Your Newborn: 30 Tips for the First 30 Days

Breastfeeding – From the desk of Milkful

It’s been six weeks since our daughter, Clementine, was born. She’s finally sleeping better and going longer between feedings. She’s also becoming more alert when she’s awake. My husband and I, on the other hand, feel like we’ve been hit by a truck. I’m amazed that we’ve muddled through. Here are tips from seasoned parents and baby experts to make your first month easier.

Hints for Nursing

Babies eat and eat and eat. Although nature has done a pretty good job of providing you and your baby with the right equipment, in the beginning it’s almost guaranteed to be harder than you expected. From sore nipples to tough latch-ons, nursing can seem overwhelming.

1. Women who seek help have a higher success rate. “Think of ways to ensure success before you even give birth,” suggests Stacey Brosnan, a lactation consultant in New York City. Talk with friends who had a good nursing experience, ask baby’s pediatrician for a lactation consultant’s number, or attend a La Leche League (nursing support group) meeting (see laleche.org to find one).

2. Use hospital resources. Kira Sexton, a Brooklyn, New York, mom, says, “I learned everything I could about breastfeeding before I left the hospital.” Ask if there’s a nursing class or a lactation consultant on staff. Push the nurse-call button each time you’re ready to feed the baby, and ask a nurse to spot you and offer advice.

3. Prepare. At home, you’ll want to drop everything to feed the baby the moment she cries for you. But Heather O’Donnell, a mom in New York City, suggests taking care of yourself first. “Get a glass of water and a book or magazine to read.” And, because breastfeeding can take a while, she says, “pee first!”

4. Try a warm compress if your breasts are engorged or you have blocked ducts. A heating pad or a warm, wet washcloth works, but a flax pillow (often sold with natural beauty products) is even better. “Heat it in the microwave, and conform it to your breast,” says Laura Kriska, a mom in Brooklyn, New York.

5. Heat helps the milk flow, but if your breasts are sore after nursing, try a cold pack. Amy Hooker, a San Diego mom, says, “A bag of frozen peas worked really well for me.”

6. If you want baby to eventually take a bottle, introduce it after breastfeeding is established but before the 3-month mark. Many experts say 6 to 8 weeks is good, but “we started each of our kids on one bottle a day at 3 weeks,” says Jill Sizemore, a mom in Pendleton, Indiana.

Sleeping

If your infant isn’t eating, he’s probably sleeping. Newborns log as many as 16 hours of sleep a day but only in short bursts. The result: You’ll feel on constant alert and more exhausted than you ever thought possible. Even the best of us can come to resent the severe sleep deprivation.

7. Stop obsessing about being tired. There’s only one goal right now: Care for your baby. “You’re not going to get a full night’s sleep, so you can either be tired and angry or just tired,” says Vicki Lansky, author of Getting Your Child to Sleep…and Back to Sleep (Book Peddlers). “Just tired is easier.”

8. Take shifts. One night it’s Mom’s turn to rock the cranky baby, the next it’s Dad’s turn. Amy Reichardt and her husband, Richard, parents in Denver, worked out a system for the weekends, when Richard was off from work. “I’d be up with the baby at night but got to sleep in. Richard did all the morning care, then got to nap later.”

9. The old adage “Sleep when your baby sleeps” really is the best advice. “Take naps together and go to bed early,” says Sarah Clark, a mom in Washington, D.C.

10. What if your infant has trouble sleeping? Do whatever it takes: Nurse or rock baby to sleep; let your newborn fall asleep on your chest or in the car seat. “Don’t worry about bad habits yet. It’s about survival — yours!” says Jean Farnham, a Los Angeles mom.

Soothing

It’s often hard to decipher exactly what baby wants in the first murky weeks. You’ll learn, of course, by trial and error.

11. “The key to soothing fussy infants is to mimic the womb. Swaddling, shushing, and swinging, as well as allowing babies to suck and holding them on their sides, may trigger a calming reflex,” says Harvey Karp, MD, creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block books, videos, and DVDs.

12. Play tunes. Forget the dubious theory that music makes a baby smarter, and concentrate on the fact that it’s likely to calm him. “The Baby Einstein tapes saved us,” says Kim Rich, a mom in Anchorage, Alaska.

13. Warm things up. Alexandra Komisaruk, a mom in Los Angeles, found that diaper changes triggered a meltdown. “I made warm wipes using paper towels and a pumpable thermos of warm water,” she says. You can also buy an electric wipe warmer for a sensitive baby.

14. You’ll need other tricks, too. “Doing deep knee bends and lunges while holding my daughter calmed her down,” says Emily Earle, a mom in Brooklyn, New York. “And the upside was, I got my legs back in shape!”

15. Soak to soothe. If all else fails — and baby’s umbilical cord stub has fallen off — try a warm bath together. “You’ll relax, too, and a relaxed mommy can calm a baby,” says Emily Franklin, a Boston mom.

Getting Dad Involved

Your husband, who helped you through your pregnancy, may seem at a loss now that baby’s here. It’s up to you, Mom, to hand the baby over and let Dad figure things out, just like you’re doing.

16. Let him be. Many first-time dads hesitate to get involved for fear of doing something wrong and incurring the wrath of Mom. “Moms need to allow their husbands to make mistakes without criticizing them,” says Armin Brott, author of The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year (Abbeville Press).

17. Ask Dad to take time off from work — after all the relatives leave. That’s what Thad Calabrese, of Brooklyn, New York, did. “There was more for me to do, and I got some alone time with my son.”

18. Divvy up duties. Mark DiStefano, a dad in Los Angeles, took over the cleaning and grocery shopping. “I also took Ben for a bit each afternoon so my wife could have a little time to herself.”

19. Remember that Dad wants to do some fun stuff, too. “I used to take my shirt off and put the baby on my chest while we napped,” say Bob Vonnegut, a dad in Islamorada, Florida. “I loved the rhythm of our hearts beating together.”

Staying Sane

No matter how excited you are to be a mommy, the constant care an infant demands can drain you. Find ways to take care of yourself by lowering your expectations and stealing short breaks.

20. First, ignore unwanted or confusing advice. “In the end, you’re the parents, so you decide what’s best,” says Julie Balis, a mom in Frankfort, Illinois.

21. “Forget about housework for the first couple of months,” says Alison Mackonochie, author of 100 Tips for a Happy Baby (Barron’s). “Concentrate on getting to know your baby. If anyone has anything to say about the dust piling up or the unwashed dishes, smile and hand them a duster or the dish detergent!”

22. Accept help from anyone who is nice — or naive — enough to offer. “If a neighbor wants to hold the baby while you shower, say yes!” says Jeanne Anzalone, a mom in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

23. Got lots of people who want to help but don’t know how? “Don’t be afraid to tell people exactly what you need,” says Abby Moskowitz, a Brooklyn mom. It’s one of the few times in your life when you’ll be able to order everyone around!

24. But don’t give other people the small jobs. “Changing a diaper takes two minutes. You’ll need others to do time-consuming work like cooking, sweeping floors, and buying diapers,” says Catherine Park, a Cleveland mom.

25. Reconnect. To keep yourself from feeling detached from the world, Jacqueline Kelly, a mom in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, suggests: “Get outside on your own, even for five minutes.”

Out and About with Baby

26. Enlist backup. Make your first journey to a big, public place with a veteran mom. “Having my sister with me for support kept me from becoming flustered the first time I went shopping with my newborn,” says Suzanne Zook, a mom in Denver.

27. If you’re on your own, “stick to places likely to welcome a baby, such as story hour at a library or bookstore,” suggests Christin Gauss, a mom in Fishers, Indiana.

28. “Keep your diaper bag packed,” says Fran Bowen, a mom in Brooklyn. There’s nothing worse than finally getting the baby ready, only to find that you’re not.

29. Stash a spare. Holland Brown, a mom in Long Beach, California, always keeps a change of adult clothes in her diaper bag. “You don’t want to get stuck walking around with an adorable baby but mustard-colored poop all over you.”

30. Finally, embrace the chaos. “Keep your plans simple and be prepared to abandon them at any time,” says Margi Weeks, a mom in Tarrytown, New York.null

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Long Range Baby Monitor

Find out more here on the long range baby monitor For Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Long range baby monitor

Deafness, or hearing impairment is by definition a partial or total inability to hear. On other hand babies cry. It’s how they communicate hunger, pain, fear, and much more. They can feel too cold or too hot, they maybe need diaper changed, they need to burb or they maybe just feel like crying. Children safety is one of most important things for parents. While most of us can simply hear them when they awake in their cribs at night, deaf people cannot. No mistake – deaf people don’t differ in any way in raising their child from other parents – they can soothe their babies in the same caring way!
Technology comes to the aid here! It made possible for manufacturers to create baby monitors for deaf people with some neat features. Baby Monitors For Deaf and Hard of Hearing are important in the first months of your baby’s life, and definitely worth investing in. It is not necessary to buy an expensive baby monitor. The best thing for you is to realize your possible need for it. A deaf Mother often doesn’t even need any electronics to stay in tuned to her baby – she can Long often sense when her baby is crying and needs her and that is what “Motherly Instinct” is all about. Purpose of this article is to present the awareness of several challenges that deaf people must cope with when having a baby and show some actual baby monitors you can put into good use!

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Special features you should consider when buying:
When you ask a random person what does he think when you tell him to name you a feature that defines a baby monitor, he will probably say “audio signal”. Not far from the truth since most of baby monitors have this feature. It is of course a different story when a deaf person has to buy baby monitor for his baby. Luckily for us, the technology today for baby monitors for deaf people is fairly evolved and has to offer much more than audio signal. Vibrating alarm and/or a flashing light system is the way to go. These added features alert the deaf parent every time the baby is in need of attention. Some baby monitors even also have LCD screens that allow you to literally look over your baby. This is especially valuable to deaf parents since what they lack in hearing, they can make up for in visual observation.
Which technical data should you pay attention to? We could divide this section into “relevant technical data” and “not-so-relevant technical data”. Really important technical data is:

Things you must consider when purchasing a long range baby monitor

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  • Vibrating alarm and/or a flashing light system
    If you are a tight sleeper, only flashing light system sometimes won’t do. It is best if your baby monitor involves bot vibrating alarm and flashing light system.
  • Operating range
    If you have a big house, this is important issue for you. You wouldn’t want to lose signal in the time of need. Our opinion is that you should look for a long range baby monitor that has at least 300 meters of reach in clear line of sight and at least 100 meters with walls indoors.
  • Sound and/or Picture Quality
    Look for baby monitors which offer high audio clarity with little static. A good monitor should give you the ability to adjust the volume and the microphone sensitivity (so you don’t wake up every time your baby coughs a little!)
    Why “not-so-relevant technical data”? Because these are additional features that you can do without if you want to. They consist of:
  • 2-way talk
    If you want to, you can just talk back to your baby. But wouldn’t you rather talk to him face to face?
  • Room temperature display
    Is it 22 degrees or is it 23 degrees? Quite irrelevant. Just think in logical way and keep your baby somewhere between 19 and 23 degrees.
  • Lullabies
    Yes, you read it right. Baby monitors can sing as well. But your voice is much more soothing, believe us!
  • You name other features here…
    Today you can find almost anything on the market. If there is a demand, you can be sure that someone will provide you the best long range baby monitor for that demand!

Whitsundays Wedding

My friends just recently had a Whitsundays wedding, and me and the family went along.

I have to say, this was the best wedding I have ever been to.

It was an experience like no other, my and my husband really wish we had got a Whitsundays wedding.

Whitsundays wedding

Anyway, I just had to share it, if you want to have the best wedding ever then you should take a look at the Whitsundays as your destination.

My friends told me where they got their wedding planned, it was from the http://paradisecoveresort.com.au/whitsundays-wedding-packages/ website.

I just had to share that with you because the whole wedding was done by them and it was nothing less than exceptional.

Whitsundays Wedding Package

So the package from Paradise Cove Resort website includes everything you could want.

It’s an exclusive experience like no other, they even had their wedding on the beach.

I mean Whitehaven Beach has to be the best beach in the world and they had their wedding their.

I was so jealous, but we had a wonderful day.

So if you want a wedding that all your friends are going to be Jealous of then definitely go to the Whitsundays.

I can honestly say that you will not get a better location for a wedding anywhere, and it makes us so proud to be Australian.

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Best Electric Scooter for Kids that Adults Can Use Too

Electric scooters are so much fun. As a mum living in Australia we have so much wide open space they are great for kids.

The best electric scooter for kids depends on your budget really.

You can get cheap models on ebay but believe me, they really are not reliable. But are good to test the waters with.

We discovered our first electric scooter by using the Scooter Select site, they helped us choose the best electric scooter for our whole family to use.

best electric scooter ever in 2019 and beyond

Me and my kids have used electric scooters a very long time now, so here are our top pics.

We have used them all and know what we are talking about.

Top Rated Electric Scooters for Kids and Adults to Use

Razor E200

Razor RX200

Razor E300S – Best with Seat

Razor E100

Razor Pocket Mod Electric Scooter

Razor Power Core E90 Electric Scooter

Razor E300

ECORECO S5

Razor E125

Razor E325

UberScoot 1000w

Pulse Performance Reverb

We highly recommend the Pulse Performance Reverb as the best electric scooter for kids to use.

The scooter charges up fast in a few hours and has a long ride time of around 5 hours, it’s the best by a long run for kids to use.