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Great Tips for New Parents on How to Feed Your Baby

by Jo Middleton

 

 
When you have a new baby, there are a million and one things that you need to consider and research.
Sometimes no matter how much you think things through, they don’t always go according to plan. It’s quite common to find that when you have a new baby, they might find it difficult to feed initially or be reluctant to feed for a long period of time.
 
This can definitely be worrying for a new parent, as milk for babies provides all of the essential nutrients that they need to grow up healthy and happy.
If you’re worried that your baby is a difficult feeder, there are some useful tips that you can try when you think your baby just isn’t interested in what you’re offering them, whether that’s breastfeeding or feeding with a bottle.
Even if your baby is a good eater, we also have some great tips to make the whole process just a little bit easier for the both of you.
 
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Perfect Prep machine makes this all possible for new parents hoping to make the early stages of parenting go as smoothly as possible.

 
 
Not only does the machine make a completely fresh bottle of perfectly heated milk from scratch in just two minutes, it also has a filter system that removes all impurities from the water you’re using for that extra peace of mind. The machine is compatible with most types of baby bottles and delivers an initial shot of hot water to kill any bacteria present.
The Closer to Nature Perfect Prep machine is perfect if you’re a first time parent who is nervous about making sure every feed is a success.
 
If your baby is reluctant to feed even when the milk is the perfect temperature, it is worth checking that the type of bottles you are using are of good quality and easy for baby to drink out of.
The Avent Newborn starter kit is perfect for making sure that your feed goes as well as possible with soft, ideally shaped teats that are clinically proven to reduce colic, making it a hassle free feed for everyone.
 

 
 
The set includes 2 classic 125ml bottles, 2 classic 260ml bottles, 1 bottle and a teet brush for easy cleaning plus one newborn soother, giving you everything you need to feed your newborn.
If you’re breastfeeding your baby, the process may be difficult, especially if your baby is reluctant to latch on properly. But there are some things that you can try to make the experience easier.
 
If you have friends who are nursing, meet up with them to see how they do it and if they can offer any advice that worked for them in particular.
If not, you can always speak to a lactation consultant or your health visitor to see what may be the cause of your baby not feeding well.
 
You can also try making sure that your baby is in the right position for feeding. This could help them become more relaxed and more willing to feed.
You should also position yourself nose to nipple, tummy to tummy with your baby so that they are in the best position to be able to feed properly.
 
If you’re moving onto weaning, we also have a few tips for you there, too.
 
The first thing that you will need to consider when starting weaning is to make sure that you have the right equipment to help your baby and make weaning as easy as possible.
Nuby has loads of great products that will help your little one with the early stages of weaning.

 
Their stackable suction bowls are perfect for letting your baby explore their food without throwing the bowl across the room and making a mess.
The Nuby heat sensor spoons are essential for not burning your baby’s mouth. The spoons change colour when the food is too hot so you’ll never accidentally harm your baby.
 
On super hot days, Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicles are perfect for keeping your baby cool as they play. These ice lolly moulds are great for babies who are just weaning as they are as easy to hold as a baby toy and you can customise what you use to make them, either with blended fruit for a nutritious snack or even breastmilk for a comforting treat.
 
When it comes to deciding to start weaning, make sure you do what feels right. Most professionals recommend not starting your baby on solid food until they are 6 months old, but if you think they’re still not ready, there’s no need to force them and it may be easier to wait a few weeks before you try. Baby led weaning is a great way to start, just put some baby-friendly snacks that are easy for them to hold out where they can easily reach it so that they can get used to eating solid foods on their own.
 
The process of weaning will definitely be messy, but as long as you relax and don’t stress too much about what and how much your baby is eating, it will be easier for everyone. Your baby will notice if you are feeling stressed about weaning and in turn this will impact how they feel about it too, so make sure to take it one step at a time and not put too much pressure on the whole thing.
 
Clevamama also have some brilliant products that can help you with feeding, including their Clevafeed which is the safest and most hygienic way to introduce solid fruits and vegetables without the risk of them choking.
 

 
Simply open the top of the feeder and place food in the teat for stress free baby-led weaning without the worry.
Their on the go feeder for younger babies is absolutely ingenious and leaves your baby with two hands free to make the most out of their bottle without dropping it, ideal for using in pushchairs or in the car.
It is also ideal for babies who suffer from colic and reflux, as upright feeding aids digestion and eases discomfort.
 
The most important thing to remember about feeding is to listen to your instincts and your baby, have fun and don’t stress about it too much. Even if you don’t think your baby will ever get the hang of it, all babies learn at their own pace and eventually your baby will be able to feed themselves like a pro!