When it comes to caring for healthy newborns and babies, most parents worry about things like sleeping, naptime, feeding schedules and who’s on diaper duty. But new parents quickly discover that their baby’s tummy health has a huge impact on all of the above, because when your baby’s belly woes are making them fussy and uncomfortable everyone feels sad.
I remember my first trip to a baby store when I was about six months pregnant with my son. My mom wanted it to a special bonding trip for the two of us, so we went together. The automatic, sliding, glass doors parted ways and as I stepped into the store and looked up at the towering aisles packed with what seemed like millions of baby products, I literally started crying. Yes, literally.
You will wipe a lot of things as a parent. Mouths, bottoms and noses tend to top the list! The timeless battle with runny and stuffy noses becomes a constant struggle when your baby is not big enough to blow or wipe her own nose.
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.
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.
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.
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.