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Baby Crying Reasons and Advice

For a new parent, trying to dissern the reason behind your babies crying can be stressful, worrying and leave you feeling guilty or incapable. The truth is, it takes time to get to know your baby, and time for your baby to get to know you. A lot of people talk about learning from your babies cries..but first you need to know which cry is for what! Below are some of the reasons why babies cry. Work through each one, it will help you begin to recognise your babies different cries.


1. The main reason a newborn baby cries is hunger. It can be difficult to establish if your baby is hungry, as it can take a while for your bay to settle into a steady feeding pattern, especially with regular growth spurts making them hungrier. Some new babies like to feed every two hours, others may be happy to go four, but by presuming your new baby is hungry and offering a feed, you should slowly begin to get an idea of when your baby may be hungry. The chances are, if your baby only takes an ounce before fussing and crying, or only breastfeeds for a few minutes, its not really hunger, but perhaps one of the other reasons below. Read more »

What is in breast milk and how does it prevent babies from getting sick? Is breast milk healthier than cow’s milk and infant formula?


What nutrients are found in breast milk?

It’s a  well established fact that breast milk is the perfect food for newborn babies.

Not only does breast milk have all the nutrients young babies needs, but it also matches their needs in exact proportions.

This includes sugars, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.

The nutrient most lacking in breast milk is iron. However, at birth healthy newborns do have enough iron stored in their body system to last theim until they turn eight months old.

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Ear infection

Ear infection is the second most common illness in babies under two years old, after the common cold.

Ear infections are in fact often connected to the common cold since cold often results in an ear infection in young babies.


What causes the infection

Like most infections ear infection is caused by a bacteria or a virus. The area that gets infected is behind the eardrum, fluids build up and that often results in an infections.

The normal process the body uses to get rid of the fluid that builds up is through the eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and throat. When the eustachian tube gets blocked which can easily happen if you are suffering from a cold or even allergies the fluid has no way out.

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When do babies start to walk


When do babies start to walk?


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Like with all things developmental there are hardly any fixed time frames when answering this question. Babies are as diverse as they are many.

Walking is certainly an important motor skill. When babies take their first steps and actually start to walk varies a lot.

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Tips for safe bathing

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Bath time can be a fun, special time to share with your baby. It’s also a time for caution, though. Keep these bathing tips in mind so your little one stays safe while he gets squeaky clean:

  • The first and most important rule is this: Never, ever leave your baby unsupervised, even for a minute. Children can drown in less than an inch of water. So gather all the supplies (soap, towel, clean diaper, clean clothes, etc.) you’ll need ahead of time, and keep at least one hand on your baby while he’s in the water. If the doorbell or phone rings and you feel you must answer it, scoop up your baby in a towel and take him with you. 
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Baby Grooming Basics Tips and Advice


From nail trimming to bathing, here’s what parents need to know and do when it comes to healthy bath time and hygiene routines for infants.


When Lillian was 3 and her baby brother, Joel, was 9 months old, nail trimming time was “not good,” says mom Christy Nader of Wyandotte. “They both hate it with a passion.”

The only way to get through it, she says, is just to chug on, assuring them that “You’re almost done, you’re almost done.” <!–more–>

Maintaining your baby’s hygiene can be one of the most unpleasant parts of parenting if your little one decides he’s not in the mood. It is, however, one of the most important keys to keeping your baby healthy.

Nail trimming

While cutting tiny nails, parents need to be careful not to over-trim. Dr. Dan Frattarelli, a pediatrician at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, recommends using tiny scissors and to keep a thin white area extending from the nail.

“You’re never going to get those nails short enough so the baby can’t scratch his face,” he says.

Bath time 101

Not all grooming habits are necessarily a struggle, though. Bath time is fun for Lillian and Joel, Nader says – especially for Lillian, who loves to play with her bath toys.

Nader and her husband bathe their kids two to three times a week to prevent dry skin, and they particularly focus on the face, hands and diaper area. That’s exactly what parents should be doing, Frattarelli says.

“Just wash the dirty areas,” he says. Parents should concentrate on the mouth and diaper region, and a cleaning around every three days should be sufficient.

Infants don’t require full baths; wiping them down with a washcloth is fine. For babies whohaven’t lost their umbilical cord yet, hold off on getting that area wet until a few days after it comes off.

For hair care, Frattarelli recommends using gentle shampoos and reminds parents: “You’re not going to wash off cradle cap.” Trying to scrub it off will only irritate the skin.

Keeping kids relaxed

For babies who get upset every time bath time comes around, Frattarelli recommends trying to determine the cause of the baby’s anxiety.

“Sometimes, the babies feel vulnerable because they’re slipping around a lot,” he says – in which case, parents need to keep a firmer grasp on the child. Other times, cold air might be a factor; Frattarelli solved this problem for his son by putting a space heater in the bathroom.

Rubbing lotion on the kids after bath time stops tears in their tracks, says Nader. Using a lavender-scented baby product appeals to both parent and child and helps make time in the tub more relaxing.

Staying calm, Frattarelli says, helps the entire process go more smoothly. “Kids are very good at picking up on their parents’ anxiety,” he says. Chill out during bath time, and your child most likely will, too.

Nader and her husband tag-team bath time – one washes the kids while the other gets pajamas and lotion ready to roll. It’s a calming way to end the day without noisy toys or distractions, she says.

“It’s just a relaxing, enjoyable family event,” she says.

Baby bathing safety tips

Of course, keeping your baby safe during bath time is paramount. And Frattarelli has a few tips to make sure your little one gets clean, accident-free.

When it comes to water temperature, parents need to be careful that they don’t accidentally burn the child. Parents should turn their home’s water heater down to the energy saving level, and always test the water before putting the child in the tub. Frattarelli recommends parents hold a hand under the water for at least five seconds to make sure the temperature is OK.

Make sure the floor is dry, so you don’t slip while carrying the baby. Keep all electronic devices away from the water and never, ever leave the baby unattended. Accidental bathtub drownings accounted for two-thirds of the at-home drowning deaths among children reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission between 1996 and 1999.

While bathing a young child, a good way to hold the child is to reach around the back and hold the child under his or her armpits. Frattarelli recommends that parents keep a good grip on two parts of the child while carrying him or her. If a new parent is unsure how to hold a child, his or her pediatrician’s office can show them how.

Baby Grooming Tips


In addition to having a five-word vocabulary and being able to follow a simple direction, get ready to check off running and climbing on the milestone list, as your 15-month-old has most likely mastered the walk!

Lace up your sneakers! Walking has prepared your energetic toddler well; and her strong, little legs are ready to run. She is definitely going to take you for a jog. Everything your 15-month-old sees is viewed as an obstacle course. 

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