#dadtip: WD-40 your door hinges so that creaking won't wake the baby
Wife: “oh, monkfish, I know what that is”
Me: “a fish that’s taken its vows?”
Diaper changing pro-tip:
If you put the new diaper under the baby before removing the old diaper, you can yoink out the old diaper dining-table-tablecloth-trick-style and BAM, your baby's sitting right there on a new diaper which you can fold over to avoid accidents while you dispose of the old one
every time your kid does something you can say you trained a neural net to do it https://xkcd.com/2173/
If you *do* think your baby's a little fussy (defined as crying for no reason for extended periods) especially in the early weeks/months and you think it's due to digestion, one thing is proven to help in randomized controlled trials: probiotic solution. It's a little expensive, but widely available (even Gerber makes it). Basically it's a liquid that you can give them in small daily doses w/ feedings which will develop their gut fauna (since they're born with none) and will help with digestion.
If you're in the U.S. and you use formula, due to FDA regulations there's almost no difference between the pricier "name" brands and store generics. Target, Sam's, and Costco house brands are all fine and much cheaper: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-baby-formula/
Also: unless your Dr. specifically tells you to, there's no reason to use "sensitive" formulations. In fact, if you're also using breast milk, traditional formula may be easier on the baby because it's closer in composition.
- Other than that, the U.S. State Dept. website should have you pretty well covered on things you need to know! https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/under-16.html
Dad of one (born May 2019)
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