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Caring for your Childs Teeth
2018-02-19 11:51:40

How can I keep my child’s Teeth Clean?

Cleaning your child’s teeth should be part of his daily routine, though you may need to be persistent. You can gradually give him more responsibility for the brushing as time goes on, but you'll still need to supervise him.

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We found an interesting article that adequately explains how to care for your child's teeth.

  • Clean your child’s teeth twice a day, including once before bed.

  • Use a small toothbrush with soft, round-ended bristles of differing lengths, and a small, angled head. Change the brush at least every three months, or when the bristles start to spread out.

  • Use a smear of low-fluoride toothpaste for your toddler. Low-fluoride toothpastes contain about 1,000ppm (parts per million) of fluoride.

  • Brush using small, circular movements. Don’t saw from side to side, as this may damage his gums.

  • Concentrate on one section of teeth at a time, and don’t forget the backs. Make sure you clear all traces of food from on or between his teeth.

  • Encourage your child to spit out any excess toothpaste, but don't rinse his mouth with water. This can wash away the excess toothpaste, reducing the benefit of the fluoride.


Persuade, rather than force, your child to open his mouth so he doesn't see cleaning his teeth as threatening. If he's still reluctant, it may help him to see you brush your teeth first. He could even help you! 

Give him lots of praise and encouragement when he allows you to brush his teeth. Letting him choose his own toothbrush may also make it more fun for him.

My child eats toothpaste out of the tube. Is this a problem?

If your child makes a habit of swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste while his teeth are forming, he may develop fluorosis. 


Mild fluorosis is common in the UK, and usually causes a shiny, pearlescent stain on the teeth. In severe cases, fluorosis can give your toddler’s teeth a noticeable mottled look, but this is uncommon. 

Always encourage your child to spit out toothpaste after brushing to reduce your toddler's risk of fluorosis. He may be more likely to swallow toothpaste if it has a sweet or fruity flavour. So try a minty or neutral flavour instead.

Try not to worry too much, though. If your child does eat too much toothpaste, it's more likely to cause a tummy ache than anything more serious. 

Make sure your child can’t get to the toothpaste tube without you knowing. If you suspect he has eaten a large amount of toothpaste from the container, take him to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) hospital.

How can I help my child to have strong teeth?

There's lots you can do to ensure that your child’s teeth are strong and will resist decay both now and in the future. Much depends on what he eats, as well as how often he eats it. 
 

A lot of the foods and drinks that keep your child in good general health are also good for his teeth. Make sure you offer him a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. 

Calcium will help your child grow strong bones and teeth. Dairy products such as cheese and milk are good sources of calcium. If your child doesn't drink much milk, offer him other dairy products instead, such as yoghurt or cheese. Leafy green vegetables, nuts and soya are also good sources of calcium.

You should also make sure your child's diet contains plenty of vitamin D, which will help his body to absorb more calcium. Good sources of vitamin D include eggs, oily fish and fortified foods such as margarine and breakfast cereals.

The government also recommends that all children between six months and five years are given a supplement containing vitamin D. Evidence shows that this may help to prevent tooth decay.

Are there any foods or drinks that will harm my child's teeth?

When your child eats or drinks sugar, it mixes with the bacteria in his mouth to make a mild acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer of his teeth, and can cause decay and cavities. 

If your child has lots of sugary food and drink, he’s continually topping up the levels of acid in his mouth. So try to keep sweets, cakes, chocolate and other high-sugar snacks to a minimum, especially between meals. Give them as a one-off treat, or at the end of a meal.

Keep acidic, sugary or fizzy drinks between meals to a minimum, including juice or squash. Water and milk are the best drinks for your child. 

If you do give your little one fruit juice, it should be well diluted, and given only at mealtimes. Don't offer juice in a bottle or a sippy cup as they increase the time that your child's teeth comes into contact with sugary drinks.

You could try giving your child a straw, which will direct the juice to the back of his mouth and away from his teeth. However, it is best for him to use a free-flow beaker or cup.

How can I minimise the damage caused by sugar?

Preventive measures are always best. Keep your child's diet free from high-sugar foods and drinks for as long as possible. This will give his first teeth a good start.

If banning sweets completely isn't an option, then you can reduce how often you offer them to your child. The more times a day your toddler eats something sugary, and the longer the sugar stays in his mouth, the more likely it is that damage will occur. 

Restrict sugary food and drink to mealtimes, even if it's homemade. A small slice of cake or a piece of chocolate to finish off a meal is less harmful to your child's teeth than a lollipop that he sucks all afternoon.

It’s best to keep raisins and other dried fruits to mealtimes as well. While they're a healthier option than sweets, they can also harm your child's teeth. Encourage tooth-friendly snacks instead, such as vegetable sticks, fruit and yoghurt.

 


If you do offer your child a sugary snack, encourage him to eat it in one session rather than throughout the day. Afterwards, give him a small piece of hard cheese to neutralise the sugars, and make sure that he brushes his teeth thoroughly before he goes to bed.

When does my child need to visit a dentist?

If your little one hasn't seen a dentist since his first milk teeth came through, it's a good idea to book an appointment. Most first teeth have nearly a decade of hard work in front of them. Good habits early on will lay the foundations for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

Dentists can help to prevent, as well as cure, teeth problems. So don’t wait until you see signs of tooth decay or until you think your child needs a filling before taking him to see the dentist. 

Taking your child to the dentist from a young age with help get him used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental surgery. Taking him to your own appointments will help too. 

Make the visit fun and positive, even if you aren't a fan of the dentist yourself. Dentists have lots of experience at making children feel welcome and comfortable. They may even offer your toddler a sticker at the end of the appointment!

Are there treatments that will protect my child’s teeth?

Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps to resist decay. Some children are particularly prone to tooth decay, and dentists sometimes recommend fluoride supplements as well as fluoride toothpaste. Always ask your dentist for advice before giving your child fluoride supplements. 

When there is an increased risk of decay, or early signs of decay, your dentist may consider a treatment of fluoride varnish. The dentist paints this varnish on to your child’s teeth to stop the process of decay, or at least delay potential fillings. Talk to your dentist to find out if your child would benefit from this treatment. 
 

How to Cope with Feeding a Fussy Toddler
2018-02-19 10:59:37

Many parents find that mealtimes become more difficult as their toddler starts to gain his independence. Although this can be very frustrating, fussy eating is a normal phase in your toddler’s development. It will get better with time.

Try not to get anxious about mealtimes. If you're able to keep a calm and positive attitude, this will be better for both you and your toddler. 

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We found an interesting article that adequately explains how to cope with feeding a fussy toddler.

Most toddlers will eat enough to keep them going, even when they're refusing food at times. Remember that your little one's stomach is still tiny, so he won't be able to eat that much in one go. If he doesn’t want any more, don't try to force him. 

Try not to fret too much about what your toddler eats at a single meal, or in a single day. Instead, think about what he eats over the course of a week.

What is the best way to cope with my fussy eater?

Most toddlers go through a phase of only eating a few particular foods. This is a normal part of their development. It’s partly because of something called food neophobia, which is a fear of new foods. Many toddlers experience this around the age of two. Rest assured, this is a phase, and it will pass. 

Your toddler is most likely to eat what he knows. He needs time to learn that unfamiliar foods are safe and enjoyable to eat. He'll gain confidence by watching you and others enjoying the foods he's unsure about.

It’ll also help if you make sure your toddler gets plenty of exercise. Rushing around and playing active games will help him develop a hearty appetite for his meals. 

Try these tips for making mealtimes run smoothly:

Eat as a family when you can

Eat with your toddler as often as possible. This may be hard if you and your partner both work full-time, but try to make time when you can. 

At shared mealtimes, eat the same foods as your toddler. Toddlers learn to eat new foods by watching and copying their parents and other children. Your little one may be even more inclined to join in if you're all helping yourselves from big dishes in the middle of the table. Don’t add any salt or sugar to your toddler’s portion, though.

Stay positive

Tell your toddler how much you're enjoying the food you're eating. You’re his role model, so if you're enthusiastic your toddler may be more willing to try them. You can always put on a brave face if you're not really a fan of brussels sprouts or broccoli!

Let your toddler know how happy you are with him when he eats well. He'll enjoy the praise and it may encourage him to continue eating well. If you only give him attention when he's not eating, he may start to refuse food just to get a reaction. 

If he doesn’t finish his meal within about half an hour, take the uneaten food away without commenting. He is unlikely to suddenly finish it. Just accept that he's had enough and move on.

Make mealtimes relaxed and enjoyable

Arrange for your toddler to eat with other children as often as possible. Invite one of your toddler's nursery or preschool friends over for tea. Your toddler may eat better when he sees others his own age happily tucking in.

Eat away from distractions such as the television, pets, games and toys. These will make it more difficult for your toddler to concentrate on eating. 

Make mealtimes a happy occasion by chatting about lots of different things. Try to talk at a level that your toddler can understand so he can join in. 
 

Offering finger foods to your toddler allows him to touch and play with his food if he wants to. Even if he makes a mess, he's still learning about the textures and feelings of different foods. Your toddler will also enjoy having the control of feeding himself. It's a very grown-up responsibility for him!

Make mealtimes consistent

Work out a daily feeding routine that fits around your toddler’s daytime sleep pattern. This should include three meals and two or three nutritious snacks, spaced throughout the day. Toddlers thrive on routine and enjoy knowing what to expect. 

If your toddler gets too tired, he may become fed up and not want to eat. Give your toddler a small snack or drink before naps and save his proper meals for afterwards. 

Ask everyone in the family, and anyone else who feeds your toddler, such as nursery staff or your childminder, to follow your approach and routine.

Keep your toddler interested

At lunch and dinner, offer your toddler a savoury course followed by a nutritious dessert, such as fruit. After one course, he may be bored with one taste and want to try something new. 

Two courses also offer your toddler two chances to take in the calories and nutrients he needs. Plus, he'll experience a wider variety of foods at each meal. 

However, never bribe your toddler to eat the savoury course with the promise of the sweet one. This will only make him want the savoury foods less.

Give small portions. Toddlers can be overwhelmed by big platefuls and lose their appetite. If your toddler finishes his small portion, praise him and offer him more.
 

For a little extra variety, you could have a picnic outside when the weather’s nice. It will be fun for you both, and there'll be less mess to clear up at the end! If you’re taking your toddler to a cafe or restaurant, take a nutritious snack that you know he likes, just in case he doesn’t want to eat anything on offer. 

Involve your toddler

Once your toddler's old enough, include him in food shopping by letting him help you find things in the supermarket. He can also give you a hand with setting the table before meals. Little activities like this will help to promote positive eating habits.

Your toddler may be able to help with simple cooking and food preparation. Letting him investigate new foods away from the dinner table may mean he's more likely to try them when they end up on his plate.

How do I know when my toddler is full?

Signs that your toddler's had enough of a particular food, course or meal include:
 

  • keeping his mouth shut when offered food

  • saying “no” or turning his head away from the food being offered

  • pushing away a spoon, bowl or plate containing food

  • refusing to swallow food or spitting it out

  • leaning out of his highchair or trying to climb out

  • crying or screaming

  • retching


If your toddler is showing signs of being full, simply take his plate away, even if he hasn't had very much. He’ll probably fill up at the next meal or snack time if he isn't interested now.

I’m desperate for my toddler to eat, but is there anything I shouldn’t do?

It’s easy to fall into traps that can rack up the tension at mealtimes. Here are some tips to help you keep mealtimes positive and stress-free: 

Don’t coax, bribe or plead with your toddler

A little gentle encouragement is fine, but never insist that he finishes everything on his plate. Once your toddler has had enough to eat, don’t start to spoon-feed him, or force food into his mouth. This can make him anxious and frightened about food. It may also encourage him to eat more than he needs.

Don’t offer a different food instead 

Your toddler will soon take advantage if you give him his favourite foods every time he refuses something new! In the long run, it's better to offer him a portion of whatever you're eating and accept that he'll prefer some foods to others. Always try to include one food that you know he'll eat in each meal.

Don’t offer dessert as a reward 

This is easier said than done. However, by doing this, you'll make the sweet course seem more desirable than the savoury one. This may make your toddler less likely to enjoy healthier foods as he grows.

Don't forget about drinks

Your toddler needs between 350ml (two thirds of a pint) and 500ml (a pint) of milk a day. Any more than this and he may lose his appetite at mealtimes. The World Health Organisation recommends that you continue to offer breastmilk until your toddler's at least two, but you can also offer full-fat cows' milk. There's no need to give your toddler follow-on milk though, as he should be getting plenty of nutrients from his food.

Try to avoid giving your toddler a lot of milk in the hour before a meal as it will fill him up. If he's thirsty, give him a drink of water instead.

Keep fruit juices to mealtimes only, and dilute them with water (10 parts water to one part juice) before giving them to your toddler. This is because fruit juices are acidic and contain quite a lot of natural sugar. Diluting them and drinking them with meals can help to minimise the damage they can do to your toddler's teeth.

Fruit squashes, even low-sugar and sugar-free varieties, can encourage a sweet tooth. You’ll keep your toddler healthier and save yourself trouble if you keep squashes off your shopping list. 

Try to phase out bottles so that all your toddler’s drinks, including milk, are given in cups or beakers. 

Don’t offer snacks just before or after a meal 

Try not to offer snacks too close to mealtimes, as your toddler may be too full to eat his lunch or dinner. If he hasn’t eaten well at his main meal, don’t offer him a snack straight afterwards. Although it's tempting to make sure he eats something, it's best to stick to a set meal pattern. Wait until the next snack or meal before offering food again. 

Don’t assume that a refusal is forever 

Tastes change with time. Even if your toddler's refused a particular food before, he may come to like it in the future. Some toddlers need to be offered a new food between 10 times and 15 times before they feel confident enough to try it. 

Don’t worry if a mealtime doesn't go as planned 

Don't be too hard on yourself or your toddler. Just put it behind you and approach the next meal positively. You’re both on a learning curve. Your toddler is learning to try new flavours and textures, and you're discovering how to cope with tricky mealtimes. Give it time and patience. He’ll grow out of this fussy phase.

What should I do if I'm still worried?

If you're really concerned about your toddler’s eating habits, keep a diary of all the food and drink he has over a week. Check that he's had something from each of the four main food groups. These are starchy foods, protein, dairy products, and fruit and vegetables.

If you know your toddler has eaten foods from each group, you probably don’t need to worry. 

Talk to your health visitor or GP if you need advice or support. They can check your toddler’s weight and height, and are likely to reassure you that there's no problem. If there are any issues, they will give you plenty of support to help you get back on track.
 

Aggression How to Deal with Hitting and Biting
2018-02-19 10:32:35

Why does my toddler get aggressive?

Shocking as it may be to you (and others), aggressive behaviour is a normal part of your toddler's development. His still-emerging language skills and a fierce desire to be independent can lead to frustration, and anger. Add undeveloped impulse control into the mix and your toddler's hitting or biting is completely normal. 

That doesn't mean you should ignore it, of course. Let your toddler know that aggressive behaviour is unacceptable and help him to develop other ways to express his feelings.

ExpressBuy is your (fastest and lowest priced) online retailer that specializes on the sale of Baby Products amongst other things. As a result, we have become experts in understanding everything about Baby from Conception to Birth to Maturity.

We found an interesting article that adequately explains how to deal with hitting and biting.

How can I stop my toddler being aggressive?

Reward good behaviour 
Rather than giving your child attention only when he's misbehaving, praise him for being good whenever you can. For example, when he asks to have a turn on the swing instead of simply pushing another child out of the way. Aim to give your toddler the most attention for positive behaviour, and cut the time you spend on negative behaviour. 

Heap praise on him when he says what he wants, and be specific and honest with it ("Well done for asking to have a go!"). Remember also to praise his efforts to do something even if he doesn't manage to pull it off. ("Well done for asking the little girl if you could have a turn. I know she didn't answer and you got frustrated, didn't you?") This helps your toddler to build confidence and feel good about himself. In time, he'll realise how powerful words can be. 

Use the following tactics to deal with undesirable behaviour: 

1. Follow up aggressive behaviour with logical consequences 
If your child gets into the ball pit at the indoor play centre and starts throwing balls at the other kids, take him out. Sit down with him and watch the other children play. Explain that he can go back in again when you both feel he's ready to join the fun without hurting anyone. 

Try not to reason with your toddler, for example, by asking him, "How would you like it if she threw the ball at you?" 
Toddlers aren't yet able to put themselves in another child's place or to change the way they behave based on reason. This cognitive maturity doesn't usually happen until children are four or five. But toddlers can understand consequences. 

2. Keep your temper 
Shouting, hitting or telling your child he's naughty won't get him to change his behaviour. He'll just get more riled and learn, from you, new things to try. In fact, watching you control your temper may be the first step in learning to control his. 

3. Set clear limits 
Try to respond immediately whenever your toddler is aggressive. Don't wait until he hits his brother for the third time. He should know straight away when he's done something wrong. Try to talk to him in a positive way ("The rule is kind hands" or "Please use your indoor voice"). Warn him that if he goes on hitting he won't be able to play with his brother. If he doesn't stop, remove him from the situation for a minute or two. Explain to him that what he did was wrong. Then let him let him go back. 

4. Be consistent 

 

Whenever you can, react to each episode the way you did before. Your predictable response ("The rule is gentle hands, remember") will set up a pattern that your toddler will recognise and come to expect. Even when you're out and mortified by your child's behaviour, don't lash out at him through embarrassment. Remember, other parents have been there too. If people stare, simply say, "Anyone want a two-year-old?" 

5. Teach alternatives 
Wait until your toddler has settled down, then talk calmly about what happened. Help him to name his emotions, listen to what he is telling you and accept his feelings, even if they are angry ones. Ask him if he can explain what made him upset. Stress that it's natural to have angry feelings but it's not fine to show them by hitting, kicking or biting. Help him to find a better way to respond, perhaps by talking about it ("Tommy, you're making me angry!") or asking an adult to help. 

6. Ask your toddler what the rule is 
Once he's lashed out he will probably be happy to tell you what the rule is, even if he didn't follow it. Asking him to remember the rule reinforces the behaviour you expect and, gradually, this will sink in. It may even be better than demanding an (often insincere) apology. 

7. Limit screen time 
Cartoons and other shows for young children can be filled with shouting, threats, even pushing and hitting. Limit the amount of screen time your toddler has, and monitor what he watches, particularly if he's prone to aggression. Some guidelines recommend that children aged two and under should have no screen time at all. 

If and when you do let your child watch television, watch it with him and talk about what you saw afterwards. ("That wasn't a very good way for him to get what he wanted, was it?") 

8. Help your toddler to be active 
Unless your toddler gets a chance to burn off his abundant energy, you may find he's a terror at home. Give him plenty of unstructured play time, preferably outdoors, whatever the weather, to let off steam. Guidelines recommend that children under five should be active for at least three hours a day, every day. 

9. Encourage downtime 
As well as being active it's also important to encourage your toddler to have down time, playing quietly by himself. Doing so means he learns to stimulate his imagination and to amuse himself without relying on you. While any time can be good, transitions from lunch to nap time, or supper to bedtime are ideal. 

10. Don't be afraid to seek help 
Sometimes, aggressive behaviour requires more intervention than a parent can provide. If your toddler often behaves aggressively, upsets other children, or if your efforts to curb his behaviour have little effect, talk to your doctor. She may refer you to someone who specialises in child behaviour. 

Together, you can get to the bottom of the behaviour and help your toddler through it. Remember, he is still very young. If you work with him patiently, the chances are that his violent outbursts will soon be a thing of the past.

Developmental milestones Talking
2018-02-19 10:19:59

Your toddler will gradually understand how she can use words to describe what she sees, hears, feels and thinks. Even before she uttered her first word, she was listening to and learning from everyone around her.

ExpressBuy is your (fastest and lowest priced) online retailer that specializes on the sale of Baby Products amongst other things. As a result, we have become experts in understanding everything about Baby from Conception to Birth to Maturity.

We found an interesting article that adequately explains how to develop toddler's speech patterns.

How did my baby's speech develop in her first year?

From the moment your baby arrived in the world, she was learning how to communicate. Her first form of communication was crying. She cried when she was hungry, uncomfortable or tired. 

From around three months, your baby may have started to babble to herself and make sounds back when you talked to her. She may have begun to recognise her name, and even responded when you said it from across the room. 

From around six months, you may have noticed your baby favouring certain sounds, such as "ba" or "ma", as these were easier to pronounce. She may have repeated them over and over because she liked the way they sounded.

How will my toddler learn to talk?

12 to 17 months

From around her first birthday, your toddler may begin to use one or more words and know what they mean. Her first words could well be a variation of "mummum" or "dada".

By around 15 months, your toddler will probably raise her voice at the end of a question. She may make hand gestures to emphasise what she's saying, such as pointing and waving. 

Your toddler may be able to understand and follow simple or routine instructions, such as "Pick up your teddy" or "Come to the table".

18 to 24 months

By 18 months your toddler may use between six and 20 simple words. By two, your toddler may be using 50 or more single words.

She may be able to put two words together, making basic sentences such as "Carry me". When you sing a nursery rhyme, she'll attempt to sing along with you. So if you sing "twinkle twinkle little..." and pause, your toddler may add in "star." 
 

She will chatter to herself as she plays. Enjoy listening to your toddler as she creates her own little world. It doesn't matter if what she says doesn't make sense. The rhythm will sound like real speech.

Pronouns such as 'I','she', and 'it' may confuse your toddler. These labels for things and people are a little too abstract for her just yet. You may catch her avoiding pronouns, saying "Baby throw" instead of "I throw". There's no need to worry if your toddler's speech doesn't sound clear yet. Every toddler learns different sounds at different stages. 

25 to 36 months

Your excitable toddler may struggle not to shout when she's expressing herself. She doesn't yet understand how she can change her voice to find the right volume when talking. 

Your toddler will start to get the hang of pronouns, such as 'I', 'me', and 'you'. She will also be using the word "no" a lot. This is her way of asserting her independence from you!

 

Between the ages of two and three, your toddler's vocabulary will increase to about 300 words. She will string naming words and action words together to form complete, though simple, sentences such as "I go now". 

Your toddler may ask you simple questions, such as "What?", "Where?" and "Who?" a lot. Get ready to be patient as your curious toddler wants to know the answer to everything!

By the time she turns three, your toddler will be able to have a simple conversation with you about what's she doing now or something she's done in the recent past. 

But don't be surprised if your toddler gets the tense wrong when she's telling you about something that's happened. For example, she may tell you that she "swimmed", when she means that she "swam" . Try not to tell your toddler that she got the word wrong. Instead, answer her with the correct tense. So tell her, "yes, we swam yesterday."

By now your toddler may be able to tell you her full name and gender, and perhaps even her age.

How can I encourage my toddler to talk?

Talk to your toddler as much as possible as you go about your daily routine and when you are out and about. The more you talk to your toddler, the more new words she'll learn, and the better she'll get at talking. 


Chat to your toddler as you change her nappy, feed, or bathe her, and give her time to respond with a smile or eye-to-eye contact. Use everyday activities to help your toddler to make connections between actions and objects and the words that represent them. Point out things you see when you're out and about.

Simplify your speech when you talk to your toddler. Use short sentences and emphasise key words. This will help your toddler to focus on the important information. 

Try talking to your toddler from time to time in sentences that are about one word longer than the sentences she is using. So if your child uses two-word sentences, use lots of three-word and four-word sentences when talking back to her. For example, if your toddler says "a fish", you could say, "yes, a big fish."

You can increase your child's vocabulary by giving her choices, such as "Do you want an orange or an apple?". You could even show your child both an apple and an orange. This helps your toddler to store a picture of the word in her mind. 

It will help your toddler to learn how to talk if you make time to sit in front of her and talk to her. You could even sit in front of her when you read a book, rather than have her on your lap, so she can watch you talking. 

Look at books with your toddler regularly. Even if you don't follow the story as it unfolds, your toddler will learn by listening to you talk about the pictures.

How will I know if my toddler is having trouble learning to talk?

There's no simple test that can tell you whether your toddler is having problems learning to talk. 

If you're worried, have a chat to your health visitor. She will most likely be able to reassure you that your child's speech is developing normally, or refer you to a speech and language therapist for assessment. 

Natural birth or CSection
2018-02-15 13:30:16

Being pregnant with my first child and about 17 weeks to go before he's due date, I've been discussing birth options with The Husband. And what it's come down to is deciding between an elective c-section and a vaginal birth with epidural (because I am not that brave to do this without all the drugs in the world).

While he is supportive of my choice and willing to discuss choices and listen to my thought process, he's said it's ultimately up to me and he'll support any decision I make. 

ExpressBuy is your (fastest and lowest priced) online retailer that specializes on the sale of Baby Products amongst other things. As a result, we have become experts in understanding everything about Baby from Conception to Birth to Maturity.

We found an interesting article that adequately explains the prons and cons of natural birth and C-Section birth.

Pros and cons
There are pros and cons to both. A c-section is major abdominal surgery with a longer recovery period. Moving around is a mission and some women can't really care for their babies because they're bed ridden - but that's why you get a 4 day stay in hospital afterwards. There's also the risk of post-op infection, but that's a risk with any operation and is not exclusive to c-sections. With natural birth you're up on your feet almost immediately and post-birth recovery is a breeze. There's always the option of an epidural for pain relief if it all gets too much for mom to handle.

But with a c-section you dispel with the unknown variables that come with natural birth. You won't suddenly go into labour at 3am in the morning because you've scheduled it for the more considerate time of 2pm in the afternoon. You don't have the risk of tearing and your vagina stays in tact. It's also a quick procedure, about 20 minutes if I'm not mistaken whereas natural birth can be anywhere from 3 hours to 13 hours, and sometimes end in a emergency c-section.

I think I'd much prefer a scheduled c-section over labouring forever and then having an emergency procedure, it seems far less traumatic. There is a certain amount of panic and anxiety associated with an emergency c-section and moms who have set their hearts on natural birth are often disappointed with their birth experience.

A badge of honour
It seems like moms who have had natural birth tend to see it as a badge of honour and look down on moms who chose to have an elective c-section. Or that it's only okay to have one if there is a medical reason and even then the reaction is "Oh okay, that's fine but shame that you missed out on giving birth". I don't think that's fair, why does it matter how you've birthed your child into this world as long as your baby is delivered safely and healthily and that mom has had a good birth experience.

We asked our Facebook moms what the reasons were that that the chose either an elective c-section or a natural birth. Here's what they had to say:

Natural - I wanted to know what it feels like and I loved every moment of it.

Pushy pushy baby! Had two vaginal births, It's the natural way & the bond of working together with the baby is amazing,overwhelming, I'd go 4 emergency Caesar if I had to save me & the baby's life though!

 
I didn't want natural birth at all - the idea just freaked me out. My babies were 3.8kgs and 3.9kgs at 39 weeks when I gave birth and there was no way I was pushing them out. I like to plan things and opted for an elective c-sections with both my pregnancies. They were both amazing experiences and I got to hold my baby straight away, was feeding them back in my room within 30 mins, up and walking the next day and driving within 2 weeks. I didn't have much pain and if I had to choose over again I would definately choose the same.

 
I'm also not one for natural birth, just like some people don't like dark chocolate, everyone is different, my c-sec was amazing and I walked around faster than the moms who had natural and torn, my boy was 4.1kg. I think its traumatic if you have an emergency c-sect because your heart is set on natural so you are not prepared and take longer to recover, but I chose c-sect, so I had an excellent recovery and positive all round experience.


Natural birth all the way! I was bullied by my former gynae to have a c section but told him to go jump there was nothing medically wrong with me not to have a normal delivery. Got a second opinion and had my beautiful baby boy all natural. Amazing how ones body bounces back.

Natural births with epidurals. I was coached by a friend (she basically talked me into it) , and my gynae preferred natural birth with uncomplicated pregnancies. My babies were 3.555 & 3.795 kg. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Healing was easy and with the epidural there was no pain.

 

I would have loved natural.. but after 26 hours of labour - I never dilated, and she had defecated inside me from not being able to go anywhere which stressed her out. I hated the c-section and the spinal tap didn't work for me. So had to be under completely, hated my birth and will never go through that again... ever.


I've had one natural (with suction, forceps & episiotomy), one emergency c-section & one planned c-section (as I was high risk). If I had my way, I'd have had natural with all 3, even with the assistance. 

 

Combining Breastfeeding and Work
2018-02-15 13:23:14

Many women successfully combine breastfeeding and paid work. You need support from your employer, colleagues and family, and some flexibility in your working arrangements.

If you wish to continue breastfeeding after you return to paid work, you are legally entitled to support from your employer. Victorian law says that employers must ‘reasonably accommodate’ employees who wish to continue breastfeeding.

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Work-related obstacles to breastfeeding

Some of the work-related obstacles to breastfeeding include:

  • Early return to work – one study found that mothers who intended to return to work within six weeks of giving birth were less likely to start breastfeeding in the first place

  • Insufficient paid maternity leave – only about one quarter of Australian workplaces offer paid maternity leave, with eight weeks being the average period of paid leave. Women are entitled, by law, to 52 weeks of unpaid maternity leave

  • Inadequate facilities in the workplace – for example, lack of privacy or no access to a fridge

  • No lactation breaks – a mother needs breaks to express milk or go to feed her baby.

Combining breastfeeding and work

If you would like to continue breastfeeding after you return to work:

  • Ask your work supervisor, the equal employment opportunities officer, human resources manager or your union about your workplace’s breastfeeding policies. Try to do this before you go on maternity leave.

  • Discuss with your employer your intention to continue breastfeeding, ideally before you go on maternity leave.

  • If you cannot go to your baby for feeds during working hours, decide how often you will need to express milk. The number of times per day will depend on the age and needs of your baby. If unsure, speak with your doctor, maternal and child health nurse, lactation consultant.

  • To express breastmilk at work, you will need a clean, private area (not a toilet), access to a fridge to store the milk, an area to store your manual or electric pump (if you use one) and regular opportunities for breaks.

  • Choose an appropriate method. Breastmilk can be expressed by hand or with a manual or electric breast pump. An electric pump with a double pumping kit is the fastest, which could make it the best choice for use at work.

  • Consider buying or hiring an electric pump. Speak with a lactation consultant for information and advice on the best choice of breast pump for you.

  • Look for child care or a babysitter close to your work (rather than close to your home). That way, you may be able to visit the childcare centre during breaks to breastfeed your baby or else have the babysitter bring your baby to your workplace. Discuss these options with your employer and the baby’s carer.

  • Be flexible and aim to negotiate a fair trade-off with your employer.

Expressed breastmilk – safety

Breastmilk must be stored correctly to keep it free from germs, which can make your baby ill. Safety suggestions include:

  • Use clean hands and clean equipment.

  • Express into clean containers. These may be glass or plastic containers or sealable plastic bags.

  • Label each container with the time and date the breastmilk was expressed.

  • Refrigerate the breastmilk within one hour of expressing.

  • Freeze excess breastmilk.

  • Keep the milk cold on the commute home. For example, pack the milk in an pesky with a freezer brick.

  • Don’t use a microwave to thaw or reheat breastmilk. Thaw or warm it by putting the bottle or bag in a container of hot water. Then test the milk on the side of your wrist – it should feel about the same temperature as your skin.

Discrimination laws and breastfeeding

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you (treat you differently or unfairly) because you are breastfeeding or expressing. Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission laws (2010) say that an employer must make reasonable efforts to accommodate the needs of an employee who is a breastfeeding mother.

Try to negotiate a reasonable agreement first, but if your employer makes it difficult for you to continue breastfeeding, speak to your union representative or contact the Australian Breastfeeding Association for advice.

Things to remember

  • Many women successfully combine breastfeeding and paid work.

  • Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission laws say that an employer must make reasonable efforts to meet the needs of an employee who is a breastfeeding mother.

  • Discuss your breastfeeding requirements with your employer, ideally before you go on maternity leave.

 

How to Regain the Attractivenss of your Breasts after Breastfeeding
2018-02-15 13:13:36

Are Saggy Breasts Inevitable?

Every woman who is breastfeeding or recently weened their baby is interested in whether her breasts will ever look the same as they used to. Your breasts used to be toned and firm and now, especially if you used to breastfeed and have stopped, the skin is stretched and the breasts hang lower.

Breasts are very special part of woman’s body. We all like to take good care of them want them to be healthy and look beautiful.

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We found an interesting article that adequately explains how to have attractive breast after breastfeeding .

The bad news is that for many of us, our breasts will never really be the same after breastfeeding. It's important to keep in mind that all women's breasts change and become less toned with age whether they breastfeed or not. The good news is that there are several things we can do to minimize sagginess, and those things are:

  • exercise

  • creams

  • avoid certain positions while breastfeeding

  • support the breasts with a bra

Why Do Breasts Sag After Breastfeeding?

During pregnancy, due to specific hormones, breasts go through a process which prepares them for breastfeeding. The number of milk ducts grows and they become bigger. This is why women's breasts get bigger during pregnancy.

During breastfeeding, the breasts become even more dense. They get bigger and bigger because of milk production and the skin is stretched over time. Engorgement and inflammation can even leave breasts misshapen. It's not unusual for a woman's breasts to become asymmetrical: One may shrink over time, while the other stays the same.

What to do if You Are Still Breastfeeding

  • Avoid Leaning Over When you are nursing your baby, especially when the baby is very tiny, use a pillow to raise your baby up high enough to meet your breast. Avoid leaning over and angling your breast down into your baby's mouth. This will help prevent your skin from stretching even more.

  • Wear a Good Bra The skin in your breasts needs support. Get a good nursing or sports bra to hold your breasts up. This will prevent further sagging.

  • Eat Less Animal Fat What you eat is for breasts skin tone. Reduce your animal fat intake and eat more wholegrain cereals, legumes, and green vegetables. Use this time while you are nursing to eat more salads, olive oil, and fresh fruits. Eat foods rich in vitamin B (eggs, fish, and poultry) and E (nuts, seeds, and leafy greens). These vitamins help maintain skin’s elasticity and tone.

  • Hot and Cold Showers While you are in the shower, switch between hot and cold water. This will improve your circulation and skin tone. Finish your shower with cold water. That way your breast skin will stay firm.

  • Wean Gradually When you are ready to plan weaning, leave time to do it gradually. The more gradually you wean, the more you will help the fat tissue to redeposit inside breasts. That will help them regain their pre-pregnancy appearance more quickly.

  • Avoid Rapid Weight Loss Breastfeeding can help women lose their pregnancy weight. But be careful. If you find that the pounds are just falling off, your skin won't be able to keep up. Try to lose that weight gradually so that your skin has time to change too.

What to do When You Have Stopped Breastfeeding

You cannot build up your breasts like some other part of your body. Breasts are not composed of muscles and ligaments. Instead, they only have fatty tissue and that’s why they are prone to sagging.

You can, however, strengthen the muscles that hold the breasts up and work on your posture. Have you noticed that while you are breastfeeding you tend to slouch over? When we hold ourselves up with good back posture, our breasts follow along and don't sag as much. By exercising your pectoral and back muscles, you will build the strength required to hold your breasts up, making them appear more toned.

1. Dumbbell Pull-Over

This exercise strengthens your arms, chest, and back. This will be great for your posture and supporting your breasts.

  • Lie back on a bench with both feet on the floor.

  • Hold a dumbbell in each hand over head.

  • Raise your arms up so they are pointing at the ceiling

  • Repeat.

Push Up

Push ups are great for arm, back, and core muscle strengthening, which helps with posture.

  • Facing the floor, place hands in front of your parallel. You can either keep your legs straight or bend at the knees.

  • Lower yourself down as far as you can and then push back up.

  • Repeat.

Chest Press

The chest press is another exercise that tones the arm, chest, and back muscles.

  • While seated at an angle with both feet on the floor, hold a weight in each hand.

  • Extend your arms out.

  • Slowly pull your arms in towards your chest.

  • Repeat.

Creams After Breastfeeding

While you were breastfeeding, you probably didn’t use any cream on your breast skin. If you have stopped breastfeeding, this is the right time for beauty treatments. Invest in a quality skin cream. Your skin will be soft, healthy, and your breast skin may tone up a bit.

Reasons Babies Cry and How to Soothe them
2018-02-15 13:00:29

Your baby is fully dependent on you. You provide her with the food, warmth and comfort that she needs. When she cries, it's her way of communicating any or all of those needs and of ensuring a response from you. 

It's sometimes hard to work out which need your baby wants you to take care of. But as your baby grows she'll learn other ways of communicating with you. For example, she'll get better at eye contact, making noises and smiling. 
 

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In the meantime, here are some reasons why your baby may cry, and what you can try to soothe her:

I'm crying because I'm hungry

Hunger is one of the most common reasons why your baby will cry, especially if she's a newborn. The younger your baby is, the more likely it is that she's hungry. 

Your baby's stomach is small and can't hold very much. So it won't take long before it empties. If you're breastfeeding, offer your breast, even if her last feed doesn't seem that long ago. This is called feeding on demand.

If you're formula-feeding, your baby may not need more milk for at least two hours after her last feed. Every baby is different though. If your baby is consistently not finishing her feeds, she may prefer to drink formula little and often. In this case, you could try offering her another feed early.

Your baby may not stop crying immediately, but let her keep feeding if she wants to.

I just feel like crying

If your baby's less than about four months old, she may cry more in the late afternoon and evening. This is normal, and doesn't necessarily mean there's anything wrong with your baby. 

Persistent crying in an otherwise healthy baby is sometimes called colic. Your baby may become flushed and frustrated, and refuse your efforts to comfort her. She may clench her fists, draw up her knees, or arch her back.

Some people associate colic with tummy problems, maybe caused by an allergy or intolerance to something in your breastmilk or a type of formula milk. 

These days though, we have a greater understanding of how normal this pattern of baby crying is. Some experts think colic is not linked to tummy troubles, but is instead a stage called the "period of PURPLE crying®". PURPLE is an acronym and the letters stand for:

  • Peak of crying. Your baby may cry more each week, the most at two months, then less at between three months and five months.

  • Unexpected crying. It can come and go and you don't know why.

  • Resists soothing. Unfortunately, your baby may not stop crying, no matter what you try.

  • Pain-like face. Your baby may look as if she is in pain, but it's unlikely that she is.

  • Long-lasting periods of crying. It can last for several hours a day.

  • Evening. Your baby is most likely to cry more in the late afternoon and evening.

Living with a baby who regularly cries inconsolably can be very stressful, but there are tactics you can try to help you cope.

I'm crying because I need to be held

Your baby needs lots of cuddling, physical contact and reassurance to comfort her. So her crying may mean that she just wants to be held. 

Swaying and singing to her while you hold her may give her added comfort.
 

When you hold your baby close she may be soothed by your heartbeat, the warmth of your body and your smell. You could try babywearing to keep her close to you for longer spells.

I'm crying because I'm tired and I need a rest

Babies often find it hard to get to sleep, particularly if they're over-tired. You'll probably become aware of your baby's sleep cues soon after birth. Whining and crying at the slightest thing, staring blankly into space, and being quiet and still are just three examples.

Lots of attention from doting visitors may over-stimulate your baby and make it hard for her to sleep. Try taking her to a quiet room before bed to help her calm down and switch off.

I'm crying because I'm too cold or too hot

You can check whether your baby is too hot or too cold by feeling her tummy. Don't be guided by the temperature of your baby's hands or feet. It's normal for them to feel cold. 

Use sheets and cellular blankets as bedding in your baby's cot or Moses basket. If her tummy feels too hot, remove a blanket, and if it feels cold, simply add one. 

Keep the temperature of your baby's room at about 18 degrees C. Place her down to sleep on her back with her feet at the foot of her bed. That way she can't wriggle down under the blankets and become too hot.

Take care not to overdress your baby, or she may become too hot. She'll generally need to wear one more layer of clothing than you to be comfortable.

I'm crying because I need my nappy changing

Your baby may protest if she has a wet or soiled nappy. Some babies don't seem to mind unless their skin feels irritated.

If your baby doesn't like having her nappy changed, it may be because of the strange feeling of cold air on her skin. After a week or so, you'll probably be a pro at quick nappy changes. Otherwise, distracting your baby with a song or a toy she can look at during changes may work well.

I'm crying because I don't feel well

If your baby's unwell, she'll probably cry in a different tone from the one you're used to. It may be weaker, more urgent, continuous, or high-pitched. If she usually cries a lot but has become unusually quiet, this may also be a sign that she's not well. 
 

Teething may also cause your baby to be more upset than usual. Babies are often irritable and restless in the week before a new tooth comes through. Learn the other signs of teething to look out for.

However, nobody knows your baby as well as you do. If you feel that something's not right, call a midwife or health visitor. Health professionals will always take your concerns seriously.

Call your doctor straight away if your baby is persistently crying and has a fever, is vomiting, or has diarrhoea or constipation.
 

My baby's still crying. How can I soothe her?

As you gradually get to know your baby's personality you'll learn which techniques work best for her. If a cuddle or a feed doesn't do the job, these suggestions may help:

Play a constant sound 

In your womb (uterus), your baby could hear the beat of your heart. She probably enjoys being held close to you now because your heartbeat is so familiar. 

Other noises mimic the sounds she'll have heard in your womb. The repetitive noise of a vacuum cleaner or hairdryer may lull your baby to sleep. Or you could supervise her on the floor next to the washing machine. The steady rhythm of the machine can have a calming effect. 

You can also download white-noise sounds or a white-noise app to your phone, or buy a white-noise CD created for babies. 

Rock-a-bye baby

Most babies love to be gently rocked. You could rock her:
 

You could also try taking her for a ride in your car or for a walk in her pushchair.

Try a massage or a tummy rub
Using massage oils or cream, gently rub her back or tummy in a clockwise direction.

Doing this regularly may help your baby to cry and fuss less. However, the best time for massage is when your baby is settled and alert. If she is crying during the massage, then stop, because she's telling you she's had enough. 

Try a different feeding position

Some babies cry during or after feeds. If you're breastfeeding, you may find that improving the way your baby latches on helps her to feed calmly, without crying. Ask your health visitor or breastfeeding counsellor to check your positioning. 

If your breastfed or bottle-fed baby seems to have painful wind during feeds, she may prefer to feed in a more upright position. 

Burp your baby after a feed by holding her against your shoulder and gently patting or rubbing her back. If your baby cries straight after a feed though, she may still be hungry.

Let her suck on something

For some babies, the need to suck is very strong. If you're breastfeeding, you could let your baby suckle your breast for comfort. Alternatively, let her suck on your clean finger or knuckle. Most babies will never need a dummy, but this is another option to try if you think it may help her.

Give her a warm bath

A warm bath may help your baby to calm down. Check the water temperature before placing her in the bath. It should be about 37 degrees C to 38 degrees C. If you don't have a thermometer, dip your elbow into the water. It should feel neither hot nor cold.

Bear in mind that a bath may also make her cry more. Not all babies enjoy the sensation of being in water. In time, you'll get to know your baby's likes and dislikes.

What should I do if nothing seems to help?

It is normal for babies to cry, so try not to blame yourself if your baby simply won't be soothed. 

If your baby cries almost constantly she won't do herself lasting harm. But it's likely to put you and your partner under strain. If she's unhappy and resists every effort to calm her down, you may feel rejected and frustrated. 

But you are not the cause of her crying. Sometimes, simply accepting that you have a baby who cries a lot can help. If you've met your baby's immediate needs and tried everything you can to calm her, it's time to take care of yourself:
 

  • Put your baby in her cot and let her cry for a few minutes out of your range of hearing. Take deep breaths and let yourself relax for a moment or two.

  • If you and your baby are both upset and you've tried everything, call a friend or relative for support. Give yourself a break and let someone else take over for a while.

  • Find a local support group or parent-and-baby group. That way you can meet other new parents in the same situation and offer each other moral support.

  • Talk to your health visitor about coping strategies before everything gets too much. Don't let things build up, as it could make things harder for you and your baby.


This crying is probably just a phase. It is very common and it will pass. As your baby grows, she'll learn new ways of communicating her needs to you. And when this happens, the excessive crying will soon stop.

If you're struggling with the new challenge of parenthood, meet and chat to others like you in our friendly community.

 

Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers
2018-02-15 12:33:37

The essential nutrients below will help you and your baby thrive. They're found in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, dairy products, and lean meats.

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We found an interesting article that adequately explains diet for pregnant and nursing mothers.

Calcium

Calcium helps build strong bones and teeth, and plays an important role in the healthy functioning of the circulatory, muscular, and nervous systems. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should get 1,000 mg of calcium a day. Healthy sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products, calcium-fortified orange juice and cereals, and spinach.

Carbohydrates

Eating carbohydrates helps provide energy to support the growth and development of a baby and, after delivery, breastfeeding. The best sources of carbs are whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, which also are good sources of fiber.

Fiber

Fiber is a nutrient that can help ease the constipation commonly associated with pregnancy. Whole grains (like whole-wheat bread, whole-grain cereals, and brown rice) and fruits, vegetables, and legumes (beans, split peas, and lentils) are good sources of fiber.

Folic acid

Folic acid helps the healthy development of a baby's brain and spinal cord. It's also needed to make red blood cells and white blood cells. Women who get 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) of folic acid daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy can reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a neural tube defect (a birth defect involving incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord). Good sources of folic acid include fortified cereals, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and nuts.

Healthy Fats

Healthy fats (unsaturated fats) are used to fuel a baby's growth and development. They are especially important for the development of the brain and nervous system. Healthy fats are found in olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados, and salmon. While fat is necessary in any healthy diet, it's important to limit fat intake to 30% or less of your daily calorie intake.

Iodine

Iodine helps the body's thyroid gland make hormones that help with growth and brain development. Not getting enough iodine during pregnancy can put a baby at risk for thyroid problems and cognitive delays, some of which can be severe. Pregnant or lactating women should use iodized salt in their cooking and eat foods high in iodine, like seafood and dairy products. They also should take a daily prenatal vitamin that includes 150 micrograms of iodide (a source of iodine that's easily absorbed by the body). If your prenatal vitamin doesn't have enough, talk to your doctor about taking an additional supplement.

Iron

Eating a diet rich in iron and taking a daily iron supplement while pregnant or breastfeeding helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia. Women who don't get enough iron may feel tired and are at risk for infections. Good dietary sources of iron include lean meats, fortified cereals, legumes (beans, split peas, and lentils), and leafy green vegetables.

Protein

Protein helps build a baby's muscles, bones, and other tissues, especially in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. The recommended protein intake during the second half of pregnancy and while breastfeeding is 71 grams daily. Healthy sources of protein include lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, peanut butter, eggs, and tofu.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps develop a baby's heart, eyes, and immune system. Prenatal vitamins should not contain more than 1,500 micrograms (5,000 IU) of vitamin A and pregnant women should not take vitamin A supplements. Both too little and too much vitamin A can harm a developing fetus. Good sources of vitamin A include milk, orange fruits and vegetables (such as cantaloupe, carrots, and sweet potatoes), and dark leafy greens.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 helps form a baby's red blood cells; breaks down protein, fat, and carbohydrates; and is needed for normal brain development and function. Good sources of vitamin B6 include poultry, fish, whole grains, fortified cereals, and bananas.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays an important role in the formation of a baby's red blood cells, as well as brain development and function. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products like meat and eggs, so it's important to speak with your doctor about taking a B12 supplement during your pregnancy and while breastfeeding if you're vegetarian or vegan and don't plan to eat animal products. Good sources of vitamin B12 include lean meats, poultry, and fish, and fat-free and low-fat milk.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays an important role in tissue growth and repair, and in bone and tooth development. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, and fortified fruit juices.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D aids in the body's absorption of calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Good sources of vitamin D include fortified low-fat or fat-free milk, fortified orange juice, egg yolks, and salmon.

Beautiful Baby Names Meaning Love
2018-02-14 09:53:52

While giving your daughter a name that has a nice ring to it is important, it might even be more important to give baby girl a name that has real depth. After all, she's going to be stuck with it for a lifetime — so it might as well have some meaning, right?

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We found an interesting article that explains beautiful baby names meaning love.

Since we know that selecting a baby name can be a beast — and finding a name that falls nicely on the ears and has some significance is a tall order — we're helping you narrow things down by providing a list of names that are both aesthetically pleasing and meaningful.

From classic to trendy, you'll find a baby girl name that means something to you.

  • Sophia: Wise

  • Emma: Whole or complete

  • Olivia: Olive, symbol of peace

  • Isabella: Devoted to God

  • Hannah: Favor or grace

  • Mia: A wished for child

  • Chloe: Fresh blooming

  • Madison: Gift of God

  • Violet: Flower

  • Victoria: Victory or triumphant

  • Darlene: Tenderly loved

  • Kalila: Dearly loved

  • Milada: My love

  • Grania: Love

  • Kennocha: Lovely

  • Cheryl: Dear one, darling

  • Cher: Dear one, darling

  • Aphrodite: Goddess of love

  • Theophilia: Loved by God

  • Cara: Beloved

  • Vida: Dearly loved

  • Carina: Beloved

  • Amada: Beloved

  • Amara: Beloved

  • Amia: Beloved

  • Amor: Love

  • Davina: Cherished

  • Vida: Dearly loved

 

  • Farrah: Happy

  • Caroline: Song of happiness

  • Felicity: Happy

  • Gwyneth: Happiness, blessed

  • Carolina: Song of happiness

  • Luana: Content, happy

  • Allegra: Joyful

  • Halona: Of happy fortune

  • Joy: Happy

  • Makenna: Happy one

  • Trixie: Happy

  • Beatrix: She who brings happiness

 


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