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    Five Favorites: Tools For Helping a Sick Baby

    Five Faves: Tools For Helping a Sick Baby

    My weekend inspired today’s post. Calvin has come down with his first case of croup. In typical second baby fashion, he got it much earlier than the first time his brother came down with the same bug. Charlie was almost two before getting croup for the first time (he then gave the virus to me and I ended up with pneumonia and two dislocated ribs from such a bad cough!) It’s so much scarier when they’re as little as Calvin — listening to him breathe has been torture. But after a visit to the doctor and some medicine he is doing much better and mostly sounds like he has a nasty cold now. So I thought I would share my five favorite tools for helping baby get through a nasty cold virus in case it helps any of you, or you have favorites to share as well.

    1. Nose Frieda: I can’t believe I didn’t have one of these with Charlie! This thing is a freaking brilliant tool and every parent should have one in their arsenal. If you aren’t familiar, you essentially suck the snot out of baby’s nose! But don’t worry, there’s a filter and none of it actually makes its way to your mouth. It works one million times better than those bulb suckers. Trust me. Buy two right now (and go with the one with extra filters).

    2. Zoe Organics Breathe Balm: Anything that helps baby breathe better is a gem in my book, and Zoe Organics Breathe Balm does that and is all natural, so it is safe to use on the little ones. I used this when Calvin got his first cold at 3 months and am using it again now. In a pinch (when I run out of this and until I can get more) I use Baby Vicks (be sure to use the baby version as the regular version is medicated and can’t be used on little ones!) but I prefer the ingredients in the Breathe Balm. And it’s now available at Target!

    3. Cool mist humidifier and Breathe blend essential oils: When baby is stuffy or has a cough a cool mist humidifier is your BFF. I have gone through a couple over my mothering years, but this one is my favorite because you can direct the mist in baby’s direction. I add some drops of the Breathe blend of essential oils (or you can diffuse them seperately in a diffuser like this — I also like to diffuse this oil blend to help boost immune systems) to help as well. You can also dilute the Breathe blend with fractionated coconut oil in a roller and rub on baby (you would make it similar to how I made this one).

    4. Basic rectal thermometer: There are so many thermometers out there and some with so many bells and whistles, but I’ve found that your basic rectal thermometer (the one they give you at the hospital) is your best bet. Just designate one specifically for checking baby’s rectal temp, so no one uses it in their mouths! And always check with your pediatrician regarding how to treat a fever, should baby have one.

    5. Babywearing and breastfeeding: When baby is sick, they need as much comfort as they can get. Especially with croup or other illnesses that get worse when baby is in distress. Even though we don’t exclusively nurse anymore, I find that when Calvin wakes at night and can’t calm down, nursing does the trick. And during the day, I wear him a lot in our Ergobaby 360. (You can read a review I did of the 360 here). I even prefer to take him to the pediatrician’s office in the Ergo, because it keeps him comforted, close and away from other germs in the office, and all I have to do is unclip it and let the back down so the doctor can listen to his breathing, etc. Otherwise he isn’t disturbed by being at the doctor at all.

    Five Faves: Tools For Helping a Sick Baby: Babywearing with our Ergobaby 360

    I threw all of my little tools in the photo above, and included the homeopathic Hyland’s cold tablets as well. In my experience they work a bit better for older babies but I did see some improvement in cold symptoms and since you can’t give baby much to treat colds they are worth a try! Also, I roll a towel under the crib mattress to elevate the end his head is at to help with any drainage.

    Do you have any tried and true tools you go to when your baby is sick? Hope these help some of you going through what we are right now.

    Oh, and Zoe Organics is offering 20% off their Breathe Balm (when purchasing on their site) for my readers with code BREATHE. Go stock up!

    PS – You can find all of my Five Favorites posts here.

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    Good Moms Feed Their Babies However They Can

    Good Moms Feed Their Babies However They Can | Bottle Feeding with Honest on Oh Lovely Day

    I’ve shared quite a bit about my motherhood experience both here on my blog and over in my instagram feed. I try to be pretty honest without constantly over sharing. I try to be encouraging. I try to be real. It isn’t always easy. On some days (the ones that I don’t have to leave the house) the real me doesn’t get dressed until the afternoon. On some days the real me has a hard time. On some days the real me feels really good about myself. On some days I think I’m doing a pretty good job. But there was a time when I struggled as a mom, and occasionally I still do. One thing I struggled hard with my first time around was nursing. Nursing is probably the hardest thing that people make look easy. Nursing is the thing you’ll beat yourself up the most about as a mom. Nursing is the thing other people will judge you about the most: “you aren’t nursing!? don’t you know breast is best?” “Can’t you cover yourself up? We’re in public.” “How long are you going to let that baby do THAT? Just give a bottle already.” Do any of these things sound familiar? Read More »

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    Five Favorites: Natural Teething Remedies

    Oh Lovely Day Five Favorites: Natural Teething Remedies

    Since Calvin just cut his first two teeth and I’ve been sharing our experience and talking teething on Instagram, and because many of you have asked about what teething remedies work for us, I thought teething remedies would be a good Five Faves to share today. While I have no problem giving traditional pain relief to Calvin, I do try to limit it as much as possible. When he’s clearly really uncomfortable I give him infant ibuprofen (or alternate it with infant acetaminophen) to help with pain and inflammation, especially at night (always ask your pediatrician first and follow proper dosing instructions and remember infants must be 6 months before giving ibuprofen). But if he doesn’t seem completely miserable I try to use natural remedies. I can’t say any one of these works for sure, since I use them in combination with one another quite often, but they all do seem to give some relief and I’ll try anything natural if it helps us just a little bit.

    1. Zo-li Gummy Sticks: These were sent to me and I thought they seemed sort of random. Then Calvin started teething and wanted to chew on everything in sight. So I gave him one of these and he LOVED it. They are his favorite. You can buy them in a pack of two, which is perfect for when one gets dropped.

    2. Teething Toys: I love the Nuby Teething Keys and have these in two versions. Calvin seems to like the ones you can refrigerate or freeze better, while Charlie loved the vibrating ones. I bought both to have on hand — they’re so affordable so it was worth it. And Calvin absolutely loves to chew on his Sophie more than any other toy he has. Sophie is his girlfriend.

    3. Essential oils: I was (and still am a little bit) skeptical about essential oils. I personally don’t believe in using oils entirely in place of traditional medicines or vaccinations but I think combining traditional and western medicines can be a great balance. To me, they are worth trying to see if they provide relief before I use medicine. And I have friends who use and swear by them who have taught me a few tricks and recipes. I like to make a roller bottle with a few drops of lavender oil and roman chamomile oil, diluted with fractionated coconut oil and rub it behind the ears and along the jawline. I also apply Punkin Butt Teething Oil (really random name, I know) directly on his gums. I can tell it takes the edge off for him. In fact, when he sees me get the teething oil bottle out he gets excited. I dab a little on my pinky finger and massage it on his gums (make sure your hands are clean). Again, I’m not a medical professional, so if you aren’t sure about using oils ask your pediatrician if it is ok to try.

    4. Amber teething necklace: This is another teething remedy I was skeptical about but open to trying. I asked my pediatrician first and he said it was safe to use. Calvin wore his for a while when he first started getting fussy and drooling but long before his teeth actually cut (around 5 months old) and I thought it helped a bit. Then I took it off after a few days and he started to get really fussy again. So back on it went and I really do think I see a difference in his irritability. It isn’t a miracle worker — he does still get fussy and wake at night when he is in full teething mode, but it seemed to help him quite a bit. I bought mine here and felt confident after reading the reviews.

    5. Camilla Homeopathic Teething Medicine: I used this more with Charlie before I knew about essential oils and the amber necklace remedies. It seemed to help him with irritability and fussiness caused by teething quite a bit.

    Oh Lovely Day Five Favorites: Natural Teething Remedies

    What are your favorite teething remedies, all-natural or otherwise?

    PS – You can find all of my Five Favorites posts here.

    {bottom photo sources} Ergobaby 360 / Ampersand Bandana Bib / Gummy Stick / Pacifier Clip / Baby Sunglasses / My Shirt / Necklace

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