Like every new mother, I too had a lot of apprehensions and many new experiences.
These are few tips put together after figuring out the hard way. I thought it may help a lot of new moms like me.
Before I start of, I would like to give a small overview about my child. I’m blessed with a daughter ‘our li’l angel’, who is 7 month old now. She has been a peaceful and a friendly child till date, though there have been a few problems we faced with her just like any other child:).
One of the first problems we faced after her birth was she did not latch on for breast feeding no matter how much I tried. I even tried taking help from lactation experts but she just refused. As a result she was put on bottle feed. I used to express milk till 3 months and then she was put on formula milk. Formula milk has it’s own drawback, main one being colic. My daughter slept throughout the entire day and used to wake up twice for feeds during the night. Her sleep and feed timings were quite predictable right from the start.
These tips have worked for me, each case is different as each child is..so trust your instincts and you’ll definitely find a way out.. I figured out ways to work around her comfort level and now we are 7 months old:)…
These tips are essentially for a bottle fed baby.
1. For expressing breast milk, always buy a battery operated or electrically operated good quality breast pump. Manual ones are not very easy to operate and can exhaust you. You may lose the inclination to express.
2. If the baby is bottle fed, try feeding the baby in sitting position right from day ’1′. This will solve a lot of problem relating to colic and is also easy to burp the baby after feed. This position is also a blessing when you start with solids.
3.When you plan to invest in a thermos flask, I felt it was better to buy 2 sizes viz.1 liter and 1/2 liter. 1 liter flask for home and 1.5 liter for travel within city limits say visit to Doctor or restaurant etc.
4. When you start with feeding solids, practice feeding the baby in sitting position. I use the sitting position of the pram. Sit and feed at the baby’s level. This is non messy and easy to gauge the child’s appetite.
5. Try feeding solids during the day time as any allergy or discomfort can be dealt with by visiting the Paediatrician. Start with smaller quantities and then gradually increase as per the baby’s appetite.
6. Try one type of fruit, vegetable for an entire week and then start with a new one. this makes it easy to notice any allergies caused by a particular type of solid.
Tips on furniture:
1. I feel the rocking chair model from ‘Fischer Price’ is a blessing. It has helped my daughter to be on her own (like sit in the kitchen when I’m cooking). It can be used till 2 years of age and has 3 positions (sleeping, sitting with an incline and sitting upright) and can be carried easily. It is also an excellent way to keep the baby in an upright position after feed. The chair helped us a lot when she had a bad cold and chest congestion, she found it easy to breathe on this chair.
2. If you have less storage space, a space saving option to store medicines, toiletries, nappy, diapers used everyday would be to attach small baskets with channels under your bed. This would make it easy to access even in the night.
3.To store medicines, buy a big transparent plastic box. name all the medicines with the illness it is used for on top so that you can easily locate a medicine when in need or emergency. It could also help your care taker too in your absence.
4. It is always better to pick up heat indicating spoons. They are very helpful when you feed soup, khichdi etc which would generally be fed warm.
5. When planning to buy sippers at a later stage, better to go for teh ones where the spout is removable and can be sterlised. I’ve gone in for a Philips Avent one. There are various sizes available depending on the age of the baby with spouts ranging from soft to hard. I picked up a slightly bigger sipper with soft and hard spouts. This way you can reduce on buying number of botttles as babies outgrow them within 2 months.
1. I researched a lot by asking friends etc on whether to invest in a separate cot for my baby. Each had a different view point some felt it would not help and would be just another piece of furniture while some felt it would be better as the child has her own space. In our case we went ahead and invested in one as our bed was too small to occupy a baby. The separate cot option has helped me a lot as she can comfortably sleep without feeling crammed. The bed has barricades on all 4 sides, so when I have to leave her unattended for bath etc. I know she’ll be safe there. One of the barricades can be let down and the cot gets attached to our bed. We bought the cot from a friend who has increased the height of the barricade on one side so that the baby doesn’t jump off when she starts to stand up.
2. Always (mind you always) maintain your baby’s sleeping routine. Try and start it from day ’1′ of birth. Whether your baby is sleepy or not, take her to her cot, switch off all the lights, with a soft night light, sing to her or sway her so that she knows its sleep time. it’ll take a while but hang in there it’ll work wonders and give you some ‘me’ time after she sleeps. This has worked for me up till now (fingers crossed and touchwood!!)
I’m sure every mother has loads of tips to contribute..Like I said before each child is different. I’ll be posting tips regularly as and when I find something has really helped me..All the best and enjoy the beautiful relationship with your little one.