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How to get pregnant fast?

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Deciding to have a child is one of the most significant decisions made by any couple, which shapes the course of their next few months of life in a very special way. One of the first questions asked by any couple, who are trying to conceive, is this: How to get pregnant fast? There are a multitude of answers to this question; here are a select few which are most effective, and most helpful to you!

Throw out those birth control pills at once. If you have been on long-term hormonal birth control, it would take a little bit of time to be fertile and able to conceive again, but it is certainly a given that you would have to discontinue them immediately. Take advice from your ob-gyn specialist who would instruct you so you can achieve the best results soon.

The tried-and-tested answer to the oft asked question, how to get pregnant fast, is to be intimate with your partner regularly. Do not restrict sessions to only around your ovulation period, and certainly do not resort to rudimentary calculations when it comes to calculating when you ovulate. Taking basal body temperature every single morning, or using a fertility kit is more accurate than the more commonly used “two weeks from the last day of the period” formula, and is definitely more recommended if you are one of those who is fervently seeking the answer to the question on how to get pregnant fast.

Any young woman, who wants to start a family, thinks “how to get pregnant fast?” One of the first steps to achieving that goal is to ensure that you are mentally relaxed and happy. Most couples that are trying to conceive have mentioned that they are successful when they both most enjoy the process, and are mentally relaxed and well-prepared for the upcoming nine months. Do you lead a stressful office life that gives you little time to go out and relax? Take some time off just to go on a holiday, then, or even take little time to go out for a romantic sit-in dinner. The mood heightens the attraction that you have towards your partner, and it will be most beneficial when you are intimate.

Exercise regularly and eat healthy, if you are wondering how to get pregnant fast. It is important to remain in good health for both your sake and your child’s, and thus do ensure that your diet is filled with nutritious carbohydrates, essential vitamins, and a lot of fibrous food. Have a daily exercise regimen that you can stick to, in order to maintain good health as well as stay energetic through the day. Both of those not only quicken the process, but also benefit you in a big way in the long run.

Frequently Asked Pregnancy Questions

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Couples looking to get pregnant, especially for the first time, often have a long list of questions they would like to ask their doctor or anyone with some experience. The following are the most frequently asked pregnancy questions and their corresponding answers.

  1. 1.       What time of the month is most suitable for conception?

The first of the pregnancy questions that any woman who wants to try for a child, is this. The probability of conception is highest at that time of the month that you are ovulating. This period, known as the ovulation period, is roughly two weeks from the end point of your last period, if you have a regular menstrual cycle. There are different ways to calculate this time accurately – taking basal body temperature every morning and noting the period between spikes in the graph, using various fertility kits available in the market, etc. However, regular intimacy between you and your partner through the course of the month is certainly the best and most enjoyable way by which you can conceive.

 

  1. 2.       How long will it take to conceive, if I have been on birth control for a long period of time?

This is one of those tricky pregnancy questions which don’t have a fixed answer. The time taken for you to get fertile again, is dependent on your body metabolism. Some women are ready to have a child in a very short period of time after stopping birth control, while there are others that take up to a few months to get ready for conceiving a child after they stop taking birth control measures. A visit to your ob-gyn specialist is highly recommended if you want to wean off birth control and be able to conceive a child, as he or she would give you adequate instructions for stopping the same as well as any other precautions or hurdles that you may face while trying to conceive.

 

  1. 3.       What exactly is a breech baby?

The term ‘breech baby’ is used to define a situation wherein the baby is not facing head-down, which is the normal condition requisite for a healthy normal delivery. One of the important pregnancy questions is whether it is a situation that can be rectified, and the answer is a resounding yes. By the end of the second trimester, it is easy to detect via ultra-sound scans, if the baby is in the normal position or the breach position. If the child is in the breach position in the uterus, there is a medical procedure referred to as external cephalic version performed in order to facilitate the normal delivery of the child. This is performed close to the due date, and can even be performed during labor, in rare cases.

 

  1. 4.       What is the recommended healthy diet during pregnancy?

There isn’t any need to “eat for two,” when you are pregnant. This answer is significant, as this one of those pregnancy questions that helps all aspiring mothers to not be misled by popular advice handed out by a number of ill-informed people. You need a little over two hundred calories extra during pregnancy, which is equivalent to bread toast with butter or margarine. During pregnancy, you will benefit by eating a balanced diet consisting of adequate quantities of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water. Remain hydrated throughout the day, and ensure that you eat a lot of fibrous fruits and vegetables during the period.

 

  1. 5.       What are some ways to get ready for labor?

This is perhaps one of the most important pregnancy questions asked by pregnant women. Your body needs to be both physically as well as mentally prepared for labor. Doing pelvic exercises is one way to strengthen your pelvic muscles that undergo a lot of stress during pregnancy. Also, indulge in meditation, Lamaze, and other spiritual and highly relaxing exercises in order to be prepared for labor. A calm mind and a strong body will help you through the process easily, and enable you to welcome your child into the world with joy.

Things to Do Right When You Are Trying To Conceive

Posted on: October 29th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Trying to conceive is one of the most enjoyable parts of the process of pregnancy.  There are a lot of things that you could do well to keep in mind, while trying to conceive and ensure a joyful pregnancy. Here are a few that could ensure long-lasting happiness, and leave you with happy memories of the good times.

One of the most important steps when you are an aspiring mom-to-be is to ensure that you are intimate with your partner at least thrice a week. Many women end up trying to conceive just before or after the ovulation period, and while that is sometimes a successful plot, it is always advisable to enjoy intimacy regularly in order to increase your chances of conception. Of course, this will also leave you happy and content.

Enjoy the process of conception; making a baby should not be treated as mechanical work while you are trying to conceive. Good mental health is considered a positive and staying happy and joyful can only help things. Do enjoy the time that you spend with your partner in bed, and spice up things with some romantic ambience, a holiday, or just a candlelight dinner which is a surprise. Cut down on stress at the workplace, and make time for your partner.

Stay healthy, for it is vital that a good physical health is ensured for anyone trying to conceive. There are two aspects to this, naturally – one which deals with the diet and food intake, and the other, which deals with exertion and physical exercise. Food intake in moderate quantities is essential, as is the necessity for it to be balanced in all aspects. A healthy nutritious diet gives you sufficient energy, besides a lot of long-term health benefits. Exercise is the other aspect to this: sufficient exercise that keeps you in tip-top shape not only helps you stay fit and improve your chances when you are trying to conceive, but a lean body is also a huge turn-on for most men. It helps you stay attractive and enjoy intimacy with your partner, besides making a huge impact on your energy levels through the day!

Wean off bad lifestyle choices that you have made in life. Addiction to caffeine, alcohol or tobacco can lead to harmful consequences for your child, and it also affects your health adversely. Tone down on coffee, and quit smoking while you are trying to conceive. It is exceptionally important, and is in the best interests of both yourself and your soon-to-be-born child.

Be spiritual. Relax, meditate, and focus on the task without mechanizing it. You are sure to achieve success!

Your Husbands Role From Pregnancy To Birth

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by admin No Comments

It is unfortunate to know that some men think that the only role they can play in pregnancy is by providing the sperm and once fertilization has taken place, their work is over. Well, that in itself gives one a title-FATHER! But he has got to act like one and indeed be one.

Once your wife becomes pregnant, you are not pregnant yourself and you should not despise what she says she feels. You should understand that there is so much that she cannot be in control of that is happening in her body. This is because of hormonal changes.

Both of you are equally responsible for the child you decided to bring into the world. Just that she got the duty of housing your child as it grows. There is so much you can do for her to show appreciation and your involvement in the pregnancy. I like what a friend of mine once said in reference to the time that the wife was expectant. “…the time we were pregnant” For me it presented deep commitment and involvement and I just loved that.

 

WHEN THE PREGNANCY TEST IS POSITIVE

Right from this moment, you as a husband should be involved in everything else that follows. You may not have experienced a pregnant woman before. In this case it is not just another pregnant woman, it is your wife and more so, carrying your baby! You may need to start attending childbirth classes. These classes will help you understand her and also know what to do when certain emergencies happen. A greater deal will it help when she is in labor instead of staying all green as your wife goes through the pregnancy.

You will need to also show up for some of the prenatal appointments. At least you may not afford to miss out on the most important ones like the one on the child’s first heartbeat and ultra sounds.

 

GIVE A HAND

While some women are still strong to perform some household tasks even as late as their eighth month of pregnancy, the husband should come in. It does no harm when you help wash dishes or even fix the evening meal. If anything, it makes the wife happier. Providing breakfast in bed would also be a good surprise for the morning.

 

SPEND TIME TOGETHER

Some men are ashamed of walking beside their wives when in their late months of pregnancy. I do not understand why this should be the case. They should instead be happy that they are just about to be called daddy. Take her out for a stroll and probably jog together back home. Do not forget that she is still your sweetheart and deserves special treatment. Take her out for dinner!

 

FEEL THE BABY

Try resting your hand on her belly while watching TV or while relaxing in bed. It gives a feeling of concern and suggests saying. ‘If only I could help carry the baby’ and it brings you almost to the same level.

 

SHOW INTEREST

You should ask every often how the mother and the baby are doing. When she suggests you go out for shopping, avail yourself unless you are very committed somewhere else. Suggest baby names too. Let it not look like she is the only one too obsessed with that.

 

WHEN IT IS BABY TIME!

Here, if you took the childbirth classes, you will be better placed as you know how to handle the situation. Before labor, you would talk with your partner and agree to what you would want him to do for you. It is advisable that you are present as your wife delivers. It gives a feeling of oneness. Husbands who have been present during the delivery of their kids have an interesting story to tell and they term it as the best experience in the world. It is good to be there so as to feel with her. Some men say that they cannot stand the process. How then do they expect their wives to go through it? Gone are the days that husbands used to pace up and down the waiting room of hospitals waiting for the doctor to announce “it’s a baby girl” or “it’s a baby boy”. Today, they can get in to where the delivery is taking place.

It is important for the husband to be around so as to:

  • Provide encouragement-while it may not be welcome during a tough labor, it is good for him to be there. At least a word of encouragement from him will take the wife miles.
  • Help relieve pain- with massage, acupressure or any other means or relieving pain, he should walk with her as many steps through the pain as he can.
  • Give updates to family.

 

ADVICE TO HUSBANDS

 

  • Help your wife in her emotions -she may be scared as you would also apparently be. She needs support and she should draw it from you. You need to encourage her as she goes through the process reassuring her that you love her and that she is doing a good thing for the family.
  • Ensure skin to skin contact -as much as possible make sure your body is touching her skin whenever possible. This helps in soothing her and she feels safe. Many partners remove their shirts or all of their clothing and cradle their partners as they are moving through contractions and pushing.

There are very many other roles that husband can play when their wives are pregnant. Even as simple as rubbing her feet! You do not need to go to a school to do that! You simply have to listen to your instincts and be natural. So husbands should not just sit and watch for nine months until the baby comes. Make the most of the opportunity!

Having a Healthy Pregnancy.

Posted on: October 15th, 2011 by admin No Comments

“Honey, guess what? I’m pregnant!” You finally break the news to your husband and both of you are all smiles. He has just realized and for you it was just some hours ago. You went to see the doctor and he confirmed that the speculations you had from what you felt were true. From that moment on, you are now too aware that indeed you are pregnant. You have not suddenly become pregnant. It has just been confirmed that you are. So what next?

LIVE ABUDANTLY

Do not be sorry about how you are feeling. You are absolutely normal. Do not shy away from asking for help when you need it. Do not  be shy that your tummy is growing bigger and bigger by day. Celebrate your life and especially these moments! Have the right attitude and the right spirit. Be positive and live a ‘big’ life!

NUTRITION

It is obvious that nutrition is the thing you are to really check when you are pregnant. You should know what foods to take and which ones to avoid. Funny enough, some women find that they detest certain foods that ironically are the nutritional ones when they are pregnant. It is good to note that your body knows what it requires and so if it says no to such, do not object, simply obey.

EXCERCISE

If before pregnancy you were exercising,it would do no harm to keep on with the exercises. You would need a doctor to advice on what exercises you can take if you did not have some before the pregnancy. Exercise helps in circulation of blood and in keeping your spirits up. More importantly,it will help during labor as your muscles are used to relaxing and contracting.

KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOU

Your body is in activity trying to support the child  that is being formed in you. There are very many changes that are anticipated during pregnancy. Your body will begin to change changing you into a mother,just physically. The changes may be scary and far beyond what you ever expected but that should not worry you. You would have a book that explains what is happening to your child every single month. This would help you envision what exactly is happening and reduce the tension that may build up.

KEEP A JOURNAL

Your emotions will change from time to time. It would be good to keep a record of how you are feeling so as to figure out what exactly you feel. Also keep a record of some of the things that happen to you. They will be important when you go to see a doctor.

LET YOUR EMOTIONS OUT

You will experience different emotions at different times. Let them out. Cry, scream, laugh when you feel like. This will help relieve you and you will have a sound mind instead of having emotions pent up. You will also need to talk out with your partner or a close friend about the fears you may be having.

EXPLORE

Do not lock yourself up in the room. Get to the outside and enjoy life. This will help you feel normal  as you see every other thing running on normally.

BREATHING

It is good to practice some breathing techniques while pregnant. As the baby grows in the womb,it impacts some of the organs. The ones most affected is the bladder and the lungs. In the case of the lungs,you will find it more difficult to breathe and therefore the need to adopt some breathing techniques. This will be also important at the point of delivery.

 

There are many more things that will happen to you during your pregnancy. Note carefully that every single pregnancy is different from the other and should be handled differently. During this time you need to do a lot of listening to your body and its demands.

Understanding Newborn Baby Conditions

Posted on: July 1st, 2011 by admin No Comments

While you might have several things figured out about your newborn baby, there are a few issues that may leave you stumped. The following is a list of four infant conditions which often leave parents puzzled, perplexed or just plain devastated. Read on to learn about the serious and non-serious conditions that may afflict your newborn baby.

Jaundice

Almost all healthy new born infants have jaundice. This common condition is caused by excessive bilirubin produced by the body. Since the newborn baby is still developing, the liver takes some time before it can break bile down and help to expel it from the body. This process normally takes one to two weeks. However, high levels of bilirubin can cause serious complications in the body, such as deafness or brain damage, or may indicate an underlying condition.

SIDS

SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. As indicated by its name, the death of a newborn baby can occur unexpectedly, and remains a mystery even after detailed autopsy of the corpse. In all examined cases of SIDS there was no reason for doctors or parents to anticipate a sudden turnaround for the worse. There are several risk factors which scientists have identified but the exact reasons behind the sudden passing away of the infant are still not clear. SIDS usually occurs when the infant is asleep, and is alternatively referred to as “crib death”. It has been hypothesized that babies sleeping on their stomachs are exposed to noxious gases from the mattress and succumb to the toxic effects. These gases are not potent enough to harm adults, and only affect very young children. Other experts concur on the view that a seemingly normal child may have several complications that are not evident until his/her death. More research is needed in this area since autopsies conducted on SIDS victims have returned inconclusive results.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is a mild condition that occurs frequently in babies who are about six months of age. Cradle cap presents itself as a rash on the scalp of a newborn baby and can be referred to as “baby dandruff”. It is not itchy and neither is it a cause of immediate concern. To cure the condition, mineral oil can be applied on the scalp of the infant and washed off after 15 minutes. However, prolonged use of mineral oil is not recommended since cradle cap is primarily thought to occur because of overactive oil glands. If symptoms persist a doctor may have to intervene and prescribe some medication.

Excessive Crying

A newborn baby cries for an average of six hours daily. This is expected since crying is the only mode of communication and is used to convey hunger, boredom, a calling for attention or a number of other things. However, when an infant cries for extended periods of time and for no apparent reason it is usually as a result of colic. Although this condition disappears as suddenly as it appears, it can be extremely frustrating for the parents and might even become the precursor for post-partum depression in the new mother.

Premature babies are particularly prone to the conditions espoused above. To give them a better chance of survival Kangaroo Mother Care, where increased skin-to-skin contact soothes and comforts the little one, is recommended.

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Kangaroo Mother Care: What Are the Benefits?

Posted on: July 1st, 2011 by admin No Comments

Kangaroo Mother Care is a technique that was initially practiced in 1983 in Bogota, Columbia. It was a means to combat the lack of resources in local hospitals to tend to premature babies. It involves placing the diaper-clad baby on to the bare chest of the mother, to promote skin-to-skin contact. Usually doctors turn the head of the baby in such a way that the preemie’s ears are just above the heart of the mother. This is very crucial to stabilize the vital signs of the baby. Kangaroo Mother Care helped in lowering infant mortality rates from 70% to an astounding 30%.

Preemie babies need to be incubated immediately after birth since their body lacks the ability to store heat because their immune system is compromised. But as a result of this sudden separation from their mother, the infant feels stressed in the unfamiliar environment, and in order to cope with this loss, the body starts to produce cortisol. Although, cortisol allows the baby to fight off anxiety with some success it hampers growth, which is much needed at this stage.

A newborn recognizes the scent and touch of his mother as soon as he is born. As Kangaroo Mother Care involves increased skin-to-skin contact, the baby is comforted with the presence of his mother. This familiarity accelerates the production of growth hormones, so much so that preemie babies show the same progress as infants born after the full term, after about two months.

Practicing Kangaroo Mother Care also keeps the baby warm. The mother’s body is believed to alter heat levels in response to the requirements of her child. Also, due to proximity to the breasts lactation is encouraged, since the baby is able to readily feed off his mother conveniently. Some chemical responses inside the mother’s body also stimulate milk supply when the Kangaroo Mother Care technique is practiced.

However, contrary to popular belief that Kangaroo Mother Care is only beneficial for premature infants, it holds many benefits for “normal” children as well. For one, the immune system grows stronger, since attachment is enhanced. It also encourages a bonding between caregivers and children, for the constant physical touch serves as a sense of security to the baby.

Kangaroo Mother Care can be established as a routine during the early months of the baby, and should also be adopted by dads to enhance their relationship with their child. It is best to give maximum time to the baby; some doctors even recommend that this technique be practiced for the entire day in the case of premature babies. However, this is not necessary as even a few hours a day deliver favorable results.

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Premature Babies and the Possible Complications

Posted on: June 5th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Premature babies who are born before term need special care in order to grow to become healthy children. If they happen to be particularly small with low weight at birth, they will need special attention for up to 2 years. With dedicated care, premature babies catch up with full term infants in no time since most of the problems experienced by pre-term babies have solutions.

Premature babies suffer some complications initially due to their inadequately developed bodily functions. For example, a child born within 30 weeks of conception does not have fully developed lungs, and steroid administration is necessary to speed up development. During this period, breathing is supported through ventilators and is constantly monitored for apnea or simply periods when the newborn “forgets” to breathe. This is known as Respiratory Distress Syndrome and is the most common lung problem that afflicts preemies.

A weakened immune system as a result of deficiencies in the blood may be cause for the increased susceptibility to disease and infection. Premature babies are more vulnerable to catching the flu than those born at full term, and vaccination is recommended to protect against infection. However, flu isn’t the only concern; a low iron amount may cause anemia. Babies diagnosed with anemia are weaker and this may hamper development. However, this is easily managed with iron supplements which may be advised to up to 2 years into the infant’s life.

Some eyesight and hearing problems can also present in premature babies. The most common is being cross-eyed, which is medically referred to as strabismus though it does not impair the eyesight of the baby; it is only aesthetically challenging. Most premature babies recover from this on their own after about a few years, once their body has strengthened. Sometimes an eye disease known as Retinopathy may threaten the vision of the child, but timely treatment can prevent this from happening. In case parents suspect that the baby does not react adequately to loud noises or respond to the sound of their voice, an E.N.T should be consulted and the baby’s hearing tested.

There may be other complications that the baby is vulnerable to and these may vary on a case-by-case basis. The general rule is that the earlier the baby is born after conception, the higher the probability of him suffering through complications since the infant did not have ample time to develop. Thankfully, doctors agree on a common method to give premature babies a chance to survive. This technique is known as Kangaroo Mother Care during whereby the parents provide their premature babies with warmth and much-needed affection. The resulting closeness stimulates the production of growth hormones while suppressing the toxic cortisol, a stress hormone.

Contrary to the widely subscribed belief, that premature babies are condemned to a life full of struggle and impairment, there are numerous miracle stories of children who have fought against all odds and survived to develop into healthy adults.

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Kangaroo Mother Care – A Low Birth Weight Neo Natal Practical Solution

Posted on: May 30th, 2011 by admin No Comments

At what weight can a newborn infant be classified as a low birth weight baby? Generally, the universally accepted weight for a baby is less than 2.5 kilos or 5.5 pounds. Any baby being born weighing less than this is considered to have a low birth weight. Generally, the normal weight of a baby by 37 weeks of gestation is 2.5 kilos.

How Does Low Birth Weight Harm the Baby?

This is is dangerous because it predisposes the newborn baby to a number of dangers.

• The most immediate danger can be death as a result of the risk of infections and other complications. Low birth weight babies are usually underdeveloped. In fact, the large majority of these babies are born premature. As a consequence, their immune systems are still fragile and susceptible to infection.
• Underweight baby’s can also suffer from developmental delays. Most parents find that babies born pre-term and/or with low birth weights tend to have delays in developmental milestones. Their speech may be delayed, they may not sit-up, crawl and walk as fast as other baby’s of the same age. This can stretch into adolescent and if not managed correctly, it can have an adverse impact on the child’s psychological state. Babies who are given Kangaroo Mother Care often reach developmental milestones without any complications.

Causes of Low Birth Weight

There are a number of causes for low birth weight. Some of the leading causes include the following:
• The mother may have a small uterus which may limit the growth of the fetus. This is common in teenage pregnancies especially where the girl is under the age of 17. It is also common in many first time pregnancies.
• Congenital and/or chromosomal anomalies can lead to an underweight infant.
• Placental problems in the womb where the placenta is unable or prevented from providing sufficient nourishment to the child.
• Some infections during pregnancy have a direct impact on the eventual weight of the child. These include; rubella, syphilis, toxoplasmosis and cytomegalovirus.
• There are also risk factors that predispose mothers to giving birth to underweight children. One of the most common is multiple pregnancies. A mother carrying twins, triplets, quadruplets and so forth is at a greater risk of giving birth to underweight children. The risk doubles with every additional child in the womb. Another risk factor is the mother has a history of giving birth to low birth weight children. The use of narcotics and alcohol is also a major risk factor as is smoking. Other risk factors include lead poisoning and poor pre-natal care.

How to Avoid Giving Birth to a Low Birth Weight Baby

There is no proven way that guarantees that your baby will not be born early however there are a number of ways in which you can reduce the likelihood of this happening to you. This includes:
• Fresh chemical free food
• Adequate hydration
• Adequate rest
• No smoking
• No drugs
• No alcohol

Effective Management of Low Birth Weigh Infants

In the unexpected event that you do give birth to a low birth weight or premature baby, do not despair, Kangaroo Mother Care improves the chances of infant survival by more than 50%. It basically involves skin-to-skin contact between the mother and child. It has been proven to help the child regulate bodily temperature, breathing and pulse rate in addition to feeding better.

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Celebrating Your Newborn Baby’s Uniqueness

Posted on: May 12th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Just like a snowflake or a fingerprint, your newborn baby child is unique in their very own special way. Every baby is born different. They have a unique way of adapting, feeling, thinking, learning and interacting with others and particularly you as their Mom and Dad. Some baby’s are quite and reserved, while others are more demanding and out ward in their personality, needs and behavior. Every baby is born with a different disposition and personality and it is through the bonding that occurs that you will get to really know your baby.

Some baby’s are active, while others are calm; some are fretful, while others are easy-going. It can vary so much and each baby that you have will be different and unique. That’s what makes motherhood and fatherhood so interesting. As a loving and nurturing parent, it’s your job to encourage your baby to develop in a safe and secure habitat and embrace their uniqueness and their individual qualities. Through cuddling and spending time in skin to skin contact with your baby, you create a safe and secure environment: a habitat they will flourish and thrive in.

Encourage and allow your baby to express themselves as they grow and develop. Play with them, read to them, talk to them and while you are feeding them play gentle, soothing and relaxing music. Spend time with them and love them and practice KMC cuddles as often as you can. As your baby grows encourage them to explore and embrace their curiosities. This is how they develop emotionally and neurologically. Take note of what they get pleasure and joy from. By doing this you will help your baby to learn that they are safe and secure with you and that they are free to grow and develop in a safe, loving and nurturing environment.

Teach your baby and praise them; give them loving KMC cuddles. Encourage them through your voice and talking to them. This will let them know that you love and they will feel this through your voice and actions. Accept and celebrate your baby’s uniqueness. Remember that your baby is an individual, an individual that will grow and develop in your nurturing love and cuddles.

Reinforce positive behavior and establish and stick to routines that work for you both, including time out for bonding skin to skin. It’s all about providing the right habitat for your baby to adapt, grow and develop into loving and caring child through the love and care you give to them through Kangaroo Mother Care.

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