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Amy - posted on 04/17/2014 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi fellow moms! I have a few questions regarding my 6 1/2 month old son and I could really use your help!!

Here are my questions:

1. Can I cover him with a small blanket at night now? (he is able to roll over from side to side, front to back, can move a cloth or blanket off his face) Also, I get cold at night sometimes & totally cover up with blankets I'm a 28 year old woman, so I would think a 6 month old baby would be freezing if an adult is cold in the same house/heating conditions!! Right??

2. Our son currently has a little touch of some allergies I think (I can hear a bit of a raspy voice & can hear the phlegm in the back of his throat that he's not able to spit up on his own) so I'm wondering how I can help him feel better... I try to use the bulb syringe to get whatever I can out of his nose, but can you also use it in his mouth to get that phlegm out? And if I can use it in his mouth, how will I know I'm getting the right stuff out?--like how would I be able to tell I'm getting the phlegm out and not just plain ol' spit (diff color?)?

3. Any of you moms make your own baby food? What kinds of food did you use when just beginning? Any foods I should avoid at first (I've heard you should wait awhile for carrots??)?

4. Is it too soon for a sippy cup?

5. My son has recently started having these sort of 'screaming fits' where he'll randomly let out a little squeal or a yell. He's done it once while we were in a store--which was super embarrassing! But he does it quite often at home these days and it's not like he's unhappy or uncomfortable or hungry---it'll just be when he's playing with a bunch of toys or even when he's eating! I suppose it could be frustration with him not being able to get a toy to do what he wants it to do?? Or sometimes he'll go from sitting up to hanging out on his tummy and he'll be trying to crawl, so maybe it's frustration with not QUITE being able to crawl (although he scoots around everywhere, so crawling is prob very soon!)? I hope he's not becoming one of those babies/kids who are unruly, loud and obnoxious when they're at home and in public---we as his parents aren't that way so I don't know where he would get it from.

6. My son has started waking around 5am every morning. Since he was born I've had a pretty strict morning routine as far as when he gets out of his crib---I don't get him out until 7am. So now that he is waking around 5am, I wonder if I should leave him in there until 7am or just get him out once I see he isn't going to go back to sleep? What do you think this 5am wake up is about? ***I am also trying to wean him off giving him a bottle & getting him to sleep totally through the night, so suggestions about giving him a bottle at 5am won't help much, lol. **once in awhile I will still give him a bottle when he wakes around that time, but I try not to**

7. My son is teething like crazy (has been for quite some time) and I just saw his first tooth coming in like a week ago! He seems just a bit whiny during the day, so I'm assuming this is due to his teething?? Does every baby get cranky while they teeth?? Any suggestions for things that worked for your little one while they were/are teething??

8. How many ounces of formula/breastmilk do/did you feed your 6 month old? Actually what did/will you feed your little one from 6 months up to about 9 months old (as his next check-up isn't until he's 9 months, so I don't know if his formula amount needs to change in that time frame!)?

9. Until what age is it suitable to use a white noise machine for our son? We have a little one that has the white noise, ocean waves, heart beat and a few songs..but we usually use the ocean waves. Might it affect his hearing or anything if we continue to use it?

10. At 6 months (and a few months after) do/would you consider any of your baby's behavior to be 'naughty'? Should I be telling him 'no' when he touches something he shouldn't ? Or tell him 'no' or something to that extent when he throws out one of his little screams?

11. When he throws out one of his little screams/whines is it okay to 'shush' him? Let him know that that isn't appropriate to be so loud and that he just needs to quiet down and/or not do that?

12. Anyone else teaching or taught their baby sign language? If so, how did it go?

Thanks for any/all input/advice/suggestions ladies!!! First time mom here! :)

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/18/2014

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Ashley, she is way to young for that. If you are formula feeding her, I would look for gentle ease that has no iron in it. Good luck.

Ashley - posted on 04/18/2014

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My daughter was born 6 weeks early and pooped fine while we was in the hospital now she is almost 2 months old and we are having trouble with her going without rectal stimulation I've tried apple juice n pear juice and Karo any advice

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/17/2014

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LOL....yeah but each baby is so different. Just trust your mommy instincts over everything else. You are a first time mom, so it is always a lot more challenging. If you are having more kids, the second you will not be so worried about when it comes to normal behavior etc.

Amy - posted on 04/17/2014

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well that's exactly what I DON'T want him learning---that, hey, if i scream mommy will come over here---so that's why i'm always unsure if i should run to him at every squeal.

aahhhhh it's always something we're trying to figure out!! all babies should work the same and there should be one book that every mommy gets and everything in that book works for every baby! aahhhhhhh....so much easier.... lol

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/17/2014

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It is your choice. Baby should never be out of view unless sleeping, so you should be able to take a quick peak at him at all times. He is getting a kick out of his own voice, and if you run to him everytime he squeals, he will learn that is an acceptable way to get mommies attention. It just really depends on WHY he is squealing I suppose.

Amy - posted on 04/17/2014

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yes, i suppose you are right. i guess i need to work harder at relaxing with everything baby-related. well, i feel better knowing that it's 'normal' for babies to go through this squealing phase----not so excited to have to continue listening to it for an undetermined amount of time because i feel like it's going to make me deaf!! well he babbles all the time, so i thought that's how he's learning to talk--didn't know squealing was a part of the learning to talk process ...should i run to him every time he makes a squeal though? like, every time?!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/17/2014

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Babies NEED to squeal and make noises. There are many embarrassing moments to come with children, and this is the least of it. Get used to it. But know that there are plenty of mothers out there that have experience, and will not even think twice about a squealing baby in the store. Totally normal. Your son SHOULD be squealing and making noises, how else is he gonna learn to talk?

Amy - posted on 04/17/2014

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thank you very much!!! oh no, i'm not embarrassed by him at all---just not always sure what 'normal' behavior for a 6 month old is. i've totally seen/heard babies do the squealing thing in a store and I know that I myself look around thinking, 'what the heck...who is letting their child make that kind of noise in a public place? keep your child under control/teach them manners!' ...and yes, i personally am one of those people who gets embarrassed VERY easily. so any 'extra' or 'unwanted' attention in my direction makes me a bit uncomfortable. :/ I just want him to be well-behaved! :)

i have high hopes that the sign language will work wonders and then we will be able to communicate that way instead of having him squeal when he wants something.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/17/2014

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Oh, and btw if you are seeing colored phlegm, it is not allergies....it is a cold.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/17/2014

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1. The best thing to use is a sleep sack. It zips up, is a blanket, and keeps them warm. This way you don't have to worry about him tangling in the blankets or suffocating.

2. Run a cool mist humidifier in his room. That will help break up the phlegm, but if you think it is allergies and not a cold, see the doctor.

3. Yes I used to make all my baby food. Look for the superfoods baby book by ruth yaron. it gives an excellent list at the end of the book of when the babies can receive what food and how to make it.

4. Yes. It may be too soon but you can try.

5. Don't be embarrassed by baby squeals. he is learning how to use his voice!! Practice makes perfect! Also, he is a bit young to crawl, and some babies never do.

6. On demand feeding is important. If he is waking for a bottle, give it to him. If you want to stop him from waking so early, try reducing nap times during the day, and or put him to bed later.

7. Yes teething is extremely painful. I was once told by a dentist that if adults teethed, they would be on heavy narcotics to make it through the pain. So if you need to give him something like Motrin, check with your doctor. You can give him a cold wash cloth to chew on to help him. Also teething can interrupt sleep and eating habits.

8. I don't remember, 36-42 oz??

9. I still use white noise for my daughter and she is 4. No it is not going to affect his hearing. Unless you have it blasting right by his head.

10. No. He is learning. You can certainly tell him no, but he is not being naughty. Just exploring the world around him. You can remove him from the situation, and distract him with something he CAN touch and play with.

11. Yes, but it may not work. It sounds like you are very embarrassed by your child being normal. He needs to make noises, not just to hear himself (which is a biggy) but to see your reaction.

12. I tried. Not very successfully I will admit.

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