Friday, 19 August 2016

Mia's time with her grandparents (AD)

As a mum, I constantly worry if I am doing enough for my baby. She is precious to me and I want to make sure I do the best I can. I very rarely leave Mia with anyone, as she is mostly breastfed and I get anxious about any separation, but... when I need some 'me time' or want to plan a date night with my husband, I leave Mia and Zachary with their grandmum and about 10 bags of 'essentials' haha :)

Mums always carry so much stuff with them. You know... just in case... :) We have to be prepared for everything! When I pack Mia's bag for her time with nanna, I also make a checklist. Just like the majority of bloggers, I make far too many lists. They come in handy though, so it's a good thing. I usually have a list of all the items I need in Mia's changing bag and a list with all her food etc. I usually keep these to myself, to make sure that I don't forget to pack something important, but post-it notes are great to put on nanna's cupboard.

As we're mostly breastfeeding, Mia is used to getting fed wherever and whenever she wants (she is a frequent feeder). No waiting required equals one happy baby. I am not capable of expressing any extra breast milk for her at all, so when she is staying with her grandmum, she gets a 5 ounce bottle of Aptamil Follow On Milk.

I opt for the liquid Follow On Milk on those occasions, as it is ready to use straight from the bottle. It's convenient and quick and I don't have to worry about putting Scott's mum in a stressful situation, when she has to prepare the feed, cool it down etc, while Mia's screaming. It gives all of us a peace of mind and makes the full experience so much more pleasant. I personally don't feel ready to leave Mia with someone overnight yet, but the liquid Follow On Milk option would be ideal for the night feeds as well, especially for a breastfed baby like Mia. She just cannot wait for it :) 

So what exactly do I pack for Mia? Well... The list is pretty long, as I like being prepared, but the most important things are: nappies, wipes, toys, sterilised bottle, Aptamil Liquid Follow On Milk, food, spoon, sippy cup and a change of clothes. I also bring her changing bag with some other bits and bobs, but I already wrote a blog post about that and you can read it here (link).

I am really glad that Mia continues to breastfeed despite having her nighttime bottle of Follow On Milk or a few ounces whenever she's staying with her grandparents for an afternoon. I can't physically express enough breast milk for her for those occasions, so it's the only way it works for us. I am also grateful to have Scott's mum to watch Mia whenever we need her help. My full family lives abroad, so she is the only person we can trust with our children. If your support network is big, you should feel extremely lucky, as it's something I don't take for granted. Thankfully, my husband is self employed and works very flexible hours, so I have him to rely on 24/7 too. 

Do you get your family and friends to help with your baby? What are the must haves you pack to make the stay easier?

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Aptamil Follow on Milk but all opinions are my own and I personally recommend the product following personal use. I only work with brands I believe in and feel my readers will find useful.


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