Essential Baby Weaning Equipment- Things you need to buy before introducing solids #WeaningWithMomFunda

Weaning, also now known as complementary feeding, can be a daunting and time consuming process, and to make the journey smoother for you and for the baby, getting the right tool plays a key role.  I started weaning my daughter when she was 5.5 months old (It’s highly suggested to start at 6 months, but due to certain unavoidable circumstances, I had to commence early). So, before I started solids, I did a little research, made a list and zeroed on a few things for her which are super handy and are easy to use. Without wasting much time, let me quickly share the list with you too!

Also, before I share the items, it’s important for me to inform you about the route I chose for weaning- i.e. Combination Feeding. What I do is- I place some soft solids on her table and allow her to hold, explore and try eating on her own. Once she tries to pick it, puts in her mouth, eats a little and gets bored, I take it from her, puree/mash it and feed her, to fill the nutritional gap.

So, here we go:

1. Booster seat/ High chair

It aids in keeping the child focused while eating and limits his mobility, which helps in increasing his intake. I was looking for something that can be folded when not used and also be carried along while travelling, so I purchased this booster seat by Fisher Price. You can easily find it in local shops and on Amazon too.

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Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.in/Fisher-Price-Quick-Clean-Booster/dp/B00B9ZRZTY?tag=googinhydr18418-21

2. Bibs:

Once the baby starts eating, it’s going to be messy. It’ll take a while for the baby to learn to eat in a disciplined way. To keep her clothes from getting soiled, bibs are a must have ! You can get the silicone ones with crumb catchers, plastic ones, regular cloth ones or denim ones, based on your choice and requirements. I purchased mine from Firstcry and loved the quality. They’re very quirky and easy to clean too.

 

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Here’s the link: http://www.firstcry.com/nahshonbaby/nahshonbaby-bibs-multiprint-pack-of-7-multicolour/899699/product-detail

3. Spout Cup:

Once the baby is introduced to solids, he will need water too. I chose not to give my daughter any bottle since it can be habit forming and also she was too young to have water straight from the cup. Spout cups make the transition from nipple to cup easy. She immediately accepted it and absolutely loves to drink (and play) with water. I purchased the one by Philips Avent and swear by it.

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Here’s the link: http://www.firstcry.com/avent/avent-classic-spout-cup-with-handles-200-ml-color-may-vary/584645/product-detail?sterm=philips%20avent%20spout&spos=11&sstock=1

4. Travel friendly feeding bowl:

You will need a good quality feeding bowl and spoon, made of either BPA free silicon, plastic or wood. I choose this one since it is travel friendly, apt for her age and has a masher too. I love how versatile it is.

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Here’s the link: http://www.firstcry.com/littles/littles-mashing-and-feeding-bowl-blue/97693/product-detail?ref=GoogleShopping_2_Dishes-and-Utensils&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5arMBRDzARIsAAqmJew6Qn59iyjbNN-RXyCteM9NDPByas2OEIA3JMyr0W4EkGMGFdmwUaIaAnsqEALw_wcB

5. Feeder:

I actually got this as a gift and my daughter loves it. It acts as a teether while providing the baby with the juice of the fruit put in it. Also, many mothers are worried about the baby accidentally chewing a large price of the fruit which can result in choking.  This feeder prevents that and hence is a great way to give babies different fresh fruits. I have another one, brought from Australia, but this feeder is very similar to the one I have.

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Here’s the link: http://www.firstcry.com/sassy/sassy-teething-feeder/90001680/product-detail?sterm=feeder&spos=1&sstock=1

I hope you found this article helpful!

Please share your thoughts/suggestions too. Thanks for reading! 🙂

Exclusive Breastfeeding and Fasting in the Month of Ramadan

When asked if I am fasting while still nursing my 4 month old, who is exclusively on my milk; my reply often gets a jaw dropped expression. Yes, I do, and with absolutely no problem.

Many are worried about the supply being reduced, or milk composition being affected and so I thought to jot down a few points which I gathered after tons of research in this area. I’m a qualified nutritionist, and I don’t derive any conclusion without research from authentic sources, so you can trust me with my words 🙂

Disclaimer: This is totally based on my research in this area and also my personal experience. I’d however recommend you to cross check with your general physician/gynaceologist to see if it’s safe for you to fast.

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Firsty, according to the law of Shariah (religion), pregnant and lactating women are EXEMPTED from fasting and can choose to do so if they’re able to keep their health good and if they’re comfortable with it.

So there’s no hard and fast rule here, but I chose to fast because:

1. I’m never motivated to compensate for the missed fasts because there’s no company

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2. I love fasting. Yes. Though it might sound very taxing or difficult, I feel fasting rejuvenates me in some way. I’m way more active and focused while I fast 🙂

For all those confused or worried, I’m sharing all the common questions here and answering them individually. If you have any more queries, feel free to ask in the comment section and I’d be more than happy to help.

Q. Will fasting affect the quality and quantity of the milk?

This might surprise you, but no, milk production is not affected, unless the fast exceeds 24hrs, which never happens. I’ve even noticed forceful let down on a couple of occasions while fasting, so I’m sure about this part! Talking about the quality or nutrients, only a few micro nutrients like zinc, phosphorus and magnesium are slightly on the lower side, but the macronutrients remain unchanged.

Q. Will I not be dehydrated?

There’s a possibility of dehydration if your water intake is not maintained well. But if you try to compensate for the liquids during the non-fasting period i.e. From Iftaar to the following suhoor, it can be managed well and will not result in dehydration. However, if you notice any of the signals (mentioned below), it’s best to break your fast.

Q. How will I know I should break or skip my fast?

If you notice any of these symptoms or signals, I would strongly suggest you to not consider fasting since your body may not be prepared for it:

1. Weakness or dizziness

2. Yellow or dark coloured urine

3. Nausea

4. Splitting headache

Or if you notice any signs in the baby such as incessant crying due to hunger, constipation or green coloured poop, less playful or active than usual etc.

Note that the chances of this happening are very bleak since milk is produced from blood and storage we already have and it’s the sucking reflex that increases the production, but still, if you observe any of the above, I would strongly advice you to take a break for a day or two and see if fasting is the reason for the occurrence and then judge accordingly.

And guess what? You may also lose upto 1kg per week while breastfeeding and fasting without affecting the nutrient composition of the milk if you make sure to eat healthy. However, if notice weight loss more than 1kg/week, it would be best to discontinue fasting and you should probably see your doctor.

I have, so far, managed my fasts pretty well and never felt low or ill, hence I can say this with assurance that if you eat well and ensure proper hydration, you can fast and stay healthy with ease:)

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Love,

Elina

Baby Milestones 101- Self Soothing

Why is your baby sucking her fingers? If that worries you, then give this a read.

Many new moms tend to think that sucking fingers is a sign of hunger or teething, but most of the times, it isn’t.

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Babies develop this reflex at the age of 2-3 months , moreover, it is considered as a milestone. They learn to identify their hands and fingers, their skills build more and they are able to make their hands reach their mouth, which also delights them. So, next time, if your baby does so, don’t stop her or make her wear mittens. Let her feel her fingers and soothe herself.

The good news is- once she learns to soothe herself, you won’t need to wake up multiple times at night to pacify her, and by the time she is 4-5 months old, you’ll probably get to sleep all night without waking up. So let her develop this without being worried about her hunger or teething, it’s a phase- and a good one! So, smile 🙂