MONDAY MYTH ~ Bonding With Your Sweet One After Birth

If you don’t hold/nurse baby in the first few hours after delivery, you won’t bond adequately. That’s a myth, mom. If you had a rough delivery, perhaps a c-section, your new bundle of joy may be sent to the nursery while you are given time to rest. Maybe baby was having breathing problems at birth and needed to spend some time in the nursery. Being separated for a while is not detrimental to the mother/child bonding process.

According to parenting expert Debra Gilbert Rosenberg, this is one of the many myths that suggest that there is only one chance to do things right as a mother. “Although research has shown that the first few hours of a baby’s life are important, your relationship with your baby lasts a lifetime,” Rosenberg says.

The majority of women begin to feel the bond of motherhood before baby is even born. Experiencing the tiny kicks and seeing the profile of your child on a sonogram picture creates a bond…a love between a mother and her unborn child. You may not have even considered this, but it’s true. That bond begins when you learn you are pregnant.

A loving relationship over the child’s lifetime will more than make up for those missing few hours or even days or weeks of separation.

Monday Mayhem ~ Does Baby Have Colic?

Colic, which affects up to roughly 20 percent of U.S. babies, usually occurs in the first few months of life.

If a physical problem can be found, the condition is usually not considered colic. Gastric reflux and protein allergies are among conditions that can cause digestive upsets and crying spells in babies, and are often mistakenly called colic.

That may explain why some remedies thought to ease digestive problems may not work in babies with true colic, including alternative treatments containing fennel, herbal teas and probiotics.

Alternative remedies are not tested and approved by the federal government, and the purity and amounts of their ingredients are not always verified. Parents should always check with their pediatricians if they plan to give their children any type of alternative treatment.

It’s important as a mother to a colicky baby, to take a “time out” every now and then. Ask a friend to sit with baby while you run errands or simply read a book at a local coffee shop. Moms need to recharge themselves often when dealing with an unhappy infant. Keep in mind though that your sweet child will eventually outgrow these crying spells. Relax and ask for help when you need it.

Thursdays Thoughts…Poetry For Baby

Come back into the fold 
of my protective wings.
Let not your spirit be restless,
For you are here with me.
I will always be 
your one on which to lean, 
your rock, your number one fan.
Fear not child 
to speak your mind.
Undo the wrongs of the day,
And together we’ll make them right.
Speak of heartaches, 
so that they may be subdued.
Share your joys, 
so that they may be my joys too.
Always know that I am with you,
For you are my precious gift 
from God.
I will always love you,
And keep you safe from life’s hardships.
I will cushion your bumps,
And tend to your scrapes.
I will guide you tenderly;
Your brilliant eyes 
will always be my sun;
Share with me your heart,
And I with you.
~ Elizabeth Pillari

TOP TEN TUESDAY ~ Top 20 Baby Names for 2012

       Boy Girl

1) Liam Emma
2) Aiden Sophia
3) Noah Olivia
4) Jacob Ava
5) Jackson Isabella
6) Lucas Mia
7) Jayden Harper
8) Ethan Abigail
9) William Ella 
10) James Sofia
11) Mason Charlotte
12) Andrew Madison
13) Elijah Chloe
14) Caleb Elizabeth
15) Tyler Avery
16) Ryan Lily
17) Jack Natalie
18) Benjamin Layla
19) Matthew Amelia
20) Gavin Sophie