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WHAT IS COLIC AND HOW DO YOU TREAT IT?

WHAT IS COLIC AND HOW DO YOU TREAT IT?

Colic is, when a healthy baby cries a lot for no particular reason. Doctors follow the rule of three, diagnosing colic: crying for more than 3 times a day, at least three days a week for more than 3 weeks. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to ease a baby’s crying. They may cry more often in the evening.  

Colic can start a few weeks after birth. This is usually worth between 4 -6 weeks and they outgrow it by the time they are 3-4 months old. 

You’ve probably wondered… How do you find out that your baby suffers from colic? Symptoms of colic may include: 

  • Intense crying like expression of pain
  • Crying for no obvious reason (your baby is not hungry or don’t need to charge diaper)
  • Maximum fussiness
  • Crying at the same time each day
  • Curling up their legs during crying or clenched their fists, arched back, tense abdomen
  • Become red on face during crying

Your baby may swallow air while crying; this may be the reason of gas. 

The cause of colic is unknown. Many factors can be the result of it. Researches have studied many possible causes. The main are:

  • Digestive system is in the process of developing
  • Overfeeding or underfeeding
  • Overstimulation
  • Sensitive to formula or breastmilk
  • Childhood migraine
  • Food allergy

Doctors can diagnose the colic doing a physical exam, focusing on: weight, body temperature, breathing, skin tone and energy level.

Colic will get better by its own. You may do such things to calm your baby down:

  • Make sure that your baby isn’t hungry
  • Check with your doctor if food which you eat may cause colic (if you breastfeed your baby)
  • Give your baby a pacifier
  • Always change the body position or massage your baby
  • Swaddle your baby
  • Use a swing or vibration seat, go for a walk or ride in car
  • Give extra skin-to-skin contact
  • Check with your doctor if you should change feeding formula
  • Provide white noise (like a fan, hairdryer, washing machine)
  • Use anti-colic drops

Colic is stressful for parents. Nevertheless, remember that you have not caused colic and all will get better. Never shake or harm your child.

If you feed your baby with a formula, we can recommend you to try Hipp Combiotik, Hipp Comfort, Holle Goat or Loulouka. Shop at https://www.best4yourbabyshop.com/collections/all

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INFANT REFLUX

INFANT REFLUX

Some parents have experiences the infant reflux. It is very common and improves by its own. 

Infant reflux is, when a baby spits up during or after feeding. It is the result of undeveloped food canal. It happens with healthy babies several times a day. In addition, it is normal if your baby feels good and grows well. 

Reflux starts when you baby is 7 weeks old and get better at age of 12-14 months. It is called GER that is very similar to adult’s acid reflux. 

Sometimes it may cause GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Symptoms of infant reflux are: 

  • Slow weight gain
  • Refuses food
  • Arching their back
  • Frequent spiting up and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficult breathing and crying
  • Excessive drooling
  • Gagging and trouble swallowing

Until your baby outgrows infant reflux, you should help your baby feel better. Here are some tips that may help you:

  • Do not forget to feed your baby frequently with small amounts of milk or formula.
  •  As well, check with your doctor if you should switch to other formula or maybe you should change the bottle. 
  • Sucking can soothe baby reflux - offer you little one pacifier. 
  • It is also recommended to feed infant upright and poop them for 20 min after feeding. 
  • Also, make sure, that your baby burps frequently. 

If you are looking for an ORGANIC anti-reflux formula, HIPP AR is the best and the only one choice. It is easy to digest and is ideal for developing digestive system.

Shop at https://www.best4yourbabyshop.com/collections/hipp-special/products/hipp-anti-reflux-organic-bio-infant-milk-formula-500-g.



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STARCH IN INFANT FORMULA

STARCH IN INFANT FORMULA

All of you have heard and know what starch is. Baby formulas may or may not contain it.

Starch is a carbohydrate, and we can say that it is the main source of energy for people.

 In European formulas starch is used from wheat, potato and corn. After extraction it becomes a white powder without taste and odor.  

Starch is not used in all formulas. Babies under 6 months cannot tolerate it. So you can find starch free formulas at our store.  

After birth, baby’s digestive system is in the process of developing. That’s why it’s difficult for infants to digest products with high quantity of starch. For example, cow’s milk – they start taking it only after one-year-old. Because it is difficult for babies to digest it. Starch is unique because it makes food thicker not sweeter. 

If you start giving your baby too much starch it may case the diarrhea and upset the balance in the stomach. 

Starch, used in European formulas, is made from biodynamic agriculture which means it is much better than organically grown agriculture. Biodynamic farms forbid the use of hybrids and pesticides, but they use minerals for soil restoration. 

Ask your baby’s pediatrician what formula and ingredients you should give your baby. 

The starch free formulas are at our store are: HIPP DUTCH, HIPP UK, HIPP (polish version), HIPP HA PRE, HIPP HA (stage 1 polish version), HIPP Anti-Reflux, HIPP PRE (german version), Holle Cow’s Milk (stage1, PRE), Holle Goat’s Milk (stage1), Loulouka, Nanny Care. You may find all these formulas at https://www.best4yourbabyshop.com/collections/all.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEMETER AND BIOLAND CERTIFICATION?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEMETER AND BIOLAND CERTIFICATION?

 

Many of you have probably wondered what the difference between Demeter and Bioland certification is. All these names are related to organic formula milk and where the milk comes from. There are different standards concerning organic farms, but remember that organic products mean that it is grown without chemicals.

Everybody should remember that it is very important to know how all products are growing especially products for children.

So what is Bioland and Demeter certification?

Demeter Certification is one of the largest certifications that is used in many countries. You should follow very strict rules to become Demeter certified. As well, you should update it every year. The main standards are:

  • No synthetic fertilizers
  • All cows are fed with herbs in feed
  • They pay very strict attention on timing of planting and crop rotation
  • They are taking care of animals welfare

Bioland certification is the largest association in Germany. The main standards are:

  • Taking care of animal welfare
  • Organic food production
  • Use of Nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides in very small amounts
  • No genetically modified seeds

Demeter certification was the first certification system that is slightly different from Bioland. However, they both represent the future of agriculture, working in balance with nature.

Here are the main difference between Bioland and Demeter certification:

  • Demeter forbids removing cow’s horns, because it affects the taste and quality of the milk.
  • Bioland allows the very small use of pesticides while Demeter prohibits the use of chemicals.

Farms are inspected every year to ensure that all standards are being met. The standards reflects the principle of farming as living organism.

If you are making a decision which formula to feed your baby, maybe this article will help you. Holle, Hipp and Loulouka are the best European formulas.  Visit https://www.best4yourbabyshop.com/collections/all  and make your choice.

Hopefully, this will help you to clarify some of the main differences between these two classifications.

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MILK ALLERGY AND LACTOSE INTOLERANCE IN INFANTS

MILK ALLERGY AND LACTOSE INTOLERANCE IN INFANTS

     Many of you probably have heard a lot about milk allergy or lactose intolerance. So today, it will be the topic of our blog, because it is as relevant as ever. Milk allergy is the most common food allergy in children.

First, let’s try to find out how to recognize milk allergy. The main symptoms of it are:

  • Skin reactions
  • Gas
  • Colic
  • Bloating
  • Stomach ache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Runny or stuff nose
  • Swelling of (mouth and throat)

Lactose intolerance is not an allergy. It occurs when baby cannot digest the natural- sugar in milk (lactose). Symptoms of lactose intolerance are:

  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloated stomach
  • Spitting up
  • Colic

Now you are probably asking yourself a question how can you diagnose that your baby is having milk allergy or lactose intolerance.

If you experience that your baby is having one of these symptoms, it’s unlikely that she has a milk allergy. If you see more symptoms at the same time, it might be a milk allergy. Therefore, our advice is to contact your pediatrician to get medical consultation on how to manage it.

Treatment of milk allergy is to exclude all milk components for a certain period. After a week doctor will ask you to try again cow’s milk and see whether your baby has the same reaction to it.  Usually many babies outgrow allergy between 1 and 3 years old.

If your baby is taking formula, the best hypoallergenic option will be HIPP HA, Holle Goat or Nanny Care formulas, which you can find at our shop.

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SOY IN INFANT FORMULA

SOY IN INFANT FORMULA

    Choosing the best formula for your baby is complicated task for newly parents. We know that many of them is looking for the formula with perfect ingredients.  That’s why many parents wondered if soy is safe for their infants.

First, let us find out what soy is and how it can be used in infant formulas.

Soy is a vegetable product that is made from soybeans. In baby formulas, it can be used as:

  • a protein source
  • a fat source
  • an emulsifier.

A protein source is needed for healthy growth of infants, that’s why all infant formulas should have it as an ingredient. For those babies who cannot take milk-based formulas or breastmilk (Galactosemia) you can give soy-based formulas which have soy protein isolate.

In many forms, soy provides vital minerals and nutrients. On the other hand, soy based formulas can change the baby’s normal hormonal development, because they have a high level of estrogen. The research is still ongoing, but due to AAP’s recommendations, soy based formulas should be given only when it is medically needed.

Soy Oil in baby formulas is used as a fat source, which is necessary for healthy development. This Oil is cheap and easy available. But you should know and remember that farmers use pesticide on soy crops and soybean processing can lead to the presence of trans fats, which are dangerous for the baby’s health.

Soy Oil as a natural emulsifier is called Soy Lecithin. It is a substance that allows the ‘stable emulsion’ of oil and water. It prevents the formula from separating.

 It’s impossible to avoid soy lecithin because many of daily products contain it (from candy bars to cookies).

Soy Lecithin used in some Hipp formulas is not like the soy which is used in American formulas. 

If you would like to avoid soy lecithin, try Holle Cow’s and Goat’s milk, Hipp Stage 1, Nanny Care and Loulouka.

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BABY FORMULA: HOW TO MAKE AND STORE IT.

BABY FORMULA: HOW TO MAKE AND STORE IT.

Finding the right formula for your baby is not the only task for newly parents. They also need to know how to make and store it.

In this article, we will try to give you some basic advices so that you can easily cope with this task.

Remember, that it is very important to wash your hands well and to make sure that you use a clean area to prepare the baby formula. Next step is to clean and sterilize bottle and equipment (you can use special sterilizer or a pan of boiled water).

Dear parents, always check the expiry date before preparing the infant formula. You should read all instructions attentively and follow what is written on the formula container. Then you will know how much water and powder you need.

Before making the formula, boil water and make it colder.

Next step is to fill the sterilized bottle with the right amount of water. Then add the right number of scoops (use the only scoop that you have in a formula tin) into the bottle and make sure that the amount is level. Then shake the closed bottle well. Moreover, do not forget to put the powder on water. As well, check the formula temperature before feeding (put few drops of formula on your inner wrist).  It should be just warm, not hot.

If you need to warm the baby formula, you should put the bottle with a formula into a bowl of warm water or hold the bottle under warm running water. However, never use the microwave.

Every mom knows that fresh prepared formula is the best for their little babies. Nevertheless, sometimes you need to have it ready beforehand. So do not forget, that you can keep the prepared formula in a refrigerator within 24 hours. You can also give your baby ready to go formula, which you can keep in a fridge not more than 48 hours. All formulas should be stored in a refrigerator at temperature lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

All unopened infant formula containers should be stored in a dry, cool and indoor place. Do not store opened formulas in the refrigerator, keep them in cold, dry place with tight closed lid and use it within 1 month.

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GOAT'S MILK FORMULA vs. COW'S MILK FORMULA. WHAT IS BETTER?

GOAT'S MILK FORMULA vs. COW'S MILK FORMULA. WHAT IS BETTER?

     Everyone has probably wondered which formula is better: goat’s milk or cow’s milk. Therefor we will try to explain you what is the major difference between these two types of infant formulas. Because finding the best organic baby formula has been task number 1 for newly parents.

     All baby formulas are very similar in their composition, because they are regulated by the same standards to ensure their safety and quality. There are some slight differences between cow’s milk formula and goat’s milk formula.

     Goat milk has more minerals and vitamins, while cow’s milk has more folic acid and B12 than goat milk. However, it doesn’t matter much for the formula because all infant formulas have the right balance of minerals and vitamins. It may give goat’s milk a slight benefit over cow’s milk because the nutrient in goat’s milk are easier to digest than in cow’s milk. We can also add that goat milk is less allergenic than cow’s milk. That’s why it is called hypoallergenic alternative to cow’s milk because it can less trigger the allergies and food sensitives that many children experience with cow’s milk.

     Cow’s milk infant formula and goat’s milk infant formula differs in ratio between whey and casein. It should be added that whey is a protein that digests quickly, while casein is a protein that digests slowly. Cow’s milk has the same whey to casein ratio as breastmilk. While goat milk has a very different ration than human breastmilk. It has much casein than whey.

     Lactose is a naturally-occurring sugar in different milk types as well as in breastmilk. Goat’s milk formula has more lactose than cow’s milk and falls in upper limit of normal range. As well both goat’s and cow’s milk have almost the same amount of fat. But the fat molecules in cow’s milk are larger than in goat’s milk. That could mean that goat’s milk is easier to digest.

     After checking all these factors, a goat’s milk formula may be a good option for babies who have trouble digesting a cow’s milk formula.

     Remember, that it’s very important to talk to your pediatrician before choosing the formula for your baby.

     That is a choice that only you can make.

                       

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SLEEP REGRESSION

SLEEP REGRESSION

Sleep regressions. Do you know what does it mean? Or maybe do you know when does it happen and how long does it last? In this article, we want to give you the answers to all questions about sleep regression.

Sleep regression is a period, usually about two to four weeks, when your baby won’t sleep and wake up often at night.

Sleep regression can happen at any time, since it’s linked to unpredictable factors like disruptions in routines, teething pain, travelling and other.

The first sleep regression often happens when your baby is about 4 months old, and others might occur in the future. Since it’s the first, the 4-month sleep regression is often the hardest for parents. At this age the cause of baby sleep problems can be teething pain or excitement of rolling over for the first time.

The second period can happen when your baby is 6 months old. By this age your baby can sleep all night but may wake up only for snuggles. At this time, we recommend you to test a sleep training method.

Sleep regression can also happen when your baby is 8-10 months old. At this stage, most babies are making great strides physically – learning to crawl or to pull up. There’s also a lot of brain development happening at this stage. That’s why you can get more night waking at this period. However, some babies don’t start this sleep regression until they turn 9 months old. There is nothing wrong with your baby if sleep was fine at 8 months old but not at 9 months old.

Sometime between 9 to 12 months, babies start standing up. At around the one-year, others their first step. Reaching big milestones can cause temporary sleep problems.

Toddlers also often go through sleep regressions at around 18 months and 24 months. In addition, remember that most toddlers really aren’t ready to transition to just one nap a day until about 15-18 months old.

Sleep regression is a normal part in babies life. In the meantime, following a bedtime routine and sleep schedule help to reduce sleep problems.

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HOW TO POTTY TRAIN YOUR CHILD?

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN YOUR CHILD?

    Potty training is a big step for kids and their parents. Do you know the secret to the success? We know!You should be patience and you should know that it takes time.

    Every child is different, so do not compare your child with others. And remember that you can start potty training when your baby is between 18 months and 3 years. Start it with teaching your child words, which are needed for potty training such as wet, dry, wee and poo. Here are few steps, which helps you in potty training process:

  • Choose a Potty for your child
  • Watch for signs and guide your baby to the potty
  • Wear your baby in such clothes that is easy to get off
  • Demonstrate the potty training methods
  • Choose the right time carefully
  • Do not show your baby if you are disappointed
  • Offer praise and reward
  • Remember to teach proper hygiene

   Using a potty will be new to your child, so get them used to the idea step by step. Leave a potty where your child can see it and explain what it's for. Children learn by watching and copying. They also need to be able to sit on the potty and get up from it when they’re done, and follow your instructions.

   Potty training is often easier in warm weather because there is less clothing to remove. You may even let your child go without pants or a nappy some of the time. 

   Some children start using the toilet instead of the potty earlier than others. If you choose a toilet seat attachment make sure the toilet area is safe – keep household cleaners, deodorants and toiletries out of reach.

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HOW TO STOP BREASTFEEDING?

HOW TO STOP BREASTFEEDING?

 Breastfeeding is a time for closeness and connection, no matter how old your baby is. If you decide to stop breastfeeding, there are ways to make it easier for you and your baby.

      Weaning is the process of stopping feeding your baby with breast milk.  Every mother and baby are different — there is no specific age when the weaning process should begin. The best way to do it without pain is to do it slowly.

However, if you need to stop breastfeeding quickly “cold turkey”, there are some things you can do to do it comfortably and with minimal risk:

  • Offer your child only one breast per feed
  • Wear a supportive bra
  • Keep in mind that breastfeeding is more than just food for your
  • Consider also talking to your doctor about offering your child formula

Breastfeeding difficulties, returning to work or school, going on holiday, your baby’s age are main reasons why moms want to stop breastfeeding.

You also need to change your feeding routine - include more foods and less breast milk so that your baby doesn't expect to breastfeed every time they eat.

Sometimes the mother is ready to stop breastfeeding, but the baby does not want. There are a lot of ways how to move your baby from breastfeeding to solid foods. If you have an older baby, you can try engaging them in an activity like playing games….But if the weaning process is not going smoothly, it’s okay to try again later. The important thing is to find a balance that meets the needs of you and your baby.

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WHY PARENTS LOVE EUROPEAN BABY FORMULAS?

WHY PARENTS LOVE EUROPEAN BABY FORMULAS?

     HIPP, Holle and Loulouka are really the best European formulas. More and more American parents are buying it online from importers. They think it is healthier and better formulas for their babies than American. We can share many reasons why these products became so popular nowadays, but here are a few of the most important:

  • European Formulas are like breastmilk

Many European Formulas contain whey, which make the formula taste close to breastmilk. European formulas contain less palm oil than American ones. In addition, few European formulas contain prebiotics and probiotics, which are in breastmilk.

  • European Formulas are made from organic ingredients

The best European formulas such as HIPP, Loulouka, Holle are made with milk from biodynamic farms. That means that they are organic, free of pesticides. They use Demeter label on formulas.

  • European Formulas Avoid certain ingredients

The European Commission regulates European formulas. It has strict standards for the ingredients in baby formulas. The EU does not allow using corn syrup, glucose, fructose, rice syrup, table sugar (sucrose) or carrageenan.The FDA regulates US formulas and they have some basic guidance for the ingredients that should be included in baby formula.

  • European Formulas come in stages

In the US, “Infant Formula” means that this formula is made for infants from birth till 12 months. Europe separates all formulas at least in 2 stages, some 3 and even 4. Stage 1 is for babies from the birth to 6 months. And Stage 2 is for infants after solid foods (after 6 months). If you have chosen to try European Formula, you should know that it is very important to get the right stage for your baby.

If you’re using European formulas, we’d love to know which one, and how it’s working for your baby.

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