First Six Weeks

The Crying Baby: What is Baby Trying to Tell Us?

The Crying Baby:  What is Baby Trying to Tell Us? A baby’s main means of communication in the early weeks and months of life is to cry.  It doesn’t take too long for parents to note that not all of their baby’s cries sound the same.  Some are easily recognizable, e.g. hunger, anger and others which may not be so easy to “translate.”  As your multiples are individuals, it may be that one or more will not go through the same reactions at the same time.   What do We Know? ~All babies cry, even healthy ones receiving excellent care. ~By crying, babies can express their pain, hunger, anger, fear and boredom, but sometimes they will cry for no specific...

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Kangaroo Care for Infants

Kangaroo Care for Infants

Definition: A method of caring for premature babies in which the infants are held skin-to-skin with a parent, usually the mother, for as many hours as possible every day.  Especially helpful with preterm and/or low birth weight infants. Process: Mom and/or Dad/partner wears an over-sized shirt, large hospital gown or loose clothing exposing their chest. Can also be successful with using a warm blanket.  The nearly naked (diaper and possibly cap only) infant is placed directly on the parent’s exposed chest and the shirt/blanket is wrapped snugly around baby, drawing him or her into the parent’s chest where he or she settles and snuggles. Multiples can also receive...

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Multiples and Co-bedding

Multiples and Co-bedding

When the babies are put into the same bed, it is called Co-bedding. There are many benefits to the babies sleeping together. Learn why.

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