My husband and I have found ourselves trying a lot of different things with Baby C that we did not even consider with our older children. I am not sure if it is because we are older and more confident in our parenting abilities or if it is because we know that Baby C is more than likely our last child. Our first foray into the unknown began with my decision to breastfeed Baby C. I decided when I was pregnant with Baby C that I wanted to make every attempt to breastfeed her. I read several books on breastfeeding, purchased a high quality breast pump, and asked for advice from several of my friends who I know had been able to breastfeed successfully. I am happy to report that Baby C took to breastfeeding very easily, and it has been a wonderful experience for both Baby C and I. I only wish that I had tried more fervently to breastfeed my other children. It is a very special experience, and I am glad that I made the choice to breastfeed her this time around.
A couple of months ago as I was perusing the aisles of Babies R Us, I stumbled upon the myriad of baby food choices now available to parents. I found myself overwhelmed by all of the new choices of prepared baby food. Eight years ago when my son was born, there were very few choices available to parents as far a prepared baby food was concerned. The only choice that existed at the time was Beech Nut or Gerber foods. Mr. B loved prepared baby food and happily gulped many jars of Gerber baby food. In fact, my son liked prepared baby food so much that when it was time for him to start eating table food, he refused. Mr. B did not like anything with texture and he would self-sift the pureed food and spit out any larger bites. My husband and I used to joke that he might be going to Kindergarten with jars of baby food in his lunch box. When my second child was born three years later, the world of prepared baby food had remained relatively the same. Gerber had added a line of organic options and some foods with added DHA, but for the most part the choices were the same. Miss L has always been very adventurous and seemed eager to eat what we were eating very early on, so once she had tried each of the first foods for a week, we began pureeing what we were eating for her.
http://www.kvue.com/community/blogs/smart-money/Organic-baby-food-recall-95854639.html, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33397420/, http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108847.htm, http://organic.lovetoknow.com/Plum_Organics_Recall, http://www.mindfulmum.co.uk/2010/04/baby-food-recall-ellas-kitchen-stage-3-cool-caribbean-chicken/ , http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm197570.htm. In addition, I found that some of the brands that I had trusted in the past had also been recalled as well.http://www.modernmom.com/hottopic/2010/jun/17/lead-found-in-popular-baby-food-and-juice-products/
Our most recent journey into the unknown has been our choice to start cloth diapering Baby C. However, I will have to share our experiences with cloth diapers in another post because I hear Baby C crying:)