They say it all the time…. having a baby is one of the most challenges times in your life. I would disagree and say it has largely been fabulous but there are times which are testing. Over the last few months I have discovered a few things which have really helped.
1. A vapouriser. There is so little you can do for a snuffly baby but a good vapouriser ( steam one if possible) plus saline solution and nose sucker will work treats.
2. Sophie the Giraffe- ridiculously expesive. All babies love it. It is one of those things which you will buy cheaper toys and then end up getting it anyway. As an aside this would be a great gift for friends having babies.
3. Medication- Panadol, calpol, teething gel, infacol, infants friend. I would advise going to a chemist and stocking up before you need them. Sods law it will be the middle of the night and your baby will be crying when you first realise they need pain relief. That is not the time to go chasing all over the city for it. Whilst I avoid these unless necessary I am not leaving the little one in pain.
4. The wonder weeks app- You can get this for your iphone and it basically gives you a timeline of the wonder weeks. These are weeks when babies tend to get fussy and be harder work because they are going through massive developmental leaps. Without fail Milly has hit these about half a week early ( interesting as her early scans showed her as half a week older) , she gets clingy, wakes more, is slightly hard work and often hungrier and then all of a sudden she wakes up fine and can sit on her own ( or some other new trick).
5. How do you know? I got so frustrated when people said you will just know… about so many things. Turns out I did. I knew she had reflux 2 weeks before it was diagnosed. I also knew she was ready for solids when after weeks of watching us eat she opened her mouth as I got a spoon of my porridge!
5. Breastfeeding. I have no judgement against those who don’t. At four months I am in the minority breastfeeding. In some ways it is so hard. I have done every night feed and day feed for over 4 months, I have only left her for 90 minutes in the last few weeks. You don’t get a break. I cant eat dairy as it affects her, you still cant have more than one drink…… it goes on. Then something happens, like the plague (cold!) which hit our house. It was a nasty one her dad got it first, then I did, then she did. Her cold, however, was minimal my body had already made the antibodies which were being passed directly to her. When your little one cant breathe properly you wont mind any of the minor challenges associated with breastfeeding.
6. Frozen boob milk- its like a little ice lolly for those sore gums, or on a hot day. It means their tiny tummies doesn’t get filled with anything but milk and they love it!
7. There is very little not fixed but either; bobbing, cuddling, boobs, kisses or singing
Any top tips for tricky times?