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Baby Essentials Checklist - Feeding Baby

The feeding cycle is changing constantly and you will need to add and subtract from your "feeding collection" as you move through each phase. There is certainly one things that will or should last you for a while and that is a good nursing chair and pillow.  They are expensive, but getting the right one will be worth it.

From Left to Right:
1. Joya Rocker;
2. Aden & Anais Bibs;
3. Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair;

4. 201 Organic Baby Purees Book;  
5. Lansinoh Nipple Cream;
6. Grow Diana Dream Breast Pump

Baby Essentials Checklist Feeding Baby

Newborn Sleep

newborn sleep

When I see my little girl sleeping I just want to kiss her little nose, squeeze her little cheeks and cuddle her into me as close as I can.  But that’s not advised!  Let sleeping babies sleep.  It’s a glorious thing.  And you don’t realise how glorious it is unless you have a baby that doesn't sleep well.  Getting into a good newborn sleep routine is one of the most important things to do when you bring baby home from the hospital. 

It all sounds wonderful in theory but can be quite tough, especially if you have a child with colic and reflux issues, or something else.  The below is a guide – a baby sleep checklist of sorts.

  1. A well fed baby is a happy (and sleepy) baby.

  2. Establish a routine as quickly as possible, either use the babies own rhythm to identify key times of the day for sleeping or eating or use a guide – Save Our Sleep and Happiest Baby on the Block are two great books. I personally used Save Our Sleep and it was a fantastic resource with routines by age. Rebecca Judd also has a routine on her blog that she used for her babies.

  3. Make sure your baby is well burped. Most people don’t spend enough time on this.

  4. If you are having trouble with sleep, try and rule out possible reasons e.g. reflux, colic, not enough burping, routine, not enough food, room/bed temperature. Speak to your maternal health nurse and doctor, read and talk to other mums to see if there is any sage advice they can offer.

  5. The maternal health nurse network have sleep consultants that can come out to your home and help with getting you back on track. They are at no cost for a one time visit. Or there are independent, private sleep consultants that can help in the home.

  6. Have an established bed time routine – keep a consistent time for everything; it means baby gets used to a certain way of things happening before bed time. Try: a warm relaxing bath with lavender oil to relax baby; make sure tummy is full and well burped; read a little baby book; if baby needs some extra help snoozing off try a few minutes rubbing or tapping. Whatever you do, consistency is important.

  7. Room temperature is very important. We have a tendency to overheat because we are worried about baby not being warm enough. If baby is too hot she won’t be able to settle.

  8. Lavender – try this in the bath, a candle, oil in the humidifier or oil burner before bedtime. It’s very calming.

  9. Sleep school – I have heard great things about Masada. It does not come cheap but for parents that need some time out and need settling time of their own it is incredible. You need a referral from your GP.

  10. Try not to disrupt sleep as much as possible, i.e. don’t wake your baby and try to put baby into his own bed so that he wakes in the same place he went to bed. (This is where a routine helps – you can build appointments etc. around when baby is due to sleep and eat, no surprises). Obviously it’s not always possible, i.e. when baby unexpectedly falls asleep in the car, but as with anything in life, all you can do is do your best.

  11. Daytime sleep is absolutely crucial for night time sleep so do your best in getting a good daytime sleep routine happening.

  12. Make sure the room environment, particularly the sleep area does not have distractions (or attractions) and is as serene as possible.

Getting your newborn sleep rhythm right doesn't have to be difficult but it does take a little bit of effort, patience and discipline.

Here are some other resources:

Baby Centre - Understanding your babys sleep

Raising Children Network - Baby Sleep

 

Breastfeeding resources

Breastfeeding is natural.  And I truly do believe that it is best.  But it is far from easy and does not come as "naturally" as some people make it out to be.  Being the mother that can whip out a boob and have a baby attached in the blink of any eye in a public space is lucky group.  And some don't ever get there.

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I have had both a lucky and unlucky experience breastfeeding run.  I am not one of the blessed and it was an emotional roller-coaster when I was in the thick of it.  

My mother had no milk at all.  Not a drop.  And I had a wet nurse - the days before formula necessitated it. When I was pregnant, aside from having a healthy baby, I wanted to breastfeed. I didn't care about anything else.  I knew it was not a great sign when my boobs didn't grow even a cm when I was pregnant.  (Slight side step - EVERYTHING else GREW.  A lot. But my boobs, which are tiny anyway, not a mm. It's my one and only gripe with the universe about my pregnancy. Come on!!!!) 

Anyway, while I was pregnant there were positive signs as well - I had colostrum coming through in small amounts, and ultimately, I had a little bit of milk.  So I was able to feed my baby some breastmilk in conjunction with formula. 

The midwives and maternal health nurses are very helpful but beware - everyone is going to give you differing advice.  And some people will be very insistent on things that may not sit well with you.  Follow your instincts and do what is right for your family.  And even though I found this hard to do myself, please don't get disheartened.  

Below are some other resources I thought you might find useful.  And Check out our previous blogs on this subject. 

breastfeeding resources

www.breastfeeding.asn.au
www.breastfeedingonline.com
www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications – go to ‘Infant feeding Guidelines’

Bibs

Good bibs are hard to find.  I have gone through a lot of different styles of bibs and I can tell you that I have only found two that I value and that have lasted the test of time.

They have grown with baby and with the different phases.  

Aden & Anais Snap Bibs

Close Pop-in Stage Two Bib

It's a bit weird to get excited about a bib - but this one is amazing.  This is my favourite by far. You wipe it/rinse it dry after use.  As bubba has been learning to eat independently (and messily) it has captured more food than the dog standing under the high chair!

Love it.  And it clips so you don't need to use the "catcher" until you need it!



Tips & bits... High chair do’s and don'ts

High chairs are prime real estate guzzlers.  They are located in the heart of your home, and are used for one of the most important tasks you have to do.  Take your time, be realistic, and make sure what you get is not a safety hazard – either for you as a tripping hazard or for baby.

Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

  • Understand the room that you have – where will it be and what is the available space? Use a measuring tape to understand what size chair you can fit.
  • Width of the chair - be careful you can be tripping over them if they are too      wide. Not ideal with hot food or baby in hands.
  • Simple is best – lots of cavities and indents are difficult to clean – and when      baby starts eating solids and then self-feeding – there is a lot to clean.
  • Check that everything is easily cleaned – detachable, machine washable or easy to wipe
  • Check the safety – baby’s wriggle and squirm – can they get out or tip the chair.
  • Make sure it has a good harness that will work when baby is small and quite      placid as well as older, bigger and wanting to stand up in it.
  • Check that is has an insert to support small babies, but removable once baby is larger
  • Make sure the back is high enough to give the baby good support
  • If you do not have a lot of space, consider the seat options available:
  1. Independent seats (with high backs e.g. Mamas and Papas and Bumbo seats) that can either stand alone or be attached to an adult chair
  2. Chair attachments that cannot stand on their own but that are very compact (check and follow age recommendations)
  3. Child seat that converts to a standard chair as your child grows