I received a free sample of Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula and Gerber® Soothe probiotic colic drops from Gerber®. My thoughts and opinions are my own
Galentine’s Day for My Mom Friends: Before you become a mom, you think you have it all figured out. And then you have a baby and realize that, you don’t. But if you are lucky, you have some amazing mom friends who always have your back, who are always there for you. And that is who we need to celebrate today! (If you don’t know what Galentine’s Day is, it is a reference a holiday invented by Parks and Recreation show, in which Galentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your girlfriends!)
Like any good student and first time mom, I read every single book on the subject. But even after nannying full-time for four years (and babysitting for 13), I still was befuddled by the fussiness of my firstborn, B. We were incredibly fortunate, she had what Weissbluth and other experts call “normal fussiness” and not colic but it was nerve-wracking to say the least. She took a lot of soothing, and man, she was swaddled, shhhhed, and swung all the time!
I will never forget the night that I called my best friend (a mom of two–now three) for help. She had had colic with her firstborn, and food intolerances with her second, so I knew she would know what to do. B had been crying for six hours, and I had tried everything in the book to no avail. I was on my last string and was this close to wailing as much as she was. Luckily, as I was on the phone with her, B miraculously fell asleep. The poor baby had finally let go! But, knowing that I had her to call was a godsend. I don’t know how many hours we logged those first several months talking, commiserating over the lack of sleep, discussing breastfeeding, formula, and everything in between.
(with B age 9 months in New Hampshire–I breastfed her while boating, hiking, you name it!)
Now, I was lucky that I had a best friend who had kids–the only one of my friends who did, since I had B pretty young at age 26. I didn’t know at that time and in retrospect, and wish I did, that Gerber has different experts available free of charge including Certified Lactation Consultants, Certified Baby Sleep Consultants, and Registered Dietitians that are always there to answer any questions (phone number: 1-800-203-4565). When you are panicking about your baby crying too much, and need to talk to an expert, they are always there.
After the first six weeks, B calmed down a lot and became a lot easier to soothe, and I began to enjoy motherhood more and more. Thankfully, her nightly routine of crying on-and-off for several hours ended by 3 months of age. I was fortunate to be able to exclusively breastfed both my kids, and plan to do the same for my third. But, now that I know about how Gerber® Soothe® products can help babies and reduce crying time, I will always have some Gerber® Soothe Colic Drops on hand because they are ideal for breastfed babies. And if I choose to use formula, I know that Gerber® Good Start® Soothe Infant Formula is ideal for fed formula babies.
(same boat two years later with Jack!) and again, I am nursing while boating 🙂
In the past four years, I quickly learned that there isn’t any one way to have a happy baby and a happy mom. What worked for my first–pacifiers, lots of swinging, and noise machines didn’t work at all for my second baby, Jack. All he wanted was to feed around the clock! And after meeting with a Lactation Consultant, I learned that it wasn’t for lack of milk–it was just Jack’s way of soothing himself. He was gaining over a pound a week and was doing great. He just didn’t like pacifiers or the things that B liked. I know that our third baby will be just as different. And my job as a mom, is to figure out what our #formulaforhappiness is. Whether it is breastfeeding exclusively or supplementing with formula, it is going to be whatever works best for us.
So tell me, did your babies have colic or common fussiness? If you want to know more, and learn the differences between colic and normal fussiness, visit this webpage! And remember to shower your fellow mom friends with love on this Galentine’s Day; because, we moms are a special breed, and fellow moms deserve extra love!