Every pregnancy is different. While you do gain infinite wisdom after birthing a baby, the next pregnancy may just bowl you over with not one similarity to the other. Whether you are an anxious, high-stressed mom-to-be who wants to know every possible ailment that may be heading her way; or you are a mellow, mom of four who thought she had experienced it all, this list may become a useful tool.
If you have not read my previous post of baby’s first foods, read that first. You’ll learn about when to start and what foods to start baby with to help support his growing body!
Now that your little love has experienced all of these foods individually and shown no reactions, the real fun begins! Let’s get that kitchen messy and make some baby food.
A baby should never have “cereal.” He shouldn’t have it as a first food; she should not have it as a “thickening agent” added to a bottle to help her sleep through the night. It should not be added to a bottle to help an infant with reflux. Cereal has absolutely no good purpose in a baby’s body.
We wonder why people are addicted to sugars and starches, but yet the past 50 years, babies have been introduced to a rice cereal as their first food. It is engrained in us.
(Scroll down to skip right to the best choices, but please read WHY they are the best options.)
Formula companies are screaming at moms to choose formula. They boast that their “formula” is the best for your baby. Some say that you should supplement breastmilk with their brand to ensure baby receives all needed nutrients. This is a hard and scary place for a new mom to be. You want to do the right thing, but what is the right thing? The answer is not what the big companies want you to know: BREAST FEED. Yes, it’s simple. Nurse your baby. Nothing else is needed.
EXCEPT that sometimes, something bigger than you intervenes and you cannot breastfeed. I urge you to look into milk sharing and milk banks as your first choice if nursing is not in your power. (I will blog on milk sharing soon.)
(Pictures throughout are from Christine’s beautiful homebirth VBAC journey.)
You have in your arms a beautiful child already, maybe more than one. You are all happy and healthy, but something about your previous birth haunts you. Something says, “I want to do it different next time.”
Take charge of your pregnancy and birth. You CAN have a VBAC. Having worked with several couples striving for this goal, I have created a “To-Do List” for couples to complete on their beautiful journey to healing and (hopefully natural) vaginal birth.
Did you know that most couples spend more time working on their baby registry than they do preparing for labor? They spend more time dreaming and setting up a nursery than educating themselves on birthing.
Do not fall into this category! Do not just walk into the two hour hospital class that covers a medicated birth, bathing/swaddling, and breastfeeding basics all in one breath. You only have one shot at this pregnancy, this birth, and this baby’s infancy. You will make plenty of mistakes (DUH – no one is perfect), but you want to have no regrets.