Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby in Public

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar…

Your super sweet, ultra mellow baby is a dream-come-true at home. But the moment you walk out the door, all bets are off and the fussiness ensues.

Your baby had an amazing nap and you’re ready to tackle some errands while your little one seems up for the challenge. Wrong! She cries during the entire outing.

You have an appointment and baby is along for the ride. She’s not into her new surroundings and makes her feelings very clear.

Your baby is fussy no matter where you are or what time of day it is so you just need to get out of the house every now and then. If she’s going to cry at home or out-and-about, what difference does it make anyways?

Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby in PublicIn any of the situations and many others as well, dealing with a fussy baby in public can be very frustrating. Not only do you feel sympathy for your upset baby and perhaps a bit irritated by the crying, you may also feel like you can’t do anything right and everyone around you is judging your every move.

If you’ve been in this place before with your baby, try these tips for soothing a fussy baby in public:

Give Your Baby Some Attention: When you’re running errands or tending to your other children during after school activities your baby may just be along for the ride…and she’s probably highly aware of that. Rather than carting her around and expecting her to entertain herself, engage her periodically. Describe what you’re doing, sing songs, play finger games and interact with her toys. By giving her attention when you can, she’ll probably be more satisfied with periods of independent observation and play.

Wear Your Baby: Being close to mom may be all it takes to keep your little one out of the fussy zone. Bring along your baby-wearing device whenever you are in public and put your baby in it as soon as she shows signs of fussiness. She will love your warmth, the feel of your skin, the sound of your heartbeat and the soft kisses you give her along the way.

Feed Your Baby: Breastfeeding isn’t just about the milk. Even if you don’t think your baby is hungry (which she may be, by the way) she may be expressing her need for your comfort. Breastfeeding is pure comfort for many babies and you can soothe her through feeding.

Use the 5 S’s: Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby on the Block method of swaying, shushing, swaddling, sucking and swinging are all great way to soothe a fussy baby in public. You may not be able to employ all of them but do what you can to calm your baby.

Stay Calm: Sure, you may be extremely frustrated but do your best to stay calm. Your baby feeds off of your emotions and the energy you release. Fussiness is a part of infancy and sometimes it is let out at inopportune times. Have a positive attitude about helping your little one catch her breath and if all else fails, have a sense of humor about it.

Make an Exit: Sometimes you just need to know when it’s time to leave. Sacrifice is part of being a mom and when your baby is so unhappy that you’re not being productive or you can’t think straight, head home and try again another time. Don’t be discouraged, however. Infant fussiness is a stage that will eventually pass and you’ll be able to enjoy being out and about again soon.

Sources: Care and Sleeping Baby

Summer Uses of Breast Milk

Breast milk is one of the purest substances on earth. Thanks to its vast nutrients, breast milk has powerful healing properties that make it an incredible summertime solution for minor ailments. We’re exploring the phenomenal summer uses of breast milk to help your baby, and entire family for that matter, heal the ouchies faster than ever before.

Insect Bites & Stings: The bugs are out big time during the summer months. If your little one gets bitten or stung, rub some breast milk on the sore area to reduce itchiness and swelling.

Summer Uses of Breast MilkSunburns: A squirmy baby may cause you to miss a spot or two with sunscreen leaving an uncomfortable sunburn. Gently massage cold breast milk over the area several times daily to alleviate the burning sensation and accelerate the healing process.

Cuts & Scrapes: When your family spends more time outdoors, cuts and scraps are bound to happen. Dabbing nutrient-rich breast milk onto wounds can help them heal faster because it has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Diaper Rash: Diaper rashes can certainly happen year round but they are quite common in the summer when your baby sits in sand or is exposed to chlorine and other pool chemicals. Breast milk is the best all-natural solution for soothing and clearing up diaper rash.

Ear Infections: Summer excursions and travel may cause your baby to get sick. After periods of congestion, ear infections are very common among infants. Also, pool and ocean water that gets into the ear can breed bacteria that cause ear infections. Place a few drops of breast milk in your baby’s ear canal and let it work its magic to help relieve the pain from fluid-build up.

Soap: Keep your baby’s skin and hands clean with all-natural breast milk soap. Using breast milk and just a few other ingredients like essential oils, you can create your own fragrant baby soap to moisturize and nourish your baby’s skin.

Smoothies: Breast milk is wonderful for hydrating and cooling off your baby with extraordinary nutrients. Blend fruits and veggies with your breast milk for a delicious refreshing summertime smoothie.

Ice Pops: While others are enjoying less nutritious summertime snacks your baby can cool off with a breast milk ice pop. Flavored with fruit or served in “original” flavor, your baby will learn to love popsicles from an early age.

What are your favorite summer uses of breast milk?

Sources: Mom365, Code Name Mama, and Scary Mommy

The Dos and Don’ts of your Baby Schedule

Getting your baby on a schedule may sound like heaven to you, or it may seem like a total nightmare. It really depends on your personality and your baby’s disposition, and how you decide to manage your days (and nights) should be based on both. We’re sharing some dos and don’ts of your baby schedule to help you figure out when and how to develop a balanced routine for you and your little one.

The Dos and Don’ts of your Baby ScheduleDO pay attention to your baby’s rhythm.

Your baby is a unique being and will come to develop her own rhythm based on what her body needs. By spending lots of time with your newborn, you will start to pick up on her cues. This is where slowly developing a baby schedule begins.

DON’T jump right into a schedule without first having a routine.

Before you can thoroughly determine your baby’s schedule, you’ll first need to have a routine. You’ll probably have many routines, actually. One for feedings, one for getting ready for your day, one before naps and bedtime, and so on. Your baby will start to understand the patterns of these routines over time and they will become comforting to her. She’ll know what to expect and eventually start to actively participate. You may even notice discontent if you stray from the routine because she enjoys the consistency that much.

DO pay attention to your baby’s age.

Before 3 months, initiating a baby schedule is probably not going to work. Experts agree that in the newborn stage you really have to go with the flow. This is a great time to breastfeed on demand and establish a strong milk supply and an intimate relationship with your baby. At 3 months you’ll probably catch on to your baby’s rhythm and you can gradually ease into a schedule that suits you and your baby. Most babies are ready to sleep 12-hours at night between 4 and 6 months. By 9 months they are able to keep to a daytime sleep schedule as well.

DON’T get frustrated and give up.

If at first your baby doesn’t like the schedule, stick with it until you’ve given it a fair shot. When you’re sure she won’t take to it, consider adjusting one piece at a time to see what makes a difference. Maybe she needs to go to bed earlier or she needs a feeding both before and after her naps. Trial and error will help you figure out what works and what doesn’t.

DO be somewhat flexible.

Remember, your baby cannot tell time and sometimes your baby schedule will need to change based on the curveballs that life throws. On your baby’s side she may be going through a growth spurt or teething when she needs more sleep or more breast milk. Or your family may be traveling and you have to adjust the schedule while away from home. The best way to handle flexibility is to read your baby and to make sure you’re checking all the boxes – plenty of opportunity to sleep, feeding as your baby desires, playtime and cuddles.

DON’T let your baby get over tired or over hungry.

Crankiness is bred from exhaustion and hunger. The purpose of a schedule should be taking advantage of that window before your baby feels these extremes and satisfying the needs to keep her content and balanced. Often parents expect their babies to sleep more if they are exhausted but usually the opposite is true.

DO get help if you need it.

Your pediatrician and mom friends are all great resources for schedule challenges. If you’re having trouble getting into your baby schedule, keep a log of what your baby does for a few weeks. Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to see the emerging patterns. There are also online resources for baby schedules as well as consultants who can help you figure it out.

DON’T think your baby schedule is forever.

Just when you have it down, your baby’s routine will start to change and you’ll have to come up with a new baby schedule. This is life with children! Whether it’s dropping a nap or the start of pre-school, your baby will have many schedule changes along the way. Be an example for resourcefulness and resiliency for your baby to emulate.

Sources: The Bump and Baby Center

Loving Moments Champions Breastfeeding Moms Through Nursing Bra Donation During World Breastfeeding Week

 

CLEVELAND, OH (July 11, 2017) – In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, premier intimate apparel brand, Loving Moments by Leading Lady, announces it will donate $350,000 worth of Leading Lady and Loving Moments nursing bras, alongside related nursing products, to be distributed among more than 375 breastfeeding support groups nationwide.

Available at Walmart and Walmart.com, Loving Moments by Leading Lady is a line of truly affordable maternity and nursing apparel for all occasions – supporting women at every stage of motherhood.

“Breastfeeding is a life-saving and life-changing experience for mothers and babies, especially in areas with high infant mortality rates,” said Mark Corrado, third generation owner of Loving Moments by Leading Lady. “Every mom deserves the chance to breastfeed and give her baby the healthiest start in life. Our annual nursing bra donation provides the necessary resources to breastfeeding groups to help mothers successfully breastfeed.”

The nursing bra donation will be distributed to breastfeeding support organizations nationwide including local chapters of WIC (the USDA’s Women, Infant and Children program), La Leche League, ROSE (Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere), BMBFA (Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association), Best for Babes, hospitals and other community groups, and is expected to reach approximately 21,000 moms.

Celebrated annually from August 1st-7th, World Breastfeeding Week encourages breastfeeding and the improvement of children’s health around the globe. In support of this mission, the donation solidifies Loving Moments by Leading Lady’s commitment to mothers who work hard every day to nourish their babies and contribute to a sustainable world.

Through providing supportive and accessible nursing products, breastfeeding education and advocacy, and reaching mothers at a grassroots level to encourage and applaud their breastfeeding journeys, Loving Moments by Leading Lady fosters respect and caring within the breastfeeding community.

 

About Loving Moments:
Loving Moments by Leading Lady’s maternity to nursing collection features comfortable, affordable, stylish bras and camis available at Walmart, Walmart.com and Amazon.com. The breastfeeding-friendly line embraces the lifestyle of new motherhood.

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Preparing for a C-Section

Preparing for a C-SectionChildbirth is beautiful any way it happens and C-sections are no exception. With nearly one-third of U.S. births being C-sections, new moms welcome their babies in a variety of ways that are safest and healthiest for both mom and baby. While some C-sections are done on an emergency basis, many are scheduled based on the predetermined health status of the baby or mother. If you’re among the moms who already know exactly when and how their babies are going to be born, here’s what you should know about preparing for a c-section:

Celebrate the Transition

When you dreamed of having babies, a C-section may not have been your vision. Now that you know you’re having one, it’s time to accept that this is how your baby will enter the world and celebrate this most special event for your family. The days leading up to your baby’s birth can be a wonderful time to mark the transition from pregnancy to motherhood and emotionally prepare for the arrival of your baby. You can do this by making special wishes for your baby, lighting a candle or planning your baby’s birth-day party with older siblings.

Understand the Process

Get informed on exactly how your c-section is expected to go down. From the pre-surgical blood work and anesthesia, to the surgical procedure, to the post-op and recovery phase, get the scoop directly from your doctor. Visualizing yourself during each of the steps can help you feel in control of the process and keep you calm throughout.

Make a Plan

While much of your c-section will be routine, you can let your doctor know some of your preferences such as who you want to be in the operating room with you and who is allowed to see and hold your baby while you’re being stitched up. This is the time to express your desire to breastfeed as soon as possible after giving birth. Once it is safe for you and your baby to be reunited, you can initiate breastfeeding. Your doctor and nursing staff will likely do everything they can to make this happen quickly because everyone benefits when mothers breastfeed.

Pre-Pamper

It may be several months before you can have a leisurely lunch with girlfriends or get your nails done so do all of these things prior to your scheduled C-section date. While you’re at it, get a low-cut bikini wax or shave that area yourself before the big day. Otherwise nurses will do it for you with a disposable razor that may be harsh on your skin.

Pack Wisely

You’ll probably spend a few extra days in the hospital after a C-section so pack enough clothes, toiletries and snacks for at least four days. Loose fitting clothing is especially important after a C-section since your belly will be tender. Elastic or draw-string pants are best, or breezy nightgowns. Nursing tops and nursing bras are a must so you and your baby can practice breastfeeding early and often, and with the help of a lactation consultant if you need one. You’ll have your hands full once your baby arrives but even scheduled C-sections may involve some waiting time so bring along a book or game to play while you wait for surgery.

Follow Directions

Your doctor will likely give you some direction regarding your time prior to arriving at the hospital. These may include not eating or drinking for a certain number of hours prior to surgery. Heed these instructions because they can make a big difference during and after your procedure. (Keep in mind, if you schedule your C-section earlier in the day, you will fast overnight, which is always easier.)

Plan for Recovery

After a C-section you’ll need to take it easy. Line up some help from friends and family for anything and everything you need done including watching older kids, preparing meals and assisting with your newborn. You may not be able to lift your baby from a crib so consider a bassinette or co-sleeper that puts baby at the right level when you need to lift her for breastfeeding, diaper changes and cuddles.

Sources: Popsugar Moms, Babble, Mayo Clinic and Parenting

The Advantages of a Padded Nursing Bra

To your baby you represent everything that is soft, comfortable, safe, secure and loving. When it comes to nursing bras, you deserve all of these same features. And that’s exactly what you get in a Loving Moments padded nursing bra. Today we’re sharing the advantages of a padded nursing bra.

The Advantages of a Padded Nursing BraA Padded Nursing Bra is Comfortable

Couldn’t we all use a little extra cushion? Comfort is essential when you’re a breastfeeding mom and the softness of a padded nursing bra adds the cushiony comfort you need and deserve. When combined with the other signature comfort features of our Loving Moments nursing bras, you’ll find whole new meaning behind the term comfort bras.

A Padded Nursing Bra Can Soothe Sensitive Breasts

Sore nipples and tender breasts are sometimes the unfortunate reality of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Pregnancy hormones often irritate breasts and early breastfeeding or developmental changes in your baby (like budding teeth) can lead to sore nipples. These times call for nothing but softness against your sensitive breasts, which a padded nursing bra can offer.

A Padded Nursing Bra Gives You a Beautiful Natural Shape

Even when you’re nursing, you’ll want a gorgeous curved silhouette to make you look and few great. Padding helps smooth out imperfections and create a look that is most flattering to your figure.

A Padded Nursing Bra Offers Modesty

Thanks to our baby’s awesome stimulation and suckling, breastfeeding often leaves nipples erect for minutes to hours after feeding. A padded nursing bra offers modesty by hiding erect nipples to avoid embarrassment.

A Padded Nursing Bra can Minimize the Appearance of Breast Size Differences

Milk fluctuations are also normal during breastfeeding, which can leave breasts looking a bit lopsided. Plus, some babies have a breast preference where one breast is always drained and the other is fuller. A padded nursing bra can balance your look to avoid a noticeable difference in breast size.

A Padded Nursing Bra Prevents Embarrassing Leakage

When it’s close to feeding or pumping times (and sometimes even when it’s not) your breasts may leak milk. A padded nursing bra can prevent such embarrassments because it absorbs leaked milk before it reaches your shirt.

A Padded Nursing Bra Adds Extra Support

Padding not only cushions your breasts, it also helps support them. That’s why Loving Moments offers padding in several types of nursing bras including padded nursing sports bras, padded underwire nursing bras and padded wireless nursing bras. The lift you’ll get from padding and other strategic features of our nursing bras offers extra support for your breasts at a time when you need it most.

What’s your favorite feature of a padded nursing bra?

Alternative Feeding Device: Supplemental Nutrition System

Alternative Feeding Device: Supplemental Nutrition SystemEven during its hardest times, breastfeeding is a beautiful gift to your baby. When things aren’t going as you expected – as sometimes happens with breastfeeding – it’s important to remember your goals and look for solutions to meet your challenges. In certain situations an alternative feeding device called a supplemental nutrition system is a wonderful way to help new mothers continue to breastfeed while also offering expressed milk at the same time.

Here’s how a supplemental nutrition system works:

A supplemental nutrition system is an alternative feeding device where a tube connects a bottle or bag of expressed breast milk to the outside of the mother’s breast. The bottle or bag usually hangs around the mother’s neck or to her side and the tube is taped to her breast. When the baby latches onto her mother’s nipple, she also takes the small tube in her mouth. As she sucks, she receives breast milk directly from her mother and from the tube simultaneously.

Ideal times to use a supplemental nutrition system:

A supplemental nutrition system can be used at several critical times to establish healthy breastfeeding practices. Adoptive mothers and mothers who are relactating often choose this method to help stimulate their milk supply but also ensure their babies are getting the nutrition and satisfaction of breast milk through the tube.

Mothers who are trying to establish a healthy milk supply or who tend to have low milk supplies at certain times of day may also use a supplemental nutrition system. Since lactation is both a stimulation and supply-and-demand response, the more often a baby is at her mother’s breast and empties the breast, the more milk a mother will produce. By using a supplemental nutrition system, babies can help boost their mother’s milk supply while also getting enough milk through supplementation, all at the same time. It’s natural for mothers’ milk supply to ebb and flow based on her menstrual cycle (if it has returned), diet, lifestyle habits, medications or even the body’s natural rhythms at certain times of day. If supplementing with expressed breast milk is necessary, it can be done while breastfeeding using a supplemental nutrition system.

Benefits of a supplemental nutrition system:

Initiating breastfeeding and maintaining a breastfeeding routine can be challenging. All too often mothers give up due to low milk supply or other impediments. However, a supplemental feeding device can help babies learn to breastfeed and continue to breast feed despite many common issues. This type of alternative feeding device allows babies and mothers to learn to breastfeed by breastfeeding. It’s a hands-on experience for everyone! This can be especially important for preemies who struggle to latch and suck.

Using a supplemental nutrition system can often put a mother’s mind at ease because she knows her baby has access to plenty of milk. As her baby enjoys the amazing nutrients in breast milk, mom is boosting her milk supply with each feeding. Plus, it is done simultaneously so moms don’t have to breastfeed and then supplement afterwards. Other alternative feeding devices may pose a problem when shifting to, or back to, breastfeeding as babies get used to the way they are being fed pretty quickly. For example, some experts believe babies who are bottle fed can form nipple confusion when going from bottle to breast.

Additionally, a supplemental nutrition system allows mothers and babies to stay close to one another through a loving breastfeeding embrace. Skin-to-skin contact, eye contact, warmth and a secure hold are all part of the breastfeeding experience that benefit babies and mothers. Other forms feeding options do not allow the same closeness as this alternative feeding device.

Sources: Ask Dr. Sears, International Breastfeeding Centre and KellyMom

 

New Study Finds Breastfeeding Supports Lowered Risk of Heart Disease

It takes a lot of heart to breastfeed, and now research shows it benefits a mom’s heart too, even more than previously expected.

The benefits of breastfeeding are astounding for both babies and mothers on so many levels. Physically, emotionally and mentally, breastfeeding yields healthier babies and moms alike. A new study from China published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found yet another phenomenal positive correlation between breastfeeding and a mother’s health: breastfeeding supports lowered risk of heart disease and stroke.

New Study Finds Breastfeeding Supports Lowered Risk of Heart DiseaseThe observational research examined data from over 280,000 Chinese women. Those who breastfed their babies were 9% less likely to have heart disease and 8% less likely to have a stroke than women who did not breastfeed. Additionally, the study found that for every 6 months more a mother breastfed, their risk of heart disease and stroke lowered by 3-4%. Mothers who breastfed for up to 2 years were 18% less likely to have heart disease and 17% less likely to have a stroke.

The research does not indicate that moms who did not or could not breastfeed were more likely to have heart disease or stroke, only that they didn’t reap the lowered risk benefit that breastfeeding offers.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women (and men) in the U.S. so any positive findings pointing to lowered risk are extremely important in the medical community. Along with a healthy diet, regular physical activity and wise lifestyle choices, breastfeeding may become another advantageous way to lower risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the leading cause of disability in the U.S.

Although researchers don’t know exactly why breastfeeding supports lowered risk of heart disease, they have several speculations. Previous studies showed short-term benefits of breastfeeding for mothers to include lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as quicker weight loss after pregnancy. These short term benefits may have a long term effects on heart disease.

Furthermore, breastfeeding is thought to “reset” the metabolism after pregnancy. During pregnancy the body stores fat to sustain and energize both moms and babies during gestation. After childbirth, a new mom’s body no longer needs the fat reserves and breastfeeding helps eliminate them more efficiently and effectively. This is why many moms report amazing postpartum weight loss while breastfeeding.

Also, moms who breastfeed may be more likely to make smarter health decisions. Breastfeeding shows great care and concern for the health of babies, and moms who are informed and conscientious about the health of their children may also take on best practices for their own health, including cardiovascular health.

This incredible news about how breastfeeding supports lowered risk of heart disease is yet another win for breastfeeding. Literally and figuratively, breastfeeding fosters strong hearts!

Sources: Medical News Today, Time Magazine and USA Today

Millennial Moms

Millennial moms are officially taking over motherhood and it’s pretty exciting stuff! Millennials (sometimes called GenY or Next Gen) are those who were born between 1980 and 2005. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that nearly 90% of new moms in 2015 were Millennials. We’re sharing facts about the new wave of moms to see how they are embracing and advancing motherhood.

Millennial moms are having kids at an older age. In 1970, the average age of a new mom was around 22. In 2000 most new moms were approximately 25 years old. Now the average age of new moms is over 26. This may be due to higher educational goals, postponing marriage, rejecting marriage altogether and a greater focus on career.

Millennial moms care more about health and breastfeeding. Fast food and junk food are on the decline now that millennial moms are in charge, but healthy well-balanced meals and breastfeeding are on the rise.

Millennial MomsMillennial moms take pride in parenthood, find it rewarding and think they’re good at it. Perhaps not surprising, this generation of moms who were always given a pat on their backs give themselves kudos about their parenting. They find it to be a big part of their identity – even more important than their marriages – and they enjoy motherhood.

Millennial moms are not afraid of screen time for themselves or their kids. This group of women grew up using email and the internet and social media is a daily part of their lives. In fact, millennial moms spend on average over 17 hours per week on social media. And they also allow their kids to use media more freely than previous generations.

Millennial moms have a variety of parenting influences. Because they are social and online, millennial moms have seemingly endless resources for parenting advice. Moms from all cultures and walks of life exchange tips and ideas regularly over the internet. Also, millennial moms are more likely to incorporate moral causes into their lifestyles – such as green living or buying fair trade products. These alternative ways of parenting diversify the tools that moms have at their disposal and make moms open to a variety of parenting styles.

Millennial moms work differently. Unlike Gen X that strived hard to forge new paths for women in the workforce and challenged male authority at every turn, millennial moms are more satisfied with their jobs. It’s not that they are less smart – more millennial moms are college graduates than any other generation. It’s just that they would rather achieve more work-life balance and enjoy a healthier corporate culture than be paid more. And many millennial moms are choosing more traditional roles by staying home. Others are becoming their own bosses by starting businesses or monetizing hobbies.

Millennial moms like to engage and then disengage. They’re engaging with their kids on new levels due to the vast resources the internet has to offer. Technology is a big part of family life now. Also, millennial moms expect dads to be present and involved. This allows moms some “me time” that is sacred to this generation.

Each new generation brings fresh perspective to parenting and we love what we see from millennial moms!

Sources: Pew Research, Time, Romper, Working Mother, and PopSugar

 

Your 4th of July Checklist for Baby

Any first holiday with your baby is an exciting event to share together. As your baby gains more and more knowledge about the world through her experiences, she’ll come to realize the joy of celebrating holidays. This Independence Day show your baby the sights, sounds and wonders of freedom, fun and family. Here’s your 4th of July checklist for baby:

Music: You’ve probably noticed that your baby loves music and may like to shake instruments or bop along to a beat. Play patriotic tunes all day and share the sounds of freedom with your little love.

Your 4th of July Checklist for BabyToys: Bring out a few toy American flags, patriotic colored scarves, batons, pom-poms and streamers. Surround your baby with the colors of the holiday as she delights in new objects during play.

Crafts: Get your baby involved in a fun craft by using her handprint or footprint to make a star or American flag. You can also let your baby go wild with non-toxic finger paints to make a beautiful fireworks display on paper.

Parade: Check out a local parade with your baby. Most parades feature a variety of things babies love: music, color costumes, interesting vehicles, animals, balloons and friendly folks.

Water Play: Cool off on a hot summer’s holiday with water play. A plastic kiddie pool or water table is always fun but if you don’t have these items a small bin of water and some plastic toys, cups or balls to splash around will do the trick.

Food: If your baby is partaking in solids already, July 4th will offer new tastes and textures for her to enjoy. But only try one new food at a time to ensure your baby does not have an allergic reaction. For babies who are exclusively breastfed, they’ll enjoy the flavors of the holiday through your delicious breast milk.

Outfit: No first 4th of July is complete without your baby in an adorable outfit. Hats, headbands, tutus and bow ties are all perfect for the occasion, as is anything in patriotic colors or sprinkled with stars.

Fireworks: If your baby is a night owl and happens to be up when it’s dark enough for fireworks, let her enjoy the display. Because they are loud, some babies may be frightened by the explosive noises so be prepared and consider watching from indoors. If your baby is asleep already, it’s probably not worth it to wake her for the spectacle. There will be plenty of July 4ths for her to watch fireworks in the future.

We hope you and your little one enjoy your first Independence Day together using our 4th of July checklist for baby!