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  • Life giving words! The tongue has the power to build up and to tear down. Let's seek to build up our littles and teach them how to build up those around them.
  • In the last post, we talked about dropping the swaddle. I love sleep sacks for naps and nighttime once the swaddle is gone! ⁣
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Loose bedding is not safe in a crib, and most babies and young toddlers don't stay still enough to stay under a blanket anyways. So, how to keep them cozy when they sleep? Enter the sleep sack! ⁣
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A sleep sack is essentially a blanket that zips closed and has openings for your baby's head and arms. You can find one that is perfect for any climate; they are available in cool muslin, cotton, warm fleece, and even wool. ⁣
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In addition to keeping your child cozy, I love sleep sacks because  when used regularly for sleep periods, they are a good visual and tactile cue that signals "sleep" to your little one's brain. ⁣
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My personal favorite brand and the one we use in my home is @halosleep (not a sponsored post!), but there are a variety of others out there as well. ⁣
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I am a sucker for a cute sleep sack that coordinates with pajamas. So fun! ⁣
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Do your littles use sleep sacks? What is your go-to?
  • Encouraging words are life giving! The baby and toddler life isn't always beautiful or glamorous. Some days encouraging words are easy to come by while other days it takes a conscious choice. ⁣
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Even on the most challenging days, find something to praise your child for. You will be glad you did! ⁣
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You are doing a good job, mama. ❤
  • Most newborn babies love being swaddled! It mimics the cozy comfort of the womb and helps soften the startle reflex. ⁣
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Eventually, the swaddle must go, but this can be anxiety inducing if your baby sleeps very well when swaddled! ⁣
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When is it time to stop swaddling? If your baby is showing signs of rolling over soon, or is already able to roll over, you MUST stop swaddling now. It is dangerous for a baby to roll over to his tummy and not have access to his arms to push up and move his face off of the mattress if needed. ⁣
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If your baby is not showing any signs of rolling, you can wait a bit if you like. I personally like to drop the swaddle in the 3rd month, but some babies do better swaddled a little longer. Talk to your pediatrician to decide when it is right to stop swaddling your baby. ⁣
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How should you go about dropping the swaddle? You have options! ⁣
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1. Cold turkey. This is the only way I recommend if your little one is close to or already able to roll over. ⁣
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2. One arm at a time⁣
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3. Just the beginning of the night, slowly working to all night. ⁣
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4. Moving to a transitional item. ⁣
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Head to the link in my bio to read the blog post "How to Stop Swaddling Your Baby". It talks about all of this in more detail! ⁣
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If your little one is out of the swaddle, how old were they when you transitioned? How did you transition them? Any tips for your fellow moms and dads?
  • All babies cry. But some seem to cry more than others! You have probably heard the term 'colicy baby' before. Colic traditionally has been defined as crying more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, for 3 weeks. It is prolonged periods of crying in a baby who is otherwise healthy. ⁣
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Pediatrician Ronald Barr coined the acronym PURPLE period to give further definition to this trying time. ⁣
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P = peak of crying (6-8 weeks)⁣
U = unexpected (comes and goes)⁣
R = resists soothing (your normal tricks don't work well)⁣
P = pain like face when not in pain⁣
L = long lasting (up to 5+ hours a day)⁣
E = evening (tends to be the worst)⁣
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Most babies go through a PURPLE period to some degree. For some, it is hard and intense and feels like it will never end. ⁣
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Tired mama and daddy, there is light at the end of the tunnel! Colic/PURPLE crying tends to be at the worse from 6-8 weeks and then usually improves week by week; almost always ending between 12-16 weeks. ⁣
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Hang in there! If your baby is crying more than you are comfortable with, check with your pediatrician regarding possible food intolerances or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Those can cause significant discomfort and mimic colic. ⁣
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What are your best tips for soothing a colicy little one? ⁣
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  • Paci or no paci? When should you introduce it? When should you take it away? ⁣
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Answer: it is up to you! ⁣
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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that using a paci when falling asleep is protective against SIDS, but that it does not need to be replaced after it falls out. ⁣
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Sucking is soothing to babies, and many will enjoy a paci. Others much prefer their fingers! ⁣
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There is often concern about causing nipple confusion if a paci is introduced too early. Typically, as long as a baby is feeding well and not struggling with his latch, there is no need to be concerned about causing nipple confusion by introducing a paci. If you have concerns, run it past your pediatrician first. ⁣
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When should you take the paci away? Generally the easiest time is at 6 months of age, but it is completely fine to continue using it! Most pediatric dentists and pediatricians say to stop use by 2 years of age to prevent future dental problems. If your child is struggle with language development, your doctor may recommend saying goodbye to the paci earlier. ⁣
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Tip: don't decide to stop using the paci if your child is going through a time of transition such as a move, starting a new school, or having a baby brother or sister. I recommend either planning ahead and stopping paci use before the transition or waiting until a couple weeks after the transition. You'll be glad you did! ⁣
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Does your child use a paci? If not, when did they stop? Share your tips on saying goodbye to the paci! ⁣
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  • Waking a sleeping baby? Why on earth would I recommend you do that? There are two main reasons.⁣
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First: calories. You want baby to consume more calories during the day than she does during the night. If she naps so long that she skips feedings, she'll likely make up for those missed daytime feedings in the middle of the night. If you have questions about how often or how much your bub should be eating, give your pediatrician a quick call!⁣
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Second: sleep needs. Your little one has a certain number of hours she wants to sleep per 24 hours. You want the bulk of those house to be at night. If too many of those sleep hours wind up taking place during the day, she'll get her awake time in either when you want her to go to bed at night, in the middle of the night or early in the morning.So, you know why you will want to wake baby sometimes, but when are those times?⁣
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For itty bitty newborns, you will want to wake them often enough to stick to the feeding schedule recommended by your pediatrician. In those first few weeks, they may not do more than eat and go right back to sleep during the daytime. That is okay! Just wake baby every 2-3 hours per your pediatrician's recommendation.⁣
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Once you are past the newborn stage, I recommend capping naps at 2-2.5 hours for babies taking multiple naps per day (the last cat nap should generally be 30-60 minutes) and 2-3 hours for babies taking only 1 nap per day.⁣
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  • Babies, particularly newborns, tend to be extra fussy in the late afternoon/evening. .
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Using a carrier is a great way to keep your hands free and also comfort your little guy. .
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It is also great for that last nap if it tends to be a struggle! .
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