Is it OK to switch my baby’s formula?
As Featured in the December 18, 2011 Ask Daft Daddy column in the The Orange County Register :
I know everyone knows the jingle: The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup. Well unless that cup has Baileys in it, Daft Daddy says that’s rubbish. The best part of waking up is seeing wee Mac’s wee face light up when I walk into his nursery every morning. I’m sure other new parents feel the same as I do with their own kids.
Wee Mac is so happy to see me in the morning that his face lights up like Johnny Olson just announced he’s the next contestant on the Price is Right. His Showcase Showdown prizes include a new diaper, a bottle of milk, and lots of hugs and kisses. He wins all those prizes every morning – without having to play Plinko, Safe Crackers, or that mountain climbing game where the guy yodels his way up. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that Daft Daddy is definitely a morning person.
So without further ado, let me get to the Daft Daddy mail bag:
Dear Daft Daddy: Our 3-month-old daughter wakes up every morning like a ray of sunshine, and then after we feed her, the dark clouds come in and she gets really fussy. I’m thinking she has gas as it’s difficult to get a burp out of her. We’ve already changed formula twice. Is it ok to keep switching formulas?
– Jason from Irvine
Dear Jason: We had to change formulas several times with wee Mac until we found the right one. He too had difficulty burping, and I had difficulty watching Jeni trying to burp him. She would turn into Ricky Ricardo and pound on him like he was a bongo drum. If Mac could talk I’m sure he would have been screaming Babalu!
You may be worried that switching formulas will upset your baby’s stomach, but unless you’re switching from a cows’ milk-based formula to a soy-based formula, that is unlikely. So to answer your question, in most cases it’s fine to change formulas provided you stick with the same type of formula.
Dear Daft Daddy: I have a 2-year-old who loves the magic of Santa. But when she is acting up I tell her Santa won’t be stopping at our house unless she is good. Do you think it’s bad to threaten misbehaved children that Santa isn’t coming unless he/she is good?
– Megan from Long Beach
Dear Megan: I wouldn’t use it as a threat as much as I’d use it as a reminder. Threats are only as good as your follow through. And if you don’t follow through, threats work about as well as a bank pen.
At the end of the day, are you really going to let your daughter wake up on Christmas morning without any presents under the tree? Are you really going to stick a lump of coal in her stocking? Are you really going to make her eat all of the See’s chocolates that mysteriously only have one bite out of them? Of course you’re not.
So instead of threatening, use reminders of what good behavior is. This way when she misbehaves, she will have a chance at redeeming herself. And you can feel good about yourself when you follow through by finishing that box of See’s.