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Every Thursday I send an email with three quick tips to brighten your day and help you and your family lead a more natural life. Want to get it?
Hold that bath water! Plus, get ready for a big milestone for the whole family.
You may notice your little one putting everything in his mouth. While this can seem gross and even scary, know that this actually helps inform his immune system. According to the hygiene hypothesis, researchers believe that organisms (like bacteria, viruses, and even worms) that are found in dust and dirt, encourage a healthy immune system.
Of course, you want to be smart about it and not expose baby to filthy floors or unsafe environments. The point is, don’t feel that you need to sanitize everything. You also want to limit baths to no more than 1 to 2 times per week, using only simple soap to clean.
Massage is more than a form of relaxation—all babies, particularly low birthweight babies, thrive when exposed to human touch. In fact, over 100 studies confirm infant massage helps with everything from gas, to colic, to sleeping problems. Even just five minutes per diaper change is enough to reap the benefits. Learn how to give baby a massage here.
Reader photo of 5 week old baby Skylar Selene.
This week you may find yourself venturing out of the house, and entering the land of the living. For a first time mama, this can be scary and exciting all at once. But, trust me, this is good for both baby and mama.
Babies who get outside:
Mamas also benefit from getting outside, since they get more exercise, boost endorphins, crush feelings of isolation, and feel more connected to their community and to life in general.
So get outside! Even if it’s winter, bundle up your little one and go for it! Some tips include:
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