How your baby shows she loves you

So true !

By Dr Richard C. Woolfson

To you, your cutie is just fabulous. You adore her every gesture, look and new development. But you may wonder sometimes if this loving feeling is reciprocated, especially when you’re utterly worn out from rounds of late night feeds. Is it worth it?


Don’t worry, it is! She may not be able to say it in words, but here are nine ways your baby shows you’re pretty special to her.
She is happy to see you You probably saw her first smile around the age of six weeks. Since then, her cherubic face lights up whenever she sees you. Your appearance brightens up her day considerably.
She settles when you soothe herYour little one cries when she is distressed. And yet you are usually able to calm her. You have this positive effect on her because she loves you. Your attention helps drive away the tension that causes her to cry.
She cries when you leave the room What greater proof that she loves you than when separation anxiety kicks in? If your baby had her way, chances are she’d insist you stay by her side all the time. She is relaxed with you.
She lets you change her Very quickly, you realise that your baby is totally comfortable with you changing her. She doesn’t become upset or resist when you swop her dirty diaper for a clean one, or when you bathe or dress her. In fact, she actually enjoys that shared experience.
She stares into your eyes Whenever you feed your baby, look at her closely – you’ll notice her loving look as she drinks milk. As far as she is concerned, at that moment, you are simply the best person in her world.
She cuddles up to you when you hold her Cuddling is a two-way process. Watch how she rests in your arms – she snuggles into your body as much as she can. She reciprocates your loving touch by making gentle physical contact with you in her own way.
She sleeps in your arms You wouldn’t be relaxed and comfortable enough to fall asleep in the arms of someone you didn’t care for. Neither would she. Your baby shows her affection for you by lying against you, and nodding off. You make her feel so safe and secure that she is lulled into sleep.
She laughs in your company The sound of her chuckling is terrific. She finds everything you do such fun and giggles happily when you try to make her laugh. And when she does, you laugh in response. That form of genuinely reciprocal laughter is another way your bub is displaying her affection for you.
She thrives with your attention Think about how much she has grown and developed in the last few days, weeks or months. The change is amazing. But that didn’t just happen by chance. She responds positively to your loving attention, and this constant progress is another sign that the deep bond flows two ways.

Can You Be Too Clean ?

From Babycentre


Can you be too clean?

What the latest research says about allergies and the state of your kitchen floorIf you’re looking at a trail of crumbs over the floor and feeling guilty, or letting the dog slobber all over your toddler, or not keeping your house spotlessly clean all the time, you can stop worrying. Though your baby may have a few more colds now than her peers living in spotless environments, she may be less likely to suffer chronic problems with asthma and allergies later in life, according to the latest research.Over the past few decades, there has been a huge increase in the numbers of children with asthma and allergies worldwide, particularly in developed countries. Some experts have suggested that the rise in allergies might be due to declining family sizes and higher standards of cleanliness; these two circumstances provide young children with less exposure to germs. This, in turn, is thought to give children’s still-developing immune systems less practice in fighting off intruders. The result, the theory goes, is that the under-challenged immune system wants to be used, so it becomes primed to see harmless substances like dust and pollen as dangerous invaders, leading to allergies and asthma.

Recent studies show that there may be some truth to this idea, which has come to be known in medical circles as “the hygiene hypothesis”. In 1997, a study of almost 12,000 families in England and Scotland found that the more children a family had, the less the incidence of asthma. A May 2000 study in an American journal reported that among almost 1,200 teenagers in Canada, those who grew up on farms were 40 per cent less likely to have asthma than their urban and suburban counterparts.

And in a more comprehensive study, scientists at the University of Arizona followed a group of 1,035 children from infancy until they were as old as 13. They found that among babies under six months, those who had older siblings or were in nursery were more likely to have asthma symptoms such as wheezing. But after the age of six, these same children were 40 per cent less likely to be suffering from asthma.

“What do siblings, animals, and nursery have in common?” asks Dr Thomas Ball, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Arizona and one of the authors of the study. It sounds unpleasant, but the answer is probably contact with trace amounts of feces. Ball speculates that what actually causes that decrease in asthma later isn’t actually the number of infections a baby has, but rather the amount of contact she has with endotoxins, which are substances that are given off by bacteria when they die. Feces are loaded with them.

But the important thing to note from Ball’s study is that the window of opportunity for affecting the developing immune system seems to occur during the first year of life. Research has shown that a baby’s immune system begins preparing for microbial onslaught even before birth, with the placenta acting as a filter that lets through small amounts of innocuous allergens and microbes. Babies, it seems, are born ready to have their immune systems challenged.

So don’t stress too much about the various bugs your baby may be encountering at daycare or from the family pet. They may be the best thing for her in the long run !