Infant 6m-12m

Tips To Having Interesting Conversations With Your Baby

Do you know that having conversations with your growing baby is beneficial in helping him build his language skills?

It is not difficult to talk to your young child  for example you can talk about what you are doing, your day; share your thoughts and ideas.

Although he may not respond with coherent sounds, know that your baby is learning from you. For example when breastfeeding, tell him you are breastfeeding him, what the benefits are and how you want him to grow to be strong etc.

You can talk as long as you want, but when you observe your baby is sleepy, tired then you can put a hold on talking. Study your child’s personality to learn when she enjoys hearing your voice or not.

When to start talking to my baby?

You can start as early you can. In fact, right from the womb, the practice should go on to birth and after birth. Your baby acquires a lot of information from listening to your talk. It may feel one-sided but your baby will gradually respond to you as she grows up.

You do not need any special time to talk to your baby.  You can hold a conversation at anytime and anywhere comfortable. It could be when you are changing diapers, breastfeeding, lying down etc. You may feel awkward at first; you will ease into it if you keep doing it.

Here are tips to help you with that interesting conversation you should be having with your baby;

Avoid distractions: it is best to put off your phone on silent mode, put off the television and give your baby your full attention.

Listen: If your child makes incoherent sounds listen and allow him/her to talk. Ask questions too.  For example, if your child is pointing at an object, mention the name of the object and explain its meaning.

Take turns: In a conversation, there is usually room for the parties involved to have their turn. Help your baby understand it by observing natural pauses.

Be observant: if you notice that, your baby is restless and grumpy it may just be a cue for you to stop talking. You need to know when to stop and when your child is paying attention too.

Aside from talking, you can also read, tell stories, sing songs and make rhymes.

By taking turns in your conversation with your child in a friendly way, you’re creating beautiful times together, which helps to strengthen the mother and child bond while helping your baby learn more about the world.

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Why Kids Experience Flatulence

It is quite amusing when your baby breaks wind and you say to yourself ‘so you’re not left out in this farting business’ lols.

However, if your baby farts so loud and you think everyone would think you then you need to take a close look at your baby, there could be much more to these innocent farts. It is common for babies to be gassy in the first three months of life because their intestine is just maturing and in children of 6-12 months as when they are being introduced to complimentary meals.

If your baby is fussy with bloated and hard tummy, passing a lot of gas, burps often, crying a lot she could have a flatulence or gas pain and even colic/reflux.

Flatulence can occur under the following conditions

  1. Swallowing air when feeding:  Breastfed babies experience less of this because they can control how the milk flows compared to formula fed babies who could have challenges with the teat of the feeding bottle.
  2. The use of baby pacifier: pacifiers may help to stop your baby from crying but it encourages your baby to swallow air.
  3. Allowing baby to cry a lot: Babies cry a lot to communicate their needs but when you allow your child cry for a long time she will take in lots of air through the mouth.
  4. Lactose intolerance: Formula fed babies tend to be more at risk of developing milk protein allergy but breastfed babies can also develop an allergy to milk proteins from dairy product taken by the mother.

Intake of foods and drinks that tend to produce gas: Food such as beans and other high-fibre food, carbonated (fizzy) drinks can make your child gassy.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent your baby from having flatulence;

  1. Hold your baby uprightly during feedings: Feeding your baby in an upright manner helps the milk travel easily into her tummy, or you can tilt the feeding bottle to a 30 to 40-degree angle so that any air in it can go to the bottom of the bottle.
  2. Burp frequently: Burping your baby helps to expel any air that your baby may have swallowed. Burping should be done during and after feeding.
  3. Examine the feeding bottle’s nipple: if you are bottle-feeding your baby, you need to check the hole on the nipple. It should be just right –not too small or big because if it small your baby will have to gulp for milk and if big, the milk will flow too fast.
  4. Watch what you eat: what you eat is transferred to your baby through the breast milk. If you take, any food and you discover your baby has flatulence you have to eliminate it from your diet while you are still breastfeeding.

Ways to treat your baby’s flatulence;

  • Massage your baby’s abdomen: you can do this by laying your baby on the back, bend the knees, legs and apply gentle pressure on the stomach.
  • Baby’s leg exercise: move your baby’s legs in a cycling motion as she’s on her back
  • Warm baths
  • Use of gas relief drops
  • Gripe water
  • Burping

It is normal for a baby to experience flatulence but in few cases, it could be some of the tell-tale sign of a digestive problem if in addition to the flatulence sign your baby does not poop, has bloody stools, fussy, feverish, diarrhoea and vomiting.

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