A mama who is formula feeding her child has to learn the ins and outs of preparing her little one's beverage. Unlike breast milk, which comes out ready to eat, a mixing mum needs to make sure she's using the proper steps to ensure her baby's liquid diet is healthy and nutritional. From measuring to storage, here are a few things you do and don't want to do when getting your baby's formula ready.
Doctors always tell you that breast milk is best, but is someone else's breast milk just as good? My pal recently told me that she just gave a friend, who has a younger baby, all her frozen breast milk, since it was going to go bad before her son could consume it all. Known as liquid gold in some circles, breast milk is a valuable commodity to a nursing mama and could be even more valuable to a mother who is lacking in that department. Salma Hayek nursed a newborn that was not her own, and many mommies donate their frozen breast milk to a milk bank. In both cases, the milk benefits babies in need even if it is unusual.
What if your child was the one in need? Would you feed your babe someone else's breast milk?
While experts may agree that breastfeeding is one of the best things mothers can do for their babies, many moms admit it also happens to be quite challenging. Just as you and your baby get into the swing of things, he or she is probably noticing that there's more to life than just mommy. Though it may be a good sign of development, it can make nursing a chore. Many tots are more interested in taking in the world around them and not the milk. If you've got a distracted nurser on your hands (and breasts) check out these tips for coping.
Feeding a baby is one of the most natural, yet complicated parts of being a new parent. Constant fears often lurk in mama's head: Is my baby hungry? Am I feeding her enough? When do I start spooning out solids? Should she be drinking regular milk yet? Am I feeding her too much?
Parenting is a tough business, but luckily we've compiled this quick little time line of age-appropriate food from the day you bring your newborn home from the hospital until she blows out the candle on her first birthday.
The researchers behind the study took more than 200 9-month-old babies who had all been on formula for various amounts of time through a number of exercises involving blankets and rattles. The wee ones who received formula fortified with DHA scored significantly higher than those drinking unfortified versions of the formula. According to the study, those who received the DHA-enhanced formula from birth scored better than those that were weaned off of breast milk at 6-weeks-old.
Doctors and breastfeeding advocates fear that the new study does not address the additional benefits of breast milk and may sway new mamas to forgo nursing in favor of these fortified formulas. Do you believe this latest study and the hype behind it?
Well made wooden highchairs are back in style . . . only this time they grow with child! The chair's neutral tone that blend with the rest of the family's dining set and their ability to fit snugly under the table make them a smart choice for mamas desiring a streamlined kitchen area. Simple: The natural wood Keekaroo high chair ($149) features an adjustable seat that can be used for children from six months old on up. Swank: The Stokke Tripp Trapp ($249) started the "grow-with-me" high-chair phenomenon with its adjustable height and footrest and the ease with which it can be pulled right up to the table. Which do you prefer?
Simple: The natural wood Keekaroo high chair ($149) features an adjustable seat that can be used for children from six months old on up.
Swank: The Stokke Tripp Trapp ($249) started the "grow-with-me" high-chair phenomenon with its adjustable height and footrest and the ease with which it can be pulled right up to the table. Which do you prefer?
They say you are what you eat, so what parent would chance feeding their tot toxins? Just as American states have begun to pass legislation banning the use of BPA in plastic baby bottles and toys, a Canadian survey found the toxic compound in 84 percent of the glass-jarred baby food containers it sampled. The BPA is believed to have entered the baby food through the liners used on metal jar lids. Parents looking to avoid contaminated baby purees should seek the alternatives available. Check out our selection of safe baby food gadgets and products.