The Biggest Lesson I Learned As a Three Time Mom
This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.
Do you recognize these chubby cheeks? This is baby Emmy! Oh gosh, how the past 8 years have flown by! More and more I'm asked what is the biggest lesson I've learned after being a mom to three kids and there is always one thing that jumps out at me.
Expect each of your children to be their own person. Figure out what motivates them and nurture their natural abilities.
This seems so basic since I can look to my own sisters and myself and see how different we each are, but I'm telling you, it came as a surprise to me once.
When Ashley was born, I remember seeing her for the first time and really being so shocked how different she already was from Maddie. Yes, she looked different, but she also had a calmness about her the moment she was born, where Maddie looked like she was ready to take on the world within seconds of being born. Ashley is the quiet riot type. She appears not to be even thinking about something, but then before you know it, she already started the riot without anyone noticing.
Emmy was a completely different story. Since she wasn't sharing any DNA with us, I expected her to look different… but then I was shocked again at how alike she was to Maddie. She too looked like she was ready to get up and get her own bottle if we didn't have it for her the split second she realized she was hungry. This is totally something Maddie seemed to want to do too! They are both total go-getters!
One thing they all have in common is that they were at least partially formula fed. With each one of them, we took into consideration them as individual babies and what was best for them.
Of course, there were a lot of well-meaning people that thought that they knew what was best for all babies… like the lady in the formula aisle that insisted that I mix breastmilk with my babies formula for best results since it was best for her own babies… which was a funny thing to say to an adoptive mom who was not lactating. Ha!
But I just kept trusting what my mom instincts told me, what their doctors' advised, and their individual needs.
The cool thing is, I've shared the same advice with so many other moms. Do what is best for each of your babies as individuals and that goes for their formula too.
Thankfully Parent’s Choice™ Infant Formula is now available in Non-GMO at Walmart and they have four options that feature a blend of nutrients that support your baby's growth and development. Parent’s Choice™ Non-GMO formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands too so it was our go-to for Emmy.
Back to understanding each of our babies was different- they all even used different formula types. Emmy was our easiest and Parent’s Choice™ Infant Non-GMO Formula was perfect for her. It is a milk-based formula that provides complete nutrition for your baby's first year 0-12 months and features a blend of nutrients that supports your baby’s health and brain development.
I think she would have really done well on Parent’s Choice™ Advantage® Non-GMO Infant Formula since it is designed to be more like breastmilk and features a blend of nutrients which may aid in brain and eye development: DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E. All three nutrients are found in breast milk.
For Maddie, she needed something a little easier on her tummy. Parent’s Choice™ Sensitivity® Infant Formula would be the choice for her as it is designed for babies with fussiness and gas because of lactose intolerance.
Then there was Ashley. Parent’s Choice™ Gentle® Formula would be the right one for her since it offers complete nutrition and is a partially hydrolyzed formula.
I was also thrilled when I compared the label on Parent’s Choice™– specifically the ingredients and nutrient levels –to Enfamil® Gentlease®, especially that I could save up to 50 percent on the cost. That will pay for a lot of diapers, and/or college savings!
Be sure to talk to your own doctor to see if Parent's Choice Formula is right for you and your baby. And when you are ready to purchase, there is a $3 rebate available through the Ibotta app on the 4 non-GMO formulas I shared about above.
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