Comments for Baby Care Advice http://birthpolicy.org Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:55:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 Comment on CONJUNCTIVITIS IN A NEWBORN ?? HELP PLZ!!? by loves christmas lights http://birthpolicy.org/538/conjunctivitis-in-a-newborn-help-plz/#comment-3401 loves christmas lights Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:55:00 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/538/conjunctivitis-in-a-newborn-help-plz/#comment-3401 I was watching a show on babies, and the Dr reminded everyone, to make sure to never touch the eyes nose or mouth of a baby without washing our hands to prevent the spreading of germs just like we do for ourselves. The baby could of been being held and brushed his hand onto something that someone who had that had touched recently. People can be carriers and not know they have it too. I feel bad that the Dr almost put blame to you for this, that was not very nice of her to say that. My first thought was the babies hand brushing something out in public, not you giving it to the baby. Baby will be fine, remember you and all your family can catch it too, youll just do drops just as the baby does if you do. I was watching a show on babies, and the Dr reminded everyone, to make sure to never touch the eyes nose or mouth of a baby without washing our hands to prevent the spreading of germs just like we do for ourselves. The baby could of been being held and brushed his hand onto something that someone who had that had touched recently. People can be carriers and not know they have it too. I feel bad that the Dr almost put blame to you for this, that was not very nice of her to say that. My first thought was the babies hand brushing something out in public, not you giving it to the baby. Baby will be fine, remember you and all your family can catch it too, youll just do drops just as the baby does if you do.

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Comment on GOING OUT TO STORES AND RESTAURANTS WITH A NEWBORN? by tonnieRN http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3382 tonnieRN Wed, 15 Dec 2010 06:35:05 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3382 i have the safeseat as well, and it is bigger, so it doesn't fit well on the bottom of highchairs and such, but we just put it on the table, it wouldn't fit in the booth itself...i usually put it down in the buggy bc it doesn't balance well enough for me to feel safe..i do love the seat though! i do sometimes use my bjorn, she likes that too. i have snapped the seat into the stroller when she was a nb and slept a lot, but now that she's more alert and stronger...six mos..she rides in the stroller without the seat and she is very comfy there, she will sleep there too if she gets tired....we bottle feed when she's hungry....we did wait until she was around 2 mos before we really took her many places to allow herself to get a little bit of an immune system going...she had her first set of shots and such....i didn't take her out anywhere i didn't have too before then. i have the safeseat as well, and it is bigger, so it doesn’t fit well on the bottom of highchairs and such, but we just put it on the table, it wouldn’t fit in the booth itself…i usually put it down in the buggy bc it doesn’t balance well enough for me to feel safe..i do love the seat though! i do sometimes use my bjorn, she likes that too. i have snapped the seat into the stroller when she was a nb and slept a lot, but now that she’s more alert and stronger…six mos..she rides in the stroller without the seat and she is very comfy there, she will sleep there too if she gets tired….we bottle feed when she’s hungry….we did wait until she was around 2 mos before we really took her many places to allow herself to get a little bit of an immune system going…she had her first set of shots and such….i didn’t take her out anywhere i didn’t have too before then.

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Comment on GOING OUT TO STORES AND RESTAURANTS WITH A NEWBORN? by Betina, Lily's mommy! http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3381 Betina, Lily's mommy! Wed, 15 Dec 2010 06:08:20 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3381 I was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving day, so we took Lily to two different family dinners that day. We didn't take her out to a store until yesterday at 8 days old. We kept her in her car seat the whole time and put the car seat in the shopping carts. Haven't tried going to a restaurant yet, but tomorrow will be the first time for that. I haven't taken her out without her daddy yet though. I actually tried to the other day and I freaked myself out. I was afraid to take her in the car seat because I was afraid it would be too heavy, so I tried a sling-type carrier and she just looked uncomfortable. I tried a front carrier and again, she looked uncomfortable - her face kept hitting the hard top of it. I ended up staying home. Now I throw myself into a panic attack at the thought of leaving the apartment with her without her daddy. I hope you have better luck than me!!! I was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving day, so we took Lily to two different family dinners that day. We didn’t take her out to a store until yesterday at 8 days old. We kept her in her car seat the whole time and put the car seat in the shopping carts. Haven’t tried going to a restaurant yet, but tomorrow will be the first time for that. I haven’t taken her out without her daddy yet though. I actually tried to the other day and I freaked myself out. I was afraid to take her in the car seat because I was afraid it would be too heavy, so I tried a sling-type carrier and she just looked uncomfortable. I tried a front carrier and again, she looked uncomfortable – her face kept hitting the hard top of it. I ended up staying home. Now I throw myself into a panic attack at the thought of leaving the apartment with her without her daddy.

I hope you have better luck than me!!!

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Comment on GOING OUT TO STORES AND RESTAURANTS WITH A NEWBORN? by Bob W http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3380 Bob W Wed, 15 Dec 2010 05:28:17 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3380 We would bring our daughter into the restaurant in her Graco infant car seat. It would fit in most booths, but it also fits snuggly into the top of those wooden baby seats you find in restaurants (there is a link to a picture of the seat I'm talking about at the bottom of my post). We also asked for a table a bit more secluded so my wife could comfortably breast feed without people gawking too much. We've been taking our girl to restaurants since she was born, and we've never had issues. We would bring our daughter into the restaurant in her Graco infant car seat. It would fit in most booths, but it also fits snuggly into the top of those wooden baby seats you find in restaurants (there is a link to a picture of the seat I’m talking about at the bottom of my post).

We also asked for a table a bit more secluded so my wife could comfortably breast feed without people gawking too much.

We’ve been taking our girl to restaurants since she was born, and we’ve never had issues.

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Comment on GOING OUT TO STORES AND RESTAURANTS WITH A NEWBORN? by mbrcatz http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3379 mbrcatz Wed, 15 Dec 2010 05:17:06 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3379 Yes. It's VERY easy with babies that aren't mobile. For newborns, I used a carseat in a resaurant, and a moby wrap, pouch, or commercial carrier. I breastfeed. I breastfeed in public, and pretty much no one even notices, because your sling/pouch/carrier blocks the view. Your graco safeseat will fit in a booth, but you can also turn those wooden restaurant high chairs upside down, and it will fit in there as well. Yes. It’s VERY easy with babies that aren’t mobile. For newborns, I used a carseat in a resaurant, and a moby wrap, pouch, or commercial carrier. I breastfeed. I breastfeed in public, and pretty much no one even notices, because your sling/pouch/carrier blocks the view.

Your graco safeseat will fit in a booth, but you can also turn those wooden restaurant high chairs upside down, and it will fit in there as well.

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Comment on GOING OUT TO STORES AND RESTAURANTS WITH A NEWBORN? by atlas_junkie http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3378 atlas_junkie Wed, 15 Dec 2010 05:15:57 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3378 As a single mum I brought my daughter everywhere with me. Besides I breastfed so she was like my little velcro baby, LOL! Anyway, If I was going into a grocery store or other mega store like Walmart or Target with carts I would just take the carseat out and put it in the front of the cart. Most carseats have lttle hooks on the front and will fit snugly and safely in the front basket of the cart. (Just make sure the restraint system is ALWAYS done up well). If I was going into the mall or restaruant or other place without carts I would attach the carseat nto the front of the stroller or if it was just a quick trip and Avary was already awake I would put her in the sling or front carrier but I have a really bad back so I couldn't keep that up too long - thus, the stroller. Either way, I always at least tossed the sling/carrier in the cart or stroller basket to use if she got fussy. That way my hands would be free to finish shopping. I had a Maya Wrap and it was great for nursing discreetly too. I nursed in public (discreetly) all the time. I have no problem with women who nurse anywhere - it's more about what you are comfortable with, and besides, I try to be respectful of other peoples situations and feelings. If I was nursing in the middle of the mall and a mom with three kids walked by, perhaps they would be very confused and demand an explanation from their mom right then. That would put her in a tough situation, especially if she had chosen to parent in a very conservative way. (Just one example) I believe everyone should have the oppertuntiy to parent and live as they wish but if the choices you make infringe on another person's right to make different choices, then that's just rude. (Sort of like the smoking and second-hand smoke issue). As for the carseat, yes, they usually fit on the seat in the booth. One side of the booth usually has more space than the other for some reason (maybe accomodating in case one person in the party is very obese - who knows) - I would figure out which side had the most space. Often however the carseat would end up on top of the table pushed toward the back (especially if I was out with my mom or sis) because everyone wanted to be able to see the baby. I usually also asked to a table in the back or out of the way so if Avary cried I wouldn't ruin anyone else's mealtime and I could nurse her without making anyone uncomfortable. BTW I also had a Graco. I hope this info helps you. I certainly know how it is to be new at this and have a lot of questions. My daughter is almost 8 months old already! God, the time flies by! Treasure every moment - I know you will. And really, feel free to add me as a cotact and ask me any question in the future. SOmetimes it helps to have a contact to ask those questions you don't want to call your ped for. Good luck to you and congrats on your little miracle! Cheers! As a single mum I brought my daughter everywhere with me. Besides I breastfed so she was like my little velcro baby, LOL! Anyway, If I was going into a grocery store or other mega store like Walmart or Target with carts I would just take the carseat out and put it in the front of the cart. Most carseats have lttle hooks on the front and will fit snugly and safely in the front basket of the cart. (Just make sure the restraint system is ALWAYS done up well). If I was going into the mall or restaruant or other place without carts I would attach the carseat nto the front of the stroller or if it was just a quick trip and Avary was already awake I would put her in the sling or front carrier but I have a really bad back so I couldn’t keep that up too long – thus, the stroller. Either way, I always at least tossed the sling/carrier in the cart or stroller basket to use if she got fussy. That way my hands would be free to finish shopping. I had a Maya Wrap and it was great for nursing discreetly too. I nursed in public (discreetly) all the time. I have no problem with women who nurse anywhere – it’s more about what you are comfortable with, and besides, I try to be respectful of other peoples situations and feelings. If I was nursing in the middle of the mall and a mom with three kids walked by, perhaps they would be very confused and demand an explanation from their mom right then. That would put her in a tough situation, especially if she had chosen to parent in a very conservative way. (Just one example) I believe everyone should have the oppertuntiy to parent and live as they wish but if the choices you make infringe on another person’s right to make different choices, then that’s just rude. (Sort of like the smoking and second-hand smoke issue).

As for the carseat, yes, they usually fit on the seat in the booth. One side of the booth usually has more space than the other for some reason (maybe accomodating in case one person in the party is very obese – who knows) – I would figure out which side had the most space. Often however the carseat would end up on top of the table pushed toward the back (especially if I was out with my mom or sis) because everyone wanted to be able to see the baby. I usually also asked to a table in the back or out of the way so if Avary cried I wouldn’t ruin anyone else’s mealtime and I could nurse her without making anyone uncomfortable. BTW I also had a Graco.

I hope this info helps you. I certainly know how it is to be new at this and have a lot of questions. My daughter is almost 8 months old already! God, the time flies by! Treasure every moment – I know you will. And really, feel free to add me as a cotact and ask me any question in the future. SOmetimes it helps to have a contact to ask those questions you don’t want to call your ped for. Good luck to you and congrats on your little miracle! Cheers!

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Comment on GOING OUT TO STORES AND RESTAURANTS WITH A NEWBORN? by New Mom (Bday 11/5) http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3377 New Mom (Bday 11/5) Wed, 15 Dec 2010 04:52:26 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comment-3377 My baby is 4 weeks old, and we've been taking him out since he was 5 days (we had to take him by the hospital, and had to run a few errands, so we ended up having lunch, too!) We haven't had many problems. In stores, I prop the carseat on the top of the cart and NEVER leave the cart with my baby alone. I also always have a diaper and wipes with me, just in case (usually the diaper bag). I've had to change diapers in restrooms, and may I strongly recommend buying some disposable changing pad cloths. There's dispensers on the changing tables for covers, but they are ALWAYS empty, and the thought of sticking my newborn on there without anything between him and the plastic makes me ill, lol. I wipe it down with a wipe first, put down my portable changing pad, then throw down the disposable pad. It's great, and easy clean-up. At restaurants, he usually fits in his car seat into the booth, but if not, the hostesses/workers are very accommodating and bring a high chair and flip it upside down, or bring over a chair from another table, and are sure to seat us so we are out of the way. I always pump and/or make a formula bottle for him when we're going out so we don't worry about breastfeeding. We never keep him out for longer than one feeding. I'm always sure to pump and feed him before we go, and breastfeed then pump immediately upon returning home. Only one time we stayed out too long and he'd had the bottle already, then awoke and wanted more, so we had to pull over and breastfeed. We've never ventured out without Dad yet (we only have one car) and when I do I think I'll do the baby carrier (sling or otherwise) for ease. Usually small babies will shut down and nap when overstimulated, and this has been our luck so far. We figured we should take him out now to get him used to it, and because it's easy now. Soon enough it'll be tougher, and we'll miss when we could just throw him in his carseat and go! My baby is 4 weeks old, and we’ve been taking him out since he was 5 days (we had to take him by the hospital, and had to run a few errands, so we ended up having lunch, too!) We haven’t had many problems. In stores, I prop the carseat on the top of the cart and NEVER leave the cart with my baby alone. I also always have a diaper and wipes with me, just in case (usually the diaper bag). I’ve had to change diapers in restrooms, and may I strongly recommend buying some disposable changing pad cloths. There’s dispensers on the changing tables for covers, but they are ALWAYS empty, and the thought of sticking my newborn on there without anything between him and the plastic makes me ill, lol. I wipe it down with a wipe first, put down my portable changing pad, then throw down the disposable pad. It’s great, and easy clean-up. At restaurants, he usually fits in his car seat into the booth, but if not, the hostesses/workers are very accommodating and bring a high chair and flip it upside down, or bring over a chair from another table, and are sure to seat us so we are out of the way. I always pump and/or make a formula bottle for him when we’re going out so we don’t worry about breastfeeding. We never keep him out for longer than one feeding. I’m always sure to pump and feed him before we go, and breastfeed then pump immediately upon returning home. Only one time we stayed out too long and he’d had the bottle already, then awoke and wanted more, so we had to pull over and breastfeed. We’ve never ventured out without Dad yet (we only have one car) and when I do I think I’ll do the baby carrier (sling or otherwise) for ease. Usually small babies will shut down and nap when overstimulated, and this has been our luck so far. We figured we should take him out now to get him used to it, and because it’s easy now. Soon enough it’ll be tougher, and we’ll miss when we could just throw him in his carseat and go!

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Comment on MY BABY HAS NAPPY RASH? by Cindy http://birthpolicy.org/535/my-baby-has-nappy-rash/#comment-3395 Cindy Wed, 15 Dec 2010 04:50:58 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/535/my-baby-has-nappy-rash/#comment-3395 I use corn starch on my baby's bum. It works wonders - after a day the rash is usually gone. I use corn starch on my baby’s bum. It works wonders – after a day the rash is usually gone.

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Comment on MY BABY HAS NAPPY RASH? by Object Permanence http://birthpolicy.org/535/my-baby-has-nappy-rash/#comment-3394 Object Permanence Wed, 15 Dec 2010 04:47:04 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/535/my-baby-has-nappy-rash/#comment-3394 Try Triple Paste Ointment. They sell it at Target and Walgreens. It's expensive, but it clears up pretty bad rashes nearly overnight. Just being wet for the night shouldn't be giving her a rash. How often is she changed during the day? You should be changing her about every 2 hours normally, and more often when she has a rash to keep her drier. Also, make SURE you are putting lots of rash cream on her before bed to keep the moisture off her skin. If you'd like, you can put her to bed one night without a diaper on. Be sure you have a waterproof mattress pad under her sheet, and put several cloth diapers (or pads, or small towels) under her bottom to absorb urine. You WILL have to bathe her and change her bedding in the morning. If you do this, put her down in just a shirt and tuck her in with a warm blanket (one that can get pee on it!). It's messy, but it works. I did this once with an especially bad rash when my daughter was 6 months old. Try Triple Paste Ointment. They sell it at Target and Walgreens. It’s expensive, but it clears up pretty bad rashes nearly overnight. Just being wet for the night shouldn’t be giving her a rash. How often is she changed during the day? You should be changing her about every 2 hours normally, and more often when she has a rash to keep her drier. Also, make SURE you are putting lots of rash cream on her before bed to keep the moisture off her skin.

If you’d like, you can put her to bed one night without a diaper on. Be sure you have a waterproof mattress pad under her sheet, and put several cloth diapers (or pads, or small towels) under her bottom to absorb urine. You WILL have to bathe her and change her bedding in the morning. If you do this, put her down in just a shirt and tuck her in with a warm blanket (one that can get pee on it!). It’s messy, but it works. I did this once with an especially bad rash when my daughter was 6 months old.

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Comment on MY BABY HAS NAPPY RASH? by CASEY http://birthpolicy.org/535/my-baby-has-nappy-rash/#comment-3393 CASEY Wed, 15 Dec 2010 04:18:25 +0000 http://birthpolicy.org/535/my-baby-has-nappy-rash/#comment-3393 My pediatrician told me to use Vaseline. Let her bottom dry for a minute and then generously apply the petroleum jelly. It works. It's a moisture barrier like no other. My pediatrician told me to use Vaseline. Let her bottom dry for a minute and then generously apply the petroleum jelly. It works. It’s a moisture barrier like no other.

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