Adding another baby to your family can be one a wonderful gift for your first child; they get a new friend to play with when they are young and, hopefully, a lifelong companion who will be there as they grow. However, having a second child, while caring for your first toddler, requires careful planning.
People say that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful – and that is absolutely true! Moms often feel incredibly close to their babies physically, emotionally and psychologically during the time they breastfeed. Breastfeeding creates a feeling of bonding and protectiveness for the little one, and is the easiest, healthiest way to nourish a baby since it is a powerhouse of nutrients and is always ready whenever the baby is hungry.
I know you are in the middle of a wonderful dream, enjoying a sunny vacation with daddy on an exotic island and yes, that seems to be me in your dream, perfectly silent, wearing some totally spotless designer outfit. I am swinging quietly in a white baby hammock floating gently over a beautiful lush tropical garden. It is so quiet mommy – where is everyone? Oh wait, the dream has just changed to you are shoe shopping in a place with rows and rows of rainbow coloured sandals and friendly shoe men that all look like George Clooney. How odd, for some reason I am nowhere to be seen in this dream.
I know that sometimes you might have felt left out of the pregnancy experience, since so much of it was going on in my body. And, now that we decided that I am going to be a breastfeeding mom, it may feel like there is another important process that you need to watch from the side-lines. The truth is, now that I’m a mother, you have never been more important to me!
One of the fun-yet-occasionally-frustrating aspects of being a new parent is shopping for baby gear. Every trip to the store unveils new, previously unknown things to buy, as companies have created thousands of things that you absolutely “need” to properly keep your baby comfortable and nourished and stimulated. How can such a tiny little person need such a long list of stuff?
You have a beautiful new baby and the holiday season is a time to share your joy with family and friends. The holidays are a special time of year but they can also be a source of stress – the pressures as a breastfeeding mom during the holidays will be different depending on how many kids you have and their ages, and your overall travel plans and family visits.
One of the biggest preoccupations for new moms and dads is trying to figure out how to get a baby to sleep through the night. Sleep deprivation is consistently mentioned by the moms and dads in the Medela Facebook Community of almost 10,000 people as the number one concern. Lack of sleep is debilitating. It creates emotional tension that leads to intense stress, disorientation, and problems with memory, and concentration. Let’s face it, you just can’t function. The experts say that if you get 4 or 5 nights of broken sleep you are at risk of being sleep deprived. The reality for most new parents is being sleep deprived for 4 or 5 weeks – or even months!
If you want to buy a toy as a gift, it is a good idea to have a better-informed conversation with the parents when deciding what to buy. It’s important to make sure your gift is age-appropriate. Different stages of the child’s development are best suited to certain types of toys.
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be stressful, especially if you’re a new mom travelling with a young baby for the first time. When other travellers are tired and under pressure and trying to get home for the holidays, patience can sometimes run short. Families with young children might feel a little less tolerated when dealing with the often unpredictable ups and downs of caring for babies.