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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’ . 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?
They’re not little for very long, so you may be thinking about booking in for a newborn photography session. However, when you suddenly find yourself in charge of a tiny human being, remembering to brush your teeth is a monumental accomplishment, so getting out the door for a photoshoot can seem like a daunting prospect. Fortunately it’s not as scary as it sounds and thanks to the expert photographers at Pink Pepper Photography, the whole experience is designed to be as seamless and enjoyable as possible. I sat down with baby photographer Ancke Moolman to get all your questions answered.
Whether it’s a common cold or a stomach bug, there are few things that strike fear into a parent’s heart more than the thought of their baby being sick. Unfortunately, there’s no way to ensure your little one won’t get ill, but it is possible to improve newborn health. From taking the right supplements to enjoying skin-on-skin time together, this is your chance to give your baby’s health a head start.