Posts Tagged ‘feeding’

When Relatives Want to Feed Your Baby

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

When relatives want to feed your babyWhen little ones approach 6 months of age, many moms begin to consider starting solids. Up until this point, breastmilk or formula is all your little one needs. For me, I wasn’t in a hurry to start solids. By 6 months, I had just gotten into a good rhythm of nursing with my daughter. I didn’t see why she had to have vegetables and fruits just yet, when she was happily satisfied with breastmilk. Then, we went home for the holidays.

She was not quite 5 months old at this time. I remember the moment: A close relative asked to see her, so they walked off holding her. And then, it happened. They let her eat chocolate icing. I cringed. I didn’t speak up. I let them feed my little baby chocolate icing.  She was returned to me with laughter and a gummy smile coated in chocolate.

This same scenario played out months later when another relative wanted to feed her something fun that mommy didn’t allow her to eat just yet. Cheetos puffs chips. Oh the horror.

What do you do when your relatives want to feed your baby? I mean, these are the people you love, trust, and adore with your child. So, why is this such a tricky subject?

While I don’t have the answers, here are some ways to handle this awkward situation:

  1. Be honest. When I look back at my scenarios, I wish I would have spoken up. But, I didn’t. If a relative wants your little one to sample mashed potatoes over the holidays but you haven’t started solids, speak up. Just be honest. They should respect you as the child’s mother and understand.
  2. Be realistic. In the grand scheme of things, my child’s taste of chocolate icing and Cheetos has not stunted her growth or made her become a sugar addict. But if food allergies run in your family or you are worried about food allergies, keep baby close or within sight. It’s unrealistic to brief everyone at every party about how to handle your baby, so stay close enough to monitor the situation.
  3. Bring your own food. If you are concerned about what your child may be offered at the holiday gathering, bring your own food. Bring their drink in one of these fun Re-play sippy cups. Bring some snacks that you are comfortable with. For me, I always had a couple Gerber Graduates pouches in my purse for my kids. This way, if I knew they wouldn’t eat the meal, there was some kind of a healthy option out there.
  4. Be the Mom. If this means you have to leave the room, take your child out of someone’s arms, or have a heart-to-heart with a relative, it’s okay.  Don’t be like me and hold it inside and still obsess over it years later. Now when my family feeds my daughter, I am grateful. This usually means she is well cared for, and I get to enjoy a meal without worrying about what she’s eating.

No matter what you eat this holiday season, remember your baby’s needs should be met. You can decide what they eat and when they eat it. It’s okay to sample holiday foods with your baby IF that’s what you want. You are the mom. You got this.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana. She can’t wait to go home for Thanksgiving.

HELP! My Baby Doesn’t Care about Food!

Monday, August 17th, 2015

When mastitis strikesBy the time my oldest son reached five or six months old, he was a giant. He was crazy long and his cheeks and arms and legs were so chubby, I could barely keep up with him (he was exclusively breastfed at the time). I was very interested in him starting to get some of his calories from solid foods by then. Unfortunately, he was not.

Some babies start watching everybody eat right away, and seem to have a keen interest in trying out the same foods. My youngest son was like that. He definitely fit pretty perfectly into the baby led weaning (BLW) camp.

But my older son was a totally different story. To be honest, he is still (at age six) still nervous about new situations, and I think that’s why he wasn’t interested in solids. He was used to breastmilk, he liked breastmilk, so why try anything new? It wasn’t broke, so he wasn’t fixing it. My husband the engineer is kind of the same way; I wonder where he gets it?

By eight months, I was barely able to spoon feed more than a couple servings of baby food to him, no matter if it was store bought or homemade. Forget BLW, he was totally not interested. It seemed to be affecting his sleep. He took a long time to be able to sleep 6 to 8 hours in a row, because I think he was hungry. My friends with babies the same age all talked about the huge variety of foods their kids were eating by then, which made me concerned (especially as a first-time mom).

If you’re in the same boat, there’s no need to despair like I did. It’s definitely worth asking about at your next pediatrician visit. There are some children that do require feeding therapy, and your doctor should be able to decide if your child would benefit from further testing. It could be just teething pain as well keeping your baby from wanting to dig in.

Continue to offer your baby a variety of foods. Eventually even the most stubborn kids, as long as there’s no underlying medical issue, will eventually discover how fun and tasty eating is. Baby Mum Mum crackers were the turning point for my son. A friend recommended the surfboard-shaped rice crackers, and he loved them. Once he discovered one food he loved, he slowly started eating other things, too.

Keep in mind, that kids, like adults, are all different. Some children are voracious eaters from the start, and some kids will always be light eaters. And if your baby is a reluctant solids eater, well, there’s one bright side: if you’re breastfeeding, being the source of almost 100 percent of an older, larger baby’s caloric intake can often mean losing the last of your baby weight.

Meaghan Howard is a mom to two little boys, ages 4 and 6. She’s currently enjoying the expat life in Japan.

Fun and Functional Baby Feeding Products

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Fun and Functional Baby Feeding ProductsWhen your baby starts eating solids, there is a whole new world of products available to you as a mom. I wasn’t aware that my daughter would need her own plates, forks, cups, and spoons. Since my daughter and now son have started eating solids and table food, my pantry has become a land of sippy cups, mismatched plate sets, and random bowls. Here are some fun baby feeding products to make you feel like a cool mom and make your little one a happy camper.

EzPz Happy Mat

If your child is like my son, they are very interested in throwing everything. As soon as Levi sits down in his highchair, the toys, cup, snacks, etc., go flying. The EzPz Happy Mat placemats suction directly to your table. Little hands will not be able to pick this up, knock it off, or tip it over. The placemat has three divided sections on top of the original mat for your baby’s food. How cool is that! It’s like a plate and placemat in one. It comes in fun colors like coral, grey, lime, and blue, and wipes clean easily. Easy peasy!

Puj PhillUp Cups

Sippy cups and drinking cups in my house don’t last long. We have a variety and I can never find the right cup, the right lid, or choose one that my 2-year-old approves of. Puj PhillUp cups come in bright colors that little ones will love, and hang easily on small nubs on your kitchen wall or refrigerator. These cups would be better for a toddler, but they are a fun thing to invest in and work with as your child grows.

Oogaa Plates and Silverware

Oogaa plates come in fun colors and are made of easy-to-clean silicone. Silicone will not promote the growth of bacteria and is odorless and tasteless. The plates are divided into three sections so little ones can keep their food separate. The spoons are in the shape of an airplane or train with long handles that will make feeding easy for mom and dad. These products are dishwasher safe and microwave safe, making them easy and functional.

Aiden+Anais Burpy Bibs

Aiden+Anais Burpy Bibs are amazing. I just got one for Levi, and I’m in love. They are a burp cloth and also a bib. They are large enough that they cover the front and back of baby, so no worries about spills or drool. The bibs dry easily and are made of soft bamboo. The prints on the bibs are sweet, peaceful, and delicate.

These are some of my favorite feeding products right now. I can’t wait to get some of them for my son Levi and try them out! What baby products have you had success with, momma?

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana where she lives, writes, and spoon feeds her 8-month-old.