The best ways to calm a fussy baby

Crying is the way babies communicate their discomfort, hunger, or need for attention. It’s quite normal for babies to be fussy on average about 2 – 4 hours per day, usually at the same time every day. After a few weeks, the crying diminishes, and by around three months, most babies only cry for approximately an hour a day.

All babies cry, but some do it significantly more than others. This is known as colic, and it is crying that begins and ends for no clear reason, lasts at least three hours a day and happens at least three times a week for a period of 1 – 3 months.

It’s important to keep in mind that excessive crying may have a medical or physical cause, so first you must try to identify if there’s a reason behind the crying by looking for patterns. Does it happen at certain times of the day or in specific situations like a crowded place or right after feeding? Can you tell if there are differences in his or her cries for food, fatigue, etc? Keep a record of this so that you can compare with previous weeks.

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How-To: Master Your Newborn’s Bath Time

Bathing a newborn can be a tricky task at first, but don’t worry, we’ve got some tips for you that will help you master it in no time! First of all, you should know that there is no need to bathe your little one every day. In fact, many experts coincide that bathing your baby several times a week (3 or more times) can dry out his skin. If you notice that your baby’s skin is very dry, you can apply a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizing lotion right after bathing him or her.
At what time should I bathe my baby?

In terms of night or day, there is no specific time recommendation. However, you should try to select a time in which you are least likely to be interrupted. Some parents opt for the day, when their baby is ready and alert to enjoy the experience, while others prefer at night, because it can become a soothing bedtime routine. It basically comes down to your preference!

How should I do it and what materials will I need?

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How to define and use technological tools with my baby

It’s the 21stcentury and technology is all around us! In fact, technology is what is allowing me to write this and you to read it. So yes! Technology is great, it allows us to communicate and better organize our daily life. But because technology is so ubiquitous in our modern life, children are exposed to it every day. So, what are the facts, guidelines and suggestions regarding children’s exposure to screen time? Keep reading to learn more…

Let’s start with the guidelines…

For children younger than 18 months the AAP recommends to avoid the use of any screen-media other than video-chatting. Parents who want to introduce digital media to children between 18 and 24 months of age should choose high-quality programming and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing. For 2 to 5-year-olds the recommendation is to limit screen use to 1 hour of high-quality programs per day. Also co-viewing media with them is very important since it helps them understand what they are seeing, and understand how to apply it to the world around them.

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