04 September, 2019

Tips For New Dads: How To Get Through Early Days of Parenthood

Modern day dads are much more hands on and involved than, say, a couple of decade ago. From birthing classes to Lamaze classes, they actively take part in bringing their kids into this world. They help their partner through her motherhood journey, and some even stay in hospital rooms to encourage them during labor.

However, a father’s duty into parenting truly begins when their child arrives into this world. If you are a new dad, you can do a lot of things to make the bond with your new baby stronger. Becoming a new father can be a daunting task, but there are some things to keep in mind that will help you, your new baby and your partner, ease into parenthood.

Tips for New Dads

Here are some tips that will help new dads to get through the early days of parenthood.

1. Time and Patience

The most important thing that any new father can do is simply spend time with his newborn. Researchers in the early years of father-infant bonding could not find fathers spending enough time with their infants, to study the effects of the same, and its impact could not be measured in scientific terms. However, it need not be emphasised just how important the time spent with your infant can be. Along with time, you will need to have some patience for your little one to get to know each other. Be gentle with yourselves and allow for some learning, experimentation and mutual tolerance to learn and know about each other.

2. Keep Eye Contact

One of the things that all new parents should remember is that babies can only see clearly about a foot in front of them. This is why they are known to be drawn to the human face and look at us intently when we hold them close. Babies have a preference for the human face in general, and eye contact in particular. So remember to smile. Stay close, and look them in the eye in their early days.

3. Infants love motion

Your little one loves to be held, swayed and jiggled. There is a reason why infants love motion. Movement helps them develop everything from their brains to their sense of balance. When you hold your baby, you give them a feeling of security by not holding them too tight or too loose. Don’t be afraid to hold, sway and cuddle. Learn what your baby likes and cultivate that motion. Be the one with that magic touch when your baby needs it the most.

4. Change their diaper

If you want to help your significant other when the baby arrives, help her change the diaper. Learn the art of diapering and treat it as a shared duty with mom. This will not only let your partner relax, but is also a great boost for your relationship. By helping her manage this duty, you not only build a bond with your baby, but also leave a lasting impression on your partner.

5. Get up for late night feeds

Newborn babies wake up several times during the night for their feed. So if your little one is waking up crying at two in the morning, your breastfeeding partner will have to get up with the baby. Just sit there and give her company, share stories about your day or just discuss about your baby. You could also take over the burping duties for your little one and feel good in the process. These late-night feedings could really be a great time for closeness between you and your significant other.

6. Be responsive

Your little one is just learning how to be in the world. Look for signs such as a reach, a look, a cry, or anything that they do to make a connection with you. Let them know you appreciate their effort by responding to them. Studies have shown that parents who are responsive to their infant’s cries and needs, help them develop better communication and language skills.

7. Do some research and trust yourself

Raising a child does not come with a book or manual. There is no right or wrong way to parent and raise kids right. While there are plenty of books to advice you on what to do and what not to do, you need to decide for yourself what works for you. Talk to other parents, read books, parenting magazines, doctors, and online articles to get as much information as possible, then decide which of them makes the most sense to you. Don’t go with the things that don’t feel right in your gut. If it feels wrong to you, it’s probably wrong for your baby.
The time you have with your little one is sure to fly by quickly. So make sure you take the time to enjoy it. Take time out of work to be with them. Take them out for a walk or just relieve your partner from her mommy duties for a bit. You’re sure to cherish every moment spent with your infant. For any doubts, be sure you accompany your partner for her doctor and pediatrician visits when the baby arrives, and be a more hands on dad. At KIMS Cuddles, our team of doctors will help you learn the ropes of parenting your little one.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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02 February, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Taking Care of Toddlers in the Winter

With the cold weather already here, you may be thinking about whether it’s safe for your toddler to play outside or not. However, no matter if the temperatures outside are decreasing, toddlers during the winter require physical activities because they are great stress relievers for them when they are cooped up inside their house for so many hours. Thus, it is safe for a toddler to play outside during the cold weather. The American Council of Exercise even recommends that the children should receive approximately 60 minutes of physical activity each day. So you may allow your toddler for outdoor play in different intervals by providing them breaks after 10 to 20 minutes.  Here are several other tips that will facilitate outdoor play for your toddlers while keeping them safe. Dressing Them Properly During Cold Weather Toddlers during the winter should be sent outside to play only after dressing them in layers.  The layered dressing will help to keep the body warm of your toddler with scarves, boots, hats, earmuffs, socks or mittens. Additionally, the layers will not only protect your child while they’re playing outside but will also help to retain their body heat through the air pockets present in the different clothes. Though your child may become sweaty through outdoor play, you can always take off one layer. It is even recommended to dress your child in an extra layer as compared to an average adult.
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29 January, 2022

Common Diseases and Issues: Caring For a Baby And How To Prevent Them.

Caring for a baby is very crucial because during the initial first year the baby’s immune system is quite weak. Due to this, there are amplified chances for him or her to develop several common diseases in babies or sickness in infant. But with the right care, you can treat common diseases in babies easily. However, new parents and caregivers may have several questions related to their infants’ healthcare. So this guide will help you to know how to care for your baby and prevent the common diseases in babies and sickness in infant. Now let’s have a look at the common diseases in babies worth one year or less and how to care for them, or how to prevent them earlier only.  Bowel movements Keeping track of the bowel movement of your infant is crucial because this can help you to know if your infant is likely to develop any disease. So the different factors you need to consider regarding the bowel movement of your baby are as follows. Consistency. Initially, the consistency of your kid’s stool will range from loose, runny or soft. However, infant or formula-fed may have stools with a tan yellow shade and firmer as compared to the infants who are breastfed. All you need to consider while checking the consistency of your infants’ stool is that it should not be hard or very
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24 January, 2022

Baby’s First Year – Feeding Schedule and Nutrition Tips

You’ve happily clicked a snap of your little munchkin eating messily! That’s great, but now are you worried about how to provide the best nutrition to your baby in the first year? Fret not, here’s a guide on the feeding schedule for baby in the first year. Keeping in mind the fact that different infants require a different amount of nutrition, the nutrition you provide to your infant depends on his or her age, appetite, and body weight. So let’s have a glance at the healthy food for baby according to their age in the first year of birth. Newborns. As you must know, infants should receive the nutrition and calories only through breast milk or formula.  So let’s know the feeding schedule for baby with both these items. Breast milk According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, an infant should drink one to two ounces of breast milk per feeding. However, once your baby is at least two weeks old, the amount of this quantity will amplify to two to three ounces.  Generally, you need to feed breast milk to your newborn every two to three hours ass it proves to be a healthy food for baby. Formula. If you’re opting to include a formula in the feeding
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