Can Goat’s Milk Help Toddlers with Sensitive Tummies?

As a mum, you naturally want the best for your child when it comes to care and nutrition. So, it can be devastating when you find that, despite your best intentions, your baby is not coping with certain food stuffs or has a bad reaction after feeding.

Of course, breast milk provides all the natural vitamins and minerals that your little one needs to develop their body and mind and provide immunity. But it is not always possible for mums to provide (all of) the milk needed, which is when many mums supplement or replace feeds with formula. But what if your child reacts badly to cow’s milk formula?

 

How do you know if your toddler needs to change to goat’s milk?

For some toddlers, cow’s milk can prove hard to digest and can cause mild to moderate symptoms such as colic, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, chronic congestion, recurrent ear infections, and eczema when they first start drinking it.

If you recognise some of these symptoms, you may want to consider switching to goat’s milk formula which may assist with relieving many of these common concerns.

Baby drinking goat's milk

 

Some of the main benefits of goat’s milk

As well as often being gentler on your toddler’s stomach and easy to digest, goat’s milk also offers the following benefits:

  • Naturally high in Prebiotic Oli’s, these prebiotics are proven to assist the growth of beneficial bacteria and reduce the incidence of pathogens like E. coli
  • High in phospholipids, a fat that assists with brain development
  • Naturally high in many essential vitamins and minerals including
    • Vitamin A for vision and sight
    • Magnesium for development and growth
    • Vitamin C for development and growth
    • Calcium for teeth and bones

But what about the taste?

Some mums may be concerned about switching to goat’s milk as they associate goat’s milk with the strong smell and taste of goat’s cheese. However, most goat’s milk formula has a clean, and natural taste. It also smells very natural unlike many cow milk formulas Experts recommend transitioning your little one gradually over a period of a week rather than in one go, so they can get used to the new product and you can monitor any changes. Here are some tips for transitioning your toddler to goat’s milk.

Mum holding baby drinking goat's milk

 

Why choose Oli6?

Oli6® is a dairy goat formula that has been developed in direct response from talking to Australian mums who are looking for products that are as natural as possible to help their little ones’ growth and development. Oli6 toddler formula has a high percentage of goat milk solids, which makes it naturally rich in many essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as other beneficial substances like prebiotic oligosaccharides, or Oli’s for short, which assist with gut health and digestion.

As well as providing formula that meets all of Australia’s stringent health and food safety guidelines, you can take advantage of security of supply and a wide range of resources for parents who are considering switching to goat’s milk formula. Handy trial sachets, advice on how and when to introduce the new formula, and much more can all be found on the website to help you make the switch and know that everything you are providing for your toddler is designed to help his or her welfare.

Oli6 goat's milk logo

Want to find out more about the benefits of goat’s milk for your toddler’s tummy? Then take a look at the Oli6, where you can find a lot of information about the various formula products on offer.

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Good News! Going Pure for Baby Just Got Easier

This post is sponsored by Pampers.

This post is sponsored by Pampers at Sam’s Club. Is there anything better than brand new baby skin? I remember holding my son those first few days, even months, and just staring in amazement at its incredible smoothness. It was unbelievably soft, completely unblemished,and just…pure.

I almost laugh now as I think back to that newborn stage because my now very active boy finds more and more ways to bruise and scrape that perfect little body every day. And though I know I can’t protect him from every external injury, I do everything I can to provide the best when it comes to what I can control, like diapers and wipes.

No mama is going to raise her hand and admit she loves the idea of using chemicals and other unnatural materials on their babies’ precious skin, and that’s where the new Pampers Pure diapers and wipes come into play. Both the diapers and wipes are completely free of parabens, alcohol, disperse dyes, chlorine bleaching, and fragrances. Plus, they’re enhanced with real cotton (grown right here in the U.S.) for the ultimate in softness and made with recycled materials and responsible energy sources.

And as if those things weren’t enough, they’ve made the diapers adorable with modern and unique printed designs. Total cherry on top of the 12-hour leak protection, flexible stretch, and convenient wetness indicators that Pampers already promises those sweet baby cheeks.

One of the things I love about the Pampers Pure Aqua Wipes is that I feel perfectly safe using them on my son’s hands and face, which is a constant necessity these days. And with his busy little fingers wanting to play with everything I have my hands on, I have no worries if he gets ahold of them and they inevitably find their way to his mouth.

As if the deal couldn’t get better, Pampers Pure Protection Diapers and Pure Aqua Wipes are available at Sam’s Club in packages that are 14% bigger than at other retailers, which means serious savings on top of everything else.

Ultimately, all any of us wants is to do what’s best for our kids, and I think the new Pampers Pure Collection is proving they feel just the same way.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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15 Refreshingly Different Baby Shower Games

Baby shower games can make or break your party. Whether you love them or hate them, a baby shower game is essential to break the ice and keep guests entertained. Check out these fifteen refreshingly different baby shower game ideas and have fun planning your next baby shower!

Refreshing baby shower game ideas, printables and more so you can plan the best baby shower! Baby shower games for women, men and couples.

BEST BABY SHOWER GAMES FOR EVERYONE

The key to a successful baby shower game is to know your crowd. You’ve got cute baby shower cupcakes and the diaper cake has been made, now how do you keep the party upbeat and engaging? Choose baby shower games that induce (pun intended!) laughter and keep the crowd on their feet.

What if your guests don’t really know each other and you want to avoid awkward silences? Use icebreaker baby shower games so your guests get to know one another. Or, perhaps your group is more interested in baby shower craft activities over the traditional baby shower game. Whether you are hosting a baby shower for women, men or couples, these refreshing baby shower games will make your next baby shower a hit!

15 REFRESHING BABY SHOWER GAMES

1. TINKLE IN THE POTTY
This baby shower game looks hilarious! Guests first put an inflated balloon under their shirt and then put a ping pong ball between their knees. The idea is to waddle to a pot or jar and drop the ping pong ball into it. If you have ever been pregnant and had to use the restroom in the middle of the night, you get the idea behind this game!

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Get the party rolling with this hilarious Tinkle in the Potty game.

 

2. DIAPER THE BABY-BLINDFOLDED!
Have guests try to diaper a baby doll while wearing a blindfold. Up the ante by swapping out the doll for a balloon. Add a safety pin and the party will be popping!

 

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Nothing could be funnier than trying to diaper a doll blindfolded!

3. DON’T SAY BABY
This is a great icebreaker game to get your baby shower going. Guests try to catch other guests saying the taboo word. Change it up by swapping out the word “baby” for “cute” or “adorable.”

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Don’t say “baby” in this funny baby shower game of taboo words.

 

4. WISHES FOR BABY
Guests can write the new baby messages to cherish in this sweet activity. Have guests share their wishes and later collect the cards to make a keepsake for the new parents and baby.

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Get this beautiful Wishes for Baby Printable Baby Shower Game here.

 

5. WHO’S WATCHING BABY
This baby shower game is a variation of trying to catch someone not paying attention. The guest that collects the most orphaned babies by the end of the shower wins.

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Catch your guests off guard with Who’s Watching the Baby?

 

6. BABY’S FIRST PORTRAIT
Give your guests a blank piece of paper and have them draw the baby, using their forehead as a hard surface. The mom-to-be is sure to get a kick out of watching her friends try to draw her bundle of joy.

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Baby’s First Portrait is sure to bring out the laughter!

 

7. GUESS THE BABY
Have guests bring a baby picture of themselves or use photos of famous babies for this baby shower game.  Guests will have fun reminiscing with this game!

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Aren’t they adorable? Guess who the baby is in the picture.

 

8. MOMMY OR DADDY?
Compile a list of things that the mom and dad-to-be have done or said. Read them aloud as guests “vote” for who they think the phrase is referring to. The more obscure the clue the better!

 MOMMY OR DADDY? - Refreshing baby shower game ideas, printables and more so you can plan the best baby shower! Baby shower games for women, men and couples.

Mommy or Daddy is sure to be a hit at your baby shower!

 

9. CELEBRITY BABY NAMES
Who wouldn’t get a laugh at some celebrity baby names? See how many names your guests can match correctly to the baby’s famous parents.

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The Celebrity Baby Name Game will start some interesting discussions!

 

10. BABY SCRAMBLE
Make a list of baby related items and scramble the letters. The first person to unscramble all the words wins!

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Find out which guest knows their baby stuff in this word scramble game. Photo by Brian Leahy Photography.

 

11. BABY ANIMAL NAMES
Do you know what a baby kangaroo is called?  The first person to fill out this list with the most correct answers wins this baby shower game.

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Find out what a baby alligator is called with this fun baby animal name game!

 

12. DIAPER MESSAGES
This is a great way to give the new mom some funny encouragement during those late night diaper changes. 

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Have guests write funny midnight diaper messages for the new parents.

 

13. DIAPER RAFFLE
The mom-to-be will love this one! Include a ticket to enter the raffle in your invitation. The cost to enter? A box of diapers! When guests arrive, they bring their diapers and enter the raffle. The winner goes home with a great prize and the mom-to-be goes home with a mountain of diapers.

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One lucky guest will come with a box of diapers, but leave with the grand prize in the diaper raffle game!

 

14. ONESIE OR BIB DECORATING
Another wonderful baby shower activity is to decorate a onesie or bib for the new baby. Set up a station where baby shower guests can get creative. If you think your guests would really like activities like this, check out my article 7 BABY SHOWER CRAFT IDEAS FOR PARTY GUESTS for similar ideas.

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Set up a onesie or bib decorating station like this one for your guests.

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Have guests sign a onesie for a cute keepsake baby gift!

 

15. BABY’S FIRST BOOK
Simply provide guests with a blank coloring page and art supplies and let them get creative. The result is a beautiful one of a kind keepsake book for the baby.

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Guests can make an adorable first book for baby with this activity.

 

 

HAVE FUN WITH THESE BABY SHOWER GAMES AND MORE!

These fun baby shower games are sure to keep your guests happy and entertained at your next baby shower. Games are just one element of a successful baby shower. Be sure to check out my cute BABY PACIFIER CUPCAKES! They’re the perfect treat to enjoy after playing baby shower games.

Baby Shower Party Ideas and how to make adorable Baby Pacifier Cupcakes. Fun Baby Shower Game Ideas and More!

Want to learn how to make a diaper cake?

Get the tutorial –> HERE

How to make a Baby Shower Diaper Cake. Simple step-by-step craft tutorial. Perfect for a party or baby gift. Fun Baby Shower Game Ideas and More!

10 Creative Diaper Cakes

Creative Diaper Cakes! Cute DIY Baby Shower Party Ideas. Love these cute ideas for gifts and table centerpieces. Fun Baby Shower Game Ideas and More!

 

Sweet & Sassy Baby Shower Free Printables

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The Basics of Love Show and Tell

This post is sponsored by Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all the same. (See the end of this post for info on how you can score a $10 eGift Card when you spend $50 on eligible products at Sam’s Club!)

I find myself telling my son I love him approximately 854 times a day. I can’t stop myself! I’m overwhelmed with the thought every time I look at his handsome little face, as I’m certain every mother is at the sight of their own children. But I found myself getting philosophical as Valentine’s Day approaches, and it struck me how much more important it is to show our love than simply verbalize it.

Don’t get me wrong—it’s amazing to say and hear those infamous three words. But if talk isn’t backed up by continual action, what good is it really?

It got me thinking how I can sincerely show my son I love him this month, and every day of the year, for that matter. Honestly, it comes down to the very basics.

  1. I nourish his body and mind the best way I know how. Preparing healthy food and snuggling up for a good book (or 6) are awesome ways to help him know he is loved more than quick convenience or that endless mommy-do list I’ve got lying around.
  2. I keep him safe from real physical and emotional harm, while still fostering opportunities for him to learn and grow.
  3. I provide clean clothes and great diapers to make sure he has the foundations for good hygiene and health from the very start.

I have a few requirements when it comes to diapering, since I know that particular form of love expression is going to occur several times a day for years. I need comfort and cleanliness for the baby, and a little practicality for me. Pampers Swaddlers have that soft interior every newborn needs against their skin, plus the wetness indicator strip—which I personally believe is the great invention of all time, particularly in those first few weeks when everyone is so concerned with exact amounts of babies’ input and…output.

Then as baby gets older and more mobile, Pampers provides the stretch and fit needed with their Cruisers line. And, though I tried my genetic best to pass on my wildly insensitive skin to my son, he got his daddy’s cherubic (and dry) glow, so Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes are the answer to irritant-free changes every time.

Definitely keep telling your littles you love them, but show them, too. You can also show yourself a little love by stocking up on your favorite Pampers products at Sam’s Club (where you know you’re buying those V-day chocolates in bulk anyway) and automatically get $8 off the purchase of two Pampers products, and a $10 eGift Card when you spend $50 on eligible products (Pampers included!).

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Win Free Cord Blood Banking

This post has been sponsored by CBR®.

Preserving your baby’s stem cells is an amazing opportunity for your family, where you can save your baby’s stem cells at birth so that they may be available and potentially help them take advantage of future health treatments.

The umbilical cord, which has nourished your baby for nine months, also contains powerful stem cells. These stem cells can be found in the small amount of blood that is in the umbilical cord after you give birth. By saving and banking that cord blood, you can save those stem cells for potential use in future medical treatments.

Want a chance to win FREE CORD BLOOD BANKING from CBR®?

Just enter below to participate in CBR’s weekly sweepstakes. The cord blood banking package is valued at $1,650 and winners are drawn weekly by CBR.

Want to know more about Cord Blood Banking? Click here to read 5 Things You Need to Know About Cord Blood Before You Deliver Your Baby. 

 

Want to know more? Visit www.cordblood.com to get more details and information about how cord blood and stem cells are being used.

5 Things You Need to Know About Cord Blood Before You Deliver Your Baby Sponsored by CBR®

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cord Blood Registry. 

Never has there been a time in my life when I was as full of questions as I was when I was pregnant. Even on my second go-round, I was still the lady showing up to my doctor’s appointment with a page of scribbled questions.

Pregnancy is such a whirlwind of discovery and planning! Even if this isn’t your first time heading into the delivery room—sure, you’re coming in more informed, probably a lot less nervous, and with a far lighter hospital bag—but there are still so many things to learn and know before you deliver.

Every parent wants a safe delivery and healthy baby, and during both of my pregnancies I was laser-focused on these goals. But I’ve learned that there’s a really AMAZING opportunity right after birth that could make a difference in a family’s future.

Have you heard of CBR®?

Think of it like starting a savings account for your child at birth, only in this case it’s a HEALTH savings account that may potentially benefit someone in your immediate family for future health treatments.

Here are five things you need to know about cord blood banking so you can talk to your doctor and decide if this option is right for your family.

Cord Blood Contains Stem Cells
The umbilical cord, which has nourished your baby for nine months, also contains powerful stem cells. These stem cells can be found in the small amount of blood that is in the umbilical cord after you give birth. By saving and banking that cord blood, you can save those stem cells for potential use in future medical treatments.

Stem Cells Are Superheroes
And newborn stem cells are extra special! These stem cells have the ability to become the different cells of the blood and immune system that one day could potentially act like a person’s own repair kit! Today this type of stem cell is used in transplant medicine in the treatment of over 80 conditions, including leukemia, lymphoma, and some immune disorders.

This is a BIG Moment
The delivery room is a magical time of “firsts” with your baby, and in some cases “onlys.” This is a big moment, and only in the delivery room can your baby’s newborn cord blood be retrieved and saved. There’s no risk or pain for you or your baby. And it can be done for both vaginal and c-section births.

BYOK
BYOK stands for “Bring your own kit.” If you decide that CBR is right for your family, you’ll be packing your cord blood kit in your hospital bag right alongside all of the other carefully chosen items to welcome your little one into the world. You’ll just need to register with CBR beforehand so they can send you a kit. As with any part of your birth plan, you’ll want to talk to your doctor before you arrive in the delivery room so you can discuss the plan together.

You Get Back to Snuggling, CBR Takes Care of the Rest
The folks at the CBR will keep your precious cargo safe, and you’ll stay informed. You’ll be notified when your baby’s stem cells are safe and sound and how to retrieve them in the future if a need arises.

Want to know more? Visit www.cordblood.com to get more details and information about how cord blood and stem cells are being used.

You can enter to win FREE cord blood preservation from CBR HERE.

Life After Birth: 5 Ways to Take Care Of Yourself

Check out part one and part two of our series of frequently asked questions on postpartum mood disorders. We are offering an exclusive discount to Today’s Mama’s readers. Enter code HMHBLOVESTM to take $40 off a lifetime membership to our program. In our two-part series on postpartum mental health, we mentioned the idea of upping your self-care game if you have the baby blues. (Please note: the baby blues is not a postpartum mood disorder. Read our previous posts for a clear explanation and check out this post about baby blues vs. postpartum depression.) Self-care is often neglected during the blur of new motherhood, so we hope these fun ideas will tempt you to treat yourself and indulge in some much deserved YOU time.

Enjoy Some Water Therapy

Budget: Ask your partner, a friend, family member or sitter to take your little(s) for an hour of uninterrupted time. Fill up your tub and add your favorite bubbles, oils, or salts (we love these Ancient Minerals bath salts). Light a candle, and turn on your favorite Pandora station loud enough to cancel out any potential baby/toddler noises. Make sure to lock the door, so your zen isn’t interrupted.

Splurge: Consider checking out a float tank (get approval from your provider first!) in your area. Float tanks (sometimes called sensory deprivation tanks) are large, light- and sound-free chambers concentrated with Epsom salt so your body floats to the surface. It can be used as a tool for stress and pain management. If you don’t have any float tank companies in your area, consider getting a day pass to a local spa that has a hot tub. Either way, you’ll still get some deep relaxation and restorative time alone.

Find A Supportive Community

We were designed to mother in communities. Reaching out for help is life skill that you can start practicing today! Sometimes a good laugh or venting session with a friend can help do the trick. Other times, you may need a more experienced professional to step in.

Budget:  Set up a babysitting swap with another mama friend. You watch her kid(s) while she enjoys some alone time, and next time she’ll watch yours. Don’t have any close mama friends? Ask anyone you trust to watch your little(s) and you can “repay” them with a coffee or have them over for dinner once you’re feeling up to it. Don’t want to be alone? Strap the baby in the stroller, grab a friend, go for a walk, and allow yourself an hour to just vent on how freaking hard motherhood is. Once you’re done releasing, discuss ways you can troubleshoot the difficult situations. Need professional support? Check out Postpartum Support International’s free, live “Chats With an Expert” which are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals. You can also see if your insurance covers visits to health professionals, such as a behavioral health and marriage and family therapists.

Splurge: Hire a personal trainer, registered dietitian (this may be covered by your insurance), life coach, or business coach who can offer you personalized strategies to reach your unique goals, whatever they may be.

Streamline Your Beauty Routine

I mean, you’re absolutely stunning without makeup, but sometimes it just feels nice to spend a few minutes brushing your hair and taking care of your skin. Take some time to figure out a quick beauty routine that works for you. If you know you can breeze through your beauty routine in under 10 minutes with products you love to use, you’ll probably make regular time to do so.

Budget: We all have that one friend who has fantastic hair and makeup. Ask her if she’d come over to take a look at your makeup drawer and help you figure out which products to keep; which products to toss; which products to invest in; and how to organize everything. She’ll be honored to share her tips with you, and you’ll get some girlfriend time in!

Splurge: Consider going to a local Ulta or department store make-up counter and have them give you a quick make-over. You’ll likely have to purchase a product and/or pay a small fee for the service, but it can be a fun, new way to recreate your style. Ask for a simple routine to keep it reasonable! Or, you can try Beautycounter’s 5-Minute Face Kit. You could also go to a nice salon and get a great new haircut. Ask the stylist for some tips for fabulous, low-maintenance style!

Channel Your Inner Bookworm

I’m talking fiction — dramatic, juicy, “I can’t put it down” books. I’m NOT talking sleep training books and the other millions of baby books that make you doubt your mama instincts. Pick a new favorite tome and find some time to read each week.

Budget: Head to your library and find something that will take your mind off of mom-ing for awhile. You may be able to time it just right to join the library’s mommy and me group while you’re there! Or, you could also borrow a book from a friend, family member, or neighbor who has similar interests. Consider joining a book club. You might be able to find a local one on Meetup, or you can join an online book club on Instagram, like Belletrist, Book Bento, or RWBookClub.

Splurge: Consider getting a Kindle or Audible membership to keep your personal library fresh with new options.

Get Help with Grocery Shopping and Food Prep

Budget:  Consider a time-saving grocery service, like Instacart. Some popular local grocery stores also offer this service, and Amazon Prime Now delivers groceries in specific areas. You could also host a  weekly meal swap with your neighbors/community, where you each make a few batches of your favorite meal. Then you can “trade” batches of your meal for other meals so you get a variety of meals throughout the week, with less work and prep time.

Splurge: Let meal-delivery companies do the cooking for you! There are plenty of Whole30 Approved options out there. If cooking relaxes you, but you’d like help with some of the prep work, consider a service like SunBasket. Maybe meal planning gets you down. In that case, a subscription to RealPlans might be the ticket. It will save you tons of time planning and you’ll find delicious, new recipes to keep your meals exciting.

Bonus ideas from our HMHB Community:

“Tiara time” Dedicate at least 5-minutes to yourself.  You can designate this time by literally putting on a toy tiara, or by sitting in a certain spot in your house. When your partner or (older) kids see that, they’ll know that you need a minute to recharge and that they can’t interrupt you until it’s over.

Purchase a new coffee mug with a fun slogan Choose something to make you smile every morning. I like mugs from Brim Papery and The Love Bomb Company.

Start a new hobby or rekindle an old passion. Strap on your dusty rollerblades, learn how to kickbox, decorate cakes, play piano, color, or dance. The options are endless!

Walk around Target without a child or a time limit What else is there to say?

Recognize Yourself

The simplest way to take care of yourself? Remind yourself that you’re still you! It’s important to “put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.” In order to be the best version of yourself, you need to have your own needs met, and this includes taking time for self-care. When you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re more likely to pick arguments with your partner, yell at your kids, and emotionally eat. Simply taking a few minutes for yourself each day can make all the difference. Give it a shot, mama! What do you have to lose? What’s your favorite way to take care of yourself? Join the conversation on Instagram or send us an email.


Steph(hi)-6Stephanie Greunke is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition who specializes in women’s health. She is a certified personal trainer and prenatal and postnatal corrective exercise specialist. Stephanie guides and supports women locally and globally through her web-based private practice, RockYourHormones.com.

 

 

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4 Things to Brave Cold and Flu Season with a Baby

My first baby accepted medicine like a CHAMP.

My second baby? Clamped his lips closed like it was his sole purpose in life.

Then, if I did manage to get him to take it, I had about a 50% chance that he was going to actually swallow it. He was a big fan of spitting. Try tracking that dose.

So that was stressful.

Then there was the vomit. Keeping a sick kiddo nourished, hydrated, and comfortable when they are vomiting is so important…but so hard. I’ve been up in the middle of the night, trying to do the mental gymnastics that require either coaxing a toddler to take something for their fever, or trying to calculate what the next dose should be…since they just emptied their stomach in their crib.

*insert cry face emoji*

I hate it when my kids are sick. I want to pause my whole life and hold them, rock them, and monitor that fever within an inch of its life.

But I’ve learned that you can give yourself an advantage when it comes to cold and flu season—PREPARATION is the name of the game when it comes to caring for sick infants and kiddos.

Pre-kid, I kept my house stocked with pain relievers and maybe a small box of band aids.

As a seasoned parent I can offer you a buffet of remedies for what ails you. In multiple flavors and drowsiness levels. Because, I’m really disappointed to admit that there is no magical bird that whispers in your ear at the grocery store, “Your kiddo is going to wake up miserable at 2:15 A.M. next Tuesday. Swing over to the medicine aisle and stock up.”

Moms of older kids and more kids will tell you that you’ll calm down about the sniffles, scrapes, and coughs—which is pretty much true. But a fever is a different ballgame for me.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, fever in babies begins at 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit—and while a fever is a sign that the body is doing its job and fighting off an infection—it felt more worrisome for me as a mother of young children because they can’t really tell you much about how they feel.

Here is something that can help bring relief — FeverAll Infants’ Acetaminophen Suppositories.

FeverAll is an acetaminophen suppository for kiddos 6 months to two years old, available in an infant strength, specifically for this tricky age group. (Remember my son, the refuser?) FeverAll is free of parabens, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors and preservatives—and it’s easy to find at your local Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart stores.

Keeping acetaminophen on hand to reduce fever is a great habit to get into—in both liquid and suppository form—so you can be ready if your child becomes too ill or too fussy to take liquid medicine to manage their fever.

Here are a few other things I’ve learned to keep on hand, now that I’ve had more than a few cold and flu seasons under my belt…

Lanolin Cream
Caring for a runny nosed kid becomes additionally challenging as they interpret you pulling a tissue from the box as the signal to flee. Before too long, that poor kid is chapped from cheek-to-cheek from all that nose wiping. Lanolin cream (yes, the same stuff you used for nursing) does and outstanding job of healing a dry, cracked nose. Just slather it on before you put that kiddo to bed and they’ll wake up a lot less chapped.

Extra Mattress Protector and Sheets
The only thing worse than discovering that your child has been sick all over their bed (and self) is realizing that you have no way to remake the bed without going into full laundry mode in the middle of the night. (My kids only seem to come down with the pukes in the dead of night. Anyone else?) It makes life much easier to be able to remake the bed quickly because you’ve got another mattress protector and sheets for that little one.

A Beverage Stash
Keeping kids hydrated when they are sick is so important, but my sick kiddos want nothing to do with food and drink. So I stock their very favorite drink in the fridge or pantry during cold and flu season—juice, electrolyte drinks, or popsicles. That way when they come down with something I can usually entice them to drink because I’m willing to say yes to using the big cup if it means keeping them hydrated.

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Use FeverAll® only as directed. If you have specific questions about fever, acetaminophen or using FeverAll, speak with your child’s pediatrician. FeverAll Acetaminophen Suppositories are available at major retailers and drugstores across the U.S, such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart. For more information and current offers, visit www.FeverAll.com.

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Moms, Get the Big Stuff Right

Every mom worries about failing her kids. We wonder what we will do if our kids turn against us, grow up to hate us or end up disliking their lives. These are natural worries, but these fears can drive us crazy. 

They can also drive us to focus on minor details, hoping that if we can control the small things, the big stuff will fall into place. But, posting the perfect “first day of school” picture on Instagram or making sure that our son gets the right football coach won’t improve our parenting. It will just give us a false sense of control.

So, I have a suggestion. Why don’t we forget the multitude of small parenting details and start focusing on getting the big things right. I believe that when we do this, life goes a whole lot better for moms and their kids. Here’s where we can start.

Be Kind. I’ve pulled the car over a few times in my life with a backseat full of fighting kids. I know firsthand how hard being nice can be. So I think that it’s important to train ourselves to be nice.

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Personally, I need some alone time in order to keep myself calm and less irritable. Some moms need to work a little, exercise, pray more or go out with friends periodically. These aren’t selfish things. They are important because they help us be kind, and being patient with our kids is crucial to good parenting.

Speak Well. We often spend more time with our kids than anyone else, so they hear everything we say. They hear us talk to friends, our husbands, parents, and neighbors. And of course, they take to heart what we say to them.

Words are powerful. They can heal relationships or crush them, shape the identity of your children or deeply injure it. Pay attention to your words and the tone that you use.

Love Unconditionally. As much as we’d like to believe that we are good at loving our children unconditionally, the truth is, we’re not always very good at it. We always want more from our kids. We want to show them that we love them, but we also want them to succeed and love us back. 

Loving them when they’re flunking fifth grade, not liked by any of their friends or doing things to embarrass us is tough. But loving them when no one else will is what being a good mom is all about. That’s where we shine. 

Be Tough. The kids who I see in my practice who get in trouble aren’t the ones with strong mothers. They are the ones whose mothers have no spine.

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Forgoing discipline, failing to stick to rules and blurring boundaries makes kids crazy. Kids need to look at their moms and see stoicism. They won’t listen to a mother who is a pushover, who can’t make up her mind or who has no convictions. But they will listen to a mother who knows who she is and makes no apologies. 

Assert who you are, and your kids will stay close by your side.

Moms, you’re doing a great job! Hang in there, focus on love, kindness and discipline and most of all, don’t sweat the small stuff.

 

About The Author

Pediatrician, mother and best-selling author of six books, Dr. Meg Meeker is the country’s leading authority on parenting, teens and children’s health. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, certified by The American Board of Pediatrics and serves on the Advisory Board of The Medical Institute. She lives and works in northern Michigan where she shares a medical practice with her husband, Walter. They have four grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. To read more from Dr. Meeker, visit her website here.

 

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As a doula I’m constantly answering some of the most random and personal questions about childbirth, women’s health and people’s most private parts.  One of the most popular questions first-time-mom’s ask is “what does labor feel like?”  That is such a difficult question to answer, but the following video is the most accurate labor simulation video I’ve ever seen!  While it can’t fully describe the sensation of labor, it does a good job of pinpointing where those sensations are happening and what they’re doing!  In this shockingly accurate demonstration, Liz Chalmers, owner at the Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland, Washington, and Renton, Washington, is going to change the way you think about childbirth:

The video, which was originally uploaded to Facebook and has over 2 million views, was a teaching exercise Liz made for her niece Charlotte, who is in the process of becoming a childbirth educator in New Zealand.  Liz starts by explaining she learned this demonstration from a workshop called “Stomp Out Boring Childbirth.” She inserts the ping pong ball into the balloon and inflates it halfway.

 

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balloon uterus birth demonstration with ping pong ball

Then she uses her hands to demonstrate the difference between real contractions and Braxton Hicks contractions. Braxton Hicks are contractions that don’t do much (which is easily showcased with this object lesson) and real contractions help move the ping pong ball down and out.  “Real contractions happen at the top of the uterus.  That’s where the power of contractions happens.  The muscle fibers at the top getting shorter and thicker which squeeze the top and pull up on the side of the uterus” teaches Liz.

balloon uterus birth demonstration with ping pong ball

Braxton Hicks tend to squeeze the uterus in general, while actually contractions can be felt more in the top and back of the uterus.  She also explains effacement and dilation better than any book ever could, by squeezing the balloon the same way actual contractions do, showing how the cervix works.  This video is such a good visual for women to understand that just because dilation isn’t happening doesn’t mean progression isn’t happening and dilation isn’t necessarily the best measure to validate labor.

 

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balloon uterus birth demonstration with ping pong ball

Finally the balloon “delivers” the ping pong ball.  How cool is that??!  I’m absolutely amazed at how a balloon and a ping pong ball can so easily show the principles of dilation and effacement.  I’ve never seen anything this visually effective!

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