Newborns

Help and advice for parents of new babies 0 to 3 months old, including feeding, newborn sleep patterns, bathing and diapering.

Baby boy name suggestions!

My husband and I are fully Mexican but speak more English. Our families mostly speak Spanish so we need something that sounds good both in Spanish and English. I’m due first week of May 😊

Cluster feeding and up all night

My son is 2 weeks old and sleeps great during the day but at 12am it’s a whole new ball park! He wants to constantly nurse and falls asleep on me. Once he lays down he gets up again and we repeat the process. We try rocking and offering the pacifier but he doesn’t really like the pacifier either (probably because my two year old tries to shove it in his mouth). My family (hubby and daughter)is... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Mar 04

    So first of all, most babies are born with this opposite schedule. During the day mom was moving and more or less rocking baby to sleep all day, you lay down at night, and bam! Time to play! So a lot this is just transition from womb to real world. The best things you can do are creating routines for sleep time and keeping the room dark. Unfortunately the rest just takes time (and repetition) ... More

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Mar 04

Leaving the house with a newborn

Curious to hear at which point have you all ventured out of the house with a newborn. Would you suggest at 1 month or after the first shots at 2 months? And where would you go to get out of the house for a bit. It is scary with the measles and flu outbreak so I’m pretty much glued to the house right now.

  • Allison
    Mar 08

    Wear baby! Less likely that others will touch him/her. My first ventures were to the local grocery store and I kept her in her car seat but there was this one employee who would touch her every time! She meant well and I would never say anything but I worried. She was fine though! Didn’t get her first cold until 9 months old (and at daycare since 4 months old). Made me realize how resilient the... More

  • Alexis
    Mar 08

    I left the house a few days after my daughter was born. We went to the mall. Its definitely nerve wrecking at first for me. Knowing there's tones of people and she was still a newborn. She slept the whole time we were there. I was surprised. The environment wasn't to different from being at home because she was still a calm and relaxed baby.

Anonymous posted in Newborns Feb 28

POLL- pregnancy with toddler or newborn and toddler

What do people feel is harder: Exhausted, bloated from pregnancy with a toddler OR Toddler and Newborn? Which is the less of 2 evils :-p

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    I'm a SAHM, still pregnant with a toddler, and that is going fine. I am fearful of when the baby's popped out. Then I'll be juggling a toddler AND infant! I should remind the hubby that HE'S in charge of grocery shopping from now on!

  • Lynn
    Thursday

    When the baby first comes, your husband isn’t only in charge of groceries, he should be in charge of the toddler too. Everything because you’ll be busy eith the baby and recoverying.

Anonymous posted in Newborns Feb 20

Adjusting to 2 kids and TERRIFIED

I’m 26 weeks pregnant with #2 and already freaking out! The kiddos will be 21 months apart (I never planned to have kids this close in age). My daughter is such a pleasure I’m terrified about #2. I’m kinda freaking out about the adjustment of having 2 kids and could really use some ENCOURAGING words or advice in making the adjustment. Everything I read is horrifying 😫

  • antigrav_kids
    Feb 22

    The first two kids here are 20 months apart. The second and third are 27 months apart. They have a blast with each other! It's really nice that they always have someone to hangout with, and enjoy playing with each other. Each kid is more work, but they help with each other over time, and each one is different and lots of fun. My partner and I share in everything, so that helps a lot. I had ... More

  • Jessica
    Feb 22

    Our two girls are 27 months apart and some days are harder but the hard parts are mostly just taking longer to get things done or get out of the house. Our second is way easier than the first and I am so much more relaxed about it since I now kind of know what to expect (as opposed to everything being so new). Our youngest is now 3 months and watching the two begin to interact together has been... More

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Feb 18

Caring for a newborn and toddler

Please shine some light for me. I seem to be losing it wondering how I’ll be able to take care of a toddler and a newborn. I’m exhausted. Does it get better, and when? I’ve seen other moms do this effortlessly. And I am amazed, and baffled. Tell me how to make this work.

  • Lkffy
    Feb 21

    It DOES get easier, and FAST! I struggled for the first year after #2 was born (Also had a 1.5 yr old). But then things got so much easier after the first birthday! Not only did the nighttime sleeping get a lot better around that time, but now they are old enough to play together, they can eat the same things, and generally are less demanding (currently 3 & almost 2). Hang in there. I start... More

  • Erica
    Mar 15

    OMG I remember those days. It gets easier, just take naps when you can and remember you can’t do everything. I struggled with #2 and #1 was 1.5 yr old. Currently have a newborn with a 6 and 7 yr old and would be a complete zombie if it weren’t for my mom. Hang it there!!

Anonymous posted in Newborns Feb 11

Best friend chose the same baby name - what would you do?

I’m 7 months pregnant and my best friend just had her baby girl. i had been trying to get a hint from her about the name or even letter she was thinking about but she went to the hospital with three potential names and didn’t decide until her baby was born. We just found out she chose the same name as us and we’re heartbroken. The name we chose is in honor of both my grandmother and great gran... More

  • Angela
    Feb 21

    Make it the baby's middle name. If it's a popular name (my issue with Evelyn...darn it!) then she will prob go by her first name (or some derivative of it), but if it turns out it was just a coincidence, then you can always call her by her middle name.

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    I named my daughter Gracie, after my grandmother. All through school, she complained that NOBODY has a name like hers Now, she appreciates having a different name.

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Feb 07

Constantly stressed about newborn catching something

A friend of mines newborn caught the RSV virus. And it has been awful for the little one. Now I have a newborn and I am constantly stressed of her catching it from visitors. First of all, I don’t allow visitors. But immediate family do insist. I make sure they wash there hands, sanitize, etc. Although, they get really offended about my approach. Also, with a toddler that attends daycare- I mak... More

  • Cris
    Feb 15

    Nope! It is pretty scary, while they are so little and fragile. But don’t worry you will all be fine!

  • Tiana
    Feb 19

    I was super stressed about this during pregnancy, but once baby came I needed to get out. I was vigilant about hand washing and others holding the baby, but I wore him which made it easier to fend off random fingers and touchy hands. I was unapologetic in my approach of, “nope, he’s ok here. No, you may not hold him”

Ryan posted in Newborns Jan 27

Suggestions for getting baby to sleep in bassinet

Does anyone have any suggestions for getting two week old to sleep in her bassinet? For the past week, our little one has only slept for a short time in her bassinet before waking up and crying. In contrast, she relaxes comfortably in the mamaRoo swing. Any suggestions to make the bassinet more comfortable? We have tried a shusher device and different lighting, but so far these methods have ... More

  • Marisa
    Jan 27

    Try a rock-n-play. My first daughter didn’t like it, she preferred a swing. But my second daughter loved it. It has a setting to rock for 30 minutes or 6 hours. And it keeps them on an incline while they sleep.

  • LaVona
    Jan 27

    I use my boppy. It sort of nestled him in so he feels like he is still being held. It has worked for both of my sons.

Terah posted in Newborns Jan 13

Introducing 1 yr old to baby

My brother and sister-in-law are having a baby boy in July and my daughter will be 1 year old in June. How have you guys introduced newborns to cousins/siblings? How long did you wait before introducing?

  • Amanda
    Jan 13

    My husbands cousin just had their baby before new year and we introduced my son, 16 months at the time, once they arrived home. At first he didn’t even care. He just looked at him and walked away but once I held the baby it was a different story. He didn’t cry but kept wanting to me to pick him up and asking for me. Once we left he was fine just wanted a few extra cuddles.

  • Tara
    Jan 14

    My daughter was 1.2 years when she met her newborn baby brother, and **knock on wood** things have been great (so far). She initially wanted to poke and prod him, but I’d gently take her hand and show her how to stroke (on herself, on me and then baby), and say: gentle, gentle (or equivalent). She picked that up quickly. Then I also prepped her by talking to her, pretty much as soon as I knew I... More

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Jan 12

Milk coming out of nose and spitting up via mouth

My newborn baby is a week old and whenever we feed her, burp her for 15 minutes and put her down she spits up milk through her mouth and nose. How can I resolve this issue? What are good remedies, or over the counter medicines for this? The doctor recommended burping the baby very well, using a cool mist, and do not put the heater on in the room. Thanks!

  • Kim
    Jan 13

    My little is the same way. I try to keep him upright for at least 20 mins after feeding. Their little tummies are very underdeveloped at this age and spitting up is normal. My doc had me go dairy free for a month and it didn’t help. Now gluten free diet and he is much better.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 13

    I remember my baby doing this, if it’s not bothering her I wouldn’t worry about it. She might be over eating

Natalí posted in Flying Jan 04

Traveling with a three month old by airplane

Have anyone traveled by airplane with a baby at this age before? What did you do to make the baby calm!? My baby drink milk at the bottle, She never liked breastfeeding. I will have a international travel (24hs) with my three month old for the first time and I don’t know what can I do for don’t disturb the people around with her cries. And I don’t know how she will be going.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 05

    I’ve traveled with my son once a month since he was born! 1-5 months was the easiest for sure. I’d just do my best to keep him up as long as possible before the flight and 4/5 flights he slept the entire way! Check the car seat and stroller and just wear baby in a carrier, it’s much easier through airport and security. Bring a change of clothes for you and baby and give bottle or passy on take... More

  • Ady
    Jan 05

    I just travelled with my 6 mnth baby...You don't need to worry...just feed her when she is hungry... babies generally sleep in flight becoz of the motion.So enjoy ur travel.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Dec 26

Breastfeeding and sleep patterns

I want to breastfeed past 1y but I want my baby to be able to sleep throughout the night without waking up to nurse. She’s only 3m old now and nurses to sleep about 75% of the time. Mainly because I want her to go to sleep full and sleep longer (wakes up between 1-3 at night to nurse anywhere from 5-20 minutes and goes right back to sleep) Any moms see any correlation to breastfeeding and sleep... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Dec 26

    Honestly it’s unique to the baby and the parent. Some babies sleep through the night at 3 months and stay like that. Most have regressions and struggle sleeping through the night up until age two or later. If you do some sort of modified cry it out when she is older, she won’t need to nurse through during the night. They nurse mostly for comfort after a year at night (like for teething) but you... More

  • Emily
    Dec 26

    I personally wouldn’t do anything to change her nighttime feedings until she’s at least 1 yo. Babies/toddlers who are cuddled often and breastfed on demand are more secure and therefore more independent. There is research to back this up! It’s a good sign that she is going right back to sleep when she wakes to eat. It could be helpful to not allow her to be latched for a long time after she fal... More

Help me out mommas-- is your LO on probiotics?

Have any of you mamas given ur LO probiotics? My babygirl is going on 6 wks & was 6 wks early (so she spent 3 wks in NICU) so they put her on neosure formula with iron. At the hospital the whole 3 wks she didnt have barely any gas but was on the readymade neosure formula but since shes been home (almost 3 wks) i had to get the powdered formula with my WIC which has been SUPER rough on her t... More

  • Jean
    Dec 17, 2018

    We use the Gerber probiotic drops occasionally (mostly when he is on antibiotics). When he was younger we found the gas drops made him worse and drowsy. Bicycle legs and try windi by fridababy. Our guy was on the neosure for a little while too before we switched to total comfort. It does take them a little while to adjust. The neosure did help him put on some much needed weight. Hang in ther... More

Breast feeding

Am i alone in thinking my baby demands too much boob? I guess i could not be producing enough but i stay hydrated and eat at least three times a day!!! Just seems like he latches on for a whole hour now!!! Crazy lol.

  • Jessica
    Dec 14, 2018

    Thanks for the advice! He doesn't spit up much so I think it might be a possibility of pacifying, he is 2mo and I can get five hours sleep out of him usually once in the day and once at night which is good.

  • Tara
    Dec 14, 2018

    Could be comfort, growth spurt, ‘making an order for tomorrow’s meal’ (as my midwife used to say!)/ meaning: supply on demand etc. I read novels upon novels by the time my second was 7 months... he then took to solids, and his boob obsession calmed down. I didn’t follow the ‘food before one is just for fun’ school of thought or maybe he is just a happy eater, so he still breastfed but ate in eq... More

3weeks baby with a lot gas pain. What can we do?

  • Christie
    Dec 12, 2018

    Remember that baby's intestinal tract is still developing and all babies have some gas at first. If you're breastfeeding, try altering your diet. I also gave in with my second baby and used gas drops and they worked pretty well. :)

  • Chelsea
    Dec 19, 2018

    Try baby massage!

NICU mama

I had my second baby in the same year that i had my first born. My son decided to come really early I had him at 23 weeks. He is in the NICU and I’m praying he makes it out alive. He is truly a fighter tho and I truly admire my son for being such a strong guy during the hardest part of his life right now so mama also has to be strong for my little guy. Anyone else in this situation as well ?

  • Priscilla
    Nov 24, 2018

    Even though my younger son wasn’t born nearly as early, I can empathize with you as a fellow preemie/NICU mom. Yes, it will likely be one of the toughest experiences you will ever have in life, and most likely a crazy, emotional rollercoaster where things change by the hour. Plenty of tears and disappointment but also encouragement and hope. Remember to take care of yourself, whatever that migh... More

  • Alysha
    Nov 25, 2018

    My 27 week niece is turning 10 years old this year! She is a little on the small side but beyond that just fine. Yes there were a hard first 3 years. I live with my brother and took care of my niece and nephew for a while. at a little over a year she was Markef not to thrive and was on oxygen and had to have a Mickey button installed. So I was side tube feeding my niece. but days kept going fo... More

Hyperactive during night feeding

Anyone experience their baby acting hyper active during or after an early (1 am-5am) feeding? My partner & I just had twins (3 months old) and the only way to calm one of them is breast feeding her after her feed. SN: I do offer extra breast milk in her bottle but she doesn’t take and cries for her moms teet (milk boob). Since I am back at work, Early mornings is my only shift to help my p... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 13, 2018

    Agree with pacifier! If she doesn’t like the one she has, try a different type!

  • Xris
    Nov 13, 2018

    Yes we have 4 different kinds and they don’t care for any.

Anonymous posted in Newborns Nov 12, 2018

Only sleeps on my chest

My five week old baby only sleeps on my chest. He’s still eating every 2-3 hours so he naps on my chest in between feedings all day and night. Loves tummy time though and has even fallen asleep on his stomach (I didn’t leave his side, nobody panic). I love the snuggles and how peaceful he is, but would also like to be able to get up and eat... or use the bathroom or change a load of laundry! We... More

  • Bex
    Nov 13, 2018

    In the same boat with my 6wk old, I’ve put him in the swing again and again and he would only last 5-10 min but slowly he’s gotten more used to it and will last longer in there. At night my little sleeps on my chest to fall asleep then I slowly place him in the dockatot next to me in bed and he fusses for a while but he will usually eventually fall asleep! Do what works for you, don’t worry a... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 16, 2018

    Thank you ALL for your tips and kind words! We’re still chest sleeping but he’s at least allowing me to put him down for a little while when he’s awake now. Thanks again!

Krabbe disease

Newborn son was just tested for this disease and it came back with him having 2 markers. The doctor then said could be false positive and needed to get blood work done. Now waiting for results. Has anybody dealt with this before or currently? What should I expect or be doing as I wait.

  • Christy
    Nov 05, 2018

    I have zero advice for you.... I had never heard of this disease before and found myself curiously researching it. I found this: https://www.huntershope.org I hope it might help you as it was founded by parents who's child had the same disease.

  • Ashley
    Nov 14, 2018

    I am so sorry ❤️ praying for your family. Krabbe Disease is very rare. It’s a nervous system disorder passed down by genes. This is a lack to create a substance that surrounds your nerve fibers. Without the protection brain cells become nonexistent and nerves will begin to not work properly. Symptoms in babies are feeding issues, fevers, vomiting, irritability or excessive crying, poor movement... More

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