All posts by Kailey Birchall

Seven Ways to Calm Teething Baby

When your little one is in big teething pain, their behavior can change drastically; short naps, drooling, and face rashes show up right around the same time as whining and complaining. What can parents do to soothe an uncomfortable baby until the new tooth pops in? Plum Organics has some popular remedies below to get you and your baby through those first growing pains. We just recommend that you keep your baby supervised when you test these teething tips for gumption.

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FROZEN CELERY

Not only is it a little chewy, but it’s cold! If frozen seems too cold, try putting a piece of clean (organic) celery in a glass of water in the fridge. It will be nice and cool. You can also try this with a carrot. Just don’t use a “baby” carrot; those can be choking hazards. And watch out for those celery strings.

FROZEN WASHCLOTH

The nubby ridges of an organic cotton cloth washed in a safe-for-baby detergent can massage gums in mysteriously soothing ways. If frozen is too cold for your babe, dip it in water and refrigerate before offering.

SPOONS

It can be hard to get anything done when your babe starts teething and is miserable, but dinner does need to be made. Install her in the kitchen with you and let her chew on BPA-free spoons—cold silver ones, or whatever seems to help her pain. Just watch the handles; those can poke eyes!

POPSICLES

If your little teether is already eating solids, take a puree and freeze it in a popsicle mold. Just watch to make sure she doesn’t manage to pry loose a piece she could choke on. Or offer frozen fruits and veggies in a mesh bag. If she reacts well, try offering her only cold instead of warm purees until the offending tooth arrives.

CLOVE OIL, REAL VANILLA EXTRACT, CATNIP OIL, ROSEHIPS

Check with your pediatrician before trying any of these teething remedies, which are commonly used all over the world on teething babies to relieve pain and generally calm miserable tots. Usually they’re just rubbed on sore gums in tiny amounts. That pressure alone is surely soothing.

CHAMOMILE TEA

You’ve probably relied on chamomile tea at some point in life in an attempt to calm or soothe yourself, maybe even before bed. It’s said to work on babies, too, in very diluted amounts (do not exceeding four ounces of chamomile tea in a 24-hour period). Some parents even freeze it.

LITTLE YUMS TEETHING WAFERS

On-the-go?  Keep a pack of Little Yums in your diaper bag or car and you’ll have something nutritious for your little one to gnaw on in no time.
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Easter JELL-O Jigglers

Looking for a fun & tasty activity to do with your kids for Easter? Check out this JELL-O Jigglers recipe from KraftHeinz. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 packages (6 oz. each) JELL-O Gelatin, any flavor
  • 1 package (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • Assorted decorating gels

Directions

  1. Add boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir for 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Cool for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Beat pudding mix and milk with whisk for 2 minutes. Add to gelatin; stir until blended. Pour into 13×9-inch pan.
  3. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm. Dip bottom of pan in warm water for 15 seconds. Use 2-inch egg-shaped cookie cutter to cut gelatin into 24 shapes, being careful to cut all the way through gelatin to bottom of pan.
  4. Remove Jigglers from pan. Decorate with gels to resemble Easter eggs. Keep refrigerated.

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Each time you purchase a Pampers item using your rewards account during the month of March, you’ll be entered to win a $3,000 scholarship and a year of free Pampers diapers! This giveaway is open from March 1-31 to rewards members. Click on the image below for more details on how to enter:

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Moms with small babies spend a lot of time changing diapers. Diaper-changing is one of the most fundamental baby-care techniques to master. Try these mom-tested tips to streamline and improve the diapering process.

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Preparation makes perfect
Minimize the time your baby will have to be uncomfortable by keeping all the necessary changing goods (diapers, wipes, bags for dirty diapers) close at hand.

Go double duty 
A great trick some moms use to catch any unexpected spillage is to place a clean diaper underneath their baby before removing the dirty one. Any ways to limit the mess are always good to consider.

Chat him up
Tell your baby what you’re doing. Hearing your voice will keep him calm and distract him from what’s happening. Changing time can actually be great bonding time too. Instead of thinking of diaper changes as an unpleasant chore, slow down, take a breath and start a conversation with your baby.

Make it fun
Entertain your baby while putting on a fresh diaper by placing something eye-catching near your changing spot. A colorful toy, or one that sparkles or sings, is a good option.

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With these smart strategies in place, you’ll be able to make diaper duty less of a chore and more of a bonding experience for both you and your baby.

 

When Baby Met Solids

Have questions on introducing your baby to solid foods? Intermountain Healthcare breaks it down for you with bite-sized answers.

The transition from breastfeeding to solid foods is a gradual process. Nurse Dani shares advice on how to make the change easy on your little one.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, but some babies are ready for solids after four months. Ask your pediatrician if they think your little one is ready before that six-month mark, but generally speaking, there are certain milestones that need to be met before solids should be given:

  • Your baby should be at least 4 months old.
  • Your baby should be able to hold his/her head up.
  • When food is brought to your baby’s mouth, he/she opens up and acts excited about it.
  • When a small amount of food is put on your baby’s tongue, he/she shallows it instead of spitting it out.
  • Your baby has at least doubled his/her birth weight or is a minimum of 13 lbs.

Once I’ve determined my little one is ready, what should be given?

A lot of people think that you need to start with single grain cereal, like rice, but you can actually start with pureed fruits or veggies (introducing fruits first has not been proven to make them dislike veggies). Just pick one and stick with it for at least two to three days. Introducing one food at a time helps you to monitor for allergies. Symptoms include diarrhea, rashes, or vomiting. If you see those signs, stop giving your baby the food and see if the symptoms disappear. If not, call your pediatrician.

How often should I feed my baby solid foods in the beginning?

Remember that the process is gradual. You are working towards giving your baby solid foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks once he or she is 8 to 12 months old, but when you’re just starting out, one meal a day is enough. Pick the time of day that works best for you and feed your baby a solid food – just a spoonful or less – and see how it goes. Follow it up with a nursing session or bottle. Once your baby has that one down, add another meat, then another, then snacks until your baby is having five solid food feedings each day.

Is homemade baby food safe for my baby?

It’s totally fine to make your own baby food, just make sure it’s properly prepared and stored to prevent spoilage or contamination. There are certain foods that should only be given to your baby if they’re commercially prepared because if not, they can contain high levels of nitrates that can cause anemia in babies. These foods include carrots, squash, beets, green beans, and spinach. Peas, corn, and sweet potatoes are good choices for homemade foods.

If you have other questions about introducing solid foods to your little one, feel free to ask them on our Intermountain Moms Facebook page or make an appointment with a physician through Intermountain’s Women and Newborn Services.

Happy eating!

Kids’ Night with KraftHeinz

Making homemade play dough is a quick and easy activity your kids will love! You and your family are all set to make colorful creations with this KraftHeinz recipe featured below.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 envelope KOOL-AID Unsweetened Drink Mix (any flavor)
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. oil

Directions

  1. Mix the first 4 ingredients in medium saucepan until blended.
  2. Stir in water and oil.
  3. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes or until mixture forms a ball, stirring frequently.
  4. Transfer to plate and cool slightly.

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