Here are two little tips that I have discovered over the past few weeks. I’m sure I’m not the first to do these, but I’ll pass along the tips in case any of you haven’t thought about this yet.
Parenting Hack #1:
When you have a little boy with beautiful thick hair like Colin, putting on sunscreen can cause newly washed hair to become greasy. So, every morning when I’m getting him dressed, I pull his onesie up just to his hairline and uncover his ears. Once his hair is out of the way, I sunblock his face, then the rest of him and change his diaper. By this time (he’s a mover so this whole process is a wrestling match), the lotion has absorbed and I can take his onesie all the way off and get him dressed.
(Proof of wonderful hair)
Parenting Hack #2:
I was out to dinner with some friends and I realized that I had forgotten a spoon for Colin’s baby food. My solution? I asked for an extra straw and slurped up baby food into the straw and let Colin suck it out. He loved it and it was much cleaner then spoon feeding him (see previous post to see how spoon feeding goes). I have now used this trick a few other times and I actually prefer it to spoon feeding. A straw works great in a pinch so I keep some in my diaper bag and in the car. Another benefit is there is nothing to clean up, just toss it in the garbage when you’re done!
So, spoons and straws are both great ways to feed a baby, but my real recommendation to anyone with a baby in this stage are these Infafeeder Baby Food bottles by Sassy:
My lovely sister-in-law introduced me to these. I can get a lot more food into my growing little guy when I use these because normally he gets sick of waiting for me to give him the next bite with a spoon (or straw) that he gives up on the whole eating thing. The bottom of the bottle moves up with the food and the opening is big enough to suck baby food through. They are easy to clean since all the food gets scraped off the sides as the bottom come up.
See! He loves it. He can gulp down a whole jar of baby food in no time!