There is something different about having a second baby…it’s not that he/she is cared for less, but some things aren’t as big of a deal as they were the first time around.
Maybe it’s because you don’t have as much time to obsess. Maybe it’s because you learn the baby is not as fragile as you thought he/she was. Maybe it’s because you have to put the baby down and wipe a preschooler’s booty after the poo he did because he is potty training.
For us, Charlie learned to wait much earlier than Eddie did. From the first day Charlie was home from the hospital, he had to wait while we got Eddie his dinner or wait to be held because we were cleaning up a potty training accident.
One thing Charlie learned WAY faster than Eddie was to hold his own bottle. Charlie learned pretty quickly and in fact, because he’s so darn independent, much prefers doing it himself.
One of his favorite ways to “hold” his bottle is with his Li’l Helper.
The Li’l Helper fits snugly around most bottles. We use Avent bottles and because of the chubbiness of the bottle, the Li’l Helper doesn’t fit around the middle of the bottle. But Charlie doesn’t seem to care.
He had been holding his bottle with his hands, but when I gave him this nifty little tool, he was better about not letting it roll away just because he was squirming around on the floor trying to see what Eddie was doing.
The Li’l Helper is shaped to the natural grasp that a baby has. Plus it has little rattles on the bottom, which Charlie loves.
Although, since I let him plan with all the time, he will slam it on the ground when he wants a bottle. Oops.
Li’l Helper was dreamed up by a dad who wanted to be able to feed the baby and work with his toddler.
Since I am a bottle-feeding momma of two, this is really a great product.
Charlie is getting to the point of learning a sippy cup, so soon bottles will be a moot point in our house, but maybe someday a Baby #3 will be an even better candidate for the Li’l Helper when we have TWO crazy kids running around while trying to give the baby his (or her, I suppose) bottle.
Legal Stuff: I was sent a Li’l Helper to try, but was not compensated in any other way. Opinions are all my own.