Do you ever feel like you are up all night, just embracing the night shift? I remember those moments, but don’t speed past them too quickly. These are the important ones. Today I am partnering with Parent’s Choice to talk about embracing the night-time feeding with your child.
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To all of those Mom’s managing what I call “the night shift” with your little ones, I am right there with you…We’re the ones stumbling towards our children’s room in the dark, kicking toys, trying to walk quietly, opening doors as quietly as possible to avoid any sound, in an effort to keep everyone else asleep.
I remember when our daughter was brand new. When she was a baby and I was up all night with her… Those days are LONG gone, as she was born in 2012 (and our older boys were born in 2010, 08 & 06) I try to remember what it was like to be in that moment.
That moment where it is just you & your little one, where it is all that you can do to stay awake, but I promise that phase ends and you are left with memories…
The nights when I would slowly walk into her bedroom, not turning on the lights, using my hands in the dark to find her in their crib. Her room was so dark because she slept better this way, so I would have to feel around for her because my eye’s hadn’t adjusted to the dark just yet.
I pick her up, check to make sure that her diaper is clean and give her a gentle hug, pressing her cheek to mine, before moving on to the reason that I’m there, the reason that she needs me, whatever it may be (feeding, snuggling, teething).
This is the moment to remember:
I want every mom to know that no matter how you feed your babies (formula or breast milk) the most important thing is that your baby is being fed. When our second son was born, his blood sugar was low and breastmilk wasn’t going to be an option (it didn’t have enough sugar). The doctor told us that we should formula feed him for the first month, and we did. You do what you need to do for your baby.
We ended up doing a mix of both: expressed breast milk & Parent’s Choice® formula from Walmart. We quickly learned that the formula was nutritionally comparable to more expensive national brand infant formulas, including Enfamil®, Similac®, and Gerber®. Plus, it was compliant with FDA nutritional standards and the recommendations of the AAP – the American Academy of Pediatrics, and it was clinically proven to support growth and development.
Whether mom breast feeds, bottle feeds, or supplements with formula, you are making the best choice for your baby. When I comes to feeding time, “mother knows best.” (The kids laugh because I sing the song “Mother Knows Best” from Rapunzal constantly to them. LOL.)
I knew that both breastmilk and Parent’s Choice® were both easy to digest and easily tolerated by millions of babies. It meets the highest-quality FDA national standards, just like Enfamil, Similac and Gerber.
It is at night that I really learn to “remember” my babies. I really get to know them in the middle of the night. I use all of my senses when I hold them at night.
I smell that sweet baby smell- you know the one! I love this. I smell her head so many times during the night-time feedings. I just wanted to remember those moments, knowing that they wouldn’t last forever. Knowing that she would probably be the last baby that I would feed at night. Knowing that when she was done with her night-feedings, I was done with mine.
I just love this time. Yes, I am exhausted and I loved the day that when they finally sleep through the night, but oh how I miss those “baby & me” times, when I had nothing to do but focus on Just. My. Baby. I just sat and prayed for them, sang lullabies in my head to them (because I didn’t want to risk waking them up more than they were by singing out loud!).I really was devoted to just this baby for that 20 minute feeding session. What better way to bond with your baby than to be just theirs for a moment in time. No other distractions. No one else needing you. Nothing to pull you away from just listening/smelling/hearing/touching your sweet baby.
I remember it, but the memories are fading, because she no longer needs me at night. She no longer cries out needing to be held or needing a drink. She sleeps soundly (for the most part) and thankfully, we had some good ‘night-shifts’ together, so I am happy to have moved on.
No matter what you feed your baby in these moments, remember the moments. Remember that you baby is close to you, relying on you. If you breastfeed, wonderful. If you formula feed, wonderful. Do whatever works for you. I fully believe that as long as your baby is being fed, your baby is being cared for.
Exclusive to Walmart since 1998, Parent’s Choice® Infant Formula has been a leading choice for feeding babies with millions of parents across the United States. We liked it because it then extended to other foods: Baby and Toddler Foods [Yogurt Bites, Cereals, Cereal Bars, Little Puffs®, Little Fruits®, Little MunchersTM, and Little WheelsTM︎ and even toddler formula for older infants, like Parent’s Choice® Advantage Tub Powder Stage 2 Formula.
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little”
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