We're in Alberta, Canada. We opened a RESP for our daughter at 17 weeks old. The government kicks $500 upon opening and 20% up to $2500 a year. It is invested similar to a RRSP. The good thing is you can put more than one child on the plan, in case one doesn't want to do post secondary, or uses more/less than the other child. If no one goes to post secondary, you keep the money you put in plus the growth from that money, but you lose the government's portion plus the growth on it.View Thread
Don't stop BF if you don't have to. I noticed my baby would reflux more if I ate certain things. She would also act hungry but refuse the breast for a few items. Some that I avoided were cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, coffee, coke, chocolate, ice cream and milk, (yogurt and calcium supplements saved me there). I'm sure there was a couple others but it only lasted 3-4 weeks, then I slowly introduced these back into my diet and we seem to be all clear except the cabbage. That's one I've avoided entirely. Man I miss my lazyman cabbage rolls.View Thread
I've been procrastinating changing our bedtime routine. I've been breastfeeding our little one to sleep all along. She's 17w5d, and I really need to change things up. I also still swaddle her for overnight. She seems to stay asleep 6-8 hours that way. Naps in the daytime are swaddle free but she'll startle herself awake. She's already gotten pretty attached to her NuNu. It's a little 12"x12" blanket with a bunny head on the corner. She clutches that for naps, and I put it in the crib at bedtime but she can't grab it because of the swaddle.
She had her 4 month shots today, and the health nurse said to keep going with what works and didn't seem to be too worried about her teeth rotting overnight once they come in. I'd still like to change things up before she gets teeth.
Has anyone else gone this long breastfeeding to sleep and how was the battle to change? How did it go for those that stopped swaddling? Any little pointers that may make our process just a little easier? TIAView Thread
Last night mt 12w5d old girl had the worst meltdown I've seen so far. She went from happy to screaming in about 3 seconds. My husband was holding her, we checked her diaper, her fingers and toes for hairs/strings, even stripped her to check her clothes for something. Nothing, so we let her freak for a few more minutes. Then we had to pick her back up cause she was forgetting to breathe she was freaking so hard. Once she settled to whimpers, she was doing this wierd gasp and slight head twitch to the left. I just chalked it up to the stress, but it went on about every 5 seconds for at least 4 minutes. She's been perfectly fine since, and happy as pie this morning.
The fact that the gasps and twitches were so rhythmical is freaking me out. Anyone else experience this?View Thread
Our little girl has been drooling like mad and chewing on her hands since 6 weeks or so. She's 9 1/2 weeks now and nothing yet. I keep receiving blankets handy to dab at her mouth, or keep a bib on her. I'm hoping that it will be several more months, they say the earlier the teeth, the worse the teeth. The teeth can rise up and go down in the gums for a while.View Thread
My LO sleeps in a crib in our room and keeps me awake a lot with her grunts and growls. She squirms and squeaks, and will even babble, but seems go to to sleep again. She's 8 1/2 weeks now, and I'm hoping she grows out of it. I read somewhere that babies have more REM sleep and it's a lighter sleep, but young children sleep deeper like adults.View Thread
My baby girl Rachel Emma is 8w2d today. She was a full 2 weeks overdue and I had her by c-section after a very long drawn out induction. She took to breastfeeding well, and has only had ready to use formula 3 times. Once in the hospital because my milk hadn't dropped yet, at 8 days because I went to emerg with bronchitis (but was only gone for a few hours and she BF when I got home again) and one night when she just wouldn't quit freaking after totally draining me and was still hungry.
I started pumping with a manual pump at about 4 weeks, about 3 oz three to four times a week in the mornings. I've been using these servings to try to appease her at night if she drains me.
For the last 3 or so weeks, she feeds well in the morning and afternoon. About supper time, she starts fussing literally every 1/2 hour until I can finally get her into her crib asleep. The great thing about this cluster feeding is she has started sleeping upwards of 7-9 hours in a row. The downside is I don't usually have enough left by bedtime to make her full to go to sleep. It's very frustrating and I have to make sure I pump in the morning to have a bottle for night.
In the last 3 weeks, I've weighed her twice. She gained 9.5oz in 8 days, then 10oz in 6 days. She's obviously not starving, even though at times she thinks she's wasting away.
I figured it was a growth spurt at 6 weeks, but she's still in it if it was. Is anyone else having troubles with their milk not ramping up with their babies appetite?View Thread
My little girl is 6w6d today. We were doing tummy time on a piece of cardboard, sliding her back and forth gently. It's a 6-week game on babycenter website. I propped her elbows underneath her and she was looking around with her head back while I was taking pictures. She then pushed herself right over to the left and rolled off the cardboard. I put her back, she did it a second and third time.
She's been a very strong girl right from the get go, but isn't this a little early?? She's growing up too fast for me! She hasn't even done a social smile yet and she's rolling over lol.View Thread
It looked funny to me too. It was pink around the edges and then had a firm white pokey outie part in the middle. (terrible description I know). I thought it might be raw and painful, but she didn't seem to be bothered by it. I changed her sleeper at least 3 times a day to keep the fabric clean against it, and kept her diapers folded down. I kept up the diluted rubbing alcohol and the polysporin cream twice daily, and it slowly healed in from the edges. She has a beautiful "innie" now.
The nurses at the hospital and public health unit both said just water to clean it, but her Doctor said we needed to clean it with some alcohol cause it was getting mucky.