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Age-appropriate Meals for Your Baby

When Do Babies Start Eating Solid Food? | Parents

I know parents are always so excited when the baby is turning 6 months! However, prior to your baby turning 6 months, your baby should only be drinking milk and only milk since your baby has not yet physically developed to eat solid food from the spoon and they need milk to provide them with all the nutrients that are needed for their growth. Does not matter if they are breast or bottle fed with breast milk, formula milk or both. Only you can decide which is best for you and your little babe, momma! It’s a judge-free zone here at Babydash ❤

Soon when they are turning 6 months, then the fun food party begins! 🎉 Cause then she/he can finally join the family at the dining table 😁 Yay! But before you are out celebrating that exciting milestone by shopping tons of delish goodies for your baby, here are some tips I have prepared to make it easy for you!

I am no mind-reader, but some of you might be wondering, “How do I know that my baby is ready for solid foods?” Your baby’s readiness for solid foods is all depending on your baby’s rate of development. No two child is the same ☺ If your baby starts to sit up with minimal support, demonstrate good head control or even reach for food off other family members’ plates, then they may be are ready for solid food 🍽 Remember to check with your pediatrician before you start giving your baby solid foods!

When starting solid foods, it is best to give your baby one single-food ingredient meal at a time. Give the new food for 3-5 days before adding another new food to your baby’s palate. This way you can tell which foods your baby may be allergic to or can’t tolerate. Soft-textured foods are super important when first introducing foods. Your baby should start by having pureed or mashed foods when they are around 6 months. As they grow and develop chewing and motor skills, they are able to handle soft pieces of fruits and finger foods. A variety of yummier and heartier foods can later be introduced as your baby ages!

Here are some examples of age-appropriate solid foods that you can incorporate into your baby’s diet.

6 months:
– Well-cooked and pureed meat, poultry or beans
– Ground, cooked, single-grain cereal or infant cereal with breast milk or formula
– Cooked and pureed vegetables
– Mashed fruits

9 months:
– Well-cooked, minced or finely chopped meat, poultry or beans
– A variety of cooked vegetables cut into small, ½ inch pieces, such as squash and green beans
– Sliced and quartered bananas or small pieces of other soft fruits

12 months:
– Soft, shredded meat, poultry or fish
– Small pieces of cooked vegetables
– Small pieces of soft, easy to chew fruits
– Mixed food dishes the family is eating in appropriately sized pieces

It is also important to ensure that your baby is always sitting upright and face forward when eating. This makes swallowing easier and choking less likely to happen! And be sure to not feed your baby solid foods from a bottle. It can be a choking hazard and putting cereal in your baby’s bottle won’t help them sleeping through the night!

And there are tons of delicious recipes online that you can try. Here’s one homemade recipe that we shared on our Instagram previously, featuring Baby Natura’s organic brown rice which you can purchase here. Have fun, parents!

Say No to Messy Mealtime!

Baby Food Allergies: Identifying and Preventing Them

Mealtime with your baby does not have to look like a battleground every time, parents! Here are 5 mealtime essentials that I gathered that will make your baby’s mealtime mess-free (well, I hope!).

#1 Silicone bib

Silicone bib is A MUST! We do not want our baby’s cute clothes to be stained, do we? Silicone bib is easy to clean and super lightweight to wear. The soft, food safe pocket is wide enough to catch any stray pieces of food that miss your baby’s mouth. It is also great to bring out with you as it is so easy to store – simply roll the bib, secure closed, and chuck it in your diaper bag! Purchase one on Babydash website by clicking here.

#2 A bowl with a suction cup base

You know how infants love to throw things around. A bowl with a suction-cup base is the way to go in handling this situation, parents! The bowl will stick securely so your baby can’t pick it up and throw at you. The best part about this bowl from Boon is it has a built-in food catcher that extends towards your baby creating a ramp that catches the food that doesn’t go into your baby’s mouth! So the food will end up going back into the bowl, so less mess and waste created. Click on the link above to purchase from Babydash.

#3 Ergonomic cutlery

An ergonomically designed cutlery is important for babies so they can grasp comfortably without dropping them. Boon’s utensils are an excellent choice for toddlers who aren’t ready to rock adult tableware, yet! There are no sharp edges which makes it definitely safe to use! They are also great for pretend sword fights 😉 Comes in 3 multi-coloured pairs per pack – so you will always have an extra pair! Purchase now on Babydash by clicking the above link.

#4 Sippy cup

Sippy cup makes an ideal transition cup to train your baby from bottle/breastfeeding to drink milk in a cup. The sippy cup from b.box ensures that your baby can drink to the very last drop as its straw has a two-way valve that ensures easy drinking and NO leaks (so no mess! 😉). It’s the perfect cup at home and on-the-go. It also encourages independence with an easy-grip handle and simple flip-top lid. Shop b.box range on Babydash.

#5 Sturdy snack container

Babies love to eat snack! Well, I do too! So am i a baby? LOL! Anyway this snack ball from Boon is the perfect snack container to have! Its rigid form will protect the snacks from crushing even if it’s being tossed around. You do know that we need to protect the snacks at all cost, right? 😂 A great travel companion for on-the-go snacks that doubles as a toy – I mean it’s a fun sphere-shaped container, it will be well-loved by your baby! Make your purchase just by clicking the link above!

There you go, parents! I hope you find this post somewhat helpful. Sure there are more choices on our website. So feel free to browse and make your purchase! Till then! Have a great day! ❤

The Importance of Age-Appropriate Toys

12 Best Toys for 1-Year Olds

If you read my previous post (if you haven’t, then.. you better do it now!), you would already know that toys play an important role in your child’s development. The benefits toys give to a child are immense but in today’s post I’m gathering The Importance of Age-Appropriate Toys for you to read!

When purchasing a toy for your little child, do you normally look for the age recommendation label on the packaging? If yes, then you are doing great, sweetie! Age recommendation label exists as a result of researches done by manufacturers to specifically pinpoints the most likely groups that can and will enjoy specific toys, as well as which age can play with the toys safely. It also will prevent you from buying toys that are too old for younger kids which may cause harm to themselves.

Infants require specific toy recommendations to ensure their safety. Choose toys that are sanitary, washable, high-quality, and sturdy. You might want to ensure that the toy is not too heavy and have sharp or rough edges that can cause cuts and scratches. Babies especially love to put things into their mouths, well, they are a bunch of curious cats, we can’t blame them! To prevent choking hazards, it is best to buy toys that are not too small so babies can’t swallow them. Look for toys that are nontoxic and contain no harmful substances, such as lead paint.

Here are examples of toys that are suitable for infants:

Toddlers are ready to play with toys that will them to start learning. This may includes games, puzzles, and art supplies. But we all know how toddlers are so cheeky with their antics and are explorers with their surroundings, hence you need to make sure that their toys are safe! Read the labels carefully and watch out for toxic substances, ensure that fabric toys are made of flame-resistant materials as well as wooden toys should not have splinters!

Suitable toys for toddlers:

Preschoolers have longer attention span than toddlers. They can now focus on doing things a little bit longer than before. So their toys will keep them busy for hours so they won’t bug you every other minute! (Well, what a relief ha! 😂) Select toys that will aid them to continue their development while keeping them safe at the same time. Books, pretend play, and larger toys are some examples that can help to stimulate their imaginations and prepare them for school.

Here are some examples of toys that include pretend play for preschoolers:

School-age children are older and now have better understanding of how to play their toys safely. They will no longer try to swallow small parts or even lick their toys at this age. You can now safely buy toys made for older kids, such as action figures, craft items, or even fitness materials!

Suitable toys for school children:

Now that you know these facts you can now shop the right toys for the right age for your baby and relatives! In case you haven’t known it already, Babydash is having a special promo on Fisher-Price products. Check out the promo here.

Toys are Important for Children’s Development – True or False?

Top 5 Toys for Children with Visual Impairment – Page 12 – FamilyConnect

We all know kids love toys and one can never have too many toys, right? 😂 But is it true that toys are important for children’s development? Or is it just a marketing strategy used by these toy companies to sell their products? Well, the answer is true and it is not some ploy used by toy companies. Toys do play an important role in children’s development. How? Keep reading!

Even in the early development, a child’s mind is expanding just by looking around their environment and taking in their surroundings. Ever heard the saying “children are like sponges”? They are fast learners and absorb everything so quickly, hence why we adults must always be careful with what we are saying/doing when we are with them!

The use of educational toys as early as one-month old can help children learn a variety of different skills that will help them later in life! Educational toys can help them develop problem solving skills, teach about conflict resolution, and how cause and effect work. They also teach children about sharing, developing their fine and gross motor skills, and nurtures their creativity and imagination.

Here are some ideas of educational toys based on age range and the benefits they give to a child.

1-12 months old: At early stage, sensory play helps to stimulate your child’s senses. Sensory toys involving textures, sounds and bright, contrasting colours are great developmental choices for babies. As your child continues to grow and develop hand-eye coordination, you can start introducing toys that encourage more interaction. And as your little one becomes more and more active, problem-solving toys can be introduced. These toys will encourage them to learn through conflicts and become familiar with the cause and effect of how things work that will get them to think, “Oh, if I do this, then that will happen!”. Other great toys that can be introduced when your child are able to sit, push to stand independently and start to crawl are toys that promotes movements.

Here are excellent examples of toys that you can find on Babydash for your baby’s first year:

SKIP HOP Explore & More Roll-Around Rattle - Bee - Just4bb.com
Skip Hop: Roll Around Rattle.
Purchase here.
Simple Dimple: Unicorn Battery Operated Musical Mobile
Simple Dimple: Unicorn Battery Operated Musical Mobile.
Purchase here.
Fisher-Price Play & Crawl Hedgehog Mirror - £20.00 - Hamleys for Toys and  Games
Fisher-Price: Play & Crawl Hedgehog Mirror.
Purchase here.

12-24 months old: As your child reaches their 1-year mark, they will become very mobile. Introducing the right toy will help to teach them balance and coordination. This newly acquired ability to walk will also expand their curiosity as they now can get from point A to point B on their own! To make your child to be familiar with numbers (even they could not really understand at this age!) is to incorporate learning numbers by counting their steps as they begin to learn to walk. Themed playsets are great educational toys to help develop your child’s recognition skills which can be introduced between the ages of 12-18 months. For instance, if you have an animal themed playset, practice what sound does each animal makes. This will also help in language development!

Here are some great finds of toys on Babydash that is suitable for your child between age 1-2 years old:

Fisher-Price: Lion Walker
Fisher-Price: Musical Walker Lion.
Purchase here.
Maple Blocks | E0409 | Hape Toys
Hape Toys: Maple Blocks.
Purchase here.
LeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo, Interactive Teaching Toy for Baby -  Walmart.com - Walmart.com
LeapFrog: Spin & Sing Alphabet Zoo.
Purchase here.

2 years and above: When your child is a bit older and become more active, you can now introduce toys that promote physical play. When introducing scooter or tricycle, always ensure that they are aware of the safety measures such as wearing a helmet. This is also the perfect age to introduce to your child toys that encourage cognitive skill building. There are a lot of toys that can help your child to practice writing – whether drawing or even writing their own names! A lot of games and books can also help them developing name recognition and literacy skills. Reading books that have bright, colourful pictures and a few words on the page will get your child to begin to familiarize with how words they hear look on the pages!

Here are some examples of toys that can help promote physical play and cognitive skill building:

Scoot and Ride Highwaykick 1 - Steel Blue (1+ yrs)
Scoot & Ride: Highwaykick 1.
Purchase here.
Crayola Touch Lights, Musical Doodle Board | Crayola.com | Crayola
Crayola: My First Crayola Touch Lights.
Purchase here.
Leapfrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart | Shopee Malaysia
LeapFrog: Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart.
Purchase here.

Other than toys, technology can definitely assist with your child’s development. However, you need have a healthy balance of learning through technology and creative play. Parents need to limit screen time and let your child’s imagination wander creatively through playing with toys! Through playing, it also helps both parents and child to bond over a quality playing time. It will be so much fun and full of surprises as we watch them play!

Also to let you know that you can receive a foldable fleece blanket for FREE with any purchase of Fisher-Price products on the website. No minimum purchase is required. Promo valid until 20 September 2020 or while stocks last, whichever comes first. Check out the promo now!

5 Nursing Room Inspos

Good day, parents! Today is the 31st of August, so if you are in Malaysia, today is a public holiday as we celebrate the 63rd Independence Day. So, Happy Merdeka Day, Malaysians! While you are off from work, let’s dive into some light reading, shall we? In this post, I will again show you 5 Nursing Room (or corners) Inspos I found that I think you mommies will like! A cozy nursing space will definitely help you express your breast milk better!

Picture courtesy of Pinterest

This is for the fans of cool tones! The pastel blue really makes the room looks chilly and cozy. When you are nursing, it is best to be in the comfiest and calmest state. Adding a humidifier will definitely do the trick! Get a similar cool mist humidifier from Crane on Babydash by clicking here. You can add a few drops of your favourite essential oils from Tanamera to create a spa-like ambience to give you the tranquility you need while nursing.

Picture courtesy of Pinterest

White interior is definitely my vibe. And if you vibe with it too, this is how you can style your little nursing corner! Throw in some cushion pillow for some comfort or even better, you can get nursing pillows on Babydash to give you support while breastfeeding and your little babe will be comfortable too. A win-win situation for both mommy and baby 😉

Adding frames on the wall can make the room a bit more lively too! If you are just as sentimental as me, a frame to keep your baby first prints is an adorable touch to the room. So you can look back and reminisce the feeling when you first had your baby 🥰

Picture courtesy of Pinterest

Another interior style that really resonates with me. A beautiful combo of whites and earthy tones! 😍 I truly feel this combo will never be out of style no matter the season (I know in Malaysia it is summer all year long, well with a bit of rainy season here and there, but you know what I mean!). The earthy tones really pops when added against the whites. Steal similar changing table here on Babydash. Having it in the room could make diaper changing session easier and comfier for your baby.

Picture courtesy of Pinterest

Another white interior! I know I know, but what I would like to highlight is the greens that complement the space. Getting some indoor plants can instantly light up the whole space. A great pop of colour to the room and just the right source of oxygen! In case you are wondering, you can get an extremely comfy glider chair on Babydash, as oppose to a normal rocking chair. And you can grab similar baby cot for your little one as seen above here.

Picture courtesy of Pinterest

Installing a floral patterned wallpaper really adds a romantic touch to the space! It makes the space looks alive and interesting. But you do need to be a little careful when working with wallpapers, as some times, it may be a little bit too overwhelming and could drown the whole look. As seen in the image, the wallpaper is installed as the feature wall, hence the room doesn’t look crowded with flowers 😂

Other than having a beautiful nursing room interior, what I believe will make the space a bit more functional for you is by adding some nursing accessories such as a mini fridge for you to store your breast milk supplies and a sterilizer to keep your breast pump accessories clean and bacteria-free! It is a necessity and very convenient for you so you don’t have to go back and forth to the kitchen. Get a stylish sterilizer from UPANG on Babydash, just click here.

Well mommies, I hope this post has been a real help for you! Remember that a happy mom is what a child needs. And it all starts from the smallest thing like a nice nursing space! You can also read my previous post on nursery room inspos if you are looking for some nursery room ideas. Till next post! Have a good day!

5 Nursery Inspos You’ll Love

I know I’m no Interior Designer, but it does not have to take an Interior Designer to know that the space is nice! I mean, we all love to see and appreciate nice things, right? ☺ So in this post, I will show you parents 5 Nursery Inspirations that I think you will love!

Picture courtesy of Pinterest

If you are a fan of neutral colours, this is for you! I like how minimal the whole space looks with just the right hints of colours and patterns! They actually make the space looks fun for you and your baby. Neutral colours will also make the space looks spacious and tidy. Get similar items from this inspo on Babydash. See links below!

  • Fun storage bin from Bebe Living to keep the room nice and neat.
  • Keepsake frame from Pearhead to immortalize your baby’s pictures and prints.
  • Adorable soft toy from Little Jellycat for your baby to play and cuddle!
Picture courtesy of Pinterest

If you like to mix and match your interior, then this is one of the ways to do it without looking messy! There is a nice pop of colours and prints from the wallpaper and rug. Adding a plant into the space can tie the whole look together and fill in empty spaces. You can get similar items for your nursery room on Babydash. See links below.

  • Sturdy and sleek designed baby crib from Babyhood.
  • Instead of a rug, you can opt for playmat from Parklon — comfortable for your baby’s tummy time too!
  • Changing station from Nuna for easy diaper changing situation.
Picture courtesy of Pinterest

Here is for the ones who like a dark room. But this is how you cleverly make a dark room without making it gloomy and stuffy. The usage of cool tones and pop of whites here and there make the room looks cozy and… cool! Steal similar items on Babydash website. Just click the links below.

  • Baby rocker from 4moms to keep your precious one entertained while you are doing house chores.
  • Activity gym from Skip Hop to encourage your baby’s multi-sensory play.
  • Nursing pillow from Doomoo to get your baby comfy during feeding.
Picture courtesy of Pinterest

If you would like to keep your nursery room gender-neutral, one of the ways to do it is by playing with neutral colours. As seen above, the room is made of whites and nudes. I love how the nudes came from the woods — adding some nice textures to the room. Steal similar items on Babydash website. Just click the below links!

  • Cozy rocking chair from Babyhood to make you and your baby comfy during nursing.
  • Travel mobile from Skip Hip to play some lullaby while your baby is getting to sleep!
  • Baby rocker from Nuna to rock your baby to snooze 💤
Picture courtesy of Pinterest

If you are thinking of adding some elegant touch to your nursery room, perhaps this is how you can style it! Although the wallpaper prints looks really prominent, however it does not drown the whole look of the room but really complements the whites, pinks, and grey together! You can purchase similar items on Babydash by checking out the links below.

  • Stylish and sturdy baby cot from Babyhood.
  • Bedding set to complement the baby cot from Happy Cot.

And that’s it, folks! I hope you find this post somewhat helpful to get you setup a nice and cozy room to nurse your baby. Find other amazing stuff to add to the room on Babydash website. Happy decorating, parents!

5 Tips for Exclusive Pumping Mom

18 Best Breast Pumps in Singapore | Best of Baby 2020

If you believe that breast milk is the best option for your precious one, but your baby cannot or will not latch, well, do not worry, mommies! There is still hope! There is a method called exclusive pumping which is another way for you to still feed your baby with your breast milk without putting your baby to your breast. In this post, I will list down the 5 tips that an exclusive pumping mom needs to know!

#1 How Often Do I Need To Pump?

For the first few weeks, you should try to pump at least every 2 to 3 hours, about 8-12 times a day — this will help to stimulate your body to produce a healthy amount of breast milk supply. It may seem hard but do know that newborns will need to feed every 2 to 3 hours, so you do not want your baby to go hungry!

To help you express your breast milk easily, a good quality double electric breast pump is the way to go. This M1 double electric breast pump from Spectra is compact-sized and lightweight — weighing in at under 300g! It has a powerful and strong motor that will give you the oomph that you need for every pumping session. It also pumps quietly so you can continue to pump at work and nobody will notice!

Spectra M1 Double Electric Breast Pump
Get this on Babydash by just clicking here.

#2 How Long Do I Need To Pump At Each Session?

Most experts believe that you should pump for at least 15 minutes on each side of the breast. As it can take a few minutes for your milk to let down, so be patient, relax, and give yourself some time! You might also want to try to empty your breasts completely because that is an important part that will help the production of more breast milk.

When there is no more milk is flowing out into the collection container, do keep pumping for one to five minutes longer. The extra stimulation will signal your body to produce more milk. Need a good breast milk storage containers? Just click here to purchase on Babydash.

Hegen - PCTO PPSU Breast Milk Storage 150ml/5oz (4 pack) *BEST BUY*
Get Hegen containers by clicking here.

#3 How Much Breast Milk Do I Need To Pump?

The key is to pump as much as you can during each pumping session! Then, transfer the milk into a feeding bottle or storage containers in the amount that your baby takes at each feeding. Newborns drink less breast milk as compared to toddlers or older children.

And it is easier to overfeed your baby when you use a feeding bottle. So ensure that you are giving your baby what they actually need every day and in each bottle, but not more than that. I find this feeding bottles from Comotomo helpful! They are squeezable, soft and has a skin-like texture so it will give your baby a breastfeeding feels! Click here to purchase on Babydash website.

Feeding Bottle - Fabulous Mom

#4 How Do I Maintain & Increase My Breast Milk Supply?

Other than pumping frequently (every 2 to 3 hours) to stimulate your breast milk production, you can try some galactagogues! Galactagogues are lactating agents that help a breastfeeding mother to produce more milk. You can try to add some of them in your daily diet to support and encourage lactation! You can also purchase these milk boosters (lactation cookies, teas, candy, and more!) on Babydash — just click here.

EARTH MAMA ORGANIC MILKMAID TEA (35G) [16 TEA BAGS] 100% ORIGINAL ...
Get this here.

#5 I Can’t Do This! It’s SO Hard!

Exclusive pumping can indeed be time-consuming and demanding as you need to stick to your pumping schedule. Also, exhaustion and stress can cause your breast milk supply to decrease. So it is crucial that you take a good care of yourself. Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink lots of fluids (water, teas, yummy juices!), rest when you can, and relax while pumping! Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your spouse, family, and friends when you need one! Their support and encouragements matter a lot for you to keep going in this journey!

The choice that you make to feed your baby — breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or exclusive pumping does not matter because only you know what is best for you and your baby. We encourage you to keep going no matter what! You can do it!

Just to let you awesome mommies know that Babydash is having an exclusive collaboration with a lactation cookies brand called Marinaa Makes throughout the month of August. A special edition flavour of lactation cookies, Butterscotch Almond is specially made in conjunction with this collab and sold only at Babydash. The cookies are buttery and can’t-get-enough kind of delicious. Click here to give yourself a try!

Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding – The Pros & Cons

For the first six months of your baby’s life, breastfeeding is highly encouraged as breast milk has so many health benefits for your baby. However, bottle feeding has been proven the same! I know how bottle feeding is usually frown upon, but mommies, you should know that the decision is solely yours because only you know what is best for you and your baby. In this post, I would like to share with you mommies The Pros & Cons of Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding.

Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding

As told by many health organizations, such as World Health Organization (WHO), breast milk is indeed the best nutrients supply for your baby as it contains high levels of nutrients such proteins, fats, calcium, vitamins, and more that are essentials for your baby’s health. Breast milk is also easily digested and absorbed by your baby.

Aside from these amazing health benefits the breast milk is providing for your baby, breast milk is free and available anytime, anywhere! It is totally convenient for you and your baby. You also do not need an extra time to prep for it and the milk is always in the perfect temperature — you do not have to worry whether it is too warm or hot for your baby to consume. Also for you mommies, the skin-to-skin and breastfeeding latch releases the oxytocin hormone (aka “love hormone”) so you will feel relaxed after nursing!

The downside of breastfeeding is that you mommies have to always be available when your baby needs to feed. And if you are not available, you have to pump out your breast milk and keep them in storage. It could be costly since you have to have breast pumps and its accessories in order to make preparation prior to leaving for work, for instance. Like I mentioned in my previous post, breastfeeding could hurt a little when you first started. But do know you can avoid that by finding the correct nursing position and latch and also, nipple creams!

Pros and Cons of Bottle Feeding

If you decide to feed your baby from the bottle, fret not, mommies, bottle feed gives your baby the benefits that your baby needs too! Infant formulas have gotten better and better at matching the ingredients to that of mommy’s breast milk. While breastfed babies may less likely to experience infections, the majority of infants would not get serious infections in the first months even if they are fed from the bottle!

Also the best part of bottle feeding is that both mommy and daddy can equally take part in feeding and take the opportunity to bond with the baby. The role to feed the baby does not depend on mommy solely! Bottle feeding also gives mommy more freedom in terms of daily routine and dieting. You can go back to work easily — there is no need for you to schedule for pumping at work to avoid engorgement! By feeding your baby from the bottle, you can prevent the discomfort feeling that breastfeeding may give to your nipples.

Although infant formulas are getting better these days, some babies would experience some difficulty tolerating some nutrients as the nutritional content in infant formulas are depending on proper preparation that are man-made so there are at risk of human error and consequently will cause your baby diarrhea. Unlike breastfeeding, the amount consumed usually will be determined by your baby, however with bottle feeding, you cannot just feed however much you would like — your pediatrician or caregiver will decide that for your baby. It could be costly as you would have to purchase infant formulas (which are not cheap!) and its accessories – feeding bottles, teats, and more.

Lastly, a happy and a calm mother is the best mother. If you choose to breastfeed, then keep on going! But if you feel like bottle feeding is the best fit for you and your baby, then you do you, boo! Keep on going no matter what! You are in the no-judge zone here at Babydash community. We are always going to root for you, mommies! You are amazing! ❤

5 Signs Your Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk

I know how mothers often worry that they are not producing enough breast milk to feed their baby. And since you cannot actually see the milk your body is producing, it is hard to tell exactly how much your baby is drinking. But do know that most women do produce enough breast milk. That is one of the myths I helped you busted in my previous post, see here. But here I will line up the 5 Signs that show Your Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk!

#1 Baby is swallowing

When your baby starts to latch onto the breast during a feed, they will start with a few rapid sucks that helps to release the milk. Then it will be followed by deep, slow pulling motion as they swallow. They may also take long pauses while nursing and occasionally fall asleep at your breast!

#2 Baby is calm and content

If your baby looks calm and content after every feed, then everything is going well, mommies! However if a baby appears overly passive after feeds or constantly be crying, then they may not be getting enough milk. Do not limit feeding times! But do note that if your baby has many feedings that last longer than an hour or wants to be nursed very often with less than an hour between feedings, there may be other problems that you need to bring your baby to be examined by your doctor.

#3 Count baby’s wet diapers

Your baby’s diaper output is a good indicator that they are getting enough milk! Most breastfed babies wet six to 10 and soil at least three diapers per day in the first month. The colour of the poop is also important to note too — the first bowel movement is normally black and sticky but they should be green by day three and yellow by day four or five. The consistency of your baby’s poop should also be watery or seedy.

#4 Baby gains weight

It is totally normal for your baby’s weight to fluctuate during the first two weeks as they may lose about 5-7% of their birth weight by the third or fourth day but they should be gaining weight steadily after the first two weeks! If your baby has a weight loss of 10% or more, there could be a problem. So please seek your doctor’s assistance when this happens!

#5 Breast feels softer after feed

When your baby is getting enough milk after a feed, your breast should feel softer as the milk has been expressed! Your nipples should also look more or less the same after every feed — not flattened, pinched or white. You would also feel sleepy and relaxed after every feeding.

Now that you learnt these signs, you can breastfeed in complete serenity now and not feel worried if your baby is not getting enough breast milk! If you need more assistance, be sure to contact your lactation consultant or doctor. Take care, mommies! Happy breastfeeding! You can do this! ❤

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