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What Is The Best Food To Feed My Baby
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
Break the seal!: Gently press your finger between the baby's mouth and your nipple and push down on your breast to create a break in the seal - the vacuum - that the baby's suckling is creating. Once the seal on their little oral vacuum is broken, they'll come right off! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
6 months: Years ago, breastfeading was frowned on & many made "formula" from boiled cow milk. Since cow milk is designed for calves, infants were fed early & often to make up for deficiences in cow milk. Now that breast is back, or formulas mimic breast, solids are optional. The sitting child is more capable of participating & few sit before 6m. Babies can wait past a year and thrive.Rice cereal to start. ...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
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
Depends on the age: If a baby is old enough to sip from a cup, he can drink his milk or water from a regular cup (with help) or from a sippy cup that has a lid. At this age (usually 20-24 months), the parent can have one talk with the child about the bottles going "bye-bye", and make all the bottles in the home disappear overnight. The important thing is to judge when the baby is truly able to drink from a cup. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
On his or her back: The chances of dying from sids (crib death) are worse, if a baby sleeps on his tummy. Years ago in america, when babies slept on their tummies, about 3 babies out of every 1000 would die of sids. Nowadays, when babies sleep on their backs, about 1 to 1.5 babies per 1000 die of sids. Parents should talk with the doctor if a baby won't sleep on his or her back. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
5 S's: Harvey karp's 5 s's are among the best. 1.Swinging-babies love movement and ofteen this calms them down 2.Swaddling-some babies are soothed by wrapping (and some are not) 3.Shooshing-singing, humming, talking 4.Sucking-some need to suck something 5.Side or stomach position while holding. One of these methods usually will soothe the baby. If not, there may be something more bothering baby.Call the md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet: Your baby should be on cereal, fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, turkey, beef, and eggs as well as three bottles of milk. ...Read more
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
Variety: There is no one food that is the healthiest. The key is to eat a variety of fruits, veggies, lean meats, whole grains so that your baby will get a wealth of nutrients. Also-be sure to take your prenatal vitamins. Good luck! ...Read more
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
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