The secret baby language

Before language, there was sound. Before speech, there was the “gu-gu-ta-da” prehistoric discourse. Your baby will probably use languages from the past to communicate with you. Researchers speak about babies’ language development and try to decode the messages voiced by these little bundles of joy.

Below, we present you the most common baby language and its decoding:

Up to 3 months:

A-Vowel

Your baby lets out these smooth, cooing sounds when she is pleased, no more than a long vowel. She will most likely smile so you can easily tell she is in a good mood.

Here is a charter that explains the vowels meaning (according to Priscilla Dunstan and her Dunstan Baby Language)

Owh = I’m sleepy/I’m tired

Heh = Change me/I’m uncomfortable

Eh = Burp me

Neh = I’m hungry

Eairh = I have gas

Waaah

Probably the most used sound ever. Even adults use it when things go wrong in our life and just need a break. Well, babies need a break as well. If your baby is hungry, tired, too warm or her senses just say “no-no”, she will cry. Talk to the baby in a soothing voice, the calmer your voice is, the faster she will calm down. Also, check her diapers and temperature for the crying clue. In time, as a mother you will witness types of crying at your baby and will be able to distinguish between the “hungry cry” and the “pain cry”.

Up to 6 months

Your baby has developed his language skills a bit. Now, he can coo in various ways and even have a tone. That’s right, your baby will go up and down the musical stave. Moreover, by this time your baby will respond with sounds to your facial expressions and voice.

Up to 12 months

Who is the master of sounds?  Your baby. He will babble and mumble on different tones. His voice will combine now different vowels and consonants.

The best surprise at this stage? Well, now your baby will start quarrelling and talking back at you. He will actually start communicating with you.

Friendly outdoor for your baby

The thought of taking your baby for a walk in the park or for a picnic can be quite terrifying and worrying. We help you overcome your fears and introduce you to a number of outdoor activities for your baby that will stimulate his development.

1. “Alice in Wonderland”

This is how your baby is going to feel on his first day outside. Make sure it is a sunny, warm day and take your baby for a stroll in the nearby park. Bring a blanket and sit down with your baby. You can place on the blanket smooth rocks, wood sticks or flowers so the baby can touch them. In a hot summer day, you can also help your baby step on the grass with his empty feet.

2. In the league

You can pretend to play games that involve a ball with your baby: football, volleyball or just… throwing the ball. Have patience though, babies lose their interest quite fast.

3. “Autumn in New York”

In case you do not have the luck of a sunny summer day and everything is just colourful foliage, you can take your baby for a leaf-collecting session. Help your baby gather beautifully shaped leaves and put them in an album.

4. “Around the bubble in 80 days”

This one is mostly for you because you will be the one that is going to move more. Take out a bubble blower and blow them in your baby’s proximity, encouraging him to catch the bubbles. It is a silly, but fun game.

5. “Home, sweet home”

Bring outside some of your baby’s toys and play together on the blanket, helping him discover the world around him with something familiar.

When you go out with your child make sure you talk to him about the things around you. Even though he cannot talk and seems to ignore you, explain to him sounds, objects, nature and so on. He will be very excited about these new things. Scientists claim that outdoor activities help the baby sleep better.

 

 

Fashion up your baby room

Once you introduced the baby to his new room, you have to make sure the room will be a safe and pleasant environment in which your child will grow up. We give you some tips on how to make the room safe, as well as ideas on how to decorate your baby’s room.

Temperature

The right temperature for a newborn room is between 16oC and 20oC. In warm, sunny days, close the curtains and open the window a bit. During hot weather, wipe your child gently with tepid water. Also, make sure the baby’s skin can breathe.

When it comes to cold weather, avoid electric blankets, radiators and heaters around your baby. Make sure he stays warm but without sweating during cold times. This way you avoid flu. It helps you keep the situation in control if you buy a room thermometer.

 Furniture

It is going to be rather difficult to buy the wardrobe to Narnia but you can still furnish your baby’s room in an efficient, fun way.

For babies of 3-4 months, you can buy Moses basket or a crib. They come in all forms and colours.

As your baby grows up you can buy a cot. That option is available from the beginnings as well, if you make sure the baby cannot roll out of it.

Fill the bed with safety mattresses or 100% cotton-sheets and blankets. Cotton keeps the baby dry and does not lead to overheating as quilts and coverlets. You can buy duvets for babies older than 12 months.

To be efficient in space and time, you can also buy a changing table that you can place in the bathroom or the baby’s room.

Storage is very important at this point. You will need many shelves to store the baby’s clothes, toys and feeding products so try space-saving furniture, usually made by Japanese producers.

Décor

While you improve your baby’s room, you can also have fun decorating it. The newest trend in terms of painting the interior walls is the so-called wall art.

With a simplified, nature drawing you can fill the wall of your baby room. Trees, quotes or cartoon characters can create a relaxing, fresh atmosphere in your baby room.

If wall art is too expensive or complicated, try one-colour paint but choose the nuances carefully. Some relaxing nuances are Stillwater 16-4610, Delicacy 11-2409, Sensible Hue SW6198, Aloof Gray SW6197, Shantung 11-2 or Chartreuse.

 

Baby “parteh”. How to host a fun baby shower

The term “baby shower” started a lot of fuss on cultural grounds. Known first as an American tradition and later on as a reason for gifts, a lot of people especially from Europe regard this event with reluctance. In Victorian times, instead of the baby shower women got together in order to share knowledge about baby nursing and explore together the grounds of maternity. The easiest and most accessible approach to a “baby shower” is to set it up as a reason for celebrating and partying in the light of the wonderful news: whether is a pregnancy or the coming of the baby.

Here are some tips on how to throw a “baby shower” without getting caught in the cultural wars.

Ca ching! The sound of money

Before organizing the baby shower for your friend or family member settle the budget. Going for a less-expensive party will save the guilt of your friend and your bittersweet taste. You can book a table in a restaurant or coffee shop, plan a get-together evening at your house or throw a surprise-party.

The round table

Once you have decided upon the budget, consult with the people you want involved. Make sure you communicate efficiently with your event allies and avoid a disaster (especially in the case of surprise-parties). Brainstorm about the theme and location of the event.

Theme

You don’t want to leave a hole in the guests ‘pockets or yours, but the “baby” word needs to pop up at some point. An easy way to cover the theme without great expenses is to give in to your child spirit: buy funny balloons or sweets (teddy bear jellies, lollipops, coloured liquor etc.). Remember that the baby shower is not a party for babies but for adults that want to share the “having a baby” experience.

Invitations

Decide the guest list. Though the number of guests should be in your mind from the first steps, now you have to name them. Make sure you don’t leave out important people like grandparents or relatives of the newborn’s family. You should decide on participants that are interested and would enjoy the event. Also, for a stress-free party, you can mention on the invitation that is a gift-free shower; that way people won’t turn down your invitation on financial issues.

Let the fun begin

A way of keeping people in touch with their inner child and… with the event is to play games. There are few typical baby shower games that you can count on for your party:

1. Baby Face (based on parents’ features, the participants need to guess how the baby will look like in the future);

2. Play-Doh Babies (guests have to make babies from modelling clay)

3. Baby mime (Mime is the best icebreaker game in all times, ask the guests to mimic baby or parent activities)

What is most important: at the end to be an amusing, relaxing experience for both hosts and guests. Avoid blocking your thoughts on the “baby” word and focus on planning a relaxing time for everyone.

 

 

The Baby Gifts Dilemma: “what to gift or not to gift, that is the question”

Is your dear friend or relative expecting a baby? Do you hyperventilate when you think about it? Cast away your fears and embrace the universe of baby gifts. It is not as terrifying and expensive as it seems.

Most people worry about the financial burden that such a gift can cause to them. We don’t need to prove to the baby how happy we are by ordering a mini, pink and marshmallow-dressed interior car. Instead, focus on products that can enhance the development of the baby.

Below, we have made a list with the cheapest and most efficient baby gifts.

BOOKS: We don’t expect a baby to read but a book can help the parents of the newborn to strengthen the relationship with their child. How? Simple; babies perceive the voice of their mother and are highly sensitive to vocal tones and nuances. If the parent reads a fairy tale to the baby, the little one will develop a rich imagination and fall asleep with a nice ring to his ears.

MUSIC: Related to the first option, music proved to be the most therapeutic instrument. A CD/DVD with children songs or symphony is a perfect gift for babies. Classical music is known for helping the brain develop, relax and train. Plus, it can be quite funny to see the baby trying some dance moves.

Pay attention, though. Inappropriate music can also send the wrong stimulus to the brain of the baby so avoid heavy metal and loud noises.

TOYS: Don’t we love them all? Buying a cute doll or stuffed animal can be the most suited gift for a baby. When it comes to toys for babies, we need to consider the fact that the baby will munch and chew on the toy so a right material would be non-toxic and unbreakable. Buy large, washable toys and check the safe tag!

FEEDING OBJECTS: Another cheap and safe idea for a baby gift is a feeding bottle. Choose a colour and a happy print to suit the occasion. Alongside with the bottle you can also buy a matching baby dummy, wrap them nicely and TA-DA! You have the gift.

PHOTO ALBUM: As cliché as it may sound, it is actually a fine idea for a baby gift. That album will be held by the child ten years later and he will be ashamed of the funny pictures his family took. A photo album is a treasure chest, filled with memories and good moments and you are the one that will offer it to the baby.

Good luck!

Welcoming the newborn to the family

You have already gotten used to that growing bulb in front of you. But at the thought of 9 months finale it is going to kick you from the outside, you start to panic. Worry not! That little spring of joy that you carry will be properly welcomed in the new life with our 5 tips.

1. Impulse control

First of all, try to control your shopping craving. The excitement of new items, cute and colourful and the variety of newborn products that seem to lure you… However, this time you need to be chary of spending money. The baby growth rate is quite rapid. In the first 6 months, your newborn may grow 1/2 – 1 inch per month and you don’t want to buy new clothes each month.

At the news of you expecting a baby, your closest friends and family already bought or plan to buy lots of toddler clothes, even bury you in borrowed items.

2. Prioritize

Keeping the new baby healthy is of most importance. Buy the right feeding products. While you are breastfeeding, you can acquire breastfeeding pump, nursing bra and feeding support pillow that can make the process less stressful for you, because less stress for mommy means a happier toddler. Also, sterilize the feeding bottle or any product that comes in contact with your baby since they are very sensitive to bacteria and viruses.

3. The Special Bag

Whether you buy a tote bag or borrow one, you need this for the most necessary items that will follow you and your baby everywhere… just everywhere. It should contain: diapers, baby blankets, plastic bag for used diapers, towel, and baby wipers. If you plan to travel with your baby in a car, buy a baby car seat or borrow one.

4. Dreamland

Prepare the sleeping place for your baby. Buy or ask the people around the house to help you build a crib according to the safety standards. If you are short on money, just make sure that the sleeping place for your baby is going to be safe, comfortable and secure since they tend to roll over and move a lot. You need to make sure the baby will not end up with a pillow or blanket over his face.

5. Be there

Your baby needs to feel you close. Talk to him, play with him (in a gentle way). When he is crying, do not hesitate to take him into your arms and soothe his pain. Do not believe the saying that being next to your child will make him „soft”, a baby’s primal need is his parents’ affection.

Have a joyful baby experience!

Organize Your Pregnancy Pictures and Memories

Do you keep all of your baby scan images in an envelope or do you plan to get crafty and create a baby album scrapbook? Here are some cute and practical ways to organize scan images, videos, photos of your bump and other memorable items.

Have a digital backup

Before you put your ultrasound images on the fridge and spread them around the house, make a backup for each picture. Whether you decide to share them online or not, you still need a cloud folder where all your pregnancy images – even the baby scan images – are stored digitally. This is to ensure that your precious memories are safe in case the actual images get lost or deteriorate. If you order a 4D scan or an HD scan from our clinic, you will also receive a DVD video recording. We advise you to copy that in your cloud album as well. Having all your files in a digital format also means that you can easily share them with your friends and family online. Even your ultrasound video can be uploaded privately on YouTube and shared with those you send the link to.

Use a software tool to organize your media

Tools like Picasa are great to help your organize your pictures by categories, labels and date. If you prefer to relive your pregnancy memories on your laptop, there are plenty of free software tools out there to create beautiful and well organized albums.

Create a baby album

Buy a baby album to arrange your pregnancy photos and baby scan images in an orderly timeline. If you’re the crafty type, you will have fun creating a baby album scrapbook where you can include all images as well as hand-made decorations from paper. You can also add cards and notes from your partner or from your friends, quotes, measurements of the baby in womb and any other items or information that relate to your pregnancy. These will be treasured every time you look through the baby album.

Frame the highlights

Pick the best pictures and the most precious memories from your pregnancy and frame them to have them displayed in your home. Digital frames are a great choice if you decide there are just too many pictures you want to see again every day. A tip for those of you who use digital frames: have one frame dedicated to the growth evolution of your baby in womb and order the baby scan images by date.

How to get your baby to move during an ultrasound

Getting your baby to move around in your belly during a scan appointment is especially desirable for 3D/4D ultrasounds and HD live scans. If your baby is sleeping during the appointment, you won’t get to see too much on the screen and on the video recording. Here are a couple of tips to follow right before your scan appointment that will increase the likelihood of your baby moving and kicking.

Walk around for 10 minutes

Physical activity won’t let your baby go to sleep. You don’t need to exercise heavily in the morning of your ultrasound appointment. Just make sure you have time to walk around for at least 10 minutes right before your appointment starts. It is unlikely that your baby will fall asleep right back during the scan.

Chocolate

Sweets have a good chance of stimulating your baby to move and be more active. For many women, chocolate works great, although you might find other sweets that are more effective.

Ice-cream

Ice-cream and cold, sweet drinks might do the trick for you if chocolate has no effect. Eat a little bit of ice-cream or drink a milkshake before your appointment.

Orange Juice

Apparently, many women have found that orange juice has an energizing effect on their baby. It’s also a healthy drink, so there’s no reason to hold back from experimenting with orange juice to see if your baby becomes more active.

Fizzy drinks

Fizzy, sugary drinks get a response in most cases. You can try to drink a plain sugary drink first, and see if that works for you two. Orange juice is still the healthiest option, but it doesn’t have the same effect on all women who are pregnant.

Milkshake

If ice-cream is very effective for getting your baby to move in your womb, milkshake should have the same effect. This is a good option if the weather is cold and you’d rather have a healthy milkshake than an ice-cream.

Pickles

Sour foods might get your baby to move around, if nothing sweet works. Try pickles, lemon or lime slices, grapefruit juice or sour green olives from the can.

Caress your belly

Gently stroking and brushing your belly usually gets a response from your baby, especially after 17 weeks. Try doing that even during the scan, if the sonographer recommends it.

Prepare Your Toddler for the Arriving Baby

Sibling rivalry is quite common. It can be overwhelming for a mother to give attention to both her toddler and her new-born and avoid the jealousy of the toddler. It’s not going to be easy, but there are a number of ways to prepare your toddler emotionally for the arrival of a new family member while you are pregnant.

Are you worrying too much?

An important stress factor is worrying too much about how your toddler will handle the arrival of a new baby who’s competing for your attention. There are a few issues that need to be addressed while you’re expecting, but it’s useless to worry about problems that you cannot control until your toddler will actually interact with the new-born.

How to tell your toddler that a new baby is coming

Don’t wait too much to announce your children that you’re pregnant. Try telling your toddler about the future baby around the same time you’re telling other family members and friends. Your toddler will likely pick up on the positive emotions expressed by the others when hearing the news and she will see it as good news.

Make sure your toddler gets a general idea about how a baby grows in the tummy and then joins the family. Explain it in simple steps and use references to stories your toddler knows. The miracle of life is impressive for everyone. Your toddler will be fascinated about this story. Take this curiosity and answer the repeated questions about the new baby with patience and acceptance. Show your toddler pictures of when she was a baby, and tell her about how she needed to sleep, be fed and played with. Tell her what will happen at birth, where mommy will be and when mommy will return at home with the new baby. The more you talk about it, the more your toddler will be prepared to accept and love the new baby.

Constantly reassure your toddler of your love

Your feelings for your child will not change after giving birth to the new baby, but she might understand differently. Always tell your toddler how special she is to you and how much you love her, before and after the arrival of the new-born. Spend some time playing, reading or watching TV just the two of you. Make the most out of your time together, as it will be harder to find the energy and time for one-on-one activities after the birth.

Get your toddler involved in the preparations for the new baby

If you are going to make changes in the house for the arrival of the new-born, ask your toddler to help you with the decisions. You can plan together what colour to paint the walls of the nursery room, what crib you should choose and let your toddler help you decorate. It’s a great activity to have together and it will help your toddler prepare for bonding with the future sibling. It’s a good idea to let her help you after the birth as well, with things like picking up toys, handing you wet wipes or deciding what story to read to the baby.

If you need to move your toddler to a different room or to a different bed, talk to her about this early on and make the change at least a couple of months before the baby delivery. It might take her some time to accustom with all these new changes, so it’s better to make them at separate times.

7 Signs Your Pregnancy is Going Well

Pregnancy symptoms can be hard to interpret sometimes, but don’t stress over anything that doesn’t seem too serious. Here are seven reassuring signs that everything is going well with your pregnancy.

1. Frequent urination

Although uncomfortable, frequent urination is perfectly normal during pregnancy. In the first trimester, this is caused by the increase of blood flow to your kidneys. Later, when your baby starts growing, the pressure of your uterus on the bladder is the main cause for your need to pee often. Take it as a sign that your pregnancy progress is normal and try to stay away from caffeine – it makes you pee even more often.

2. Your body temperature has risen

With elevated progesterone levels come elevated temperatures. A slight rise in your body temperature is a sign that your hormones are doing their work just fine.

3. Your breasts are changing

Your breasts should enlarge due to pregnancy hormones and the areola should darken in the first trimester of your pregnancy. This is a sign that the estrogen has increased in levels and is doing a proper job.

4. You cope well with stress

Being pregnant can bring about plenty of circumstances that can be stressful for you. Try not to fret over issues that are out of your control. Those are the most stressful ones. Then create a strategy for dealing with problems that can be solved by you. Make time for yourself to relax and disconnect from your day-to-day thoughts. Your partner can help a great deal with your coping strategy, so talk it through and think of methods that both of you can apply to lead a stress-free life.

5. You feel comfortable exercising

Exercising is recommended during pregnancy and can lift your spirits and give you more energy. If you feel tired – which is a common symptom of pregnancy – try to stick to a light exercise routine. An established routine will make it easier to motivate yourself to stay active. If you feel comfortable and energetic during your exercises, that’s a sign of a healthy pregnancy.

6. You’re on track with your antenatal appointments

Pregnancy scans and tests help prevent pregnancy risks if taken on time. At your first antenatal appointment, plan a schedule of the important tests, ultrasounds and routine checks you need to do throughout your pregnancy. Keeping up with an appointment plan will help you stay safe and give you peace of mind.

7. You feel activity from your baby

Half-way through your pregnancy, you should already start to feel kicking and other movements from your baby. This is a good sign. Try to keep monitoring the activity you feel in your belly. In case you notice fewer movements for a full day, call your doctor immediately.