Fresh Tips for New Foods

The road from liquids to solids is paved with mixed emotions and lots of paper towels. This milestone is one for the baby books, and we’ve got some insight to help. When babies start eating new foods, their systems need to take time to get used to each one. Not only can new foods upset baby tummies, they can also increase the odds of diaper rash. You might not always think about it, but any new food that goes in can change the contents of what comes out, too.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as baby transitions into new kinds of food:

  • Know common culprits. Acidic foods are a common culprit for diaper rashes. Be on the lookout for foods with tomatoes, peaches or citrus in them. They might make it down okay, but can do a number on baby’s skin on the way out.
  • Breast milk counts, too. Breast-fed babies get a taste of everything you do. If baby’s not into solids yet, but has some tummy upsets or diaper irritation after you’ve eaten something different lately, they might be connected. Step back into more familiar territory for a while to help clear it away.
  • One at a time. The best way to isolate what might cause your little one tummy unrest is to introduce new foods one at a time. Start with something safe and simple like rice cereal. Plan to take a few days with each one – there’s no need to rush. Then when you’ve got a few days in the clear, move on to something else for a few days.
  • Keep track. You’ve got enough to remember these days, but if you write down each new food as you introduce it, you won’t have to worry about remembering it in the first place. Keep notes about what baby’s had and any reactions to help you pinpoint any irritants that might crop up later.
  • Count on Dr. Smith’s®. If baby’s transitions into new foods lead to new diaper sensitivity, apply some Dr. Smith’s® Diaper Rash Ointment or Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray. It’s a constant barrier you can count on to protect and soothe baby’s skin even as baby’s taste buds are exploring new territory.

Pregnancy Milestones

We usually think of babies and milestones in terms of post-delivery events like, the first time baby self-soothes, sits up or moves from liquid food to solids. But, pregnancy itself is full of milestones. Most baby guides like to compare your baby’s prenatal development to some kind of fruit or vegetable. (Fun fact: That’s why Drew Barrymore named her baby Olive – she read it and thought it was cute.) While baby’s getting ready to be born, you’re going through changes of your own. Here are some mommy milestones to think about during your home stretch.

Start your baby registry: When baby’s somewhere between grapefruit and cantaloupe-size (about 23-24 weeks), you’ll want to start getting your baby registry in order. You might know if you’re expecting a boy or girl by now, and people are going to want to know what to get you. Do yourself a favor and pick a wide variety of items in different price ranges. Dr. Smith’s® Diaper Rash Ointment and Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray are perfect additions to round out a registry with items you’ll really use.

Have sweet dreams: As baby gets bigger, you get bigger. It’s something that you know in theory, but may not appreciate until you’re trying to sleep. When baby gets to be about as big as an eggplant (28 weeks), you’ll realize it’s getting harder to feel comfortable. Think of it as nature’s way of getting your body ready for late-night wake-up calls. Try using a body pillow to help support your sound sleep.

Reject reflux: By the time baby gets as big as a pineapple or a pumpkin (34-37 weeks), you may be feeling the burn of acid reflux. Old wives’ tales say that means your baby will be born with lots of hair (and it turns out there’s some truth to that), but that’s little comfort when the rest of you is so uncomfortable. Try propping yourself up with some pillows at night, so you lay at a slight angle. You might also try an antacid (after checking with your doctor), or eating smaller portions.

Pack your baby gear: When baby hits watermelon stage (at 38-40 weeks), you should be ready to meet her at any time. Be sure your hospital bag is packed with comfy clothes and toiletries for you. Take baby essentials like the outfit you want her to wear home, as well as a swaddling blanket and burp cloth. And of course, be sure your diaper changing stations at home are stocked and ready when you get back with diapers, wipes and Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment or Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray.

Baby, it’s cold outside.

Winter is winding down, but temperatures are still down right frigid in many parts of the country. It’s still the season for snuggly knits, warm layers and footie pajamas. This time of year can really do a number on your skin, and of course, that goes double for your baby’s skin.

When the air is chilly, it’s also dry, which can lead to parched, itchy skin. It’s no fun for grown-ups, and really no fun for babies. Their skin is always more sensitive than ours, and reacts more harshly to the elements. It’s not just the cheeks on their faces that can get red and scaly. Their bottoms can also experience dry conditions, which can lead to discomfort and diaper rash. Here are some tips for how to battle the elements and protect baby’s skin from diaper rash this season.

  • Crank up the humidifier: Winter air is the opposite of humid, and heaters inside can make the air even drier. Keep a humidifier going in baby’s room to help counterbalance the dry conditions and put the right amount of moisture back in circulation. It’s good for baby’s skin, but also helps with respiration and dry nasal passages. Bonus: Even the really quiet ones make some white noise that can help soothe baby to sleep. 
  • Slather on some lotion: Dry skin cries out for extra moisture. When you see red, scaly patches, that’s a sure sign that skin is thirsty. Try making a new routine of applying some gentle, unscented lotion. It will help keep baby’s skin soft and moisturized when it gets cold outside, and will soothe your hands, too.
  • Stay hydrated: When the air around you is dry, whether you’re inside our outside, skin would love more moisture from the inside out. Keep water handy and keep pushing fluids during the day.
  • Change often: With any extra water intake, be sure to change baby’s diaper often. It will help keep the extra wetness from turning into diaper rash.
  • Use targeted treatment: Dr. Smith’s® Diaper Rash Ointment and Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray have a blend of ingredients designed to soothe chafed and irritated baby skin, helping to treat and prevent diaper rash.

Top 5 Registry Must Haves

Getting ready to register for baby? Here is a list of essentials prepared by Dr. Smith’s Premium Parent, and mom of two girls, Rachel Bell:

  1. Sound machine – Babies love to hear womb sounds or other white noise. They’re good to have on hand when desperate to calm baby in those first few days.
  2. Something for yourself – Get something nice to treat yourself after baby comes. A new comfy set of PJ’s, body scrub, etc. but you’re thinking of baby all the time now and will need to take time for you too.
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Sun, Sand and the Diaper Set

Heading to the beach with babies isn’t always as easy as a day at the beach, as the saying goes. In fact, whoever came up with that phrase for “simple” probably wasn’t heading to the beach with a baby in tow. Packing and preparation require a new level of intensity when you’re talking babies and beaches. If you’ve navigated a pool, you’re on your way to success. But here are five special tips for babies, diapers and the beach.

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Diaper Rash Season Hits the Road

More than any other time of year, summer is the season to explore and travel. Babies and diapers don’t have to put a damper on your summer adventures. Here are five diaper-friendly tips for keeping your adventures at full throttle this summer.

  • Pack lots of diapers. You might have a great plan for how your day or extended trip will go. Then again, with babies and diapers, things happen. Be sure to pack a few extra backup diapers, since you’ll be changing more often in the summer heat, anyway.
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Summer is Diaper Rash Season

You might not think about it, but the diaper area is especially susceptible to diaper rash during the summer months. Here are a few reasons why:

• It’s hot outside: When temperatures get warmer, we sweat more. So even if you regularly change baby’s diaper, you’re going to want to change it even more often to avoid too much sweaty wetness building up in the diaper area. Another good idea is to use a product like Dr. Smith’s® Diaper Ointment. It creates a barrier to help better protect skin from extra wetness.

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Babies, pools, and diapers. Oh my!

It can be so much fun to splash with your little one at the pool all summer long. They can cool down and get some energy out, too. But, when you head to the pool with tykes in diapers, there are some things to know, especially if you want to avoid diaper rashes or other sticky situations. Diaper rash happens when skin is too wet for too long. So, a day at the pool when baby is nothing but wet makes preventing diaper rash a concern. We’ve got some help with these five tips for babies, diapers and pools this summer.

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Family Life on the Road – Guest Post by Jana Kramer

Actress, singer and songwriter Jana Kramer is taking the country music world by storm. In February, she and her husband, Michael, welcomed their baby girl Jolie Rae, and now, they are bring her along on Jana’s cross-country tour. Read how the family manages life on a tour bus on the Dr. Smith’s blog.

By Jana Kramer

Wow! Where do I even start?!?! It has been 4 months since I welcomed my sweet baby girl Jolie Rae into this world. My husband Mike and I are absolutely in LOVE.  I have never felt this kind of love before and we are so blessed beyond belief that she is our little girl.  I honestly can’t believe it has already been 5 months.  Time has already flown by. 

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How to beat diaper rash during summer

Reviewed by Dr. Kristie Rivers, Bundoo Pediatrician

Summer heat can be hard enough on your baby, but adding a case of diaper rash makes it miserable.

Diaper rash is a common condition characterized by redness and mild scaling on the diaper area. It’s usually caused by leaving a wet diaper on for too long or the introduction of new foods that cause irritating diarrhea. During the summer months, however, it can also be caused by extra sweating thanks to more intense heat.

Besides diaper rash caused by prolonged contact with a wet diaper, yeast infections are also more common in the summer months. Candida can look very similar to classic diaper rash — it’s also a red rash — but standard diaper rash treatments won’t work.

Preventing and treating summer diaper rash

Keeping your baby’s diaper area dry is the best way to prevent diaper rash from developing in the first place. This might mean regular diaper changes in sweaty weather, and letting him or her air out whenever possible. But remember to practice good sun safety! Infants and babies should be dressed in long, lightweight pants and shirts, with a head covering, if they are in direct sunlight. For infants over six months of age, you should use sunscreen on exposed skin.

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