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08 Oct

Your baby is crying - Now what?

Those first few weeks getting to know your baby can be a very overwhelming time. Your baby may cry a lot and you may find this difficult to deal with, especially if you are feeling very tired and recovering after giving birth. Here are a few tips that I have put together, that I found helped me when I became a mother, and have helped the mums I have cared for since working at One to One Midwives.

Hold your baby skin to skin

Skin to skin contact reduces stress levels for both mother and baby. Skin to skin contact is also great for dads.

Allow your baby sucking time

Allow your baby sucking time. Offer a clean finger for your baby to suck on for a minute or two. Sucking is a way babies sooth themselves.

Give a taste

Hand express milk from the nipple for your baby to taste or dribble milk over the nipple to entice your baby to the breast.

Provide Motion

Pick up your baby, rock, walk, bounce or dance. Babies are used to constant motion whilst in your womb. Proving motion reminds them of ‘home’. Wearing your baby in a sling/carrier is a great way to keep your baby happy and your hands free.

Offer swaddling

Wrap your baby for a little while in a suitable swaddle sheet. Check your baby’s skin temperature by feeling her tummy and make sure she is not too hot or too cool.

Stay Calm

Babies are sensitive to your stress levels. If you are feeling stressed and your baby will not settle with you- try asking dad or a relative to hold and walk with your baby to try settle them so you can take a break and calm.

Reduce the stimulation

Too much stimulation, for too long can be overwhelming for babies. Dim the lights, avoid loud sounds and give your baby a break from visitors by keeping them at bay until your baby has settled into their new environment.

Massage your baby

Light touch massage using a natural ‘nut free; oil such as olive oil after a warm bath can really help relax your baby and is great to bring up stubborn wind.

Burp your baby or bicycle his legs

Maybe there is a burp that needs to come up or gas that needs to go down.

Co-Bathing

Share a warm bath with your baby with dim lighting. Your baby will recognise the feel and sounds of the warm water alongside the sound of your heart beating next to her chest just as though they are back in your womb.

Early feeding cues

Waking up 
Licking lips & sticking tongue out
Sucking sounds
Rooting 
Hand to mouth activity 
Generalized body movements

Feed your baby before the last feeding cue.

Do something different

If none of these solutions work- try distracting your baby by singing, humming or blowing in their face. Go for a walk outside in the garden or try a walk in their pram.

Post by One to One Midwife, Michelle Ryan.

26 Jun

Pets and New Borns

I love it when I knock on a door for the first time and can hear a snuffle, a scuffle or a wuff on the other side. I just know we'll get on (me and the dog, that is . . . I may have to exchange a few word with the human before I come to the same conclusion!)

As any of my pet-owning families will tell you, I always have to greet the dog/cat/rabbit/gecko before I say hello to Mum or Baby, partly because I'm animal crackers, but also because I know that it's important that a dog really needs to feel at ease with any strange and new "goings on" in its environment. I've been asked many times how baby and dog should be introduced and even, sadly, whether the dog should go to make way for the baby :-(

A dog is often the first "child" a young couple will have - ours was - and it's something that does need thinking about quite seriously.

The Dogs Trust has some very good advice at http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/az/factsheetsanddownloads/factsheetnewbaby10.pdf

Tell us about your experience of introducing baby and dog. Do you have any advice to offer?

Now have a laugh at this photo of me with our firstborn and our lovely Border Collie/Springer Spaniel cross, Sheba . . . What year do you think was this taken? (Check out the frames!)

Post by Rebecca Last: One to One Midwife


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