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A doctor told a very good friend of mine that the first three months of a baby's life is like a fourth trimester (I guess it wouldn't be called a trimester then but whatev). He said that some major development is far from done but we wouldn't be able to give birth to their giant heads if they stayed in the womb any longer (I wouldn't say that they fit really well at 40 weeks either but I'm not going to argue with nature.)
My friend told me this when my first son was about a month old and I was trying to implement all the "well intended" (code for "shit") advice that is often bestowed on a new mother. It was like an Oprah A-Ha moment and it made perfect sense. If I just let him live his life like he's still in the womb my life will become way less complicated. Here's what I did:
I stopped trying to give him a bath every night.
Someone told me a bath was essential to establishing a bedtime schedule. She also told me that this should be followed by a massage (sadly for him, not me) and a story. He hated bath time because he was naked and freezing (for the record, he loves being both now), the massage confused him just long enough to get through it and I don't know why I thought reading "Go Dog Go" to a two-week old was logical, but then "sane" wasn't an adjective I'd use for me in the first three months of my child's life. I accepted that he was a newborn and not a member of the Deadliest Catch fishing crew so he wasn't dirty and he didn't need a bath.
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Is your milk supply really low? First of all, is your milk supply really low? Often, mothers think that their milk supply is low when it really isn’t. If your baby is gaining weight well on breastmilk alone, then you do not have a problem with milk supply.
It’s important to note that the feel of the breast, the behavior of your baby, the frequency of nursing, the sensation of let-down, or the amount you pump are not valid ways to determine if you have enough milk for your baby.
What if you’re not quite sure about baby’s current weight gain (perhaps baby hasn’t had a weight check lately)? If baby is having an adequate number of wet and dirty diapers then the following things do NOT mean that you have a low milk supply:
Needle pricks can look a lot worse than they actually feel (especially to the parent who's watching that needle head for their baby's impossibly soft skin). Any pain your child feels is fleeting (often more like a pinching sensation than actual pain) – and it's a pain with a very significant gain (protection against diseases that would hurt a lot more). Still, there are ways to help your child feel less pain with every prick:
A little cuddle: Studies show that babies who are held by their parent when they receive their shots cry less.
Baby begins to develop her memory from the moment she is born. There are lots of things you can do during her first year to help strengthen her memory skills. Here are some of our tips and suggestions for enhancing Baby's memory.
By Sarah Chestnut
Help Baby's memory development by keeping her surroundings consistent and creating daily routines. Make her playtime predictable. If she plays with the same toys in the same room at the same time every day, she will remember the scenario much longer than if playtime changes every day. Even little things, such as changing the songs you sing to her, will hinder her ability to remember them. Right now, Baby is only developing her short-term memory.
Adding New Skills
Introduce a new skill over short periods of playtime. If a new toy requires a skill Baby hasn't learned yet, spread out playtime with that toy over the entire week. Teach Baby how to play with it, then reintroduce the object for five minutes at a time over several days. This will help Baby remember the skill longer than playing with it for a longer period of time for only a day or two........
Yes, bottle-feeding can be a breeze (for the most part). For a mom, the key is filling it with the right ingredients. For a baby, it's simply a matter of latching on (which is relatively simple, thanks to that sturdy easy-to-nip nipple). Still, there are things you can do to make bottle-feeding even easier, and more intimate, enjoyable, and rewarding for both of you. Check out these five strategies for easy bottle-feeding.
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