Babies are a source of great and incredible joy to their parents and the community as a whole. They bring full excitement to many households and marriages with their playful, smiley and innocent nature. However, a baby is some very delicate young being to whom total care and considerable attention are vital. There are a lot of measures that should be taken to ensure a healthy and happy growth for your infant. A healthy and well-monitored growth of your child results in a strong, happy baby and a happy couple with minimal stress. Tips to help your baby develop stronger body muscles.
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Infants spend most of their times lying on their backs. It is essential to turn your child over to lie on his stomach because it helps to construct stronger muscles for the baby’s neck, stomach, back, and shoulders. It is important for young parents to keep their kid’s company while lying on their backs by smiling, talking, making faces, jiggling objects and singing. Doing so will help the baby want to reach out for things, look around and kick hence building their muscles.
Placing your baby into a sitting position is important. This position helps to strengthen the baby’s muscles on the shoulders, arms, and back. By doing sit-ups, the child will flex her abdominal muscles naturally and will strive to align her head with the body during the session. This exercise will help the baby to build balance and strengthen the muscles.
Not only does cycling a baby’s legs help relieve gas, but it also helps to work the legs, hips, knees and abdominal muscles. Cycling increases both flexibilities of the baby and his range of motion.
When a baby picks up weight, it helps to improve the grasping ability of the infant. It also enhances the hand-eye coordination and allows development of muscles in the arms, shoulders, and hands.
Tips for your baby to acquire a deep sleep
Maximum sleep is essential for the healthy growth of your infant. Babies should sleep for about 13-15 hours a day for them to grow healthier. Some babies are light sleepers, and hence mothers should consider the following tips to enable their children to acquire a deep sleep:
Let your child sleep alone
At about six months of age, it is vital to transition your baby from your bed to a baby crib in her room. Placing a child in her separate room helps her to sleep well with minimal disturbances from other family members who would wake her up.
Maintain the room cool, silent and dark
During the night, it is important to turn down the thermostat and close the door to your baby’s room to keep the baby out of sounds from the house. Using room-darkening blinds in your child’s room will help to minimize the light in the room hence the baby will sleep peacefully with light disturbances.
Introduce white noise
According to experts, having a fan or a radio that gets set so that it hums, creates a neutral sound in the baby’s room that helps to subside all the other noises. The baby gets to sleep well due to a pattern noise that disrupts her mind and soothes her to sleep.
Let your baby self-soothe
Light sleepers wake up more often than other toddlers. For such sleepers, being able to settle themselves back to sleep without a parent’s intervention is very crucial. Children experts have researched and found that babies who self-soothe get into a deep sleep state very quickly.
Valuable advice about a baby to new! First-time parents.
A baby’s cry
For new parents, interpreting your baby’s cry can be very difficult especially when the baby cries continuously. It is important to know that when a baby is crying, it is a way of verbal communication and can be very healthy. A child can cry for some reasons, and it is important for new parents to be able to distinguish the different cry outs. Some of the probable reasons for a baby to cry are:
Your child is hungry
Most new mothers tend to mistake tiredness for hunger in their children. The problem of hunger is easy to solve as it just requires feeding the baby. If you give food to the child and they fail to take it, then they may not be hungry. If you are breastfeeding and offer your baby food only to find out they have fallen asleep, it means the baby was just tired and has used the nipple as a pacifier.
It is important to note how many times the baby has gotten fed in a day and for how long as this helps you to determine whether they are crying of hunger or not.
Your child is wet or has poo
This challenge is also easy to solve. If your baby is using disposable diapers, they may not cry of wetness because they may probably not be that uncomfortable. In such a case, poo is likely the reason for the cry. You should, therefore, consider changing the diapers for the baby.
Your child has upper wind
It is very vital to burp babies after feeding so that they can release their wind. Failure for your child to release upper wind transforms to the baby releasing lower wind which is more upsetting and uncomfortable for him or her. New parents should yearn to learn how best to burp their babies after feeding. Normally, burping is done by holding the baby upright with the head on your shoulder and giving a pat on their back. The pat on the back should be gentle so as not to hurt the baby.
Your child has a lower wind
Lower wind occurs more often in some babies than others. You can get rid of the lower wind on your child by holding him with your chest supporting his back with your arm under his thighs as if he is sitting on a toilet. The baby will then release his lower wind without difficulties.
The baby is too hot or too cold
It becomes difficult sometimes to tell whether your baby is hot or cold because their bodies do not regulate their body temperatures like adults do. Putting your hand on the child’s forehead and feeling his condition can help manage the heat. If he is too hot, remove layers of clothing or blankets but if he is too cold, add some blankets to make him warm. your baby is tired.
Your child might be crying due to fatigue. It is vital to note whether your child has slept and for how long. Older children tend to rub their eyes when they are tired which becomes easier to observe. Help your tired baby to settle and fall asleep as soon as possible, and he will stop crying.
Essential baby care tips for busy parents
Constant care and close attention are critical elements for a child’s growth. Most working mothers worry about their young children while at work and tend to rush home fast immediately after work to check on their kids. It is important for parents to plan for the care of their baby in advance before they are born to avoid stressful moments at work worrying about their kids. Most working parents seek care for their young children from external and trusted sources to look after the babies while the parents are at work. Some of these child care centers are:
These are the most popular and favorite choices for most parents. Daycare centers are well equipped and have trained and experienced staff to handle the infants very gently.
Some working parents opt to employ nannies to take care of their babies while they are at work. The babysitters are of all ages. Nowadays, professional nannies are preferable because they have some level of training on how to take care of the baby. Employing babysitters is more advantageous because the child is taken care of at your premises and the comfort of your home.
Recruiting a member of your family to take care of your baby is the safest and simplest way to ensure maximum care for your child. Having a family member such as grandmother, aunts, and nieces to take care of your baby is a more trusted and reassuring way that your child will be taken care of in the best way possible. Babies are a blessing to their parents and the entire community. They impart happiness and love in our lives with their innocent nature. Maximum care to your child is, therefore, a significant factor for a healthy development and a happy growth for the infant.