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Bagi Ibu Mulailah Berpikir 1000 Kali Untuk Memberi Susu Formula Pada Bayi

Susu formula selalu menjadi alternatif bagi bayi yang baru lahir untuk mendapatkan asupan nutrisi tambahan. Bahkan diantara sebagian besar ibu-ibu yang baru melahirkan agak enggan memberikan ASI pada bayinya, dengan alasan ASI-nya belum keluar atau putingnya terasa sakit ketika bayi disusui. Klik baca selanjutnya...


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Memandikan Bayi – Beberapa Tips Penting

memandikan bayi

Memandikan bayi bisa menjadi kesempatan bagi Anda dan bayi Anda untuk mempererat hubungan. Apa saja yang perlu Anda siapkan agar semuanya berjalan lancar dan aman?

Waktu dan Frekuensi

Untuk bayi yang baru lahir, sebaiknya ia dimandikan 2-3 jam setelah proses kelahiran, pada saat kondisi tubuhnya sudah stabil. Seiring dengan perkembangannya, biasa di negeri kita yang tropis ini bayi dimandikan dua kali dalam sehari. Waktu yang paling baik biasanya sebelum ia makan di pagi hari (untuk mencegah muntah) dan sebelum ia tidur di malam hari, agar ia dapat tertidur dengan lelap.

Peralatan

Siapkan semua yang akan Anda perlukan sebelum proses memandikan dimulai dan kumpulkan di tempat yang berdekatan dengan posisi Anda. Ini penting, karena bayi Anda harus terus berada dalam genggaman Anda hingga selesai, untuk menghindari resiko si kecil tergellincir dan tenggelam dalam air. Beberapa peralatan yang standar untuk memandikan si kecil antara lain:
  • Bak mandi
  • Waslap
  • Handuk
  • Sabun dan sampo (jika Anda ingin menggunakannya)
  • Kapas
  • Popok
  • Pakaian ganti
  • Mainan untuk mengalihkan perhatiannya
Hingga bayi usia 6 bulan (sudah bisa duduk tegak), sebaiknya Anda menggunakan bak khusus untuk bayi. Sebagian ahli menyarankan untuk menggunakan sabun hanya jika cuaca sangat panas dan ketika si kecil benar-benar kotor. Karena ini jarang terjadi, maka sebenarnya memandikan bayi hanya dengan air saja (tanpa sabun) merupakan kebiasaan yang justru positif.

Air

Gunakan air hangat bersuhu sekitar 36-37 C. Untuk bayi hingga usia 6 bulan, kedalaman air sebaiknya tidak lebih dari 10 cm. Untuk bayi yang sudah lebih besar, Anda bisa menuangkan air hingga ke seukuran pinggangnya ketika ia duduk. Memandikan bayi dengan air dingin masih menimbulkan kontroversi…

Langkah-langkah

  • Mulailah dari mata si kecil. Gunakan kapas untuk membersihkan matanya. Basahi kapas, dan bersihkan mata si kecil dari arah dalam keluar. Gunakan kapas baru untuk mata yang sebelahnya lagi.
  • Beralihlah ke bagian lain pada wajahnya; pipi, telinga, dahi dan seterusnya.
  • Selanjutnya bershikan kepalanya. Gunakan sampo sesekali. Ketika membersihkan kepalanya, gunakan cangkir/gelas kecil untuk menuangkan air ke atas kepala (jika Anda menggunakan gayung, khawatir air tertuang terlalu banyak sekaligus). Lindungi bagian matanya agar ia tidak merasa panik dan terganggu.
  • Lanjutkan membersihkan tubuhnya dari leher hingga ke ujung kakinya, namun bagian pantat sebaiknya diakhirkan.
  • Bersihkan bagian pantat si kecil ketika proses mandi sudah selesai. Berdirikan ia di baknya lalu bersihkan pantatnya.
  • Siapkan handuk dan segera lilitkan ke tubuhnya agar ia tidak kedinginan.
  • Baringkan ia dan kenakan pakaiannya. Saat ini juga merupakan waktu yang tepat untuk melakukan pijatan jika Anda mau.

Catatan Penting

  • Posisi tangan yang baik ketika memandikan si kecil adalah tangan kiri di belakang tengkuknya, memegang kepala dan leher bayi. Tangan kiri ini harus selalu berada pada posisi seperti ini selama memandikan si kecil.
  • Gunakan mainan untuk mengalihkan perhatian si kecil, sehingga Anda tidak kerepotan.
  • Pastikan setiap lekuk tubuhnya dibershikan dengan baik.
  • Bagian-bagian sulit seperti lubang hidung serta telinga bagian terluar dapat dibersihkan menggunakan kapas basah.
Selamat mencoba…

Warna Feses Bayi – Apa Artinya? (Skema)

Banyak orangtua yang khawatir melihat warna feses bayinya yang berubah-rubah seiring dengan pertumbuhannya.

Silahkan pelajari skema di bawah ini.

Anda boleh mendownload, mencetak, serta membagikannya kepada kerabat Anda.





Aktifitas untuk Bayi 0-4 Bulan: Parade Boneka Jari



Bayi usia 0-4 bulan belum memiliki jarak pandang yang jauh layaknya orang dewasa. Pada umumnya, mereka hanya dapat melihat dengan jelas berbagai obyek yang berjarak paling jauh 20-25 cm saja. Itulah sebabnya mengapa mereka seringkali nampak tidak peduli dengan benda-benda yang berada jauh dari tempat mereka berada.

permainan boneka jari untuk bayiNamun cobalah Anda hadapkan obyek apa saja hingga berada pada jarak pandang si bayi (20-25 cm), maka tiba-tiba matanya akan terbelalak dan membesar. Bahkan jika benda yang Anda munculkan itu berwarna-warni dan berbentuk lucu, bukan hanya matanya yang membesar, seringkali wajah si bayi pun akan langsung dipenuhi dengan tawa lebarnya… emh, gemesnya… ;)

Inilah hikmah besar pada bayi… Pada usia ini, dengan segala kelemahannya, bayi memang dibekali dengan insting untuk menemukan makanan – dan dengan jarak pandang seperti ini, ia akan sangat mengenali wajah ibunya – orang yang selalu ada untuk menyusuinya setiap kali ia lapar.
Nah, salah satu aktifitas positif yang sangat menyenangkan untuk bayi usia ini adalah permainan sederhana dengan menggunakan boneka jari.
Manfaat:
  • Rangsangan terhadap kemampuan visual (penglihatan)
  • Pengenalan terhadap kegiatan interaktif
Kegiatan untuk Usia:
0-4 bulan
Yang Anda Butuhkan:
1 set boneka jari (salah satu contoh boneka jari karakter hewan)

Mulai Aktifitas

Baringkan bayi Anda. Anda bisa melakukannya dengan cara memangkunya (ini cara yang paling nyaman untuk Anda berdua dan bisa menguatkan ikatan antara Anda dengan si kecil), atau bisa juga dengan membaringkan si kecil di kasurnya atau pada bouncer seat yang posisinya agak rebah.

main boneka jari untuk bayiUntuk awal, Anda bisa menggunakan satu boneka pada jari telunjuk Anda dan memperkenalkannya satu per satu kepada si kecil. Hadapkan boneka pertama kepada bayi Anda hingga berada pada jarak pandangnya. Biarkan si kecil fokus menatap wajah boneka sesaat. Setelah ia berhasil ‘mengenali’ wajah boneka, maka berbicarah dengan perlahan untuk memperkenalkan siapa yang barusan muncul di hadapannya.

“Assalamu’alaikum, Saya Weki si Bebek,” Anda bisa menggunakan kalimat sederhana seperti ini. Silahkan gunakan kalimat perkenalan yang Anda inginkan. Bagus jika Anda bisa memberi nama sederhana dan mudah diingat untuk setiap jenis binatang pada koleksi boneka jari Anda.
Berikut beberapa teknik memainkan boneka jari untuk bayi tahapan usia ini…
  • Setiap kali Anda berbicara mewakili boneka, gerakkanlah jari Anda sedemikan rupa sehingga si boneka seakan menunduk ke arah si kecil.
  • Bicaralah dengan kalimat-kalimat pendek yang sederhana.
  • Setiap kali Anda mengucapkan satu kalimat, tunggulah beberapa saat dalam keadaan boneka masih menunduk. Seakan-akan si boneka sedang menanti dan menyimak jawaban dari buah hati Anda (walaupun tentu saja si kecil belum bisa menjawab).
  • Teruslah berbicara dengan percakapan satu arah, menggunakan setiap karakter boneka jari.

Permainan Boneka Jari untuk Mengalihkan Perhatian Bayi

Seringkali bayi Anda menjadi rewel ketika ia lapar, kepanasan, popoknya penuh, atau merasa bosan. Nah, Anda bisa juga menjadikan permainan boneka jari pada kondisi berikut agar si kecil ‘anteng’…
  • Mandi
  • Perjalanan
  • Menunggu antrian di tempat dokter atau bidan
  • Berada di tempat teman
  • Berada di tempat yang asing baginya
Beberapa Catatan Penting:
Semakin kecil usia bayi, maka tentu saja ia belum bisa mengikuti berbagai gerakan boneka dengan matanya, apalagi sampai menggerakkan lehernya. Ini hal yang wajar. Nanti seiring dengan pertumbuhannya, ia akan mulai bisa mengikuti dan Anda bisa menerapkan percakapan serta gerakan yang lebih bervariasi.

permainan bayi boneka jari binatangNamun demikian, walaupun sepertinya Anda berbicara sendirian, bayi seusia ini tetap bisa menyerap hal-hal positif yang Anda lakukan dan sampaikan lho, jangan berkecil hati. Melalui aktifitas ini, buah hati Anda sedang membangun interaksi dengan Anda dan biarkan ia menikmatinya. Pada tahap ini yang penting adalah proses bermain, membangun ikatan dan bersenang-senang dengan buah hati Anda!
Oya, gunakanlah suara kecil lucu sebagai suara boneka, karena jenis suara ini lebih berkesan bagi bayi.

Permainan boneka jari bisa terus bermanfaat bagi anak hingga usia 4-5 tahun, dimana anak-anak sendiri yang bermain peran menggunakan boneka jari. Mudah-mudahan jenis permainan untuk tahap usia bayi selanjutnya bisa kami bagikan juga di sini.
Selamat bersenang-senang dengan si kecil!

Inilah Kegiatan yang Bisa Anda Lakukan dengan Bayi 0-3 Bulan…




Bermain ternyata diperlukan oleh setiap bayi, agar ia bisa mengembangkan aspek sosial, emosional, fisik dan kognitifnya. Melalui permainan yang sesuai dengan tahapan usianya, bayi dapat belajar banyak tentang diri dan lingkungannya – dan ia menggunakan kelima panca inderanya untuk itu.

Bayi adalah makhluk yang dipenuhi dengan rasa penasaran yang sangat tinggi ;)Dengan bekal inilah ia mempelajari segala sesuatu.
bayi bermain
Apa jadinya ya kalau ini aku tarik?
Bagaimana kalau kugigit benda aneh ini, seperti apa sih rasanya?
Kalau kugoyang-goyang, suaranya seperti apa ya?
Wah, aku harus naik ke atas sana… seperti apa pemandangan dari atas sana ya…?
Hmmm… lembut sekali benda ini, warnanya pun bikin aku gemas!
Wangi apa ini ya, kok enak? Coba kumakan…
…Seperti itulah berbagai lintasan yang mungkin muncul dalam benak setiap bayi. Dan inilah yang memicu bayi untuk melakukan eksplorasi (penyelidikan), yang memang merupakan inti dari permainan.

Permainan Bayi 0-3 Bulan

Anda bisa melakukan permainan sederhana yang bisa merangsang indera peraba, penglihatan, penciuman, serta pendengaran. Indera perasa pada tahapan ini tentu saja belum saatnya dikembangkan.

Menggendong dengan Ritme!
Permainan sederhana yang bisa merangsang bayi adalah melakukan gerakan-gerakan lembut dan berirama ketika menggendongnya.
Ayun perlahan ke kanan… Ayun perlahan ke kiri. Atas, bawah – Atas, bawah…
Pastikan Anda menopang terus lehernya dan jangan melakukan gerakan yang terlalu hebat sehingga ia terguncang, karena ini bisa berakibat fatal. Hindari juga melempar bayi ke atas dan menangkapnya, karena pada tahap ini kondisi otaknya masih sangat lemah.

Beraksi di Hadapannya
Coba buat gerakan-gerakan dengan suara lucu di hadapan bayi yang sedang berbaring. Goyangkan tangan, kepala, atau bahkan seluruh tubuh Anda untuk menghiburnya ;)

Berkenalan dengan Benda Sekitar
Tunjukkan berbagai macam benda yang ada di dalam maupun di luar rumah Anda. Semua benda yang tidak berbahaya bisa menjadi sarana permainan untuk si kecil.
Benda-benda yang biasanya sangat menarik bagi bayi diantaranya:
  • Sendok
  • Pengocok telur
  • Baskom
  • Buku
  • Majalah
  • Gambar berwarna-warni
  • Botol bekas
  • Kain berwarna-warni
  • Buah-buahan
  • Sayuran
Coba berikan kepadanya benda-benda di atas (di bawah pengawasan Anda tentunya!) dan lihat bagaimana ia menikmati proses penyelidikannya.

Bermain dengan Isi Lemari!
Yuk, ajak si kecil menyelidiki isi lemari Anda…
Tunjukkan kepadanya berbagai macam bahan kain dengan berbagai macam warna dan biarkan ia merabanya, meremasnya, memeluknya serta memegang kancing, ritsleting, kerah, dan semua yang aman baginya.
Ini akan merangsang indera perabanya.

Bermain Gantungan
Gantung benda menarik seperti sendok, botol, kain dan sebagainya dengan menggunakan pita atau tali berwarna cerah.
Mainkan di atas si kecil; naik-turun..berputar…kiri-kanan… Lihat bagaimana antusiasnya si kecil mengikuti gerakan benda yang tergantung tersebut.
Sesekali, biarkan benda tersebut bergantung rendah sehingga menyentuh hidung si kecil ;) Ikuti dengan bunyi yang lucu dan ulangi beberapa kali. Si kecil akan ‘menanti’ kejadian berikutnya dengan penuh harapan. Dia sedang belajar sesuatu.

Inilah Kegiatan yang Bisa Anda Lakukan dengan Bayi 4-6 Bulan




permainan bayi 4 6 bulan
Bayi usia 4-6 bulan sudah meraih banyak perkembangan dalam fisik dan motoriknya. Normalnya, ia sudah bisa berguling, memegang, memasukkan benda ke mulutnya, bahkan duduk. Ini berarti kegiatan Anda bersama si kecil akan semakin bervariasi dan mulai banyak melibatkan kegiatan fisik/motorik. Kalau sebelumnya dalam kegiatan yang Anda lakukan bersama bayi Anda, si kecil lebih banyak pasif dan ia menyelidiki dunia sekelilingnya masih dalam pelukan dan pangkuan Anda, sekarang ia sudah bisa aktif menyelidiki apa yang ia mau!
Pada tahap usia ini, bayi akan banyak belajar dengan berbagai kejadian yang bisa menimbulkan berbagai ‘kemungkinan’. Ia akan sangat suka ‘membuat sesuatu terjadi’. “Apa jadinya ya kalau ini aku beginikan?” inilah yang memenuhi pikiran si kecil dan inilah yang ia terapkan pada berbagai benda yang bisa dijangkaunya. Untuk merangsang perkembangan otak dan fisiknya, berikut beberapa kegiatan sederhana yang bisa Anda lakukan bersamanya…

Melantai

Hamparkan selimut atau matras, lalu baringkan si kecil dengan posisi tengkurap. Hadirkan benda-benda berwarna cerah, serta yang bisa berbunyi di hadapannya, sejarak pandangan bayi. Gunakan benda-benda tersebut satu per satu untuk menggoda bayi Anda. Anda akan melihatnya mulai mengangkat kepala, mulai menendang-nendang, atau bahkan mulai mengoyang-goyangkan seluruh tubuhnya karena gembira dan semangat. Kegiatan sederhana ini bisa membantu si kecil untuk mulai mengatur gerakan kepala serta anggota tubuh lainnya dan bisa membantunya untuk menguasai kemampuan merayap dan merangkak.

Mengenal Bau

Untuk merangsang indera penciuman, cobalah sesekali perkenalkan bau berbagai macam rempah dan bumbu yang ada di rumah Anda. Ambil sedikit kepingan kayu manis dan hadapkan di dekat hidung si kecil. Biarkan ia mempelajari bau uniknya. Jika ia suka baunya, coba bahan dapur lain yang baunya lembut dan tidak menyengat, seperti vanila, coklat, kemiri, daun kemangi, dan sebagainya. Namun hati-hati ya, jangan sampai termakan…

Membaca Bibir

Penelitan menemukan bahwa hingga usia 1 tahun, bayi akan lebih banyak berkonsentrasi melihat gerakan bibir orang yang berbicara kepadanya. Artinya, ketika ia berusaha memahami pembicaraan yang disampaikan kepadanya, ia tidak hanya mengandalkan pendengarannya semata, namun dibantu dengan melihat gerakan bibir orang yang berbicara. Cobalah letakkan bayi Anda dalam posisi yang nyaman, dimana ia bisa melihat area mulut Anda dengan jelas. Cobalah berbicara perlahan kepadanya dengan gerakan mulut yang jelas. Tanggapi juga ocehannya. Ini akan merangsang kemampuan bahasa bayi.

Awas, Aku Datang…

Bayi tahapan ini sudah memiliki naluri antisipasi. Coba saja Anda hampiri si kecil dengan ekspresi seram-lucu yang dibuat-buat, sambil berbicara dengan nada lucu dengan sedikit menakut-nakuti… “Ayo…bunda datang mendekat… dan akan mencium pipimu, hidungmu, dagumu, matamu!” lalu peluk ia, hujani dengan ciuman di tempat-tempat yang Anda sebutkan. Menjauhlah lagi dan buat pendekatan yang serupa. Semua bayi menyukai kegiatan ini!

Pegang Erat!

Motorik halus bayi mulai berkembang. Pancing si kecil untuk memegang dan menggenggam jari Anda sambil pura-pura ‘tertangkap’ olehnya. Berikan juga mainan aman yang bisa dipegang dan digenggamnya. Pastikan mainan yang Anda berikan tidak memiliki bagian kecil yang mudah terlepas sehingga membuat bayi tersedak.

Sebab Akibat

Luangkan waktu untuk mencoba berbagai variasi permainan cilukba. Namun kali ini Anda bisa memberikan kendali kepada bayi Anda. Caranya? Jangan Anda yang muncul tiba-tiba dengan teriakan cilukba, tapi coba tutupi wajah Anda dengan kain dan tunggu si kecil yang menyingkapkannya untuk melihat wajah Anda! Iringi dengan suara-suara yang semakin membuatnya bersemangat untuk membuka kain. Terapkan juga permainan ini dengan menggunakan mainannya. Sembunyikan mainannya di dekatnya, dengan ditutupi kain. Buatlah bunyi-bunyian sambil menggerakkan mainan tersebut. Buka kainnya atau biarkan ia yang berusaha menyingkapkannya. Variasi lainnya, bersembunyilah dan panggil nama si kecil. Ketika ia mulai mengeluarkan suara-suara seperti memanggil Anda, muncullah dari tempat persembunyian Anda. Si kecil akan belajar sebab akibat tentang dunia di sekitarnya.

Jari Berjalan

Perjalankan jari Anda dari ujung jempol kaki si kecil, mengarah ke perutnya. Lakukan ini seperti sesuatu sedang berjalan di atas tubuhnya, sambil menyampaikan cerita. “Ada semut kecil, berjalan-jalan, berjalan-jalan…”. Kegiatan ini bisa Anda lakukan sebagai pengalihan ketika ia rewel saat mandi atau memakai popok.

Menjadi Burung

Jika leher si kecil sudah kuat menahan kepalanya, salah satu permainan seru adalah mengangkatnya untuk terbang seperti burung! Minta sang ayah untuk menerbangkan si kecil hingga merendah di atas tubuh bunda, weeeeng… Terlentanglah dan angkat si kecil di atas tubuh Anda. Turunkan perlahan-lahan, hingga akhirnya hidungnya bersentuhan dengan hidung Anda, Toing!

Gelembung

Mainkan gelembung ketika mandi, atau ketika di taman. Perhatikan bagaimana bayi Anda tertawa lebar penuh penasaran memperhatikan gelembung-gelembung tersebut melayang-layang. Ia akan lebih bersemangat jika melihat anak-anak lain berusaha menangkap setiap gelembung.

Membaca 

Membacalah untuk si kecil. Dudukkan ia di pangkuan Anda. Anda dapat juga menggunakan buku kain untuk kegiatan ini. Tunjuk tokoh-tokoh yang ada di dalam buku tersebut. Biarka ia memegangnya. Berhentilah ketika ia sudah mulai bosan dan gelisah.

Tidur Bersama Bayi dalam Satu Kasur? Bagus Kok!

Banyak pendapat dan tulisan yang melarang bayi tidur dalam satu kasur/ranjang dengan orangtuanya. Alasannya semua sama: terlalu berbahaya. Dikhawatirkan, bayi secara tidak sengaja akan terhimpit oleh orang dewasa yang tidur bersamanya. Seandainya terhimpit oleh tangan saja, ini bisa berakibat fatal, karena bisa membuat bayi sulit bernapas dan ujung-ujungnya bisa berakhir dengan kematian.
Kesimpulan: Dilarang tidur berbagi kasur/ranjang dengan bayi dalam kondisi apapun.
Hmmm…nanti dulu…
Benarkah ini merupakan harga mati?
Sepertinya sudah tidak lagi tuh!

Pada prakteknya, banyak orangtua di negeri kita yang selama ini sangat senang membawa bayinya untuk tidur berdekatan dengannya, dalam satu kasur. Walaupun banyak pihak (terutama dari dunia kedokteran modern) yang menentang kebiasaan ini, namun orang-orang yang melakukannya hanya mengganggap semua larangan itu sebagai ‘angin lalu’ saja.
Mengapa demikian? Kalau ditanya, ternyata mereka akan menjawab bahwa mereka merasakan banyak manfaat dengan tidur bersama, salah satu diantaranya bayi jadi tidur lebih nyenyak dibandingkan jika ditidurkan terpisah di ranjangnya. Tentu saja ini berarti mereka dapat melalui malam-malamnya dengan tidur nyenyak bebas gangguan. ;)

Nah, di negara-negara barat sendiri belakangan ini ternyata semakin banyak orangtua yang buka mulut dan mulai bercerita bahwa mereka sudah lama menerapkan tidur bersama bayi seperti ini dan mereka pun merasakan manfaatnya. Diantara yang mendukung praktek ini bahkan sudah mulai banyak yang berasal dari kalangan praktisi kesehatan anak, termasuk Dr. Sears, M.D, pengarang lebih dari 30 buku tentang perawatan anak.

Manfaat Tidur Satu Kasur/Ranjang dengan Bayi

Berikut beberapa manfaat berbagi kasur/ranjang dengan bayi Anda:
  1. Bayi akan tidur lebih nyenyak
  2. Ibu akan tidur lebih nyenyak
  3. Menyusui jadi lebih mudah
  4. Membangun ikatan dengan bayi
  5. Perkembangan bayi lebih pesat
  6. Mengurangi resiko kematian bayi
Secara psikis, tidur satu kasur dengan bayi menggambarkan bahwa Anda menerima bayi Anda sebagai makhluk yang lemah yang memiliki kebutuhan yang besar. Si kecil akan merasa tenang ketika malam hari, karena ia pun tahu Anda berada di dekatnya – ini jelas berbeda jika ia tidur sendiri di dalam ranjangnya.

Begitu pula berkaitan dengan kualitas tidur. Jika bayi tidur terpisah, maka ketika ia menangis, diperlukan proses yang lebih panjang untuk menenangkannya. Sang ibu harus bangun dari kasurnya, menuju ranjang bayi, lalu menenangkannya hingga si kecil tertidur lagi, baru ia bisa kembali ke tempat tidurnya. Coba bandingkan jika ibu dan bayi tidur berdekatan.

Hasil Penelitian

Beberapa manfaat tidur berdekatan dengan bayi dalam satu kasur sebenarnya disimpulkan dari ribuan penelian yang melibatkan ribuan ibu dan bayi, baik yang berlangsung di laboraturium penelitian, maupun berdasarkan angket dan survey.

Ketika ibu tidur bersama bayinya, maka posisi yang paling banyak ditemui adalah berhadap-hadapan, wajah bayi berhadapan dengan wajah sang bunda, dalam jarak yang sangat dekat. Walaupun bayi sesekali berguling menjauh, biasanya ia akan berguling kembali ke hadapan ibunya. Dan ketika ini terjadi, ikatan emosional yang luar biasa terbentuk diantara mereka berdua. Sebuah proses unik yang bahkan ilmu pengetahuan modern pun sulit untuk menjelaskannya :)
Namun demikian, ada beberapa kenyataan menarik dalam ‘ritual’ ini:
  • Pasangan ibu dan bayi yang tidur bersama, ternyata memiliki ritme yang sama dalam banyak hal; ritme napas yang sama, perubahan gerak yang sama, bahkan ketika salah satunya terbatuk, seringkali yang lain akan ikut terbatuk, dan ini dilakukan tanpa terbangun.
  • Bayi akan menyusu ASI lebih sering dibandingkan jika ia tidur terpisah, namun uniknya hampir seluruh ibu menyatakan bahwa tidur mereka cukup. Ini menggambarkan betapa kuatnya ikatan mereka berdua, sehingga proses menyusui pun berjalan dengan alami, dan ini bisa berjalan dengan baik walaupun di alam bawah sadar.
  • Bayi yang tidur bersama ibunya biasanya akan menggunakan posisi terlentang atau miring, dan hampir tidak pernah tengkurap. Ini tentu saja mengurangi resiko sulit bernapas ketika tidur.
  • Keduanya akan sering bersentuhan, sehingga semakin menguatkan rangsangan positif untuk sang bunda dan juga bayinya.

Tips Aman Tidur Bersama Bayi dalam Satu Kasur

  • Secara normal, setiap orang akan bereaksi dalam tidurnya ketika ia menghimpit sesuatu. Tubuhnya akan menyesuaikan agar posisinya nyaman, dan ini berlangsung ketika ia sedang tertidur. Namun demikian, jika Anda orang yang ekstra gemuk dan sedang hilang kesadaran, tentu saja jangan tidur bersama bayi Anda!
  • Siapkan perlak dan popok yang cukup
  • Sebagian pasangan meletakkan bayi di tengah-tengah, antara mereka berdua. Namun bagi sebagian yang lain, bayi diletakkan di posisi yang bersebelahan dengan ibunya. Jika demikian, maka sebaiknya Anda merapatkan kasur ke dinding untuk menghindari bayi terjatuh dari kasur.
  • Jangan melakukannya di sofa atau kasur air, karena justru bisa berakibat negatif
  • Tidur bersama dengan bayi HANYA untuk ayah dan bundanya, bukan untuk selain mereka (apalagi pengasuh)
Tidur bersama bayi Anda dalam satu kasur memang bukan untuk semua orang, tapi lebih kepada pilihan dan gaya masing-masing keluarga. Sebagian besar memilih menunggu hingga bayinya berusia 6 bulan untuk memulainya. Mau mencoba atau ada pengalaman menarik? Yuk, bagikan komentar Anda ;)

Tips For a First-Time Dad

by: Jackie G. Maxwell
 
So you're going to become a father. Now is not the time to panic. You've got lots of time to get used to the idea, before that new life you helped create, arrives to join your own. These tips for a first-time Dad will help you to survive the pre-baby and post-birth jitters.  

Be supportive of your partner during the pregnancy. Some women have a more difficult time than others, and the fluctuation of hormones can bring on everything from mood swings to what seems to be unreasonable irritation with you, and everything else. While you may not understand her moods, remember that they are transient, and weather them in whatever way works best for you both. She may be irritated, but would appreciate a simple gesture like flowers, a foot rub, or even a cup of tea without having to get up. You'll find your own paths to peace, as the pregnancy progresses. 

When the baby arrives, don't be upset if you don't fall in love immediately. You're excited to be a father, but often men think they are failing in some respect, when they don't feel the same overwhelming bond that a mother does. But you didn't carry another life inside you for nine months. So one of the best tips for a first-time Dad, is to give yourself time to love, and be loved back. 

Because you have been basically on the "outside" of things until the birth, you may not feel you're really an integral part of their life. Nothing could be further from the truth, because you are now a father, and with that comes all the responsibilities and worries that a mother has. 

Parenting isn't done alone, it's done together, with the two of you supporting each other, giving each other breaks from the routine and stresses, as well as taking pleasure in watching your child grow and thrive, together. 

Tips For a First-Time Mom

by: Jackie G. Maxwell
Having a baby can be one the most life-changing experiences there are. And not all those changes will be easy to cope with. Here are some tips for a first-time Mom, to help you get through the rougher times.  

The vast majority of women today, are working when they become pregnant. That means making a decision whether to stay home with the baby, or return to work. This is something you can consider during your pregnancy, weighing the pros and cons of your income, versus the benefits to this child, and any others to come in the future. If you decide to return to work, finding childcare ahead of time, will relieve you of the worries when your maternity leave is at an end. 

Women who do work full-time, often find themselves swamped in things that relate to the baby, whether it's their laundry, their nap schedules, or their feedings. At times it can seem like your whole life revolves around them, where it used to involve co-workers, friends and visits to family. 

One of the most valuable tips for a first-time Mom, is that you shouldn't give up your entire life to the new one that you're carrying. After the baby is born, you will be their primary caregiver, but you don't need to be tied to them every second. Make some time for you, whether it's a yoga class at night with Dad doing the babysitting, or a date out with your partner, and one of the grandparents spoiling the new arrival. 

It's important that you have a break from the constant focus of your everyday activities with the baby. This can include many at-home activities as well, like reading, quilting, or even crafts that you enjoyed before the birth. The baby will be just as happy watching you relaxed and involved in your hobby, as they would be if you were doing the laundry. 

You might even find a group for mothers at your church or local community center. Sharing tips for a first-time Mom with others, is one way of easing the pressures and worry of whether you are doing things right, and the time out, even with baby, will be a change in routine that you'll welcome! 

Baby Acne

by: Jackie G. Maxwell
One of the most common conditions a new mother may see on her infant, is baby acne. But while it is startling in so young a child, it's really not a serious issue, nor should you be overly concerned about the causes or cures. 

Some babies when born, may have small red bumps on their face. This is not baby acne, but something called “milia”, which usually disappears in a couple of weeks. On the other hand, the acne will appear around that same two week period, and show itself as small white heads, sometimes surrounded by red, irritated skin on the cheeks, chin, forehead and even the back. 

In teenagers and even adults, acne is blamed on hormones and excessively oily skin. To some extent this is true of infants also, with hormones transmitted through the placenta, often being blamed for the facial spots. However, science has no real idea of the cause, and there is normally no treatment for the few weeks a child will have it. 

Because the baby acne appears on areas of the face where they may have spit up, rubbed against sheets washed in harsh detergent, or drooled, it can become slightly aggravated, but that extra irritation will go away by changing your laundry soap, and wiping their face with a damp cloth when needed. 

It is not advisable to try home remedies such as creams or oil, as these will only irritate the skin further. As a rule, nothing more is needed than washing once a day with mild baby soap. In some cases where the baby acne appears to get significantly worse, your doctor may prescribe a cream or other medication. He will also check at the same time, to see if a breastfeeding mother is taking any medication that may have triggered the acne through her milk. 

The 5 Babysitter Commandments

by: Ispas Marin
 
Having a babysitter take care of your kids is sometimes a dangerous thing to do because the babysitter is the person that will be alone with your kid. Here are some ideas about your relationship with the babysitter. 

1. The babysitter should be encouraged by keeping the favorite foods on hand. That's because when you find a good babysitter, you should keep them happy, that's what most experienced parents say. Writing a thank you card once or twice a year would be a good idea too. 

2. If you can't handle daily errands and taking care of your kids you can hire a "mother's helper" to come play with your kids. Since you'll be in the house you can hire a less expensive babysitter that has less experience. 

3. Any sign that the child has been molested should be taken very seriously, terror of the babysitter or the demonstration of sexual behaivour while playing might be such a sign. Young adolescents might not understand the intensity of their sexual impulses as much as an adult does, that leading to the adolescent being tempt to explore with your child. Even so, child molestors come in every age, size or gender. 

4. If using the same babysitter regularly learning to express your desires in a concrete form would be a good idea. Otherwise, you might do just like other parents, and develop a resentment towards the babysitter and forget the fact that a simple request might be all it's needed. 

5. If you forget to remind your babysitter that the safety of your child is the main concern while he's in their care, the babysitter may get scattered among the responsibilities and forget the safety issues. 

That being said, hope you won't have any problems with the babysitter that takes care of your kids. Good luck! 

Developing Your Baby's Brain

by: Ishi Bansal

Have you ever wondered why toys for babies tend to have so many bells, whistles and lights? Or why they have so many different textures, and materials and colors? It's almost as if we want to provide young babies with a whole world of stimulation and we can't quite get it to them fast enough.  

Play gyms or activity gyms as they are sometimes called tend to be a firm favorite with babies from newborn up to about 12 months. These play gyms and activity nests mostly come in the form of comfortable, quilted or softly padded playmats, sometimes raised at the edges with a space in the middle for baby (like a ring doughnut). And these play gyms can be either brightly colored or in soft, pastel shades. But don't be fooled by thinking they are just snug and comfy resting places for babies to fall asleep in! These activity gyms can provide a plethora of visual, audio and tactile stimulation for fast developing young inquisitive minds. 

Often decorated with well known and lovable characters, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eyore, or farm and zoo animals as well, they can consist of detachable, hanging parts for small babies to try to grasp. They tend to have parts that are crinkly, soft, scrunchy textures for baby to touch, squeeze and stroke. Some come with bright twinkling lights and bells and others make funny sounds, or musical sounds, and some even do both. You will often find mirrors attached to these activity gyms, so that your baby gets to find and see its own reflection, often providing hours of fun for babies and carers alike. All of this is extremely important for developing young minds. Babies are like a sponge, they are ready to absorb whatever information they can - and boy - they can't grasp it fast enough! A lot of new research points to the first three years of life as being critical to a baby's developing brain. It is a known fact that during this period, not only does the brain triple in weight but it also establishes thousands of billions of nerve connections. Astonishingly, at the age of three, a young child has twice as many nerve connections as many adults. Therefore, in your role as a parent, or primary care giver, it is of paramount importance that you recognize this and understand just how much development is taking place inside your young baby's brain from birth until the age of three. 

At birth, children have most of the neurons (brain cells) they need for a lifetime however, these brain cells are not yet linked (or "wired") together to form the complex networks that are required for mature thought processes to take place. And what happens is that in the early years, young children's brain cells form these connections, or synapses as they are commonly called, very very rapidly. One of the crucial ingredients to aiding these connections to form, is experience, and repetition. In a word, the more times you repeat something new, like showing a baby how to scrunch up a ball, the quicker these connections are formed. Therefore, it naturally follows that the more positive interaction you give an infant or toddler, the more you are helping to stimulate young brains. This stimulation causes new connections to form neural pathways and strengthens existing ones. Playing with activity gyms, with all the bells and whistles that they offer or reading to a child, anything which allows a child to have positive, interactive processes, will aid your child's brain development. 

So, as you lovingly sit and watch your young baby laughing and gurgling on the play mat or under the activity gym - do not underestimate the power of the changes taking place in the brain, all enriching an inquisitive mind and arming it with a plethora of knowledge and understanding for years to come. 

A Simple Method for Choosing the Perfect Name for Your New Baby

by: Criss White
 
A person's name is something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Selecting a baby's name is an important, but often difficult decision for many parents. Follow our guide for a simple process in selecting your baby's name. 

Most people have some ideas for good baby names and have thought about it on and off throughout their entire lives. Remember that the other parent and people around you will also have opinions about baby names, so sometimes it is a good idea to consider these opinions. If by some chance you do not have enough ideas for baby names, then search the internet for a baby name directory. 

Remember that your new child will be stuck with whatever name you give him or her for the rest of their lives. Common names are "normal" and "safe", but sometimes easily forgotten, especially when you meet a lot of people all at once. Unusual names are hard to remember at first, but once remembered usually stick to memory much better. You may want to choose a name that is easily pronounced from the spelling. When trying to pick a name, decide whether you want the child to have a common name or an unusual name. 

If you want a not too common name that is easy to remember, try to think of names of people that you have never met before. For example, I've never personally met anyone named Darien, so perhaps that name is not too common. Although this method is far from scientific, it is a good way to brainstorm. 

Want to avoid common names? Check out the following website that allows you the search for the most common names by year: 

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/ 

Once you have a list of names, you can move onto the second step in the process - picking the best name for the baby. It should be noted that in most cases, the two people who have authority of a new baby's name are the mother and father. The opinions of friends, family members, and other associates can be taken into account as well, but ultimately the parents should make the final decision. The name should be one that both the mother and father like. Here are some methods for selecting a baby's name: 

1) The most obvious way to select a name is to just have both parents talk about it until they reach a decision. Most parents can come to agreements this way, although others may be more fixated on their own name choices. If selecting a baby name becomes difficult, try the methods below. 

2) The father picks a boy name and the mother picks a girl name before the gender of the child is known (or vice versa). If either parent does not like a name, they can veto the name. For example, if the father picks "John" for the boy's name and the mother does not like it, she can veto. The father then has to pick another name. This process continues until both parents pick names that are mutually acceptable. This method works best for parents that are not too picky about names. Otherwise, the process could last a long time. 

3) If you want to involve friends and family, what you will need to do is make a list of names. Choose the names that you are most passionate about and make the list as concise as possible. Have friends and family rate the names on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best (or rank them from favorite to least favorite). The parents can easily print out these surveys on paper or send the by email. Total up the scores and see what people around you think. 

The reach a decision, parents must agree on a process and then follow it. In summary, following these simple steps can take the stress and difficulty out of selecting a baby's name. 

Unique Baby Names

by: Michael Barrows
What’s in a name? Er…well, everything, really! Of course your little bundle of joy is the sweetest, most beautiful thing you have ever seen and you want to choose a name that reflects his/her individuality, spirituality, uniqueness and all-round special-ness. 

But wait a minute! 

Remember that the unique baby name you choose will help define junior’s life - how they are viewed and accepted - for many, many years. What sounds cute and original for a 5-year-old, may not sound so funky for a 15-year-old…and what about a 55-year old? 

Time was when only celebrities could get away with unique baby names (Zowie Bowie, Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa, etc), but in the modern world, individuality is more prized than ever before, and increasingly, this starts with our names. Great idea – but don’t allow a flash of a self-indulgence to condemn your child to a lifetime of problems; it’s reported that a Chinese couple named their child “Saddam Sars” to mark the current world events at the time of the birth! I just hope it means something nice in Mandarin, or Cantonese! 

This probably wouldn’t have happened in Germany, where names can only be registered if they recognizable, do not ridicule the child and are gender specific. Perhaps there is at least one Chinese child in the world, who will grow up wishing he/she were German! 

So – assuming you are not German - what should you do if you want to create a unique baby name, without creating too many problems? Here are some tips and some warnings to make the process less painful: 

1. Anagrams: try creating an anagram of an existing name. 

2. Father and Mother: try using derivatives of one of the parents’ names, or a combination of both. Alternatively, how does the mother’s maiden name sound as a first name? 

3. Telescoping: try dropping letters from another name or a word, until you get a nice-sounding name. 

4. Spelling: an unusual spelling of a common name creates uniqueness. However, remember that your child will be condemned to a lifetime of “…that’s David spelt D..A..Y..V..I..D…” conversations. 

5. Pronunciation: another trick is to pronounce a common name in an unusual way. But this can also lead to a lifetime of corrections and explanations – as well as teasing and accusations of pretentiousness. 

6. History: do some research into names that were popular in previous eras, but have become less so. 

7. Family History: are there any unusual baby names that can be used to honor family members or ancestors? But beware family politics… 

8. Nature: many names come from the natural world, particularly flowers (e.g. Rose) and it’s a great source for unique baby names (e.g. Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple). 

9. Geography: another useful source of great names - grab an atlas and start searching. David and Victoria Beckham called their first son Brooklyn, which many people think is a cool-sounding name. However, it’s reported that the choice was made because that’s where conception took place. Hmmm, imagine a lifetime in which your name is a constant reminder of your parents having sex! Eeeuuuuww!!! 

10. Celebrities: famous people with slightly unusual names are a common source of inspiration. There are lots of teenage “Kylie”s running around the UK since Kylie Minogue’s arrival on the music scene at end of the ‘80’s, and her recent resurgence, will have created a second wave of them. And I’m sure many little “Be’yonce”s have been popping up over the last few years. The only problem is that names like these very soon begin to sound a little silly and “wannabe”. 

11. Foreign Names: consider using a foreign version of a name, e.g., Pedro, instead of Peter. Or try using a name from a completely different culture. 

12. Nicknames: try using a nickname e.g. Angie, instead of Angela or Angelina. However, make sure the name is will pass the “age test” – see number 17 below. 

13. Middle Names: a great way to accommodate individuality when naming your baby, is to combine a common first name with a unique second/middle name. The benefit of this is that your child can avoid embarrassment throughout his/her life by ignoring it of keeping it hidden.

14. Initials: when you have settled on some names, check that the initials aren’t embarrassing. This is an easy trap to fall into and can lead to a lifetime of misery. “Zina Indigo” are may be nice sounding names for your lovely daughter, but make sure your surname doesn’t begin with “T”! 

15. First Name-Surname: check how the selected first name combines with the surname. Make sure the two names do not create some something recognizable, to prevent a lifetime of teasing. Also, check the rhythm of the two names; a different number of syllables in each name usually flows much better. Avoid rhyming the 2 names at all costs or your child will hate you forever! 

16. The loudness test: try saying the name softly, at normal pitch and shouting it very loudly. You may be surprised at the results. 

17. The age test: try to visualize your child with the name as a baby, as a teenager, as a young adult, a mature adult and as a senior citizen. A name can create completely different perceptions of the individual at separate stages of life. 

18. The meaning: the final test of the name that you choose should be to check its meaning (if any). Don’t leave your child open to getting a nasty surprise later in life. 

Whatever name you decide, don’t fall into the trap of self-indulgence. Remember, it’s not about you, it’s all about your child. Your grand design to celebrate the uniqueness of this new human being, may eventually lead to a lifelong, desperate desire for conformity and anonymity. Even Zowie Bowie eventually changed his name to “Joey”… 

Baby Name Meanings

by: Michael Barrows
Speaking as a Michael (a Hebrew name, meaning “Who is like God”), I’m really proud of my name. And I think that I – mostly - live up to the title! Of course, my mother would probably disagree; I think the phrase “little devil” would probably pass her lips if she was describing me during many stages of my childhood. 

But then, my mother has her own issues; apparently her name (Kathleen) is a Celtic name meaning “Little Darling”. Hmmm, that isn’t the way I used to think about her during those regular occasions when she was punishing me for my “not like God” behaviour…! 

And that’s the fun of baby name meanings – parents make naming decisions based on many, many different reasons, including family traditions, religion, culture, uniqueness and “it just sounds really nice.” But – in the Western world – we rarely do any real research into the history or real meaning of names. So when the poor/lucky child finally finds out the meaning of his/her “really nice sounding” name, the results can be interesting, ironic, unfortunate or just sometimes hilarious. 

You can have a lot of fun thinking up family/friends names, finding out the meanings and trying to make a connection between the two. For example, my eldest brother Clive is apparently “a cliff dweller”, which is coincidental, since he lives at the top of a very long steep hill! Or why not play the game with celebrities – consider the following: 

Badu (as in r n’b singer Erykah Badu): African name meaning “Tenth born child” 

Winona (as in actress Winona Ryder): Sioux name meaning “Firstborn daughter” 

Aaliyah (the late r n’b singer): Arabic name meaning “High, exalted” 

Hilary (as in actresses Duff/Swank): Latin name meaning “Cheerful” 

Some cultures have very interesting traditions when it comes to baby name meanings. For example, Hindu names usually have connections with very positive things such as truth, beauty, happiness, blessings, etc, or one of the Hindu gods. In the Sikh culture, girls traditionally have the middle or surname “Kaur”, meaning “Princess”, whilst the boys have the middle or surname “Singh”, meaning “Lion”. 

An African friend of mine once mentioned that many Africans are given a second name corresponding to the day of the week on which they were born. I think is a really nice tradition, but in my case, my middle name would be “Sondo” (born on Sunday)!! Hmmmm… 

Whatever type of name you have chosen, or are thinking about for your “bundle of joy”, its worth doing a little research into the meaning. And it’s never been easier, with the wealth of Internet resources and books available, including my own site at www.all-about-baby-names.com, which is jam-packed with resources, tips and information on baby names, baby name meanings and baby products. 

Your search may yield some surprises; for example, the lovely-sounding name “Malory” is French and means “Bad luck”. You could get round this by spelling it “Mallory”, but this means “Without good fortune” in Old German! 

Alternatively, you may end up a little confused by different meanings of the same name; for example “Leah” is a beautiful girl’s name, but what does it mean? Well… 

• In Hebrew it means “Cow” or “Weary one” – uugghhh! • In Greek it means “Glad tidings” • In Assyrian, it means “Mistress, ruler” 

And a final warning: if you are planning to go for a funky, unusual-sounding name, be sure to avoid “Bacia,” – its Ugandan meaning is “Family deaths ruined the home!” 

A Complete Guide For Parents To Choose The Best Toys For Their Children

by: Eugen Lisov
Do you remember how it was when you where a child? What was your main activity? Was it working? Of course not. Your main activity was playing. You had no concerns. You needed toys and your parents where supposed to provide you with them. They had to find toys you wouldn’t throw away and believe me, it wasn’t easy for them. 

Now you are a parent and you are in the same situation as your parents years ago. You’re looking for toys that your child will like. That’s why you must know how to choose the right toys. My parents made one common mistake: they would buy me toys that they considered wonderful. But usually, when they would give me the toy, I would either consider it too girlish or too boring. It wasn’t fun for them to see how a toy they bought for me to play with would stay forgotten in my closet. 

How to find out what’s the right toy for your child? 

Just watch your child closely to determine his preferred activities, skills level, preferred band(s) and movie(s), and so on. Based on these observations you can get a clue on what types of toys your child would prefer. For instance, if your child loves the movie Lord of the Rings, I bet that he’ll also like Lord of the Rings toys… ( http://www.child-toys-guide.com/lord-of-the-rings-toys.shtml ) 

Now don’t just go into the first toy shop and buy the first Lord of the Rings toy you find. Observations aren’t enough. There are some other very important factors you must consider. Adding them into the equation helps ensure you that your child will have lots of fun with the toy you’ll choose to buy for him. 

Here are the factors you must consider when choosing toys for your child: 

• Child’s age – This is very important. If you buy toys too advanced for your child’s age, chances are that he might get injured. Toy manufacturers struggle to make their products as safe as possible, but if you don’t follow their recommendations, your child may suffer. On the other hand, if you buy toys made for children with age under that of your child, he will consider them too boring. The best thing is to choose toys designed precisely for your child’s age. Here are two articles that will help you choose toys for babies ( http://www.child-toys-guide.com/baby-toys.shtml ) and toys for toddlers. ( http://www.child-toys-guide.com/toddler-toys.shtml ) 

• Child’s gender – This is exactly what I said above that my parents bought me toys that I considered to be girlish. I’m a boy, but the same is with girls too. Any detail that may make the toy look as for the other gender than that of your child will make the toy undesired. 

• Toys your child’s friends play with – When your child is playing with his friends, watch to find out if he manifests interest in any of his playmate’s toys. If he does, then it’s very likely that he would like to have a toy similar the one his friend has. 

• Sometimes, a child tells his parents what toy he likes or wants, thus saving them from a lot of hard work. But don’t count on this. Some children aren’t very keen to talk with parents unless they really want a certain toy. 

• Safety – This is the most important factor you must consider whenever you need to decide what toy you should buy for your child. Unfortunately, this is also the most overlooked one. Usually, parents forget to check if the toy they choose for their children are safe. 

• Is the toy educational? – It’s a good thing if the toys you choose for your child can help him develop new skills. 

And please remember that the age difference between you and your child is of at least 20 years. The fact that you liked a toy when you were a child does not mean that your child will love it too. Children from different generations like different types of toys 

Make sure you offer the toy to your child in the appropriate manner! 

When you offer the toy to your child, don’t do it in a “Here’s your toy. Now go and play with it” manner. If you do it this way, that toy won’t mean a thing to your child. Rather, try to make a game. Hide the toy somewhere where the child can easily find it, and encourage him to look for it. Laugh with your child, search for it together… And when the he finds the toy, don’t just let him play by himself. Get involved in your child’s play. Make that the fun of a lifetime. A parent is a child’s first and best friend. 

Being a Mom - Reflections on Mother's Day

by: Susanne Myers
Being a Mom – Reflections on Mother’s Day 

Since my daughter was born a little over 2 years ago, Mother’s Day has been a very special day for me. After all, I had carried her for 9 months and spent countless sleepless nights taking care of her to earn the title “Mother”. 

But this year I really started thinking about my mom. This Mother’s Day I feel a completely new level of gratitude and respect for my Mom. I have gained a much better understanding of what she went through and how much she scarified to raise me. 

Let’s take a little closer look at what “Mom” did and does for you. 

Pregnancy 
Remember those first few months of pregnancy with the excitement, anxiousness and – who could forget it- the morning sickness? Your Mom went through all of that as well, and she did it without being able to access every conceivable piece of information about pregnancy online and without all the early tests we have now to ensure us that everything is fine with our baby. 

Mom also shared the kicks to the bladder and the backaches that come later in pregnancy. And don’t forget about labor. Well, who could forget labor? Mom’s been there, done that as well. And she probably did it with a lot less medicinal help than we did! 

Infancy 
Then the real joy of motherhood begins - no sleep for months, midnight feedings and endless diaper changes. Could you imagine surviving without disposable diapers? I couldn’t, but somehow my Mom managed to wash millions of dirty cloth diapers while taking care of me. 

I am sure she also got the same words of advice from everyone around her about how to properly care for the little infant and worried about all the possible germs the baby could be exposed to with everyone wanting to hold her. 

Toddler 
Just like you, Mom eventually made it through your infancy and met the toddler version of you. When I recently complained about my daughter’s “terrible two’s” to my Mom, she just laughed and told me it was payback for all my tantrums when I was my daughter’s age. 
Did she worry as much as I did about picking the right time to wean her off the bottle, the pacifier, to get her potty trained? Did she go through all the heartbreak and crying, and - as far as potty training goes - the mess that comes with it? I am sure she did. And like any good mother, we both supported the first attempts at independence. So what if my daughter decides to wear rain boots with her summer dress? I feel sure there is a picture of me somewhere in a very similar outfit. 

Preschooler 
So you and your Mom finally make it past the terrible twos. By now, if not earlier, you are probably torn between kids and career. If your Mom is anything like mine, she ran into the same problem. Should you stay home and be there for the kids 24/7, or should you continue to work to be able to afford the kind of things you want to be able to give your kids? 
At this stage Moms also spend a lot of time getting their kids ready for school. All along you have probably been reading to your child, teaching her numbers and colors, just like your own mother did. 

School 
Your kids may or may not be in school yet, but even if they aren’t, I am sure you can relate to making sure your child gets to school on time every morning, helping with homework and various school projects and attending school functions. Your Mom was probably there with you every step of the way too. She shared your joys and pains. She comforted you when the other kids made fun of you, just like you will with your kids. 

I feel sure you have many more special memories about your Mom that you haven’t thought about in years. Why don’t you pick up the phone and call her? Spend some time with her. If you take the time and make the effort, you will find a great friend in your mother if you are not already at that point in your relationship. Take her on a “girls-day-out”. Go shopping, have lunch and get some pedicures together. Just enjoy her company and don’t forget to thank her for all she has done for you. After all, you wouldn’t be the great woman you are today without her. 

They say there is a great woman behind every successful man, but there is also a wonderful mother behind every great woman. 

Happy Mother’s Day. 

Baby Cold Symptoms and How to Give Care

by: Leroy Chan
Remember how miserable you felt when you last had a cold? Can you imagine what your baby must feel when he experiences a cold for the first time?
 
Viruses are responsible for causing colds. Infected people spread the viruses when they sneeze or cough nearby healthy people. The virus gets into the nose and throat where it multiplies.
 
What Are The Symptoms?
 
When your baby has a cold, there will be a number of symptoms. He will be sneezing and have a runny nose. He may have a sore throat and it may be difficult for him to swallow. His glands may become swollen.
 
He may not feel like eating much and he could become irritable. A cough may develop. He may get a slight fever or have a body temperature of 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
When to Seek Medical Advice
 
If your baby is three months old or less and has cold like symptoms, you should contact a pediatrician immediately. Cold like symptoms in a baby three months old or less are misleading and could lead to a serious ailment.
 
On the other hand, if your child is more than three months old you should contact a doctor if you notice that he is breathing loudly and his nostrils expand out with each breath. His nails or lips are becoming blue. His mucus is thick, runny and green. He has a cough that hasn’t gone a way for more than a week. His ears ache. His temperature is more than 102 degrees Fahrenheit. He has become more drowsy or grouchy.
 
How to Care For Your Baby
 
Medical experts tell us there is no cure for the common cold. However, there are ways to alleviate the miserable symptoms your baby undergoes.
 
Make sure he gets plenty of rest and extra fluids. If he has a fever, give him acetaminophen or if he’s older that six months he may take ibuprofen (but don’t give it to your baby if he is dehydrated or continuously vomiting).
 
If your child has a cough and is under three years old, don’t give him a cough suppressing medicine unless it was prescribed by a pediatrician. Coughing rids the lower respiratory tract of mucus.
 
If your baby has nasal congestion, you can use a rubber suction bulb to draw out the mucus from his nostrils. If the mucus is too thick, you can apply saline nose drops to soften the mucus before extracting with the bulb. A humidifier can also be used in the baby’s room to help liquefy the nasal secretions.
 
Concluding Thoughts
 
The best way for your baby to avoid a cold is to not have him near people who are infected. But if your baby gets a cold, the best thing you can do is make it comfortable for him. Soon his cold symptoms will disappear and he’ll be back to health, that is, until the next episode. But by now you’ll be ready for that, won’t you?