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Some teething tips you may never have considered

When your baby is teething you will try anything and everything to try to relieve the pain for your little one. If you have tried everything you can think of then you may want to try out one or more of the suggestions below. 

  • A peeled cold carrot ~ Should be as long as his hand, baby carrots are too small.A pickle pop ~ Sounds gross, but some babies LOVE them. Due to the acidity, it’s best for babies over 1 year old.
  • A frozen cheese stick
  • Slices of cold peaches in a feeding teether
  • A cold cucumber slice
  • Bagel slices ~ Microwave it for 30 seconds and then let it completely cool down, it will be as hard as a rock.
  • Barley water and strawberry popsicles ~ Did you know barley water is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help those swollen painful gums? Grab the recipe at Small Fry.
  • Momsicles ~ Freeze your breastmilk in cubes and put in a teething feeder, or freeze around a pacifier in a cube tray.
  • Cold celery sticks ~ Did you know celery is a natural pain killer?
  • A frozen banana wrapped in a towel
  • Frozen pineapple in a teething feeder ~ Pineapple is also an anti-inflammatory with the extra ascorbic acid your baby needs to help soften the gum tissue and help the tooth break through faster!
  • Diluted chamomile tea frozen and placed in teething feeder or tied inside a washcloth for gnawing. 
  • Rub a slice of peeled ginger root on your baby’s gums
  • Breastmilk slushi
  • Fruit juice slushie ~ If your baby is struggling with constipation, try a slushie made from apple and prune juices!
  • Ground cloves and allspice mixed with water (or unsalted butter) to form a gum paste ~ Try this on yourself first, to make sure it’s not so strong it burns.
  • Homemade teething biscuits ~ This recipe at Sweet Treats & More is really simple, really healthy, and really effective. (Really.)
  • A cold whole pickle (dill or sweet gerkins)
  • A scallion ~ Cut the green part off a green onion, lightly salt the white part and let your baby gnaw on it like a 4-inch stick.
  • Pure vanilla extract (not imitation) ~ Put a little on a Q-tip and spread on sore gums.
  • Tahini spread ~ A sesame seed paste that resembles peanut butter, but without any nuts! A little on the gums goes a long way. (Btw, a healthy substitute for sandwiches!)
  • Frozen waffle
  • Olive oil on the gums
  • Ginger paste ~ Ground ginger mixed with water, formula or breastmilk until it forms a gum paste.
  • Nonpeppered thick beef jerky ~ Make sure the pieces are so large they can’t put it in their mouth! Use with caution!
  • Breastmilk ~ Normally, I encouraged moms not to nurse to sleep for older babies…but in this case NURSE AWAY.
  • A frozen upside down bottle ~ Fill it with breastmilk, formula, juice, etc. tip it upside down and freeze it for a perfectly safe ice cube to gnaw on!

This post was originally posted at incredible infant. check it out sometime!

How to make your baby laugh

If you are looking for some new and imaginative ways to make your baby laugh then this post will not disappoint. Included in this list are a ome classics such as peek-a-boo but also some new suggestions you may want to try out. Let us know what you think. And have fun.

  • Feathers. For the baby who doesn’t like beingaggressively tickled, a feather can do the trick. (Freeze the feather overnight first to kill anything that might be living in it. Ugh, or maybe skip the feather and tickle her with a cotton ball.)
  • Peek-a-boo. Your giant, amazing face popping out from behind almost anything will get a laugh, once Baby catches on to what’s happening. Warning: once they get the joke, they will want you to do this 10,000 times in a row.
  • Other babies. The first time my son met another child his age he almost died of delight. If you don’t have a playmate handy, babies also love pictures of other babies faces. Mrs. Mustard’s Baby Faces book was the go-to cheerer-upper in our house that first year.
  • Get weird. Sometimes, you have to veer off the tried-and-true paths to find what your particular baby finds funny. For us, we found that lightly pounding on our son’s sternum made him laugh so hard his face turned red. He still loves it, and he’s 10. I have no explanation for this.
  • Puppies! There is little more heart-burstingly adorable than a laughing baby being swarmed by puppies. If you don’t have access to a basketful of eight-week-old Golden Labs, however, any friendly family pet can do the trick. Keep Baby’s arms and legs covered (scratches aren’t funny) and supervise.
  • Eat some raspberries. And by that I mean cover your baby in raspberries (a.k.a. zerbits, belly bubbles, or plain old fart sounds), eat up his face with kisses, nibble his toes, and go ahead and gobble him up.
  • Just do what you do. Some things strike certain people as being funny, and babies are no exception. Maybe your baby liked the way your pants fell off when you sneezed; or maybe the cat tried to jump from the couch to the TV and missed. YouTube is full of serendipitous moments like that where babies are laughing their heads off. Cherish them, for they are impossible to recreate.
  • This post was courtesy of the stir bloggers

    Happy Mum and Dad

    Tips for a Dad to be

    These tips for Dads to be is humorous, honest, interesting and pretty sound advice. Check them out:

    • Hormone mania: Your wife’s hormones will be all over the place, if you thought women were hard to understand before pregnancy, you are in for a shock. And the thing is, just  when you think you have cracked it and her figured out – Boom! You are in for another shock. This is particularly true during the first trimester.
    • I agree: Your pregnant wife is always right. Even when she is wrong. And if you agree with her, which you have to (even when she is wrong) then it is your fault if she is wrong. (Which she never is).
    • Man up: Help out around the house. Ask your wife what needs doing and do it. Try and get into a new routine where you can incorporate household chores into your busy life – clean the bathroom before taking a shower or load/unload the dishwasher whilst making a well deserved cup of tea.
    • Join in, share a laugh: if ever there was a time where you could have a burping competition with your wife. This is it. Loser makes the tea. (See above, do the dishwasher whilst you are at it).
    • Let the good times roll: It has been said that women have an increased sex drive during their 2nd trimester. If this is the case then enjoy every single minute of it. I can not guarantee when the next opportunity will be.
    • Share the news: The beginning of the second trimester is a good time to tell your boss you are expecting a small bundle of joy. Find out about paternity leave and what other local arrangements you can make such as taking leave etc.
    • But I really wanted a….: Gender disappointment can happen. Firstly, be prepared for it and secondly talk to your partner about it. It is not that you are disappointed, more likely that you were expecting it to be the opposite. There is nothing like being a Dad to a boy or a girl. Believe me!
    • Be involved from the very beginning: wherever possible, go to each and every appointment, the baby may be growing inside your wife but you are doing this together and you are a Dad from the very beginning, not just once your baby is born.
    • Do some research: Find out about your wife’s options when it comes to giving birth. What do the words C-section, induction, birth plan and natural mean to you? Go find out.
    • Look after yourself: Stay fit. Or get fit. Don’t think that you need to gain weight just because your wife is. It will be harder for you to lose in the long run.
    • Yeah it’s weird, but you’ve got to get it: You’ve heard about cravings right? Well they are pretty real, and if your partner needs something, she will love you forever if you go out at crazy o’clock and get it. Drive safely.
    • Now that’s love: Your partner would seriously appreciate a foot massage.
    • Compliments to the one you love: Your partners body is changing. You will notice it and more importantly of all, your partner will notice every single change. You have never loved her more. And she is more beautiful than ever because she is carrying the person you have made together. She may need to be reminded of this. Go tell her she is beautiful.
    • How are you goes a long way: Never forget to ask how your partner is and listen intently. Like it is the only thing in the universe that is worth knowing.
    • Pamper (not Pampers): As well as the foot massage as featured above, don’t forget to be the romantic you truly are; love letters, flowers, text messages telling her how happy you are. These are all essential. Don’t forget them.
    • A little persuader: did you know that sex can induce labour? Just thought id throw that one out there. As I have previously said, I can not guarantee when the chance will next arise…
    • Hang on in there: if you don’t feel like you have a connection with the baby whilst your partner is pregnant then stress not. You will probably not have an immediate connection when the baby is born either. But trust me on this – your partner and your baby need you more than you will ever know so give them your all and you will reap the rewards.
    • Get organised: go through your partners checklist (she will have one) and make sure you have your own bag packed. This needs to include cameras, chargers, money, drink, toothbrush , toothpaste and some snacks for the both of you. Imagine that you have been awake for 24 hours, what will you need? Don’t forget to keep the car topped up with fuel either.
    • Question time: Your partner will have lots of questions she will either need answers too or need reassuring about. Do your nest to find the answers for her or find them together and reassure her all you can. The more you know, the better the experience will be for you too! And never be too shy or too embarrassed to ask the midwife!
    • Safety first!: You should have a new car seat in your car before the baby is born and you should be confident with how to fix it, how to attach it and how to strap baby in. Never compromise on  car seat safety.
    • She’ll get by with a little help form her friend…(you): Help your partner with all the things she can’t do. This is likely to be tying shoe laces or putting boots on, but could also be cutting her toenails (or painting them)…pretty much anything to do with reaching her feet. Enjoy!
    • Fail to prepare? Prepare to panic! Never be too far away as the due date approaches and wherever you are, always know the quickest way to the hospital.

    This post was written by a real dad as he prepared for his baby’s arrival. We hope you enjoyed it and feel free to submit your posts for consideration. Comments are always welcome.

    Top 10 girls and boys names in the UK 2014

    This is a list if the top ten girls and boys names in the UK in 2014 with their meanings and movement from 2013 indicated. For some it will be a list to avoid, for others it will be the only list to choose from…

    Top ten girls’ names for 2014

    1. Sophia (+2) – Wisdom
    2. Emily (-) – Admiring
    3. Lily (+1) – Lilly flower
    4. Olivia (-3) – Peace (of the olive tree)
    5. Amelia (+2) – Industrious
    6. Isla (+2) – Island
    7. Isabella (-2) – Consecrated to God
    8. Ava (+2) – 
    9. Sophie (-)
    10. Chloe (+1)

    Top ten boys’ names for 2014

    1. Muhammad (+27)
    2. Oliver (-1)
    3. Jack (-1)
    4. Noah (+5)
    5. Jacob (+2)
    6. Charlie (-3)
    7. Harry (-3)
    8. Joshua (+4)
    9. James (+1)
    10. Ethan (-2)

    (Meanings coming shortly)

    Tips on coping with morning sickness

    Congratulations! You are pregnant. But you are sick. So very sick. Here are our top ten tips on coping with ‘morning sickness’

    Rest – easier said than done, particularly if you have a child already but rest will help more than anything else. Ask for help, get some support and prioritise your and your baby’s health by resting as much as you need to.

    Biscuits in bed – When you go to bed each night take up with you a glass of water and some dry food suck as crackers or biscuits. The dry food will help to settle your tummy and water will rehydrate you.

    Sickness bands– These wrist bands work by applying pressure to the Nei-Kuan acupressure point, acupressure is the application of pressure to acupuncture points on the body. A band is the preferred method when the pressure needs to be constant over an extended period of time, as is the case with morning sickness. Please bear in mind that results vary from person to person.

    Stay hydrated – staying hydrated can help to keep nausea at bay. The best way of staying hydrated is to drink water, little and often throughout the day.

    Fizzy drink – some people find fizzy drink helps. You will have to work out what works for you with this one. Some prefer to leave it to go flat whilst others find drinks with ginger in them help. If you do find yourself drinking carbonated drinks, keep an eye on your caffeine intake. You should have a maximum of 200mg of caffeine a day.

    Eat your way through it – You may find this difficult but eating fruit and proteins such as peanut butter and turkey sandwiches. This won’t prevent the nausea, but it won’t make you feel any worse and will definitely help with your energy levels during the sickness period and after.

    Webmd, NHS