How-To: Change your baby’s diaper

When changing your baby’s diaper there isn’t a right way to do it, you just have to find the right way for you and your little one. Here are some pointers that may help you master the diaper change.

 

Preparation

Preparation is key before changing a diaper, so make sure that you:

  1.  Don´t forget your essential supplies. During a diaper change, always make sure you have wipes or baby washcloths, depending on what you use to clean your baby’s bottom. In addition, remember to keep a diaper cream, powder, or petroleum jelly nearby, especially if your baby is prone to rashes. And of course, never forget to restock your diapers; you don’t want to go out in the middle of the night looking for a store that sells your baby’s special diapers.
  2. Keep all your diapers supplies close by and easy to access. Sometimes things can get really hectic at home and when it’s time to change your baby’s diaper you may forget the baby cream or even the diapers!
    Thinking about leaving your baby on the changer while you go for a diaper can be really risky, even if he has a safety strap on. So always keep everything you need near the place where you usually change his diaper.
  3. Locate a clean, secure, and warm spot to change your baby. Safety always comes first when choosing a location for diaper change! It is important that you select one where your baby won’t fall down easily. Try to use a diaper-changing pad, a changing table , or  simply lay down a blanket on the floor or on a bed.
  4. Always wash your hands before and after you change your baby’s diaper.  Your baby’s hygiene has to be one of your main priorities. Remember that you are cleaning stool and it can get everywhere. Before you know it,  you may even get some in your face!  In fact, some pediatricians even suggest that your baby’s hands should be cleaned after you change his diaper. Whether your baby has actually touched something during his diaper change or not, it’s still a good idea to wash his hands once you’re done.

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Developmental Edge: When praise backfires, the secret behind motivation

The praise parents give to their kids can strongly influence their self-esteem, intelligence, and disposition to take on challenges. However, according to new studies, certain types of praise may actually do more harm than good. For example, saying: “you are so smart”, may not be the best type of praise – it could even discourage a child to take on new challenges. Research by Carol Dweck, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, showed that children who perceive their success as a result of their inherent intelligence, were more prone to have a “fixed mindset”. This means that they see talent and intelligence as something they were born with, not as skills that can be learned and nurtured through effort. This becomes especially problematic when their identities become attached to an outcome.

But what exactly happens when a child grows up hearing praises like “you are so smart”?

According to Dr. John Medina, author of the national bestseller “Brain Rules for Baby”,  your child will start to perceive his mistakes as failures. This happens because he is used to seeing his previous successes as a static ability, that is, natural talents he was born with rather than a product of his effort. Failure is thus perceived as a lack of ability, which he has no control over. Continue reading

Executive function: the most important set of skills we can teach our kids

Early experiences – whether positive or negative – have a profound impact on the developing brain and its basic neural circuitry, which in turn provides the foundation for more complex higher-level skills. Of these higher-level skills, executive function has been gaining a lot of attention lately – and rightly so. Executive function helps us focus on different information at the same time; make decisions; review and change plans as necessary; and control our emotions and impulses. Laying a strong foundation in order to allow the acquisition of these executive function skills is one of the most important tasks of the early childhood years because they are so critical to adult functioning. Executive function serves as the brain’s air traffic controller – managing all the different signals, impulses, and desires of the brain. The brain’s prefrontal cortex is critical to executive function, but it does not act alone, as it controls behavior through interactions with the rest of the brain. By the time a child’s first birthday comes along, the brain – which originally worked almost as a set of isolated neurons – starts to function as a large network of interconnected areas. This begins to allow coordinated action and the management of different impulses. As adults, this translates into an ability to multitask, display self-control, stay focused in spite of distractions, and follow multi-step directions – all critical to achieving our goals, getting along with others, and becoming contributing members of society. Continue reading

Tech corner: Three apps for busy moms

 If you’re a Tech Mom, you surely find yourself looking for new apps that will help you make your life easier! Here are some apps that I’ve found valuable, take a look below! 

Mom Maps

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Looking for a great play date location, or maybe a nearby playground when you’re on the road? Mom Maps can be a great tool, as it lets you tap the collective wisdom of parents everywhere to find kid-friendly playgrounds! The app uses  your phone’s location (or a different address, if you wish), find the closest museums, parks, restaurants, and indoor play areas.

A premium version is available – and it allows you to bookmark your favorite sites and watch videos of the playgrounds.

Pros

Great for traveling.

Each site has parent reviews that help you find the perfect playground.

Cons

Depending on the area you are searching, you may find few playgrounds marked. The app depends on how many  of its users post new playgrounds.

 

Available on the Appstore and GooglePlay for free. The premium version is available for $2.99.

 

Care.com

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Need a sitter to take care of your toddler for your date-night? The Care.com app will help you find any type of care you may need directly from your phone. It’s as easy as posting a job description – you’ll receive notifications when available sitters apply. The app allows you to review the caregiver’s profiles and contact them directly – you can even pay him or her through the app! You can also find senior care specialists, pet care places, academic tutors, and housekeepers on the Care.com app.

Pros

It takes into account all of your needs and offers an array of options for you.

Cons

You need a pay a subscription to review profiles.

 

Available on the Appstore and Care.com for free. Premium memberships are $13 a month for a full year, or $39 for a single month.

 

 

Baby Connect

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Have you found that being a mom requires keeping track of a lot of things? Baby Connect helps you record everything there is to track about your baby: feeding (nursing and bottle), pump schedule, solid foods, diapers, sleep, moods, milestones – even medicines. The app will graph, chart, and list all of your inputs. Your pediatrician will thank you!

Pros

You can share all the information easily with other accounts. Also, the charts and graphs can be really useful for visualizing your baby’s progress!

Cons

The design is a bit outdated!

 

Available in both the Appstore and GooglePlay for $4.99.

 

What types of apps would you like to see mentioned on the blog? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Cristy