Best Spoons for First Solid Baby Food

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When C first started solids, I went overboard and purchased all types of feeders and baby spoons.  I started to gravitate toward one spoon over and over as he would take food better with it.  When I look at the spoons he still likes the most, they all have one thing in common, they are flexible.  Here are a few of our favorites:

4- 6 months

This Munchkin silicone two pack became a fast favorite.  With a shallow spoon surface and flexible tip for tender gums, it was the clear winner.  I found the soft silicone came in handy while catching dripping food as well. Other hard plastic spoons seemed to bother C during the drip clean up around the mouth.  The only drawback; after a few feedings, the clear silicone was dyed from carrots.  This is probably normal but worth a mention.  Also, if it falls to the floor, don’t let the dog get it!  It’s not dog bite proof.

6-8 months

As C’s solids intake increased and the size of his mouth grew, I purchased the Nuby Soft Touch Spoon.  This silicone spoon also has super flexibility but larger surface for food.  I tend to like the very round shape so when C is restless and turns his head, I can still feed him from the side.  Not even kidding, he gets distracted easily these days.

On a side note, I originally purchased the Num Num Gootensils to be his first spoons (he wasn’t a personal fan, although the concept is fantastic) but once C started to grab the spoon to chew and self feed, these came in handy! With a small amount of food, they are perfect for him to gnaw on while I clean up.  He thinks he’s ‘doing something’ and the spoons are not long enough to gag him, which his regular spoons do.

Bon appetite! 

Please always consult with a pediatrician about starting solids and never leave a baby unattended with any feeding utensils. 

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Bib Storage Solution

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Once we started solids, I began to acquire a growing number of rinse-able plastic bibs. Like the bottles, these items needed to find an organized place to live.

I found this pin; but while it answers where to store them, it did not consider how wet bibs would leave a puddle of water below. So the question is, what to do with wet bibs right after washing them?

While this idea is nothing fancy, I thought I’d share my simple solution to the problem. I purchased a Command hook and mounted it right above the sink. I made sure the hook had water resistant tape and voila, a problem was solved. The wet bibs air dry and drip into the counter and sink below.

Where do you store your growing number of bibs? I’d love to know!

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How To Clean Baby Bottles

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I had bottles sterilized and ready to go when my son was born but I never gave much thought on how I would clean baby bottles day to day. Milk can spoil quickly and after C had a bought with oral thrush early on, I realized I needed to pay close attention.

Here is what I learned about baby bottle cleaning.

What to Clean With

First, invest in a bottle brush that also has a rubberized nipple brush. I had a nipple brush that was made of metal and it began to rust; which wasn’t quite sanitary for cleaning baby bottles.  Be sure to keep an eye on bottle brushes with sponge tips; these need air to dry out and will probably need ton extra replaced every few months according to wear.

The Best Soap

Next, purchase organic pure Castile liquid soap. I was vaguely familiar with it and the nurses at the hospital sang its praises. It has since become a staple in our home, as it can be used for cleaning countless things, naturally and is my go to when cleaning baby bottles.

Boil It Up

Lastly, be sure you have a large stainless steel pot in hand. Bottles take up space and a small sauce pan just won’t cut it. Invest in a good pot for cleaning lots of bottles!

How To Do It

As for cleaning, it’s fairly simple. Use warm to hot water with Castile soap and lather up the bottles, nipples and any various parts. Scrub well with the bottle and nipple brushes and rinse to a squeaky clean. Let air dry completely before use. I also highly recommend boiling bottles once a week for 2-5 minutes (check with the bottle manufacturer for exact instructions) to help keep things sanitary.

Most importantly don’t get lazy! Remember formula and milk spoils fast and a simple rinse will not do.

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3 Surprising First Solid Foods for Baby

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As we navigated cereals around 5 months, I started to do some research on some organic solids for C.  As much as I’d like to make my own, I know my limitations.  Luckily, with organic brands like Happy Baby, Earth’s Best and Plum Organics; there are some really good options to choose from.

While C tried and liked the usual suspects; bananas, pears, apples, sweet potatoes and carrots I was pleasantly surprised at his reaction to a few items I bought on a whim!  Note:always follow your pediatrician’s guidelines and advice for starting your baby on solids. 

Mango

I had no idea mangoes were a first food and was thrilled when C slammed his hand on the high chair with excitement.  The Happy Baby Mango tends to be his favorite.  And yes, you’ll want to have an extra pack on hand to eat yourself.

Quinoa

Definitely a favorite of mine, I was so excited to see C gobble it up!  While we’ve tried a few blends, the Hello Morning Quinoa and Pear from Plum remains his favorite!

Kale

While there isn’t a plain kale option, C’s two favorite blends are packed with Kale.  Spinach, Apples and Kale and Pears, Kale and Spinach from Happy Baby are regulars on his menu.

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I will never buy a traditional onesie again

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Before you actually have a baby in hand, you’re overwhelmed by cute mittens, onesie outfits and generally dreaming of dressing the baby as if he’ll be in line with the paparazzi 24-7.  For me, I envisioned white and all neutral colors for C.  I drove everyone nuts and wouldn’t allow any blue in his budding wardrobe.

Once C arrived, focus shifted to the buttons, snaps, zippers and generally the length of time it took to get him in and out of clothing.  If you factor in messy bottles, diaper accidents, baths and pajamas, you are changing the baby A LOT.  Now that C is 6 months old, it’s no better.  Solids are a messy undertaking (more on that later).

As soon as he outgrew his first round of clothing, I was on the hunt for every side snap / kimono style onesie I could get my hands on.  Full length zippers became my jam and I knew only one thing.

I would NEVER buy a traditional onesie again.

No more pushing squirmy arms through holes and no more speed dressing in hopes of making it through without a cry.  I only buy side snap / kimono style onesies or rompers that completely button or zip from top to bottom.

It’s honestly been a game changer.  C is getting even more restless as he can now sit up and my ‘changing time’ is limited.

Where I find my favorite side snap onesies and full zip pieces 

H&M, Old Navy, UNIQLO and Carters.  I promise it’s worth the extra online searching to find what works for you and never buy a traditional onesie again!

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Alternative to Sophie the Giraffe

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Calling all Sophie haters! Meet Zeta the Zebra by New Little Wonders.

I wasn’t a big fan of Sophie and couldn’t understand why everyone in the neighborhood was chewing on her. So, in my baby registry research, I was happy to find Zeta.

As a black and white toy, Zeta went from being visually interesting when C was only a few months old to a soft and squeaky teether.  Zeta is definitely a great gift for any mommy-to-be who wants to be a little different!

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Simple Baby Bottle Storage


It seems with every new purchase for the baby, the same problem arises:  where should I store it?

I find bottles to be particularly annoying and for the last 6 months have lived unhappily with bottle parts strewn across the kitchen counter. A few weeks ago, I had enough. I took to pinterest and although there were useful suggestions, many of them involved buying yet another container to take up even more space in my shrinking apartment. I decided I couldn’t live with another new purchase and I would use what I had.

What did I come up with? I reorganized the kitchen cabinet that housed our drinking glasses and with a bit of shifting (and donating) I cleared the bottom shelf of the most convenient upper cabinet. I then re-purposed an old silverware rack (the type that hangs on a drying rack) for nipples and things.

Now, once the bottles and parts are washed they live UNSEEN and this makes me a happy Mom!

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Diapers: 0-6 months

(c) simple baby blog - diapers for 0-6 montsIn my initial diaper research, I bumped into Baby Gear Lab and immediately became obsessed with their website.  Not only did they test a myriad of products in a single category but they were rated and each had detailed, unbiased opinions.  It was there that I decided on using Bambo Nature diapers when C was born.

I received some comments from friends and family about the ‘expensive’ diapers on my registry.  For me, it was an important decision – especially the first few months – to use the softest and most natural diapers available.  And we did.  They were perfect for delicate newborn skin and we never had one messy accident.  I continued to use the diapers exclusively until 2.5 months, when I decided to experiment a bit.

First up, was Seventh Generation.  Although these diapers were extremely natural and less expensive than Bambo, I couldn’t get past their texture.  They were rough feeling and stiff.  I did however, find them absorbent and liked the light brown dye free color.  I made my way through 2 small packs but never went back.

At about 3 months I came across an instagram ad for Parasol Co.; a new company offering a monthly service with super cute designs.  I was enticed by a $20 discount for my first order and gave it a shot.  I was pleasantly surprised with the softness and using the cute prints daily, made me smile.  Parasol Co. diapers were similar to Bambo in texture, just the slightest bit less soft.  By our third order we started to have some accidents, but I think we might have just been ready for the next size.  I paused the monthly order to do some further exploration and even tried cloth diapers – more on that later.

Next, I picked up a box of Huggies Little Movers, Honest Diapers and Babyganics.  Of course, I was drawn to the cute patterns of Honest diapers, which I found to be exactly like Parasol in texture and Babyganics were almost exactly like Bambo.  However, I can’t deny from the first use of Huggies I was sold.  They were SO absorbent.  Babyganics caused a few leak accidents and if there was pee and poop, it was a disaster.  Honest diapers were better with only one random leak accident but what sealed the deal?  Costco carried Huggies Little Movers and so did my local drugstore.

I truly value the natural aspect of diapers and will probably always continue to dabble with Honest, however currently at six months the winner for absorbency, value and texture is Huggies Little Movers.  Absolutely, no one is more surprised with this than me!  Yet, as I’ve mentioned, I am trying to have a ‘simple’ baby experience and sometimes convenience can push the balance of other preferences.  At least for me.

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Rock ‘N Play to Crib Transition

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When C was first born, I had a beautiful woven bassinet on a rocker in our bedroom.  He slept swaddled there for about 2 months until I started noticing the restless kicking, tossing and turning after his night feedings.  After a bout with oral thrush and many sleepless nights, I gave into the idea that it was silent reflux and my husband brought home a Rock ‘N Play after work per my research.  Immediately C began to sleep better.  (We also tried Ranitidine but more on that later). And so the love hate affair with the Rock ‘N Play began.

About four weeks before the transfer I started to put C down for his first nap in the crib.  I tried to create a whole ritual- soft music, pacifier, little lovey and even if he slept for five minutes or not at all I did it anyway. At first, it was daunting but I kept at it.  About a week or so before, I stopped using the vibration in the Rock ‘N Play as well.

I decided a three day holiday weekend would be a good time to take the leap.  After a little internet research and some good old fashioned trial and error; we put a pillow under the mattress so he would be on an incline and rolled a very thick towel in a U-shape and placed it underneath the fitted sheet. Every three or four days we used a thinner towel in the U-shape so the little snug area was getting to be less and less. We also lowered the incline one time before going flat completely.

The first night was hard and he woke up every hour.  We tried little tweaks like making the U-shape more narrow or a different pillow size under the mattress for incline.  The second night and third night were easier but we had our moments.  Immediately, I had my husband take the Rock ‘N Play to the garage as to not be tempted to take the easy way out when we were having a bad night.  Eventually, C got the hang of it and in about 2.5 weeks he was sleeping on a flat mattress.

I am thankful for the Rock ‘N Play for getting us through what could have been more sleepless nights, but I loved seeing our tiny baby in such an open space to sleep and grow.

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