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Breast Feeding Tips For New Mothers

To get the most out of breast feeding, a new mother should begin the process of education from the first moment she finds out she is pregnant. Breast feeding is arguably as beneficial to the mother as it is to the newborn baby. A well thought out program from conception to the day your baby weans will benefit both mother and baby greatly.

It is vitally important that a mother stays as healthy as possible throughout her pregnancy but also during the entire time that she is breast feeding. It takes a healthy mother to produce a healthy baby. Some of the obvious things a pregnant or new mother should do is of course quit or stop smoking. Think of the toxins you are passing along to your innocent little one. Not very fair considering they cannot protect themselves.

Mothers to be should also cut down on the alcohol. Again, everything that you put in your body will ultimately end up in your baby’s body. Also be careful of the situations you put yourself in. Remember that any pollutants that get into your body and blood will be passed along. Just be aware of your environment at all times.

Proper diet and exercise is also very important to produce good results. If you have any questions on what type of diet you should be ingesting your doctor will surely be able to guide you in that respect. The more natural organic foods you eat, the better it is for you and the bambino. Before getting on an exercise routine make sure that you are healthy enough to where you will not end up harming yourself or your baby. If your doctor thinks you may be prone to birth complications they will suggest that you tone down your routine the farther you get along in your pregnancy.

Things to know about breast feeding:

In most cases the flow of breast milk does not normally stabilize until two or three days after delivery, especially for mothers giving birth for the first time. During this time, a mixture of milk (about two thirds),
and water (about one third), and a touch of sugar can be fed to the infant. Full rations of breast milk should be fed to the baby as soon as its supply stabilizes.

During about the first ten days, you will begin to get a feel for how often your baby will need to be fed. Both under and over feeding can have awful consequences to the baby. All babies are different but usually after the first few days, you will find that feedings need to be done about every 3 to 4 hours in most cases.

One of the more common mistakes made by nursing mothers, particularly those who are inexperienced, is feeding their baby every time they cry or show signs of discomfort, in the belief they are hungry. This may lead to over feeding. This is neither necessary nor recommended. When over feeding happens, the digestion process can get disrupted causing among other things, loose bowel movements, restlessness and even fever.

There are many resources available online to help you during this time. A quick search online will keep you
busy for quite some time. Use the resources available to you and join an online support community if need be. It always helps to have people that are in similar situations available to talk to.

Understanding Toddlers And Little Children

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Understanding little children, especially in their toddler years, is always full of pleasant surprises. This is the time when your children’s grammar skills are developing at a much faster rate. You never know what funny words come out from their mouths.

Beginning at 2 years old, these kids can already pick up correct use of verbs, nouns, pronouns, prepositions and all the other language bits by ear and speaking them right out.

Some characteristics of 2-year olds

Per previous studies, two-year-olds have been found to have more than 50 words in their vocabulary. They communicate mostly by saying two and three word phrases that enable them to participate in adult-like conversations. Most of these words are nouns (for objects and people) greetings, and other key words such as “more” and “now”. They can answer simple questions, too.

Children of this age are more than eager to hone their language skills by imitating and copying adults and older children. Later, they are able to manage and make five-word phrases confidently.

They are captivated by animated adults reading illustrated books. These books teach new words that they seldom hear. A book about the zoo introducing the animals brings in new words for their vocabulary.

These children are quick to identify pictures in books, helping them in their language development, even interacting with storytellers. They chat to themselves during play which actually is a good way to practice their talking skills.

At this age, these children are aware of others around them. They use their names and they are beginning to understand the concept of the pronouns “he” and ‘she.”

They are able to manage themselves: taking a bath, getting dressed, eating and playing. They are also able to identify at least 6 parts of their bodies that include the hands, legs, nose, and mouth.

These children can follow simple two-step instructions. (“Please pick up the ball and put it in the box.”) They are not yet ready to ask questions, but they can understand easy questions asked of them, like “Where is mommy?” This is because their receptive language skills (understanding of words and language) develop faster than their expressive skills or oral abilities in words and language.

They know how to use their own names, in effect identifying themselves from the others. This is the beginning of awareness of his or her own personality, an important milestone for any developing child.

They can sing parts or whole of nursery rhymes, enjoying the music, and the interest to sing along with it. This is also an opportunity of practicing use of more words.

At this stage, the child can communicate variations of the word “no” and other negative phrases. This is a powerful and useful skill for him. The child is also able to understand the idea of past actions and the use of the past tense,

Also, they are able to pronounce the sounds of the letters B, P, M, G, N, K, H, W, D, and T.

Some characteristics of a 3-year old

3-year olds understand most aspects of the language and start to figure out the grammatical rules and add them to their speech.

Sometimes, what sounds like nonsense words are word experiments for them, like calling a fountain “crash water”, a picturesque name. They know how words sound and how sentences are put together and begin to mix new word combinations on their own.

They understand well how meanings change in a language even before they can speak: that of changing the word order and adding prefixes and suffixes in the words.

By the time they turn three, children are most likely to be very good talkers. They can carry a conversation well, know how to adjust their tones and speech patterns and to the vocabulary of their speaking mate. (They use simpler words with another child their own age, but can be more verbal with adults.)

As parents, understanding children – the little ones specifically – can be a most pleasant exercise one can have. Even including the tantrums when all the trouble was you cannot understand them sometimes.