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Thank you for your email. From what you provided in your contact form, it does seem that your daughter is experiencing night terrors. Yes, it's unfortunate that there is not enough information out there on the internet about how to fix the issue but know that there is a solution. Night terrors are triggered by an event. We just have to find out what that event is. I would suggest starting to keep a log on what she is eating throughout the day, what time she is eating and the time she is going to sleep.
What should i do?
There are several different answers to this question:
o A baby who has been crying before a feeding gets air in his stomach making him feel full and tired. Thus, he may stop feeding and fall asleep before he has had enough to eat. Try to avoid crying spells before a feeding. You may need to burp the baby before the feeding.
o Small nipple holes makes a baby suck harder, which tires him out. Large nipple holes let the formula flow too fast, and the baby may choke. Be sure to clean the nipple after each feeding. Check that the formula flows at a rate of 1 drop per second when the bottle is turned upside down. The drops of formula should stop after a few seconds.
o Some babies are just sleepy, or get "milk drunk" from the warm comforting hug and feeding. To wake him up, you can change his diaper, sit him up or rub his back. Don't force the feeding, baby will eat more next time.
Thank you for your question!
Essential hospital items include the following:
1. personal toiletries
2. prescription medications
3. 3-4 easy on/off washed baby outfits
4. a comfortable front open robe for yourself
6. a nursing pillow
7. a laptop/ipad if you are enthusiastic!
8. camera and video recorder!
9. your favorite pillow and blanket
10. a nursing bra
Congratulations on your new baby! It is an exciting time and a memory that you will cherish...if you forget anything, don't worry dad or other family will be back and forth from home!
Thank you for your question Miranda!
Preparing for birth can be overwhelming, please remember that it is a special time to enjoy! Here are some quick tips:
1.Relax! It will all be over in the blink of an eye, and the little stresses will be wiped away with a new baby in your arms.
2.Take a deep breath, and know that if you forget to bring anything to the hospital it is not the end of the world. Most likely dad will be stopping at home daily and can pick up anything you need.
3.Stay positive! Positive thoughts will help produce a positive delivery - a wonderful experience that will be with you always. Best wishes!
Thank you for your question Jill!
Congrats on your new bundle of joy!
Karen & Co Sleep Routine made simple :
• Bathe baby in warm water. Lavender and chamomile scents are soothing and have been known to help promote calmness.
• Swaddle your baby to revent recurrent wake-ups and prevent startlinG.
• Feed and burp your baby.
• Lay your baby on their back in an empty crib.
• Use white noise, such as a fan to assist baby in maintaining a deeper level of sleep, thus preventing frequent wakeups associated with noises in the house. Fans also help to circulate the air in baby’s room, which wil help to keep fresh air flowing (do not point the fan towards the baby).
Also, check out Dr. Karp's 5 S's to Help Calm your Baby which will help them sleep: http://www.babyslumber.com/happiestbaby.html
Please continue posting your questions.