Baby the Explorer

It’s an amazing world out there, so much to do and explore, and so much to learn!

Have you ever seen a baby when they lay eyes on something new? With eyes full of wonder and as bright as can be, their little hands outstretched to touch and mouths wide open to taste, something new to them is something we as adults take for granted.

The biggest blessing is that we as parents rediscover our world and appreciate it all the more when accompanied by a baby who is so excited to see the newest thing in his/her life. So rush rush and hasty in our lives we bypass the true things that really matter. The beautiful, blue sky on a clear sunny day, a big bright moon on a dark night, the birds chirping and flitting about and the flowers in bloom in the spring, or even appreciation for gravity. Oh yes, baby’s biggest adventure is watching things drop while they are perched from a higher level than the floor.

Babies are born to explore and learn about their little discoveries with their hands, eyes and mouths. By touching and tasting, baby tries to learn what things are made of and, perhaps, what he can do with those interesting new objects. He/she is on a quest to make sense of the world, and it can be a complicated one at that!

One of the most important thing you can do for your child is to babyproof your home. Ensure that your home is babyproofed from top to bottom.

Keep small objects out of reach.
Shorten drapes and bind cords.
Lock cleaners and any potentially dangerous substances in a higher level cupboard. This includes alcohol, prescription and non-prescription drubs, paint, gasoline, etc.
Cover electrical outlets with a child-resistant outlet cover.
Place screened barriers around fireplaces and radiators.
Install gates at the top and bottom of staircases.
Keep appliance cords wrapped short so children cannot pull.
Place houseplants out of child’s reach.
Position audio and video equipment so the child cannot pull them off furniture.
Always use a safety belt when your baby is sitting in a bouncing seat, swing, or highchair.
And the list goes on! Safety should always come first when it comes to your baby and child.

There are various ways that you can aide in the development of your little bundle of joy. Not only will they encourage and stimulate but these times will create an enjoyable time together and strengthen the bond you have with your child.

alk to your baby and describe or explain the activiting you are doing. Stimulate your baby with toys that educate, books that encourage language, teaches about objects, people and animals, and a love of reading, and music that is fun and provides laughter yet can also be calming during fussy times. Instill in your child a love of learning. Not only will these activities engage the baby, they will boost confidence and happiness.

Each and every day is a milestone and each day brings a new discovery in the life of a baby. These times are to be enjoyed and while baby is on his/her quest for discovering, you will find appreciation in the little things in life.

Searching for a perfect gift for baby and parents? Cuddles ‘n Gifts has a fabulous selection of vibrant baby book gift baskets in addition to fabulous Baby Einstein Gifts. You can’t go wrong in choosing a gift that stimulates and encourages baby’s development.

Baby Blues: Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Psychosis

It is supposed to be one of the most exciting and miraculous times in a woman’s life, becoming a mother and experiencing the joys of motherhood. However, for many women this time is a time of stress, anxiety, uncontrollable dangerous thoughts and depression. It is a disorder that is becoming more and more talked about thanks to brave women like Brooke Shields who openly talk about their experiences. It’s called postpartum depression a more severe, lasting depression than the baby blues and is experienced by up to 12% of women after delivery. Symptoms may include hopelessness, guilt, difficulty concentrating, poor appetite, and thoughts of suicide, or even thoughts of hurting your own child.

Baby Blues During the postpartum period up to 85% of women experience some type of mood disturbance, however, 10-15% of women experience a more disabling and persistent form of mood disturbance called postpartum depression or psychosis. So what is the difference between just the baby blues and depression or psychosis?

Baby Blues:

The baby blues should only last about two weeks, the symptoms should peak at the fourth or fifth day and last for several days but then start to remit.
Rapidly fluctuating mood, tearfulness, irritability, and anxiety are common symptoms.
Symptoms do not interfere with a mother’s ability to function and to care for her child.
Postpartum Depression (PPD):

Postpartum depression occurs in 10-15% of women in the general population.
Depressed mood—tearfulness, hopelessness, and feeling empty inside, with or without severe anxiety.
Anxiety is high, including worries or obsessions about the infant’s health and well-being.
Those with a personal history of depression, previous episode of postpartum depression, or depression during pregnancy are at the highest risk.
Loss of pleasure in either all or almost all of your daily activities.
The mother may have negative feelings toward the infant. She may also have intrusive and unpleasant fears or thoughts about harming the infant, these tend to be fearful thoughts, rather than urges to harm.
Thoughts about death or suicide.
Noticeable change in how you walk and talk—usually restlessness, but sometimes sluggishness.
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, with no reasonable cause.
Usually trouble with sleeping, even when your baby is sleeping.
Postpartum Psychosis:

Although the symptoms can occur at anytime within the first three months after giving birth, women who have postpartum psychosis usually develop symptoms within the first two to three weeks after delivery.
Postpartum psychosis symptoms usually appear quite suddenly; in 80% of cases, the psychosis occurs three to 14 days after a symptom-free period.
Illogical thoughts
Refusing to eat
Extreme feelings of anxiety and agitation
Periods of delirium or mania
Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
Women with a personal history of psychosis, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia have an increased risk of developing postpartum psychosis.
Women with postpartum psychosis are not always able to speak about it or get help on their own so it may be necessary for a partner or friend to get them the medical attention they need.
The key to preventing postpartum depression from taking over you life is to asses it as early as possible and get treatment. If you think that you may be suffering from postpartum depression or psychosis call your doctor immediately and start getting help so you can enjoy you baby and your life.