NBB Question from Sarah: Hi all, just wondering what everyone else recommends or did with their babies. I've been reading about the fourth trimester, and the importance of holding your baby close. To help my baby learn the difference between night and day, I have been placing my baby since 4 weeks old in our room or outside the lounge to indicate night time, away from the tv, after he has fallen asleep. Would holding them in the lounge room with the tv on be counterproductive to establishing my baby's circadian rhythm? Or can I still cuddle with my baby when he is sleeping in front of the tv. ... See moreSee less
We spent the first 2 months basically in the loungeroom, fulltime, as bub just wouldn't settle in our bedroom.
The TV noise helped I think. I also cuddled her to sleep a lot when she wouldn't settle.
Then once she started sleeping longer (8-9) weeks, we moved into our bedroom and used a glow dreaming light and she was fine. Also didn't have any issues with day and night confusion. Only sleep issues were around sleep regression times.18 hours ago
You can do whatever you like! I cuddled my baby girl while I watched tv until she fell asleep when she was ready. I did all my night feeds by the light of the tv.It was the closest thing I got to me time and as a Mum of 3 I needed that time lol21 hours ago · 5
Dont overthink it! Babies are all different. All we did was establish a good night routine early on but during the day bub was and still is mainly in my arms or snuggling in bed with me if im not working or on weekends. Also did bassinet in the loungeroom, now 8 months and sleeps most of the night from around 6pm20 hours ago
Do what you feel is right. Trust your instincts. Know that no matter what you do, it'll all turn out ok.Don't overthink it. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Try to enjoy being and bonding with your baby.I spent so much time pushing to have my son sleep like everyone told me... Eventually I gave in and did what felt natural to me. And it all worked out. He learned how to self settle on his own in his own time. He slept in his own bed when he was ready. He literally learned everything he needed to with little help from me. All I did was guide him and make him feel safe and nurtured until he was ready.19 hours ago
Our girl napped on us infront of the TV for 12 months. Didn't cause any issues at all :) we just rolled with whatever19 hours ago
My first born benefited more from routines and being in her own bed in her own room
My second picked up night and day pretty much on her own after a few weeks and is a very â€œgo with the flowâ€ baby who shoves her middle finger in the face of any routine i try to put in place ðŸ˜‚ 19 hours ago
Do what works for you. Some days my newborn would sleep peacefully in his bassinet in his room, other days he was on me or next to me on the couch. They figure it out in their own time.
Just enjoy their tiny little sounds and snuggles. Now mine is 9 months and wants to be free all the time to scooch and crawl and pull himself to stand up!19 hours ago · 1
Yes you can. My last baby was born in june 2019 and he was hardly ever put down. I was super fortunate that my husband took some long service leave and that The Ashes was on in England. He took care of nights, I took care of days.18 hours ago
You do what works for you and your bub.
I had the bassinet in the loungeroom for day naps when he was tiny, as he got older my little one was a terrible napper in his cot during the day so I would sit and hold him while I watched TV (single mum so took any break I could) I would also give him his bedtime bottle in the loungeroom then once he'd drifted off I would take him into bed... at about 9 months as he got to be a bit more knowing I changed the routine to feeding in his room in the rocking chair after a story or two then popped some soothing music on for 40 min or so while he went to sleep.
He now sleeps beautifully during the day for his nap (1-3hrs) in the cot and sleeps through 8pm-6/8am. He's 21 months now.
But honestly do what works for you. There's no book out there that's tailored specifically for your bub only you two can set your rhythm. Goodluck.19 hours ago · 1
I kept my baby in light areas for day time sleeps until he started catnapping, then I tried to stick to all sleeps in dark spaces. I found my baby worked out night and day pretty quick!
If you want to cuddle your baby while you watch tv at night lying though, just do it! Do what makes you feel happy and connected to them â¤ï¸21 hours ago · 1
I have been doing bath, feed them wrap (and then just laying him on the lounge while Iâ€™m sitting there) to indicate night since about 6 weeks and my now 10 week old pretty much sleeps through until anywhere between 3-6am. And he falls asleep on his own. He would only catnap during the day so have started wrapping for a day sleep and putting him in the cot (his own room) and will get a solid 3 hour sleep now. But I hold and nurse to sleep when I need or want to, this is my 3rd and last so Iâ€™m bending â€œrulesâ€ and just enjoying the ride this time instead of doing all the â€œshould dosâ€ and rushing through life 21 hours ago
Mine have always been put to sleep in the bassinet or cot at night time. All have mostly slept through since around 6 weeks. Obviously if need to be feed, changed or comforted we do. During the day Iâ€™ll let sleep on us!18 hours ago
My baby was pretty good at knowing the difference. I always watched tv and kept it loud during the day for his naps and then it was dark and quiet at night for sleeping 20 hours ago
I literally slept with my little one on me for the first 6-7 weeks straight in the lounge room of a night time watching tv. Putting her into a bassinet or â€œroutineâ€ was hard and I needed sleep so thatâ€™s what worked for me; I actually looked forward to that time because it was just me and her through those zombie nights but itâ€™s what helped and got us through. Sheâ€™s now almost 8months and sleeps 9-10 hours every night - uninterrupted. So you do you.20 hours ago · 6
Every morning I would take bub outside and let the sun warm his face for a few minutes.20 hours ago
Donâ€™t over think it x
Youâ€™re overthinking it ðŸ’•
Youâ€™ll make yourself overly stressed and tired.20 hours ago
Do what you like. They will learn the difference regardless of what you do or what you donâ€™t do20 hours ago
NBB Question from Alex: Hi there! Just wanted to ask a question if I may.
Iâ€™m a FTM to a 3 month old baby. I am wanting to put her into a routine at nighttime and just wanted some idea on what routine works for others (bath, feed, book, bed?) And also, she is looking at food and seems really interested in it. I didnâ€™t intend on starting her on food until 6 months but how do I know if sheâ€™s really ready now? And what foods did you start them off with? Thank you!! ... See moreSee less
We do a bath at 5:30, a feed any time from 6 (bub will let us know when he is hungry!), and bed at 7.We have used love to dream swaddles from birth, and weâ€™ve recently introduced a comfort teddy. Most nights he will go off to sleep ok, or we may have to go in once or twice to settle him in his bed 1 day ago · 1
Have a look at baby lead weaning. You can start them at 4 months if they are meeting the cues. 1 day ago
We found a good routine for us was feed, bath, book, then bed. It is something that you can continue as they get older and start solids. Itâ€™s a messy time when they do so often beneficial to feed then bath.
With the food it is really up to you and what you feel comfortable with. 22 hours ago
We have always done book bath bottle bed. When he was your bub age we did bottle bath top up bottle bed. We gave our boy pumpkin as his first solid at 4months.22 hours ago
My daughter told us the routine she wanted at 2 months or so - Bath, swaddle-up, book then bottle and bed is ours (she told us through trial and error of what we thought she wanted). She's also having purees, has good head control and was really interested in food, she loves being a big girl eating with everyone else -we started her at 4 months, when she was showing the signs (head control, sitting up, lack of pushing out with the tongue and of course the curiosity of food)1 day ago
They say 4 months at the earliest, they need to have good head control and can sit without slumping in the high chair too from what we have been told1 day ago · 2
Rachel Everett these answers might help Isla settle to sleep better 19 hours ago
Baby being interested in food has very little with them actually being ready for food. They need to be meeting certain physical milestones like sitting, no more tongue thrust reflex etc1 day ago · 7
You can start around 4 months. If your bub is able to keep the head up without support and sit in a high chair comfortably then go for it. Starting at this time and introducing allergens within that 4 to 6 month time frame is beneficial anyway. We started with mashed avocado and a rice cereal I made myself. Vegetable purees is also a great way to start. Have fun with it!We have a bedtime routine that works for our bub, but what works for mine may not work for yours. We do dinner (being at an age that she is eating solids throughout the day now), bath, book, bottle, swaddled or suited up and in bed. Trial whatever routine you have in mind and alter it if you need to. Our routine changed a little overtime, depending on when she was hungry and how she was feeding.1 day ago
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babies want food then give it to them. You know yourself you get bored with drinking milk all the time when dieting. My children started solids at 3m, e.g. Farex. Every child is different and some are happy to drink nothing but milk, others want more. I think 6m is too late to start solids and it is a new idea. Try all sorts of foods for the taste test. Put peanut butter, honey, etc on your finger and let them taste it. When I was growing up we had no food allergies and we all drank cow's milk or Carnation milk, if we weren't breast fed. Also boiled water in a bottle when the weather was hot. My cousins kids chewed on chop bones when teething. Each to their own.1 day ago
I'd suggest if your breastfeeding can get digestive drops, colic drops etc. If using formula can buy reflux formula.I use to lay my son on his belly on my legs head down on my thighs rubbing and patting his back would bring up reflux. Tummy time can help release gas and reflux. Sitting them up right for a feed, and frequently burping them through out the feed, keep them up mobile for 10-15 minutes before laying them down after a feed. Sometimes rubbing the front chest can help.22 hours ago
The above recommendations are all very helpful.
If breastfeeding and you have a fast let down, feeding in a reclined position can allow bub to latch without having to deal with a high flow.
I found that the reflux seems to get better as my bub ages, at 2 weeks it was awful watching him, and now at 5 weeks, it seems much better, as he grows and gets better at managing the flow through technique.21 hours ago
We have two with severe reflux and one of them has allergies. We have just swapped from formula thickener that you by from the chemist to one called supercol available online. Itâ€™s cheaper and just as good. We were advised by our paediatrician to use a thickener as itâ€™s easier to control the dosage if constipation becomes an issuesupercol.com.au1 day ago
Try feeding bub sitting upright and keep them upright for 20-30 mins after a feed. Helps move it all down and spend the extra time getting those burp bubbles out of baby â¤ï¸1 day ago
NBB nappy changing tip: For babies with nappy rash and eczema, gently pat-dry their skin with a soft cotton pad before putting on a fresh nappy to ensure the area is clean and moisture-free, helping to avoid any irritation. ... See moreSee less
NBB Question from Vicky: Hi, my baby just started solids and I need to giver her a little water with meals. I'd like her to use a regular cup, but ours are a too large for her hands. I've heard shot glasses are good first cups, but I think I'd rather something that won't break while she's learning. Any recommendations? Thanks everyone. ... See moreSee less
NBB Question from Pamela: Hi i was wondering if I could ask another question.
I am wanting to wean my baby off onto formula. We have had a difficult time BF from the start so I've been Expressing for awhile and giving 2 formula feeds a day due to low milk supply. Could I have some advice on how to wean from breastmilk bottle fed to all formula feeds. Within 1-2 weeks. ... See moreSee less
I just stopped the breastmilk and bubs didnâ€™t even notice 23 hours ago
Iâ€™d say if bub is already taking formula this will be easy, just replace the breastmilk bottles with formula bottles, if you think they need time to adjust change one bottle every 2-3 days, but it shouldnâ€™t be an issue. I was mixed feeding due to low supply but was having breastfeed then top up with formula, bub had no issues changing to fully formula, she only cared that her belly was full. To stop my breasts becoming enforced I just dropped a feed every 3-4 days, I think I needed to do some hand expressing in the shower once due to discomfort, but thatâ€™s it, my body coped fine, if you do need to express some off for comfort only do the minimum you need as otherwise youâ€™ll stimulate more milk production 1 day ago
NBB Question from Jessica: Hi, I've been advised to start expressing colostrum before my baby arrives (due to a medical condition). I'd like to hear from other mothers who have been through this. Experiences, tips, pump recommendations, anything that would help. Thanks ... See moreSee less
I hand expressed from 36 weeks. â˜ºï¸ the midwife gave me a sterile cup (like the urine sample ones) & I expressed into that, then sucked it up into syringes & froze in ziplock bags with the date & time.
I used a heat pack on my chest area to help the flow. After an uneventful pregnancy my baby ended up in NICU due to labour complications & tube fed for the first 3 weeks so I was so glad I could give him all that goodness straight up! ðŸ’•1 day ago · 9
Highly recommend looking into antenatal expressing kits, or asking your current care for syringes to collect colostrum.
For antenatal expressing, it would likely be lost in the pump so usually hand expressing is the best option (into a medicine cup or other sterilised container). And always be sure your midwife or health care doctor is letting you know the best time to start â¤ï¸1 day ago
Make sure you have a nice warm shower, get comfortable and relaxed.. itâ€™s all about hand expressing.. my first 3 tries I got nothing.. but then it finally started to come through but it was tedious.. Iâ€™d get 1/4 of a ml.. then it slowly got all the way up to 1ml a boob... just make sure youâ€™re relaxed1 day ago · 3
A few good reasons to express in late pregnancy! Firstly establishing breastfeeding isnâ€™t always that straight-forward and having some colostrum ready to go is so reassuring if you have moments of feeling defeated! Secondly I learnt how to hand express which is a good breastfeeding skill to have in those raw early weeks. 1 day ago
We expressed for about 2 weeks before my scheduled csection, I found it too hard to do myself, so it was a 2 man job with my husband. Heâ€™d squeeze/massage and Iâ€™d use the syringe to suck it up. Iâ€™d recommend a warm shower before you start, and start massaging in the shower to get things going. Was hard at first, but a few days in we were pros. I think I ended up going in with about 20 3-5ml syringes.Good luck â˜ºï¸1 day ago
Does anyone have tips to help your milk come in? I had a traumatic birth with my first so wasnâ€™t able to successfully breast feed so really want to be successful this time. Iâ€™m currently 31wks so wonâ€™t be expressing yet but trying to be planned and organized. Thanks heaps 1 day ago
Definitely hand express as a pump can cause damage to your nipples as you don't have milk there yet. Go see your chemist they will have sterile syringes to use.1 day ago
I always tried hand expressing first but never had luck catching it. So used my spectra pump. So glad I expressed cause my baby needed it after an emergency c-section1 day ago
I did with both mine due to gestational diabetes. I would hand express. You wonâ€™t get a large amount but it will be enough 1 day ago
I was given a kit from my hospital that had 3ml syringes in it with lids and some labels.
I found that trying to hand express and then suck it up into the syringe was too difficult. I suggest opening the syringe (taking the middle bit out) and putting the cap on. This way you can collect the colostrum into a wider opening. I was wasting too much trying to use spoons and cups etc.
When you have filled it as much as you can, you need to put the middle part back in the syringe. This is the trickiest part. My suggestion: Put only the tip of the middle part back in the syringe. Turn the syringe upside down so the colostrum runs to the base. Carefully take off the lid to release the pressure. Slowly push the colostrum up towards the tip. Put the lid back on and pop it in the freezer (dated).I watched a YouTube video on the best way to hand express because I forgot what my lactation consultant said.Goodluck Mumma ðŸ¥°1 day ago · 1
Grab a kit from your midwife. Just hand express, watch a couple of videos if you cant get the hang of it straightaway...I had a massive amount in the end. I needed it for my first (traumatic vaginal) but didn't need any for my Caesar...was great back up anyway.1 day ago
Great and accurate info from La Leche on how to express colostrum - you donâ€™t need a breast pump to do this, it is only going to come out in tiny little drops which will get wasted in the pump flanges. Donâ€™t be worried if you donâ€™t get any, I couldnâ€™t with either of my pregnancies, but once the baby comes out you want to put baby to boob for a feed as soon as possible after they are born and then you can hand express and have the midwife help collect the drops incase baby needs to go to nicu. If baby doesnâ€™t need to go then keep baby with you , skin to skin, and offer boob as much as you can.www.laleche.org.uk/antenatal-expression-of-colostrum/1 day ago
I didnâ€™t do this but when I had my bub I found that Facebook/google was showing me targeted ads including â€˜the worlds first colostrum specific expressing kitâ€™, you could look into that? (I think it was a whole lot of sterilised syringes and how-to stuff but I didnâ€™t pay that much attention because I didnâ€™t need it).1 day ago
I did it and was so glad. I jad an emergency c section and my milk didnt come in but i has enough frozen for the first few days which was good.1 day ago
I had to recently hand express from 35 weeks, with bub being born at 36+6. He was rushed to NICU and was given my entire stash which was great.
My best advise would be to attend a breastfeeding course if you haven't already, and they usually talk about hand expressing. You will only need to hand express, and its about technique. Ask your midwife for some syringes and cups - the hospital should supply. I also found I was only producing a small amount that slowly increased over the two weeks, but never got more than that of a syringe.Its important to note that every woman is different and the amount you hand express does not indicate whether you will have good supply of breast milk or not.1 day ago
The hospital will give you a kit at your appointments if you ask for it, I expressed using a hand held medalla pump rather than the electric one, worked a treat I got loads of colostrum.. I believe it did bring on contractions for me though around 37 weeks.. 1 day ago
I wish I knew about this process before I gave birth it would of saved alot of stress in the hours straight after bub was born. Trying to milk yourself, your hubby trying to milk you too isn't the nicest way to spend those precious hours ðŸ˜„1 day ago · 1
Donâ€™t get disheartened by how little you get at first! It gets easier and you eventually get more.
I am so glad I took the time to do it.... because I had such a good amount collected, my baby didnâ€™t end up in the nursery even though she had a low birth weight. 1 day ago
I did it in my last pregnancy. The lactation consultant gave me sterilised syringes (you can get them at the chemist). Just hand express and collect with the syringe. Then label with the date and freeze. It wonâ€™t be large amounts so thereâ€™s no need for a pump. Good luck 1 day ago · 5
Iâ€™ve been doing this too (currently 40+2). Hospital gives the syringes for free. At first got barely anything now getting up to 1-2mls a day. Just hand express as itâ€™s only enough to wet the pump not collect from it x1 day ago
I started hand expressing at about 36 weeks, straight into 5ml syringes from the chemist. Did it 3 times over the course of each day and would get between 3 and 5ml total (from both breasts). I then dated them and popped them in the freezer in a ziplock bag. ðŸ™‚1 day ago
Look up made to milk.. amazing Mum who has a cholestrum expressing kit and delicious lactation cookies and cookie mixes, so yummy and not distgusting tasting like many others out there! Can recommend if this helps anyone ðŸ˜Š1 day ago · 1
I hand expressed from 34 weeks. Used a sterile syringe to draw up the colostrum. Used warm facewashers over my breasts1 day ago
Hand express donâ€™t pump x
I did it from 34 weeks and people actually told me not too but I wanted too because of my epilepsy and I read in to it. First I would express into a sterilised bottle and then I would suck out what I got from the bottle with a syringe, date it and then put the syringes in plastic sealed bags in the freezer! Turned out I actually needed them because I went into emergency c section because his heart rate went down to 30bpm and by the time he got out he swollowed too much amniotic fluid and got an infection but I couldnâ€™t do anything because I was recovering and his life was on the line and those expressed colostrum syringes were easy to put in his mouth and he recovered quick after being in the nicu for 3 days! The colostrum fought off the infection I was so proud of my self and so was my husband. You need to definitely do it if someoneâ€™s recommended it to you xx1 day ago
Only heard about this for my 6th pregnancy, never did it!1 day ago
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I bought this! Itâ€™s amazing has everything you need and even a little â€œHow toâ€ card! I ended up taking almost 60mls to the hospital with me! And luckily I did because my bub needed all of it and more! So i had to express in hospital Made to Milk Lactation Cookies1 day ago
NBB question from Mary: Hi, I am 11 weeks pregnant but the last few days have began to feel a little different - less pregnant, more energy and less sick when previously the sickness and fatigue was unbareable. Just wondering if anyone else has felt similar and been fine or if it is cause for concern as I am worried I am having a silent miscarriage. ... See moreSee less
I felt pretty terrible until 13 weeks and then my sickness completely disappeared. My entire 2nd trimester and most of my 3rd were a dream, I felt better than when I wasnâ€™t pregnant until about 36 weeks when I was just huge and needed to constantly pee ðŸ˜‚ My son is now almost 7 months old. ðŸ˜Š Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll be fine but if youâ€™re concerned see your doctor, even if they can listen to babyâ€™s heartbeat with the Doppler to ease your mind. You can hire or buy Dopplers too, I didnâ€™t but my sister in law did and said it made her feel so reassured. Good luck with your pregnancy!2 days ago
I had the exact same stresses in that period between the morning sickness easing and being able to feel the baby moving. It's a really hard thing to get past, but you should be due a scan at 12 weeks they will ease your stress.2 days ago
I've had two kids , it seems all of a sudden literally overnight you gry a second wind in your second trimester , I felt fine for that part! X2 days ago
You're headed toward the second trimester so those horrible first trimester symptoms should be easing up! It is not necessarily a sign of something to worry about. Follow your gut instinct and get checked with your gp if you're worried to put your mind at rest2 days ago · 1
my 1st pregnancy I had morning sickness then at 10 weeks it had almost stopped
Everyone told me it was normal, etc
Went for my 12 week ultrasound and found no heart beat and they estimate baby died around 10 weeks2 days ago
This can be completely normal as you come towards the end of your first trimester.. for a lot of people, the 1st is the one that kicks their butt and the 2nd you start to feel better..
If in doubt talk with your dr.. 11weeks, you probably also have an ultrasound due in the next couple of weeks so Iâ€™d try and stay calm until that and they can check everything then..
All the best2 days ago · 1
It can be normal as youâ€™re nearing the second trimester. However in saying that the only symptoms I had of my missed miscarriage was loss of symptoms. Definitely go and get checked for peace of mind. ðŸ’—2 days ago
End if first trimester everything does usually ease up and become easier with more energy and less nausea2 days ago
Oh lovely, itâ€™s really normal! I was so anxious when this happened at 15 weeks.. itâ€™s like your babe settles in and letâ€™s you enjoy being pregnant a moment.
People forget to tell Mummaâ€™s about the â€œsettlingâ€ period.
They dig down a bit, less bloating and then a POP in a few weeks, in some women of course, not across the board.
Of course if itâ€™s causing you worry see your GP. Asking for a blood test to check levels to ease your mind is totally fine! I did it often and it helped ease my mind immensely.
Good luck Mumma 2 days ago
I never had any symptoms of being pregnant besides a positive pregnancy test, bigger boobs and a growing belly. I wasnt sick or tired or anything, i constantly went to the drs so they could listen to the heart beat as i wasnt convinced i was pregnant till i felt bub move at 24 weeks! After that i was fine, but it was really strange knowing i was pregnant but not feeling like it.2 days ago · 1
Second trimester is the best! Over morning sickness and belly still manageable. Enjoy it before the waddling starts xx2 days ago
2nd trimester is bliss! Enjoy the energy while you have it! ðŸ˜‚2 days ago
To be honest with you I didnâ€™t feel pregnant at all during my first trimester. I wasnâ€™t sick and my energy levels were the same and I was sleeping the same as always. If your concerned you need to go see your Doctor. You shouldnâ€™t be stressing out and you should always listen to your instincts. 2 days ago
If you're worried consult your GP.I think stress through pregnancy is very common, it's part of being a mum, constantly worrying about bub! It's very normal to begin to feel better toward the end of your first trimester, which could very well be the case for you!Think positive and enjoy your pregnancy â¤
Congratulations!2 days ago · 3
You'll be due for your 12 week scan - that will make you feel better, I had moments where I felt like superwoman compared to completely drained, so I guess it could happen -I have a 4.5m month old now :-) you could go to the dr to make sure everythings good though if you want to be sure :-) ðŸ’2 days ago
Everyone is different and if you read through these comments that will tell you that. If feel something has changed and you are unsure see your gp.2 days ago
The placenta takes over the brunt of the babies growth around 10-11 weeks.
So it just means your body is easing off a bit, hence why you feel better.
The second trimester is usually the easiest part of the whole pregnancy so enjoy â¤ï¸2 days ago
It can't be normal but it also might be you can go to your dr and they can check your numbers for reassurance.2 days ago
Fenugreek is great for improving milk supply and brewers yeast if you google lactation recipes there are so many yummy treats you can make at home to help increase supply. Spectra breast pumps are great. 2 days ago
I love the products from Milky Norks Co
and Super Boober . They have the best cookies and drinks for milk supply . Especially if you dont have the time to make anything from scratch.
I have the Tommee Tippee electric breast pump. Its small and convenient you just have to hold it, only disadvantage about it.2 days ago