Starting Solids

Motherhood

Who knew that 6 months was going to be such a big game-changer in the life of a new parent? You finally feel like you’re getting the hang of things. Your baby’s personality is starting to really show. Annnnddd just to keep you on your toes, now you have to learn how to feed them solids for the first time in their lives! It can be overwhelming. So of course, I’ve compiled a few tips that I think can be helpful for the new parent (or anyone!).

1. Do your Research and Choose a Method

Baby led weaning vs. purées. Organic vs. homemade. There are sooo many options out there and you will find a lot of opinions about what is “best” for your baby. But remember, only you can decide that for yourself. Be sure to consider the commitment as well. As wonderful as the idea of making a purée from scratch every day sounds, I knew it was a big time commitment that would end up making me feel stressed. Remember that you’ll be the best mama for your babe when you’re feeling your best too.

2. Be Flexible

We all know that babies are not programmed computers and they don’t always do what we want, when we want. Don’t be surprised if your little one decides to do something totally different than what you expected when starting solids.

From the time I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to try baby led weaning instead of the traditional route of purées. I watched videos of other babies picking up their fruits and veggies and chomping away. I couldn’t wait to watch London discover her favorite foods! It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I was kind of disappointed when we realized she just wasn’t into feeding herself at 6 months. We decided to follow her lead and spoon-feed until she shows more interest in her dinner. The key to not totally losing your mind when it comes to any new stage is to stay flexible and ride the waves as they come. You and baby will figure things out soon enough!

3. Remember That Milk is Most Important!

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “food before one is just for fun.” Especially with the first child, we get so excited watching them learn new things that we just want to rush them along. But until their first birthday, remember that breast milk/formula should always take priority over any type of solids. Your baby will slowly take less milk the more they learn to eat and swallow foods, but let them be the judge of when that’ll be. And of course, always consult with your pediatrician about any recommendations.

4. Choose Products with Clean-up in Mind

I wish someone had given me this advice when I was shopping for a high chair. I ended up buying a chair with a fabric seat, which is not the easiest to clean up. And no matter which way you feed your baby solids, it WILL be messy.

One of my favorite products that I discovered is the EZPZ mini mat. It’s an all-in-one placemat + plate that suctions to the table. I love that it is divided into portion sizes, which encourages a well-balanced meal for your little one. And it’s dishwasher safe, so makes for an easy clean up!

You can check out the rest of their products here! : https://www.ezpzfun.com

 

Surviving the Newborn Stage

Motherhood

Bringing our first child home from the hospital was probably the most exciting and nerve-wracking feeling I’ve ever felt. And now that she is 4.5 months old, I can actually say: WE DID IT. We survived. And it was harder than anyone ever told me it would be!

Not much will make it feel easy perse, but I do have some trips that might help out if you feel like you’re drowning in helplessness!

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1. People will offer help. SAY YES

You know how you normally decline help in effort to be polite? Don’t do that! Having a baby is hard in so many ways and good people that understand that want to help you. We had neighbors dropping off take out, friends taking our dog out while we were in the hospital, and of course people bringing an endless supply of diapers. It was SO nice to not have to worry about those sort of things while I was healing and bonding with our new baby. 10/10 would recommend!

2. Take turns being on baby duty

I feel like I will get some criticism for this because a lot of people believe the mom should do everything for the baby (*eye roll*). However, this worked wonders for me and Q. London would not sleep AT ALL at night for the first month and saying it was exhausting is a major understatement. We came up with a plan to split the night in half: he would stay up from 12am-4am and I would be up with her from 4am-8am. This way we would at least get 4 hours of sleep a night. Of course this only works if you are pumping or formula feeding, but I am all for giving dad some breastmilk in a bottle and giving him the chance to bond too!

3. Keep notes with any important information

I’m not sure if this applies to everyone, but our babe had some eating issues in the beginning. Every time we visited the pediatrician, we were given a ton of new information and tips on what we should try/not try. It was overwhelming trying to remember everything. I started a note on my phone and eventually put it up on the fridge, that way I didn’t have the added pressure of memorizing everything. Learning how to take care of a new baby was enough and I didn’t need the extra work.

4. Find joy in the little accomplishments

If you’re anything like me, you’re gonna want to be a natural at being a parent and expect everything to come easily. It most likely won’t (and if it does, I envy you). Don’t try to tackle on too much in one day. I remember the first time I took London out of the house by myself. I literally just walked down the street to the grocery store. But I felt so accomplished and so much more confident in my new role. So take pride in those little moments and trust that soon enough, you’ll be nursing on a plane, pumping the other side, and eating lunch all at the same time (true story. lol)

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At the end of the day, you’re going to find out what works for you and your family, despite all of the advice people will try to give you. Just smile and nod so that they can end their rant about why you should use one brand over another and keep doing you! xx