Q: How old we’re your babies when you introduced the exersaucer and the jumper? — Heather G.
A: I’d recommend waiting until your little one can support their head pretty well and possibly even when they can bear weight/push up with their legs. Possibly somewhere between 4-5 months.
Q: Does anyone else here bed-share? Just wondering since I don’t get a lot of “nice comments” when it comes up with friends and family. LO is almost 3 months and she’s absolutely fine sleeping with us. — Umm T.
A: I do my afternoon naps that way. But I usually use the couch. I’d be careful with that though, not necessarily because she’s not safe in bed with you or that stuff haters spout. I’ve seen it with my niece, who is now almost 4 years old. It’s hard to get them to sleep in their own bed after they’ve been in yours for awhile. It scares them because they’re not used to sleeping alone. So long as you and SO don’t move around in your sleep too much though, it would probably be a good idea until her feedings are more spaced out, especially if you’re EBF. That saves both of you the energy of getting up. I’d have a cart with changing supplies, outfits and a few warm blankets nearby so you don’t have to get up and go far at all. Also, maybe put a waterproof cover on your mattress for her accidents. And as hard as it is, once she’s sleeping through the night, graduate her to her crib. It will foster independence. I like napping with my LO, but most of the time he sleeps by himself in his playpen.
Q: Ugh. My baby boy caught my nasty chest cold. Any other mamas have experience with their LOs being sick and things that helped? — Katie K.
A: The best thing that you can do is give him Tylenol. If he’s under 2 years of age, use this chart for the right dosage. That’s best for a fever. I also took our small bathroom and turned the shower the hottest it would go, closed the door and used the steam to clear out his sinuses. Or you could just use a cold air humidifier in a bedroom with the door closed. Also, if he has any nose stuffiness, use Little Noses (Either drops or spray. Personally, I recommend the spray.) twice on each nostril 2-3 times a day (if you use the steam shower, use little noses before then use his little bulb to suck out the boogies). Vicks baby worked for me too, but I was told to just use a little at first in case he’s allergic to one of the ingredients.
Q: Has anyone made the transition from pack n play “bassinet” to full size crib? My LO will be 4 months old and although I’d rather him sleep in our room forever, I guess it’s time for him to move in to his own room/crib soon. I’m a little anxious about him not being right next to me and also about how he’s going to do. — Tara F.
A: If you’re not comfortable with co-sleeping, don’t feel pressured. I just took the bassinet off and started laying him in the pack and play. Mine has a mattress that hangs so it’s not too far to reach in for him. I’d recommend these kinds of pack n’ plays.
Q: Am I the only one that is looking forward to going back to work? I go back in a week and a half and am super excited. I went out a month early on bed rest (Jan 16th) and feel like I have missed so much fun. I’m a school library media specialist and have been keeping up on the blogs and technology trends and I can’t wait to get there and play with it all. I also miss my staff and students. I know I will miss her, not work late, and my days go by so fast that it will barely feel like I’m gone. I feel like I am not the best mom and I have to justify myself when I tell people I am excited since everyone assumes I am dreading it (and most people do). Maybe I just know that it’s only for 6 weeks and then it’s summer. — Holly T.
A: You can be both, honey. I’m excited to be getting back out into the job market, but at the same time, I know I’ll miss my LO like crazy.
Q: I was curious if anyone has quit breastfeeding and restarted again. I’ve researched it and I’ve found that re-lactation is possible and I think I’m going to try it. I quit about a week ago due to an emotional breakdown from being exhausted. I was exclusively pumping due to latch issues so I’m going to give it another shot. Has anyone else tried this? — Kellie R.
A: Well, I slowed down with it and am still working to rebuild my supply. Feed your LO from the breast each feeding and supplement with formula. If you can afford it, there are companies out there that you can rent a hospital grade pump. This will help you drain more. You should make sure your breasts are as empty as you can get them. This tells your body “Hey, I need more here! Start working!” And trying some of the other suggested remedies can’t hurt either. Beer does supposedly increase blood flow, so it makes sense that it would increase your supply. But finish the beer AT LEAST TWO HOURS before the next feeding to allow it time to leave your system. I wouldn’t recommend drinking beer but once a day or every couple of days. If you drink too much, you might get sick and it is also more likely that it will still be in your system when baby eats. A little unconventional, but it sometimes works for me. Also important—be sure you’re getting enough liquid. Gatorade is good because the electrolytes re-hydrate you. Another good drink is milk. Drink milk to make milk. I’d also avoid drinking a lot of caffeine, as it absorbs water and dehydrates you. Another good thing to avoid is mint in any form. It’s supposed to also absorb a lot of water and make you thirstier. Keep it up and good luck!
Q: I have a stomach/pregnancy question. In my first trimester, I had a severe morning sickness, almost every food made me sick, but two of the big ones were milk and orange juice. Since I hit the second trimester everything became better, I have been able to eat and have come back to work and to the gym. It has been great. But today because everything was going so well, I decided to try again a bowl of cereal with milk. I am able to eat yogurt, ice cream even decaf mocha; but 5 minutes later after I finished my cereal, everything came out. I don’t understand, did I became lactose intolerant or what? I am not going to be able to drink milk again? After I ate a toast and was fine, but then I had a sip of water and it made me sick again. I don’t want to be all sick again. Any ideas?—Isabel D.
A: It happens. I had trouble with dairy when I was pregnant with my son. I’d recommend just taking it easy the milk. cheese, yogurt and your mocha should be okay. Funny enough, I never had trouble with the Starbucks flavored coffees either. Then again, now that I’ve had my son, I drink milk by the glassfuls and go through nearly two gallons in a week. If it continues, maybe check with your primary care physician or a specialist.
Q: To those of you breastfeeding, if/when did you introduce a pacifier to your LO? — Mandy S.
A: I’ve heard that the whole “nipple confusion” thing is a croc. Honestly, my LO had bottles from day one b/c he was a preemie. It took some time and effort, but he can latch now with no problems. No nipple confusion. He knows which is which and did by about 2 weeks.
Q: Breastfeeding mamas—any of you drink coffee? If so, do you do decaf or regular and how much? I’m dying to have it again but I keep hearing conflicting things about the caffeine. Does it affect LO’s sleep at all? — Katie K.
A: Coffee is okay in moderation. I’d recommend decaf, though. Tea and soda are also good substitutes. Tea with no sugar is a good one for limiting your LO’s sugar intake and soda has a better taste to it for some people. I would recommend limiting it to three or fewer cups a day, though. A certain amount enters your breast milk and your baby can’t excrete and break it down very easily, especially early on. But watch for the following signs: irritability, jitteriness, agitation and problems sleeping. Every LO tolerates it differently. Check out the chart in this article. It gives you an estimate of how much caffeine is in certain drinks. From this chart, I’d recommend no more than 600mg of caffeine a day. Personally, I’d stick around 350mg.
Q: I was wondering when and if some of you ladies have started putting cereal in their LO’s bottle. — Kim N.
A: Yeah, I’ve heard that you shouldn’t do that. I’m not planning to with my LO. The formula and solids should be plenty. I’m going to use a food processor to make the solids myself since it’s recommended to introduce him to one fruit/veggie at a time, which makes it easier to catch allergies.