Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Differences In Baby Colic Bands


 25% of all babies develop colic and if your baby seems to be crying for long periods of time then your baby may have joined the Colic Club.

Colic usually occurs between 2 weeks and 3 months when the digestive system is still forming outside of the womb.  Your baby’s digestive system is still maturing and will go through abrupt changes in the first 6 months. During that development period, the gastrointestinal tract is not ready to fight off bacteria and other pathogens.

 Although it may be distressing for parents, it will pass with no long lasting effects. The Juju Band can help. The Juju Band is a breathable colic band that is wrapped snuggly around the tummy, creating warmth and releasing the gas associated with colic.

 There are differences in bands.

 Homemade bands or tie style bands  that are knotted are not advisable because some materials may not be  breathable and the knots can be too tight around your baby’s waist.  There has to be a certain “give” to the material so your baby can feel comfortable.

  Elastic bands do not allow for your baby’s body to breathe through the fabric and this can cause your baby to overheat. Furthermore, elastic can be constricting for your baby. If you have ever worn a tight pair of pants with elastic for any length of time, then you know uncomfortable that feels.

 Herbal packs are not really effective because they lose potency quickly. Exposure to heat, light, and moisture damage the dried botanicals. The heating methods are a gimmick and can be costly for parents without the benefits they are looking for.  Additionally, introducing new foods such as herbs can have the opposite effect because your baby may have allergies to the new substance and the addition of heat may cause a rash on your baby’s sensitive skin.  While some herbal pack makers recommend heating, it is always best to use caution when it comes to anything heated as it can cause rashes and burning in some instances.

 A simple band that is made of a breathable material is best to help your baby’s colic. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Why Do Babies Cry

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Why babies cry.
 Babies cry to communicate that they have a need or that something is wrong.  Sometimes it is easy to spot the need and sometimes it takes a few tries to figure it out.  Parents should not worry too much because you WILL figure it out and even though instructions do not come with baby rearing, here are some tips.
v  Dirty Diaper
Sometimes you can usually tell by the smell that your baby needs a change and sometimes it may not be so noticeable.  Check around the edges of the diaper to see if there is wetness evident.
v  Hungry
Your baby may get fussy or if you are breast feeding, and holding the baby, it may turn his/her head towards you breast area. Another clue is your baby puts his/her fist in his mouth.
v  Tired
If you baby is tired if he/she may get fussy.

v  Colic or Gas
If your baby cries after feeding it most likely is gas. The first method to try is burping your baby. However, if the crying is inconsolable and lasts more than 3 hours then it can be a sign of colic. The Juju Band helps to relieve these symptoms.
v  Too Hot or Too Cold
Babies like warmth but if a baby gets too warm, they may cry. Signs of redness in the cheeks or wet hair may also be an indication that a baby is overheated. On the hand, if a baby is cold, they may also let you know by fussing. Cold wipes on the bottom during a change can also be an issue for your baby.
v  Baby Wants To Cuddle

Babies like to see their parent’s faces, hear their voices and listen to their heartbeats.  Crying can be an indication that they want to be held. Wearing a sling can be a great way to keep your baby close while doing household chores or errands.
v  Teething
When teeth push through young tender gums it can cause pain.  Teeth can start to push through about 4 to 7 months of age. However, it can occur earlier. Try running your finger over the gums, if you feel a bump then it is a tooth. A cold wet wash cloth will give your baby some relief. Simply wet the cloth and put it in the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes. Have your baby suck on the frozen cloth while you hold the end so that your baby has relief.
v  Not Feeling Well.
When your baby is hurt or sick he/she may have a different cry.  Take your baby’s temperature with a temple thermometer because it is the easiest but any thermometer will do.  A fever over 100.4  degrees is serious in babies under 3 months of age, 3 to 6 months, 101 degrees and 103 degrees from 6 months on up.
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Baby Truths “Must Have” Mobile App For New Parents

  Apps are not a very interesting topic to most new parent. After all, there are more important things to think about but Baby Truths IS the “must have” app that every new parent needs. It is a one stop solution to get and organize the important baby information that you need as well as addressing your social interaction calendar.
 Most moms do not have the time to find social groups but Baby Truths helps break the isolation that many moms feel with the social functions that are available through the app. I wish I would have had this when I had my child.  I spent hours looking for things to do and ways to get out with other new parents.
 Baby Truths App Assets
·       Developmental milestones information
·       Health and wellness information
·       Keep track of vaccinations
·       Organize growth information
·       Find fun activities in your area
·        Interact with parenting social media groups
 Instead of wasting time hunting for all of this information, why not just download the app and let Baby Truths do the work?  Click here for more information
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Remedies For Colic

 There are many ways to treat baby colic and finding the cause of your baby’s discomfort can tricky but here are some tips.

For breast-fed babies, changing your habits can sometimes help. Spicy foods, dairy, cabbage, caffeine, eggs and nuts can also cause colic issues. Also, over feeding your baby can cause gas and discomfort so make sure that you feed your baby a little at a time at intervals of 2 to 2 ½ hours apart.

For bottle-fed babies, try changing formula and make sure that the bottle nipple has a smaller hole so that there is less air swallowed when your baby is fed. Sitting your baby up while feeding also helps as well as burping your baby to release gas.

Be careful of remedies containing antihistamines, probiotics, and simethicone. Even though many people recommend rocking, it can cause motion sickness.
Herbal remedies such as gripe water chamomile and fennel seed may or may not help.

Lastly, heated external herbal tummy packs that are commonly used by placing heated herb packs on the tummy and then wrapped, may be too heavy and the warmth can cause irritation to your baby’s skin. It is preferable to use a simple band such as the Juju Band without weight to help ease you baby’s bloating.

 Always consult your pediatrician on all matters concerning your baby’s health.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Newborn Needs

  These items simply make life easier when baby arrives.

 Co-Sleepers – Beside co-sleepers protect both mom and baby from the likelihood of rolling over on the baby when you put newborn in bed. There is less running from room to room to pick the baby up.

Newborn Diapers – This is more important than most parents suspect.  The newborn diaper is designed to fit below the umbilical cord creating less rubbing and irritation for the baby.

Nursing Pillow - Make life a little easier on the arms and back by propping up your baby up while nursing. I personally like the wedge because it allows the baby to be at an angel. I found this type of pillow easiest for me. It is easy to find in medical stores or other mass retail stores in the medical section and that makes it my favorite.

 Nursing Gown – Nursing gowns are designed for easy access to the breast so feeding time is a breeze.   Simply pull the fabric aside when baby wants to nurse. Many come with nursing pads for added convenience and comfort.

Juju Band Navel and Colic Band - The Juju Band Baby Band helps with the oozing of the newborn navel as it heals and protects from the constant rubbing of diapers to help reduce the likelihood of irritation and infection.  The band also helps with gas that is associated with colic.

Baby Sling - Babies just want to be close to you but every day details can take you away from the baby. A baby sling is the perfect solution for those moments. Both baby and mom love snuggling and this is the perfect solution.

 White Noise – Newborn babies need a lot of sleep.  Studies have shown that babies that listen to white noise sleep an average of one hour longer.

Temperature Duck - Anything ducky is for me!  This temperature duck saves both parents and baby from burning themselves when testing heated items such as bath, spa and washcloths.

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