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Baby hacks - tips and tricks for newborns

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I thought this might be fun. Any good advice for the beginning?

The one i love is coating a newborn baby's butt with olive oil. This prevents the meconium poops from sticking and makes those diaper changes a snap! In fact, i just filled a little container with olive oil and packed it in the bag for the birth!
post #2 of 18
Hadn't heard that one!
Hmm...best thing I figured out last time around was learning how to nap with her on a carrier on my chest--I could prop myself up on pillows (so I didn't feel like the top of her head was crushing my windpipe) and could relax knowing I could have my arms free and she wouldn't roll off while I slept.

Also, using running the hairdryer or vacuum during fussy times--made a CD of our vacuum cleaner so we could turn the volume down gradually.

This time I'm really looking forward to trying a topponcino, something I had never heard of with DD, to help with laying her down--some people swear it helps with newborn sleep: http://montessorimoms.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/topponcino/
post #3 of 18

Oooh, great idea for a thread! 

 

I think this is pretty awesome - learning the language of newborn babies to understand their needs:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgkZf6jVdVg

post #4 of 18

vtamanda, good idea! 

 

Blanca, the topponcino looks cool!  So snuggly and practical.  I've never seen that before. 

 

LLTinkerbell, I remember seeing that video when DS was a baby.  It's pretty neat.

 

AFM, I think my biggest recommendation is to start side lying nursing ASAP - especially at night.  It makes night wake ups so much less of a big deal, especially after they stop pooping at night and you can keep them in one diaper.  More sleep for everyone!

post #5 of 18
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AFM, I think my biggest recommendation is to start side lying nursing ASAP - especially at night.  It makes night wake ups so much less of a big deal, especially after they stop pooping at night and you can keep them in one diaper.  More sleep for everyone!

Here, here. It took me forever to figure out how to nurse lying down (strong letdown and big breasts seemed to complicate it). But once I figured out the nursing nap, it was blissful--hope to be able to do it sooner this time.
post #6 of 18
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Here, here. It took me forever to figure out how to nurse lying down (strong letdown and big breasts seemed to complicate it). But once I figured out the nursing nap, it was blissful--hope to be able to do it sooner this time.

 

 

It took me FOUR MONTHS to get it.  

 

In related news, I didn't sleep for like, four months after my son was born.  Please, oh please, can I get this figured out sooner this time?

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
Side lying was waaay easier with number 2 for me, so there is hope!

Another good tip - when baby has a poop blow out, take the onesie off from the shoulders, top down. Those funny slits at the top of the shoulder are there so you can open it up and pull it down! Much more pleasant than pulling poo over their head.

Sounds silly, but you would be very surprised at how many people don't know this, or don't think of it at the moment of blow out.
post #8 of 18
Cozy cocoons. Best swaddling things ever. Though ironically I haven't used one in her first 3 days bc I got a few of those muslin blankets and must admit they rock too.

Nipple butter. Again don't have it this time but boy I wish I had it!!

Donate your free formula and diapers if you have a hospital birth and plan to BF and CD. Take as much as they'll let you as lots of moms need the donations...find a crisis pregnancy center or shelter!
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by vtamanda View Post

Side lying was waaay easier with number 2 for me, so there is hope!

Another good tip - when baby has a poop blow out, take the onesie off from the shoulders, top down. Those funny slits at the top of the shoulder are there so you can open it up and pull it down! Much more pleasant than pulling poo over their head.

Sounds silly, but you would be very surprised at how many people don't know this, or don't think of it at the moment of blow out.


You just blew (out) my mind! I had no idea.

post #10 of 18

I second the Dunstan Baby Language.We bought the CDs last time (now where are they???) and it was totally worth it - it works!!!

 

LOVE the olive oil meconium trick!!! Thanks!

post #11 of 18

Everyone might do this- but having a basket with diapers/wipes, water, snacks, lip balm, lotion, olive oil, and entertainment handy for nursing is a must.  Unless you have kids like mine who will smear the lip balm on the walls, dump the water on the couch, and eat all your snack that is :)

 

I love the olive oil trick too- I hadn't ever heard of that until baby #4.  

post #12 of 18

Yeah, every night w/DD, my husband would set up my nursing station with fresh snacks and one of those gigantic insulated hospital mugs filled with ice and water, because i got so crazy hungry and thirsty.

post #13 of 18
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Iowa - you reminded me that i want to get a little table to put by my rocker!
post #14 of 18
Blanca, that is so sweet of your husband! (Mine would just grumble at me to please turn out the bedside light while I was learning how to nurse so he could sleep...)

And iowaorganic, you made me smile.... yes, it's a brilliant idea, unless you have a toddler! I do remember being so thankful to a friend who, though childless, was advised by someone to send me a care package of "one-handed" snacks for nursing.

Anyone have good ideas for occupying a three year old while nursing? Reading books is good of course but sometimes I'm just... too tired. She will surely want whatever drink or snack I have, of course... I'm just a little concerned about the multiple-kid thing... I loved the newborn time before and was truly able to cherish those night-time awakenings and remember that they would be short-lived. But I'm starting out so much more tired and busy this time, and I want to be a good parent to DD1 still... I've already promised her I'm going to tape craft paper to all the kitchen cupboards for her "labor project" - that she can color/paint/anything she wants to them! She's excited, now I just have to get it ready! Perhaps a special art project she only works on while I'm nursing. And she loves her "homework books" (preschool level homeschool activity books), so we'll keep one of those handy.. though again, it takes a fair bit of effort on my part to keep her focused and following the directions in those.
post #15 of 18
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Blanca, that is so sweet of your husband! (Mine would just grumble at me to please turn out the bedside light while I was learning how to nurse so he could sleep...)

And iowaorganic, you made me smile.... yes, it's a brilliant idea, unless you have a toddler! I do remember being so thankful to a friend who, though childless, was advised by someone to send me a care package of "one-handed" snacks for nursing.

Anyone have good ideas for occupying a three year old while nursing? Reading books is good of course but sometimes I'm just... too tired. She will surely want whatever drink or snack I have, of course... I'm just a little concerned about the multiple-kid thing... I loved the newborn time before and was truly able to cherish those night-time awakenings and remember that they would be short-lived. But I'm starting out so much more tired and busy this time, and I want to be a good parent to DD1 still... I've already promised her I'm going to tape craft paper to all the kitchen cupboards for her "labor project" - that she can color/paint/anything she wants to them! She's excited, now I just have to get it ready! Perhaps a special art project she only works on while I'm nursing. And she loves her "homework books" (preschool level homeschool activity books), so we'll keep one of those handy.. though again, it takes a fair bit of effort on my part to keep her focused and following the directions in those.

Well, ha ha, I think I had to badger him about it at first but then he got the hang of it smile.gif

You raise a great point about occupying the second kid. I think all your ideas are good. I did have a coworker (whose kids are grown now) say that she set up a special play area/activity kit for her older one, who was around two when the younger was born.
post #16 of 18

ohhhhh I  almost forgot!  one of those little hockey puck battery powered lights!  I found mine in the toy box the other day.  They are fantastic for night nursing.  not too bright.  just right

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by lilyofjudah View Post

Blanca, that is so sweet of your husband! (Mine would just grumble at me to please turn out the bedside light while I was learning how to nurse so he could sleep...)

And iowaorganic, you made me smile.... yes, it's a brilliant idea, unless you have a toddler! I do remember being so thankful to a friend who, though childless, was advised by someone to send me a care package of "one-handed" snacks for nursing.

Anyone have good ideas for occupying a three year old while nursing? Reading books is good of course but sometimes I'm just... too tired. She will surely want whatever drink or snack I have, of course... I'm just a little concerned about the multiple-kid thing... I loved the newborn time before and was truly able to cherish those night-time awakenings and remember that they would be short-lived. But I'm starting out so much more tired and busy this time, and I want to be a good parent to DD1 still... I've already promised her I'm going to tape craft paper to all the kitchen cupboards for her "labor project" - that she can color/paint/anything she wants to them! She's excited, now I just have to get it ready! Perhaps a special art project she only works on while I'm nursing. And she loves her "homework books" (preschool level homeschool activity books), so we'll keep one of those handy.. though again, it takes a fair bit of effort on my part to keep her focused and following the directions in those.


honey one word busy bags are spectacular! pinterest has a lot of simple easy ideas for them especially for that age and sometimes its nice to mix in some secret learning :) if you start out with even 4 or 5 then it will help entertain her throughout the day since the tiny one will eat quite often, paint chips and clothes pins were an easy yet still cost efficient one that my niece loved <3

post #18 of 18

whoopsie forgot my reason for stopping....does anybody else have pregnancy brain just completely take over now that its almost over lol-anyways dollar store (cheap fluffy never stay in the girls hair) hairties are a wondrous thing for keeping socks or their feet inside the foot part of the sleeper-just slip it around the ankle and because they're the cheap ones they don't have enough elastic to cut off circulation, for my last little guy we used them all the way up until he started totting around they're best for crawling stage too when they crawl out of the legs and get their legs stuck in the tummy area (if this does not make sense when the baby  does a face plant in footie pj's you will understand then)

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