The Challenge: Now that you don't have a brand new baby, you expect yourself to pull your life together and get a grip. NOT likely! So what should be a priority?
If I don't keep my little girl busy and entertained, she's either off in another room scaling the furniture, clinging to my legs and screaming for attention, or grabbing for hot pots and kitchen shears. So, here are some ways I've found to keep her safe and happy while I get dinner ready.
by Arindam Chattopadhyaya
Babies, too, like a massage, and it helps them to relax, sleep better, and sometimes, digest their food. Strokes that are used to massage an adult can be used on babies. You need to learn by practice what your child enjoys most.
Some points to remember while massaging your baby:
- He/she will not stay still for long periods of time
- The strokes will have to be gentle, and smaller to adapt to the baby's body
- Depending on the age, the child can be placed in your lap or on a floor towel during the massage
by Christine Albury
When you have a baby -- particularly your first -- a little advice from friends and family can be very useful. But when it comes to feeding your little one, the advice you receive may conflict with that given by your pediatrician. So what do you do when the advice begins to feel like criticism -- or even pressure?
Robert Scotellaro is quoted in The Funny Side of Parenthood as saying, "Reasoning with a two-year-old is about as productive as changing seats on the Titanic." (He must have had a two-year-old at the time.) You can get around this frustrating state of affairs by changing your approach.
The development of separation anxiety demonstrates that your baby has formed a healthy, loving attachment to you. It is a beautiful sign that your baby associates pleasure, comfort, and security with your presence.
Is your marriage everything you ever hoped it could be? Or has it been pushed down your list of priorities since having children? Let's face it, parenthood is a full-time job, and it dramatically changes your marriage relationship.
So much television programming is aimed at young children. Much of it appears to be educational: teaching the ABCs and life skills. When is it appropriate to introduce a baby to television, and what do parents need to know about this topic?
If you fear turning into one of those families we've all met aboard planes -- those with squalling, unruly, squirming children who tend to bring out the same traits in their fellow passengers -- take heart.
Millions of dollars are spend every year on products designed to make their child smarter and more alert. But nothing matches parental interaction for helping a child grow and learn. Talking, singing, and cuddling all play a vital role in your child's development. So does play time.