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15 new-mom tips for baby bathing, teeth care, feeding, sleep strategies and more
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We brought you 15 tips for new moms on baby sleeping, swaddling and teething. Here are more helpful hints on keeping your baby healthy, clean, well-fed and happy.
Planning your baby's first birthday party? Timing is everything, says Penny Warner, author of Baby Birthday Parties: 20 Fun Theme Parties for Babies 1 to 3: "Plan the party to last an hour to an hour-and-a-half. Babies have short attention spans and run out of energy and interest quickly. Plan the party for late morning or late afternoon -- pre- or post-nap -- when baby isn't tired."
Ear infections are common in babies -- and they can sometimes be hard to spot. The two big red flags: not wanting to lie down or nurse (an ear infection makes it painful to swallow or lie flat). Read all about ear infections in our health guide.
When you transfer your baby into the crib at bedtime, try putting your hand gently on her stomach, arms and head to comfort and soothe her. Something as simple as having you close can do wonders for your little one's security at night.
Is your baby starting solids? Rice cereal is the go-to first food, but once you're baby's ready to feed herself, try banana, avocado slices and 11 other great first finger foods.
When you peel back your baby's diaper, you might find more than just regular ol' poop -- Is that peanut butter? See our guide to decoding your baby's poop to find out what's normal and what's not.
Worried about dangerous cleaning chemicals now that you've got a baby putting his mouth on everything? Try this natural cleaning solution: just mix water with vinegar in a spray bottle, and use it when wiping down surfaces.
Shampooing your baby's hair can turn into a total tear-fest. To minimize the fuss, use less shampoo than you think you need. Babies don't require much, and it will minimize the chances of it dripping down his forehead.
Even though your baby won't have teeth for the first few months of life, get into the habit of wiping your little one's gums with a finger brush, a piece of gauze or a clean washcloth. Before a tooth breaks the surface, there may be a small opening in the gum where bacteria can hide and cause a cavity.
Waiting for your baby's first smile? It will probably come between six and eight weeks, and come from some sort of physical contentment, like being wrapped up in a towel post-bath. Encourage your baby's smiles by laughing and smiling right back at her (as if you weren't already!).
If feeding, rocking or singing isn't soothing your baby to sleep, try infant massage: Move your first three fingers in a circular motion around his tummy, with the belly button as the center of the circle, for three to five minutes -- or until he drifts off.
If you plan to pump when you go back to work, pump just after one feeding per day a few weeks before heading back to work to get a good supply stocked up in the freezer.
Baby's skin is often said to be soft, perfect, and, uh, smooth as a baby's bum -- until red bumps and rashes flare up. Read up on five common infant skin conditions (like eczema and diaper rash) to be prepared for a bad breakout.
Diapering a boy or a girl for the first time? One mom got a surprise spray in the face when diapering her son after having two girls! Learn tips and tricks for what's different when diapering boys and girls.