Practical Baby Shower Gifts

babiesBaby showers are great ways to help friends and family members prepare for their new arrival. But with many options available, which one do you choose? Bronzed baby shoes, designer outfits or gag gifts are always fun to open but are they practical or useful? If you want a gift that your friends will appreciate check out our baby shower gift ideas below.

Baby Announcement Cards

It might be old fashioned but sending baby announcement cards are still a hit for many parents. Make the gift extra special by helping your friends fill them out. Some choose to send email announcements but others prefer to send cards via traditional mail. But regardless of what method they choose your friend will need help filling and sending them out. So pick out email templates or card designs that you think they will like.

Car Seat

Car seats are practical and great gifts to give your friends or family. They are great for running errands because you know that baby will be safe in the car seat. Skip the car seat with the cute and colorful design and go for durability and safety features. Also, try to find a model that is easy to put baby into. Many people debate as to the usefulness of car seats for children over 4 years old but they are a must for babies.

Activity Station

Activity station can keep babies busy for hours. They give parents a break from having to entertain the baby. Activity station can also help stimulate baby’s brain which is essential for their continuing brain development. Choose a station that has many bright colors and a reflective surface for maximum entertainment and fun.

Diaper Genie/Pail

Give your friends a great and easy way to control diaper stink by buying them a diaper genie or pail. Many people like the diaper genie or pail because it keeps from stinking up the room. The thing to remember with this gift is that the user needs to change the cartridge regularly in order for it to work. As long as the parents use this correctly, it is a practical and great gift to give.

Baby Gender Myths

babyMost pregnant women have heard these lines. “If you’re craving sweet foods it’s gonna be a boy.” You’re having a girl if you crave sour foods”. “Drano can tell you what your baby’s sex is”. “If your belly hangs low, it’s a boy”. Even with modern medical technology available old wives tales such as those stated above still persist when it comes to guessing the baby’s sex in utero. One of the reasons these myths still exist is partly because of the internet itself. Many self proclaimed experts who have access to a keyboard and internet bounce these myths from one inbox to another and some people take these to be true medical facts.

Some of them are funny, while others are weird. Here are some random baby myths on gender prediction.

Myth: Mixing your urine with Drano can tell you what you the baby’s gender.

Apparently mixing mom’s urine with some Drano can tell you what the baby’s sex is. Green means it will be a boy. According to researches this is an absolute myth. Mixing urine with Drano has no change in acidity or alkalinity of the boy or girl chromosome. According to studies conducted by the University of Wyoming mixing urine with Drano has a 50% accuracy.

Myth: Girl babies crave sour foods while boy babies crave sweets.

Babies in utero don’t actually crave anything. Craving sweets or sour food is a natural result of shifting hormones which have affected a mother’s sense of smell.

Myth: Morning sickness all day means it’s a girl.

There is actually some truth to this. Mothers experiencing extreme morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum tend to have girls rather than boys. According to studies levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG tend to be higher in mothers who are pregnant with girl babies.

However this does not mean to say that all mothers experiencing morning sickness all day will have a girl. Women carrying boys can still experience hyperemesis gravidarum.

Myth: The Chinese Lunar Calendar can accurately predict what sex baby you will have.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar was found in a 700 year old royal tomb and many pregnant women swear by it. According to research conducted by the Canadians, this calendar is 50% accurate.

One of the most accurate ways of knowing your baby’s gender is through an ultrasound. This is usually done between the 18th to 20th week of pregnancy. Providing that the ultrasound technician gets a good view between your baby’s legs an ultrasound is 80 – 90% accurate.

Getting Your Baby Ready For Tub-Bathing

This topic has been discussed many times by many different people that it is sometimes difficult to sort through all the information. We’ve put together this short article to provide you with the information you need.

Bathing a newborn can be fun for parents and enjoyable for the baby, too. But lots of babies scream their heads off the first couple of times. If bath time continues to be an ordeal, bathe only when absolutely necessary until your baby is a little older.

A baby bath doesn’t have to take hours or be very complicated, and there aren’t a whole number of things parents can do wrong, except drop the baby. Perhaps the worst thing would be to leave the baby unattended on a table, sink, counter or whatever: “Slippery when wet” must have been invented by someone who bathed babies.

The Tub Bath

After the umbilical cord (and circumcised penis) have healed, tub baths may be permitted (ask your doctor or nurse). Bathing in the big bathroom tub, however, is difficult with a small baby. It’s easier to be where mom or dad can bend over at waist height, rather than kneeling by the big tub. And it’s easier at first if you have two adults to bathe one slippery baby. Or bathe baby in the tub with one parent, then have the other parent ready to take the baby when the bath is over.

Consider buying a special baby tub (one with a slanted and padded back-rest is handy) or use a scrubbed and rinsed bathroom or kitchen sink pre-filled with two or three inches of water. For bathing in a sink, newborns might appreciate lying on a giant sponge, as long as the baby is in a little water. (Then your baby can recline without slipping, but parents must still hold on with one hand.) A large towel folded two or three times and put on the bottom of the clean sink will work.

A couple of points to note:

1. Soap or shampoo still isn’t necessary (and make a newborn even more slippery to handle) or should be used in very small amounts.

2. Swing the nozzle of the kitchen faucet out of the way so the baby won’t get bumped or dripped on.

3. Never run water directly out of the faucet into the baby’s tub or onto baby. Even if you have the temperature right, a sudden change (such as when someone else flushes the toilet or starts the dishwater) could be dangerous.

4. Don’t be disappointed if your baby cries as though this is some new torture to which to subject him or her. After all, baby has been warmly and securely bundled. Then the cold air hits the warm skin and baby is no longer swaddled and secure. It may take several baths before it becomes less scary. Or simply wait. There’s no need to give tub baths so soon – a sponge bath will do it.

5. Fill tub first (and place sponge in the bottom, if you’re using one); work quickly so water doesn’t cool off too much.

6. Eyes and face are cleaned as above (wash them before you put the baby into the tub to prevent eye contamination).

7. Undress your baby and calmly put her down in the tub or on the sponge feet first, leaning the baby back on your hand and arm, which support the neck. Wash with your free hand.

8. To wash the baby’s back, lean her forward onto the arm that just did the washing. Now wash the back with the arm that formerly supported the neck.

9. Remove your clean baby to a dry towel and dry thoroughly (inside the folds of legs, neck, etc). Then diaper and clothe.

Get Ready For The Arrival Of Your Baby’s Teeth

What you are about to discover will benefit you greatly. This article was written to answer many of the most frequently asked questions on the topic of teething. I hope you find all of this information helpful.

For a baby who is reasonably well, the age of teething is just a matter of the pattern of development the baby was born with. In one family most of the children teethe early, in another delayed. You can’t determine your baby is extra clever for teething early, or usually backward for teething late.

The typical baby gets the first tooth around 7 months, but has been drooling, biting, and having periods of fretfulness from the age of 3 or 4 months. Because babies get twenty teeth in their first 2 1/2 years, it is simple to see that they are teething most of that entire time. This also explains why it’s so easy to blame every complaint on teething.

In the bygone days it was the custom to blame teething for colds, diarrheas, or fevers. These conditions are caused by germs and not by teething. However, in some babies it looks as though teething lowers resistance, making it easier for an infection to begin at that time. But if your baby becomes sick while teething, or has a fever as high as 101F, a physician is required to identify and heal the disease just as much as if the baby had gotten sick when not teething.

Generally the first two teeth are the lower central incisors.; (“Incisor” is the name given to the eight front teeth, which have sharp cutting edges.) After a few months come the four upper incisors. The standard baby has these six teeth, four above, and two below, when about a year old. After this there’s commonly a break of several months. Then six more teeth are apt to come in, without much pause in between the two remaining lower incisors, and all four first molars. The molars don’t come in next to the incisor teeth but farther back, leaving a space for the canine teeth.

After the first molar tooth, there is a pause of a few months before the canines (the pointed “dog teeth”) come through in the spaces between the incisors and the molars. The typical time is in the second half of the second year. The last four teeth in the baby set are the second molars. They come in right behind the first molars, generally in the first half of the third year.

The first four molar teeth, which in the average baby come through between a year and a year and a half, are more expected to cause babies trouble than the others. They may be cranky and lose their appetites for days at a time. They may wake up crying a few times each night.

Let the baby chew. Sometimes parents think it’s a duty to keep their baby from putting objects in her mouth and chewing. This notion will certainly make the parents and the baby frantic in time. Most babies must put items in their mouths, off and on, at least from 6 months to 15 months. The best that a parent can do is provide chewable things that are dull enough so that if the baby falls with them in the mouth they won’t do too much harm.

Rubber teething rings of assorted shapes are good, but any piece of rubber that the baby can hold easily will do. You have to be wary about toys made from thin brittle plastic. Babies sometimes break off and swallow small bits or choke on them. You also have to be watchful that the baby doesn’t chew the paint off furniture and other items if there is any danger that the paint is made with lead.

These days practically all babies’ furniture and painted toys are painted with lead-free paint. You have to think about items that have been repainted at home or that were never expected to be chewed by babies. Some babies favor a certain kind of cloth for chewing on. Or, you can tie an ice cube or a slice of apple in a square of cloth. Let them have what they appear to want as long as it’s not hazardous.

You don’t have to worry about the germs on a teething ring or a preferred piece of cloth. They are the baby’s own germs, anyway. Of course, it’s a good idea to clean the teething ring with soap after it has fallen on the floor or after the dog has gotten it. If the baby chews on a piece of cloth, you can boil it occasionally. Some babies like to have their gums steadily rubbed at times.

Seeing is believing, but sometimes we can’t all experience every subject in life. This article hopes to make up for that by providing you with a valuable resource of information on this topic.

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