Baby Tips From A Grandma’s Perspective

March 22, 2018 - Comment

Some have been there, done that and got the formula-stained T shirt. Most feel expert enough to dispense baby tips to new mothers, whether they are our own daughters or others. New mothers tend to turn to their own mothers for advice because doctors are too busy with their practices to advise a frightened and

Some have been there, done that and got the formula-stained T shirt. Most feel expert enough to dispense baby tips to new mothers, whether they are our own daughters or others. New mothers tend to turn to their own mothers for advice because doctors are too busy with their practices to advise a frightened and wondering new mother. Advice tends to be common sense everyday realizations except in the case of emergencies, when a doctor is needed. Since everyone has a different brand of common sense, there are as many baby tips as there are mothers and grandmothers to dispense them. However, there is some commonality that should be recognized.

It’s the “small things break easier” theory that needs to be busted first when it comes to baby tips. Calf’s, foals, deer and other animals rise from their births and trot off accompanied by their mothers. Babies can’t do that, but the theory remains the same. Relax, they won’t break. Toss them in the air and wrestle with them gently and they’ll love you forever because it gets boring lying about all day examining their fingers and toes. Carrying them with their backs to mom’s hip or tummy so they can see a different view won’t hurt them and will keep them entertained until mom completes her business. It’s baby tips like that that mean the most to a new mother because anyone can boil bottles and nipples and anyone can change a diaper.

Other baby tips that mean a lot to a new mother include timing. A baby will alert everyone in the house when it is hungry, wet or bored. Because they can’t speak or tell mom where it hurts, a baby cries. There are different cries and most important baby tips are about recognizing the type of cry. Another facet of baby care is temperature. Generally, if mom is comfortably warm or cool, so is the baby and vice versa. It is all right to give a baby cold drinks like electrolyte drinks and juices when the baby is old enough. Once again, if mom is okay with it, the baby will be as well. Another aspect of timing would be when to plant baby in front of the TV, not to be a babysitter, but because the baby is bored and could use something to engage its attention.

The most important baby tips of all that any grandmother will tell the new mother is to get to know your baby. A baby is so much more than a bottom to be changed and a mouth to be bottle fed. Baby has a personality and discovering it is a precious adventure, as is the bond growing between you.

 

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