Category Archives: Newborn Care

Top 5 baby essentials on baby number 3

Baby Number 3 made me realise that you really don’t need ALL THE THINGS. Granted there are so many beautiful pieces you could choose for your baby but this time round I just want the essentials. When I say essentials I am not talking about nappies and wipes, I mean simple things that I’ve found make life just that little bit easier in the first few days, weeks and months with your new bundle.

Bedtime Bliss = Baby Bay Original https://www.justkidding-me.com/jk-babybay-original-12939

A bedside crib. When we had the first two girls they were in a traditional moses basket and because I was breastfeeding I’d be up and down all night like a yoyo, both to feed and check on them. Then I discovered this bedside crib, which fixes to the edge of your bed so if you’re breastfeeding or just want to check on them there’s no need to get up at all. Because their mattress is level with yours, so you can see them at all times. Therefore when it comes to feeding you simply pull them over, latch them on, sit up to burp them and put them back. I can’t stress enough how much of a game changer this is.


Comfort = Sleepyhead Deluxe

The Bay Bay crib is also exactly the right size to hold a sleephead deluxe which is essentially a nest for your baby. Just place them inside it when they are due a sleep. They feel safer, snug and secure. I put my Sleepyhead inside the Baby Bay (above) at night time and during the day I either put it on the sofa (before she was able to roll) and when we travelled I used it in a travel cot or if the bed was big enough I would put the sleepy head in between us.


Baby wearing = Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap https://www.justkidding-me.com/ergobaby-aura-baby-wrap-online-only

Because, as much as you’d like to sit around on the sofa all day with your baby sleeping on you, it’s not always practical. This Ergobaby carrier I loved!! You can wear it in so many different ways – inward, hip or back – and you can do all sorts while wearing it from cooking a meal to breastfeeding on the go. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it.


Room Safety = Gro-Egg https://www.justkidding-me.com/groegg-2-thermometer

At a simple glance, this Gro-Egg will show you whether your baby’s room is at the right temperature, using a colour coded system of blue, amber or red. This product gives such reassurance to new parents who are paranoid about everything, so I would really recommend it to them. Even after 3 kids it gives me peace of mind that Fiadh-Belle is sleeping well in the right conditions. I really did struggle to know what temperature she should be in. Hot outside in Dubai and Cool inside due to air-conditioning, so this was a great device for me. The Gro-Egg is such a simple, easy to use product.  Plug it in (in a sensible location) and you’re done. No need to change batteries or re-charge it. I have been using it for almost two months now. I installed it in our bedroom where she is still sleeping – When she sleeps. I also bought a cover for it in Just Kidding; you can get an owl, a lamb, or a penguin to put over the egg, making it look like a gorgeous, glowing animal friend. I invested in an owl and I love it.


Getting a break = Babybjorn Bouncer

I used the Babybjorn Bouncer since Fiadh-Belle was about two weeks old and was still finding it as useful at ten months as back then. A completely adaptable bouncer that’s simple, brilliant and provides a comfortable, safe place to put your baby down when you need the use of your arms… Which is all the time! The BabyBjorn Bliss to me is an updated version of those classic bouncers that they had in the eighties (Hello! I am an 80’s baby) – the bouncer that many of my own baby pictures were taken in. It has a fabric seat that moulds to the baby’s body and supports their head and neck. The baby’s weight is evenly distributed so that even the smallest baby is properly held. No little heads bobbing forward or necks dropping into awkward an position which is incredibly important in the first few months. Yes! There are no inbuilt “tunes” or vibrating seats or dangling plastic crap or gimmicks with the BabyBjorn, but this bouncer just does what it says on the box… bounces. It was my go to when I needed to put Fiadh-Belle down and was super easy to transport when I went to visit friends.

So that’s it, my top 5 newborn essentials. Have you used any of these items? What would make your list of top 5 newborn essentials? I’d love to know!

 


Author: Helly O’Brien

Must have baby essentials for a second-time mom

Do I Really Need More Stuff?

Oh, I bet the first time around you took the time to read and invest in all the baby stuff/gear you thought you’d need, but some items you never used..

The second time around you are more likely to invest in things that are essential must-haves and made your life easier during your first-born.
All those things you actually put to good use.

Granted, once you’ve had a child, you don’t need quite as much the second time around, that’s if you actually had additional space to save it all.
In my case I got rid of everything because of lack of space, also being an expat means additional load when moving homes.

On the other hand, if you have all the basics taken care of, now may be a great time to invest in some of those “extra” things that you know will make life easier as a mother of more than one child.
Here’s my list of top 5 must haves for a second-time mum:

#1 Baby Carrier or Wrap

First time around it was easier with just having to take care of one. Now with two in tow you’ve got to care for a new born and take care of a toddler/preschooler that means trying to get school pick-ups, lunches, homework and playtime all with a new born in hand.
I Recommend Ergobaby aura wrap or Ergobaby 360


#2 Bedside crib

This helps make those late-night feeds easier especially when you’re going to be sleep deprived most of the time. For my first born I had a crib and realized I kept waking up for feeds and in between to check if he was ok. Finally, we removed one railing and joined it to our bed.
I Recommend chicco next to me or https://www.justkidding-me.com/childhome-bedside-crib This will also help keep your baby safe when your first born decides to climb into your bed or needs additional attention when sick.

 


#3 High-Quality Breast Pump

If for some reason you don’t have one already it’s worth the investment especially if your planning to breastfeed your little one and go back to work or you’re a stay at home mum.

I Recommend Madela freestyler it comes fully loaded with everything you’ll need for double/single pumping, whether you’re at home or on the go. Its adjustable suction strength, backlit digital display and rechargeable battery are a winner.


#4 Car seat

Ah yes now you’re going to have not one but two car seats. My first born had a Britax first class car seat that we used right up till he was 2yrs and had to invest in another car seat. I would recommend getting one that grows with your child, it is more economical and avoids the hassle of having to buy another one in a year.
I Recommend Chicco nextfit ix zip you can unzip and clean the cover and it grows with your baby.


#5 Swaddle wraps, nursing cover and burp cloths

Swaddle wraps makes swaddling so much easier especially when you have a wriggly one. First time around we used swaddle cloths and within seconds my little one had wrestled and freed his tiny self. The stretch light fabric and Velcro flaps makes it easier to use. I recommend investing in a swaddle that can be used as the baby grows, has an easy access to change diaper while the baby is sleeping and extra legs space.
I Recommend Ergo swaddle or Swaddle me


Author: Amanda Dias

A Middle Eastern Summer: Tips for Babies & Toddlers

 

Summer is here, and it’s here to stay! Summers in the Middle East last for months, sometimes even half the year. But fear not, with these tips in mind, it will just pass like a breeze. Just stock up on these summer essentials and your little ones will have the time of their lives!

 

 

 

  1. Stay Hydrated Intense summer heat may be too overwhelming for your little ones. When outdoors, make sure to keep them hydrated to help keep their body temperature regulated at all times. Always pack boxed juice drinks whenever outside or fresh bottled juices or water, which would be much better. Stainless steel bottles are great for keeping drinks cool amidst the heat.

  2. Eat Up If you’re not a fan of the thought of taking too many potty trips, fruits are also excellent sources for hydration. Watermelons, grapes, and oranges are ideal and easy to pack. A great hack to take your summer pack further up a notch is freezing grapes and storing them in insulated lunch packs and viola- mini fruit lollies/popsicles that are not just fun, cool treats but also 100% healthy.

  3. Dress Cool Light mesh fabrics are perfect for summer; thin layers lets you stay cool and lightweight fabrics are very breathable and doesn’t trap any heat, allowing air to circulate & move freely through the fabric. Cotton, linen or chambray onesies and coordinates are also other good options. Opt for colors that are bright or white as these reflect sun light while dark colors absorb heat.

  4. Sun Protection Use hats, umbrellas or canopies as a protective layer against sun rays. Choose sunscreen that is specially formulated for babies and kids’ sensitive skin and uses natural ingredients. Though SPF lotions and creams may be a good option, an added external protective layer is still best. Clip on umbrellas and detachable extendable sun canopies for strollers are a definite must have accessories.

  5. Indoor Fun Beaches and pools aren’t the only destination for families to cool down. In the Middle East, the heat may be intense but we adapt tremendously. Indoor theme parks, forests and adventure zones are a widespread and with summer at bay, so are promotions for entrance fees and packages that are better than usual. Also, why not stay creative at home with fun educational toys? A toddler’s imagination can travel so far with playful bonding with their mums and dads or toddlers alike.

10 Benefits of An Undisturbed Hour After Birth

Babies come into this world straight from the safety and security of the uterus and it’s no exaggeration to say that that transition is a stressful one. Then, in many cases, hospital procedures that involve weighing, measuring and cleaning baby straight after delivery, delay mum and baby’s skin-on-skin time, which causes further trauma and can have short- and long-term consequences.

Evidence shows that newborns who are placed straight with their mothers after birth have better respiratory, temperature and glucose stability. They also cry less, which shows that their stress levels decrease significantly when placed with mum. Ultimately, an undisturbed hour after birth is a critical period that should not be delayed unless mum or baby are in need of medical assistance. To get more information about the benefits of an undistrubed hour after birth we caught up with antenatal/postnatal doula and breastfeeding counsellor, Andrea Allen of The Doting Doulas. Here is what she had to say…

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8 Things Pediatricians Wish New Mums Knew

As a new mum you’re bound to have lots of questions about your newborn. Why does he cry so much? Is it normal for him to have green poop? How much sleep is too much? The list is endless. To put your minds at rest, we sat down with Dr. Mascha Lindemann-Sayed, specialist pediatrician at HealthBay Polyclinic. Here she shares the things pediatricians wish new mums knew.

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14 Ways to Bond With Your Baby: Before, During and After Birth

From talking to your bump and visualising your first meeting with baby, to creating the ultimate birthing experience, there are many ways to bond with your baby, before, during and after birth. To get the lowdown we talked to doula and hypnobirthing practitioner Nic Bambury to get her tips. Here’s what she had to say.

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New Mum Support Network

Having a new baby is an exciting phase in your life. However, it can also be scary, lonely and frustrating. Just at a time when you could really do with the support of friends and colleagues, you’re alone, doing a new job and all your ‘boss’ does is scream at you. The good news is that you don’t need to feel isolated because there is a whole network of support available. From online communities to mum and baby groups, you can create the ultimate new mum support network.

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12 Things Experienced Mums Want Mums-to-be To Know

Sure, we’re excited about becoming mothers, but many of us are apprehensive, nervous, darn right terrified. We have no idea how life is going to change and that can be scary. To put paid to some of those fears we asked JustKidding mums to tell us their ultimate pearl of wisdom – the one thing they wish they’d known before landing on planet parenthood. We had so many wonderful suggestions from you all, but in the end we could only pick our top twelve. Here are some of the things experienced mums really, really want mums-to-be to know.

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baby sleep myths debunked

Baby sleep myths debunked

When it comes to baby sleep there is one thing you can expect, the unexpected. Sorry to be the bringers of bad news, but every little human is different and as such, they’ll have different sleeping habits… some more challenging that others. Of course, there is always an array of people around to give you advice on how to send your cherub off to Snoozeville, and while some advice might be useful, there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. Here we set the record straight about some of the more common baby sleep myths.

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Colic: What It Is And What To Do

Colic. A word that will strike fear into mums and mums-to-be everywhere, and one of the few things capable of blowing a hole in your new-baby bubble. But what exactly is it? Well, rather than a diagnosis, ‘colic’ is a type of behaviour, and refers to babies that cry a lot for no apparent reason. They’re not sick, hungry, wet or tired but are utterly inconsolable for more than three hours at a time, during episodes that occur three or more days a week, hence the term, ‘rule of threes’ [1]. Ultimately it’s something of a mystery and can be maddening, saddening and baffling all at the same time. To help relieve some of the stress associated with colic, here are five answers to common questions, starting with the biggy – does my baby have it?

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