Posted on

The Top 11 Reasons Why Your Baby Fights Sleep and How to Fix it

why your baby fights sleep and how to fix it

Unlike bigger children who want to stay up longer to catch one more episode of their favorite cartoon or a television sitcom, babies aren’t fighting sleep time for screen time. You may be at the end of your rope trying to figure out why your baby fights sleep, but don’t lose it just yet!

The good news is that your baby fights sleep for one of a number of reasons, but just about all of those reasons have easy accommodations to help your little one snooze out a bit more quickly and frequently.

Forget counting sheep or the tiles in your ceiling. Don’t sleep another wink before you read our article on the reasons why your baby isn’t sleeping!

Logistics: Why Your Baby Fights Sleep

Sometimes, it’s all about comfort.

Picture that you just arrived at a hotel room for the night.

You walk in and are blasted with the air conditioner. No way can you sleep in that ice box!

Or the reverse, it’s way too hot for a good night of sleep.

Your baby fights sleep too when he or she just cannot get comfortable, including for these reasons:

  • Too hot or cold
  • Swaddled too tightly or too loosely
  • Too much noise coming from other parts of the house
  • Lack of sound (if you usually have an ambient music machine, etc, and it is not playing at your baby’s usual sleep time)
  • Hungry or overfed

Listen and Learn

Sometimes, signs are actually present about why your baby fights sleep. It just takes a little bit of effort to tune in and learn:

  • Quick breathing
  • Sneezes
  • Hiccupping
  • Sweaty palms

These are all signs that your baby is tired/fatigued (YES!). But they’re actually signs of being OVER tired (BOO!)

You know how sometimes you’re so tired you can’t actually sleep?

Your baby can sometimes feel the same.

By the way, this one’s pretty obvious, but your baby fights sleep also when he’s NOT tired. You may want him to sleep but he just can’t. He can’t communicate this to you yet, so he’s just going to fight the good fight.

Don’t Walk Away, Renee!

OK, moms and dads named Renee or not, your baby fights sleep sometimes because he or she does not want you to go!

That’s right, little ones as young as eight to ten months can struggle with separation anxiety.

The idea of you putting them down to bed and then moving away from the crib can get them completely riled up and worried, even if they are years away from expressing that thought to you.

Babies know their parents’ faces and they can tell that your face is getting farther away as you back away from the crib. This gets them riled up and thus, they fight sleep. They can’t yet logic themselves into the idea that you are not disappearing from their lives forever. Babies live in the moment, and at this very moment, the person that they know, love, and depend on is going away.

Like many things with raising children, this is a phase.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia claims that separation anxiety ends around age three, but don’t panic.

We know that’s something you don’t really want to hear as it doesn’t solve the issue at the moment, but at least you can feel a bit of a light at the end of the separation anxiety tunnel.

After all, this baby will soon be a teenager who probably will feel the opposite about you hovering around!

Making Their (Teeth) Mark

Babies will experience sleep issues when they’re dealing with teething, as there is pain involved which results in trouble falling or maintaining good sleep.

During waking times, parents have mastered helping their babies go through teething with iced chew toys, topical pain relievers applied to the gums, and just distraction, but when everyone is trying to sleep, your baby may be going it alone.

There is also an issue called bruxism, which your older infant may experience after his or her teeth come in. Grinding or clenching their teeth and jaws can also contribute to sleep problems.

You can get a bit of the control back from your baby by learning the teething stages he or she is going through.

The first stage really isn’t a stage, and your baby begins to have stage two teething around age six months old. Every baby is on his own unique schedule, but you may see incisors and front teeth around ages six months to eight months, with primary molars emerging around ages ten months to 14 months.

This can be up to about three years’ total, with the last stages the most painful. (Though by ages two to three, your child should at least be able to alert you of some mouth pain or struggles.)

Think Outside the Store

Even if you feed your baby the most popular formula in the superstore, your child may still have issues with sleep and sleeping through the night.

It turns out that a baby fights sleep even with the so-called best formulas and sometimes, you need to think outside the box.

Think European and Think Organic

Our own “adult” grocery stores are filled with organic everything, from fruit to snacks to even meats.

So why not start your baby on an organic journey early, using organic European baby formula.

Benefits include:

Tighter (healthier!) regulations on sugar and synthetic nutrients like lycopene and lutein (these substances are actually banned) means that your baby is getting healthier nourishment with no fillers or unneeded extras

  • Milk from cows that are grass-fed and are free to graze freely rather than cooped up, plus no chemicals or pesticides
  • Farms use sustainable (eco-conscious!) farming methods
  • Some formulas are available for specialty fragile system situations, including babies who may have allergies or acid reflux
  • Focus on essential vitamins and nutrients

Rice is Not Nice

Rice may be a staple of many adults’ diets, but you could be preventing your baby from a peaceful night’s sleep if you’re feeding him rice too early.

Like many rumors, this one just does not go away: Many people think they should put rice in a baby’s formula to help him sleep.

Please don’t do this!

Babies’ fragile systems are just evolving, and they cannot handle solids this soon.

You know how sometimes it’s hard to sleep after a huge, indulgent, rich meal?

Think about it from a baby’s tiny perspective!

The rumor is meant with good intentions, the feeding of the rice to ensure an infant’s tummy is full to promote good sleeping.

But babies below age six months or so do not need solid foods to feel solidly full.

If your baby fights sleep, he may sleep more peacefully if his or her stomach isn’t up all night trying to process food meant for older children and even adults.

Tips for a Sweet Sleep

Your baby may be tiny and brand new, but it seems like he or she really runs the show, right?

There actually are activities you can do to minimize the times when your baby fights sleep.

Just like we adults love our bedtime rituals, your baby probably will too! This can be anything from a nice warm bath with soothing scents to a singalong to a pre-sleep cuddle.

You can also incorporate some of the other senses when your baby fights sleep, including massage (touch) or womb-like music (sound) and even lavender oil mist (scent).

Cut Out the Coffee!

This one is definitely not going to be popular amongst the coffee-holics, but if your baby fights sleep on a regular basis, look in your cup.

Breastfeeding moms can pass caffeine into their babies. You know how YOU feel after a couple espressos? Now think of the impact on a tiny baby body!

It doesn’t get better, either. The Women’s Health Research Institute mentions other caffeine issues including chocolate and soda being potential risks of passing through to the baby which can leave him not just sleep-resistant, but irritable. Kind of like we adults are when we don’t get our regular cup of joe.

Wait, it DOES actually get better!

One way to avoid the coffee embargo is to switch to formula.

You can continue to consume your beverages and snacks of choice while eliminating one of the reasons why your baby fights sleep.

The Magic Formula

Ready to raise a full glass of European infant formula to toast the end of how your baby fights sleep?

We’re happy to help you celebrate or to aid in getting him or her onto the path of better sleep (which really benefits both baby and parents!).

Click here and drop us a note about your struggles.

We can help advise you about the best European infant formulas, talk sleep struggles, and share tips from other parents who have successfully helped their babies get on the right sleep track.

Posted on

How to Master Safe Co Sleeping with Your Infant Child

safe co sleeping

One of the biggest challenges new parents face in the early stages of parenthood is getting their baby into a regular sleep schedule.

 

In fact, one study found that new moms are still dangerously sleep deprived even four months after having their baby. It really isn’t easy to get into a sleep routine with your newborn, but it’s important for both of you.

 

To make matters more complicated, all of your family and friends have a different “best” way to get baby sleeping consistently and regularly. It can be really hard to figure out what advice is myths and choose methods that will work best for you.

 

The thing is, parents and babies both need sleep… but new babies also need ’round the clock care.

 

There are options that can help achieve both of those things, and safe co sleeping is one way you can handle this tricky transition period.

 

You may have already decided it’s the right thing for you…

 

…or maybe you haven’t decided, but you are interested in the benefits of safe co sleeping, and wonder what bedtime would look like if you decided to share a bed with baby.

 

This article will talk about some of the ways co sleeping can benefit both new parents and their precious bundle of joy. And then it will provide you with some techniques you can use to master safe co sleeping.

 

Let’s first look at a few reasons safe co sleeping can help both you and baby get more sleep, let you provide better care for your baby, and provide your baby with health benefits.

 

Benefits of Co Sleeping

 

Co sleeping has been negatively discussed in some popular media, but it actually has a lot of great benefits backed by science.

 

In a study, co sleeping babies cried four times less than solo sleeping babies, had better breathing patterns during sleep, and had lowered risk of SIDS.

 

 

Data was also published showing that there are three times as many infant fatalities associated with crib sleeping infants than those co sharing in an adult bed.

 

On top of these scientifically researched health effects, there are also safe co sleeping benefits that parents mention from experiencing it themselves.

 

Here’s a couple positive side effects of co sleeping that parents talk about:

 

·         They Get to Reconnect with Baby

 

Your lives were already busy… and now you have a new baby!

 

Spending as much time with your baby as you would like isn’t always easy.

 

When you practice co sleeping, you get to reconnect with your baby at the end of a long day that was potentially spent apart.

 

It can be a great bonding experience for both parents and infant, providing mutually beneficial psychological effects.

 

·         It’s Easier to Meet Baby’s Needs

 

Newborn babies need a lot of attention. In particular, they’re really hungry! You can’t blame them… they’re growing super fast.

 

In addition to feeding them the best organic baby formula, you can help them grow by being ready to feed them when they need it. A great thing about safe co sleeping is you can be right there for baby whenever they wake up and need a snack.

 

Instead of having to walk down the hall, where you often find your baby already wide awake and upset, you are always by their side. The arrangement allows you to be ready for your baby whenever they need some of their organic baby formula to get them through the night.

 

Feeding your baby in bed is actually suggested as safer by experts than it is to feed them on the couch or sofa. If you feed your baby outside of bed, you run the risk of falling asleep with them wherever you are. They are less likely to overheat and it reduces the possibility of SIDS if they are flat on their back — which naturally happens in the bed with you.

 

Now that we’ve established why practicing co sleeping with your baby is a great idea with a ton of benefits, let’s discuss how to master safe co sleeping.

 

Here’s some useful techniques to make your co sleeping experience a breeze.

 

Techniques for Mastering Safe Co Sleeping

1. Know when it’s not a good time

 

Co sleeping isn’t always safe. There are some circumstances in which you should never co sleep with your baby.

 

If you or your partner is under the influence of any substance, such as alcohol or prescription drugs, you should not sleep in the same bed as you could forget about your baby being there with you.

 

This advice is the same if you’re extremely tired… if you’re in too deep of a sleep and are less aware you run the risk of harming your baby by rolling on top of them.

 

You should be ready for when these circumstances occur, as it won’t always be realistic to have your baby in bed with you. It’s best to have a backup plan available.

 

2. Be prepared for when you can’t co sleep

 

There will be times when safe co sleeping isn’t an option, as previously discussed.

 

Be prepared for this with a solution, always have a Plan B.

 

You can have a co sleeping cot or a bedside crib available and ready for when it isn’t optimal to have your baby in bed with you.

 

This allows you to still experience many of the benefits of co sleeping without exposing your baby to potential risks.

3. Sleep with your baby in the “C” position

 

The best safe co sleeping position for both you and your baby is called the “C” position.

 

It looks just like it sounds!

 

Lay on your side facing your baby and place your lower arm under your head. Draw your knees up towards your body so they’re under your baby’s feet.

 

This position has a couple benefits. First, it prevents you from rolling so you stay in a safe co sleeping position. Second, it keeps pillows away from your baby’s face.

 

4. Don’t swaddle your baby when they’re co sleeping

 

Wrapping your baby up in blankets for bedtime isn’t the best option when co sleeping.

 

It is better if their hands are free. This will give them the ability to push blankets or pillows away from their face if necessary.

 

Keeping your baby un-swaddled also helps reduce the risk of overheating, which can easily happen when you’re sharing a bed.

 

In addition to this, there are other methods you can use to reduce the risk of your baby getting too hot.

 

5. Keep bedding light and minimal

 

When practicing safe co sharing, another suggestion to avoid overheating is keeping the bedding light and minimal.

 

Make sure your sheets are tight around the bed and do not bunch up which could create excess folds of fabric.

 

Using just a sheet or a light duvet are the best options, and only draw it up to waist level to avoid covering your baby’s face.

 

6. Stay with your baby while they sleep

 

Babies are squirmy little fidget-ers.

 

Avoid letting them wriggle into trouble by attending to them at all times. This ensures they don’t fall off the bed or accidentally cover themselves with pillows or blankets.

 

7. Don’t have any more of your children in bed

 

Your toddler isn’t as self-aware as you are yet, so they may not realize if they’re potentially harming your new baby.

 

If you have another young child in the house who frequently climbs into bed with you, your best option for safe co sleeping is to keep your new baby in a cot or bedside crib.

 

Having your toddler and new baby in the bed with you at the same time may be inevitable. The safest practice when this occurs is to keep yourself between the two of them.

 

8. Use a firm mattress

 

A nice firm mattress reduces the risk of your baby overheating or getting smothered.

 

Waterbeds, bean bags, or a soft mattress aren’t acceptable for safe co sleeping.

 

You can also increase the safety of your bed by making sure there are no gaps between your mattress and the headboard or bed frame. There will be no places baby could accidentally slip into if you do this check.

 

Final Thoughts…

 

There are a lot of different methods and opinions on what the best practices are for raising your new baby.

 

Do your own research and find the options that will work best for you and your family.

 

If you’re considering co sleeping with your new baby, it can be a great option for parents who want to:

 

  • Experience its scientifically backed health benefits. These include reduced infant crying, decreased risk of infant mortality, and improved breathing patterns during sleep.

 

  • Reconnect with their baby in the evening after potentially being apart due to their busy lives.

 

  • Be able to meet their babies needs more efficiently, including feeding their baby without having them be awake and upset by the time the parents reach them.

 

Co sleeping is potentially the solution you need to ensure both you and your new baby are getting a healthy good nights sleep.

 

It won’t necessarily be easy, but parenthood has never claimed to be a walk in the park!

 

Fortunately, you can master safe co sleeping by following the techniques provided in this article —  and be on your way to solving the challenge of getting your new baby into a regular sleep cycle.

Posted on

The New Parent’s Guide: How to Organize Baby Feeding Products

baby feeding products

If you are expecting a newborn or have recently given birth, you know that your house will end up with dozens if not hundreds of new items such as baby feeding products.

It’s no surprise that the baby care market is valued at $47.7 billion worldwide!

With such a vast array of baby feeding products, how do you stay organized?

Below we provided the top nine tips for organizing your baby care items specifically bottles and sippy cups. Read on for some great advice!

Set up a space large enough for all of your supplies

The first step you need to take is to clear enough space on a kitchen counter top for all of your baby feeding products.

It might be a good idea to clear a space away from the usual area where you do your home cooking. If you don’t have enough space in the kitchen on the counter tops, you can always purchase a cabinet with drawer space to store baby bottles and other items.

Set up the most important baby feeding products first

The most important parts should be positioned at your baby bottle station first such as the bottle warmer and sterilizer. Don’t forget to position the clean drying rack for storing washed baby bottles.

After these items have been positioned, you can add all extra baby feeding products and accessories.

Young mothers will learn that having clean and ready-to-go baby bottles will be a necessity from the moment they give birth. Babies cannot wait for a bottle to be cleaned before getting fed.

As such, you’ll need to have a drying rack set up as well as a bottle sterilizer and bottle warmer. This will let you quickly and efficiently prepare a warm bottle of milk for your infant.

You would also benefit from putting a towel down to hold bottles and accessories. Remember to change the towel regularly to avoid mildew.

Have drawers nearby to hold extra baby feeding products

It’s very likely that you will have lots of extra bottles and bottle nipples that will need storage. As such, it’s useful to have drawers nearby holding these items.

Babies tend to grow up very quickly so you may need the next size up of a bottle, sippy cup, or another accessory.

You might want drawers or a cabinet storing these supplies either right above or right below your baby bottle station.

You may need to move some dishes or cooking items out of the way, but you won’t regret it! Having these objects nearby will save you the hassle of looking around the entire kitchen for additional bottles when all the rest get used up.

Babies will often grow at unexpected times so you never know when you need to feed them or when the bottles they need change.

Having larger volumes, more pacifiers and a bigger nipple size stored next to the bottle station will save you plenty of time and hassle in the long run. The drawers and cabinet space can also be great for storing extra formula.

You can use drawers to better organize small parts such as pacifiers and baby spoons once your child is old enough to eat baby jar items. Drawers can also be a great place to store lids and nipples.

You might want to remove any zip lock bags and get Tupperware to store items instead. That will be a less bulky and less cluttered way of storing baby feeding products.

As your children grow, you may need to add sippy cups and snacks to that drawer as well! Essentially, it’s a great place to store things your child will grow into.

Add a bin for dirty items or used up bottles

You will need an area to store those baby feeding products that are dirty or used up. You’ll find yourself with multiple bottles that need a place to stay in between sterilizations and washes.

Adding an extra bin to hold used up baby bottles will help you so much especially when you have plenty of dishes piling up at the sink.

You can use anything to store used up pacifiers or dirty bottles even a small bucket by the side of your sink.

A separate area to store these items away from the usual dirty dishes is useful because you never know when a glass bottle could fall and break.

Make a plan for mixing formula

When making the formula for your child, you’ll need a plan for how to organize the whole ordeal. There are multiple styles for mixing formula.

For example, you can mix the formula and water whenever your child is hungry and crying out to be fed. This may not be the best strategy since you’ll also need to comfort the baby at the same time.

However, you can also mix formula in a pitcher and make sure to use it up within 24 hours. If you’re making a pitcher of formula, be sure to add a piece of tape with the time on it so that you don’t accidentally feed your baby formula after the 24-hour mark.

Another strategy for organizing your baby feeding products is to make individuals bottles full of formula ahead of time and line them up in the refrigerator.

In fact, you can try your hand at multiple ways of getting the formula mixed and ready to go. You can put bottles in the fridge for nighttime feedings and consider making a pitcher of formula for the daytime.

A bottle warmer will help with this last method since you want to warm up the milk and formula before feeding your baby.

By getting these processes completed ahead of time, you’ll make sure your baby isn’t hungry. Your baby will be happy and well-fed.

Purchase baby care items of the same size and style

If you already bought various bottles and feeding accessories of different sizes and shapes, you likely have a clutter problem showing up in your house.

Consider donating items that are of varying shapes, styles, and sizes and keeping the ones that look the same. Having items that look the same will make it easier to store and fit the products together.

Pick a style and size of sippy cups and bottles that you like the best and donate the rest to another mother with a newborn. You can also potentially sell any nice-looking bottles that you’re not interested in keeping by throwing a garage sale.

Organize your baby feeding items by zones

When you are positioning bottles and accessories at your station, you may want to put similar items in the same zones or spaces.

For instance, you can put your pumping bottles on the right side and feeding bottles to the left. You can move sippy cups and food pouches farther along.

Keeping all these items in the same place will make it easier to find and they will line up more nicely than if everything was haphazardly strewn about the kitchen space.

Be sure to have a specific zone or space for each item!

Label everything!

One of the best ways to keep everything organized is to label every item that’s been put away in a drawer or a cabinet. This will make it much easier to find what you’re searching for.

When you have the chance, go out and buy a label maker to make your life much easier in the kitchen.

A label maker won’t just make your life easier but your family members as well. If you label every storage item, your children and husband will know exactly where to put foods, utensils and cooking supplies when they’re done using them.

You can label shelves, drawers, and more! This will make your life much more simple when searching for any baby care items or other cooking supplies.

Get rid of extra materials you never use

Do you find that you don’t use the baby bottles or nipples stored in the very back of a closet or cabinet?

Are you always using the same bottles in your kitchen while others are just collecting dust?

If so, be sure to donate or sell those extra items in order to remove the extra clutter from your kitchen. When trying to stay organized, one of the key steps is to remove extraneous items.

Don’t keep more cooking supplies and feeding items than you need. Doing so only takes up valuable cabinet or closet space.

If you’re looking to keep your kitchen clean and tidy, you’ll need to remove those extraneous items you never use.

These nine tips for organizing baby care items and baby feeding products should help you keep a tidy kitchen and help you find everything you need quickly and easily.

As a new mother, you probably have your own ways of keeping organized.

Posted on

How to Feed a Newborn Baby Safely: How to Avoid Feeding Dangers

how to feed a newborn baby

If you’re a new parent, you’re probably wondering how to feed a newborn baby. While it may seem easy to an onlooker, once you’re involved in parenthood, the need for technique becomes obvious.

While it may not seem important to learn how to feed a newborn baby prior to childbirth, it’s probably a good idea to look over everything you need. This can give you a leg up when you’re learning the best process for your bundle of joy.

But we understand: having a baby isn’t exactly a casual stroll. You’re stressed, you’re tired, and on top of that, you have one more new thing to learn – and it’s crucial.

Once you’re a parent, you never stop learning. However, we sympathize with your exhaustion. We’ve got a comprehensive guide to help you learn how to feed your newborn baby.

Ready for a new learning experience? Read on!

How to feed newborn a baby

There are many things you need to take account while learning how to feed a newborn baby. The first thing you need to learn is the timing!

You need to feed your baby very often, but little amounts. Remember, your baby doesn’t really know how to do things yet. Tiny amounts let them adapt to eating.

As they learn, they’ll develop motions such as expressions, hand movements, or head movements to signal and let you know they need food.

Sterilization

You may not think so, but the tools you use matter just as much as your technique.

It’s important that you make sure that all of the feeding equipment for your newborn is sterilized. If it isn’t, the equipment can attract germs that can make your baby sick.

A good rule of thumb is that if it goes in your baby’s mouth, wash it. This includes bottles, retaining rings, pacifiers, caps, bottle nipples, and so on.

Also, washing isn’t enough. You need a steam sterilizer, a microwave sterilizer, or a sterilizing solution for cold water.

You’ll have to continue to sterilize your equipment until your newborn is about a year old at least – so no longer a newborn, in other words.

Make sure to check your equipment regularly. If anything which goes in your baby’s mouth is splitting or cracking, throw it out.

If it continues to split and crack, a piece could break off in your child’s mouth and become a choking hazard.

Prepare the formula

When you actually get down to feeding your newborn, you need to make sure you prepare the formula exactly how the bottle states. Using a different amount can mean your baby isn’t getting the nutrients they need or can lead to severe issues like dehydration or kidney problems.

You also need to ensure that your equipment stays sterilized while preparing the formula. It can be tricky when you’re learning how to feed a newborn baby.

An easy way to make sure everything stays clean is to follow these steps:

  • Fill a pot with fresh tap water
  • Boil the water
  • Let cool for 30 minutes or less. It needs to retain enough heat to kill germs.
  • Pour the amount of water you need into the bottle.
  • Add the proper amount of formula powder. Fill up the scoop, level it off with a knife. Don’t pack it in.
  • Make sure your cap is sterilized before putting it on the bottle.
  • Shake your bottle carefully until the powder has dissolved.
  • Make sure your bottle is filled with formula. If not, your baby may swallow too much air to be healthy.

Temperature control

You want to heat your baby’s formula to the right temperature. When you’re learning how to feed a newborn baby, this can be a tricky balance to get right.

Contrary to popular belief, heating your baby’s formula in the microwave is not a great idea.

The microwave probably won’t heat the milk evenly. Have you ever heated something up in the microwave to the point where the outside was piping hot and the inside was still ice cold?

The same thing applies to your baby’s formula. The formula will be a different temperature throughout, so while it may pass your temperature test, the same formula could burn your baby’s mouth.

Additionally, if you overheat the milk, your formula could lose some crucial nutrients.

A better way to heat your formula would be in a pan or in a bottle of warm water. You’ll be able to keep an eye on the formula this way and make sure it reaches the right temperature.

A thermometer may help you here. You don’t want the water to reach a temperature that’s cooler than 70 degrees Celsius. If it does, dangerous bacteria will start to develop.

When you’re ready to test the temperature, drop a little bit of the milk onto the inside of your wrist. This is an optimal place because of the thinness and sensitivity of the skin.

However, the milk feels here is an approximation of how it will feel to your baby.

If your milk is too cold, continue to heat it.

If it’s too cold, run the bottle under a stream of cold water, making sure to keep the nipple clean. Also, make sure your bottle has the lid on tight!

Settle in

When you’re learning how to feed a newborn baby, you learn pretty quickly that it can be a long process.

Make sure you’re comfortable and make sure your baby is comfortable.

You need to sit your baby up properly, and this goes double if your baby often gets gas or acid reflux. Sit your baby in your lap, and hold them up with the crook of your arm. Nestle them in your chest for optimal comfort.

It’s also important to make sure your baby can breathe. This should go without saying, but finding the right feeding position is a process, just like feeding your baby.

Ensure that your baby can breathe comfortably and that they’re not having trouble swallowing.

Also, make sure that you can see their face. While babies can’t talk, their faces are very expressive. You’ll be able to see easily if your baby needs a break from feeding time.

Place the bottle of the nipple against your baby’s lower lip. This lets your baby open their mouth, and with little effort, you can push it into their mouth.

It may be easier if you angle it upward. If you notice that the milk is flowing too quickly for your baby to keep up, see about getting a different nipple. Your baby needs to suck to get milk into their mouth.

In case of emergency

You can do everything right and still run into problems. Babies are particularly vulnerable to choking because they have tiny airways. It’s easy for small things to become lodged there.

Your newborn likely doesn’t have the strength to dislodge any foreign objects that get stuck in their airways.

If your baby does choke while feeding, the most important thing to do is not to panic.

Assuming you’re sitting, turn your baby around to rest their face on your forearm. Rest your forearm on your thigh.

Thump your baby on the middle of the back. Do this gently but firmly.

Gravity should take hold and the object should clear.

Afterward

When you’re learning how to feed a newborn baby, you should know that the process doesn’t end when the meal does.

After mealtime, make sure to burp your baby.

Even if you do everything right and fill your bottle with the appropriate amount, your baby will probably wind up with air in their stomach. This is uncomfortable and painful to your small child.

Don’t hesitate to burp your baby after feeding, just to clear the gas that’s come to rest inside.

After that, it may be time for your newborn to get some sleep!

Whether it’s naptime or not (and let’s be honest, newborns don’t sleep longer than a nap at a time!), make sure they’re tucked in properly.

Couches aren’t safe for babies, and can even lead to SIDS or suffocation.

We recommend that your baby rests in a crib. If you share your bed with your baby, make sure that you’re taking the proper precautions: firm mattress, baby on their back, no blankets or pillows.

Conclusion

Learning how to feed a newborn baby is almost as much of an adventure as having them in the first place.

Having children means that you never stop learning, even when you think you have all the answers. It’s all apart of the journey of parenthood!

As your child grows and their faculties develop, you’ll be able to fall into a more customized routine. Still, it’s important to keep this guide in mind to make sure your baby stays safe.

Posted on

The Ultimate Guide to Baby Nutrition: The Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Your Baby

baby nutrition

Focusing on baby nutrition won’t just keep your baby growing and happy. Knowing what to do and what not to do with your baby’s diet can create long-term habits and tastes that will last a lifetime.

Babies don’t just need to grow. They need the right nutrients and diet to learn how to stay healthy as they grow into children and adolescents.

In fact, the right nutrition can make a major difference in how your baby will respond to food in adulthood.

Unfortunately, it seems almost impossible to know the best and worst approaches. This person gives you one set of advice and that person says the opposite.

There are so many baby myths out there that we all need to forget about.

Don’t worry. We can help.

We’ve put together the ultimate list of do’s and don’ts of baby nutrition to answer all your questions about healthy growth and a great diet.

Let’s get started:

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

First off, there is a lot of information out there. You have a healthy baby and are trying to get the best diet and nutrition to help them grow.

Getting overwhelmed can make things confusing. Make sure that you have help.

Where is the best help when it comes to raising a healthy baby?

Do Get Help

And we mean the best type of help. Make sure you have a trusted doctor in your corner to help guide in terms of weight gain and development.

They are the experts. With any questions or concerns you have, it is ok to seek medical advice.

And one thing many doctors are advising today is for parents to think about allergy prevention when it comes to baby nutrition.

Do Think About Allergy Prevention

Some parents are so concerned about keeping their babies safe they miss the boat when it comes to food allergies.

New research suggests that it is imperative you start experimenting with feeding peanut-based foods to your baby at around 6 months of age.

Doing so may help babies develop a deadly peanut allergy. While there are signs to watch for — including eczema and hives — trying some peanut early on may save your child’s life down the road.

Some expert advice regarding peanut allergy prevention includes:

  • Try the first feeding of peanut products at home
  • Don’t try when baby is already sick or ill
  • Check with your doctor
  • Watch for choking
  • Look for signs of hives around the mouth
  • Start with other solid foods first
  • Begin with watered down peanut butter
  • If there is no reaction after 10 minutes try some more

Pediatricians used to recommend waiting until your child was 3 years old. Research has updated the best practices though.

Still, because so many children have suffered fatal sickness with peanuts parent can be wary of trying. But doctors warn, even if there is a family history of peanut allergy it’s an even bigger reason to start early.

While you need to be careful to stomp out some allergies, there are still foods babies should avoid.

Do Avoid Certain Foods

There are a number of foods that can be unsafe for babies in their first year.

These include processed meats where the salt content can be unhealthy for your baby.

Instead, you should use natural sea salt to give your baby the minerals they need.

And variety is a great thing for babies. More about that later.

But choking hazards are something to watch closely for as your baby grows. Too much too soon is definitely a bad thing.

That said, you can’t be afraid to try new things. While your baby is less than 7 months old it will be acquiring a palette that can follow for their entire life.

Do Be a Taste Maker With Baby Nutrition

Try new things when it comes to baby nutrition. Experts suggest that your baby will develop their palette based on their mother’s nutrition habits before they are even born.

And while they are developing there is a great opportunity to shape their tastes for a lifetime. Don’t be off put by seeing your baby make a face at a new vegetable or food offering.

Even a taste can be good for them in developing lifelong healthy eating habits.

Experts disagree with the World Health Organization’s recommendation that babies should be breastfed exclusively until 6 months of age. This misses the opportunity for creating solid diet habits.

It also may ruin the chance to develop an immunity to dangerous allergies.

There are many new developments in nutrition. It’s important not to be misinformed.

Do Get Solid

Doctors now recommend solid foods be introduced as early as 4 months old. And the science backs up this suggestion.

Babies who start eating solid foods at 4 months old have a reduced risk of allergies and asthma. They also have higher iron levels than babies who are only breastfed.

Use natural foods as you try. This can include:

  • Plain Yogurt
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Whole Grains

Experiment with different combinations and try something new often. To avoid processed foods with heavy preservatives, sugar, and salt, you can even make your own baby food.

Don’t force your baby. Just introduce the tastes.

You may be surprised at the things your baby loves!

Don’t Be Misinformed About Baby Nutrition

Opinions about babies and how to raise children correctly can run to absurd extremes. The one problem with being a parent to a new baby is everyone wants to offer your advice on exactly what to do.

Baby nutrition requires you staying ahead of the research and ahead of the trends. We even know parents who get the latest information before their doctors do.

Finding a trusted source to stay informed on the latest information can help. That was you won’t have to argue with your in-laws during every visit!

You’ll stay informed about baby nutrition. Smart parents lead to healthy babies.

Do Know That Formula is Your Friend

Baby formula can get a bad rap. There is so much misinformation that mothers are nearly bullied into breastfeeding at this stage.

Avoid the bullying and the misinformation. Baby formula is a great help to mothers and babies alike.

In fact, baby formula is a must for some mothers with health issues and other concerns.

Your baby can get a variety of food and nutrients with a number of different baby formula options. If you are considering introducing new foods baby formula can be a great way to start the variety early on.

This isn’t yesterday’s formula anymore. With organic options and different milk types, there is a great formula for your baby’s needs.

Also, your baby grows fast. You can change the formula you use to match the changes in their dietary needs.

But even with formula don’t make the mistake of skimping on quality.

Don’t Skimp On Quality

So many of us are focused on eating healthy and paying attention to our own diet. But when it comes to a baby we forget how delicate their digestion is.

Too often we see parents who skimp on quality with baby formula. It’s just as important, if not more so, to feed our babies healthy ingredients.

Changes in formula ingredients can make babies sick. But with organic formula, you can rest assured that you are only getting the healthiest nutrition for your baby.

Do Focus on Variety

Too many of us stay focused on one type of food or formula when it comes to baby nutrition. When we find something that works we want to stick with it.

Unfortunately, that is not always the best for your developing baby. Scientific research shows that babies benefit from meat, foods with allergens, and a wide-range of different tastes as they develop.

You aren’t just satisfying your baby’s insatiable need to eat and grow. Paying attention to baby nutrition means creating the foundation for lifelong help in staying healthy.

There is a worldwide obesity epidemic. And there is a myriad of health issues that can easily be avoided with healthy eating.

But these patterns are hard to break in adulthood.

Create variety for your baby and it will pay off. Mixing breastfeeding, formula, baby food and solids plays a great part in the lifelong health of your child.

Don’t fall into a rut with one type of food or formula.

Do Find The Best In Baby Nutrition

We can help.

Formuland Inc. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction possible. We provide quick, expert assistance to all your questions and concerns and can help you bring a great variety of nutrition and tastes to your baby as they develop.

You owe it to your growing baby to invest in the very best. We have a wide range of products that include organic brands and goat milk formula, which is excellent for baby health.

You’ll get the best products and service with Formuland Inc. and we will keep you up to date on the latest nutrition trends. Don’t wait another day to get the best nutrition for your growing baby!

Click here now to discover some of the benefits of HIPP Organic Formula and Products for your baby. 

Posted on

Importance of Baby Formula for Women with Health Issues And Other Concerns

baby formula for women with health issues

Being a new mom is so many emotions wrapped in one. You and your baby are off on your new adventure together.

Between sleep deprivation, your hormones, and working your new stroller and don’t even get us started on breastfeeding! Of course, everything is new and at times scary even.

On the subject of breastfeeding, if you underestimated just how hard it was going to be, you are not alone.

In fact, oftentimes due to nipple pains and a mix of health problems, women will often choose to formula feed their infants.

Interestingly enough, a recent study done at Cambridge University in England found that babies who were formula fed cry less and are easier to get to sleep.

Baby formula might just be the best way to go, especially if you have health issues or other that prevent you from being able to breastfeed with easy.

All in all, if you are in the midst of deciding the type of baby formula you should go with, here is some vital information you should have!

What is organic baby formula?

We recommend that if you do breastfeed your child, one should definitely go the organic route.

Organic baby formula is comprised of soy products, or cow’s milk (or protein hydrolysate for babies with soy allergies).

The biggest difference between organic and non-organic formula is that the ingredients in organic baby formula have not been in contact with any chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, etc.

Often, in fact, the formula is held to a strict standard by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in order to ensure the nutritional value it has and overall, to prevent infant health risks.

In addition, organic baby formula must also be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

What are the benefits of organic baby formula?

A lot of great nutrients!

Organic baby formula has more vitamins, antioxidants, and more polyunsaturated fatty acids than normal formula. These are all essential for infant cognitive and physical development.

No GMO’s and is Environmentally friendly!

Of course, as with all things organic, organic baby formula is just as good for the earth as it is for your baby.

In addition to all the extra nutrients, no genetically modified substances are to be found in your organic milk.

Your purchase of organic formula sends the message that you are all for feeding animals the natural way.

It can be great is you for women with health issues!

The fewer chemicals in your baby’s body mean that one is less likely to get lung damage, immune system problems, or nervous system injuries.

These are all possible issues the result from having pesticides in your body.

If you have certain health issues, and genetically your baby might as well, baby formula can be a way to alleviate you from the stress of breastfeeding. Therefore, baby formula benefits both your health and your baby’s.

Specific things to look for in your baby formula:

One ingredient to you will want in your formula is DHA which is a fatty acid that can increase and improve visual processing and cognitive ability. It is commonly found in baby formula but is not required. So be sure to look out for it.

One should also look out for all those vitamins that are naturally found in breastmilk such as docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid, choline, and fatty acids. it is important to know that your formula has them as well!

Since these are naturally in your milk, you better make sure they are in your formula as well!

Common types of organic baby formula

Of course, different babies have different needs.

For example, an infant can be lactose-intolerant which means you must choose a lactose-free formula.

Also, as previously mentioned, babies sometimes have soy intolerance and even allergies to cow’s milk.

Here is a list of our favorite types of baby formula, all organic.

Hipp

An important, unique aspect of Hipp is that the product does not contain nucleotides.

Nucleotides are organic molecules that play a certain role at the fundamental, cellular level.

However, Hipp does not include them in their baby formula recipe under the pretext that babies make nucleotides for themselves from amino acids. As a result, they are not needed in the ingredients.

Holle

Holle milk is a quality organic brand which does not compromise on flavor or nutrients.

The company started over 80 years ago and are focused on the naturalness of the product, using only raw ingredients. They even have some which include goats milk!

Aptamil

Some professionals say Aptamil is closest to breastmilk, but it all a personal choice.

AptamilInfant Formula was created for children from birth to six months old. It is nutritionally charged and great from colicky babies, according to moms!

Lebenswert

This milk is actually made by Holle. Some aspects of the baby formula that the company prides itself on are the non-usage of GMO, flavors or preservatives. It is easy to digest as well as gluten-free!

Some last tips…

Take a careful eye to the ingredient label on your baby formula. Not all baby formula is to be treated equally!

Also, one must know and understand the needs of their baby before understand what you need to look for in your milk.

Consult your pediatrician for other recommendations on what to look for in your formula. Your baby might have specific needs that you’ll want to take care of!

Lastly, as your baby grows and changes (fast!) you’ll want to make sure you stay on top of those changes. In other words, changing your baby formula as your baby changes may be a great idea!

We mentioned a few organic baby formula marks here, but keep in mind there are many, many more — each with its own unique benefits.

Posted on

7 Baby Myths You Can Forget About

7 baby myths

If you are a newbie parent, you’ve heard tons of how-to’s on baby rearing and child care.

You’ve heard information on how to feed your baby (formula or breast milk?), how to put your infant to sleep (co-sleeping or not?) and everything in between.

As new parents, you can find baby advice from a myriad of sources – the internet, other parents, books, and your baby’s doctor.

That’s a lot to keep up with, and all of that new information can be overwhelming. And how do you know if the information you are being presented with is even accurate or helpful?

Not only is some of this advice untrue, it can also be potentially harmful to your newborn baby.

So it’s important that you are aware of which baby care techniques to follow, and which ones you can forget about.

Have no fear, we’re here to tell you that some of these baby myths are just that – myths!

Set your worrying aside, and let’s go through the seven most common baby myths you’re hearing lately.

Read on to see which of those baby care techniques you can disregard.

Baby Myths Debunked #1: Babies need to sleep on their tummies

This baby myth is the perfect example of an outdated technique that our grandparents told us.

Back in the day, before the internet, it was assumed that babies sleeping on their backs would swallow and choke on their saliva.

But this has not been proven.

In fact, putting a sleeping baby on its tummy could be potentially harmful.

To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), make sure your baby is sleeping on his or her back.

It also helps to place a baby on a firm mattress; soft baby mattresses and blankets can increase the risk of harm to your baby.

2. Babies Should Sleep In a Dark, Quiet Room

Some babies can be light sleepers. But most infants are perfectly fine in a dim lit room with a little background noise.

By keeping them in a too quiet atmosphere, you’ll constantly have to tip toe around them in the future.

Your baby will be able to sleep in almost any situation – which is always a good thing.

3. Put Rice In Your Baby’s Formula to Help Then sleep.

This baby myth often circulates, but it’s just not true.

The theory behind this baby myth is that babies will sleep better if their tummies are fuller.

But, solid foods should be kept out of your baby’s diet until they are at least four to six months old. In fact, studies have shown that feeding your baby before bedtime does not significantly change their sleeping habits.

Avoid the risk of introducing solids too early and leave this baby technique out of your routine.

4. Bouncing a Baby Will Cause Them to Be Bowlegged.

Yet another old wives’ tale that is just a baby myth.

Babies are naturally born with bowed legs from curling themselves up in the womb. Over time, their legs straighten out.

In fact, when babies start standing and crawling, they are trying to find their balance. Once they start walking on their own, their legs will actually straighten themselves out.

So bouncing and standing your baby will actually help them in the long run.

5. Bathe Your Baby Every Day.

If you are a new parent, you want to make sure your baby is smelling clean.

Everyone loves that new baby smell!

Unless your little one has spilled mashed green peas all over himself, typically you don’t need to bathe your baby as often as you think.

If you bathe a baby every day, you can put the infant at risk for dry skin or a skin condition known as eczema, which can cause baby discomfort.

6. Let The Baby Dry; Don’t pick them up Every Time They’re Fussy.

It’s been said that picking up babies when they are crying will spoil them.

Any new parent knows how hard it is to let your baby cry without trying to soothe them, so this myth is truly hard for parents to handle. Thankfully, it’s totally untrue.

Unfortunately, babies don’t have the same soothing mechanisms as we do. In fact, we are not born with soothing mechanisms, and babies cannot self-sooth themselves.

Picking babies up when they are crying or upset allows them to be soothed because they simply can’t do it themselves.

7. Give Babies Water When It’s Hot

When we are hot or overheated, water makes us feel better.

However, putting water, milk, or tea in a baby’s bottle can be harmful if they are under six months old.

Babies’ kidneys are not yet fully developed, so consuming too much water can potentially cause a sodium imbalance. Sodium imbalances can lead to extremely harmful conditions like seizures or even coma.

Babies get plenty of hydration from their infant formula or breast milk and giving them water can cause them to have uncomfortably full tummies.

It’s best to wait until your baby is at least six months of age before you start introducing water into their diet.

Conclusion

If you are a new parent, you are bombarded with tons of new information that you may not know what to do with.

Take caution, a lot of this new information and advice may not be the best for your baby.

Most of this information comes from old wives’ tales or myths that have been passed down throughout the generations.

The helpful tips that your grandmother used may not still be accurate today.

We’ve taken you through the seven most common baby myths, so you are aware of what you can focus on, and what information can be left out.

If you are truly concerned about aspects of your baby’s life or are not sure about the best cause of action, reach out to your baby’s pediatrician for the best and most up to date advice.

Posted on

Letting Go: How to Trust Your Baby in Dad’s Care

Letting Go: How to Trust Your Baby in Dad's Care

Many mothers don’t like to admit it. But they do feel wary about leaving the baby with Dad.

It’s a natural feeling. You put so much time and energy into pregnancy and childbirth. So you want to maintain your role as primary caregiver.

But with 3 in 4 Americans keen to celebrate Father’s Day, it’s clear that dads are important to a child’s development.

You’re not the only one that’s invested in your child. Your partner will want to spend time with your baby too – without you hovering in the background.

It might sound scary. But it’s absolutely essential to make sure Dad feels included and gets to bond with his own children.

But we know it’s hard. So read on to learn how you can trust leaving your baby with Dad.

Start small.

The situation you want to avoid is making Dad feel like you’re constantly watching him. That’s just going to put you both on edge, which isn’t a healthy environment for your baby.

But you don’t have to go from sole caregiver to absent parent overnight. Start small and build up to longer periods away from your baby.

That way your partner has confidence that he knows how to care for your baby. And you can rest easy, knowing he’s confident.

So let Dad get up during the night when your baby wakes up. You’ll get extra sleep and Dad will get precious time with your baby.

You can easily leave bottles in the fridge. When the cry goes up, let him swing into action.

Our range of European formulas are organic and don’t contain GMOs. So they’re perfect for your little one, and gives him a chance to try his hand at mixing them up.

It’s also a good idea to show him how you hold your baby while you’re feeding. That way your baby gets the same level of care and attention.

Try our feeding tips to help you both bond with your child.

If your baby cries while you’re both home, let Dad comfort her once in a while. That way she’ll learn that Dad can also give her what she needs.

You can even set aside special playtime that’s just your baby with Dad. Your baby will learn to look forward to time with Dad.

That also gives you an opportunity to put your feet up. Or just sit and watch – it’ll be fun for you too!

When you go out as a family, let Dad carry your baby in a sling or carrier. It’ll help them to bond and give your back a much-needed break.

It’ll also help Dad feel more trusted and included. And you’ll be able to watch how he handles your baby while you’re around.

That way you’re more likely to trust him when you’re not.

Then try leaving your baby with Dad for longer.

You’ll be tired from looking after your baby all day. So try planning an afternoon with friends.

It might only be an hour or two at first. Perhaps you just want to pop to the store on your own.

Leave your baby with Dad and a small list of chores. He can use a carrier to keep your baby close while he cleans.

It’ll give you a break and him time to bond with your baby. And you won’t need to look at dusty furniture or messy floors when you get back.

If your baby gets sick, try letting Dad take your baby to the doctor instead of you. He cares just as much as you do, but it’s easy for him to feel left out if you don’t let him do anything by himself.

Gradually extend the amount of time that your baby spends with Dad. If you’re planning to go back to work, you’ll need to be able to share the caregiving.

Remember there will be times when you won’t have any choice but to leave your baby with Dad. You’re bound to get sick at some point and he’ll need to have the confidence to take over the caregiving role.

Letting him be involved early on is great training for him. Besides, fathers often feel left out when a baby arrives.

Getting him involved means he won’t feel cast aside. He’ll know he’s still important to you, as well as your baby.

It’s vital if you want to avoid any subconscious resentment.

But if you’re really struggling to trust him…

Why not suggest a meetup with other couples you know with babies? You can get support from the other mums and see how other dads handle their babies.

There are 2.6 million households run by single fathers in the US. They can’t all be doing it wrong.

Feeling guilty about not wanting to leave your baby with Dad is perfectly natural. But it won’t help you to bond as a family.

Try not to criticize anything your partner does unless it’s dangerous. Remember that he has his own way of doing things, and yours isn’t the only way.

It’s just your way. Your parents probably do things differently as well. And you turned out just fine.

And ask yourself this; do you really not trust Dad, or are you just scared you’ll miss your baby?

If that’s the case, then ask Dad if he doesn’t mind sending you photos of their time together. Smartphones make it easy to send photos and videos.

You’ll get to see how much fun they’re having. But you’ll also have a record of your baby’s development.

Just make sure you do the same for Dad.

You can also read posts like our guide to soothing a newborn together. You can chat about the content and get his opinion.

Whatever you choose to do, just remember that you need time as a family.

That means all of you together – but also your baby with Dad.

Letting Dad do the caregiving will also set a great example for your child. Studies show that your baby can even learn their sense of humor from you.

Why not teach your baby how to have a healthy and loving family too?

Posted on

5 Tips for Burping a Baby Flawlessly

5 Tips for Burping a Baby Flawlessly

If you’re a new parent, there’s a good chance your new favorite catchphrase is, “Am I doing this right?”

From feeding to changing diapers to bathing, there are a lot of new skills to master when it comes to being a new parent, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it all feels a little overwhelming.

However, the sooner you master the do’s and don’t of baby care, the more you’ll be able to relax and enjoy those precious early moments of parenthood.

And one such skill that is very important to master early on is burping a baby.

Those cute little belches aren’t just for show. They serve an important purpose for your baby’s overall well-being.

When air gets trapped inside your baby’s stomach, it can cause a feeling of fullness or discomfort. Burping a baby helps release this trapped air, and it also helps free up space in their tummy for longer feeding time.

While burping a baby may seem like a straightforward process,  just like many other aspects of parenting, it can be a lot harder than it looks.

Read the following article to learn the top five tricks to becoming a baby burping master.

1. Find the Perfect Position

First things first, it’s time to do a little baby feng shui.

That is, find the preferable position for burping a baby.

While you’re probably used to seeing photos of parents burping their babies by holding them over their shoulder, this isn’t the only way to get the job done.

Let’s take a look at a few positions you might want to try out:

Over the shoulder: Hold your baby over your shoulder and facing you, using one hand to hold the baby and the other to burp.

Face down on your lap: Place your baby on their tummy, with their head on one of your legs and their stomach on the other. Use one hand to support the baby’s head and chest and the other to burp.

Sitting on your lap: Place your baby in a seated position on your lap. Use one arm to support the baby’s chest and head while you use the other one to pat or rub.

Walking: If your baby has good enough head control, you can hold his or her upright and facing out while you stand and walk. One arm should be applying light pressure on the tummy while the other holds the bottom to stabilize. Sometimes, you don’t even need to walk your baby- stretching out the body can be enough to release trapped gas.

You can test out all of these positions until you find which one suits your baby best.

2. The Best Time For Burping a Baby

Ok, now that we’ve covered positioning, let’s talk about timing.

If your baby is being fussy or showing any signs of discomfort while feeding (squirming, pulling away, or crying), it’s probably a good time to try and help them burp.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends burping a baby during feeding breaks and after they’re finished with their meal. A good general rule of thumb for a feeding break is every 2 to 3 ounces if you’re bottle feeding or when you switch breasts if you’re breastfeeding.

3. Choose Your Products Wisely-Starting With the Right Bottle

Got a real gassy baby on your hands?

The right bottle can make all the difference.

As babies sip, air often gets into the nipple. Luckily, there are bottles specifically designed for letting as minimal air in as possible.

Bottles with disposable liners, vents, or straw-like systems are all great solutions for reducing the amount of air that gets in the bottle.

*Note- If you’re a breastfeeder and you’ve got a baby with excess gas, the excess dairy in your diet may be the culprit. Research says it’s best to stick to a healthy diet that focuses on fresh and wholesome foods.

If you’re not a breastfeeder and your baby is still struggling with excess gas, you may want to talk to your pediatrician about investing in some over-the-counter meds to help relieve gas. Gripe water-an herbal based remedy with stomach calming properties, can also sometimes do the trick.

4. Next, The Right Formula

After you’ve chosen the best bottle for burping a baby that money can buy, it’s time to pick the best formula.

You want to pick a formula that is easy for your baby to digest, and for this, European formulas are recommended over American ones.

This is because the E.U. tends to be a lot stricter with its guidelines for infant formulas. They’ve banned sucrose, an ingredient that leads to childhood obesity, as well as carrageenan, an ingredient that leads to digestive problems in babies.

Hipp and Holle are two highly reputable formulas we recommend checking out.

The right bottle and right formula can make all the difference for a healthy burping baby, so make sure to choose these products wisely.

5. Extra Pointers to Keep in Mind

To polish off your baby burping mastery, there are a few extra pro tips to keep in mind.

Always keep a bib or burp cloth between your outfit and the baby’s mouth to protect your clothes. You’ll also want a close in case there’s any spit up.

Also, while some babies just need a gentle pat or rub, others appreciate a slightly firmer hand.

Lastly, make sure to position your hand on the left side of the baby’s back, as this is where the stomach is located.

Conclusion

There you have it- with these tips you’ll be a baby burping extraordinaire in no time!

But, don’t forget to keep in mind that burping a baby is not a one size fits all process.

No matter what you hear through the newborn parenting grapevine, there is no failproof burping method that works for every baby.

Some babies love a pat, while others love a rub. Some babies are burping machines, while others hardly ever let one out.

Surely, though, it won’t be long before you figure out just want kind of burper you have on your hands! And learning about your baby’s preferences is one of the greatest joys of early parenthood!

Posted on

Make Flying With a Baby a Piece of Cake

Make Flying With a Baby a Piece of Cake

If you’re a new parent, you likely already know how divisive flying with a baby can be. Even if you need a vacation more than anyone, flying with a newborn can earn you a lot of stares, and sometimes outright aggression.

Passengers these days are even advocating for child-free flights!

Still, everyone knows these ideas are ridiculous – after all, many of us were likely babies on a plane at some point in their lives.

When you’re on the go, don’t let the stress and judgment of others prevent you from flying with a baby.

Instead, read this post to figure out how to keep things peaceful on your flight.

1. Make Sure You Have Enough Formula

You know it better than anyone – a hungry baby is a loud baby. Even if your flight is scheduled to only a short time, always overprepare.

Especially these days, when delays, time spent sitting on the tarmac, and even outright cancellations are more common than ever, bringing enough formula is crucial. 

Of course, formula is allowed on flights within reasonable quantities. You’ll just have to unpack it and show it to TSA agents at security. If you’re going with a powdered formula option, buy bottled water once you’re through security.

2. Mind Your Manners

Real talk: everybody on a plane is already angry, because they’re already on a plane, in a cramped seat, and eating bad airline food.

When a baby gets on board, we’ve all been guilty of rolling our eyes and crossing our fingers that they’re not in the aisle across from us.

While you can’t do anything about the person who keeps turning around every time your baby breathes, you can control your reaction to angry flyers. Don’t give them any reason to say “I told you so!” by doing your best to keep your cool.

It’s totally fine, even appreciated, for you to acknowledge the situation of your crying baby by apologizing to those around you when things get a little loud.

It’s also totally fine to ask the rude man behind you if he has any suggestions about how you can keep your baby quiet on the plane, or if he’d like to give it a shot.

Flying with a baby doesn’t mean allowing yourself to be walked all over.

3. Select Your Seat In Advance

During the reservation process, always let the person handling your tickets know that you’re going to be traveling with small children (bonus: you get to board ahead of everyone else!)

But telling an attendant that you’re flying with a baby isn’t just polite. In fact, there are restrictions about which seats can use the child safety restraint. So, the people making your reservation need to know to avoid confusion and scrambling the morning of your flight.

Most likely, you’ll be seated at a window, so that you won’t block other passengers.

If you have a baby that seems to always be on the go, ask your ticketing agent about the possibility of booking the bulkhead seat. That way, if your child tosses his/her toy (again) then it won’t keep landing on the person in front of you.

Also, since you already know that baby’s ears are especially sensitive when you’re up in the air, talk to your agent about booking a seat that’s as close to the front of the plane as possible. The back of the plane has greater vibration, which will hurt your baby’s ears even more.

Plus, the front of the plane is quieter, meaning that baby may fall – and stay! – asleep faster.

Pro Tip: Remember that there are lots of family-friendly airlines. Do a little research online before you book your tickets to make sure you’re going with one that will help you out the most – not stress you out!

4. Prepare For Baggage Ahead Of Time

If you thought you overpacked before, wait until you start traveling with a baby.

Between diapers, strollers, carriers, and a seemingly unlimited supply of baby wipes, you’re likely worried about overweight baggage.

Invest in a simple handheld baggage scale to make sure you don’t have to unpack half of your suitcase in the baggage line.

Also, think about what it’s possible to buy at your destination (of course, this will likely depend on how remote of an area you’re traveling to.)

If there’s an option for curbside check-in, take it: it’s worth the few extra dollars and will save you tons of headaches.

Trust us, when you’re lugging your baby, your spouse, and your ten pounds of luggage through the gate, you’ll really regret not spending that extra few dollars on curbside assistance.

As always, you’ll be able to check your stroller at the gate, so don’t worry about using it until the last second before you board.

5. Have A Sense Of Humor

When you’re flying with a baby, it’s crucial to be able to laugh at yourself. If your baby starts screaming, (because it’s likely going to happen) becomes demanding, or just spits up all over itself, laugh it off.

Even engage other passengers in your jokes to help ease the tension and form connections.

Most people on flights remember how stressful it was to travel with a baby of their own, and there will likely be far more sympathetic people on your flight than nasty ones.

Keep in mind, though, that your parenting skills are not on trial, here. As a parent, you know better than anyone that some things are just completely out of your control.

Smiling through a tough situation always makes it easier. Look on the bright side – at least you get through security faster!

You Can Handle Flying With A Baby

We know that air travel can seem like even more of a complete nightmare when you’re taking your baby with you.

Still, follow these five tips, take a breath, and remember: one way or another, your flight will be over soon.