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Lucy’s concerns about NIP reminded me of a fun tip that I have for nursing while out shopping.* This (along with the thread the other day about grocery shopping with baby) made me realize that you all may have fun tips of your own to share! So let’s share them here. They don’t need to be about BF – they can be about anything you’ve discovered which has made your life somewhat easier as a parent to a baby. For instance an item, or a technique or like my tip, a place you might not think about to use while nursing or changing a baby.
Whatcha got, ladies?
*(Take the kid into an empty changing room with you, Lucy! I’ve done this dozens of times when my babes decided to lose their crap in the middle of our big box grocery store.)
I've done that! I'm also not shy about bf in public either. If my babies hungry, he's gonna eat and I won't go into a bathroom to do it or feel ashamed/embarrassed.
I co-sleep with my little one and I have a storage organizer at the bottom of his little bed in our bed and it has diapers, wipes, receiving blankets, etc everything I could possibly need so I don't have to get up to grab anything. Definitely am thriving on sleep over here!
I've discovered that the best way to get LO to not spit out medicine (mainly gripe water), is by getting him to suck on his pacifier while I'm giving it. I'll get him to suck on it, quickly take it out, squirt the medicine in, and then put the pacifier back in.
I have not tried this yet, but a friend told me yesterday that when baby just won't stop crying, turn on a space heater and put them in front of it (obviously not too hot), and it calms them right down. Her photographer did that to calm her baby down and she's been using it ever since.
Here's a daddy tip: When mommy isn't around, dip the binky into gripe water when baby is upset and baby will take the binky like it's a boob (or so my husband says).
Mommy tip: If you are planning on making your own baby food, buy some of the winter squash in the next month or two and puree/freeze it for the Summer when our babies are starting solids and butternut squash/etc isn't in season.
jamiemama90, maybe that'll keep this lil girl from screaming during car rides! Huh!
My tip's not good till they're about 8+ months, but boy did it work wonders. My son was quite fussy & clingy well into his first year, so once he was STTN & in his crib (9m), I'd sneak in once he was asleep & put a toy in each corner of his crib. When he first awoke, he'd play with them for a good 30-60 min, which was the ONLY time he was content playing by himself! I literally did this every night for over a year!
Since we don't use the actual crib for awhile, I attached our musical mobile to the changing table. TOTALLY keeps that kid distracted for diaper changes, which she needs when those wipes are particularly cold.
Maggie - Proud Mommy to Marlowe & Willamina