Let’s talk about one of the less glamorous things in life…when you can’t “go” when you need to “go!” Now imagine you are an adorable, helpless little 8 month old, and it makes you sad, confused, and cry every time you try to go. Now take one step further and imagine being the parent of said adorable, helpless, “backed up” baby, and all kinds of feelings of awful are happening!
I introduced Hadley to solids with the best of intentions: from day one, she’s had homemade and organic purees, limited carbs (and if given, they’re whole grain,) fresh berry smoothies, and lots of fresh, cold water to wash it all down. Her only “treat” is the ever-so-delightful “Happy Puffs” which are basically puffed air with bits of freeze dried fruits and veggies. When things weren’t looking too good, I even tried giving her prune juice! So here’s the question…WHY on earth can’t all of this fiber goodness just leave her body the way it’s meant to?
After weeks of sadness with partial glimmers of hope, I finally called the nurses line at Sutter, and spoke to a wonderful nurse. She was so encouraging and kind, and told me I was doing everything I should, but she gave me some helpful tips that were guaranteed to work. The best part: they’re all-natural! After one day of her tips, we saw results. I feel compelled to share what worked, and to keep in the back burner if your baby or even you need a little help getting things going! (PS: Her reasoning for Hadley’s weak digestive system? Some babies just have them! Even when she was 2 months old, she suffered from horrendous gas that would make her cry every night…so if you’re doing all the right things, it could just be your little one doesn’t have as mature of a digestive system!)
1st thing: Pear Juice! The nurse recommended pear juice just as much as prune juice, but pear juice is far less terrifying looking, and overall more appealing. She said to treat this like it was Hadley’s medicine. Unfortunately for me, my girl only likes water and breast milk, so what’s a mom to do? Well, I tried the initial “diluting the pear juice in her sippy cup” trick, but it failed. The next option? I used a little syringe, and gave her about two syringes, a few times a day of pear juice. She’s now used to it, and will drink it with a straw.
2nd thing: lots of greens! (We were already doing this, but she said that as many leafy greens as possible.) Also, pears, prunes, apricots, peaches (basically the “stone fruits”) are helpful!
3rd thing: Get your baby moving! My baby LOVES to be held, cuddled, and carried…what can I say? She is totally her mother’s daughter, ha! But to get my non-crawler to be more active, some of my lovely mom-friends advised me to try the wonderful jumperoo to help my girl be more on her feet and get some activity going. I scoured craigslist and the facebook children/baby yardsale sites until one of my friends found a Jumperoo for me! Normally $100, I got it for $35, and it wasn’t anything a few rounds in the washing machine and some sanitizing wipes couldn’t make brand new! An added bonus, she totally enjoys it!
4th thing: Homemade Bran Muffins! This is the good stuff right here! She gave me a special recipe, that I ended up halving (it makes SO many!) that she said is delicious and that even my husband and I would enjoy. She wasn’t kidding! They were so delicious, and Hadley LOVED them! I now give her some muffin every morning, and I have been seeing results of a happy, healthy baby since! I felt compelled to share this special recipe, below! Like I said, these are delicious for anyone, are packed with fiber, and an easy thing to take for a grab-n-go breakfast!
Baby-friendly Bran Muffin Recipe
(Vegan, Gluten free, dairy free, egg free!)
Mix together and set aside to cool:
1 cups 100% oat bran
1 cups boiling water
In large bowl, mix:
1¼ cups sugar
¼ cup oil & ¼ cup applesauce
2 tbsp ground flax seed + 6 tbsp water
2½ cups sifted flour (“Bob Mills” brand gluten free flour mix at Sunrise Natural Foods OR Raleys in whole foods section)
2½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
2 cups Quaker “Crunchy Corn Bran” cereal (I ran these through my food processor so that they were in bigger crumbs, or you can just smash them in a bag!)
½ quart (2 cups) “soy OR coconut milk” (I used coconut milk)
Soaked & cooled bran
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (I used cranberries, and used my food processor to chop them up!)
Place in covered container & store in fridge.
When ready to bake, DO NOT STIR DOWN.
Bake 400″ for 20 minutes.