Posts Tagged ‘solid foods’

First Foods at the Holidays

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

First Foods at the HolidaysWhen I think of the holidays, I think of all of the yummy food I get to eat. This year will be a little different since I will have newborn and need to calm down on my eating and start focusing on taking care of my postpartum body. If you have a baby who has recently started solids, the holidays can be a fun time of discovery.

According to USA Today, 40 percent of moms start solids before 4 months old. For me, I waited until at least 6 months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics now suggests waiting until 6 months.

If your baby has hit this age mark and you feel that he or she is ready, Thanksgiving can be a fun time for baby. Here are some baby-friendly foods for Thanksgiving:

-sweet potatoes (These are loaded in Vitamin A! Skip the sugar and marshmallows and if you have an older baby go for finger food.)

-green beans (If you have the casserole prepared, wash off some of the salty toppings first. This one could get messy!)

-pumpkin (Try adding this to cereal or yogurt. Yum!)

-squash (Like all veggies, this should be mashed, thinned, or blended with breast milk or formula.)

-stuffing (Keep this moist. Finely chop the veggies and even add some breast milk or formula.)

-apples

-cranberries

-potatoes

-turkey (With all meats, make sure this is blended or mashed to a consistency baby can handle easily. If your baby is older, you can do small pieces.)

With all solid foods, make sure to introduce new foods to baby slowly. Don’t just give them a whole plate of new foods and expect it to go well. Remember how sensitive a little baby’s tummy can be. Remember to keep the consistency mushy and easy for baby to digest. My babies loved sweet potatoes at the holidays, just like their momma.

Remember you are the mom. Don’t let family just feed your baby anything. I can remember a family member feeding my daughter chocoalate pie at a holiday gathering before we had started solids. I was mortified. Of course, babies don’t need eat sugary desserts and family should respect your position as mom and ask your permission before offering foods to baby.

Different solid foods are recommended for different ages. There are products now like Baby Brezza and Baby Bullet that make creating your own baby food easy and affordable. I am a fan of the Baby Brezza.

Remember that there will be a lot of food around during the holidays and babies like to grab food. Use safety and precautions with your little one to avoid choking or unnecessary tears.

What are some fun holiday foods you have fed your baby? Did they like them? Have fun during the holidays with food and your little one, just remember to be smart and that you are supermom!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Arkansas where she is now ready to eat turkey and sweet potatoes.

Waiting to Introduce Solids

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Waiting to Introduce SolidsI hear from time to time that babies need something “more filling” that only solids can provide. Rather, it’s scientifically documented that babies require numerous feedings in those first six months. Breast milk or formula serves to adequately address babe’s nutritional needs for most of the babe’s first year of life, especially the first six months. Additionally, breast milk offers increased immunity and reductions in a variety of health issues from pneumonia and diarrhea to diabetes and obesity.

I also often hear a baby will sleep better with a solid cereal. Maybe this seemingly worked for some families. It may also be coincidence as some babies begin sleeping for longer stretches in the 3 to 6 month range. Actually, baby’s digestive tract just isn’t ready for more complex food than milk or formula. A baby’s gut is not entirely closed to adequately address the needs of digesting solid foods.

The benefits continue for both mom and baby in the comfort of bonding and suckling. Considering the fourth trimester, a baby is barely into this world at 4 to 6 months. The comfort and ease of feeding milk versus the mess of a young baby attempting solid foods helps make the decision to wait less messy! Some mothers find breastfeeding also helps balance their hormones and effectively lose excess baby-related weight.

If baby is not sleeping as long as you’d like, find a few supportive friends and family to help get you a few nights of rest. When you find yourself getting excited about the next milestone of starting solid foods and all the messy pictures that will excite your memories for years to come, remember you’ve got just these few short months to be your baby’s whole nutritional world, whether by breast or bottle. If you have well-meaning advisors who suggest introducing food, educate them or just politely nod as you see fit and remind yourself that you are your baby’s primary advocate and line of defense!

Complimentary feeding not only can wait until six months, but for a variety of reasons it is strongly encouraged by a variety of well-reputed, scientifically-based, pediatric- and health-focused organizations. Use this time to read about and prepare for those first meals of bananas, avocados, or whatever “first food” you’ll end up writing down in your child’s baby book… at six months!

Lynette Moran shares her life with her husband and two sons, ages 1 and 3 years. She has cloth diapered both since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.