Baby Feeding Supplies
When a baby is born the parents need to get a baby feeding routine in place. There are a lot of items they will need to have when they get the baby home from the hospital. If they did not get a bunch of baby gifts at the baby shower then they will need to go out and buy them. Luckily there are many stores that specialize in baby items. One of the largest stores is Babies R Us or Once Upon a Child.
When getting ready to stock your home to be ready and prepared for baby feeding you will need to have a supply of baby bottles on hand. Your first decision will be whether or not you will go for the plastic or the glass ones. Then you will need to get a baby bottle sterilizer though some people just use their dishwasher on the hottest setting possible to make sure all the germs are washed away. Keep a supply of bottle nipples on had too since these often get clogged and too dirty to clean.
They sell bottle and food warmers to help parents heat up the formula for the baby feeding. These machines are life savers. Often they are kept on the nightstand so that you can just put the bottle in the warmer and press the button. A button lights up when it is warmed up. Then you can feed the baby without much stress.
Though newborn infants cannot sit up enough to use a high chair you should definitely have one in your house. Some people even buy an extra one to keep at the grandparent’s house. By leaving baby equipment where you visit the most it saves you from having to bring it along with you each time. Leave some extra baby feeding equipment too. This way you will always have them on hand for easy use.
If you allow your baby to have a pacifier then you should buy quite a few of them. If they ever lose one and you do not have a back-up then your baby will be very unhappy. Use a pacifier holder or clip to attach it to the baby carriage or to their sleeve. This way it if they drop it the pacifier will not fall onto the floor. You may not always be near fresh water to rinse it off.
Most new mothers are lucky to receive baby bibs, comforters, baby burp cloths at their baby shower. You can never have enough of these. You will always have a few in the washing machine each day. Burp cloths will help save your clothes so they are well worth their weight in gold. You never know when your baby will burp up their last bottle onto your silk blouse.
Babies cannot use adult sized utensils so you will need to pick up baby sized cups, dishes and utensils. Sippy cups will be needed once you start weaning them off the bottle. Make sure the top is always on tight to ensure they are not able to spill it out on the floor and make a mess.
One of the most frightening things for new parents is how to feed your baby. Should you bottle feed or breast feed? When is the right time to start solid foods? How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat?
There is much debate about which is better for your baby; breast or bottle. Most doctors agree that breast feeding is best for the baby, but for a mother that works that may not be an option for them. Also, feeding your baby is one of the best ways to bond with the baby. With breast feeding the father is totally left out of that bonding opportunity. The main thing is to trust your instincts. You might be nervous about being a new parent, but your instincts almost always prove to be the best.
Some things to remember: Make sure your bottles are clean and sterile. You can boil them or the dishwasher set on the “heated drying” setting will get them hot enough to kill any germs. Also, if you’re breast feeding it’s difficult to know exactly how much milk the baby is getting. Don’t worry. As long as the baby is urinating regularly and dirtying diapers, he or she is getting plenty of food.
Once your baby is a little bit older, around 3 months, you should start with solid foods. You can either buy jars of baby food at the market or you can make your own. Most parents start out with baby cereal. You can mix it as thin or as think as you like and even add fruit if you wish. Professionals recommend only introducing one new food at a time in case your baby has an allergic reaction. If they’ve only eaten one food it’s easy to tell what exactly the baby is allergic to.
If you haven’t gotten one already, you’ll need a high chair and plenty of bibs. Teaching a baby how to eat from a spoon can be messy business! It’s a good idea to keep wet wipes handy and if your high chair sits on carpet, a plastic mat wouldn’t be a bad idea to protect the carpet.
Soon after you start solid foods your baby will probably start cutting teeth. After he or she has a few teeth to chew with it’s good to start feeding him or her some soft more adult foods. You can also move up to the stage 2 or 3 baby foods to get the baby accustomed to chewing. Those little fruit flavored puffs that a few baby food manufactures make are good to learn how to eat, but they have very little nutritional value.
By approximately age 2 your baby will have cut all his teeth and can eat most anything. There is a list of forbidden baby foods and you will want to diligently adhere to it. Honey and strawberries are a no no until age one. Seafood, nuts and peanut butter shouldn’t be given until age two. Strawberries, shellfish and nuts are obviously allergy risks and honey can contain botulism.
Above all else, you want to feed your baby healthy foods. The foods they eat as children, whether healthy or unhealthy, will be what they eat as adults. It is also a good idea to set a good example and eat your vegetables as well. After all, children do what their parents do. Treats shouldn’t necessarily be totally forbidden, but there should be limits on foods high in sugar and fat.