As we all know, parenting can be one of the most difficult jobs anywhere, but at the same time, is definitely, one of the most rewarding. The following article is taken from fellow parents, who have been there and done that and hope to take a little bit of learning the hard way, out of your parenting.
Instead of buying a baby bath tub, just use the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink is the perfect size and depth to bathe your young child in. It’s also a great height so you won’t end up with a sore back after bath time. When your child outgrows the kitchen sink, they’ll likely be ready to move on to the regular bath tub.
Join a breastfeeding support and parenting group prior to giving birth to help you be comfortable in your breastfeeding. Women who join a group prior to giving birth are usually much more comfortable with breastfeeding than those who didn’t. The ability to learn and ask questions prior to having a crying baby in front of you is a lifesaver.
If you have children in your home and you have a fireplace, make sure to get a fireplace or hearth gate. Thousands of children are injured each year from fireplace accidents. These injuries could have easily been prevented if the parent had taken safety precautions and gated off the fireplace.
Learn the signs of a baby on a nursing strike. Many parents experience a nursing strike and take that to mean that the baby is ready to wean. Actually babies go through periods where they are just less interested in breastfeeding in general. Babies do this generally when they are going through large developmental leaps. Just keep offering and they will come back to normal feeding rhythms.
Use your smart phone as a baby monitor. If you are visiting someone’s home or you are on vacation and do not have your monitor, you can download an application that will let your phone function as a monitor. If the baby makes a noise, your phone will call a number that you put into the application.
For an alternative to traditional timeouts, make a “mind jar” by filling a mason jar with water and a scoop of glitter. Tighten the lid securely. When your child needs some time to reflect on his or her actions or feels angry, shake the jar to stir the glitter, and have your child sit and hold the jar as he or she watches the glitter fall to the bottom. By the time the glitter settles, your child’s mood will have settled, too.
When buying toys for children, stay away from video games. Instead, purchase educational toys for them. This way your child will be entertained while learning. Getting education toys is especially helpful for children that will be entering kindergarten. This will prepare them for the things they will be taught in school.
Listen to your kids! Even when they are infants their chattering can tell you much about how they are feeling. Whether they are an infant or a teen, however, what a child is saying or not saying is often a dead giveaway as to what might be wrong. All you have to do is listen closely and use your intuition.
When things get tough while caring for a fussy or colicky baby, never be afraid to put the baby down in the crib or bassinet while you leave the room for a couple of minutes. Crying will not hurt your child, and you can take a much-needed break to regroup or call someone for help or support.
As the parent of a young child one of the most important things to take into consideration is how to “childproof” your home. Make a checklist of items in the home that need to be childproofed. Avoid sharp edges on desks and tables and don’t leave out small gadgets that a child can swallow. Make sure all cupboards and cabinets are both out of reach and securely fastened. You can never take too many precautions when it comes to the safety of your child.
Hopefully, you have found this article to be informative and educational and even a bit inspirational, in your parental search for solutions. Mix all the information in with a good sense of humor and you have the beginnings of great attitude in facing the most challenging role of your lifetime, with grace, success and a smile.