This morning, Brian (my husband) had to leave early for class. I must admit, I’ve gotten very comfortable with Brian being home 24/7, but the paternity-leave-fantasy-world I’ve been living in has come to an end. Boo.
So, without any pumped milk, in a panic to feed a fussy baby, I grabbed some ready-made formula from the fridge, poured it into a bottle, and fed it to Clark.
Yes, you read that correctly. I fed my baby cold formula. I fed Clark formula. And he made this face:
And I freaked out. Was it okay to feed a baby cold formula?
Dr. Google to the rescue. The Mayo Clinic said it’s perfectly fine. Heart attack averted.
It’s funny how being a parent will make you second guess the smallest things. Like giving a human being milk that isn’t warm. Because no one ever drinks cold liquid. And babies are not people. Wait, what?
Yes, there are things you can’t feed an infant. But, breast milk and formula are safe. Whether hot or cold. For the most part. As long as you don’t go to a keg-er, then feed your baby. Or leave formula at room temperature for two hours. And I’m pretty sure the list goes on and on.
There’s a reason the paranoid parent stereotype suits the majority of new moms and dads. And, while our intentions are good, being full of anxiety can actually hinder your parenting abilities. If you’re not able to relax and think clearly, you could end up doing crazy things. Or being an insomniac. When it comes to parenting in the 21st century, there’s an app for that. And a baby monitor to soothe your maniac mind.