A Guide For A Mother Of A Newly Born Baby

A Guide For A Mother Of A Newly Born Baby

Usually there is​ very little or​ no information known to​ most of​ the parents at​ the time of​ the arrival of​ their first baby. There are many new questions that come to​ the mind of​ the parents of​ a​ newly born baby like how to​ handle their babies first cold, how to​ make babies sleep, what kind of​ food is​ good for them till the age of​ 6-9 months, how to​ soothe babies teething pain, signs that tell if​ the baby is​ ready for the solid food and why the solid food is​ not good for them in​ the initial few months and so on. The list of​ such questions is​ endless.

We get a​ bunch of​ different advice and opinions on such questions from everyone we talk to​ and since babies don't come with a​ "manual" - it's hard to​ know what the right thing to​ do is. Thus, it​ is​ very important that the parents should educate themselves with the right ways or​ techniques to​ take care of​ their newly born babies.

As an​ example, we'll talk about a​ common problem - "Potty Training". There are seven stages of​ potty training. They begin with showing signs of​ potty training readiness and conclude with being able to​ use the toilet away from home.

Signs of​ Readiness - The first stage of​ potty training begins when your child shows the following signs of​ potty training readiness:

- Express the need to​ go potty (verbally or​ through body language)
- Expresses an​ interest in​ the potty
- Uncomfortable in​ wet diapers
- Able to​ dress and undress
- Imitates family members
- Stays dry for two hours
- Has regular bowel movements
- Interested in​ big kid underwear

Introduction to​ the Idea of​ Potty Training - When your child shows a​ majority of​ the signs of​ potty training readiness, it's time to​ introduce him to​ the concept of​ using the potty. This can be done by reading a​ potty training book as​ a​ bedtime story or​ watching a​ potty training video or​ DVD together. Purchase a​ potty chair and let your child watch you use the potty. Children will often imitate family members.

Sit On the Potty - When your child has been introduced to​ the concept of​ potty training, he will probably imitate family member and sit on his potty chair while you use the bathroom. This is​ a​ good time to​ teach good hygiene such as​ wiping and washing hands after using the potty.

Use the Potty Sometimes - Be sure to​ give your child plenty of​ liquids and take him to​ the potty every 30 minutes. This will help build muscle memory. The first time your child uses the potty, make a​ big deal of​ his huge accomplishment. a​ hug, encouraging words, or​ a​ small reward can be good motivational tools and help your child feel proud of​ his or​ her accomplishment.

Use the Potty Alone - as​ your child gets more comfortable with the potty and his ability to​ control his bodily functions, he will go to​ the potty by himself. He will then come tell you about it. Again, this is​ a​ time for lots of​ praise and encouragement.

Transition to​ the Toilet - When your child is​ comfortable using his potty seat, it's time to​ transition him to​ the toilet. Many children are afraid of​ falling in, so you may need to​ purchase a​ toilet seat adapter such as​ the Flip-N-Flush or​ the PRIMO's Ducka toilet adapter. These devices reduce the size of​ the toilet hole, thereby making you child feel more secure.

Use Potty Away From Home - The last stage of​ potty training occurs when your child is​ able to​ use the potty away from home. Thankfully, there are many portable and disposable toilet seats available to​ keep your child from coming in​ contact with public toilet seats. Many public bathrooms have auto-flush toilets with electronic sensors. These sensors often fail to​ detect that a​ child is​ seated on the toilet and cause the toilet to​ flush repeatedly, scaring the child. Devices such as​ the Flush-Stopper prevent auto-flush toilets from flushing while your child is​ seated.

Some children breeze through the seven stages of​ potty training in​ a​ matter of​ weeks, while other children take several months to​ complete potty training. Your child's progress depends on his or​ her stage of​ development, your potty training knowledge, and the potty training products you have available.

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