Lesson #141: Parenting is Hard on The Knees

The other day I fell over a baby gate attempting to climb over it and get into the next room. Yup, smack! Right on my knees. I assure you it was no laughing matter, however it must have looked great because my cousin wouldn’t stop laughing.

Since my knees are now all beat up, I notice every time I use them or am on them: giving Mila a bath, rocking her to sleep, sitting her on my lap and trott-trott-trotting, crawling on the floor chasing her, kneeling down to play with her, and so on, you get the picture.

Lesson #92: Travel Losses

Blow up bath tubs are bad and airplane seat harnesses are useless.

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Mila’s grandma and great-grandmom live in Florida; we’re in New Jersey. Since it was Mila’s first trip in an airplane, we borrowed a harness from my cousin that attaches around the baby and then to your seatbelt. It really was pointless. It didn’t stop Mila from leaning forward and it wasn’t tight enough to keep her in a seated position. Maybe I wasn’t using it right…

So that we could keep Mila on the same routine, I purchased an inflatable bathtub for use at my mom’s, (it was extremely easy to travel with). During our first visit, Mila couldn’t quite sit up by herself. Needless to say, she kept sliding. I would hold her up while Dan washed her. It truly was a pain in the butt.

On our next visit, Mila could sit very well on her own, so I thought this time the tub would work nicely. Nope. Dan was so annoyed with it that he threw it aside and just sat Mila on the bottom of the bathtub. Do yourself a favor – save the ten bucks.

Newborn Lesson #65: Schedules What?

August 25, 2011: Putting baby on a schedule allows mom to have a schedule again. You know, like bathing and sleeping and cleaning. haha

Day 2 of schedule: Mila slept a glorious 8 hours last night! Woohoo! Now, I’m adding in a scheduled nap. After her 1:45 feeding, she fell asleep…so I put her in her crib and this will now be her afternoon nap.

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Update, October 6: As mentioned in the previous post, Mila hasn’t liked this scheduled nap – no matter what time of the afternoon. You’ll see as I go along that this will become the bane of my existence.

The Start of a Schedule

August 23, 2011: We started a schedule today: feeding, bath, bed. By 9pm. Lets see how this works…

August 20 - 1 month, 6 days

Update, October 6: This routine is still going strong! It gets adjusted according to Mila’s daily feeding schedule and in recent weeks, she’s actually been in bed before 8:30. The one important thing I keep telling Dan (and reminding myself) is that Mila still determines the schedule – we have to be flexible and stick to the routine.

We’ve tried many times to add in a scheduled nap in the afternoon, to no avail. The bedtime schedule though, has really stuck.

Outdated Advice & Baby Myths

Let’s break up these “lessons” a bit with a little article posted today on Yahoo’s Shine.

14 Most Outdated Pieces of Baby Advice

Much of yesterday’s baby wisdom has been proven untrue today. We checked in with Parents advisor Ari Brown, M.D., author of Baby 411, to get the scoop on why these old-school parenting facts have become fiction.

By Amanda First

Myth: Infants need to be bathed every day.
The truth: Babies don’t get stinky from sweat the way adults do, so they only need a bath every two or three days (except following a major diaper explosion!). If it’s part of your wind-down routine, a daily bath is perfectly okay too–just moisturize afterwards.

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