This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CVS. All opinions are 100% mine.
Nash started on oatmeal a few weeks ago, so I thought it would be the perfect time to dive in and share some of my tips and tricks to making it go a little smoother. I mean as smooth as it can go because well, baby…eating food for the first time. I’ve teamed up with CVS on this though because when you shop there, they have their ExtraBucks program on specific baby items and well, it’s well worth it to shop there and grab the savings. For example, we grabbed the Gerber Rice Baby Cereal and Similac Pro-Advance Formula to show you how things go down around here in the Oakes house when feeding baby Nash. 😉
So tips, let’s talk tips. 1. Word to the wise and I wish I had just done this right away with Blake. But, feed them in just a diaper for the time being until they start eating more solids. Especially while first introducing them to foods, things are MESSY. So typically how we do it is, he eats right before his bath and bed for the night. So I just strip him down to a diaper, put him in his little chair and then feed him. Makes clean up MUCH easier. Which leads me to my next tip…. 2. Start with night feedings before bath time. Again – y’all let’s do as much as possible to keep the mess to a minimum, ya feel me? 3. Now, the spoon makes ALL the difference… I’m serious though. You’ll have to just try a couple of different ones and see what your babe likes, but once we found the spoon Nash loves – it made a world of differences and reduced the amount he spits up SO much. 4. Patience is key. Remember the first few days are going to be an adjustment. Your baby hasn’t had to eat this way before, they’re used to sucking so this is all new to them and it’s going to take time! So keep that in mind. 5. You might have to try a couple of different rice cereals or oatmeals and there will be an adjustment period for this too. Their little tummies have to get used to eating solids, so just be aware of this! The same concept goes for when you start adding fruits and/or veggies in. For me personally, I mix a little bit off the same food into his rice cereal for about 4-5 days to see how he does with that food, then move on to introducing him to the next.
Okay, those are my main tips and you’ll learn your own as well as you go with your specific babe. Every little is a little bit different – Blake ate things WAY easier than Nash has so far. But Nash has been a better nurser than Blake ever was, so it’s so interesting to see their individual little personalities!
I’m going to link to CVS now, so you can jump over there and learn more about their ExtraBucks programs and see what specific items qualify for that, CVS.com. But I’m telling you – it’s so convenient to just hop over to a close CVS and be able to grab the baby items you need. They have a pretty wide variety of items and quite a bit of Natural/Organic ones as well, which I prefer to use as much as possible, so it’s perfect.