2.13.2018

Caring for your baby uniquely by avoiding generics

When they’re born babies do often look the same. Their skin is blotchy, still getting used to the atmosphere outside the womb, their red as blood rises to the surface of their skin to lose heat and keep them cool, they have soft skin and muscles and bewildered looks on their face. However, when you get them home, you’ll soon realize that not every solution to treat their ailments and discomforts can be found inside a book. You will have to study them, see what they do and don’t like, how they react to certain materials and all manner of things. Soon you come to the conclusion that you will more or less have to learn on the go. Trial and error don’t have to become your everyday course of the procedure. If you can take note and accommodate to your baby’s body and mental state, many of the annoyances can simply be sidestepped. The ethos for this is to avoid generics whenever you can. Don’t fall for the products that seem popular in advertisements before you have actually figured out if they’re right for your baby.

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Material in the cot

Many babies get rashes while simply lying in their cots. Without rolling, kicking around or making much movement suddenly their sensitive skin can become inflamed. Eczema isn’t uncommon for babies under one year old, but nevertheless, you shouldn’t have to put up with it. Start by layering the cot your baby will sleep in with a mixture of compounds rather than one single material. The best blend might be something that is more comprehensive such as cotton and polyester. Although it's tempting to pad them in with wool, know that wool is naturally a coarse material. It may be soft to the hardened or mature skin, and yes it will keep them warm at night, but it doesn't bode well for soft, sensitive baby skin. Therefore again, avoid generic products that thrust their appeal value by centring it on their use of wool. In fact, it may sound a little discomforting, but it's wise to find out what kind of material your baby reacts to best. One week use cotton and polyester, the next blend only man-made synthetics such as nylon and spandex. If you want something light and soft try velvet, silk or possibly satin. These materials are airy and very flexible, great for hot summers but you can also use them for any other season.

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Food for thought

Not all babies are going to be able to digest their mother’s milk. This can be disheartening as it's something that all mothers take pride in. You must get over this emotional hill that creates an impasse to your logical thinking. If your baby cannot cope with your breast milk for whatever reason, it's best to switch to something else. Now, the reasons why your baby finds your natural milk intolerable could be because of the taste, allergic reactions, or it just doesn’t sit well with their digestive system. However human breast milk is the most nutritious and beneficial for growing babies; which arrives you at a conundrum. You need to give your baby feed that is tolerable to him or her but not veers off the line so much that the milk isn’t going to be beneficial to their health. You may not want to switch to cow’s milk either as many dairy cows are given antibiotics and growth hormones which do filter into the milk. Here’s more info on another option that is potentially going to come to the rescue. Holle Formula is all natural, and the only company to produce goat-milk based baby formula. It's designed to taste a lot like the mother’s natural milk and also to make sure it's easily digestible for weak digestive systems. This product can be used straight from 0 months of age all the up to weaning age. Generic milk products may not be so comprehensive as they’re made for a mass market.

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Getting to sleep

The first few months of a baby’s life are going to be when he or she faces the most peril at night time. Young mothers have books at their disposal of how they should be putting their newborns to bed and the things to watch out for that may cause complications; such as cot death. But one other aspect of nighttime for babies is effective sleep time. Don’t forget that your little one is getting used to various noises in your household and their brain is trying to decipher them. Not every baby is going to be able to find it easy to nod off and many are in fact intimidated by the dark. What makes things worse is they feel alone as their familiar-faced parent is no longer by their side. So in order to get your baby to remain calm and focus on oozing away to sleep, there are some things you can provide them with. Gentle tones are known to be soothing, which hanging night chimes produce. Their music is rhythmic, predictable, soft and provides the baby with a comforting melody. Consider hanging these chimes over or slightly over your baby’s cot to aid in the process of shutting off their brain activity and getting a good night’s rest.


As parents, you’re trying to do what’s right and what’s best for your baby. When you see something work for masses of other babies, it's easy to fall into the trap of buying and trying certain products for yourself. But just as something that may work for the majority of other people, doesn’t have a similar or any effect on you, your child is unique in just the same way. Try to avoid just laying down your baby for the night in the hopes that he or she will nod off on their own. Their emotions and understanding of what’s going on are at such an early age that getting confused and scared happens very easily. Consider buying them chimes that will bring them comfort and reassurance as they sleep by themselves in their own room. The same can be said for their cot materials. Newborn baby skin is soft and gentle to the touch, which may be cute but it isn’t strong. Try out different fabrics and materials to see which avoids skin rashes. If your baby cannot stomach breast or cow’s milk, try an all natural goat based milk instead.

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