8 Tips To Make Flying With Your Baby Easier

With a baby in toll, family vacations are completely different. You need to constantly care for this little bundle, and that isn’t always the easiest thing to do. They need lots of attention and care on flight, and it will drain you out too. But things can be manageable, if you know just what to do 😉

We’re here to help, after all.

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1. Figure out where your baby is going to sit

Babies don’t need flight tickets if they’re under 2 years old – they’re allowed to sit on your lap. But that’s not the safest place for them to be seated. To make sure they’re safe, place them on a car seat. Of course, make sure that it’s one that’s been approved for us on airplanes.

2. Keep them happy

Young babies generally make good travellers if they feel cuddled and secure and are feeding regularly.

3. Find out what can be carried with you on flight

Your baby has many necessities, but not all of them are allowed on flight. Check what’s allowed and what’s not allowed beforehand, so you don’t have to deal with a crying baby that’s difficult to soothe.

4. Use a baby sling

This not only frees your hands for when you need to look for your password or money, but the movement and activity often helps them sleep, too!

5. You’re allowed to board early, but is this always a good thing?

Boarding early means that you don’t have to struggle with the crowds, but it also means that your baby has to be in the same cramped up space for an additional half an hour.

6. Feed them during take-off and landing

The changes in cabin pressure can bother your little ones, so it’s a good idea to feed them as it helps keep their ears open when they swallow.

7. Entertainment them

Keep their favourite toy close, or play peek-a-boo with them. Anything, really, just as long as you keep their attention.

8. Dress them in layers

It’s always colder on-flight, so be sure that your baby is protected from the cold.

Source: The Bump.

Things You Need To Know About Travelling With Your One Year Old Baby

When is the right age for your baby to travel? Will they tire you out? What to bring? How to transport them? We’re sure you have many questions you want answers to, especially if you’re a first-time mom. This is uncharted territory after all. What was once a carefree activity might turn into a chore if you’re not prepared.

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They’re actually old enough to travel as soon as they’re born.

But be sure that they have the necessary identification and is covered by travel insurance. However, do not subject your baby to long journeys if they have colic, or is tongue tied. Similarly, you do not want to inject additional stress on yourself too. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or too tired, you might want to rethink travelling.

The ideal time to travel is around 3 months time, when you are already settled in as a mom. Your baby will no longer be as fragile too!

They are loads of ways to transport your baby.

If you’re flying, a front carrier or baby sling will be ideal. The sling also applies to trains and buses. Having your hands free means that you can search for important documents or money when needed.

A travel system with a car seat that fits on to the pushchair chassis can also work if you’re travelling by plane or car. But this takes up a lot of space, so it’d be difficult to move around if you do not have a car. A lightweight folding stroller can also be used. They require less space than travel systems and is easy to transport.

Pack sufficient supplies.

This depends on your baby’s needs, actually. But no matter what they require, be sure to pack a lot of it. Better to be safe than sorry, after all.

If your baby wakes up as soon as the sun hits, pack a travel blackout blind or blackout curtains. The baby monitor or night light can also be useful settling your baby back to sleep in an unfamiliar room.

Other necessities include nappies, diapers, bottles, formula milk, bibs, toys, and your breast pump.

Source: Baby Center.

30 Baby Names Inspired By The Inheritance Cycle

Are you a fan of the Inheritance Cycle? Although the series ended around 7 years old, the book continues to attract readers old and young.

Here are some names inspired by the series:

Boy

  1. Eragon
  2. Roran
  3. Orik
  4. Brom
  5. Jeod
  6. Garrow
  7. Carn
  8. Edric
  9. Fredric
  10. Oromis
  11. Glaerun
  12. Vrael
  13. Wyrden
  14. Vanir
  15. Palancar

Girl

  1. Saphira
  2. Arya
  3. Elva
  4. Selena
  5. Katrina
  6. Birgit
  7. Trianna
  8. Formora
  9. Arva
  10. Dellanir
  11. Tamunora
  12. Angela
  13. Alagaësia
  14. Ellesmèra
  15. Aren

We’ve also got naming guides inspired by the Lord of the RingsHarry Potter seriesMarvel Cinematic UniverseStar Wars, and Disney Pixar movies.

Fathers: What To Expect When Your Wife Is Expecting

New to fatherhood? Unfamiliar with your role as a husband when your wife is pregnant? Here’s what you can expect when your wife is expecting:

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The early weeks

The earliest signs of “morning sickness” can appear in the first month. Up to around 14 weeks of pregnancy, pregnant women can feel lethargic and sick. Smells and tastes can make them feel nauseous, and they could only want to sleep all the time. They are also easily irritable, but learn to bear with them because their bodies are adjusting to hormonal changes.

Their sexual desire may also decrease, with moodiness increasing.

The middle stages

Their appetite will start to increase, and they will have that “baby glow” that is so often mentioned. However, the fatigue will still remain, as they are carrying extra weight and the heart is pumping more blood. Some might also experience bloating, constipation, or other uncomfortable symptoms.

Bleeding gums, constipation, heartburn, and leg cramps can also intensify.

The later weeks

At this stage, many pregnant moms experience anxiety about their pregnancy and birth. They could be on maternity leave, and will feel lonely if left without the company of anyone at home. Sleep will also become harder as they deal with the growing body size.

The only thing you can do is to be there for her and encourage – but never force – her to talk about her worries.

Things to look out for when your wife is pregnant

  • Share the housework, and do more if you can.
  • Quit smoking, or stop smoking around your partner.
  • Make sure your partner and yourself are eating well.
  • Attend prenatal appointments and childbirth classes together.
  • Don’t force them to have sex – as they could feel insecure about their body or are just not in the mood.

Sources: NHS, Hunterdon Healthcare.

Fathers: How To Prepare For Labor & Delivery

Pregnancies are stressful on mothers, with the physical experience of carrying a child and birth. They have to deal with feelings of fear, excitement, and also anxiety, and sometimes it comes all at once. As first-time fathers, it’s understandable that you feel clueless, but you can learn how to help.

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Here are some tips:

1. Attend prenatal appointment together.

Attend as many appointments together as you can. This gives moral support to your wife, and also allow you to understand more about prenatal care. You’ll get to experience exciting things like hearing your baby’s heartbeat too!

2. Go to childbirth education classes.

These classes are not only for mothers. It is actually designed for mothers AND fathers, and you both can prepare and help each other out throughout classes. It’ll teach you about the stages of labour and pain relief for the mother, and you’ll usually have a free tour of the labour and delivery area. Familiarise yourself with the surroundings and know what to expect for each stage in labour. Some educators are also trained to engage with fathers through targeted questions and hands-on practice.

3. Deciding on your role during labor.

Are you to take on an active role and help your partner with the push and pull, or just be there for her by holding her hands? Before your partner goes into labor, talk to her about which role she is comfortable with you taking. This eliminates the chances of you doing something she’s uncomfortable with.

Sources: Fit Pregnancy, WebMD.

Swaddling: Everything You Should Know About It

What is Swaddling?

Swaddling is the act of wrapping your baby in a thin layer of blanket or sheet, burrito-style. The century-old practice helps your baby feel safe and secure and can help them sleep.

Swaddling also gives that snug, familiar, and soothing feeling your baby experienced when they were in the womb. This recreates the exact same sensation – because your baby didn’t have much space to move around when they were trying to reposition their hands and feet.

It is also equivalent to giving them a big hug, and for this reason, swaddling is used as a baby-soothing technique. When done correctly, it can also help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep longer.

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Are there any risks to swaddling?

When done correctly, swaddling is completely safe.

Do not swaddle your baby too tight, as it may make them uncomfortable and hinder their mobility and development. Make sure they have plenty of room to move their legs and feet, as they are more likely to develop hip dyslapsia if their legs are held pressed together and straight down.

While some parents think that swaddling increases the risk of SIDS, it actually happens because of incorrect techniques. If you do not place babies to sleep on their front and not use thick sheets or blankets, your baby will be completely safe. Also, stop swaddling your baby as soon as they show signs of rolling on to her side or tummy.

If you’re going to swaddle your baby, do it from birth. Introducing it when they’re 2 or 3 months will make them more vulnerable to SIDS, as they’re unfamiliar with the practice.

If you co-sleep with your baby, do not swaddle them to sleep. This may cause them to overheat if your bedclothes cover them, which may also cause SIDS.

Your baby might resist being swaddled.

Or so you think.

The reason that they appear to be struggling is because of the difference in position. While they were in the womb, the resting position was with their arms up by their faces – but when parents do it, it is with their arms down by their side.

If your baby resists it, provide a gentle but constant pressure on their arms to straighten it. After a few seconds, their muscles with relax and it will be easier to get their arms straight along the sides.

Swaddling might cause your baby to cry more initially, but once you follow it up with other calming techniques, it will likely calm them down more readily.

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When should I stop swaddling my baby?

There’s no definite answer – but it is recommended to stop around 2 to 4 months.

Do it by stages. First, swaddle them with one arm out and another one in. If this makes them unhappy and cause them to not sleep well, revert to the original swaddle because they are definitely not ready to stop yet. If they are alright with the first stage, continue by removing the other arm.

If your baby can already roll over with the swaddle or escape it, it’s time to start the transition.

Sources: The Bump, Baby Center.

10 Special Bonding Ideas For Dad & Baby

Babies usually bond more with the moms, as they’re the ones who carry them for 9 months. Even after birth, breastfeeding means that babies are more familiar with mom. If you feel left out because of mom-baby bonding, we understand.

But that’s no excuse to stay out of your baby’s first years. There are plenty of bonding ideas out there, and we’ve listed some of them:

1. Bathing them.

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When you rub shampoo or body lotion over your baby’s body, they’ll learn your touch. If you’re hesitant and not sure if you’re doing things the right away, ask for help from mom. Oh, and you bathing the baby means that mom will get some time off as well 😉

2. Skin-to-skin contact.

This is one of the more important bonding methods, as it’ll make sure that your baby familiarise themselves to you. Just take your shirt off and let your baby lie on your chest, and they’ll be soothed by your heartbeat as well. Alternatively, you can give them baby massages too.

3. Talk to them.

Or sing, or tell them a story, or just make weird noises. Do whatever it is to make sure that your baby knows your voice. Your baby don’t really know (or care) if you sing out of tune, or that your words doesn’t make sense – they only know that you’re communicating with them and that’s all that matters.

4. Hold your baby close (or wear them).

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Hold your baby close to you as often as possible. You can also wear a baby sling and carry your precious baby around when you’re doing stuff. Just don’t do anything dangerous as it could potentially harm your baby (and you too).

5. Play with them!

Peek-a-boo, playing airplane with them, shake their toys, lightly tickle them, make funny faces – just anything that will make them laugh, actually. Feel free to use your imagination and find ways to entertain them, but make sure that it is safe!

6. Put them to sleep and take the night shift.

Bedtime might seem like a chore, as your baby might not go to sleep easily. But remember, it’s one of the easiest way to form a bond with your baby. Plus mom does it all the time, so we don’t see why dads shouldn’t do it as often. You can also take it a step further by doing the night shift so that mom can get some extra sleep.

7. Snuggle up to mom while she breastfeeds. 

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When mom is breastfeeding, you can take this chance to snuggle up to them. It can be a peaceful and relaxing time for the family, and dads can be even more involved by patting and gently massaging the baby during feeding. Just make sure you’re not blocking mom from doing her job. After that, you can also take over and do the burping.

8. Feed them breast milk.

Many moms pump their milk, because they’re not always free to feed the baby. You can take over feeding by bottle feeding your baby. Imitate how mom breastfeeds the baby. Hold your baby close to your chest and hold them so they’re in a position where they can gaze up to you.

9. Change their diapers!

Like putting babies to sleep, diapers change aren’t always an easy chore. But it needs to be done. Learn how to do it the proper way, and you can play with them while doing it too! Rub their feet, tickle them, make weird noises, it’s all up to you.

10. Soothe their tears.

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Babies cry at the most random things, but it’s up to you to stop their tears. Try to do different things – singing, rocking the, walking around – and see what works. That way, they’ll know that dads can give them what they want too!

Sources: Baby Gaga, Parents.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For First-time Dads

There are plenty of advice out there for first-time moms, but what about first-time dads? As a new dad, it could be daunting, not knowing whether you’re doing too little or too much. Well, let us break it to you – there’s no such thing as helping out too much, because your baby mommy will need all the help she can get.

As starters, here are some tips we can offer you:

1. Attend childbirth education classes.

Source: Parents Magazine

The hospital or your doctor’s office will usually offer classes on how to handle the labor and delivery process. It’ll teach you about the stages of labour and pain relief for the mother, and you’ll usually have a free tour of the labour and delivery area. Familiarise yourself with the surroundings and know what to expect for each stage in labour.

2. Monitor your baby’s drinking habits.

A newborn baby’s stomach is very tiny, so they won’t drink much, but it also varies for the first few days of life. On day one, their stomach is about the size of a marble ball and can only hold 5ml of liquid. It will increase around day three, when it expands to the size of a ping pong ball. By then, they should be able to hold 25ml of liquid. Then comes day 10, when it’ll expand to the size of a large egg, with the ability to hold around 60ml of liquid.

3. Know how many diapers your baby need.

Babies typically have at least one wet diaper by the end of their first day of life and it should increase to five or 6 by the end of the first week. However, the numbers aren’t standard, as it depends on whether the baby is breastfed or formula-fed. After the first week, their stool colour and amount can change, so it’s imperative to check often.

4. Learn how to swaddle.

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Swaddling is the act of snuggly wrapping your baby in a thin blanket or sheet. It stimulates the coziness of the womb, helping the baby sleep.

5. Know what goes in your baby’s diaper bag.

Diaper bags are a must for babies. It has all the essentials – diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, a burp rag, formula, pacifier, and more. It differs for every family, so know what goes in yours and make sure you don’t leave anything out! Aside from the things mentioned, other valuable items are changing pads, hand sanitizers, baby toys, or a clean shirt for yourself or your partner.

6. Learn how to change their diapers.

Baby boys and baby girls need different care. The former will pee when cold air hits their tummies, so learn to create a shield with the front of the diaper. For baby girls, you have to wipe their private parts from front to back to avoid fecal material getting in their genital area. Regardless of their sex, dirty diapers should be changed as soon as possible, as it could cause your baby to get a rash.

7. Learn how to dispose of their diapers.

Now that you’ve changed their diapers, what do you do with the dirty ones? Some parents have a systematic way of wrapping up their diapers, while others use cloth diapers that require washing. Figure out which method you’re going to use beforehand, because you don’t want to be holding on to it.

8. Connect with your baby through physical touch.

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Physical touch makes your baby feel safe and secure. It also builds trust and connection between the both of you. Apart from stimulating your baby’s brain development, holding your child close to you mean that they can hear your heartbeat, which will familiarise themselves to you.

9. Most importantly, learn their cues.

Babies cry and whine a lot. And they can’t speak too, so it’s difficult to understand what they want. Learn to be patient, and through trial and error, you’ll gradually understand your baby’s needs.

Sources: Parents, Raising Children.

40 Lord Of The Rings Inspired Baby Names

“Lord of the Rings” is an ageless literature and J. R. R. Tolkien is nothing short of a genius. The names created specifically for Middle-earth not only has a nice ring to it, but also mean something to the characters and background stories.

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If you’re a fan of the series, here are some names we would recommend:

Boys

  1. Arod
  2. Frodo
  3. Bilbo
  4. Beorn
  5. Glorfindel
  6. Elrond
  7. Elessar
  8. Eomer
  9. Faramir
  10. Theoden
  11. Lorien
  12. Orald
  13. Gloin
  14. Aldaron
  15. Aragorn
  16. Beren
  17. Celeborn
  18. Durin
  19. Eärendil
  20. Elendil

Girls

  1. Arwen
  2. Freda
  3. Rosie
  4. Elanor
  5. Morwen
  6. Eowyn
  7. Haleth
  8. Arda
  9. Varda
  10. Elbereth
  11. Eldar
  12. Elenna
  13. Galadriel
  14. Luthien
  15. Melian
  16. Maia
  17. Miriel
  18. Nessa
  19. Nienna

Not a huge fan of Lord of the Rings? We’ve got naming guides inspired by the Harry Potter series, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and Disney Pixar movies.

When To Start Teaching Your Child A New Language

There are many benefits to being bilingual, after all, languages are the windows into a new world. If you want your child to be speak more than one language, it’s imperative to start early.

Start before they hit one year old.

Infants are born with the ability to mimic the sounds of languages. However, when they’re 10 months old, they start to narrow down the range of sounds to those they hear around them. So it’s always best to start before they are one.

If a parent or a close family member can speak a second language, have them speak to your baby as frequent as possible so that your child can be fully immersed in it. If no one else speaks a different language, you’ve got to do things the hard way – which means teaching them when they’re about 2 or 2 and a half year old.

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How to teach your child a new language.

Why 2 or 2 and a half year old? That’s because you have to wait for them to undergo their “vocabulary explosion”, which means that they’ll learn plenty of new words. After this stage, it’s safe to send them to a language class. Preferably one with a native speaker and lots of speaking, as we doubt that teaching grammar to a toddler would be of any use.

Apart from sending your child to a class, try to introduce foreign-language pictures books, videos, or TV shows. Another way is to have them listen to music.

While the journey won’t be easy, it will all be worth it as it is a gift that can last a lifetime.

Sources: Parents, Bilingual Kidspot.