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Welcome to the age of modern travel. With innovation around every corner, it’s easier to explore than ever before. Except when we’re travelling with baby that is. Now you can avoid the travel nightmare of heavy prams, car seats and travel cots with Babylite – your baby hire service!
Think of Babylite as your virtual au pair – like an extra pair of hands one step ahead, for all your travels with baby. And it’s almost as easy as ordering a coffee. We rent every baby product you’ve ever needed (including prams, strollers, joggers, cots, car seats and much more) all from trusted brands, and completely sanitized to keep baby happy, healthy and safe. Babylite ensures fast, efficient hiring of baby equipment you’d rather not lug around yourself.
Babylite – your one-stop baby hire service!
Why Babylite beats regular travel:
There may be an airline surcharge for excess baby equipment,
Your baby equipment may be damaged in transit,
Your baby equipment may be misdirected by the airline,
You can take more of your own luggage if you hire baby equipment at your final destination.
Let’s face it. Waiting to see whether your baby equipment arrives unscathed is no fun. Travelling with a little one will be a pleasure when you know your order is waiting for you, and not the other way around!
Babylite – baby hire made easy!
Babylite is now servicing King Shaka International Airport, Durban.
Read all about Babylite and our excellent service here – Testimonials
Among the numerous attributes that can easily be made to children at an early stage in life, one which clearly stands out is that of swimming; once learnt, it is rarely, if at all ever forgotten. In fact that is the reason that a lot of emphasis is often placed on teaching children to swim right at their infancy stage, viz. when they are still babies. That is because; this is a stage which has practically no fear attached to swimming whatsoever. Otherwise, over time, a lot of young adults develop a fear for water – what is commonly referred to as aqua phobia.
Besides the obvious aspect of more focused and fearless learning, another clear advantage that baby swimming offers is that it can be so much fun for adults! Parents in particular tend to rejoice in the prospect of seeing their infant children being able to swim with complete nonchalance. Along the way, various memories are formed which in turn go on stay for life! Take for instance, the first time that an infant manages to stay afloat in water all by itself; or the first time, that an infant actually takes rapid strides while swimming, once again completely unaided and all by itself. These are memories which when captured on film become a part of lifelong memories which parents and the infant too will cherish, long after it has grown up!
Another clear advantage that baby swimming offers is the feeling and spirit of camaraderie. That comes about since babies tend to learn in an environment which in turn has fellow babies also looking to hone their skills in swimming. In such a scenario, they often end up making friends and acquaintances that go on to become a part of their circle of close associates, even much later in life. The same holds true for parents as well who also get a clear opportunity to enhance their social network amongst other fellow parents also looking to teach swimming to their kids.
Overall, if you are looking to groom your children as athletic and health conscious individuals in their youth and adulthood, then baby swimming would certainly be a very good instrument for you to actually do so. It has in fact been observed that in most cases, once babies are taught the nuances of swimming, they tend to continue pursuing the same, well into their adulthood as well.
A baby’s first snow shouldn’t come courtesy of a dry, flaky scalp. Fortunately, cradle cap, the infant equivalent of dandruff, is easy to treat:
Use your fingers or a brush with very soft bristles to gently rub your baby’s scalp each day. This will boost circulation and help scaly patches of skin fall off easily.
Wash your baby’s head each day with a gentle soap (try one made for “sensitive skin”) until cradle cap subsides. Then shampoo about twice weekly.
Be sure to rinse away all traces of soap.
Before shampooing, rub a bit of mineral oil into baby’s scalp and cover it with a moist, warm washcloth to encourage scaly patches to fall off. Leave it on for up to an hour, making sure the cloth stays warm.
If cradle cap doesn’t improve or baby continues to react to scalp itchiness, see your pediatrician about a topical lotion or cream.
When your baby is a newborn, she might not sleep in her cot because it is far from mom and dad who are her primary comfort sources during the night. And, it might seem too big compared to the womb, especially if she is not swaddled. In this case, you may have chosen to have your baby sleep in your room for her first few months. Your intentions were to then transition her to a cot once she is sleeping through the night.
Months later, now your baby won’t sleep in the cot because, to her, it is the equivalent of you going to sleep in the guest room. It is only her bed because you are telling her it is her bed. She has no real sense that her cot or her room is a place actually for her. She does not know the cot as her bed or as a place for sleep.
This is where sleep associations come into play how you are putting baby to sleep and with the way she knows how to fall asleep. Does she need to move to sleep (via rocking chair, bouncing ball, or bouncy seat)? Does she need to suck to sleep (via pacifier, nursing, or bottle)? And, is she in a comfortable place to sleep? Up until now she has not slept in her cot, so why would that be a comfortable place today just because she turned 5 or 6 months old?
The primary goal in helping your baby sleep in the cot is to make it feel like HER room and HER bed. Here are a few tips you might consider:
* Consider putting your bed in baby’s room for a few days.
* Make sure you spend non-sleep time in baby’s room
* Have him sleep on his own cot sheet for a few days, so it has his scent
* You sleep on his cot sheet for a few days, so it has YOUR scent
* Give it time. Do not expect it to go perfectly the first day. It might take a few days to a couple of weeks, but the first few nights will most likely be the most difficult. Expect it to be rough and he might just surprise you, but do expect it to take work. Only some will have an easy transition.
Before transitioning your baby to sleep in his cot, be sure your baby knows how to fall asleep on his own. Otherwise, you are simply going back and forth from your room to his all night, instead of reaching over a foot or two. Even if your baby is sleeping great in your room, if she has trouble adjusting to sleeping in her cot, make sure you are sensitive to the fact that this is a new place for her and do not just let her cry it out. Some babies actually sleep better once they are in their own space, not smelling Mommy’s milk or hearing Daddy’s snoring all night long.
Are you expecting a newborn? Are you stocking up on items for your nursery? Dummies are a common item parents buy for their newborns. Dummies are used to soothe a baby when it is fussy. The sucking action can calm the baby. Some parents use them to discourage thumb and finger sucking. Safety is always an issue with a newborn or young child. If your baby uses a dummy, you want to consider purchasing a dummy clip to keep it attached to your child’s clothing.
Dummies are one piece and have a guard or shield attached to the base. The materials used to manufacture dummies include latex, molded silicone or a combination of plastic and silicone. Siliconedummies are sturdy, do not retain odors, and are easy to clean. Those made of latex are softer than silicone and retain odors. If you are concerned about your baby developing an allergy or sensitivity to latex, you should consider purchasing silicone dummies.
A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) shows that dummies at nap time and bedtime may reduce this threat. There is also concern that dummies interfere with breast feeding. You may want to wait one month to six weeks before you introduce the dummy to your newborn.
Other concerns are that by using a dummy, your baby will develop dental problems such as protruding front teeth, an overbite, or improper jaw formation as they age. For these reasons, you should consider stopping the use of a dummy for your child between the ages of one and two.
Here are some tips for purchasing dummies:
Check to make sure the nipple is firmly attached to the base. If you can pull it off, your baby may be able to pull it apart. Purchase an orthodontic and a rounded dummy. Make sure the dummy has vent holes in the guard or shield to guard against skin rash. Read the package label to determine how the dummy can be sanitized after its use or after it has been dropped. Check for recalls. Not all babies like dummies. There are two types of dummies: orthodontic, which has a rounded top and a flat bottom and rounded ones. By purchasing both types you can determine which one your baby prefers.
Babies drop dummies. For safety reasons, you do not want to tie the dummy around the baby’s neck with ribbon or string. Instead, purchase a clip-on holder which will attach to the baby to the baby’s clothing. Make sure the dummy clips do not have beads or other objects which can cause choking.
Choosing a new baby name can sometimes be an exhausting process. It requires the agreement of your partner, or various family members, it has to have certain qualities. Sometimes there’s a family tradition that you feel obligated to carry on.
However you should remember that when you are choosing a new baby name it should be one that you really like. Don’t choose something if you don’t feel totally comfortable with it. Don’t go with passing fads either, a name that’s popular today can sound dated in a few years time. You also don’t want to saddle your child with a name that they might be embarrassed to go by.
Choosing a new baby name is an important decision, one you should think about carefully. Have you ever heard that children can be cruel? Be careful that the new baby name you choose doesn’t set your child up for a lifetime of teasing. Celebrities get away with zany names for their babies because of their fame and wealth, but your children will thank you for passing on naming them anything too crazy.
Even if you have not chosen a first name that is out there, be careful of what a child’s initials spell out. Theresa Irene Thompson sounds fine when you say it out loud but when you write her initials it could cause some blushes. So make sure that all the new baby names you pick don’t spell something obscene. Ethnic Names
When choosing a new baby name you need to think of the meaning of the name. Whether a name means new baby flowers or a particular characteristic you need to take the meaning into consideration as well when choosing a new baby name. Choosing a name that represents your ethnicity is also a very popular option. Check with your parents or grandparents if you are unsure what names that reflect your ethnic background would be suitable.
If there’s a particular name that you would like for your child but feel it would not be suitable as a first name then use it as a middle name. The middle name of a child is a great place to choose something creative or unusual.
You can also use a relative’s name as the middle name. If you are close to someone in your family and would like to use their name then the middle name is the perfect way to honor that special person in your life.