Hot Parenting How-Tos

How To: Change a baby's pocket cloth diaper

Cloth diapers save you money and are more environmentally friendly than plastic ones. Despite these benefits, they are scary to use for beginners. This tutorial will show you just how easy it is to change a baby's cloth diaper and avoid a mess. Once you master this technique you will never go back to disposable again!

How To: Turn baby socks into pretty roses

Baby socks are great gifts to give for baby showers and christenings. But they're not always the prettiest thing to present. This video shows you how to transform baby socks into beautiful roses for a great presentation. Use this technique to adorn existing presents, or to present your baby socks as a bouquet. As we all know, babies definitely need to keep their toes warm!

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: 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: 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: Care for an infant's foreskin

More and more parents are choosing to forego circumcision and leave their newborn sons penises intact. This video is about how to care for your infant's foreskin. In the first few years of life no special form of care is needed for your baby's intact foreskin. Forcing the foreskin to retract is painful and is no longer recommended because it is not necessary. Clean the baby's penis just as you do the rest of the diaper area. Over time the foreskin will begin to retract naturally through norma...

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: 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: 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: Help babies fall asleep

In order to help a bay to fall asleep you will need to establish a routine. The first step of a sleep routine is a warm bath. After you bathe the baby, you'll need to give the child a massage. Massage one body part at a time with baby lotion. To engage the child, you can name the body parts, as you massage them. Next, you should transition into quiet activities. This is a good time to read to the child or discuss the day. Even very young toddlers benefit from being read to. When the child app...

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: Use a towel 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 a towel to carry your baby on your back in any emergency.

How To: Make an emergency baby carrier out of sweatpants

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 a pair of sweatpants to carry your baby on your back in an emergency.

How To: Talk to your child about sex

The producers of this film should be applauded for their sensible approach in teaching parents how to talk to kids about sex. The awkward reading of cue cards and embarrassing situations will produce nervous giggles among even the most jaded audiences. This film was produced by some of the pioneers of sex education whose ideas are still being challenged by school boards today.

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: Prepare yourself for baby labor and delivery

In this video, we learn how to prepare yourself for baby labor and delivery. First, make sure you bring change for the vending machines, labor and delivery can take a lot of time. Watching the pain of the delivery process can drive you nuts because you want to rescue your wife. Don't be rude to the caregivers and make sure to help your wife by giving her an amazing foot massage. You will also want to give your wife a gift to show her you love her. Make sure you do NOT faint, this will make th...

How To: Choose the healthiest cheese puffs for your kids

Kids love Cheetos. There's nothing better than those crispy sticks and the joy of licking your orange fingertips when you finish. Or is there? Watch this Food Facts tutorial and learn why you should keep your family far away from Cheese doodles and other types of puffs. This clip will give you a basic rundown of all the mysterious ingredients inside these snacks and offer advice on finding much healthier alternatives for your family.

How To: Care for your children's eyes

In this tutorial, we learn how to care for kid's eyes. First, make sure you get an eye exam for your children at a young age. This should occur while they are in pre-school. This can help track any problems with the eyes and see if they are developing correctly. Make sure to have the eyes checked out by a professional every year after the initial visit to the eye doctor. If you don't have insurance, there are many places out there that participate in programs for free eye exams. Next, make su...

How To: Stop a baby from crying

Dr. Felicia Ferrara shows you her technique to stop a baby from crying. If your baby won't stop crying and you don't know what to do, try the following: Make sure that the baby is well fed and changed. Interact with the child by talking softly, or perhaps by singing a lullaby. Rock the baby gently, holding it close to you.

How To: Repair your dysfunctional family with feng shui

This video is about showing you how to use feng shui in repairing your dysfunctional family and getting rid of the bad vibes that may be in your home, re-energizing the foundation of love. The family center is located on the left center of your home. The element for the family is wood and you wouldn't want to have dead or plants with sharp leaves because they start arguments. Too much red is considered the fire element and can also lead to your family having arguments. If you have metal in yo...

How To: Prepare your baby for daycare

Prepare your baby for daycare with tips from Johnson's Baby guest Mommy Blogger, Mindy Roberts. Leaving mommy or daddy to go to daycare for the first time can be incredibly traumatizing for some young children. Here's some tips on how to make this process a bit easier on the little ones including rubbing your baby down with something that smells like "mommy" and finding a "lovey object" that will keep them feeling safe and happy.

How To: Position a baby during breastfeeding

It looks so natural, a baby at the breast, but you might have learned that positioning your own little one is not as easy as it appears. Don't worry, it gets easier. Find a comfortable place to feed your little one. If you'll be nursing sitting up, choose a supportive chair with arm rests. Have several pillows handy. Undress your baby, down to her diaper. Skin-to-skin contact stimulates babies, helping them to remain awake and alert during a feed. For this reason, it's best not to swaddle you...

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.

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