Fussy Baby Tips

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In the early weeks I certainly got frustrated, or ended up crying myself when Ain was crying and we didn’t know how to “fix it” or comfort him. It’s so hard when a baby can’t communicate what it needs, or what it is feeling. We ended up asking others and googling soothing techniques, and then used trial and error to find the source of his crying. Over time, we did get to know our baby more. We could tell whether he was tired, or hungry, or bored.

Secondly, I thought I would list off some things we have found to work (and also some cool soothing techniques we have not had a chance to try yet!). Remember, every baby is different. I have found that is really helps to study your baby, get to know their cues for tired, or hungry. And attend to their need BEFORE they get upset.

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New Mom Meals and Freezer Cooking

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I know at least for me, it wasn’t until 6 weeks postpartum that I wanted to, or had the ability to expanded my mental focus and think about menu planning, grocery shopping, and freezer cooking for our family once again.

New Mom Meals

We were very blessed with lots of family, friends, and church family bringing over meals for us postpartum. There are numerous great websites out there nowadays, but one of them is takethemameal.com. It’s a great resource to use when organizing meal coordination for the new mom.

You can set up the meal scheduling ahead of time – for example we had set it up for meals to be brought to us Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (then, we also had church family covering other days of the week).

You can specify what time is best for people to come, and the best way for

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Eating Healthy while Breastfeeding

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Hello all! Now that I’m done talking about the HUGE topic of breastfeeding, I hope to move through my other posts a little more quickly. Thanks for sticking with me this far in this Preparing to be a New Mom series!

Eating Healthy while Breastfeeding The Body Definitely Takes Time to Heal

No matter what form of labor and birth you experienced, your body definitely needs time to heal. I was a little surprised at how easily I would get tired just from standing and holding the baby, or walking up steps in those early days and weeks.

With my son, it was a vaginal birth and a small episiotomy. I think the episiotomy is why the stairs and walking were hard to do. During the first week and a half I camped out in one central location during the day so I wouldn’t have to walk around

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My Experience with Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding. Such a HUGE topic. I could easily write for 31 days on this topic alone. (Maybe I will next year!)

I think I’m going to break this topic into three posts. One: what to know about breastfeeding. Two: tips for overcoming breastfeeding struggles. Three: my experience with breastfeeding.

My Experience with Breastfeeding At Birth

I had a long, but good delivery. I was in labor for 27 hours and pushed for an hour and a half, so when my son was finally born, we were both exhausted! I did get to hold him skin-to-skin immediately. But he did not start to move around searching for my breast. He was just perfectly content resting on me and getting acquainted with me and letting me get acquainted with him. And that’s perfectly fine. BUT, even though I was at the birth center for another 6 hours and I

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Tips For Overcoming Breastfeeding Struggles

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Breastfeeding. Such a HUGE topic. I could easily write for 31 days on this topic alone. (Maybe I will next year!)

I have broken this topic done into three posts. One: what to know about breastfeeding. Two: tips for overcoming breastfeeding struggles. Three: my experience with breastfeeding.

Tips For Overcoming Breastfeeding Struggles

If you want to breastfeed, the don’t plan on “trying” to breastfeed, but PLAN to breastfeed. Give it all you’ve got, at least for the first two months. If that seems like a huge goal for you, try it one day at a time, or one week at a time. I really feel that the hardest part with breastfeeding is in the beginning. Once you get past the first 2-3 weeks, it WILL get easier.

Breastfeeding is such a beautiful bonding experience for mom and baby. There are also lots of benefits babies (and mothers) get from breastfeeding.

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What to Know about Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding. Such a HUGE topic. I could easily write for 31 days on this topic alone. (Maybe I will next year!)

I think I’m going to break this topic into three posts. One: what to know about breastfeeding. Two: tips for overcoming breastfeeding struggles. Three: my experience with breastfeeding.

The first 24 hours:

Once your baby is born, keeping your baby skin to skin for the first hour (and delaying the newborn exam) will provide a great start for breastfeeding!!

You can start to observe your baby’s cues for feeding: lip smacking, putting hands to mouth, licking lips, tongue thrusting, and moving head back and forth. Your baby’s temperature is maintained by you. Your baby is also more likely to have stable and normal heart rates, blood pressure and temperatures because of skin to skin contact. Your baby has a chance to latch on. Babies who are kept skin to skin for

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Babywearing Benefits and Safety

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We LOVE babywearing!! It’s nice to have multiple carriers. It seems like some days it’s easier to use one or the other. We have three carriers:

an ERGObaby Original (pictured), an Infantino Mei Tai and a pouch sling (We used the pouch sling just once when Ain was a newborn. After reading about babywearing safety, we decided not to use the pouch sling again.) 7 Great Benefits of Babywearing 1. It’s convenient

When I “wear” a baby, my hands are free to do other things like carry groceries, cook a meal, fold laundry, etc. It is far easier to navigate a crowded shopping area without the hassle of carrying a car seat. You can easily take a walk to the store and pick up the items you need as well! Strollers are sometimes convenient, but they are often just something bulky to carry around

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How to Survive the First Two Weeks of Motherhood

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Newborn Health

I’m starting with this topic because I know for me and for many other moms, our main concern after our baby is born is our baby’s health. We are constantly asking ourselves (and others) lots of questions: Is the baby getting enough to eat? Is the baby sleep enough? Sleeping too much? Why is the baby’s skin peeling? Is my baby too jaundice? Why is my baby crying even though I just fed him? etc…

Crying Newborn

Your baby is completely and totally helpless in every way. His main mode of communication is crying. Don’t worry Momma, it will get better.

Since medical experts agree that it is NOT possible to spoil a newborn, respond promptly to your little one’s cries! Yes, I know it will be frustrating that you don’t know why they are crying. Many times I would start crying too

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Newborn Standard Hospital Practices You Should Think About

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There are so many awesome topics related to pregnancy, labor, and giving birth. Someday I’ll do another series which is more focused on pregnancy and natural birth. I could spend time talking about writing a birth plan. I definitely would suggest you do it if you haven’t. Here are two interactive birth plans you can fill out to compose your own birth plan:

Earth Mama Angel Baby Free Birth Plan Childbirth.org Interactive Birth Plan

The main benefit to writing a birth plan is that by do so you will be more prepared to either tell the nursing staff what you want done, or just be fine in knowing what is standard practice. Since this is a series on Preparing to be New Mom, I’m going to focus on what the standard practices are once the baby is born, not what is done during labor.

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A healthy baby is NOT all that matters in birth

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A healthy baby is NOT all that matters in birth

Very often when people say, “a healthy baby is all that matters,” what they mean is that the baby survived birth. But that is not the only thing that matters. Certainly it is very important for the baby to be healthy!! But a higher standard can and should exist. We should strive for a healthy baby, a healthy mom, and a positive birth experience for everyone.

Birth is an experience that sticks with you. Just ask any mother and she will likely get very emotional when telling you about it. Improving Birth.org talks about this very thing:

“Our birth stories affect the postpartum period (baby blues, anyone?), our relationships with our babies and families, and our attitudes about ourselves and future births.” (source)

Yes, birth is an unpredictable experience. We may have to make tough decisions and may not

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