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Mixing your baby's bottle may be unfamiliar to you, but it's easy to master with just three steps.

Prepare everything: Begin by washing your hands. Then gather a clean bottle, nipple, ring, cap and the formula container. Check the use by date. If you container is dented, bulging or leaking call the number on the back and do not use. Next add water. Check the label to find out how much water you need. Ask your doctor about the appropriate water to use when preparing formula. Use room temperature water. If you prefer to mix the powder with warm water be sure to feed the baby or refrigerate the product right away. Finally add the formula. Check how many scoops you need for the amount of water in the bottle. After filling the scoop that cam with the container, level it off with a clean knife. Pour the formula into the bottle, attach the ring, nipple, cap and shake well to mix. Before feeding shake a few drops on to the inside of your wrist. It should feel neutral, neither warm nor cold. You will be surprised how fast these easy three steps will become second nature.

Understand why babies cry.

To hear your baby crying is one of the hardest sounds to hear. However, it is the main way of communicating. To figure out what it is trying to tell you, check these things: Is it hunger? Babies need to eat as frequently as every two hours. Is it a wet or dirty diaper? Is it past nap-time? Even three months old sleep most of the day. Or is your baby just saying “Ive had enough”. They cry when over stimulated, and may need soothing not play. Your baby can sometimes have gas which can also lead to crying.

Speak with your doctor to make sure everything is alright physically with your baby. You can also ask about formula differences that could help when bottle feeding, or if you are breastfeeding about new nursing techniques, or your own diet. And do not forget to look for signs of pain or sickness. Call your doctor any time you feel something is just not right. Finally, realise that some young babies cry for no apparent reason. It can be normal and will pass. Meanwhile, try swaddling, rocking, rhythmic noise, or car rides. Cuddling and music can also soothe you both. If you are concerned about colic, talk with your doctor. Knowing what to check on when your baby starts crying will help make the situation less stressful for you, and your baby.

How to swaddle and calm your baby?

Looking for a simple way to calm your baby? Try swaddling. Swaddled babies might feel more secure, so they sleep longer, and often cry less. Being swaddled helps prevent babies from startling themselves awake. They also feel snug and warm, as if they were back in the womb. To swaddle, spread out a blank and fold down one corner. Place your baby's head above the fold. Wrap one side of the blanket over the body, arms inside. Tuck it underneath. Now fold up from the bottom. Make sure your baby's legs can bend, and that the blanked isn't wrapped too tight. Finally, wrap the other side of the blank across the body. Tuck it under. Your done. Always lay your bundled baby on it's back. Stop swaddling around two month, just before baby can roll over. Meanwhile enjoy the extra cal that swaddling can bring.

How to put your baby to sleep in a crib?

When it comes to your baby's sleep time, there are a few steps you should take to keep it save. The right bed is a crib or bassinet. Not a car seat or your bed. The right position is on the back. Every time. And the right sleep support is a fur mattress with a fitted sheet. You can swaddle your baby for the first two months, but no loose blankets, pillows, cute bumpers, stuffed toys or bottles. No special wedges or positioners either. A pacifier is okay as long as it has no cords or clips. If you are worried about the cold, you can dress your baby in a specially designed sleep bag. Once your baby can roll over, it is okay to let her sleep like that. Just start it on the back every time for the whole first year. Following these steps is the best to bring a peace of mind night for you, and a save night sleep for your baby.

Introducing your baby to solid food.

Are you excited and maybe a little nervous about introducing solid foods to your baby? Most babies start solids by six months. To see if your baby is ready, ask yourself these questions: Does it hold it's head up well? Sit up with support? Seem interested in food? Like to mouth his toys?

When he is ready Aneia cereal is a good first food. Start very small with just half a spoon full. Mix one table spoon of cereal with four to five table spoons of breast milk or formula. It will taste familiar without being too thick. Expect the your baby is learning. Offer formal or breastmilk in between meals to keep you baby satisfied. You can even start a solid feeding session with a little drink to calm your baby and it's hunger. Wait at least three days between new foods so your baby gets to used to each one. And to make sure there is no allergic reaction. Choose a single pureed vegetable, fruit or meat. Eggs, fish, soy and wheat are all safe too as long as your little one is not allergic to these foods. Soon feeding time will be fun time everyday.

 



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Formula Milk should be used as part of a mixed diet not as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. Use on the advice of your healthcare professional.

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