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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Tablets and Smartphones, should my baby use them?

Tablets and smartphones are great! They allow us to communicate with distant friends and relatives; they organize our day; have GPS that gets us to new places; help us make reservations, shop, read, and much more. They contain an infinite number of applications that even include an extensive catalog for children. Allowing or banning smartphone and tablet use for babies poses an ongoing debate that is very present in the area of early education. Should babies be exposed to screens? If so, for how long? The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) first stance regarding technology and babies recommends no screen time the first two years of life. However, this position was first introduced 15 years ago, and today it has come to be questioned by specialists in the area of pediatrics. The AAP media committee has re-evaluated its screen time position taking into account the recent technological boom. They now agree that a total screen ban seems to be no longer viable. Therefore, a change in the AAP’s digital exposure guidelines is predicted in the coming years.

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