Daddy Knows Best

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Tummy Time

The Pediatrician said baby needs tummy time. So I did it. Yes, the kid screamed and didn’t like it and so forth but it’s like an adult going to the gym and working out. You just have to do it over and over to get stronger.

You get the baby’s favorite toy and you try to have the baby play with it while they are on their tummy. Put a blanket on the floor and let them do it, from 2 months on they should be doing tummy once a day for at least 5 minutes. Every week increase the length of time. Because the baby is crying that doesn’t mean you pick them up, let me cry, eventually the baby will be doing 30+ minutes and then they will roll over and then crawling.

Remember you are the parent, you know more than the baby.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a must! You may be the stay-at-home dad but you still need to wear the pants in the relationship. I made my wife breastfeed, it was hard and painful and all that, but the baby needs it. The first month the baby eats every 2-3 hours and I was there almost every feeding holding my wife and my daughter’s hand because it is a team effort.

When my wife went to work she couldn’t produce enough to bottle so she breastfeed morning, lunch and dinner. During lunch, I would bring my daughter to my wife’s work and she would breastfeed at work. My wife was full of milk anyways so it helped her, by bring the kid to her. Where there is a will, there is a way!

My wife breastfed for 3 months. I recommend anywhere from 3 to 6 months and that is what the baby needs for health and brain development. After 6 months, I personally don’t think the baby needs it anymore and it doesn’t have any affect on the baby brain development as some so called Doctors would say.

My baby was eating baby food at 4 months, she wanted to sit at the table and be a part of the fun. She wanted to eat so called adult food. Now imagine if I stopped her and said “sorry breast milk only” well than I think that’s where I’m slowing her brain development from going to the next level so to speak.

Breastfeeding is important and a must, but too much can can the opposite effect and slow down the brain development in my opinion.

The 1st Month

The first month is the hardest and it literally gets easier every month after that. Be ready for no sleep the first month. The baby has to eat every 2 hours so you are not getting any sleep for the first month whatsoever. My wife breastfeed our child and so when she got up, I got up because she made me but that’s another story. My wife would hold one of my hands and my baby would hold my other hand. It was tiring and if I had to go work after that I would of hurt someone so try to take the first month off if you can.

Breastfeeding is very important and for the first 3 weeks that is the only think the baby can have. Now once we introduced formula in the 4th week, my child slept through most of the night. My daughter started with 6 hours then went to 8 hours then to 9-10 hours a night. And that is why it gets easier every month after the first month. So beware and be warned, sleep when the baby sleeps and you won’t sleep the first month.

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