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Caring for your baby

IMPORTANT: Here we provide some tips and advice on caring for your baby (0 to 2 years), but this is not designed to replace professional medical advice, so if you are unsure, consult your pediatrician.

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COZY BABIES

To stop two-piece pajamas from riding up during the night, try sewing on some Velcro so that they don’t separate. This stops the baby’s tummy from getting cold.

COMFORT HIM, HE IS CRYING FOR A REASON

Don’t let your baby cry continuously. Young babies always cry for a reason. He could be hungry, wet, cold, sleepy, or colicky. Whatever is wrong, you need to go to him to make him feel protected and to rule out any of the aforementioned problems. He will soon stop crying when his needs are met.

WHEN HE CRIES AT NIGHT

When your child wakes up and cries, go to his nursery to see what is wrong. When you are sure there is nothing really wrong with him, try to calm him down without picking him up, give him his comfort blanket or pacifier if he has one, and leave a nightlight on. When he has calmed down, go to your own room.

Repeat this as many times as necessary until he gets used to it, although it might take some 10- 15 days. This advice applies to older babies and young children, not young babies, who generally only cry when there is a real need: wet, hungry, cold, too hot, colic, teething...

USING A PILLOW

Wait until your baby is one year old until he uses a pillow. It is preferable that he sleeps without a pillow until he has passed the phase when there is a risk of SIDS. Babies should always be laid on their backs to sleep.

sleeping-babySLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT

My advice to help get your baby sleep through the night is to leave her awake in the crib and never, ever, rock her to sleep or let her fall asleep whilst feeding. If you get a baby used to getting off to sleep on her own, you will make it easier for yourself from the very start. It is important that the child associates sleep with something pleasant that she does beforehand. This is why a bedtime routine is so important: warm bath, bottle, a story, a lullaby…

SAFER BABY MONITORS

To be 100% sure that your baby monitor works, put a ticking clock next to it. Hearing this sound in the background will reassure you that the monitor works.

PREVENTING DIAPER RASH

The quickest route to diaper rash in babies is by using moist baby wipes during a diaper change and putting on a clean diaper straightaway. We obviously don’t want this to happen, so to help prevent diaper rash, dry the baby’s bottom with a soft towel to remove any traces of moisture, and let your him his legs for a few minutes before putting on the clean diaper.

CHANGING DIAPERS IN THE STREET

If your baby is wriggling around and won’t let you change his diaper, don’t panic! Take him out of the buggy, put him over your knee facing downwards, talk to him to relax him or give him his favorite toy. Undo his diaper without removing it completely and clean his bottom with wipes. When he is clean, remove the diaper to clean his front. Put on cream as normal, and lift your legs up a little to put his diaper on.

STOP HER BUMPING INTO SLIDING DOORS

I am a very house-proud mother, and my daughter kept walking into the sparkling glass sliding door in the family room. To prevent this from happening, I attached colorful ribbons to the windows with Blu-Tack at about her height, so that she can see that the window is closed.

CLEANING BOTTLES

To remove traces of milk from your baby’s bottle, rinse it with cold water, instead of hot, and it will be easier to wash it afterwards.

CLEANING YOUR BABY’S NECK

If you find it hard to clean and dry the folds of your baby’s neck when bathing her, lie her on her tummy and when she lifts her head, it will be easier to pass the sponge and the towel underneath.

SALT WATER AND SPONGES

If you use natural sponges to bathe your child, which are incidentally much better than artificial sponges, put them in salt water for a few hours to make them look like new.

BAREFOOT BABY

Put socks or soft leather booties on your child when he goes out and about, but avoid “regular” shoes as they are often stiff and uncomfortable for a baby. If the climate permits, let him go barefoot as much as possible, as babies learn to walk more easily when their feet are not restricted by shoes and tight-fitting socks. Don’t put shoes on your child until he starts standing up: the time to buy his first shoes has arrived!

STOP HIM LOSING HIS SHOES

If your baby or toddler’s shoes are always falling off or he takes them off himself, especially when he is in his buggy, sew a tab onto his trousers so that you can run the shoelace through it before tying, stopping the shoe from coming off. Try it!

GET RID OF HICCUPS

If your baby gets hiccups, give him his pacifier or a bottle with water. The act of sucking will help get rid of the hiccups fast. This trick never fails.

WET WIPES

For sure it has happened to you more than once: you have left the lid of the wet wipes open and they have all dried out. If this happens again, no need to throw them away, just add a few drops of baby oil and a little water to the container and they will be fully usable again.

TUPPERWARE ORGANIZERS

Use large plastic Tupperware boxes to organize your child’s drawers: one for socks, another for bibs… Your drawers will always be tidy. This is a good way of reusing boxes that have lost their lid.

SHOPPING WITHOUT STRESS

When I go shopping with my baby daughter, if she gets bored sitting in the cart and starts to create a scene, I blow up a balloon and tie it to the handles of the cart. She can’t take her eyes off it, and I can get my shopping done without problems!

BABY BUGGY LIKE NEW

Some moms do not have a lot of money to buy a brand new baby buggy and borrow one from a friend. The handles are often a little worn or discolored, so go along to a bicycle shop and buy tape that is used to wrap around the bicycle handles. It really brightens it up, and makes it more comfortable for you too!

BUGGY PARASOL COVER

Cut the leg off an old pair of jeans that you no longer wear, turn it inside out, sew across the bottom, make a small hem at the top, and turn it to the right side again. Sew on the belt tab at the top to use as a hanging tab. What have you got? A trendy cover for your buggy parasol!

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