Before we say hello to 2018, let us first look back at these cuties born in the year of 2017.
Baby girl of Rufa Mae Quinto and Trev Magallanes; Born in February
Baby boy of Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica; Born in August
Baby girl of Camille Prats and John Yambao; born in September
Baby girl of Michell Madrigal and fiance Troy Woofolk; born in October
Baby boy of Regine Angeles and Van Victor Leaño; born in October
Baby boy of LJ Moreno and Jimmy Alapag; born in October
Baby girl of Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna; born in November
Baby boy of Nikki Gil and BJ Albert; born in November
Baby girl of Bangs Garcia and Lloydie Birchmore; born in December
Baby boy of Kaye Abad and Paul Jake Castillo; born in December
The sights and sounds of the holidays can be more stressful than fun for a baby. But in moderation, the music, decorations, and activities can be fun for them — and good for their development. Because there is so much to look at and listen to, their brains are constantly making connections.
To make the most of the holidays with your little ones, keep these tips in mind.
1. Keep activities baby-friendly. In the enthusiasm for holiday fun, people sometimes expect kids to enjoy things that they’re really too young for. Don’t be disappointed if your baby sleeps in his car seat during your trip to see the Christmas lights or is cranky about being outside in the cold while you’re shopping for a Christmas tree.
2. Lower your expectations for yourself. People tend to push themselves during the holidays. Even if you’ve been Martha Stewart-like in your approach to holidays past, you’ll need to readjust your thinking with a baby in the house. Will the world really fall apart if you don’t bake your traditional batch of candy-cane cookies?
3. Prepare your child for Santa. If you plan to tell your child that Santa’s coming, she needs to know what to expect. Santa — a big stranger with a scary beard — can be terrifying to a young child. Prepare your toddler by reading books or talking about Santa. Don’t force her to sit on his lap.
4. Keep the schedule stable. Just because you can handle a few late nights and odd dinner times doesn’t mean your baby or child can. Try to keep your child’s usual schedule as much as possible. Babies establish trust in the world through regular routines, and interruptions can cause stress.
5. Watch for impending meltdowns. Look for signs that your baby or toddler is approaching sensory overload. Hiccups, sneezing, fussiness, avoiding eye contact, and falling asleep in the midst of chaos are all signs of a baby who’s had enough and needs to shut down. Toddlers tend to get clingy, whiny, and excessively sleepy in similar situations. If going home isn’t an option, try moving the baby to a quiet place with dim lights.
6. Forgo the frills. Although it’s hard to resist miniature bow ties and frilly tights, try to dress your baby as simply — and comfortably — as possible. Clothes that are lacy and itchy can make a baby fussy. Keep in mind that a baby’s temperature is about what yours is, so don’t over- or underdress her.
7. Have fun. Spend time with your baby savoring the absolute joy of the holidays. Now is the time to begin those traditions that will become future cherished memories. These memories will be better than any presents.
This article was originally published by Parents
1. Baby may be, well, a little funny-looking.
His head may be smooshed from his journey through the birth canal, and he might be sporting a “bodysuit” of fine hair called lanugo. He could also be puffy-faced and have eyes that are often shut (and a little gooey). After all, he just spent nine months in the womb. But pretty soon, he’ll resemble that beautiful baby you imagined.
2. Don’t expect rewards — smiles or coos — until about the 6-week mark
Up until then, you’re working for a boss who only complains! To get through the exhaustion and emotional upheaval, keep this in mind: your efforts aren’t lost on baby in those early days.
3. Give baby sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off.
If it’s kept dry, it falls off faster — usually within two weeks. Besides, newborns don’t get very dirty! If the cord does get wet, pat it dry. And if the stump bleeds a little when the cord falls off, that’s okay, too.
4. The soft spot can handle some handling.
Some moms admit that they’re terrified of the babies’ soft spot which refers to the opening in the skull, also called the fontanel, which allows baby to maneuver out of the birth canal. But experts say that it’s okay to touch their soft spot and the hair near it. The spot may pulsate because it’s directly over blood vessels covering the brain.
5. She’ll let you know if she’s getting enough food.
Baby needs to eat every two to three hours — but if you’re nursing, it’s tough to know how much milk she’s getting. Babies’ weight is the best indicator in the early days. Studies say that a newborn loses 5 to 8 percent of her birth weight within the first week but should gain it back by the second. Diaper-counting can also act as a gauge: her schedule those first five days is haphazard, but after that, you’ll see five to six wet diapers a day, and at least one or two stools.
6. Dry skin is the norm for newborns.
Initially, he may be soft and silky, but that changes. You don’t have to do anything about dry skin (it typically peels and flakes off), but if you’re so inclined, reach for a hypoallergenic baby lotion that is fragrance-free. Little pink bumps, diaper rashes, and even baby acne may also make an appearance.
7. You don’t have to hole up at home.
Lead a normal life, but use common sense when you go out in public. Keep baby out of the sun, and avoid sick people (no toddler birthday parties!) and crowded enclosed spaces (such as the mall during the holidays). According to experts, you can teach older siblings to touch baby’s feet instead of their hands and face, which will help prevent the spread of infection. And make your older child the hygiene police.
8. Babies cry a lot — that’s how they communicate!
Their piercing wails will let you know they’re hungry, cold, have a dirty diaper, or want to be held. These early “conversations” can be frustrating, but rest assured, you’ll get a better handle on what she needs in time.
9. Newborn babies also sleep a lot — but not for long stretches.
Those first three months are a free-for-all. Baby needs to eat every two to three hours, so you’re not getting much sleep either. Doctors say that most infants can sleep for six to eight hours by 3 months of age. In the meantime, try to get baby on a day and night schedule: during the day, don’t let him snooze more than three hours without waking him to feed; at night let him sleep as long as he wants once he’s regained the weight he lost at birth.
10. The newborn stage is fleeting.
Stressed, tired, and lonely? Yes, those early days are hard. But they’ll soon be behind you. And one day you moms will wish that if only you could turn back time.
This article was originally posted by Parents
Be better parents by strengthening communication, collaboration, and cooperation with each other! Here are 10 tips that can make this easier!
No matter how in sync you and your spouse are, there will be times when you’ll encounter bumps in the road on your journey to raising a family.
You might clash when it comes to the way you prefer to discipline your kids or when making important decisions, like where to send them to school. It’s important to communicate and be considerate of each other’s point of view. It would also help to consciously and continuously strive for harmony, rapport, and teamwork with your spouse. Here’s how to make working well together as parents easier!
1. Be each other’s back-up
Come up with a “good cop, bad cop routine.” Decide whose turn it is to discipline your child, while the other can be there to offer comfort. Be sure not to allow your spouse to be overly harsh on your child and call them out when necessary.
2. Discuss issues privately
Seeing parents resolve conflict may be necessary to provide a good example to kids, but be careful not to lash out in front of them often. Sort through and discuss issues when out of earshot, prioritizing your kid’s welfare and not simply focused on winning the argument.
3. Talk when you are calm
Heightened emotions can cause you to say things you might regret. Talk things out when you’re both calm and able to think and respond objectively. Remember that you’re not always right and there are a lot sides to an issue worth exploring.
4. Hear them out when needed
Give your spouse a few minutes to explain their point or beliefs, without interrupting them.
When searching for a solution to a problem, you’ll have a better shot at being heard when you don’t lose your cool and genuinely listen to what your partner has to say.
5. Don’t let kids take advantage of discord
Seeing that you’re in constant conflict might cause kids to try and manipulate the situation. Show them a united front, despite the challenges, agree to disagree and reassure them you want what’s best for them, even you sometimes differ in your methods and beliefs as to how to accomplish this.
6. Acknowledge your spouse’s background
Taking your spouse’s family history into account can help inform how you relate to him. Did he grow up in a disciplined household or perhaps he was raised by free-spirited parents? Knowing this will help you better understand where he is coming from and communicate more effectively.
7. Ask for time to regain your bearings
Not everything needs to be talked through immediately. Don’t be scared to ask for a “time out” when you need to. Self-care should be made a priority, just as being sensitive to your spouse’s emotional needs should be given importance.
8. Empathize with your child but support your spouse
Show your child that you empathize with them when they’re upset or being disciplined, but be sure not to undermine your spouse’s authority.
It’s important to accept that you won’t agree 100% of the time, but what matters is that you never stop striving to work, compromise, and help each other to raise happy, kind, and healthy kids.
This article is originally posted by TheAsianparent Philippines
Want to raise well mannered kids? Here are etiquette practices to encourage as they grow!
Raising well-mannered kids means encouraging them each day. It’s a constant process that requires discipline and loads of patience.
We previously explored things to avoid if you want to raise well mannered kids, but now let’s take a closer look at specific manners your kids must learn from age 2 until they reach the age of 9!
1. Saying “please” and “thank you”
As soon as they master the art of conversation, they must also learn the value of being polite. Saying ‘please’ when making a request and saying ‘thank you’ is an important good habit to encourage as early as possible.
2. Not interrupting a conversation
Once kids learn to communicate, parents must guide them to wait until they can speak up, unless it’s very important.
3. Saying “excuse me”
To enter a conversation, they should learn to politely say ‘excuse me.’ This rule of etiquette also applies if they want to request to pass or if after they burp or cough.
4. Not commenting on someone’s physical appearance
Though the bluntness of kids can be endearing, it can often offend others. They must learn that it’s not okay to call someone fat, for instance, even if it’s behind their back.
5. Knocking before entering
Even if a door’s not locked, kids must learn to knock before opening a closed door. Teach them to wait for someone to respond before entering.
6. Avoiding foul language
Kids are like sponges. They imbibe expressions from whatever TV show they’re watching or from grown-ups. Sometimes, they don’t even know an expression is foul. So, do your best to correct them and discourage cursing and foul language before it becomes a habit.
7. Not making fun of others
Teasing or making fun of others is simply bad manners. Parents should also discourage name-calling, no matter how rampant it is on the playground.
8. Covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing
Out of consideration for others, kids must form the habit of covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing.
9. Not picking their nose in public
The same goes for nose picking. Teach them to wait until they’re home, or excuse themselves to go to the bathroom.
10. When someone is in need, offer to help
For instance, their aunt is working hard in the kitchen during a family gather, remind them to offer to help. It’s the polite thing to do.
11. Not pouting when something is boring
Kids have to sit through class or church services, and they’re not always fun. But teach them it’s polite to sit properly and be patient. This may be tough for younger kids, but constant reinforcement will surely help in making this a habit as they grow older.
12. Ask nicely if you need something
When dining, for instance, teach them not to reach across the table. Instead, encourage them to ask nicely if they need something handed to them and saying ‘thank you’ afterwards!
What other good manners would you add to the list?
sources: Parents.com, FamilyEducation.com, EverydayFamily.com, https://ph.theasianparent.com