Having a baby has been the single best experience in my life – it’s indescribable. To watch our babies thrive and grow up is miraculous – I often look at my husband and say, “Look at this little human we made.”
As moms, we play the biggest part in our kids’ safety and well-being. There are many important decisions we must make as parents, and these happen to be the top three most important mom decisions:
#1 Which Crib Mattress Will I Buy?
Babies should only be sleeping on a Breathe-Through Crib Mattress – the SafeSleep crib mattress is the safest and most comfortable crib mattress for babies.
Don’t get mixed up with “Breathable” versus “Breathe Through.” There is a distinct difference when it comes to safety.
Regular fiber-fill crib mattresses trap carbon dioxide and which can be life threatening to your sleeping baby. Rebreathing carbon dioxide has been linked to hypoxia, a form of suffocation, and SUDC/SIDS.
Parents have the good intention of putting baby to sleep on their backs but while mom and dad are sleeping, anything can happen. Babies can roll in the night and become face down or even have a hand or arm that can slightly obstruct their breathing of fresh air. On the SafeSleep Mattress, babies can breathe normally even if face-down all night long. The SafeSleep Breathe-Through Mattress ensures that fresh air will flow to your sleeping baby.
The unique designs requires no sheet, instead there is an air permeable topper suspended over a hollow space of air below creating constant airflow for baby no matter which position they end up in.
Choosing a completely “Breathe-Through” crib mattress is the number one most important decision a mom can make – It could mean life or death for her baby. Unfortunately, we speak from experience and want no other family to go through the nightmare of finding their baby not breathing in the crib.
#2 Natural Remedies or Antibiotics?
We recommend always seeking the advice or a licensed pediatrician when it comes to your babies health and well being. We were fortunate to team up with a qualified pediatrician had a lot of great advice on natural remedies instead of us constantly needing a prescription for medications.
Our pediatrician’s motto is, “Your kitchen can often be your best pharmacy.”
We have learned so much from our doctor and used natural and homeopathic remedies when our son has been sick. Many times he healed quickly and without medicines.
We don’t expect that your baby will never need medications. For example, our baby had an ear infection that ruptured so the doctor advised antibiotics to reduce the risk of permanent damage if the infection was not treated quickly.
We have found natural solutions for our baby’s less sever aliments which include Elderberry, vitamin D, Vitamin C (kiwis), lots of water, honey, and other natural foods.
We understand now that a fever is often a good thing. It means our baby’s immune system is working to heal the problem. Most parents (including us in the beginning) give babies and toddlers Motrin for a fever – but our pediatrician said that lowering a fever prevents the body from healing itself so unless it’s really high or prolonged don’t use Motrin especially on the first day of being sick. Usually by morning the fever breaks and the body begins to get better.
Always seek the advice of your pediatrician for any health or well-being concerns you have with your baby!
#3 Should I Breastfeed?
Breastfeeding is one of the most important decisions a mom can make and most moms intend to breastfeed, but after running into complications switch to formula.
Deciding to PREPARE for breastfeeding is one of the most important decisions a mom can make because it’s easy to decide to breastfeed baby, but when the time comes, an unprepared mom can truly have trouble with it.
I speak from experience. I read up on articles and books and thought I was prepared but I ended up getting so engorged on the second day after I gave birth to my son that breastfeeding was very painful.
Another issue was my milk never really let down. Through the pain, I breastfed in the hospital because I knew the yellow colostrum had very important nutrients. However, when my baby was crying on night two and lost a whole pound I knew that my milk was not enough. He was hungry and the nurses had me sign a release so I could give him some formula. I remember feeding him through a tiny dropper. It helped. He was content and stopped crying.
I continued to pump and feed my baby breast milk via the bottle for 10 weeks and supplemented with organic, 99% lactose-free formula at night (I couldn’t pump enough to last all night).
Our son is a healthy, thriving toddler now so whether you breastfeed or formula feed, it’s OKAY! Don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty. What expecting mothers can do is really prepare for breastfeeding. Meet with a lactation consultant and have a plan in place so you are prepared as best as possible and have support in place.
The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is a great place to find the best lactation consultant for new moms. Deciding to prepare for Breastfeeding is one of the most important decisions and without preparation, a big percentage of moms run into complications and switch to formula so we owe it to our babies to try as hard as we can.
Remember though, after trying and you must switch to formula – this is okay.