Natural Remedies for a Teething Baby – DIY at Home

Teething babies are no fun and it is especially no fun when you have your baby chugging medicine that you are not totally informed about. You do not REALLY know what is in there and what the long term effects can be on your baby. My grandfather always loved to say, “Prevention is better than cure”.

Although, most doctors know what they’re doing there is no harm in trying natural home remedies for a teething baby first. Here are a few that you can try on your baby to alleviate the pain.

1. Everything cold

Instinct gets you running to the freezer for an ice pack every time you or your child gets hurt. Please don’t try to fit an ice pack into your baby’s mouth.

Instead, you can have your baby suck on an ice Popsicle, I know you’re thinking “she did say natural but popsicles are mostly ice, food coloring, and some sugar I guess” (I do not really know, I haven’t been a fan of popsicles). What I do know, is that you can make your own Popsicle or Smoothie and freeze it. You and you baby will absolutely love it. Try making popsicles out of fruits.

My personal favorite is a mixed berry smoothie. We decided to go smoothie crazy one day and got our blender out. We added blueberries, raspberries, banana, and some watermelon (sounds a bit weird and could be yucky tasting right but the kids were doing it so I let it slide). It actually turned out pretty good.

Another thing you can do is feed your baby frozen veggies through a mesh feeder which is totally safe and prevents your baby from choking on veggie chunks. Its merely just acting as something cold for your baby to chew on. You could consider it an organic Teether.

Consider chucking a few of your baby’s pacifiers in the freezer to use whenever the pain is almost unbearable. Your baby will appreciate a frozen pacifier to chew on since they’re chewing on them anyway. It keeps baby quiet and relieves him/her off the crazy pain associated with teething.

2. Anti-inflammatory Food – Putting the Fire Out.

Pain in a certain part of your body basically means that part is on fire. Fortunately, we have discovered foods that have anti-inflammatory properties.

From what I can personally vouch for turmeric works like a bomb. FOR EVERYTHING. Turmeric is phenomenal when it comes to relieving pain anywhere and your baby might not like the taste but he/she will be thankful

Mix some turmeric with water to form a paste and rub it on your baby’s gums.

You can also do this using ginger which works great for calming your baby’s nerve endings within the gums. Having your baby chew on some ginger or gently rubbing it on the gums will help too.

3. Baby Spa

Everyone loves a good shower or relaxing bath, massages – heck, we even pay for them, and immense relaxation.

Your baby loves it too. Put your baby in a warm bath with bubbles and his/her favorite toys. Just the fact that your baby is in warm water is good enough. It will take his/her mind off the stresses and pain of teething.

After your baby is done in the bath, treat him/her to a full body massage and make use of some relaxing essential oils. Massage your baby all over, trust me babies love massages. Fun fact: I am Indian so I basically really only know what happens in an Indian household and a major part of baby’s bath time is massaging your baby and kind of doing mini stretches for your baby. It almost looks like they could fall asleep in the midst of it.

Face time giggles
are always fun, especially for the parents. It gives you extra time to focus on making your baby laugh while working on the “knots” in your baby’s face. Massage your baby’s face, working from the temples down to the lower jaw and be sure to make funny faces and voices in the process. Your baby will enjoy some extra giggles and the gentle massage will help with the pain.

Anything involving pain is tricky and teething ranks high on the list. It is definitely stressful for all parties and the good news is it is temporary. There are many routes you can take to alleviate pain and help your baby cope with the teething process. Thank goodness for mother nature providing us with natural remedies for a teething baby and most of these remedies are inexpensive so no excuses mommy and daddy. It will be over soon, hang in there.

 

 

How to Teach Your Baby to Walk – First Steps

The wait is almost over and your baby is reaching the age where he/she should start walking. Oh wait, but there’s more. Now it is all about not missing your baby’s first steps, so how about you be the one to teach your baby to walk. That way you have front row seats to your baby’s major accomplishment.

  1. Bouncy Baby – A great way to prepare your baby for walking is to sit on the floor and hold your baby up and let him/her bounce on the floor. You can even have your baby on your lap, whichever is more comfortable for you. This will help your baby feel confident about standing on his/her feet. The more you do it the more your baby will be at ease and attempt to do this on their own. Make it fun, make funny faces and talk to your baby – this encourages your baby to do it more. Practice makes permanent.
  2. Walking Rings – Walking rings help babies move their feet, this helps to develop their little tiny feet and legs to make them stronger. Sort of like baby exercise. It also boosts confidence and fun. Your baby will be like “hey these feet actually get me places, lets do more!!”
  3. Baby, get up – Have your baby stand on his/her own in front of you. Make sure there is nothing around that could hurt your baby because, your baby will fall. The best place to do it is on the carpet. When your baby falls encourage him/her to stand up by themselves or hold their favorite teddy or toy above them and encourage them to stand up and grab it.
  4. Baby’s first steps – By now, your baby should be excited and confident to start walking. Stand your baby on one side of the room and quickly run to the other side. Now cheer your baby on to walk towards you, if you want you can hold up a reward for your baby to come and get. Again, your baby will fall. If it is safe and you see that your baby is fine do not run to his/her aid. Let him/her get up on their own and continue to walk toward you.

Speaking from experience, this definitely works and it is really fun! I especially enjoyed being the cheerleader and when he finally took his first steps it was the best moment on earth. It should feel like the best moment on earth so make sure you make a big deal out of it and make sure your baby feels that you are celebrating him.

Rewards, celebrations and really emphasizing your child’s achievements go a long way. It makes them feel better about what they are doing and really gives them that confidence boost. They start to believe in themselves and begin to reach for higher levels in their development.

One more thing, before I leave you to teaching your baby to walk. Remember your baby will be walking soon – and even climbing, that means he/she will be able to reach those toys you put up on the kitchen island or should I say those kitchen utensils.

So, that being said. Happy hunting for higher places to set sharp objects and important things.

Common Causes of Delayed Speech in Toddlers

By now, you have probably figured out that your child is growing but have not started talking or babbling any words yet. Still, you are second guessing yourself, is it still early? Should your baby be talking by now? I mean, the other kids are already mouthing sentences. First, let’s clarify whether your child is at the appropriate age or if your are overreacting – as most people do, myself included for sure. Then, we can move on to look at some causes of delayed speech in toddlers.

When should your baby start talking?

I have a pretty good theory that babies start talking the minute they pop out, I am sure they have a lot to say about the tiny room space to sleep in and the food mommy was eating. No tip for your mommy.

Before I side-track a little too much let’s get down to business.

By the time your baby reaches the one-year mark your baby will start to recognize different sounds and try to imitate them by sounding out letters and babbling a lot. Babbling a lot of letters that will not make sense to your right now but this is their first attempt of communicating valuable knowledge to your. A+ for effort.

It does get better. By age two, your baby will start developing language receptive skills. These are skills that enable your baby to comprehend what your are saying and sort of act it out or show that he knows what your are talking about. A great example would be that your ask your toddler to point to his nose and he does it.

By this age, your toddler will also be able to say two word combinations such as “baby smiling” or “baby crying”. Your child will also be able to communicate his feelings a lot better, if he is hungry for example. I will tell your, they are great at telling your when they’re mad at your. I quote, “I mad”.

You have to give them credit for being cute though.

Now that we have that pinned down and your’re quite confident that your toddler’s speech is delayed, let’s look at what could be the common causes.

Why is your baby not talking yet?

There are many reasons why your baby could be delayed in speech but, I am going to pin it down to 5 causes.

4 of which being the common reasons your baby’s speech has hit a red light.

  1. Slow learner – 3 kids later..or a lot of google research later..I am sure we have discovered that, as mentioned in some of my other posts, all children are different. This is the most common cause and it is perfectly normal that your child may be a bit slower to grasp the speech concept than other kids around him or his age. This is easily fixed with extra care and attention to teaching your child and speech therapy will help too. Your child will soon get comfortable talking and catch up to speed in no time.
  2. Hearing loss– developing a loss of hearing is shockingly easy. All it takes sometimes is catching a cold and your child could get an ear infection. This could affect your child’s hearing therefore lessening the ability to hear how words sound to repeat it which in turn slows down your child’s ability to increase their vocabulary.
  3. Struggling with communication – Your child may know exactly what he wants to say but may not know how to express it better instead of using every day words. This could result in delayed speech because your child is frustrated and struggling to express his feelings in the way he wants too.
  4. Tongue Tie – I am sure your have heard this one before. A tongue tie is when the tongue does not have enough flexibility to move around as certain words and blends need to be pronounced correctly. This is results in a huge delay in speech and blends especially if a tongue tie is not detected as soon as the baby is born or in the early months before any speech recognition and attempts can be made by your child. Because of this, your child will struggle a lot with blends such as “lk” “br” “gr” etc. for words like milk. grass, brown. You will need to consult with a doctor in this situation.
  5. Development disorder – this is not common but, I took the liberty to add it in to create awareness that things like cerebral palsy and autism does exist. Because your child does not possess extreme autistic qualities does not mean that it couldn’t be there subtly. It would be best to check in with a doctor and speech therapist to confirm whether this may be case.

Communication is an essential element, no matter which form it comes in. It is needed. Delayed speech can be worked on and the sooner your get working on it the easier it will be for your child to effectively communicate. Younger children are able to learn and grasp knowledge easier than older kids, so with the right remedies your child will be on his/her way to great communication skills before your know it and your can cross one stressor off your list.

What Is Colic In Babies? – Signs and Symptoms

As parents, we feel responsible for knowing exactly why our babies are crying and how to relieve it as quick as possible. It colic in babiesmay sound as easy as pie until you’re in the house by yourself with a screaming baby. Food? Nope, baby not hungry. Rock-a-bye-baby? Nope, baby not sleepy. Smelly? Nope, diaper dry. Maybe, just maybe, your baby might be colic.

A good place to start is to understand what is colic in babies and how to detect it ASAP.

What is colic?

Colic is when your baby is healthy but cries and fusses for no reason. It is frequent and usually for long periods of time around 3 to 4 hours a day. Colic in babies usually begin within the first six weeks and could last up to four months, keep in mind all children are different and it is okay if your baby is in the colic phase for another month.

It will be a long, tiring 4 months but there is a rainbow after this storm. Colic usually comes to the end of its term after the 4 to 5 month period.

What are the causes of colic?

Although there is no accurate answer as to what causes colic, over time the following symptoms have been found to be common amongst babies that have fussing and crying fits for prolonged periods of time.

  • Passing Gas Babies tend to swallow too much air during their crying fits resulting in a gaseous tummy and passing of gas whilst crying. The fact that the baby is swallowing too much air could have the baby feeling some discomfort.
  • Immature Development This means that the baby’s intestinal and nervous system is still developing and becoming immune to normalities of food and drink. This could hinder the process of digesting food either too quickly or too slowly which brings about stomach pain in the infant.
  • Allergies Babies may be allergic to certain proteins in the type of milk that they are being fed. If it is bottle milk, they may be allergic to something in the formula. If the baby is breastfed, there may be something in the mother’s diet that could be passed on through breastfeeding and cause an allergic reaction. Your baby may also be lactose intolerant.
  • Sensitive Senses A baby has an ability to block out sounds and bright lights to help them sleep. As the baby starts to develop and strengthen its senses, usually between the first and second month, this ability starts to fade away resulting in an extra sensitivity toward sounds and lights. This will frustrate your baby and also disrupt your baby’s sleeping patterns and will make it a lot more difficult for your baby to fall asleep. Hence, your baby will be cranky and feeling helpless.

What To Keep An Eye Out For? Colic Symptoms

It is always helpful to stay informed on the what’s and the why’s. When it comes to your baby it is not just helpful anymore but also takes priority. I cringe at the thought of not knowing what to look for and where to start so knowing what you’re dealing with is definitely heading in the right direction.

  • Colicky babies may need to be comforted a lot more. When you find your baby crying as soon as you put her down but quiet as soon as you pick her up – and this happens every time. It is a good indication that your baby may be colic. I WAS THAT BABY.
  • Fussing for no reason. Colicky babies fuss and throw crying fits for no reason most of the time. Well to us at least – they may have their reasons for throwing a fit but is unable to communicate it. We have gone through the checklist and there seemed to be nothing wrong then now is the time you should start looking into Colic in babies.
  • Passing gas Your baby will have an interesting way of passing gas, it usually seems as if your baby is having a temper tantrum. Legs up in the air, squeezed tight fists and passing gas.
  • Timed crying You may notice that your baby has these prolonged crying episodes around the same time every day with it getting worse later in the day, most of the time in the evenings.

When to see a doctor?

Your baby will not be experiencing any vomiting and fever. If there is anything that seems out of the ordinary especially if your baby is starting to get pale skin and is passing bloody stools, it is best to see a doctor and get an acurate diagnosis with the relevant treatment.

Because your baby may be colic it does not mean that there is something wrong. Your baby can be colic and still be as healthy as ever, it is usually a phase that your baby goes through that happens during the development of your baby’s body and nervous system. All babies experience discomfort, some babies more than others.

Teething Symptoms for Babies

 

baby teethingIs your baby constantly crying? Is anything you do working? It’s no fun when your baby is crying and you have no way of communicating the problem therefore have no idea how to relieve your baby of what is bothering her. Ever considered the fact that your baby might be teething. Oh no! TEETHING! I bet it is the biggest and most challenging obstacle a little baby has to face. Below are teething symptoms for babies to help you know what to keep an eye out for. But first, let’s start at the beginning.

What is Teething?

Teething is when your baby’s first teeth or “milk teeth” start to emerge through the gums. Do not panic if your baby is not teething or has already started teething at 4 months. Teething can begin as early as 3 months to as late as 12 months and often come through as pairs.

How Do You Know Your Baby Is Teething?

Teething is something foreign to your baby and like everything else your baby has to try to figure out what is happening and find coping mechanisms to help relieve the pain. Some teething symptoms for babies include

  • More biting than usual – when you start to realize your babies have fingers in their mouth all the time, it is usually a good indication that your baby may be teething or is in the early stages of teething. They will be biting on almost anything they can get their hands on but most of the time it is their toys and fingers. Sucking may also be associated with biting as your baby will be making an attempt to relieve the pain and soothe it by sucking and adding extra moisture through their drool.
  • Increased fussiness and irritability – It is understandable that your baby isn’t going to a happy baby if there are teeth trying to penetrate through gums. Your baby’s irritability level will hit sky-high and you will find more crying and moodiness.
  • Fever – Your baby may have something referred to as “teething fever” which means your baby’s body temperature will be slightly elevated. Please do not confuse teething fever with an actual fever or cold. Any temperate that is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius is considered to be an actual fever and if this temperature consists please see a doctor or get the relevant medication and treatment for your baby.
  • Drooling – Keep an eye out for more than normal drooling. This can also lead to a rash around the mouth area so it is important to wipe away drool but be careful not to wipe too much or too harshly, try to use a slightly damp and warm face cloth or products for sensitive skin for babies as any harsh attempt to clean up your baby’s face can irritate the skin causing or worsening a rash.
  • Loss of appetite – It is normal for babies to refuse any food or drink due to the pain that comes with teething.

Your baby’s first tooth is something to celebrate although it may be painful and uncomfortable for your and your baby there is good news. You and your baby will be able to master it as each tooth pops up and before you know it you will know exactly what to do and when to do it. Pretty soon your baby will be stealing foodies off your plate.

Potty Training Tips – Stubborn Boys

What to do when you’re running out of time – your little boy isn’t potty trainedpotty training boy and has no interest at all in potty training. There really is no right or wrong answer linked with many trials and errors. Nothing is working! the pressure is on! You tried everything… What do you do? Here are some potty training tips that will help you ditch the diapers and turn your child into a pro-underwear champ!

1. You’ve Tried Everything. What’s Next?

So you’ve reached your breaking point and have tried everything. Rewards, taking away privileges and if your pro-spanking you may have even resorted to an occasional spanking.

The next thing you need to do is talk.

Explain to your child again in the calmest voice you can find what it means to potty and how to potty. Show him the process of pottying, cleaning himself and MOST IMPORTANTLY FLUSHING AND WASHING HIS HANDS. Boys do have a tendency of leaving their creativity behind and scurrying out. You might have already figured that one out.

Make sure you let him know what your plans are to ensure a successful potty training instead of having him wonder what is going on and not getting the main idea behind it all.

2. Hide the Pull-ups.

You know it’s a problem when your child starts changing his own diapers to avoid mommy and daddy seeing that he had an accident in his pull-up. At this point you’re not even sure if it is an accident or a carefully thought out plan coming from a 3-year-old. You need to get rid of the diapers. Hide them or dispose of them just make sure your child cannot find them. Trust me, if in plain sight his little hands and feet will find a way to reaching them.

Once you banished the pull-ups have him go pantless for a week or two whenever he is at home. This should make him uncomfortable because he just has a shirt on with nothing else and will also force him to take those steps to the potty and actually use it. If he is as lazy as my little one, him going to the potty by himself and not crying to be carried is a major accomplishment.

Now that you’ve got the laziness out of the way, show him his new underwear that just so happens to be in his favorite colors and cartoon characters. YAY!!! Make it sound fun and exciting and make a big deal out of the fact that he is using the potty by himself. The underwear and excitement you offer every time he uses the potty will drive motivation to keep using the potty.

3. Time and Remind.

These two aspects go hand-in-hand. It is important to remind your child that he does not have a diaper on and that he needs to use the potty, even if he does not need to he should at least try. It would be ridiculous to have your child sitting on the potty every 5 minutes – this will definitely create resistance to potty because you’re constantly disrupting his play time – or every 2 hours – this is sure to create big messes that you will get tired of cleaning up – so pick a time between 15 and 30 minutes, the timing should help enforce the potty process in the form of repetitive learning.

4. Constructive Punishment

Once or twice is okay but, pottying in your underwear all the time is not okay! Every time your child does not use the potty but instead goes out in his underwear, show him how to clean up the first time and have him do it. From the time he needs to get his pants and underwear off all the way to giving you his messy clothes so you can have them cleaned (obviously a 3-year-old should not be operating a washer and dryer, although it might sound cute.)

Be prepared to put up a fight – he will not like doing this.

While he is cleaning himself up and the mess he might have made anywhere else let him know that he can avoid a bigger mess by using the potty and having the easy way out.

5. Reward, Reward, Reward.

Even though your child might not be able to read time, set a time in the evening for yourself as a “finish line” and to help him understand the concept of your time, you can explain that when it gets dark or at bed time.

This is your chance to throw a mini party for him and reward him for going through a day without any messes and actively using the potty. He will feel appreciated for his efforts and look forward to another prize the next day, keep in mind he is going to get bored if he is getting the same thing over and over, two cookies before bed for example, start small and take it up a notch every time he gets rewarded. This will keep him on his toes and guessing what his next prize will be which again will drive motivation.

As the week progresses, space out your rewards to every two days and then every week. An idea for his weekly reward could be his favorite park on a Saturday or letting him choose something fun that you could do with him.

6. Stay Consistent.

You may not want to have him go through all this after he starts to cry or fuss. It may even be challenging and exhausting on you, fighting him every time he needs to use the potty or having messes every few hours every day but, the most important tip is to stay consistent. No matter what how much he kicks and screams or tells you mean stuff as long as you stay consistent in the rules you set up for him and the rewards he may or may not get you are bound to have success.

These potty training tips have gone a long way for me and it should help you get the job done. Your child will be running into school diaper-free in no time. Potty training is not easy, but it is possible.

About Me

Welcome to my babydevelopmentneeds.com website. Living in quite a largeabout me family gives you insight to what it feels like to be a part of a child’s life, to know they look to you for comfort and the precious feeling when their tiny little hands grab your finger. Watching my little cousins, nieces and nephews grow made me realize the passion I have for helping children.

Instead of limiting it to just family, I took my passion and turned it into my life and what I do. My job – even though it does not feel like a job but a lifestyle because I enjoy it so much – is taking care of kids, one family with three little boys to be specific. You could basically call me a full time nanny. Actively engaging and focusing on the needs and development of the boys.

I get to create a bond and long-lasting impact in their lives knowing that they have my back and I will have theirs.

I am not a worker, I am a family member. That is what has me at hello! every single time.

A Little About The Why

Why create babydevelopmentneeds.com? Here is a little window into my “Why”

In the past few years of taking care of children I have realized that each child is unique, each child needs to be carefully thought and taken care off. I have been surrounded by children that have had trouble with their development, ADHD issues and temper tantrums. Yes, every child has temper tantrums but these were unique and different. Doctors offered advice yet we were still stuck and clueless. We felt helpless and tried everything we could think off.

We resorted to diet changes, exercises, trying different products and even doing nothing at all but nothing seemed to work. Thousands of dollars later we were still at square one.

Exhaustion, confusion, stress, feeling lost and clueless are all familiar emotions.

In experiences like these, I realized I need to help parents by sharing the knowledge I have learned whether it be easy day to day challenges or complications, because raising little ones is not an easy task and definitely not short term.

There is hope.

Much of the content I will be discussing here will be centered around improving your child’s development and how to deal with many challenges along the road of your child’s growth with product reviews of what could be beneficial to your child as he climbs the infamous age ladder.

A Little Reminder

Despite the challenges we face as parents, social workers, nannies, family members, etc. There is nothing more precious and beautiful than a little baby and the most important goal of babydevelopmentneeds.com is to help give parents the best advice and children the best care they deserve to help them reach their full growth potential physically and mentally because there is nothing more satisfying than watching your child become a healthy and intelligent being.

Here’s to healthy babies and happy parents,

Kimone

Founder of babydevelopmentneeds.com