Mum Lists: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming A Parent

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Julie Johnson

Having a child is a joy and a completely fulfilling endeavor, but that’s not to say that there aren’t moments, or even entire days, when you wonder if you made the right choice. People will tell you that you shouldn’t have kids until you’re sure you’re ready, but the truth is ~ you’ll never be completely ready. However, knowing what to expect can help, so here are some top things you should know before you decide to become a parent.

The First Few Months are Pure Torture

You are going to love your little one with a fierceness you never expected, but the truth is that life with a newborn is not easy. In fact, it might be the hardest thing you’ll ever do. In addition to keeping this tiny human alive, you’ll also have to learn what each of his cries mean, how to swaddle, how to change a diaper, how to leave the house without forgetting anything important and how to balance your marriage and work life with being a new parent.

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Parenting 101: 5 Tips To Help Your Baby To Start Walking

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One of the best feelings a parent will experience during their baby’s early stages is when they learn how to walk on their own. Seeing them accomplish this feat brings a sense of pride and accomplishment exclusive only to parents. There is nothing better than seeing your own succeeding and growing into a fine and healthy kid.

If you are a new and excited parent that wants to see your kid walk his/her first steps, then you definitely need a lot of patience and effort before you can see that crowning moment. But, trust me, it will all be worth it. Once you see your kid walk his first steps, I bet that you will unconsciously cry your heart out with joy. And that you would want to share and let everybody know about your baby’s first steps.

Luckily, our friends at baby lovers from https://www.mykidneedsthat.com have shared 5 tips that will help you in training your baby to walk.

1. Develop their leg muscles

At about 4-7 months, you will notice that your baby will start bouncing. Once you notice this, try to assist your baby and help him/her bounce as much as possible. Bouncing will help develop his/her leg muscles which are very important in walking.

The next thing you will notice is your baby sitting and crawling. This will help develop your baby’s back and neck muscles that are essential in maintaining balance. During this process, try to guide your baby at first until gradually letting him do it independently.

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Metascreen: A Guard Against ‘Sudden Death’

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Nearly one baby every hour each day dies abruptly. An estimated 7,000 babies die each year without warning, according to sids-network.org. Parents are left clueless after the death as the possible causes remain unknown even after undergoing autopsy. All because of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the unexplained death of babies usually occurring during sleep and striking under unexpected circumstances.

Even a healthy one-year old baby may be a victim of the condition which is often simply attributed to physical and environmental factors.

Studies have shown that babies with physical conditions including brain abnormalities, low birth weight and respiratory infection have higher risk of dying an unexplained death.

Still some studies indicated that an infant’s sleeping position may also be a cause. Babies sleeping on their stomach side are more prone as they may suffer more difficulty in breathing. According to the Mayo Clinic site, those sleeping on soft surfaces and with their parents are also at risk.

To address the problem, various newborn screening tests are being employed as a means of identifying inborn disorders. For instance, dried blood spot screening, usually available in hospitals, can effectively screen the newborn of many metabolic disorders.

This type of screening, however, can only detect less than 50 metabolic disorders as indicated by metascree.com. Given that there are far more metabolic disorders that place an infant in danger of SIDS, a new process called Metascreen, an expanded, advanced and non-invasive metabolic screening service, was developed.

Metascreen can detect up to more than 100 inborn errors of metabolism (IEM) through a painless method that uses the child’s urine sample collected after 48 hours of birth.

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