Baby Teething Survival Guide: Schedule, Symptoms And Remedies

Baby Teething Survival Guide: Schedule, Symptoms And Remedies (www.tribobot.com)

It’s the middle of the night and my toddler of 21 months woke me up crying and pointing at his mouth and cupping his cheeks as if to say that he cannot sleep because it hurts.

But what can I do? I cannot take away his pain even If I wished it to be mine instead. So I just did what every mother would do at the moment. I hugged and breastfeed him until he fell asleep…

What a sad scenario.

And what is the cause of this sad moment? A TEETHING BABY.

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7 Telltale Signs You Live With A Toddler

7 Telltale Signs You Live With A Toddler (www.tribobot.com)

The moment your baby presents himself to the world and belches his first cry, a mother’s life is forever changed.

So does the home. And a few years after the baby’s birth, you can see from every corner of your house- including its walls and floors, A Toddler Has Truly Taken Over…

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The Pros & Cons Of Extended Breastfeeding To A Toddler

The Pros & Cons Of Extended Breastfeeding To A Toddler

First of, we define toddler age as 1-3 years old

We all know that breastfeeding is good for your baby but what if that baby becomes a toddler and has decided to pinch and pull your nipples? Ouch! right? you may think of stopping but please hold your horses first and let me convince you to push a little longer and do an extended breastfeeding for these reasons…

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My Top Mommy Products

Researcher. I am that and more whenever there’s something that I am interested in. Thank you for the wonderful and I hope will be a much faster – Internet Connection that I can read on reviews before buying a product or availing a procedure (This is specifically true when I was pregnant: such as the OGTT and CAS test). But now that Seb’s here and I got a little more time to browse online shops while breastfeeding him I have become quite addicted to ordering online to the point that almost every other day within a week there is something delivered to our house. A gift from me to me 🙂
Anyway, online shopping can be a hit and missed. And I am thankful that its very rare when I come across a bad one and I credit my research for such success. Well, so much my intro let me enumerate “My Top Mommy Products”.

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15 Engaging Toddler Activities

I have always been the creative type but never “frugal”. I can justify the need to spend and have more. (Justify mostly to myself as my husband does not buy it). He is my conscience when we’re in the mall. He’s always like”Do you really need it?” Blah, blah, blah… Hindi siya nagger ha. Mas practical at wise lang talaga siya😁

The creativeness in me tripled when I had Seb and discovered Pinterest. If you are not familiar with this app please stop reading my blog and install one NOW! (You’re welcone Pinterest for this promotion hehehe.)

I discovered this app way back 2014 when a friend recommended it and looking back on my boards it summarizes my life’s desires from pugs, to clothes, hair, shoes, to graphic designs, travel goals, wedding pegs, pregnancy tips and now, baby development, milestones and activities to name a few of my searches. It really is all very, very interesting!

My browsing lead to several attempts of Do-It-Yourself which are all successful ahem ahem. And I will share them with you.

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Constipated Baby: The Struggle is Real.

This has been a problem for almost 2 weeks now and It is driving me nuts! Who would have thought that POOP would become a big deal and take most of my time worrying.
Warning: If you are a Mom you’ll get me and sympathize but if not then you are reading the wrong post.

Here’s the story…

Seb did not poop for 10 days straight, as in nada a-a.

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Seb Update: The Moving Months

There’s this thing that Mothers always tell me before…

The Days are Long, But the Years are Short. So enjoy your baby while they’re a “baby”.

Ever since I had Seb, my life has become erratic. A feeling that I am always in a hurry, my eye on what is ahead, imagine a blur and craziness… but as Seb reaches his 6th month (I hope that I am not speaking too soon) I feel that I am now more calm, slow, mellow and at peace. A little dramatic it may sound. But that is my current state, not only as a Mom but as Me.

Why? … A little back story.

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Seb Update: My Newborn is now an Infant. 

Baby Sebastian is now 5 months and has grown really active to the point of me getting headaches during diaper change moments. Seriously! Ooh, the joys and pain of raising an infant…

Goodbye newborn! Say hello to this easy to please, kinda gullible, pro roller, laughing machine and mommy finding infant. In a few weeks he’ll have Messy eater under his belt too as he will start to eat solids. More of purees I guess.

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My Learnings In Newborn Care

Our little Sebastian turns one month old recently and I am still quite crazed that its only been a month when I feel I’d aged a number of years just by taking care of him. My daily routine of sleepless nights may have played a big factor with my aging theory😊

Anyway, here are my thoughts and what I learned for the past month since we had our little man… (in random order).

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Baby Shopping and Hospital Bag Checklist

Shopping and walking… Ahhh the things I love and hate these days, but overall I am excited to do this as this is a first time experience for me! Before whenever I pass by the Baby Company in SM stores I’ve always have that “I don’t belong here” feeling, but now its always my “check out what’s new here” hobby whenever I’m in the area hahaha😊

After browsing different sites and blogs of other Moms, I’ve streamlined and come up with my own shopping list. (I’ll be editing the list from time to time depending on how useful or not the items are). The entry serves as my hospital bag checklist too. So it you find the list kind of mixed up I’m sorry but as mentioned this serves a dual purpose for me.

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Bye Miss Piggy! 😦


*** August 31, 2016 – I have updated this post as I am now done with our baby shopping!

STUFF FOR SEB

  1. Diaper newborn size – I prefer Huggies dry comfort. I bought a 40 piece pack as they said that babies poo a lot on their first month! Guess I’ll be needing more. But I also plan to use a cloth diaper which can be washed and reuse several times and environment friendly too. Huggies dry is a good choice from the start. Seb didn’t have any allergies or reaction whatsoever. We tried Pampers and EQ just to explore our options but we’re happy with huggies dry and keeping it. Once we tried huggies ultra and though it was quite expensive compare to huggies dry, it was worth it! But to be practical and to save we’re sticking with huggies dry. —At 3 months our baby is now using their Large size.😱
  2. Mittens (Tie and Garterize) – I want to observe which one works best so I bought both to test which one fits longer and is not easy to remove. The tie mittens are better. But really, tie or garter mittens are quite annoying as they keep falling off and are hard to locate since they are small. But moms need them because newborn nails are long and sharp. Ouch! — As soon as Seb reaches his 1st month we cut his fingernails and since then we never use mittens anymore which is good because he gets to explore his hands now… by licking them😊
  3. Tie sides top / sando – for the clothes I bought newborn and up to 6 months sizes, as I was under the impression that babies gets big in a short span of time so I do not want to invest much in newborn sizes. They really grow fast or my baby is just fat hahaha! At 6 weeks his newborn size clothes and diaper are too snug for him already, so we’re leveling up to small. 
  4. Shorts
  5. Longsleeves
  6. Pajama
  7. Socks / Booties – same comment as that with mittens.
  8. Bonnet – the hush hush brand in SM company has the best fit so far.
  9. Baby wash – Cetaphil and Human Nature – I vote for Cetaphil especially for his Milia(s). — I looove Pigeon’s baby wash❤️
  10. Baby shampoo — I looove Pigeon’s shampoo too❤️
  11. Baby bath towel
  12. Cotton and baby wipes (unscented) – for me huggies wipes are good but pigeon wipes are great! We’re still testing other brands though… 
  13. Container with cap (for cotton)
  14. Bibs
  15. Receiving blankets
  16. Nappy cream – Human Nature (for rashes)
  17. Baby powder – I didn’t buy one as I read that it irritates the baby’s skin and seep into the folds of their skin resulting to allergies.
  18. Lampin – You need this!
  19. Burp clothes – You need this! 
  20. Onesies
  21. Swaddling blanket
  22. Vicks baby vaporub – I bought the pink one which is a new product especially for babies 3 months and up. 
  23. Net for mosquitos
  24. Baby carrier – We’re buying one as my baby is heavy!
  25. Stroller – I’m eyeing Graco Mirage Zigzag – I am torn between this and the Chicco Liteway because of its umbrella fold feature. Both are just the same price of Php 8,000. Hmmm, still a pickle… – Still has not buy one but really settled and focused on Chicco Liteway 2. 
  26. Crib with complete set of mattress, comforter and pillows (I am not yet sure whether to buy a wooden crib or play pen) – I think I am now set in buying a wooden crib as they say that it helps the baby  to learn how to stand faster. We’ll shop for a stroller and crib on the same day sometime this month 🙂 exciting! – Bought a playpen and it was the best decision ever! For its portability mostly. 
  27. Mosquito patch – We have plenty of these.
  28. Nail cutter
  29. Hair brush
  30. Changing mat waterproof
  31. Complete bottle set (I’m deciding between Avent or Pigeon with Peristaltic and wide neck) – I bought a 240 ml (good for 3 months +) 2 pcs peristaltic bottles and 2 pcs 1 month wide neck nipples. But I plan to exclusively breastfeed so the bottles are just a back-up. – Really useful as I bottle feed him with my breastmilk whenever I have an errand. The peristaltic nipple works as my baby did not experience nipple confusion.
  32. Manual breast pump – will buy soon. I am now using Pigeon portable battery operated pump and find it… weak.  —Bought a Farlin manual breast pump and its very useful and easy to clean and assemble.
  33. Cycles Laundry detergent – I bought the powder kind. 

 

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GRACO Mirage Zigzag Stroller priced at Php 8,000


STUFF FOR MOM

  1. Disposable under pads
  2. Nursing cover
  3. Nursing pillow 
  4. Disposable underwear – I bought the XL size in Watsons. This is a must! Very useful.
  5. Goig home outfit – dress
  6. Socks
  7. Alcohol
  8. Bath towel
  9. Ballpens
  10. Dress with front opening (for breastfeeding)
  11. Robe
  12. Nursing bra
  13. Nursing pads / breast pad – I bought the Pigeon breast pads. This is important because during the first days of breastfeeding your nipple is sore and it hurts when in contact with clothes.
  14. Liquid handwash
  15. Lip balm
  16. Mints / candy
  17. Nipple cream
  18. Bra extender
  19. Maternity pads and adult diaper – You will bleed a lot more than that of a period so stack up on these.
  20. Slippers
  21. Binder – This will be a splurge as I want the Wink Ultimate Postpartum Ultra Bikini worth Php 4,320 (check their website here!)
  22. Toiletries
  • Betadine feminine wash – The doctor prescribed me with GynePro.
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Body wash / Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Comb and Hair tie

 

STUFF FOR DAD

  1. Change of clothes
  2. Pillow and blanket
  3. Phone / camera and charger
  4. Cash

 

Sorry for the low quality of photos 😦 Anyway, here’s a peak of our baby shopping.

 

Additional notes and reminder:

  • Pack your own food and drinks for convenience
  • Use ziplocks to pack and label everything
  • Advisable three bags in total, one bag each for baby, mom and dad
  • Keep underpads ready in your car
  • Wash baby clothes using baby laundry detergent (cycles)

 

Thoughts: I am excited to buy the Human Nature baby products as I’ve read several good reviews about the brand but I’m also planning to use Cetaphil because it is highly recommended by doctors. Anyway, It all depends on the baby’s skin reaction. As for the feeding bottles, this will just be for stand by as I am planning to exclusively breastfeed our son. As for the binder, well with the price it really is a splurge I hope it can do wonders to bring back my pre-pregnancy body. 

 

 

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My pregnancy must-reads with my doll as a model for my swaddling practice and my fun DIY english bulldog bookmark 🙂

 

So there goes my shopping and hospital bag checklist. I hope this is enough preparation so I’ll be ready comes delivery day. I may be ready materially but what’s really worrying me is the labor pain that’s about to come. I’ve been reading everything about childbirth and labor and knowing my turn is just around the corner… (heavy clouds above my head) but then just like any other storm, a very bright rainbow and Mr. Sun is always there in the end. This time it has a name – Sebastian Castaneda Hamoy 🙂

 

 

31 weeks tomorrow! Lord please grant me a normal  labor and healthy baby boy… – I got both and more ❤️❤️❤️

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