Variations of the Momsicle
Older babies may like some extra flavor in their momsicles. To do this, pour a small amount of breastmilk or formula into the popsicle mold, then spoon in a small amount of banana puree, applesauce, or even avocado and top with the remaining milk.
You can also mix the puree directly into the milk or stir in some rice cereal for a bit of texture.
Get creative with this. Make any flavor combination you want. Just avoid large chunks of fruit for younger babies because the frozen pieces will be a choking hazard for your baby.
If you don’t have a small popsicle mold you can fill an ice-cube tray half way up with breastmilk or formula and freeze. When the breastmilk is frozen (freeze these slightly softer for younger babies), remove it from the tray and pop it in a mesh teether. This is the mesh teether I have and my babies love chewing on it just as much as they love eating whatever I put inside.
Teething feeders are easy for younger babies to hold and are a bit better for younger babies because if they bite off a chunk of frozen milk it just stays inside the mesh.
Have a younger baby that seems interested in solids? If you aren’t quite ready to make that jump you can create a fun frozen treat for your baby by creating a breastmilk slush. This gives him some variety and a bit of practice with the mechanics of eating without introducing foods too early.
Partially freeze a cube of breastmilk. When the breastmilk is partially frozen, remove it from the freezer and break it up with a spoon so it creates a loose slush. If needed, allow the breastmilk to thaw at room temperature for a few minutes.
Use an infant spoon (this is our favorite) to feed the breastmilk slush to your infant. Breastmilk slush lets your baby experiment with new textures and get some exposure to the spoon without adding solid foods to his diet too early.
Have you ever tried making a momsicle for your baby?
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