Happy Baby, Happy Mommy
The NUK® Orthodontic Pacifiers have a unique nipple that fits a baby’s mouth like a mother’s nipple does during breastfeeding. The soft, rounded tip conforms to your baby’s upper palate and limits pressure against teeth and gums. The flat, angled bottom maximizes tongue movement, while the thinner neck helps reduce jaw pressure. And the heart-shaped shield creates room for the baby’s nose, so she can breathe easily. A soothed and calm baby is a happy baby and a happy mom! 3. One of the best ways to soothe your baby and give yourself a little space is a swing; many moms swear by swings for calming a crying, colicky baby, too. And you don’t have to spend a lot on bells and whistles; The Graco® Comfy Cove DLX Swing has three recline positions and 6 speeds, as well as a plug-in option so you can save on batteries. ($110, gracobaby.com) 4. For your sanity, take your friends up on their offers to watch your baby while you go to the gym, shopping or even to a movie (if your boobs can wait that long if you’re breastfeeding!). Make sure you pump some milk (the NUK® Expressive® Double Electric Pump does a fast, efficient job), or leave formula with instructions, then take your phone and go. You will be more relaxed and appreciative of the adult interaction (or quiet time!), and will also have the chance to actually miss your baby. Now, do not take this getaway stuff to mean you shouldn’t spend lots of time with your baby. A happy baby is one whose mom gets down on the floor to play with her, who talks to her constantly (even when it feels a little silly) and holds her close most of the time. It might even feel strange to plan a break, a guilty pleasure here and there. But trust me, you deserve it.