This mush will be thicker and chunkier than a Stage 1 purée, but the lumps must be soft. For babies 7 to 9 months and up
Avocados are particularly high in the antioxidant lutein, which promotes healthy eyes and skin, while carrots are rich in vitamin A (also great for Baby's eyes) and disease-fighting antioxidants. For babies 6 months and up
A couple months after starting solids, your little lip smacker may be ready to move on to slightly chunkier textures and more complex flavors. That's where this recipe by Merrill Stubbs, cofounder of food52.com, comes in.
Every new mom knows the challenges of transitioning her baby to solid foods: it’s stressful, frustrating, and messy. That’s why we took to Facebook to find out your biggest feeding problems—to bring you solutions that work. Read on to learn how to solve your mealtime dilemmas.
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You’ve heard the horror stories: toddlers who will only let PB&J or white rice pass through their lips for weeks on end. Sadly, the rumors are true. “The majority of kids go through a rebellious eating phase,” says Christine Wood, M.D., a pediatrician in Encinitas, Calif., and author of How to Get Kids to Eat Great and Love It.
Learning to burp your baby is a big part of the early feeding process. Babies swallow air during feedings (especially with bottles), and too much air in their little tummies can lead to crankiness, gassiness and surprise spit-ups.
Keeping your baby upright for 10 minutes after a feeding can help keep what’s in her stomach from coming back up and, when burping, one to five light pats should do the trick. Here’s what else a new mom (or dad) needs to know:
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.”
Whether you are going out for a trip to the grocery store or a walk in the park, it is essential to make sure that your diaper bag is stocked with the necessities.
Aside from the obvious (diapers, wipes and a change of clothes), you should probably also carry a few snacks for grab-and-go convenience. Especially for those times when the little one has been out all day, and you face the risk of dealing with a very tired toddler.
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.