Hot Parenting How-Tos

How To: Teach children to be gentle

In this tutorial, we learn how to teach children to be gentle. If children are in a setting with other kids, arguments will arise. If a child happens to try to harm another, you will need to tell that child that it hurts the other one if you harm them. Tell them that it's not nice and that they need to say they are sorry for not being gentle. Tell them that it is a nice thing to be gentle with other people and they will make friends by doing this. This will help your child be gentle and make ...

How To: Bathe a your gentle newborn baby

How to Bathe a Newborn Baby Patty Siegrist shares some tips on how to bathe a newborn baby on this BabyCenter video. Set up for the bath by setting the room temperature to 74 degrees 15 minutes before the bath. It is safe to bathe a newborn in a tub after the umbilical cord stump has fallen off.

How To: Wash cloth diapers

Cloth diapers are a little bit more work than the disposable kind. No need to worry, with some regular laundry detergent and vinegar your baby will be happy as a clam in his clean and irritant free diapers.

How To: Change a diaper

Attention first time mothers and fathers! One thing you will need to know when your baby comes to town, is how to change a diaper. A lot of them. This instructional how-to video takes you step by step through the process of changing a diaper and reminds us, that diapering your baby is a great time to spend with your baby.

How To: Sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

All of us remember "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" for a reason. As a fond part of our childhood, it was a song that taught us about the wonders of the sky while also connecting us with our parents, who learned the song from their parents before them. Continue the tradition by teaching your kids how to sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

How To: Take your baby's rectal temperature

In this tutorial, we learn how to use a rectal thermometer with a baby. This is the best to use for an infant six months or younger. Any fever could be serious, especially in the first 3 months. First, apply petroleum jelly to the baby's rectum and lift its legs in the air. Gently slide the thermometer into the rectum and wait until the temperature reads out. This will often stimulate the bowel movements of the baby, so make sure you keep wipes or paper towels near by for when you're finished...

How To: Teach your child to swim in the bathtub

In this vintage clip from the American Red Cross, learn how to teach your little tyke to swim in the bathtub. This clip from 1961 seems pretty hilarious these days but actually includes some useful tips on getting your little guy or gal used to water and the feeling of having it on their face. So, if you don't have access to a pool or ocean or just can't wait for the warm weather to start lessons, check out this video and get your kid started learning in your own tub today.

How To: Get rid of head lice with Dr. Su Laurent

Head lice can be a nasty, unwelcome visitor in your life. And if you have children, you're likely to be confronted with an infestation sooner or later. Dr. Su Laurent explains that getting rid of head lice can be a tricky undertaking, but the most important thing is to be persistent. You'll need to wash the hair with the latest lice treatment available, as the lice may adapt to chemicals from year to year. It's very important to follow up this treatment at least one more time, seven days late...

How To: Teach a baby sign language

Wouldn’t it be great if your baby could just tell you when he was hungry, thirsty, or getting tired? He can, if you teach him to sign. You will need a sign language dictionary, time, and patience. Research shows that a six month or older baby has the ability to use and understand language, although it will be months after that before a baby can learn to speak. Sign language will allow mothers and fathers to communicate with their young baby. Watch this video parenting tutorial and learn how t...

How To: Teach kids not to hurt others

In this tutorial, we learn how to teach kids not to hurt others. Tell them if someone were to hurt them or hit them, that would be hurting them on the outside. Tell that that it is not kind to do this sort of thing. Tell them that if someone says something not nice about them, that hurts you on the inside. This hurts their feelings and that is not nice. Let them know to say sorry for hurting someone's feelings or physically hurting them. Make sure the other person says that they forgive them,...

How To: Change a diaper on a baby

Are you a new parent? Changing a diaper can look a bit complicated- see an experienced mom demonstrate the simple steps required so you'll be an expert in no time. First things first, gather all the items that you need: a diaper, any ointments or creams that your doctor may have recommended, wipes or soft towels a large towel or changing pad and some of you might want to use a changing table if that is your choice.

How To: Spot and avoid MSG (monosodium glutamate)

MSG is scary. MSG is often used as a flavor enhancer and is put into your foods to trick your brain into thinking you're happier while you eat them. MSG is very controversial and while it is still FDA approved, is not recommended for consumption. If you would like to get all the facts on MSG and know exactly which foods to look out for, watch this tutorial from Food Facts. You will learn all the secret names that MSG hides under and how to keep your kids away from this evil offender.

How To: Baby proof your home

Worried about your baby or toddler either wrecking or wrecking themselves in your home? Baby proofing time! Make sure your house is safe and secure for your child when they start exploring their turf.

How To: Use a shirt as an emergency baby carrier

Need to carry your baby, but don't have your sling or baby kangaroo handy? Then watch this how to video to learn how to use a just about anything as a baby carrier in an emergency. You can use a towel, t-shirt, or a pair of stretch sweat pants. This particular demonstrations shows how to use your shirt to carry your tiny baby during an emergency.

How To: Make children listen with their "listening ears"

In this video from CullensAbcs we learn a tip for how to children should listen with their "listening ears." This is taught by a girl and a gator puppet. She says to ask children to put on their listening ears so they can hear a story you are going to read to them or if you have something that you are going to say. Children like doing these types of things. It's a great tip to use to get your child to hear what you have to say. They can also make a sound when putting on their listening ears t...

How To: Increase your body's breast milk production

Breastfeeding is the best way to keep most babies healthy. This requires a steady supply of breast milk. If your body doesn't produce enough breast milk to breastfeed your baby, watch this video for tips on increasing your breast milk production and keeping your baby healthy and happy.

How To: Keep your kids healthy & avoid Lunchables

Do you feed your kids the yellow box lunch? Sure, it's easier than making a sandwich from scratch - but what's easy is usually not healthy. Check out this clip and learn all about the dangers lurking inside the iconic yellow box. Lunchables are full of chemicals, fats, sodium and calories.. watch this Food Facts clip and keep your family healthy.

How To: Change a baby's diaper the right way

This video shows you the proper way to change a baby's diaper. First you will want to gather all of the supplies you will need before you begin. You will need a diaper, some baby wipes and some ointment. Next remove the babies clothes, raise their legs and place the clean diaper underneath your baby before you remove the old one. This is to ensure if your baby urinates or defecates it will go into the new diaper rather than all over your table. Now take the old diaper off, hold the legs up so...

How To: Take care of a newborn baby

After pregnancy, having a newborn to take care of can be overwhelming. As a new mom, some aspects of baby care will be intuitive to you, but others--like breastfeeding - may feel strange. These video tips for new moms can help!

How To: Hold a baby safely

Newborn babies may seem delicate, but you shouldn't be afraid to hold them. Learn how to safely and comfortably hold your infant several different ways, from the cradle hold to the football hold.

How To: Soothe and heal chapped nipples

On today's panel discussion the moms reveal the cure to chapped breasts; lanolin cream. Lanolin cream, which can be purchased at any drugstore, helps soothe and heal sore, tender, or chapped nipples. The best part of using pure lanolin is it's edible so it's not toxic to your baby.

How To: Make children listen with the marshmallow game

In this video, we learn how to make children listen with the marshmallow game. When you are trying to tell a story to children, they can talk and start a conversation without being quiet. To help this out, tell the children to put a pretend marshmallow in their mouth and they will pretend to chew it! Have them put more and more marshmallows into their mouth so it will be filled up and they can't talk. Make sure they continue to breathe while they are doing this, sometimes they hold their brea...

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