Category Archives: Solid Foods

Introduction to solid foods

If you believe that your baby is ready to begin eating solids, ask your pediatrician about it. Introducing solids to your baby’s diet is extremely important because, this way, he will acquire the nutrients needed for a proper development. You might be wondering what’s the right time to begin. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s around the 6-month mark; however, every child is different and some are ready before that.

It’s important to introduce solid food when your baby is around 6 months because at this point breast milk no longer provides enough iron, calories, protein, DHA, zinc, and fat-soluble vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and vitamin C. These requirements can be found in solid food.

How to introduce the first solid food?

To begin with this new stage, choose the time of day that’s more convenient for you. Preferably, choose between breakfast, lunch, or dinner time, and alternate them as time passes, so that your baby gets used to eating solid foods at different times of day. You want your baby to be in a good mood and hungry enough, but not starving. To make eating solids for the first time a smoother experience, give your baby a little breast milk or formula first. Then try giving him very small spoonfuls of food and end with more milk. After several days, the process can be reversed to ensure that, gradually, the nutrients coming from the solid foods are increased, until the point where you only provide solids at that specific mealtime.

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Picky eaters: tips and tricks to raise an adventurous eater

Have you ever encountered a “picky eater”? This behavior is also known as choosy or fussy eating. It involves rejection to eat new foods, strong food preferences, and eating the same foods over and over again.

Variety is important in our diets, and that includes eating fruits and vegetables. Therefore, knowing the importance of healthy eating, dealing with a picky eater can be pretty frustrating. Mealtimes can become stressfully painful and a parent-child power struggle can arise leading you to ask, “What can I do?”. Don’t worry, continue reading and we’ll show you simple ways to tweak mealtime and go from fussy to foodie (or at least get your child to try new foods!).

Now, before we begin, it’s important to understand why pickiness arises in the first place. There are different theories surrounding this topic. According to research, the factors that affect choosy eating can include pressure to eat, temperament and personality, sensory sensitivity, genetics, parental feeding styles, and even specific factors such as absence of breastfeeding and lack of variety or late introduction to different textures. And that is not all, let’s not forget about the “terrible twos”. Toddlers are notorious autonomy seekers. This is actually a good thing because they are learning to become independent, but it can lead to food rejection. This is totally normal, so don’t sweat it. Here are some tips to help you solve this pesky problem.

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Switching to solid foods: FAQ answered!

Introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet can raise a lot of questions and concerns because it’s a big step! Hopefully this information will help to guide you through this exciting process!

When can my baby begin eating solid foods?

Experts recommend gradually introducing solid foods when a baby is around 6 months old, depending on each child’s readiness and rate of development. The American Academy of Pediatrics uses these guidelines:

  • Head control – Can your baby hold his head up and sit up in a high chair or feeding seat with good head control?
  • Eagerness – Does your baby seem eager to be fed? Does he open his mouth when food comes his way or does he reach for your food?
  • Weight – Typically, when babies double their birth weight at around 4 months and weigh about 13 pounds or more, they may be ready!

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How to: First aid for choking

Since choking can be a life-threatening emergency, staying calm is essential, and the best way to ensure that you keep your cool is knowing what to do!

Hopefully you will never be in a situation where you’ll have to give first aid to your little one, but babies tend to bring everything into their mouths. This is a normal part of their development and exploration, but also might putting them at an increased risk for choking! At this age, babies tend to choke on food, little toys, and get caught in drawstrings and curtain cords. Basically everything that surrounds them may be life treating!

We give you some tips and steps to follow if you find yourself in this situation.

How do you know that your baby is choking?

Be alert to signs. Something may be blocking his airway if your baby…

  • Is suddenly unable to cry or cough.
  • Makes odd noises or no sound all while opening his mouth.
  • Skin turns bright red or blue.

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