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25 Baby Feeding Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier

Babies who are ready for more solid foods can wreak havoc on new parents.

What was once an easy, straightforward process becomes a bit messier and a little harder to navigate.

The good news for parents is that there are many baby feeding tools on the market today that can help.

We tried and tested over 100 baby feeding tools to bring the best and most affordable options to you and your growing family.

Check out our top baby feeding tools that are guaranteed to make feeding times a little easier on you all.

EZPZ Mini-mat, Happy Mat, and Mini-Bowl

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This mat is a best-seller on Amazon for a reason. It suctions to your baby’s highchair, which means you won’t see trays or bowls go flying mid-feeding.

The slight edge around the outside also means that these mats catch minor spills that are bound to happen as the baby eats.

The grey color is also great for babies’ developing eyesight because they can clearly see food colors and textures against the mat.

Silicone Training Cup with Lid & Straw

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This is such a great cup for kiddos who are still learning to drink independently.

The silicone means that it won’t slip out of little hands and is gentle on the baby’s gums and new teeth.

In addition, the cup is see-through, so you’re able to see how much liquid your baby is consuming to make sure they aren’t over-drinking.

It also comes in cute colors like mint and coral for a bonus!

NUK Learner Cup

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This cup is great for toddlers who are still learning how to use regular cups for drinking. The spill-proof, soft spout is gentle on gums.

The handles are easy for babies to grip so they can practice independent drinking, and the handles are removable, which means the cup will grow along with your little one.

Omniboost Travel Booster Seat- Portable

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This portable seat is a must-have for busy parents and traveling little ones.

So if you are taking baby out for a day at the park, the beach, a day at grandma’s, or anywhere without a proper high chair, this is your answer.

This seat has a three-part adjustable harness, non-skid feet for added safety and is made from machine-washable fabric to ensure this staple stays clean despite messy feedings.

Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder

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WOW! This product is a game-changer for baby-led weaning and little ones who are just starting to explore real food without the risk of choking.

The mesh bags hold soft foods like bananas, peaches, melon, sweet potato, and more.

The mesh part of the bag allows the baby to nibble on real foods without parents having to worry about choking on large chunks.

Boon Drying Rack for Countertop

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This drying rack is a must-have for parents.

Instead of chucking the baby’s delicate feeding devices in the dishwasher, it’s much better to hand wash these things and let them dry appropriately so that they can dry without getting moldy.

Any excess water on devices flows into the tray, but the silicone ‘grass’ mat keeps utensils upright, so they dry completely.

It also comes with accessories that help create more space and allows you to hang things like bottle tops and lips so that they don’t collect moisture.

Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons

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These spoons are a parent’s best friend when it comes to feeding a baby.

The tips of these spoons are made from soft silicone that is soft on the baby’s teeth and gums and makes them dishwasher safe.

The coolest part of these spoons? Easily the patented tip that turns white when food is too hot for your baby to eat.

This is super helpful as your baby starts eating more regular food or having a bit of whatever mom or dad made for dinner.

Snack Attack Collapsible Snack Container

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This feeding accessory has a cult-like following for a reason.

It has nearly five stars on Amazon and almost 4,000 reviews which make this a must-have for parents who need a snack-holding alternative to plastic baggies.

This 8 oz. silicone cup collapses, so it will easily slide into a bag or purse when your baby is done.

The top boasts a spill-proof design that keeps snacks inside but allows the baby to easily grab snacks without the mess.

It also has an easy-grip handle that won’t slip out of little hands.

Evenflo 4-in-1 Convertible Highchair

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If you’re looking for a highchair that is actually worth the investment, this is it. This highchair morphs to fit all stages of feeding for your baby.

It has the infant highchair setting, toddler dining chair with tray, standalone toddler chair, and a big kid table and chair.

The seat pad is machine washable and has the option to add a 5-point safety harness, and is great for kids up to 50 pounds.

Green Sprouts Organic Bibs

I love these bibs not only because they are super-soft and organic but also have four layers inside for extra absorbency.

They get softer with every wash and are guaranteed to absorb every sniffle, drip, or drool that lands on them for a happier baby and a cleaner onesie after feeding time is over.  

Pikababy Long Sleeve Bib

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This one is for the parents who can’t seem to escape feedings without also having to change the baby’s entire outfit afterward.

This is especially great when traveling with an infant or when you don’t want to carry a third change of clothes just to feed the baby.

This is a waterproof smock that attaches to the baby like a bib but gives way more coverage.

It is an ideal solution for parents who are still in the midst of very messy feedings and are trying to take it easy on their already large laundry loads.

NumNum Pre-spoon Utensils

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If your baby isn’t quite ready for spoons on their own, these are a great way to introduce them to utensils and practice eating.

The stage 1 spoon is meant to act as a teething toy, so little ones get used to holding a utensil and putting it in their mouths.

The stage 2 spoon allows the baby to explore a variety of soft and solid foods and keeps foods on the spoon for easier practice.

The spoons are also dishwasher safe and made of silicone, so they won’t slip out of your baby’s hand.

Avanchy Toddler Stainless Steel Silicone Suction Plate & Bowl 

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These bowls are great for more rough and tumble toddlers. They are perfectly portioned with a design that keeps them stuck to the baby’s feeding tray.

The steel is durable, which helps it endure banging, dishwashers, and all sorts of rough treatment. They are also insulated to keep food warm and little fingers cool.

WeeSprout Silicone Baby Food Freezer Tray With Clip-on Lid

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This container holds ten different food purees in a single container. Just drop in the puree, attach the lid, and freeze.

Each little container is independent of the others, which makes it easy to remove the specific frozen puree you want without mess or hassle.

It is dishwasher safe and can even be thrown into the microwave or oven if you’re heating things up or want to experiment with other food types for your baby.

WeeSprout Glass Baby Food Jars

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These jars are amazing for storing larger amounts of food at a time. The set comes with 12 jars with distinctly colorful lids, and each one holds 4 oz. of food.

It also comes with a dry erase marker for easy labeling. Each jar has a screw-on lid for maximum freshness and is safe to throw in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher.

That makes the baby food jars the supreme choice for all your puree needs.

Stasher Platinum Silicone Reusable Food Storage Bag

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If you are so over plastic, you’re not alone. Ziplock bags can’t complete with these silicone storage bags.

The bags are self-sealing and endlessly reusable, contain no BPA or latex, and eliminates the use of single-use plastic.

They are great for freezers, microwaves, dishwashers, and you can even toss them in a pot of hot water to bring the food up to temperature.

It’s a great and convenient way to store and reheat any food.

Plastic Storage Organizer

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If you’ve ever dreamed of a device that will help keep all of your baby’s food and milk organized in the fridge, then this product is for you.

It’s so simple, yet so perfect. The bin easily slides in and out of the fridge or freezer and helps keep all of the baby’s food neat and organized.

This works great for the fridge to ensure that you’re using foods according to their freshness.

Newer purees go to the back while older purees get moved to the front to ensure you’re not throwing out or wasting any foods that your baby could potentially be eating!

Ashtonbee Baby Fruit Feeder

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These bad boys are both a teether and a pacifier all in one. Grown-ups can insert vegetables, meat, fish, or fruit into the top of the teether and let kids go to work.

Babies can chew and suck on the pacifier containing the food, which allows them to get used to the taste and textures of foods in small doses as they start becoming more interested in solid foods.

It’s also super easy to clean and has become a favorite of parents and teething babies alike!

ZoLi Siliflex Weighted Straw Sippy Cup

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The weighted straw design allows babies and toddlers to drink from every angle to minimize tantrums when babies can’t reach the liquid they can see inside.

The straw also seals up from the design of the top, meaning that when the cup isn’t in use, the baby won’t make a mess throwing it.

It also means that this cup can easily slide into purses or diaper bags without the worry of having the straw leak or spill on other things.

EzPz Tiny Spoon 

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These spoons are great for babies around six months old who are just starting to explore solid foods.

The narrow spoon fits safely in the baby’s mouth, and the soft silicone protects the baby’s developing teeth.

The arc of the spoon helps food stick to the spoon when the baby practices scooping, dipping, or dunking.

The sensory bumps on the back edge of the spoon provide sensory awareness to decrease gagging and choking.

Flexi Nosey Cup 

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This cup has absolutely rave reviews. And for good reason. The unique design comes in three different sizes meant to grow along with the baby.

This is for babies who are drinking on their own (roughly one year old).

The top (meant to be drank from the taller side) makes it easier for kids to practice drinking without hitting their heads against the far side of the cup.

The design also keeps kids from choking and spilling by giving them more control over the flow of liquid by squeezing the sides.

The sides are soft and flexible, which makes it easier for the cup to fit into their mouths.

Bumpkin Utensils Silicone Chewtensils

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When I say I love these for baby, I really mean it. They are meant for babies around six months old who are just starting to learn how to use utensils.

The handle on these is more like a binky, but with a spoon and fork attachment, that baby puts into their mouth.

I love these because they’re super easy for baby to maneuver, and it gets them used to the feeling of utensils in their mouths.

There is a ventilated choke barrier for safety which I love because it ensures that babies can’t put this chewtencil too far into their mouths.  

Green Sprouts Learning Cutlery Set

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On the other side of things, this cutlery set is great for toddlers who are getting good at eating with utensils around 16 months old.

They look like real silverware to kiddos, but they have bright, silicone handles, which means they won’t slip out of your child’s hands.

Nice and slim, wash well in the dishwasher, and are durable.

Olababy Feeding Spoon

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These are dubbed “baby’s first spoon” for a reason.

Somewhere in between itty-bitty pacifier utensils and baby’s first taste at real silverware, there needs to be another step.

These spoons are perfect for that middle ground between a baby just starting out and being a pro. This spoon was designed to help feed your baby with ease.

The shape allows for easy scooping, cutting, and slicing. The base is a suction cup, so it sticks upright, minimizing mess.

The handle provides a great grip, and the top is narrow instead of wide, so it easily fits into the baby’s mouth.

Childress Cooler Cube Insulated Tote

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This is a must-have for when your baby starts daycare or preschool.

This is a versatile cooler bag that holds snack cups and containers for a toddler meal, but it’s also great for keeping bottles cool for younger babies.

You can arrange food by temperature so green beans will stay warm and yogurt will stay cool- a win-win for everyone!

In Conclusion

Now that your little one is ready for solid foods, every meal is like an adventure!

Having tools to make mealtimes easy, mess-free, and safe for the family means that lunches and dinners are much more enjoyable for everyone.

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How To Dress A Baby For Sleep: The A-Z Guide

Babies are incredibly sensitive to temperature, and it’s challenging to know what to dress them in for different climates.

One of a parent’s top worries is how to dress their baby for bed, knowing that the temperature may fluctuate overnight. 

One of the most important things is that your baby has a comfortable, safe, and restless sleep – because the more they sleep, the more you do.

But as a new parent, even the seemingly simple decision of which pair of tiny PJs your baby will wear can seem like a mountain to climb.

So, how should you dress your baby for sleep? 

The Basics Of Dressing A Baby For Sleep

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There are a few standard rules that you’ll need to follow to ensure you’re doing the right thing for your little bundle of joy.

Layering

Depending on the temperature, layering can be a good or bad thing, and there will always be people out there with differing views and opinions.

However, a good rule of thumb is to judge how many layers you’re going to wear to bed at the current temperature and give them one extra layer on top of that. 

It’s always better to have your baby slightly underdressed than pile on a ton of layers. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) can occur from overheating. 

Sheets

Babies shouldn’t have loose sheets over them at night to keep them warm; you will need to rely on their clothes to keep them at the right temperature.

Having a footed onesie or a muslin swaddle should be enough to keep them at the right temperature. 

Temperature

An ideal room temperature for a baby is between 68- and 72-degrees Fahrenheit.

You should keep a thermometer in the room and try to keep it as close to this temperature as possible. 

The Different Types Of Baby Sleepwear

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Cotton/Muslin Swaddle

Some babies take to swaddling immediately. They love the safety and security that they get from being in a warm, firm hold.

It feels just like being back in the womb for them. 

You need the perfect balance of warmth and comfort and keep your baby cool enough that it’s not a health concern. For this, a cotton or muslin swaddle is perfect.

The material is breathable to let some air in and also flexible enough that it’s easy to wrap around your baby and tuck it in. 

If you’re in a warm room, you can be confident that cotton or muslin won’t overheat them, especially if they’re in this single layer.

They don’t need to be wearing anything other than a babygrow and nappy when swaddled. 

Sleep Sack/Wearable Blanket

As your baby gets older and can confidently roll over by themselves, a swaddle may become less safe as they’re able to wiggle their warms free.

This might mean that they unwind the swaddle, and, for particularly energetic babies, they might pull the swaddle up over their face, limiting the ability to breathe correctly. 

At this stage, you’ll need to switch up to a sleep sack or wearable blanket. These are easier than a swaddle to fit around your baby.

They fit over your baby’s head just like a shirt and zip around the bottom to ensure that their feet are contained. 

The zip keeps your baby’s feet warm and secure, just like a swaddle, but allows for more movement while controlling the ability to move the material.

(If it’s secured around the bottom of their legs, they won’t be able to pull it over their head). 

These sacks are available in cotton or thicker materials depending on the temperature in your room.

Your baby could layer up underneath or just have this on over a nappy.

Footy Sleepwear

If your baby has grown out of swaddles and sleep sacks or just struggles to sleep wearing them, then you might need to move to everyday two-piece sleepwear.

This is fine too, as long as you purchase sleepwear with feet in.

Babies lose lots of heat through their feet, so they must stay warm, and the feet in the pajamas will also ensure their tiny toes don’t get caught in any bedding. 

If you’re using sleepwear alone, you’ll need to ensure that you layer up a little more, even when it’s warm.

This is because your baby’s hands will be free from cover, and you need to make up for the heat lost this way.

A babygrow underneath should be fine to maintain the right temperature. 

How To Dress A Baby For Sleep In A 70+ Degree Room

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Always try to maintain an even temperature throughout the night for your baby. This helps them to get more sleep.

If you live in a hotter climate, or if it’s just summertime, it can be concerning that your baby will get too hot during the night. 

To prepare for this, select a short-sleeved cotton or muslin bodysuit, a cotton swaddle, or a sleep sack without layers underneath.

This should be sufficient to keep them at the right temperature. 

Fans

Don’t be tempted to add a fan to the room, as the constant airflow can cause your baby to catch a chill, no matter how warm it is.

Also, from a fire safety perspective, you should also turn all fans off while you’re sleeping.

If the heat is really beginning to worry you, you can place a fan in the hallway outside your baby’s door.

This should slightly increase the airflow without potentially causing any other damage. 

Aircon

If you have air conditioning in your home, the temperature should be pretty even throughout the night.

That means you’ll be able to stick to the rule of layering your baby with a single extra layer to yourself.

If you’re fine with minimal bedtime clothing, just add some classic footy PJs for them, and they’ll be fine. 

How To Dress A Baby For Sleep In A 65 (And Below) Degree Room

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Obviously, in some climates, you’ll have the opposite problem.

If you’re living somewhere that tends to be much colder at night, it can be concerning that your baby may be cold.

Babies are much more sensitive than adults and will feel the cold, so the chances are that, if you’re a bit chilly, they are too. 

When you start to drag out those long PJs at night, you’ll need to start wrapping your baby in an extra layer. 

Try a set of microfleece PJs with feet over a bodysuit or a sleep sack over standard cotton PJs. 

Hats

Baby hats are one to avoid. They look cute, but unfortunately, they only really work while your baby is around a week old.

As soon as they can move their heads themselves, a hat can become a danger as it could easily slip off their head during sleep to cover their face.

This may result in suffocation. Give hats a pass, no matter how cold it is. 

How Do I Know If My Baby Is Too Cold At Night?

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It’s difficult to tell if your baby is cold during the night as the typical tell-tale signs, such as cold skin, won’t apply until your baby is a little older and their circulatory system develops fully.

Babies also struggle to regulate their own body temperature like adults and lose heat quickly because of their low fat levels.

Their respiratory system also isn’t fully developed, and it takes a lot of oxygen to power the cells to develop that circulation.

They need much more access to oxygen than we would to stay warm and keep their body going.

That’s why blankets over your baby’s face are so much more dangerous than if an adult slept in the same way.

They’ll Tell You

If your baby isn’t happy, you know that they’ll typically make you aware of it, and loudly.

Your baby will wake up a couple of times during the night anyway, and after checking for food and changing needs, the temperature should be next on your list.

If you can’t find anything wrong, then this may be the issue. 

Skin Temperature

Checking your baby’s hands and feet isn’t a good indicator to find out if your baby is cold, as that’s where they’ll lose the most heat anyway.

Check the temperature of their neck and chest with the back of your hand. This should give you a more accurate reading of their overall body temperature. 

If your baby is too warm, the back of their neck may be sweaty. If that’s the case, you’ve overdone it on the layers. 

Cheek Coloring

Baby’s faces are a good indicator of their overall temperature. If they’re red and flushed, then they’re too hot.

Pink cheeks with a normal peach forehead are normal, and if your baby is drained of color and seems a little pale, this may mean they’re too cold. 

Movement

If your baby is unusually quiet or still, this could also mean that they’re too cold.

It takes a lot of energy to keep the blood flowing around where it should be to stay warm, which means that they don’t have much energy to keep their limbs moving. 

What To Do If Your Baby Is Too Cold

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If you fear that your baby is too cold, there are a few things that you could do to make them feel more comfortable. 

  • Adjust the room temperature – Turn down the aircon and turn up the heat
  • Change the crib location – Move away from windows and doors
  • Preheat the mattress – Place a hot water bottle on the crib mattress to warm the surface, then remove it before you lay your baby down. 
  • Use a firm mattress – Make sure the mattress fits the crib perfectly and is firm, even when your baby lays there. This stops excess cold air from getting under your baby. 
  • Nappy changing – Wet diapers can be a factor in your baby being cold. If it’s clear that they’ve been wet for some time, change them. 

Sleeping Bags Or Sleep Sacks

Sleep sacks are a significant upgrade from swaddling your baby and can help them keep warm too.

Because your baby is zipped into them, you can be sure that they’ll stay at that same temperature throughout the night without you having to worry.

They come in a few different thicknesses made of different materials to help keep your baby at the right temperature throughout the night. 

Thin Cotton – A cotton sleeping bag is just the same material as a standard t-shirt, with a small zip around the bottom.

This is best for hotter climates, when the temperature is high all year round, even throughout the night.

It ensures that your baby can’t move around too much and protects them from the dangers of loose sheets. 

1.0 Tog – Is the basic sack with two thin, cotton layers. This is best worn with a short-sleeved bodysuit or vest for warm weather during the summer months.

Your nursey thermometer should read 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit to use this type of sleeping bag.

2.5 Tog – This is a sleeping bag with a fleecy layer between two external cotton layers to keep your baby warm.

It’s recommended to use this type of sleeping bag when the temperature is less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

It would help if you coupled this with a long-sleeved bodysuit, sleepsuit, or two-piece pajama set. 

Never use a blanket alongside or instead of a sleeping bag. Blankets could:

  1. Cause a suffocation hazard if your baby pulls it over over their face. 
  2. Be pushed to the side during the night if your baby rolls over, meaning they lose the benefit of the heat source. 

Do Babies’ Arms Get Cold In Sleeping Bags?

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Baby sleeping bags or ‘sleep sacks’ are specifically designed to fit loosely enough to allow airflow but zip tightly enough to stop the material from moving too much and putting your baby at risk. 

However, they have armholes and fit pretty much like a standard shirt over your baby’s shoulders, and that does worry some people as the baby’s arms are exposed to the room’s temperature. 

If you feel that your baby’s arms are cold during the night, this could be completely natural.

Babies don’t develop proper circulation right away, meaning that their arms and legs may feel cold because they don’t have as much blood pumping around as we do just yet.

Even adults can develop cold hands and feet without actually feeling cold overall. 

So, yes, a baby’s arms may feel cold while wearing a sleeping bag, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong.

If your baby isn’t crying or making you aware of the problem, they’re completely fine with the temperature around them. 

What To Do If Your Baby’s Hands Are Cold

If you’re still really concerned that your baby is cold, try putting on a t-shirt so that their arms are covered while not overheating the bottom half of their body. 

You could also up the tog of your sleeping bag if you’re worried about your baby being cold in general. 

Summary

Making the all-important decision of how to dress your baby for bed can be scary at first, but it’s one of those decisions you’ll have to make daily, so get used to it and set a routine.

Get into the habit of checking the temperature before bed and checking the forecast throughout the night to give yourself the best chance of making the right decision. 

While your baby is still young, they’re likely to wake up during the night a few times for feeding anyway, so you can always change your decision mid-way through the night if you need to. 

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How To Baby Proof A TV Stand: The Conclusive Guide To Avoid Disaster

As your baby grows, it can be worrying watching them toddle about pulling out drawers and tugging on wires.

It’s potentially dangerous as it could mean your baby might pull something down on their own heads or might get an electric shock from appliances.

One baby dies every two weeks purely based on furniture-related accidents due to bad baby proofing, and TV accidents make up 70% of these. Your baby mustn’t become part of this statistic. 

As your baby starts to move on their own, it’s important to baby proof the room to ensure they can’t hurt themselves when they’re exploring.

Your TV stand is one of the main danger zones. There are wires and places where your baby’s fingers can get caught. 

The good news is you can baby-proof your TV stand in several different ways. 

The Risk Areas When Baby Proofing A TV Stand

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TV

The main feature of your TV stand is obviously your TV. TV sets are getting larger and larger, meaning your baby is at more and more risk. If it falls on them, it could cause some severe damage.

The best way to remove the risk is to wall mount your TV. This means it’s entirely out of your baby’s reach, and they’re not at risk of pulling it on top of them. 

If you don’t have access to a wall mount or don’t have space, purchase a strap to attach your TV to the stand at the back or to the wall behind the TV.

You should be able to wrap the strap around the bottom of the TV stand.

It’ll stop the TV from falling forward, and if it does get knocked over somehow, at least you’ll be confident that it’ll hit the wall behind rather than falling onto your child. 

Game Consoles

You can’t hide your consoles away in drawers because they won’t work when you need them to. The next best thing would be to put them inside a glass-fronted cupboard if your TV stand has one.

That way, you can still use remote control pads to use your consoles, but there’s no danger of tiny fingers getting stuck in the disc drives.

You’ll need to ensure that there are child safety locks placed on the cupboard door if you’re using that option. 

If your TV stand doesn’t have a glass-fronted cupboard, you’ll still need to leave your consoles somewhere usable.

Leave them where they are but use safety straps to secure them to the surface of the TV stand. You can also use adhesive tape to tape them to the surface securely so they can’t be pulled off. 

You’ll also want to purchase plexiglass strips to stick over the fronts of your consoles. They’re just like a screen protector on your phone.

They allow the connection to go through so you can still play games, but they stop your toddler from pressing buttons and sticking their fingers into disc drives. 

Cables

Make sure all cables are secured in cable tidies and stored down the back of your TV stand.

Never let any wire dangle down at the front where your baby might be able to tug at it, and ensure you always unplug and tidy away your wired controllers for your game consoles after use.

Toddlers are still unsteady on their feet, and they can easily trip over. 

Corners

As your baby becomes more mobile, those sharp corners pose a massive threat. They’re easy to fall into, and your baby can bump their head. Any sharp corners need to be padded.

(This is relevant to all corners in your rooms, not specifically your TV stand; however, your TV stand, in particular, is likely to be at head height for your baby). 

Pad over your corners using bubble wrap or a similar soft covering.

It’s easy to stick your bubble wrap down with normal tape, but it’s best to check that the tape won’t damage the finish on your TV stand first. Masking tape is a great option. 

Remotes

Remotes don’t just pose a tripping hazard to your child, but it’s also possible that they’ll try to put the remote in their mouth, potentially causing them to choke.

Given that babies see everything as a toy, there’s also a potential that remotes could be used to hit items of your furniture and cause damages within your home. 

Ensure you always place remotes out of your child’s reach and put them away in drawers when they’re not being used. 

Plug Your Outlets

Behind your TV, you’ll undoubtedly have lots of outlets where you plug in your TV and consoles. If you have outlets still free, make sure you plug them up with baby proofing plugs.

These are flat plugs that fit into your outlets that don’t connect to anything. They’re also incredibly difficult to pull out. This stops any tiny fingers from working their way in. 

How To Stop Your Toddler From Standing Too Close To The TV

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So, you think you’ve cleared as much away as you can from around the TV, but the problem is, your baby is instantly drawn to the same place all the time. 

This is because your baby is naturally curious, and when your TV is on, they see the changing colors and noises as stimulation, and are automatically drawn to it.

When your TV is off, they will still be attracted to that area of your room because they’re looking for ways to make the color come back.

When the TV is on, the fascination of the bright colors will draw them closer and closer to the TV screen. 

First, Is Your Toddler Too Close To The TV?

While you might panic that your baby is too close to the TV, this isn’t generally a problem. It’s just a sensory learning tool for them. 

Scientists 20 years ago stated that sitting too close to the TV could damage your eyes. However, with the increase in screens on computers and phones that we look at constantly, this isn’t necessarily true.

But you might still be concerned that they have an eyesight problem. Standing close to the TV isn’t the cause of the eyesight problem, but it may be a result.

If you’re worried that they’re obsessed with watching the TV from a foot away, check out the rest of their behaviors.

Are they bumping into things, struggling to pick items up, or showing other signs of being clumsy? 

If so, you might want to take them for a checkup. 

Clear Your Clutter

Babies are attracted to things that they can pick up, investigate, and play with. You should clear off your TV stand completely so that it’s as dull as possible.

This will stop your baby from harming themselves with any random candle holders, picture frames, or remote controls left on there, and it also makes the prospect of approaching the area much less exciting.

If there’s nothing to play with, your baby won’t be interested. 

Baby Proof Cage

Baby cages aren’t actually for your baby; they’re to keep your baby away and your TV safe.

They’re a mesh wall with a weighted bottom and can stretch out in front of the TV to keep your baby at a safe distance.

This means that they can still see the TV if it’s on from further away (as the mesh isn’t too high), but it prevents them from approaching. 

You can buy similar designs for pets, which will work just as well. 

A baby-proof cage can also be made relatively easily if you’re on a budget by purchasing some material, sewing in a weighted bottom along the bottom seam, and attaching it to two walls within your room to section off the TV.

You’ll easily be able to step over it if you need to, but your baby won’t.

Turn Off The TV

Rather than being concerned about how close they are, you should be more concerned about how much TV they’re watching. The best way to get them to move away from the TV is to turn it off.

As we know, it’s the colors that draw them in; try to give them those sensory experiences in toy form when they’re playing with you.

Sitting in front of the TV will provide them with the images and sounds, but it doesn’t give them the smell, touch, and taste sensations they also need to learn. 

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Teach & Encourage Your Baby To Roll Over: 20 Creative Ways

Your baby is growing, and you are overly excited. 

They’ve passed the milestone of gaining neck control, grabbing their toes, and even smiling at you.

Usually, babies begin to practice rolling over at around five to six months (and some as early as four months and some as late as seven).

Rolling over is typically the preamble to crawling and moving around. 

The problem is that you have bought playmats, toys, and everything you think your child will need for their development, and yet your little one is taking their sweet time. 

Keep in mind that every baby is unique, and each one develops at their own pace.

So far as your child has reached the required milestones for the past months, there is no need to get worried – they will eventually rollover. 

Sometimes, they may require a little nudge here and there, and giving them a little incentive may help.

Below are tips and tricks you may find helpful to aid your little one in achieving that milestone.

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Know The Basics And Be Patient

Basic information concerning the rolling milestone goes a long way. Babies usually learn to roll from tummy to back before learning to master the back-to-tummy roll.

Your little one would have gained the upper body strength to roll from tummy to back at around three months or so.

The latter is a lot more complicated and requires a little more mastery; This occurs at about four to seven months. Ergo, each type of roll is still rolling. 

Most babies would have conquered other milestones in this period, such as clapping, gabbing, making new noises, and using both hands to play with toys.

Therefore give your little one some time to practice and master this task; if they learned to master the first type of roll, they would master the second.

Nevertheless, if your child has not accomplished any of these milestones, please see a doctor and make sure everything is okay.

Encourage Tummy Time

Experts encourage that tummy time starts from the very first day your baby comes home from the hospital because it promotes brain development, neck and trunk strength.

If you have not been doing this, do not worry. You can always start as soon as possible. Tummy time can be a fun experience for some babies, and others seem not to enjoy it.

Either way, allow them to persist with it, and in no time, they’ll adjust. 

Visual & Auditory Cues Are Excellent

Visual and auditory cues range from colorful toys to mirrors and objects that sing. Spark your little one’s inquisitive nature by placing them on a mat and forming a perimeter of toys around them. 

The goal is to make sure they can see it but not touch it.

They may throw a fit and bawl for you to help them get toys, but with a bit of persistence and determination, your little one will eventually gain independence, rollover, and reach for it.

You can always make tummy time fun by placing your baby on your tummy or giving him/her a toy or placing a reflective substance in front of them.

Show Your Baby What To Do

Sometimes, you may need to get down on your tummy and show your baby how to roll over. It is said that children are the chiefs of mimicry, and this statement holds for everything.

Place your baby on a mat and lay down beside them. Make sure you both are on your tummy. You can even have a conversation with them or hold an attractive toy so that you both have eye contact. 

Practice rolling over a few times each day. Hopefully, this gives your baby the willingness to copy you. 

Carry Your Baby In A Range Of Motions

This range of movements includes the scoop, facedown, and sideways position.

Experts have noted that alternating between these positions allows your baby to understand and recognize various positioning.

It does not have to be a drab activity as you can dance, sing and even practice in front of a mirror. Make sure to alternate every thirty seconds or so and give a 10-second break before rotating.

Encourage Crossing The Midline

The concept of crossing the midline means that you encourage the baby to use one side of his/her body to play with placed on the other side of their body. 

Experts believe that movement in the human body is relative to an imaginary line running through and dividing our bodies into two halves. 

The goal, therefore, is to teach your baby to cross this imaginary midline. This means you would need to hold your baby’s attention with an eye-grabbing toy.

Encourage Side Play

Place your little one by the side and gently nudge or prop them with a pillow. An attractive toy, mirrors, and even your face is then placed beside them to hold their attention. 

Before you know it, your baby would have started practicing rolling and gaining upper arm strength the would allow them to turn over. Practice is the key to a rolling baby.

Alternate Positions On The Floor

Allow your little one to rotate and move around. Let them spend equal time on their tummy, back, right, and left sides.

When you do this, you will allow your little one to engage all the body parts used in the rolling activity.

It is also an excellent way to prevent flat pressure spots from forming on the head of your little one.

Although often seen as a bit cumbersome for the parent, it is vital in ensuring your little one engages all his/her motor and sensory skills.

Keep The Rolling Space Safe

Do not practice rolling over in an area where your baby can fall. If your little one associates the act with a traumatic process, the tendency is that he/she may not want to do it again. 

Ensure the playmat is flat on the floor, or use a large bed and make sure there is enough room for them to move around. 

Blanket Technique

The blanket technique involves placing your baby on a blanket on the bed on a soft play mat.

You then get to put your baby on their tummy. Allow them to spend a few minutes on the floor and even give them a toy to keep them active.

Then gently grab the edges of the blanket and tug until your baby rolls over. It is a simple, effective method to introduce the rolling over skill to your baby.

Feet Pulling Technique

In this technique, you gently tug on your little one’s legs while lying on their back or are their tummy.

This would allow you to gently flip them over or forward depending on whatever position they might be, and as you continue this, you might get a little bit of a giggle from them.

Whenever your baby tries a new and fun activity, they are more likely to do it again.

Baby Seats Would Have To Move Over

Rolling over is a ground activity, and seating is not beneficial-except you want your little one to practice that activity.

Baby seats restrict movement and do not allow your little one to move from place to place.

It is advised that you let your little one reach one milestone before introducing them to another. Therefore, practice rolling over before sitting. Invest in a playmat and appropriate toys.

Short Frequent Burst

Some babies do not like tummy time and will make a fuss about it. You may be tempted to flip them over because they are crying.

No one likes a crying or a sad baby so, the best way to overcome this would be to have numerous short attempts of a few minutes of tummy time. 

You can always use a timer and carry out this activity at specific times of the day. Practice makes perfect, and eventually, your baby would learn to overcome this hurdle.

Sanitize & Sanitize

Ensure the area is clean and toys are sanitary as your baby’s hands would have touched many surfaces. It would curb infections and diseases.

Even as you are looking forward to your little one rolling over, they may have also achieved other milestones around this age, like reaching for objects.

Remember, tummy time is a time to explore, not to fall sick. 

It is recommended you clean your surfaces daily with antiseptic wipes, and for the little ones, that practice has to be improved upon and followed religiously.

Change The Area

You can always change the scenery and practice in new areas of your house, in the park or even in your backyard.

Just make sure that the baby’s playmat is large enough to cover a wide perimeter, and they do not end up on the bare floor. 

This method is quite tricky because you do not want your little one to confuse certain house areas.

If you have a designated bedroom for sleeping, it is best not to practice playtime or highly engaging activities in this room. 

Invite An Older Sibling / Your Partner To Join In

Your little one might be a little used to you and your routine activities.

He/she might have associated you with coddling and breastfeeding for moms, and therefore teaching them to carry out a new activity might seem a little strange.

If there are other family members that your young one is familiar with, actively involve them in the process. The more, the merrier. Watch out for the sneaky rollers.

Some babies may have already begun to roll over, and you would not have noticed. Babies are brilliant humans and can even trick you.

This happens when you play with a toy in front of them and need them to roll and grab the toy.

Suppose they notice that you come running to get the toy with a little cry; that soon becomes standard practice. You can always catch a little one that does this via the aid of baby monitors. 

Nevertheless, make sure that you can identify each of your baby’s cries and know when they are indeed feeling uncomfortable.

Massage Your Baby’s Feet

A gentle warm massage on your little one’s feet may be all that he/she needs to associate tummy time and rolling around as a pleasurable activity.

Although this is primarily an old wives tale, it has been noted some babies enjoy the activity so much so that they turn around to give you proper access to the entire perimeter of their feet. 

It never hurts to try. Besides, we all need a little bit of pampering.

Avoid Doing Tummy Time When Your Little One Just Ate

If you would feel uncomfortable lying down flat on your tummy after a full meal, then your little one will as well. It is best to avoid activities that require pressure on the belly after all meals.

After a meal, your baby should be burped and rocked for a while to aid digestion.

Even so, placing a young one on their tummy could make them vomit what they just ate and, in worse case scenarios, aspirate.

Praise, Praise & Praise

If you notice that your little one has made one successful attempt at rolling over, make sure you sing their praises to everyone, especially to them. 

Show your baby that you are excited over the activity they just did and even pick them up to do a little dance or hug them.

Often you may notice that your little one has pushed their body up with all the arm strength they can muster, and they cannot seem to figure out how to make the required turn;

Nothing stops you from giving them a little push on the shoulder and tilting them till they flip. No matter how big or small, humans love validation, and your little one is no different.

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Does Baby Powder Expire: When, Why & What To Do With It

One of the nicest things about coming home with a newborn (except coming home with a newborn) is expecting gifts and essentials to be sent to your home.

One of such will be baby powder.

And as you go through each of the bottles, you may notice each has varying ingredients and come with a myriad of expiry dates worse.

Some baby powders may not even come with expiry dates, and you may be tempted to just throw it away.

Or you may be an experienced parent wondering why your baby’s powder is beginning to clump and lose its efficacy…

A Little Bit About Baby Powder Expiration Dates

baby powder expiration date

Baby powders come in numerous brands, shapes, and sizes; however, most modern ones may choose to omit the expiration date completely.

This omission is primarily because of the main ingredients. Still, whether with a missing expiration date or not, baby powders expire.

As a rule of thumb, if you have unopened baby powder, it should be thrown away after three years from the date of purchase. 

If you do have an opened powder that has undoubtedly been exposed to air and moisture, then you should replace it after eighteen months from the day of first use.

Why Do Baby Powders Have Varying Expiration Dates

What happens when you use expired baby powder

The question as to why baby powder products have varying expiration dates is dependent on the two primary ingredients of talc or corn starch. 

They are excellent absorbers of moisture and provide a coated film on surfaces that reduces friction. They also offer a cooling effect because they consume heat along with water.

Talc is a common ingredient in deodorants, cosmetics, and baby powders. It is a non-organic naturally occurring mineral and by itself does not have an expiration date. 

However, it occurs in combination with other products when it comes to baby powders, hence why most talc-based products have a three-year limit.

The name cornstarch rings a bell because it is the common ingredient we use to cook and bake.

It is an excellent thickening agent, and that is because it is excellent at absorbing moisture or water. Cornstarch if stored properly, can last for up to two years.

How To Identify Expired Baby Powder If You Don’t Remember The Date Of Purchase

What happens if you use expired powder

You may notice that with expired baby powder, the once loose and smooth substance becomes clumped; some products even become as hard as a rock.

You may see that the once cooling effect it had on the skin is lost, and the fine film that reduces friction is not formed correctly.

If the baby powder in question were previously scented, it would lose its scent.

In some cases, you may notice that mold has grown on the powder, this is usually seen when the powder loses its color, and you notice the presence of soft multicolored substances. 

If you have never used it and notice that the seal on the bottle is broken, there is a large probability that air has found its way into the bottle and should be thrown away. So it’s best not to use it.

You can always ensure your baby powder’s longevity by ensuring the seal is intact, storing it in a dry, cool place.

Avoid bathroom stores because the area’s high moisture content can break the seal and destroy the powder, and finally, by keeping it out of your little one’s reach so that they do not eat or swallow it. 

Does Talc Baby Powder Expire?

does talc baby powder expire

Yes, talc baby powder does expire. Talc itself does not expire because of the inorganic nature of the compound. It is made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen.

However, talc baby powder does not just have the primary ingredient. It has the presence of other components as well, which have a much shorter half-life.

A minor hurdle with talc baby powders arises when some brands do not come with expiry dates. Expiry dates are usually seen on cornstarch-based products because it is an organic compound.

If the baby powder brand contains only talc, it will not expire; however, once other ingredients are present, throw it away under the previously discussed conditions.

Can You Use Expired Baby Powder?

Can You Use Expired Baby Powder

It is not advised to use products that have expired, either organic or inorganic. Baby powder is especially important because it will be used on the skin of young ones that are particularly sensitive. 

As mentioned, any baby powder contains components other than talc or cornstarch.

These additional ingredients have a much shorter shelf life and half-life where they will break down into other substances.

The products of this breakdown may be harmful to a young child and cause numerous problems ranging from skin infections such as rashes and candida.

The skin infections also result because instead of the once potent baby powder to absorb and retain moisture, it now becomes a film that supports the growth of bacteria and fungi.

It is also worth noting that baby powder can be inhaled. Then these expired products can find their way into the respiratory tract of your little one, which can lead to respiratory problems.

It is therefore considered much safer for you to discard and not use these products. Baby powder is not expensive and can easily be replaced.

What To Do With Expired Baby Powder

What To Do With Expired Baby Powder

To make sure there is nothing wasted, and if you like hacks, you can do a few things if the baby powder still looks ok but is expired.

It can be used for soaking up grease from clothing – You rub a bit of baby powder on the grease-stained material, and you allow it to soak up the oil. It would begin to form clumps which you can brush off.

You could use it to unstick playing cards if you had a family game night   All you need to do is place the cards in a sealable bag and pour a bit of baby powder into the bag; This would create a fine film on the cards and prevent them from sticking together.

Another hack involves running baby powder in between floorboards that a squeaking – The powder would help you create a fine seal over the minute cracks and allow the boards to glide seamlessly over one another. 

Some people find it helpful to spray baby powder on plants or add it to the soil – However, just make sure the ingredients of your specific powder are not harmful to plants.

Conclusion

Baby powder is an essential ingredient when it comes to our little ones. And knowing when your baby is expired is just as essential.

It is necessary to know every detail so that we do not accidentally hurt or allow our babies to consume materials that would be detrimental to their health.

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Baby Bottle Feeding: How To Hold, What To Avoid & More

Your little one is an actual human, just a miniature version, and like all living things, nutrition is a big deal. 

By now, you must have done your research concerning what formula to use, which offers the best value for your baby, and the best washing and sterilization practices to keep the bottles clean.

However, that is not all to the story. 

Whether a newborn or a baby who has been previously breastfed, bottle feeding is a crucial player in substituting and complementing breastfeeding.

It is quite a beautiful art and easy to master in no time. Outlined are various tips you can try and answers to some of your questions. Keep in mind that every child is unique, so have fun exhausting the list.

How To Hold A Baby When Bottle Feeding

How To Hold A Baby When Bottle Feeding

The key to understanding this is that none of these positions involves your baby laying down flat. Just as it quite difficult for you to eat or drink anything lying down, so it is for your baby.

Feeding at an inclined plane allows the infant to breathe correctly, and gravity can help them swallow. Experts say it is best to angle your baby at 45 degrees if you prefer the more scientific version.

You also want to feed your baby in the best position that allows you to angle the bottle downward, allowing fluid to fill the nipple and reduce him/her swallowing air.

Make sure to gently introduce the teat and make sure that your baby’s lips encircle the widest part of the teat. 

The Cradle Position

This one is the traditional method and the first image that pops into mind when you think of bottle feeding.

The baby’s head is nestled into the crook of your elbow, and you make a slight incline with the supporting hand.

The other hand holds the bottle (make sure you angle it correctly so that all the liquid fills the nipple.) Parents love it because it makes for a good bonding session.

The Sitting Or Upright Position

This is great for babies who have gained neck and body control or those who have excessive acid or gas reflux.

The baby sits upright with his/her placed on your chest or your arm. It also allows you to make excellent bottle angulation.

The Boppy Or Pillow Method

Unlike the other two methods, your arms can take a break with this one. Here you make your little one sit on a soft, comfortable surface and gently place their back to rest against a pillow or boppy.

If your tiny one is old enough to reach for the bottle and feed themselves, you only keep an eye on them and enjoy the view (make sure never to leave your baby unattended)

The Lap Method

This method for parents who do not feel like sitting upright or for those who just want to spice things up. The parents take whatever position they feel comfortable in, and their legs are up and bent at the needs.

The baby’s back is placed against the thighs so that they are facing you. You can always bring your knees to your body as close as possible.

This beautiful position is great when your baby can play, coo, and smile, making bottle feeding an enjoyable experience.

Remember that you can always talk to your baby while feeding them but try not to make them laugh too hard before the food goes into their airway.

If your baby is not hungry or refuses the bottle, do not try to force-feed them, you can always take a break and come back.

Do You Have To Hold A Baby While Bottle Feeding?

Do You Have To Hold A Baby While Bottle Feeding

Yes and no.

The answer to this is highly dependent on how old your baby is and if he/she has attained certain developmental milestones.

Developmental milestones or changes are a set of new characteristics that you notice in your child every month as they grow. They are common to all babies and show that they are growing well.

You may observe that your child who could not sit upright now crawls about the house or the one who just stared at you now wants to have a conversation. 

A tiny infant or a baby below six months will not be able to feed themselves properly, and you would need to hold them to make sure they do not choke while taking the bottle.

As your child reaches 6-10 months, they may begin to grasp the bottle and reach for everything. If your baby has mastered the art of sitting, then you do not need to hold them.

However, on no occasion is it advised for you to leave a baby unattended. The little ones love to explore, and you might come back to meet a disaster. The same advice goes for a toddler. 

How Long Should A Bottle Feed Take?

How Long Should A Bottle Feed Take

The length of bottle-feeding depends on your baby’s age and, ultimately, the amount of food they are taking. For newborns establishing whatever form of feeding, either breast or bottle, takes a while.

It may take you about 8-10 minutes to feed, and you would need to feed every 3 to 4 hours. The first month can be quite overwhelming as you would need to ensure they get adequate nighttime feeds.

Some parents practice dream feeding that allows them to feed their little ones just before bed so that they can wake up at more reasonable hours. 

As your baby grows, they would require less frequent feeds; however, you may notice a longer feeding time of about 10-15 minutes because they would consume more fluids.

At around six to ten months, your baby may be fed less, at approximately 4-5 times daily. During your regular visits to the doctor, your baby’s doctor may make sure that he/she has attained their required weight. 

If they have not, you may be advised to increase the formula’s volume, hence each session’s length and reduce the intervals.

As your baby becomes grows, you may also notice that they become fast or slow eaters. Therefore they determine the pace and length of the feeding process. 

Paced Responsive Feeding

Do not let the name deter you from this technique. Here, the aim is to help your baby understand when they feel full and work just as hard as they would while being breastfed.

The technique involves placing the teat into the baby’s mouth at a horizontal plane or waiting a few seconds while the baby begins to suck.

Then you incline the bottle correctly, so the formula starts to flow.

It mimics the breastfeeding let-down reflex where once sucking begins, it takes a while for breast milk to reach the nipple and the baby’s mouth.

You can always change sides and positions with this technique. Just take care not to overfeed your baby and not to feed for long hours at a stretch. Let them suckle on the teat and take a little break.

Feeding is hard work for the little ones, and you do not want them to associate feeding as a tedious process. Overfeeding can result in childhood obesity. 

It is essential to remember the satiety cues such as refusing to suckle, turning away and even falling asleep.

Bottle-fed babies tend to swallow a lot of air and causing them to feel unnecessarily full and very uncomfortable. They resort to crying and associate bottle-feeding with as an overwhelming process.

After every 2 to 3 ounces, take the time to burb your baby, especially the infants.

You can place them lying tummy down on your lap or a flat surface and rub their backs, or you may place them on your shoulder and gently bounce them.

How Do You Stop A Baby From Refusing A Bottle?

How Do You Stop A Baby From Refusing A Bottle

Babies who are initially breastfed at birth do not find it difficult adjusting to the mode of feeding because suckling is an instinctive trait.

The knowledge of giving a baby a bottle is essential even if you do not use formula because you might just want to have time to yourself, and you would need to keep a few expressed bottled in the fridge. 

Experts recommend trying bottle-feeding at least once a month to allow your baby to get used to the feeling.

However, around 3 to 4 months, if you have never tried the process, you may notice that your baby would be very reluctant to accept the bottle.

5 Things You Can Do To Ease The Process:

Try & Keep Trying

Like all things, practice makes perfect. Try to offer your baby as many bottle feeds as possible and at least once a week. If it becomes ingrained into the routine, a time will come when they won’t resist it.

Keep The Bottle For When They Are Satiated

If your baby is distressed and starving, they would rather have something they are comfortable with, and introducing a new feeding method would leave you with a wailing child.

Try to offer the bottle when they a comfortable, happy and content. 

Get Your Partner Involved

Let your partner take charge of the process. Your baby may have associated you with breastfeeding, and introducing bottle feeds may seem like an aberration.

If your partner takes the lead, they may associate them with the new process.

Ask For Help

Many hospitals provide a lactation consultant that can teach you the best ways to get a very resilient baby to use the bottle.

They are the experts that easily spot latching problems and give general, sound advice on the process. 

Take A Break

Do not force your baby to take a bottle. The tendency is that you would have been frustrated concerning the entire process. Remember, anything new is complicated for first-timers, do not give up.

Can You Bottle Feed A Baby While Swaddled?

Experts do not recommend that you keep your baby swaddled while bottle-feeding, even if they are young infants. The baby’s body and limb movements are a great way to know if they are satiated.

As they get older, some may reach forth and push the bottle away, among other things.

Besides, your baby needs a break from being cooped into a bundle. Let feeding time be an excellent way for them to stretch and hold you close.

At What Age Should The Baby Hold The Bottle?

Your baby would reach for a bottle by the time they are six to ten months.

As they get older, their holding skills are refined, and they can grasp and firmly hold a feeding bottle. You can allow them to take control of the feeding process. 

However, it is essential to remember that they would need supervision and monitoring so that they do not injure themselves or make a mess that you would have to clean.

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What To Say To Someone Who Just Had A Baby & What Not To Say

As society continues to remove the taboos surrounding childbirth and the difficulty of adjusting to parenthood, the discussion surrounding being a better and more sensitive support system has been quite prevalent.

As much as we have progressed in creating awareness of the delicacy surrounding this time, many people still struggle to know what is tactful and what is offensive. 

We all know a few key greeting cards line for welcoming a little one into the world, and a quick google search will provide you with a dozen ways to congratulate the couple.

But beyond that, you might wonder how to navigate conversations and show support towards new parents, especially if you’ve never been there yourself.

Thankfully, we have put together a guide on everything you should and shouldn’t say to new parents so that you can be helpful instead of hurtful. 

What To Say To Someone Who Just Had A Baby

What do you say to a new mom

If you want to support new parents, there are few key phrases that will help them the most. 

Congratulations.

Pretty much any congratulatory phrase will do.

But they just brought a new life into this world, and that is no easy feat, so make sure you acknowledge and celebrate this milestone.

If “Congratulations” feels too simple, you can go for something like “you did it! He/she/they are perfect!” or “We are so happy for you” will work too. 

Is there anything I can do for you?

More than anything, an offer of help will be well received and much appreciated. Of course, only make genuine offers.

Sometimes new parents will hesitate to reach out for help, so if you really want to make sure they know you are serious, make specific suggestions instead of leaving it open-ended.

Can you bring them dinner? Hold the baby so they can take a shower? Babysit so they can spend an hour alone with their spouse?

Once you have settled on something you can do to lighten their load, you can add a subtle “If there’s anything else you need, please let me know”. 

You’ve got this. You’re doing great.

Words of affirmation are so important for new parents’ well-being.

Especially for first-time parents, it can be quite overwhelming to adjust to a newborn’s needs and try to find their stride when it comes to parenting techniques that work for them.

Letting them know “you’re doing great”, “you’re such a good mom”, or “you have great instincts” will do wonders for helping them to silence their doubt and listen to their gut. 

How is your recovery going?

Adjusting to life with a newborn and sleepless nights aren’t the only challenging things about new motherhood.

Regardless of how she delivered, she will be going through a significant recovery process, mentally and physically.

While everyone thinks to check on how the baby is doing, it may not be as obvious that you need to check on how mom is doing.

Some questions might feel too personal, so try to gauge the nature of your relationship before asking anything pressing.

If you’re just a casual acquaintance, just letting mom know you’re thinking about them, too, will suffice. Closer friends should consider checking in on their emotional and physical well-being. 

Let me know when you’re ready for visitors.

Do not invite yourself over, and do not ask “can I come visit now?” with a sense of urgency.

If you put them on the spot, they might oblige even if it’s not what’s best for them right now, and that is unfair.

They are trying to balance their new baby’s sleep/feed schedule, get some rest themselves, and recover from a physical trauma.

Instead, put the ball in their court by saying “let me know when you’re ready for visitors”. To be extra kind, you can add the assuring caveat, “it’s okay if you’re not yet. Take your time.” 

It’s okay to be overwhelmed. 

Empathize as much as you can. Letting them know that it is overwhelming and okay not to love every second of it is so helpful.

Especially if you are a parent yourself, a simple “I know how you’re feeling” can go a long way. Validate their feelings and open yourself up to be a sounding board.

They may want advice, or they may just want to vent, but this lets them know that you are a judgment-free member of their support team who understands what they are going through. 

What Not To Say To Someone Who Just Had A Baby

What to say to your best friend who is having a baby

Now that you know what you should say to support a friend or family member who has recently given birth, you may be wondering what you shouldn’t say.

There is certainly a big list of faux pas that are just insensitive and unnecessary. 

When will you be having another one?

Just don’t. They are probably really overwhelmed with the baby (and potentially other children) they have at this moment. Her body may still be recovering.

This means they are focused on the day-to-day, not when they will get pregnant next. Even if they do have a “plan” for how many kids and when to have them, this question is just insensitive.

It dismisses the significance of the recent birth and family changes and puts a lot of pressure on people.

They will have more kids if/when they are ready, and they will share those plans with you only if they deem it “your business”. Otherwise, leave it alone. 

Anything to do with losing or not losing the baby weight. 

This is just not polite or appropriate. Their body just created life is healing from trauma and adjusting to a major change.

Don’t put undue pressure on a postpartum mom who may already be struggling with body image issues. She may not want to lose every single pound. In fact, some mamas love embracing their curves and stretch marks.

Others may desperately want to lose weight but can’t get it to come off fast enough. Her health and weight journey is the business of her and her doctor only.

Don’t ask questions, and don’t make unnecessary comments.

Have you tried…

Quit offering up unsolicited advice. Expecting parents are bombarded with so much advice, “research,” and judgments leading up to their baby’s arrival and throughout their child’s life.

Chances are, they have made educated and calculated decisions about how they are raising their child and why.

They also might just be doing what feels right for their family, learning on the job, and following their instincts.

Both methods are totally valid, and your “advice” will come off as a judgment of their parenting choices more than anything. If they need your help or opinions on a specific issue, they will ask.

This means that you should keep your thoughts on breast/bottle feeding, co-sleeping, sleep training, schedules, babywearing, and just about everything else to yourself.

Also, they will put hats and socks on their baby if needed. Chances are, the baby just pulled them off, so leave this one be. 

Do not minimize their delivery experience.

While you might not do it on purpose, the way you talk about their delivery is important.

Regardless of whether they had a C-section, medicated hospital birth, non-medicated hospital birth, or home birth, avoid words like “natural”.

All ways of bringing their baby into the world are natural and should be applauded.

Also, they might be experiencing some upset surrounding deviations from their birth plans or choices they didn’t get to make.

For this reason, don’t say one is easier than another, compare/contrast, or say things like “just be happy you have a healthy baby.” They are, but their feelings about their birth experience are also valid.

Be sensitive and kind, and don’t try to find the silver lining. If they are struggling, acknowledge their struggle instead of dismissing it. 

You look tired…

They probably know, and they probably feel more tired than they look. This is just unnecessary. They are physically recovering, and they are operating on next to no sleep.

Pointing out how tired they look will make them feel worse, especially postpartum mothers dealing with body image. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. 

Do not minimize their current experience. 

If new parents open up to you about how hard the adjustment has been, do not negate their feelings by turning it into positive, or worse, a competition.

Seemingly harmless phrases like “you’ll miss this stage” make new parents feel like their experiences are unusually hard or that they are coping worse than others, which is unfair.

Also, it’s not wise to tell someone who is in survival mode, “if you think that’s bad, wait until…”

They just need to get through today, and you are both minimizing their current experience and making them feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. 

When are you going back to work? 

We understand the curiosity here, but it usually ends up coming off as a judgment.

They might not know yet, they might be anxious about having to go back too soon, or they might be grappling with balancing their career and their new role as a parent.

Don’t rush them and try to be understanding of their choices. Some will choose to be stay-at-home parents, while others get back to it right away and outsource help.

Both are okay and completely up to them. If you are going to ask, don’t try to convince them one way or the other.