When it comes to feeding a baby, you’ll find that everyone (from your grandmother to your aunt to the stranger on the street) has opinions on how babies should be fed, when babies should be fed, and what babies should be fed. Some opinions are based in solid, researched evidence (for example, there’s plenty of evidence to indicate that breastfeeding is a healthier option for babies than formula-feeding.) Other opinions, however, will be based less on facts and more on past experience. You may
If you’ve read many of our posts, you know by now that one of the things we emphasize on this blog is healthy eating. We’re committed to the idea that starting a baby on the healthiest possible foods is the first step to a lifetime of healthy eating for your child. We’ve written about the importance of feeding your baby fresh, or lightly-cooked, fruits and vegetables. We’ve emphasized that it’s best to offer lean proteins and whole grains, and that you should keep sugar and salt to a minimum.
Introducing a new food to your baby is an “iffy” thing. He might adore green beans the first time he eats them, and gobble them up with relish. On the other hand, he might spit them right back out and give you his biggest glare. There’s no way to predict how your baby will react to new foods. But there are steps you can take to help your baby enjoy her new food as much as possible. Offer the breast or a bottle before offering a new food. This is good advice to follow anyway (especially
We talk a lot around here about starting solids (since it’s the name of our site and all! ;) ) That’s because it’s our desire to equip all parents with the knowledge they need to give their baby the best possible start to eating solid foods. We know, however, that for parents (and especially for you first-time parents) the information related to starting your baby on solids can be a LOT to take in! There’s so much to remember, and we know (from personal experience!) that it’s enough to make
Reflux: it’s a problem that affects many babies (up to 50% of babies age 0-3 months!) And if your baby has ever struggled with reflux, you know how hard it can be -- the gas, the vomiting, the constant fussiness. Since reflux is a digestive issue, introducing solid foods to your baby will definitely have an impact on her reflux symptoms. Some parents find their babies’ reflux symptoms actually improve with the introduction of solid foods; others find that starting solids increases reflux
At this point in our article series, we’ve laid a good foundation for starting your baby on solids. We’ve learned when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, and how your baby may react after starting to eat solid foods. But, wait, how do you physically feed your baby solids and at what time of day? How to Feed Your Baby: When Should Meals Happen? Some parents find themselves wondering when solid feedings should happen -- first thing in the morning? Before bed? Three times
When it comes to starting your baby on solids, the list of “dos” and “don’ts” seems long, doesn’t it? Enter a simple question like, “How much should I feed my baby at each meal?” or “When should I start feeding my baby dairy?” into a search engine, and you’ll find pages and pages answers (many of which contradict each other!) We know that when it comes to baby schedules, moms like to have the basics presented to them in a clear, easy-to-understand way. We’ve attempted to do just that in
So you now know when to start your baby on solid foods, and you may have decided that the time is now -- your baby’s ready! Now, it’s time to feed your little one solids for the first time. But that can be easier said than done. How should you introduce solids? What foods should you begin with? Cereal? Fruits and Veggies? Help! Introducing Solids: What Should Be Your Baby's First Foods? When it comes to introducing solids, infant cereals (particularly rice cereal) are traditionally