Having a colic baby is never easy. When my son was an infant he had bad colic and after checking with his doctor and making sure all his needs were met these are my best tips for mom and dad.
Can you leave your baby for a week long vacation while breastfeeding? I would suggest the answer is no. When you are still breastfeeding, baby not only needs your milk but also the comfort of you being near them. While you can pump milk on your trip to keep your supply up not all mothers react well to pumping and some produce very little milk unless they are nursing.
Every month I pretty much have to give up assignments that would involve too much time away from my son while he is so little. A great option may be to bring baby with you. While I know firsthand that a vacation with a little one doesn't offer much of a relaxing time baby will be much happier and so will mama.
By spending focused time on your vacation breastfeeding you're helping baby stay hydrated, fight off travel bugs and relax.
How to make breastfeeding fun on vacation
1. Babywear so you can hike the scenic trails and stroll the small streets of your destination.
2. If you're driving pack a foldable camping rocking chair. These are so comfy and you can set then up indoors and out for a relaxing breastfeed anywhere you stay.
3. Have dad take little one for a half day of fun while mom gets to mellow out and swim in the pool uninterrupted.
When I was a new mom with a just barley crawling baby I had to figure out what the heck I was supposed to put in my diaper bag. Suddenly my son was getting dirty, crawling to grab stuff off the floor with glee and his diaper bag needs changed.
What’s in the diaper bag, crawling:
1 diaper for every 2 hours you’re out (also always error on the side of too many). If you’re cloth diapering bring an extra shower cap style cover in case of poo-plosions.
Extra pair of pants/ leggings. My son went through his oneises like lightening and I learned that a pair of leggings always worked great so I didn't have to change his shirt, just pants.
Bring all the toys; no, actually I discovered that a few lightweight toys were the key to a happy outing. Throw in the diaper bag three chewable toys, something that rattles and I love silicone big baking cups for a cheap toy that is food grade and easy for tiny hands to manipulate.
Teething tablets. As your baby learns to crawl they're often at the teething age. While I'm still not sure they work, teething tablets are fun for baby to comp on.
Pack the basics: corn starch, diaper wipes and diaper cream.
A portable changing pad is great for having to change at the park, beach or bathroom counter. Personally I’ve tried to edge off the cleanliness cliff by not spraying down the changing tables at every bathroom. Because as a single mom I just have to let some things slide but you can make your own changing table cleaner. Mix, in a small spray bottle, equal parts cider vinegar and water. You can mist it over the surfaces and then wipe down. If baby touches the cleaning solution it is pretty natural will not cause the reactions some cleaners do.
Be brave mommy, go out into the world with a well packed diaper bag and get out of the house.
What I learned dropping my son off for 'day-care' for the first time
My son's life has always included me as his caregiver. I am always there to be mama for him and the longest we have ever been apart is an hour and forty-five minutes. This year we took a short cruise to get some warmth, sunshine and family time (toddler meltdowns at sea, yay!) and while on board I dropped him off at the day-care factuality on board. I had read good things, there were cameras everywhere I could watch and I got a special phone for direct calls. Truth be told, I thought it would be harder for me than for my two year old. After 12 minutes, half of which were spent watching him from the camera monitor I got a panicked but nice phone call that I needed to come get him as he was melting down. I found out that he had gotten so upset as soon as he realized I wasn't right around the corner that he vomited all over himself and the playroom.
I felt horrible for trying to drop him off but also relieved that we tested it out and I wasn't just being a cling-on mom who couldn't let him out of my sight. Most of the time I am a pretty laid-back mama. I just want to help my son navigate his way into a happy, kind and productive adulthood that will help him be proud of himself and loving towards good people. Trying to drop my son off taught me to continue to follow my mommy gut and believe that I really do know my son best of all. He is a sensitive and caring little terror of a monkey and needs the security of his mom.
As a breastfeeding advocate I often tell parents to believe in themselves and to toss society's rules out of the window of their life. Well, I want to offer support for mamas that know the best place for their babies is right by their side.
"Be Brave Enough to Know When All They Need Is Mom"
I have heard firsthand just how often everyone around us mamas want to tell us what to do with our little toddlers. It is almost impossible to go anywhere and not hear about cry it out, time outs, daycare and toughening up a boy.
Sometimes the very best place for a child to be is with their mommy. Kids grow up so fast and these short, powerfully formative years are precious. Dropping my son off for a few minutes and seeing how he reacted when I returned taught me a lot. I had to carry him back to our room and cuddle him for hours. He had been so worried that I wasn't there. The idea of mom not being around is so foreign to so many kids and I don't think that is a bad thing.
Baby's first summer
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