Apr 28, 2009

Reduce Risk of Diaper Rash - Elimination Communication Will Minimize the Time Your Baby Wears Diaper

Discover the ancient, world-wide practice of Elimination Communication (EC), and apply it to your modern life. Part-time, with diapers in between potty visits.

EC, or Infant Potty Training, or 'Baby Pottying' is a holistic and cooperative way for you and your baby to gradually and gently reduce the amount of time your baby wears their diapers. I'm meaning on a daily basis, although often babies experiencing use of the potty from a young age also become toilet independent earlier as well.

Less time in a diaper means less risk of diaper rash. Imagine if every baby wore just one less diaper each day?

Unlike Early Toilet Training, EC is about the relationship and communication between you and your baby, and typically begins in infancy, before baby becomes mobile as it is easier then and baby is less diaper dependent.

By Developing Your Diaper-Free Confidence Each Day You Will Open a Door to:

1. Your baby having less time with waste near their skin automatically reduces the risk of rashes because there is less exposure to waste by-products - ammonia and urea.

2. Your baby having less exposure to chemicals in disposable diapers, in wipes, and medications that baby skin may also be sensitive to.

3. A closer insight into how what your baby is eating may be effecting their digestion. Practicing a spot of EC will then give you an insight into what else may be causing or contributing to the diaper rash, so you can eliminate these factors.

4. Enhanced confidence for yourself in meeting the hygiene needs of your in a more natural way.

5. Finding confidence in how to gradually transition to less use of diapers in this alternative to conventional potty or toilet training.

A simple goal is to strive to use just one less diaper each day. Over three years of diapering that is common these days, that means a massive 1000+ less diapers going into landfill, or for you to wash and dry!

I hear you saying: "One less diaper? That's not intimidating! We can do that!"

You're right. One is easy. Save one, go again another day. It's an easy way to begin practicing baby pottying in a gradual, easy way. Part-time EC and Diaper Rash is a useful resource to discover more about using just one less diaper a day.

With some simple skills in EC, you will begin to skip a diaper today, another tomorrow, perhaps a couple the day after that. Some days you'll use the regular amount. Yet, overall, with a potty break simply at diaper changes, some of the diapers your baby wears will stay dry for longer so they can wear them for longer, reducing the number used overall.

Mar 25, 2009

Cool Down Hot Food

Instead of putting your toddler's food in the fridge to cool down, mix some frozen veggies (corn and peas work great!) into the food. The hot food will heat the frozen veggies and the veggies will cool the hot food. Plus, you get some extra veggies into their diet!

Increase Milk Flow Through Baby Bottles

Baby's frustrated with the low-flow nipple on her bottle, but you can't run to the store right now to buy a high-flow version. No problemo. Heat a pin, insert it into the nipple and leave it there while running the nipple under cold water. Ahhh, if only low-flow boobs were this easy to fix.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the perfect food for babies, serving up all the nutrients a baby needs at any given stage of life in exactly the right proportions. A toddler may be drinking from the same breast that he drank from as an infant, but there's an entirely different beverage on tap!

Breast milk is higher in cholesterol than formula. This may not sound like a good thing—after all, isn't cholesterol supposed to be bad for you? But studies of animals have indicated that early exposure to cholesterol may help prepare a baby's body to process cholesterol more efficiently during adulthood, thereby providing some measure of protection against heart disease.

Breast milk is packed with antibodies. This is because breast milk contains immunoglobulin A proteins, which line the baby's respiratory and intestinal surfaces, thereby protecting the baby against certain types of viral and bacterial agents during the period in his life when he needs such protection most—while his own immune system is still very immature. Not surprisingly, studies have shown that breast-fed babies are less likely to develop gastrointestinal infections, respiratory infections, middle ear infections, food allergies, tooth decay, pneumonia and meningitis than bottle-fed babies. Breastfeeding even improves the effectiveness of vaccines, which helps to ensure that your baby will get the ultimate boost from each of his booster shots.

Breast-fed babies are less susceptible to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than bottle-fed babies. They also enjoy added protection against intestinal disease, eczema, certain types of heart disease, allergies, cancer and obesity—health benefits that last long after weaning.

Breastfeeding helps to promote normal development of the jaw and facial muscles. Bottle-fed babies are more likely to require orthodontic work than their breastfed counterparts.

Breastfeeding helps your uterus to contract after the birth, which reduces the amount of blood lost after the delivery and helps you to regain your pre-pregnancy shape more quickly.

Breastfeeding helps to suppress ovulation and consequently your menstrual periods. If you breastfeed exclusively, you probably won't menstruate for about six months after giving birth, and possibly even longer. In addition to avoiding the inconvenience of getting your period (to say nothing of the cost of all those tampons and pads), you will have the chance to build up your iron reserves once again, because you won't be losing the same amount of iron that you normally do when you're menstruating. The one benefit that you shouldn't count on, however, is built-in birth control. Breastfeeding is not a reliable method of contraception.

Breastfeeding helps you to burn your extra "baby fat" without dieting since breastfeeding a baby requires about 500 calories worth of energy per day.

Breastfeeding may help to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer and uterine cancer later in life.

Breastfeeding may reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis down the road. Some studies have found that older women who breast-fed during their child-bearing years face only half the risk of experiencing bone fractures as women who did not. What's more, the longer a woman spent breastfeeding, the lower her risk of fracture.

Breastfeeding is convenient. There is no best-before date to worry about, and your baby's food is always ready to serve! What's more, breastfeeding forces you to take regular breaks throughout the day—the very thing that a new mother should be doing.