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Teething Survival Secrets

A few weeks ago, my husband and I endured our daughter’s worst teething episode thus fur. She had two upper teeth breaking through and an upper respiratory infection. The first night she started with symptoms, we didn’t get her to sleep until 5:00 a.m. and that only lasted for an hour and a half. It was brutal. She even started to run a low-grade fever. I took her to the pediatrician the next morning just to make sure there was nothing seriously wrong because we had never seen her in so much distress. But alas, she was diagnosed with a very bad cold and teething. That’s when I started to ask my mommy friends for teething remedies. We tried infant Tylenol, cold toys, frozen towels, you name it. One thing we didn’t try was infant Motrin! I didn’t even know there was a difference between Motrin and Tylenol but our doctor said that Motrin is better for teething pain because it’s an anti-inflammatory. Friends advised and our doctor confirmed that it was safe to alternate …

55 Baby Registry Essentials

Thank goodness for baby showers!  These tiny little bundles require a million things– some you’ve thought of and some you haven’t– just to get them started in life outside the womb. It’s better to be prepared than to rush out of your house at midnight to buy gas drops because your baby has been crying inconsolably for hours and you didn’t even know that such a product existed until you posted a Facebook status seeking help from fellow moms. Here’s a baby registry checklist I made for my sister-in-law. 1. Get lots of PJs and onsies. Don’t go crazy with outfits because in the first few months they’ll just be sleeping. Register for all different sizes of clothes because they quickly outgrow them. I love the gowns because it is easy to change diapers when they are newborn. I also favor the PJs that have fold-over mittens attached to keep their hands warm. Target Carter’s kind are my fave. Zippers are easier than buttons. Try to avoid buttons. Even onesies with buttons. Once they reach six months or so, …

5 Downsides to Co-sleeping with your Baby

There are many reasons mothers choose to bed share with their babies. Some do so because it makes middle of the night breastfeeding easier, others because their little one won’t sleep in his/her crib. Working mommies may choose to co-sleep because it’s the only quality cuddle time they get with their kid during the week. And let’s face it; a huge reason mothers co-sleep with their babies is because it lets everyone get more sleep. However, that’s not always the case. There are downsides to co-sleeping that you need to know about if you’re considering sharing your bed with your baby:  Fears are going to keep you up all night. Are you going to crush your baby? Is the baby going to squirm under the covers and suffocate? When your baby is old enough to crawl, is he/she going to wake up in the middle of the night while you’re sound asleep and fall off the bed? It’s a pain, literally. Spooning with your baby is sweet. But when you’re stuck on the same side …

Little Baby Bum: A Cranky Baby’s Best Friend

Genevieve is obsessed with Little Baby Bum videos. Thankfully, we have Apple TV, so we can watch them on YouTube in our living room.  Whenever she is extra cranky, all we have to do is turn on the videos and she will become mesmerized, calm down and cuddle. These animated nursery rhymes are parenting lifesavers.  The songs get annoying the 300th time around, but nothing beats watching your baby laugh and dance to her favorite tunes. It’s like she’s at a concert!

Transitioning from Co-Sleeping to the Crib

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog. As a working mommy, once my 9-5 is over, I disconnect from the virtual world and focus on my baby. Genevieve just turned ten months old. That means I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in ten months. Longer, actually, if you count all the restless nights of pregnancy. At this age, the doctors say we’re supposed to eliminate nighttime feedings because babies should be sleeping through the night. Ha! Ha! Ha! The doctors can come to my house if they’d like to sleep train my baby, but as a working mom, I choose cuddle time and sleep over the rules. I do what’s best for my family. That means co-sleeping in the same bed. I love that I get to have these precious nighttime moments since I miss so much of her daily activity. However, she’s been waking up a bit more often than usual. I attribute recent sleep disturbances to teething and the fact that she really seems to want to sleep on her …

Ears: Pierced!

I was so afraid to pierce Genevieve’s ears. I feared she would cry uncontrollably and be miserable for days, especially because she’s teething. But after my friend got her infant daughter’s ears pierced, I decided to go for it. Genevieve was all smiles and chatter at the pharmacy- until three people had to hold her down. As soon as her ears were pierced, she let out three sharp “what the heck just happened to me?!!” shrieks, then buried her face in her hands. By the time we got to the register to pay, she was over it and more focused on grabbing candy bars from the counter. Then, she had a bottle and went swimming for the first time. Fun: 1, Trauma: 0