Originally Posted by CanBoo
Heat? Anyone found ways to keep them comfortable? This is driving her and I crazy! She is so hot. We give her a long bath twice a day to cool her down. But what else?
Its probably cooled down for you, as it is much cooler than it was--we are close by to BC here in Seattle. One thing I've done to keep the baby cool is to put her diaper on more loosely than usual, in an attempt to let air circulate. I also do the cooler temperature baths (just got out of one!), and then I put her in front of a fan after the bath (where she fell asleep). I've also kept a kiddie pool out and taken dips in it during the day with her, which she does not like because its too cool. Other than that, swimming, shade and onesies. I've found that she stays cooler when she has a onesie on. If she doesn't have one on, the skin to skin contact heats her up and makes her sweat more. Other than that, we stick pretty close to the fan!
To add the update:
Poops: We've had lots of green ones recently but I'm actually taking that as a good sign. Its has been so hot here and we like everyone else around here don't have AC. I have been worried that the heat could make Beauty dehydrated so I've been drinking lots of water and then switching sides so she is getting more foremilk in a day than typical. The green runny and seedy poops are my indication that she's not dehydrated.
Bottle: we tried it a few weeks ago and it was surprisingly easy.
Breastfeeding: Going well. Although not with the two year old...anyone know how to teach a two year old a proper latch that doesn't leave teeth marks on my nipple?
Sleeping: Beauty sleeps so well. I'm waking up twice a night, once between 2 am and 5 am and then another time between 7 am and 9 am. Generally I can go back to sleep again until 10 am.
Postpartum body: Not so good. My hip joints are so very loose that I'm experiencing lots of joint and muscle pain. My whole body is thrown out of whack. A couple of weeks ago it was so bad I couldn't walk. I feel wobbly on good days and generally sore. This was the reason that we tried the bottle with Beauty because one night it was so bad that I couldn't turn over in bed or sit up to bring her to me. That night my husband (thank goodness he was in town!) attempted to bottle feed her for the first time.
Jacqueline, you have my sympathy and condolences. I too have lost a parent and found it very difficult.