The Differences Between Your 4th Child and Your First

The Differences Between Your 4th Child and Your FirstWhen you have your first child, everything is new and a bit scary. You’re unsure of yourself, constantly asking questions and calling your pediatrician. By your second baby, you have a handle on things. Life isn’t so scary, but you still insist everyone wash their hands before touching your baby. The third baby is pretty simple; you have the help of the first two to get things done and you’re basically a pro. By the fourth baby, things are very different…

1. There are a lot less photos

During your first pregnancy, you probably took a photo of your belly every week. You took a photo of your child every day and posted it to Facebook immediately. It’s all so new that you had to document every moment of it. Your next kids, however, didn’t get such a treatment.

2. People celebrate a whole lot less

For your first baby, family you didn’t even know you had suddenly appeared to bestow gifts. Your neighbors from three streets over introduce themselves just to see the baby. Your home is overrun by baby gear and cute outfits. By your fourth kid, people have lost track of your pregnancies and aren’t sure if you have a brood of children or if you’ve started a mobile daycare.

3. You relax your hygiene rules

The first baby got a new outfit every time she drooled. You passed out hand sanitizer to friends who wanted to hold her. Now you’re wiping your last child’s mouth with her sleeve or even your thumb, handing her off to people without a second thought, and you aren’t sure how long she’s been wearing that onesie.

4. Illnesses are a lot more common

When it was just you, your spouse and your first baby, illnesses weren’t that common. There was the usual baby sniffles and occasional ear infection, but nothing serious. With a house full of kids, however, disease seems to materialize from nowhere and everyone gets it. Your last child has had a perpetual runny nose since birth.

5. You don’t worry about milestones

Is he holding his head up enough? Is he rolling over on time? Does he look like he’ll walk soon? There’s a lot of anxiety for new parents who are concerned that their child is developing on schedule. For the later kids, you won’t even stop to consider if things are happening “on time.”

6. You pay a little less attention

I’m not saying you love your newest child any less. Of course not. But you there’s no way you can keep the same level attention to detail as you could for your first. In the beginning, you might have kept a poop diary, scheduled your life around his naps, and carefully selected any TV programs that might be within earshot. On the fourth child, however, you let a lot of that go and cast your worries aside.

infant support pillowGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

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Natural Solutions for Typical Baby Problems

natural solutions to baby problemsIt isn’t always necessary to consult a doctor every time you think your baby is a little ill. If your little one has a cold, or gas, or teething pain, you don’t need to rush to the ER. Most likely nothing is wrong. We tend to treat our children with medications and pharmaceuticals more often than necessary. Here are some natural solutions to typical baby problems that work just as well.

1. Clear her head with steam.

If you suspect your baby has a pressure headache or otherwise stuffy head, turn your shower as hot as you can make it and leave the door closed for a while. Once the room is good and steamy, hold your baby in there for a few minutes. If she understands, encourage her to take deep breaths of the humid air. This is quick decongestant fix, though. You may want to invest in a humidifier.

2. Use cold and pressure to relieve teething pain.

Pressure on the gums distracts the brain from the pain it’s experiencing in the same area. That’s why teething babies are always chewing on things. In the same way that a cold pack numbs your sprained ankle and reduces swelling, cold will ease teething pain. Place a wet washcloth in the freezer for an hour and let baby chew on it, or offer a freezer-safe teething toy.

3. Decongest your baby with an onion.

If your little one is congested or has a cold, slice an onion into several pieces (you want to expose as much surface area as possible). Lay it on a dish near the bed or crib. The sulfur content in the onions draws out mucus and fluids in the body. It will loosen the content of stuffy noses and drain sinus cavities. The room won’t smell that great, but baby will feel better.

4. Move your baby around to relieve gas.

Babies suffer from trapped gas more easily than us because they can’t adjust their bodies to gain relief. If you think your baby is cranky because she’s gassy, get her moving. Lay her on her back and move her legs back-and-forth like she’s pedaling a bicycle. Gently rub and manipulate her torso so the gas will pass through.

5. Honey and lemon juice for a sore throat.

Lemon is used to dry up congestion and pull excess moisture out of your baby’s throat. It’s especially helpful for that wet cough. Honey coats the inside of baby’s throat and soothes the skin that has been irritated by all the coughing. The mixture will give your baby enough relief to fall asleep. (Note: Honey is not safe for babies under one year old.)

6. Help your baby sleep with chamomile tea.

Chamomile is known for its soothing and relaxing properties. Many people use it as a sleep aid and it works for babies too. Find a quality chamomile tea and dilute it so it’s weak for you. You may want to test it a few times to judge its potency. Watch your baby quietly settle down and gently fall asleep.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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