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Please and Thank You

Please and thank you. It’s my little pet peeve when kids demand things from their parents, grandparents, caregivers or any one and they aren’t asking nicely.

There is a point in my daughter’s daycare at the end of the day where she moves into a classroom with pre-schoolers around 4 or 5 years old. My daughter is only 2 years old, but impressionable nonetheless. A few of the older girls are not nice to the caregivers demanding things from them without niceties like please and thank you. It reflects so poorly on the kid, but also the parents.

I love that my daughter is learning lots of things in daycare, but this is not okay. It’s one of those things that you as a parent have to offer as an example of what NOT to do to your child. Although she is only two years old, my daughter is saying PLEASE and THANK YOU whenever she’s around me. I do the same with her and also thank her daddy too, so she sees how nice it is.

PLEASE and THANK YOU is such a nice thing coming from a little girl. I’m very proud of her when she remembers to say that to my parents and other people. It shows the beginning of a soon-to-be little lady!

For this, I am old fashioned. It’s just that being grateful for what you have and who you are with is such an amazingly wonderful thing to always show. This is what I want our daughter to be. I am- afterall – grateful for her every day!

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July 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Imagination Girl – Play is easy at the Toddler Stage!

It’s official. My daughter is now a toddler — and worse, a toddler GIRL. From several tidbits of research I have, the whole toddler stage was manufactured by the clothing industry before it even was a child development stage.

It’s an odd and wonderful stage because she’s not a baby, and she’s not a pre-schooler. Everything is a discovery. Words, splashing water, facial expressions — all are new things she can do!

For me, the market researcher using my daughter as a guinea pig, this is fascinating.

Imagination sets her into incredible play time. The baby “rings” she once enjoyed only months ago are now bracelets. While the play clothes — hats, crowns, wings, tutus — we’ve collected from various $1 bins at Target, sales at Toys R Us and consignment stores become dance routines or something to show daddy who will exclaim “YAY, YOU!” I guess what I’m saying is that this is such a fun stage that I hope will continue, but know it won’t.

On Tuesday, I went with a girlfriend who has a very precocious 4-year old (only 2 years and some months older than our daughter) obsessed with princesses (from mostly Disney movies) to hear a fellow Minnesota native and one of my favorite authors on women & growing up with a strong sense of self — Peggy Orenstein. Peggy’s new book “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” discusses what happens to girls just a few years older than my daughter who can be wrongly influenced by the “Princess Culture” if not shown new ways of looking at these fairy tales (It was just published this Tuesday and is on its way from Amazon.com hopefully today, so my synopsis will have more dearth when I get to read the book).

After hearing Peggy discuss her book’s topic at the reading in Connecticut with some of the other moms of older daughters, it seems like this “Imagination Girl” stage is one I want to continue to foster as long as my husband and I can. A stage where girls can do whatever boys can. Princesses are strong and equals to their princes. Dressing up is only to become something in their imagination. Helping her choose the right princess to admire may need to come in later on though because it was hard to hear the mother whose 7 year old daughter admires Lady Gaga. Oy, I sure hope that isn’t my daughter in 5-1/2 more years. But, I will encourage her imagination however it manifests itself, guiding her to good strong female role models.

Meanwhile, her father is one fabulous male role model for a little girl. Her father (my fabulous husband) is an amazing guitar player who fosters a wonderful fascination with music. He plays for her as she dances and some times strums with him. The fun result of which was shown last week in Minnesota with family when she aptly picked up my niece’s drum sticks and played decent sounds on her drum set!

We will try our hardest to encourage the good things from princess stories, give her gender neutral stories where girls can do anything boys can, music that is fun to hear and foster this great imagination from her coloring, dancing and singing.

But, I know that some day soon, she will see an older girl proudly displaying a logo-ed princess story either in a costume or other toy, be told she has to be the princess and not the prince or strong, soldier who saves the day. Or worst, be told by a boy that she can’t play trucks with him because she’s a girl.

For now, we’re so happy that she’s “Imagination Girl” playing happily with our Gladware and plastic spoons as she is with her lace-up kit I bought for way too much money because it’s a great colorful thing from Melissa & Doug that’s “developmentally appropriate.”

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Our Little Circus Act

Now that our daughter is 18 months old, she is beginning to talk. Babble is more like it. She says bye bye, throws kisses on command and always says a big “hi, mama” or “hi, dada” to warm up our hearts when she wakes up. The girl knows how to work it.

We are working on teaching her body parts. She can point to her nose, ears, eyes, tummy and belly button appropriately.

However, I can’t help but think that she is fast becoming a circus performer when we ask her to show various relatives all of the amazing things she is learning. My father who she calls “Zadie” lives far away, so his connection with her is often via phone. He makes a great sound that sounds like an odd bird’s mating call. Our daughter can imitate him on command. It warms his heart to hear her imitate him, so she performs for him often.

Yesterday at the pediatrician’s office, she asked us what our daughter can say and do. Once again, we had her perform.

Perhaps, I need to stop our odd ritual. It’s just so darn cute when she recites a new word or imitates sounds. Surely, the time will come when she stops wanting to please me. Guess my husband and I should enjoy it now!

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sweet 16… Months…

It’s been a very busy 4 months. My daughter is officially a toddler as she walks determined through our house exploring every nook and cranny. Yesterday, a set of drawers fell almost on top of her. It was scary!

This got me thinking that even with all of the baby proofing we’ve done it’s still about one single moment. I want to balance my daughter’s desire to have adventure. Her curiosity is what makes her understand the world. This is something I don’t want to squash, but I also want her safe. Living in fear is bad for me, but may be necessary as she navigates this fun new world. My husband and my “hawk eyes” will need to be always around her, but from a distance.

There are a few basic rules I like to live by, and will share with you:

1) She rides her Kettler quadro-bike with a helmet always!

2) She has learned to go “tuschy first” down the stairs where there are gates prominently positioned that require her to get me before she begins.

3) She must be within eye sight at all times of either my husband or me.

The remaining internal balance I give myself is that things happen. My desire to raise a strong and savvy young woman doesn’t come without sacrifice. I believe she needs some freedom to become this great lady I envision. My hope is that she will always hear “Yay” in her head when she accomplishes something great as we always applaud her now. I’m assuming that great ladies like Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meier, Hilary Clinton, Marie Curie, Madeline Albreight, Katie Couric, Tina Fey and others all heard that from their mothers. No pressure to my daughter, but I expect no less from her because I’ve given her the latitude she currently has to explore our home even with dressers falling and other potential hazards in her way. It’s not like other great women before her didn’t have to traverse tough terrain like that!

November 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Year in Review – The Must-Haves That Really Helped…

My daughter just turned 1 last month. It’s been quite busy. She’s walking and talking. There aren’t too many free moments with her now, but as I clean out her already full closet and the attic filled with contraptions she doesn’t use any more I feel quite nostalgic. It is with that nostalgia that I am creating a list for those parents about to embark on this fun journey of the first year:

FIRST THREE MONTHS – MUST HAVES:

– An infant swing  (that thing has to wind up, buckle them in and rock slowly. It’s a blessing at 4 a.m. agitations, but get one handed down or in a consignment store as it’s about $100 for a 3 month use cycle. Not worth it).

– A play mat with fun toys attached for texture and pulling. (Again, good gift or consignment store purchase as it is a 3 to 6 month purchase. Once they crawl, it is of no use).

– Taggies – blankets, toys, etc. The brand is filled with great textures and colors that my daughter loves still at 1 year.

– Breathable bumper – I poo-pooed this, but when my daughter nicked her head against the crib while sleeping. The breathable bumper went on. Bright green color is cute. The other colors feel like medicine colors to me. It is ugly and doctors tell you try not to do it. Breathable bumper is okay by my pediatrician though.

– Universal stroller that clicks your baby’s car seat right in. Don’t get any other stroller until your child is at least 6 months old. This is a huge investment that you want to really fit your child’s needs. The Universal stroller is easy to click in and fold up to store in car. Unless you live in a very urban area where you’ll walk a lot with your baby, wait. I wished I would’ve.  I use my $29.99 umbrella stroller more than my $300 stroller I had to have because the umbrella stroller is easier to get her up and down stairs while still inside.

– Dr. Andrew Weil bottles (They click so you know the nipple is on right).

– Munchkin brand dryer rack is really good with the larger hooks for bottles and smaller nearby hooks for nipples. Someone does have to improve the offerings though to provide more hooks AND a companion rack for plates, forks and spoons to click on when the baby starts on solids at 6 months and then another with less deep hooks for sippy cups at 9 months, etc. (I’ll be happy to help any manufacturer develop this. My mom friends all think this is a great idea).

– Infant formula single “to-go” packs. (Even when breast feeding, I’d use these from Simulac for those “hard to go public” moments and mix it with a bottle of spring water. It was really easy.  They keep really well. Better than those pre-measured containers you can get for infant formula).

– 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 12 month white onesies (long and short-sleeved from Carter’s or Osh Kosh B’Gosh because they are thicker cotton and wash well. Onesies are good “protection” from the bad leaks).

– A BACKPACK diaper bag from Land’s End with side mesh bags for bottles and accessible rattle toys.

– Zip lock baggies to hold diapers with diaper wipes for those “Oh my” moments in the public bathrooms.

– Deodorant baggies to throw diapers in the public bathrooms.

SECOND SIX MONTHS:

– Lots of fun colorful bins to put toys, books and stuffed animals in for baby to easily pick and choose on her own.

– Pop-up toys with any characters make her laugh and occupy hours of her time teaching her motor skills of pushing up and down the shapes.

– Sorting toys with shapes and colors to stuff inside boxes are hysterical time occupiers.

– Musical toys such as egg shakers, maracas, drums (without sticks) and bells are wonderful teachers of rhythm and receive screams of joy from my daughter.

– walking push toys of any sort, but ideally a walking toy that can push up with a handle bar for those trying to walk and also offer a seat to others who are ready to ride.

– pull toys are fun too!

– The umbrella stroller is great at 6 months and older because it is portable enough for you to carry the baby up and down stairs and folds easily at a restaurant to become inconspicuous. Those bigger strollers are easier to undo, but really down fold up as tight — especially in a restaurant, subway or tight public spot.

– The shopping cart cover is a great invention that fits easily inside the front part of a shopping cart to give her a lovely padded area with strings and loops that occupy her for hours and keep her strapped in safely, as well as hasten the spread of germs.

– a high chair that has a washable, wipeable seat. It isn’t enough that you can wash it in a clothing washer, but you really should be able to wipe it down easily after her meals. It gets messy.

– Moistened hand wipes are really great! I personally love the Aloe Vera soft hand wipes from Babies R Us or the Nice N’ Clean hand wipes you can get there too. Diaper wipes dry out her skin. These hand wipes — even Sani Clean brand or Wet Wipes in those canisters are really good at getting everything off her. Eating is a messy time, but there are other times too. These moistened hand wipes do a great job, but also seem to have moisturizer in them. It’s not alcohol smelling either.

– Sippy cups from Munchkin have silicone nipples that really work well for my daughter. I started her with the 6 ounce cups that have handles and graduated her to one without. She also uses Advent sippy cups.  Tommy Tippee from England also look good, but she’s already in possession of more than enough sippy cups.

– Sassy brand plates with plastic tops are sectioned for easy meals and very bright, happy colors. They are dishwasher safe too (or I’ve had no problems in the dishwasher).

12 MONTHS:

– She’s now 12 months and I’m finding that she is loving to imitate me. Have purchased an old fashioned Fisher Price dial phone and various plastic cell phones to keep in places throughout our house, car and the diaper bag so she can “stay in touch” while she uses any bag as a pocketbook/purse to begin her hours of being mommy.

– Got a great plastic small trike for her with no pedals that she sits and pushes herself around our patio.

– Her big red wagon with safety straps and a pocket for her sippy cup of ice water has been great fun.

– Her blow up pool has yet to be blown up this summer, but this is a nice gift too.

– My sister-in-law bought her a plastic beach bucket with shovel and hoe that is also a favored toy.

– She plays with funny sunglasses and is just starting to enjoy smaller dolls.

– I’ve tried to get her into the Little People bus I just purchased, but she’s not ready for it yet.

– Another mommy-pushing the envelope thing I just purchased is art supplies like the 24-month Crayola crayons and markers. She loves them!  She mostly sucks on the non-toxic crayons and washable markers, but also draws – spending hours at her mini table and chairs with either her daddy or me — making pictures for everyone. Hope this is the start of a Picasso!

So, these are my daughter’s beginning must-haves. It’s been a fun first year. I miss her little cuddly baby self, but am truly enjoying the walking-talking maniac of a girl she is becoming. She plays with me as we point to our nose or belly button, read books together and cuddle. My daughter is really an engaging and fun girl who is blossoming before my eyes. And what a bonus, she’s a kid I like to hang out with, too.

August 10, 2010 Posted by | kids marketing, marketing to new moms, New Moms, Uncategorized, What to buy for new mothers | Leave a comment

Pinching Pennies & Still Spending Too Much?

It happened to me again. The seasons changed. I thought my daughter had enough summer clothes, but 3 pairs of shorts and a sun dress doesn’t do it for a year old whose digestive world has just opened up.

My general rule is to spend only $5 or less on any one piece of clothing for my daughter as she grows so fast these clothes aren’t going to last. Now, she needs as many as two outfits a day at daycare. Sometimes, she needs three.

Laundry is an answer, but I still can’t keep up. Thus, when my daycare pleaded “More Summer Clothes Please,” I gave in and went shopping.

My bargain hunting skills aren’t what they used to be, so when I read that Carters was having a 70% off sale I ran to their discount store near me. It wasn’t so discount. The shorts offered in her size were $5 or more. The cute sun outfits even on the clearance rack were $7.99 (cleverly marked $1.99 and up to get me over there). I went on to Target. Now, this is my FAVORITE store for baby things. Still, I caught them on a week without sales. They were less expensive than Carter’s however with shorts marked at $4 a piece. T-shirts and tank tops were also $4 a piece. I also checked out TJ Maxx. Great place for baby clothes, but still my quest for the $1.50 bargain didn’t happen there either. I did get better deals on Carter brand sundresses.

My cousin can always find great deals online. My goal now is to share her tips with you when I find them. She works the sale and clearance racks at Children’s Place, The Gap Baby stores, and even Gymboree to find her daughter great deals on clothes for under $2. More to come on my quest to be frugal.

I will report back after my visit this weekend with her in Philadelphia. She is sure to have some tips that I will use and publish for you to use also.

Being caught off guard is never a good formula to find bargains. However, my trip to Carter’s produced 5 outfits for $18. My trip to Target purchased 2 pairs of shorts for $5. Finally, my trip to TJ Maxx cost me $11 for 2 sun outfits and 1 pair of shorts. My daughter is ready for summer in her new size – 18 months. Daycare will be well stocked too, so she doesn’t have to be the “poor girl who has to borrow from the other better dressed girls at school”… oh, memories came pouring over me last night when I picked her up at daycare to find her in “borrowed” clothes.

More tips on bargain hunting will come. It’s my goal to master this!  I will NOT pay more than $5 for any one piece of clothing for her until she is at least 2 years old. She is growing too fast. You read it here!!

June 3, 2010 Posted by | marketing to new moms | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Transition to MILK – It Does a Body Good…

It’s funny. I’ve talked to so many more experienced moms about when the right time is to transition your baby from infant formula to milk. They all offer very different advice.

My daughter is 11 months old. She is growing well, but still registers a “proportional” 25 percent on the charts for weight and height. (Her head is a little bigger, but she’s cute anyway).

She is loving the “real” food I am giving her — everything from string cheese, chicken, cooked carrots and asparagus to potatoes, hummus, bananas, apples and pears. She is quite a healthy eater. We are really lucky that the only thing she really doesn’t like is peas and green beans. My decision to introduce milk was one I felt she has been ready for this month with her real food transition going so well. She is getting great nutrition. Infant formula is becoming less and less important for her overall calorie intake is diverse and nutritious.

The mommy network however seems to be a bit across the board. Many mothers I talked to insisting that you must wait until the child is a year to assure she’s getting the right nutritional intake.

I asked both my daughter’s pediatrician and my retired pediatrician, wise old dad this question and both replied that she is absolutely ready to receive milk. I listened to my medical advisors. The transition was really smooth. She still gets infant formula in the night time before she goes to bed to make sure she is full at night, but received whole milk for the first two weeks of this transition and is now completely on 2 percent milk two or three times a day baby.

The milk transition has gone well so far. The mommy network is in awe of me right now because they are receiving tons of messages from infant formula companies about the “transition” happening at 12 months. And I just listened to my gut. I did receive a great mailing from Enfamil (not my infant formula brand right now though) who says the transition to growing up milk should be 9 months to 15 months. (Thank you Enfamil for making me feel better).

Personally, I believe it’s a cultural thing. We American mommies may be too overwrought with nutritional supplement messaging for us to make a gut decision that’s right for our child alone. My daughter is doing great with milk. In fact, her hair has grown much faster and shinier than before. She hasn’t been sick in over a month even though her daddy has and several day care buddies have too. Might be the overall nutrition she is now receiving with a more diverse food palette, but she is loving her milk. It seems to be doing her body good!! (Insert Milk advertising messaging here)…

May 24, 2010 Posted by | New Moms, What to buy for new mothers | Leave a comment

Infant Tylenol & The Difficulty of Quality Control in What We Buy…

After I heard about the recent recall of Infant Tylenol and Motrin (as well as other children’s trusted everyday medicine brands), I realized again that it isn’t always the name brand that matters but the trust you have in where it came from and the total lack of control we have in the actual quality of what we give our children. This goes for medicine, diapers, baby food and almost everything else.

In the age of outsourcing, brand name doesn’t always mean it was manufactured by that brand.

As a new parent, I am very concerned about the larger picture of what I’m giving my daughter. Organics don’t mean what it used to, so buying an Organic cheese or milk product from a premium brand could still lead to what happened with a trusted parent brand like Infant Tylenol. It was a bit of dirt that got into several vials of Infant Tylenol. This could happen to any product we give to our child. The problem was minor. The manufacturer’s reaction was good and quick. Yet, I still wonder how many other products we give our children every day are not undertaking strict quality control measures to make sure nothing gets out with even that minor infraction.

Mount onto that, scares that happened last year with infant formula in China and lead getting into toys that were made by China. It leaves parents like me concerned.

For me, I purchase products that I feel come from a good and trusted manufacturer and retailer who I hope are helping me review the quality control. Extra assurances like “lead free” or “BPA free” are great, but I need to know about where the manufacturing took place and the quality control measures taken. Perhaps, I’d even endorse a signature of the inspector on the products I give my child. Remember the underwear commercials that touted the inspector lady.

I realize that it is also my duty as a parent to look for the obvious like specs of dirt inside a product I am giving my child. It isn’t just buying from a trusted manufacturer that gives us quality control any more. We need to make sure we are also looking and protecting our children.

My role as my daughter’s parent is to not only look for the obvious, but understand who and where the products I give her are made. I am also going to check with the pharmacist at Target and my doctor who is unaffiliated with that retailer to double check if the generic brand I currently purchase because it’s significantly cheaper than Infant Motrin and Tylenol is safe and who makes it. Generic doesn’t necessarily mean no control measures. Target is a trusted retailer who I believe will be diligent for me in providing good generic brands. I just need to make sure.

Again, I feel like the spec of dirt was not horrible. It just reconfirms my need to stay diligent in what my daughter and my whole family digests. My role as my daughter’s mom is to understand what to react to as a concern and what to understand as something to watch.

This is something I’m just going to try to understand, so she’s safe, but not over-react. It’s hard to stay diligent and not be that overprotective, obnoxious savior mom I am trying to avoid being.

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Whole New World of Table Foods! Yay!

After 3 months of introducing a bunch of new foods that started at 6 months with the ever-plugging iron-fortified cereals (both rice and oatmeal were not fun additions) and then moved onto a variety of interesting smelling organic substances they call baby food, my 9 month old daughter is eating a good deal of real table foods I can recognize. And she’s loving them! (Complete with jubilant kicks when seeing the foods come to her at her high chair).

We started with simple foods like YoBaby – an organic yogurt from Stonyfield Farm that probably has too much sugar, but is conveniently packaged in great small and easy to use cartons. (As I mentioned before, the environment is less of an issue for me these days than it should be as I can barely sleep, but we are recycling bottles and cartons as much as possible, I promise). YoBaby has the hormone free milk and great flavors like pear, sweet potato, raspberry, strawberry, etc.

Then, we incorporated foods that she has enjoyed in the organic baby foods. I’m trying to keep her in organic foods when it comes to foods without protective skins — e.g. strawberries, raspberries, milk — because of all of the weird chemicals that have affected the growth of girls, especially. We incorporated organic cheeses and no hormone injected chicken (not organic per se, but the chickens were free range and not given hormones). We also gave her some skinned grapes. She loved them.

We’re moving onto vegetables that aren’t from a jar too. Transitioning from jarred organic sweet potatoes to steamed sweet potatoes, for instance. Steaming carrots is also a first step into table foods for her. She loves them. Now that she is 9 months –with 2 fully-in teeth on the bottom and 4 teeth coming in on the top — she is able to chew/suck in a pretty good way. Nothing too hard to chew, but lumpy works great for her. They call this “Stage 3” in the marketing of baby food. My pediatrician said that this is the time table foods are better, so I’m transitioning her off of the jarred baby foods with “Stage 3” organic offerings that are easy to prepare, but making my own foods more often.

It’s pretty cool how easy eating has come to her. Given our family history with loving food on both sides, I wouldn’t expect anything less. The jubilant kicks upon seeing foods like cheese – however – are really making this table food thing fun!

Our pediatrician also recommended we incorporate food items that most kids later dislike –such as salmon– to ensure she is introduced to them early may mean she will keep on eating them when white foods become more of a mantra. (We all know those kids who only eat “white foods” such as white bread, french fries and macaroni). We are stuck in the suburbs where good fish is hard to come by, but I am looking hard for fresh and farmed salmon. Considering a drive into the City for some great fish monger fish. I am also checking the fish watch web sites to make sure the fish I choose isn’t on those high mercury lists.  I also want her to eat good things like avocados with omega-3 and other great unsaturated fats that her body will love as her skin and hair continue to grow.

It feels like I’m starting a painting and need to get the right paints to make sure the finished picture is a good one. I want her body to grow well, but also want to make an exploration of good food. Eating great nutritional food can be a fun thing. Food is a window to learning new cultures and also nutritionally an important thing to become a strong and healthy person. Food has always been an adventure for her daddy and me (sometimes too much of one), so I want her to feel the same way. It’s a big deal!

Again, my mantra about organic foods for her is to buy items without skins as organic, but safely purchase non-organic fruits and vegetables with skins from my local market who I trust. I literally go to a local market who buys from local farmers wherever possible for our family’s produce with or without skin. I’m trying not to be crazy about it. Practical because the costs of organic produce is out of sight, and frankly any practical nutritionist will agree that protective skin fruits and vegetables (oranges, bananas, etc) are safe. It’s the thin skins that you eat or could eat such as carrots, zucchinis, apples that investing in organic could be beneficial.

The cool benefit of eating table foods now is that the lovely digestive issues that started when she transitioned from solely drinking infant formula to cereals has gone away. She is also one happy camper because the girl loves her food!!!

April 9, 2010 Posted by | marketing to new moms, New Moms | , , , , | Leave a comment

She Got Sick!

It finally happened. The dreaded call at the most inopportune time. Up against deadline for a project, day care called. She’s got a 102.8 Fahrenheit temp. She’s cranky. She’s not her happy self. We have to go and pick her up.

Luckily, my husband’s day was lighter than mine. He picked her up. The scare of my daughter being ill was mixed in with guilt in the fact that my reaction was “Oh *@@*, I have a deadline.”  I realized that I had suddenly become what I dreaded. The mom who doesn’t appreciate all it takes to be a good mom, so I realized that the deadline will get done and my daughter needs me.

It took some loving as I held her in my arms, feeling her hot head against my chest. It also took a series of doctor’s remedies including a warm bath (I highly recommend this action before anything else to get a fever down), a dose of both infant Tylenol (I love the Target generic brand as it’s $2.34 versus the $7.99 or sometimes $9 price tag for Tylenol) and infant Motrin (also a Target generic brand was used as the price was $3.54 versus $8 for Motrin). For some reason, the pediatric nurse practicioner recommended giving her both to get the fever down. It worked!  I personally believe the TLC and warm bath was the most successful.

The pediatric NP said that my daughter (who is now 9 months and a puny little 16 pounds) can take about a dropper and a half of the generic infant Tylenol ever four hours and about 4 cc of the infant Motrin every six hours. My daughter didn’t need more than one dose of the mixture, and another two doses of infant Tylenol. The warm bath really got her fever down and restored her to her happy self after a nice long sleep.

Of course, my deadline was made. My husband — whom I appreciate more and more every day — shared in the caretaking we had to do the following 24 hours when she wasn’t in daycare, but back to her happy, exploring and mobile baby self. She was crawling all over the house as if she never had a fever within 12 hours of the 3 p.m. call we received from daycare the day previous.

My advice to any new mom with a sick baby home from day care — give her a warm bath and generic infant Tylenol before even calling your pediatrician. The bath was magical!

April 4, 2010 Posted by | marketing to new moms, New Moms | , , , | Leave a comment