Breast milk is the most excellent food for babies. It is very important for babies to be able to drink their mother’s breast milk. Breast feeding is natural and it is the best thing a mother can do for her baby. Some mothers breast feed only for a few months, some for several months and still others breast feed for years.

Baby and motherIn some cultures, breast feeding is more common than in other cultures. In some societies, breast feeding is the complete norm, whereas in other societies breast feeding is rarely seen. In the United States for example, breast feeding fell out of favor in the 1970’s but is now making a comeback. Sadly, some women do not know how to breast feed because they have never seen their mother or any other females doing it.

Breast milk is important because it is a perfect food. Human breast milk has been examined in laboratories before and breast milk’s components were so complex that researchers were not even able to explain everything that human breast milk comprised. One thing is for sure, though:  breast milk is the most perfect food for babies.

When mothers breast feed, they form a bond with their baby. This does not mean that mothers who do not breast feed cannot create a bond also; they can. It is just that mothers who breast feed their babies have been shown to pick up their babies cues faster. The positioning of breast feeding requires mothers and babies to make eye contact with each other whereas in bottle feeding this is not necessarily so. It is said that because of the requesting and interaction between mother and baby, breast feeding can be part of a relationship and the beginning of language.

Breast feeding has many benefits for mothers too. Breast feeding releases some hormones that calm mothers down. Also, mothers who breast feed have been shown to lose their baby weight faster.

Finally, breast feeding offers some protection against future allergies. Babies who are breast fed are shown to have fewer allergies than non- breastfed infants. Also, the breast fed baby gets the benefit of the mother’s immune system. That means the baby can have natural immunity from many diseases from their mother. Even if a breast feeding mother has a cold, the baby can keep breast feeding through the mother’s cold and the baby will simply make the antibodies against it. Isn’t that remarkable! That is the power of the female body and breast feeding.

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Today is the universal celebration of Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is the day we celebrate and honor our mothers- the ones who gave us the greatest gift of all, life. Mother’s Day is a worthy ritual and an important reminder of the importance of the role of mothers in the world. Many great men and women, including Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison have said that their mother made them the great person they eventually became.

Mother's day!The earliest noted reference to Mother’s Day was in ancient Rome and was called Matronalia. It was a celebration in honor of Juno, the goddess of childbirth. This carried over into Europe as time passed. Modern day Mother’s Day originated in Europe with the church calendar. The church calendar had a certain Sunday denoted as Mothering Sunday, which was celebrated by children giving their mother flowers.

The present day traditions of Mother’s Day involve children of all ages giving flowers and a gift card to their mothers. Many times children will write special poems for their mothers. Adult children often adopt the tradition of taking their mother out to a nice dinner. Sometimes, mothers are served breakfast in bed. All of these rites are meant to honor the person who gave them life and cared for them.

What a blessing it is to actually be a mother. Being a mother is a significant role and it can also be incredibly fun. A mother will always be the most important person in a child’s life. Becoming a mother is a unique opportunity to change the world for the better. It is so beautiful for a mother to spend her life giving wisdom to and passing time with her children. Mothers use love and wisdom to guide her children through life. The children are a blessing to the mother as the mother is also a blessing to the children.

The above explains the some of the origin and traditions of the present day holiday Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world. Mother’s Day is normally celebrated in May, but in some countries it is celebrated in March. Mother’s Day is one of the most powerful and important holidays because it expresses a universal statement of gratitude to life and the givers of life and everyone can share it and relate.

“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”  -Lin Yutang, Chinese writer

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One of the most upsetting things for new parents is when their baby cries. It has been shown that when a baby cries, the heart rate and blood pressure of the parents rises. This is because the sound of a baby crying is a stimulus that humans are “hard wired” to respond to. There is almost no one who can resist a crying baby.

Sad baby girl is cryingReasons Babies Cry

Why do babies cry? There are so many reasons why a baby cries. For example, babies cry because they are hungry. Babies also cry because they want contact. This means that they really just want to be held. Babies will also cry when they are over stimulated and really just need to calm down. Another reason that a baby will cry is because they are physically uncomfortable. Maybe they just don’t like their blanket or their clothing is scratching them. Babies will also cry when they are uncomfortable due to gas. Babies will often cry if they are experiencing pain, sickness or fever. Humans are a very social animal, thus another reason for babies to cry is when they are lonely or bored. Some babies experience colic and cry more than others. Babies will also cry when they are tired or simply just hot.

Ways to Soothe Crying Baby

Time seems to slow down and every minute passes like an hour when the baby is crying. Parents really want the baby to feel better and be happy again. There are a few ways to soothe a crying baby. One way to soothe the baby is to go for a walk outside. There are things for the baby to see and hear outside and he or she may become distracted. Another way to calm a crying baby down is by putting on some soothing music and dancing slowly. Another great option is to put the baby in a sling or a front pack Snugli. Babies really love being worn this way, so close to the parent’s bodies. Some babies are also soothed by the motion of going for a ride in the car. Finally, babies love to be put into their swings. The back and forth gentle motion often lulls a baby to sleep easily.

The above are some reasons why babies cry. Also, there are also some suggestions about how to calm them down. Each baby is individual and soon parents will learn what are the best ways of calming their own individual baby down and getting them into a gentle sleep.

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 | Posted by Andrea | Categories: Behavior | Tagged: , |

As a baby grows throughout the first year, he will change what he eats. Sometimes teething babies do not want to eat because their mouths feel uncomfortable. Here are some tips for helping teething babies as they learn to eat.

Teething babiesRegular Mealtimes

It is very important to establish regular mealtimes. This gets teething babies into a comfortable routine that they can anticipate. Teething babies become fussier when they are not on a regular schedule. Keep to those regular mealtimes so that teething babies can get on a smooth routine.

Obtain the Proper Equipment

It is very difficult to get teething babies to eat if there is no highchair. Once you buy a good highchair, the whole feeding process becomes far simpler. Also, you will need bibs and little bowls, spoons and forks that are designed for this stage. Do not forget the little two handled cups. Those two handled cups really make it easier for teething babies to learn how to give themselves their drink independently.

Avoid Eggs and Honey

Neither honey nor eggs should be given to babies before one year of age. This is a very serious safety issue. There are many reasons not to feed eggs or honey to babies before one year. The reasons include the problems of bacteria as well as potential allergies and choking hazards.

Finger Foods

Finger foods are great for teething babies. What are finger foods? Finger foods are foods that are fairly easy to self- feed. Babies may learn to eat more easily with these. Some great finger foods include cooked vegetables, small pieces of banana, little bits of cheese, some cooked rice and crackers. Other great foods are cooked pastas and yogurt. They may still need help with feeding the plain yogurt but it will be worth it because yogurt is healthy.  All the food should be in very small portions. For example the serving size is about two teaspoons. That is how they begin to eat.

Messes are OK

It is expectable that teething babies will make a mess as they learn how to eat. It is fine when they play with the food. That is how they learn best- through exploration.

The above are some key points to consider as teething babies begin to learn how to eat properly. Never force a teething baby into eating things in a certain way. Have patience and let them explore and soon they will be growing up enough to eat on their own.

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 | Posted by Andrea | Categories: Baby Development | Tagged: |

Do babies like to play games? They sure do. It may seem like you don’t know what some fun baby games are, but once you get into the swing of it you will enjoy playing baby games.  Here are some fun baby games to try.

Peek a Boo

Peek a Boo is a game that every baby likes. They think it is funny when you cover your face with your hands and then suddenly whisk your hands away- peek a boo! This is the kind of baby game that is always a winner.

Sing Songs in a Rocking Chair

Find certain songs that you like and sing them to your baby over and over. Babies really love the gentle motion of a rocking chair since they find it soothing.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel like you have a great singing voice. The baby really likes it anyway. If you repeat the same songs the baby knows what to expect from the sound and will like it even more.

Read Nursery Rhymes and Poems

Reading nursery rhymes and poems is one of the greatest baby games and is a fun ritual to get into. This will eventually help to develop your babies’ language skills.

Talk to Your Baby

Talking to your baby is very important because it builds language. Even if the baby does not seem to understand you and cannot answer yet, talking to the baby is a must.

Use his name so that he can learn his name.  You can ask your baby questions so he can hear the tone of your voice.  As he gets older, this will enhance his understanding of language.  Also, as the baby gets older you can amuse him by making animal sounds.  Babies think animal sounds are funny.

Use a Non Breakable Baby Mirror

Babies love looking at faces, especially their own. If you hang a non breakable mirror in the crib or playpen, babies think it is fun to look at it. They will amuse themselves this way.

Show Pictures of Family Members

Show the baby pictures of daddy, mommy and himself. Babies love to look at pictures when they are held up to eye level. This will teach the baby the names of his parents.

There are many baby games that are fun to play. The above are tried and true, but feel free to make up your own games. Babies love fun interaction with their loved ones. Baby games develop language and intelligence and are important for your baby.

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