I am noticing so many changes in my daughter lately. For instance she seems to be becoming a lot more independent, aside from a little bit of separation anxiety, she is doing so much more on her own. I sit and watch her, and I have to admit, I marvel at all of it.
Also, I have recently changed the products that I bathe her with. I used to use Johnson’s head to toe baby wash (which was awesome) that’s what the hospital used. Now I am using Johnson’s baby shampoo and Johnson’s bedtime bath (in the hopes that she will sleep better). So far, although I’ve only used them once, I like them both; I can’t tell yet whether the bedtime bath actually brings about sleep. I love the way both products smell.
What bath products do you use? Any recommendations? Also, I am wondering when to put her in the tub; I bathe her in her baby tub, but in the tub. All these changes.
Yesterday my daughter turned 10 months; it seems like the time has gone by so quickly (it truly doesn’t feel like it was that long ago that we brought her home from the hospital). Although I must say that since then we have grown leaps and bounds as a family. I almost don’t remember everything that happened in the first few months, I just remember that the nights were long…
My daughter has a cold, stuffy nose, cough, and all. I feel for her. She’s had it for a good 4 days now. As long as it doesn’t get as bad as it did last month, we should be okay. She got a nasty cold, that eventually brought on an ear infection. Poor, poor baby.
That’s the thing about LA weather, although it may be mild, it changes much too suddenly; we’ve gone from hard rain and cool to sunny and very warm in no-time (within a day) in the past few weeks. My husband and myself were sick as well.
I’ve found that a humidifier helps my little angel breathe and sleep better at night. We’re using the Crane Cool Mist Humidifier (we have the cow) it’s very cute and it does the trick. We bought ours at Babies R Us, I had a 25% off coupon at the time, so it wasn’t a bad price.
I often wonder what other mothers’ position is on babies watching television. I have met moms who are pro and moms who are con. For instance, there is a mommy in my daughter’s play group who has allowed her babies to watch television since they were 3 months old. My daughter is 9 months old and she doesn’t watch it (I don’t allow it).
The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following very clear position on babies and television:
“Children of all ages are constantly learning new things. The first 2 years of life are especially important in the growth and development of your child’s brain. During this time, children need good, positive interaction with other children and adults. Too much television can negatively affect early brain development. This is especially true at younger ages, when learning to talk and play with others is so important.
Until more research is done about the effects of TV on very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend television for children age 2 or younger. For older children, the Academy recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours per day of educational, nonviolent programs. “
How do you feel about TV watching for babies? I’m interested in finding out what other mommies did, or plan to do, and your reasoning.
I subscribe to three baby magzines: American Baby, Baby Talk, and Parents. I read them all religiously from cover to cover and they are a God-send. I always find out something new and interesting and I particularly love the articles about stages of baby’s development.
The good news is that I have free subscriptions to all three magazines.
What magazines do you subscribe to?
To get your free subscription see below.
American Baby: http://www.parents.com/american-baby-magazine/
Here’s what I would like to share about starting solids. I started feeding my daughter solid food when she was 5 months old. I started with rice cereal, then I introduced orange vegetables, then green, and last fruit. This was based on the recommendation of my daughter’s pediatrician, different pediatricians have different recommendations; for instance, some may recommend starting with green veggies first. I suggest discussing any concerns and questions about introducing solids with your pediatrician and going with your gut feeling. The place I recommend (online) for good solid food feeding tips is http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ I like the way the site is organized. As far as making your own baby food, I would recommend the book Super Baby Food.
My daughter now eats most things, still mainly in puree form. However, she can also eat chunks (like in many third stage foods) she also eats Gerber Puffs and Gerber Yogurt Melts, which she loves. We gave her Kraft cheese slices last week; I tore very small pieces of cheese and placed it on her high chair tray for her to pick up and eat on her own. She seemed to enjoy them. I am going to get her Cheerios today. (BTW if you live in Los Angeles, Pavillions/Vons have a special on Cheerios, I think until tomorrow; 2 boxes for $2.) Back to my daughter, she has now had most veggies and most fruit, chicken, meat, as well as fish; she had salmon for the first time on Satuday. I have not given her strawberries or raspberries, egg whites, and certain other foods associated with allergies; the site above, as well as your pediatrician (and of course any of your own research) are good resources as far as what foods not to introduce until age 1. (Whole milk is a definite no, until age 1.)
After a lot of thought I have decided to start a mommy blog!
So, here I go. I hope people will read this, I think blogging is a great way to connect with other people who are going through the same life experiences as you are. Let me introduce myself, I am a mamma to a 9 month old daugther; she is the sunshine of my life.
I wanted to share with other mammas out there certain things that I have learned in the 9 months since I became a mother, in the hopes that you can do some things a little quicker than I did; or have a reference that I didn’t have. I know that there are many mommy blogs out there, in fact if you are reading this and you write your own mommy blog; tell us about it and feel free to tell me what you think of my approach. I would love for this to be a place where other mommies, or mommies-to-be get advice about all the issues they are faced with, or will be faced with.
Since this is my first post, it’s going to be a bit long; I think I’d like to keep future posts a bit shorter.
Here are few tips , I think these will be good for mommies-to-be, to give you an early start, or even for some mommies with very young babies; I think I was clued in to the below when my daughter was already 4 months old. I strongly urge all the mommies who haven’t to register the following:
Once you register with theses sites you will start receiving a lot of helpful information along with valuable money saving coupons. For example, Pampers is currently running a program called Gifts to Grow, where you enter codes from Pampers products you have purchased in order to obtain points to get gifts. (I wish I knew this from the time my baby was born, I didn’t enroll until she was maybe 5 months old; I missed out on a whole lot of points, as she went through at least 5, if not more, value boxes of diapers.)
Gerber online http://www.gerber.com/ : this is a great one because they not only send you money saving coupons, but they also send you booklets that give you age appropriate tips for feeding, playing with, and taking care of your little one. I found that these booklets came in very handy when my daughter started eating solid foods.
Enfamil online http://www.enfamil.com/ : they provide coupons for formula, and free canisters of formula (if you are going to formula feed, however I suggest that you have some formula on hand even if you plan to breastfeed; because for me breastfeeding was a challenge in the beginning and I was lucky to have formula on hand for my daughter for the first few days. Many mommies supplement breastfeeding with formula. Just a thought.)
It’s also probably never to early to start thinking about solid foods, I never did until right at the time when I started to introduce solids. For that you should register with Beechnut http://www.beechnut.com/ and Earth’s Best http://www.earthsbest.com/ you will get money saving coupons from both. Aside from registering with Earth’s Best online, it is a good idea to call them (800) 434-4246 and ask for a coupon packet; they will send you this by mail; it is full of coupons for many of their products. Beechnut actually sends you helpful milestone newsletters by email as well (you must subscribe to their newsletter; these newsletters also contain coupons). The money you save with these coupons is a great help, because you will go through a lot of baby food! You may of course decide to make your own food for baby. I wanted to do this, but only do it on ocassion; it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I will share my thoughts on good places both on and offline to get developmentally appropriate solid food making tips.
I think this is all for my first post. I hope some of this has been helpful to some mommy out there, I realize that a lot of you may already have all of this information, and I thank you for reading this anyway. Please leave your comments, that way I know someone is reading this!
More to come…