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Baby’s bowel movements recently become irregular? Or have they started passing stools that are hard or like small clay balls? If this is happening baby may be constipated.

You first have to determine if baby is constipated, most people think of not pooping at all as constipation, this is not always the case. While the complete absence of bowel movements can be an indicator of constipation so can stools that are hard or difficult to pass.

If you suspect constipation here are some remedies you can try:

1. Change Diet

If you are exclusively breastfeeding consider making some adjustments to your diet, keep a food diary and note if eliminating any foods or food groups seems to help.

2. Change Formula

Talk to your pediatrician about changing baby’s formula to one that is a little easier on their tummy.

3. Fruits and Veggies

If your baby is eating solids some fruits and veggies could do the trick. Try fruits like pears, peaches, plums and prunes or vegetables like broccoli and brussels sprouts.

4. Baby Constipation Ease

Mommy’s Bliss gentle and pediatrician recommended baby constipation ease helps to ease occasional constipation with all natural ingredients including fennel and dandelion extract.

 

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They may be tiny in size but a new baby seems to require a myriad of paraphernalia.  Here are five easy tips to help you organize the onslaught of stuff before the baby arrives:
  • Design your nursery with accessibility in mind. I refer to it as “prime real estate.”  What will you need on a daily basis?  Diapers, ointment, onesies, socks, etc.  These items need to be placed in the most accessible area so that you can keep one hand on the baby while retrieving what you need with the other.  Keep only a limited supply of daily needed items on or inside your changing table and the excess in another location, then replenish as needed.  Don’t stuff your changing table with multiples of the same item.  Remember, your changing table is prime real estate. Just keep the items you need daily on or inside and place all the excess somewhere else.
  • Most new moms receive too much clothing.  If you are the lucky recipient of hand-me-downs that’s wonderful but you don’t have to keep every item (no matter how cute!)  Too much clothing contributes to the bulk of clutter I see in the homes of young families and clutter produces stress.  Most of us wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. Babies are no exception.  It really is possible to have too much of a good thing.  Keep just what you need and donate the rest.
  • How much is too much?  If you’re frequently doing laundry, you really only need two weeks supply of clothing.  That means 14 outfits, 14 pairs of socks. etc.  If you keep this minimalist rule I guarantee your home will stay much more organized.
  • Make the most of your vertical space.  Put up shelves, place tall book shelves against walls to create extra storage. I highly recommend Ikea’s Kallax shelving units.  They’re inexpensive and the cubby-like shelves help keep items organized.
  • Finally, create a “home” for all items.  Determine where items should be stored, train everyone in the household where items live and label if necessary. Creating a home for all items and maintaining the system is the key to an organized home.

janet bernsteinThis is a guest post from Janet Bernstein. Janet Bernstein is a Certified Professional Organizer® and owner of Janet Bernstein Organizers, LLC based in Philadelphia.  She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. She was named Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly® 2012 Personal Organizer and has been interviewed for numerous TV, print, and online media outlets including CBS Talk Philly and the New York Times. You can find more about Janet and her services on her website http://www.jborganizers.com

upset stomachColic is defined as uncontrollable crying in otherwise healthy and well-fed babies that begins within the first three weeks of life, lasts at least three hours per day, happens at least three times a week for at least three weeks. Although colic can occur at any time of day, for most babies this occurs at the end of the day and into the wee hours of the night.

One theory is that colic is caused by increased levels of serotonin, increased levels of serotonin can cause intestinal muscles to contract. As the baby grows and starts producing melatonin (which relaxes the intestinal muscles) around 3-4 months the colic stops. Serotonin levels peak in the evening which is one explanation as to why fussiness increases at night.

Another possible explanation as to why colic seems to occur at night is that most babies’ crying peaks in the late afternoon and early evening. While the cause and timing of colic cannot easily be identified there are some things you can do to try to ease your baby’s discomfort.

  • swaddle
  • gently rock your baby
  • bouncy chair or baby swing
  • white noise
  • gripe water
  • massage

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Do you find that your baby is a bit fussier at night? There are several reasons why your baby may be fussier at night, here are some reasons and possible remedies to help you both get some rest.

1. Overtired 

To help avoid having an overtired baby make sure they are getting enough naps in during the day and start your bedtime routine about an hour before you want your baby asleep. If you don’t already have one establish a bedtime routine, it can make a world of difference. Some ways to get baby ready for bed include dimming the lights, night feeding and a warm bath. Our Sweet Slumber lines great for the night time bath and is designed to naturally soothe your child and help them sleep.

2. Colic

Colic is often identified by the rule of 3′s: begins within the first 3 weeks of life, lasts at least 3 hours a day, at least 3 times a week for at least 3 weeks. Our gripe water is a gentle and effective way to treat colic in babies. Massage has also been shown to help ease baby’s discomfort.

3. Gas

If your baby is fussy, squirmy and keeps pulling his or her legs up they may be experiencing gas pains. You can try to ease their gas pain by laying them on their backs and moving their legs and hips in a bicycle motion to try to break the gas bubbles up so they can pass them. A warm bath can help and our gripe water is a safe and natural remedy for baby gas relief.

4. Overstimulated

Try to avoid physical activity and loud animated verbal interactions with your baby in the 2-3 hours before bedtime.