As a new mommy, sleep when your baby sleeps. Silence your phone and ignore the dishes in the sink ||To keep the eye free of infection, massage inner lower corner of the eye twice daily to empty it of old fluids ||A great deal of body heat is lost through a bare head, so make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Put a photo of a face – yours – on the side of the cot for your baby to look at. Human faces fascinate babies ||Never pick up your infant by the hands or wrists as this can put stress on the elbows. Lifting under the armpits is the safest way ||The AAP recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take up to three weeks ||If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months is the best prevention of food allergies ||Use a firm mattress and avoid placing your baby on thick, fluffy padding that may interfere with breathing if your baby's face presses against it ||Plan for regular family meals. Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day ||
Water and its Importance for Kids

 

When the hot weather hits, most kids want to spend the whole summer playing outdoors. It’s also important for kids to be drinking enough no matter where they’re playing to avoid becoming dehydrated. Children don’t have the same ability to cool off as adults so they are more likely to end up with heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Here’s what you need to know to keep your child hydrated and healthy all year long:

Watch for dehydration warning signs. Two of the early signs of dehydration in children are fatigue and irritability. If so, it’s time to get them out of the heat for a water break.

How much water do kids need?

For babies, The American Academy of Pediatrics states that "until your baby starts eating solid foods, he'll get all the water he needs from breastmilk or formula.

As for older kids, it’s hard to give one general recommendation for water intake, since intake is related to the activity being done. To ensure that your child is getting enough fluid, offer it six times a day, or even more if they are younger. Young kids can be already dehydrated by the time they’re thirsty.

Why water is the best beverage.

Calorie-free water is a better drink for your children than soda and even juice. Juice is nutritious in moderate amounts such as 120 to 180 ml per day, but too much sweet drinks children drink, the more likely they are to be overweight, and is probably not great for developing teeth as well.

Tips to encourage more water:

  • Offer high water-volume foods. About 20 percent of daily fluid intake can come from fruits, such as watermelon, vegetables, such as cucumber, and milk and milk products, including yogurt.
  • Play drinking games. Make fluid part of the fun outdoor activities; have the kids count to eight while taking eight big gulps of water.
  • Take a break. When children are playing outside, they need a water time-out every 15-20 minutes.
  • Sweeten it naturally. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime to a glass of water or an ounce of juice to half a gallon of water to add a hint of flavour.

 

Check this article if you’re confused about which water is best for your child

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