Thursday, April 1, 2010

On things I don't know

I realized yesterday that there are many things I do not know about birthing babies. Which is a little scary, considering the fact that I have a nine year old son. I will admit it, I'm clueless on some subjects.

Like, do you still boil baby bottles? Older ladies keep telling me to boil them and everything I've read online says I don't have to boil the bottles. I don't know what to do. And I don't have another appointment with my doctor until Tuesday and knowing me I will forget to ask her, because I always forget to ask things until I am in the car on the way back to work.

Also, do you still make formula with sterile or nursery water? When I had Jay we had well water, so I always made his formula with sterilized water. But now that I live in town, is it necessary?

I finally put batteries in the little attachable vibrating/music playing/light up thing that clips to my bassinet last night. The light is awesome, Micah says the music is creepy and not allowed, and the dang thing vibrates so loud that it would wake the dead. How is that supposed to help a baby sleep? It sounds like a chopper landing in the bedroom. Good thing it came as part of the bassinet and I didn't pay for it.

Another thing. Do I need a bottle warmer? I always just made Jay's formula and put it in a feeding tube, so I know nothing about warming a bottle that a baby is going to drink. I believe I nuked it when Jay was little or just made it room temperature.

I guess it just boils down to me being absolutely clueless about feeding babies.


  1. those are great could write them down...or print this post out and stick it in your purse. when you doc asks if you have any questions you can whip it out.
    hopefully you won't forget like i would. :)
    hang in there!!

  2. I have no idea about these. I just breastfed my kids but I recall boiling stuff when I put the milk into the bottle...

  3. Isn't it amazing how you can raise children and then when a new one comes you realize you have forgotten so much? I did the same thing. I don't have all the answers, but I will tell you what I do know.
    I agree with Brooke lynn in writing down your questions. That is the only way I ever remember anything.
    I have never boiled baby's bottles. You are probably supposed to and they make sterilizer units you can buy, but I just wash them in really hot soapy water.
    I just use our tap water to make the bottles because our water is safe to drink. You can check with your city or doctor, but if you are drinking out of the tap, I would be willing to bet the baby will be fine too.
    One of the things I learned with my boys that floored me was how they actually are comforted by loud white noise type sound. There is a whole theory about the missing fourth trimester (which I am inclined to believe) and following the advice in this book saved our lives with the twins. Check out this post for more info.
    Bottle warmer, I can't tell you. We had one but never used it. I just warmed the tap water up as warm as I needed, filled the bottles, added the powder and voila.
    I hope this helps. You will do fine!!

  4. This is what I worry about when I have kids. There is so much that goes into it and so many questions. I have a hard time keeping track of my dogs... how will I do it with kids? I have no idea how you do it! It involves so much research!!

  5. everything okay? it's been a week since you've posted anything...