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
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We’ve written about the basics of baby-led weaning before -- what it is, why some people prefer it, and whether or not you should try it with your baby. Here, we’ll explore 7 steps to get started successfully with baby-led weaning (or BLW). As with anything else in life, planning and preparation is a key part to getting off on the right foot with baby-led weaning. So use our 7 steps below, and start your baby-led weaning journey today! 7 Steps to Successful Baby-Led Weaning 1. Educate
We’ve talked already about what to do if you suspect that you’re feeding your baby too much solid food. But what if you have the opposite problem? What if no amount of coaxing or pleading or “here comes the airplane!” maneuvering can get your baby to eat a bite of food? What should you do if your baby flat-out refuses to eat solid food? Baby Refusing Solids? Don't Panic! First, don’t worry -- just because your baby hates solids right now definitely doesn’t mean he’ll hate them forever!
Your 10 month old baby is probably a "solids pro" by now! He's tackled all kinds of tastes and textures, and has started enjoying some real meals. By 10 months, your baby will be ready to start eating more and more table food. You can start chopping or slicing the foods you're eating at mealtime and offering them to your baby (provided the foods you're eating aren't too crunchy or chewy, and aren't allergenic.) This means you'll need to make fewer purees and mashes to freeze. Cereal
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
By 9 months, your baby is eating three meals of solids each day, and is starting to eat more and more at each meal. This is an exciting season for your baby, since 9 months marks the time that you can start offering her "real" food and cooking actual meals for her! She'll still need plenty of baby food, but it's okay at this point to start offering her bits of table food (mashed or chopped carefully, of course!) Cereal Recipes Infant cereal starts become less a part of your baby's diet at 9
It’s always nice when a baby who’s just started eating solid foods shows a real appetite for them. As a parent, you know that it feels great to offer your little one healthy purees and then watch as she gobbles them up. But can that healthy appetite ever be a problem? Can a baby actually eat too much solid food? In a word, yes. Remember, for the first year of life, a baby’s primary source of nutrition should be breastmilk and/or formula. It’s just fine to offer solid foods
Starting solids is a big step for your baby -- he’s learning a whole new way of eating, after all! All those new foods affect his every aspect of his digestion, including what ends up in his diapers. That’s right -- we’re talking poop today! Starting Solids? The Poop Changes! Before you start your baby on solid foods, it’s best to prepare yourself in advance for the fact that starting solids will probably affect your baby’s poop. The poop will smell worse. The poop may be brightly colored.
Once your baby reaches the 8 or 9 month mark, she’s ready to move past single-ingredient purees and on to food combinations. These combos can be simple, of course (mixing mashed blueberries into oatmeal, stirring pureed broccoli into brown rice, etc.) Or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can whip up more sophisticated meals. For information on when to introduce specific fruits into your baby's diet, along with serving sizes, visit our solid food charts. Here are 5 nutritious, tasty recipes