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  1. 1. Master the timing Many parents start noticing their infant demonstrating self-soothing behaviours by 3 to 4 months. By 6 months, most infants are capable of going 8+ hours without needing a feed in the night, so it’s an ideal time to encourage them to self-soothe themselves to sleep and back to sleep if they wake up. It’s usually best to encourage self-soothing behaviors before separation anxiety kicks in full force, around 8 to 9 months. It can be hard for your little one to learn to soothe themselves back to sleep when they’re already worried about being separated from their favourite adults. 2. Create a bedtime routine There are many benefits to creating routines around going to sleep. Even when they’re simple like reading a book, singing a song, or taking a bath sleep routines can provide the body with the signal that it’s time to relax and go to sleep. Sleep routines also provide consistency. Consistency is key in helping children to know how to respond to situations. Even if they’re not able to understand the words being spoken to them yet, a young baby can learn from consistent cues when they’re expected to go to sleep. 3. Offer a security object (if your child is old enough) Because of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) risk, you don’t want to leave blankets, pillows, and toys in your child’s crib during the first year of their life. (When in doubt if something can safely be left in your child’s crib, contact their pediatrician.) But if your child is older, a soft toy or blanket that they’ve created an attachment to can offer an anchor to help with self-soothing themselves back to sleep. If your child isn’t yet old enough for a stuffed animal or love to be in their crib with them, a pacifier can help the self-soothing process. 4. Create a calm, dark, cool environment to sleep in Your baby is really just like you in that a comfortable environment is key to being able to fall asleep and stay asleep. When a child is put to sleep in an environment optimally designed for sleeping, they cannot to say they always will go to sleep quickly without distractions. They’re also more likely to stay asleep without being triggered awake by noises, chills, or hot sweats. Additionally, to help prevent SIDS, a slightly cool environment is considered better than a warm one. 5. Establish regular sleeping times Like sleep routines, the use of consistent sleep times can teach the body to expect sleep. Body rhythms can be trained to align with going to sleep at specific times and this can help your child to feel sleepy at the exact time you want them to fall asleep. There are benefits to not only having a bedtime routine, but also a bed time! 6. Consider moving away from feeding your baby to sleep If your baby is falling asleep while drinking from the bottle or breast, they aren’t actually self-soothing or learning to self-soothe. By moving the bedtime feeding session to a slightly earlier part of the bedtime routine, you can encourage your little one to learn to self-soothe while still ensuring they get enough food. Although this is a fairly simple change to most sleep routines, it can lead to some upset crying as your child is required to find other ways to soothe themselves asleep. Particularly in the beginning, you may need to stand next to the crib offering verbal assurances or even the occasional back rub as your child learns to self-soothe without the aid of liquids and full body human contact. 7. Ensure all needs are met before your baby gets too tired Once your baby is overtired, it can be difficult to convince them to finish the last few ounces from their bottle or not cry out in distress about every change in their environment. For many reasons, their ability to control their emotions and self-soothe will be greatly reduced if they’re too exhausted. (Even as adults, it’s easy to fall apart and lack self-control when we’re overtired!) By anticipating your baby’s needs instead of reacting to them, your child will be prepped for success. They’ll be more likely to end the evening in a happy mood, which will make it easier to fall and stay asleep on their own without assistance. 8. Try to acknowledge your baby in the crib instead of getting them out Ideally, baby falls asleep in their crib and remains in their crib when they wake up in the middle of the night. If your child falls asleep in your arms which, we admit, is one of the sweetest things ever and is then transported to the crib, they’ll rouse to an environment different than the one they fell asleep in. This can be jarring and lead to distress that makes it harder to self-soothe back to sleep. And keep in mind that even fairly young children can fall into habits. If the habit they learn is falling asleep in the crib, this will aid with self-soothing. Need some suggestions on baby food brands
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    Baby food suggestions

    Thank you for your suggestion
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    A Guide for First-Time Parents

    Thank you for your suggestion
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    organic baby food

    there are many brands out there which provides baby food in the form of puree pouches and porridge, yes I agree that Happa foods is one of the most reliable brands in India
  5. thebestmother

    organic baby food

    I think Happa foods is the brand which provides some good amount of baby food made of organic fruits and vegetables can check there official website for more information the link for the same is Happafoods
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    HAPPA Foods

    It is an organic baby food brand which offers baby food in form of puree pouches and porridge their major ingredients include organic fruits, vegetables and various essential nutrients like ragi and oats these are given in raw form and are also mixed with other fruits you can find the information about the brand by visiting there website and can also purchase the baby food from the same the link for the same is https://www.happafoods.com/
  7. thebestmother

    Baby food suggestions

    What is Happa porridge baby food? From where I get information about the same? Please give me some links so that I get information about the same?
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    A Guide for First-Time Parents

    You've gone through pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and now you're ready to go home and begin life with your baby. Once home, though, you might feel like you have no idea what you're doing! These tips can help even the most nervous first-time parents feel confident about caring for a newborn in no time It’s an overall fuzzy and overwhelming overflow of emotions that every new parent feels. Whether you’ve just had your first child or about to have your bundle of joy, every new parent or parent-to-be makes all the necessary adjustments of the addition of another family member. Handling a Newborn If you haven't spent a lot of time around newborns, their fragility may be intimidating. Here are a few basics to remember: · Wash your hands (or use a hand sanitizer) before handling your baby. Newborns don't have a strong immune system yet, so they're at risk for infection. Make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands. · Support your baby's head and neck. Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down. · Never shake your newborn, whether in play or in frustration. Shaking can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. If you need to wake your infant, don't do it by shaking — instead, tickle your baby's feet or blow gently on a cheek. · Make sure your baby is securely fastened into the carrier, stroller, or car seat. Limit any activity that could be too rough or bouncy. · Remember that your newborn is not ready for rough play, such as being jiggled on the knee or thrown in the air. Please suggest some baby food brands?
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    Fruits & Vegetables To Start With A 6 Months Baby

    nice and useful information I also feel that there are many fruits and vegetables to start of with for the baby like apple, banana, mango, etc.
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    Fruits - The champion item in babies solid food

    I think solid foods is one of the most important diet for the baby and should include many nutritious elements like ragi, oats, fruits and vegetables etc. one of the famous brands which offers baby food in form of possidges and pouches
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    HAPPA Baby Food

    You can purchase your product form their websites, amazon, first cry, flipkart, haiko etc. but I think to purchase any brand one of the mos reliable place will be its own website as there is a guarantee to get good quality product at the best price so here is the link for the same https://www.happafoods.com/
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    Babyfood product

    I think Happa foods is one of the most reliable brands I know which offers good quality baby food for 8 months old baby can get them easily from there own website https://www.happafoods.com/ , amazon, firstcry, flipkart, haiko etc.
  15. Summers are in their full swing as we have entered the fifth month of the year already. May marks the onset of soaring temperatures across the country. Summers are synonymous with summer vacations, a trip to the hills and loads of indoor activities. But as the temperatures rise further, it becomes a cause of worry for most mothers. Children are always active, and they just don’t want to rest, even if it means for a minute. So, if you thought preparing healthy summer foods and drinks is a daunting task, then think again. My advice is to keep your child hydrated throughout the year, and more so now when temperatures are soaring. As moms, on the other hand, we want to take just the right care of our children, so that they don’t fall prey to dehydration and other diseases of the hot season. As a child, I remember my grandmother used to make n number of bottles of Mango Panna whenever we visited her during our summer holidays. The need to drink more liquids or have foods that are rich in water content becomes more in summers as we tend to sweat a lot. While we can still go ahead and observe how much we sweat in a day. But with children, it is a different ball game altogether. They don’t even want to stop for a drink, hence it becomes important to keep checking on them for having enough fluids in summers. Presenting some summer drinks/foods which will keep your child hydrated this summer season: 1. Sweet Lassi Lassi is very popular in many Indian households. In fact, one can call t their best grandma memory of one is from Punjab. Lassi has basically churned yogurt and hence extremely beneficial in hot summer weather. It is a great coolant, plus it is great for the digestive system. While people up north, generally prefer Lassi after having their meals, but you can always give this to your children right after they come tired from their daily park time to satiate the evening hunger pangs. Not to forget it’s great and keeps them hydrated for a good period. 2. WaterMelon Watermelon is one of the best seasonal fruits which is readily available during the hot summer days. What makes it even better is the fact that 90 % of it is constituted of water with an addition to some vital nutrients. Watermelon can be had best in the form of a fruit salad with a generous topping of your favorite Chaat Masala. You can also try making ice popsicles for your little ones, which serve as a very nice dessert. 3. Cucumber Cucumber is also one of the best superfoods which can keep your child well hydrated. Consisting of 96 % water, cucumber is one vegetable that children love the most. It serves as a side dish with your meals, or you can just put it in your little ones’ snack box as well. Cucumbers are rich in vitamins and antioxidants and are also rich in dietary fiber which aids in proper digestion. 4. Strawberries One of the children’s favourite fruit, which is aesthetically also very beautiful also has very high-water content. Strawberries are also rich in Vitamin C, which is necessary for the repair of gums, hair and other body tissues. They are also a good source of folate which is responsible for building red blood cells. No wonder strawberry is hot with children, that it has found a place of permanence in our kitchens in the form of smoothies, jellies, and jams. 5. Pineapple Pineapple is another fruit that falls in the category of high water content fruits. The best part about high water content in these fruits is that you can just grab and eat it on the go, nothing fancy required for it. Pineapple which consists of 87 % water is also low in sodium and fat and hence extremely beneficial for children in the rough summer months. Try having a fun activity with your child by having flame-less cooking and make pineapple popsicles. Sounds fun- doesn’t it? 6. Cantaloupe Cantaloupe or musk melon as it is popularly known in India also comes next in line to watermelon as far as children’s favorite fruit is concerned. An extremely sweet fruit that is high in water content, musk melon is also a summer fruit. Cantaloupe is also rich in potassium. Potassium is one electrolyte that can be lost by the body during dehydration, hence it is a great option to replenish the body with the necessary fluids. Please feel free to suggest some organic baby food brands and do provide the link so that I can purchase them??
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