For first-time parents, every baby cry seems like a huge siren. You instinctively want to comfort your new bundle of joy, so if she starts crying you tend to run to her, pick her up and start trying to soothe her.
One of my funniest parenting stories is about my infant son unexpectedly spitting up on his grandpa – my father. My dad was around my boys a lot when they were babies and he was always helpful when we needed an extra hand.
Coughs are just one of those unfortunate things we all have to deal with now and then. When your baby is feeling miserable and coughing constantly, it can be stressful. And nighttime coughing fits that disrupt everyone’s sleep are definitely no fun.
If you’re doing an online search using the keywords “coping” and “colic,” you’ve come to the right place. There are thousands and thousands of books and articles about colic and coping strategies. That’s because having a colicky baby is a big deal.
Did you know butternut squash is a great first food for your baby? It’s high in vitamin A and potassium and most babies think it’s pretty tasty. Another reason it makes the “first meal” list is because it’s typically low on the allergy scale.
When your baby is eating, sleeping, smiling and cooing, all seems right with the world. But once in a while you have days when your baby is fussier than normal and your tried and true “tricks” for soothing her may not work. Have no fear! This too shall pass.
By the time my boys reached the toddler years, our newborn worries were gone. Both boys were sleeping through the night and the crying fits of colic were a memory. We were no longer obsessed with constantly washing our “magical” swaddle blanket.
If you’re new to the parenting journey, you may be a swaddling skeptic. I was! My initial stay in the hospital with a new baby was a totally blur, so when we got home and my husband was wrapping my baby so tight, I thought he was nuts!
I never think about my nose unless it’s completely stuffed up or totally runny. Then I obsess about it because it’s not working! Whether it’s a symptom of a cold or allergies or low humidity, I just want that icky feeling of a dry sinus cavity to go away.
Whether you had a natural childbirth with a doula or you were begging your nurse for an epidural at four centimeters dilated, I think there are a few must-haves every mom would agree on when it comes to staying calm during life with a newborn.