5 Tips to Help Baby’s Constipation

Help Baby’s ConstipationWhen you have a little infant in the house, there are a hundred things to worry about. You’ll find yourself very concerned about your little one’s bowel movements. If your child becomes constipated, you’ll be particularly worried because of how uncomfortable they’ll seem. Here’s how you can help.

Belly Massage

Massaging your baby’s belly could end up being a very simple remedy for constipation. Measure three fingers-widths below their navel on the lower left side and begin to massage with gentle pressure. A couple minutes of this may be able to get their body running smoothly again.

Glycerin Suppository

If your child is still constipated after changing up their diet, you can try using a glycerin suppository to stimulate a bowel movement. A glycerin suppository is a hyperosmotic laxative that works by irritating the lining of the intestine and increasing the amount of fluid in your child. This makes stools easier to pass and can work well on occasion to cure the constipation. The only concern is to not rely on this method too often, as your child may begin relying on them to have a bowel movement.

Diet Change

Changing up a baby’s diet is an easy way you can try breaking up the constipation in a child. If they haven’t started solid foods yet, try switching to a different brand or type of formula for them. Also, if they’re breastfeeding, a change in Mom’s diet could actually make the difference as well. If they’re ready for solids, try feeding your baby certain fruits and vegetables that will get their digestive system back on track.

Exercise

Getting your child moving is another possible cure for constipation. Whether it’s crawling around chasing their toys, rolling around with their favorite blanket or stuffed animal, or getting their legs churning with the help of mom, any movement to get their digestive system more active should help.

Contact a Physician

If all else fails, contacting your child’s doctor is your best bet to get additional advice. In addition to any treatment options that they may offer, you should ask them about any over-the-counter stool softeners or products that are safe enough for a baby to take. If you’re thinking about a laxative, you should always consult with a doctor before trying this with a small child or infant.

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nursing pillowGuest Blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

After Clark read a recent Duke University study on toxic chemicals in baby products, she sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed. Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, the nation’s leading fire-retardant research specialist, and a new mother herself, said, “It’s wonderful to find a nursing pillow on the market that is not treated with chemical flame-retardant additives in the filling material. San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud this manufacturer for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin Eco*Loft™ fiber, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

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How to Prepare for Baby’s Doctor Visit

prepare baby for doctorA doctor’s visit is almost as bad as a nightmare for some children. Dealing with these trips to the doctor takes a special kind of care and preparation in order for it to go as smoothly as possible. The main aspect to keep in mind is that your child is simply scared of something bad happening to them, so making sure to comfort and reassure them as much as possible is important. Here’s how you can prepare for the doctor visit:

Don’t Arrive Early

Although your doctor may not suggest it, you should try to get to the doctor’s office just in time for the appointment. Making your child sit in the waiting room for a while before the actual appointment will just further add to their stress and worries. The added time will allow them to continue thinking and fearing the worst is coming, which is the last thing they need during this scary experience.

Waiting Room Fun

More than likely, you will end up having to wait for a certain amount of time when you get to the doctor’s office. Try to take your child’s mind off the appointment and direct it towards fun, enjoyable ideas. Make sure you have their favorite snack/drink on hand to keep them busy and full. Also, try to sing a song, find a toy to play with, or a book to read to further take their mind off the scary stuff. Keeping your kid busy is the best remedy of the waiting room.

Friendly with Staff

If you want to further reassure your child that there’s nothing to worry about at the doctor’s office, try to treat all the staff members as if they’re your best friend. Your child will see that you and the staff get along great, and won’t perceive them as a threat at all. Another great idea is to take pictures with some of the doctor’s or nurses so next doctor’s visit, you can break them out and tell your little one they are going to see their friends in the pictures.

Keep Same Doctor

Try to avoid switching doctors at all costs. Your goal should be to make your child as comfortable as possible around the doctor. Switching to a new doctor will essentially start the process all over again. Choose the right doctor that your kid won’t be nervous or scared to be around, and stick to them as long as possible.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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10 Tips to Help Relieve Gas in Babies

relieve baby gasBaby gas is, unfortunately, unavoidable. It’s something every baby has to deal with while the brand new digestive system becomes more mature. Typically the gas comes from either air swallowed during feedings and crying, or harmless bacteria in the gut that breaks down sugars from food. Here are some ways to give your little one some relief.

1. Remove gassy foods from mom’s diet.

Babies might be gassy if their breastfeeding mothers eat gas-forming foods like broccoli, sprouts, beans, cauliflower, and onions. Cease eating these foods and you’ll probably see your baby’s gas abate.

2. Carry your baby around.

When you carry your baby, hold her in a way that puts pressure on her stomach. Carry her in the football hold (lying down on your forearm with legs straddling your elbow) or upright in a carrier or sling.

3. Manipulate her legs.

Often your baby can’t get gas relief because she isn’t able to manipulate her body (like you and I can) to move the gas bubbles down. Lie her on her back and move her legs in a “bicycle” fashion. This will put pressure on her stomach and move the bubbles out.

4. Spend more time on her tummy.

If you aren’t already, let baby spend more time on her tummy throughout the day. Not only will this strengthen her neck, back and legs, but it can help move gas bubbles down.

5. Burp during feedings in addition to after.

To prevent a buildup of gas that makes your baby uncomfortable, pause during a feeding to give your baby a quick burping. At the end of the feeding, burp again to make sure it’s all out.

6. Keep baby’s head up during feedings.

While you’re feeding your baby, make sure her head is elevated above her body. Tip the bottle slightly so the air inside rises to the top, rather than down through the nipple into your baby’s stomach.

7. Give an infant massage.

Everyone loves a massage, including babies. Lie her down on her back and give a gentle massage with your fingertips, starting from beneath the ribcage down toward her diaper. Looks for signs of discomfort. If you’re making her twitch in pain, stop immediately.

8. Feed baby before she cries.

If she’s getting gas into her system from crying, try meeting her needs before she gets to that point. Offer a bottle or your breast when you know it’s feeding time. Check her diaper often so you can change her before she’s irritated.

9. Make sure the bottle’s nipple isn’t too wide.

If you’re bottle feeding, a wipe nipple can cause air to pass down with the milk. Sometimes nipples can crack and expand after repeated use, so you’ll have to replace it.

10. Seek your doctor’s advice.

If your baby is still struggling with gas and you’ve done everything you can, you may want to seek your doctor’s opinion. Your doctor may prescribe a gas-relief aid (likely simethicone, sold as Mylicon) to help break up the bubbles, or something to help digestion.

pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it “the pacifier game,” and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, ‘I wish somebody would invent a …’ A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don’t help the baby. Babies don’t understand when it’s behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born… The first ever pacifier toy that – with the help of baby’s interaction – keeps pacis coming back!

Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

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5 Tips to Help Baby Stop Thumb Sucking

how to stop thumb suckingChildren suck their thumbs for a variety of reasons, but they usually do it to provide comfort. You’ll notice your child often sucks his or her thumb before going to sleep. It’s a normal habit, but long-term thumb sucking can affect teeth development, so you’ll want to stop it at some point. Here are some tips to stop the habit.

1. Distract their fingers

The next time you see your child sucking their thumb, distract them. Find an activity where they have to use their hands, so that they stop sucking their thumb. Bed time is a big time for thumb sucking, so ask them to read you a book so that their hands are distracted holding the book and they don’t get the chance to suck their thumb.

2. Have the doctor talk to them

A lot of times a child will do something if their doctor tells them to. Next time you are at the doctor’s, ask them to talk to your child about why thumb sucking is bad. There is a large chance that they will stop when they hear from their doctor the damage it can do.

3. Reward

A great way to get your child to stop sucking their thumb is by rewarding them. If they don’t suck their thumb for a whole day, they get a star. If by the end of the week they have seven stars, they get a special prize. Many kids are motivated by rewards. Once they stop sucking their thumb for a few days, they are most likely done for good!

4. Cover the thumb

If your child is having a really hard time letting go of their thumb sucking habits, try covering their thumb with gauze and a Band-Aid. Hey, they cannot suck their thumb if it has a yucky Band-Aid on it! You’ll find that this really does help them to stop, unless of course they are ripping it off.

5. Wait it out

There is a chance that none of these remedies will help your child to stop. Some kids need to just figure things out on their own. Eventually they will stop; you won’t see them at 20 still sucking their thumb. The best thing you can do as a parent is to stay patient and let it happen when it happens.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

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