if baby refuses solids

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There are two extremes of looking at a baby’s food intake. On the one extreme you can take a completely hands off approach and simply place food in front of a baby and allow her to decide if and when to take the food and bring it to her mouth. This extreme believes that all babies know what’s best for them and caregivers should not try to interfere. On the other extreme you can take a more controlling and involved approach. This extreme believes that babies don’t know what they need and the caregiver should decide exactly what and how … Read More

managing changes in bowel movements

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Before starting your baby on solid foods his bowel movements had most likely settled into a routine. There isn’t one ideal bowel movement to strive for. Each person has their own “normal” frequency. Breastfed babies, especially, are all over the map. Some may poop several times a day while others will easily go seven to ten days between bowel movements. Just when you figured out that all was okay with your baby’s poops, you start her on solids and everything changes! This is very normal. The stool might become firmer, softer, change colours, and you might see some intact food … Read More

how often should you offer food?

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When you’re starting out on solids, your baby’s main nutrition is still going to come from breastmilk or formula. Continue to feed your baby breastmilk or formula on demand. Introducing solids is also a way of introducing mealtimes to your baby. As she gets older, she will drink less milk and eat more solid food. At 12 months, your baby will get about 50% of calories from milk and 50% from food. When you first introduce foods, you can start with 1-2 meals. I would recommend breakfast and lunch. There’s always a chance that your baby might react to a … Read More

how to read your baby

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Whether you choose to start baby off with purees or dive right in with Baby Led Weaning, it’s important to remain responsive to your baby’s cues of hunger and fullness. Hunger: happy and excited to be placed in high chair opens mouth when food is offered leans towards or reaches for food Fullness: turns head away playing with food more than eating frowns when food is offered closes lips when food is offered cries to get out of the highchair To be able to communicate with your baby before they are able to express themselves with vocal words, you can … Read More

dangers to avoid when baby led weaning

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Baby Led Weaning is the latest trend in infant feeding. If you’re thinking of trying it out, you should definitely know the dangers that come with it.   what is Baby Led Weaning? If you haven’t heard about it, Baby Led Weaning is about giving babies control over their food. It’s about letting them play with food, figure out that it’s food, get it into their mouths on their own, and figure out how to swallow it.  It’s letting babies self-feed. To quote www.babyledweaning.com, “it’s ‘baby-led’ in the sense that you let them do what they need to do while they’re learning, and as … Read More

benefits of baby led weaning

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  It’s good to be aware of the risks of baby led weaning when it isn’t done safely. But if it is done well, there are tremendous benefits for your baby! 1. Pressure Free Eating Under the ideals of Baby Led Weaning, getting food into the baby’s mouth is entirely up to the baby.  This allows her to stop eating when she’s full, without the pressure of a well-meaning parent shoving food down her throat.  Babies and children have an instinct that tells them how much food they need.  Some days they’ll be ravenous, while on other days they’ll eat … Read More

how to do baby led weaning

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  Here is a quick get started guide for baby led weaning.  Baby Led Weaning is about releasing control – and that’s a good thing Baby Led Weaning focusses on giving babies control over their food. It’s about letting them play with food, figure out that it’s food, get it into their mouths on their own, and figure out how to swallow it. It lets babies self-feed. To quote www.babyledweaning.com, “it’s ‘baby-led’ in the sense that you let them do what they need to do while they’re learning, and as the parent you resist the urge to get wound up in knots about … Read More