Tips for soothing a fussy baby

Monday, September 25, 2017

If there's one thing I firmly believe in, it's moms helping out other moms. I'll be the first to admit that I'm far from the perfect parent. I make mistakes- tons of them, and even after 13 years of motherhood I still have questions and struggles when it comes to parenting. I have, however, learned a few things along the way, and that's why I wanted to share this post so badly and offer tips to parents out there who are just stressed out and exhausted as I have at times felt. The first few months of parenthood can be the most overwhelming months of your entire life, and I'm here to let you know that it won't last forever! So if you have a fussy baby, read on and learn some of my best tips for soothing.

Baby wearing. Try a wrap or a carrier- they were life-savers for me with my little ones. Harper and Josiah both loved being all wrapped up on me when they were super fussy. Babies love the skin-to-skin contact, the warmth from your body, the feel of your heart beating, and you'll love it because your hands are free. Plus, you can still kiss their sweet heads and faces while wearing them, and you can give your back and arms a break while you snuggle your sweet baby. 

Pacifier. If your baby will tolerate it, try a pacifier. Both my girls rejected their binkies adamantly for the first 6 months, but finally caved and soon came to love their binkies. Some people might think it's a bad habit to start, but I firmly believe in the power of the pacifier. If you're like me and were tired of being the living pacifier (AKA, nursing machine) give in to the pacifier! I had to buy nearly every single style, shape, and size out there, but we eventually found one they'd take.

Swing. This swing saved our butts, and it was the only thing my last 2 babies would sleep in for the first few months. I know, I know. I was against them sleeping in the swing at first too, but then I realized that I needed to sleep more than I needed to feel good about them sleeping in their cribs, so the swing won. 

Swaddle. Again, this thing saved us. I finally realized around 1 month that Harper just couldn't sleep without waking herself up if she wasn't swaddled. Babies have a startle reflex and some babies don't grow out of it until around 6 months of age. Swaddling helps baby feel secure and keep them from flailing their arms around and waking themselves up. Some babies need to be swaddled even longer- Harper still refused to sleep without hers until around 9 months old. That might sound like a long time, but trust me, I tried breaking her of it earlier, and it didn't work. She needed that extra security for some reason, so I kept wrapping her up and she was happy.

Go for a drive/walk. If your baby doesn't mind the car seat or stroller, go for a drive or a walk. Some babies love the soothing motion of being in a car. Some (like Harper) hate it. But if I put her in the stroller and took her for a walk, she'd usually calm down and fall asleep. The jiggling of the wheels on the sidewalk helped too.

Take a break. This one is hard to do sometimes, especially if you're the only adult home with the baby. But babies can sense stress, and it can also affect your milk supply. If your baby is crying and you can't calm her down at all, you need a break. Don't be afraid to ask for help from friends, family, and neighbors. Moms can't do it all and we need help too. Even if you can only get away for 5 minutes, do it. Go outside, get some air, and clear your head. Or better yet, go take a bath or shower. I'm sure you need it and I do some of my best thinking while I'm in the shower. Hop in, scrub the baby vomit off your body, wash your greasy hair, and try to think happy thoughts. When you're done, you'll be more calm and collected and should be able to face your crying baby again. Can't get away? At least go in another room, count to 10, and take some deep breaths. Try calling your mom or a friend and let them know you need some help with a crying baby!

Use a probiotic. Most importantly, use a probiotic right from the start. Evivo is a probiotic powder and the only probiotic that is clinically proven to maximize every bit of breast milk’s nutrients to feed baby, restore the level’s of B. infantis (good bacteria) in baby’s gut, protect baby’s gut microbiome for a healthy metabolism and immune system, and defend against bad bacteria linked to eczema, allergies, diabetes and obesity. B. infantis is the good bacteria that minimizes the potentially harmful ones—especially those that are linked to a higher risk for conditions like colic, eczema, allergies, obesity, and diabetes. Research has shown that when B. infantis flourishes in baby’s gut, baby has fewer and better-formed poops.

By making Evivo probiotic powder a part of your baby's daily feeding routine, you can make a huge difference in your baby's health for life, and the sooner the better! Evivo (activated B. infantis) is good bacteria that will dominate the baby's gut, outcompeting other organisms and protecting baby from the inside out. Simply mix the probiotic powder with breast milk to help that good bacteria thrive. The first 6 months of life is the most ideal time to help establish healthy infant gut microbiome- the first step towards lifelong health!

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Find your scent without breaking the bank

Friday, September 8, 2017

If there's one thing I take seriously as a mother, it's my showers. Shower time is probably my favorite morning ritual that I look forward to most (and probably don't get often enough). Baby goes down for a nap and I get so lather up and wash away the stress and cares of the world. It's where I do my best thinking, too. Sometimes I'm rushing just to get it all done as quickly as possible, other times we've just come from our walk and I need to freshen up, or maybe I need something invigorating to wake me up and get stuff done that day. Whatever my mood or plans for the day, Suave body washes have got me covered with a scent for every occasion.

Suave is a trusted family brand that's been around for 75 years. From shampoos, body washes, lotions, and deodorants, they're known for their high-quality products that work just as well as other premium brands without the hefty price tag. I've been stocking my shower with Suave body washes for some time now. I love the indulgent smells, the luxurious lather, and the price is crazy good (I get mine at Target and they are just over $2 each!) So grabbing one or two or five of each  in whatever fragrance happens to catch my eye (or nose) isn't a problem. I do have three bathrooms to stock, after all, so a product that I love that's also budget-friendly is a must in my book! 

Speaking of which, with three bathrooms and six people that need to bathe, I wanted to make sure I had a variety of fragrances to please everyone. Suave can help choose the right scent for you to take your shower to the next level with their Suave Body Wash Quiz here. I got Tropical Coconut, which is so me because I love the smell of coconut and I absolutely wish I was somewhere tropical right about now. I tend to lean towards the rich, creamy body washes with soothing scents, while my daughter prefers garden-inspired floral ones, and my son likes the refreshing, crisp, fresh smells. Cocoa Butter & Shea, Almond Verbena, and Wild Cherry Blossom are just a few of our favorites to keep on hand. They also work great as bubble bath for the little ones! 

Suave body washes are totally my secret for feeling and smelling good on a budget and lets me indulge a little in the comfort of my own shower. When you smell good, you feel good, and you look good! 

Not sure what Suave body wash scent is best for you? Let your senses decide! Take the Suave Body Wash Quiz. When you're done you'll get a cash back offer for your first purchase. 
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