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.
As exciting as this time can be, when introducing your baby to new foods, you may be concerned about food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances and that’s a very valid concern. One in four kids has food allergies and the percentages are growing. My son is one of these kids. He developed eczema early around 4 months. I knew that this wasn't just a skin condition and could be an early sign of a food allergy. My husband and I were so worried when we saw hives break out on our son’s face after eating certain foods. It wasn’t until later that we learned that he, in fact, has egg and nut allergies.
Under the guidance of the FDA, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act identifies the following eight foods as major food allergens:
Milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans
When introducing these foods, start by offering a small amount at first and watch your baby for any negative reaction. Signs include: rash, hives, gastrointestinal distress like vomiting or diarrhea, teary eyes, face or tongue swelling or difficulty breathing within a few minutes after consuming the food. Often times, a rash can simply signal a skin irritation and could be the result of sensitive skin versus a true allergy. If you feel the reaction is life threatening, seek help immediately. If you see any moderate reactions, discontinue the food and speak to your pediatrician. They most likely will refer you to a pediatric allergist. There you will be able to determine what your baby may or may not be allergic to and develop a game plan.
Fast forward a year from our first appointment, my son can now tolerate eggs in baked goods and it appears as is if his tree nut allergies have subsided. We worked hard to decrease his inflammation by feeding him nurturing foods including probiotics, bone broths, healthy fats and limiting his sugar and dairy. I’m still learning more and seeing various specialists. But everyone’s journey and experience is different and the good news is that there is much more awareness, food products, and resources for parents going through this. I work with this often in my practice and understand that parents need a game plan, some resources and ways to get creative in the kitchen!