If you don’t have spit up, pee or poop somewhere on you at some point during the day you brought home from the hospital another life form. That ain’t no baby, lady.
I can across an interesting article, you can read it here, and share your thoughts.
It all started with my doctor telling me I could pick a day to be induced. I was not expecting that. I was looking forward to the day but afraid of the unknown. I thought about it and decided to go ahead. I was going to be 39 weeks on Tuesday, January 14 & induced Monday night.
Books I’m Reading & Recommend
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
Short post but so worth it.
Don’t do it!
I was so relieved, my poor little guy fell asleep.
Dr. Karp’s “5 S’s System.” According to Dr. Karp, to sooth a crying infant, recreating the womb environment helps the baby feel more secure and calm. Dr. Karp recommends:
- Swaddling: Tight swaddling provides the continuous touching and support your baby is used to experiencing within the womb.
- Side/stomach position: The infant is placed on their left side to assist in digestion, or on their stomach to provide reassuring support. “But never use the stomach position for putting your baby to sleep,” cautions Karp. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is linked to stomach-down sleep positions. When a baby is in a stomach down position do not leave them even for a moment.
- Shushing sounds: These imitate the continual whooshing sound made by the blood flowing through arteries near the womb.
- Swinging: Newborns are used to the swinging motions within their mother’s womb, so entering the gravity driven world of the outside is like a sailor adapting to land after nine months at sea. “It’s disorienting and unnatural,” says Karp. Rocking, car rides, and other swinging movements all can help.
- Sucking: “Sucking has its effects deep within the nervous system,” notes Karp, “and triggers the calming reflex and releases natural chemicals within the brain.”
You remember a time when taking a shower was just as easy as brushing your teeth? Well, that has become a thing of the past for me.
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