So now that I’ve changed the name of the blog to entrepreMusings, how do I fit in baby tips? I have a lot of readers who search for baby tips and kid stuff so it will be interesting to see if that changes over time. I’m still shocked that my top viewed posts are on planning my son’s Transformer themed birthday party having close to 1,000 combined views already! There has been only one post that had more views in a single day than those two posts and that was the one I did on Oprah and Obama, but it was only the top post for one day. Go figure!
Since I am babbling about business, babies, and parenthood, those of you who come here to read my posts on entrepreneurship/business but do not have babies, please forward this post to your friends and family who do have babies. For those who have babies and are in business, these tips might be right up your alley. If you have babies and have no interest in business, then send it on to the folks you know in business and encourage them to have a baby. As you know, it will change their lives!
We were blessed with two kids who were pretty good spitter uppers…our son more so than our daughter. If scary, eerie music had started playing in our house when they spit up, I would have been looking for a nearby exorcist.
Both of our kids also had ear infections and our daughter more so than our son (or maybe she just got them back-to-back…my memory is starting to fade on that particular torture). Of course our parents swore we never had ear infections growing up yet the doctor’s told us ear infections had a strong genetic tie. Anyhoo, I digress. I’ll do a tip on ear infections in the future. Here are some ideas that we tried that may help you bring down the amount of new baby spit-up a notch in your house:
- I’m sure you have all heard this before but try very hard to get baby to BURP after each feeding and even during a feeding. If you are breastfeeding, feed on one side then burp him, then feed on the other. If you are bottle feeding feed them a little, burp them, feed them some more, burp them, etc., etc. The biggest cause of spitting up is a gas bubble in your baby’s tummy.
- Feed your baby while he is sitting upright. Keep him upright for 20 or so minutes after feeding as well. This will help keep his stomach elongated and reduce the amount of potential gas bubbles.
- Sometimes baby just has a mild digestive issue (warning: consult your doctor please) and if so putting some acidophilus (the stuff that’s in yogurt) in her bottle or on the breast might ease a bit of her issues.
- You can try gas drops like Mylicon (generic brands at Target, Walgreen’s, etc. are significantly cheaper and have the exact same ingredients) but we found that we gave the drops to them more because the action of doing so made us feel useful, but honestly it didn’t seem to do much other than that. It just gave us another discussion item regarding ‘why just spent money on something that didn’t work but at the same time made us feel useful.‘
- Check out the information at Medline Plus (they have pictures) and kellymom for more detailed information and other ideas on how to address spitting up and reflux in a baby.
For those of you who don’t have babies or have not had kids yet, just be glad I did not include any pictures of babies spitting up…it’s not a pretty sight.
Note to new readers: these tips are based on our experiences, as well as those of our friends and readers. Please always consult with your doctor before implementing any tip that might impact the health of your baby. If you have a tip you’d like to submit please send an email to babblesoft blogger for possible inclusion. Please check the ‘baby tips’ category to make sure your tip (in some form or fashion) hasn’t already been posted. If it has been, feel free to comment on that post and support the tip. We also welcome respectful challenges to the tips because as is noted in our inaugural baby tip ‘everything is relative!’ We will, of course, give anyone who submits a tip we publish credit and a link back to their site!Author: Aruni | Filed under: baby care, baby tips | Comments Off