The Successful Parent

Tips to Help You Invest In Your Kids After having children, your work has only just begun. It is your responsibility to raise them and provide for them. Parenting is partially formed based on experience, partially on advice, and partially on instinct. Follow the guidance provided in this article and you will be on your way to raising a happy family. Hold your breast with your fingers underneath and holding your thumb on the top when breastfeeding. Use the hand you use the most to support the head and the other hand for holding your breast. Place the nipple near his nose and he will open wide to take it in. This will provide the best latch for success. It's a good idea to keep regular mealtime and bedtime routines for your children when traveling. Young children, infants in particular, find traveling to be quite stressful and upsetting. Having their normal rituals in place makes the new space seem less scary and more relaxing, which will help everyone get to sleep. Learn the signs of a baby on a nursing strike. Many parents experience a nursing strike and take that to mean that the baby is ready to wean. Actually babies go through periods where they are just less interested in breastfeeding in general. Babies do this generally when they are going through large developmental leaps. Just keep offering and they will come back to normal feeding rhythms. If needed, have someone besides mom introduce the baby to a bottle. A baby who is being breastfeed will be less likely to take a bottle from the mother as they want what they are used to. If a dad or other caregiver gets the baby used to a bottle, the process will go much smoother. Learn to breastfeed your baby in public so that you will be able to breastfeed for your child's first year of life. Mothers who have not learned how to discretely nurse in public tend to start offering bottles and that is usually the beginning of the end of a breastfeeding relationship. If your child has a hard time settling down for bed, try white noise. You can use a dedicated white noise machine, a radio tuned to static, or even apps from your mp3 player or cell phone to create soothing background noise. Playing a relaxing song or CD on loop can also put your child to sleep. Once your little one begins crawling baby-proofing your home is essential. Covering electrical outlets, and tying up loose cords is important. Secure anything loose that the baby could pull down, and put all chemicals out and up of baby's reach. Children will find things to get into that even the most diligent parent can't foresee. Baby-proofing will help keep you one step ahead of your little one. Use your smart phone as a baby monitor. If you are visiting someone's home or you are on vacation and do not have your monitor, you can download an application that will let your phone function as a monitor. Your phone will call a number that you put into the application if the baby makes a noise. When you are parenting along with someone else you have to respect the fact that they may handle certain situations differently than you will. Never second guess them in front of the child because that will cause result and confusion in your child being in the middle of conflict. Know who you kids are hanging out with. Children are influenced so easily that you have to make sure to take the time to get to know the people that they consider to be their friends. If you do not think that they are in good company, be sure to find a way to get them away from that person. Try white noise if your child has a hard time settling down for bed. You can use a dedicated white noise machine, a radio tuned to static, or even apps from your mp3 player or cell phone to create soothing background noise. Playing a relaxing song or CD on loop can also put your child to sleep. When you're trying to get an older toddler or child excited about their car seat, let them help you choose it. You can let your child pick the color, or the pattern, or sometimes even the style of seat. Doing this will help ensure that they want to sit in their "special seat" and can mean less traveling battles. Begin teaching your child essential academic skills early in life. Play educational games and spend as much time reading to them as possible. This will help them be successful in school and will also allow the two of you to spend quality time together, increasing your child's confidence and self-esteem. Make it a point to know who your child's friends are and if at all possible, their parents as well. If your child is really good friends with another child, you will have already met the parents. It is important for you to know who all your child's friends are as much as possible, however. It is important to make lasting memories with your children. You want your children to be able to look back at their childhood and have fond memories. Making gingerbread men, playing baseball in the backyard or doing art and craft projects together is a great way to build lasting memories. When you're trying to get an older toddler or child excited about their car seat, let them help you choose it. You can let your child pick the color, or the pattern, or sometimes even the style of seat. Doing this will help ensure that they want to sit in their "special seat" and can mean less traveling battles. Toddlers love to dip their food into different tasty treats. Cut up fruits and veggies and offer them healthy dips. These can be yogurt, tofu dip, cream cheese, or perhaps cottage cheese. This will add more nutrition to your toddlers diet and they will be none the wiser because they are having fun! As was expressed at the start of the article, pregnancy is a time of many unexpected things. Reading about pregnancy and babies can be a great way to gain the knowledge that you will need. 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