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How to Keep Your Baby Cool This Summer

baby swimmingWe all look forward to those sunny days, especially as parents, you want your little one to run and play, and you also want to get some fresh air. Going outside means being prepared, especially when you take out young children, here’s a list of things you should put in your diaper bag and leave there until the later end of September.

Hat and Sunscreen
Your baby needs this to keep the sun out of his/her eyes and to keep shade on their face, neck and shoulders. With rates of skin cancer on the rise be sure to use sunscreen every two hours and to keep your baby from looking directly into the sun.

Change of Clothes/ Bathing Suit
You’re going to need to pack a change of clothes anyway for your baby, so why not throw in a bathing suit and some tank tops and shorts. If you find the weather hot, then so will your baby. If it wasn’t appropriate for babies to wear summer clothes no clothing manufacturer would make them. Don;t be afraid to shed some layers for your newborn, just make sure you’ve got the sunscreen and hat ready for you baby.

Sandals
Even your baby’s feet need some air, so get them some sandals for those hot days. This is another way your baby can explore the world, through the things that touch their feet in the summer time.

Sunglasses
These aren’t just cute accessories, they are a must have, but only with an SPF blocker in the lens. By protecting your baby’s eyes you’re stopping them from developing spots in their line of vision. These are more commonly known as floaters. They’re tiny pieces of your retina that harden and break off, floating into your line of sight.

Now that you have these things in your bag you’re ready to head out. You can take your baby to your park that has a splash pad, the beach, the public pool, YMCA, or a friend’s backyard pool. Just remember that the sun is the strongest between 10am-2pm, meaning the rays are more dangerous to your skin, so protect yourself and your baby when your outside during these times.

Anything you enjoy to keep cool they will too, so be sure to bring cold water and eat refreshing food like popsicles, watermelon, and fresh fruits. These will also help to keep you cool when you’re out and about, so you might want to think about packing a cooler or lunch bag with these items.

Enjoy your summer and your baby!

Baby Projects

ID-100117143Your newborn is special and you want the world to know it. Your little darling is only going to be little for such a short amount of time so you should make the most of the time you have with your little baby. Making baby projects is a popular trend that is growing online. Whether you document everyday of your baby’s life through photography or videography, make hand and foot stamps every month, or something that has special meaning to you and your family (the iconic marking how tall you are in the door jam), these are projects that will bring you joy and memories over the years.

Most computers come with a video editing suite on them making it easy to produce home videos that are anything but boring to watch. If you have Microsoft Office you can use pictures in a slide presentation to document your babies first years. Scrap booking is another way to produce a loving memory of your babies firsts. If you are an avid reader you should make a bookmark out of your baby’s photos. This is an easy project. Cut and paste 3 pictures into a word document making the photos 1 3/4 x 2″ and then print these out and glue them onto card stock. Now you have a beautiful keep sake of your baby.

If you’re not sure what to do, head down to your local arts and crafts store, the store will have plenty of projects to think about, and the staff might even have the perfect idea just for you. Remember this is just a craft and not an art exhibit,so if it doesn’t turn out exactly the way you pictured it, it’s okay it’s the thought, time and energy you put into it that counts. It will be something that you and your child will look back on and be happy that you did.

 

What to do When Your Baby is Sick

ID-100228847No one wants to be sick, but it’s easier to treat someone who can talk than someone who can’t. If your infant becomes ill, stay calm and everything will be okay! Fevers and illnesses are more serious for infants 3 months and younger. In these cases if your baby is sick you should immediately contact your doctor.

For the common cold it’s handy to have a nasal aspirator, these devices suck the nasal drip from the infants nose when squeezed and slowly released. Your infant might not like the sensation and cry, but don’t stop using this gadget, it’s better to have a few seconds of discomfort rather than not be able to breathe through the nose. Additionally, you don’t want the baby to wipe their nose mucus into their eyes because this can cause conjunctivitis in the eyes and then spread to you. If your baby’s cold becomes worse you can take them to see their pediatrician. The doctor might might recommend a type of over-the-counter medicine for your little one.

If your baby develops a fever give them a fever reducer from the drug store. If the fever rises above 100.4 and you’re baby is not acting like themselves then you should take a trip to see the doctor. If your child has a fever and the medicine doesn’t take away the fever then you should take the baby to the emergency room, or if the fever reaches 104 degrees you should head straight to the emergency room.

If your baby has a high fever accompanied with vomiting and diarrhea you should see your family doctor. Check for signs of other illness such as cough, loss of appetite, earache, fussiness, and sleepiness. These could be signs of something more than a cold.

You may have heard bout letting your baby’s immune system fight the infection through the fever. Letting your baby sweat it out only works if the fever is a low grade fever, a high grade fever may need the medicine to allow the infant to feel comfortable while awake or sleeping in order to more effectively fight the infection. You can give your baby a bath in lukewarm water and sponge their forehead with a cool cloth.

Whenever you give your baby medicine, make sure your doctor has recommended it. Ibuprofen is usually not prescribed or given to children 6months and under. Acetaminophen is the most common fever reducer given to children. When giving doses always follow directions closely, paying attention to the weight of your baby more than the age. And most importantly, never give more than the daily recommended dosage.