All that left-over Oatmeal…

The first couple of months of Dianna starting to eat porridges and oatmeal – Oh my Goodness did alot go to waste – and I really mean ALOT!

And not only because she threw it everywhere (but her mouth)… but also because she was a bit of a fussy eater and sometimes just didn’t want to eat breakfast.

(Mommy would of course cave and giver her a bottle… hence it went on for quite a while!!)

After starting daycare and her daycare mother giving me some much needed advice on her diet, I have started to be more strict and not offer her a bottle and of course she has started eating her porridge! Although sometimes my portionsize is still a bit off, and quite a bit is left.

I mostly make oatmeal, because it’s easy to make and (in my opinon) tastes great!

But I have since found some great recipes to make use of all that left-over oatmeal!

 

Leftover Oatmeal Buns

Yields: 10-12

3-4 dl of lukewarm water

Yeast

Salt

Leftover oatmeal

Raisins (sometimes I have it in the oatmeal already)

Vegetable oil

Flour (wholewheat or plain – up to you!)

Leftover-oatmeal buns. Tired of having all that oatmeal go to waste, because your baby's not eating it? Here is a great way to make use of it - bake some oatmeal buns for lunch! www.pennnylane.dk

Pour the lukewarm water into your baking bowl. (NB! It’s important that it’s lukewarm, as the heat helps activate the yeast so your buns rise!)

Add the yeast and stir until it’s dissolved.

Add the left-over oatmeal (and raisins)

Leftover-oatmeal buns. Tired of having all that oatmeal go to waste, because your baby's not eating it? Here is a great way to make use of it - bake some oatmeal buns for lunch! www.pennnylane.dk

Add the salt, oil and finally the flour

Knead until it has the consistency you want.

Let the dough rise for about 1 hour. (If you’re in a hurry less can do as well)

Make into small buns and bake at 180 degrees celcius for aprox. 20 min.

Leftover-oatmeal buns. Tired of having all that oatmeal go to waste, because your baby's not eating it? Here is a great way to make use of it - bake some oatmeal buns for lunch! www.pennnylane.dk

Dianna simply LOVES these with butter and cheese or simply just as they are.

A great and healthy snack for you and your child, especially if you bake them with some wholewheat flour or even rye.

And the best thing is – nothing’s going to waste!!!

Leftover-oatmeal buns. Tired of having all that oatmeal go to waste, because your baby's not eating it? Here is a great way to make use of it - bake some oatmeal buns for lunch! www.pennnylane.dk
YUM!!

Checklist: Ways to soothe your baby

Checklist: How to soothe your baby. Many different ways to soothe your fussy baby. Try this, it work!!! Visit my blog: www.pennnylane.dk to see more likeminded articles on babycare.

It has been a tough couple of weeks…. phew…

Dianna has turned 8 months and has up til now slept like… well like a baby! But suddenly she is more aware of me and her daddy, that we are independent from her and have our own will. We can move away from her – and we can stay away (of course we wouldn’t!!) and we can come back. And so she wants to keep us in sight at all times!

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Boy is it exhausting… but it makes you creative and voila… I have this great post for you… because my trials are for your benefit!

 

Ways to soothe your baby

First of all, there are 4 things to always check, if your baby is fussy:

Baby’s basic needs

  1. Is baby hungry?
  2. Does baby need to be burped?
  3. Is there a dirty diaper?
  4. Is baby tired?

If all of these are out of the question… I ask myself

Is my baby in good health?

Does your baby have trouble with gas?

  • Cycle baby’s legs while she lies on her back
  • Lay your baby across your knees and rub her back
  • Give her a gentle oil massage on her stomach, always rubbing from (your) left to right in circle
  • Ask your pediatrician about using infant gas drops

Does your baby have a fever?

  • Check baby’s temperature
  • Ask your pediatrcian about using infant pain reliever (paracetemol)

Is your baby having teething pain?

  • Offer your baby a teething ring, soft toothbrush or something cold.

I like to keep some pacifiers in the freezer – it helps her sore gums!

  • Ask your pediatrician about using teething gel for babies

 

If everything is fine with my baby’s health, I wonder….

Does baby want to cuddle?

  • Hold your baby close, skin-to-skin
  • Wear your baby in a wrap or carrier
  • Offer baby a pacifier
  • Swaddle your baby

Is baby comfortable?

  • Check baby’s temperature – is she too hot or too cold?
  • Undress baby, incase a clothing tag or material is bothering her
  • Go outside and get some fresh air
  • Maybe baby is over-stimulated; stop eye-contact, remove toys and other stimuli, dim the lights
  • Maybe baby is under-stimulated; talk and interact with baby, show baby toys and household items

Maybe baby wants to move?

  • Gently bounce or swing your baby
  • Take baby for a walk in the baby carrier
  • Place baby in a swing or bouncy chair
  • Go for a car ride

Maybe baby wants some sound?

  • Play some music or sing to baby
  • Turn on some “white noise” – tv or vacuum cleaner
  • Make a “shushing” noise close to baby’s ear

 

There are a million other things to try -and some days nothing seems to work. Try to listen to your intuition.

Babies are like us – we have good and bad days too. They have to learn so much in such a little time! It must be exhausting!!! (just like being a mom!) 🙂 and some days they are just fussy without reason…

However, if you’ve tried this checklist repeatedly and your baby still is fussy – I would talk to my pediatrician, just to rule out any medical issue.

 

Do you have any tips I need to add to my checklist??

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