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10 foods your baby can’t eat
What your baby can’t eat and can
A baby is very precious. It is the most beautiful gift of God. And we want to give our babies the best of everything we have access to. While trying to give the best to our babies, we often get carried away and tend to do things that are not right for a baby. It is our responsibility to be hundred per cent careful what we are giving to them, especially what we are feeding them. Keeping that in mind, we have collated a list of things that your newborn baby can’t eat and what your baby can.
Edibles you can give to newborn babies or infants.
Breast milk: Today it is common knowledge that breast milk is the ultimate food for newborn babies. Breast milk has the perfect composition of vitamins, protein, fat which aptly fulfils the necessities of a delicate infant stomach. It also contains antibodies that help an infant fight various diseases caused mainly due to different bacteria and viruses. Here are some nutritional facts about a mother’s breast milk, and how it helps sustain life since birth –
- Breast milk consists of millions of live cells, including WBC, as well as stem cells, which helps boost the child’s immune system while allowing its organs to grow and develop properly.
- It contains more than a thousand types of proteins and different kinds of amino acids. This not only helps in active muscle development but also protects and develops neurons in the brain.
- It also has 200 plus complex sugars called oligosaccharides acting as natural probiotics, or good bacteria, looking after your baby’s gut. It also prevents any kind of infection from entering the bloodstream.
- It also contains hormones that help regulate your baby’s eating and sleeping habits, bonding with parents (especially mother) and other habits.
Moreover, a mother’s breast milk is also loaded with vitamins and minerals, enzymes, growth factors, fatty acids, microRNAs, antibodies and a lot more. It is no doubt a big factor behind your newborn’s healthy development.
Hence, we strongly suggest breast milk be the only food that your newborn baby intakes, at least for the first six months of his or her birth.
Formula milk: First things first. If you are currently producing enough breast milk to sustain your child, then stay away from formula milk. Remember that an infant has a small belly, and usually a mother’s breast milk is enough.
However, if your milk is not being sufficient to fill your baby’s stomach, you can consult a paediatrician and start feeding measured portions of formula milk. Here are a few signs to understand that your baby needs formula milk –
- Flattened or slack stomach
- Poor weight gain
- Insufficient/smelly poop
- Constant sucking of the thumb
- Lack of sleep
- Constant crying
If you come across the above symptoms, consult your child’s paediatrician and start feeding formula milk two to three times a day, in small 20 ml – 30 ml portions.
Vitamin D supplements: While a mother’s milk has ample nutritional value, it may not be the best source of vitamin D for babies. Hence, it is a common practice among doctors to prescribe vitamin d syrup to babies. Giving vitamin D supplements on a daily basis while breastfeeding helps improve their bone development and also protects them against the deadly rickets disease. Also, the AAP recommends all breastfed babies be given vitamin D supplements within the first few days of his or her birth.
Prescribed nutrition supplements: These supplements are usually given to newborn babies with specific deficiencies. An iron supplement is a commonly prescribed nutrition supplement.
10 Foods you cannot give to newborn babies or infants.
Salt and sugar: Though salt and sugar are on the list, it is hard to think of food without these two. The solution? You just need to be cautious about the amount of each you are giving to your baby. Remember too much salt is bad for the kidneys. Also, your newborn baby really doesn’t need sugar at all.
Saturated fat: If you have a habit of tossing in bits of crisps, biscuits, chips, cakes, or candy – because he likes it – stop it right away. Saturated fat is accumulated in the blood and weakens your baby’s metabolism and degrades heart health.
Cheese: Cheese is no doubt good for your baby’s diet if fed in measured portions as part of their meal, but only after the first six months. Cheese is a good source of calcium, vitamin, and proteins, hence good for your baby’s health. However, avoid giving mould-ripened soft cheese or ripened goat milk cheese as they carry a bad bacteria called listeria.
Raw or rare cooked eggs/raw yolk: Feeding anything to your infant, other than the mother’s breast milk, or prescribed formula milk, is not a good idea. Not at least till he or she completes one year. Raw egg or egg yolk contains a very concentration of protein. And an infant’s stomach doesn’t produce such strong enzymes to digest the protein. Remember, the protein sourced from breast milk is adequate for the baby, and his digestion process also works accordingly.
Honey: Honey often harbours the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. This bacteria produces a toxin called botulinum which is known to cause lethargy, weakens the suckering, weakens muscles and causes constipation in babies. Hence, it is good to avoid honey at least till the first year of the baby’s birth.
Cow’s/buffalo’s milk (or any milk which has a thick density): Cow’s of buffalo’s milk contains a high content of lactose which is undoubtedly heavy on your newborn baby’s stomach. Don’t worry. You will have to keep away from cow’s milk for only a year. After your baby turns one year old, and its stomach is stronger, you can feed him or her cow’s milk. However, ensure that the milk is properly pasteurized and thinned a little by adding plain water.
Citrus fruit juice: You might think it’s a good idea to feed a baby some fruit juice. Myth – go ahead. Fact – hold on. The citrus acids will be too heavy on your baby’s stomach. This can cause indigestion, severe gas which will then lead to vomit, stomach pain and even fever.
Seafood/shellfish/fishes: Seafood and shellfish can cause different kinds of allergies in children, especially so for newborn babies. Also, various fishes like tuna and mackerel are known to contain high levels of mercury, and should not be fed to infants, till they are more than two years old.
Soft foods like jellies or marshmallows: Let’s put it simply. First, it is not needed and second, it has high chances of getting stuck in your baby’s food pipe, leading to choking. So, it is always good to be careful.
Peanut butter: A newborn baby is very delicate and is often allergic to a lot of things. Peanut butter is recommended as a big no-no for newborns. Allergy caused due to peanut butter can lead to suffocation, swollenness of face, hands and feet, and other painful irritation.
You can feed your baby a paste of dry fruits like walnuts, cashew, hazelnut, but only after the initial six months to one year of his or her birth.
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Baby Food Allergies: Everything You Need to Know
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Baby Food Allergies There are many people who suffer from food allergies. Whenever you eat certain foods, your immune system reacts abnormally, causing a food allergy. Baby food allergies can vary from person to person. With baby food, you just can’t take the risk. So make sure you check the label and understand the ingredients to avoid baby food allergies. You get this condition when the immune system incorrectly recognizes some of the proteins in a portion of food as harmful. During this transition period, your body initiates a series of protective responses, such as releasing inflammatory chemicals, including histamine. Food Allergies: What Are They? The effects of baby food allergies can be serious and even deadly. You need to understand how an allergic reaction is recognized in order to be ready if one occurs. A foreign object in your body can cause allergic reactions when your immune system reacts to it. As a result, your body produces antibodies called immunoglobulin E. Upon entering your body, these antibodies attach to your skin, lungs, and digestive tract. Histamine, which dilates blood vessels, is released by the antibodies when you encounter the allergen again. As a result, an allergic reaction takes place. How Can You Tell If Your Child Has a Food Allergy? Food allergies occur when a person's body perceives a certain food as poisonous. This enables the body's immune system, which fights diseases and infections, to make antibodies to fight food allergies. Look for allergies in family history and consult a Pediatrician. If you have a family history of food allergies, don't take the risk. Observe any changes in your baby's behavior if you don't know whether he has food allergies before trying new baby food. A person's body releases chemicals like histamine whenever they eat (or in some cases, handle or breathe in) food. Allergy symptoms are caused by this, which can affect the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal tract, the skin, or the cardiovascular system. Affected individuals may exhibit the following symptoms: Breathing problems Coughing Throat tightness Diarrhea Swollen, itchy, or watery eyes Red spots Swelling Belly pain Vomiting Food intolerance and baby food allergies have similar symptoms, which makes them easy to confuse. Food intolerance can cause symptoms such as burping, indigestion, gas, loose stools, headaches, nervousness, or the sensation of feeling "flushed." But food intolerance: The immune system is not involved A person may have difficulty digesting a substance, such as lactose Even though it is rarely dangerous, it can be unpleasant Baby Food Allergens: What Are the Most Common Ones? It is likely that a child will react to any food, but the following ingredients make up 90% of all allergic reactions: Milk Peanuts Wheat Soy Eggs Nuts Shellfish Food allergies are usually outgrown by most kids. Approximately 80% of people with milk allergies will eventually outgrow the allergy. Two-thirds of those with an egg allergy and about 80% with a wheat or soy allergy will grow out of it by their fifth birthday. However, baby food allergies in other species may be harder to overcome. Baby Food Allergy Reactions: What Happens? People react differently to food allergies. A single person can react differently under certain circumstances. It is critical to find and treat food allergy reactions as quickly as possible. Baby food allergies can be difficult to identify in children. There are several possible reactions: The symptoms will only affect one part of the body, such as hives on the skin The condition could be more severe and affect multiple parts of the body After contacting the food, the reaction can occur within minutes or within two hours Anaphylaxis can result in severe reactions from allergies, even if previous reactions were mild. A less severe reaction might begin with some of the same symptoms as anaphylaxis. However, it can quickly become more severe. There may be difficulty breathing or collapse for the individual. The individual may be affected in more than one way. In the absence of treatment, anaphylaxis can be fatal. Baby Food Allergy: How Are They Diagnosed? A doctor will ask about the following if you suspect your child might have a food allergy: Symptoms experienced by your child The frequency with which the reaction occurs An individual's response to a particular food after eating it Allergies or conditions such as eczema or asthma among family members There could be other conditions causing the symptoms, so the doctor will check for those as well. For example, your doctor may examine your child for lactose intolerance if your child has diarrhea after drinking milk. Similar symptoms can also be seen in celiac disease, which causes an inability to tolerate gluten. If your doctor recommends an allergist (allergy specialist doctor), they will ask you more questions and perform a physical examination. Tests to determine the allergy's cause may be ordered by the allergist, including: The skin test. A food allergy test involves pricking your child's skin with liquid extracts of food allergens, watching for reddish raised spots (called wheals) to form after 15 minutes, and then waiting to see if they develop. Your child's reaction to a food is only an indication that the food might cause sensitivity. Testing the blood for antibodies to specific foods A food challenge may be recommended by the allergist if the test results are unclear: To perform this test, the doctor slowly increases the amount of a potential food allergen a person is eating while keeping an eye on their symptoms. A life-threatening reaction may occur during the allergy test, so it must be performed in an allergist's office or hospital with immediate medical attention and medicines. A more common reason for doing food challenge tests is to determine if a person has outgrown their allergy. Check for baby food allergies by giving your children small quantities. What Are The Treatments For Baby Food Allergy? Creating a treatment plan for your child with a food allergy will be assisted by the allergist. In most cases, allergen treatment involves avoiding all foods containing the allergen. It's important to read labels on food so you can avoid allergens. Read the label before buying the baby food. Be aware of ingredients that might cause allergies. Use baby food brands like Yummy Valley to get clarity on ingredients and their source. Stay clear of baby food products that contain those ingredients that can lead to baby food allergies. Currently, food allergies do not have a cure. Medication can be used to treat mild as well as severe symptoms. Allergic reactions may result in symptoms such as hives, runny nose, or stomach pain that can be treated with antihistamines. The moment you notice allergic reactions in your child, call an ambulance and take them to the hospital as soon as possible, Image source: Pexels Reference: Baby food AllergiesView More
How I established a healthy sleeping habit for my baby
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Healthy sleeping habit for my baby As a mother, I can vouch for the fact that newborn babies sleep a lot. In the first few weeks, as per my observation, a healthy baby sleeps somewhere between 16 to 18 hours per day. A baby’s sleep cycle will alter between 3 to 4 hours as he/she needs to be fed well, when awake. It undoubtedly means sleepless nights and days for parents. This phase moves on quickly although it might feel like an eternity. As per my observations and research, babies undergo light & easily disturbed sleep rather than sound sleep most of the time. This kind of sleep helps with the baby’s healthy brain development. Change in sleep patterns with gradual growth Between 6 to 8 weeks, the baby sleeps for long spells during the night. However, he/she needs to get fed during the night as well. Start training your baby to sleep more hours at night gradually and safely by encouraging healthy habits. Encouraging good and healthy sleep habits in babies As discussed above, the baby develops sleep habits from as early as six weeks. From a certain time period after the 6-week mark, babies start developing the natural circadian rhythms that help him/her to process and regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Tactics to help your baby sleep healthily On average, a baby sleeps for 2 hours in the first 6 to 8 weeks. Overtiring a baby by not putting him/her to sleep within this 2-hour window can be stressful and tiresome, which will affect the sleep cycle. Spotting the signs to know if my baby is tired or not is one way I make sure that I won’t disrupt the sleep cycle, and this tactic works like a charm every time. The signs include rubbing the eyes, flicking the ear, whining & crying, appearances of faint dark circles under the eyes, staring blankly into space, yawning, stretching, and losing interest along with becoming quiet. A baby will most often turn his/her face away from moving objects and people. Check these signs of sleeplessness, stress, and tiredness and put him/her to sleep as soon as possible. With practice, we all will know about the daily rhythms and patterns of the baby. This is the first and most important tactic to keep an eye out for. The second tactic for healthier sleep is to make your baby understand the difference between day and night. Start training your baby slowly about the differences between day and night, maybe after a 2 week period. During day time take him/her for an outing, change the clothes when he/she awakes, play as much as possible, chat and sing while he/she is being fed, and keep the house and his/her room bright. Wake the baby gently when he/she nods off. During the nighttime, change to nightclothes, keep all-natural noises down and dim all the lights. All these could make the baby understand between day and night. The third tactic is to let the baby fall asleep without any help. After your baby crosses the duration of 3 months, he/she should be trained to sleep without any help from the parents. Place your baby on the bed when he/she is sleepy, but still awake. Stay with him/her until the baby drifts off to sleep. Train him/her to sleep at night and be awake in the day on a daily basis. Setting a routine plays an important part as the baby will expect it to continue for a prolonged period. Read a story, sing a song, feed, or rock the baby at your convenience. Adopt the same strategy every night to make it a routine. Regardless of the people around you, make your baby’s sleep healthier by allowing him/her to fall asleep without any external help. This helps in building healthier sleep habits, which gets continued for a lifetime. This routine can help develop self-confidence in babies at a very young age and will be fearless & innocent from the get-go. Right interactions with the babies will make them more playful and confident in their activities. Beware of sleep problems that can happen at a young age Now that we looked into and discussed the tactics that can be used to instil a healthy sleep pattern in babies, let us delve into the sleep problems that can disturb your young charmer. It might be hard to identify the sleep problems in a baby at an early stage. This is because of the rhythm difference between your’s and your baby’s daily routines when it comes to sleep. During the baby’s first months, he/she require plenty of cuddles and night-time feeds. If possible, sleep with the baby matching his/her rhythm so that he/she will always feel safe, secure while you are nearby. As per my observations and understanding, coping with nighttime waking gets easier if the baby is on the same bed as you or on a small cot/cradle at an arm’s length. This way, a new mother can feed the baby whenever the need arises regardless of the time while staying half-asleep keeping an eye on the baby every time as much as possible. When the baby starts feeding on a formula diet, you can switch between the feeding timings ensuring that you and your baby stay healthy all the time. In the first few weeks, make it a practice to swaddle the baby in a warm cloth. These are some of the observations and understandings I made while raising up my baby. Following these will help any couple to put their baby to a healthy and sound sleep, which is very much necessary for your little bundle of joy. Also, the above-discussed ways are by which I established a healthy sleep habit in my baby. Want to learn how this mother took care of her fussy eating baby? Click here and find out!View More
The New Mother: How to effectively take care of yourself after giving birth
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Effectively take care of yourself after giving birth The New Mother: How to effectively take care of yourself after giving birth The time after giving birth is a joyous time for a mother. However, it is a period of healing and adjustment. The first six weeks after childbirth is called the postpartum period. During these weeks, you will have a post-delivery checkup with your doctor to examine your health. This can be the most beautiful phase of your life in which you will develop the initial bond with your baby. After the birth of my baby, I experienced some challenges in adjusting to my everyday life. I had to take care of myself while taking care of my baby. Adjusting to motherhood can be hard especially if you are a new mother. Usually, new mothers do not return to their offices or workplaces for at least the first six weeks after birth. This time allows them to adapt as well as develop a new normal. I also experienced some sleepless nights as my baby has to be fed and changed diaper often. I felt this was frustrating and tiresome until settling into a routine. There are a few tips that you can follow for an easier transition. Never forget to take care of yourself. Giving little priority to self is very important in this period! Take rest whenever you can I was not able to sleep much in the hospital after giving birth. The first few weeks after giving birth are an important time for us mothers to rest whenever we can. I used to sleep and rest when my baby sleeps. I limited visitors for at least the first 2 weeks so that I can rest and get breastfeeding well established. Getting plenty of rest helped me with recovery. To cope with tiredness and fatigue I tried to get as much as sleep possible. As my baby woke up every two to three hours for feeding, I made sure that I got enough rest and sleep whenever I can. You should call your doctor if you can't sleep or feel anxious most of the time. Seek help if required It is always a good idea to recruit help regardless of whether it is your first or fourth baby. I asked my friends and family members to help with household chores, running errands, cooking, and childcare, especially during the first week. This can be instrumental in your postpartum recovery as it will free up some time in your new and busy schedule. The first month of having a new-born baby at your home can be quite overwhelming. I felt like all of my time is focused on caring for my baby. I was not afraid to ask for help during this time. I didn’t hesitate to accept help from my friends and family during my postpartum period. Your body needs to heal after this period. You can get much-needed rest by seeking practical help around the home. My family and friends helped to care for my other children in the home. They also helped with preparing meals and running errands. Eat healthy to stay strong You can promote healing by eating healthy meals and maintaining a healthy diet. I increased my intake of fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and protein during my postpartum period. Moms should also increase their fluid intake after giving birth. An increased fluid intake is especially important if you are breastfeeding. While nursing baby you may find that you become very thirsty. Milk and water are good choices. Talk with a registered dietitian or your healthcare provider if you want to learn more about postpartum nutrition. Nowadays many certified lactation consultants are available who can help with advice about breastfeeding and nutrition. It is important to care for yourself while looking after your new-born. Whether you delivered by C-section or vaginally, your body has experienced trauma throughout your entire pregnancy and during the delivery. I allowed myself to become the best mother I can be by allowing myself to properly recover. Exercise daily Exercise is another important factor during the postpartum period. My doctor let me know when it is OK to exercise. However, the activity should not be strenuous. If you have had a cesarean section do not lift anything heavier than your baby. After giving birth, I used to take long walks near my house. But a change of scenery can be refreshing and will increase your energy level. During pregnancy and birth, your body has undergone many changes. Besides rest, you need time to recover. For the first week after delivery limit stair climbing as much as possible. It is important to seek professional help from experts or doctors when needed. Make baby care simple You can follow a simple baby care routine in the initial days than trying to specialise in every step of baby-sitting from day one. As babies do not need a bath every day, you can keep your baby's care simple. Just wipe off the baby's face, hands, and diaper area daily. Once you get used to with the baby care routines expand the steps to bathing, oil massaging, exercising baby etc. It is always a better idea to seek help from experts around to bath or burp baby in the initial days. Be Positive! After giving birth, you will need to start rebuilding the positive energy as your body and mind would have exhausted. Even if you can only manage to sleep, care for your baby, and eat that is enough. A mother needs to progress through many changes during the postpartum period and it’s okay to take time. To recover both emotionally and physically, you should be practical and positive to changing roles in life. Want to learn how these parents learned to sleep better through parenting? Click here and find out!View More
7 Tips I Use To Make My Baby Eat Healthy
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
7 Tips I Use To Make My Baby Eat Healthy Most of the little ones find it boring to eat something healthy and they are more excited to munch some fries, relish some chocolates or candies. It is a herculean task to make them fall in love with healthful food. With some tricks and tips, this hurdle of making the tiny tots eat healthily can triumph over. Convincing your baby to eat healthily First of all, make them convinced and relaxed with their pretty platter. As a new mom, at first, I found it difficult to cope up with the tiny tantrums thrown by my baby over food. However, now I have almost excelled myself in the task of feeding my cutie pie. I always encourage my baby to learn more tastes and flavours, as I want my kid to be a daring diner and not a picky diner. Be patient with your kids The very first thing I have done to make my little one love food as much as I do was to develop a loving relationship with food. And I recommend this to every parent out there to make their babies embrace healthy eating habits. We should always set our mind to appreciate the liking and disliking of children towards food and we should understand that it takes time to foster healthy eating habits in kids. As they are just learning to taste and enjoy their food, they should not be turned down by judging them as a bad eater. Every kid is different and possesses a different rate of learning and parents should never be adamant to make their kid learn the eating habits at the same pace as another child. Parents should provide anything and everything that is healthful to their children. Do not make them get bored with the same flavours or foods and let them explore and enjoy the different savouries available in the world. Mix it up with tips and tricks Just like us, kids prefer to have the same food every day; they crave varieties and changes. Not only the flavour but also the texture of the food item should be made different concerning their interest and age. They should be served with both smashed and diced vegetables, fruits, and other food items. Their healthy diet should be enriched with both liquids and solids. They should be allowed to gulp and chew their savouries from their tumbler and plate respectively. Another trick to make the tot relish his or her food is to prepare their food in different shapes, which can be of their favourite cartoon characters, and animals. With a cookie-cutter, every dad and mom can go on with their shape experiment. It is so lovely to add a smiley on top of every food that is served to the baby and make the little one smile at their food, which is smiling back at them. Become a role model to your kid Mealtime with a toddler will be a stressful time for parents and it is something that cannot be helped. Howbeit, parents should take extra care not to make their kids anxious or nervous, which will undeniably hold back their appetite. Elders should set themselves as role models for younger ones at the dining table by not fiddling and meddling with others especially kids who share the table with them and they should relish their food with a full heart. This will for sure make the kids focus on their own plate and enjoy their food. By making a better environment for dining, the children will eventually fall in love with food. Children love snacks and candies and they are never health-conscious, every parent should consider this attitude of their kids and should respect it. Parents should replace their unhealthful choices with much healthier and tastier choices and should be mindful of the nutrition intake of their kids. Accept the fact the kids are messy and encourage them to have their food themselves. They may play in between eating, they may convert the dining room into a total muddle, whatever they do should be fine with the parents, as they are experiencing their food and should never be dispirited. The Fruit and Vegetable bandwagon For cultivating a better relationship towards fruits and vegetables, children should be offered at least one portion of fruit and vegetable per day. If they are reluctant to have their vegetables or fruits, then it is better not to compel him or them to have the whole thing at a single go and should offer them more than a few servings each day. Try to feed them only when need food or when they are hungry and do not set up a proper dining timetable for them. Healthy Servings Children usually possess a tendency to accept food, when they are starving, so parents should take up this opportunity to feed them with the most healthful serving. And it is better to prepare something vegetarian as the starter or the main course that is offered first. Click here if you want to learn the must-have nutritional guidebook from one mom for every mom! Desserts that wow them After finishing their whole meal gracefully, it is better to surprise them with a healthy dessert that can be fruit salad, a piece of homemade cake, or something just as delicious. One of the most important things that every parent should keep in mind is not making any assumptions regarding the expressions made by the little one. Parenting with care Being a parent is not at all an easy task and there are no well-written rules and regulations for doing extremely well in the field of parenting. Parents are born with the little one and they will grow and learn together with them, so it is nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. Although, it is a challenging job, still parenting is the most fulfilling and rewarding feeling in the world. Developing a healthier eating habit in their kid happens to be the most daunting of all tasks in parenting, but this can be trounced with the above-mentioned tricks and tips.View More
How I Overcame Postpartum Depression
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
How I Overcame Postpartum Depression As per my experience, usually, the first year after childbirth presents a high risk of postpartum depression. This Postpartum depression caused difficulties in my ability to engage in the interactions with my baby. According to my understanding, it affects the baby’s later development and well-being. Postpartum depression usually begins with insecurity within a month of the baby’s birth. The symptoms, which follow include anxiousness, sadness, low self-esteem, lethargy, and sleeplessness. Postpartum Blues, the milder version has the mother feeling overwhelmed. I had the misfortune of having the pregnancy blues wherein I went through a prolonged period of emotional distress during my pregnancy. Upon understanding I might have Postpartum Depression, I analyzed the risk factors. As everyone is aware, pregnancy, labour, and childbirth are an emotional rollercoaster with the gruelling nine months adding to the misery. The symptoms included feeling irritable, suffering from a lack of concentration, experiencing sleep abnormality, feeling exhausted and fatigued, and having a lack of motivation for taking care of my baby. Constant fear and anxiety, sleeplessness having suicidal tendencies, having trouble enjoying the usual activities, and feeling restless and irritable are the general symptoms showcased by many who silently suffer from the dreaded postpartum depression. The symptoms of postpartum depression vary between people. As mentioned, these include severe anxiety and panic attacks, depressed mood/mood swings, fear of being a bad mother, sleep problems, appetite changes, difficulty bonding with the baby, diminished ability to think clearly, sense of guilt and shame, and hopelessness among others. Causes and risk factors are the ones to keep an eye out for. Hormonal fluctuations cause a major mood change and can create a depressive atmosphere. The massive mood drop and the onset of breastfeeding can trigger a high risk of developing postpartum depression. One needs to be constantly in touch with themselves and understand their mental strength. The risk factors of postpartum depression include various medical complications, depression symptoms, and alcohol drug abuse issues. It can also be extended to financial difficulties, traumatic experiences, and a lack of strong emotional support from others. Now that we are aware of how postpartum depression occurs and its risks, lets’ look at how to restore one’s emotional health. I did have some of the symptoms and risk factors that led to a mild level of postpartum depression. However, I am always open about my feelings and emotions to my family and loved ones. Although I struggled, the constant support from my family and friends helped to fight against the dreading feeling of postpartum depression. I constantly kept myself updated about my condition and tried to engage myself openly through all the ensuing challenges with an open mind. My constant learning about the condition helped me stabilize my mental state, which helped me in recovering from postpartum depression; a major step in regaining my healthy emotional state. As per my understanding, postpartum depression ranges from mild, moderate, and severe conditions. If it turns to be severe, proper medical professional help is a necessity to come out of this kind of depression. However, if it is mild, it can be taken care of at the beginning itself. There are some simple solutions that I tried and practised on myself. These include not expecting too much out of yourself, sleeping often, eating well and staying fit, having an excellent or good support system, and seeking medical help if required. Coping with the demands of a newborn life may go haywire. So, take it slow. Just relax and focus on one task at a time. Stop being anxious if your house is a mess or lot of tasks to do. Just concentrate your energy on creating a strong bond with the baby. The best time to sleep is to sleep with your baby. Give your body proper rest for recuperating from the strains of labour. Eat and exercise well by following a balanced diet filled with nutrient elements needed for a breastfeeding mother. Going for a walk, jog, or swim can do wonders to your physical and mental psyche. Take the baby out for a stroll. A breeze of fresh air and a good environment will help in recovering from the postpartum depression blues. The proper support system consisting of an educated partner/spouse will go a long way in treating postpartum depression. Have a good talk with your partner/spouse on the postpartum troubles as well as tantrums. Indian system of a big family does help with fighting off this dreaded postpartum depression, which is an amazing thing. This is because a big family has more than one group of support systems, which relieves stress from a new mother’s mind. It also helps with fine-tuning the newborn baby care with much ease. If severe symptoms of postpartum depression are on display, it might be wise to seek professional and medical help. You can always come to us mothers at Yummy Valley where we all share our experiences and help one and other out on our journey through motherhood. If you like to learn what this mother learnt on completing her first 100 days as a mother, click here! A good counselling session will do wonders as this helps one fight the signs of depression. In case if it fails, medications would be prescribed for treating the condition as well as the underlying causes. It is normal to take medication. One should not feel hesitation to take these medications in fear of how society might react. This situation will only serve to aggravate the condition as it can become harmful to your baby and your support systems. Complications of postpartum depression are the following: A baby/child facing the consequences of maternal depression showcases a delayed development of vocal skills, will be more restless, more prone to anxiety disorder, and might become cranky for a prolonged period. So, postpartum depression should be treated as soon as possible for your baby/child to be healthy. Being aware of all this knowledge, I was determined to fight off the postpartum depression I had. With proper support systems, I fought off my postpartum depression. You can do so as well without feeling any kind of anxiety. The tips discussed here is a good benchmark on how to fight off postpartum depression.View More
Things Breastfeeding Moms Should Know
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Things Breastfeeding Moms Should Know Being a mom is a great responsibility and throughout this journey, you will be having a lot of questions about the newborn and how to be a good mother to your kid and many more. Believe me, I have also been through the same and was a seriously confused person when it came to motherhood. While you are pregnant, you will be hearing many stories about other people’s experiences connected to pregnancy and childbirth. You will also be hearing stories about other responsibilities coming after childbirth and the main topic of discussion at that stage is breastfeeding. I have heard multiple stories from my friends and relatives about their breastfeeding experiences, some of them worked beautifully and some others went wrong. I was completely overwhelmed by all the information I got and was trying to demystify the process by trying to understand the basics of breastfeeding from authentic journals and also with the help of my doctors. When it comes to breastfeeding, you will be hearing non-stop opinions from others. But remember, you are the one feeding your baby so you should be the one to find a solution that works for you as well as your baby. I will share with you some basic information about breastfeeding and how it is to be done from the information I gathered from various trusted sources. You can have a good read here and can choose the information which you find apt and suitable. Before starting, let me share some information about preparing your breasts at the time of pregnancy. While you are pregnant, the glands responsible for milk making start to develop. There are multiple hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and also prolactin which play a major role in developing your breasts for feeding your baby. Your breast size will also increase while you are pregnant and also the area surrounding your nipples becomes darker which is an indication of the hormones doing their duty properly and you are getting ready enough to produce breast milk for the baby. Another doubt is when is the best time to start breastfeeding? The answer is as soon as possible. Ideally, you should breastfeed your baby within the initial hour after the delivery. Whatever concerns or confusion arise, you can seek the help of lactation consultants who are readily available at the hospitals at your service. Next is the frequency of breastfeeding. How often should you feed your baby? Initially, your baby won’t be demanding much and there is nothing to worry about because it is normal for the babies to show such a pattern. This brief feeding can also help in producing more milk supplies in your body. As the days pass by your baby will start showing a pattern for the breastfeeding frequency and this will give a signal to your body about the quantity of milk to be produced and your supply will get adjusted to the baby’s demands. It is also important to note the way how your baby latches on to your breast. If the breastfeeding latch is good, then the baby would be able to remove milk from your breasts very efficiently which helps in keeping your supply plentiful and steady. Also, note that this would also help you in avoiding sore nipples. Now that you got an idea about milk production and feeding patterns, we should also be aware of the effective and best positions to breastfeed. If your breastfeeding is effective, it encourages your baby to have a good breastfeeding latch. You can find many breastfeeding positions online and based on it, you can choose the one favourable to you. It is advised that if the newborn is having trouble latching, you could try the laid-back position or a cross-cradle position. You can also check on other positions so that you can try them once in a while or more. While you are following changing breastfeeding holds on each feeding, it would help your baby to drain milk from different areas of the breast. The production of breastmilk is based on supply and demand which means the more frequently your baby breastfeeds; the more you will be able to produce milk. There are three main stages that your breastmilk goes through in the initial weeks. During the first 0 to 5 days, the production of Colostrum begins, which is filled with essential nutrients as well as immunoglobulins. Even though your body is not producing a lot of Colostrum, the amount produced would be enough to fill your baby’s demands with everything they need. From day 5 to 14, your breasts will be feeling fuller than they were in the beginning, and at this time your milk changes from colostrum to transitional milk. After 14 days, your breasts start producing mature milk that has a thinner consistency in the beginning and becomes thicker and packed with nutrients in the end. While breastfeeding you must also be aware of the signs indicating that your baby is getting enough milk. If your baby is steadily gaining weight, going through six to eight diapers per day, and also having proper bowel movements you can easily infer that your baby is getting the milk required. If you are having issues with breastfeeding, then there are a variety of products in the market that would help you through the process. For latching problems, you can seek the help of breast shells as well as nipple shields. To protect your clothes from leaking breasts, you can use nursing pads, and also for easy breastfeeding on travel or other conditions, you can rely upon a nursing bra. Along with feeding the baby, it is also important that you must take care of yourself too. You must give yourself healthy nutrition to feed your baby. You must provide yourself time to heal and also have some proper rest. Taking a proper nap at regular intervals can be helpful to overcome the state of postpartum fatigue and also follow a healthy diet to maintain your health combined with slow and steady exercises.View More
Nutritional Needs For Breast-Feeding Moms
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Nutritional Needs For Breast-Feeding Moms A breastfeeding mom needs a lot of nutrient-rich food to keep herself away from any stress-related issues or diseases. The right nutrients boost the health of my “little charmer”, and myself. More often than not, lactating mothers worry about the right kind of nutrients they should take for the healthy production of breast milk. Stop being anxious and read on; as you will get to know the exact nutrient needs that serve the purpose of keeping your “bundle-of-joy” healthy. In short, as per my personal experience, the nutritional status of a mother directly influences the quality and quantity of her breast milk. The extra demand for nutrients helps moms with secreting an adequate quantity of high-quality breast milk while safeguarding their health. The ten commandments of nutrient needs for breast-feeding moms, such as myself: Hydration is a must: It is no doubt that breastfeeding dehydrates a mother’s body. So, it is advisable to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water. Hydration gets provided through fresh juices, milk, and soups as well. However, refrain from the use of caffeinated drinks including coffee, tea, and chocolate drinks. DHA: The DHA from mother’s milk help babies improve their psychomotor development. Some of the major sources of DHA include cod-liver oil and various types of fish varieties. It is essential for the infant’s brain development. Iron Content: Including pulses and legumes in the mother’s food fulfil all additional demands of breast milk. Other foods with iron content include green leafy vegetables, eggs, and watermelon among others. Calcium and Vitamin D: We all know calcium facilitates bone development and Vitamin D is a vital amine that helps infants grow their immunity. Calcium is present in milk and its products. These include cheese, paneer, yoghurt, green leafy vegetables, and ragi. Vitamin D sources include egg yolk and fatty fish along with morning sunlight. 3 Nutritious Meals a day without skipping breakfast: Breastfeeding drains out a mother as the process uses up calories. These make breastfeeding moms hungrier than usual. A balanced diet is required, which includes 3 nutritious meals without ever skipping breakfast. Some of the best snack options include nuts, fruit smoothies, veg rolls, sandwiches, and fruit platters. Limit excessive sugar and fat content: It is wise to cut down on food items with excessive fat and sugar such as potato crisps, chocolate cake, and soft drinks. They have very little nutritional value, which does not do any good to a lactating mother’s health. No alcohol or smoking: The consumed alcohol passes quickly onto the breast milk and can affect the baby’s health. Common nutrient needs for breastfeeding moms include avoiding tobacco products and smoking as these can interfere with the health of both mother and baby. Avoid Dieting: Although dieting is said to improve one’s health, undertaking this process during the breastfeeding period will drastically reduce the quantity as well as the quality of breast milk. Moderate exercises like walking or swimming help mothers maintain their weight during the breastfeeding period. Proteins: Protein requirement increases during the lactation period and supports the rapid growth of the baby. The foods inclusive of proteins are eggs, milk, milk products, chicken, fish, pulses, and legumes. Galactagogues: In India, herbs such as methi seeds, jeera, dill, and special preparations of methi laddu, almond halwa, laddu, dried ginger burfi, and various recipes using green leafy vegetables are recommended for enhanced breast-milk production while improving the lactation process. Certain herbs and spices like fennel, ajwain, and garlic helps with proper digestion and avoid colic pain in babies. Now that we know about the ten commandments of nutrient needs for breastfeeding moms, a proper diet plan needs to be designed to keep track of the entire breastfeeding process. A routine plan is made and followed as designed. It helps in keeping both the mother and baby healthy as long as possible. Nutritionally speaking, seasonal fruits such as apples, grapes, pear, melons, and bananas always provide moms with the apt nutrients. Vegetables like carrot, tomato, cabbage, cucumber, and beetroot are nutritious to all breastfeeding moms. A fun fact: During breastfeeding, the variety of foods in the mom’s diet helps the baby in appreciating a variety in both flavour and taste. Replenishment of vitamins and minerals becomes a necessity for all lactating mothers, including me. Vitamin A is a key element for boosting immunity and obtaining a clear vision in babies. Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and fenugreek are rich in Vitamin A. In the case of Vitamin C, Amla is a gold mine of this nutrient. Folic Acid helps with cell multiplication. Vegetables such as cluster beans, spinach, peas, broccoli, and tomato consist of folic acid. While there is no specific diet that a breastfeeding mother should follow, a healthy routine needs to be followed. The baby benefits from breastfeeding, especially for the first 6 months. While a healthy and nutritious diet fulfils the needs of both mother and child, certain additional supplements need to be taken for following a health regimen, which improves the immunity in babies and lactating mothers. Although breastfeeding moms have their nutrient needs, the person might be allergic to certain food items. This is where additional supplements become a necessity. These should be provided under the expert supervision and prescription of a doctor. A lactating mother and her family should make sure that she gets all the nutrients needs from the food she is fed with. Fulfilling these needs helps with keeping both the mother and the child healthy and happy. The ten commandments highlight the path through which essential nutrients get incorporated into a breastfeeding mom’s diet. This nutritional diet helps in the secretion of good quality breast milk in adequate quantity. The baby gets to taste different tastes and flavours through breast milk while acquiring immunity. It helps the baby grow healthily as well. Thus, these are the nutrient needs for breastfeeding moms like me. So, what are you waiting for? Just follow through and let us secure a healthy life for our babies. If you like to learn how this mother makes healthy nutritious food for her baby, click here!View More
How I Feed Healthy Nutritious Food For My Baby
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Healthy Nutritious Food For My Baby Recently, I became a young mother. The very first source of food I gave my baby was the “Colostrum”. This breast fluid is a highly nutritious food, produced naturally in my body just before the production and secretion of breast milk. Colostrum promotes growth and health in infants. So, I am excited to feed my baby with the nutritious colostrum and breast milk, which boosts immunity in my kid. As per my understanding, the immune system of my child keeps continually adapting, strengthening, and changing in response to several external factors. I am cent-per cent sure that this is the case with all of your toddlers as well. So, it becomes a huge necessity to provide our babies with healthy, and nutritious food. To know more about how I feed my baby, just keep on reading. I am sure that you can take some tips from this article and make your babies healthy as well. The world outside a mother’s womb is filled with pathogens, germs, allergens, dust, and other factors that can harm your baby. To protect our babies from serious diseases, we should strengthen their immunity. I support my little charmer’s developing immune system by providing him/her with a balanced and healthy diet along with colostrum initially and breast milk as long as I can feed him/her. Prebiotic and probiotic foods help me in this quest of giving the most nutritious food to my “bundle of joy” any day. This way, I ensure that my child gets a boost in his/her immunity. A strong immunity lasts long and thus by providing healthy and nutritious food, I contribute to his/her long-term health. As a fellow parent, you can follow this tip too for your healthy and strong baby. Well, it is necessary to give equal importance to what we feed our children and the food young mothers eat during the pregnancy period. For additional health benefits for my kid, I include certain micro-nutrients in their daily diet. We can always look up to “Mother Nature” for getting the best nutritious food through all kinds of vegetables, and fruits. I serve my toddler with fresh-cut salads, stews, and soups. As we all know, vegetables and fruits are rich sources of various minerals, vital amines, and essential macro-nutrients. Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C. Baked beans, whole grains, and nuts are excellent sources of Zinc and Magnesium. So, I am protecting my child from infections through these food items. Including milk and milk products seem to be a good idea for providing the right kind of nutrition to our babies. Home-cooked food items are hygienic and nutritious. One category of food item I avoid is the artificially processed one as it is not as nutritious as it is required to be. As per my understanding, it is better to avoid food or water laced with a high quantity of sugar, salt, and saturated fatty acids. Lemon water is healthy along with other solutions sprinkled with mint leaves, parsley, and slices of cucumber. All our babies need to be kept hydrated and I give my baby around 8 to 10 cups of liquids per day. As per my observation, my baby loves to drink fresh citrus fruit juices, milk, and coconut water. It would be a wonderful idea to make meals fun for our kids. Let the children choose what they want to eat from a bunch of healthy and nutritious food items you provide them with. I am aware that breastfeeding up to 2 years is most ideal, and I did that for my baby. Engage your kids in healthy conversations while feeding them rather than watching TV or any kind of screen (mobile, laptop, desktop, notebook, or tablets). Give good training for your kids in general hygiene like washing hands, brushing their teeth, and having a bath along with using the washroom. Ensure your toddler has washed hands before eating anything with their hands. Encourage these practices through small praises as your children always look up to you for the right appreciation. While travelling, always make it a habit to carry disposable wipes and a bottle of water for cleaning the hands and mouth straight after eating. We have all seen that our toddlers refuse to eat by throwing tantrums and being playful with us. Here are some ways by which, you can feed your children in such scenarios. Always, sit with your child while eating and engage him/her with favourite topics while feeding them. Try offering new types of food more often than not and this will make them more curious about having new eating experiences. Please do not force your child. Give him/her enough time to eat. After a certain age, encourage him/her to be the “big boy/girl” by letting your child feed themselves. Always keep the mealtimes calm and without any kind of distractions. Offer the same food in different ways as it will make them curious as well. It is perfectly alright if your kid wants to skip a meal once or twice. However, stop this practice if it is slowly becoming a routine. If you have any doubts about the child’s health and food intake as well as feeding patterns, discuss it with a healthcare provider, a dietician, or a nutritionist. Sometimes, the children will eat the same food again and again. Encourage the practice if it is healthy and nutritious. If not, discourage by feeding that food very less often than not. It is ideal for babies, children, and toddlers to have at least 3 small meals with 2 to 3 snacks in between. Trust your child’s appetite and let it guide the baby’s healthy and nutritious development. Herein, I focused on how I feed my baby with healthy and nutritious food. You can also read through this article and follow the tips I discussed, as mentioned. So, what are you waiting for? Let us feed our children with healthy and nutritious food thereby boosting their immunity. To learn what this mother has learned from her baby's first 100 days, click here!View More
My baby turned 100 days today – Here’s what I learned about her baby nutritional needs
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Baby nutritional needs Every parent knows that children should be fed a balanced diet. It is important that we provide our kids with a balanced diet that includes lean whole grains, fruits, proteins, and vegetables. Apart from that, you can also add a small amount of healthy fats. A balanced diet offers virtually all the nutrients that your kids need. One of the best things you can do for your baby is to start with healthy, nutritious food. At every age and stage, you can’t go wrong when you support your child learn to understand a healthy diet. Importance of breastfeeding and nutrition For a newborn, breast milk is the best. During your baby's first 3 months, breast milk or formula provides all the necessary nutrients. It contains essential vitamins and minerals to meet the baby's energy needs. Infant formulas are convenient for infants whose mothers are not able to or choose not to breastfeed. Babies as young as 3 months must drink breast milk or infant formula every few hours, or on-demand, to help meet nutritional necessities. Cow's milk or other dairy products shouldn't be fed until at least one year old. Your baby's kidneys cannot handle high levels of protein and minerals until this age. Babies digest formula is more slowly than breast milk, so if you bottle-feed your baby, he or she may drink less than breast-fed babies. There are many foods that your baby cant eat, click here to know more. Before making any decision that will affect the baby, several factors should be considered. Only in the absence of mother or mother’s milk, the baby should be given outside nutrition supplements. This can be done if the baby is allergic to milk, and substitutes should be chosen very carefully. Most of the infant formulas today are prepared from cow's milk. They are fortified to make them as close to breast milk as possible and provide babies with all the nutrients they need for growth and health. Largely cow's milk formulas comprise carbohydrates, in the form of the milk sugar "lactose", iron, protein, calcium, zinc, and additional minerals and vitamins (including A, C, D, E, and B). There is no so-called diet for a 3-month-old infant. How much should be fed and taken care of depends on the baby's weight. Most importantly, you should make sure that your baby is properly fed. When your baby appears alert and active, you can understand that her weight is steadily increasing and takes the feed 6 – 8 times a day. Also, make sure she wets and soils the diaper regularly. Generally, by the age of 3 months, babies should be supplemented with vitamin D in addition to breastfeeding. The current recommended minimum vitamin D intake for infants is 400 IU per day, soon after birth. This can be performed with the help of the morning sun. You need to remember that babies should only receive the morning sun rays as the heat is very light and has maximum benefits. Babies aged 0-3 months need 2 mg of zinc a day and breastfeeding babies should be supplemented with iron. Two months later, with the consent of the doctor, you can start to feed him juice, water, and other liquid foods as additional nutritional supplements. When feeding a baby with a bottle, it becomes very difficult to decide beforehand how much the infant will consume. He usually consumes 4 or 5 ounces of milk at the beginning of the third month and may add one ounce to each feed before the end of the third month. Some of the nutrients that babies need to grow and stay healthy include Calcium, Fat, Folate, Iron, Zinc, Protein, and carbohydrates. Your baby also needs vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K. Choosing Foods for your kids Nourishing your baby solid food too early can direct to overfeeding and being overweight. Solid foods usually do not help babies fall asleep all night. You will also find that your baby sleeps longer at night. In the first month, your baby sleeps most frequently and you need to feed them regularly. As the child grows, the feeding process will change and other foods will be added. You will only find that the child will gradually increase the quantity and the number of times will get reduced. You will observe changes every week, which will help you make decisions and feed your baby accordingly. In the second month, the baby can consume about 4 or 5 ounces per feeding. It is easy to overfeed a newborn with a bottle because it is effortless to drink from a bottle than from a breast. Make sure that the hole on the nipple of the baby bottle is the correct size. The liquid must flow slowly from the hole and not pour out. In addition, if your baby shows signs of being full resist the urge to run out of the bottle. Do not prop the baby bottle as it can cause choking and increases the possibility of getting ear infections and tooth decay. Breastfeeding moms always wonder how they realize their baby is getting enough. What goes in must come out, so counting wet diapers is a promising method to understand that your baby is getting plenty. In the first few days after birth, your baby should have at least 5 wet diapers per day. If you notice your baby having fewer wet diapers, you should immediately seek help from your baby's doctor or lactation consultant. Proper infant nutrition is essential for the continued health of children from birth to adulthood. Proper nutrition during the first three years of life is particularly crucial as these aspects reduces the risk of lifelong chronic diseases, and promotes normal physical and mental development. On the other hand, incorrect feeding techniques contribute up to a third of all issues of child malnutrition. This is compounded by the proliferation of refined foods like infant formula and commodities rich in salt, free sugars, and trans fats. This results in a rise in poor diets, obesity, and a striking reduction in the number of mothers breastfeeding their infants. Breastfeeding is essential to the development of children, including improving IQ, academic performance, and higher income in adulthood.View More
Understanding Baby Language
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Making Sense Of Goo Gaa & Ga Ga- Understanding Baby Language Every animal has its way of communicating mutually since its birth, just as it's kind. Dogs bark, cat's meow, cows bellow, horses neigh, so on and so forth. Humans are social animals and as conversationalists, we all have our language of communication. However, by birth, we as babies, go with the baby talk, Goo Goo Gaga or Gaga Goo Goo. The active and passive voice of babies. We were all born with this natural ability to interact with our fellow humans, be it parents, relatives, or even other babies. However, as we grow up, we forget what each goo goo gaga means and we end up unable to understand our babies when we ourself become a parent. The explanatory term used for this kind of loose talk is called babbling. Understanding baby language is an important step towards parenting. Baby talk may mean a lot of things and each babble is toned and pitched differently, just as how a k9 or feline’s bark or meow, respectively, varies with the length, sound, and modulation of it. These acoustic details in conjunction with the body language and mannerism, help us to understand what our little one is trying to tell us. From feeling hunger to feeling sleepy, restless, or any of the other exhibited emotions, let us look at the different connotations of Gaga Goo Goo, made by babies, to better understand them. The Art of Babbling by Babies Newborn babies start to make gibberish sounds of cooing and babbling with their vocal cords as you as 2 or 3 months old. Initially, they are just spurs and mumbles that are short-toned. For the most part, babies wail and whimper to gain our attention. However, as they grow a bit old within say 4 to 5 months, they start to conjoin individual sounds as though they have their own words to bring together into sentences. Hence the phrase Go-Go Gaga. Babbling is most important for babies as much as their day-to-day milk consumption! Babies make voluntary and involuntary sounds, just as adults do. Sounds like coughing, sneezing, burping, grunting, etc, all fall under the latter category. The former category includes the babbling, cooing, and mumbling sounds that babies make. Baby’s initial attempts at trying to talk, include sounds of giggling, cooing, and sometimes even laughing. Crying however is a reflexive action that even newborn babies can do at ease. So that is the most common way of drawing attention towards oneself, even among adults! Babbling truly starts when your newborn arrives at a half year old enough. As of now, children will make longer sounds that have more assortment, complex tone and volume, and syllable variety. Your newborn has gathered many sounds and commotions from you and others around them. At the point when your child sounds seem like ga ga, this is alluded to as reduplicated Babbling, or redundancy of a similar syllable again and again. Non-reduplicated Babbling would be the joining of sounds and syllables into, you got it! Gaga Goo Goo! From Babbling to Being Awesome! As children begin to grow up a bit, they begin to utilize their hands as an approach to speak with others. They will point at specific items to say “I need that! or offer that to me!” Other than the hand signals and sounds, babies additionally convey by reflexes. Countless various kinds of reflexes assist parents with getting what their child is attempting to say. As indicated by different examinations, when a child is ravenous, they will in general take hold of their mom's bosom or areola, which is known as the Sucking Reflex. Another reflex that children will in general utilize is the Startle Reflex when babies spread out their arms and legs. A child would uphold themselves like this to tell individuals that they are staying away from a fall. Another model is the Hand-to-Mouth Reflex, which is when babies begin to suck on an item. Babies are as cute and conversational as they can be! Even though they cannot genuinely say words to us, they can in any case utilize non-verbal communication to mention to individuals what they need or how they are feeling. Babies are more brilliant than you might suspect! To learn more about if your baby is hungry or has had enough click hereView More
How Much Is Too Much Food For My Baby
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Too Much Food Isn't All That Good They say you can never have too much of a good thing, which is an understatement at times. However, when it comes to food and baby food, we need to be very careful and make sure our newborn gets the right amount of nourishment, for the little one’s nutrition needs. No more, no less is the target to stay focused upon. So, you might be wondering, 'how much is too much food for my newborn?' Being a parent to a one-year-old infant can be cumbersome at times. Especially in terms of prepping breakfast, lunch, or supper for your junior tyke. Babies have a very delicate tum-tum and an even more complex taste palate, as they are still growing and developing their taste buds as well as their digestive system. Parents may not know about the hunger or feeling full signs that a child is trying to say. For some new parents, feeding Signs aren't something that they have learned previously. To ensure a child gets the perfect measure of nourishment, parents should benefit from interest, or at whatever point the child is hungry, and shouldn't take care of past the mark of having a full belly. Since there is commonly more worry about depriving, many parents don't understand that it's additionally conceivable to overfeed children - particularly in case they are bottle-fed baby formula food or mother’s milk. At the point when infants cry, hunger is one of the primary things that ring a bell. Furthermore, feeding is something any new parent will ponder a few times each day. So, what amount should a child eat? (Tip- your baby is eating too much if he's regularly eating more than what is recommended) Let’s dive right into all the things you need to know about your baby’s food requirements and how well you can know your infant when it comes to being super-duper hungry or a belly full of happiness and nourishment! Hunger Signs – The Trick to Knowing Your Newborn, Inside Out There is always a notion among parents that if they feed their babies a little more than enough, the child would not feel hungry for a few hours or so. This methodology is completely wrong and you may end up cleaning your baby’s throw-ups or worse, changing the diapers more frequently! So, make sure you feed your kid just the right amount, keeping in mind the thumb rule of no more, no less. That said, when it comes to feeding milk in the form of lactating or giving your baby the bottle, we can easily go more scientific and mathematical by sterilizing the bottle, making sure it is the right temperature and quantity with easily scalable measurement apparatuses. It's regular to stress that hunger is the issue when your child cries. Nonetheless, crying is normally one of the last signs that your child is starving, and can regularly demonstrate an alternate issue - may be a wet diaper or needing a difference in position. The most well-known signs that your child is starving and prepared to eat include licking lips, pulling for milk, sucking fingers, or putting hands in the mouth. (want to learn more about understanding your baby? How Much Food Can An Infant Eat Every Day? Babies don’t get much of a workout as compared to us, both physically and mentally, to burn all that food and accumulated energy. Make sure it is not overfed, otherwise it could put your infant in a state of tummy trouble! While each child is unique, there are general rules on how much a normal child needs to eat to develop. For instance, paediatricians commonly exhort that newborn children are more youthful than a half year, who are not yet eating any strong food sources like oats or purees, drink 2 ounces of baby formula food or mother’s milk per pound of bodyweight like clockwork. Remember, milk is but a beverage for adults. When it comes to babies, it counts as a full-course meal for them! So always stick to the same volume, until such time your baby starts to develop its appetite and grow in age. Some babies may have a lesser appetite than others, just as many adults. While some standard routines can be something to be thankful for, plans that are too inflexible may accomplish more problems than anything. At the point when you're giving a lot of consideration to the clock, you may miss your child's signs disclosing to you that they are hungry or full. If you at any point feel like your child's nourishment or weight isn't the place where it should be, your paediatrician will want to offer extra approaches to assist with getting your kid on target for a sound turn of events. Take notes on what this father learnt about Nutrition by clicking here.View More
Must-have foods for newborn- The quest for ideal nutrition
10 min read
Age: 0 to 1 months
Must-have foods for newborn Congratulations on being a new mom. The new guest has surely filled your heart with unfathomable emotions. Whether it be joy, delight, intimidation, anxiety, or even postpartum irritability, your baby has put you on an emotional roller coaster. Even if it's the firstborn, the second-born, or even the later-born, this experience feels new each time and every time. As a mom, you have started finding cuteness in anything and everything your baby does. Moreover, if you are reading this, then it is safe to say that you have begun your thrilling journey by spending hours searching for the right diet and supplements. However, the ever-increasing pile of products and their advertisements is compromising your search. Furthermore, the stack of dedicated articles, blogs, YouTube videos, and peer pressure is further complicating your search and clouding your judgments. Therefore, how to deal with all this data, conflicting opinions and arrive at a fruitful conclusion! Let us see! The best and foremost among your choices must be breast milk- “the nectar of life”. Since the baby’s digestive tract is in its developing phase and needs to be mature to handle solid foods, breast milk serves as the prime source of essential nutrients. Breast milk has three different stages- colostrum, transitional milk, and mature milk. Colostrum is rich in proteins, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and immunoglobulins helps to create passive immunity, and protects the baby from a wide variety of bacterial and viral infections. The transitional milk with high calories, high levels of fat, lactose, and other water-soluble vitamins, and the mature milk with a percentage composition of 90% of water and 10% of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, keeps your baby hydrated and provides strength and energy. The only downside is the lack of vitamin D that you should supplement. While you are establishing your breastfeeding routine, keep your breastfeeds between seven and twelve times a day. You need to remember that frequent and efficient feeding is the only way to ensure ample supply for your baby every day. Formula feeding is the next best and healthy choice. Generally, formula milk or infant formula employs cows' milk that has been broken down into simpler forms. Such baby formulas ensure easy and convenient availability of all essential nutrients including vitamin D. Generally, the formula comes in two different forms- a dry powder that needs to be prepared with water, and a ready-to-feed liquid formula. While the latter can be convenient, it tends to be more expensive and offers no shelf life once opened. Nowadays, a wide range of brands and types of formulas are available in pharmacies and shops near us. The first step is to seek the advice of your doctor or nutrition expert. As per Food Safety and Standard Authorities of India, FSSAI regulations, the formula must be packed in hermetically sealed, clean, and sound containers or flexible packs of paper. Therefore, you should avoid broken or deflated packaging. In addition, you should choose a formula that has not exceeded its expiry date. Go through the contents to ensure that the ingredients adhere to FSSAI regulations and are back traceable to their origin. You should always choose gluten-free formulas and BPA-free packaging. Healthy vegetable purees are a good option once your baby turns 4 months old. The addition of pureed vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins serve as a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients and it allows the baby to experience different flavours. Even fruit purees such as apples, bananas, pears, and avocadoes can supply large amounts of monosaturated fatty acids, fibre, potassium, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients to your baby. Make sure to purchase organic and fresh vegetables and fruits. You must also soak them in warm salt water and rinse thoroughly before use. BPA-free packaging is ideal and procuring freshly harvested veggies and fruits will offer superior nutritional value to your baby. In about six months, your baby uses up all of the iron gained from you. So, it becomes necessary to incorporate iron-rich food into the menu. You should start with a semi-liquid, iron-fortified cereal such as rice or wheat. You should choose a single grain formula at first and you should always introduce new foods one at a time and in small quantities to check the dietary response of your baby and allergies if any. Avoid lumps to prevent choking. If your baby seems happy and satisfied, slowly increase the quantity over time. If you would like to learn more about what a baby can and cannot have, click here. Being concerned and loving parents, we must remember that the right choice of food and dietary supplements will undoubtedly help our babies to grow into healthy and happy adults, and thereby contribute to the development and establishment of dynamic, productive, and progressive families and societies therein.View More
Feeding your newborn: Do’s and Don’ts
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Age: 0 to 1 months
Our Advice On Feeding Your Newborn Baby Hello new-moms! You must be experiencing utmost happiness after being blessed with your angels. This phase of life is wonderful for sure, but at the same time, full of worries and anxieties. Being a new mother, it is not possible for you to know everything and that’s perfectly normal. So, do not worry a bit and enjoy the blessing you have in your arms and prepare yourself to take the best care for the little one. Caring for your baby surely starts with feeding and we are here to help you understand the specifics of newborn feeding. We will talk about what to do and what to avoid. Food choice for your newborn has just two options. Either breastfeed (which is obviously the most preferable one) or formula milk (can’t avoid this if the situation demands). In case you are not able to breastfeed your baby, you will have to go for formula milk. You will surely get detailed guidelines for preparing and using formula milk from your paediatrician. Here, we will discuss the things you need to keep in mind while breastfeeding your newborn baby. The Do’s: Positive thinking: Positive attitude towards life solves most of the troubles. Breastfeeding is a serious thing and unless you are very positive about the process, you are sure to face trouble. Yes, it can happen that your baby is unable to latch properly for feeding, or you may face the problem of having a low supply of breast milk. All your problems can be sorted with ease if you maintain positive thinking. Asking for expert help: It is not possible for a first-time mother to understand the right way of holding the baby while breastfeeding. You may also find it difficult to understand why the baby is not able to latch properly. In such cases, do not hesitate to ask for expert help. In general, the elderly females in the family will help you to solve the problems. You can also take the help of professional lactation specialists. Cleanliness is important: Make sure to maintain proper hygiene. The feeding bottles need regular cleaning and so does your breasts. You must clean your nipples with a moist cloth each time before feeding your baby; else the accumulated sweat and dirt on your skin will harm your baby. Eat and drink healthy: Whatever you eat or drink provides you with nutrition. These nutrients are then converted into breast milk. Thus, you have to make sure that you are properly nourished so that the required nourishments can be passed on to your baby. There are cases where the mothers have enough breast milk, but the milk is not nutritious enough for the baby. In such situations, the paediatricians have no other choice but to prescribe formula milk. It is thus important to maintain a healthy diet for nursing mothers. Stay away from stress: Stress affects the quality and quantity of breast milk. Stay calm while you feed your baby. In case you are very stressed due to unavoidable reasons, give yourself some time to recover from the situation. The best way is to spend some time alone with your baby and then begin feeding. The Don'ts No smoking – no alcohol: Smoking and drinking is a big NO for nursing moms. You have to keep yourself under control (in case you are addicted to any of these) for the sake of your baby. Do not wait to feed till the baby cries: Newborn babies must be fed at regular intervals. In general, the gap between two feedings must not be more than two hours. Sometimes the baby may not cry to be fed, so you have to look for signs like sucking fingers, opening the mouth, or searching for the nipples, etc. Do not wait till the baby starts crying for hunger. Even when your baby is sleeping, make sure to wake him up and feed in time. Learn more about what your baby is trying to communicate by clicking here. Don’t say no to modern gadgets: Modern mothers are blessed with the availability of extraordinary gadgets to make breastfeeding easier. A working mother can easily take the benefit of breast pumps to extract breast milk and use it when she is not at home. If the baby is unable to latch properly due to the shape or size of the nipple, you can use the breast shields. The breast or nipple shields are also helpful at times when you develop sore nipples. Do not hesitate to use the gadgets with the notion that your mother or grandmother never used such things. They didn’t because they didn’t have them. Why should you deprive yourself? Never say ‘I Can’t’: Your baby may not latch properly or latch at all for the first few days. You may not produce a single drop of milk for the first few days. You may have a very low supply of breast milk and the doctor has to prescribe formula milk. Do not lose hope if any of these happens. Make yourself strong and chant the magic words ‘I can’! Miracles do happen and it is seen in several instances that the troubles are gone with time. A happy mother can nurture a happy baby. Remember that when you are feeding your baby, you are providing the little one with the most nutritious and tasty food. Feeding the newborn can be tough at times, but it is the most blissful experience of life. Enjoy this phase to the fullest till it lasts.View More