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.
When my son was approaching 6 months old, it seemed like he was ready for real food. And I was ready for him to start—I was really looking forward to the milestone of solids! My husband and I took a video of my son the first morning we gave him cereal mixed with breast milk. In it, he’s seems genuinely interested in trying to get the new food in his mouth—and in the background you can hear me enthusiastically saying, “Look, he likes it!”
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.
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.
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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.
Yeah, so much mobility, as I said last week. Tuck has really gotten the hang of crawling, though it isn’t a pretty, smooth action yet. But he is a madman, moving all over the place so fast we can’t even figure out how he’s doing it. We lowered the crib mattress last week because he suddenly figured out how to sit up/try to climb over the edge. This morning he’d pulled a blanket rack over to himself and gotten a blanket into his crib (that’s been moved).
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?
Having a young child around presents a dinnertime choice: will you cook fast and simple, and sit down to toddler-friendly fare before 6 pm, or will you feed the kid, put him to bed, then cook and eat an adult meal? For the longest time, we tended too often towards the latter on weeknights. Leo got microwaved leftovers from the night before, or super-simple menus like scrambled eggs, toast and avocado. Back then he was usually in bed before 6:30, and I would spend as much as an hour cooking before sitting down to dinner with Aaron close to 8.
Cold season, for those of you who need to be informed, is upon us. Tissues! Motrin! Humidifiers! I hung fresh eucalyptus leaves from the shower head in an attempt to turn our tiny bathroom into a health-giving steam room. I gave Leo two lollipops when we went to the doctor for his pinkeye/croup the other day just to keep him from touching anything in the doctor’s office. I was pretty sure he’d infect every other kid who went that day and also manage to bring home some more fancy germs while he was at it.
Have you got baby product ideas that you know would go over big if you could just get them in stores? Or are there items you’ve searched for fruitlessly, wondering why no one has come up with them yet? When Leo was small, I was always dreaming up innovations that would make our lives easier.
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.