I’m fast realising that I’m becoming a ninja. Okay, not a ninja warrior that can scale walls and swing from ropes like Tarzan, but I’m on my way to becoming a baby ninja. It’s skill sets that any parent develops and these new skills and tricks make me feel pretty chuffed with myself once achieved or conquered.
In fact, I’m so proud of these moments that I’d gladly wear a sash with individual badges to track my progress and show off these skills. But as I’m currently lacking a swanky sash, I’m going to be writing about these #babyninja skills and making my own badges. Yes, probably a bit of overkill, but what is being a new mum if I can’t celebrate these small moments of what I now call success?
How do do one handed bottle feeding
One handed bottle feeding is a vital skill for me. In those first few bottle feeds, one arm was holding her and the other was holding the bottle. This was fine for the first couple of weeks when all I wanted to do was stare at her and watch her drift into a milky dream. Now I can both watch her and do something else.
Feeding Georgia a bottle with one hand, without the bottle being at a jaunty angle is an impressive feat and I am now a bottle ninja in 2 different styles.
The first is resting her head in the crook of my arm, with that hand holding the bottle, leaving my left hand completely free. This is good to have stability to do longer tasks like checking emails and Facebook.
The second is holding the bottle with my face.
Holding the bottle with your face probably isn’t in the manual, nor do you see it in any adverts, as it isn’t the most glamorous of looks – see exhibit A for proof.
But it’s useful for those moments when my supporting arm can’t hold the bottle – usually when I’m using one of the smaller Tommee Tippee bottles where I’d otherwise give myself hand cramp from bending my hand in an awkward position for so long. It’s also useful for short-term movements, like changing the channel on the TV when Jeremy Kyle comes on or for doing something useful like picking up a fallen muslin.
Either way, I’m pretty darn chuffed to have learnt this skill. As with most parenting skills, it isn’t very pretty… but it gets the job done.
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