Newborn Lesson #45

August 10, 2011: Your purse will quickly become the diaper bag and vise versa.

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Newborn Lesson #43

August 10, 2011: There is a cry indicator! …of sorts.

12 reasons babies cry and how to soothe them

by Dana Dubinsky
Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board
Last updated: January 2011

There’s no getting around it: Babies cry. It’s how they communicate hunger, pain, fear, a need for sleep, and more.

So how are parents supposed to know what their baby is trying to tell them? It can be tricky to interpret your child’s cries, especially at first.

Here are the most common reasons babies cry. If your little one is wailing and you don’t know why, work your way down the list. Chances are you’ll find something that helps.

1. Hunger

This is probably the first thing you think of when your baby cries.

Learning to recognize the signs of hunger will help you start your baby’s feedings before the crying stage. Some signs to watch for in newborns: fussing, smacking of lips, rooting (a newborn reflex that causes babies to turn their head toward your hand when you stroke their cheek), and putting  their hands to their mouth.

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Newborn Lesson #40: Hurtful Words

August 9, 2011: Try your best not to let other people’s words hurt you.

When Mila was first-born (in the hospital and then right after being home), comments made had me very upset (to the point of tears). I kept telling myself that I was still emotional (or hormonal) and that these people were only trying to help — no matter how hurtful or wrong they may have been.

Here’s an article I found helpful:

Unwanted parenting advice — how to defend yourself

By Barbara Rowley, Parenting.com

 

August 9, 2011 8:54 a.m. EDT

(Parenting.com) — As a baby, my daughter Anna refused to wear her shoes or socks. Not a big deal if we lived on a sunny beach. But we live in Montana — and she was born in late October. So the first line of the mother-daughter battlefield was drawn: I put her shoes and socks on, she worked them off. If she was lucky, she’d push them off when we were in transit and they’d be lost forever. Score: Anna 1, Mom 0. Continue reading

Newborn Lesson #39

August 9, 2011: Enjoy your pregnancy and don’t become attached to anything – the good or the not so good. It all fades.

For example, my hair and nails never grew so fast, (and no it wasn’t the prenatal vitamins, because I’m still taking them); I can bend over again; I can walk again without wobbling; I see Mila’s twitching and remember that feeling inside of me, yet I don’t remember the pain.