Should Your Baby Sleep In Your Bed?
Should baby sleep in her own cot or in bed with you? There are
arguments on both sides.
- Breastfeeding is easier, you don't have to get out of bed to feed baby.
- Many mothers say baby sleeps better - if she wakes she is
more likely to be comforted by your presence and heartbeat and go back to sleep.
- You will probably get more sleep.
- Other mothers can't sleep for fear that they will roll over and suffocate baby.
- They wake any time baby makes the slightest noise.
- Baby's presence could disrupt your sex life.
According to the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths:
- The safest place for baby to sleep for the first 6 months is in a cot in your room.
- Never sleep together on a sofa or armchair - it is easy to suffocate baby who can sink into the soft surface.
- Do NOT share a bed with baby if you smoke, have drunken alcohol or take drugs that make you drowsy, are ill or are exceptionally tired (how many mothers are not exceptionally tired in those first few months?!!).
- A recent study found the risk of infant death doubles if you co-sleep before 8 weeks, and if either partner smokes this risk increases eleven-fold.
- Make sure baby's room is not too warm, use lightweight sheets or blankets in her cot, and never use duvets or pillows as she may overheat or suffocate.
Author: Tony and Katy Luck who run a site with advice on having a baby, everything from conception to the toddler stage, and a personalized gift site.
13 Donts on Child Safety
For years, we have been taught that 13 is an unlucky number: Don't go up to the 13th floor of a building and don't go out on Friday the 13th, our grandmothers used to say. But 13 is also a sacred number due to its secret knowledge, mystery and tangible powers.
Strange Facts About Babies And Parenting
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Baby Products ? Essential Baby Products, Which Ones Do I Really Need?
There are many essential baby products a new parent must purchase. Cribs, car seats, baby monitors, baby strollers, high chairs and clothing are all necessary to ensure your child's safety and comfort. However, there are many baby products out there that are not worth wasting your money on, but are marketed to parents as being vital for a baby's growth and development. Parents always want the best for their child and therefore purchase these items that do not serve a great function. This guide reveals the important baby products a parent must obtain to properly care for their child.
Aromatherapy For Babies
Before reading this article keep in mind that most doctorsdon't recommend the use of aromatherapy on babies that reless than three months old. This is because the nasal andskin tissues of an infant are very sensitive and easilyirritated by anything but the blandest of substances. Onceyour baby is past that age consult with your doctor tomake sure that the use of essential oils is right for yourchild.
Popular Baby Names
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Baby Cold Symptoms and How to Treat Them
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Baby Furniture Buyers Guide
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Five Ready Signs to Start Potty Training
Starting new things for your child sometime difficult, but you still have to do it. Potty training is one phase that your child has to go through. So, find out when is your child ready for potty training. Here are those five ready signs:
How Can I Teach My Toddler to Share?
Helping your child move from breast breast milk or formula to solids is a milestone for both you and your baby. However, it can be challenging for some parents. Here are some tips and tricks I've compiled for introducing solid foods to your baby. Do remember, however, that you should follow your pediatrician's advice if you're in doubt.
Baby Massage: A Cure for Colic
Colic hurts. Any parent who has an affected child will know that there is almost no pain like it ? the physical and vocal response to the problem can be highly tiring and its very difficult to stand by and cope as a parent. It's often tough to ask ? what the hell is going on inside my baby?! When the problem arises, as it's so common and many health visitors expect parents to be aware of the nature of the affliction and how to deal with it.
Baby Safety & the Family Dog
I recall how wonderful the baby swing in particular, was for moments of peace and quiet as well as much needed arm rest. A recent article (http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/parenting/02/23/baby.swings.dogs.ap/index.html) addresses valid concerns about dogs and mechanical swings. It is important to keep in mind that all dogs react differently and supervision is a must all the time!
Choosing Baby Names
Take Your TimeThe worst thing you could do when choosing a baby name is to rush into it. Settling for second best may affect you and your child for a lifetime! Don't commit yourself to the first name that you fancy. Keep searching until you find a name that you are 110% happy with. And don't forget that you don't need to have a name for your baby before birth. Some parents have been known to wait 2 or 3 weeks before deciding on that perfect name.
The First Week with Your Baby
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Baby Monitor Technology - A Buyers Guide
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It's time to celebrate the baby! As Keepsake Favors' resident baby shower expert, I've learned how to plan a great party without draining your bank account. Here are my top choices for fun, festive baby showers that won't put you in the poor house.
Host the Baby Shower at Home
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Potty Training Facts
Potty training, toilet training, toilet teaching or toilet learning are names frequently used to describe how kids learn to use the bathroom independently.