Transitioning from the bottle to a sippy cup can be a lot more challenging than you expect! Babies tend to get used to the soothing and sucking sensation with the bottle and don’t want to let it go. Around 6-9 months your baby may be ready to start using a sippy cup.
Researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics show around 12 months your baby should no longer be using the bottle. Getting rid of the bottle helps prevent tooth decay. The sugar from the milk being served in the bottle can cause unwanted tooth decay. So instead of giving your baby a bottle at night start putting their milk in a sippy cup. Also try adding other liquids such as water or natural juices low in sugar to your baby’s sippy cup. The more you practice giving them the sippy cup the easier it will become! 🤗 ✨👣
Natural remedies are the best and safest for children under the age of two. Most over the counter medicine is unsafe for your child at such an early age. I am always researching natural remedies for my son when he has a cold. I’ve discovered that using a Humidifier, elevating your child’s head at night, keeping their bed lining clean, giving them saline drops and a lot of fluids really helps heal them faster when they have a cold. Please consult with your child’s physician before trying any at home remedies or if their cold worsens.
Humidifiers helps moisten the air, alleviating bacteria from traveling through the air. I add eucalyptus oil to the water when I use the humidifier for my son and it adds a therapeutic smell in the air. Humidifiers are great for relieving colds, asthma, clearer skin and purifying the air in your home. Most babies tend to get a cold due to the dry air or cold weather during the winter time. Humidifiers help soothe cold and flu symptoms and is completely safe for your baby.
Elevating your child’s head at night helps because them breathe better, it’s easier to breathe through a stuffy nose when they’re propped up opposed to lying flat. Place a pillow under the mattress to help create the elevation. Be sure to wash their linen frequently.
Saline drops are great for helping thin out the mucus, you can use a nasal suction bulb or the Nose Frieda to help suck the mucus from their nose. I use the nasal spray by Little remedies but you can purchase them at any baby store, drug store, Target or Walmart in the baby section.
Increasing fluids such as water (if baby is six months and older) breast milk and formula will help thin out the mucus as well. As a result they’ll be coughing up more of the mucus.
Having a sick baby is no fun especially when you can’t give them medicine, so try these at home remedies today and ease your little one!
It’s officially strawberry season!! I’ve been eating strawberries all week and they’ve been naturally sweet and juicy! I purchased mine at Sams club for 3.98 for a large crate! Strawberries are high in antioxidants, anti-cancer, high in vitamin C, reduces bad cholesterol, great for burning belly fat, helps maintain normal blood pressure and rich in many other nutrients! Enjoy a bowl of fresh sweet strawberries! 🍓🍓🍓
Perfect snacks for your little one from 6 months and up! Because I am always on the go with my little one I be sure to pack his favorite snacks to keep him from getting fussy or going hungry in between meals. My son loves grapes and fruit! He also loves the graduate snacks by Gerber along with the organic super puffs by Plum and Organic Happy Baby. I place them in separate ziploc baggies and let him feed himself while we’re out and about! You can purchase these snacks at Target, Walmart or any other grocery or baby store! 🍇🍌🍎🍊
Babies anywhere from the ages of 0-6 months can get very gassy. According to an article I read on WebMD.com ” it is common for them to pass gas 13-21 times a day!” The gas can come from air entering their system when crying, during feeding time, outdoors in very windy climates and when they suck on their pacifier. Signs your baby may be uncomfortable due to gas is if they’re fussy, don’t want to eat, crying for long periods of time, their stomach is tight and full and farting often. Some babies might even get colic which can be caused by swallowing a lot of air, and if they cry for more than a few hours and days. Pictured is a product by the name of Mylicon that was recommended by my son’s physician that helped very well with his gas. My son passed gas frequently to the point that it would make him jump and scare himself, pretty comical I know but it’s very true. I knew then he was very gassy. You can purchase Mylicon at Walmart on the regular medicine aisle. The dosage is listed on the back of the bottle to advise you how much to give your baby depending on their age. Because I was nursing and giving my son the bottle I noticed the gas developed from gassy foods I was eating that was going straight to him and the formula I was giving him was too strong.
If you’re nursing try to avoid foods such as cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, spinach, diary products or caffeine because your baby can have trouble digesting these foods (although the dark green leafy vegetables are good for you just keep them to a minimum.) If you’re bottle feeding make sure you check the nipple to see ensure there’s no air bubbles and watch the milk to make sure your baby doesn’t finish eating and is sucking air out of the bottle. According to Joel Lavine, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics at Columbia University, a slow-flow nipple. I switched formula’s to the ProSobee by Enfamil because it did not have cow’s milk it was soy instead and that was a lot easier on my son’s stomach. Gripe water is another great product I discovered that helps release gas also.
Natural ways of helping them release or ease the gas is by switching feeding positions keeping their head higher than their stomach, gently massaging their stomach and move their legs around or even try tummy time to help. Also be sure to burp your baby after every feeding even if it takes several minutes of padding for it to come up. Most importantly avoid having your baby in windy climates during their early stages. As your baby gets older their digestive tract will grow and become stronger so you won’t have this problem for long.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Find ways to switch up your eating and cooking meals that don’t require much time especially for our working mommies! Pictured is shrimp and Brocoli stirfry I made for lunch today. Broccoli is a great source of dietary fiber, calcium, iron, potassium omega-3 fatty acids, protein and many more vitamins and minerals. This meal in total including prep time only took me 30 minutes can you believe that?! And what’s even better is my son loves Brocoli so it was the perfect meal for us! Try it at home, I’ll list the ingredients and directions below! Enjoy!
- Olive oil
- Colossal raw shrimp
- Brocoli florets
- Mrs. Dash garlic & herb seasoning
- Weber Rosemary garlic & herb seasoning
- Fresh diced garlic, onions and bell peppers
- Black pepper seasoning
Pour a little olive oil in the skillet on medium
Add the onions, fresh garlic and bell peppers
Season the Brocoli and add it to the skillet
Let the Brocoli cook on medium for 10 minutes
Season the shrimp with the above seasonings
Add the shrimp to the skillet
Cook shrimp and Brocoli together on medium for 10 minutes
Place lid on the skillet and turn off the stove
Serve, dinner is ready!
If you’re looking for some motivation for eating and living a healthy life here’s a few tips that can help you transition smoothly. Eating healthy should not be temporary that’s why I like to refrain from using the word “diet” because it should be a lifestyle instead. Below are five strategies I followed to direct me in the right path, hope they help for you.
- Prayer. Before I began my lifestyle change I prayed and asked God to give me the will power and strength to succeed and to not fall into temptation.
- Discover your why. Your why will be your motivation when you become discouraged. For me my why was my son. In order for me to teach him how to eat healthy and be healthy it starts with me first. I must be his role model to help him succeed by starting with healthy cooking in the home. I also wanted to lose the weight I gained during pregnancy and become fit so I can have energy to be active with him.
- Implement more fruits and vegetables. These foods are key because not only are most of them low in calories and sugar but they’re grown on the earth and full of minerals and vitamins our body needs on a daily basis.
- Meal prep. Plan your week in advance. I always grocery shop on my off day so when the new week begins I’ll have my meals and snacks ready to go. To avoid binge eating it’s best to keep your healthy food and snacks with you while you’re on the go.
- Mind over matter. Don’t think about it just do it. Train your mid to enjoy your new food choices. To prevent temptation keep all things that aren’t healthy out of your pantry and fridge!
Share some of the challenges you might have below with transitioning to a healthy life!
Peace, love and blessings!