During the first 2 years of a child’s life, most parents feel uncomfortable and inadequate in determining how sick their infant is during a cold or other infection. Since the sick infant can’t talk, he can’t help much with the diagnosis. How sick your child looks or acts is much more relevant than the level of fever. Also, a child may look much better 30 to 40 minutes after the fever is reduced with medicine. When should you call your child’s health care provider?
With the soon to be arrival of your baby, there are so many things that you need to start preparing and registering for. Here is our checklist for everything your baby needs. Walking into a baby store for the first time can be a little overwhelming trying to decipher what you really need vs. all the cute stuff that you may want or even wonder what it is or what it does.
A lot of mom’s to be wonder if it’s acceptable to register gifts for their baby shower.
Not only is it acceptable but it is also encouraged. Registering helps your family and friends make sure that they are purchasing what you need. It’s safe to say the last thing you want to deal with after you’ve had your baby is to drive all over your city exchanging your gifts because you’ve received 4 ear thermometers. Register for everything that you want and need, even the big items. It is very common for guests to go in as a group on a present.
Shopping online is an easy way for others to get presents. See our Little Black Book for online shopping options.
Q – My husband and I were so excited to have children together, and he seemed to be really looking forward to being a father. Now that our little boy is here, however, he has all but disappeared. He spends long hours at work, sleeps all night while I feed the baby every 3 hours, and even when at home would rather be checking emails or mowing the lawn than spending time with him.
Q – Is there a natural treatment for the baby blues?
This week in names, we have good ol’ Billy Shakespeare as inspiration. Below you’ll find some very familiar names (Jessica, Julia, Joan), some unfamiliar names (Trinculo, Thurio, Thallard) and names that, well, only a writer could love (Froth, Moth, Dogberry…and Dull). Shakespeare set his plays in England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Greece and Fantasy Land thus there are names from several languages.
The Urban Mommies staff love baby names! The possibilities are endless and so much fun to brain storm. So over the next little while we will be featuring themed baby name articles and lists of our staff’s favourite baby names. First we have our Content Editor Danica Longair’s list of favourite baby names. Feel free to borrow some of her ideas! When you’re done reading her favourites, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name section for more great ideas!
Brushing your baby’s teeth: Begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as their first tooth appears. Use a soft, baby toothbrush with just a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste. Brush twice a day; brushing before bed is especially important. Don’t miss brushing where the teeth and gums meet! Lift your baby’s lip regularly to check for white or brown spots on their teeth. Look closely along the gum line. Call your dentist if you notice anything unusual. Take your baby to see a dentist once their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday.
So, you’ve taken the plunge and booked a family vacation a plane ride away with a toddler and a baby in tow. Or perhaps your sister is coming to visit with her three kids under six. Once you’re over the initial excitement, panic sets in… How will you manage to pack all the gear you need? Where will your sister’s kids eat and sleep? Will you be able to keep them entertained? Relax. Reach for the phone or power up your laptop, help is at hand!
About 2-1/2 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child safety devices on the market today. Childproof your home and your life – it’s worth it.