Brazil go home, Grandpa go home, DouDou having breakfast

Finally Netherland beat Brazil, become the first team through the semi finals. Netherland is DouDou daddy’s favorite team for his childhood for two reasons:

  1. The color is orange
  2. Ruud Gullit‘s hair style is very attractive

and there is nothing to do with soccer. Anyway, congratulate to the Dutches, Hopefully they can win their first crown.

Tomorrow, Grandpa will finish his holiday and head back to China. When next time he meet doudou, she will start walking and running. All the best Grandpa.

There are some changes for DouDou after her sixth month. She can sleep longer and pattern is build up. She can sit quite well and rolling quite well. Still a very heavy girl at her age as she is above 9 kg already. Good baby, once the pattern was setup, mum can go back to work easily!

A Day Without DouDou

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It’s been a month since my previous post, only two major things need to recoreded here:

  • DouDou can sleep by herself
  • DouDou can use the bottle for feed.

It does mean something to this family. Once doudou can sleep her self, we don’t need to cradle her all the time, which is become harder and harder as she gains more weight. Once DouDou can take the bottle not her mum’s breast, means someone else can take the feeding task which free mum’s hand. The process to achieve this is not simple, took us almost the whole month to fight with her.

My decent advice for other young parents, teach your baby to sleep by him or herself as early as you can, don’t worry about he crying too much unless your baby is hungry, cold, hot or sick, in all other cases just close to your baby but don’t hold him/her up. If you have grand parents take this responsibility, that’s very good, however better ask them to do the same, otherwise once they no longer the guardian of the baby, you will in deep trouble. This is not my own experience, my colleague who has 4 kids, also give me this advice, please trust me as this is really necessary. You will find that baby getting used to new environment much quicker than you thought, even though the process is painful from parent point of view. But if you insist the parent will always be the winner party in the end.

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Same story for bottle feeding, babies all had very shot term memory, initially she does not know what to do with the breast, she can suck the bottle quite easily at that time, two month later, once she had great skill with the breast feeding, she seems completely against the bottle. Every time when we try to feed her use the bottle, she starts to cry with tears :-( . however it is critical to let baby to use the bottle as mum will back to work in a few months time, also if she get older, it will be harder to make any change. We adopt the same routine: trained her with bottle one or two times a day. Surprisely the whole training process only took a few days, much better than what we expected, some parents even take a few weeks. Another possible reason for this “fast track camp” is aunt Xu brought us a very “Advanced” teat made by NUK, it’s much soft than those silicon products on the market. I could not find this product from any shop around us that’s why it took a long way to get it from the upper atmosphere. Anyway, since doudou has the ability to use the bottle, me and DouDou’s Mum have a wonderful day without take care of feeding her. Now talk something about the trip.

Cannot remember how many time we’ve visited to nantian temple, but the last time DouDou’s mum make a wish in front of budda before she was pragnant and now we are returning to the temple to fulfill the vow. It is a such a perfect day for travel escepially without worring about feed the baby.

Wonderful sounds for sleep

This artical was originally published from here

The environment that your baby enjoyed for nine long months in the womb was not one of absolute quiet. There was a constant symphony of sound – your heartbeat and fluids rushing in and out of the placenta. (Remember those sounds from when you listened to your baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler stethoscope?) Research indicates that “white noise” sounds or soft bedtime music helps many babies to relax and fall asleep more easily. This is most certainly because these sounds create an environment more familiar to your baby than a very quiet room.

Many people enjoy using soothing music as their baby’s sleep sound. If you do, choose bedtime music carefully. Some music (including jazz and most classical music) is too complex and stimulating. For music to be soothing to your baby pick simple, repetitive, predictable music, like traditional lullabies. Tapes created especially for putting babies to sleep are great choices. Pick something that you will enjoy listening to night after night, too. (Using a tape player with an automatic repeat function is helpful for keeping the music going as long as you need it to play).

There are widely available, and very lovely, “nature sounds” tapes that work nicely, too, as well as those small sound-generating or white noise devices and clocks you may have seen in stores. The sounds on these – raindrops, a bubbling brook or running water – often are similar to those sounds your baby heard in utero. A ticking clock or bubbling fish tanks also make wonderful white-noise options.

“I went out today and bought a small aquarium and the humming noise does seem to relax Chloe and help her to sleep. I didn’t buy any fish though. Who has time to take care of fish when you’re half asleep all day?” Tanya, mother of 13-month-old Chloe

You can find some suitable tapes and CDs made especially for babies or those made for adults to listen to when they want to relax. Whatever you choose, listen to it first and ask yourself: Does this relax me? Would it make me feel sleepy if I listened to it in bed?

If you must put your baby to sleep in a noisy, active house full of people, keeping the tape running (auto rewind) will help mask baby-waking noises like dishes clanking, people talking, siblings giggling, TV, dogs barking, etc. This can also help transition your sleeping baby from a noisy daytime house to which he’s become accustomed subconsciously to one of absolute nighttime quiet.

Once your baby is familiar with his calming noise, or music, you can use these to help your baby fall back to sleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Simply soothe him by playing the music (very quietly) during the calming and falling-asleep time. If he wakes and cries, repeat this process.

If your baby gets used to his sleep time sounds you can take advantage of this and take the tape with you if you will be away from home for naptime or bedtime. The familiarity of these sounds will help your baby sleep in an unfamiliar environment.

Eventually your baby will rely on this technique less and less to fall and stay asleep. Don’t feel you must rush the process; there is no harm in your baby falling asleep to these gentle sounds. When you are ready to wean him of these you can help this process along by reducing the volume by a small amount every night until you finally don’t turn the music or sounds on at all.

Babies enjoy these peaceful sounds, and they are just one more piece in the puzzle that helps you to help your baby sleep – gently, without any crying at all.

Excerpted with permission by McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Publishing from The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley. Copyright 2002

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