Keeping Newborn Baby Warm

In the first few months of their life, most babies find it difficult to adjust their body temperature. They can get too hot or too cold and hence, it is the responsibility of the parent to keep the baby at a comfortable body temperature. The most comfortable home temperature for a baby is 68-70 degrees F.


Understanding whether the baby is warm enough needs practice. Since babies cannot adjust their own body temperature, it is up to the parents to dress and cover them properly. There are some indicators though, which help the parent to decide whether their baby is too hot or too cold.


How To Check If The Baby Is Warm?


One of the most common methods is to check the back of the baby’s neck. Hands and feet are not really reliable indicators as their temperature is usually lower than the rest of the body. If the back of the neck is warm, then the child is comfortable enough. However if one detects signs of sweat then the baby needs to lose a layer of clothing or two. Similarly, if the back of the neck is cool, then the baby needs covering up.


If the baby’s face is blotchy, and her hands, feet and belly and back feel cool to touch, then without doubt the child is too cold and uncomfortable. On the other hand, if the baby feels damp to touch, moisture has accumulated on the skin, then the baby needs a change of clothing as being over-bundled may lead to prickly heat, rashes etc.


Another way to check is by using a baby thermometer. One can check the underarm temperature of the baby at regular intervals in order to ensure that the baby is warm enough.


If the baby is being fussy and crying, it indicates that they are uncomfortable. Usually this occurs if they are too warm. On the other hand, they will show signs of shivering if they are too cold.


Babies are normally a little chillier than an average adult. Hence the first rule in dressing them up is to add one extra layer of clothing than what the adult is wearing at that time. This usually helps to maintain the body temperature pretty well. It’s always advisable to use thin layers of clothing as layering keeps the baby comfortable. Also, cotton is the best material to use as it encourages air circulation and the baby doesn’t get too warm.


Hence it can be said that understanding whether a baby is warm enough or not takes practice. With time parents develop an idea about it. The trick lies in dressing up the baby in a proper way, as per the weather around, so that they are comfortable.

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Why Kids Need Their Cozy Comfort Objects

Every toddler goes through the phase when they cannot think of going anywhere without their favorite blanket or much loved soft toy. These objects are regarded as comfort objects. They are often an important part of the emotional and intellectual development in the toddler.


Who Are The Ones Who Need Comfort Objects:


Almost 70 percent of the toddlers go for comfort objects. Those who don’t, they have other self-soothing techniques like thumb sucking or rocking back and forth. It basically depends on the child’s temperament.


What Are The Usual Comfort Objects:


The most common comfort object is the blanket. It is probably so because they are extremely familiar to the child as they remain in the crib. Other comfort objects are soft toys like teddy bears or cloth dolls. The familiar smell of their comfort object is also an important factor.


Why Kids Need Their Comfort Objects:


Comfort objects act as the transitional props between the child and their parents. By the time a child is one year old, they learn to distinguish themselves as a separate person. But the child is not necessarily comfortable with this new found independence.


They still have mixed feelings and need someone to hold on to emotionally. Since they cannot really have their parents around all the time, these comfort objects give them that feeling of security and affection. With these objects the child can control their own comfort.


These objects fill in the space between the comfort provided by an adult and the child. Whenever the child needs some comforting, they can simply cuddle their favorite object and their need will be met.


A familiar object also helps them to go through the periods of anxiety or dismay. They also comfort them when they get angry with people, even with their parents.


Often when the child is made to go out in some place unfamiliar, they tend to take their comfort object as it makes them feel secure in those surroundings.


Points To Remember:


It is advisable to have at least one or two spare pieces of the comfort object. This is because, if it gets lost by any chance, it would be extremely difficult to console the child. Hence, it always helps to have one or two pieces as a backup.


It is not necessary that every child will go for a particular comfort object during their toddler days. Hence, if a child doesn’t show a special preference towards a single toy, that means they haven’t yet come across that method of handling distress and are probably used to some other way.


Many parents worry that their child may become over dependent on the comfort object. There is nothing to worry as most children grow out of that phase and eventually discard that object. It is better to leave it to the child to decide when they want to give up their comfort object.


It has been a big emotional support and they need to feel completely ready before giving it up. In case the child seems to having continued issues with security, then one can visit a child counselor.

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Free Coloring Printouts for Kids

Children learn many of their very first lessons and ideas of the world around them from their moms and dads. Amongst the most convenient ways to do this is through encouraging the kids in coloring at a young age. Kids who start coloring at an early age have less mental issues than those who do not.


Kids who have a strong and active creativity have a powerful tool that will serve them well throughout their lives. Coloring books and coloring pages are an excellent tool for beginning in achieving this job. This is because such coloring pages establish and motivate the creativity lying latent in the child. Kids are able to imagine how an image might search in different color mixes, and this basic act has the power to develop a strong and versatile mind.


Assisting the kids to establish their creativities, moms and dads can utilize stories from the coloring pages to teach their kids practical lessons. When parents take the time to tell their children stories as they color, the kid’s creativity is more enhanced and improved.


Many parents currently understand that coloring pages assist establish their children’s creative abilities. They may not recognize with the ways that utilizing coloring pages can assist their little ones to enhance their skills to writing. As kids practice coloring, their abilities to stay within the lines enhance gradually. This focused capability to control the pencils or crayons specifically is a vital part of having the ability to hold a writing instrument still and steady for when it is time to draw the letters of the alphabet. Artistic abilities are cultivated and enhanced in children who do well at coloring pages. Besides this, they will discover it much easier to begin composing their alphabet letters when the time for this comes.


Kids who utilize coloring pages will likewise better their capability to concentrate. Having the ability to concentrate is an important skill for children to have, and the earlier they begin developing it, the much better. Focusing on a drawing on a page does much for children. Kids discover how to be patient as they take their time to use colors to the images in the coloring book. Issues with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders, as well as attention deficit disorder, likewise understood as ADHD, are decreased, psychologists believe, in kids who commit a great portion of their time to coloring pages.


Kids who are involved in coloring pages will most likely experience fewer psychological problems when they are young. The factor for this is that the minds of kids, who are able to enjoy using their creativities to produce amazing worlds filled with dream and experience, are strong and flexible. This coloring creativity helps them in guiding clear of problems like youth anxiety.



The vast numbers of benefits to kids practicing on coloring pages just can not be overemphasized from a mental point of view. Providing kids books and pages to color is an extremely efficient way to help them become better artists and writers, to allow them to focus better, to reduce the possibility that they will suffer from mental issues, and to teach them crucial life lessons and worths.


Obviously such damaged my little pony coloring pages are no usage for the competitors anymore. Moms and dads can be instructed to go online and print out replacement coloring pages.


Helping the children to establish their creativities, moms and dads can utilize stories from the coloring pages to teach their kids useful lessons. When parents take the time to tell their children stories as they color, the kid’s imagination is further strengthened and improved.


Lots of parents currently understand that coloring pages help develop their kids’s creative abilities. Children find out to be patient as they take their time to apply colors to the images in the coloring book. Offering children books and pages to color is an extremely reliable method to help them become better artists and writers, to enable them to concentrate much better, to minimize the possibility that they will suffer from mental problems, and to teach them essential life lessons and worths.

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Fifteen Things to Tell Your Teenager



By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC



Having a teenager is one of the most challenging times in a parent’s marriage — as well as their life. It is scary, frustrating, and chaotic. It is a time of letting go, enforcing rules, strengthening boundaries and also nurturing. Teens may appear to be fighting against us at times by rebelling against our rules, pointing out our inadequacies, and telling us how “out of it” we are. 


However, they also still love and need us. They need their mom and dad to stay strong and enforcze the rules and structure that help make them feel secure. There are certain things teenagers really need to hear from their parents. You cannot say these things when they would be most apropos. However, you can say them at night when the child is relaxed and going to sleep. They offer less resistance at night just before bedtime. They will remember what you said, and reflect on it when you least expect it. 


1.    No one will ever love you in the same way or have your best interests at heart more than your mom/dad and I will.


2.    You have so many gifts and options; I will help you capitalize/benefit from them as best I can.
3.    How can I help you reach your dreams?
4.    No matter what you confide in me, I will always love you and do what is best for you.
5.    My job is not to be your buddy. I am your parent and will love and mentor you. 
6.    I am sorry. (Say this whenever you hurt your child, or your child is in pain from something someone else said to them.)
7.    I embrace your friends, but I love you the most. 
8.    It is okay to mess up; I do it all the time. 
9.    I am sorry you don’t like my rules, but you will have to abide by them. I will hold you accountable if you break them and there will be a consequence. 
10.    If you are in trouble, call me first, no matter where you are. I may be angry, but my first concern will always be your safety. We will talk about punishment or consequences later. 
11.    You are an integral part of this family, and the family needs you to run smoothly. 
12.    I don’t care what your friends get to do. I am not their parent; I am yours and you are my main responsibility and concern. 
13.    I admire you more than you can ever understand or know. 
14.    If you get in trouble at school, be honest with me. Your teacher is the authority at school and if I hear it from your teacher before I hear it from you, I will feel betrayed or deceived. I may react to this breach of trust. 
15.    From the first time I saw your eyes, I vowed to be the best parent I could be for you. I make mistakes but they are not meant to hurt you. I make them because I love you so much and get scared sometimes. It is hard parenting a teen (your child will understand this confession).


The number of years your child is a teen are relatively short, but no time in your child’s life can influence the relationship they have with you into adulthood as much as their teen years. Hold strong boundaries, talk with them, listen to them, and tell them frequently with a hug how much you love them. They will make it through — and so will you!

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Pets And Newborn Babies

Before the child arrives, the pet is used to being the “baby” of the family. Hence, when all the attention suddenly changes course and heads towards a new member, it is usually very difficult for the pet to deal with it. It may feel that it has been replaced by the infant, and this may lead to pretty hard feelings towards the newborn which is not at all welcome if they are supposed to co-exist. But this doesn’t mean that the pet has to be kept far away from the newborn as this will result in less and less bonding among them.

In case the pet was not prepared for the newborn, there are certain ways to deal with it when the newborn is brought home. The pet needn’t be kept tied up for that purpose. Certain steps can ensure a peaceful co-existence of the newborn and the pet.

  1. The pampering and attention the pet is used to should not be drastically curtailed. Though the newborn definitely needs more attention now, at least someone should be there for the pet at regular intervals.
  2. The pet can also be enrolled in specialized training classes where they will be trained on how to react with newborns around.
  3. Before the baby is brought home, a trip to the veterinarian is mandatory for the pet. Make sure the pet has been given all the vaccinations needed so that the newborn is not at the risk of catching germs whenever the pet is around.
  4. The pet should not be allowed to enter the infant’s nursery at least for a few months since the child is born. This is done mainly to maintain the peace and cleanliness around the baby.
  5. It is not advisable to let the pet lick the child when the child is still a few months old as at this stage the immune system of the child is not that strong and they are extremely susceptible to germs. The bacterial remnants in the pet’s saliva will not be good for the infant.
  6. It is also not advisable to leave the child alone with a pet until the child is strong enough and the pet has got used to the new member; otherwise chances of unforeseen accidents will be high.
  7. The parent can also at times sit with the baby on their lap and the pet by their side on the floor. If the pet finds that equal attention is being bestowed on both, it will be easier for them to accept the new member of the family.
  8. You  should be careful  if the pet has been showing signs of aggressiveness. It is better to keep the baby away from it, and contact the vet or a trainer.

Hence, there is no reason to keep the pet away from the newborn. But one has to be careful regarding the extent to which the pet can be allowed near the child, at least in the initial months.

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How to Know When Your Child Is Ready to Stay Home Alone

Leaving the child alone at home without adult supervision is a big step for any parent. It’s not much of a surprise that they are often unsure as to when would be the right time to leave their child alone at home. But on an average it is not advisable to leave children of less than 10 years of age alone at home.


Whether the child is ready to be left alone at home depends on a few criteria.


The Parents Should Give These Criteria A Good Thought Before Attempting To Leave Their Child Alone At Home:-




  • Whether the child has previously handled brief periods of being alone well.


  • Whether the child shows signs of responsibility like doing their homework on time or following directions.


  • Whether the child can respond well in case of following rules and safety measures.


  • Whether the child is able to do little things like taking phone messages, fixing a snack or locking unlocking the doors.


  • Whether the child is mentally prepared enough to handle an emergency or accident of any kind.


  • Whether the child usually uses good judgment or takes unnecessary risks.


  • Whether the child is okay with staying home alone.

If all the above criteria are positively met, then the child is probably ready to stay home aloe. But still, it is important for the parent to talk it out with the child and find out if they have any fears or anxieties in being left home alone. Parents can start preparing their child for being home alone by leaving them alone for brief periods of time by coming home a little late for work or going to buy something nearby. The parents should monitor how the child is reacting to these. Also it is important to prepare the child regarding safety measures like dialing the emergency number, not opening doors to strangers, staying away from electrical appliances they are not well versed with, not telling anyone they are alone etc. it is necessary to go over and over these measures, repeatedly, so that the child becomes used to them. The child should also be taught to follow rules like which TV shows to watch, if friends come over then which rooms are off-limits, rules for using the computer or Internet, what to eat during those times etc.


Points To Remember:




  • Make sure things like alcohol, prescription drugs, tobacco, lighters or matches, car keys etc. are not lying around.


  • Make sure there are parental filtering settings are done for the Internet on the computer or the television.


  • Make sure the kitchen is stocked up with healthy food.


  • Keep things like flashlights, first aid boxes and important phone numbers like that of relatives, doctor, police or fire department etc. within the reach of the child.


  • Make sure to create a list of things to do and avoid when alone at home.


  • Make sure to ask neighbors to keep an eye on the child and also call up the child from time to time to ensure they are okay.

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