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Nursery Must-Haves

If this is your first baby, you (along with countless first-time parents) probably find nursery decorating as both exciting and intimidating. “What are the basic things I need?” and “How can I ensure safety?” are just some of the questions you may be asking yourself while you stare at your baby’s appointed nursery in your house. Don’t fret just yet! Here’s a guide to the top 13 nursery must-haves to include in your shopping list.

 

1. Baby Proofing Supplies

You would want to be ready once baby is moving about. Scout for baby proofing items such as plug socket covers, corner guards, and gate rails while the bun is in the oven and busy days haven't loomed in.

 

 2. Crib

Your crib must meet safety standards such as having slats that are 2 3/8” apart, corner posts about 1/16” in height, no cutouts in the headboard or footboard, and a firm and tight-fitting mattress. You’ll need a waterproof mattress pad, too, for diaper leaks.

Tip:

Expertssuggest that to introduce breastfeeding, babies should room-in with their mommies. A co-sleeper may be the answer if the crib cannot fit in your room.

 

 3. Mobile

A mobile should be educational and proper for the baby’s age. A secure, padded one with a black-and-white design and different shapes work well in stimulating newborns.

 4. Rocking Chair 

You’ll be spending a lot of time in a rocking chair during the early months, as infants find the back-and-forth motion quite soothing. Comfort is a must, so try different chairs before you buy. Opt for one with a locking mechanism for added safety.

 

 5. Changing Pad

Rather than going for a changing table, which may only be beneficial in the first few months, a portable waterproof changing pad is much more functional for your growing child. You can choose the kind that attaches on a dresser or a simple fold-and-go type that can be used anywhere in the house.

 

 6. Diaper Caddy  

When baby needs changing, make sure you have a handy diaper caddy for easy access to diapers, cotton swabs, and wipes. A simple basket or container with a handle can do the trick.

 

 7. Diaper Pail

You’ll be surprised how babies can pack a wallop in those little tummies. Have a diaper pail ready in the nursery to keep the room smelling clean. You can check out a diaper pail with odor control in baby stores. You can also opt for a container with a sealed lid and a scented garbage bag or trashcan deodorizer.

 

 8. Baby Monitor  

You may not need a baby monitor if your child sleeps in your room or if yaya is around all the time. But in some cases, this may come in handy too. If you think you need one, make sure it doesn’t pick up interference from cordless phones, cell phones, and Wi-Fi routers.

 9. Night Light

When the little one needs feeding or changing in the middle of the night, it’s best not to disrupt your baby’s sleep by turning on the light. Check out hardware stores for standard night lights.

 

 10. Bottle Warmer

You don’t have to rush to a microwave once baby fusses for milk. Just place the milk bottle in a bottle warmer to bring it to the right temperature evenly and quickly. This neat gadget can even sterilize pacifiers and other small items.

 11. Padded Mat

Your little munchkin needs daily belly time to exercise those muscles, so go for a padded mat that’s easy to clean and lug around the house.

 

 12. Books

Even while the tot is in the tummy, reading often to your child gives incredible benefits. Make sure books don’t gather dust in the nursery and allot reading time everyday with your baby.

 

 13. MP3 or Music Player

There are numerous researches that support the importance of music to infants. Research also suggests that white noise, the sound of rain, or sounds babies hear inside the womb are helpful in soothing them to sleep

Breastfeeding

We've all heard the saying that breast milk is best for babies, but how much do we really know about the benefits? Here at Hey Mom, we've compiled a list of reasons why you should breastfeed your child.

 

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Child

  1. Your child will be healthier. Research shows that children who are breastfed are less likely to develop common childhood sicknesses like ear infections, respiratory problems, and urinary tract infection. Breast milk is, in fact, sterile, which also lowers the risk of them ingesting any bacteria that might be in contaminated milk.
  2. It prevents overfeeding and excess weight. Children who are overweight are more likely to have weight problems when they are older. Breast milk reduces excess pounds and regulates weight gain at a steady and appropriate rate.
  1. You'll have a smarter baby! Breast milk contains a fatty acid called DHA or docosahexaenoic acid which helps the brain develop. The close proximity between mother and child also assists in developing cognitive and emotional faculties.
  1. Not to mention a stronger baby, too. Babies who breastfeed don't have the luxury or convenience of a soft, rubber nipple that they can easily latch on to, and because of this, they have to work harder to suck from their mother's breast. This leads to the development of stronger jaws and well-built teeth.
  1. You'll educate his/her palate early. Breast milk takes on the flavor of a mother's breastfeeding diet. This is your opportunity to introduce your little one to unconventional flavors. It'll pay off when you're trying to get her to eat her vegetables.

 Benefits of Breastfeeding for You

  

  1. You'll lose weight naturally. When you get pregnant, your body stores extra fatty tissue so that it can ensure you can begin breastfeeding once your baby is born, and that your body can support it. After that happens, your baby will start to consume the calories your body stored through your milk, thus the weight loss!
  1. It protects your health. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of uterine and breast cancer after menopause. You're less likely to suffer from bone loss as well.
  1. It's convenient. When you're a new mother, convenience is key, and what could be more convenient than feeding your child from milk that's always attached to you? No waking up in the middle of the night to rush to the kitchen for formula.
  1. It creates an unbreakable bond. The bond you create with your child when you breastfeed is a beautiful and natural thing. It's not something that can be duplicated by a machine or contraption.
  1. It boosts your mood. Breastfeeding triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which is a feel-good hormone. It's the same hormone that's released when we hug or kiss a loved one.

Baby Steps

Your baby's first steps are the one of the most exciting and anticipated milestones in parenthood. Things are never quite the same after that. One day, you're carrying them home from the hospital, the next, they're wobbling about the room. To be able to help her along the way in taking those first few steps is one of the most rewarding things you could do. But how do you know she's ready to walk?

 

Signs your baby's ready to start walking:

1. Leaning on furniture to get into standing position; will try to let go and stand on her own.

2. Walking around the perimeter of a room while holding onto furniture for support. This is called "cruising."

3. Taking one or more steps toward you or a relative before falling.

4. Learning to stand up without furniture to support her when she falls in the middle of a room.

 

Tips on helping your baby walk:

1. Grasp your baby's hand and help her walk for long distances. This improves balance. 

2. Avoid walkers. They reduce her drive to learn to walk and stand on her own. They also increase the risk of injury.

3. Stationary activity lets babies play safely.

4. Don't stress over her inevitable tumbles; she'll be more frustrated than hurt.

5. Let her walk alongside her stroller for a few minutes each day. It's important she practices walking everyday to build her confidence and stability.

6. Child-proof your home by looking around each room at the eye level of a child. And make sure she wears no-slip socks.

7. Don't worry if you see a younger child start walking before your own little one. Typically, a child tries to walk between 9 to 18 months.

8. Don't fret if you notice her toes curling in or she's walking pigeon-toed, this, along with bow-leggedness and flat feet are common in toddlers. She should grow out of it eventually. 

9. Enjoy your baby's first steps and don't forget to capture the moment!

 

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