Friday, 25 November 2011

Things I've learned - Baby edition

Coles brand nappies are just as good as Huggies and they are a lot cheaper.

Settling routines are really important.

Sometimes it's just a matter of taking things minute by minute and hour by hour until you get through the day. This does not mean you are a bad Mum, it just means you're having a tough day.

Bottles teats have different flow rates. When you are first starting bub on a bottle you need the number 1 teat.

Tommee Tippee bottles are the easiest ones for breastfed babies to use when they are first getting used to drinking from a bottle.

Everyone (including strangers) has an opinion on how you should care for your baby and they think they have the right to tell you their opinion.

If you have an appointment bub will have a really long sleep so you are guaranteed to be late.

One smile from bub and all is forgiven (unless he's just bitten your nipple whilst you're feeding him, in which case smiling does not work!).

There is a reason sleep deprivation is a form of torture.

It takes around seven weeks for Mum and bub to get the hang of breastfeeding but once you do it suddenly becomes easy. 

If bub needs his nappy changed in the middle of the night and you don't want him to fully wake up, give him a bottle. He'll stay half asleep and be easy to settle back to sleep.

2 comments :

  1. Wise words :) I'm a mum too and somedays are better than others, to put it the most positive way!

    In case you don't know, you may find 'slow flow' or 'non drip' teats useful. They are like regular teats but have a star shaped opening though which milk doesn't drip, bub has to suck for the milk to come out. This is very useful if your baby finds the flow from the bottle too fast (especially when he is used to breastfeeding where he can control the suck and swallow) Less overwhelming for bubs who have swallowing difficulties, coughers and splatterers like mine :)

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  2. Will have to try the tommee tippee ones - Lawson has decided he hates bottles! I'm in a wedding in March and he will be getting looked after overnight, I don't know what I'll do if he won't take a bottle by then!

    A great post. Motherhood is always a learning experience, it's great to see what works for other mums :)

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