What's the baby up to?
Language doesn't only refer to the spoken word, and this is why infant language development really begins the moment your baby is born.
Language incorporates verbal skills as well as gestures and facial expressions.
Your newborn will soon be able to identify a variety of sounds and voices. Including your voice, your partner’s voice and other family members’ voices.
By now you may be able to pick up on what her different cries might mean and whether she is hungry, tired or just annoyed with you. Or maybe you'll never be able to decipher her cries, but that's okay too, as long as you care for all her needs and add in heaps of cuddles.
Talk to your baby
Talk to your baby as much as possible when he/she is awake.
Look into her eyes and talk to her about what you are doing, what she is doing, and what is going on in the world around her.
Use common, every day words over and over, and point to objects as you name them.
Read your baby bedtime stories – your baby loves to hear your voice. Your voice is both soothing and stimulating.
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Breasts of steel
Even after your milk "came in" around day 3, your breasts can become engorged any time in the weeks to come if you are breastfeeding. It is the result of an oversupply of breast milk as your body attempts to adjust to the demands of your new baby. The alveoli become swollen which in turn restricts the blood supply causing further swelling and discomfort. Your breasts can become hard and large which makes it difficult for your baby to latch on.
Your breasts might be engorged if:
Breast skin looks shiny
There may be a red patch
They swell up and become hard
They feel heavy
They are sore or tender.
Get relief for engorgement
Express enough breast milk prior to a feed to soften the areola and enable your baby to latch properly.
Once your baby is latched onto the first breast allow your other breast to flow with the 'let down' reflex.
You may have a breast pump or bottle ready to catch the flow.
Always make sure that the first breast is well drained before you attach your baby to the other breast.
If your breasts are extremely engorged, heat could make things worse.
Try using a liquid ice-pack or cool water as you express milk.
A cool cabbage leaf in the bra is one of those old wives’ tales that actually works.
Breastfeed your baby as often as possible. Try not to limit the time.
Anti-inflammatory medication might help to reduce the swelling and pain but always consult your doctor before taking any medication as medication can affect your baby.
Engorgement should be treated immediately, as if left untreated it can develop into a blocked duct or breast infection (mastitis).
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Soothe a grumpy baby
You’ve fed, changed and rocked, but nothing’s working. Try these tips to calm your baby down.
You might have played your favourite CDs in the car when you were pregnant or played specific music to your baby when you were pregnant. Play these CDs to your crying baby. He will recognise the sounds and respond to it in a positive way. He also loves to hear your voice, so if a CD player is not at hand, sing to your baby softly while carrying him in your arms and rocking him.
Massage with gentle and repetitive strokes can calm your crying baby. Gently stroke calendula oil into the baby’s arms, legs, feet and back.
Try a loved or new activity
Try an activity that you have not done before or something you know your baby loves to do to distract him.
If your baby loves to take a bath – put him in a bath to splash for a while.
Go outside, talk to your baby and look at interesting things in the garden – show him something that rattles, makes a noise or has a nice texture.
Do something you have not done before like lying on a blanket in the shade outside.
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