When my first baby was born, I was overwhelmed with the number of items I had to get to prepare for her arrival. That’s why I called a friend to the rescue, and we went together to get most of the essentials: baby-feeding items, bathing necessities, and of course, the must-have diapers!
We ended up buying much more stuff than I would have imagined.
So much stuff for such a little person.
As I was going to head back to work once my maternity leave (which was a shy six-week break!) ended, I had to provide my daughter with the feeding supplies that she’d need when I was going to be at the office.
Now, the best recommendation that my friend gave me was: when it comes to feeding a new baby, get all the feeding items from one brand to avoid confusing the little one with different suction tastes—that is, until I had determined whether my baby accepted the texture of the items produced by that brand, or else a different one would have to be considered.
I went with her recommendation to buy the Philips Avent bottles and pacifiers, and I have to say that they worked so well that when I got pregnant with my second baby, I blindly went back to buy the same items! I got two sets of bottles: the natural ones and the anti-colic bottles. It’s easy to distinguish between the two types of bottles once you take them out of the box, as the two types have different shapes.
Although during the first six months I was mainly breastfeeding my second baby (as by this time I was no longer working on a full-time basis), I bought some bottles so that we could use them whenever I pumped milk or whenever dad wanted to feed him. Now that he’s been weaned and he eats solid food, he’s on formula, so I still use the same bottles. My son feeds on them naturally, and the wide breast-shaped nipple is a natural latch-on.
The best part is that those bottles have received the PTPA seal of approval, which means that they are products preferred and strongly recommended by parents who have used them.
Now, my favorite part of the process of feeding my baby with those bottles is the uGrow mobile application created by Philips Avent. This application is FABULOUS as it tracks everything: feeding, diaper changes, sleeping, temperature, milestones, weight, and height. The app even provides short articles about the baby’s development to help new moms understand how their baby’s growing.
The reason why it’s so great is because you can view your baby’s habits by day, week and month, which helps in discovering patterns in his behavior, and means that you can anticipate some of them. This comes in handy when you have to spend the day outdoors, and you’ll know when the baby will be hungry, or even better, at what time you can expect to change his diaper!
In the images below, you can see how my baby’s height and weight compare to the World Health Organization (WHO) standards.
In the images below, you can see my baby’s daily and weekly sleeping habits.
Note: As my baby has started eating solid food, I used the “other” option to track the quantity of food he ate each day as shown in the second image below.
I also like the little notes and comments, such as the one below, that appear in the daily log.
The uGrow application can work on up to 3 devices, so you and your partner can have a clear perception of your baby’s habits. With this application and the bottles, you can be confident that you’re on the right track, even if you’re a new mom.
Note: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and this is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. For more information on sponsored posts please refer to the Disclosure on the Terms and Conditions page.
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