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How to Pack for a Flight with a Baby

If your baby will soon be coming on their first flight with you, it can be quite a daunting experience. The main difference between taking a flight and other forms of travel is that when you drive, you could always stop somewhere to pick up anything that may be missing. On a long haul flight though, that is impossible. This is what makes it more worrying. If you do not take the right things you will have an awful flight. The best thing that you can do is to ensure that you are well packed and well prepared. To help you along, we found a great resource that you can refer to below.

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hello friends welcome back tomorrow we
 leave for Florida is our first time
 flying with Miles he's about six and a
 half months old and I figured I would
 just kind of bring you guys along

 so I thought I just sort of like to
 share our experience
 I know flying with a baby is something a
 lot of parents worry about especially
 new parents I figured I would just share
 with you really quickly some of how
 we're packing so this is our big
 suitcase we could probably fit
 everything in here but we're just not
 going to because of weight but we put
 all of our really light stuff in here so
 I use these packing cubes which are
 really great especially for babies
 because they just have so much stuff and
 their stuff is like so tiny so all of
 miles of stuff is in packing cubes I
 have a packing cube for toys this one is
 like linens and then there's one
 underneath that's all of his clothes and
 then Michael and I have our clothes in
 here as well then we're just bring in a
 small extra suitcase and I'm gonna put
 heavier stuff in here so I have his
 clip-on highchair and this is like his
 toiletries if you will and then we'll be
 putting like our toiletries in here I
 make myself lots of lists so I don't
 forget what to bring so this is the
 stroller bag and I actually was able to
 put the pack and play cover in here as
 well this is the car seat bag we borrow
 this from a friend because we didn't own
 one and it's huge like it's big enough
 to carry a toddler sized car seat so
 there's extra space in here so I threw
 two things in there there's a blanket
 and then there's his diaper bag and then
 for now I just have his carrier in here
 and that I'll throw on when we get to
 the airport since obviously he's going
 to be in the car seat on the way to the
 airport last but not least is my
 carry-on which has a nice stand on it
 that's that's nice this is my portable
 changing mat that I always use I got to
 throw some more diapers in here I'm
 gonna throw a couple of what is this an
 old granola bar wrapper that I
 definitely don't need gonna throw a
 couple of burp cloths in there a couple
 of sleep and plays I have my nursing
 cover in here I have a change of clothes
 for me in there because baby spit-up and
 I don't want to have to sit and spit up
 all day if that happens which is just
 like some pacifiers and a tea third and
 the last thing I have is just my bag
 that I will like pull out because it's
 liquids so I have a hand sanitizer in
 there and then I also packed infant
 tylenol my pediatrician suggested it
 because he said if miles
 having trouble like with his ears
 popping because of the altitude that it
 would help and then the last thing that
 I am putting in my carry-on is actually
 a cooler with just a bunch of frozen
 purees that I've made for him and then
 when I come home the cooler will have
 any breast milks that I've pumped well
 we're on vacation both of these things
 baby food and breast milk you're allowed
 to bring you know you ought to bring as
 a carry-on with you there's one other
 packing cube that I'm bringing this is
 all like food related things I'm not
 bringing my pump with me because I
 figured this is my vacation too but I am
 bringing my manual pump in my Hakka just
 in case I need something and then a
 couple of extra bottles all right we are
 on our way
 we are leaving 20 minutes late not too
 bad I mean I don't want to brag but me
 and the baby we're ready what is it
 about husbands we are going to drop our
 car off at the car place and then
 shuttle over to the airport we got our
 off the car got all the bags into the
 airport good to go
 apparently you need your baby's birth
 certificate to prove that they're under
 the age of two to fly we did not know
 this so luckily we were able to call our
 pediatrician and they're faxing over our
 medical form to Southwest so that we can
 get on our plane hopefully this is the
 only big snack where we fall into guys i
 jinxed us by saying that I hope nothing
 else went wrong because our flights been
 delayed two hours
 so we're just going to hang out the
 terminal I'm feeding miles that Michael
 and I are gonna eat and I'm not gonna
 say that I hope nothing else goes wrong
 I don't want to jinx anything else
 here's the moral of the story is I tried
 to like plan meiosis eating naps all
 accordingly so then they could be ready
 to eat in the nap right when we got on
 the plane
 you can't plan I mean it's let alone
 with babies but believe babies and air
 travel you just got to go with the flow
 well if you have a delay to get snacks
 Michael let you get to a McDonald's I
 decided to try to get something healthy
 which is always a bad idea
 and an airport so it's just like but I
 got this tofu hole
 it's not so bad I'm gonna take miles out
 for a little while and let them kind of
 hang out and hope that that gets tired
 so they checked it out I feel like a big
 part of flying with babies is just like
 a head game if you get worried and
 nervous and like stress out with
 everything that goes wrong and finish
 it's going to go worse so you got to
 just like roll with the punches we're
 killing time Michael's coming
 Michael doesn't like to fly
 that's how people drink their martinis
 all right my friends flash-forward I'm
 now home from vacation kind of got
 separated from my camera and I just want
 to share with you guys like the rest of
 the experience so on our way there our
 flight got delayed two hours and then
 when we boarded the plane its Southwest
 which is open seating I'm so on the way
 there we got group a so we got better
 choice for seating and we were busily at
 the front most feet now I like the front
 most seat because you get ton more
 legroom it's just way more comfortable
 with a baby when the seatbelt sign came
 undone I was able to stand up with miles
 and there was a little spot where I
 could sort of stand with him but
 important thing to know is if you get
 that front most seat you cannot have
 your bags with you during taxine landing
 or takeoff they have to go in the
 overhead compartment it was worth it to
 not have my bag during those times to be
 able to have all the extra legroom with
 miles but a little trick so that you
 know if you're flying with young
 children you actually always get to
 board between groups a and Group B and
 people actually sort of line up by the
 gate not where the a and B section is
 but there's like a separate area where
 the families line up a lot of people
 will debate is it better to have the
 window seat or the aisle seat I chose
 the window seat because I nursed miles
 during takeoff and during landing I
 heard that it would help him with his
 ears poppy and due to the altitude I
 don't know if it did but he didn't get
 fussy during takeoff or during landing
 and actually kind of helped him fall
 asleep as well so both times the flight
 was like almost three hours and he slept
 for maybe like two hours of each flight
 the rest of the time he was awake and he
 just kind of you know hung out we had a
 toy be kind of bounced him we passed it
 back and forth between Michael and I so
 it's kind of nervous about like what am
 I gonna do if he's awake on this plane
 but um you know we kept them we kept
 them entertained so now that I've done
 it what do I suggest you have on your
 carry-on for your baby
 obviously miles is only six months is
 going to be different maybe if your
 baby's a little younger a little older
 the things that really we made sure that
 we had that really mattered was a
 pacifier I had my nursing cover which
 some people don't really care about
 having nursing cover their cub they're
 comfortable nursing and not worrying
 about being covered I like having a
 nursing cover because just one it just
 makes me feel more comfortable nursing
 in public I feel like I can do it
 anywhere and not have to worry about it
 specially on an airplane and an airport
 where there are people everywhere that
 it's not really any private space and
 actually to be honest the nursing cover
 ended up being a good little hack
 because after he fell asleep I was able
 to sort of keep him under the nursing
 cover after he fell asleep and it kind
 of acted like blackout curtains a little
 bit so it stayed nice and dark in there
 and allowed him to continue sleeping I
 packed one of his big muslin cloth to
 have really spills if he spit up or
 whatever it also was great just like if
 I need to throw it down on the ground if
 I need just to put him down I need to
 lay him down it was a barrier between
 the Kim and the ground in the airport
 and then I just brought like two or
 three little toys I didn't overstock my
 carry-on with a bunch of stuff I think I
 brought two toys maybe you know at this
 age they can be entertained by a lot we
 used like napkins and straws and all
 sorts of other things to entertain them
 as well I didn't want to be bogged down
 with a bunch of stuff because I find the
 more stuff that ends up in your bag
 harder is to find what you need when
 it's time so another tip that I will
 give you obviously it's best if your
 baby can be kind of sleepy when you get
 on the plane because obviously sleeping
 through the plane ride is best
 so for us we chose to go for flights
 during nap time because the flight was
 under three hours if it was going to be
 a longer flight I probably would have
 done an overnight flight so what a
 coincided with his nighttime sleep so he
 could have just like assumed it was
 bedtime and slept longer and what we did
 is once we got basically checked in and
 through TSA we tried to just keep miles
 awake and what I like to do at home is
 just you know do things that are going
 to sort of stimulate him because
 basically my thought process is I'm just
 trying to sort of like fill up his
 sleepy cup so that he'll be tired when
 it's time to flies I did wear him
 through TSA and I had my carrier just if
 case I needed to be hands-free it was
 really easy to carry him through
 security and really easy to carry him
 through when it was time to board but in
 between those two times I took him out
 of the carrier and I let him you know
 look around we stopped at a restaurant I
 even a few times took that big muslin
 cloth that I packed and just threw it
 down on the floor and let him have a
 little bit of tummy time it helped
 prevent him from just getting like
 really antsy also can we appreciate my
 shirt today it says mama needs coffee
 one of you guys who follows me on
 instagram actually messaged me she made
 these shirts and she sells them on Etsy
 she makes a bunch of different ones but
 this one was obviously my favorite and I
 thought was really cute I'll link her
 down below now as far as the big debate
 do you check the stroller or do you
 bring the stroller through security and
 gay check it for us not having a
 stroller worked fine obviously we just
 had one baby with two babies you might
 want a stroller but it was just so much
 easier to use our carrier going through
 security with the carrier was so easy
 you don't have to take your baby out of
 the carrier they're gonna have you go
 through the metal detector instead of
 like that x-ray machine and then they
 usually will do that like test on your
 hand which I'll be honest I don't know
 if they're testing for probably like
 certain chemicals I'm not really sure
 and it was really easy and really really
 simple and so much easier than having to
 lug around our stroller and then break
 it down and all of that another tip I
 will say is especially if it's your
 first time flying particularly your
 first time flying with a baby on this
 airline is always call the airline ahead
 of time and make sure you're not missing
 anything if you saw when we flew we flew
 Southwest and we got there and we're
 ready to check in and they're like hi we
 need the baby's birth certificate and
 Michael and I just looked at each other
 with like deer and headlights because we
 had no idea that we needed a baby's
 birth certificate and apparently this is
 not a very common thing because when I
 shared on Instagram stories so many of
 you are like what the heck I fly all the
 time with my baby and I've never needed
 a birth certificate just call your
 airline ahead of time and make sure
 you're not missing anything when it
 comes to having the baby with you
 my last tip with flying with babies is a
 lot of it I think I might be already
 said this is a little bit of a mind game
 most people are a little bit anxious
 they're a little nervous you don't want
 to be the person on the plane with the
 crying baby but at the end the day you
 can't really plan it all perfectly and
 you can't you don't know what a baby's
 gonna do you don't know if they're gonna
 be fussy you don't know if they're gonna
 freak out you can only plan so much and
 then you kind of just got to be like ah
 right jesus take the wheel
 you know so I think some of it is just
 like not stressing not worrying if your
 baby starts to get fussy if your baby
 starts crying like don't stress about it
 don't worry about what others people on
 your on the plane are thinking like oh
 great I'm stuck next to the family with
 the baby and just focus on your child
 and do the best that you can
 nobody's gonna die because they listen
 to a baby so anyways
 hope this was helpful to some of you
 guys I know flying and traveling with
 babies for the first time it's
 definitely nerve-wracking and hopefully
 this video makes some of you feel a
 little bit better if you're planing to
 do it for the first time it really was
 not that bad it's not something to
 stress about but it's so worth it you
 should definitely take trips with your
 children visit family do all that don't
 let the fear of flying with children or
 the fear of throwing off their sleep
 schedule prevent you from like having
 these memories with your children it's
 so worth it I'm gonna share a couple
 more sort of just general traveling with
 baby tricks that I sort of learned from
 this trip obviously I'm no expert but
 these are just some things that I did
 that worked for us and I'm gonna share
 those in a blog post that I'm gonna post
 with this video so I will link that down
 below if you're looking for some more
 like overall tips but I appreciate you
 guys stopping by I hope you're having a
 fantastic day
 and I will see you all in my next video
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How to Combine Bottle Feeding with Breast Feeding

Oftentimes, bottle feeding and breastfeeding are considered as two mutually exclusive methods. What most people may not realise is that these two go much further when used to complement one another. From the baby’s perspective, the two can be wildly different. Although baby feeding tits are designed to mimic the nipple, there are differences that come up when they suckle. There are ways that one can use to ensure that the two are combined in a way that works for both baby and mother. We have found a great tutorial that will take you through this.

I know you're supposed to go and I am
 here to chat with you about bottles or
 you're breastfed baby and this might be
 a question for some of you you're like
 will i breastfeed what do I need bottles
 for well you might if you're a working
 mom you might need to introduce your
 kiddo to a bottle just to kind of get
 them used to the idea because you won't
 be around all the time or you know if
 you want an occasional date night out
 you might want somebody else being able
 to feed your baby that's definitely a
 bonus or if you want your partner to be
 able to help with feedings or if they
 have a desire to help with feedings
 having your baby super comfortable
 taking a bottle is a good thing it's
 generally advised if you're going to be
 a stay-at-home mom and you're only going
 to use a bottling occasionally generally
 advised to wait about four to six weeks
 to introduce a bottle but if you lead a
 really busy lifestyle and if you're a
 working mom you're going to want to
 probably introduce even earlier than
 that I waited the full six weeks to
 introduce a bottle to Harrison and it
 was a nightmare
 I'm telling you so he is my first kid
 that I have breastfed my daughter was a
 NICU baby and so she was model baby a
 long story short I am a first time
 breastfeeding mom but I you know I read
 on the internet and they're like nipple
 confusion don't introduce the bottle
 early Dada Dada Dada I wish I would have
 introduced it a little earlier because
 he is a chance dressier he's 21 months
 and he's still is breastfeeding so yeah
 he is a chance I mean I waited because I
 wanted to make sure that we had a good
 milk supply established in a good
 nursing relationship but honestly I wish
 that a couple of his feedings early in
 his life would have been bottle feedings
 because it was just it was really rough
 introducing into the bottle so I would
 say if you were a busy person or if
 you're a mom who's planning to go back
 to work I would say somewhere between
 like the two and three week March to
 start introducing your baby to a bottle
 or if your baby seems to be a really
 good nursery right from the jump like
 maybe introduce it even earlier than
 that so it's ultimately up to you when
 you introduce your baby to a bottle but
 there are a few factors to consider so
 one of the most common reasons for
 parents to introduce a bottle to their
 baby is if
 mom or if the primary parent is going to
 be going back to where so you're going
 to need your baby to take a bottle or be
 fed by someone else for us that was
 breast milk in his bottle but some
 people transition a baby to formula for
 those of you who are working moms and
 who will need to have your baby a
 transition to a bottle before you go
 back to work or being able to go back
 and forth to a bottle I highly recommend
 doing it as early as possible if you're
 having struggles with nursing maybe wait
 a little bit longer but if your baby is
 like a really really great nurse er
 earlier the better honestly that way
 it's never like a weird thing that you
 have to introduce to your baby and
 there's lots and lots of bottles out
 there that are breastfeeding friendly so
 there's less chance of getting nipple
 confusion and I'm actually planning to
 do a video like review of some of those
 bottles so hang tight or hit that
 subscribe button so that you don't miss
 that and then another tip this is kind
 of a side note for working moms try to
 spend I don't know a couple hours at a
 time away from your baby and I know this
 can be super hard especially when
 they're really little but you want them
 to get used to being in the care of
 someone else so we would do like a
 couple of little playdates with the
 person who was going to care for
 Harrison and like Brian would
 occasionally take Karason while I like
 have shower and maybe did a couple of
 other things but it's important that
 your baby knows that other people will
 be taking care of them other than just
 mom so if you are going back to work you
 want to make that transition as smooth
 as possible so a question that I get all
 the time when I say that to moms when I
 say introduce the bottle a little bit on
 the earlier side is why not wait to
 introduce the bottle until you know you
 absolutely have to go back to work why
 not just let baby and mom have that
 bonding time
 so in my experience like breastfed
 babies generally prefer mom like think
 about it if you were a little baby like
 you would want to be close to the smell
 that you recognize that's good to skin
 and somebody like stroking your hair
 while you're having your snack of course
 a little baby is going to prefer to be
 breastfed so the earlier that you can
 introduce that bottle the easier the
 transition will be and baby will see
 that they will still get all the
 snuggles from mom but they will also
 still sometimes have to eat from this
 little bottle thing
 if your toe is having a difficult time
 taking a bottle at first just know that
 eventually your baby will take a bottle
 and it might be kind of rough if they
 don't like the bottle or if they're a
 kid like Harrison that only wants to
 breastfeed it took our daycare gal say
 like a week or two weeks to really get
 Harrison good on a bottle but eventually
 when I wasn't around when he couldn't
 you know see that hey I want to go eat
 with her instead when he could see that
 his only option really was the bottle he
 took it just fine so it might be kind of
 a struggle your baby might get a little
 bit upset and that's really sad and hard
 but just know that eventually your baby
 will take a bottle if one brand of
 bottles not working keep trying we tried
 how many different bottles and honestly
 the only one that really works for us is
 the comb Otomo different bottles will
 work for different babies I will go
 ahead and link to Como Telmo down below
 so if you are a breastfeeding mom and
 you want your baby to be able to take a
 bottle I know that one is recommended
 for breastfeeding babies I'll go ahead
 and link it down below and a couple
 maybe I'll link a couple of other ones
 down below as well just so you guys can
 have some options from this video but if
 you are a breastfeeding and bottle
 feeding mom or if you started out
 breastfeeding in the new transition to
 bottle feeding and pumping or bottle
 feeding exclusively with formula however
 you did it
 feel free to leave any tips that you
 have done below as well we are a
 wonderful community here and I love to
 have others share their experiences and
 help everybody out so go ahead and leave
 those down in the comments below if you
 have questions about bottle feeding and
 breastfeeding and that kind of thing
 also please leave those in the comments
 below and I'll do my best to answer them
 I am a mom I'm not like a lactation
 specialist or anything but I have had a
 lot of experience with breastfeeding and
 you know I have a lot of knowledge of
 the subject so I can answer or direct
 you to someone who can answer your
 question a little bit better so thank
 you guys so so much for being here if
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Bottle-Feeding Techniques for Travelling

Even if you are breastfeeding it may become impossible to do this when you are travelling. The baby will not be taking a break from being hungry. He/she will need to be fed. Formula Feeding becomes the most obvious choice in such cases. For those that do not normally use this method, it can be quite difficult to do it while on route. Parents that use baby formula on a daily basis or on occasion will find some challenges arising as well when the environment is changed. As such, we have found a great resource created by a mother going through this phase. It covers some of the ways to prepare as well as what you ought to be mindful of.

hi everyone I'm just making this video
 to show you how to travel on an
 international flight or a short haul
 flight if you are traveling and
 wondering how to feed your baby on an
 airplane this is also good if you're
 just going out for the day and you need
 to bring some food along so I have some
 items here
 that you'll be bring in with you on the
 plane this is the thermos or container
 this will be where you put your hot
 water this is the thermos case this is
 what the thermos goes into as you can
 see this product is made by a vent
 Philips and the thermos screws in to the
 bottom and then you can put the top over
 the sermons it's specifically made for
 babies and the nice thing about this
 product is that when you're on the
 airplane
 you not only have your hot water in the
 thermos but you also have a container
 where you can fill the hot water and
 then place your bottle inside and that
 will heat the milk or formula for your
 baby so the things that you'll need to
 bring with you is a thermos with hot
 water you can have this plastic
 container but it's not necessary and I
 will explain why and a little bit you
 also need one or two or three bottles
 depending on the flight duration you
 will need some
 milk bags these are breast milk bags but
 I'm using them for formula if you're
 interested in the the brand
 it's called lansinoh brand I'm not sure
 if you can see there and these are for
 breast milk they are BPA bps free so you
 don't have to worry about leaching and
 all that stuff and you're also going to
 want formula whatever formula your baby
 is drinking and just some regular water
 room temperature water and a little
 washcloth or spit-up rag so what I did
 what I like to do is figure out how long
 your flight is so in our case we had a
 nine hour international flight and you
 want to find out how much your baby is
 going to be eating during that flight so
 we figured that our baby ate every two
 hours so on a nine hour flight that's
 about for about four feedings but you
 may want to bring some extra food just
 in case there's a delay or yeah
 something happens so what we ended up
 doing was we brought this big container
 of formula on the plane with us in our
 hand luggage and we also brought some I
 put some formula in the plastic bags so
 that I didn't have to scoop out formula
 while I was on the plane and I put these
 in the diaper bag so then what you want
 to do is fill your bag with
 however much formula your baby's eating
 and you can store this in your diaper
 bag as I mentioned just ready for when
 your baby's hungry and also I like to
 fill the bottle with water
 room-temperature water so that it's
 ready to go for when my baby's hungry so
 you would just fill the bottle with
 water and have that ready in your diaper
 bag for the first feeding on the plane
 so then when you have when you have the
 water in your container there's two
 things you can do you can either fill
 this all the way with that amount of
 water you will need to mix with the
 formula and then you can take the hot
 water out of the thermos pour it into
 the plastic container then put the
 bottle inside and wait for it to warm or
 what I found was better and faster is
 just fill your water bottle just fill
 the bottle with water up to maybe an
 ounce or twenty to thirty milliliters of
 room-temperature water and then fill the
 rest of the amount of water that you
 need with the hot water from the thermos
 so then your water is instantly warm of
 course you want to check that it's not
 too hot so you'll check the water on
 your wrist but if you do it frequently
 enough and you do it before the flight
 then you'll probably know what your
 ratio is and if it's going to be warm
 enough or too hot so then after you
 fill the water with your room
 temperature water and your hot water
 then you're going to open the bag and
 pour the water into the bag I won't do
 it now but you're going to fill this up
 and then seal the bag tightly it has a
 double double closure so it's really not
 gonna spill anywhere and then you're
 going to shake it up mix it up and so
 that the formula dissolves really well
 and and yeah when it's ready when it's
 mixed well then you will place the ball
 place the place the formula carefully
 inside of the bottle like this and then
 open the top fold the top over the mouth
 of your bottle you want to make sure you
 have a bottle where the bag can easily
 fit over the top I'm using mam ma m
 brand bottles and then you take your top
 bottle top nipple and you screw it on to
 the top and it screws easily without a
 problem and then you can feed your baby
 and as you're feeding your baby the bag
 will collapse on itself there's no
 problem with the milk getting to the
 nipple my babies never had a problem
 drinking and if you're familiar with the
 place text drop in system it's similar
 and they say that it's good for babies
 with reflux because there's less air in
 the bottle but I'm not sure that's true
 and the
 not Playtex drop in this is just a
 regular breast milk bag I did contact
 the lansinoh company they said that they
 do not recommend filling the bags with
 water like using them for travel the way
 that I am but I did it and didn't have a
 problem and yeah they're BPA bps free
 you store breast milk in them anyway so
 I thought it would be fine yeah and so
 then also just in if you're traveling
 with someone maybe you're asleep and
 they don't know the amount of water to
 formula ratio what you can do is take a
 sharpie and write on your bag the amount
 of water so I need two hundred and ten
 milliliters of water for this amount of
 formula so then whoever you're traveling
 with knows okay 210 that's how much
 water in total we need to make formula
 and sometimes after you place the bag
 inside of the bottle and you screw the
 top on there's still a little bit of
 milk on the outer edge of the bag
 because for you mixed it so then you can
 take your little cloth or a wipe or
 anything and then just wipe the milk off
 that way it doesn't get on you or the
 baby and
 after your baby is done eating then the
 top will be dirty not sterilized and so
 you're wondering well what can I do if
 I'm on a long-haul flight and I need to
 feed my baby eight times on the airplane
 so what we did was we brought eight
 bottle tops with us it has the plastic
 top and then the nipple part and the
 part that screws on so we brought
 something like six or eight of these
 with us in separate bag and so I brought
 one bag with tops and one empty bag so
 this is our clean bag this has all the
 clean tops and this other plastic bag I
 marked it as our dirty bag so when we
 had a dirty tops and I would put it in
 here so this is still clean because this
 just had a plastic bag in it so all we
 did was take the plastic used bag of
 formula out we dumped out any liquid
 that we may have had left into the
 airplane bathroom sink and we just threw
 the bag away and then with the dirty top
 I put it inside of the bag marked 30 and
 then our bottle was ready for the next
 feeding so then I took my clean bag with
 the clean top
 and I put a new clean one on the bottle
 and it was ready for the next feeding
 and then the next feeding we had another
 bag that was already ready and then you
 go through the same process you fill
 your container your bottle with the
 amount of water that you want then you
 put the water inside the bag mix the bag
 and mix the formula then you put the bag
 inside the bottle screw the top on your
 baby drinks the milk when they're done
 you put this use top into the dirty bag
 and then you put a clean top on so
 that's how you can fly on an airplane
 you might wonder what you can bring with
 you we were able to bring a whole
 container a formula in our tech baggage
 and these little pre-made bags that I
 made in the diaper bag that we also
 carried on we were able to bring one and
 a half liters of water you are able to
 bring water for your baby's formula as
 long as it's a reasonable amount and we
 were also able to bring a container of
 hot water in this thermos with the top
 on but they will check they will ask to
 look in your in your bag your diaper bag
 they will ask to check the formula and
 the water and they put it in a machine
 to test it to make sure you know
 everything is safe and you're not
 carrying anything dangerous onto the
 plane so you should take some time
 to get to the airport early and just
 know that they're going to have to check
 these items but you can bring these
 items with you some people suggest it
 online that you could ask the flight
 attendants to heat the bottle for you
 with warm or hot water that they use to
 make coffee and tea it's also not really
 recommended to do that because the water
 you're not sure if it's really bacteria
 free so you really if your child is a
 small child so a newborn one two three
 months i really suggest that you bring
 bottled water and yeah do not use the
 water in the airplane bathroom
 they're usually signs that say this is
 not drinkable water so definitely don't
 use that you could ask the airline
 people to warm your water for you they
 could give you hot water and something
 like this and you could warm your bottle
 that way if you just bring in
 room-temperature water but we had to
 feed our baby so many times so with that
 I just didn't want to bother the staff
 with bringing us hot water each time and
 honestly if you fill this with hot water
 and then you use it in your bottle it's
 much faster much much faster you don't
 have to wait at all for the water to
 warm up also you may be wondering well
 how long does hot water stay hot in a
 thermos and we actually did some
 experiments
 at home before we took a thermos with us
 on our flight we had three different
 sizes of thermoses we had this one we
 had a small cup type of thermos and we
 had a very large thermos and all of them
 retain heat really well the largest
 container that we used held hot water
 for 16 hours the smallest one held hot
 water for I think 5 hours and this one
 held hot water for about 10 hours I
 think so it was plenty plenty of time
 for us for and for our flight and the
 baby had hot water also if you're not
 concerned with heating your baby's
 formula you could just bring regular
 room-temperature water and just use the
 bag system with room temperature water
 if your baby doesn't mind drinking their
 milk that way so when I'm going out to
 run errands or something like that this
 is also really convenient or if you're
 doing something like hiking and you
 don't want to bring everything with you
 what can you bring so usually what I do
 is I will make a couple so it depends on
 how long we're out but one or two or
 three bags like this filled with formula
 and I will fill this with water and put
 a top on it and bring this and that's it
 and we're good to go sometimes if we're
 out for a little bit longer then I'll
 bring you an extra top and
 dirty bag to keep the dirty Thompson but
 if you're going out you just need one or
 two of these bags some water in a bottle
 maybe an extra top and the hot water if
 if your baby likes hot water for if you
 don't have any water at home you can
 bring the formula and the bag the bottle
 and an extra top and you can buy bottled
 water while you're out at the store so
 that's it if you have any questions
 please leave questions in the comments
 below thanks
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What is the Best Bottle Weaning Method

One of the most interesting things that we have come across is how the methods and ideas behind bottle weaning vary from one place to another. This is different between individuals and cultures. Most of these methods are passed down from one generation to the next. In some cases, mothers sort of discover them off the cuff. This is to say that you will know them when you encounter the situation. The resource below is one that will be incredibly helpful for mothers no matter what stage of development your child is at.

If you are still in the feeding stage, Baby formulas are a good option.

what made me realize that my son was
 becoming less of a newborn was when he
 started crawling under pressure from
 isola was started walking once i winds
 are offering it was much easier and it
 was a good milestone because i didn't
 have to buy the warnekros no more
 bottles
 it was better for my pocket
 a baby doesn't need a bottle at six
 months most babies can hold a cup and
 are quite happy to do so
 when they turn one they should be
 switching from a bottle to a cup and
 they should be transitioning from
 formula to milk so it's actually a great
 time to make the change because you're
 also changing what they drink milk you
 know has a lot of calcium
 you know vitamin D in the right amount
 milk is great for you but too large of
 an amount is being given to children and
 it's causing other problems that are
 then harder to deal with they tend to
 drink more if it's from the bottle for
 some reason more than you know and
 drinking from a sippy cup a one-year-old
 child should have no more than 16 ounces
 of whole milk every day from a cup it
 becomes when it's coming from the cup
 but from the bottle it's unlimited it
 goes on and on and there are three main
 problems that we want families to know
 about when it comes to drinking too much
 milk the first is iron deficiency anemia
 milk has an ability to block the
 absorption of iron into the body and so
 the child drinks too much milk then some
 of the nutrients they're getting from
 the food that they eat aren't going to
 make it into their body to help them
 grow the way it should and that's
 especially important for helping their
 brain develop the second thing is what
 doctors and dentists often refer to as
 baby bottle tooth decay
 nothing underhanded open more stickers I
 need no but I wrote the anthem and that
 can happen when particularly a child is
 put to bed at night with a bottle and
 doesn't have their teeth brushed after
 they drink the milk and the milk can
 pull up in the mouth and spends all
 night sort of eating into the teeth in
 creating the cavities I've had patients
 in the past who the child comes in at
 age two with full mouth of dental caries
 which if left untreated it could get
 bigger and then eventually become a
 fully severe decay to the point that it
 breaks down completely a lot of people
 don't realize that the primary teeth
 they're there to serve a function at the
 greatest stage of the children which is
 when they're growing these teeth
 basically serve as a space maintainer
 for the permanent teeth that are growing
 underneath if the primary teeth are lost
 early before they're supposed to there
 is always a chance that when the
 permanent teeth that are growing
 underneath could be shifted which would
 lead to basically further treatment into
 orthodontia and braces the American
 Academy of pediatric dentistry normally
 recommends children from switching from
 bottle and drinking out of a cup by age
 one and that's our recommendation as
 well
 there it is so the most important thing
 is if your child is going to have some
 milk or any other snack before bed make
 sure you brush those teeth and get them
 wiped off before they go to my dentist
 and then the third thing that we always
 want the families to know is this link
 between the milk and a child potentially
 becoming overweight milk has the same
 kind of calories that food does and if
 they drink too much milk they're adding
 extra calories into their day that they
 lately don't need but one of the other
 challenges with bottles is that when a
 child cries the instinct often is to
 give him a bottle to help him calm down
 and so it becomes essentially a 180
 calorie pacifier so this is we compare
 the milk to how many calories in an
 actual egg if you if they tell me oh I
 give them four bottles a day in calories
 is the equivalent of the calories and
 eight eggs so a lot of times we'll say
 to the parents would you actually feed
 your child eight eggs in one day and
 they say wow the first bottle to stop is
 in the afternoon no problem you can give
 them a cup of milk if the child is old
 enough to ask for a bottle you can give
 them a bottle of water and they're gonna
 cry
 right that's not what they ask any other
 time if your child Falls if your child
 loses a special toy what are those same
 things you're gonna do to comfort them
 you're gonna pick them up you're gonna
 hold them you're gonna find something to
 distract them I think once these
 spontaneous by the spring
 something different she just he's
 distracted unless he's like hungry to
 try alternating the sippy cup in the
 bottle to try no bottle all day and then
 a little bottle at night and I think
 every child is different and you have to
 look to your child to see what's working
 some of the tips that moms have found
 helpful including myself when my son was
 one first of all is to kind of make it a
 special occasion so you can start even
 ahead of time by taking the child to the
 store and letting him pick out a cup so
 that he's involved in making that change
 I can get something he's excited about
 I'm proud to have how I started it with
 my daughter that way I'm like it's
 battle off how I did it with her and
 then we do it also with him because I
 don't want her to grow up in them their
 teeth start getting messed up and get
 used to the bottom go everywhere with
 the battle too much it's okay if the
 child cries the problem is what does the
 parent do when the child cries is just
 hold them in stay calm and by the child
 being physically attached to a
 physically calm person they begin to
 acquire the skills of calming down you
 spend a lot of time thinking about it in
 your head and whirring how's it gonna go
 what if they're gonna cry what am I
 gonna do and then the kids actually have
 an easier time with a lot of times that
 mothers do and that if you stick with it
 it really does happen pretty quickly the
 way I got her mouth was by
 using a straw he liked the straw lines
 he saw mommy and daddy using the straw
 so he wanted to use a straw and that
 helped me get the bottle way from him
 faster we offered it at six months and
 she took to it right away she was very
 excited she was sort of breathing
 excitedly when they grow out of diapers
 your relief because that's a mess and
 who wants to keep doing that all the
 time but when they go from a bottle to a
 cup and they gave up that bottle and you
 think about when they were babies and
 the bottles and packing them we're going
 to go out and you just always associate
 bottle with baby and when you start
 eliminating the bottle does that mean
 that you don't have a baby anymore and
 for a lot of moms that's really hard at
 first I felt sad but then quickly I felt
 proud that my baby was showing that this
 development and these steps that I had
 heard about but not yet experienced and
 it helped me prepare for the next stage
 of walking and talking just to feel more
 proud of him than worried that he's
 growing
 so no later they have to grow up sooner
 or later anyway so it's not I wouldn't
 say painful but it's a it's a privilege
 and a joy to see them go to they get
 their milestones I'm very happy my baby
 is what he must die my sleep is very
 nice
 you
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Breast and Bottle Feeding Techniques

Whether you are using a bottle or breastfeeding your baby, it is important that you strike the perfect balance between the two methods. More than anything, you also want to put yourself in a position in which you understand all techniques at your disposal. There is a great resource that we found that was created by a group of healthcare professionals. Spend some time watching the clip and the transcript below if you would prefer that.

If you are wondering about what formulas to give your baby check out our post on the best baby formulas.

while most new moms know that
 breastfeeding is the best for their baby
 a vast majority of information that's
 out there is just not clear enough the
 American Academy of Pediatrics has
 specific recommendations for giving our
 babies the best start in life here's dr.
 Tanya Altman with more on the subject
 the American Academy of Pediatrics
 recommends exclusively breastfeeding for
 the first six months of life and then
 adding in some solids or complimentary
 food and continuing to breastfeed until
 at least twelve months of age and as
 long really as a mom and baby desire you
 can breastfeed as long as you're
 enjoying it and your baby's enjoying it
 breast milk is really the best source of
 nutrition for your infant there's so
 many wonderful benefits so breastfeed as
 long as you can but especially for the
 first six to twelve months of life well
 even if your children are very grown up
 now chances are you still have vivid
 memories of how each of them nursed when
 they were babies I know I do it can be
 an intense and challenging time with
 some very important nursing decisions
 involved that affect both your baby and
 everyone else in your family and
 speaking of families with new babies
 we'd like to introduce you to one right
 now this is Sebastian
 Alexandra syska he was born a month ago
 and he's very serious about his feeding
 time my name is kishna Sisca and i have
 four kids now i have a 14 year old 12
 year old and nine and a half year old
 and newborn who's a month old I really
 enjoy breastfeeding for multiple
 different reasons one the bonding you
 get to experience with the baby is
 special and unique to breast milk is
 best I've had times where I was
 seriously ill with other
 it's that when I was breastfeeding in
 the baby we never got anything I really
 enjoy breastfeeding and it's really
 relaxing and the baby gets really
 relaxed and the mom really relaxed the
 beautiful thing about breastfeeding is
 that I find you lose the baby weight
 that's also a plus that I found yeah I
 had to supplement with formula for my
 first one and she was the worst nurser
 and lost too much weight and she'd sleep
 on the boat so she nursed for five
 minutes and then fall flat asleep my
 second one was an excellent nurse er she
 was fantastic I never had to supplement
 she breastfed till 15 months and my
 third one was a good nurse or two but he
 stopped at seven months when he started
 fighting fighting did real quick and
 this one he's doing really well he's a
 good nurse er but this one I'm going
 back to work earlier than I did with my
 other three so I'm gonna be
 making bottles so I think it's gonna go
 well as a working mom my breast pump was
 my best friend I took it with me to work
 every day I traveled around the country
 speaking with my breast pump
 sometimes my baby came with me but I
 could always bring him with me so I
 would leave him at home take my breast
 pump with me collect breast milk fly
 home with a cooler stored in the
 refrigerator or the freezer and the
 caregivers would provide my sons with my
 breast milk and of course I wanted a
 nurse as much as possible but I could
 always be there 24/7 so as a working mom
 I did my best to provide my both my boys
 with my breast milk and sometimes that
 came from me and sometimes it came from
 my breast pump but I think the most
 important thing is to be flexible we
 know that it's important to breastfeed
 and we know that's the best thing for
 our children but we can't always be with
 them so luckily with today's modern
 conveniences there are so many ways to
 be away from your baby and still provide
 the baby with your breast milk I'm sure
 so many moms out there can relate to the
 very real issues decisions and stress
 associated with nursing but if you're
 feeling that stress today know that
 you're not alone in fact experts say
 Nursing is one of the most important and
 most challenging aspects of motherhood
 I can definitely relate to that and
 that's why I can't wait to introduce you
 to our next guests they've got the
 a-to-z on all things Nursing I've got
 Jenny Lockwood Mulaney from the infant
 feeding brand Tommee Tippee here and
 registered nurse and board certified
 lactation consultant and Marie Sawicki
 welcome ladies what a great topic to
 talk about a hot topic to talk about I
 went through it it was very rewarding
 but also very stressful I know so you
 deal with both stay-at-home moms and you
 deal with career moms yes from all of
 your experiences what would you say is
 the driving force that that makes them
 decide whether to nurse or to
 bottle-feed
 truly is a personal decision for every
 mom every mom wants to do the best for
 their baby and they know the health
 benefits and breast milk is the best
 choice every mom should know that a
 little bit of breast milk is better than
 none and more is better than some and
 that's where I come in I get him off to
 the right start right it's hard in the
 beginning the first
 I'm not gonna lie to you it is hard but
 getting all the first week yeah it's
 it's worth it I don't want to underscore
 that but it is it's not something you
 just step into or fall into so let's
 talk about the challenges both for
 breastfeeding and for bottle feeding yes
 challenges getting off to the right
 start knowing how breastfeeding works
 having a little bit of knowledge about
 how breastfeeding works getting educated
 with their significant other going to
 prenatal classes and then having a
 health care provider that's going to
 support them and their views on how
 they're gonna feed their baby do you
 think one of the major challenges is
 just not having to support them well
 your you experience the challenges some
 moms um have to go back to work some
 moms or stay-at-home moms but they also
 want the ability to go back and forth
 from breast to bottle and you might have
 to use a breast pump to get you started
 talk about that Jenny you I have three
 children two of which with preemies yeah
 that had its own set of challenges can
 you tell us about those yep well each
 baby is different and each one of them
 brings their own experience of
 breastfeeding
 so even when you've breastfed one the
 second and third it could be a very
 different experience again which was the
 case with me my four oldest was
 full-term and latched pretty readily but
 then second baby preemie needed support
 in the hospital needed feeding tubes and
 all that extra pumping to get the milk
 supply established and to get something
 that he would take by mouth was a big
 challenge and then the third one had her
 own personality so it's different every
 time yeah every every woman every baby
 so certainly the relationship between
 the body and the baby and the products
 and equipment I think most people should
 know that even though you choose to
 exclusively breastfeed at some point you
 might be transitioning and you may need
 a bottle and in your experience do most
 women both breastfeed and at some point
 use bottle yes the majority of moms
 don't have the luxury of staying at home
 at some point we they do have to return
 back to work the majority of the
 workforce are women and a good portion
 of those are of childbearing age so a
 pump to continue the breast smell
 is gonna make it a lot easier Jenny you
 are as we said a mom of three but you
 also work for Tommee Tippee which is an
 award-winning infant feeding company
 been around for 50 years and they're all
 about extension right it's about
 allowing women to breastfeed for as long
 as they want or to getting get going
 even further than they expected yeah and
 they have some really great products
 that help them do that can you tell me a
 little bit of what they've done
 to sort of help women get through this
 time sure well we're all about trying to
 make life easier for moms and families
 and Nursing is its own rewarding
 experience for sure but in those cases
 where mom isn't nursing you still have
 to get that milk into the baby through a
 bottle so there's a variety of options
 to do that our newest launch is actually
 called pump and go and the real
 innovation here is that it has a single
 pouch mom pumps directly into the pouch
 she uses an adapter from her hospital
 grade pump or her personal pump pumps
 right in here puts the lid on and then
 she stores warms and feeds from the same
 pouch so there's none of that
 transferring pouring the risk of
 spilling we don't want to lose a drop
 liquid so pump and go allows mom to then
 take this pouch snaps are right into a
 bottle and feed the baby but it also
 starts with a nipple because the comfort
 the baby experiences while bottle
 feeding has a lot to do with mouthfeel
 and what their experience is silicone
 nipples can feel a lot like Mom's nipple
 they have a lot of pliability they move
 in every direction they can take on the
 warmth of the formula or the milk that's
 behind them they also have a venting
 system that moves the air through so
 that it's a comfortable and smooth feed
 so today's bottles and nipples aren't
 the ones our mothers used yes I don't
 think they were the ones that I use to
 be honest five years ago yep so our
 latest innovation actually involves
 taking the nipple and putting it
 off-center and why is that it allows the
 milk to stay in one continuous direction
 so that baby can feed in a very
 continuous way it's smooth it's
 comfortable it's baby lead they can
 control the flow better it has a contour
 zone which is more like mom's breasts
 and overall bottles and the innovation
 behind them are making breast to bottle
 transition smoother and easier for
 families
 well how lucky are we to live at a time
 when we get such great support and have
 such great products to make this process
 a little bit easier thank you ladies so
 much for joining us today such great
 information and you can head straight to
 Tommee Tippee com to learn more and of
 course you can also head to access
 health TV welcome back as many of you
 are well aware every baby is different
 some love breastfeeding and some love
 bottle feeding and some actually love
 both but what about baby Sebastian let's
 check back with the syska family and
 find out a for weeks which is the age of
 my infant I started transitioning
 pumping and having him start to get used
 to the nipple from this age so that
 going back to work it's not like a
 stressful thing leaving him and him not
 wanting to take the bottle properly and
 all that good stuff the brand I've been
 using they didn't have it around when I
 had my other kids I have my own business
 I'm a physical therapist I my own
 practice so when I go back I'm gonna do
 a gradual transition you know a couple
 hours at a time and then gradually get
 to a full day so the Tommee Tippee pump
 and go system you get the sterile bags
 you get the various nipples depending on
 the age of the baby you get the
 transitioning tops that can go from the
 pump to the bottle and I like the wider
 bottles the Tommee Tippee comes with the
 wider bottle the baby when the baby does
 eventually get to hold it's easy
 and some of those skinny narrow ones and
 it comes with the the nipple that's very
 similar to nature soft and supple not a
 hard thick plastic the pump and go
 system with transitioning from being
 with your baby to going back to work
 from being able to create a time at work
 to pump the bottles for your baby for
 the next day or for when you head home I
 find to be an easy system very doable
 very no nonsense
 and I recommend it to new moms
 transitioning back to work and fretting
 or worrying about how they are gonna be
 able to still take care of their baby
 with the breast milk and continue that
 breastfeeding time for as long as I can
 myself being you know the babies know
 your smell and they know you and they
 know what's about to happen
 whatever they come close to you with the
 nursing so then we say the moms not the
 one to be to feed the bottle when you do
 pump at work they go into those sterile
 plastic bags and the plastic bag goes
 straight into the fridge I don't have to
 worry about it spilling or worry about
 the transitioning from when I pump to
 putting it into the fridge that I might
 spill it or lose some or bacteria
 getting in there so this guy he's I
 started pumping last week and he's been
 taking the bottle so I'm looking I think
 it'll work out I had a beautiful family
 we wish the CC goes and all of your
 growing families the very best we'll be
 right back
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How to Pace Bottle Feed a Breastfed Baby

One of the most commonly asked questions that we have received so far is how to assist your baby in the transition from breast to bottle feeding. The key thing that should be considered in this case is the fact that the focus of this exercise does not have to be wholly focused on moving to bottle from the breast. It is rather, a method that can also be used when mommy needs rest. There are certain things that the baby becomes used to when they are breastfed. One of these is the aid of the mother. Here is a great aid that we found that should be of help in explaining and demonstrating all of this.

Be sure to check out our post on baby formulas as well.

what I'm going to show you today is how
 to do paste bottle-feeding paste
 bottle-feeding is a method of
 bottle-feeding
 a baby that is designed to more closely
 mimic breastfeeding and it allows the
 baby to paste the feed and control how
 much milk they take and I like to
 compare it to if you've ever been out to
 lunch with a good friend and found
 yourself chatting throughout the whole
 lunch and realized at the end of lunch
 you've only eaten half of your sandwich
 but you're full and compare that to
 maybe if you've ever at another time
 been really really hungry and sat down
 to eat and eaten really quickly and
 realized by the time you were finished
 that you were actually more full than as
 comfortable
 so paste bottle feeding is designed to
 mimic the conversation of breastfeeding
 a little bit like going out to lunch
 with friends so how do you do it there's
 a couple of steps to it rather than
 holding the baby flat and just putting
 the bottle in their mouth like we often
 think of for bottle feeding you're going
 to hold the baby a little bit more
 upright however is comfortable for you
 and for the baby and so you can look at
 each other but the baby's not going to
 be flat on their back they're going to
 be maybe 45 degree angle or even a
 little more upright then we are going to
 do is use the bottle and this is going
 to be a bit like breast feeding to
 tickle the baby's upper lip here and the
 baby should then reach up and latch on
 to the bottle then what you need to do
 is encourage the bottle to be pretty far
 into the baby's mouth and encourage the
 baby's lips to flange and relax around
 the outside of the bottle so that
 they're a little bit turned out around
 the bottle and then what you do rather
 than tip the bottle up like this is
 you're going to hold the bottle
 horizontal like this some folks worried
 that the baby will get a little bit of
 air during a feeding like this and
 usually burping will just take care of
 that so it's not a big deal so when that
 when you've got the baby latched on to
 the bottle like this in the bottle
 horizontal the baby will normally begin
 to drink milk from the bottle then when
 you do if you allow the baby to drink
 for about 20 to 30 second
 and then you pull the bottle down but
 leave the nipple in the baby's mouth and
 what you do is you wait until the baby
 begins to suck on the bottle nipple
 again and when the baby begins to suck
 you lift the bottle up to horizontal
 again give it another 20 or 30 seconds
 and then pull the bottle down again
 without pulling it out and again wait
 for the baby to re-engage with the
 bottle and start sucking again so you'll
 be going back and forth and back and
 forth up for 30 seconds and then down
 until the baby sucks again and so on at
 some point you'll you'll pull the bottle
 down and the baby usually what will
 happen is the baby won't start sucking
 again even if you give wait quite a
 quite a while so what you'll do then is
 just end the feeding and so it can be
 tempting if there's just a small amount
 left in the bottle to just convince the
 baby to take it but you need to respect
 the same way a breastfeeding mother
 would a baby that doesn't want any more
 that the baby's feeding is finished so
 there are a couple of reasons we do
 paste bottle feeding um one is because
 often when babies begin childcare and
 start having frequent bottles that take
 care if babies are not experiencing
 paste bottle feeding but are
 experiencing a great big bottle going in
 really quick a lot of babies enjoy the
 convenience of the fast flow and the
 shorter time it takes to feed and start
 rejecting the breast at home so this
 paste bottle feeding can keep them more
 feeding by their normal pattern another
 reason to do the paste bottle feeding is
 for childcare providers because
 breastfeeding mothers will normally be
 sending a certain amount of milk to
 daycare each day and if if a childcare
 provider isn't doing paste bottle
 feeding the baby may go through almost
 all of the milk in one or two feedings
 by the regular method but by paste
 bottle feeding a baby will typically
 take two
 three ounces and not really much more so
 the baby will will need to be fed on
 more about breast feeding schedule every
 two to three hours but we'll take the
 normal amount of milk so the milk the
 breastfeeding mother sends should last
 throughout the day and then the last
 reason which is pretty interesting is
 that a study came out recently comparing
 babies who are being bottle fed and
 babies who are being breastfed and in
 the bottles was either formula or breast
 milk and then of course the babies were
 breastfeeding were getting only breast
 milk and they found that the babies who
 are bottle feeding no matter what was in
 the bottle
 breast milk or formula had a higher risk
 for obesity at a year of age compared to
 babies who are being fed at the breast
 and one of the theories is is that by
 being fed this way and getting larger
 feedings babies get that sensation of
 being over full and learn to associate
 that with just fullness and they begin
 to think that they need to be that full
 in order to feel satisfied so taste
 bottle feeding can keep babies used to
 keeping their feedings at a more normal
 size about two to three to maybe four
 hours per feeding and hopefully prevent
 the risk of obesity that can go along
 with bottle feeding so that is paste
 bottle feeding how to do it and reasons
 for it
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Teaching Your infant to Swim

While searching for practical resources for teaching infants to swim, we found this incredible video that we would like to share with you. This is a resource that will put you in a position to train your child to swim safely. They will become confident in the water.

If you would like a step by step course for teaching babies to swim, be sure to check out the post we linked to.

In the beginning phases of this you have to teach the baby to close the mouth and open the eyes
to the sensation of being underwater.
I’m feeling her breathing cycle here with my hands and as she inhales, I
take her underwater. So the first time, when she goes underwater, she
she’s already inhaled maximally and the chances of her taking in any water or swallowing it
are remote so she comes up, there’s no crying, there’s no sputtering, there’s no coughing.
There’s no verbal cue. But there is
a hand cue. Watch my hands very closely here
and you’ll see the cue. Good. Alright now,
then you take the child to the wall, teach them to hold on,
pressing down on the fingertips. Create a little turbulence here for them so they have to hold on a little tighter.
Always protect the chin. And now see if they’ll take it in the air. Good.
Now let’s combine being underwater, coming to the surface and
taking the wall. There’s the cue,
there’s the behavior. Now we are going to introduce a slight angle.
So for rotation of the core you take this hand, and this sets up a little bit of the
oblique musculature, the abdominal musculature,
and the lats and so forth. Ready? Say go? Student: Go.
And now we’re going to have her exposed a little longer underwater.
And she tolerates that well. Now let’s combine everything.
Have her take a 180-degree turn and take the wall.
Now let’s change the orientation so the rotation means air.
Here’s the rotation, there’s the air.
We’ll do it again.
Here’s the rotation, there’s the air. Good.
Next you teach the child to float on the back.
Natural buoyancy of the water toward a human body is slightly positive
so she floats simply because she’s a normal human being.
Look at me, look at my eyes. You have to teach a good head orientation. Good.
One, two, three, four, five. And my arms are just exactly
like the buoyancy of the water except they’re more amplified and they can be more controlled.
Look at my eyes, Sophia. Good girl. Head orientation is vital.
Ready? One, two, three. Ah, ah, look at my eyes. One, two, three,
four, five. Good. Wait on your back until I count to five and then I’ll pick you up.
Look at my eyes, look at my glasses. Ready?
One, two, three, four, five, good.
Now we reintroduce a slight angle to it so that she’s got to finish
the float like that. And eventually you set this up—
one, two, three, four, five—so
that she can go from this position and go onto her back and float.
One, two, three, four, five. On her own. One, two, three, four, five.
Ready? Say go. Student: Go.
And I’m giving her some control there, that’s part of the psychology of working with a child.
They need to feel like they’ve got some control in the environment.
So I ask her to signal herself. Say go. Student: Go.
Sophia, that was nice. Turn over and get my hand, I’ll pick you up. One, two, three, four, five.
Go! Go, Sophia. Good.
That was combined because she was able to come off of the wall and
get my hand so she trusts my hands.
Can you say go? Student: Go.
Very nice. Now we’ve got a good head-down posture,
we’ve got nice feet at the surface.
Ninety-five percent of swimming and floating for babies is about body orientation
since their torso is such a large portion of their body.
What we’re really teaching her here
is a lot of the athleticism that comes from knowing where your body parts are
in space. Say go. Student: Go. Get my hand.
The difference is, water slows everything down and that’s
very nice cognitively for a child of this age
because then they can incorporate the sequences that are going much slower for them.
Kind of like learning how to do a snatch in CrossFit, everything happens very, very quickly
and it’s got to be timed perfectly. This is a situation where
due to the density of water, it slows the process down a bit,
and she has an opportunity to see and practice how various other aspects of her movement
or her lack of movement influence the environment that she’s in. Give me five.
And again, you’re always working from the psychological end of the
attention span, the physical and the emerging personality of
an infant or a young child. Say go.
Student: Go.
When you can use language meaningfully, you’re no longer an infant. Now you’re
a child. So I’m matching some of the voabulary
aspects of Sophia.
and some of her skills, verbally, along with her cognitive development
and her personality. Turn over and get the wall. There we go. Get my hand. Good.
So I didn’t have her struggle all the way to the wall there, but
I had her come to my hand which is intermediate. Now
I’m going to pull her in with the hand, pull it away and now she takes it. So now
she’s thinking, “Hm, I can take the wall by myself.”
“I don’t need the hand target.” Let’s see what she does. Go!
Perfect. Very nice.
Her mom is in the back here always watching the lesson so that I have another pair of educated eyes watching the lesson.
for any safety issue or protocol that may be of concern during the lesson.
And the mom is keeping track of some things for us. Mom, here we go with the constriction check.
And it’s a 3. What are we at, 7 minutes? Mom: 8:08.
Say go. Student: Go.
Good girl, Sophia. Come back and get me, go.
Come and get me, Sophia.
On your back. Good girl. Oh,
mom. Sophia turn over and get my hand go. Now there’s the entire swim sequence.
Mom: That is awesome. That was it right there, I can’t believe it.
Mom: That was really cool.
Coming off the wall. Here’s the whole sequence.
I’ve been doing this for 46 years and I have goosebumps.
I’m serious, look at my goosebumps. I am not
kidding.
Say go. Come get me, go!
On your back.
Sophia, come get me. Go!
On your back, Sophia. Nice.
Oh my gosh. On a Monday no less.
Come get me, Sophia. Go. Haha!
Wooo! Give me five, girl. Alright, now,
here it comes, this is a tough one.
Because she sees that wall and she sees the gate.
If she’ll do it here, then we’ve got her. Say go.
Student: go.
On your back, Sophia, on your back, on your back.
Nope. She sees that wall and that’s the finish line. OK.
So I’ve got to slow her down a little bit. Alright, Sophia, here we go.
Sayyyyyy … Student: Go
On your back, Sophia, on your back.
She isn’t going to do it. Not today.
I’ve got a little trick here, what I’m going to do since I can feel her breathing,
I’m going to let her go on no air.
Say go. Student: Go. On your back.
Turn over and get the wall, Sophia. Go, Sophia, go!
Mom: All right!
One last time and you’re out of here.
Constriction check at … Mom: 10:53. She’s done.
This is it, say go. Student: Go.
On your back, Sophia, on your back. Good.
Turn it over and get the wall and you’re done, go home, bye!
Oh my gosh!
Mom is a little excited.
Very nice! Woo!

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Kids Drowning Accidents Are Avoidable

Looking at the number of children that lose their lives every year to drowning, something has to be done. It is the responsibility of each parent to make sure that they are covered. We all know that keeping an eye on them is simply not sufficient. Kids will be kids. The best approach is to ensure that they are equipped with the sort of skills that they require when facing said danger. We found a great resource to educate you. The video and transcript are below.

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It’s an accident it’s when people are so comfortable with their surroundings they don’t think something like this could happen and that’s how it happened to me I was comfortable with my surroundings until they prove you wrong. And that’s when catastrophe happens drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 4 in 23 states in the US nationwide it ranks second only to car accidents in all 50 states that means an average of 11 children around every day 4000 children a year lose their lives in swimming pools.

It was a dog door in the master bathroom. At the lady’s house. And he brought out of it. And somehow I don’t know he fell in the pool or gym in the pool or is grabbing for something in the pool I don’t know how I ended up in the pool that he got outside it’s estimated that for every child with rooms there’s another 4 to 6 children who end up with permanent brain damage crawled crawled. There. Down near the edge of the. Faith sat. And my son went in there and full time now what size are training just because a child one versus the full one doesn’t mean he has to die there and that’s our mission. 

The header under water. The phone interface yeah. She screamed for managing fine still was 7 months old and for children 6 months to a year in the eyes are program they learn to roll over and slow and it has to be taught sequentially so the first thing she learns as she can read on her back she wants to flow and rest and free the trust the buoyancy of the water. The white the the hair back is that it. The. And still here is having a typical reaction to the lessons right now I’m a stranger it’s a new situation for her she’s never been required to do anything in the full before and doesn’t have any still yet so you’ll notice that you hear her cry in week 2 she’ll cry even a little bit more because she’s being required to be more and more independent in the full but you’ll notice bye weeks 34 and 5 as she becomes more competent motion settle down and chill just roll over and float and stay there until someone gets hurt it’s clear that she’s not the stress she did prior to the learning process and most children do but once they’re competent in the water the crying goes away and you have a child who is a lot safer. 

Easy. Good okay. One. Grab my hand. Again. Is about yeah if they were to follow number well to be able to get to their back and then one round. Object to be able to. Jack came to lessons his first lesson is 2 years old and he walked in he walked into the pool and his parents report that he’ll just jump in because it has no fear and no respect and no skill so for an older child he’s actually gonna learn to swim until he needs air to roll over in flow and then slid back over and swim. 

What he really needed to learn first was that you can’t be vertical in the water and survive have to put your head down and swim coordinate your arms and legs and look for a way out. So his lessons involved I had to teach him to keep his head down first and then move his arms and legs then direct that back to the steps so a swim short distance. Crying and screaming and turns to. This is I don’t. My initial expectations were nervous. The online and. My kids. Right. And I. Hi 5. I wanted to do it. Can’t.

 And that’s a problem. Let’s just. That’s pretty much 6 the first week so she can independently flow by the end of week one. And make it just a job. And. On the. Just. No shoes on so good last time it was. A lot quicker and she couldn’t do it but she did awesome and then to know that right if there was. A time where. Went into the pool I mean. That’s her thing yeah so sexy seen heard successfully yeah take this out here like yeah you your pride. Now she knows that. She falls in the poll. 

Yeah fine yeah. Then bye week 3 we started I started teaching them to flow. That’s right so he he will then swim telling me there roll over and flow to try to figure out where he is and if there’s something he can swim to alert to flip back over and continue swimming but the older of the children are when they come to the program the more physically able they are so the more skills they actually learn. All week to she’s now that she knows how to flow she has to learn how to get there from the face down position and from other foster’s as well so the end result is show fallen and roll over in flow which happens generally bye week 3. 

Is the. Right away. Using her legs to get. For a little. They also come a lot of times with some bad habits that are very dangerous like they’ve been floating is our life jackets or things like that so the most important survival skills for a toddler is to keep his head down when swimming anything that’s like a dog paddle or lifting the head to try to grab the rest the kids just aren’t strong enough to survive that way so the I. S. our program teaches head down coordinated arm and leg movements roll over to float when you need air and then slip back over and swim and combine that to cover whatever distance you need to go. Maybe. 

Please. Let’s not go into. We’ll do that next week John. Now. Press. And then weeks foreign 5 she learns how to do it fully closed and she also learns how long she may have to stay there so it’s one thing to float for a few seconds and then tore combine those skills rolling over the flow for. 3040 seconds it’s another to fallen unassisted roll over and float and maintain it for however long you need to tell someone. Address. Looks around and accuser differently it touches are 2 things that so what she has now is everything set for. 

She’s going to. Why it’s confusing. In a sense it didn’t float up and tapped her on the phone. In 10. Everything’s pretty intense but it’s really magical the watcher child to learn and be able to save themselves and survive in the water that confidence of knowing if anything does happen or she does home cool to be okay. 20. And then bye week 5 he comes to lessons fully closed so that he practices those skills fully closed because most kids around when they are fully clothed not expected to be around for. You can still is lasting her parents brought her fully clothed with a diaper a T. shirt and shorts knowing that she’s fully skill the just released or into the water walked away and she got on her back and floated and that’s the the end result of the eyes or for. I. They want it now it’s just. For. Now you know now it’s like. It’s cool to watch. There’s a lot of stuff on your mind is the kid you know. And it takes away. Very proud. It’s awesome I. He. It’s a slam and not drown which is. At. For. I had my then then and roll had taken I admire classes I know 100 percent without a shadow of a doubt my son would be here today if he had had those eyes are classes with the rolling over to float the difference between life and death is literally an inch turnover.