Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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:
- Swaddle your baby. If you don't have an easy swaddler you can use a regular blanket.
- If your baby seems to enjoy bath time, try giving him or her a bath
- Change locations. Walk to a different room or even go outside to give your baby a change of scenery.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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
Thursday, June 11, 2009
- 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
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.