Category Archives for "Baby"

Top 7 Best Baby Wipes of 2017 (Reviews and Guide)

Baby wipes are one of the first things that touch your baby’s skin. Whether you are dealing with sticky faces or diaper mess-ups, a handy baby wipe is your life-saver.

Your baby’s first months will bring an average of ten wet or soiled diapers per day, and that’s about 30 wipes for a day of diaper changing, excluding the ones you will use for cleaning those little hands and adorable faces. So, with all those wiping duties, you have to make sure that what you are using is safe and gentle to your baby’s skin. 

I did the research (so you don’t have to!) and provide you a list of baby wipes that are free from chemicals and nasty ingredients that may harm your little man’s extra-sensitive skin.

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Finding The Best Nursery Glider of 2017 (Reviews and Guide)

While completing the nursery for your new baby, you certainly make sure that it would provide comfort to your little one. But, how about a place that would be comfortable for both of you? Yes, you! And your little one of course.

On your baby’s first months, you would spend a lot of time rocking him to sleep. And if you are a nursing mom, you need a good place to establish a proper feeding routine.

It is why I highly recommend adding a nursery glider to your nursery must-haves. This piece of furniture provides a gentle gliding motion for a high level of comfort to relax a fussy baby and a tired parent.

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Why Do Babies Ears Smell? All Things You Need To Know

Ah, the smell of babies – fresh, light, and . . . icky? Contrary to what many people, especially parents, believe, infants can have a wide variety of odors in different parts of the body. But while many of them don’t mean anything other than he needs some cleaning, they may imply a visit to the doctor or more attention to the stinky body part. Take, for example, baby ears smell.

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Choosing the Best Gripe Water for Babies and Newborns In 2017

Colic. Gas. Tummy pain. Sounds familiar, right? If you are a new mother, you must be prepared to encounter those as possible reasons of your baby’s fussiness.

To relieve your little one of those symptoms, your Pediatrician may recommend gripe water.

So what exactly is gripe water?

Gripe water is an alternative medicine with organic or natural herb ingredients to soothe baby’s stomach ailments often associated with flatulence, colic, or hiccups.

To help you ease your baby’s discomfort, I would properly guide you to a better understanding of the benefits of gripe water and help you choose the best gripe water on the market today.
So, let’s start the show!

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6 Best Foods That Help Increase Milk Production {Guest Post}

Do you think that you’re not producing enough milk? In this post, let me let you in on the food items that helps increase lactation.

Most of these items are not just for producing more milk - they’re for overall health as well! Packed with nutrients and essential vitamins, you can incorporate these in your cooking, or simply eat them on their own (I will be providing preparation suggestions, too!) 

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Choosing The Best Pacifier For Your Baby (2017 Reviews)

When your baby is always fussy, you might need something handy to calm your little one. Pacifiers are made for that purpose. As the name implies, it “pacifies” by letting your baby suck the artificial nipple. Babies have a natural sucking reflex that help soothes them on any discomfort.

Using baby pacifiers has always been controversial. Other moms are afraid that their baby will get hooked and may bring an unfavorable result, but for some, a pacifier is a life-saver.

For moms who believe that a pacifier is a must-have, I provide for you a list of the best pacifiers in the shop today.

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Finding The Best Jogging Strollers (2017 Guide and Reviews)

Your baby is not a reason to stop and gave up what you love. May it be an occasional jog or running which you usually do before your little one came. It's a fact that you need to take care of your body now to be able to fulfill the duties of parenthood by staying active.

But strolling around the neighborhood means you have a kids’ stroller to push. Here’s what you need- a jogging stroller.

A jogging stroller is specifically made for parents’ on-the-go and likes to run.

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Baby Breathes Heavily: Should You Be Worried?

The human body is one of the amazing specimens in the world, and one only needs to know how the baby develops to prove it. Take, for example, how they breathe.

The baby’s lungs develop very early on during the pregnancy. By the time the fetus is already on the fifth to sixteenth week, the lungs will closely resemble those of a human adult.

However, babies don’t actually breathe in the normal sense while in the womb. The movement that you see is caused by the swallowing of the amniotic fluid. Nevertheless, the lungs get some form of exercise while the baby receives the much-needed oxygen from the breathing of the mom. This oxygen moves toward the placenta then to the umbilical cord then to the baby.

During labor, the baby moves toward the birth canal to exit the womb. He or she may receive some oxygen, but he or she takes his or her first independent breath once the baby is already out of the womb.

Lungs Not Yet Developed

Even then, the infant doesn’t gain the full lung capacity. In the last few weeks of the pregnancy, the lungs will grow alveoli, or those air sacs that allow the exchange of oxygen, but they are not a lot. As the baby becomes a toddler then a full-fledged child, these numbers will increase tremendously – by the millions!

In other words, your baby still has a long way to go before he or she can breathe like you.

So How Do They Breathe?

It’s definitely concerning for parents to see their infant not breathing for few seconds or making some noise while they’re supposed to be asleep. But some of these behaviors are normal.

As infants acclimatize themselves with the new environment, especially breathing by themselves, they don’t have a consistent or rhythmic breathing pattern:

  • First, they breathe faster than human adults and even toddlers and children. An adult at rest usually takes between 12 and 20 breaths a minute. The baby, on the other hand, can have as many as 40 to even 60 breaths on the same duration!
  • Not only that, an infant’s breath may start off fast and shallow he or she may look like panting. Then it slows down. In between, the infant’s breath may pause for around 5 seconds.

Don’t worry, though, since as the baby matures, breathing will become more consistent or stable.

When You Should Be Worried

Despite the inconsistent breath rhythm of babies, parents should still know when it’s normal and when it’s not. Raise the alarm when:

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    They breathe more than 60 times per minute consistently.
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    Wheezing accompanies the rapid shallow breathing.
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    The baby is breathing heavily without a cough or sneeze.
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    The baby is born premature and has very quick and shallow breaths.
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    The nostrils tend to flare up every time the baby tries to breathe. It may indicate the infant is trying to get as much air as he or she can.
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    Absence of breathing is over 10 seconds.

Causes of Heavy Breathing

A baby breathes heavily abnormally when:

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    They feel very hot - Imagine yourself in a room with no A/C while you’re in the middle of summer. What does your body do? You breathe very fast. This is because the body is trying to regulate the core temperature, compensating for the high energy output. Breathing also helps the body feel cooler.
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    They have a condition called tachypneaTachypnea is a medical condition characterized by rapid shallow breathing. It can also occur in adults as well as in newborns, although by then it’s called transient. It should go away within 24 to 48 hours after birth. It happens because the baby’s lungs are not able to get rid of the remaining fluid, so the air sacs cannot open completely.
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    They suffer from a respiratory condition – This may range from asthma to pneumonia.
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    They possess a deviated septum – A nasal septum is a cartilage that divides your nose. It is, therefore, in the midline, but in many cases, it goes off center. Many can live with it with no issues, including babies, but there are times when they cause problems especially in breathing.
    View more : Best Nasal Aspirators to Clear your Baby’s Congested Nose

What Should You Do?

While babies are prone to shallow fast breathing, it’s still best to pay attention to it. Here are some tips you can do:

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    Monitor your baby’s breathing - There are many ways to check your baby’s breathing. You can place your ears closer to the mouth and nose, although normal breathing should happen through the latter. You can also bring your eyes closer to the chest, watching the movement. Have a timer handy and count for at least 2 to 3 minutes.
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    Bring the baby to the pediatrician – A pediatrician will check your baby immediately after birth, but you need to see the doctor again within three to five days to make sure he or she is doing very well. During this time, the pediatrician will ask a series of questions about the baby’s behavior and perform a physical exam.
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    Try to decrease the temperature – If the baby is suddenly breathing faster, try to feel your environment. Is it too hot? Then bring the temperature down. Note, though, a very cold environment will be harmful to your baby in the long run, so you also need to monitor the temperature regularly.
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    When other symptoms appear, bring your baby immediately to the doctor – If you notice other red flags such as a bluish color of the skin or flaring up of nostrils during breathing, don’t take any chances. See your doctor ASAP.

The many things parenting can teach you – an inconsistent and even heavy breathing of babies should not cause any panic. But then, it’s always best to heed to the side of caution. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or have your baby checked when you feel something is amiss. 

The 7 Best Baby-Safe Laundry Detergents 2017 (Reviews and Guide)

A laundry detergent for your baby’s clothes may be the least of your priority in your baby’s coming. But, you must realize that it is important as choosing baby diapers or formula.

If you have a baby, you would probably do the laundry every day, and between those diapering disasters and eating time mess-ups, you need a good detergent to wash the spots away.

Questions might pop in your head like, “Does my baby need a different laundry detergent?” or “Doesn’t a regular detergent cleans baby’s clothes the same way it is in ours?”

Here is my answer. Your regular detergent can clean your baby’s clothes and yours in the same way, but it is the component that differs. Your detergent may have ingredients that a way too harsh on your baby’s sensitive skin.

So, do you still need a baby laundry detergent? Absolutely, yes!

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Baby Low Temperature: Why You Should Be Bothered and What You Should Do

It’s not only moms, siblings, and the rest of the family that have to adjust to the arrival of the baby. The infant also does the same thing. One of their biggest challenges is regulating their body temperature.

To be considered not sick, an adult should have a body temperature around 37 degrees Celsius. It can go about 36.5 degrees or 37.5 degrees. If it climbs to at least 38 degrees, then a person is considered to have a fever. Temperatures can differ depending on where they are obtained. Armpit temperatures are lower.

Babies, on the other hand, have about the same ideal body core temperature. The problem is, because of their size and the amount of body fat they contain, they find it harder to regulate.

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