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Today’s guest is Katie Prochaska, Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and Certified Babywearing Educator (CBWE). Today we are talking about all things car seats! How to pick one, how to use one, what know about them… all of it!
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Is it just us or does this year’s cold and flu season feel especially long? So long, in fact, that it’s carried into the new year! To make matters worse, new parents will soon learn how hard it is to keep the whole family healthy when a dreaded flu bug bites one of you. And let’s not even talk about those of us who are dealing with their second or third round of sick kids in as many months!
Help is on the way! To anyone out there battling sniffles, puke, coughs, snot, fevers and more, we decided to reach out to some trusted Babies in Bloom affiliated experts and asked them: What advice or recommendations can you offer new parents and parents of young children to help them get through cold and flu season?
Here is what they said:
Registered Dietician specializing in Pediatric Nutrition, Rachel Rothman of Nutrition in Bloom
No magic food or supplement will keep away germs and illness. Continue to offer your children nourishing foods throughout the day. Drink fluids. Wash hands. Take care of yourself, as a sick parent is never any fun. Eat whole foods like fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains. And if illness does strike, remember to rest, stay hydrated and enjoy some of your favorite comfort foods. Soup is one of our favorite staples during the winter time, as it can warm our bodies, provide nutrition and keep us hydrated. I recently made a hearty tomato soup with celery, carrot, and onion, which was a hit with the whole family! Check out some of my favorite recipes on my blog www.nutritioninbloom.com/blog.
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Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, Jen Varela of Sugar Night Night
When your little one is not feeling well it creates a dilemma for parents on what to do with sleep expectations and sleep training. Here are my top tips to put your mind at ease.
If your little one has a fever and you are in the middle of sleep training, it is OK to pause your sleep training efforts. Once they are feeling better then jump right back in, don’t delay and you will be amazed how quickly they will get back to where you left off.
If your little one at bedtime is able to put themselves to sleep without your assistance and due to a cold, they are waking at night, it is OK to help them back to sleep. Getting them back to sleep as soon as possible with comforting (holding, rocking, patting, shushing), you are protecting the amount of sleep they are getting which will help them get the rest they need. The key is to keep the skills at bedtime in place, once your little one is feeling better because they are not sleep deprived due to your assistance, they will start sleeping through the night again.
When your baby is sick, you know they need more rest but you might be wondering if too much day sleep will affect their night sleep. Typically for babies 6-months or older, you don’t want their morning nap to be longer than 1 ½ – hours. However, one or two days allowing their morning nap to be 2-hours long when they are not well can help them get the extra rest they need to get well.
Eager to learn more sleep advice for your little one? Visit Sugar Night Night’s websiteor follow via FacebookandInstagram.
Licensed Midwives, Paula Tipton-Healy and Haley Perkins Kaijala of Paula’s Midwifery
To help prevent illness, keep your hands clean as often as possible, eat a well-balanced, healthy diet, and boost your immune system during peak sick times with elderberry, Zicam and Vitamin C.
When you are experiencing cold and flu like symptoms, here are a few things you can do:
Use Homeopathic Flu Nosode (liquid drops), and Oscillococcinum (pellets)
Drink warm water with apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice and honey
Continue breastfeeding even when sick
Wear baby when out and about for comfort when they are sick and to help keep away from germ exposure.
Certified Babywearing Educator and CPST , Katie Prochaska
Babywearing can be a great way to help baby avoid extra germs during cold and flu season. When baby is snug and secure right on mom or dad’s chest people are just more likely to keep their distance from baby because they don’t want to get too far into your personal space. The added benefit is that the carrier can actually act as a bit of a physical barrier. Not only is it going to keep baby warmer by adding more layers, it’s also going to be what people are more likely to touch, keeping potentially germ-y hands off of baby’s clothes and body. Another perk to babywearing during cold and flu season is that if people do ask to hold your baby and you are worried about germs (or you just aren’t comfortable with it-you’re the parent here), you have a built in excuse to say, “not right now, s/he’s pretty comfy in there…” If all else fails, you may still have to ask people to keep their distance from baby, or to wash their hands; but having baby in a carrier can definitely be a great way to cut out germs during the sickness prone time of year.
Learn more about Babywearing classes or schedule a consultation at Babies in Bloom by calling 760-940-2229.
Certified Childbirth Educator and Lactation Consultant (and Babies in Bloom owner), Rochelle McLean
The most important thing a breastfeeding mom can do during cold and flu season is to continue to breastfeed. If baby is in daycare, I encourage moms to send a blanket with baby to daycare, and then the next day, wrap the blanket like a scarf around their neck during pumping. It helps to expose mom to the organisms baby is exposed to at daycare so that she can help to make protective antibodies.
If mom gets sick, your body is making antibodies to the things you are exposed to and will pass those antibodies along to baby, without passing along the illness. Utilize the same techniques to help control the spread of germs such as frequent hand washing, covering when you cough or sneeze. Breastfed babies can often escape illness in the house.
There is a ton of misinformation out there about medications available for breastfeeding moms to use when they are sick. Oftentimes doctors and pharmacists will say a medication is not safe for use during breastfeeding when it is. LactMed is a great resource to read more information about medications and their use while breastfeeding. The KellyMom websiteis another helpful resource for natural methods to treat a cold or the flu that are compatible with breastfeeding.
As I write this, I have my laptop propped on the kitchen island while cooking breakfast. This is how inspiration hits me: my husband is roaming around the house upstairs and down holding our five-month-old baby while he cries and fights sleep. It’s taking everything I have in me not to intervene, to breastfeed him to sleep with no tears and less struggle.
But I’m holding back, at least for a few extra minutes, to give my husband the opportunity to do this on his own, in his own way.
A lot of the early parenting articles I come across display headlines like “What They Didn’t Tell Me About Becoming a Parent” or “10 Things I Didn’t Know Until I Had Kids of My Own.” The assumption sometimes in these headlines is that:
Information is being withheld from us, as if us new parents must be initiated in the same way those before us were, and
This information is somehow transformative. That, once we have it, we have access to a special code that will solve all our problems.
I’ll admit I went into my pregnancy with the idea that the more information I had the better. Knowledge is power, right? The more I knew, the less afraid I was about what I might experience. I told myself that I didn’t necessarily need to USE all the suggestions myself, but having it in my toolbox would prove helpful at some point.
Five months into this parenting thing, however, and I am nowhere near as confident or wise as I expected to be. I haven’t found an article that solved all my problems or even the problem at hand, and I am finding that having all the information in the world isn’t necessarily helpful. It’s a pretty defeating realization, accepting that sometimes there is no solution. Sometimes, there are many different possible solutions. On my bad days, this makes me feel pretty bitter.
On my level headed days, like today, I understand that harboring resentment because NO ONE TOLD ME so many things is the wrong way of looking at it. NO ONE TOLD ME because NO ONE has MY child. It feels silly saying out loud, but how many times have I needed to remind myself that my child is an individual? Not only is he an individual, but he also has moods and feelings and circumstances that affect him each day, each moment, ESPECIALLY now, when he is growing and changing SO rapidly.
I have had to remind myself many many times on a daily basis of this fact and this fact alone because, while the articles offer solace, comfort and provide nifty tips sometimes, they do not solve my problems. They shouldn’t.
Parenting is hard but it’s supposed to be challenging. We as parents need to be initiated. If we are somehow offered a fast lane to this whole experience, we are potentially less equip for more difficult times ahead like when our child splits his chin in the swimming pool or has a severe allergic reaction and needs to go to the hospital. Our ability to act in the moment, to make the call to get help or solve the problem on our own depends on what we know about our child and our awareness of our place in his life as his parents. No “10 Things to Do When…” will help us in these moments.
The best and the hardest thing to accept about as parents is that all the information we need is gained in the time we spend them. The more we observe and get to know them, the more we can gauge what works and what does not.
We have ideas and instincts that I think sometimes living in the information age obscures. In my moments of exasperation, I keep asking how parents of yesteryear figured things out, before all these websites and classes and coaches were available?
The answer is simple: people were able to still parent successfully without all that, our parents did, our friends did, and we can too. That isn’t to say the additional resources aren’t helpful, just that you shouldn’t deny the power of your own instincts. We just need patience, and patience is something that feels like a curse when we are so accustomed to instant gratification.
Surprise surprise, this essay is not here to solve problems for you. Maybe in not trying to, it will serve as a gentle reminder that no one has the solution, but you.
And how is my baby doing now? He’s peacefully napping in his nursery. It took my husband three attempts to put him down without crying, but without my intervention, he still succeeded.
And what are we doing now? We are sipping coffee and enjoying a home-made breakfast before 10:30 a.m. for the first time in a long time together, alone. Here’s to celebrating the little victories.