • Avoid turning the lights on during the night.
  • Ensure that you position your baby on a firm mattress that is flat to make him/her comfortable
  • Avoid prolonging nighttime diapers changes.