The Nest's Noticings for the Week...

Favorite Product:  The Whisbear - a lovey/sound machine that emits "pink noise" to help soothe baby. It attaches to the crib or stroller. :)
Parenting Resource or Tip: Today's discussion was based on this article with 10 Tips to Reduce Separation Anxiety.
Recipe:  Looking for a new recipe to boost milk supply? Check out these Blueberry Oatmeal Lactation Muffins.
Baby Signs to Use:  Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa
Baby Songs to Sing:  Mommy Comes Back, 10 Little Monkeys

Developmental Play Tip:  What can your baby see? (Source for these facts: www.aoa.com - the American Optometric Association) At birth, your baby ‘s focus is 8-10” from their face. By eight weeks, babies more easily focus their eyes. For the first two months, baby’s eyes may appear to cross or wander and this is usually normal! Babies should begin to follow objects with eyes and reach for them by 3 months. Babies have good color vision by about 5 months. “Most babies start crawling at about 8 months old, which helps further develop eye-hand-foot-body coordination. Early walkers who did minimal crawling may not learn to use their eyes together as well as babies who crawl a lot.” Check out the Baby See App for more about what your baby can see :)

Babies are hard-wired to respond to movement – evolutionarily speaking, it is nature’s way of looking for predators or prey! Take advantage of this and think about things that move – they will likely be really fascinating and engaging for your baby! Play: Lay your baby on their back directly under a ceiling fan. You can even tie colorful ribbons to the fan, set it on low, and watch the ribbons spin with your baby, talking about the ribbons going “around and around and around!” You can also spin a top for your baby, play fetch with your dog while your baby is in your lap, lay your baby under a spinning mobile, or sit on the strand watching bicyclists roll by. All of these forms of movement will likely have your baby entranced. J Another way to bring motion and high contrast images to your baby? Have a shadow show for them! Turn off the lights and shine a flashlight on the ceiling with your hand in front to create unique shadows that they’ll find fascinating!


Today we discussed this article from Mom365.com on 10 Tips to Reduce Separation Anxiety. The 10 tips that we discussed that are highlighted in the article are:
1. Introduce the “Strangers” Early
2. Practice Being Apart
3. Go At the Right Time
4. Get Acquainted
5. Say Goodbye
6. Distract!
7. Start Small
8. Timing Can Be Everything
9. Don't Look Back
10. Know That the Tears Are Short-Lived

We also talked about some tried and true Nest Mom tips for reducing separation anxiety. Some tips mentioned today included:
- Play games that practice separation - like hide and go seek, peek-a-boo, hiding food under cups, etc.
- Don't drag out goodbyes!
- Monitor your own anxiety - are YOU read to leave your little one??
- Try outings during the time of day your baby is the happiest or after bedtime!
- Hide a basket of new & exciting novel toys that only make an appearance when babysitters come over.

Notable Mentions:

This is the section of the recap where we give you all of the info brought up during check-in time from all of our 0-12 month Mommy and Me classes so that you can have the most resources possible!!

- Looking for a good, supportive bra? Check out Victoria's Secret maximum support bra or try wearing 2 sports bras or a sports bra with a built-in-bra top over it.

- Are you nervous your baby is getting a flat spot on their head? Try exercising their neck, laying them down to sleep in different directions or moving their bassinet 180 degrees, dangling exciting toys on their stroller toward the side you want them to look, etc. You can also try the Tortle during sleep times - a favorite of a sleep specialist that has spoken at the Nest.

- Increasing milk supply suggestions:

For babies not interested in taking the bottle - try a straw cup!  Recommendations: Bear Straw Cup to start, Zoli, Thinkbaby, Munchkin 360

- Is your baby breaking out of the swaddle? Try the SwaddleUp or doing a double swaddle below. If your blanket isn't big like hers, some moms do this method with two separate blankets - assuming your baby's room is cool enough to have two blankets. :)

Jenn Langsdale