When we envision an apocalyptic scenario, the idea of newfound parents scouring the street, battling it out for the last tub of baby formula never crosses our minds. Hopefully, we won’t get to that, but it is a little scary out there. How can parents and guardians give their children the much-needed nutrition they require to grow big and strong when we are having a shortage.
Don’t Be Afraid to Switch to a Different Brand
First and foremost, we need to drop our loyalty to our favorite brands. Simply put, the baby formula manufacturing issue created shortages across the board, making it harder for parents to navigate the isles of their local stores to grab their usual brand. Knowing this, we must use the products available to us, seeking the formula that best agrees with our child’s taste. Unless your child has a specific metabolic issue that requires a specific type of formula, most children can make do with a different brand.
However, there’s a rule parents can follow: don’t buy large quantities of baby formula at one time when making the switch to a new brand. Instead, consider buying two or three products and testing them with your child throughout the week. Once your child shows interest in one brand over another, purchase a large quantity. Not only will this tip help keep digestive issues at bay, but it will also save some hard-earned cash at the register.
If you’re struggling to find formula in your town, it’s time to meet the neighbors. Don’t be afraid to meet new parents at the park, at school meetings, at the mall or in your neighborhood to discuss how they’re navigating the baby formula shortage. And who knows: these parents might have leftover tubs of baby formula sitting in their houses, ready to be used by a baby in need. Seeking council from your neighbors will help you feed your baby in a time of need, but it will also create lifelong bonds with your community at large.
Be Brave; Be Creative
The baby formula shortage will soon cease to be a problem. For parents who are struggling to find formulas that their child agrees with, don’t be afraid to get creative, try new products and rely on the help of your communal support system. Parents of young toddlers may have leftover tubs of baby formula sitting in their houses, ready to be used by a baby in need. Seeking council from your neighbors will help you feed your baby in a time of need, but it will also create lifelong bonds with your community at large. Remember, if your child is over 12 months old, they should be on regular milk, so this issue shouldn’t affect you.