Photography by Shadi Garman
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I don’t know about you guys, but I HATE daylight savings! It never bothered me so much until I had a baby. I felt so bad last night because we tried to get Charlee to go to sleep an hour early, but of course she had no interest in that. I let her cry a bit and after 15 minutes I felt so guilty that I took her out of her room and let her play with her toys for another half hour. We ended up getting her to fall asleep 20 minutes early which is a good start. We are going to try for 15 minutes earlier tonight. If you have any tips for handling daylight savings with babies send them my way!
Anyways, moving on to today’s post! I always thought I would be the kind of Mom that cooked and stored all of my baby’s food. I had visions of myself prepping and steaming and cooking and freezing all her food. Well, then reality set in and I am simply not that kind of Mom and that’s OK! Luckily, there are so many INCREDIBLE food options for babies out there and I can honestly say that Charlee is getting such healthy and delicious foods that are maybe even a little better than what I could prepare.
Let me start off with which formula we feed her. Charlee has always been a spitter. Our Dr. likes to call her a “happy spitter” because even from the moment she drank breast milk she would spit up so much all day and not even seem to be phased by it! It was just an annoyance for me really since I ended up changing her outfits multiple times a day. Charlee was breast milk fed with one bottle of formula for the first 3 months of her life. Then I stopped exclusively pumping and we started her on formula for every bottle. We went through SO many formulas and the one that seemed to make her spit up the least was Similac Sensitive. Since she spit up a lot, we used the premixed formula which seemed to have less bubbles. It was a little pricier than normal formula but it worked. We stuck with Similac for close to 5 months until a friend recommended a Dutch formula called HIPP that really helped her baby from spitting up. We tried it and oh my gosh what a difference it made! I sort of hate that it works so well because we have to import it from EUROPE! HA! Anything for our babies, am I right?! Once Charlee was 4.5 months old, we slowly introduced a few purees. She started with Earth’s Best baby cereal and once she started figuring out how to eat off the spoon (about a week later) we gave Charlee her first food, peas by Earth’s Best! They make awesome baby food in stages and I bought the large variety pack of both veggies and fruit in stage one. It was the perfect amount and I stuck with this for about a month. My Dr. told me to feed Charlee the same food three days in a row to make sure she wasn’t allergic. Luckily (fingers crossed) she hasn’t been allergic to anything yet. Her favorites are peas, carrots and apples.
I have slowly started to introduce some mixed purees now that Charlee has had pretty much every veggie and fruit. I really like the organic pouches by Peter Rabbit Organics and Plum Organics. I also give her a package of MUM MUMS or a handful of PUFFS every day. These are a great way to bide more time between feedings or to distract Charlee if she is fussy. They are also a great activity to use when at brunch with friends ;).
My plan for food going forward is to continue to offer Charlee mixed purees and eventually share with her what Matt and I are already eating. I really want Charlee to love food as much as we do! I also am slowly introducing nut butters and so far she hasn’t been allergic! Yay!
It’s so crazy to think that only three months ago, Charlee wasn’t even able to hold her head up, let alone eat anything more than formula and breast milk. It really is so true what they say! It goes so fast!