Sunday, January 20, 2013

Essential Tools for Feeding Baby: Birth - 9 months+

Kate is basically on table food now, wanting to eat everything we eat. Reflecting on this, I put together this collection of 'essential' feeding tools I needed for Kate over the past 9 months. These are the brands/products we used. They may not be right for every baby, or even every mom, but they worked for us.


brest pump bottles high chair bib blender 2 oz cups freezer tray straw sippy cup feeding set Image Map
Breastfeeding:
1. Breast pump. Yes I breast fed exclusively for the first 4/5 months, but I still needed the pump to either a) keep up my supply, or b) relieve my full boobs from milk after Kate skipped a feeding.
2. Bottles. Even breast feeding, I would leave a small bottle if I needed to run an errand and leave Kate with someone. Then, as she switched to formula, bottles became a  necessity.

Introducing solids:
3. High chair. Even before she was eating solids, we would have Kate 'join us' for dinner. I would strap her in and give her a spoon to play with. This high chair is great because it fits on a regular chair and has a 5 point harness to keep Kate secure. It also reclined so she could sit at the table with us before she could sit up on her own.
4. Bibs. I prefer waterproof bibs (like these that were a gift from a friend). They protected Kate's clothes from milk and her first foods.
5. Blender. After introducing rice cereal came the baby veggies and fruit. I used our immersion blender to mix up a batch of apple sauce or cooked carrots. It is such an easy tool to use, and made making baby food quick and easy.
6. 2 oz cups. These were the perfect size for Kate's portions of cereal/fruit/veggie as outlined by her pediatrician. They stack easily and are dishwasher and microwave safe.
7. Freezer tray. Making big batches of baby food means having LOTS of the same kind of food. Freezing the food helped  us store extras. I would freeze the food in the trays then store the cubes in freezer bags.
8. Straw sippy cup. When a waitress brought out a kids cup of water for Kate (without us asking) we decided to let her try it out. She had never drank from anything but a bottle (or my boob) before, but she sucked up the water on the first try. When she later tried her cousin's sippy, she couldn't really use it. The straw was too wide. I went out that same week and looked for a sippy that had a narrow straw and only found 1 on the Target shelves. Luckily Kate was able to use it without a problem. It also has handles for easy holding, and a straw cover for traveling.

Finger foods and Table foods:
9. Take and Toss feeding kit. This is what we are using for every meal now. We had used the spoons since introducing solids, and now we use the containers to package her food: yogurt, peas, pasta, diced fruit, etc...She has also transitioned to the sippy cups in this kit. At her 9 month check-up the pediatrician said to discontinue bottles at 12 months, but some babies are ready at 10 or 11 months. So we tried the 'regular' sippy cup and she drank like a champ. Now she only has bottles before bed time, and has her formula with her meals in the sippy.

16 Month Update: We are still using the Take and Toss kit for meals. Kate is even mastering the spoon and fork! We switched Kate to a smaller booster seat and she now sits at the table. Placemats are an essential tool for keeping the table somewhat clean.
She easily gave up the bottle around 11 months. She now only has sippy cups- those from the take and toss kit, as well as some insulated ones as well.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

9 Months

I'm beginning to feel like a broken record, but, Where did 9 months go? Didn't I just have her? Didn't I just go back to work?
And now she's 9 months old. And we are beginning to plan her birthday party. Her BIRTHDAY party! AHH shes almost 1.....



So she's not walking yet, but that doesn't slow her down. Plus she finally learned how to use the walker!

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She is constantly on the go. SO much so that it was difficult to get her monthly pictures this time around. I tried so many different positions because I really wanted a pic of her standing, but it didn't work out and we have another (adorable) sitting pic.


And now for the stats:

length: 29 1/2 inchers
weight: 21 lb 3 oz
wearing: 12 month clothes (but getting close to 18 month)

How Not to Kill Your Baby

Have you seen this? It's hilarious. I wish I had received this as a gift before we had Kate. I'm sure Adam would love it.

Hmmm.. Now I just need to wait for one of my friends to have their first...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Birthday Wishlist

Kate's birthday is coming up in 3 short months. I've been gathering ideas for a cupcake-themed party, but I realized the only thing I thought about getting her (or asking for) was her quilt that I would make. So I put together a little wish list of some things she could use.
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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 

1-3: Mega Blocks. After visiting her cousins this weekend and seeing how much fun she had with the mega blocks table, I knew she would be ready for these by her birthday.

4&5: Baby pool and Water Table. The weather will get much warmer after her birthday, and she already loves playing in the water. It's about time she has her own pool and play table.

6&7: non-skid tub mats and drain plug. She is quickly outgrowing her infant/toddler tub but we aren't ready for her to play in a full bathtub just yet. These things will help get our tub ready.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Little Laundry Tip

I don't remember who I heard it from- maybe my sister, maybe someone on TV a long time ago- but ever since we had Kate, and had to wash those tiny clothes, I have been using a little helper.

Baby clothes are cute and tiny, but those socks are even smaller! I didn't want to lose any, or have them get sucked up by the washing machine (or dryer). I had seen using clothespins to clip the pairs of socks together, but that was too tedious for me. Instead I use a lengire bag with a zipper. So all those socks just get thrown in the bag and the bag goes in the washer. I have not lost a sock yet.
Yay for no lost socks!

So while it's not a new or original idea, this tip has made washing Kate's clothes a little bit easier.

Hand-Me-Down Clothes

I am so thankful to have two beautiful nieces that have passed on their adorable clothes to Kate. i had already gone through the piles of clothes and sorted them by size, but they were 12 months +, so they just went into a trash bag and stayed in Kate's closet until I needed them.

Well Kate is officially only wearing 12 month now. She had been in a combo of 9 and 12 mo, but the sleeves and legs were just too short. I packed up the 9 month stuff this morning after trying to re-snap her pajamas and they kept popping open every time she moved a leg.
9 mo on Kate at Christmas. And this is after pulling the sleeves and legs down for the billionth time.

So out went the small, into a box to save for a friend's little one, and in came the big. I re-organized the dresser drawers- one for 12month, another for 18, and two more for 24 and 2T. My oh my do we have a lot of 24/2T! But we are lacking on the 18 month set.
18mo drawer- some PJs, a few shirts, and 3 pants

2 almost full drawers for 24mo/2T. Plus all the dresses hanging in the closet!
So, a question for any mamas reading this, how long will Kate be in 18 month clothes? Should I get a few key pieces and just merge them with the 24month stash? Or will she be in 18 month for a while and need quite a bit more?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Outtakes

Kate is 9 months old and trying to get a good pic of her this time was a trip! Her monthly post will be up after her appointment on Thursday, but I couldn't resist sharing the outtakes from her 'photo shoot'.

She is not walking yet, but is always on the go.
I wanted a picture of her standing, since she can do this pretty easily now, but that wasn't working out too well. 


And the cute shots of her in the glider? Yeah, those will probably have to stop. 

She literally climbed on the arm rest of the chair to get to the dresser.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Favorite Things

Kate is almost 9 months old! Where did the time go?

 Here are a few of her favorite things from the past 9 months.
Soothing Giraffe Ladybug Night Light Freddy Firefly Sit and Stand Walker Musical Chair Image Map


1- Cloud B soothing giraffe. We got this after Kate was having a rough time napping. Seriously  she would only nap for 20 minutes at a time... max... The white noise helped calm her down. We still use it at night.

2- Cloud B constellation light. A gift we received from Adam's step brother. At first we had it on Kate's dresser to give off a little light during night time feedings. Now it stays in Kate's crib and she plays with it before falling asleep at night.

3- Lamaze Firefly toy. A gift from my aunt. The back of the wings have a black and white pattern on them so for the first month or so, when Kate was just lying on her back, it was something interesting for her to look at. Once she was able to bat at things, she grabbed the rings and the wings (which crinkle). Then she  used it as a teether. It's been put away now, but she would probably still play with it.

4- V Tech Sit and Stand walker. Hand-me-down from my sister. Kate LOVES the music and lights. Her favorite thing is to grab the purple phone and eat it. She hasn't used it as a walker (she's not ready yet) but I think she'll get a lot of use from it.

5- Laugh and Learn Musical Chair- Another hand-me-down from my sister, but it stays at my mom's house (she watches Kate during the week). Kate LOVES the music (again) and has figured out how it all woks now. She will sit (or climb on it) and as soon as the music starts she starts bouncing up and down.