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Baby Bottle Warmer Steam Sterilizer

December 3rd, 2016

The microwave steam sterilizer from Dr. Brown’s is a classic, which gets the job done great. This model sterilizes up to four bottles, and is perfect for daily usage. This one is very easy to use, but the Dr. Brown’s sterilizer loses points for including nipples that don’t perfectly fit on the bottles. Other than that, this one is reliable and ideal as any.

Another very easy sterilizer is the Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer. Holding four bottles, this one has delightfully simple operation, but takes up a lot of space in a cupboard or countertop, and is too large for smaller microwaves. If you’re not short on space, this may be the perfect model for you.

One classic is the Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer. Equipped with an alarm, this product works fast and effectively, delivering heat to where you need it. Lots of people however report that this model can burn milk, so do be cautious with this one and avoid scalding your baby’s snack, which leaves a nasty stench in the whole house.

The Bluetooth-enabled Baby Brezza Safe and Smart Bottle Warmer lets you actually use the warmer from the user interface of a nicely-designed mobile app- just put in the water and bottle, step back, and use the app to finish the process. If looking into a weird, small, potentially poorly-designed digital readout multiple times a day sounds like a headache for you, the Baby Brezza could be a godsend.

One great travel warmer is the Munchkin Travel Car Baby Bottle Warmer. Taking 15 minutes to warm up any sized bottle, the Munchkin is great when you’re on the move. This can be tricky if you use liner bags inside your bottles, but otherwise, this is a reliable model if you have patience, as 15 minutes is a fast day for the Munchkin, and this is still at the slow end of what’s available out there.

The Best Baby Food Diet – Most Effective Fad Diets

April 14th, 2015

Baby food diet is all about eating baby food in small jars in a bid to control your calorie intake. Is the method helpful or is it just one among the list of ways of weight reduction that offer no real solutions in the long run? Is the method any better than simply being on a diet? We are going to look at some of the facts revolving around this baby food diet and hopefully be able to determine its level of usefulness.

Advantages

One of the advantages of the baby food diet that you might have heard, is the fact that baby food contains low fats and sugar. The fact that the food is in tiny amounts further helps in reducing the amount of calorie intake. Baby food diet also gives you the opportunity to make your own baby food by cooking and preserving the food in small containers. This will help you save money in the long run.

Is it Safe?

Is the baby diet safe? However much you may want to reduce your calorie intake, there is still a minimum amount of calories that your body requires and that you can’t afford to compromise on. Therefore, baby food diet should be supplemented by at least one balanced adult meal in a day. This will ensure that the body gets the amount of nutrients it requires to function properly. There is also a misconception that all baby foods do not contain additives. This is not always the case as regular brands may still contain colorings and food preservatives.

Take Precautions

It you have already made up your mind to follow the baby food diet, you should keep the following in mind. Always seek to consult a healthcare provider before going on a low calorie diet. You should also read container labels for information on the amount of calories and nutritional content. Always incorporate an adult meal into your baby food diet. This is because eating baby food exclusively, will deny your body some of the required nutrients.

All said and done, it is important to note that the baby food diet cannot serve as a long term solution. Are you going to eat baby food for the rest of your life? Because if you stop, the lost weight will eventually come back and all that will have been for nothing. The ultimate healthy way to lose weight therefore, is by sticking to a manageable diet that will be sustainable in the long run.

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Breastfeeding: Getting Started

March 31st, 2015

When it comes to the best milk for babies, nothing is better than all natural mothers’ milk. Why? Unlike substitutes like baby formulas made from cow’s milk, human milk has just what babies’ need. Surprisingly, the past few decades of baby formula advertising, many mothers today are unfamiliar with breast feeding. That is why breastfeeding is important. Instinctively, breastfeeding should feel comfortable and natural to both mothers and babies. Although, the first couple week’s mother’s nipples may be sore, but after that, breastfeeding will be an enjoyable time for both babies and their mothers, at least for the next four to six months.

Truly, bottled milk and formulas are not necessary to meet infants’ nutritional needs, at least for the first six months. Unfortunately, hospital staff everywhere recommends bottle feeding when most new mothers express discomfort while breastfeeding. However, to firmly establish a strong mother-child bond, breastfeeding should not be taken lightly and dismissed because of mild discomfort from a suckling new infant.

Starting baby out right breastfeeding

Infants need help to start breastfeeding, and getting them to ‘latch’ on properly to the nipple may take some time, but don’t worry! Suckling a nipple is instinctive to all mammals, human babies included, it just takes a little time, but when the hunger sets in you’ll be surprised how fast a baby will learn to latch on to a nipple to get milk. Most nipple pain new mothers experience is caused by their babies not latching onto the breast properly. A baby properly latch onto the nipple will allow milk to flow easily, when a baby hasn’t made a proper nipple alignment/latch, babies will suck harder in an unconscious effort to draw more milk. This is what young mothers need to understand to start out the right way breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding at the hospital ASAP

As soon as possible, while in the hospital mothers should introduce the breast to their babies. Actually, scientific studies have revealed that infants will seek out their mother’s breast shortly after birth. In this regard, mothers and babies should be together as soon as possible. There really is no scientific reason why they should be separated after birth. Although, it is a common practice in hospitals for the convenience of new mothers who are frustrated and tired by their new baby’s frequent feeding needs. Breastfeeding, when done right, should be comfortable, natural and a heartily enjoyable experience for mother and child.

Artificial nipples should be avoided. Why? Artificial nipples can confuse a baby, and if they are introduced immediately after birth, then they may have difficulty learning to latch properly to the mother’s nipples latter on. Lastly, you should be aware that baby formula companies are very active in marketing their products in maternity wards, although new mothers may receive free samples, they should resist the temptation to bottle feed their children. If mothers want the best nutrients for their babies, then they should breastfeeds as soon as possible.

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