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 by my own.
My first daughter cried for the first two months of her life, I don't think I truly understand what colic was until then. All babies cry. I know it’s natural, but colic is when a healthy baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for over 3 weeks. It usually starts in the first few weeks of life and can be completely overwhelming to both the parents and the little one. Among the reasons for excessive crying is digestive discomfort, and iInfantile colic is a symptom of digestive discomfort.
Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s digestive system may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.I am so grateful that Gerber has created two products to help mom's with colicky little ones. Gerber® Soothe® probiotic Colic Drops is ideal for breastfed babies and Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula is ideal for formula fed babies.
Gerber® Soothe Probiotics Colic Drops are formulated with comforting probiotics L. reuteri which is a probiotic that is safe for infants. It has been clinically shown to significantly reduce crying time in colicky babies to try and help make going through colic with your infant easier.
Colic can feel like a very lonely and solitary thing to go through when you are a parent that is why Gerber has different experts available including a Registered Dietitians, Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Baby Sleep Consultant to answer any questions. The experts can be reached at Gerber.com/experts or at 1-800-203-4565.
Colic can be the rough part of being a parent, but one of my favorite parts of being a parent is Halloween. The pumpkins are growing and my little ones are planning their Halloween costumes, or I should say my 7-year-old is planning her Halloween costume and a costume for her sister that will compliment it. Halloween is one of our very favorite holidays to celebrate with our kids and one we want to remember for years to come. From costumes, to first cocoas, to darling decorations. Here are some darling ways to remember your little one's first Halloween.
Hand and Foot Prints
The next ideas all involve babies, paint and canvases. It can be pretty tricky to paint a baby's hand or foot, but I have found that it is easiest to do it while they are occupied. If they are really little, try while they are sleeping. If they are a little older, try while they are eating or while another adult reads them a story or plays toys with them. If you have a particularly wiggly baby the foot is going to be easier than a hand. My biggest tip? Make sure you have a package of wet wipes near by to clean up quickly, so the baby doesn't get paint every where.
Candy Corn Foot Prints- This one is best done on a black canvas as well. Paint the heel of your baby's food white, the middle orange and the toes yellow. You can add a face or just have pieces of candy corn.
Witch Hand Prints- These hand prints are my absolute favorite. A green hand print with orange hair and a black hat make for the perfect witch.
Black Cat Hand Prints- No witch is complete without her black cat. Add a head, ears and whiskers to a black hand print for this darling idea.
Spider Hand Prints- A orange background, a cute little black hand print and a white web makes a darling spider.
Frankenstein Hand Prints- Paint your little one's toes black and their feet green. Add scars and faces for Frankenstein and his bride.
Every parent wants to be the best parent they can be and I love that companies,like Gerber, are listening. It makes me happy to use their products when I need them.
What is your #FormulaForHappiness this year with your little one?