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What Baby Needs

We have a new baby in the house! And this time, A GIRL!

We are overjoyed and have been in a baby bubble for the last three weeks. (We are halfway through our Forty Days at home!) My older boys, who are now 7 and 4, have been amazing helpers. I did not know what to expect, but I definitely have not had any behavioral issues with them even though this has been such a giant adjustment.

what baby needs

My 4 year old slept in the crook of my arm his entire life until 2 days before his sister arrived, and he has taken to his new bed beautifully. I think he was ready, he just needed a reason to move out of our room. But there have been a few tears. My 7 year old told me yesterday- 3 weeks after the baby was born- that he really missed me when I was in the hospital. And my 4 year old has some trouble falling asleep at night and comes and finds me and tells me that he can’t sleep because he can’t stop thinking about me.

So the tears have mostly been mine.

I remember a friend saying when he had a 2nd child that he felt like he’d gone through a breakup with his first. And that is a good way to describe it- that unique bond is different now- though still beautiful, it has changed. I didn’t realize I would have the same emotions when welcoming a third child into our lives, but I do. My four year old grew three sizes before my eyes the day he walked into the hospital to meet his little sister.

One book that we read over and over again while waiting for the baby was “What Baby Needs ” by Dr. Sears.

This book helped my younger son prepare for what was about to happen, with great suggestions for parents also. I love it because it shows the baby being breastfed and held in a sling, and sleeping in a co-sleeper which is the way we parent.

More Reasons To Avoid OTC Drugs

There has been even more news lately about the danger of giving children Tylenol. It is tied to asthma when given in the first year of life, and new studies show that teens who regularly take acetaminophen were more than twice as likely to have asthma and allergies. Combined with the recalls and unknown long term side effects of these drugs, I plan to avoid them altogether.

But what’s a parent to do?

Use natural remedies to reduce teething pain and fever in infants and toddlers.
I’ve written about many natural teething remedies- click here and here for a list of posts.

Many trusted pediatricians concur that fever is the body’s way of creating an inhospitable environment for viruses and bacteria- thus fighting off these illnesses. Most say to let a fever run its course, but do things to keep your baby comfortable.  (Please note- this is for older babies only: we were told by our pediatrician that in babies under 6 weeks old, a fever of 100.5 or higher warrants a trip to the emergency room!)

Of course you never want to let a fever get dangerously high- here are links to some great information on causes of fever, as well as the best way to treat them and when to call the doctor:

Dr. Feder

Dr. Sears

Dr. Greene