Mom to Mom

Baby Comfort Tips After Shots

Bubs had his first (well second if you count when he was born) round of shots, two shots in the right leg and one in the left. Poor guy also had an oral vaccine that he was not very happy about at all.

The thing about Bubs is that he is the quietest of my babies so far, I think I’ve heard him cry only a handful of times and that is usually after a few warning whines from him, so hearing him cry during the injections and after is utterly heart wrenching. As a mom you don’t like having your baby in pain and not too much you can do about it, then there is the guilt ( Yes I know a little needle is better than him getting Polio or some other crap card) of knowing I’m the one who took him to see the good doctor and the cause of the pain indirectly.

So what to do with my horribly upset tiny human?

I turn to the “5 S’s”

The S’s that are documented and that I LOVE are

  • Swaddle
  • Side or Stomach
  • Shushing
  • Swinging
  • Sucking

The 5 S’s were published in the Journal of Pediatrics to help sooth a baby following injections and the hope is that the five methods alone or used in combination will help the tiny ones have comfort and reduce anxiety.

SWADDLE

For Swaddling it seems simple enough, go ahead and get baby in a tight bind so that you are mimicking being in the womb, what better feeling for them than being cozy and warm with a nice side of mumzie smell?

SIDE or STOMACH

Side or stomach holding is another high comfort hold (please for obvious reasons don’t swaddle and have baby on his stomach or side). Something I wish I had known with my oldest kiddo is that babies who experience colic episodes even benefit from this hold.

SHUSHING

Now I would like to assume that any sound that your little one may like would work, my 3 month old happens to like clicking sounds (and this is half of the sounds I use because it works and it gives the neighbors another reason to think I am 100% mental). The idea behind the “shush” is that it mimics the sounds from when he was on the inside listening to the rhythm of your heart.

SWINGING

Swinging once again brings the comforts of the first home that the tiny human has ever had, if he enjoys being in a infant swing of sorts then by all means hook him up, if he rather having some cuddles the method I prefer is the side hold while doing my shushing and clicking.

SUCKING

Hand, Thumb, Bottle, Breast, or Pacifier.

It doesn’t really matter much, babies sucking reflex is incredibly calming to them and studies have proven that the action lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels very quickly.

Those are my go to’s for when my little ones have vaccinations and if you have a fever that comes about then give a ring to your child’s doctor to see if maybe she will suggest Tylenol (which also helps with the pain).

Cheers!

Review

“Konny” ready wrap Baby Carrier.

In the midst of having my last baby I had learned about “baby wearing”.

Baby wearing is more or less the practice of constantly having your baby doing skin to skin or “wearing” them with a bay carrier for the first three months after delivery to kind of help baby adjust to the outside world (I’m almost 30 and still not adjusted but hey if those extra 3 months attached to me or my hubby helps them feel more comfy just means all the more cuddles).

So this brings us to the quest of which carrier is best for the baby? Which is best for me? Which can withstand longer periods of time? And in my case, due to bubs being born in March, which one will do well and not overheat my lil guy in the warmer months?

I had narrowed down ultimately two carriers and the first one was the “Konny Summer” (we’ll get to the second in another post)

After a few hours (days) of research I had found my first baby carrier to try my baby wearing experience.

The Ready To Wear Wrap

To my current knowledge there are a TON of baby wraps that are a solid very long article of fabric that you can wrap and morph into a saftey caccoon for you and your baby.

This scares the shit out of me.

I had one with an older child of mine and I could never wrap it quite right with out help and the whole time I used it I felt afraid she was slipping out. So naturally when I saw the ready to wear wrap I was over the moon, because it honestly was quite easy to use.

The wrap I had bought was the “Konny Summer” and it is as easy to put on as a tee shirt (in fact that might be one of their selling points, but im not here to sell, just to give my humble opinion). Another thing that I liked about it was the fact it definitely ran cool due to the construction of a large mesh. Lastly I love that I can transition to toddler mode if need be due to the fabric being able to hold up to 20 Kg or 44 lbs. So high point of this baby product was the fact that it would keep bubs cool, for a few years at that, along with being as hassle free as you can be.

With that said the carrier did have a few down sides which did ultimately have me get a second carrier.

The first issue I had is that you order this product to size, there is a saftey strap/ tie around band but THAT IS THE ONLY ADJUSTMENT. This is very well is a Me problem, the product is made in Korea and while that itself is not an issue (c’mon I’m a mutt married to a Lao- Brit I’m the last person to be judgy on where someone is from) I am not from a country that has the same thin giving eating habits, not to mention that my chest likes to play an interesting size change game the duration of breast feeding so I can go between a Large and an XXL easily with my chest alone. So some days I felt like I was sqeezing bubs to much (he slept the whole time so I guess he didn’t mind) while other times I felt like he could slide out. This is what led me to letting my hubs use this wrap and me switching to a different carrier for myself.

Secondly is a slight design issue that could be my personal paranoia, the wrap has a cross or “X” that goes across baby’s back, while I don’t see how else this could be made better ( I’m a writer not engineer) I felt it was easy for my son to throw himself backward and the security band not being tight enough (the material is a smooth and slick feeling polyester and spandex combo that feels like a 90’s sports jersey) to stop him from tumbling outward.

In essence it’s a nice product that I would enjoy if my body was a bit smaller and predictable and if there was maybe a more wrap design that had one one permanent layer over the “X” shape. If traditional wraps are a pain and traditional carriers are cumbersome, then with keeping safety in mind at all times, this could be a great baby wrap for you.

Cheers.