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May 16th, 2013, 09:06 AM
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Hello,

I havent been on this board since i was pregnant. My baby was born 5 weeks early on 12/31, but I decided to go with the January playroom since he's more of a January baby then December!

First I'll start with my questions about development. Ben is currently 19 weeks old, and he still cannot push himself up off the ground like I’ve been hearing about. He does have head control for the most part. He hates tummy time, so we haven’t done much of it.. he plants his face in the carpet and screams. I’ve been told to get a boppy, so I’ll be trying that. He also is not grabbing at toys like I’ve been told he should. He will grab them if they are near his hands. But he wont spot a toy and reach out for it. He’s more interested in staring at people. He is mimicking words a lot and laughs/smiles. And has really good eye contact. Should I be concerned? Or is this to be expected with a preemie? Has anybody else seen this with their babies?

Another issue we’ve had is screaming with the bottle. I took him a different doctor who said he probably has reflux. So he’s on meds now and for the most part he’s better. But occasionally when he is hungry, if he doesn’t have a bottle in his mouth within 30 seconds, he will scream murder, then he refuses the bottle and he has to sleep it off before you can get a bottle anywhere near his face. Sometimes he will start to cry, you put a bottle in his mouth, a few sucks, then the screaming starts, so I’m not totally convinced it’s acid reflux. But I am a total loss to know what’s going on there. Any input is great.

And my final question, we are taking a trip to Arizona for a week next month, Ben will be 6 months old. I am curious about how to dress him. We will be spending a deal of time in the car with the AC on, but getting out often to see the sights. Should he be dressed lightly with blankets in the car? Or should I have him in a sweater/pants? When he’s outside in the sun, is it best to put him in a long sleeve shirt and a hat? Or short sleeve but lather him up in sun block? I am worried about him over heating. Any information that can be provided about traveling with babies on planes would be helpful! I’m very nervous. How about milk? Will I be allowed to bring 8 ounce bottles of milk with me on the plane with no issues?

Thanks so much everyone!!!
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May 16th, 2013, 09:28 AM
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Well, I cant really offer any adice on the the developmental questions...it would probably be best to ask you dr, but I do know that every baby develops on his own schedule...but still, I would mention to your pedi.

As for the dressing for Arizona weather, I would say to try to keep his body in as much shade as possible. If your outside, use the stroller/carseat canopy to keep him in the shade and definitely use sunscreen on any body parts that are exposed to sun. Definitely keep a sun hat on too. I use banana boat baby, which is spf 50 and waterproof, but I know that waterbabies is recommended too. Enjoy your vacation!!
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May 16th, 2013, 09:33 AM
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Well, I cant really offer any adice on the the developmental questions...it would probably be best to ask you dr, but I do know that every baby develops on his own schedule...but still, I would mention to your pedi.

As for the dressing for Arizona weather, I would say to try to keep his body in as much shade as possible. If your outside, use the stroller/carseat canopy to keep him in the shade and definitely use sunscreen on any body parts that are exposed to sun. Definitely keep a sun hat on too. I use banana boat baby, which is spf 50 and waterproof, but I know that waterbabies is recommended too. Enjoy your vacation!!
Thank you! I am getting a little fustrated with the doctor. Long story short, his pedi from the start just kept saying "hes fine, keep doing what your doing". Then i went to another who said that his head was growing really fast and so we did a echo to make sure there was no fluid in the brain, and he's fine, and she also pointed out the reflux. So i feel like our regular doctor really doesnt have much knowlodge! But maybe he's right, maybe Ben is a perfectly normal baby that will grow out of everything, but it just seemed odd that one doc said one thing and another had concerns. He's got his little sun hats ready to go! I just hope he tolerate the airplane and the car rides
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May 16th, 2013, 11:03 AM
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Another issue we€™ve had is screaming with the bottle. I took him a different doctor who said he probably has reflux. So he€™s on meds now and for the most part he€™s better. But occasionally when he is hungry, if he doesn€™t have a bottle in his mouth within 30 seconds, he will scream murder, then he refuses the bottle and he has to sleep it off before you can get a bottle anywhere near his face. Sometimes he will start to cry, you put a bottle in his mouth, a few sucks, then the screaming starts, so I€™m not totally convinced it€™s acid reflux. But I am a total loss to know what€™s going on there. Any input is great.
Julius did this for about 2 months but only after 5pm but till midnight. We changed bottles multiple times but that didn't seem to do the trick either. It just sort of went away after awhile. I thought it was reflux at first but he didn't show any other signs of reflux so I chalked it up to just being overtired even if he slept enough according to how much a baby should sleep( I think he needed a little more sleep than normal) It still happens 1-2 times a week when he refuses to sleep more than 30 minutes the entire day. Now I just think it's kind of funny because I have to leave him alone while he's drinking, If I try talking or make eye contact when he's in that mood he'll scream right away.
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May 16th, 2013, 11:49 AM
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I live in AZ and would forgo the sweaters, pants, and long sleeved shirts if I was you. It is in the 100s right now and my little guy gets hot in just a plain onesie. If we are outside he is in a onesie with a sun hat, sublock, and shade canopy (and he loves being outside despite the warm weather!) If youre swimming I would get a long sleeved swimming shirt because the pools arent usually heated and when I dont have the swimming shirt on him Felix gets cold quickly. Definitely bring a blanket wherever you go because public places (like stores, restaurants, ect) are kept at polar temperatures and are FREEZING! I suggest that you bring a sweater for yourself also lol it seriously gets absurdly cold inside. Have a wonderful trip!
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May 16th, 2013, 12:06 PM
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I have an early/December baby, too. Lots of us here! He came six weeks early, and has some of the delays you described. Do you have Early Intervention in your area? I was referred to them by the NICU, you can get a referral from your ped if you need one. Our local Early Intervention is administered by the ARC in our area. After we came home, they evaluated the baby for several different types of delays (motor, cognitive, etc.), and based on his delays provide services for a fee based on our household income.

Every other week, a specialist comes to our home and works one-on-one with J for an hour, watching his gross and fine motor skills, and offering suggestions on activities we can do with him to give him the opportunity to develop. It's very low key, we sit on the floor and talk and play with him. But it is SO helpful for me, reassurance that every baby develops at their own pace, and encouragement with very specific tools and activities that help him. Once a week I take him to a baby class where he interacts with other babies, and again a specialist works with him a little to engage him and work with his motor/cognitive/social development.

As a specific example, he detested tummy time. Then they showed me a few ways to help him with tummy time (you can use a boppy, or just roll up a towel to prop up his arms), and that took some of the pressure off him. I also started rubbing his back, and gave him one of those Lamaze mirrors to look at, and man, does that baby love to be on his tummy when he can look at himself in the mirror!

If your ped doesn't know about Early Intervention, check with your local Board of Public Health, or even your local public school system.

J has eating issues, too. Not exactly like what you've described. When he gets hungry, he's hungry NOW, and lately he's been very cranky about taking his last bottle at night, and sometimes refuses. I think it's because he's full since we've been trying to feed him more ounces at each feeding during the day, and by bedtime he's over it. But honestly, I don't know. I think there are so many different feeding issues, you need to find someone who can either give you an answer, or give you reassurance that this is something he may have to grow out of.

Here's a thread about flying with infants with some good advice:
http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f1...avel-baby.html (Air travel with baby)
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May 16th, 2013, 07:37 PM
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Hi, my LO hates tummy time too.....screams the whole time so she also doesn't do it much but I try to do it other ways......over my shoulder, on my chest and/or on a boppy...sometimes she will tolerate, sometimes no.

I found this article pretty informative. It states what a typical 4 month old should be doing.....BUT keep in mind that all babies reach milestones at different times and no 2 babies are the same.

Developmental milestones record - 4 months: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

As far as what to wear in the hot weather, I personally would not overdress. Just try to keep out of the sun and esp use a sun hat......I live in NJ so it is really hard for me to say though.
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My LO was a preemie as well, born Dec 7 at 34 weeks gestation. I've found that she's hitting her milestones more on track with her adjusted age rather than her actual age. So although she is now 5 months old, developmentally she is more on track with her fellow 3 and 4 months olds in the Jan playroom.
That said, all babies develop at their own pace, so although I wouldn't be super concerned, you could bring it up to your pedi at your next visit. They will check him out to see if he is developmentally where he should be.
For now, just keep offering him opportunity for tummy time- but don't overdo it. A little time to practice, but get him off his belly before he gets tired and frustrated.
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I can't comment on the development aspect but I live in a very hot area as well and we are learning what works best here. Bamboo clothes allow him to be in long sleeves and pants but still stay cool. But another idea is wearing a rash guard swim top. You can get long sleeved ones and they have extra SPF built in.
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May 17th, 2013, 11:13 AM
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But another idea is wearing a rash guard swim top. You can get long sleeved ones and they have extra SPF built in.
That is what the swimming shirt is called! Lol for the life of me I couldnt remember the name
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