Your baby, even when in the womb, has preferences. A new study published in PLOS One found that fetuses move and respond more when their mothers touch their own stomachs than when they talk to the babies from outside the womb, according to Time magazine.
Specifically, researchers found that when mothers touched their stomachs…
…fetuses showed “more arm, head, and mouth movements than when the women did nothing or when they spoke to the baby,” Time reported. “Although it is speculative to suggest, it might well be that the increases in arm movements in response to maternal touch are also directed responses towards the source of the stimulation,” the study’s authors wrote.
To find this, researchers brought 23 healthy pregnant women into a dark room and had them all practice
One behavior had the mothers rub their abdomen, another had the mothers talk to their babies and the last had mothers keep their arms at their side. The researchers tracked the fetuses’ movements with sonography. The first behavior had the most responses from the fetuses.
But this isn’t the only way a child can develop within the womb.
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year found that children learn language skills while in the womb when their parents read or talk to them.
Language and reading skills in womb
The study found that premature babies specifically had a better chance at learning language and reading skills once they were born because their mothers read to them as a fetus, which developed “the auditory fitness necessary to shape the brain for hearing and language development,” according to the study. “It’s never too early to start reading and talking to your baby,” Dr. Rebekka Levis, an assistant professor at New York Medical College, told The Journal News. “We definitely know that babies can hear their mothers and recognize their voice while in utero.”
A similar study in 2013 found that babies can learn and understand language because
A similar study in 2013 found that babies can learn and understand language because of what they hear from their mothers while they’re in the womb, according to WebMD. Research shows that babies absorb information in the womb during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy, according to WebMD. And babies can recognize their mother’s language over a foreign language right after being born. But it’s really up to parents to decide what’s best, as long as there is some interaction going on. In fact, Jenna Goudreau of Forbes wrote that any interaction with your child will help your baby become smarter. Babies, even when they’re in the womb, shouldn’t be left to learn on their own, Goudreau wrote.
Parents can motivate their children to learn by interacting
Pediatrician Anatoly Belilovsky told Goudreau that parents can motivate their children to learn by interacting — whether it’s through reading, talking or touching the stomach — with them when they’re in the womb. “It’s really the interaction that motivates the child,” Belilovsky said. “The main message for new moms is that their babies are listening and learning and remembering during the last stages of pregnancy. Their brains do not wait for birth to start absorbing information,” the study’s author, Patricia K. Kuhl, Ph.D., said, according to WebMD.
Months back, we were rocked by news that a British paedophile has admitted to sex attacks on children as young as six months across a span of almost a decade. Richard Huckle is believed to have abused up to 200 victims, mostly children from poor Christian communities in Kuala Lumpur, impressing families by taking advantage of his “relative wealth and status as a W
He posted pictures on the dark web, a part of the Internet difficult to access and often used for illegal activity such as child p0rnography, and over 20,000 indecent images were found on his computer. He also kept a record of his attacks and wrote a 60-page manual called Paedophiles and Poverty: Child Love Guide, on how to select victims and avoid detection.
Huckle faces a total of 91 charges, and these include rape and grooming children to expose, touch other children sexually.
This will undoubtedly come as a blow to the families who knew him and trusted him. Even when his friends were contacted, he was described as “a normal person, just very quiet”.
As a parent, you can only hope to spend every second of the day with your child to protect them from incidences like these. But realistically, you can’t. So here are some of the ways you can educate and protect your child from sexual predators:
Know what a sexual predator looks like
Greasy hair, shifty-looking, socially awkward?
The truth is, it could be anyone. It could be a relative, your neighbour, a friend at a religious institution that you attend, or a complete stranger. This doesn’t mean you have to be suspicious of everyone. Just be aware that there is not a single profile of the abuser, and you should be equally wary of each and everyone around you and your child.
It’s almost second nature to Asians to shy away from having “the talk”. This could indirectly say to your child that sex is something to be ashamed of and if something untoward ever happens, they would be afraid to tell you. Open communication is key to build confidence in your child to talk to you honestly about anything, even potentially embarrassing matters.
Be clear and give concrete examples
Identify which body parts are private – you can do this during bath time. Let them know that they have to tell you when someone makes them uncomfortable, no matter who the person is or what they say. An example could be playing a game that involves touching or taking off of clothes.
Teach your child that their body is theirs and that it’s okay to say no. This could even include feeling uncomfortable when relatives ask for a kiss at family gatherings. Suggest a handshake – this will help them understand that personal boundaries are theirs to dictate.
Let your child know that they must tell you if someone touches them inappropriately. And of course, always keep an eye open for changes in behavior such as reluctance to go to school etc. Persuade them to tell you why instead of forcing them to do something they are clearly uncomfortable about doing. It’s always better to be safe than sorry – never assume that they’re just being difficult.
Dangers lurk not just amongst strangers in real life, but also in the online world. Norton by Symantec, a global leader in cybersecurity, released findings from the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, highlighting parental concerns about their children in the online world, specifically on online predators and privacy.
Here are some of the key highlights:
62% of parents say their child has already experienced online crime.
64% are afraid that their children will give out too much personal information to strangers.
Measures that parents take to protect their children online:
48% only allow Internet access with parental supervision
45% limit the amount of information they share online about their children
44% limit access to certain websites
43% check the browser history of the children
Parents should watch out for each other’s kids as predators are devising more ways to get to their victims. Keep each other informed and in check!
Potty training your child takes a lot of time and patience for both you and your child for it might take a lot to time getting them to follow the signs it’s time for them to use their potty, it might be easy potty training a child while it might prove to be a challenge to the other child so the secret to its success is a lot of time and patience!
How do I know it’s time?
Potty-training success hinges on physical and emotional readiness, not a specific age. Many kids show interest in potty training by age 2, but others might not be ready until age 2 1/2 or even older — and there’s no rush. If you start potty training too early, it might take longer to train your child.
Is your child ready? Ask yourself these questions:
Does your child seem interested in the potty chair or toilet, or in wearing underwear?
Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture when he or she needs to go?
Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
Does your child complain about wet or dirty diapers?
Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
Can your child sit on and rise from a potty chair?
If you answered mostly yes, your child might be ready for potty training. If you answered mostly no, you might want to wait — especially if your child has recently faced or is about to face a major change, such as a move or the arrival of a new sibling. A toddler who opposes potty training today might be open to the idea in a few months.
When you decide it’s time to begin potty training, set your child up for success. Start by maintaining a positive attitude — and recruiting all of your child’s caregivers to do the same. Then follow these steps.
Place a potty chair in the bathroom or, initially, wherever your child is spending most of his or her time. Have your child decorate the chair. Encourage your child to sit on the potty chair — with or without a diaper. Make sure your child’s feet rest firmly on the floor or a stool.
Help your child understand how to talk about the bathroom using simple, correct terms. You might dump the contents of a dirty diaper into the potty chair to show its purpose, or let your child see family members using the toilet.
Schedule potty breaks
If your child is interested, have him or her sit on the potty chair or toilet without a diaper for a few minutes several times a day. For boys, it’s often best to master urination sitting down, and then move to standing up after bowel training is complete.
Read a potty-training book or give your child a toy to use while sitting on the potty chair or toilet. Stay with your child when he or she is in the bathroom.
Even if your child simply sits there, offer praise for trying — and remind your child that he or she can try again later. To maintain consistency, try to bring the potty chair or a portable potty with you when you’re away from home with your child.
Get there — Fast!
When you notice signs that your child might need to use the toilet — such as squirming, squatting or holding the genital area — respond quickly. Help your child become familiar with these signals, stop what he or she is doing, and head to the toilet. Praise your child for telling you when he or she has to go.
Teach girls to wipe carefully from front to back to prevent bringing germs from the rectum to the vag!na or bladder. When it’s time to flush, let your child do the honors. Make sure your child washes his or her hands afterward.
Some kids respond to stickers or stars on a chart. For others, trips to the park or extra bedtime stories are effective. Reinforce your child’s effort with verbal praise, such as, “How exciting! You’re learning to use the toilet just like big kids do!” Be positive even if a trip to the toilet isn’t successful.
Ditch the diapers
After several weeks of successful potty breaks, your child might be ready to trade diapers for training pants or underwear. Celebrate this transition. Go on a special outing. Let your child pick out his or her underwear. Once your child is wearing training pants or regular underwear, avoid overalls, belts, leotards or other items that could hinder undressing.
Most children master daytime bladder control first, often within about two to three months of consistent toilet training. Nap and nighttime training might take months — or years — longer. In the meantime, use disposable training pants or mattress covers when your child sleeps.
Know when to call it quits
If your child resists using the potty chair or toilet or isn’t getting the hang of it within a few weeks, take a break. Chances are he or she isn’t ready yet. Try again in a few months and U will likely see major improvements.
When I thought about my mother and the qualities she has there is a long list of qualities that I can even not express in words. Mothers are always inspiring their kids to do best in their lives. Mothers are the most precious gift of God. A mother can play numerous the roles for her kids sometimes she teaches you as a teacher, sometimes she protects as a sentinel and sometimes she hears you as a best friend. Mothers are always sincere with her kids in all her roles.
Top 10 Qualities Of A Good Mom
As I said before that the list of mother’s qualities is very long, but here are top 10 qualities that will help you to be a good mother.
• Try to understand your kids and see things from your kid’s point of view.
• If you want to be a good mother you should have patience.
• Give unconditional love to your kids.
• You must have one on one time with every kid.
• Teach the good discipline to kids by presenting yourself as a disciplined person.
• You should know that when you should treat kids as a mother and when as a friend.
• To treat kids under 10, you must have a sense of humor.
• Try to improve yourself not only as a mother but for being a good person.
• Never abuse your kids.
• Relax a little.
What you think which qualities should be added in this list?
Finding the tightest to place your self and your belly becomes increasingly uncomfortable as your pregnancy forges on.You sometimes experience feelings of restlessness or insomnia. This is because your regular sleeping position may no longer work for you during pregnancy.
There are a number of reasons for this new discomfort, but there are some sleeping positions that you can try that may help you get your much needed rest.
Why Is My Normal Sleeping Positions Not Working Anymore?
When you are pregnant your body goes through a variety of changes. These changes tend to disrupt your usual peaceful slumber.
Reasons for your discomfort may include:
• Increased size of abdomen
• Back pain
• Shortness of breath
What Are The Best Sleep Positions During Pregnancy?
The best sleeping position during pregnancy is “SOS” (sleep on side). Even better is to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby.
Keep your legs and knees bent, and put a pillow between your legs.
If you find that you are having problems with back pain, use the “SOS” position, and try placing a pillow under your abdomen as well.
If you are experiencing heartburn during the night, you may want to try propping your upper body with pillows.
In late pregnancy you may experience shortness of breath. Try lying on your side or propped up with pillows.
These suggestions may not sound completely comfortable, especially if you are used to sleeping on your back or stomach, but try them out. You may find that they work. Keep in mind that you may not stay in one position all night, and rotating positions is fine.
What Sleep Positions During Pregnancy Should I Avoid?
Sleeping on your back: This can cause problems with backaches, breathing, the digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and cause a decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby.
This is a result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels (the aorta and vena cava).
Sleeping on your stomach: When you are farther along in your pregnancy, your abdomen undergoes physical changes and makes it more difficult for you to lay on your stomach.
Being a first time mother comes with a lot of challenges on how well to and not to care for your little one. If go running Everytime he/she whimpers or U let her quiet down on her own, if U co-sleep or put him down in his cot.
Remember do what ever you think feels right to you and suits your baby’s needs rather than trying to do what everybody tells you to.
1. You’re the expert
Taking advice doesn’t hurt , but also don’t be afraid to ignore that advice, and go with your instincts. Do what you feel comfortable with.”
2. Comparison is not your friend
Do not always want to try the same things your friends applied while taking care of heir babies
or compare your child to others. Remember: every child is different.”
3. Help is not a four letter word (although it actually is)
If the offers are not coming in from people , then don’t be scared to ask for help.”
4. “This too shall pass”
“Almost everything is a phase, and things change all the time. Not sleeping more than four hours, hating the bath, throwing food all over the house? This will pass.”
5. Sometimes, babies just … cry
Baby often times cry just because they want to do so and not for any other feared reasons baby, Comfort them, rock them, sing calmly – but don’t feel you have to stop it. Sometimes we feel like we have to fix everything, and it’s an awful amount of pressure.”
6. NOTHING is more important than sleep
“Sleep when the baby sleeps if you can, rather than trying to get things done – the housework can wait!”
7. Parents are allowed to get it wrong
“Don’t panic if you make a mistake. Many of us have made them too, and our children survived!”
8. You’re already doing an ace job
“Believe in yourself and your parenting skills. Confidence comes with time – but love and care will take you a long way.”
Have you ever wondered how some couples get beautiful babies and others don’t? Or Why some couples get beautiful babies even when they are not ‘beautiful’. I have seen ugly couples (Note: beauty is in the eye of the beholder) begat very pretty babies, so I began to research, what is the secret?
Take note! Beauty is hereditary, beautiful couples or ‘ugly’ (not so pretty) couples with a beautiful grand parent have higher likelihood of giving birth to beautiful babies. However, there are ways to get beautiful babies naturally without being very pretty or having beautiful ancestors. I will show you these proven ways in this article, continue below
WATCH BEAUTIFUL PICTURES, PLACES AND PEOPLE
We all appreciate beautiful things. Looking at beautiful pictures, watching or reviewing wonderful scenes when pregnant will infulence the countenance and looks of the baby inside your womb and make him or her delightful.
So from the moment you become pregnant make it a habit to start watching beautiful pictures or things and enjoy it as well.
There is a story of a woman who always pasted pictures of beautiful models at strategic positions in her apartment, where she’s always looking at them and it has been working for her. One of her neighbours (who you can say she is ugly) affirmed this by testing it. The outcome was great as they began creating excellent children. We are not advising you start pasting beautiful pictures all over your apartment, just try an appreciate good and beautiful things.
The more you see beauty, the more beautiful you become.
Why should I be doing this?
The purpose for this is basic; as a child is shaping, whatever the mother sees reflects him or her. There is an old myth amongst the Igbo tribe (a tribe in the eastern part of Nigeria), they don’t allow their pregnant ladies to see masquerades nor go for masquerade celebration (The Masquerades are usually very ugly).
NOTE: While doing this, don’t get yourself worked up or stressed up as it might affect the health of your baby. Have time for your baby and relax.
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As your baby start growing some teeth, it is important to take care of their teeth as healthy teeth are important to your baby’s overall health. Teeth help your baby chew food and form words and sounds when speaking. They also affect the way your baby’s jaw grows. Poor teeth hygiene may affect your child and they might have difficulties speaking clearly and chewing. This post will show you how to care for your baby’s teeth, when to start brushing baby teeth and steps on what to do.
When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?
Start cleaning your baby’s teeth twice a day as soon as the first tooth appears, this will enable the baby get use to it. The first tooth can vary but is usually a front bottom tooth that appears around six months of age. Until your child is 1 year old, you can use a wet washcloth or gauze to clean your baby’s teeth and gums. Start using a soft baby toothbrush and a small dab of toothpaste that does not have fluoride in it when your baby is between 1 year and 18 months old. (This type of toothpaste is safe for your baby to swallow.)
What’s the best way to brush my baby’s teeth after they start coming in?
As your child’s teeth start to appear (generally around 6 months), look for a baby toothbrush with a small head and grip suitable for your hand. (If your child is healthy and still hasn’t gotten her first tooth by the end of her first year, don’t worry – some children don’t start getting teeth until 15 to 18 months.)
– Brush twice a day. Brush in the morning and right before bedtime.
– Use a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste. To avoid giving your child too much fluoride, use a thin smear of toothpaste or a dot the size of a grain of rice.
– Brush gently on the inside and outside of each of your baby’s teeth, as well as her tongue (if she’ll let you), to dislodge bacteria that can cause bad breath. Since you’re using such a small amount of toothpaste, there’s no need to rinse.
– Replace the toothbrush as soon as the bristles start to look worn or splayed.
For now, your baby’s teeth are probably far enough apart that you don’t have to worry about flossing. In fact, there’s no evidence that flossing baby teeth makes a difference. Most dentists recommend starting to floss when tooth surfaces touch and you can’t clean them with a toothbrush.
Watch video on How to Care for your Baby’s Teeth
How to Clean Baby’s Teeth
Brush twice a day
You should try to brush your baby’s teeth two times a day. Ideally one time will be in the morning and the other at night after his last drink for the day.
Make gentle circular movements
Use a thin layer of toothpaste that covers three quarters or less of the bristles. Use small and gentle circular motions while brushing and focus on the spot where the gums and teeth meet. Never brush too vigorously as this can be painful.
Encourage your baby to spit out the toothpaste after brushing but don’t rinse his mouth as this can make the toothpaste less effective.
How to Protect Baby’s Teeth
Reduce sugar intake
Only have sugary foods (including dry fruits) at mealtimes and four times a day maximum.
Only give your baby brea*st milk, formula or water. Other drinks contain a lot of sugar.
Take distinct drinking ways at different ages
Try using a beaker when your child is six months and stop him from using a bottle at a year. After this point, he should only drink water at night.
Frequently Asked Questions about Brushing Baby Teeth
1. How Can I Choose Baby Toothbrush?
Clean gauze or muslin
Some parents find it easiest to clean their baby’s teeth by wrapping a piece of clean muslin or gauze around their fingers, adding a bit of toothpaste and rubbing it on their baby’s teeth.
If you use a brush, always pick one with soft bristles and an angled head so you can reach the entire mouth. Most packages will have an age range listed on them.
Regular baby toothbrush replacement
Be sure to change your baby’s toothbrush at least every three months but do so sooner if you notice the bristles spreading out.
2. How Can I Select Baby Toothpaste?
It is the active ingredient in toothpaste and prevents tooth decay but you cannot have too much of it.
Under-threes should use toothpaste with less fluoride (around 1000 parts per million or ppm).
Over-threes can use normal toothpastes as long as they don’t have more than 1350 ppm to 1500 ppm of fluoride.
You should always be sure to use the recommended amount (which is small) and have your baby spit it out when he is old enough to do so.
Damage of large amounts
If your baby swallows too much fluoride, it can give his teeth a mottled effect or lead to diarrhea and vomiting. If your baby continues swallowing toothpaste, use a brand that has no more than 550 ppm of fluoride. He will still be safe from large amounts even if there is fluoride in the water supply.
3. Is It Good to Give My Baby Fluoride Supplements?
Some babies need fluoride supplements but you should only do this at the suggestion of his dentist and following the prescribed dosage.
It is less likely that your child needs supplements if there is fluoride in the local water but it is still possible.
Your dentist or local water company can tell you if the water is fluoridated.
Avoid exposing your baby to too much fluoride.
4. When should I take my baby to the dentist?
Be sure to take your baby to a dentist by his or her first birthday, especially if there is a high risk for cavities or any other problems with his or her teeth. It is better for your child to meet the dentist and see the office before he or she has a tooth problem.
5. How can I tell if my baby is getting the right amount of fluoride?
Your baby’s developing teeth can benefit from a little fluoride. (The amount recommended for children under 3 is .25 milligrams per day.) This mineral helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel and making it more resistant to acids and harmful bacteria.
Your baby can get fluoride from toothpaste, water, supplements (if necessary), and a fluoride varnish that his primary healthcare provider or dentist can apply to his teeth.
Note: In general, it’s not a good idea to give your baby water until he’s about 6 months old. Until then, he’ll get all the hydration he needs from brea*st milk or formula, even in hot weather.
6. Do certain foods cause tooth decay in babies?
Certain foods can contribute to cavities. Sweet foods like these are a common culprit:
– dried fruit
– peanut butter and jelly
Starches can also contribute to cavities:
Serve these foods at mealtime rather than as snacks so they’re more likely to get dislodged and won’t sit on the teeth too long. Serving them with water is also helpful.
If you’re a first-time mother, and you’ve been researching information on breastfeeding as part of your newborn preparation, chances are you already have an idea of what this process entails. There are things you’ll need to do to make sure that your baby has all of the nutrition that he or she needs after you give birth.
Breastfeeding can be a terrific way to deepen the bond that you share with your little guy or gal, which is why it’s so important that you balance your baby’s needs with your own.
For some moms, understanding what’s off-limits in the beverage (alcohol) departments while breastfeeding can be a significant stumbling block.
Can you drink while you’re nursing? Consider these helpful tips to learn more. Is it okay?
For moms who decide to breastfeed, the thought of drinking while nursing can seem strange or even dangerous. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics noted that – while heavy drinking is not recommended while nursing – the occasional glass of wine or beer shouldn’t harm babies.
The latest research urges moms to be smart. A good barometer to follow is this: If you can drive, you can nurse. If you need a firmer guideline, allow two hours to pass for every drink you’ve consumed. This will give your body time to clear the alcohol.
Beer and milk production
Did you know that some experts recommend that nursing moms have a beer every so often in between breastfeedings? Barley, one of the key ingredients in beer, contains a polysaccharide that could stimulate the production of prolactin, which in turn could increase the amount of milk you have in your breasts.
It’s always important to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about changes in diet while you’re breastfeeding. Also, you shouldn’t feel stressed if you happen to have a drink or two several hours after breastfeeding.
Moderate drinking likely won’t affect the health of your baby, and it could help you relax after a long day.
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