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Keeping your newborn safe from all the lovely germs that inevitably surround them can be a stress for any new mom. Add in the siblings that bring the flu bug home from school and you can amplify that stress about 100x. But keeping baby protected during cold and flu season is possible!
A couple months ago, my 7-year-old contracted a pretty bad cold...just in time for the birth of baby #5! As I watched the cold morph into an ugly cough, I envisioned the germs...rapidly spreading from one child to the next. Great! All I could think about was bringing our newborn baby into a hotbox of germs. Not to mention, it was looking like I was going to have to have a repeat c-section. Let me just say... C-section + Coughing = No Bueno
I started formulating my plan of protection before we even left the hospital. Unfortunately, I knew baby and I would have to keep somewhat isolated. This was going to be hard...my kiddos are very touchy feely and they had been looking forward to baby coming home for like...the past 9 months. But I knew it was absolutely necessary...
Here are the 5 tips I followed to keep our newborn baby happy and healthy (even when everyone else in the house was sick!):
3. Become a Master Baby Wearer!
Yep, I pretty much lived in a baby wrap for 2 full months. You would've been hard pressed to find me at a time that I wasn't wearing one. I did everything short of showering and going to the bathroom with baby attached. It allowed me to always keep an eye on her and not have to worry about the kids trying to "sneak-a-peek" while she was napping. I was able to keep her covered while walking through the house and, therefore, protected from those stealthy germs!
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4. Invest in a Carseat Cover
This one was HUGE! When your newborn is sitting in the backseat of a car with 4 little ones coughing all over the place you'll thank me! Especially when some of them haven't grasped the "cover your cough" concept =/
Not only did I use this while we were out and about but I also used our carseat cover inside. For those moments when I wasn't baby wearing, I would lay baby in her carseat and cover her up so that the inevitable fly-by coughing wouldn't blast her in the face.
5. Keep a Well Stocked Diaper Bag
I know...this seems pretty obvious but it's worth emphasizing. Because babies spit up and occasionally have the dreaded "poop-splosion", keeping extra clothes will ensure baby is always dry. Also, pack an extra pair of socks, hat, and a coat during colder months. We generally spend a lot of time away from home so keeping plenty of spares on deck is crucial. You never know how essential these things are until you've had a "poop-splosion" down to the socks...don't ask...just trust me when I say you don't want to be caught without them!
Bonus: Breastfeed if You Can!
I made this one a bonus because breastfeeding isn't always an option for everyone. I was fortunate in that I was breastfeeding at the time. There are great benefits especially when it comes to building antibodies against surrounding illnesses. So, if you can, then do! Especially in the first few months of baby life!
And That's It!
Following these tips helped to keep our newborn baby healthy and I'm happy to say that she never did catch that nasty little bug! I can't necessarily say the same for myself (unfortunately!) but it achieved the main goal! And that's what's most important!
Until next time, be encouraged...
So tell me...What tips do you use for keeping your family healthy during cold and flu season? Share in the comments below!
Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. I'm passionate about the calls that we as women have on our lives. Memoirs of a Good Thing was created to help us heed these calls...I hope it speaks to your heart =)