How to introduce the world to my little one

Jaime - posted on 09/23/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 1/2 weeks old....he's such a sweetie...however, he's pretty fussy (not colic)...he doesn't like to be put down unless he's sleeping. I want to be able to start going places with him, i.e. grocery store, shopping, etc. Any advice on how to keep him calm so he's not screaming throughout the store? Today, I'm going to try the frontcarrier thing again in HOPES that he will like it. I've tried it before but he didn't really care for it. Once I take him out of it and just hold him...he's fine! uggghhh. HELP!

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Elizabeth - posted on 09/26/2009

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our bubba neds to be intro'd gently to new things a few times before she'll take to them. this includes the sling that she now really loves. you might find that if you try putting him in the pack a few times he will get used to it. we gradually spend more and more time doing new things: walked around the garden one day, down the road the next. now our bubs starts to calm down - f she's been fusding - when she sees me put the sling on!

good luck

Michelle - posted on 09/25/2009

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I found that giving them gripe water or vitamin D then before their done swallowing stick a soother in their mouth.. should work for a little while..

Michelle - posted on 09/24/2009

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I agree with you Lisa! You can't spoil a baby who is only 5.5 weeks old! I picked my daughter up whenever she felt she needed to be held, she is now 9 months old and is very independent! She loves to do things on her own and plays by herself while I make dinner, etc. Some babies just don't like things to busy and out of place. We started tking our daughter around people from the get go, but we were very lucky to have a baby who loves to be social. I agree with the mom's who have suggested a sling, my daughter didn't like her front carrier until she got a little older. Good luck:o)

Minnie - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting Alysha:

kinda spoiled...holding him alot is not good...try feedin him before going if it is time for his feeding...i didnt have any problems unless he is hungry n my son is 7 weeks old..



Sorry, this is complete myth.  Infants are biologically designed to be in close physical contact with their mothers almost constantly.  We share more than 98% of our DNA with the great apes, who carry their infants 24/7, sleeping with them on their bellies at night. 

Toni - posted on 09/23/2009

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my son loves his front carrier... he knows hes close to me, but he can look around and see the world while I can go about my day doing whatever I need too. Maybe if you had him in his stroller ( if you have one of the travel system ones) and you gave him a blanket that u sleep with or a tshirt that smells like you, and wrapped him in it, he might feel snuggly like hes near his mommy! good luck, ah your going to love these next few months when they start interacting with there world for the first time! its awesome!

Brittany - posted on 09/23/2009

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maybe try getting him a carrier in the front. that way he can still see and feel you, and you have your hands free to do what needs to be. try even taking him for walks not to the store or anything just through nature, it might calm him down enough for him to realize "hey, this isnt that bad", then proceed into small quick trips to the store, at times when its less busy, so there isnt as much noise to frighten him.

Alysha - posted on 09/23/2009

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kinda spoiled...holding him alot is not good...try feedin him before going if it is time for his feeding...i didnt have any problems unless he is hungry n my son is 7 weeks old..

Minnie - posted on 09/23/2009

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Get a soft carrier like a mei tai, wrap, or sling. Not the typical mainstream structured front carrier marketed by bjorn or snugli. Those hang baby at the crotch.

Pop him in the SOFT carrier, and go to town. Mothers all over the world strap their infants to their bodies and go about their day.

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2009

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I agree with Summer, a sling definitely sounds like the best option here. Make sure you introduce it to him at home,before you take him out :) good luck!

Summer - posted on 09/23/2009

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yeah i remember that time ... the best thing is a sling, not the front carriers. also i didnt go anywhere alone for the first 2 months.he needs to be close to you to feel safe... also do it SLOWLY remember everything is new and possibly scary. also if you are calm he will feel it and he will calm down too.



just go slow, that the best thing i can tell you... if you need help or wanna chat let me know

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