Thursday, July 30, 2009

Toddler food time saver

Wow, just wanted to share this neat product I saw at Walmart today. For less than $2, you can purchase a package of 4 microwaveable individual servings of vegetables. There were carrots, corn, peas, and green beans at my local store. This is a store brand item- I didn't see anything like it in the major name brands. I will post more information once I have tried them, but at first glance it seemed like a great idea when you need to throw together a quick lunch for your child and want to give them something nutritious. It also may work for quick baby food when you are on the go- cook the vegetables in the microwave, mash them up, and start feeding!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Why you should not have an elective induction

This is a very controversial topic. More and more women are deciding to have labor induced for convenience, rather than medical necessity, and more and more doctors are accomodating these women. The fact remains that inductions pose their own set of risks. Contractions can be more severe, leading to higher pain and possibly uterine rupture, and there is higher risk of infection to the mother and baby, among many other risks. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has an excellent handout on this issue, located here. After having been through one induction for medical reasons (preeclampsia) I can absolutely say that I would not want to go through that again unless there is a darn good reason. Mother Nature has a plan for these things and, barring medical issues, I don't think there is a need to mess with it!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Working on your baby registry? You need a Boppy!

Named the #1 baby product for six years, the Boppy infant support pillow has become an essential must-have item for every mom-to-be. It is the most popular baby shower gift in America. And now this product is even better and more universal, with a Miracle Middle stretch panel to fit every waist size. So every mom and dad can feed their baby in an ergonomically correct position, with support for tired arms and necks. And its still the best spot for babies lying, playing and learning to sit. All Boppy Slipcovers fit all Boppy feeding pillows and are removable and machine-washable. Add a couple to your registry so you'll always have a clean one handy.

How to calm a fussy baby

This is a tough one for any parent. What do you do when your little darling just won't stop crying? I remember one night when my daughter was just inconsolable...we had just returned from a visit to her grandparents when she was about 2 months old and she just wouldn't stop crying. This went on for over an hour, and nothing seemed to calm her. I have never felt so helpless. The poor little baby was crying and crying and of course could not tell me what to do. I tried talking to her, singing to her, wrapping her in a blanket, and even trying to distract her with brightly colored toys. Unfortunately, nothing worked. Eventually she cried herself to sleep...I almost did too.

Unfortunately there is no sure-fire way to soothe every fussy infant. What one mother swears by, another mother dismisses as a waste of time. Of course, this is because every baby is different. I know that many of my older relatives insist that running the vaccuum cleaner will calm a baby down, but I haven't seen this work yet for any baby. You may need to develop your own methods unique to your baby. Some things I suggest that you consider are:

  1. Swaddle your baby. If you don't have an easy swaddler you can use a regular blanket.

  2. If your baby seems to enjoy bath time, try giving him or her a bath

  3. Change locations. Walk to a different room or even go outside to give your baby a change of scenery.

  4. Play some music. It doesn't have to be a lullaby to work for your baby. Garth Brooks has been a proven infant soother in my house.

  5. Change hands. Try handing baby to your husband or another friend or family member and leave the room.

If none of the above work, get creative! You might find that giving baby a massage with lotion or changing his diaper does the trick. I hope that these ideas can at least get you started. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

BRING SEAN HOME!!! Obama where are you?

If you have been living under a rock, you may not have heard of the 5 year saga involving David Goldman's efforts to get his son back from Brazil. (Read the story here.) The Brazilian-born mother took her 4 year old son and took off to Brazil and married someone else and tried to take Goldman off the birth certificate. She completely alienated the boy from his father. Then, in what can only be described as karma, the mother died from complications during childbirth with her second child. Through the Brazilian courts and with a little help from the U.S. government, Goldman has been trying to get his son back for 5 years(!). What is wrong with our government? Where is Obama or some other high-ranking presence on this issue? Hillary Clinton seemed to give a little face time to this saga a few months back, but doesn't appear to have done much to help. I guess it just got her some good PR. Why can't our government force Brazil to return this kidnapped child?

I wonder what would happen if Obama really got tough and sent a group of Navy SEALS or men of similar training to rescue this boy from Brazil. What would the repercussions be? The boy has been illegally kept in Brazil for 5 years now- if we stormed in and took him back, what could they possibly do to us? The country of Brazil should be ashamed and embarassed that this has gone on for so long. This is an American boy with a living father who wants him to come home to New Jersey. This presidential administration needs to grow a pair and bring this boy home.

She's 2 going on 20...

My daughter may only be 2, but she has the attitude of a fully-grown woman. Since she was born my husband has joked about needing to get a gun collection for when she is older and boys start coming around, but I really don't think he could possibly be more intimidating than she will. This girl already knows what she wants and how to speak her mind. (Sniff- Just like Mommy- I am so proud!)

We were getting into the car a few days ago to run an errand and my husband was putting her in the carseat. Lately she has been Miss Independent, insisting on buckling herself in and even tightening the straps herself. My husband had the audacity to try and fasten the buckle himself, and our little boss was NOT happy. The conversation went like this: "Stop it Daddy!" "But I'm just trying to help." "No- go get in the car." "But I need to help you!" "NO- GET IN YOUR SEAT AND DRIVE! You need to get in and drive the car." Maybe I shouldn't be encouraging this attitude, but I could not keep from cracking up. At 2 she already has her Daddy wrapped around her finger.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Very funny article- "When Babies Attack"

I just found this hilarious article on MSNBC. It talks about all of the ways in which infants and toddlers can injure us with tantrums, biting, and strange mishaps. The pain does not end with labor and delivery! This gave me a great laugh!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Get this baby out of me!: How to serve your little one an eviction notice.

There are many old wives' tales about the best ways to naturally induce labor. While research has examined some of these different options, nobody really knows what triggers the onset of labor. As long as your midwife or doctor agrees, and you are close to or beyond your due date, you may want to try some of these options:
  • Drinking Castor Oil
  • Nipple Stimulation
  • Eating Spicy Foods
  • Walking, swimming, or other increased physical activity
  • Take a bumpy car ride
  • Have sexual intercourse
  • Drink red raspberry leaf tea or take red raspberry leaf tablets
  • Acupuncture

In a 2008 study (Murray, Kelsberg, Safranek and Crawford, "Clinical inquiries. Do any folk remedies or herbals help induce labor?", The Journal of Family Practice), researchers found that some methods of natural labor induction may actually be unsafe. Traditional methods which were deemed ineffective and possibly unsafe by the study included:

  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Black Cohosh
  • Blue Cohosh

Interestingly enough, in its review of other studies, this study found that two methods appeared to be effective in starting labor: Acupuncture and Nipple Stimulation. Castor oil was found to cause nausea and vomiting, but not labor. I guess I know where to start when I am ready to evict my little one! While I could not find recent research data on other methods such as eating spicy foods, I may give them a try as well.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The wheels on the bus go round and round...

I admit, I can not keep up with my daughter's imagination. One of her latest obsessions has been school buses. Every morning we wave to passing school buses and sing the "wheels on the bus" song on our way to school. She even has a small ride-on school bus toy that she is probably too big for that she still tools around the kitchen on. It is sad to think that in just a few short years she will need me to drive her to school when she decides she is too cool to ride the bus. For now, I am going to enjoy every minute of her new obsession!

Friday, February 6, 2009

I am the newest huge Tupperware fan!

OK, I know I sound like a 1950's mom when I say this, but I really have fallen in love with Tupperware's products. The thing that I like the most is that all of their baby and children's items, including toys, are BPA-free. Items such as their Rock N' Serve containers still contain BPA for now, but that may change as attitudes and buying habits change. My daughter loved the ball shape sorter toy, and it has held up so well that I know my new baby and any other children we have will be able to use it. Yes, I am now going to have to buy some "Mom jeans" and a minivan, but I can't help it. I am hooked! My newest goal is to organize my whole pantry with their modular mates storage containers, but it seems like it will be quite a task. Organization is definitely not my strong point! It would be great though, to be able to open the pantry door and easily know where to find things instead of digging around for 5 minutes while my daughter complains that she just wants her Cheerios! I will keep you posted on how well it works for me. The order has I just have to get around to washing the containers and starting to use them!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!

I would just like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! The holiday season was excellent for me and my family, with the exception of one miserable child with an ear infection. I look forward to providing you with more great baby and child-related information in the coming year!