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If you are tense or if your baby is stressful, you could end up having quite a tough time feeding them. Feeding problems are something you cannot avoid but you could learn how to deal with them so that they don’t take up too much of your time. Here are a few of the common feeding problems along with some simple solutions for them:

Problem 1: Poor positioning during breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is supposed to be a special time for babies and their mommies. But there is time, especially in the first couple of weeks, when mothers may have some trouble. The baby may not be able to latch onto the breast properly. This is a crisis which occurs usually when the mother’s breasts are full of milk. This engorgement makes them hard and flattens their nipples which make it hard for the baby to latch on. To solve this problem, you need to first relax yourself. Make sure you have proper support for your back, arms and shoulders. Sit somewhere comfortable. Calm your nerves. Then position the baby so that their head and body are facing your breast with their mouth at the nipple level. Cup your breast using your hand to express some drops and pull them close. You could consider using a pump too. Nipple shields can prove quite helpful too.

Problem 2: Noisy bottle feeding

If you hear sucking noises which are too loud, it may be because your baby is taking too much air in. The nipple’s flow in the bottle may be too fast or slow too. All you need to do here is cradle them at a 45-degree angle. Just don’t forget to tilt the bottle so that the nipple and bottle neck always have milk.

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So you’re a new parent and just got your bundle of joy back home. You are quite eager to begin your journey as a kind and loving parent. But then you realize that your baby does not always want to sleep at the same time you do. In fact, it may just appear that they fight sleep. Once they go to sleep, they don’t stay that way for too long. There are four reasons why this happens. Let’s take a look:

  • Sleep window

The 1st thing which you need to understand is that they have sleep windows. This is the time when they sleep quietly and with no complaints. They are tired at this point and know that it’s time for them to sleep. But if you miss this window, they are going to be overtired and will resist sleep later. The only possible remedy to this is to move their bedtime completely. If they are fighting sleep, try the earlier bedtime, it tends to work better.

  • Excessive sleep

The next reason why they may not be sleeping is because they have already slept too much even though they weren’t tired. This is something that toddlers are likely to do though, not newborns. In order to fix this problem, you will need to shift the bedtime of the baby back a little.

  • Separation anxiety

Another reason why they may not be sleeping enough is because they are suffering from separation anxiety and simply miss you. This is most likely to happen in the case of older babies. If this is the problem, all you need to do is be there to reassure them every now and then.

  • Personality and temperament

The last reason is that it could be due to their temperament and personality. Social and perceptive babies tend to fight sleep simply because they enjoy being awake and find it more interesting. They don’t like missing out on any fun. What you should do here is keep playing with them till they tire out and go to sleep.

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Did you know that your child develops around 80% of their brain potential by the time they turn 3? Their first three years are a period of amazing growth in their brains. It is a once in a lifetime event where millions of brain cells are going to be created.

But research has shown that the intellectual skills of a child don’t just rely on their brain cells. They ultimately end up depending on the existence of a number of connections between the brain cells. The more the connections created during early development, the more the brain will have the power to process information or solve problems in as they grow older.

Developmental studies have shown that sensory stimulation is a very effective exercise when it comes to increasing the amount of infant’s brain cell connections. Sensory stimulation basically refers to the impact which the environment has on the mind and body as we are receiving information through sensory organs.

These stimulations may be delivered using soothing activities which involve sound, sight, touch, smell and vestibular activity. Here are a few of the most popular activities:

  • Sound: This is a very powerful channel. A lot of parents say that exposing their infants to some soothing music when they are young help with intellectual development. There is also proof that children who listen to classical music have higher IQ’s than those who don’t get this stimulation. Try playing some classical music for your baby and see how they react.
  • Sight: Vision is usually limited in babies. It is the last sense of theirs which fully develops. As a result of this, they usually tend to prefer the high contrast colors like black and red. In order to stimulate their vision, the best thing to do is to create flashcards by coloring and drawing various pictures. Introduce the cards while playing and see how they respond to the various types of visual stimulation.
  • Touch: What you can do here is let your infant experience the touch of different cloth textures while you are massaging them after their bath.
  • Smell: This is a very powerful sense. It is important that you stimulate this sense. It can be done with the help of a number of aromatherapy candles. Every child has a different sensory profile. It is important to experiment with various smells until the correct scent has been discovered.
  • Vestibular activity: What you do here is to rock your baby while they are listening to their favorite lullaby. You could even try some simple games of hand-eye coordination and any other activities which require motor skills.
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Babies will cry when they are trying to tell you something. There are a number of different reasons why they may cry and the most obvious reason might not always be the correct one. This can turn into a very stressful situation for parents especially if they haven’t been parents before and are clueless about how to stop their baby from crying. Let’s look at a few of the common reasons why babies cry along with tips on how you calm them down:

Hunger

Babies are growing and developing constantly. Their bodies require a constant nutrient supply. This supply is what makes them feel hungry regularly. Some babies tend to send certain hunger signals before they start crying. Some of these signals include smacking their lips, fussing, turning their heads when you’re stroking their cheek or putting their hands in their mouth. These signals should be used as an indicator for you to know it’s time for them to feed.

Dirty diapers

Sometimes, babies are extremely sensitive and react right away to a dirty diaper. In such situations, you need to change their diapers right away or they are going to start crying eventually.

Need to sleep

There is no denying the fact that babies can get tired very quickly and are always looking to get some rest. Sleeping is the best rest that they can get. Some babies fuss and cry before they nod off. So ensure that you have the best environment ready for them where they can feel comfortable and go to sleep easily.

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