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Sarah - posted on 02/12/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi all I just joined this site I'm a new mommy had my baby little over a week ago , any tips or advice would be great :)

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Kim - posted on 02/12/2016

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Hi! Omg It will go so fast enjoy every second of it! My baby's 4.5 months and the times just flies by! I have to say I was exhausted when my baby slept in her bassinet waking up every 1- 2 hours to rock and feed her...I co sleep with her in our bed and love it!!! She sleeps long stretches and I just sleep topless she eats in her sleep...we always get 8 hours sleep atleast! Everyone has there own opinion on this but I think it's the best...so special snuggling with our little one...I'll miss it so much when she wants to sleep in her own bed! 😢 good luck to you and congrats!!

KAREN - posted on 02/12/2016

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the colic starts around three months. All will seem well, until.....then! ha ha so get in the habit of avoiding the foods i mentioned. It was easy for me to tell, because my kids did not really cry or get fussy, UNLESS i ate something gassy, and it could be just a bite. Come one, one bite? YUP! I even experimented to make sure that's what it was and I was right. I am also a Licensed nurse that works in a pediatricians office, as an advice nurse. So I do know a bit of which I speak. happy face. Get plenty of REST for YOU. DON"T forget to take care of YOU. Very important. We get so busy with all there is to do for baby, hubby, housework, meals etc etc, and sometimes there is just NO TIME for US. MAKE TIME. Please.
and for Goodness Sake, have FUN.
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KAREN - posted on 02/12/2016

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Relax. Be Calm always. Don't get tense, aggravated, irritated, angry, etc. Babies can FEEL your emotions. Babies and dogs can sense what's going on inside someone. Turmoil. Happiness. Safety.
I think some of my best advice is this:
1. ENJOY. Really enjoy being with the baby. Don't try to "get rid of" him just to do housework or cooking, you know. They feel abandoned and then become anxious and that makes for a fussy, scared baby. Do you understand what I am trying to say? don't know if I am expressing myself clearly enough. Wear your baby. That's how to do housework and such.
2. Colic due to excess gas makes your baby ( and everyone else in the house) MISERABLE. They can scream and scream for HOURS and you will feel helpless, maybe even irritated, or feel hopeless, and the baby can feel that, remember. stay calm and soothing. If you are breastfeeding, WATCH EVERYTHING YOU EAT! Do not eat foods that cause gas: garlic, onions, broccoli, beans, mexican food in general, peppers...and DAIRY. I consumed the LactAide brand of dairy products. If I even had ONE bite of any of these things my baby would get gas and scream in pain for HOURS! Be careful, no problems. Formulas are milk based and can cause colic as well. if this happens, go to a soy based formula, or an organic one.
you never want your baby to have diaper rash. it's uncomfortable, painful, irritating and really no reason for it. Get a can of BAG BALM. green with red clovers and a cow on the front. pet section or pharmacy section of your local drug or big box store. Use it every time you change him. I keep a box of disposable gloves at changing table. it's thick and greasy like petroleum jelly only it has healing properties in it as well. We are not all perfect, so if he does get a bad diaper rash, don't bother with all those products on the shelves in the store. Get a bottle of GENTIAN VIOLET at any drug store. you can also use this in the mouth if baby gets thrush (a white fungi (yeast) that coats babies tongue or inside of the cheeks). This works miracles practically overnight! Be careful, it comes off skin easily, but NOT ANYTHING ELSE!! it will leave permanent stain.
DO NOT bring the baby into your bed and have him sleep with you, at least not after the three month "bassinet" period. bad idea to do that.
Make sure your husband or sig other helps participate in the feeding diapering and nurturing part of this experience. They need to understand what you go thru and how much work it is.
There you go, and CONGRATS! ENJOY every second, they grow so fast, before you know it, they are gone off to live their own life.

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Sarah - posted on 02/12/2016

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And I do have my husband helping me with her tho for changing diapers I'm letting him take wet 1s and I do the others

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2016

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I'll make sure to be careful with what I eat and I'm enjoying every minute I'm with her :)

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2016

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Thank you :), and I'm breastfeeding and really have been careful of what I eat , also she is a girl I had a beutiful baby girl and I keep her bassinet right next to our bed

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