Diary of a Stay at Home Mom: Tips for new moms and a Playtex giveaway

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tips for new moms and a Playtex giveaway

New parents are filled with joy and excitement upon bringing home their newborn, yet this time can also be overwhelming. To help address the anxiety that new moms face during this time, Playtex partnered with Dr. Laura Jana, a renowned pediatrician and co-author of the award-winning, newly released second edition of the book, Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality. Here, Dr. Jana provides some simple tips to help new parents adjust to parenthood and the important role they play in feeding their newborns.

Go with the Flow with the Feedings: Getting babies to follow some semblance of a feeding schedule is subject of great interest to many parents of newborns. It helps to remember that not everyone eats the same thing, in the same amount, at the same time, day in and day out--and babies are no exception! Prepare for a reasonable amount of variation in the amount your baby eats as you establish a routine with your baby. Focus your attention on making sure that your newborn is waking up every few hours to feed and is getting enough to eat to gain weight and grow as expected.

Babies, Bubbles and Burping:  Gas, colicky symptoms and spit-up are some of the most common feeding challenges new moms face. If you find yourself faced with a gassy baby, try burping your baby halfway through the feeding as well as after. Also try to reduce the amount of air your baby swallows while feeding by responding to your baby’s cues that he’s hungry before he really starts crying to keep him from swallowing extra air. To further reduce colicky symptoms, gas and spit-up, consider using a bottle that doesn’t interfere with an infant’s natural suck, swallow and breathing patterns or cause the baby to swallow extra air. A bottle system like Playtex® Drop-Ins® that allows babies to suck more naturally and without extra air -similar to how they would when breastfeeding - can help make the bottle feeding experience smoother and less likely to cause gas, colic and spit up.

Prevent Nipple Confusion:  While most new parents have heard of (and often dread) the words “nipple confusion,” many are not actually clear on what nipple confusion really is. Simply put, some babies adjust to the use of an artificial nipple better than others. For those babies who will be going back and forth between the breast and the bottle, the potential “confusion” between sucking the two types of nipples can pose a bit of a problem. Look for a bottle with a nipple that allows for age-appropriate flow and is designed to more closely resemble the breast – helping babies avoid any unnecessary confusion and thus facilitating a much smoother transition to successful bottle-feeding.

Moms on the Go: If you know you’re going back to work or traveling, try introducing the bottle several weeks before, so you can address any challenges in advance. Experiment with different bottles and nipples until you find the one that works best for you and your baby. Using a bottle that allows your baby to continue using a natural sucking motion typically makes it that much easier to switch between bottle and breastfeeding.

Decrease Stress:  A new baby and a significant dose of sleep-deprivation is understandably enough to make new parenthood seem a bit overwhelming. To help manage this stress, accept any and all offers of help when it comes to cooking, cleaning, and otherwise maintaining some semblance of order in your new daily routines and don’t be afraid to ask rather than waiting for an offer. The support of a hands-on spouse or family member is important, and for babies who are bottle-fed, simply having someone else take over a single feeding can also afford you a longer uninterrupted stretch of sleep or a couple of very valuable hours in which to feel more caught up and in control.

Think Outside the House: There is a lot of advice out there about taking your newborn out of the house with you. While planning your day around your newborn’s anticipated feeding schedule may not always go as planned, it is worth a try. You may increase your odds of success by venturing out just after your baby’s just nursed or taken a bottle, has a clean diaper, and is content. In addition, going out for errands during off-hours or in less crowded places is also a good idea as you and your newborn get the hang of heading out of the house together.
Go Pro: Your pediatrician, a lactation consultant, or other health professionals can all serve as valuable expert resources as you go through many firsts with your new baby. When it comes to new parenthood, there’s no such thing as a stupid question, and every pediatrician wants to help make feeding your baby, along with all of the other daily activities of parenthood, successful and enjoyable.

For more helpful information on caring for your new baby from Dr. Jana and Playtex, check out her book, Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality and visit http://www.playtexbaby.com/

Playtex has graciously offered to send one of my readers Playtex Drop-Ins bottles.  All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment with your email address
Giveaway will end at midnight Dec 28th and a winner will be chosen via random.org and emailed.  Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!


Lisa said...

I found you through Follow Me Wednesday. I'm now following.


Shannon said...

I would love to win! I have a baby due in Feb!

(I also follow your blog via GFC)

Kait said...

I have a newborn that is just transitioning now to bottles!


-Kait (follow via GFC)

belgd said...

begd at live dot com

paulasue said...

Please consider me for this giveaway, I have tried my son on several different kinds of bottles, but he still suffers with the colic. I would really like to try these, to see if they will make a difference. Thank you and Happy Holidays! Paula C. paulasue39@yahoo.com

Molly said...

Hi Agnes, thanks for posting, I am following you on Google Friend Connect and a email subscriber. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hope I win! Great Gift For My Baby Boy! Molly Bussler meoleme(at)yahoo.com

Heather Lyons said...

I have been wanting to try Playtex, for my baby, I would like to be givin a chance to win. Thanks, Heather Lyons littlejs_mommy@yahoo.com

Oclarke said...

Nice review and giveaway, I have been trying to win a set of Playtex bottles since August, I guess I will see If my luck has changed lol thanks for the post. Oneta Clarke oneta.clarke@yahoo.com

deanna said...

crossing my fingers
deannalw47 @ hotmail.com

Irene said...

I gave birth to my first baby in September, and I have heard wonderful reviews about playtex products, I would really like to win them, so I can see if they are what my baby likes. Irene Logan at logani36@yahoo.com

Traci66 said...

I would love to win these for my new grand daughter
ozzykelley1 at yahoo dot com

Quin B. said...

O I would love to win this for my sister, she is expecting her first baby in March and she doesn't have any bottles yet, and I would like for her to try Playtex first. Happy Holidays to you and your lovely family! Quin B. quin_batesATyahooDOTcom

Anonymous said...

Hi, I was told about this giveaway and thought that I would enter, since it is for Playtex. I have been a playtex buyer for years! All the best, Zarina zarina_jones@yahoo.com

eek031880@hotmail.com said...

I would love to win this for our new baby-to-be!


Mommyof3 said...

As I write this, Im stiiting on a hospital bed after giving birth to my 9lb 1oz baby girl Natalia. I need this help because I left from being in an abusive reltionship (physically and mentally) and Im left to manage somehow on my own my two toddlers and now newborn,,,and I came across your giveaway, wow does everything happen for a reason? I only can hope so for her sake. Natalia still does need bottles ;( Well I wish for the best. Thankyou

briannabeers at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

This would be a blessing for my cousin, she is having a baby in the next few months. Hope you have a grea newyear. Terri Reed at cactusjackslay@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have a new baby, she is 2 months old and she needs bottles, and these would be great! Thanks a lot for hosting this giveaway! Misty my email is: mistylane41@yahoo.com

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