Baby weaning and BPA free accessories for breastfeeding expressing and bottle feeding
From the moment a baby is born they instinctively ask for food, babies will gain all the nutrients they need from milk and then at around 6 months of age begin the weaning process with their first tastes of solids. This can be an exciting though a somewhat daunting time for babies and parents alike. Here at Danu World we hope to help make the process run smoother, whilst using fair trade products that are made from organic materials and are completely BPA free.
To breastfeed your baby is one of the most natural things you can do. A mother's breast milk is chock full of all the nutrients and good fats that baby needs to grow and thrive. For a baby, it is comforting and gives them the closeness to their mum they need during those early months. Immediately after delivery breastfeeding your baby enables a close bond to establish and the skin to skin contact will soothe and reassure your new baby. Breastfeeding has a positive impact on women's health as well as baby's health both mentally and physically. Breast milk is free and convenient, and if breastfeeding mothers need to leave the baby with a different caregiver she can express breast milk either by hand, or with manual, or electric breast pumps. Certain parts of the breast pump will need to be sterilised each time you use it, and you can use milk storage bags or plastic containers to store the milk, the containers will also need to be sterilised between uses. Expressed milk can then be fed to the baby using bottles or sippy cups. If you have a premature baby then you will need to stimulate milk production and ask the hospital to help you with breast milk expressing at this early stage. Expressed breast milk will then be fed to preterm infants via bottle or NG tube. Storing breast milk is easy as it will keep for up to 6 hours outside the fridge, 8 days in a fridge that is 0 â€“ 4 degrees and 6 months in a freezer that is -18 degrees or lower. Expressing breast milk is easy once you are used to the techniques. If a mother is struggling to adjust to breastfeeding there is plenty of support available from health professionals, lactation consultants, breastfeeding support groups, peer supporters and the breastfeeding association. Advice will be given on breastfeeding expressing, breastfeeding in public, the benefits of breastfeeding, milk production and breastfeeding problems such as sore nipples and mastitis.
If you feel that breastfeeding isnâ€™t for you and your baby, then bottle-feeding is the way forward. Although not the same as breastfeeding, babies find the silicone teat comforting and enjoy the closeness with the person feeding them. Once youâ€™ve purchased the appropriate formula for your babyâ€™s age you may find it easier to pre-portion the powder so you can make up bottles quickly. Sterilising bottles can be quick and easy using microwave sterilisers or specific bottle sterilisers. Bottle feeding means that other people can feed your baby giving you time to go to work or go out, without needing to be home at a certain time. As your baby grows into a toddler, they will enjoy having their milk in sippy cups as they can feed themselves.
Whether bottle-fed or breastfed babies require bibs. Our beautiful selection of bibs, are handmade in Northern Ireland from an Irish linen/cotton blend that is then backed with terry cotton. Super absorbent and soft, these comfortable bibs are much easier for baby to wear than silicone baby bibs and are ideal not only for meal times but to be worn all day to catch that teething dribble.
When out and about a wet bag is a must-have accessory in your changing bag. They are perfect to store soiled clothes, used bibs or dirty cloth nappies away from your clean items. Theyâ€™re even handy to keep cutlery and food containers in before and after use. Our unique wet bags are made from handwoven Irish cotton and are available in many beautiful designs, these would make a perfect baby shower gift.
Following on from milk baby will begin to eat solid food, you can do baby led weaning, parent-led weaning or a combination of the two. With baby led weaning you offer a selection of finger foods such as soft fruit and veg sticks at first, moving onto harder carbohydrates such as bread and pasta, then chicken and fish as baby grows older. This makes eating fun and allows baby to learn to feed himself as and when he wants. Parent-led weaning is the more traditional pureed baby food based first tastes, moving onto mashed food, then gradually adding lumps as baby grows older. To avoid excess salt, sugar and food additives many parents prefer to make their own baby food. You can easily make baby's food and store it in glass (leaving room for expansion) or plastic containers in a freezer and defrost as you require. Many parents like to combine both methods offering finger foods with each meal whilst spoon-feeding baby so they know they are eating.
What you use to feed your baby with is as important for development as what you feed your baby. Our beautiful Bambu baby bowl is just right for a baby feeding themselves as the shape is tip resistant so will sit well on the tray of a highchair. The organic bowl is made from a single piece of sustainably sourced Bamboo, and is lacquer and glue free. There are many benefits of bamboo over stainless steel or silicone baby bowl sets. The natural material is hypoallergenic and stain resistant so baby food won't leave behind unwanted residues. As infants grow into toddlers this would make a great cereal bowl or a few together could be gorgeous dishes for a sweet cart at a bridal shower or as snack food bowls at a party. Most importantly, our baby bowl is PVC and BPA free. This super bowl would make a perfect gift for a baby shower, why not buy with our bamboo feeding utensils.
Bisphenol A is a chemical that was routinely used to make epoxy resins which are used in the production of food packaging, dental sealants, and rigid transparent containers. These plastic products are often used for baby bottles, plastic water bottles, plastic food containers and food bowls and plates, therefore regularly come into contact with food and beverages. Scientists are still examining the effects of exposure to BPA chemicals on the human body but believe It could contain endocrine disruptors that interfere with hormones and the development of brains in children, they could have a negative effect on cardiovascular health, could affect the hormone balance during the menopause and could have cancer-causing properties.
Tips for using less plastic products
Â· Replacing baby bowls with our bamboo feeding bowl.
Â· Instead of drinking bottled water from plastic water bottles refill our reusable water bottles.
Â· We stock many alternatives to plastic storage containers have a look at our food wraps.
Â· Our stainless steel reusable straws will cut down on costs of straws and help to reduce the amount that is currently polluting the ocean.
Â· Speak to your dentist for alternative dental sealants.
Â· Try to look for reduced packaging when completing your weekly shop.
The above list is by no means exhaustive but will help you and your family stay safe by steering clear from harmful chemicals, whilst being eco-friendly
As kids grow older they learn about the diversity of foods and flavours and will feed themselves, our weaning accessories should help to ease them, and you, into the feeding process. Kids will move on to enjoying their food and beverages from our different plates, dishes, utensils and tableware sets. Why not purchase a reusable stainless steel straw for them to use in cups or a glass.