Doorway Jumpers

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 02:56pm


Doorway jumpers are bouncy seats that hang from the tops of door frames. Bungee-style cords or springs hang from a non-slip door-frame clamp and suspend a seat that is usually removable and washable. Adjustable straps are used to keep the seat at the child’s jumping height.
Such jumpers are typically used by infants of 5 to 15 months in age. Some feature support bars in the front and back of the seat, while others have solid, moulded frames contoured to encircle the baby. Some doorway jumpers feature a small tray to hold snacks or toys.
Babies are often delighted by the motion they create by pushing off from the floor, but some babies are not. Follow your baby’s cues. Injuries have occurred when doorway jumpers were not used correctly.

Choosing a safe doorway jumper:

  • Choose a jumper that is appropriate for your baby’s age, weight and height.
  • Choose a doorway jumper with specifications that will match its intended door frame. Not all door frames can support a doorway jumper.

Doorway jumper safety:

  • Install the jumper according to the product information.
  • Check that the straps and the clamp are fastened and secure each time you place your baby in the jumper. 
  • Stay with your child when she is in the jumper.
  • Inspect the doorway jumper after each use. 
  • Limit jumping time to 15 minutes at a stretch, which is about all the bouncing a small body can take. 
  • Don’t push a jumper or let others push it. Jumpers are not swings, and the motion can cause your child to hit the side of a doorway.

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Breastfeeding Keys to Success

by Maxine
Posted July 26 2011 11:00am

When they make the decision to breastfeed, many women think it will be easy to do. What could be more natural? But as many women who have breastfed can tell you, it’s not always easy – especially at first.

But while breastfeeding can take extra practice and patience, it is one of the best things you can do to care for your baby. So while you may feel that while you are sore, tired and adjusting to your new baby one more thing is just too much, look for guidance from the Breastfeeding Supports in your area. There are also lots of great books and articles that can help you.

Our experts have some suggestions to help make your breastfeeding experience a success:

Position and latch are the keys to successful breastfeeding, but what do they mean?

Cross-Cradle Hold

Football Hold

Side-Lying Position

Traditional Cradle Hold



Once you are familiar with the four breastfeeding positions, next comes latch. A good latch means that your baby will feed well and you should not feel any pain when feeding. If your baby isn’t opening her mouth, hold your breast and tickle her upper lip with your nipple- your nipple should point towards her nose. Once your baby opens up wide with her tongue down, bring her onto your breast. Her chin should press into your breast first and then her mouth should cover a portion usually about 2-4 cm of the areola-the dark coloured part of your breast. If the latch is good, you will note:

  • her lips will be curled out
  • her chin will be pressed into your breast
  • she is sucking and swallowing
  • there is no smacking or clicking sound when she sucks
  • there is no milk showing around her lips
  • a slight tugging sensation as she begins to suck-you should not feel pain.

Remember—if you lean forward to put your breast into her mouth, your back will become tired and sore. 

When you are first learning to breastfeed or if your baby is struggling to breastfeed baby-led latching can be helpful.  Hold your baby skin-to-skin (with just his diaper) on your upper chest so that his face rests between your breasts. Support the back of your baby’s upper shoulders; he will begin to bob his head searching for the nipple. Once he finds your nipple he will open his mouth, push his chin into your breast and take a mouthful of areola and the nipple will then follow into his mouth. 


How frequently and for how long should your baby breastfeed?

Your baby needs to feed at least 8 to12 times per day, or at least every 2 to 3 hours in the first 6 to 8 weeks after birth, with only one gap of 5 hours in each day. One reason is that your baby’s stomach is very small—the size of a cooked chickpea at 2 days of age and the size of a walnut at 3 to 4 weeks of age. Another reason is that breast milk is very easily digested. Mom, feeding your baby often gives your body the signals it requires to make the breast milk your baby needs. Feeding also gives your baby the fluids and food he needs to be healthy and to grow. It’s the idea of supply and demand.

Don’t be surprised if your baby needs to breastfeed more than 12 times a day, especially in the first weeks. This can be a normal part of early breastfeeding and can help your body produce breast milk. During growth spurts, you’ll notice that your baby will feed more frequently for several days. Growth spurts may occur when baby is about 2-3 weeks, about 6 weeks, 3 months and later-remember each baby is different some baby’s may have growth spurts before or after these times.  

Your baby will give you cues that he is hungry: you’ll hear or see him stir, notice him smacking his lips or see him bringing his hand to his mouth. This is the best time to begin the feeding. If you wait until he is crying to feed him, it may be a frustrating exercise for both of you. Another thing to remember is that some babies are sleepy in the first few days and make need your help to stay awake to eat.  Unwrapping your baby if he is swaddled, talking to him, and holding him skin-to-skin will help.  Your doctor may have you wake your baby every 2-3 hours if your baby does not wake himself. 


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High Chairs

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 03:00pm

High chairs usually consist of a frame of moulded plastic or metal tubing and an attached seat with a safety belt and footrest. Stable, sturdy models that can stand kicking, spilling and regular cleaning are the better choice.
Many children are hurt by falling from high chairs when the safety straps are not used. Children can also slide down and get their heads caught between the tray and the chair if they are not wearing their safety straps. Safety straps include waist and crotch harness straps. Safety belts should hold the baby securely, with no room for standing up or climbing out.
Examine the restraining straps to make sure the waist belt has a buckle that cannot be fastened unless the crotch strap is also used.

Choosing a safe high chair:

  • Choose a high chair that has a wide base to prevent it from tipping over.
  • Choose a high chair that includes a safety harness or belt and crotch strap that fits between your child’s legs. 
  • Choose a high chair that locks securely when set up.
  • Choose a high chair with adjustable seat heights that can be adjusted as your baby grows.
  • Choose a high chair with a tray that can be released with one hand.

High chair safety:

  • Use the safety harness or safety belts all the time.
  • Watch your child closely when he is in the high chair. 
  • Make sure the tray is always locked into place 
  • Keep high chairs away from tables, counters or walls. Children can push against these while seated and topple the high chair. 
  • Keep your child's high chair away from windows, blind cords, stoves or other electrical appliances that he could reach or pull on.
  • Check for loose or absent small parts. Missing small parts or broken hardware could make your chair unsafe to use. 
  • Check the underside of the feeding tray for rough or sharp edges that could irritate or hurt your baby. 
  • Teach your child not to stand up in high chairs. Standing can cause a high chair to topple over. 
  • Don’t let older children climb onto the high chair while your baby is in it, because the high chair could tip over.


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How everyone can help when a baby arrives

by Maxine
Posted May 3 2012 11:22am

When a new baby arrives everyone wants to help out. To ease the transition, here are some helpful tips on what everyone can do when a new baby comes home.

Everyone can:

  • Lower expectations for maintaining household tasks and the usual routine - help mom to choose a minimum of tasks that are manageable for the day.
  • Encourage mom to sleep or rest when the baby sleeps - if she finds this hard to do, suggest she start by sitting down for a short time, having a tea or a bubble bath, calling a friend or reading a magazine.
  • Advise mom to accept people's offers to help, or ask other family members and friends for help, especially so mom can get some time for herself.
  • Acknowledge that, for mom, leaving the baby with another caregiver is a big step - suggest that mom initially go out for a short period, leaving the baby with someone trusted and experienced.
  • Listen to how mom, partners, siblings and other family members are feeling - help them to understand and accept that fatigue, jealousy, guilt and doubts mixed with happiness, pride, love and excitement are normal.

If people want to visit and mom or other family members are too tired, learn how to discourage visitors politely by finding words to gently say "Thanks for thinking of us, but today is not a great day for visitors."

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