Need to return an item for an exchange? We got you covered!

Need to return an item for an exchange? We got you covered!

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#3 Lastly, click “ship with our prepaid return label” then submit!

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Breast Cancer Awareness by Dana Haddad MD PhD

Breast Cancer Awareness by Dana Haddad MD PhD

Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women, with one in 8 women developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Of these women, 75% do not have a family history or known risk factors. Breast cancer is also the number one cause of cancer-related death in women. However, if detected early, breast cancer is treatable. This is why breast screening is so important in the fight against this all too common disease.

Early detection of breast cancer requires breast self-awareness, including self-examination, and screening with mammography and possibly an ultrasound. It also requires knowing your personal lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and assessing your family history, which guidelines to a breast MRI and/or genetic testing is recommended. Last, knowing the density of your breasts, which is the ratio of breast tissue compared to fat in your breasts, means you may need an ultrasound in addition to your mammogram.

According to the American College of Radiology, breast screening is recommended annually starting at age 40, or 10 years prior to a first degree relative diagnosed with the condition, whichever is earlier.

If you are at high risk of developing cancer, screening is recommended earlier, usually starting at 35 in the UAE. If you are a BRCA gene mutation carrier, which is a known risk factor for developing breast and/or ovarian cancer,  or your status is unknown and you have a 1st degree relative with BRCA gene mutation, then screening with MRI is recommended starting at age 25, and mammography starting at age 30. Screening imaging modalities include mammogram, which is the basis of screening, and possible supplementary ultrasound and/or MRI.

Risk assessment is usually based on a series of questions including previous biopsies, age at first birth, and family history. Family history is important, as certain forms of breast cancer can be hereditary. The most commonly used risk assessment tools are the GAIL model and IBIS models, with the IBIS model also incorporating your breast density. The model provides a percentage lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, with < 15% being considered an average risk, 15 – 20% intermediate risk, and > 20% high risk. Based on your risk assessment, your radiologist and doctor can recommend the best screening program that is right for you. 

In addition to imaging, it is important to know your breasts and perform self-examinations.

The best place to examine yourself is in the shower after your period has ended if premenopausal, or once a month. You can use the flats of three fingers to examine each quadrant of the breast with respect to the nipple. Don’t forget to check all the way to your breast bone, and all the way to the side, as many of us, have breast tissue in these locations also. Also, check up on the underarms for any enlarged lymph glands. Things to look for are lumps or masses, skin changes especially redness and swelling of the breasts and skin dimpling, nipple changes, and underarm swelling.

A diagnosis of breast cancer usually begins with your breast radiologist, who will perform a minimally invasive image-guided biopsy. There are many treatment options for breast cancer. The mainstay of treatment is surgery, and possibly chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and radiation therapy. Surgical options include a lumpectomy if the cancer is localized to a small area, or mastectomy, which is the removal of the whole breast. You will be treated usually by a team of breast specialists including the radiologist, surgeon, oncologist, and radiation oncologist.

Although we do not know the exact cause of breast cancer, many risk factors are known. It is important not to blame yourself if you are diagnosed with breast cancer. However, there are lifestyle factors that may help lessen your risk, including maintaining a healthy weight, adding exercise into your routine, limiting alcohol intake, limiting menopausal hormone use, and breastfeeding if you can.

Talk to your doctor about your breast cancer risk, and incorporate breast self-awareness, screening, and a healthy lifestyle into your routine, so we can achieve a world without breast cancer.

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7 Ways to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

7 Ways to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Motherhood is a wonderful and glorious thing, but it would be dishonest to say that there aren’t any drawbacks. One of the most unavailable ones is going to be stretch marks. It doesn’t matter how good your skin is, at some point during your pregnancy, marks are going to start being fairly visible. That said, this doesn’t have to be an unsolvable problem. In this article, we at Yalla Baby will give you seven great tips on how you can hide, reduce, and even entirely get rid of your stretch marks!

Cover it Up

That’s right, for our first tip we’ll give you the one that is most simple. There are so many different ways to consider, far too many to list out in this one article, but one personal recommendation is getting a cosmetic corrector stick in various different shades of color, whichever matches your skin tone. These can be paired up with the color of your stretch marks to hide your marks very well.

Another popular way that’s come up is to use shea butter when the marks first start appearing and regularly apply it to them.

Stay Hydrated

Another really easy one! It really might sound like generic advice, but this really does help. Your body is mostly made of water. This is especially true of your skin cells, which require a lot of it to repair themselves as efficiently as possible. To better recover from the trauma of stretching, it is suggested that you drink eight or more cups of water every day to keep your skin as healthy as possible. Don’t force yourself to drink when you don’t want to, but try to have some whenever you can.

Prenatal Belly Messages

If you’re worried about stretch marks in advance of them actually appearing, there is something you can do to help minimize or in some cases even prevent them entirely. A prenatal belly massage with body oil or lotion, performed for a few minutes at least twice a day will help better allow your skin to adjust to stretching as your baby bump grows.

Laser Treatments

If you really want to absolutely ensure that they’re as invisible as possible, laser treatments are probably going to be your best option here. There are many different types of treatments and they will all be different based on your unique situation, so you will want to consult with a dermatologist about what works best for your needs. Just understand that they won’t make your marks completely gone, just very well blended in.

Before rushing to get this done, there is something important to consider. Most of the time, stretch marks will fade over time and naturally become less visible. These treatments can cost upwards of between $500 to several thousand dollars to perform. Furthermore, these treatments will be rendered completely pointless if you later decide to have another child. Make sure you fully understand what you’re doing before you commit to these treatments.

Exercise

Exercise is something that in today’s world is increasingly undervalued. It does more than just make you more lean and muscular depending on what you’re doing, it is also very important for things like recovering from stretch marks and even just feeling happier in general.

Any sort of exercise will do, it really doesn’t matter that much. Just choose something that you know that you will be able to both do consistently and have fun while performing it. If you must have some suggestions, consider things like swimming, jogging, walking, yoga, or pilates, but you truly can’t go wrong with something you know you personally enjoy.

Put Ice On Them

Ice? You got it. Stretch marks are basically teeny little scars that form and spread out as your skin stretches. It doesn’t help that these marks then swell, which makes them look even more visible. To help make them less visible and even help a bit with the healing process, put an ice pack or even just a bag of frozen vegetables over a section of your marks and keep them there for up to 10 minutes. Then move on to another section for 10, then repeat until you’ve covered everything.

Keep a Healthy Diet

You can follow all of these tips religiously, but if you’re not eating right, then you won’t be taking them at full advantage. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is very important for your body to start repairing the marks. It is also just as important to be cutting out junk food and snacks that you really don’t need. Drop the sugary drinks and replace them with healthier choices. It may seem like you’re cutting all the fun out of eating, but it’s well worth it if you want your body to be doing all it can to heal.

Bonus: Wear Them With Pride!

So what if you have stretch marks or not? These lines show just how much you went through to bring that beautiful child into the world. It’s become trendy as of late for mothers to not just embrace having them, but actively show them off in a way that compliments their outfits. Also keep in mind that, as mentioned previously, there’s a good chance that over the next few years that they will begin to fade on their own.

There’s nothing wrong with hiding them, but there’s also nothing to be ashamed of about them either!

Conclusion

Motherhood leaves battle scars, but they don’t need to be something that has to stick with you for the rest of your life. There are so many ways to remove them that this article is only scratching the surface. For some, the best tip is to just be proud of what you look like and embrace the stretch marks. For many, they will start healing regardless and eventually go away all on their own.

Keep up with Yalla Baby to learn more incredible motherhood tips and get the products you need to make this chapter of your life the easiest it can be!

How To Deal With Crying Babies

How To Deal With Crying Babies

Being a parent is a really special thing. We experience the good, the bad, and everything in between. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget the good and dwell on the bad when consistently dealing with screaming babies.

This article will cover some useful tips that our team at Yalla baby has come up with.

Babies Cry! It’s Okay

Since people cry when they are upset or in pain, those are our immediate and natural assumptions when trying to understand why our babies cry. But obviously, babies cry for a multitude of reasons, sometimes out of just plain boredom!

If you aren’t able to calm your crying baby down, try not to consider it a failure. Often there is little to nothing that can be done to stop the tears. Many parents have found it easier to cope after understanding that crying is a baby’s only way to communicate and show feelings. Don’t dwell on how much easier it would be if your baby was “different”. You aren’t alone!

Let Them “Cry It Out”

This tip goes against our natural instincts to immediately do whatever we can to get our babies to stop crying. We hold and bounce them gently, burp them, try to feed them, and more, often to no avail.

After confirming to the best of our ability that our baby isn’t in pain or discomfort and that they aren’t hungry or thirsty, sometimes it’s okay to just let them cry. It will be really hard at first to go against your instincts in this way, but this strategy has proven over time to decrease both the frequency and duration of crying episodes. Studies have confirmed that there aren’t developmental consequences to doing this.

Keep Your Cool And Self-Care

This is a big one. After your baby is secure in a safe place “crying it out”, take a moment of self-care. New parents tend to forget or ignore their own needs, which is natural but can be damaging in excess. Take a shower, listen to music, maybe call your friend or family member. If the other parent is in the picture, let them take over for a bit.

It’s understandable to get pretty creative when trying to calm our little ones down, but there are some no-no’s to be said. Never throw, hit, or shake your baby. Babies struggle to support the weight of their own heads due to their weak neck muscles and their brains can face serious danger if forcibly shaken. Babies who were shaken aggressively have been bruised, brain-damaged, gone blind, and even passed away. This is why it’s so important to keep your cool and think about your own self-care.

Accept And Ask For Help

As parents, some of us like to think that we can handle it all while others are just hesitant to ask for help. It’s not shameful to acknowledge that taking care of babies is often more difficult than handling a 9-5 day job.

Ask relatives to get involved. Think of the baby’s grandmother, grandfather, uncle, aunt, and others. If you have an older child who you can trust to feed and or watch over your baby, that can have very positive effects. It will teach your older child responsibility and maturity that will help them in school and respect you as a parent by understanding what you are going through daily. Parenthood wasn’t designed to be a one-person job.

Sleep And Naps

This one may feel impossible for a lot of us. But try and get as much sleep and naps as you can every day. When your baby is sleeping, that is the perfect time for you to go to sleep as well. It may feel like the optimal time to go shopping, start taking care of the house, and cleaning up messes, but those things are secondary when it comes to sleep. A well-rested parent is a better parent!

Websites like Yalla Baby offer custom kits designed to save parents time and money on baby essentials like diapers, toys, wipes, and more. You can rest as your necessities arrive straight to your door.

Hire a Babysitter

If your household has the budget, hiring a babysitter is a go-to option for many. Some parents who can afford it choose not to because they are hesitant to leave their child with someone that they aren’t familiar with. This is understandable. For others, feelings of being overwhelmed outweigh that notion. Hiring neighborhood teens is a cost-effective option. It doesn’t need to be an everyday thing.

Some parents will purchase nanny-cams which gives us the ability to monitor our baby and the person taking care of them. This boosts our confidence that we can let go (at least a little bit) and relax. And if things aren’t going the way they should be, we can find someone else who is more responsible.

Find a few minutes at least of alone time each day to stay sane. Try to get out of the house at least once a week for a few hours so your inner-self can be reminded that the outside world still exists and there is more to life than these challenging years. This also leads to our next tip.

Connect With Other Parents and Share Experiences

This tip is great because, when applied, it serves as a way to remember that you aren’t alone and can find people who understand. It’s the perfect thing to do when you get those few hours out of the house while your babysitter or family member is taking care of the baby.

Unless you live in a remote area, there will always be other parents in your community who wish to do the same thing. Apps like Nextdoor can help you connect with your neighboring community and find people that you’d be interested in meeting.

Closing Remarks

Babies cry and that’s okay. Some cry more, and some cry less. Take solitude in the fact that you aren’t alone and there are tips like these out there that can help make life a little easier during the early years of your baby’s development. Our custom baby-care kits at Yalla Baby are a great addition to these tips and we highly suggest having a look for yourself to see the potential time and money that you can save.

5 “Mom Hacks” You’d Never Expect

5 “Mom Hacks” You’d Never Expect

When it comes to being a mom, you often don’t have enough time to do the things you need, let alone keep your life in check. These hacks seek to change that. In this article, we will give you five hacks that we think will make a big difference in keeping you and your child sane and happy.

1: Get A Baby Formula Maker

There’s just about nothing worse in existence than a hungry baby waking you up in the middle of the night and needing to spend time fumbling around with the faucet, desperately trying to get the water heated not too hot and not too cold. Not to mention trying to scoop just the right amount of formula, mixing it, and getting everything just right all while holding a baby in one arm. It’s a waking nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. For mothers that have trouble producing enough milk for their children, this is what you need.

With a formula maker, all you have to do is add water to the reservoir and some formula to the compartment for it and that’s it. The device keeps the water at the perfect temperature at all times and will dispense freshly mixed formula at the press of a button. All you have to do is place your baby’s bottle into the tray compartment, select how many ounces you need, and it will get right to work. Within moments, your savior is here and you and your baby can get back to sleep.

2: Get a Yalla Baby Box

Moms have to do so much work to keep things together. It can be overwhelming at times to keep up with all of your baby’s needs. To help make things easier for them, consider getting the Yalla Baby Box. What is it? Very simply, it’s your saving grace.

Yalla Baby lets you pick and choose monthly deliveries of everything you need for your child, like diapers, wipes, shampoo, toys, even formula, and have it all delivered monthly straight to your door. Say goodbye to constant shopping trips and always forgetting the one thing you really needed the most anyway.

3: Make a Busy-Kit For Every Occasion

Let’s face it, no young child on Earth will sit still for more than a few moments. A few moments after that, they’re bored and need fresh mental stimulation. For this next hack, consider putting together a little kit you can use to entertain your kids that will keep them happy in situations where they would otherwise be bored out of their minds.

This kit can include all sorts of things, whatever you know your kid is consistently entertained by. Things like crayons, little coloring books (or even just some scraps of paper), small toys, a puzzle box, whatever! Make sure that all of this can be neatly packed into a bag or box that can be easily transported from place to place.

If all else fails and your kid simply refuses to play with any of the things you brought, try handing them your phone. Make sure that your kid isn’t the type to likely throw things. If they are, maybe don’t then. This is a good time to mention that you should have a good quality phone case, just in case they decide to see how far it can fly.

4: Rotate In and Out Toys

Again, children get bored real quick. One minute your kid will be perfectly happy to play with the little red car for hours at a time for days on end. Then, all of a sudden, they couldn’t care less about it. One way to combat this is to have a large surplus of toys that aren’t out in the open for them.

Keep multiple bins filled with different and unique toys. Have one of them out for a week, letting them play with whatever they like the most. At the end of that week, swap it out for another. You’ll know pretty quickly if they miss something. There’s no reason to deny them the ability to continue playing with something if they miss it, but ensure that you’re continuing to shake things up. You may find that they start getting interested again in a toy they previously got bored of.

5: Rule of Balance

This last tip is all about hacking your time. The rule of balance stipulates that you organize your life in such a way that it is healthy and easy to manage. For overworked moms, this hack is especially for you. Remember, even when you have a child, which does indeed require a large amount of your attention, you need to find time for yourself. Typically, this rule is laid out as 70% mom work, and 30% time for yourself.

Something that will really help is by involving your husband. Have him take on a bit more of the work that you know you can trust him to handle. Force yourself to step away for at least an hour or so and do something entirely different, possibly even out of the house. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that lets you take your mind off everything for that time. The key is that you’re able to clear your thoughts and recharge your metaphorical batteries.

No, this will not always be possible to achieve. Motherhood is considered a full-time job for a reason. However, it is something to strive for. With how mentally taxing some days can be, you will need these breaks. You will be happier for it, that’s for sure.

Conclusion

Motherhood is hard. There’s no magic button to make all the problems and pitfalls suddenly and miraculously disappear, though the Yalla Baby Box really does help a lot on that front. Some days will be really rough and that’s just the way life is. That said, it’s important to cherish these years. In a short time, they’ll be up and running, off to school, and then out the door. You don’t want to be resenting all that time you spent.

By following these tips, you will be able to make your children’s early years much more smooth and more fun. You can customize your own Yalla Baby package here.

Baby Teething – Things Every Parent Should Know

Baby Teething – Things Every Parent Should Know

One of the major developmental milestones in the first year of the baby is teething. It is a natural process in which small teeth, called the primary teeth, erupt from the gum. When a baby is born, it has 20 primary teeth inside the gum, which is not visible. Once the baby is six months, these teeth break out from the gum and become visible. This is called the milk teeth. 

 

Six months is the average age for teething. Some babies start teething early on, whereas, for others, the teething starts late. The teething age depends on the family pattern. 

 

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Teething?

 

Even before the teeth erupt and come out, you can make out that the baby has started teething from the various signs and symptoms. The baby starts showing these symptoms several days before the actual eruption of the teeth. 

 

 

  • Salivation

 

Excess salivation or drooling is one of the most common symptoms of teething. The saliva dribbles down, soaking the bib and even the dress. This excess salivation happens mainly to soothe the gum that becomes tender during this stage. 

 

You should wipe down the saliva around the mouth and keep the area clean. Sometimes rashes might appear around the mouth because of the presence of bacteria in the saliva. Keeping the area clean is the only way to prevent infections. 

 

 

  • Biting and gnawing

 

Babies experience a lot of irritation when the teeth erupt from the gum. To overcome the irritation, they bite and gnaw at whatever object they get. It can be your finger or a toy. 

 

To overcome the irritation and soothe their gums, you can give them something cold to bite. You can offer fruit or vegetable popsicle, cold teething rings or chewing beads to bite and soothe their gums. 

 

 

  • Teething fever

 

Teething fever is a slight increase in body temperature when new teeth grow. This is totally different from a normal fever which will usually be accompanied by body pain and a runny nose. Teething fever is caused when the teeth cut through the delicate tissues in the gum. 

 

But if by any chance, the temperature rises to a very high level, it could be a sign of infection. You should take the baby to the doctor without delay. 

 

 

  • Cranky and irritable

 

The eruption of teeth from the gum causes a lot of discomfort to the baby, which he cannot express. Because of this, the baby becomes very cranky. The only thing you can do is cuddle the baby and provide him with a lot of comforts. This helps to calm the baby down. 

 

 

  • Diarrhoea

 

There are various causes of diarrhoea at this stage. One reason could be the increased salivation during the teething stage can cause the stool to become loose. Another reason could be that since the baby puts everything in the mouth, an infection can occur, resulting in diarrhoea. 

 

How To Relieve Toothing Discomfort In The Baby?

 

 

  • Give teething ring

 

Teething rings are made of silicone and filled with fluid or gel. The baby can hold the ring in his hand and bite it to get relief from the discomfort. 

 

It is best to keep the ring in the refrigerator and make it cool before giving it to the baby. But do not keep it in the freezer as it becomes hard and difficult for the baby to bite. You should also remember to sterilise the teething ring every time after using it. 

 

 

  • Offer mesh feeder

 

The mesh feeder is a small mesh bag with a handle. You can fill the bag with soft fruit like banana and give it to the baby. But make sure that the fruit is cold so that the baby get relief from the discomfort. The mesh provides the right surface for the baby to bite and, at the same time, ensures that the baby does not choke on the fruit. 

 

 

  • Give a washcloth

 

If you do not have any of the above products, you can offer a clean washcloth to the baby for biting. Wet the cloth and keep it in the fridge to make it cold. You can then hand over the cold cloth to the baby for biting. While giving a washcloth for biting, remember to change the cloth every now and then to prevent the chances of infection. 

 

Besides cloth, you can also give a cold metal spoon for biting. But make sure that you are around while offering a spoon as the baby might hurt himself biting it. 

 

 

  • Massage

 

Massaging the gum is another effective way to provide relief from teething difficulties. Always massage the gum with a clean hand. Do the massage in a circular motion for better effect. 

 

Most babies get relief with any of the above methods. But if nothing is working out, you should take the baby to a doctor. The doctor will prescribe a pain reliever to ease the discomfort. But medication should be used only as a last resort when home care methods are not helpful. 

 

In Which Order Does The Teeth Erupt?

The primary teeth erupt in the following order.

 

6-12 months – Central incisors.

9-16 months – Lateral incisors.

16 – 23 months – Canine teeth.

13-19 months – First molar. 

22- 24 months – Second molar. 

 

The third molar, called the wisdom teeth, erupts only during your teen years. Thus, a baby will have a set of 20 primary teeth that starts shedding once they are 5 to 6 years old. 

 

Final Thought

Teething is a major developmental milestone that generally occurs between 6 and 8 months. The process continues until the baby is two years. 

 

Though, as parents, it might be thrilling for you to see the tiny pearls in the baby’s mouth, it may not be so pleasant for the baby. The baby will experience a lot of discomfort and pain when the small teeth erupt from the gum. Besides offering them teething products, you should also shower a lot of love and comfort on the baby so that they can tide over this phase without much difficulty. 

 

Don’t forget to get all your essentials in Yalla Baby.

6 Common Baby Illnesses Every Parent Should Know

6 Common Baby Illnesses Every Parent Should Know

Illness in babies is a nightmare for all parents. Whether it is a newborn or an infant, since babies cannot communicate properly, you will have difficulty figuring out the baby’s problem. While newborns express their discomfort by crying, a baby around 12 months points to a body part and cry. Whichever the case may be, as a parent, you should use your instinct to figure out the baby’s difficulties. 

 

Having a good understanding of the various illnesses that affect babies will help you make the correct diagnosis. 

 

Which Are The Most Common Baby Illnesses? 

 

 

  • Common cold

 

 

The common cold is a widely seen viral infection that affects babies of all age. It mainly spreads through close contact with an infected person. The main symptoms of the common cold are nasal discharge and congestion in the nose. Some babies may also have sneezing and coughing as symptoms that make them difficult to sleep. 

 

If your baby has a nasal discharge, you can suck it out using a rubber bulb syringe. In the case of thick nasal mucus, you can use saline nasal drops to loosen the thickness. If the baby develops fever and has difficulty sleeping, the doctor will prescribe ibuprofen or paracetamol to ease the symptoms. 

 

 

  • Flu

 

Just like the common cold, flu is also caused by a viral infection that spreads through contact. The main symptoms of flu include high temperature, body pain, sore throat and fatigue. Flu will make the baby more sick than a common cold. 

 

You can treat the flu at home by giving antiviral medicine like Tamiflu. The baby should also be given a lot of fluid to flush out the infection. But if the temperature crosses 38 degrees for a newborn or 39 degrees for an infant, you should take them to a doctor without fail. 

 

 

  • Ear infection

 

Ear infection in infants can either be a bacterial or viral infection. This is caused by an infection in the throat or upper respiratory system that slowly spreads to the ear. A baby with an ear infection experience severe pain in the ear followed by fever. You may even notice fluid oozing out from the ear. 

 

Older babies around 12 months express their discomfort by tugging and pulling at the ear and crying. The baby will also have trouble sleeping and will have less appetite. 

 

If you suspect an ear infection in your baby, you should take him to the doctor without delay. The doctor will examine the baby and prescribe an antibiotic and pain reliever like paracetamol. 

 

 

  • Stomach pain

 

Stomach pain is caused as a result of an infection in the stomach. When the baby touches unclean surfaces and put the hand in the mouth without washing, he may catch an infection resulting in stomach pain. 

 

 Apart from pain in the stomach, other symptoms of stomach pain include diarrhoea and vomiting. Some babies may even develop fever and chill. The baby will find it difficult to eat or sleep and will be fussy, and cries a lot. 

 

If your baby has stomach pain, you should first let the stomach settle. In the case of babies who have just started on solids, you can stay away from it for a few days and continue with breastfeeding. For babies around 12 months, you should keep them hydrated by giving plenty of water and fruit juice. But if the baby cannot tolerate even an ounce of food and throws up everything, you should take him to the doctor without delay. 

 

 

  • Wheezing

 

Wheezing is a high-pitched sound that you hear when the baby exhales. This is caused by an infection in the respiratory system. Air pollution or allergy can cause wheezing in babies. 

 

If the baby develops wheezing, you should try to relieve the congestion in the nose using a bulb syringe and humidifier. But if the symptom persists, you should take the baby to the doctor. The doctor will examine the baby and prescribe a nebuliser or other medication, depending on the condition. 

 

 

  • Constipation

 

Constipation is a condition when the baby cannot pass bowel. Breatmilk is a natural laxative. Thus, when the baby is exclusively breastfed the chances of constipation is very rare. The problem of consitpation arises when you start feeding solid to the baby. Similalry, when there is change in diet, it can also result in constipation. 

 

The best home remedy for constipation is a diet change. You should provide a lot of fluid in the form of water and fruit juice. Fruit juices like apple, pear and prune are considered to be very effective for constipation as they are natural laxatives. 

 

If home remedies do not help, you should take the baby to a doctor. The doctor will examine the baby and prescribe a laxative for easy bowel movement. 

When Should You Consult A Doctor?

If your baby is sick, the first course of treatment should be at home. You should provide plenty of liquid and let the baby take proper rest. But you should take the baby to a doctor under the following circumstance. 

 

  • The baby has a high temperature that does not subside even after providing paracetamol for three days. High temperature is 38 degrees and more for newborn and 39 degrees and more for infants. 

 

  • The baby does not eat food for several hours or eat very poorly. Similarly if the baby has less number of wet diapers or less tears while crying, it is a sign of dehydration. 

 

  • If the baby cannot hold food or water even for a little while and throws up immediately, you should rush the baby to the doctor. 

 

  • If the baby looks tired and sleep for long and you cannot make out the reason, you should take the baby to the doctor without delay. 

 

Bottom Line

 

Faling sick is a part of growing up and there is no need to panic. As parents, you should be able to figure out whether there are any health issues with the baby. If you have a gut feeling that a doctor consultation is required, you should take the baby to the doctor without delay. After all, parents are the best judge when it comes to the baby’s health. 

What To Feed The Baby During The First Year?

What To Feed The Baby During The First Year?

If you are a first-time parent, you will have little to no idea about feeding your baby. How and when to start, what food to give are a few of the questions you might have. 

You should keep in mind that during the first six months, you should exclusively breastfeed your baby. Solid food should be introduced to the baby only after six months. This is the norm as set forth by the WHO. This is because breastmilk can meet all the nutritional requirements of a newborn and is one of the purest forms of food that you can give a baby. 

When Should You Start The Baby On Solid?

Though the general time frame to start solids is six months, you should also check whether the baby is ready to start on solids. Some babies who have met all the developmental milestones might be ready for solid even before six months, whereas some others might take more time. 

The below are a few of the signs of readiness to eat solid. 

  • Good head control. 
  • Shows interest when others are eating. 
  • Putting things in the mouth. 
  • Open the mouth when you show them food. 

If the baby shows any of the above signs, you can start feeding solid food. 

What To Feed The Baby During The First Year?

 

  • 0-4 months

 

A baby, less than four months of age, can consume only breast milk. During this stage, the baby may not have neck control to hold the head and swallow food. 

 

  • 4- 6 months

 

Though WHO stipulates that you should exclusively breastfeed the baby until six months, some parents start on solids even when the baby shows some signs of readiness. This can be anywhere between four and six months. 

The first food that you feed the baby is called stage 1 food. This food is in a pureed and strained form that your baby can easily swallow, like rice or wheat cereal. You should feed the baby in a small quantity, like one tablespoon. Breast milk continues to be the main source of food for the baby at this stage. 

 

  • 6-8 months

 

Once the baby get used to the taste of stage 1 food, you can introduce more varieties of food. Besides infant cereal, you can provide fruit juice, pureed fruits and vegetables and beans. You should properly cook all food items and puree them so that the baby can easily swallow. You can also feed 1-3 ounces of water.  Yalla Baby has a great variety of pureed fruits to shop from. Click here to see them all.

At this stage, you can slowly increase the quantity of food from 1-2 tablespoon to 2-4 tablespoons. But you should increase it gradually so that the baby does not feel overwhelmed. 

 

  • 8-12 months

 

At this stage, you can provide mashed food instead of pureed ones. This introduces the baby to different textures of food. But make sure that you cook the food well and mash it. 

Besides infant cereals, fruits and vegetables, you can also introduce meat at this stage. You should feed the baby a very little quantity of meat so that it is easy to digest. You can also introduce dairy products like cheese and yoghurt at this stage. 

How To Feed The Baby?

Though your baby might show signs of readiness, he may not take to the food easily. While some babies enjoy the taste right from the first feed, others might spit it out. This is quite natural, and you should not be taken aback by this reluctance. 

You should always place the baby in a semi-lying position when you start feeding. For a 6-month-old, you can either hold the baby in your arm, or make the baby lie down with pillows under the head. Alternatively, you can also use a reclining high chair. As the baby grows and becomes comfortable sitting, you can make him sit in a high chair. 

You should always start with a very small quantity and slowly increase it as the baby grows. If you are preparing the food at home, it is best not to store any unused food. On the other hand, if you are feeding ready to eat food to the baby, you should scoop out the required quantity into a bowl and store the rest of the food in the refrigerator. 

How To Get Started With Feeding?

As mentioned earlier, you should start only with pureed and strained food that the baby can swallow easily (See UAE buying options here). First, take half a teaspoon of the food and keep it at the tip of the baby’s tongue. Let the baby get used to the new taste. Slowly, you can feed rest of the food in the spoon. 

It is best to start with single grain food like rice or wheat based cereals. This way you can make out any allergic reaction in the baby. You should continue feeding the same food in the same quantity for a week. If the baby is comfortable with the food and the quantity, you can slowly introduce a new food item. This is particularly so for food that cause allergy like wheat and egg. 

Some parents introduce cereals in a liquid form and feed the baby in the bottle. Though this is convenient, it will not serve the purpose of introducing solid food. Initially, you can feed the cereal in a liquid form, but once the baby get used to the taste you should slowly change the consistency of the food. 

When Should You Stop Feeding The Baby?

Initially, you should feed only one tablespoon of solid food to the baby. As the baby grows you should increase the quantity to 3 or 4 tablespoons. But then how will you know whether the baby is full? When should you stop feeding the baby? 

You should stop feeding the baby

  • When the baby turns the head when you give food. 
  • Does not open the mouth when you try to feed. 
  • Start playing with the spoon. 

Bottom Line

Babies take a lot of time to eat and get used to the new taste. Thus, you need a lot of patience while feeding the baby. While some get used to the new taste fast, some babies might take a lot of time. It is best to introduce food items slowly so that the baby can enjoy the new experience.  See the nutrition range in Yalla Baby for great feeding options.

Twelve Top Toy Buys in the First Year of a Baby’s Life

Twelve Top Toy Buys in the First Year of a Baby’s Life

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My baby boy Spencer is eleven months old, time is flying by! With his first birthday fast approaching, I can’t help but reflect on being a mama for the past year. What have I found challenging? Would I do anything differently? What do I love about being a mama? Let’s go with that one… what do I love about being a mama? There are so many reasons, but I’ve especially loved watching him reach developmental milestones throughout the year. The first time he rolled over, sat up, crawled, stood up, and very soon I’m sure he’ll be walking. These milestones often leap out at you when you least expect it!

I found the wonder weeks app particularly helpful to track his developments. It also gives suggestions on activities you can do with your baby to help their growth and development, but mostly I found it offers a massive relief and provides understanding to those difficult weeks when your baby is struggling during a leap, but he can’t tell you. 

Most of the toys Spencer uses are not just for fun but also aid specific types of development. So as I’m reflecting on the last year, I’ve been thinking about what information I could give that might help other mamas? So with that in mind, I’ve created a list of my twelve top toy buys in the first year of a baby’s life.

0-3 months

  1. Black and white cards: I’d read that bold black and white images are a great way to stimulate your newborn and help with their brain development. It was clear they worked for Spencer, when he would track the card moving from side to side. They were also a great calming tool too.
  2. Soft tactile books: I bought Buddy Dog’s Busy Day soft book; it has interactive and soothing tags that Spencer loved to explore; he especially loved the crinkle paper and squeaker inside the fabric. These books are fantastic for baby sensory.
  3. Baby Gym: I was lucky enough to receive two baby gyms as gifts, one soft and one wooden. I enjoyed using both. Both had detachable toys that he played with separately from the gym. The soft gym came with a soft mat which was great for tummy time; however, I liked how I could attach numerous sensory objects from the wooden gym.

3-6 months

  1. Teething rings: I would have been lost without a teething ring; it helped soothe Spencer’s gums and alleviate pain. It was an excellent tool for helping him learn how to grasp with his hands. I also used them as a prop to entice Spencer to roll over.
  2. Ball pit: I found the round ball pit useful around the 5-month mark, at this age, Spencer had begun sitting up unaided; however, at times he would fall, so being inside a round ball pit meant he could fall without hurting himself. (FYI I took out a lot of the balls at the beginning).
  3. Activity centre: I used the skip hop explore & more 3 stage activity centre. It’s suitable from 4 months onwards, and it converts from a sit-down activity to a play table when your child is older. It was aa great way to keep my Spencer entertained while developing his gross and fine motor skills.

6-9 months

  1. Jumperoo: This item is just good fun! You will see the biggest smile on your baby’s face as they jump up and down. The only problem with this one, the fun is short-lived, so it’s not the best value for money but great if you can do swapsies with friends.
  2. Touchy-feely books: Spencer loves all the ‘That’s not my’ books, all the books are a great sensory source. A great one for building his communication skills too.
  3. Stacking blocks: The stacking blocks have been one of Spencer’s favourite toys and probably the cheapest costing 12dhs from Ikea. When he was learning to crawl, he would army crawl after them. These blocks are great for building gross and fine motor skills, as well as keeping bubba entertained.

9-12 months

  1. Trolleys: I do have both a plastic and wooden trolley, Spencer enjoys using both. From a mums perspective, I liked both too, however, if you don’t put an object in the wooden trolley to weigh it down, it can tip over, and when I put objects inside, Spencer takes them out (lol).
  2. Puzzle with different shapes and knobs (some play music): For Christmas, Spencer was gifted a Mellissa and Doug musical instrument sound puzzle. Spencer can only pull all the instrument shapes out using his pincer grip, as time goes by he will begin to put the shapes back onto the puzzle board.
  3. Shape sorter: At the moment Spencer isn’t putting the shapes into their fitted hole, but he is taking them out of the box and passing the pieces to me and then requests for them back straight away (lol)

Find all of these accessories/toys and more on Yalla Baby Box. www.yallababy.com

I hope these simple tips will help you mamas to enjoy precious time that will fly by, so you can have confidence in playing with your baby whilst also providing strong development guidance. These have all made a big difference to my time with Spencer and I know I will immediately rely on for my next baby. Many of the toys I’ve mentioned will offer progressive  uses at different stages of developments, so they will grow and evolve with your baby as their skill set evolves, hence good value for money and good quality so can be reused in the future. 

With Love,

Yalla Baby Team

Does becoming a mom, mean losing a bit of your ‘old self’?

Does becoming a mom, mean losing a bit of your ‘old self’?

When becoming a mother, many women feel that a part of themselves gets left behind in a former child-free life. Let’s be honest, a mother’s brain is now filled with somewhat different thoughts and priorities e.g.

When is the next bottle due?

How many wet nappies have we had today?

Is my baby getting enough sleep?

Why isn’t my baby doing that yet?

The list is endless, so how would a mother still have time to keep 100% of her ‘former self’?

What used to be second nature now doesn’t get given a thought:
  • Picking out an outfit that makes you feel exceptionally great – Baby looks fabulous, mama is now lucky if she is in clean leggings and t-shirt
  • Playing your favourite track whilst you drive and losing yourself in the moment – Babies favourite nursery rhythm is on repeat and you’re singing along
  • That weekly netball match followed by team catch up – Baby Sensory, Baby Sign Language, Baby Massage…
  • Not forgetting getting spruced up for date night – Baby is sleeping, dinner is eaten on the sofa with a Netflix series all before passing out before the end

Of course, not forgetting one of the biggest changes of all for many mothers, their career! As a natural progression into their new role as a mama, many women choose to take an extended period off work or even leave their career altogether.

No more boardroom presentations, the adrenaline of a deadline and adult conversations with colleagues over coffee. Conversation now stems around milestones, weaning and sleep regressions.

So really, it’s no wonder many women mourn the loss of a part of themselves. But is it all bad? Absolutely not! A whole new and exciting, albeit challenging sometimes, chapter has opened. The joy of watching your child grow, develop and become their own person outweighs that of a solo shopping day.

And of course, there are always ways to meet in the middle, be the best mama you can and try to enjoy as much as you can. It all comes down to that commonly used phrase…

Finding Balance:
  • Prepare an outfit the evening before so you too can look and feel fabulous for the day ahead
  • Sign up for a subscription service like Yalla Baby so you don’t need to be running errands and wasting time in the shops.
  • Educate and encourage your children to enjoy your favourite music, play and dance around whilst cooking together and watch how your child fills up with joy
  • Tag team with your partner or ask for help from family and loved ones so you can still attend your weekly activity and be 100% yourself and not mama for an hour or two
  • No babysitter? No problem. Dress up, set the table, light a candle and cook dishes from yours and your partner’s favourite restaurant. You can enjoy a date night at home too.
  • And finally, make an effort to have an adult-only conversation.  After all, if you don’t, you may find yourself beginning to coo, gaga and blow bubbles before not too long

Becoming a mother does not mean losing your former self, however, yes it does mean making effort and mixing your usual life up a little. 

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