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!