Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods?

Baby Solid Foods

By Eirian Hallinan

You’ve been noticing that other moms in your baby group have started their babies on solid foods and wonder if you should do the same. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding exclusively for approximately 6 months and then introducing solids gradually. But how gradually should you do this? And how do you know that your baby is indeed ready to make the switch to solids since not all babies are the same? And what should you feed them? The following will tell you everything you need to know.

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Arsenic in Your Baby’s Rice Cereal and Other Rice Products

By Lisa Pecos

Rice isn’t just a staple in most adult diets, but it’s also a big part of many infant’s diets too, commonly by way of rice cereal, which many parent’s use when introducing their babies to solid foods. Parents may want to look for a better alternative to rice cereal based on mounting evidence connecting inorganic arsenic in white and brown rice to immune system damage and intellectual development in children.

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Safe, Nutritious, Home-Made First Foods for Baby

Home-Made First Foods for Baby

Great, Healthy Home-Made Foods to Start Your Baby on Solids

The recent news report about a small piece of glass having been found in a jar of Beech-Nut baby food is enough to send chills down a new mom’s spine.

What if you want to be sure about the quality control in the food you’ll feed your 6-month-old when that time comes? What if you want to prepare your own baby foods?

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Preventing Food Allergies in Infants by Introducing Solid Foods While Still Breastfeeding

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The importance of breastfeeding and of introducing solid foods later for preventing food allergies in children has become clearer to health professionals in recent years. Now, a new British study has found that waiting until at least 17 weeks of age to introduce solid foods helps infants avoid food allergies later on. That same study found that babies were more likely to be immune to food allergies if they were also being breastfed when solids were introduced at 17 weeks or later.

Overlapping the start of solid foods with breastfeeding seems to teach the baby’s immune system that solid foods are safe; or it could be that the mother’s breast milk provides the right types and numbers of cells and organisms that will strengthen the baby’s immunity, thereby preventing the infant’s body from developing allergies to different foods.

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Feeding Your One-Year-Old

If you are the parent of a one-year-old, you just finished watching your baby’s weight triple since her birth! But suddenly, your growing baby may not want to eat quite as much as she’s accustomed to eating. If that happens, it’s no cause for concern; toddlers gain weight more slowly, so they don’t need to eat quite as much. If you suddenly find that your child routinely picks at her food, you (more…)

Preparing to Wean Your Baby

You may have decided that it is now time to begin feeding your baby solids. If so, here is some handy advice about preparing foods and feeding your little one. You want to preserve as many of the vitamins in your baby’s food as you can so prepare her food just before she eats it. Once you have cooked and puréed her food vitamins B and C will begin to deplete. If you want to (more…)

When Is My Baby Ready For Solids?

In most cases it is advised that you should wait until your baby is six months old before introducing her to solid food. Waiting until this age protects your baby’s health by reducing the risk of getting infections from food and also developing food allergies. At six months she should have doubled her birth weight and her immune system is more robust. From six months of age formula or breast milk will not provide her with all the nutrients she requires as she is becoming more and more active. Waiting until she is six months old before introducing her to solids is even more important if your family has a history of (more…)

Establishing Good Eating Habits in the First Year of Baby’s Life

There is no question that kids enjoy sweets, and if left to their own devices, many would indulge in junk food far more often than they should. But it would be a mistake to assume that children naturally prefer unhealthy food over healthy food. If good habits are instilled early, kids can actually grow up enjoying vegetable, fruits, and other healthy foods. It’s a matter of (more…)