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Baby Food

A Ceremonial First Meal

Our experiment with solid food was a total bust. We brought the high chair down from the attic, got out the video camera, mixed up some warm rice cereal, and sat Jack in the chair as our entire family stood by expectantly, excited to witness his ceremonial first meal. Will manned the video camera while Julia stood by with a spoon and Charlie ran around in excited circles.

Get Your Kitchen Baby-Ready

Interested in whipping up a batch of fresh fare for your nascent eater? The right tools will make the job simple and rewarding, so invest now in equipment that will last a lifetime. Eileen Behan, R.D., author of The Baby Food Bible (Ballantine Books), offers her kitchen gear hotlist:

Baby Bites

Your baby’s first tastes of solid foods are thoroughly entertaining to watch, as new flavors and textures provoke faces that are equally adorable and hilarious. What’s not so amusing is that, in some instances, there are invisible contaminants, fillers and other unhealthy ingredients lurking in his food.

Report: Baby Food Too Junky

A new study out of Britain has revealed that some baby foods contain more fat than a cheeseburger and more sugar than chocolate, MSNBC.com reports.  "Many foods marketed for babies and young children are often advertised as healthy. In reality, ... some are worse than junk food," said a spokeswoman for Britain's Children's Food Campaign, which conducted the survey.

Making My Own Baby Food

Simple Foods, Complicated Rules

Eating Baby Food

This morning I made pureed apricots and prunes, which Leo and I both ate with whole milk yogurt. It's amazing how much pleasure I get out of enjoying a meal with him. When I start recipe blogging again in April I think this blog will need a new subheading. I won't really be able to say "we are what I eat" anymore--but we'll be able to eat the same things much more!

First Foods

Why Breast is Best

It’s as simple as this: The best way to feed your baby is to breastfeed. The benefits are numerous, chief among them being that breastfed babies are healthier—in infancy and later in life—than their formula-fed counterparts.

Feeding Guidelines for Infants

Wouldn’t it be great if babies came with feeding instructions? Well, to some extent they do.

Studies have shown that infants are born with a preference for sweet tastes, followed soon after by a preference for salt. And when it comes to knowing how much to eat, babies are born with that ability, too. It’s called self-regulation, meaning babies have internal cues that tell them when they’re hungry and when they’re full.

Babies & Food Allergies

Five to 8 percent of children under age 3 have food allergies, according to experts’ estimates. (Some prefer the term food sensitivity or intolerance, reserving the word allergy for the most severe reaction—anaphylaxis—a life-threatening emergency.) Although you may not be able to entirely prevent your baby from developing a food sensitivity, there are steps you can take to try to keep this from happening.

Introducing Solids

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Start solids at no earlier than 6 months old. Giving your baby breast milk exclusively is not just adequate for six to nine months--it's optimal. Formula is a second-best option, but either way, no solid foods need to be added during the first six months. (Pediatricians used to recommend starting solids at age 4 months, but we now know that introducing them this early may increase a child's tendencies toward allergies and obesity.) Fruits and vegetables are easier to digest than cereal and thus make excellent first foods. Cook a sweet potato, mash it and feed it to your baby.

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