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Family Matters: Baby’s First Christmas

Merry Christmas! Is this the first time your baby has experienced the excitement of Christmas? How do you know how much celebration is the right amount?

A lot depends on how old your baby is. If your little one is 11 ½ months old, the celebration will be different than if he’s just a newborn. Newborns hardly notice the event, and all observations really benefit everyone else. A baby who is nearly a year old will often be walking, babbling and into everything. They can really enjoy the lights and packages and songs!

Moderation usually works well, no matter what age your child is. Over-stimulation often results in fussy crying and sleepless nights. Space out the big events, skip the unimportant ones, and think about making your own family traditions. When you have a little one, long trips to visit relatives might not be the wisest choice; how about if the relatives come to visit you, instead?

If your baby is mobile this Christmas—either walking or crawling—you’ll want to keep safety in mind. Make sure dangerous plants and objects are out of arm’s reach, and take precautions to be sure your Christmas tree is safely anchored.

Happy Holidays—and for Baby, too!

Product Talk: Disposable Diapers

So how do you go about choosing the best disposable diapers for your baby? There are several things to keep in mind:

  • Fit: check the leg gathers and elasticity. Nobody wants a leaking diaper, but also, nobody wants one that pinches or irritates.
  • Dryness: varies by brand.
  • Fastening tabs: tape or Velcro should be easy to use, and re-sealable.
  • Boy vs Girl: some diapers have specially designed diapers for each gender. The absorbent padding is strategically placed.
  • Size: diapers come in several sizes, and packages come in sizes, too.
  • Cost: this can vary greatly!
  • Color and design: not necessary, but often preferred

A disposable diaper has a soft, cloth-like, waterproof outside. Inside there is a moisture-wicking layer, and an absorbent gel inner core.

That gel inner core can sometimes cause problems. If babies don’t feel wet, they don’t fuss. Sitting too long in a wet diaper can cause diaper rashes. Sometimes a less-absorbent diaper is better!

How many diapers do you use each day? Generally speaking, newborns go through 10 to 12; infants use 8 to 10 a day; toddlers use 6 to 8 and potty-learning children can still use 4 to 6 diapers every day. That’s a lot of diaper changing! No wonder disposables are so popular; the convenience alone is significant!

At Brookshire’s our store brand diapers, Top Care, are guaranteed. You’ll get your money back if you’re not pleased with their performance!

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Family Matters: Juice, Juice, Juice!

How much juice should you give to your baby, and when? Mothers and pediatricians have debated this for ages. Interestingly, opinion is shifting on the matter. While fruit juice is extremely healthy, it’s also extremely sweet, so should actually be given in moderation. After all, it takes a good 10 oranges to make a cup of orange juice. That’s a lot of oranges to be consuming—and a lot of calories!

Pediatricians generally agree that before age 6 months, babies should only receive breast milk or formula, because those are complete foods. (source: American Academy of Pediatrics) After 6 months, if your baby is drinking from a cup, you can introduce some juice into his or her diet. Don’t give juice in a bottle and never put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice. The natural sugars can lead to cavities. Four to six ounces a day is plenty. An option to juice is mashed or pureed whole fruits and vegetables.

As your baby gets older, his or her needs will change. Fruit juice is sweet and many toddlers will overindulge if given the chance. Don’t give your toddler a sippy cup full of juice, or a juice box, to walk around with all day. The prolonged exposure to natural sugars can cause dental problems. Use juice, instead, as a treat or a snack.

When it comes to beverages, babies and toddlers do just fine when introduced to water as the drink of choice. And as always, discuss food concerns with your family doctor or pediatrician.

Family Matters: My Baby Spits Up!

My Baby Spits Up!Almost every baby spits up from time to time. It usually happens because a baby’s digestive system is still developing. The muscle that keeps foods in the stomach may not  close tightly when babies are young. As a result, it’s easy for a baby’s most recent meal to splash back up, so be prepared to do a few extra loads of laundry for a few months!

Usually spit up is nothing to worry about. Talk with your doctor, and if your baby is gaining the proper amount of weight and is thriving, you can be confident that he’s getting enough to eat. Another strong sign that your baby is well fed is having six to 10 wet diapers a day. To reduce spitting up, try feeding your baby only when she shows signs of hunger, keep him in a semi-upright position during feeding, and burp him regularly throughout the meal.

Sometimes, however, lots of spitting up is a sign of a serious condition, so it’s important to discuss this with your doctor. If a baby is not gaining weight, is crying excessively, is choking or seems to be in a lot of pain, he may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which your doctor can diagnose. Fortunately, most children outgrow spitting up by the time they’re a year old.

Product Talk: Pacifiers

PacifiersBack when you and I were babies, there wasn’t much variety when it came to pacifiers. Nowadays, though, there’s just about any option you want to consider: orthodontically shaped ones that help tooth and jaw development, flavored ones that please the palate, color-coordinated passies that match outfits (don’t forget the matching pacifier clip!), and even models that automatically close when dropped (to control germs).

With all those choices, what’s a parent to do? Despite the many options in pacifiers in 2009, it still all comes down to one main factor: what does your baby like? Each baby has individual preferences and if they spit out the pacifier, it isn’t going to do much good, now, is it? Finding the perfect passie is going to take some trial and effort, and once you find it, take a tip from an experienced mom: buy lots of them! The last thing you need is to have a fussy baby and no pacifier in sight.

Did you know that pacifiers actually come in sizes? There’s one size for newborns, another for ages 6 to 18 months and one for babies older than 18 months. When selecting a pacifier, think of your baby’s safety, also. The best models are one piece, with the nipple and base firmly attached. If you get a pacifier with several parts, it could come apart and pose a choking hazard.

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