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excerpt from baby center

Little travelers need a surprising amount of stuff! Here’s a checklist of items that make traveling much easier, plus tips for efficient packing. For more information, see our articles on traveling with a young baby or an older baby.

Diapers
One for each hour you’ll be in transit, plus extras in case of delays
Pad to put under your baby during diaper changes
You can buy disposable changing pads at supermarkets or reusable ones at baby stores
Blankets
Bring a few — you’ll use them to lay your baby on, cover her, cover yourself if you’re nursing, protect your clothes from messy burps, shade your baby, and more
Plastic bags
Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets
Diaper rash cream
Wipes
Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel, baby wash, and baby lotion
Tissues
Extra pacifiers (if your baby uses one)
A few of your baby’s favorite toys
Clothes, socks, and booties or shoes
One to two outfits per day is a good guideline
Washable bibs
Sun hat
Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils, and baby food
If your baby’s eating solid foods
Formula, water, and juice if appropriate
Extra bottles, nipples, and sippy cups if appropriate
Energy-boosting snacks for you to munch on
Breast pump (if you use one)
Nightlight
So you can keep the room lighting soothingly low during middle-of-the-night diaper changes
First-aid kit
Baby pain reliever and supplies for treating minor injuries
Sling or front carrier
Lightweight, hands-free way to keep your baby close in crowded places like airports
Portable crib or play yard
A safe place for your baby to sleep or play
Inflatable baby bathtub
Can make bath time easier at your destination
Car seat for safer travel by car or plane
Collapsible stroller
Can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane
  • Packing Tips
  • Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
  • Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.
  • Pack an extra shirt for yourself in your carry-on bag.
  • Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
  • Keep your baby’s outfits together in one suitcase so you can find them easily.
  • Take your camera — and don’t forget the battery charger if it’s digital, or plenty of film if not.
  • Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.
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excerpt from baby center

You don’t have to be a child development expert to give your baby a great start in life. Recent research confirms what we’ve known all along: Love, attention, and basic care are all your baby really needs and wants. To help your baby reach her full potential, follow these eight simple steps.

Show your love

Children need love. Your emotional caring and support give your child a secure base from which to explore the world. This isn’t just touchy-feely advice. Hard scientific evidence shows that love, attention, and affection in the first years of life have a direct and measurable impact on a child’s physical, mental, and emotional growth. Love and touch actually cause your child’s brain to grow, according to Marian Diamond, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child’s Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions From Birth Through Adolescence.

How do you show your love? Hug, touch, smile, encourage, listen to, and play with your little one whenever you can. It’s also important to answer her cries immediately, especially in the first six months or so, when experts say it’s impossible to spoil a child. In fact, responding to your baby when he’s upset (as well as when she’s happy) helps you build trust and a strong emotional bond, according to Zero to Three, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of infants, toddlers, and families.

oh yeah, answer to your cries IMMEDIATELY! yes baby!

Care for your child’s basic needs

Your baby needs all the good health and energy she can muster for learning and growing, and you can help by covering her basic needs. Take her for regular well-baby checkups and keep her immunizations up to date.

Sleep is anything but wasted time for your baby, so help her get plenty of shut-eye. During REM (rapid eye movement) sleep your baby’s brain cells are making important connections. These synapses, as they’re called, are the pathways that enable all learning, movement, and thought. They’re the keys to your baby’s understanding of everything he sees, hears, tastes, touches, and smells as she explores the world.

Breast milk or formula will provide all the nutrients your baby needs for the first six months, and will be an important part of his diet until her first birthday. Breastfeeding is best for your baby — among other benefits, studies show that breastfed babies have lower rates of allergies, diarrhea, respiratory problems, and ear infections. Breast milk may also give your baby’s IQ a boost. Although formula can’t replicate all of the unique properties of breast milk, formula-fed babies can thrive, too, so don’t beat yourself up if you’re unable to breastfeed.

(If you’re worried about your baby’s sleeping or eating patterns, talk to your doctor.)

Tend to your baby’s physical comfort promptly. Be sensitive to the fact that she’s too warm or that her diaper is wet. You and your baby are a team, and one of your jobs is to take care of the basics so she can get on with her challenging tasks!

baby, we are a team! you help mama to understand you, okie?

Talk to your child

Research shows that children whose parents spoke to them extensively as babies have significantly higher IQs and richer vocabularies than kids who didn’t receive much verbal stimulation. You can even begin during your pregnancy — it’s a great way to start the bonding process.

Once your child is born, talk to her as you diaper, feed, and bathe her. She’ll respond better if she knows the words are directed at her, so try to look at her while you’re speaking. Don’t worry about words of wisdom. Just describe what you’re doing: “Mommy is putting warm water in the tub so she can clean you up.” Try to avoid baby talk, though. Once in a while it’s okay, but your baby can develop good language skills only if you speak to her correctly.

mama was thinking if she’s mad to talk incessantly to you. guess it’s alright as it helps your language development! so baby, please don’t complain that mama is talkative! hehehe ;P

Read to your child

Reading out loud is one of the most important things you can do to help build your child’s vocabulary, stimulate her imagination, and improve her language skills. It also gives you an opportunity to cuddle and socialize.

Jim Trelease, a reading expert and author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, says even newborns enjoy listening to a story. Make a point of reading to your child from day one.

Stimulate all her senses

For your child to learn about people, places, and things, she needs to be exposed to them. Every new interaction gives her information about the world and her place in it. Studies show that children who grow up in an enriched environment — where they are presented with new experiences that engage their senses — have larger, more active brains than those who grow up without adequate sensory stimulation.

Of course, children can become overstimulated; you don’t want to bombard your child 24 hours a day or try to engage all her senses at once. When she’s interested in playing, though, provide a variety of toys and other objects. Choose things with different shapes, textures, colors, sounds, and weights. Learn about the effect of music on your child’s development at different ages, and sing the lyrics to your favorite lullabies. Play interactive games such as peekaboo and patty-cake, go on walks and shopping trips together, and let your baby meet new people. Even the simplest daily activities will stimulate your baby’s brain development.

It’s also important to give your child room to roam. To develop strong muscles, good balance, and coordination, she needs plenty of space to crawl, cruise, and eventually walk. She’ll also benefit from safe spaces where she can explore her surroundings without hearing “No” or “Don’t touch.” The easiest way to do this is to childproof your home (or at least the common areas). Keep dangerous objects out of your baby’s reach and safe ones accessible. For instance, in the kitchen, put childproof locks on all the cabinets except one. Fill that with plastic bowls, measuring cups, wooden spoons, and pots and pans that your baby can play with safely.

Encourage new challenges

It’s important not to frustrate your child with toys and activities that are way beyond her abilities, but a little struggling goes a long way toward self-improvement. When an activity doesn’t come easily to your baby, she has to figure out a new way to accomplish the task. That type of problem-solving is the stuff better brains are made of. If she’s attempting to open a box, for example, resist the urge to help him. Let her try first. If she continues to struggle, show her how it’s done, but then give her back a closed box so she can try again on her own.

Take care of yourself

Parents who are depressed or upset are often unable to respond swiftly and sensitively to their child’s needs. One study, published in the journal Child Development and Psychopathology, found that children whose mothers were chronically and clinically depressed had abnormal patterns of brain activity, suggesting that the children also suffered from depression. Seek advice about coping with postpartum depression, and talk with your caregiver any time you think you may be struggling with depression.

If you’re feeling drained, find ways to divide the household and parenting responsibilities with your partner. If you’re a single parent, surround yourself with people who can offer you help and support. And don’t forget to treat yourself to some time alone once in a while. Being a parent — especially an involved and active one — is tiring, and you need time to re-energize.

thank God for popo! mama is very very thankful to popo, who has been very self-sacrificing. mama loves her mama too 🙂

new trick for the week - playing with your mouth

baby burst out in tears when mama is missing!

& here you go! mama is right here!

yeah! mama is here!

master yoda is meditating, please refrain from making noises...

look look, baby is super interested in the menu!