Nursing moms: Getting bottle feeding right the first time

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Introducing a bottle to my daughter for the very first time was stressful for every member of my household — mom, dad, baby, big brother, heck, even the cats. We were all on edge. And it sucked.

Like many breastfed babies, my son and daughter both resisted bottle feeding at first. Looking back, I probably didn’t make the transition process any easier for them.

Here are three things I would do differently if my husband and I end up having a third child down the road:

1) Have a variety of nipple shapes on hand and ready to go. Every baby is different — whether it is their anatomy that affects the way they naturally latch, the shape of mom’s nipples, or just what baby happens to prefer, there is no one-size-fits-all bottle nipple.

The Playtex Nipple Variety Pack offers four different nipple shapes for baby to try. (And, each nipple type can also be purchased in slow, medium or fast flow options.) This variety pack is a great way to find the perfect match for your baby. It can also save mom and dad money in the long run (by not having to go out and buy several different types of bottles,) as all of these nipples can be mixed and matched with Playtex brand bottles.

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2) Have someone else bottle feed the baby. It’s so hard, but mom should try leaving baby with dad, a friend or a family member for stretches of time when introducing the bottle. Let’s face it: Transitioning baby from nursing only to bottle feeding can be a very emotional time for mom. (It definitely was for me.) The helplessness of not being able to snatch up a protesting baby the instant she cries because she only wants a boob in her mouth — it’s powerful and exhausting. Baby might also get through the transition process easier if she can’t smell mom in the next room over.

3) Think ahead and hang in there. Don’t wait until the week before you return to work from maternity leave to whip out a bottle for the first time. Your baby will need some time to adjust to bottle feeding (and so will you.) Don’t give up if the first bottle attempt is a failure. You and your baby can do this!

Knowing that my baby could efficiently and happily drink from a bottle was definitely something that helped put my mind at ease when it was time for me to go back to work. By following these three simple tips, I hope that it can be a tad bit easier for you and your baby to develop a wonderful bottle-feeding relationship.

To learn more about Playtex nipple and bottle options, visit Playtex’s website or like Playtex on Facebook.

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Would you take the ALS ice bucket challenge while pregnant?

By now, chances are you know someone who has taken on the ALS ice bucket challenge — but have any of them been pregnant?

I recently noticed two expecting stars, out of the many celebrities out there who’ve gone goose-bumpy in order to raise funds and awareness for issues related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), took vastly different approaches to their turns.

First, a look at the clip actress Zoe Saldana, who is reportedly expecting twins with husband Marco Perego:

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Note that sweet bump of an excuse?

I thought it seemed reasonable to skip a freezing, temp-altering deluge while pregnant right up until I saw mom-to-be Hayden Panettiere step up to get soaked:

Funny how I didn’t even question Zoe Saldana opting out until I saw another mom-to-be get doused! Personally, I’d probably do it regardless of uterine-occupation status. Heights and I don’t get along too well, but cold water isn’t something I’m particularly opposed to.

And now, since that moment right before they’re going to get doused and they start to squirm is just so much fun to see, more celebrities who’ve gone all #IceBucketChallenge on us…

Jennifer Lopez:

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John Krasinski sneak-attacking wife Emily Blunt:

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Britney Spears:

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Chris Pratt:

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Ben Affleck, courtesy of Jennifer Garner:

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…and our own BabyCenter celebrity, Dina Freeman:

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Ice buckets aside, a look at “forbidden” things which you may actually be able to indulge in during pregnancy:

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11 ideas to include in a baby memory book.

My family has this inside joke about me having “middle child syndrome” because I was the only one of the three of us that didn’t have a baby book. When I turned twenty-one my mom presented me with a very belated baby book, a big hug, and an apology. Maybe in another life I would not have been a “baby book mom” but I am. Max already has one and I’m in the process of working on his little sister’s.

What do I like to include in a baby book?

1. A page with pregnancy announcements and/or pictures of positive pregnancy tests.

2. Fortune cookie fortunes of my hopes for that particular child. ( This is great to decorate pages with)

3. Ultrasound pictures, I like to include one from each ultrasound session and I make a special page for gender reveals. “It’s a _____”

4. Lists: I included a list of cravings for Max. I’m thinking about including a list titled “what we almost named you…” for this little girl.

5. Baby shower memories or keepsakes: Did you get a card from the “cool aunt?” Did you get pictures of the gifts? These are great things to include.

6. The birth story: I like to put the hospital bracelet and any cute paperwork I got from the hospital on this page or these pages, plus that very first picture. Good or bad, all the details about the day the baby was born. I loved hearing my grandmother tell my mother’s birth story, she made it sound like they shut down every street in town for her doctor to make it to the hospital.

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7. Funny stories about the first few weeks. Every baby is different. Did your baby hate diaper changes? Was breastfeeding a hassle? include it! These are exactly the kinds of moments that will be cherished later on.

8. Pictures, pictures, and more pictures. Even and especially the unflattering hospital pictures or the “Mommy is in sweat pants and has at home nursing all day” pictures. It might look horrible now, but it’s an accurate depiction of what life was like with baby.

9. Baby’s milestones. Which ones stuck with you? Did you have a smart cookie who could lift his or her head from birth?  When was the first bath time an how did baby enjoy it? Pick the milestones that meant something to you. I didn’t get to put many of these in Max’s baby book, but I treasure the ones I do.

10. Items that make you think of this particular baby: poems, comic strips, more pictures, popular song titles at the time, buttons. Maybe include a little explanation why it makes you think of your child.

11. Letters to this baby. Did you or daddy write a letter to the baby while you were pregnant or shortly after they were born? Those are baby book worthy.

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