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Parenting Tips from Munchkin Moms 

 1 - Babyproofing

Make your home safe and secure

1. When to get started
Prepare as early as possible, even before your baby is born.

2. Check low places
Protect electrical sockets with outlet covers.

3. Safe proximity
Installing a safety gate helps protect your baby by keeping him within a safe space, while blocking off hazards such as the stairs.


3 First Time Parents

Helpful tips for your new addition

1. Regular feeding
A newborn baby needs to be fed every 2 to 3 hours, for about 10-15 minutes at each breast. If you're formula-feeding, your baby will most likely take about 2-3 ounces at each feeding. If your newborn doesn’t wake to eat this frequently, you will need to awaken him/her.

2. How often should I be changing the baby?
Baby’s diaper should be changed about 10 times a day, or about 70 times a week.

3. Stinky is normal
Once baby starts eating solids, at around 6 months, diapers get MUCH more stinky. (This would be a good time for an Arm & Hammer diaper pail.)

4. Close for comfort
Swaddling is an excellent soothing technique that all first time parents should learn. Proper swaddling gives baby a sense of comfort by keeping arms close to the body, while allowing for some movement of the legs.


5 - Diapering

Make changing times easier on both of you.

1. Be sure to use layers
Place the new diaper under the old one to catch anything that could ooze out, and to protect the changing pad cover.

2. Stay dry
Diaper rash ointment on your hands can render the diaper's sticking tabs useless. Wipe your hands before touching the fasteners.

3. Use a diaper that is right for your baby
Putting baby in the correct-size diaper is best, but if you aren’t sure, go with the smaller size. A diaper that’s too big will have gaps around your baby’s legs, leading to blowouts.

4. Comfort is key
Warm wipes make a baby more comfortable and less likely to have the urge to pee during a change (on you!), so get a wipe warmer.


6 - Bathing

Make splash time a safe time.

1. Keep a close eye
This should be obvious, but never, ever leave baby alone in the bath. Not even for one second.

2. Be prepared
Get everything ready beforehand (a bath full of warm water, a wash cloth, a towel, a fresh diaper and clean clothes or pajamas).

3. Keep an eye on water temperature
You might want to use our Bath Ducky with White Hot Technology that will warn if the bathwater is too hot.

4. Avoid bubble baths with baby
Bubble baths are not for babies. In fact, they can lead to urinary tract infections. Stick to gentle cleansers formulated for babies, and use them to spot clean, not for soaking.

5. Bathing on-the-go
If you need to bathe baby away from home, our inflatable bath tub is a great option that be placed in any shower stall or on a counter top.


 2 - Traveling

Less stress when you’re on-the-go

1. Book around baby
Whether it’s a road trip or a flight, plan your trip around your baby's sleepiest time of day. With any luck – baby will nap most of the trip.

2. Which seat?
Always try to grab an aisle seat so you can get up to walk a fussy baby or change a diaper.

3. Bring more than you think you’ll need
Flights get delayed. Cars break down.  Bring extra diapers, clothes, wipes, snacks and (if you're bottle feeding) formula. Dress your baby and yourself in layers and bring extra outfits for both you.

4. Carry your baby, use the stroller for carryon luggage
After many, many trips through the airport with baby, we have learned that the easiest way is to carry the baby in a sling, and then pile everything else (purse, diaper bag, carryon suitcase) onto the stroller, then push the stroller through the airport. Voila, instant luggage trolley -- and your hands are free should you need them.  


4 - Feeding

Feeding a newborn is a round-the-clock job

But it's also an important opportunity to bond with your new little one.  The following tips will help you establish a routine to successfully feed your newborn.

1. Stick with breast milk or formula
Breast milk is the ideal food for babies, providing all the necessary nutrition and immunities babies require.  If breast-feeding isn't possible, use a well balanced infant formula. Newborns don't need water, juice or other fluids.

2. Feed your baby on demand
Newborns need to be fed every two to three hours (8-10 times per day).  Signs of hunger include stirring and stretching, sucking motions and lip movements, then eventually fussing and crying. Begin as soon as you notice the early cues so you won't have to soothe a frantic baby. When your baby stops sucking, closes his or her mouth, or turns away from the nipple or bottle, he or she is most likely finished.  As baby gets older, he or she drink more milk in less time at each feeding.

3. Expect fluctuations in your newborn's eating patterns
Your newborn probably won't eat the same amount or at the same time every day.   Some babies go through obvious growth spurts — often around 3 weeks and again at 6 weeks after birth — during which he might eat more at each feeding and/or want to be fed more frequently. Again, let him guide you with his hunger and "full" cues.

4. Trust your baby's instincts
You might worry that your baby isn't eating enough, but babies know just how much they need. Don't focus on how much, how often or how regularly your newborn eats. Just look for steady weight gain, happiness between feedings, and at least six wet diapers and three poopy diapers each day.

5. Consider each feeding a time to bond with baby
Hold your newborn close during each feeding and look him in the eye. Stroke his cheek and speak with a soft, calm voice. These simple actions will build your newborn's sense of security, trust and comfort.

6. Know when to ask for help
If baby isn't gaining weight, or you're having trouble breast-feeding, ask a lactation consultant or your pediatrician for help. There is no shame in asking for help when baby's nutrition and growth are at stake.  Plenty of experts will be more than happy to help.