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DIY Baby proofing from the hardware store

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We needed to do something to help protect little man from hitting his head too hard on our coffee table. I understand that kids hit their heads and they will get hurt. But, I don’t want to see him get hurt on the edges. So, on one of our family walks, we stopped at the hardware store and got some pipe insulation (3/4″). Little man loved playing with it on the walk home. Once we were back, we split the insulation down the seam and had it cup over the edge of the coffee table. Then we taped the ends together with some black electrical tape. Now we have a baby proofed coffee table. So far so good! The only downside is that little man still wants to play with the foam pipe insulation.

Infant Massage

wpid-2013-01-10-21.23.16.jpg While little man is not a tiny infant anymore, we went to an infant massage class today anyway. We had been many times previously, but took about a month off for the holidays. I started doing infant massage with little man when he was about 2 months old. The first few times were rough but he soon learned to love and enjoy each massage. This helped to strengthen the bond between little man and I while it was still new. We learned some gas relieving techniques which were much-needed. And, most importantly, we learned how to calm down little man. The massages make him feel secure, loved, and relaxed.

Would you like to do infant massage? If so, here’s what you need to get started:

  • Baby safe oil or lotion (I use baby oil)
  • Blanket to lay baby on (to make a cushioned surface that’s ok for oil to get on)
  • A quiet space
  • A few infant massage moves / techniques
  • Time (our class runs about 30 minutes long but even 15 minutes can be great)

Here is a quick guide to infant massage moves you can do at home for you to download. (File from baby.com) If you have an infant, I encourage you to look to your local community for a nearby class. It’s great to get together with other moms and babies. It’s also nice to have a scheduled time to do infant massage since sometimes the day can get away from us and don’t always take the time.

Do you do infant massage? Or have you done it with your kids before? I’d love to know!

Dad’s a Genius – Trick Feeding

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We have been trying to feed little man peaches for a few days and he just doesn’t like them. He’ll turn his head away and close his mouth. But I already had mashed up peaches to feed him and I didn’t want them to go to waste. Tonight we tried feeding them to him again and no luck. He didn’t want them. However, he did want dad’s sweet potato chip. So dad grabbed a chip and a spoonful of peaches and when little man opened his mouth to eat the chip, he put the peaches in. Little man was tricked into eating all the peaches I had prepared. Dad was a genius and we will be waiting a while before trying another batch of peaches.

OUCH! Tears from a sad little man

Lately little man has been teething a lot. We noticed the first sign of an actual tooth about a week ago. It kind of raised up but wasn’t showing that bright white you see when it fully comes through. He loves to run his tongue on this bit of tooth. I imagine it’s because it is a different texture. Anyway, our day had gone on as usual and during a feed (he is still mostly breastfed), it finally happened. He bit me! I never imagined it would hurt that much. Such a sharp pain. So, when his not so pearly white practically pierced me, I screamed. I yelled out OUCH! and jerked away a bit. All completely reactionary. I certainly didn’t plan on yelling, or pulling away from him but I did. Then he looked at me with such big eyes and I knew I’d scared him. He started crying and I felt like doing the same. So out came the pacifier and it was cuddle time until he had calmed down. We re-approached eating about an hour later and haven’t had another bite since. [crosses fingers]

For all the other moms out there, have you ever been bitten? And did you keep breastfeeding or was it once bitten, twice shy?