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Category: Feeding

Food Babies Should Not Eat

Published September 25, 2012        by Sarah

 Food Babies Should Not EatParents have a lot on their plates; they are charged with raising these precious little babies into healthy kids and adults. The eating habits we learn as children follow us throughout life, and it is important we teach our children to eat the right foods.  When they are babies, it is also important that we know which are the wrong foods.  Many choices that are healthy for adults and older children are not good for babies. Say you get a new baby gift basket with lots of little snacks and foods, should you share with baby? Probably not. What about every other day? What should you avoid? First, why can’t babies eat certain foods?  One reason is that they may be allergic.  Most food allergies (80 percent) are caused by these “culprits”: Milk. Eggs. Peanuts. Tree nuts Read more

Ways to Get Toddlers to Eat More

Published July 18, 2012        by Sarah

 Ways to Get Toddlers to Eat MoreDoes your toddler remind you of the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes?  Kids at this age are incredibly active and full of energy; it can make their parents tired just watching them play, run, jump, roll, and dance.  And it might make many parents wonder where they are getting the fuel to burn.  Toddlers, as well as being energetic, are notoriously picky eaters.  If your child will eat any kind of vegetable, whole grain, or protein without fuss, you’re having a good day.  How can you get your busy toddler to eat a balanced diet?  Here are some practical and some creative ways to get toddlers to eat more. Play with your food.  Thank goodness for celery!  While this isn’t the most nutritionally dense vegetable, it does count toward their daily allotment – and it is one of the Read more

Baby Feeding Basics

Published April 08, 2008        by Nicole

Before the baby, you were concerned over what to register for as baby gifts. Now you're concerned about when is the best time to wean your baby or toddler? The answer is, there is no real solid answer, and it is really a matter of when you or child is comfortable with weaning. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that babies be breastfed a minimum of one year, and the World Health Organization recommends a minimum of two years. This is because research has shown that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for a baby. Studies also show that in cultures where children are allowed to nurse for as long as they want the children usually will wean themselves at about three or four. However babies in the US usually are only nursed for their first year of life. Weaning is a very personal Read more

Six to Twelve Months

Published March 13, 2008        by Nicole

Face Recognition By seven months, your baby may have begun to respond differently to different people.This happens as babies sharpen their visual perceptual skills and learn to recognize people by their faces, by seeing either a full face or a profile.Face recognition is a gradual progress acquired over the first eight months of life.Some babies can read their parent’s facial expressions too, because they are able to see subtle differences in faces.As with many developmental acquisitions, visual discrimination and perception of faces help your baby to maintain contact with you. Stranger Anxiety By six months, [sometimes earlier], your baby may have developed a very clear and strong preference for one parent or the other.This presence is exemplified by your baby’s crying and clinging Read more

Breastfeeding Babies

Published March 05, 2008        by Nicole

The majority of new mothers leaving the hospital today breast-feed their babies, at least at the beginning-about 60%. This is especially true for middle-class and professional women, which the majority of older mothers are likely to be. Age does not seem to have any great effect on breast-feeding. It is not commonly known that any woman who has had a baby can breast-feed, and that in other cultures grandmothers breast-feed their daughter’s children. Occasionally a much older mother may find it a problem to produce enough milk, due to hormonal problems, but this is rare.Many hospitals now give great support and encouragement to mothers who want to breast-feed, recognizing that it is the best food for a baby and that there are emotional rewards for the nursing mother. The American Academy Read more