This is one of the best infographics out there that shows exactly where produce should be stored. After we do the shopping and spend all that money for quality (and often organic) produce, it would be a shame to not […]
Many parents become gripped and paralyzed with fear when it comes time to move baby from purees to chunky texture and table foods. The fear of letting baby begin to feed herself chunks and lumps of foods is about the […]
As you contemplate starting solid foods, it’s important to note what various medical organizations recommend. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), along with many other health organizations such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF, states that breast milk and/or formula should provide all the nutrition your baby needs during the first 6 months of life.
However, in prior years the AAP Committee on Nutrition also wrote that introducing solid foods between four and six months was perfectly acceptable; introducing babies to solids prior to four months is never recommended. This has changed again so that now, all of the AAP is in agreement and recommending that babies should start solid foods at 6 months of age.
Most important thing to remember when introducing solid foods to baby
Keep this in mind as you begin to introduce solid foods to your baby: Solid foods will not make up a large portion of your baby’s nutrition for quite a few weeks after you start.
Remember that you are introducing your baby to solid foods, not suddenly changing your baby’s diet. At this point, the term “complementary foods” is often used instead of “solid foods”. Complimentary foods is a term that describes what the early role of solid food is in a baby’s diet.
In the beginning, you are complementing breast milk and/or formula with solid foods, not replacing them. The first few weeks should be a time to take it slow, keep it simple and stay relaxed. Explore and enjoy the experience of watching your baby touch and taste his way through the wonderful world of food!
You may have been told by your pediatrician or a friend or a website on the internet, that it’s best to not make your baby homemade baby foods or that you should not make certain types of vegetables due to […]
Happy Thanksgiving! Baby’s First Thanksgiving Menu – Commonly Served Foods * * Always consult your baby’s pediatrician before beginning solid foods and about food choices. * * Typically, saving white potatoes for later is […]
I have the opportunity to give away a rainbow of the most colorful, useful and clever baby spoons to come to market – Awesome! Have you seen the Spuni? Spuni’s patented tulip design naturally encourages babies to latch onto, and […]
I know it’s early but, people are pinning an old image of my handmade Christmas ornament only to find that the post has disappeared and I can’t find it either; Yikes! So here is the post, recreated but originally posted […]
This is not really a post. This is a pure visual “info-graphic” if you will. Someone had asked me yesterday to please get a better image that shows the strings and fibers in winter squash. Here ya go Hannah – […]
On 12 September 2013 pediatrician and author Dr. Joanna Dolgoff appeared on Fox News to talk about the British study indicating that homemade baby food was more nutritious than store bought baby food. I was eager to hear what the […]
Around the age of 6 months (some pediatricians say up until 8 months), a baby’s natural stores of iron will almost be gone. It’s at this time that babies typically begin to eat solid foods. The American Academy of Pediatrics […]