If your baby hasn't started solids yet, it's time to break out the baby spoons and mushy food. Mashed banana, avocado or baby cereal are great choices. Over the years, there's been a lot of debate regarding the "best" first food for... Read more
If you're like most moms, you're too hard on yourself. It's time to cut yourself some slack. You feel guilty about working. You feel guilty about staying at home. You wonder what more you could be doing for your baby—even after spending... Read more
A good way to baby proof is to seriously get down on your hands and knees and see what is at the baby's level... cords, outlets, sharp corners, etc. Or, have a toddler come over and see what he/she tries to get into!... Read more
If your baby hasn't started solids yet, it's time to break out the baby spoons and mushy food. Mashed banana, avocado or baby cereal are great choices. Over the years, there's been a lot of debate regarding the "best" first food for babies. Many experts recommend starting with iron-fortified cereal. Cereal can be thinned with breastmilk or formula to an almost liquid-like consistency, easing babies' transition from milk to solids. The extra iron is also a boon, since babies' natural iron stores begin to diminish around six months. If your baby doesn't like cereal, though, don't hesitate to try something else. (Just make sure any food you give your baby is mashed or pureed; he doesn’t yet have the skills to handle chunks of food.) Keep in mind that your baby may not be as excited about solids as you are. It's not uncommon for mom and dad to prop baby in the high chair, only to have baby turn his head away in protest. It might take numerous attempts for your baby to like solids and that’s OK. At this point, most of his nutrition comes from breastmilk or formula anyway. If he's really resistant, don't push it. You can try it again in a week or so. Right around this age, it's not uncommon to see early signs of stranger anxiety. Your baby is beginning to realize that you are a separate person; before this, you and he were an inseparable duo, as far as he was concerned. Now, he realizes that you're absolutely essential to his wellbeing, so when someone "strange" enters the picture, he panics and clings to you. Be patient with your baby. Whenever possible, let him meet strangers from the comfort of your arms.
If you're like most moms, you're too hard on yourself. It's time to cut yourself some slack. You feel guilty about working. You feel guilty about staying at home. You wonder what more you could be doing for your baby—even after spending hours changing her, cuddling her and rolling around on the floor together. Guess what? If your baby is happy and thriving, you're doing a great job. Almost six months into this gig called parenting, you've created a life that works for you. Beyond that, nothing else matters. It truly doesn't matter if you breast- or bottlefeed or if you sleep with your baby or let her cry it out. What matters is your family's health and happiness, and that includes your health and happiness. Each time you hear a negative voice in your head ("That mom is so much more together than I am,") replace that negative thought with a positive affirmation ("I'm doing a great job handling my baby and my job."). Mentally record your triumphs, not just your failures. Write them down, if you have to. Let go of the guilt and enjoy your "new" life!
Pet Safety and Babies: The only thing I think I'll do differently is to utilize the pack n play more when I leave little one alone for any period of time. The dog can go crazy if the Fed Ex guy rings the bell or some other such intrusion and in her haste to "protect" us, might knock over a bouncy seat or worse—run over a baby laying on the floor on a blanket. Nothing malicious, but better safe than sorry. --mamattorney Read More