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post #21 of 82
We have been using BioGaia probiotics drops, but I have a hard time spending $30 every week and a half or 2 weeks, and also the last bit is hard to get out. Are there *any* other baby probiotics drops on the market? I breastfeed so powder doesn't work.
post #22 of 82
Thread Starter 

I have a question about using the drops... How do you get it from the container into the mouth of your child? Do you just hold their mouth open and count the drops? Do you put it into something else?

post #23 of 82
I just drop them in their mouths. I havent found another good infant probiotic drops. So let me know if you do. The powdercan be wiped into their mouth but I am not consistent abou doing it that way.
post #24 of 82
Same question. We have Vitamin D drops for LO but it is not given with a dropper but you have to hold the bottle upside down and shake until it cones out. Not effective.

also the probiotic I take is a powder that I drink with water. You all are giving it to LO directly? Does that make a difference?
post #25 of 82
Munchkin, don't shake the bottle, just hold it and wait a second for a drop. I don't think they're meant to be shaken.
post #26 of 82
With the vitamin d we use one from the drugstore especially for babies that comes with a dropper. The only thing I don't like about it is it smells like cherry so I have to assume it is flavored too. I think one of the formula companies makes it.

As for the probiotic drops, I drop/ shake the drops onto an egg spoon. Then I give it to him.
post #27 of 82
On a side note, we went to see the new Jackie Robinson movie (which was awesome, even if you aren't into sports) and my MIL watched Rheiner, and I missed him SO much. Have any of you guys who are not working gone out without your baby yet?
post #28 of 82
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Originally Posted by MaineCoastMama View Post

On a side note, we went to see the new Jackie Robinson movie (which was awesome, even if you aren't into sports) and my MIL watched Rheiner, and I missed him SO much. Have any of you guys who are not working gone out without your baby yet?
Oh yes. Starting when she was barely a week. I've been a sahm for 6 years now and my mental health wears thin if I do not get periodic breaks with no kids, even if it's a quick 15 minute run to the drugstore, I just need it without lugging around 3 kiddos too. The longest I've been away from the babe is only 3 hours to visit someone in the hospital, and of course dh had to call and tell me she's been screaming the whole time. Talk about feeling helpless when you can't even be there to try to comfort them. At least she takes a bottle so I know if she's desperate enough she can still eat without me. It's hard to be away because you know they're going to cry... no one can comfort them like mom, yet you know they're in good hands and whomever you choose to babysit is trying their best to meet their needs and comfort them. It's tough. But I think the longer you wait to try some separation, the harder it will be for the baby to accept. With ds 2 I didn't try pumping a bottle til 6 months and of course he would have none of it by that point. I became so resentful.. I hated that I could never leave for more than 20 minutes because he'd need me for food again.
Edited by Oliver's Mama - 6/8/13 at 8:42pm
post #29 of 82
Okay, what's the point of the drops for babies? I have never heard of it before, so I'm curious!

I feed Harlow on formula, and man does she eat! Like, 4ozs every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The only time she goes longer is at night, when she goes every 3 to 4 hours. Is that normal? She acts like she not full enough. When did you all start your babies on cerel?

Well, I got a letter in the mail saying my medical card ran out. That means I have to now go to the health department for the IUD. Sucks that it took my dr so long ot get it in greensad.gif
post #30 of 82
We use D-Drops brand, it's just one drop and can go straight on a nipple or paci. The BioGaia drops we just drop right into his mouth. And his antacid medicine we use a syringe (he's not a fan of that stuff).

JennJenn, some f the drops mentioned are Vit d. I feel like I've heard that formula fed babies already get it in their formula, but I could be wrong. The other drops are probiotic drops, which can help digestion.
post #31 of 82
Yep vit. D is for breastfed because even ifi mom takes it somehow does not pass to breastmilk.
post #32 of 82

I'm super wary about giving Zack anything but breastmilk. I want his gut to develop in the best way possible, and there are no studies I could find on how vit. d supplements affect the gut. This article made sense to me, and I have been supplementing myself and get outside time (and Zack gets some now, too) so I'm not worried about it. http://www.007b.com/vitamin-d-breast-milk.php

post #33 of 82
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I'm super wary about giving Zack anything but breastmilk. I want his gut to develop in the best way possible, and there are no studies I could find on how vit. d supplements affect the gut. This article made sense to me, and I have been supplementing myself and get outside time (and Zack gets some now, too) so I'm not worried about it. http://www.007b.com/vitamin-d-breast-milk.php

 

Probiotics are the only thing we give (because I know I don't colonize my babies well because I lack the proper colonization myself).  I am really devoted to preserving the virgin gut for as long as possible, too.

post #34 of 82
Being in Canada (less sunlight) and having MS in my family, the D is really important for us. But I don't freak out if I forget for a day or two.
post #35 of 82
Vitamin d is about brain development and immunity, I believe. The probiotics are for digestive balance. Some babies are off kilter, but, as the saying goes: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
post #36 of 82
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Originally Posted by MaineCoastMama View Post

On a side note, we went to see the new Jackie Robinson movie (which was awesome, even if you aren't into sports) and my MIL watched Rheiner, and I missed him SO much. Have any of you guys who are not working gone out without your baby yet?

I would do short store runs or something like that. Then at 3 weeks I left baby with my DH to go running for an hour with my mom, but baby could take a bottle by then if he needed one. With DS2 I was attached to him for so long due to him needing to nurse and all my pumped milk going to the sitter for when I was a work, that I kind of became resentful. So I am trying to get out more with this baby and it has been helping.

 

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Originally Posted by JennJenn84 View Post

Okay, what's the point of the drops for babies? I have never heard of it before, so I'm curious!

I feed Harlow on formula, and man does she eat! Like, 4ozs every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The only time she goes longer is at night, when she goes every 3 to 4 hours. Is that normal? She acts like she not full enough. When did you all start your babies on cerel?

Well, I got a letter in the mail saying my medical card ran out. That means I have to now go to the health department for the IUD. Sucks that it took my dr so long ot get it in greensad.gif

 

I'm sorry but that sounds like too much formula for your LO. Has it been like that all the time or just recently - like could it be due to a growth spurt? I would think a 4 oz bottle should last her at 3 if not 4 hrs. Her stomach just isn't that big. Does she spit up a lot?  Don't be so quick to feed her when she's fussing, it may be due to something else.

 

Also, if you're going to do cereal I would wait until at least 4-5 mths if not 6 mths. And honestly, I would skip cereal all together. Its nutrition-less "cardboard" that does nothing for them. Go right into regular purees / finger foods when you want to start solids.

post #37 of 82

I have never gone out without a baby since my first one almost 12 years ago. lol.gif In fact I can count on one hand the number of times I have gone out alone in 12 years combined with the number of times dh and I have gone out.  Yep, only need one hand.

 

I don't mind, I'm a homebody.

post #38 of 82
[quote name="Greenlea" url="/community/t/1384396/june-chat-thread/20#po. If you're going to do cereal I would wait until at least 4-5 mths if not 6 mths. And honestly, I would skip cereal all together. Its nutrition-less "cardboard" that does nothing for them. Go right into regular purees / finger foods when you want to start solids.
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yeahthat.gif jennjenn,
Ds 2's first was at six months and it was avocado.. mushy, nutritious, easy, and to this day guacamole is one of his fave's! Baby cereal is so messy too. My ped said it's really for the parents entertainment to give any foods before six months, especially cereal. Maybe she's in a growth spurt. I guess if she's keeping the formula down its ok, but check with your ped if it keeps up. And like Greenleaf suggested.. try soothing other ways, maybe a paci if she just wants to suck.
post #39 of 82
Colic has been bad all day off and on. The screaming really intensified tonight and I went for a tool we relied upon in his first weeks- the swaddle. Then, I turned him in to face my chest (like the cradle position) and began gently jiggling. He also had a pacifier in his mouth. He was quiet and awake in 2 minutes and had his eyes closed in five. I slowed and then stopped the jiggle when I saw that he remained settled. I guess I now see that Harvey Karp's 5 S's do work. In this case I used all except shushing/ sound.

Well, they say colic peaks between 6-8 weeks. He's 8 weeks, and starting to smile and coo, so I'm hoping calm will increase too.
post #40 of 82

With dd1, who was formula fed, I started her on cereal in her bottle at 3 months bc my mom said to, then fed her cereal at 4 months. With ds we started with avocado, but still early-ish, like 4 months. Baby #3 didn't get any solids until around 10 months, and even then it was only a little here and there- and she never had cereal. In fact, she rarely had baby food... we just fed here what we ate.

 

From what I understand, cereal is a terrible first food to give a baby. I highly recommend avocado! 

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