Apparently this has been floating around the internet for a bit. But I’ve just come across it, thanks to some of my friends sharing it around. I’m talking about the Babocush. Someone sent me to this great video on facebook and so I had to check it out some more.

The video makes it pretty clearly but if for some reason you’re allergic to facebook the Babocush is like a rocker for a baby where they lie on their stomach and not their back, held in place by a harness and then rocked to sleep. It seems so obvious…once I’ve seen it.

This video shows it in a little bit more detail:

It looks to be a great idea and part of me is just a tiny bit sad that my own kids are too big to use one: its’ really for kids that are under 6 months.

It’d be fun to try and see if it really could rock a baby to sleep so easily. It makes a lot of sense to have a baby securely on their tummy instead of their back. After all, that’s a natural preference for really young kids. Having the harness cuts out any rusk of sudden infant death syndrome (I would thing but I am not an expert).

I’ve liked walks for calming down children but this would work well in the home.

Medicinal Benefits

The Babocush website claims – or perhaps just suggests – that the Babocush helps babies with colic or reflux calm down and relax. It’s hard to say if that’d be true, especially as I don’t know much about either condition.

I’ve been lucky in that I have no experience with reflux or colic with our two kids. I don’t know if this product would help or not. I would be interested in anyone’s feedback if they want to send it to me.

Winding a baby is meant to be made easier with the babocush as well. That’s what that video was about above, if you didn’t watch it. That I have less trouble believing.

Just to be clear: I am not affiliated with Babocush and did not receive anything for writing this. 

There comes a time for every mom when she has to realize that her milk just isn’t enough for her baby. And that time is the time when it becomes obvious that your baby wants to eat food. From there it is only a short step to introduce solids.

After my husband had purchased the best air fryer to improve our health from the top air fryers listed here (I highly recommend purchasing one if you don’t own one already!) I knew it was time to improve our babies health as well. It was time to introduce solids.

I have to admit I was caught unawares when it happened to me. It sort of creeped up on me and it was my husband who first noticed the changes. Our baby was watching us intently when we were eating. You could see her follow the  food laden cutlery from our plates to our mouths. She even looked like she was imitating our chewing. When my husband pointed these things out to me I knew my little girl, and her diet, were growing up.

The first step was baby cereal. Made from either ground rice or grains these baby cereals are available for babies from the age of four months or up. Our baby was a little bit older than this so we were fine. We mixed our baby cereal with either water or some expressed breast milk (when I started doing that) and made something that looked like a baby version of oatmeal. Together with little baby spoons, whose tips were rubber coated to be gentle on soft baby gums, we began feeding our baby.

My husband really enjoyed this as he could get far more involved than was possible with breast feeding. I think it became a real bonding activity for them.

The next stage was baby purees – those little jars of baby foods that are so easy to buy. We started off adding a little to flavour the cereal we were making up. When we were confident she was happy with the flavour we began feeding her whole jars. Starting with fruits we slowly expanded the foods she had been exposed to before adding some vegetable purees.

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I wasn’t sure how to progress next -it was obviously too big a jump to go from there to giving her whole foods. So I had to do a little bit of research. It turns out I simply had to make the foods more coarse – slowly – until our baby was ready to eat solids.

This wasn’t too hard as I was already making some fruit purees using my blender. I just started blending the foods less, making them less smooth. This proved a success! Now I was my own baby food supplier I realised all the different things I could give my daughter. I started adding vegetables, such as potato, pumpkin, broccoli, sweet potato, cauliflower, carrot, parsnip and peas to the mix. Each time I tried something new I added just a little to a mix of existing fruits or vegetables. This worked really well, for the few times my daughter didn’t like something I could easily cut it out for a bit.

Soon after I felt my daughter was ready to try meat. Given my baby was now happily eating foods that were chopped finely but not to the point of being pureed it did not seem too big a jump. Like the vegetables I would steam the meat – chopped up bits of chicken or beef to start with, before introducing fish and even port. My daughter really enjoyed the new textures of meat.

From there it was a slow but steady progression to more solid food. Rusks seems a sign she could handle small pieces of steamed food. And sure enough she could, and that’s when I knew – for my daughter at least – my days of breastfeeding were numbered.

The first time I became a mother, the very thought of even leaving the house petrified me. My sleep-deprived paranoid brain kept up a constant barrage of scenarios from having to breastfeed in public to the germs floating around in open spaces to having to lug around all our baby paraphernalia. Any sort of traveling with baby was out of the question. And then, as the first weeks of my “baby moon” phase waned and I slowly began to long for a glimpse of the world beyond our bedroom door, it dawned on me that both baby and I could use the fresh air and the stimulation of the outside world. Let me say the first time seemed like it was a disaster, but in hindsight it has become a funny anecdote in my parenting journey. And as I slowly gained my confidence in my mothering ability, I learned my lessons as I went along and can now confidently say that I look forward to adventures out with the little one. With a few tricks up my sleeve, allow me to share my list on essential items to take when traveling with babies.

It's crazy the amount of items a baby needs

It’s crazy the amount of items a baby needs

The essentials

No matter where it is your going, to the grocery or the mall or to the other side of the world, I strongly suggest the first thing you think about is how to carry baby around. Number one essential in my book is a stroller. This contraption serves multiple purposes from the obvious one of having somewhere to put baby in, to doubling as a mobile carrier for all other essentials, to having something to lean on when your back needs a moment of relief. If you’re the type who gets intimidated by contraptions then you may opt for ring slings or baby wraps or a pouch.

The point I’m driving at is have something with you that allows you moments of being hands-free. Once you’ve got this covered, then the obvious list follows: your baby bag and everything in it – diapers and extra clothes (enough to cover your trip), baby wipes, hand sanitizers, diaper cream, bug spray, enough formula and bottles (if you choose the formula route) baby food and water (if baby is already eating). If your trip involves sleeping away from the familiarity of home, take along a travel crib or your baby’s favorite sleeping mat or blanket to help give baby a sense of comfort in a strange environment.

Stuff that could help

Once you’ve got the basics covered, think of things that could come in handy for your trip. Any gadget or accessory that makes baby more comfortable and potentially help keep your stress levels to a minimum counts. I once brought along a portable fan to a picnic; I highly recommend that if you’re going for an outdoor excursion. Depending on your itinerary, plan ahead, I’m pretty sure there’s a gadget or gizmo that would come in handy.

In case of emergency

A basic first aid kit, baby’s medication if there are any, and your health care provider’s number on hand ensures you’re ready for every possible complication.

Any trip with baby is an adventure. With a little planning and wise preparation, yes, it is possible to enjoy time with your bundle of joy away from the comforts of home.

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This is a guest post by my friend, Amy, who recently had a baby girl about the struggles of adapting to a new baby in the house

I just had a baby girl and I’m going to talk about my life as a brand new mother. One thing I’m trying to adapt to is numerous sleepless nights because the baby wakes up mostly during overnight hours and either my husband and I will get up and hold and feed her. By the time the morning arrives, I’m so sleepy that I can barely get up. If that’s not difficult enough, my two older sons continue to beg for their favorite breakfast of oatmeal, sugar and berries but I have to tend to the baby and change her diaper. Meanwhile, my husband is engrossed in his home office, but he does help as much as he can before starting his assignments for the day.

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She’s cute but a lot of work!

Romance Is Slipping Away

My husband and I used to have quite a few date nights and we would drop our two sons off at my in-laws’ house, but now that the baby is here, there isn’t a lot of time for romance. This doesn’t mean that the romance has completely left us, but we had to cut back on our alone time. My husband decided to put in more work hours so that I can remain home with the children and I’m grateful to him for making the sacrifice. I just wish we had more time alone as a couple.

My Emotions Are Bouncing Around

I won’t say that I’m depressed and in fact I’m overwhelmed with joy about my baby girl. However, I think about the ups and downs that await me as I raise her in the next 17 or 18 years. The challenges for girls today are different from the ones I faced as a girl and I’m sometimes scared of what could happen to her as she enters school and society at large. I just want the best for her and I hope that I will be the best parent to her.

I Can’t Hang Out With Friends As Much

Since I’ve been spending a lot of time with the baby and my other children, my friends do not see me as much as they used to before the baby arrived. I also noticed that some of my friends have pulled away from me assuming that I don’t want to maintain the friendship but this is not true. I try to call my friends at least once or twice a week to let them know how my life is going and to inquire about them.

Physical Changes

I sometimes struggle with confidence in my appearance since I gained weight during the pregnancy. My husband loves me for the person I am on the inside and he has no trouble with the way I look but I criticize myself at times. I put myself on a reasonable diet which includes fish, chicken, turkey, fruits and vegetables. I’ve been also drinking more water and natural fruit juices.

I’m experiencing different changes following the baby’s birth, but with help from others and determination, I believe it will all turn out great.