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Feeding Your Baby: What to Do When Your Baby Refuses to Eat

Feeding Your Baby: What to Do When Your Baby Refuses to Eat

There are 130 million babies born each year.

With each baby comes a worried parent, or two, who are very nervous if their baby refuses to eat. After all, many parents are closely monitoring growth charts to ensure their child is caught up to their peers. 

While we understand this can be frightening and worrisome when your baby won't eat, so let's take a look at some of the top reasons your little one is refusing their food. We'll also offer up some tips for feeding your baby.

Change up Their Food

Babies are tiny humans. While they can't talk, that doesn't mean that they don't have food preferences, or that they don't get bored with the same old, same old.

If you find your baby not eating, try switching up what's on the menu. They may have just become bored with what they're being served and want to move on to something more appetizing.

Add More Fiber to Their Diet or Give Them Prune Juice

While babies are tiny humans, they eat when we feed them. Because they can't necessarily eat out of boredom or "eat their feelings," they aren't like their adult counterparts who may be able to continue to eat despite being constipated.

If your child is constipated, they may very well refuse what you're giving them. Try giving them prune juice or adding more fiber to their diet. But make sure you're using age-appropriate constipation solutions.

If they don't work, consult your child's pediatrician, as they may have more insight into your child's constipation.

They May Be Temporarily Sick

If your baby has a cold, cough, or ear infection, they'll be less inclined to eat their food. After your child has been diagnosed with one of these, don't overanalyze your baby's eating habits too much. In the event that it continues after your child has recovered, then it is time to seek the advice of a professional.

They're Teething

Teething doesn't feel good. Cutting teeth is dreadfully painful, and often, babies become moody during this time. Food temperature may affect them, or they may simply not want to eat because food doesn't feel great on their teething gums.

If this is the case for your baby, don't force them to eat the same foods. You may wish to switch up to something softer or cooler on their teeth, which may prompt them to want to eat again.

You may need to seek advice from a pediatrician

Parents often jump to this conclusion first, and it's easy to understand why. It's human nature to jump to the worst-case scenarios.

Not eating may be a sign of something more sinister, but it also may be a sign of something much more common. Some serious conditions can be treated and then your child will resume their normal eating habits, whilst others are lifelong conditions.

It is important that you don't let your imagination run away with you, and to seek advice from your pediatrician.

What to Do When Your Baby Refuses to Eat

If your baby refuses to eat, it is important that you take everything into consideration before jumping to a conclusion. It is also imperative that you seek professional advice before attempting to diagnose or treat your child.

Most often, if your baby refuses to eat, it is an easily fixable issue and may include switching up what to feed your baby.

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15 Ways to Maximize your Maternity Leave

15 Ways to Maximize your Maternity Leave

With nearly 4 million babies born in America every year, you can bet plenty of new mommies are wondering how best to use their time during maternity leave.

Here are 15 unique ideas of what to do on maternity leave to help you fully experience the joy of this short, and wonderful time.

1. Get Photos Taken

Oh, those sweet little newborns only last so long. They look different with every passing day. Don't let that newborn face pass you by. 

Be sure to arrange newborn photos or a family photo session during your time off.

2. Order Vital Records

Sometimes new mommas forget to order their baby's vital records during the chaos of bringing a new baby home.

Maternity leave is the perfect time to order copies of the baby's birth certificate and social security card.

3. Eat Yummy Food

Mom, that baby belly will disappear. You'll return to a regular workout routine. Maternity leave is the time to boost your milk supply and enjoy a hearty meal.

4. Start a Baby Book

Create a baby book. Include photos, the birth story, and any other items you want the baby to see when he or she is older.

5. Join a Parenting Group

Finding mommy friends or other new parents to talk with will bring insight and comfort to your new life.

6. Develop a Sleep Schedule

Newborns have no set sleep schedule. But, towards the end of your maternity leave, you should be able to start seeing signs of a routine. Help baby and yourself by sticking to a regular routine.

7. Nail Down a Care Plan

If you're heading back to work, maternity leave is the perfect time to find a high-quality caregiver. 

8. Accept the Lack of Control - Hire a Parenting Coach!

You've had a baby. Welcome to a whole new life. Things will never be the same again. The sooner you accept the new lack of total control, the better off you'll be. Schedule a free 15-min consultation with our Wunder parent coaches!

9. Pump Extra Milk

If you've decided to breastfeed, maternity leave is the perfect time to pump a little extra milk. Especially if you're planning to return to work full-time and need to leave the baby with a caregiver.

10. Nap, Nap, Nap

Honestly, this can't be overstated. Every single chance you get to enjoy some extra shut-eye, TAKE IT. 

Babies don't keep and neither will you if you don't sleep while you can.

11. Take it Easy

Doctors often recommend no strenuous exercise for 6 weeks after delivery. So, take it easy with light walks or doctor-approved exercise.

12. Scope the Parks

In the coming days, you may spend lots of time at the local park. Find the best ones where fellow mommies and babies might gather.

13. Pamper Yourself

You just popped a baby out. It's time to "treat yo-self." Get your hair done. Eat dessert. Buy some new clothes. Whatever makes you happy.

Work and tantrums and sleep-loss are coming...

14. Plan a Pumping Routine

If you're planning to pump at work, gather your goods. Get your pumping bag and supplies ready so you can store milk away from home.

15. Make Some (More) Freezer Meals 

You probably did this before the baby came. But if you're wondering what to do on maternity leave, making freezer meals for your return to work will be a lifesaver. It'll also leave you more time after work to enjoy newborn cuddles.

Still Not Sure What to Do on Maternity Leave?

Don't stress, mama! As long as you've stayed in touch with work and hammered out details, just take this time to enjoy being home with the baby.

If you're planning to continue work from home after the baby comes, read our tips for new moms working remotely.

Baby Sleep Schedule 101: How to Get a Routine Down with Your Newborn

Baby Sleep Schedule 101: How to Get a Routine Down with Your Newborn

There are few things in life more exciting than bringing home a brand new baby!

Babies bring joy, excitement, and fulfillment to life, but they can also leave you feeling exhausted.

You'll need energy, though, to care for your baby, and a great way to get the energy you need is by establishing a baby sleep schedule.

Now, this isn't going to happen overnight. But, it can happen a lot faster if you are intentional with it.

Here are some helpful tips you can use to create a good sleep schedule for your little child.

Start When Your Little One Is a Few Weeks Old

It's not easy to train a brand-new baby to stick to a schedule, so don't try to rush this. Instead, wait until your child is at least a few weeks old before implementing a sleep schedule routine.

If you start too soon, you may feel discouraged when your plan is not working. Be patient, and start slowly. It will take some time for you to learn your baby, and for your baby to learn a routine.

Your baby will most likely adapt well to an established routine by the time he or she is a few months old.

Keep Day and Night Separate

Babies aren't born with a sense of night and day, so helping them learn the difference is key to a successful sleep schedule. You can start right away!

During the day, keep the blinds or curtains open to let lots of daylight in. When your baby isn't napping, give them lots of stimulating play, conversation, and eye contact. At night and nap time, turn the lights and volume low.

When your baby wakes to feed at night, turn on the dimmest light possible, keep talking to a minimum, and resist the urge to gaze into their eyes (they find it really stimulating!). They'll soon start to realize that day is for activity and night is for sleep.

Create a Routine Before Bed

As your baby begins growing, you should create a routine to use before bed. A lot of parents like bathing their babies before bed. Next, they may read a story to their child. After that, they may cuddle them and sing them a lullaby.

These are all great activities to incorporate into a sleep schedule. As your baby develops, he or she will get used to the order of these events and will know what to expect next.

Having a schedule is essential for a baby's cognitive development. Babies will even sleep better when they have a schedule to follow.

Let Him or Her Fall Asleep Alone

One aspect to include in your bedtime routine is letting your baby fall asleep on his or her own. Don't wait to put your newborn to bed until he or she is sleeping. Instead, let your child learn how to fall asleep alone.

Offer a Safe, Nurturing Environment

It's also essential to provide your newborn with a safe, nurturing environment to sleep in. Your baby should sleep in a room that is dark and cool. It should be free of drafts, too.

You can play white noise in the background to offer a soothing sound for your baby, and you should always put your baby to sleep in the same place for naps and bedtime.

Learn More About Developing a Baby Sleep Schedule

Creating a baby sleep schedule is vital for you and your child. If you start working on it and stay consistent, you'll have a good routine to use each day.

If you would like more information about parenting a new baby, check out our blog for more helpful articles.