Tips and Tricks for Babies

15 Jul

  • Cut fingernails while the baby is eating babies are usually a little sleepy when they eat and much less wiggly.


  • Always try to burp a breastfed baby but don’t get too caught up on it if your baby doesn’t burp. Breastfed babies burp much less than bottle-fed babies. If your baby falls asleep after eating you don’t have to wake him or her up to burp him. Babies get really squirmy when they need to burp if they aren’t uncomfortable then they are just fine and don’t need to burp.


  • Babies don’t really do anything at all until they are about 2 or 3 months old. They don’t smile, they don’t play with toys, and they don’t really notice things around them. They just sleep and eat. This was kind of surprising to me. I thought my daughter would do more. It wasn’t until around 3 months when my daughter became interested in toys.


  • Once you start going longer than 6 hours between feedings you will start ovulating and can get pregnant again and may also start menstruating again.


  • Babies drool all over everything and there is something in their drool that actually “disinfects” the things they put in their mouth. This is why they can lick the floor and not get sick. At least not as sick as you or I would get. (I have no idea where I got this information from. I’d like to be able to link something to it because it sounds a little iffy but it makes sense to me so I thought I’d include it anyway.)


  • Mom’s feel a really strong need to kiss their babies’ hands and faces. This need is actually an instinct that drives you to ingest any germs your baby may have ingested in order for your body to develop antibodies and prevent your baby from getting sick. So kiss away and if your baby is around sick people or touched something you’re concerned about kiss extra.


  • Alternatively if you do get sick while nursing your baby won’t get sick as long as you wash your hands often and refrain from kissing him.


  • At around two months the baby will slow down and then stop pooping when he or she is sleeping and things will get much easier because you will no longer need to do night time changes.


  • You don’t have to hold your baby every minute of the day. If you are really loving cuddling baby then, by all means, hold him or her as long as you want but if you need a break it is actually good for a baby to be put down. This will help him or her exercise by wiggling and help him or her learn to be independent and entertain himself or herself. At first, I felt guilty whenever I put my daughter down but now I can see that she actually loves her independence.


  • Buy a vibrating bouncy chair. These things are awesome. My daughter loved her’s so much it gave me a few extra minutes in the beginning. It was nice to be able to put her down and know that she was happy.


  • Most mothers will experience vividly imagining horrible things happening to their babies in the beginning. Things like SIDS, dropping the baby, cutting the baby when trimming their nails, hitting the baby’s head accidentally when they’re walking and those sorts of things. If this happens to you it is totally normal. It is not a sign of postpartum depression.


  • I was worried about postpartum depression for myself and I turned out to be happier than ever thanks to hormone changes and a beautiful new baby. So you never know. Don’t worry about it. Many women are afraid of getting it and very few actually do. Alternatively, if you have no interest in your baby and don’t really feel like caring for, feeding or changing baby than you probably do have postpartum depression and should seek attention.


  • Back arching in babies is an indication of tiredness. Try to put your baby down for a nap as soon as possible when you notice this.


  • Don’t use baby powder. People use to use it back in the day to dry out baby’s bums but it is no longer considered the proper practice. It may cause the baby to have breathing difficulties. Corn starch is a better alternative because it doesn’t turn to dust as easily. However, it really is just better to blow dry baby’s bum if you are worried about diaper rash. Inevitably someone will give you some for a gift. It really is best to just use it for yourself or find another use for it. (I heard it kills ants)


  • During bath time wash the bum last for obvious reasons and hair second last so baby doesn’t get cold.


  • You don’t need to use your baby monitor unless you leave the house or are very far away from your baby. I used to sleep with mine on but it made it hard to sleep because of the static. Don’t worry. You will hear your baby and don’t need any extra help. I can hear my daughter cry even if I’m in the basement.


  • If my baby is in pain I give her pain killers. Tylenol or Advil depending on the type of pain or both if she is teething really badly. I use pain killers when I’m in pain and I feel that it is cruel to not allow my baby the same pain relief. This can be kind of a hot topic so just do what you think is right. I believe that babies deserve full access to all of the medical aides that adults have access to. Having said this I do try absolutely everything else to stop my baby from being unhappy first. I also watch her very closely after she has received her pain killers. If they do not appear to have helped then I don’t give her anymore that day.


  • I give my daughter the single drops of vitamin D. I have found that the best way to do this is to put a drop on my finger and then put my finger right in her mouth. Wash your hands first of course. This was the best way I found to make sure that the drop actually made it into her mouth. I also find it helpful to leave the drops beside where I feed my daughter so that I remember to give them to her.


  • Always remember to put some breast pads in your diaper bag to save you the embarrassment of leaking in public if you forget to put them in your bra.


  • Always wipe your baby’s hands after each diaper change to make sure that your baby didn’t get any poop on his or her hands and then put his or her hands right into his or her mouth. Another trick for avoiding this is to have a really fun toy for your baby at the changing area of him or her to play with.

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