Quick Fix Friday: How To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

Quick Fix Friday: How To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

How  To Give Medicine To Reluctant Babies

As the week 8 inoculations were fast approaching, everyone kept telling me to buy baby calpol and give it to the twins straight after their jabs. This was to help control any potential fever. Being flustered over having to watch and comfort not just one baby as they get punctured with more holes than a sieve, but two, I was already slightly anxious. Now I also had to give calpol to two crying babies, in front of the nurse, as well. Great.

So, the nurse gave the first lot of injections and I got the medicine ready. Luckily the calpol came with a baby friendly syringe so this surely couldn’t be that hard. Baby crying, squirt medicine into baby’s mouth, baby swallow, happy baby.

But no.

As soon as I started to squeeze the calpol into Beatrice’s mouth, she automatically spat it back out. Hmmmm. Not what was supposed to happen. The nurse suggested squirting the medicine into the side of her cheek to help her swallow it. Again, Beatrice being the joker that she is (but I was not finding this funny), she spat it out again. What a madam.

This was not going to  work.

Of course over the next few days I was worried about her suffering with a temperature. This can’t happen every time! I had to think of a way to get her to swallow the calpol.

Isn’t it funny that these solutions always come to you at 2.43am? During the midst of a crying frenzy, Beatrice began to get a temperature. I needed to get her to take the medicine this time. That’s when I remembered that she sometimes liked to use my little finger as a dummy, which would automatically make her swallow. Could this be the solution??

So, I filled up the syringe, put it into the side of her cheek, squeezed a little bit of the purple goo into her mouth and quickly got her to suck on my knuckle. And as if by magic, she swallowed it straight away!

Hurrah! I had finally found a way to get her to take her medicine. I felt like I deserved a gold star (celebrate every win of course).

So, if you have trouble getting your baby to take their medicine, try getting them to suck on a dummy or your finger to encourage them to swallow it. I’d love to hear if this works for you!

*Since writing this post, I have also found that Francis needs distracting too in order to take his medicine. So as I squeeze the calpol into his mouth, I give him my finger to suck whilst blowing bubbles onto his hand. He think it’s hilarious and doesn’t realise that he has medicine in his mouth and will just swallow it. Woohoo!

Do You Have Any Solutions?

Do you have a baby that struggles to take their medicine? What tricks do you have to get them to take it?

 

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Parents Hacks: How To Survive Life With a Newborn Baby (Part 2)

How To Survive Life With A Newborn Baby (Part 2)

As you are thrown into the whirlwind of keeping a newborn baby alive, you will desperately start searching for tips and advice on how to make life that little bit easier. Here is part 2 of my little tips that helped me to get through the first few months of motherhood:

  • Always think ahead of items that you will need in the future and buy them during the sales. I bought our two high chairs and stair gates when the babies were 2 months old, ha! I know it may sound ridiculous, but I know they are items we will definitely need so I wanted to make sure we got them at the best price possible.

  • When feeding twins, once they have strong neck control, you can use one hand to lift one baby up after feeding to allow to burp, whilst the other baby finishes their feed. This is what we like to call the ‘lift and burp!’

Baby twins bottle feeding, the lift and burp

Parent Hacks: The ‘Lift and Burp’. When feeding twins, once they have strong neck control you can lift one baby to burp whilst the other one finishes their feed.

  • CAYG (Clean As You Go). This has literally saved me from living in an environment similar to Jumanji. For example, as I finish changing a baby’s nappy I make sure I have wiped down the changing mat, restocked the nappy bag tin and packed away any stray clothes before I leave the room. This means I don’t have to go back in later to tidy before the next nappy change.

  • No matter how tired I may feel in the morning, I always wash my face and put a little bit of make up on. I found this helped to lift my mood and feel more human. And coffee. Lots of coffee. Ooooh AND dry shampoo. Dry shampoo will be your best friend.

  • Prop baby books across the sofa and put your babies underneath it to keep them entertained

Baby twins underneath baby book. Baby entertainment

Parent Hacks: Prop a book over the sofa and put your babies underneath to keep them entertained.

  • Distraction, distraction, distraction! If I have been holding one baby for a while and I know they’ll probably be grizzly when put back down, I try and distract them, such as making them laugh / singing to them as I put them down into their chair/floor. More often than not, because I’m acting like such a buffoon the baby doesn’t notice that they have been put down. #winning

  • But following on from that last point, please remember that babies will cry! It is how they communicate. So long as they are not hungry, have a wet nappy, cold/hot, unwell or need comfort, they are probably just expressing themselves (in the noisiest way possible…!) Don’t be alarmed. I try and keep myself sane in these situations by singing along with their cries. If you are finding the crying too much, take a couple of minutes and then go back to them. So long as they are safe where they are they will not come to any harm. Then once you feel ready you can go back and continue to distract / comfort / dance / sing through the cries. Good luck!

  • If you need to entertain your babies whilst you have 5 minutes to get dressed / brush your teeth / have a wee… use the washing machine as the ultimate #freebabyentertainment. Works every time for us!

Babies entertained by washing machine

Parent Hacks: Use the washing machine as entertainment for your babies!

 

  • Do not spend more money than you need to on baby vests. Buy the basic ones. No one will see them and I can guarantee that they will be stained with yellow poo. Don’t waste your money on expensive poo catchers. That’s just silly.

    To keep tummy time interesting, use patterned bibs to encourage your baby to keep their head up for as long as possible.

Baby tummy time

Parent Hacks: Use a patterned bib to keep your baby entertained during tummy time.

 

Any Other Tips?

Do you have any other tips or advice for surviving life with a newborn baby? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Parents Hacks: How To Survive Life With a Newborn Baby (Part 1)

How To Survive Life With A Newborn Baby

As you are thrown into the whirlwind of keeping a newborn baby alive, you will desperately start searching for tips and advice on how to make life that little bit easier. Here are some of my little tips that helped me to get through the first few months of motherhood:

  • As a new parent you need to invest in a coat with big pockets. I mean, BIG pockets. Like, if Narnia did pockets. The amount of stuff you need to have to hand or stash away is unbelievable. My coat pockets currently contain: two baby hats, one oyster card, a pair of gloves, one silencer (aka a dummy), chewing gum, a baby rattle, a credit card and a collection of house and car keys.

  • If you are using formula, pot up your powder into portions for the night feeds. Then at 2.34am you can just tip the powder into the bottles, rather than deliriously counting and then miscounting the scoops. As we have twins and they are on different amounts of formula, I also label them to make sure I know which pots are for which baby.

formula-pots

Parent Hacks: How to survive life with a newborn baby. If you are using formula, pot up the correct amount of scoops for the night feeds so that you are ready to feed throughout the night.

  • White noise will rescue you from any screaming baby. As soon as I put it on we go from ear-shattering wails to silent, sleeping babies. It’s truly magic and works every time. Download an app now!

  • Use the line at the front of the baby’s nappy to see if it’s wet or not. A dry nappy will have a yellow line and a wet one will be blue.

  • If a baby’s nappy has leaked everywhere (and if you’re one of our babies, this will happen often…), pull their vest down over their shoulders rather than over their head to avoid your baby being a poo head. Ha.

  • To stop losing baby socks in the wash, use a mesh laundry bag to wash your socks in. This will stop them from disappearing into the wash cycle, never to be seen again.

  • To stop your baby from being distracted whilst feeding, put a colourful sock / puppet on the end of your finger and hold it up for the baby to look at whilst they drink their milk.

Baby twins bottle feeding

Parent Hacks: How to stop a baby being distracted during feeding time. Put a sock or puppet on your finger to keep them focused on feeding, rather than looking around.

  • To make sure your baby swallows their medicine (this works really well if you have a baby that spits out calpol / teething powder etc) is to give them a little bit, then quickly give them something to suck on (I use my knuckle but you could use a dummy or a bottle) to encourage your baby to swallow. This makes sure that they take their medicine rather than automatically spitting it back out. This works for us every time!

  • To make sure your baby changing bag is always ready for the next outing, replenish it as soon as you come in from your day trip. Almost as soon as I walk in the door, I empty the things that I have used (baby bottles, formula pots, bibs and nappies) and restock immediately. That way, when I need to use it for the next time, I know that the only thing I need to put in it will be sterilised bottles and hot water. Easy!

  • Swaddle babies to help them drift off to sleep. This mimics being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure (and they look adorable too!)

Baby twins swaddled to sleep

Swaddle babies to help them feel safe and secure. This mimics being in the womb and helps them to sleep.

 

  • Use your time effectively to complete jobs around the house. Even when I’m waiting for the Prep Machine to fill a baby’s bottle, I quickly put a few items away from the draining board or put the laundry on to wash. This helps to keep the chores to a minimum.

  • Put a small tin on your nappy changing table and use as a miniature bin to hold your nappy bags in place. This way you can hold your baby whilst putting the dirty nappy straight into this tin, rather than trying to shake the nappy bag open then try and wrestle the soiled nappy into it.

Nappy bag bin for a baby changing station

Parent Hack: use a small tin as a nappy bag bin to keep your nappy bags in place whilst you are changing your little one’s nappy.

Any Other Tips?

Do you have any other tips or advice for surviving life with a newborn baby? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 3: Postpartum)

Tips For Mums-To-Be (Postpartum)

You’ve been growing your little bundle of joy for 9 months, you have been Googling every article to do with pregnancy and birth, but what about when you actually have your baby in your arms and the midwife says: ‘You’re being discharged today, it’s time for you to go home’. What then? I was guilty of spending hours preparing for the pregnancy and birth that I didn’t think much about how I was going to cope with newborn babies. I felt like I should have been vetted or something…’What, so I’m actually allowed to go home…with two babies…do you not want to check that I’m actually capable??’ I felt like I should have had some sort of degree certificate in order to be gifted with such a responsibility. But alas, no. So what tips and advice would I give to someone who has just entered into postpartum?

Newborn baby twins in hospital. One day old babies.

Looking after newborn babies. During postpartum it is really important to take it easy and look after yourselves so that you are able to look after your babies.

  • You must, must must say yes to help. Even if it is to have someone come over for a couple of hours and cook you lunch, bring you milk, do your laundry or let you nap. You are going to be exhausted, overwhelmed and beyond elated. All of your energy will be used up on feeding, changing and just gazing at your brand new baby. Let someone look after all of the other stuff.

  • I wish I had bought some ready made formula as a back up. As I was getting to grips with expressing, I felt massive pressure to pump enough milk for our babies. Having some formula to fall back on would have elevated some stress.

  • It’s normal to check your baby’s breathing. Like, all the time. You are not crazy. Just a new mumma. No apologies needed.

  • Prepare many changing stations or at least have changing supplies around your home. That way you don’t need to keep walking up to the nursery room to change nappies. I did this after day 1. Walking up and down stairs to change nappies every 2-3 hours after a C-section wasn’t going to happen.

  • It is absolutely acceptable to not have guests for the first few weeks if you don’t feel up to it. You have just given birth, you’re trying to fumble your way around learning how to look after a new baby (or more…) and the sleep deprivation will take its toll. Be easy on yourself and see people when you are ready. People are very understanding.

 

Newborn baby twin with sleeping Daddy

Make sure you look after each other so that you are able to look after your babies. Take it in turns to nap when you can.

  • If you brush your teeth once a day and change your underwear, you are winning at life. I applaud you. I remember the first few days I was home, I had stayed in the same pyjamas for 3 days and didn’t brush my hair (poor Pete). Once I had got into the swing of things I began putting on a little bit of make up and stopped relying on dry shampoo to freshen up. This helped me to realise when it was night and day (as you’re awake all of the time you lose track) and to overall feel more human.

  • One tip that literally saved Pete and I from malfunction was taking it in turns or ‘shifts’ to look after the babies. As I was expressing and topping up with formula Pete was able to bottle feed the babies whilst I had a good 3 hours of sleep (you will not believe how grateful you will be for that much uninterrupted sleep…!) and then I would take over. We didn’t see the point in both of us being painfully exhausted.

  • It’s ok to need a break. I think trying to recover from the birth is demanding enough, let alone then being needed by your baby day and night, every hour of every day. If you need a breather, get someone to watch your baby, even if it’s just for a couple of hours whilst you have a little bit of precious time to yourself. A happy mumma means a happy baby.

Do You Have Any Tips To Share?

Do you have any tips or advice about postpartum that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 2: Hospital Bag)

Tips For Mums-To-Be

In our previous post we discussed  our Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 1: Pregnancy). Now, approaching the third trimester, every Mum-to-be will be told to pack a hospital bag ready for the birth. Cue the Google search. There are endless lists online advising which items you should pack…but what do you actually need to take with you (apart from the obvious toothbrush and change of clothes)? Below is a list of essential items to pack for your stay in hospital.

 

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

  • You will need lots of big knickers. And I mean, REALLY big. After birth, not only does your tummy resemble something similar to a deflated bouncy castle, it will be tender from giving birth, whether that be natural or by caesarean. My high-waisted, three sizes bigger than normal, Primark granny pants were perfect post C-section attire. They sat comfortably over my scar and were big enough to hold in place the pads that I had to wear afterwards (I didn’t realise how much you would bleed post-birth). The great thing with having cheap knickers is that if they do get stained you can just chuck them away.

  • Which brings me onto my second point: you will need to wear thick pads after birth. Yes, the hospital will provide you with some (but they are similar to 3 stacked Ryvitas all bundled into one…) so I preferred using my own ones that had wings to make sure they stayed in place.

Polka dot weekend bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

  • Large, or better still, maternity clothes to wear home. I am sorry to break the news but your amazing body has grown two babies for many months, it’s going to take a while to shrink back down. The reality is you will leave with your bundles of joy…still looking like you’re 6 months pregnant. Be easy on yourself, you have just created a miracle (or two!).

  • Wet wipes / face wipes, lip balm and moisturiser to freshen up throughout the day. Helps you to feel more human.

  • A sleep mask. Hospitals are always brightly lit so if you can block it out so that you can rest for a few precious moments in between the 2 hourly feeds then do it.

  • Take a pair of slippers to use around the ward. It’s common to have to wear extremely tight socks after surgery to avoid blood clots. These are so long, it’s good to have something on your feet to avoid slipping around.

  • Music and magazines in abundance to break up the day.

  • A purse with lots of change for the car park and vending machine.

  • Lots of dried snacks such as breakfast bars, raisins and oat cakes and drinks such as cartons of orange juice to help keep your strength up.

Oliver Bonas multicoloured bird make-up bag

Remember to pack your hospital bag in advance so that you are ready if your little bundle of joy decides to make an early arrival!

  •  Hospitals do have breast pumps that you can borrow but I wish I had taken my own in so that I didn’t stress about getting one when I needed it.

  • Pack LOTS of breast pads! I bought disposable ones at first, then moved onto reusable bamboo ones…so…soft…

  • You must must must use nibble balm after every feed. Let’s just say, if you don’t…you wont make that mistake again.

  • Write a list of people you would like to contact after you have given birth. It might sound a bit like crazy organisation but it is so helpful when you are so distracted by the new babies, hormones, sleep deprivation and adrenaline.

  • Baby sleep suits, baby vests, mittens to stop your babies from scratching themselves (if not already attached to the sleep suits), baby hats, tiny nappies, nappy bags, wet wipes, nappy cream, baby blankets and coats to wear home.

  • Some people like to also take a ‘going home outfit’ for the babies to wear. Cute for the photos.

 

What Were Your Essential Hospital Items?

Are there any items that you could not have done without during your hospital stay? Which were your hospital must-haves? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 1: Pregnancy)

Tips During Pregnancy

If I could go back and give myself some advice about what pregnancy would be like for me, these are the things I would say:

  • Make sure you spend time preparing lots of different things to eat as snacking will become your favourite hobby. I used to watch the clock to see when I could have my next nut bar or cheese sandwich. You are keeping two babies alive, you need to eat.

  • And linking to the first bit of advice, you will experience thirst like you can’t imagine. You’ll go from being happily hydrated to desperately hunting down the nearest tap as your mouth turns dryer than the Sahara. Carry a large water bottle with you.

  • Which leads into point number 3…you will need the loo. All. The. Time. It makes you question whether you could get away with wearing an adult nappy as you stumble towards the bathroom for the 23rd time during the night. Afraid I have no solution to this one.

  • The once heavily relied upon little black dress will become redundant to the garment god that is the stretchy black leggings. I may have worn mine every single day throughout my pregnancy. So comfy to wear over your growing bump (confession time…I may still wear my maternity ones now…no judgement…)

Pregnancy bump in the second trimester with twins.

Second trimester twin bump. This was the stage of pregnancy where I had energy to prepare for the twins’ arrival.

  • Google will be judging you. Random questions will pop into your head at 2.43am, such as ‘will my twins grow a third head if I eat a slither of soft cheese / unwashed lettuce leaf / caffeinated drink’ and you will have no choice but to google it to check. Don’t worry, everyone does it.

  • Pack your hospital bag ahead of time. No one wants their partner to be fumbling around trying to pack baby sleep suits and your granny knickers whilst you’re leaking everywhere and contracting hysterically.

  • Read blogs and review sites to see what baby essentials are ACTUALLY essentials and then start buying. Don’t make the same mistake as us and end up with 40 muslin cloths (I still don’t know how that happened…)

  • Make sure you are aware of all birthing options. The name birth ‘plan’ is a bit misleading. More like a birth ‘maybe you could give birth this way if nothing else happens, but even if it seems all is going to plan it will probably still change…so probably best to expect anything…’ Of course it is important to write down your wishes on how you would like it to go, but don’t expect it to go that way just because it says so on a piece of paper. I didn’t quite appreciate what a major operation a C-section was, especially an emergency one, let alone the actual recovery time. Research, research, research so you are prepared. Knowledge is power.

TfL baby on board badge

TfL Twins on Board! badge. Research is vital when preparing for a new baby, let alone two!

  • Research all feeding options. Even if you are certain you will breastfeed, learn about formula, how to prepare it and how to sterilise bottles. Our babies had to have formula at first as I was in theatre for so long, so not only did Pete not have a clue what he was doing with two brand new babies, he also had to try and feed them this alien milk powder.

  • Also learn how to use the breast pump BEFORE the babies arrive. Because guess what? Once they’re here it’s a little late. Your babies are not going to curb their hunger and patiently wait for you to sit down and casually read the instruction manual on how to make your sucking contraption thing work. They. Will. Scream. And. Scream. And. Scream. AND Scream. Read and learn beforehand. (More information on how I went about Feeding Twins in these previous posts).

  •  Learn how to use your baby monitor before they arrive. You will not have the ability to work out how to make the over-priced walkie talkie work once your babies are here and have kept you up for the past 72 hours…

  • Stock up your freezer by batch cooking meals during your third trimester. This will avoid you suffering from starvation (or at least malnutrition) during the newborn phase. Pete and I couldn’t string a coherent sentence together, let alone make a decision on what to eat. This literally saved us in those first few weeks. And it gives you more precious time to spend with your new bundles of joy. Everybody wins!

Any Other Advice?

What tips would you give to someone who is expecting a little one? If you could go back what advice would you give yourself? Let us know in the comments section below, we would love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

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