This post was sponsored by NUK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.
A new baby means new challenges, any way you stack it. It could be your first child or your fifth: he or she adds a whole new dynamic to your family. Just when you think you have the hang of parenting, a new baby changes the game.
Having our first was a huge adjustment in itself, learning how to take care of a little person who depended on us around the clock. Then when Nolan is born, it’s a whole new story. Just learning how to juggle two is a lot (see: trip to the grocery store). But Nolan has a few initial challenges that throw us for a loop.
They both had a hard time eating initially, but Nolan has a bit more trouble. He doesn’t take in fluids or gain weight at the very beginning. Normally, this would be concerning; but in my hormonal, newly postpartum state, it has me panicky and desperate. Even with advice from specialists and a minor surgery, we decide that bottle feeding is the best option for us.
However you choose to do it, feeding your baby is a special opportunity to bond with them. To look in their eyes, snuggle them close, hold their little hands. In choosing to bottle feed, I worried our bonding time wouldn’t be the same as it would have been if I chose nursing. Luckily, that isn’t the case at all. I think it really has a lot to do with choosing a bottle that makes the experience as natural as possible. The right bottle can provide a similar experience to nursing for baby. It can make the bonding time and transition between nursing and bottle feeding (if any) easier for both of you.
NUK Simply Natural bottles are designed to be closest to mom’s breast, with nipples that have a similar shape, softness, flexibility, and nine holes (just like a mother’s breast). The nipples also come in different flow rates (slow, medium, and fast), so that the bottle can grow with baby. It has an anti-colic air system that helps baby swallow less air to prevent gas and colic, but it’s built in, meaning no extra parts to clean.
Plus the bottle itself is an impressive one. It’s made of an ergonomic material called Tritan that is clear, and odor and stain resistant. It’s solid and strong, and also BPA-Free. Its great design just gives moms less to worry about involving feeding, and more opportunity to bond with baby.
In an upcoming post, I’ll let you know more about the Simply Natural Freemie Cups, an innovative hands-free pumping accessory that allows moms to pump under their clothing. I don’t know about you, Mama, but I prefer to keep my pumping rather discreet!
These products are part of the whole Simply Natural Feeding Support System, which works for moms and babies, to make the whole experience as close to natural as possible. The system means a lot to me, as a mom who had trouble nursing and instead opted to bottle feed. I don’t want to be caught up in feeding problems and miss bonding with my baby, simply because nursing did not work for us.
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How do you create that special bond with baby?