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Healthy Starts On Solids For Babies

 

My mom once said to me “when you were a baby, it was just as simple as mashing up left overs and feeding it to you, why is feeding babies solid food nowadays have to be so complicated?”.  The funny thing is, it doesn’t have to be.  It’s safe to say, as parents, we tend to over think everything.  When the internet became our biggest source of information, parents started to get scared when they read about various issues with babies from feeding, to cribs, to car seats & bottles.

One key fact that every parent should know about feeding solids is that it is best to start at 6 months of age.

Why?

Formula fed babies are more at risk for obesity when fed solids as meals along with formula when younger then 6 months of age; solids may be introduced as young as 4 months of age, but it best for the purposes of textures & tastes.  Meals should not be replaced with solid foods until 6 months of age.  Babies should be able to hold their heads up on their own, swallow & close their mouths around the spoon.

My baby is 4 months old and isn’t satisfied with formula, I’m about ready to go with solids instead. Help!

First be certain its definitely hunger that’s the cause.  Here are a few tips

  • Make sure your baby gets plenty of sleep. Resolving any underlying sleeping problem is one of the most effective ways to promote a baby’s contentment and resolve the dilemma of how to satisfy a ‘hungry baby’.
  • Prevent your baby from falling asleep while feeding. Keep him awake during feeds or wake him up as soon as he has finished. This will discourage a feeding-sleep association.
  • Space bottle feeds at three to four hourly intervals during the day or on demand during the night if your baby is content to go longer than four hours between feeds.
  • Slow feeding time down to around 20-40 minutes for newborns; 15-30 minutes for babies aged three to six months, and 10-20 minutes for babies over the age of six months. Achieve this by using a slower teat, tightening the bottle ring, or giving baby breaks during the feed.
  • Be sure to use the appropriate stage of formula for your infant.  Most of our formulas become more casein dominant (more fulfilling) the higher the stage
  • Provide baby with a pacifier or your finger to satisfy his sucking needs between feeds.
  • Offer a little water. While bottle fed babies generally receive sufficient fluids from their feeds (provided formula is prepared correctly) offering 30-60 ml (1-2 ounces) of cooled, previously boiled water once or twice a day, will not harm him.

 

I want to baby to learn to love vegetables from a young age.  How do I accomplish this?

Its simple, give your baby a great variety of pureed vegetables to taste starting at 4 months of age.  Just one teaspoon is all your baby needs to learn taste & texture at this young of an age.  Be sure to wait 3 to 4 days between trying new things to ensure there are no adverse reactions and always consult your pediatrician if you have any doubts.

Some great options to start with are:

  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potato
  • Peas
  • Green Beans

Looking to make own your purees?  Its quite easy!  Cook the food (steaming is best to preserve nutrients), save the liquid used to cook the food, toss the vegetables into the blender (set your machine to puree), as you puree add in small amounts of water* to get a thinner consistency & your done!

*You can also add in formula or breastmilk to give your baby a more familiar taste.

If you have left overs, freeze in ice cube trays and take out portions as needed. You can then thaw and reheat.

What are some finger foods I can give if I want my child to learn a healthy pallate?

Many parents are on the go and will choose easy finger foods such as cheerios and goldfish crackers.  We strongly recommend  taking a moment to source out a few healthier finger foods to ensure your baby does not become a future carbo-holic.  To avoid the carbs, preservatives & GMO’s,  here are a few healthy take along options for the cooler bag:

  • Green peas
  • Chopped meats
  • Well cooked beans
  • Steamed carrots
  • Small chopped peaches
  • Broccoli (steamed & chopped)
  • Banana cubes
  • Butternut squash  (steamed & cubed)
  • Goat cheese crumbled

When should I give my baby juice?

There is no nutritional reasons to give your baby juice and therefore we do not recommend it.  Many juices are full of preservatives, GMO fruit, added sugars, food colorings & corn syrups.  The sugar content in fruit juices is quite outrageous.  Although these sugars in many cases are 100% natural, this doesn’t  make it a healthy choice.  Sugar in its most natural or unnatural (corn syrup) form can create a wide variety of issues for infants.  The most obvious one being addiction.  Sugar is more addictive then heroine! Another huge consideration is tooth decay.  Water is the best choice when using a secondary source of fluids from breastmilk & formula.

 

Does Udderly Organics offer  good choices for starting babies on solids?

Absolutely!  The foods we have to offer are

  • Free from added sugars
  • Free from preservatives
  • Free from food dyes
  • Most are made with Demeter organic quality (Highest level of organic certification on the planet)
  • Made with 100% vegetables & fruits

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Which of your products do you recommend starting with?

Any single ingredient puree (just carrots, just chicken etc) or single grain cereal (rice, rolled oats, millet,spelt) is always best when starting with solids.  Once your baby has tried out a good variety of ingredients, you are then ready to move onto mixed ingredient foods for greater texture & flavor.

Rolled Oats

Millet

Rice

Spelt

 

 

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