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When they say parenting isn’t for the weak, they couldn’t be more accurate. There are so many times I wanted to cry, but now that I look back at them, it makes me laugh because it’s a memory that most moms can relate to.
I remember when my oldest son was an infant we went to have our family photos done. Right as we got started he started crying up a storm so I went into the other room to feed him. As I started nursing him, I felt it… The rumble against my legs and then a warm feeling. Sure enough, my son had a massive blowout. Poop EVERYWHERE! On him and on me. I, of course, packed a change of clothing for him, but not once did I think to carry a change of clothing for me. So there I was, with bright orange poop all over my white dress with nothing to do but take the photos and beg the photographer to Photoshop it out. Ever since that moment, I carried a change of clothing for me in my car as well.
Parenting is hard and full of struggles, but one thing is certain, it’s an experience that you wouldn’t trade those hard moments for anything.
Here are some simple tips that can help you to survive those hard moments with your infant.
Diaper Blow Out- To prevent a diaper blow out from ruining your infant’s clothes, make sure to have an extra onesie under their outfit. Also, always bring an extra change of clothing in your diaper bag just in case.
Teething- Teething can be the worst nightmare for both you and your child. To make life just a little easier for everyone, use Baby Orajel™ Homeopathic Teething Gel. We love this product because it’s free of harmful ingredients like paraben, and it incorporates the soothing power of Chamomilla (commonly known as Chamomile).
Diaper Rash- I know this may seem like a no-brainer, but making sure to change your baby’s diaper often, especially after a soiled diaper is key in helping to cure and prevent a diaper rash. If you are noticing a constant diaper rash, try switching your brands. What works for some, may not work for others.
Sleepless Nights- Unfortunately this is something very common for all parents. While there is no guaranteed way to get your baby to have a great night’s sleep every night, there are some simple ways you can help them (and you) to be more comfortable at night. For my kids, having white noise playing helped them tremendously. You can also try rotating shifts with your spouse during the middle of the night. If they seem to be in pain, try using products that help your infant to sleep a little more upright.
Spit-Up Messes- Nothing like wearing a nice black shirt while you are out to only have your child spit-up right on the front. To help spit up, prop your baby up when feeding them at an angle. Also, make sure to burp them throughout their feeding. And of course, always keep a burp rag on hand.
Introduction to Food- Starting new foods can be hard, so start by introducing them to a food that is bland so they can concentrate on eating, and not tasting. If you are really struggling, a popular method for babies is Baby Led Weaning (BLW), which means forgetting purees and weaning spoons, and simply letting your baby feed themselves.
Too Many Clothes- Having too many clothes is a struggle I faced. You can make your life a lot easier by sectioning the clothing out in your child’s closet by age groups. Use dividers for newborn, 3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and so on. When you are done with that age group, take out the section in the closet. It will be a time and life saver.
Toys- If you have a lot of toys, take out a few for your child to play with and keep the rest hidden away in a place like a closet. Every few weeks, swap out the current toys with some new ones. Then by the time you reintroduce the old toys, it’ll be new and exciting again.
Do you have any parenting struggles you are dealing with? Let us know or share some that you have overcome.