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What Are The Best First Foods To Feed My Baby
Rice cereal: When starting solid foods, the best first food would be the most hypoallergenic, baby whole grain rice cereal. You can follow this up with other whole grains like baby oatmeal cereal or mixed grains, then pureed vegetables and fruit (stage 1 baby foods). ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
When hungry: The best time is when junior is hungry, but not too hungry; and also not too sleepy and not too already-upset and worked up. There's no exact clock time that works best for everyone. Follow your baby's lead to learn his or her rhythms and when nursing works best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What a coincidence!: This question was one from an encyclopedia by aboul al-faraj, a 12th century syrian physician. His answer was: "those who lack food should eat when they get it; those who have food should eat when they are hungry." babies tell you they are hungry by becoming very alert and turning their heads to the side of the cheek you stroke gently. Rarely, poor weight gain prompts scheduled feedings. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Varies with age: Babies are too young for finger foods (they don't really chew), even if they have some teeth. In toddlers, real chewing occurs after 18 months (when first molars appear), and even better chewing occurs after 2 years (when second molars appear). I don't recommend teething biscuits or any other cookies for babies, because chunks of biscuits tend to break off. The chunks may gag and choke babies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Slowly: I recommend starting solid foods at 4 months for bottle fed babies and 6 months for breast fed babies. I recommend starting one new food at a time with small amounts. I increase slowly over 3 to 4 days to observe for any reaction then start the next food. I usually start with cereal mixed with breast milk or formula fed with a spoon. Next i offer yellow and green vegetables then fruit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Let them chew: Chewing on something cold and firm is helpful. One idea is to give them a damp washcloth that as been frozen in the freezer to chew on. Commercial teeth rings that can be frozen are available as well. Teething is a normal process. I would avoid medication like painkillers unless absolutely necessary. Most babies really don't need them. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Well balanced diet: Just as in everyday life, one shoud eat fruits, veggies, lean protein like chicken/turkey breast or fish (not sushi) and multigrain bread and perhaps brown rice and black beans. To make sure that you have the Folic Acid and dha on board you can also take an over- the-counter prenatal vitamin with dha in it. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Regular exercise 45 min daily is also recommended. ...Read more
Depends...: Depends on age and other factors. In general, pureed vegetables and cereals come before meats and dairy (other than breast or formula); single ingredients before mixed; no-no's include: chunks (choking hazard), honey (botulism), eggs/fish/seafood (more allergenic), salt and sugar (addictive), and juices (juice is a fruit from which all good stuff has been removed.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best way to clean my infant's teeth? She's getting her first teeth in, and we don't know what method is best or easiest.
When can I make the switch from formula to regular milk and what is the best way to do so? She is 10 months
Whatever suits you: The average kid will easily switch from one to another when offered. Some are put off by the change in flavor & some parents to a half & half for a while until they can go to full strength. The aap recommends bm or formula until 1 yr but many thrive on whole milk after 9m if they have a varied diet. Regular milk should be limited to 16-24 oz/d to avoid intestinal irritation & anemia. ...Read more
Self wean /natural : The best way is to wait until the baby is ready. Child-led weaning occurs when a child no longer has a need to nurse - nutritionally or emotionally. The most common method is " don't offer" and "don't refuse". More methods of weaning described here http://www.Kellymom.Com/bf/weaning/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy natural food: A woman should eat healthy, natural foods before, during, and after pregnancy. Healthy usually means low in fat (especially low in animal fats), a moderate amount of protein, and a moderate amount of whole grain carbohydrates (but very little sugar). Natural means unprocessed, with little salt, sauces, or preservatives. Salt may increase water retention or swelling. Hot sauce may worsen heartburn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cow milk formula: The nutritional value of formulas in america are standardized, so they have similar amounts of calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat. There are, however, different sources for the ingredients. For example, some formulas use cow milk protein, while others use soy protein. The type of sugars and fats in the formula may be different also. Infant formulas generally have 20 calories per ounce. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fertility work up: Consider seeing your gyn about causes of her irregular periods. You can also consider using ovulation prediction kits and start using around 13-14 days after her period begins and use for 5-7 days to see if she is ovulating. Recording her cycles on a calender may help and consider some preconceptual prenatal vitamins. ...Read more
Clothing Shade Hat: Babies 6 months and younger should be kept out of direct sunlight. If necessary, sunscreen can be applied sparingly to exposed areas (hands and face). Think of the complete sun protection package: shade, protective clothing, hats, and sunscreen. Enjoy the great outdoors! just be sure to protect that delicate skin too. ...Read moreSee 18 more doctor answers
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