Deep cleaning the house prior to the coming of a new baby is a terrific way to guarantee everything is clean and well ready.

A recent analysis by scientists has demonstrated that the nesting instinct is a consequence of substances forcing expectant mothers to safeguard and prepare for their new infant by being in charge of the environment . Pregnancy is an exciting moment for growing families, and since the countdown starts, get your distance prepared by checking these straightforward and significant cleaning hints.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Leave your shoes at the front Doorway.

With guests seeing, dirt frequently gets trodden to the home. In addition to earning a great deal of germs and germs, it also does not help with maintaining the house clean. Asking people to leave their shoes at the door will guarantee your floors are safeguarded and germs are left outdoors.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Open the windows.

Maintaining your space well ventilated can help improve the air quality that is particularly significant with a new baby about. While your home may appear clean, the atmosphere might not feel refreshing until atmosphere from exterior has been circulating throughout it. Opening bedroom windows in the daytime can help ventilate and refreshen the distance.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Employing a steam cleaner.

Using a thorough deep clean is a excellent way to eliminate bad germs that can not be eliminated with conventional supermarket and sprays. They also use dangerous chemicals that may damage sensitive skin, while also being harmful to breathe. Unlike routine cleansers, a steam cleaner provides profound results that you won't attain.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Make Certain You wear gloves.

Wearing gloves when cleaning can help to shield your hands from irritation and compounds found in products. Pregnancy may cause or worsen skin that is sensitive, therefore it is important that you take more attention, especially with a baby on the way.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Do Not move furniture.

Pregnancy hormones may soften tendons and ligaments, which makes you more vulnerable to accidents. Stay away from moving large pieces of furniture and rather ask somebody for assistance.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Eliminate dust from the Home.

Keeping along with this dust in your house is a fantastic habit to get into. Dust and allergies proceed awry, therefore it is necessary to maintain the house as clean as you can throughout your pregnancy. A lengthier duster is going to aid you to get into these hard-to-reach corners, even though a little cloth is ideal for keeping surfaces.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Ditch the litter tray.

Cat faeces can be harmful in a pregnancy so try to avoid doing the litter duty. Passing this task on to someone else will ensure you also don't need to crouch down, which could be uncomfortable especially in the latter stages of your pregnancy.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Try not to Achieve high up.

Backache is not uncommon during pregnancy, therefore try to prevent anything which could place you in a position of causing further pain. Extension sticks for cleaning clogs or windows are excellent to get your hands clean and on those corners.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Take a Look at your furniture.

Gaps in couches and chairs frequently accumulate unwanted dirt and germs. It is very good to get into a habit of cleaning from the openings to minimise dirt in the house. Utilizing a more compact vacuum cleaner can help suction out dust and grime hiding in the cracks of this couch. Best top: assess before to make certain you don't vacuum up some bigger things that could get trapped inside the pipe.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Don't Forget to Assign.

Get family and friends that will assist you tidy up the house prepared for the birth of your baby. Delegating to other people will provide you the chance to rest, while also making sure that the tasks in your home do it.

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Get the fundamentals set up.

In fact you do not have to do a lot of around the house to ensure it is safe for the newborn infant. After all it is likely to be a long time before they are crawling around! And be certain that the baby's space is organized. Your freezer is going to be a life-saver when your baby comes. Make sure it's well stocked with yummy, home-cooked food at the same time you've got the opportunity. Prepare some casseroles or any other healthy, filling foods which it is simple to defrost, heat and consume. You will thank yourself for this following a hectic day searching after your infant!

Do not forget the car seat!

Most physicians will not release your infant if you don't have an automobile seat. So be sure that you purchase one beforehand -- which you and your spouse understand how to match it. Recall to unwind! If your mum arrives to stay, let's make a fuss of you. And abandon the sanity for her along with your spouse. An infinite stream of excited people could be overwhelming to you and your toddler, so perhaps indicate a few folks wait a week or so prior to popping around. Meanwhile, catch as much rest as possible and love getting to know your infant!

Your Breastfeeding Journey: 6 Months - 1 Year

Both of my boys loved getting to eat solids when they were babies, but I definitely felt a little unsure about how to continue breastfeeding while introducing something new to the kids...especially when it seemed they loved eating solids way more than breastfeeding! 

In this post, Breastfeeding Hawaii helps to walk us through some of the common questions and concerns that a lot of moms face as they enter this new phase. 

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Both of my boys loved getting to eat solids when they were babies, but I definitely felt a little unsure about how to continue breastfeeding while introducing something new to the kids...especially when it seemed they loved eating solids way more than breastfeeding! 

In this post, Breastfeeding Hawaii helps to walk us through some of the common questions and concerns that a lot of moms face as they enter this new phase. 

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One of the milestones of your baby's first year is the introduction of solids. Both of my boys loved getting to eat solids, but I definitely felt a little unsure about how to continue breastfeeding while introducing something new to the kids...especially when it seemed they loved eating solids way more than breastfeeding! 

In this post, Breastfeeding Hawaii helps to walk us through some of the common questions and concerns that a lot of moms face as they enter this new phase. 

Hope it's helpful to you!

 

When can I start to introduce solids to my baby? How do I know they are ready?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be introduced to foods other than breast milk when they are about 6 months old. But every child is different. How do you know if your child is ready for foods other than breast milk? You can look for these signs that your child is developmentally ready:

  • Your child can sit with little or no support.
  • Your child has good head control.
  • Your child opens his or her mouth and leans forward when food is offered.
  • Your child keeps the food in their mouth and swallows without pushing it back out on their chin.

It’s recommended to breastfeed before offering foods. So for example, you could start the day with your usual morning breastfeeding session, then try to offer solids about 30-60 minutes after. If you wish to offer liquids, it's best to offer up to an ounce of water in a sippy or straw cup at mealtimes. Don’t be surprised if your baby wants to breastfeed again soon after!

How much food should I give my baby?

When you first start to offer foods baby only needs 1-2 tablespoons of each food and will gradually increase to 3-4 tablespoons as they get older.  By getting your baby used to lots of different foods, you’ll help them build a healthy diet for life. Don’t be discouraged if your baby doesn’t like a new food on the first try. You may need to introduce it at least 10 times or more over a period of a few months before the baby gets the hang of it!

Some great tips to keep in mind when feeding baby is that as a parent, you get to decide what food to serve and where and when to serve them. Your child’s job is to decide how much, if any, to eat. Check out the Ellyn Satter website for more information on how to make mealtimes joyful and healthy.

How often should my baby be breastfeeding now that we are supplementing with solid food? 

The best guideline is to always watch your baby’s feeding cues. By this age your baby is well able to let you know when they want to nurse and when they are done! 

When you first start solids with your baby, your breastfeeding patten will probably not change much because the foods are more about trying new flavors and textures, not about calories. As the amount of food your baby eats increases, you may notice that breastfeeding sessions get shorter and further apart. This is totally normal as baby is also very efficient at getting your milk out and has a bigger stomach to go longer between meals. It’s important to keep in mind that breastmilk is still the most important source of nutrient at least until the first birthday.

Now that we've introduced solid foods, my baby is no longer interested in breastfeeding. What should I do?

The first question to ask: Is your infant not interested in breastfeeding, or are they distracted and want to be out in the world, or is your milk supply lowering? For babies aged 6 months to 1 year, breastmilk should still be their primary source of nutrition, as they are generally not getting enough nutrients for all of their needs through the foods they eat.

Most babies naturally wean closer to 2+ years of age, though they may become more distracted during feeds when they start crawling and walking.

If your milk supply appears to be low, try pumping, hand expressing, and/or feeding more frequently to increase your supply so they are more interested in breastfeeding.

Try to nurse at the breast whenever possible rather than bottle or cup feeding them milk as they may start to prefer taking their milk “to go” so they can keep moving.  If they are more interested in what is happening in the world, you can try to engage them during feeds such as providing them a toy to play with, sing with them or read to them while nursing. Offer them breast milk first before offering them solid foods while they are under 1 year of age. By 1 year of age 75% of a baby’s diet should still be breastmilk. If you stop breastfeeding prior to 1 year, you would supplement with formula what you would normally provide with breastmilk, and after 1 year you could choose to offer whole cow’s milk (no more than 2-3 cups per day). 

I’m worried about food allergies, what foods should I avoid?

Recent guidelines show that there is no benefit to delaying the introduction of allergenic foods. Check out the information at the Healthy Children website.

A rash, diarrhea, or throwing up are potential signs of a food allergy. Introducing foods one at a time in the beginning and waiting a few days before offering a new food, can help you know what food to avoid until the baby is a little older.

I’m worried about my child choking, what foods should I avoid?

Any food that is hard or sticky could be a potential choking hazard. Keep in mind that gagging or coughing can be normal as baby gets used to chewing different foods. Stay with baby while they eat so that you can help immediately if needed. Taking an Infant CPR class can help you feel more confident!

 

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Want to learn about other stages of your breastfeeding journey? Check out our first and second blog posts, which cover the first two weeks and months 1 - 3 respectively. 
And if you'd like to read more on introducing solids using Hawaiian ingredients, you can check out our blog post with Healthy Baby Hawaii. 
And check back next week for the fourth and final installment of our breastfeeding blog series!

 

Provided by Breastfeeding Hawaiʻi


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