This post is sponsored by Happy Family Brands but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Feeding your baby can be so stressful and overwhelming. When your baby is born it’s the big debate of giving them breast or bottle… or both? And from there on you feel like you’re constantly judged for the decisions you make about feeding your child, no matter what they are!
As a mom of soon to be four sweet boys, I can tell you there are a few things I’ve learned over the years about feeding my kids. There is so much information out there about how to feed your babies and toddlers the “right” way, but here are a few tips on things I wish I knew before I came a mom about feeding those sweet babies of ours:
Fed Is Best
I wish I knew several years ago and really, really believed it that a fed baby is the best baby. No matter what method you choose to feed your baby, you are making that choice as their mother who knows what’s best for you and for baby. I’ve now had two formula fed babies, and one breastfed baby. I have struggled with the guilt over giving my son formula and “failing” at breastfeeding, only to succeed at it later on. And now, several years later, I know it was silly to worry about it and have so much anxiety and depression over it. My sons who were formula fed are healthy, happy preschoolers. There is NOTHING to be ashamed of! And on the other hand, I loved breastfeeding and can’t wait to do it again. I will always advocate and encourage new moms to try breastfeeding first because it is simply the most amazing gift that our bodies can do. Not only is it great for babies, but it’s an incredible bond that is unlike any other.
At the end of the day, please know that no matter which way you choose to feed your baby, you’re doing so because you love them and care about them and yourself. Do what works for YOU momma.
Know What’s In Their Food
For my first two sons, I made a majority of their baby food. I knew I’d feel better about doing that because I would know EXACTLY what was going into their food. However, there were plenty of times when I just didn’t have the time to make their food at home, so when I’d try to shop for some baby food it was extremely hard to find food that didn’t have extra preservatives and sugar in them. That first year of life it is so important to keep great, wholesome ingredients in their diet. It’s what really sets the tone for the rest of their life and their health.
As we prepare for our next son to arrive, I am so thankful that there is finally a brand out there, Happy Baby, that cares about what is inside their jars so much that they are Clearly Crafted™ for our sweet babes with organic ingredients and NO extras. You can learn more about Happy Baby’s infant food here and their trustworthy ingredients.
Once your baby gets into toddlerhood, it isn’t easy to give them an all organic diet. And that’s why I think it’s so important to provide a great start for them during those first 12 months when they’re not as picky. Most toddlers pass through a picky eating stage where you’re lucky to get them to eat anything outside of cookies and treats! The one thing I’ve learned is to not stress about the little things. Give them a healthy balance of whole foods and foods they love. Sometimes they’ll eat their veggies and protein, and sometimes they won’t. But guess what? They’re gonna be okay. 😉 Releasing your expectations of what you dreamed your toddler would eat like, so that you ALL can be happy!
I used to stress so much over their eating habits. They still don’t have the best eating habits as preschoolers, but I’ve learned to stop worrying about it. I provide the food they should eat, and they decide if they want to eat it or not. I’ll give them some things I know they’ll eat and love, but I also give them things they should eat even when I know they probably won’t. But I believe one day they WILL eat the right things and enjoy them simply because I continually offer it to them.
What are some things you have learned about feeding your babies? Share in the comments below!