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Nine Flowers That Will Make a New Mom and Baby Feel Special

Nothing beats a bouquet of amazing flowers as a congratulatory gift. Giving it to your mother on mother’s day, a sibling for a graduation, or a promotion. Will you be surprised that giving flowers when a new member of the family is born is an excellent choice as well? Instead of thinking of buying diaper bags for a gift, buy new baby flowers and you will learn what to pick. However, wait, did you give a gift a bouquet of yellow carnations, orange lilies, and petunias to a newborn child?

Do you know that doing so is rude? Let me explain to you then.

No matter how beautiful the flowers may look, always keep in mind that they might have disastrous meanings. Take Yellow Carnations for an example: They mean disappointment and disdain, but they still look so pretty and beautiful in a bouquet. You cannot resist the temptation to add them, can you? Hence, make sure you keep the meanings in mind.

Now I am sure that you may be wondering now about what flowers to give for your newborn niece without getting into a fight with the parents. Well, here is the list of flowers suited and perfect according to its meaning and beauty. Just perfect to give to the mother and child!

Amaryllis

This flower is perfect as a gift. It means great beauty. Imagine if you gift it to the child. You are saying to him or her, “You will grow with splendid beauty.” How thoughtful of you! 

Baby Clothes Guide: What are the Right Clothes for Every Season?

I know that as a mom, we tend to be careful not overdress our babies no matter what the season is. Overdressing your baby during summer is as dangerous as letting her go out without a proper coat during winter. Therefore, plan properly when buying baby clothes.

Letting your toddler wear a thick jacket when it is steaming hot could trigger heat stroke and dehydration. Likewise, when you let your child play in the snow without the proper footwear can result in frostbites. Hence, basing on seasons of experience, I am sharing with you a quick baby clothes guide to help you pick the right clothes for your little one no matter what the weather will be. I hope you would take these tips seriously for the safety of your baby.

Baby Clothes for Winter

The cold during winter could be harsh. It is even deadlier than sunburn when exposure without the proper outfit takes long. Frostbites can cause nerve damage and numbness of the skin. Check out the following tips that will prevent your baby from getting sick.

  • Let your baby wear layers of clothing. During winter, I usually wear three-layer clothes to keep warm. Let this be your guide. If you feel warm with three layers, let your baby wear four layers of clothes. It should always be an additional layer for the little ones.

    Start with a thin cotton clothing at first, and then top it up with a thick layer to trap the heat inside. A snowsuit, for example, is ideal when going outdoors. However, be vigilant not to overdress your child. Overheating does not happen only in summer but could occur during the cold season as well.

  • Cover for protection: Do not forget the little things. They are as essential as the suit itself. Mittens or winter gloves, socks, shoes, and hats are equally crucial for your baby’s protection. Make sure that you completely cover her from head to toe.

    Thick knee socks or leggings are convenient to protect your baby’s feet from cold. A pair of shoes or boots out of thick material is important to withstand the freezing air as well. Wearing thick layers of clothes during the winter could be troublesome, but it sure is worth it if you want to enjoy the days.Here is a video clip that can give you tips on what clothes to choose for your child when it is cold:

Baby Clothes for Summer

Overheating is not just an issue common during winter. It could happen during the summer days too. Check if your baby is not too hot to ensure that she is comfortable. Unlike you, little ones cannot regulate their body temperature yet.

  • It is best to prepare short sleeves and shorts for your baby during the summer. It is preferable to be out of thin fabric for cooler feeling. Cotton is an ideal cloth for outdoor baby clothes during the warm season. Select the clothes and footwear that are breathable too. 

    I recommend the type of clothes that are not body fit. The looser the clothes are, the cooler it will be. Your baby could breathe and move at ease. Besides, tight clothes can irritate your child’s skin and can result in rashes.

    I suggest picking the most comfortable sandals for your child, as well. The open-toed type is ideal for letting the feet breathe.

  • The summer hat for your child can protect her from the harmful sun rays that could damage her skin. If your baby were old enough to be able to wear sunglasses, it would be better to protect her eyes too. You may let go of other accessories if it hinders your baby’s comfort. Headbands and bows are good examples of this.

    Socks for the summer can be optional. Your baby is limited when it comes to sweating, and the feet is one area that they sweat a lot. If I cannot find a very thin sock, it is better to go without socks to maintain proper airflow.

    Here is a short video giving ideas on how to dress your baby during the summer.

More tips to keep your baby comfortable and protected whatever the season is:

  • If you think your baby is hot, take off some layers of her clothing. Keep your little one away from the sun. An umbrella is a great idea to shade her from harm. Baby hats are not enough.
  • Select high-quality fabrics.If your baby loves swaddling, you may want to forget about the nappies and choose a light fabric to wrap her up.
  • Remember to remove the heavy and bulky coats when you are in the car. The temperature inside is no longer as cold as outside. Taking it off will prevent your baby from getting too hot.
  • During cold days, a blanket is a big help to cover the stroller from the chill.

Conclusion

It is vital that as a parent, you should be able to identify if your baby is cold or hot. Learning the proper way to dress her up is also an assurance that you are interested in her safety. Remember not to dress up too much or less. Either way could bring harm to your child.

I do not buy as many clothes as needed for my baby too. These little bundles grow up too quickly. If you are not meticulous with this, one day, you will discover that you have a truckload of clothes to give away. Hence, shop sensibly. Be practical.

Focus on the right clothes to wear for whatever season and purchase those that are durable enough to last.

Baby Swallowed Bath Water: How alarming is this?

It is never easy to bath an active baby particularly when it is your firstborn. No matter how hard you keep an eye on her, little accidents can happen. Look away for a second, the chance of finding your child head down into the tub filled with water is possible. Is it dangerous when a baby swallowed bathwater?

It could be alarming to know that your baby just gulped some bath water. What do you need to do when this happens?

Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning Explained

I bet you have read many dry drowning articles circulating in the media. I get you; the controversy hit me too. The truth is, the term dry drowning caught the medical team in surprise as well. However, the name is rapidly spreading out and giving moms a new reason to fret and worry about their kids.

To explain, dry drowning describes a condition wherein drowning victims do not have water found in their lungs during the autopsy. This occurs when the water is very cold and abruptly enters the airway. This usually happens when you jump into the water with mouth open. Therefore, instead of your belly, the water rushes through your vocal cords.

The situation makes the vocal cords to shut off. This naturally happens to protect your lungs but at the same time closes the airways. The fact is, in this so-called dry drowning, water cannot go inside the lungs, but the child cannot breathe as well. You can find 10-20% of drowning circumstances are like this and may closely connect to the medical term Laryngospasm.  

With dry drowning, symptoms are not visible since it can happen, so fast victims do not have time to recover. However, dry drowning is very rare. Some also use dry drowning in association with secondary drowning wherein children are at risk to die by inhaling a small amount of water. Nevertheless, you can associate this condition to pneumonitis instead.

The latter is what makes moms in panic. Pneumonitis happens when the surfactant lining of the lungs disrupts when kids inhale water. Though very rare, being so can trigger swelling and fluid build-up in the lungs. This means air can pass through the lungs when your baby inhales but finds it hard to exhale because the fluid is hindering the way.  

Hence, how would you know that you do not need to worry when your baby swallowed bathwater?

Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning Explained

Signs of Pneumonitis

There is no need to be anxious about your child in danger. When your baby swallowed bath water, you would know if she has pneumonitis by watching out for these signs. The manifestation of the symptoms is obvious that it is hard for you not to notice. Remember that the first sign may appear a few hours after your baby swallowed or breathe in water.

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle or joint pains
  • A headache
  • A dry cough
  • Tiredness
  • Wheezing
  • Finding it hard to catch her breath
  • Spitting and Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Change of behavior

What do you need to do when your baby swallowed bathwater?

Do not be muddled by what dry drowning have imposed in the media. Stay focused on taking care of your baby. You know already the signs of probable danger of pneumonitis, and I tell you that it is a very rare occurrence. However, when your baby swallowed bathwater, here is what you need to do.

  • Watch your baby closely and look for any sign of Pneumonitis (or secondary drowning.)
  • If you see any symptoms, call your pediatrician immediately. However, coughing alone is not a valid sign of second drowning. At least a few of the symptoms would be a reason to feel apprehension. Take note that coughing that takes longer than several minutes after swallowing bathwater needs medical evaluation.
  • After 30 minutes and the doctor is still not around, seek urgent medical care.

Conclusion

I hope that I have given the information that you desperately need. It is an advantage if you are a pro-active mom since it makes your family safer and secure. Therefore, learning the symptoms and reacting to certain situations is beneficial when you have a child. The next time your baby swallowed bathwater, you already know what to do.

Consider teaching your kids how to swim at an early stage to prevent drastic situations to happen. Yet, it is of utmost importance for you to stay close to your babies when bathing or swimming time to prevent dry drowning and secondary drowning from occurring. Lastly, take note of the facts and information I have shared to you. If you have more questions, feel free to drop a comment and let us have a chat.

7 Tips to Keep Baby Skin Healthy: Worry No More!

I know how irresistible a baby’s skin can be. The soft, and delicate skin smells so good as well that I cannot help but torture the little one into an agony of endless kisses. However, when I see some spots, rashes, and bumps, I start to panic. It is a comfort when the doctor assures that it is what I should expect!

Realizing that amidst the perfection that my baby is to me, her sensitive skin is far from that. With all the skin conditions that I need to watch out for, cradle cap and diaper rash are the most common of them. Let me share with you some helpful tips to prevent her skin irritations especially for her first months.

1. Diaper rashes

Let me mention this condition first since I believe that majority of the newborns nowadays wear diapers. I admit that as a mother, I have always relied on the convenience of diapers when taking care of my babies. Do you know that I made it a point to have a diaper subscription just to ensure that I will not run out of supply? Diapers are the second item in my priority list next to infant formula.

Although diaper rashes are usually harmless and will just heal, later on, I cannot bear the sleepless nights when my baby is touchy because of the discomfort it gives. There are three reasons why your newborn ends up with a diaper rash.

Tip #1

Tight diapers: Make sure that you buy the right size for your baby. The correct size should give enough room for the air to circulate, keeping the skin dry.

Tips#2

You do not change your baby’s diapers frequently. Once the diapers are wet, make sure not to leave it far too long before changing. If possible, replace it immediately.

Tip# 3

Diaper brands: Per my experience, there are certain diaper products that my baby’s skin cannot tolerate. So, I tried to let her use several brands until I found out the best diaper brand that is suitable for her. You may want to do the same.

2. Pimples and Whiteheads

Are you familiar with baby acne? It is not the same as the acne we had during our teenage years because of too much oil in our skin, but it is more related to yeast. Hence, when you see white spots and pimples usually on the baby’s nose and cheeks, do not fret. It will eventually clear up in a few weeks. 

Tip# 4

There is no need for treatment for such conditions; therefore, unless prescribed by the doctor, DO NOT try to apply medication or lotion on it. Some products are too strong for your baby’s skin.

3. Birthmarks

Birthmarks

Are you worried of this weird marks that you think made your baby’s flawless skin imperfect? I tell you, my little girl got a super dark mark that looks like a treasure map. The first time I saw it, I was speechless! However, lots of babies across the globe have these harmless marks, and that is such a relief.

Birthmarks, or skin discolorations if I describe it, may appear later after birth and it has nothing to do about the genes. It is utterly not a health threat and does not need treatment.

Tip# 5

DO NOT make an attempt to take it out. If you are really troubled by it, ask help from a physician.

4. Eczema

Now, this skin condition makes me worry. The doctor says it has something to do with the family history of allergies, atopic dermatitis, and even asthma. The itchy, red rash appears along with this genetic illness. Notice that the irritation will appear first on her face like a weepy rash before it becomes thick, dry, and scaly, spreading to other parts of the body.

Tip#6

Observe the conditions that trigger the breakout. Once identified, do some research and learn how to prevent it. I advise asking help from medical professionals. You can take care of your baby that is suffering from this discomfort by:

  • Using the best baby soap and detergent that is gentle and perfume-free.
  • Apply moisturizers in moderation.
  • Be consistent in giving the prescribed medicine for treatment.

5. Dry Skin

Peeling skin is natural for a newborn baby. This happens especially when you gave birth a bit late from the expected due date. No need to worry. The skin underneath the peeling layer is entirely healthy, soft, and moist.

Tip#7

Do not attempt to rub the peeling skin vigorously to clear it out. Doing so will be painful for your newborn and may irritate the skin. Likewise, do not try peeling it manually by force and end up harming your baby. If you cannot bear the sight, make sure to ask help from any pediatrician.

Conclusion

There are plenty of skin conditions that you may think a huge threat to your baby’s perfect skin. However, most of these are harmless and usually clear up months after birth. Just remember always to consider asking help from the doctor if you are uncertain on what you plan to do.

Babies naturally have lustrous and soft skin. They smell heavenly good too! They do not need perfumes, lotions, and other skin treatment. A quick bath and a shower of kisses will do!