Products: Starting Solid Foods

To get started with solid foods for your baby you really don’t need much: high chair, bibs, spoons, sippy cup, lunch box. Here are my favorites, details below:

High chair: It’s recommended that when buying a high chair you take your baby with you and actually try them out in the display models in the store — advice I was given by a friend who runs a baby club/website. Other questions to ask yourself: Is it important that the high chair is easy to store because you have limited space? Do you want the high chair to pull up to the table or have its own tray? Do you care if it matches your kitchen? I had researched a bunch of different high chairs and we ended up with the Peg-Perego Siesta. It was a splurge, but we figure it’ll be used 3+ times a day for years and for several kids so it was worth the $300 price tag. We also loved that it collapses, saves us space by fitting right next to the refrigerator. We also found when Archer was still a bit small for the high chair the Bumbo with tray worked well — a great option for anyone starting solids from 4-6 months.

Waterproof bibs: You’ll ask yourself why you need waterproof bibs, but trust me, you do. Baby food at the start is very watery and certain foods stain cotton. We were recommended Bumkins Waterproof Superbibs and they’re awesome! The pocket at the bottom catches any drips and the nice large size covers the entire front of the baby. They also sell some that have sleeves, which is also great for when your baby starts eating with their hands. Note the bibs with sleeves are bigger and won’t fit most 6-8 month old babies.

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Article: Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

If you are a working mom you most likely were sent or saw this article published in The Atlantic: Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.  It has been a hot read with over 75,000 shares on Facebook and was the most trafficked article in history for The Atlantic. There is a reason why this article resonates with so many women, evoking passion and anger about the challenges with trying to “have it all”. The article is long, but a great read.

The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, asks “Has the older generation of feminists sold younger generation a fiction?”  The answer is yes. The older generation of powerful and strong women have paved the way for young women today to blaze the trail of  upper management and executive leadership, but weren’t explicit that in order to get that you’d have to put family time on the back burner. Many of us who are really ambitious and career oriented struggle with actually saying we want to be home with our kids. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to work, many of us do, we need a balance of both.

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Guest Blogger Leigh: Career Woman to Stay at Home Mom

A friend of mine at Mommy & Me decided to quit her job and become a stay at home Mom — something a lot of us think about or thought about doing at some point. I asked her to share her story so that all of us who still work can get a first hand account of what’s it’s like transitioning from a career woman to a stay at home mom. It has its joys and its challenges. Here’s her story:

“When I got pregnant last year I would only allow myself to be consumed with the actual pregnancy…not what happens after the baby was here. I was going on four years working for a great company with fantastic benefits, however in the few months prior I had gone from loving my position to just tolerating it. As my due date approached, I could no longer ignore the fact that I needed a plan for when my maternity leave was up. In my mind, I thought I wanted to be a stay-at-home Mom, but I didn’t think it was realistic for my family. I looked around at daycares and explored the nanny option as well – maybe I was just naive but I could not believe how expensive they were. Many of the daycares cost just about as much as I was making – and the hours didn’t match my job at all. I work(ed) in the entertainment industry and I know there was no way I could sneak out of the office at 5pm everyday in time to pick up my child. Nannies were just as much money, if not more. I wanted to make sure I was being ‘financially responsible’, so I really did my homework and weighed all my options before coming to terms that it didn’t make sense for me to give my entire paycheck over to someone to watch my baby while I was at a job where I wasn’t happy.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all those soon-to-be moms and new moms!

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  She didn’t know what kind of mother she would be and now she knows the only kind of mother one can be — full of love, support, admiration and forgiveness for her child.”

Within us all things are possible. We birth the doctors, the teachers, the leaders, the inventors. This world would be nothing without the fruits of our wombs. Enjoy today and revel in how important you are in your kid’s life and in the ecosystem of the world.


Attachment Parenting

Today in the news there was controversy over a Time cover photo of a young woman breastfeeding her 4 year old son who was standing on a chair just to reach her breast. That is extreme, but the article was using it as a reference to the philosophy of attachment parenting. I myself believe in attachment parenting and like a lot of what Dr. Sears has recommended (he one of the biggest advocates of attachment parenting). He has come under scrutiny for his extreme beliefes. One example being that co-sleeping with your children isn’t bad and is actually prefered.

I wanted to take the controversy over Dr. Sears out of the equation to really explain what attachment parenting is. There was an article today on Yahoo that listed the 8 basic priciples of attachment parenting from Dr. Mayim Bialik. It’s a quick and accurate summary of attachment parenting:

“So what is attachment parenting really about? Attachment Parenting International (API) identifies AP as guided by eight principles. The practical application varies greatly but it often looks something like this:

1. Birth: Prepare for birth and become educated about natural birth options and their benefits for baby and mother.

2. Breastfeeding/breast milk: A human mother’s milk is the optimal food for human babies, and bottle feeding should mimic as many aspects of breastfeeding as possible.

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Hello Mommies!

Welcome to Becoming Mommy!

I am a new Mom to my son Archer and spend a lot of time and money researching different questions, trying different products and asking for recommendations on everything from products to playtime. I’m going to share what I learn so others can benefit from all this time and money I spend!

I am not an expert nor any sort of accredited child development specialist. I am a working Mom trying out different things and sticking to what works best. I also belong to a Mommy & Me group where we share experiences and tactics – learn what I learn here.

I should also add that my general outlook on pregnancy and motherhood has been to be as natural and unintrusive as possible. I generally follow the thinking that nature knows best and try to facilitate natural processes and follow the natural instinct within us all.

I hope what has worked for me and my son help you in your adventures into Mommyhood!