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first time blind mom seeking advice for newborn care

Hello, I just gave birth to my first child a week ago and was seeking advice on things such as preparing bottles, changing her, and any other important things that might be helpfull would be appreciated.

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Re:first time blind mom seeking advice for newborn care



I am a mother of two little boys whom are 11 months apart. So, when I had my second child, my first one was only 11 months old. Let me say by the way, I wouldn't have had it any other way. Let's see if i can help you out. Ok, changing time can get messy, but, as long as you have many wipies when you start it doesn't have to be a bad thing. I always tried to wipe a little more even if i thought the job was done. My children never had a dyper rash and they were the cleanist babies in the world! LOL. Anyway, I am not sure if you know this or not, but, you can get ready feed milk for your child. You don't have to measure, not shaking of the bottles, and it's so much easeyer because it's already made. You can get this on WICC if you don't have WICC you can get it at walmart. It runs from about $5.00 to $7.00. A little more expensive but it makes it easeyer. Keep all your things in the same place so, if you have to get up in the middle of the night and your are disorented, you want have to waist time looking for your things. If i were you, I would go and get one of those plastic boxes to keep your clean bottles, wipies, and dypers in. Oh, my goodness, It has been so long cents i have had babies I am trying to remember what more to tell you. Don't think that you are wiping your babies bottum to hard or not enough, don't be afraid to get poop on you, it will happen. being blind is not fun, but we get threw it. I hope that this helps. If you need more atvice please e/mail me at marandas09@gmail.com i will be so happy to talk some more.
Ashley marandasuponit


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hello, thanks, and it seems that now I've got everything pretty much under control, accept now she is 6 months with 8 teeth and needs to eat more than she used to, see I used to wait until my husband came home to feed her baby food, now she needs more than just the one feeding a day, so what did u do about feeding your baby and the huge mess associated with this.


Re:first time blind mom seeking advice for newborn care



I think I can help. My son is 15 months now. I stopped spoon feeding him at about 10 months so what I did should still be fresh in my mind. You might think I'm a little nuts, but trust me with practice this really will work wonders for you. You'll need a few things. First get a bowl that's bigger than what you actually need for the food. This will illiminate spilling or dribbling over the side. Add a little more food than what you think your baby will eat. That way if there is a mess, you know your child had the desired amount of food. Then find a very stirty spoon. I used to use those little spoons that people stir coffee or tea with. This is because they have a little bit of a bowl on them, and they're metal. So you can maintain control. I find that all the other baby spoons out there are either too flat, or too bendy. Ok, now get a receiving blanket. Start by sitting at a table with your baby facing away from you, keeping your baby between you and the table. But not too hard. Well you know that. Sorry. Anyway. Now you have both your hands to work with. Take the receiving blanket and drape it over you child securing the blanket behind the baby's neck. This keeps the baby's hands out of your way. Take the bottom of the blanket and place a bit of it under the bowl you're using. This makes sure you catch any food that falls, keeping the mess maintained to the blanket. Ok now I'm right handed so I guess I'll explain it this way. So if you're left handed you should switch this. I tguess that's kind of an obvious statement too. Sorry. Take a spoon full of food with your right hand, and use a finger of your left hand to wipe off the bottom of the spoon, putting it back in the bowl. Then take that same finger and place it on the corner of your baby's mouth. Then slide food in angeling the spoon so that it rubs against the roof of the mouth or the top lip. That will make sure that the food actually got in there. Now if the food is runny, some may drip. SO take that same finger and slide it back in. Some may still drip on to the blanket. Now once that happends I kind of just forget about it cuz you can't really scrape it off again. Now if the food is pastey or solid. Then you can pick it up again or if it's stuck to the chin, shove it back in. Check the blanket every once in awhile to see just how much your baby spit out when you were other wize occupied. It used to really bother me to have that much food on my hand constantly. So for the first little while, I got a bowl of water to have near by. just to dip my hands in. If you find that the blanket is getting too messy, take the side of the blanket and fold it over. I think that's it. If you have any questions or if I've been unclear. Please feel free to e-mail Brandi Penton at littlewolfe@shaw.ca.


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Hi i have a 2 year old boy. He now is starting to eat on his own, but when i do feed him. I use a small spoon and when i dip it in to the food with one finger i make sure that there's plenty of food on it. Then i put my thum at the corner of his mouth when i feel it open i put the spoon in his mouth.


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Hi, for those of you who use guide dogs what do you do about using the stroller with your guide dog? How do you make that work and has anyone used the Chico stroller? What are some tips and tricks to working a guide dog and using a stroller at the same time?
Thanks


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Hi.
Sorry it has been a long while cents I have been on here, had a lot of hings going on. Well, I thin that the person that gave you the step by step instructions,is right. Sounds great to me. i did the same thing, but, not quite as much, i used a bib instead of a litle blanket, if I had thought about it though I would have. Sounds like a gret idea. Putting your finger at the edge of your babies mouth is perfect, it worke for with both of my children. Yes they are going to get messey, but they all do. That is what the bath is for, righ? Smile
well, to the person that wanted to know about the dog and stroller, please email me at marandas09@gmail.com. I have a guide dog and can help with that. Talk soon
ashley


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Hi, I am new to this site so I hope this goes alreight alright. My daughter is now four years old and and honestly it may all seem hard , but it does not have to be. When i fed her she did get relly messy so keep wipes on hand and I used a swaddle planket to cover her. I would get the spoon and when getting the food on this is probably bad, but workd I would likc lick the bottom of the spoon so not to much would spill and then like the other moms feel for her mouth. In time she got really good and would actually push her head to the spoon . . Try that and good luck.


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