What is the biggest surprise you've had since becoming a new parent? When we posed this question to our Beaba Facebook page followers, the results were entertaining, sweet, and a little messy to say the least. But we have a feeling these moms wouldn’t have it any other way.
The More the Merrier
A lot of our followers noted that they were surprised with not one but two little bundles of joy! A great surprise, if we do say so ourselves. (Even if it means buying two of everything!)
By far, the biggest (and smelliest) trend we noticed in our comments section had to do with a topic only a parent could understand. This just proves the common idiom, “There’s no love greater than a mother’s love,” to be true! Proceed with caution:
Sleep: What’s That?
Apparently, a mother’s love can not only get you through some smelly and less than glamorous situations, but it can also give you another superpower: the ability to get by on no sleep! We get the feeling that all of these moms are completely happy with that, though. After all, the payoff is more quality time with the little one.
Our Facebook commenters reinforced the expression that people truly are like snowflakes-- each one is unique.
Hang in there, new parents! Worrying about your little one comes hand in hand with that natural parental instinct (and, of course, love).
The Power of Love
Our comments section was full of heartwarming posts about the most rewarding aspect of being a new parent: the love you immediately have for your child. It catches you by surprise and makes life completely different for the better.
Feel free to chime in, new parents! What are some of the biggest surprises you’ve faced after having your kids? Do any of your experiences top the ones on this list? We’d love to hear from you.
Congratulations! You’re welcoming another baby to the family! You have a bunch on your plate, you’re nesting again, and you’re researching all the latest nursery styles. You’ve likely broken the news to your firstborn, and you’re daydreaming about the moment when they meet for the first time. As amazing as it is to have a sibling, for those of us who have a brother and sister, we know it’s not all laughs and smiles 24/7. So how do you deal with sibling rivalry before and after your second child arrives? Here are some of my tips to tackling this tough issue with your little ones.
Before your newest addition to the family arrives, educate your oldest about being a big brother or sister
Go to your local library and get some books about being an older brother or sister. This is a fun and interactive way to make sure your child understands what being an older sibling is all about (plus, they get some of those bonus reading benefits!). Additionally, some hospitals offer new sibling classes or programs on how older children can interact with the new addition to the family when arriving home. It also is helpful to have honest conversations about how things will be a little different at home when the new baby comes. This way, you can start preparing them little by little and give them an idea of what to expect before the baby arrives.
Let big sister/brother help do things for little sister/brother. For example, let your oldest help get the diapers ready for a diaper change, pick out an outfit for the baby, assist during the baby’s bath time, or help feed the baby during mealtime. Encouraging your child to help with their little sibling will give them a role and responsibility they’ll feel proud of.
Do activities together
Encourage your children to go for walks together, have a dance party, read books together, participate in silly activities like tickling each other’s tummies, etc. They will realize that it is possible for them to be able to play together and have fun. This can also apply for children who are older and possibly more competitive with one another.
Make sure each child gets an equal amount of attention whether it’s during conversations at dinner time or even the number of hugs and kisses they get a day.
As a mom, you know how hard it is to get some free or spare time after a busy day or week. But planning some one-on-one time with each child can help prevent resentment, jealousy and meltdowns later on. Try to schedule a few hours where you two can spend some alone time. You can go to lunch together, go to the movies or for ice cream, or even take an arts and crafts class. Dedicating some time to them individually will help prevent them from feeling they aren't getting enough attention or feeling jealous of their sibling. Quality time will reassure them that although things have changed a little at home, they are still special to you, and you will always have a special place for them in your heart. They will see that no matter how busy you are, you will always make time for them.
These tips should make the experience of raising siblings easier! What are some techniques you’ve tried with your little ones as they adjusted to new younger siblings?
Do you know what the most popular conversation topic is for French parents? Food, of course! Food is a major staple of French cultural heritage, and we are more interested in talking about what our baby will be eating for lunch than how he slept last night! We love sharing tips to train the palate of our little ones.
If you are a new mom, I bet you already talk with your mom, girlfriends or pediatrician about your baby’s transition to solid foods. One of the first questions you might have is whether to make your own baby food or buy store-bought baby food. Whether you think it is too difficult or time-consuming to make your own baby food, you should definitely give it a try! With good tools on hand, you could find it easy, fun, and rewarding.
I think the biggest advantage of making your own baby food is knowing exactly what goes into your baby’s mouth and choosing the best ingredients. By selecting seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, and other produce from local grocers, your meals will be tastier and more nutritious than any commercial jars. Most of the vitamins and nutrients are gone when jarred foods are processed at hot temperatures that allow them to be shelf-stable. If you make your own food, your baby can discover some tastes that you will rarely find in the baby food aisle-- you can experiment with fennel, eggplant, fish, and much more. In fact, recent studies show that babies who eat homemade food not only have a lower body fat mass between the ages of 1 and 3, but they also have a more diverse diet than those who eat commercially processed baby food. And of course, your food will be free of the preservatives and additives that we still find in a lot of industrially prepared infant food.
Another big advantage to making baby food is tailoring the meals to your baby’s development. As your baby grows, he needs to be introduced to more challenging textures that will train him to chew. You can blend, mash, puree coarsely, chop or add texture with couscous, quinoa, or little pasta. By doing so, you will be able to offer more options than what the industrial baby food has to offer and help him transition to table food.
When starting to feed my son's solid food, one of the most important things for me has always been educating their taste while making sure their meals were balanced. In the baby aisle today, the majority of blends have a sweet taste by blending fruits and vegetables together. Those products are definitely more palatable for babies but don’t train them to like veggies! Babies have a blank palate, and we underestimate their ability to like vegetables. I always made sure my sons were having their side of fresh veggies at every meal and their portion of fruit at the end of the meal. I’m happy to say that for the most part, they learned to eat and like their veggies.
In her book First Bite, Bee Wilson says,”A parent feeding a baby is training him or her how food should taste.” Nourishing your child goes beyond providing nutrients for his growing body, it is also transmitting an intangible heritage and helping them get healthy eating habits for a lifetime. Cooking for your baby using fresh, wholesome produce is an experience that will awaken all the senses of your little one, so take that opportunity to show them different flavors.