Monday, March 30, 2009

Talking about babies

Profgrrrrl asks:
For something totally different, how about a post about something baby (best baby advice or a funny MM baby story) since I'm living in babyland these days?

I will give you the best child-rearing advice I ever got, which is, "Pick your battles, but win the ones you pick." and, "You can give in at any time up until the screaming starts, but after the screaming starts you must not give in or you will just teach your child that she can get what she wants if she screams long enough". This advice, of course, does not apply to babies, but to toddlers and above.

For babies, the best advice is, "whatever works". And keep extra diapers with you at all times.
If the poop is leaking out of the diaper, it's time to go up a size. If the pee is regularly leaking through, ditto.

You can never have enough cloth diapers and onesies.

Swaddling is a good thing, except when it's not.

Never say, "no" to an offer of help. Let people cook for you. If your baby has a lovey that she can not live or sleep without buy a spare and keep 'em switched up. If the only chore outside of direct baby care that you get done is the laundry, you're doing a great job.

Read Ask Moxie.

I'll dig out a letter to MM to post tomorrow or the next day.

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Jenn said...

Ask Moxie has the best Cloth Diaper primer (as a side comment).

Ramblin' Red said...

Great reminders...thanks, as I'll be needing them soon :)

kathy a. said...

excellent advice! "never say no to an offer of help" was definitely the best advice for a newborn -- although, "sleep whenever you can" was a close second.

"pick your battles" remains pertinent right up to legal adulthood.