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u/Layleepup · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I started liquid formula with breast milk supplementing after my LO's first day due to a low supply. I understand the failing feeling and I still feel that way at times when I stopped pumping at 5 months. It's hard but as most people say, fed is best. Honestly, having to formula feed is probably the best outcome for all in my situation. My child had no problem transitioning at daycare since she was used to the bottle and having others feed her. I get depressed with little sleep so I could have others help do the overnight feedings once I stopped pumping. You'll feel guilty for some time but you really shouldn't. You are doing what is best for you and your child.

I can't answer the questions about WIC, but here are some tips and answers to your questions:

-Powder formula is not sterile. There are varying ideas if you should give powder formula to a newborn or wait until they are a few months old. I always err on the side of caution, so I did not begin powder formula until LO was 4 months old. I used premade liquid formula up until that point. Your doc can best advise when to start powder formula.

-You keep the liquid formula at room temp until you open the container. Then it needs to go into the refrigerator. Your baby will probably be OK with eating at room temp (mine was until her first cold and then she got picky) but any that is from the refrigerator will most likely need to be warmed up. Again it depends on your child's preference.

-It is advised to not use a microwave to warm a bottle. It can create hot spots though as mentioned here some people just make sure they mix it around. I haven't ever used a microwave and don't intend to. I either use the hot water method you described or use my bottle warmer. I have this bottle warmer: It was great at first though now it is a bit temperamental 7 months in. I use distilled water for the warmer. I just pop the bottle in the warmer and then go do a diaper change while the bottle is heating up.

-I still warm the bottles with powdered formula due to my child's preference described above. She will gag if it is not warmed up enough. I also pre-make bottles of formula and keep them in the fridge so that I don't have to waste time making one when it's the middle of the night or LO is hangry. When you switch to powdered formula, you can buy a formula pitcher to do a big batch at a time so that you aren't making each bottle every feeding. is awesome.

-I had a few samples of bottles. My favorite are the Philips Avent Natural. If you use this one, pull the nipple all the way up into the ring until it is flush with the top. I had months of leakage until I figured out that I wasn't making the bottle correctly. You will find out which one works best for you & LO.

-I started out with 4 bottles and now have a total of 11. I decided that I didn't want to spend time washing bottles several times a day and now just do it once at night.

-As previously mentioned, your child will maybe want more milk in a few days to a couple of weeks. You will need to watch for hunger cues for your child to know when she is hungry. She will keep seeking out the bottle after it is empty or maybe even try to root at your breast. Mine would cry after the bottle was just given so I knew she needed more than advised. She started to drink 3 ounces after a couple of weeks.

-This wasn't one of your questions but it's my best advice: BURP YOUR LO OFTEN!! Stop after every ounce to burp your baby in the first few weeks, and then later halfway through the feeding until your child is old enough to burp themselves. With the combo of a bottle & formula, your baby may get gassy. Save yourself hours of screaming by trying to burp her as often as possible.

-I used Similac and then switched to the Costco powder brand about a month ago. I'm in Canada and the Costco brand up here is basically Enfamil. In the states, the Costco brand is basically Similac. It's way cheaper and ingredients are almost the same.

-Sign up for the Similac strong moms rewards program if you stick to Similac. You can get coupons for money off of your formula (can be used with the liquid cans) and eventually free formula coupons. I believe Enfamil has a similar program but I never looked into it. I would just receive their coupons in the mail a lot too.
Just like you would with a dog switching to new dog food, you would want to slowly switch over to any new brand to avoid stomach upset.

Feel free to p.m. me any more questions you may have. I also find the Similac website gives pretty good advise on how to formula feed.

Good luck!!

u/ernieball · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

Not sure how old your baby is so I'll start at the beginning - for my son, as a newborn we used the 2oz ready to feed bottles. You store at room temp, open, screw on a nipple, and serve. Toss the whole thing when you're done (each pack of 8 bottles only comes with one nipple though, so unless you save/wash/reuse you'll want to stock up on the nipples, too).

Once he hit the 2ish month mark we moved on from the Ready to Feed and we had a few options:

If we were going to be out and about for a few hours I'd fill up one or two of these formula dispensers with pre-measured scoops (3 per section of our formula brand) to make a 6oz bottle, and bring along bottles prepped with 6oz of water (we used bottled or jug water). Then it's just a matter of dump and shake. My son would take room temp bottles, but if you need to warm a bottle on the go something like the Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle Warmer works well.

If we were going somewhere quick and I'd just throw formula and a bottle in my purse and I liked these single use formula bags. Same thing as above - I'd fill with 3 scoops and carry a 6oz bottle of water.

In terms of daycare, our facility could not (by law) mix formula. All bottles had to be ready to serve. So on daycare days we'd use the Dr. Brown's Formula Pitcher to mix up enough formula for five 6oz bottles. 30 oz of water and 15 scoops of formula go into the pitcher, churn, then pour into bottles. Bottles then went into this cooler bag with an ice pack for transport, and were then stored in the fridge at daycare until warmed and served. I love and recommend this bottle bag as it's got the top compartment too, which is great for sending along bibs (if your kid spits up half as much as mine did you'll LOVE this feature) or snacks once kiddo is old enough for them.

At home I was all about dat Brezza Lyfe. Loved this bad boy. It's my formula baby BAE. The latest version just came out, too, and can be found here.

u/TheHatOnTheCat · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I don't know if it would be too much clutter, that's based of your sister's opinion, size of her home, and storage space so you are a much better judge.

What I would suggest is only buy an activity gym or toys that come off so you can switch them out. My parents house had a used fisher price bouncy reclining seat thing with a bar over it with hanging toys (also useful) but the toys are stuck on so we could never put new ones. New things interest babies just like other people. We have one at home you can take on/off the bar (eeh) and switch the toys (very important).

Also, my daughter favorite toy early on was this thing. It's wood, you can chew on it, shake it and the beads clack, and crush it so the rope changes the shape of the object. She was a bit late on the uptake for toy playing (she loved people/faces/human interaction too much) but got this for Christmas at 4 months and it was good for a few solid months of use and keeping her occupied after that. I would have given it to her earlier given the chance.

I also like the oball products a lot (easy to grab/hold for littles), hanging toys, and toys that make noise for young babies.

These plastic link form together to chain so you can hang the stroller type toys from the stroller, activity gym, ect to the height you want and mix and max products. Also available at target.

A great priced item we got a lot of use out of was this set of toys with a coil to wrap around things. Honestly, it's huge and I did not use it as a whole set. However, each toy comes off and you can velcro it to stuff individually. They are very soft, well made, and all make a diffrent sound. The beach ball has a beautiful little bell inside and the bird can squeak. Even now at one year those two hang on her carseat (which goes into her stroller so as stroller toys too).

u/hellkitten · 14 pointsr/beyondthebump

If you have a Costco, their brand of formula is identical to Similac and it's much, much cheaper. My son has been on it since a month old and has done perfectly well with it.

As for outings, I take bottles with water in them and the diaper bag dispenser of powder formula measured out. I'm sure somebody linked it already, but it is usually a round container with three compartments and a lid that rotates so you can pour out one section at a time. Super handy, I use it often. This is what I have...the single one is nice if I know he'll only need to eat once when I'm out.

Another thing I recommend for home is the Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher for mixing up a day's worth at a time. Around a month he should be eating anywhere between 24 and 32 oz, possibly more during a growth spurt. My son was at the top end of that, but he's leveled out to 34 oz a day at 6 months. Anyway, this really helped prevent wasting any formula because you can pour out 2 oz, and if he finishes it, give him 1 or 2 more. It takes a bit of time to figure out how much he wants at once, and sometimes it will vary a lot because he's still little, but overall he'll get pretty regular for a bit before he starts needing more at once.

Also, feel free to come join us over at /r/FormulaFeeders. It isn't the busiest sub, but we're a helpful bunch of you have any other specific questions! :) Congrats on your little one!

u/YorkshireBelle · 4 pointsr/beyondthebump

I'd personally recommend a video monitor with night vision and zoom. Two-way audio is a nice plus but not essential (my husband and I do use it to communicate while one is putting the baby to bed). We have the Infant Optics DXR-8 (the best seller on Amazon) and it's great. The interchangeable zoom lens is really a fantastic feature, as the way our nursery is set up the camera had to be pretty far from the crib. I couldn't live without the video aspect as our son tends to spit up a lot and it's essential to see if I need to go and change the sheet, plus I just like to see him for peace of mind.

Some friends of ours got a really expensive wi-fi monitor so that they can view the video from anywhere, but I only think you'd need this if you had a nanny and needed to check on things while you were at work or something.

u/sloanerose · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

A couple things I haven't seen mentioned..

We love our blue tub.

Our LO loves the wubbanub pacifier.

Target diapers and pampers (or publix) wipes are what we prefer but it might be a good idea to sample a few different brands to see what you like.

Aden and Anais muslin swaddles or SwaddleDesigns are great for swaddling but also as burp cloths, or a light blanket for while in the car seat or stroller.

Infantino unison carrier is what we are using for a structured carrier right now. I can wear it and do dishes or clean up while he naps in it. I prefer it over a wrap like Moby or Ktan because he feels much more secure and his head is fully supported. I have an ergo and Tula carrier with infant inserts but I haven't tried them yet so can't review them. The infantino is so easy to put on and very comfortable.

u/hawtp0ckets · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Mom of an EFF baby here as well!

I wanted to breastfeed but I could only get maybe an ounce at a time to come out, so we formula fed even in the hospital and switched to it full-time after about a week. Luckily, no one in my family really made any comments about it! On our last day in the hospital before we left I asked them if I could take home some formula and they gave us about 4 or 5 of the 6-packs of pre-mixed formula. After that ran out, we started using Enfamil and then switched to Costco's brand, Kirkland, for formula. It is less than half the price and literally the exact same product! My son had no issues on it at all.

I'm not sure if I'm just fortunate or if this is normal, but I just slowly stopped breastfeeding my son and my boobs just kind of slowly stopped producing any milk at all. That is probably due to my low supply, though.

We originally mixed every bottle on our own but found that it made the formula way too foamy and it gave my son a lot of gas. We then bought a formula pitcher and it was awesome! It mixes it so well so all the formula is dissolved. So we would mix up the total amount my son could drink in a 24 hour period (since mixed formula is only good for 24 hours refrigerated) and then put it in bottles, then heat each bottle up in a bottle warmer. I do know some moms who say their babies were fine with cold formula, but my son never liked it. But if your kid likes it, go for it! That will definitely make things easier.

A few months later I saw a Baby Brezza on Facebook Marketplace for like $75 and it was literally the best purchase I ever made! It was amazing when my son would wake up in the middle of the night screaming and I would literally press one button and a bottle would be made in less than 20 seconds.

u/amneyer · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

My boys have never been good sleepers. The advice in the No Cry Sleep Solution combined with Weissbluth's sleep 'schedule' helped a lot in the beginning, but at 6 months out, I needed something stronger as my boys still had opposite schedules and were up a lot at night. I read through a ton of baby sleep books and picked bits and pieces from a bunch. The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight is my current favorite because it has detailed breakdowns by month and a plan that's basic and easy to follow. I don't follow her guidelines 100% because I breastfeed on demand rather than schedule, and they still wake each other up overnight, but, with her help, I have my boys taking naps semi-together and nighttime has gotten a lot easier.

The thing about baby sleep is that you need to figure out what works for you and your baby. Some babies are fine being up every hour. Other babies are not. You can often tell how well a baby has slept by how quickly they go to bed after waking up in the morning or by fussiness. Since tweaking my boys' schedule and being more diligent about putting them down to sleep, both boys are less fussy and my night owl no longer spends all morning trying to get back to bed.

Sleeping through the night should come with growth, but some babies need help more than others. Read through the books and try out a plan for a few weeks. Don't be afraid of letting them grouse or cry for a bit if nothing else works. I swore I would never do CIO before I started on this sleep journey. Haven't had to yet, but I do now believe it's a necessity for some kids, perhaps if better sleep habits aren't taught to them earlier.

u/librarianzrock · 0 pointsr/beyondthebump

It really depends on if she's eating or comfort nursing. Eating can disrupt sleep but comfort nursing doesn't as much and it's fine to continue. I've had two comfort nursers who like to sleep with a nip in the mouth and we've had to set up co-sleeping (safe) set ups to get them through the first year... (well I'm only at 6 months with #2...)

Doctors often assume nursing is just for food and it's only one of the reasons babies wake to nurse (they often just need contact, cuddles and reassurance). You can transition her sleep association from the breast to something else when she wakes but I'd suggest going slowly rather than using a CIO/Ferber method if she's under 1. I've read the No Cry Sleep Solution and Ferber's Solve Your Baby's Sleep Problems books a few times now and there are a lot of different approaches you can take - I highly recommend reading those books and picking a method that works...but only if you decide that you need to cut down on night nursing.

That being said, if she's growing and you're ok with night feeds, then you don't need to make changes (they can backfire and make her wakings WORSE! at least in my experience!) You might want to check in with a different pediatrician, too. You know your baby best and what works for your family. As long as she's growing and developing, then you're doing what's best :)

u/Comfyjamjams · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

It is hard to know what each individual baby will like at different phases, but having a variety at your disposal is very helpful.

This is one of the first things my daughter liked

She also liked this one early on

As time went by, she wound up liking munchkin frozen gel ones (used with a pacifier leash)

And the comotomo one with the “fingers”

We had baby banana for a first toothbrush and it doubled as a well loved teether

Eta - also soft books, especially the ones with dangly silicone shapes for teething were huge in those early months. Have plenty!

u/Emily-Nguyen · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

I "gave up" on breastfeeding day 2 and stopped pumping after a less than a week. We've been EFF ever since. I have so much to say, this will be long.

Day and Night Feeding

Formula needs to be used within 1 hour if it's touched baby's lips regardless of temp, 2 hours if untouched at room temp and 24 hours untouched in the fridge. If you can get your kid to drink cold/room temp then that will help a lot with wasting.

  • During the Day at Home I just bought the Dr. Brown's Formula Pitcher which has been really awesome because I mix a couple bottles worth and pour. My son goes from 0-100 real quick so mixing bottles at the moment he needs them was stressful for me.

  • During the Day at Work I bring one bottle to work and just wash it with hot water in between. Use soap if you feel the need. I use formula dispensers to pre-measure formula and it takes up a lot less room than a canister of formula in the diaper bag. Saves on time too. This also helps for when you're out and about, just fill a bottle with water before you leave home.

  • During the Night This I experimented with quite a bit. At first I was going to the kitchen to make a bottle whenever he woke up to feed. Then I would pour pre-measured water in the bottles and mix in the room. Now I pre-mix bottles for the night and keep them in the fridge and just retrieve them when he wakes up. This has been the fastest, most efficient way for us because our kitchen is not far from our bedroom.


  • We have 6 bottles total - three Playtex VentAire and three Dr. Brown's Bottles. The VentAires we use at night and the Dr. Brown's we use during the day, usually with the filter.

  • I try to sterilize the bottles once a week but usually I just let them soak in soapy hot water and then rinse with hot water, sometimes using a bottle brush. You can also use the dishwasher but we don't run ours often enough.

    Dealing with Reflux

  • So this has been super hard for us to deal with and I think we have a pretty decent system set up. Most babies spit up but some babies get reflux and it sucks. We have tried different formulas to find one that he seems to like the most and we can tell by his poops (his seem to be similar to breastfed babies), wet diapers, and how much he spits up. We also use rice cereal in his bottles during night time feeds. The bottles we use are geared towards helping with reflux. We also do not burp him often; We only burp him if he seems fussy about air that needs to come out. We noticed that we would burp him and he'd throw up a lot. He seems much happier now that we don't burp as often.

    Final Thoughts

  • As far as I know formula feed and breastfed babies are no different. I am still able to bond with my son by maintaining eye contact while feeding. He is a happy little boy and he's getting the nutrition he needs. It's helped me be a more sane mother as well, which is something every baby needs.
u/VividLotus · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

First of all, congratulations! That is so exciting.

The two best things we got for our newborn, other than the obvious completely required things like a carseat, place to sleep, and diapers:

  • Sleep sacks/swaddle sacks. To be specific, this kind has worked magically well for our baby. It seems comforting and comfortable to her, not too hot, and perhaps most importantly, unlike other types or brands we tried, there's no parts that get loose on her, and she can't get out of it on her own at all. The smallest size fit her when she was born (about 6.5 lb) and fits her now at 9 weeks (about 11 lb).

  • This changing pad. Comfortable for the baby, but also extremely easy to wipe off. I can't imagine using a cloth-covered changing table.

    Stuff we bought or received that has been useless:

  • Clothes that are hard to put on the baby. We received a lot of cutesy little outfits that required a lot of wrangling to get on the baby, and after a few tries, those went straight to the donation pile. IMO, onesies are where it's at, especially for babies who are fussy about being changed.

  • A lot of "newborn sized" clothes, particularly the cheap ones, were too small for our baby even literally the day she was born-- and as described above, she was quite a small newborn, in the 11th percentile or so of both weight and length. I think that unless there's reason to expect that the baby will be extremely small, I'd skip straight to the "0 to 3 month" size.

  • A pack and play. This might be useful someday when we use it as a playpen, but our newborn just freaked out about being in the bassinet part of it. She wants to either be held, or be moving/bouncing at all times, unless she's 100% asleep. While YMMV, this doesn't seem super unusual for babies, so if you don't have one yet, I might hold off on this particular thing until you can gauge whether it will be useful yet to you or not.
u/saf621 · 0 pointsr/beyondthebump

Have you heard of the wonder weeks app/book? It’s a couple dollars to buy the app, but it talks about all the different developmental stages the baby goes through until about 2 years old and different activities to do with them to help them develop those skills. I don’t know how much faith I put into the aspect of leaps and fussy phases it talks about, but I find the app super helpful when discussing the developmental phases.

Edit to add: at 13 weeks my son loved his mahatten winkle toy. It really helped with his ability to grab things.

u/mareeesha · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

My daughter is very "meh" about Sophie, but she loves this little banana baby toothbrush (which I guess isn't technically a teething toy). She's 13 months old in a few days, has 9 teeth (going on 12!) and chooses this banana over everything else, even the freezer ones. When my son was cutting his teeth, he loved the Dr. Brown's watermelon teether - it was the only one he ever liked.

EDIT: I'm seeing now a few other recommendations for the banana brush - it really is awesome!

u/jobie285 · 4 pointsr/beyondthebump

Could you do a washcloth in warm water? I imagine the texture alone might be part of what makes that soothing?

I don't know if you have started solids but ours really enjoyed apples and cucumbers - you could keep them out of the fridge at room temp if he hates the cold that much. They seemed to be really good when teething, he would gnaw on them and made him feel better.

Recently, mine is super interested in this banana shaped teething "toothbrush" - he goes to town on it! Also, the plastic teething necklaces are often a big hit while baby wearing (I wear the necklace, not him, and he chews on it while he's in the carrier.)

u/jlynnbizatch · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I have a Dr Browns Formula Mixing Pitcher as well as a Nuk bottle warmer. Can I just say that the pitcher is probably one of THE best purchase I made? With how much LO eats (my guy is 7 months now) it makes feedings super convenient. Plus, it does a great job mixing the formula - I'm amazed at how LO's formula never has any lumps in it when I use the pitcher. If you couldn't tell, I highly recommend going this route - it makes feedings convenient and is much more cost effective than a Brezza.

u/Little_birds_mommy · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Baby food website reference. I'm into week four of introducing solids. Avocado (purée uncooked) was my first win (rice cereal was a total fail and I don't blame my little girl). Summer squash so far is a yum. Carrots were too bitter on their own so I mixed in parsnips. I thought it was delicious, my girl didn't. Im going to try parsnips solo as they're quite nutty and delicious. Pears (skinned, poached, puréed) were such a hit that I made small dallops to freeze and use them for teething in a baby mesh pop. and I plan on doing the same with sweet potato if it is also a hit. I make a bunch of different foods on Saturday and fill up my special freezer tray for the next two weeks. I'm really enjoying it. We went on one solid feeding a day (with one of our five 5 oz bottle feedings) for the first three weeks and on week four we do a morning solid / bottle and evening solid / bottle (plus another three bottle only feedings). I'm holding off on bananas as the sweet may make everything else a bit less desirable, but I really can't wait to try those too. Good luck and don't be discouraged!

u/Norazaki · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I don't know who you are, but I feel like we might be mama soulmates. My baby is 7 months now, but so much of what you talked about is what I've also experienced:

  • my husband just left on a business trip and will be back Thursday night (😩)
  • I had preeclampsia and wanted unmedicated birth but ended up getting and epi because the BP meds stopped working and then I gave birth 15 minutes after it was administered
  • my baby had reflux
  • my milk didn't come in right away and we had to supplement
  • my baby had jaundice the first week
  • my baby cried and cried and was in pain a lot from tummy issues
  • I didn't want to bed share, but my child screams every time I lay her on her back in a crib or pack and play, so I don't really have much choice.

    So let me start off with this: you are a good mom. I know that in the midst of all of the doubts it can be hard to hear this, but the simple fact that you keep trying and that you care enough to do so, is enough. The first few months are the hardest, I think, because our babies can't tell us how to help. What helped me get through that time was the knowledge that my baby would never remember the tummy aches, the reflux, the heel pricks for testing for bilirubin levels, or me floundering figuring out how to be a mom. What she would remember is that when she cried I came to her.

    Just so you know, therapeutically speaking, what builds resilience in a baby/ child (and even an adult) is not the absence of hardship, but the repair after the hardship. In other words, being a good parent is not about having to prevent every possible negative thing; as hard as we try, that would be impossible! We have no control over whether or not our baby's tummy hurts, or if we can't get the bottle fast enough, or when they fall down in the pursuit of learning to crawl. Instead, what actually builds resilience is when your baby does cry, you are there to comfort him. That teaches him resilience. You modeling this "damage and repair" scenario for him will be the foundation for him to build his own ability to self-soothe and to learn that when things aren't optimal, they won't necessarily stay that way. So what you are doing right now is very important. (Source: I'm a therapist).

    I can also commiserate with the feeling of making all the wrong decisions. It's frustrating loving your child so much and wanting the best for your child, but not knowing what that is. I remember the first two months when we were ssupplementing and her tummy hurt so bad and we would try every formula. But I'll be completely honest with you, I don't think it was the formula that was hurting my child's tummy.

    I finally figured out that she was crying every time that she was trying to poop or when she had gas. My doctor said that sometimes babies, even full-term, have an immature digestive system. He said that it sometimes takes time for them to learn how to coordinate relaxing their booty muscles while pushing. He explained that they will try to clinch and push at the same which will make them feel like they're constipated when they aren't and hurt their little tummies. My little girl finally stopped crying every time she had to poop around four months old. In my case, I'm pretty sure my doctor was right.

    As for reflux, we noticed a big drop off at about 5 1/2 months for our baby. We stopped giving her Zantac at around six months. With the reflux we would burp her halfway through her bottle, and then at the end of her bottle. And we would wait 30 minutes before laying her down, or an hour before putting her on her tummy. That seemed to help. Now it is no longer necessary. We burp her at the end of her bottle and I wait 15 minutes before letting her get active, but I can now put her down right away.

    Bedsharing, I've got nothing for you 🤷‍♀️. We put her in a cosleeper bassinet until she was 5 1/2 months old when she outgrew it. I don't think my baby's problem was reflux when it came to sleeping. I mean it was certainly a factor, but she's still struggling. She slept great in her cosleeper, but there is something about the crib and pack and play she doesn't like. I'm thinking it may be the hardness of the mattresses, but I'm still working through that theory. She will sleep on us, in the bed beside us, or in the bed without us. We've tried every sleep training model and trick that anyone could give us. The only thing that seemed to help was giving her Nightime Gripe Water . It has camomile and it seems to help her at least initially get to sleep.

    Sorry for the long post, but I hope at least something I've said here helps. Focus on the cuddles. You're doing great, mama!
u/sewmanybees · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Rock him to sleep, bounce him to sleep (worked best for us) or let him sleep in your arms! My sons been napping and sleeping in his crib for months and yours will too eventually but right now hes still very new and seems to need you nearby. You can't spoil or create bad habits at this age! My son napped in our arms for awhile but slept great in his crib at night. Naps are just harder for babies because its brighter and theres more things going on. My son definitely had some FOMO going on!

At your sons age he should only be awake between 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes, watch him for cues that hes getting sleepy. For my son its rubbing his eyes and tugging on his ears. You want to start trying to put them to sleep just before they reach their awake limit so they don't get overtired.

Also, my son stopped enjoying having his arms swaddled to his side and slept much better with this:

u/sparklekitteh · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

Ours cleared up at about 2.5 months, but we had to take some action on it.

First, we rubbed his head down with olive oil, and let him lay with his head on a burp cloth for about 20 minutes. Then I combed things through with a very fine comb like this:

Then we hit the bathtub with warm water. We use a gentle newborn shampoo designed to help with cradle cap, and it hasn't caused any trouble with sensitive skin. We scrubbed a little with the brush, and combed again.

We did the olive oil treatment probably 2 or three times in the span of a week, and it took care of the worst of it. Since then, we do a bath 5 or 6 nights a week with just the shampoo, and that's kept it clear since.

u/2ndstartotheright · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

I am one of the "<1 baby has no wants, just needs" camp, although 1 is pretty arbitrary. I just can't imagine that an infant has the wherewithal to distinguish between the two ... yet.

I am so grateful to have a good sleeper, because I know if I were in your shoes, I would be a sleep-deprived zombie who spent the whole night with her finger in her kid's mouth.

The way I see it, he needs comfort and you need sleep. You've got to do what you can to balance those needs, or you'll go crazy and that's no good for him, either.

I've heard a number of folks say that by 6 months if a baby is at a good weight, there's no nutritional reason he should NEED to eat during the night, so he probably needs some help learning how to self soothe. My doula highly recommended this book over Ferber's CIO, largely because she knows I can't stand the thought--she says CIO totally works, too.

Good luck to you! So sorry you're having such a rough time.

u/grapejam · 8 pointsr/beyondthebump

We had a ton of success with the SwaddleMe Sleeper. The metal frame made me feel more comfortable with him being in the bed with us, it felt like it gave him some protection from stray pillows/blankets/people. We also made sure the the sheets and blankets were either down at our waist level or tucked them under the bassinet.
It was also really nice because he is a very long baby and he seemed way more comfortable in that then the actual bassinet.

u/NilesCraneSeattle · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Hi! We had similar issues and used the Love 2 Dream swaddle up transition Bag - it was a godsend! Love 2 Dream transition bag

Good luck 👍

u/Aphypoo · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

My guy is 10.5 months and is only JUST now verging on cutting his first two teeth. We eat everything that's soft enough. I give him cheese, soft breads (in very small pieces because they can stick to the roof of their mouths), teething wafers, yogurt bites, eggs, meats (as long as they're not too spicy, salty or covered in anything) - he's quite a fan of brisket. He eats chicken, beef, spaghetti, sausage, sweet potatoes, corn...

For mobile babies, carbohydrates are acceptable. It's fuel. In fact almost all fruits and many, many vegetables are pure carbohydrates. Cabbage, peas, beans, corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, just to name a few!

Full-fat yogurt is great too, cutting fruit into small pieces or even putting it into a little mesh teething thing like this is a great option.

u/Defensivesourdough · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

If I remember correctly, my baby was swaddled until about 7 months. Around 6 months I decided to move her into the Swaddle Up and took the first sleeve off within the first week. The second sleeve took another couple of weeks but we did eventually take it off.

We also just recently just went through the 8-10 month sleep regression and it was literally hell. She was up every 1-2 hours and sometimes would not fall back asleep for 3+ hours. In the middle of it, I decided to implement a strict routine (something that I had been reluctant to do earlier as I thought it would make it easier for her to be more flexible). This included a strict wake-up time and bed time (although we were pretty strict about the bed time beforehand) and scheduled naps. I think your baby is still a little young to begin sleep training, but I really don't think it's something you should be worried about. Unfortunately our generation of moms seems to be increasingly judgmental and the age of the internet has only helped that along. I cannot go on sites like Pinterest without seeing things like "Things you MUST do for your baby to sleep through the night!". Remember that every baby is different and you need to do what works for YOU. In terms of sleep training, that may include things like the Ferber method, the No-Cry method or the Cry it Out method, do what you think is right - not what people tell you you should/should not do. We tried all of these methods - and she still does not sleep through the night. The method that worked best for us was this one. As I said before, she still does not sleep through the night but things have greatly improved and it is certainly easier to get her back to sleep.

Sorry for the wall of text, I hope some of this was helpful. Try not to let people get into your head too much!

u/thirdjane · 7 pointsr/beyondthebump

My sister uses a play yard to fence off her living room. It can be connected to fully enclose an area, or spread out to block a wide doorway. If you straighten it out fully it loses a lot of the stability, but if you zig-zag it, it should be fairly secure.

This super long gate also has pretty good reviews.

u/myonlineidentity9090 · 8 pointsr/beyondthebump

As some of the others have chimed in, formula or breast milk is best at this age. About 4 months old I begin giving my son small spoonful taste of soup or puree or even a piece of something to chew on (like a pickle or lemon or apple etc) And it wasn't until 6 months that we really started once or twice a day giving him a small meal. You have to watch out though, because at this young, water is dangerous to their little bodies because their kidneys I just figuring out how to filter out all the extra water.

Good luck to you! I'm starting those little systems on something new is always difficult

EDIT: turns out that my source is often discredited and so here is another link to a study about babies and water intoxication

I realized that I didn't mention that we use those mesh net chewy things and stuck the snackers inside for him to gnaw on! It makes me look like a fool!

Thanks to all you parents for being ever vigilant to make sure others have the best information!

u/dustgirl · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

My top three picks would be the No Cry Sleep Solution, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and the Happiest Baby on the Block (I've seen the DVD, didn't read the book).

I also highly recommend the blog Parenting Science. I teach child development, and what the author writes is backed by recent research (citations included) so it isn't just one random person's thoughts but essentially a literature review of what to do for the best outcomes when it comes to infant sleep and behaviour. Oh, and definitely KellyMom if you're breastfeeding. :)

u/the-sassyfras · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Our daughter would wake herself up trying to get her hands out of the swaddle and up to her face so we tried the Swaddle Up. It's tight around her torso and her hands are up by her face but her startle reflex is subdued and her legs are loose like a halo sleep sack. First night she wore it ~6 weeks old she slept for 5 hours straight! We have since bought 2 more, a backup and a backup for our backup lol.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP Original, Gray, Medium, 13-18.5 lbs

u/snailien · 11 pointsr/beyondthebump

Kind of tangential, but for any bottle feeding moms-to-be that might be reading this, you don't have to mix bottles individually!

Dr. Brown's makes a cool formula mixing pitcher that is affordable and makes night-time bottles a breeze (I swear I don't work for them!). I make one 24oz pitcher in the afternoon, which lasts almost all day. All I have to do at night is pour 3-4oz in a bottle, and use hot tap water to warm it up for a minute or two. It saves a few steps.

Like others have said, there are benefits and drawbacks to both options. ;)

u/numbers_game · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Not sure what your living space is like but we have this and created a penned off area
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts

u/shadeofmyheart · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I recommend this one:

My 4 month old loves it because she doesn't have the dexterity to put something in her mouth directly yet (except her hands.. She LOVES to shove those in there). This one is great because she can just pull it towards her and something chewy will land in her mouth.

u/tacos4everalways · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Have you tried this? I'm using it to transition my LO from swaddling and it mostly helps when he's not FREAKING out:

It allows him to have his arms up like he likes to, but he cant scratch his face or pull at his paci, if anything it pushes it back in.
You could try one arm-in, one arm out, and see how she does.

We are also trying to give him a lovey to pull on/hold on when he's not swaddled/to self-soothe when we are not around/prepping to sleep train. We put the lovey in bed with us so it could smell like us. This might be weird but I am willing to try anything because I miss sleep.

also check out for more ideas/info.

Good luck!

u/CluckMcDuck · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

oball for sure. LO likes playing with that, and the plastic links

Those plus play gym and a few board books propped up = entertained for days.

Keep in mind that as kids grow, they see the same toys in completely different ways. So, although it seems boring to you - she might actually really enjoy things for a long time!

We did just get our 4/5mo LO a jumper. He's an early sitter/loves to stand assisted, so we thought it was time. We only use it for about 10-20 min at a time, but he LOVES it!

u/rnatho · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

I exclusively pumped for a year! My boy was born at 37 weeks and just wasn’t big enough to get a good latch, so I began pumping when his weight gain wasn’t where it should be. Here’s some tips that kept my sanity throughout that year.

  1. Join an exclusive pumpers support group. There are several very good ones on Facebook.
  2. Invest in a good pumping bra. This was my favorite.
    Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra, Patented, Pink, X-Small/Large
  3. Pump at the same intervals that you are feeding the babe. It will be exhausting in the beginning, but as you drop feedings, you will drop pumps and it will be more manageable.
  4. Sunflower lecithin is a miracle worker if you get a stubborn clog.

    You can do this! Best of luck!
u/pearlescence · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Baby prison. I got basically an indoor fence, set it up around get play rug. Best $90 spent. She practices pulling up and cruising on the bars, I get to do chores without worrying about her crawling around and putting things in her mouth.

This is the one I got:

Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts

u/Serifem · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

This one.

I'm pretty sure it's the most updated version of his book.

Not a silly question. :) I think in the book it said that 4 months is the earliest. 4 months is when I started to mildly introduce things like not being in the swing to fall asleep. Stuff like that. Mostly just to ease myself into the idea of it all.

I was also EBF and the book addresses how to manage it. The best part I found is that you gradually shift night time feedings. That way you aren't dealing with an upset baby AND engorgement.

u/UncertainlyOrdinary · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I honestly don't know anything about baby led weaning.
I just wanted to suggest this product-

You might already use it, but I thought I'd mention it just in case. :)

Edit: in case you haven't seen it before, you just pop the fruit or veggie into the mesh bag and snap it shut. You LO can hold on to it by themselves and chew away at it. They're happy and you dont have to worry about them choking on foods. :)

u/sanfranny · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

This was a great transitional swaddle for my LO: Love To Dream Swaddle Up Original

u/hemipenis · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Use this style to create a horseshoe around the stairs. This will allow the dog to safely jump over it.

Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Gate and Play Yard, White

u/Wadoowadoo · 8 pointsr/beyondthebump

Love to Dream Swaddle UP Original, Gray, Medium, 13-18.5 lbs

These are LEGIT. We got the ones where the arm pods zip off and it's just a blanket. Perfect for transitioning.

u/ChaniB · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

It's only recommended that babies use jumpers for max 15 minutes a day, so I wouldn't buy something that I could only use for that short amount of time. My baby is 5 months old and in the last month I bought the foam puzzle mat pieces that I can arrange on the floor and let her roll around. I propped up a cheap door mirror sideways on the wall so she can look at herself while rolling on the mat, and she loves to stare at herself and laugh. I also have a few different small toys for her. The favorite for the past few weeks has been this one:

u/exhaustedinor · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

Not so much to comment on the one side but more your mention of a free hand. I use this (sorry for the crappy link formatting): Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra, Pink, X-Small-Large

It works really well and I feel like one of those stock photo moms pumping and using my laptop at the same time.

u/cherobics · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

It's a book! The newborn one I mentioned is for younger babies, didn't see that your LO was almost 6 months, but she wrote one for older babies too! The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

u/charcuterie_bored · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

You could do a wearable blanket so she can move her arms like she likes.

Edit: another option could be this. My son isn't a huge swaddle fan cuz he really likes to put his hands up by his face and spread his legs and he sleeps pretty well with this.

u/akifyre24 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Replace it with a bar style. The ones that have holes end up being like a ladder.

[this is the play yard we use to block off our kitchen. the space is oddly shaped.](Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts

u/teresatt07 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We have a play pen since he started crawling, now he mostly holds the walls of the pen and stands there looking at me lol I am in there a lot. We got him a sit to stand toy he started playing on his tummy. Then sitting. Now he pulls himself to stand and I'm teaching him how to push it. I think it's a good investment and has a good assortment of activities.

u/Fibonacci_Sequence · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

Several companies make baby gates with pet doors, this might be a good option for you. I am something of a baby gate expert, as I have four dogs and baby gates have been a part of my life for many years, and I've had clients use these with elderly pets to great success. If the hole is still big enough to be of concern, you can make it smaller with some cardboard.

u/andthischeese · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Honestly I am pretty thrifty. But for the amount of time I spent pumping in the first 18 months, spending $25 on an actual hands free, strapless nursing bra was worth triple the price I paid. like this

u/_becca · 10 pointsr/beyondthebump

Can't recommend the Simple Wishes pumping bra enough. I just pull up my shirt, unclip or pull down whatever I have on as a bra or undershirt, and zip the bra on. It takes like ten seconds and allows me to get a ton of work done while pumping. It's around $30 and has held up really well for me. They sell the same one at Target (branded as Lansinoh) but it doesn't come with the extra extender thing included like the Amazon one does.

When my SIL had her baby a month after I had mine, she unexpectedly had to start exclusively pumping her first week PP, and I bent over backwards to deliver her one of these bras the day she started. That's how essential it is to me! She bought a second one the next day.

Aside from pumping bras, you could also consider Pumpin' Pals. They allow you to lean back when you're pumping instead of having to awkwardly hunch forward. I haven't tried them myself but I've heard good things.

u/andreablondie · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have six cats that vary from 6lbs to 20lbs. We needed gates that could let them into the areas they needed easily but keep the kiddo from, say, playing in the litter boxes that are in the office and bathroom. After much searching and struggling with standard tension gates that don't fit right in our house, we tried these and they are great. Easy to open & close 1 handed. All of the cats can fit through the opening (we had the doors cut off because they are going to be open all of the time anyway) and kiddo has only tried to go through once. I just put a wrap of duct tape at the top of the cat opening and all of the cats still fit through, but kiddo doesn't even try anymore. With the extenders, it even covers the awkward, wide opening between the our kitchen and dining room.

u/binderclips · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

My baby couldn't figure out the toys marketed as "teethers" (I feel like she just has a small mouth and they're sized for babies with much larger mouths?), but she really liked chewing on these Lots of Links. Plus they're useful to attach toys to strollers/carseats/etc. so it's worth it to have anyway.

Have you tried sizing up his pacifier? I think the Avent Soothies for instance are sized 0-3M, then 3M-6M, so maybe he's outgrown his paci size?

u/annerevenant · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

So my daughter is/was a swing sleeper, about a week or two before turning 5 months she suddenly stopped sleeping well in her swing so we moved her to the RnP and keep it on vibrate. We'd tried slowly lowering the swing speed, cold turkey, and the RnP before with no luck. Our swing is a Fisher Price cradle swing so the seat is similar to the RnP. We're trying to wean her off of vibrate and slowly get her used to sleeping on a flat surface. Sorry I don't have better advice but don't assume that you've done anything "wrong" by having her sleep in the swing. You're doing what works for you and your baby, if she sleeps better in the swing then you're doing it right. The crib might seem too open or big for her, you could try using something like this inside the crib to make her feel more secure.

u/Sdinesh21 · 11 pointsr/beyondthebump

Try this swaddle - Love To Dream Swaddle UP, Gray, Small, 7-13 lbs., Dramatically better sleep, Allow baby to sleep in their preferred arms up position for self-soothing, snug fit calms startle reflex

My daughter didn’t like any swaddles except this.

u/LunaFalls · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I have the Fisher Price lion walker. Here is the link:

My neighbors went outside with us almost every afternoon also and we all brought the walkers out. Our sons would always end up trading. Theirs was the Vtech one:

Her baby is older and was already walking but he always wanted to push one around since my son was doing that haha. I think the Vtech one was more entertaining and a bit taller. Anything works though, the babies just want to push it.

u/noxdracoria · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We just got one of these for our twins : Bright Starts Activity mat

We change it up a lot by adding different toys *pretty much any of their toys can be hooked onto the activity centre after getting a pack of toy links

At 6 months they still love it and are entertained by trying to unhook toys from the arches and I still change up the toys regularly so it doesn't get boring (though now they will pull a toy off and roll away and play with it vs just hanging out on the mat lol).

u/peacewithcylons · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Our son was a hardcore swaddle addict too. We used these once he started rolling:

It keeps their arms contained but leaves them up where they can still be used to maneuver a bit. The arm pods zip off, so you can transition with one arm out. With both arms open, it's just like a sleep sac but is still tight around the chest, giving the same feeling of being constrained without pinning down the arms. They worked really well for us.

u/stegosauruspancakes · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

You can still try it for sure. I read and followed the method in this book and would definitely recommend it. It mentioned babies and children much older than yours so I'm sure the pulling up/standing is not too much of an issue in the grand scheme of things.

u/MrsStephsasser · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

You could try a doubler. These work great for extra absorbency overnight:

Sposie Booster Pads Diaper Doublers, 30 Pads

You just stick them right in the diaper and they add to the absorbency of your diaper. Toss it in the morning along with the diaper. They're great for heavy wetters!

u/sxo88 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

This is all you need:

I boil water and keep it in a glass jar for when I need to make a new batch of formula. I use this mixer and make 32 oz (as much as it holds) and I'm set for the day. Thankfully my girl likes cold formula, so I don't even need to warm it. Just pour it in a bottle and I'm good.

u/wcuhatter89 · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

I second the bath! We bought this tub and started giving our LO a bath every night and I think it's helping her get the hang of a night time routine. She used to stay up past 11, but now she eats around 8, we give her a warm bath and she is dozing off at 9-something.

Also I recently bought The Wonder Weeks for my Kindle and it has helped me feel like I'm playing the right "games" with her. It tells you about what new changes are occurring when and what you can do at that time in baby's development.

u/notantisocial · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

So we bedshared. At first we bought a metal bassinet that sits on the bed, we bought at bye bye baby.

If you have something for the baby to eat, I highly recommend you ask your husband to take one over night and you sleep in another room. I would go from 9pm-5am. My husband did that for me anytime we felt like I was loosing it. He would do it on a Friday or Saturday night. I would usually not sleep that who time, I had to pump. But you will be amazed at how 5 hours of straight sleep feels. There are also post partum doulas you can hire.

My husband did overnights for me every 3-4 months.

u/TheHaggardSlug · 7 pointsr/beyondthebump

I currently have a 4 month old and she loves her exersaucer, crinkle books, oball, links, and the small Sophie. Depending, you may be able to get free books from the Imagination Library if you aren't already signed up!

u/baconandicecreamyum · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

This was what I was referring to: SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

And thanks! I wish you luck!

u/BigBlackHawks · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

Ideally you don’t want baby in the car seat for more than 2 hours at a time without taking a break.

For toys... get some new toys to introduce on the drive. Some ideas off the top of my head from that age are things that shake a make noise (you can put some dry rice in a sealed container and it makes a cheap shaker), touchy feely books like jellycat books like this or this, large silicone straws, multi textured balls, winkle toy

u/teenlinethisisnitro · 9 pointsr/beyondthebump

My son is 3 months old and formula fed. Just hand wash and dry the bottles between uses, and you'll be fine. We've never sterilized them or boiled water. And look into a Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher. It is an absolute lifesaver!

u/clgmae104 · 9 pointsr/beyondthebump

I've had this Infant Optics one for a year now and it's been great. The volume is pretty loud and the screen works well though it's not huge.

u/mbutterflye · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Here's a link to the one we have. My son loves mashed up frozen strawberries or bananas in it. The mesh adds some nice texture on the gums, too, like a washcloth (which he also loves).

u/amuhlou · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We introduced a couple toys and the play gym at that age. I attached extra toys to the play gym to keep things interesting. You will be surprised how fast the grasping happens!

Tummy time is something we did not do (LO had terrible reflux) that I wish we had. If you prop a mirror in front of baby they will probably like it a lot.

u/Beachwood45789 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We were given this one as a gift at our baby shower and I love it!

u/alibear123 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have the same configuration of house/floors. We use a gate like this, though without the pet door: Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Pet Gate with Small Pet Door, 37-Inches Wide Our son didn't seem much bigger than our cats when we got them and in thought he would just crawl through the pet door. You drill little cups into the walls on either side and then the posts that extend on either side can't slide away. It's very secure. We don't usually spend much time except for sleeping upstairs, so we only ever close the uppermost gate for short periods, like when we're getting ready in the morning, for bed, or doing chores while our son runs around, to keep from blocking our cats from the box/food, depending. The gate to the bottom floor is always closed but the cats don't go down there anyway.

ETA; one floor has a wooden banister/grate thing on one side instead of a plaster/solid wall, and the gate makes the whole thing sit at a bit of an angle, but doesn't seem to affect the safety.

u/StillNotMyName · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Yes! Sposie inserts inside Pampers work best for our heavy wetter.

u/JaneCharlotte · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We use the Infant Optics DXR-8 (link below). Very easy to set up, auto switches to night vision in low light and you can pan/tilt the camera remotely. It's been great so far.


u/WigglyBaby · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

cheerios? they soften up right away in the mouth and are fun for pincer grasping.

Or cut soft things like boiled potato or sweet potato ultra small -- so you know it is physically impossible for her to choke on them. If she gags then, I would just encourage her that she is learning to eat and swallow and that she will get it if she practices.

Could you freeze purees and put them in one of those mesh feeders, or put fruit on one of those?

u/rain41 · 18 pointsr/beyondthebump

I would return. They aren't safe or helpful for walking, plus it's huge and something that can only be used for a short amount of time. Instead get a push walker (this V-tech one is popular) and was actually recommended to us by a PT to help encourage walking indepedently.

u/gumbowitch · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

[this one](Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens

Two years and going strong. My sister had an expensive Motorola one and it blew out in less than a year. She got this one by my recommendation and loves it.

u/TashalovesSharks · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Like this?

If so nope! I'll add one to the list. I least like our LO will definitely walk before a year, or at least stand. She has very strong legs and can stand now at 2 mo by holding onto my hands. 😳

u/heymariehi · 14 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have the Infant Optics DXR-8. It comes with two lenses, has audio, and good display. It often shows images of a child who was just put down doing crazy stuff like waking up and moving wildly, and it often emits what seems to be a crying noise, but other than that, it's great! 😉

u/knitpixie · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

Mine will be 7 months old the day after Christmas and I'm asking for:

  • Sleepers in 12 and 18M
  • Board books
  • Walker - Not for walking really, more for the things on it.
  • Poppin Pals - A classic!
  • Stacking Cups
  • Textured Balls
  • Wooden Car

    My in-laws are getting us a convertible car seat. We are picking out the one we want and they're ordering it. Memberships would be good too! We have an aquarium close by that would be a good place to go when it's rotten outside. Which is pretty much all summer here!
u/mamaneedsvodka · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We did things like muffins and pasta with our leftover purées. We froze some fruit ones as cubes and put them in one of those little mesh feeder things for a nice little treat sometimes too.

u/fishonmyside · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

This banana teething toothbrush. It's available at babies r us and other local stores as well as Amazon. My LO had two teeth at 4 months and literally carried this banana everywhere. It just so happens to be super cute when she uses it plus it brushes her new teeth at the same time so that's a win-win! I couldn't have survived teething without it. LO is now 1yr and still looks for her "nanner" when her teeth are hurting!

My LO would never take frozen teethers or wooden or plastic she only preferred this soft silicone texture and it's tough to find! You may have to try a few textures before you find the right one.

u/DigTheWig · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Is this for the bottom of the stairs? You can DIY one with pvc pipes and fabric that will fit between the railings, seen here. There are also a super wide play yard by Regalo that you can set up in whatever configuration you want, and screw each end into the wall.

u/wheresmybump · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Water table is HUGE with my kiddo.


sit to stand

I could suggest more but hopefully that will kick start some ideas!

u/0runnergirl0 · 28 pointsr/beyondthebump

Oh wow!!

My son had cradle cap, too. In the bath, I would soap up his head first, and rinse it off last. Then, while still in the water, I'd use the Safety First Cradle Cap Brush to loosen up the dry skin, and then brush it out. Then, I would rinse his head again a few times with the bath water. It took a couple of baths, but it worked really well and it cleared up.

u/itsTHATgirl · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Try diaper booster pads maybe with an overnight diaper. I found these on amazon:

You are most likely already giving him a fresh diaper just before bed, how about changing him before you go to bed? This won't work if baby is a light sleeper, but maybe give it a try.

Edit: Just read something that recommended overnight diaper, diaper booster pad, kushies diaper wrap over top (

u/wild_fire987 · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

Like some other people have mentioned, I wasn't a fan of wifi enabled monitor. So I ended up with this one:

I like it so far, the range is good enough for us to go the neighbors house and still pick up the video and the monitor has a battery so we can take it around the house with us.

u/nurseatnight · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

This saved us. My little girl use to fight being swaddled nightly.
Love To Dream Swaddle UP- 50/50- Gray Stripe- Medium 13.2- 18.7 lbs

u/hapa79 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Do you have any kind of play space you can take him to? I remember that age as being particularly awful for the reasons you state; I think they just need a lot more stimulation and new stuff. I would take my daughter to some indoor play spaces that had infant/wobbler play areas; it gave her a chance to see new stuff and most of them also served coffee so it was a chance for me to get out and enjoy myself a little more.

Failing that, just take him out to new places: grocery store, zoo, the mall, etc. It will help YOU if you're not stuck in the house with him, and any novelty is good for them as well. FWIW, it got a little less awful once my daughter was walking (just before 11mo), but we still needed to get out and do things so no one got bored.

ETA: We didn't use it constantly because of some of the worries about walkers, but a toy like this can really help when they're in the almost-walking stage:

u/Cashew55 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Have you tried to swaddle with hands up? My first hated being swaddled too, with her arms in, and this one she liked and it kept her from waking herself up (she used to rub her face/eyes in her sleep then wake up). Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original, Swaddle Blanket 1.0 TOG, Small 3kg-6kg, Grey

u/briannalk · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Casper got a lot of teething relief from the mesh feeders filled with frozen fruit (, Think outside the melon -- Casper's favorite was bananas and mangos :).

u/MercyMay · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Mine is just six months old now, but she loves books with touchy-feely things, these plastic links/rings, and anything that crinkles. We're probably going to get her a wooden activity cube thing.

u/Nymeria2018 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

This v-tech walker has been awesome - okay, minus the songs... the songs are now featured in many of my nightmares.

u/UnderdevelopedFilm · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We have a pack and play with the newborn napper about 4 feet away from my side of the bed. When she wakes in the night and can't be settled back down, I put her in a co-sleeping basket next to me in bed so she can feel and smell me right next to her without me feeling like I'm going to smush. It helps, too, because I like to sleep under lots of blankets, so this makes sure she won't get caught under them.

u/spaketto · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I think other folks have some good ideas for the awkward space. Keep in mind, the older they get, the more they want to hang off/around the gate. We have wall-mounted ones and my kid always liked standing on them. We have one pressure mounted gate at the bottom of our stairs and it cannot handle the same level of abuse/climbing.

Someone else mentioned the Regalo 2-1. I have a metal version of this and it might be a good option for you to block off the stair area. This is the one I have - I use it as a play yard.

u/mcb5175 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Thanks for the info on the grooming kit - I'll look into other options. Did you return because the items looked low quality? is the tub I have.

I am getting the Medela pump, so I will look into the Medela bags - THANK YOU!

u/Redhotkcpepper · 4 pointsr/beyondthebump

I have a standing bassinet and a cosleeper that I use in the bedroom depending on how baby sleeps. I usually start her in the standing bassinet, if she sleeps through the night (5/7 nights) she stays in (obviously) but if she needs a quick feed she’ll usually just stay in bed/cosleeper with us. We also have a pack and play and two rock and plays on the first floor that get shifted around. She used to sleep in the bassinet portion of the PNP but now we just use that as a diaper station. She’s only two months old now so I’m sure she’ll get more use out of the bottom portion when she’s much older.

u/MrsToneZone · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We use this too, and found that my son likes the 50/50 version better so he can suck on his hands.
[Love to Dream 50/50 Sleep Positioner ](Love to Dream Infant Swaddle UP 50/50 Sleep Positioner, Gray, Medium/13-19 Pound

u/katekim717 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

This is the one I’m getting:

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens

I’m expecting number two and I’ve been doing research on baby monitors that can have two cameras, and have split screen, or dual monitoring. This one by FAR has the best reviews of any that I have looked at.

u/bebebey · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We bathe only once a week. We got this baby tub and love it! It's so simple (and cheap) and the hammock part is really comfy for baby (ours is about 2 months old too)

u/gotta_jibbooo · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We tried the Pampers baby dry and Target brand overnight diapers and my 18 month old was still leaking 3-5 times a week (he gets rashes from Huggies). So I bought sposie pads and put one inside of a regular Pampers Pure diaper and that has been the winner for us. The Pampers Pure don’t bother his skin and they seem to run a little big so they can fit a lot of pee!

u/TyrannosaurusWrex1 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We used this and a little olive oil. Worked scary well. Check out the reviews on Amazon; the pics are disgusting but it really shows how well it works.

Safety 1st Cradle Cap Brush and Comb

u/MrsSassyPickle · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

this one I thought worked well and the mesh sides made me less paranoid. Not super comfortable to nurse to sleep in but it's possible. Once my LO hit 3 or so months I felt comfortable enough having her sleep next to me and now get so much glorious sleep

u/dathyni · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

We had the little basket for the bed from Swaddle Me / Summer Infant. I liked it because I could easily take it downstairs and plop it on the coffee table and she'd nap there during the day for the first several weeks.

amazon link!

Edit - to add link and it looks like SwaddleMe and Summer Infant are ultimately the same? Either way. Only down side is no easy to way to get an extra sheet but it does dry very fast.

u/macdoobie_23 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

I'm going through a similar problem with my 8 month old. Just started sleeping through the night but now he wakes up pissed off because he's all wet.

I found these diaper pads that go in the diaper and ordered a pack. The reviews look good so I'm hopeful the will help, but I don't have any first hand experience with them yet.

Just wanted to give you another suggestion in case the bigger diaper doesn't work! For boys they suggest folding the pad in half with the two ends facing down, and placing it in the front of the diaper. For girls, you would place it unfolded in the diaper.

u/deceasedhusband · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I love bath time! What kind of tub are you using? I have one of those fancy Puj tubs but I hate it. This one is so much better. My newborn can sit in it securely enough that I can take my hands off of her for a second to get soap/wash cloth/towel prepped.

But really there is absolutely no reason to bathe a baby (or most adults for that matter) every single day. I love bath time and we still only do it 2-3 times a week.

u/splendyam · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Sounds a lot like my daughter! Once we tried one of these vs. a regular swaddler she started sleeping a lot better. She was still up a few times a night but it was a LOT less.

We started doing Ferber at 6 mos and didn't really follow through, because it is hard. Then tried it again around 8 months and she really took to it then. I feel like it's really hard to "sleep train" a baby under 6 months and I know it really sucks and seems never ending now but it does get better. We go through periods were she sleeps almost all through the night (maybe one wake up) and others where she wakes up 2-3 times but never really any more than that and it's usually due to teething or having a cold.

u/bettafishies1 · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

Pack n' play for older babies and toddlers or a portable bassinet/co-sleeper for infants are my go-tos.

Graco Pack 'n Play Playard [Nimble Nook] (

[Co-sleeper] (

u/treeshugmeback · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We have this one:

We use it at the top of our basement stairs so kitties can get to their litter boxes and baby is locked out. Sturdy and easy to operate.

u/Kayoobe · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

he loves it. now that hes walking for real he uses it mostly to chase the dog. so we've definitely gotten lots of use out of it.

u/closetofcorgis · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

I have this one:
I like the tall but supported mesh sides and washable mattress cover. However, little dude has literally never slept in it. He wakes up instantly when I set him down in almost anything. The only thing that has even sort of worked is the rock'n'play. Sometimes he'll stay asleep in that for 45 min- 1 hour.

u/InannasPocket · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

It was cheaper when we bought it, but we have this and really like it.

u/smartzie · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I loooved using a tub with an infant net. Something like this. Once she was big enough, we took out the net, but it made bathing a newborn so easy. I wasn't afraid I would drop her or drown her. I highly recommend something like that.

u/dandanmichaelis · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We actually bought this one to go around our brick fireplace. It’s adjustable and huge and works great to block space.

u/motion_blur · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We use these diaper pads inside an Up&Up overnight diaper. Kid used to wake up with wet jammies/sheets every morning; now the pad+diaper contains everything. I like these particular pads because they don't have adhesive or a plastic backing, so when the pad is full, the pee just soaks straight through to the actual diaper itself.

u/Bmorehon · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

we started feeding cereal at 4 months, but started with a little in his bottle each night to get his tummy used to it. Then when he started teething, I put some frozen fruit into [these things(] and let him go to town. I think 5 months was when we started purees and it does take a while for them to figure out what to do with their tongue. Gagging is normal, choking is not. Watch a video and read some articles on how to know the difference, it will help you feel better about it. Keep following your gut but don't be too afraid.

u/catfishin · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

I'm going to chime in to advise against this since it would be a safe sleep hazard the same way crib bumpers and stuffed animals are. Even if baby seems like he isn't mobile enough, the deaths do happen which is why the guidelines exist. Not to mention that you never know exactly when baby will become mobile enough to roll over and get stuck.

ETA: What about one of these style cosleepers? This one is only $32.

u/TogetherInABookSea · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We had the same thing happen around 13 months. It involved molars and was miserable. You don't use tooth paste until around 3 years old, at least, according to our pediatrician and google. We use this toothbrush. Kiddo loves it. We brush her teeth every night before bed. Then we either give her a clean binkie, or wipe off her current one with a butt wipe.

u/booksexual · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Our little guy ended up self soothing by sucking his thumb, but I had bought this book and was enjoying the ideas in it. it’s just another method to try other than crying it out. It offers solutions for co-sleeping parents.

u/k_tiara_von_lobster · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Does he like sleeping with his arms up? The Swaddle Up was a lifesaver for us. At six weeks you're likely just starting the second wonder week, which was the worst for us. Thankfully at 9 weeks old her fussiness and colicky fits disappeared.

u/bitterred · 4 pointsr/beyondthebump

This thing and this thing. The walking thing has a bunch of stuff on the front that's good even if she's just sitting.

u/sariejanemitt · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

Sposie Booster Pads Diaper Doublers, 30 Pads - for Overnight Diaper Leaks (No Adhesive for Easy repositioning)

u/canadamiranda · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

I have quite a few mom friends who are struggling with breaking the swaddle, a couple of them are using this and have been saying positive things: it's called a swaddle up and apparently it really helps with the startle reflex and it still holds them snug but gets them used to having their arms in a different position.

u/brainpicnic · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Are you looking for something for bedsharing? Something like this?

u/redlagoon · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

I've been using the baby banana toothbrush on my guy: He's teething so he likes having something to chew on anyway, and he really seems to like how the rubbery bristles feel on his gums.

u/mawema · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

This one worked for us - convertible from tiny baby to little baby to unstable kiddo who wants to sit up.

The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub, Teal

u/klarky7 · 9 pointsr/beyondthebump

We actually got this gate Pet Gate before we had our baby. We got it to stop our puppy from eating the cat food (which gave her diarrhea) and also to keep her from trying to eat cat turds. I used some masking tape on the little door connected to the opening so that it's not wide open, just open enough for the cats to get through. Wide open it would swing and seemed dangerous for our ankles! Cats happy, dog can't get to bad things and now it's absolutely perfect with our baby. She can't get through the opening and can't get to the bad stuff either!!

u/pickled--peppers · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I used [Sposie Booster Pads Diaper Doublers] ( You might also consider [waterproof pads] ( under a blanket that can be easily swapped in the middle of the night.

u/Wesa · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

If she'll sit calmly in a high chair, you could try the mesh fruit bag thingies (these things) with some frozen fruit chunks in it. That helped my little girl.

u/cinder8887 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We started at 4 months and, while we did try some purees, she prefers chomping on those mesh feeding bags. She loves mango and avocado but we've also put banana in them. The handle is big enough for her to hold and I don't have to worry about her choking.

Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder

u/tarheelteacher · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We use this to mix formula. No bubbles, and you can make multiple bottles at once. It was a game changer for us. Well worth the $11!

u/wicksa · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

What about those mesh teethers you can fill with frozen fruit or frozen breastmilk/formula, or even just crushed ice?

Also, my kid doesn't like those big frozen teething rings but she likes this little rubber sophie the giraffe, and this banana toothbrush. On bad nights I give her tylenol before bed. I also rub her gums sometimes with my finger, which she likes.

u/littledinos · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

I don't have a ton of toys, but my baby loves this thing:

He also really digs his exersaucer/jumperoo (similar to this, but you can pick one up at a yard sale for like $15 or less:, which has different toys all around the rim and allows him to jump up and down endlessly. He hated his swing, is meh on the bouncer seat, but has a ball in this.

u/stupidshitthrowawayz · 4 pointsr/beyondthebump

I am so sorry. That sounds so incredibly hard. I completely understand. My son (a year next week!) is also not the best sleeper (I’m talking up for 3 hours needs to be bounced on a yoga ball in the carrier for hours kind of shit).

BUT, it’s been sooooo much better for the last month or so. This is what helped us;

-The No Cry Sleep Solution

-Doing something everyday, in the morning. It’s a mix of playschool, the daycare at the gym, playgroup, grandparents. Basically, he needs something stimulating every morning.

-Moving to one nap, in the afternoons.

-A solid and long night routine (for us: dinner, bath, pjs, play, move to a dim room, books, boob, massage, sometimes boob again, then sleep— which comes in the form of me laying with him while he flops around a while).

I don’t know if it’s something you can do with a toddler as well, but, we have found that our guy needs about an hour between the start of books until he’s wound down enough to sleep.

u/greenbeantime · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

This could be it. My 12 week old started wanting to put everything in his mouth about a week or two ago. He's only just now able to hold things in his hands and get them to his mouth himself, but before he could do that, he would try to suck on his clothes if they came too close to his mouth, or my shoulder, or my fingers. Anything. I think it's developmentally normal at this time to just start putting everything in the mouth.

If she wants to chew and not suck, you might try a baby banana Probably not good after she has teeth, but my little guy loves gumming on it and can hold the handles himself.

u/Alpacalypsenoww · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

I ordered this one on Amazon. Just ordered it now so I can’t say much about its quality or anything.

u/batswantsababy · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We have one of these mesh feeders, and we like to put an ice cube in it when my daughter is teething (or even when she's cranky for no discernible reason-somehow it helps!).

She doesn't seem to really like other teethers, but that will calm her and she'll chew and suck on it until it's gone.

u/not-just-a-dog-mom · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We wanted to avoid buying too much stuff so our registry was pretty sparse. We did end up buying a lot once she arrived and we understood better what kinds of stuff we actually needed.

SwaddleMe Sleeper which we used as a safe sleeping surface on our sofa when she was sleeping a lot in the beginning. We'd also set it down on the dining room table or a desk in the basement sometimes.

Boppy Newborn Lounger which is where we set her for playtime most of the time because she doesn't want to be on her back for very long.

Portable noise machine (you can use your phone but you'll kill your battery)

Bottle drying rack (grass one by Boon)

Some other random things that are so useful: a tablet and bluetooth headphones for the nursery, amazon echo dot which can be used to intercom across the house and to control some smart light bulbs in the nursery or track baby stuff in Hatch Baby, comfy recliner.

u/Sunbrewed · 9 pointsr/beyondthebump

If your kiddo doesn't yet care about bottle temp. Dr. Brown's pitchers are worth their weight in gold.

We make 2-3 pitchers once per day for my twins and then throw them in the fridge. We just pour and go when it's time for a bottle.

u/LadyStarbuck1 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We used baby shampoo daily (baby girl has a ton of hair), and I used the Safety 1st Cradle Cap Brush and Comb

Massage the shampoo in, use the brush, rinse, the comb out the flakes. Cleared up in about 2 weeks. We’ve still got some patches but nothing major.

u/BabyCalebsMommy · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We have a bath tub, but our 15 month old son still hasn't had a bath in it. We started with this infant tub and when he got too big for that we got this duck inflatable tub. My son is in the 99th percentile for height and still fits in it, so if you have an average baby you could use it for a while.

u/Roserie · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Cats will just jump over but they do make gates with a small pet door at the bottom. Check here

u/HipposRDangerous · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

Crinkle toys, Rock a Stack Rings, Nuby Teething Blanket, This Rattle, and This rings have gotten the most use between my twins. The rings have been a hit since day one.

u/tizzleface · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

I bought the Dr. Brown’s formula mixer pitcher and it’s been a life saver! I’ve never heated up bottles for my LO and he doesn’t seem to mind at all.