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New Baby

  • For new Dad's

    Pregnancy is seen as mostly a woman's thing. Few women believe that their partner really understands what's involved. And the fact is, many of us dads-to-be don't. We talk about it. We show interest. We empathise. We even try to read about it, at least a little. But let's face it, our experience of having a baby is fairly removed from the real thing until we're face to face with nappy changing and sleep deprivation. No dad can possibly relate to the minute-by-minute, close-to-the-heart, kick-in-the-gut reality of carrying a baby to term.

    But we can help and join in. We can be there to listen to the first heartbeat, we can cut back on the beer or wine, we can look over the naming books together, and more. Here are 10 ways you can be there, too.
    Face your fear
    If you feel a sense of unreality coupled with raw fear, you're only normal. Will you be a good dad?  Will labour go smoothly? You'd be odd if you weren't afraid. Our best solution for this natural by-product of humankind's greatest experience is to talk to your partner, your dad, your friends who are old hands at this parenting business.
    Pay attention
    You can't be pregnant, but you can participate by watching. Let your partner know you're enjoying seeing her pregnant body. Take pictures to record how her bump grows. Give her a back massage when she's tired. Feel the baby kick. Keep track of your baby's development -- no doubt you'll be amazed.
    Be there
    Try to make it to some of your partner's many antenatal appointments. And don't miss the chance to get a glimpse of your baby during an ultrasound. And, of course, attend antenatal classes, and work through the breathing and relaxation exercises together.
    Get healthier, too
    As your wife tries to improve her diet, give up alcohol and drink more fluids, you can support her by sharing these lifestyle changes. Eliminate bad-for-baby foods that might tempt her. Cut down or cut out alcohol yourself. Don't smoke.
    Love her changing body
    Understand that, as your wife's pregnancy progresses, she may feel unattractive. Even if you think that she is, don't let on! Meanwhile, you may also find that your relationship takes a back seat for a while. What with hormone changes, back pain, morning sickness, and an understandable preoccupation with the stirrings of life, your sex life may be a little less exciting for a while.
    Pull your finger out
    Your wife may be pretty demanding. Go with it. She's doing most of the hard work. The least you can do is to do the food shopping, send her flowers and indulge her late-night demands for cottage cheese and strawberry jam sandwiches.
    Memorise the route to the hospital
    This may seem obvious, but unless you're on a business trip when your partner's waters break, you'll be making that drive to the hospital for delivery. With your partner in the throes of labour on the back seat, you may not be in a fit state to navigate your way to the hospital. So do a dry run; make sure you know the route. And that you always have enough petrol in the car and that she can contact you no matter where you are or when she has to make that 'drop everything' call.
    Consider yourself a partner in labour
    Find out what she wants you to do when she's in labour. Does she want you to rub her back, help her change positions, soothe her and massage her, feed her ice cubes and offer her drinks or help her make decisions about pain relief. If you're up for it, ask your midwife if you can cut the umbilical cord.
    Shop, talk and make lots of decisions
    By the time your baby arrives, you and your partner will have bought baby clothes, prepared the nursery, bought and installed a car seat (hospitals won't let you drive baby home without one), settled on boy and girl options for your child's name; and determined whether to breast- or bottlefeed, and use cloth or disposable nappies. And you thought you had nothing to do...
    Prepare to be unprepared
    The nine months of pregnancy rush by so fast (believe it or not), that the experience can be overwhelming. Enjoy it, and don't worry if you don't have everything ready by the time baby shows up. You have his whole life ahead of you.

  • Jillian Michaels Is a Mum – Times Two!

    As a trainer on The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels was known for dishing out tough love to contestants.

    But these days, she’s doling out tickles and hugs to her 2-year-old daughter, Lukensia – whom she recently brought home from Haiti after a lengthy adoption process — and the newborn son, Phoenix, that partner Heidi Rhoades gave birth to on May 3 in Los Angeles.

    “We’re swimming in babies over here,” Michaels, 38, gleefully tells PEOPLE in its latest issue.

    In an exclusive at-home interview and photo shoot, she discusses the two-year journey that led her to her daughter and reveals an incredible twist of fate: Rhoades, 31, delivered their son the same week Jillian finally brought their daughter home.

    The instant family has made for long days and nights for Jillian. But she insists she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    “I don’t even answer email. I don’t have time to care about anything else,” she notes. “I want to be really present and enjoy all the nuances of their growth and development. I don’t want to rush any of it.”

  • Joe Simpson on Jessica Giving Birth: A Miracle!

    Joe Simpson is a proud father and a proud grandfather this week.

    The father of Jessica Simpson has taken to Twitter to share his excitement over the birth of Jessica giving birth to a girl, Maxwell Drew Johnson, Tuesday.

    Grandpa Joe said his daughter always wanted to become a mother, and seeing her welcome her first child with fiance Eric Johnson was a joyous moment.

    Joe and Jessica Simpson

    "Jess dreamed since she was a young girl about being a mom," Joe shared with his followers on Wednesday. "Dreams come true! So happy!"

    On Tuesday, he Tweeted, "Proud PaPaJoe!! Beautiful baby girl... What a miracle!"

    The little miracle arrived at an L.A. hospital with Eric, 32, and their families supporting Jessica, 31, who delivered the 9 lb., 13 oz. bundle.

    "We are so grateful for all of the love, support and prayers we have received," Simpson wrote on her official website after the delivery.

  • Six Reasons Babies Cry

    Six reasons babies cry and how to soothe them
    Why do babies cry?
    All babies cry. It's perfectly normal. Healthy newborns may cry for one hour and three hours each day.

    Your baby can't do anything for herself and relies on you to provide her with the food, warmth and comfort that she needs. Crying is your baby's way of communicating any or all of those needs and getting your attention.

    It's sometimes hard to work out what your baby is telling you. Is she hungry, cold, thirsty, bored, or just looking for a cuddle? As a new parent, this crying can be upsetting. You may even worry that something is wrong with her.

    But in time you will learn to recognise your baby's crying patterns and know what she needs. And as your baby grows she'll learn other ways of communicating with you. She'll get better at eye contact, making noises and smiling, all of which will lessen her need to cry.

    1. I'm hungry

    Hunger is one of the most common reasons that your newborn baby will cry. The younger your baby is, the more likely it is that she's hungry.

    Your baby's small stomach can't hold very much, so if she cries, try offering her some milk. She may be hungry, even if her last feed doesn't seem very long ago. It's likely that you will be feeding often and regularly in the first day or so to help your breast milk to come in anyway. If you are formula feeding your baby she may not be hungry if she has been fed within the last two hours.

    She may not stop crying immediately, but let her keep feeding if she wants to.

    2. I need my nappy changing

    Your baby may protest if her clothes are too tight or if a wet nappy is bothering her. Or she may not mind if her nappy is full and may actually enjoy the warm and comfortable feeling. Her skin may be irritated so she may cry because of this.

    Checking and changing your baby's nappy may meet her needs. Make sure that the nappy tab isn't too tight.

    3. I'm too cold or too hot

    Your baby may hate having her nappy changed or being bathed. She may not be used to the feeling of cold air on her skin and would rather be bundled up and warm.

    Take care not to overdress your baby. She will generally need to wear one more layer of clothing than you to be comfortable. If it is a warm day a vest and nappy should be enough.

    Don't be guided by your baby's hands or feet, as they usually feel cool. Keep your baby's room at a temperature of about 18 degrees C. Place her down to sleep on her back with her feet at the end of the cot. That way she can't wriggle too far down under the blankets and become too hot .

    4. I need to be held

    Your baby will need lots of cuddling, physical contact and reassurance to comfort her.

    So it may be that she just wants to be held. Try a baby sling to keep her close to you. Swaying gently may also help.

    You may be worried about spoiling your baby if you hold her too much. But during the first few weeks of her life that's not possible. Newborns need lots of cuddles.

    Your newborn will probably like feeling snug and secure, just as she was in your womb.  Swaddling her in a blanket may recreate that feeling for her.

    Or she may not like being swaddled and respond better to other forms of reassurance, such as being sung to. If you hold your baby close she may be soothed by hearing your heartbeat.

    5. I'm tired and need a rest

    It's easy to assume that babies will fall asleep whenever they need to, wherever they are. But many babies find it hard to get to sleep, particularly if they are overtired. Whining and crying at the slightest thing, staring blankly into space, and going quiet and still are just three examples.

    If your baby has received a lot of attention from visitors, she may become over-stimulated. The lights, noise, and being passed from one adoring relative to the next, may become overwhelming for her.

    Your baby may cry more than usual when relatives come to stay, or towards the end of each day. So her crying may just be because she's had enough for one day. Take her somewhere calm and quiet to help her settle.

    6. I need something to make me feel better

    Perhaps your baby is crying purely because she gets fed up easily. This may be because she's taking a while to adjust to being in the world.

    Even so, if your baby has been fed and is comfortable, but is still crying, you may worry that she's ill or in pain.

    Be aware of changes in your baby. If she's unwell, she'll probably cry in a different tone to her usual cry. She may be particularly fretful and difficult to soothe. And if your baby usually cries a lot but has become unusually quiet, it may be a sign that she's not well.

    Nobody knows your baby as well as you do. If you feel that there may be something wrong with her, call your GP or Midwife.

    My baby's still crying. What can I do?
    •    Walk around while rocking her.
    •    Sit with her in a rocking chair.
    •    Sit her securely in a baby swing.
    •    Take her out for a walk in her pushchair.
    •    Try a massage or a tummy rub - Using massage oils or cream and gently rubbing her back or tummy can help to soothe her.
    •    Try a different feeding position
    •    Let her suck on something
    •    Give her a warm bath

    This crying is a phase and it will pass. Newborn babies are hard work. Being the parent of a newborn who cries a lot is even harder work.

    Be reassured that as your baby grows, she will learn new ways of communicating her needs to you. And when this happens, the crying will stop.

  • Guide To Baby Massage

    Research shows that massage can relax babies, improve their sleep patterns, and calm them when they are irritable. Infant massage should last about 15 minutes. Don't worry if you have only five or ten minutes: even a short massage is good for your baby. Choose a warm, quiet room and play background music if you like.

    Using a lotion or oil will help reduce friction and make the massage more soothing. Make sure you use a product that is gentle enough for your infant's skin. JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion is easy to use, smells great and is hypoallergenic. For extra ease, you may prefer to use JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil because it spreads smoothly. It's also allergy- and dermatologist-tested so it's gentle enough for your baby. Whether you choose lotion or oil, place a penny-sized amount in your palm and rub your hands together to distribute.

    Here at Shower My Baby you can buy A Guide to Baby Massage plus organic  Baby Massage Oil by Natalia Vital Touch.

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