How to keep the umbilical cord stump clean and dry in order to avoid infection
February 5, 2016
by Gill Polard
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Taking care of a newborn means more than changing diapers and round-the-clock feedings. Parents and caregivers must also be aware of the umbilical stump. Like any other tissue that is healing, the skin surrounding your baby’s belly button will dry and then eventually fall off within one to two weeks. However, to avoid infection it is important to keep the umbilical cord stump clean and dry.
Here’s how to clean and care for the umbilical stump.
"Never wake a sleeping baby" and more advice you might want to think twice about
January 25, 2016
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We’ve all heard them, over and over again whether you are still pregnant or you’ve just had your fourth. Those little pieces of “advice” that everyone feels they have a right to say to all parents. There are many experiences that have been passed down from mother to daughter, friend-to-friend and sister-to-sister. Then there are the thousands of theories and tidbits of advice online! How do you know which ones to listen to and which ones you just nod your head at politely? Advice is just that though: it’s advice, and you can take it or leave it.
Nuggles offers a contemporary twist on a classic baby product that was in need of some updating
January 22, 2016
by Gill Polard
Cherelle Arnesen has several titles; CEO, Mom & Founder of Nuggles Modern Cloth Diapers based in Kamloops, BC. Born from a commitment to only use cloth diapers with her first baby, Nuggles offers a contemporary twist on a classic baby product that was in need of some updating.
How to keep your little ones both safe and warm in the car this season
January 18, 2016
With our Canadian winter here for the next few months, there are a few things that are important to remember about keeping our children safe and warm while in their car seats.
We spoke with Katherine Hutka, President of the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC) for tips on how to ensure our children are being put into their car seats safely while still being able to keep them warm on those cold Canadian winter days.
Changes in sleep behaviour can be caused by developmental changes, illness and travel
January 11, 2016
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You were on the cusp of having a wonderful sleeper but then your household got hit with a nasty virus or you arrived home from a vacation and now sleep has become something of the past!
We’ve all been there a time or two and we know that there is nothing worse for a parent than when your baby had been sleeping well and all of a sudden that cycle stops and they start night-waking again, taking very short naps or struggling to fall asleep. It can be a very frustrating and trying time when this happens, but there are always things that you can do to help them get back on track.
Tips for managing those late nights and missed naps
December 19, 2015
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Have you been thinking about the holidays and how your little one is going to cope while travelling? How will you manage those late nights and missed naps? Being with family and friends throughout the holidays is what makes them so special but when you have a child who requires naps and an early bedtime, it can add extra stress to an already stressful, busy time of year.
With the holidays around the corner, Restful Parenting has put together some tips to help you maintain healthy sleep while enjoying time with your loved ones.
This tasty breakfast-style muffin contains fenugreek seeds, which are known for their milk-supply-boosting powers and have been used by women for that purpose for centuries. Fenugreek is a galactagogue (also high in fibre!) that is well known for producing increased milk in mothers with the sometimes odd side effect of causing the mother’s sweat and urine to smell like maple syrup – which really isn’t all that terrible a side effect. If, however, you find that you or baby is experiencing loose, watery or green stool, you should discontinue use.
How to get your little one back to a regular sleep schedule
December 14, 2015
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Oh, the dreaded early rising!
Waking anytime before 6:00 am is considered early rising and contrary to grandma and grandpa’s advice, keeping them up later will in fact not help them sleep later in the morning, nor will skipping daytime naps. There are many contributing factors that can lead to early rising and although the body will adapt to the early waking, it certainly does not need to remain that way.
Things we’ve learned from being in the Mommy trenches during cold & flu season
December 11, 2015
by Gill Polard
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Cold and flu season is upon us and unfortunately little babies are especially susceptible to getting sick, as their immune systems aren’t quite as robust as bigger kids. It can be difficult to diagnose a flu in a small baby but some telltale signs are:
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