Are you taking care of YOU?
By now your baby seems downright developed compared to the gangly, uncoordinated newborn you brought home a few months ago – so you may be eager to introduce solid food or a sippy cup of water. Extra nourishment and hydration, right?! But whoa – slow your roll, Mama. Breastmilk or formula should be the main component of baby’s diet until she’s a year old, and solid foods shouldn’t be introduced until she’s four to six months old.
While she may outwardly seem able to handle it, her digestive system isn’t equipped to process it successfully just yet. It’s the same with water: it seems harmless, but baby’s kidneys are unable to effectively balance salt and water, and too much can actually dilute her blood, causing a condition called hyponatremia that can lead to seizures in infants. So as adorable as she’ll be with a baby food smeared face and a cup of water, be patient for another few weeks.
Speaking of eating, are you taking care of yourself? It’s easy to fall into the illusion that you should just “bounce back” after baby. I mean, it’s practically a given that every celebrity or supermodel will at some (ridiculously unrealistic) point flaunt her smokin’-hot post-baby bod on a glossy magazine cover. But the truth is, it takes time – sometimes much more time than we’d like – to lose the baby weight. Besides, you’ve got much more to worry about right now…especially if you’re breastfeeding, in which case you need to eat about five hundred extra daily calories than most other moms. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being healthy, but all those skinny crash-dieting celebs can shove it.