Breastfeeding has countless benefits for mom and baby. However, one of the so-called disadvantages of breastfeeding is the perception that mothers are tied to their babies or to the nursing chair all the time. Unless you’re good with a breast pump, you can’t just drop your baby off with the sitter when you need to run an errand or take time for yourself. What if she gets hungry while you’re away? And how can you explain to a babysitter why it’s so important not to give a bottle of formula while you’re gone?
The Baby Einstein Discover and Play Activity Center give your child to either sit or stand. Your child can stand because the cushioning of the swivel seat protects him or her. They can also sit in the swivel seat and play with the surrounding toys. Such an option gives the child more freedom to do what they feel comfortable doing which means they are less likely to be fussy. The play center also has a gentle cool beds, which they can rock either by sitting or standing. The play center is recommended for children who can sit up, weigh less than thirty pounds and are not able to walk yet.
Have you tried music? Some babies respond well to music while falling asleep. You could try different types of music playing quietly in the background when you put your baby to sleep. What about you here? Try singing to your baby while he is going to sleep. My wife did with ours and we can testify that it worked. Obviously you have to sing in a calm voice and lullabies are excellent for this. After all, that’s why they were composed in the first place. As an additional technique you could try reading repetitive stories or poems in a very calm voice. Don’t worry that your baby is too young to understand. It’s the voice and attitude that works, not the words.
If you do need to use a babysitter, look for a breastfeeding friendly caregiver who you can educate on the importance of breastfeeding. If you think you’ll want a babysitter, start looking for the right person before baby’s arrival. Once she’s here, you’ll want to spend time with your new baby, instead of looking for someone to look after her.
Lumbar Crunch: Sit up straight and use your lower back muscles to “crunch” your lower back area into a C shape. Well, you probably won’t get to a C, but curve it. Relax and return to sitting up straight.
Make a baked potato mix by shaking grated cheese, salt, bacon bits, or any other ingredients you love in a resealable bag or container. Sprinkle it onto a baked or microwaved potato and put the rest back in the fridge to use another day.
By appreciating and spending more time outdoor, we will become more calmed and relaxed therefore we won’t be too stressed up. As an added bonus, we get to breathe fresher air too.