Which Bottles Are Best For My Baby?

According to Erika Landau, M.D. (Pediatrician), “A parent should always provide their newborn with bottles that are new, never used! Because used, older bottles, may not be up to the current standards of the safety and environmental regulation codes.” Once they have been used and warmed numerous times, they get scratches, and can release a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA), which is associated with toxic effects on a baby’s brain, also, their reproductive organs.

Bottle Basics

It is best to prepare yourself by learning the four ways in which baby bottles are different. The following will help out on that:


Nipples for bottles:

The nipples for baby bottles should be replaced anytime they get cracked, thin, or discolored, and also whenever the baby goes into the nest level of their growth. You will also be choosing the material that the baby’s nipples are made of, the materials used are: Latex, soft, and not very durable. The other is, Silicone, good and firm, will last a longer period of time.

Shape of bottles:

Bottles now come in different shapes, such as straight, contoured, and wider. Keep in mind, that a bottle that has a wide neck is surely going to be much easier to clean.


Does the bottle have an anti-colic feature?

It is not for sure the cause of colic, however, bottles that have special venting features, such as an angled top, are designed to limit the amount of air your baby will take in through the bottle, reducing baby’s build-up of gas, and reducing how much your baby will spit-up.

 

The best bottles are made from these materials:

Glass, stainless steel, and BPA- free plastic.

The safest toys for babies

Toys are something that should be an important part of a child’s life. However, one has to be careful about the toy’s they choose for their little ones. Although we do not think about it as much as we should, toys can be hazardous to our babies and toddlers.

Purchasing toy’s

As parents, we want our babies and toddlers to have good quality toy’s to enjoy. We also would like for those toy’s to be interesting to our children, and teach them things, as well as help in their development. But before you decide to go out and spend a load of money on toy’s it would be a wise thing to check into any local swap stores, or second hand stores. Stored like these will usually have items that are nearly brand new, hardly used, and sometimes they may be new, and the prices on these will stun you. Imagine going home with the toy’s you were looking for and till have some money in your wallet!

Use the following guidelines, and always check and see if any toy you are buying has been recalled:

Always avoid plastics:


The worst plastic toys are the vinyl ones, they are bad not only bad for your child health, but also, for the environment. Vinyl is a toxic material from the time it is produced, throughout its life cycle, until it is disposed of.  Should you find yourself in a position that you have to use vinyl, do yourself a favor and choose the safest vinyl possible, which is labeled (1,2,4, or 5), it can generally be found on the bottom of the product in the symbol.

 

Natural materials are best:

However, if it shows that the toy is certified to be free of toxic chemicals, and is lead free, it should be safe to buy the toy.

  • Toy’s should be for the appropriate age.
  • It is best to buy toy’s that do not use batteries.
  • Toy’s should be well made.
  • When buying a toy, consider if your child is physically ready to be receiving that toy.
  • Never buy your child a toy that has a cord on it that is more than twelve inches long, or even a string on it that is longer than twelve inches.
  • Do not get your child toy’s with magnets which are small.
  • Watch out for toy’s that are toxic.

Disposable Diapers VS Cloth Diapers

The comfort of the cloth and the disposable diaper

It does not make any difference as to whether you use disposable diapers or cloth diapers for your baby, as long as they are changed when they need to be. For a diaper that is left unattended to (cloth or disposable) will result in the baby getting a nasty diaper rash. Disposable diapers tend to have some moisturizing and absorbent chemicals which irritate the skin of some babies.

Convenience

To the contrary of what you have heard about cloth diapers, things have changed since the days of scary safety pins and folding, that could drive one crazy. In today’s modern world you will find that cloth diapers come designed with Velcro, and they even have them with snap closures, which makes them just as easy and convenient as disposable diapers.

They also have water proof bands that go around the waist and thighs, preventing leaks, as well as removable linings that can be washed. Of course, one must keep in mind that the cloth diapers are not going to be as absorbent, meaning they will need to be changed a little more often.

The cost of disposable diapers vs. cloth diapers


The cost of disposable diapers for a period of two years is going to average out to be approximately $2,000 to $3,000, and this is just for one baby! However, cloth diapers, including accessories (safety pins and etc.), is going to cost on the average $800 to $1,000 for the same amount of time, for one baby.

You can choose to wash the cloth diapers yourself, or you may have a laundering service at a cost that will still run very close to that of the disposable diapers, when all is totaled, which will be about $2,500 to $2,800. Remember, this is for just one baby. In order to save money one would have to compromise by washing out the cloth diapers them self. The good thing about the cloth diapers is that they can be re-used!

 

 

 

 

About Pacifiers And Thumb-Sucking

Doctors and parents alike have become more concern about babies sucking their thumbs, due to the structure of the infant’s mouth being altered over a period of years. There have been different studies which showed that pacifiers are connected to the ear infections babies get.

 

A few of the advantages of pacifiers and thumb-sucking:

Having a pacifier or being allowed to suck on a thumb could benefit a baby by helping him/her fall asleep and/or settle down.

This is considered a big advantage as far as thumb-sucking or using a pacifier goes. It seems that a pacifier may possibly cut down on the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

 

A few of the disadvantages of thumb-sucking and/or using a pacifier:

Prolong use of a pacifier increases the risk of getting ear infections. However, from birth until about 6 months of age has a lower rate of ear infections. On the other hand, between the age of birth and 6 months of age is when there is a higher risk of SIDS for your baby, and a pacifier might be able to prevent this from happening.

If a baby uses a pacifier for an extended amount of time, it is possibly that it can lead to future dental problems by causing the teeth to be misaligned, or stop them from coming in properly.

 

Two of the best pacifiers are:

The Advent pacifier is an Orthodontic pacifier that is Translucent, and made of Silicone. This pacifier has been designed to support the teeth, gums, and palate naturally to assist in their development.

The Philips Avent is a Soothie Pacifier. Hospitals use this type of pacifiers, and they recommend it for babies starting as early as birth. This is also the pacifier that is the best for babies that are breast fed and under 6 months of age, because of the rounded shape of the nipple.

Newborn Products You Will Need

It may be surprising, but babies do not require a whole lot of things in the first few weeks. This article is going to cover the basic products you should have for your baby’s needs (not including the temptation and impulse buys of gadgets and adorable cloths). Let’s get to it!

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Wardrobe

When it comes to cloths, newborns do not require much. Simply have a few side-snap or side-tie T-shirts that you will be able to dress your newborn in until the umbilical cord has separated. Then, you can dress your baby in a onesie outfit, these will easily pull over the t-shirts, like overalls. We recommend buying at least 6 of these, but more if possible as it is common to go through 2-3 a day.

Otherwise, have plenty of socks available, at least 6 pairs or more.

Sleepers/Nightgowns

Six or so stretchy style sleepers will come in handy for covering your baby at night from neck to feet. These usually snap by the leg for easy changes. While good for sleeping at night, these are great for daily and traveling too.

Nightgowns can be used for pajamas; with mittens it can prevent scratching. If it gets cold at night, a single sleep sack will last.

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Knitted Caps and Sweaters

If you live in a cold region or it is winter, you should have a knitted cap or two that can be used for keeping your newborn nice and toasty. Knitted caps are great for keeping heat in their body’s, as it escapes through the head.

If you have harsh winters, a baby snowsuit is recommended, but using a heavy blanket will work for milder winters.

Cloth Diapers

Buying a couple packs of disposable diaperswould work, but if you want to be green and save money in the long run, cloth diapers are suggested. Having enough for two or three days is enough, babies go through several a day, so stock up when possible. Ensure you get the right size, and if needed a diaper cream should be used while avoiding petroleum based products.

Baby Bathtub

As you should bath your newborn daily, having a baby bathtub can be handy. It is a small bath made from plastic and fits in a sink or tub to make things easier. Of course, you want baby shampoo and baby wash, these are gentler than regular soap.

Disposable Wipes

Like with diapers, you will need to use disposable wipes to keep things clean. Having a decent size pack on hand at all times is recommended. You should avoid using wipes with a fragrance, and don’t use within the first few days.

For the first few days, you should use alcohol wipes to clean around the cord area prior to it falling off.

These are some of the basic things needed when your newborn comes home. Be sure you are ready and grab them on sale when possible during your pregnancy, it could save you money!

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