As a new mom, every day is a new challenge. Just as you think you have a system in place, a growth spurt or something else happens to change this. My baby is 6 weeks old and that means vaccination time. I mentally prepared myself for the morning and thought I was ready, but when the clinic nurse gave my baby her vaccinations and the wails started, I realised I was totally unprepared for the emotional wreck I was going to be.
Here are my top tips to get through this milestone:
- Take a friend/husband/relative
You need the support more than your baby.
- Pack tissues
This is for you. Who wants to see their baby in pain?
- Pack a bottle/breastfeed
Do this straight after the injections, it acts as a distraction and can help to calm your baby
- Pack a dummy
This will be your saving grace on the car trip home.
Cuddle your baby like you have never cuddled them before. The crying and tears are unbearable.
Make sure you have medication at home for the fever that will come and be prepared for 3 days of a niggly, unhappy baby
- And last but not least, remember Why. Every family is different. For my family, I felt it was the right thing to do. This is what was best for me and my baby.
Contributed by Kathy Cowell of Clamber Club
Tel: 011 325 2031