Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tips for Surviving Baby's First Year #ChurchandDwight

I have some very vague memories of the first year of Michael's life. There are some solid memories as well, of course, and a lot of good ones. But for much of that year I was in a haze. Especially the first 5 months or so, until he started sleeping 5 or 6 hours at a stretch. Between the nursing and the crying and the never sleeping, the first year of baby's life can take areal toll on Momma's physical and mental health. Church and Dwight have a few tips and products that can really help to get both Mom and Baby through year one.

Take a Postnatal Vitamin
Most new moms walk around in a state of exhaustion. Eating well can be tough when caring for a newborn, so taking a postnatal vitamin can fill in any nutritional gaps and help give you and baby what you need when nursing. First Response Prenatal & Postnatal Gummy Multivitamins are a go-to. They come in an easy to take gummy format – perfect for pregnancy and beyond to provide calcium, and other essential nutrients, like B vitamins and folate.

Recognize and Treat a Gassy Tummy
Babies can be quite gassy, passing gas more than 20 times a day! With plenty of opportunity to swallow air whenever they feed, or suck on a pacifier, or cry, it can be challenging to prevent gas buildup. But keeping the baby’s head higher than its stomach when feeding, and burping them often can help minimize it. Using a slow flow nipple if bottle feeding, or working it out through a gentle massage also works, but in a pinch, try Ovol Drops. They provide gentle and fast relief of colic, bloating or gas by helping to break up gas bubbles that causes the discomfort. (You should only use Ovol Drops on the advice of a doctor.)

Baby’s first tooth? Ensure a good sleep for you and baby
As early as 3-months, babies can begin teething, causing discomfort and disrupted sleep for both mom and baby. Baby Orajel Homeopathic Teething Gel helps, with the soothing power of chamomile,  offering safe, effective and naturally-derived medicinal ingredients for your baby to treat you both to a full night’s rest.

Give new moms the support they need
Being exhausted and caring for a teething or gassy baby are things all new moms struggle with, but there are lots of other changes and issues not everyone is so comfortable talking about. What about those unspoken issues that you’d rather keep to yourself, things like postpartum hemorrhoids?

Did you know that around 25% of women who develop hemorrhoids after giving birth still have them at six months postpartum[1]? Although you may feel embarrassed to talk about it, that doesn’t mean that you should suffer in silence, since there are things you can do to help relieve the symptoms.

For example, try applying an ice pack (with a soft covering) to the affected area several times a day, or soak your bottom for 10 to 15 minutes in a warm and relaxing bath to decrease swelling and discomfort. You can also try an over-the-counter medication such as Anusol Plus ointment or suppositories to soothe and ease the burning sensation and help reduce the swelling of hemorrhoid tissue. Anusol Plus even has an anesthetic to help provide that extra pain relief over other over-the-counter treatments. It’s important to note that you should always consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Anusol products.

Moms have to stick together, so next time you meet a new mom, don’t be afraid to have those real conversations and share some of these tips – I’m sure they’ll thank you for it.

What advice can you offer new moms to help make baby’s first year a little less stressful?

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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