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Why Should I Breastfeed My Baby?

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Posted August 4 2010 04:52pm

Breastfeeding is the most common way to feed your baby. In Canada, about 90% of moms begin breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding has benefits for your baby, for you as a mom, and for you as a family.

The benefits of breastfeeding for baby include:

  • It provides baby with food designed especially for babies that changes to meet your baby’s daily needs and that is easily digested.
  • It promotes optimal brain growth and a smarter baby.
  • It provides baby with immunity and reduces infection and illness-such as fewer ear infections, fewer respiratory infections, fewer cases of gastroenteritis, fewer risks of blood infection and fewer risk of meningitis.
  • It provides protection for preterm babies.
  • It protects against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. 
  • It may decrease risk of baby developing allergies, anemia, obesity and diabetes.
  • It promotes skin-to-skin contact and bonding.

The benefits for Mom include:

  • It aids in postpartum recovery and helps the uterus to heal and return to a non-pregnant state.
  • It decreases the risk of breast cancer; ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.

The benefits for a family include:

  • The convenience - breast milk does not need to be prepared, it is always available and at the correct temperature. 
  • The cost - there is not the weekly cost of purchasing artificial milk supplements.
  • Mom and Dad may not miss as much time from work because their baby is ill.

 

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Baby Swings

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Posted August 4 2010 02:47pm

Baby swings are designed for indoor use and can be handy for soothing crying babies or keeping babies occupied. Like bouncer seats and doorway jumpers, the motion of the baby swing entertains or soothes the baby. However, your baby can get hurt if the swing is not used correctly.
 
Baby swings come in two types: wind-up and battery-operated models. Wind-up models provide 20 to 30 minutes of motion after being wound with a handle located at the top or side of the swing. Battery-operated models are driven by a motor that runs on D batteries, and such models emit a low churning noise with each passage of the swing.

Baby swings generally consist of a seat suspended by a pair of arms attached to a frame with wide-standing, tubular-metal legs. Because baby swings have lightweight frames, they can be moved from one room to another.
 
Choosing a safe baby swing:
 

  • Choose a baby swing with a safety harness or strap that goes between the legs and over each hip.
  • Choose a baby swing with a wide, sturdy base that folds or dismantles easily for storage.
  • Choose a baby swing with a plush padded seat cover that is machine washable. 
  • Decide prior to purchase what type of swing is preferable for you as a parent: battery operated or wind-up. Each of these produces noise that some parents may find annoying.
  • Test a swing—in a store or at a friend’s or relative’s house—with your baby. Not all babies like to swing.  

 
 Baby swing safety:
 

  • Always stay with your baby when she is in the swing.
  • Always follow the product’s age and weight restrictions at all times. 
  • Use the safety belt or harness every time. 
  • Check that your baby’s head is supported according to the product instructions.
  • Always check that the swing is in good working condition, that there is no loose hardware and that there are no sharp edges or tears in the seat fabric.
  • Place the swing on a flat surface away from doors, furniture, appliances and stairs. 
  • Remove your baby from the swing if she falls asleep to keep her head from falling forward onto her chest.
  • Start with the lowest speed and watch your baby’s cues. Limit the amount of time your baby spends in the swing.

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The APGAR Test

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Posted August 25 2010 10:27am

The APGAR test is an early assessment of the state of your baby’s health and ability to adapt to life outside the womb. The APGAR is based on these five signs:

1.    Appearance (colour)
2.    Heart rate
3.    Breathing
4.    Muscle tone (activity)
5.    Reflex irritability (response to stimulation)

 

Each of these signs will be assigned a score of 0, 1 or 2. The maximum possible score is 10 (or 2 points for each of the five signs). The score indicates your newborn’s adjustment to the world, and whether there is a need for the medical team to intervene to help your baby along.

Score    Outcome
7-10      No difficulty in your newborn’s adjustment
4-6        Moderate difficulty
0-3        Severe distress

 

The APGAR test is given at 1 minute after birth, and again at 5 minutes after birth. Because the test must be performed immediately following birth, it’s often performed while the baby is resting on Mom’s chest. That way, there is no interruption while Mom and baby bond.

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Baby Walkers

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Posted August 4 2010 02:49pm

On April 7, 2004, Canada became the first country in the world to ban the sale, advertising and import of baby walkers. It is also illegal in Canada to sell baby walkers at garage sales, flea markets or on street corners.
 
Falls down stairs in baby walkers were the greatest cause of serious head injuries for Canadian children under the age of two. Furthermore, babies in walkers can move quickly, run into hidden dangers, bump into furniture or pull on hanging appliance cords and tip over. For these reasons baby walkers have been prohibited.

Health Canada and Parents 2 Parents recommend that if you have a baby walker, you destroy it. Throw it away so it cannot be used again. It is illegal.

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