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Baby Feeding

Make Your Own Baby Food 101

The day your baby starts eating solids is an important milestone, and you can help set him or her up on the path to healthy eating by making your own. “Going from all milk or formula to real food can be daunting,” says Lisa Courtois, senior product manager at Béaba, a baby-food product company based in Hoboken, New Jersey. “Puréeing fresh, local, and organic produce and meat—rather than using canned baby food—lets you know exactly what’s in the food your child is eating.”

The Best First Foods for Your Baby

When your baby begins eating puréed peaches and avocados, she’ll naturally cut back on nursing or bottle-feeding. “Parents need to pay attention to diet as this happens,” says Kathleen Reidy, Dr.P.H., R.D., co-author and investigator of Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

You Are What You Eat

It’s safe to say I am slightly obsessed with my son’s eating habits. As a baby, I was always concerned he wasn’t eating enough. As a breastfeeding mom, I never really knew how much he was getting, so I relied on the number on the scale to tell me he was gaining weight and growing.

How To Make Homemade Baby Food

Liza Huber, author of Sage Spoonfuls—Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies and creator of the Sage Spoonfuls homemade baby food system, to shares tips for starting solids and family meal planning in addition to four recipes from her new book.

Food Allergies And Babies

Health experts are scrambling to find ways to prevent food allergies in children—and confusing parents along the way—as the number of cases skyrocket.

Finger Food Fix: Baby’s First Foods

British researchers say allowing babies to feed themselves fruits, vegetables, meat and bread—known as baby-led weaning—may teach them to better regulate their own appetites. The study showed that 6-month-old babies introduced to finger foods they could pick up and eat on their own rather than being primarily spoon-fed were less likely to be overweight or obese through age 6 ½.

When should my baby be off the bottle?

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I believe each family should choose the best time for themselves and their baby. That said, bottles do begin to cause “bucking” of the permanent teeth at age 3 years or so, and using a bottle beyond age 1 can lead to cavities in some babies.

Whenever you do it, consider transitioning to a spill-proof sippy cup, as they’re far less messy than a traditional cup.

Baby Spice: How to Make Homemade Baby Food

As a trained chef and creator of Weelicious, a website (weelicious.com) dedicated to healthy eating for babies, toddlers and kids, I’ve learned that one of the easiest ways to add extra zip to homemade baby food is with herbs and spices. One of the first vegetables I offered my son, Kenya, was puréed butternut squash. Much to my chagrin, he rejected it on the first three tries. But on the fourth go-round, I added a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and, voilà! He gobbled it up.

Allergy Avoidance

You'd probably do just about anything when you’re pregnant to keep your baby from developing food allergies. Avoid shrimp? Check. Stay away from eggs? No problem. Skip soy? Consider it done. Unfortunately, the advice on how to prevent food allergies keeps changing. So where does that leave you if someone offers you a peanut butter cookie?

Sorting Out Solids

When our daughter started solids four years ago, my husband and I had the do's and don'ts memorized: wait until she's 6 months old, introduce cereal first and absolutely no eggs. Lucky for you, parents today can reject many of the strict rules we sweated just a few years back. Take a look:

Old Rule: Give nothing but breast milk for 6 months.

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