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10 Best Summer Foods For Babies
Summer Foods For Babies
Summer is the time to bother us with heat. However, it completely depends on us how to treat the season. We can spend the summer days drenched in sweat and having digestion issues, or have fun-filled sunny days and enjoy the juicy summer fruits. But, when it comes to babies, the scenario becomes completely different.
It is obvious that parents will do everything to keep the babies comfortable and safe from sweat and heat. It is the food that becomes a matter of concern for most parents. Children become cranky due to the excessive summer heat and humidity. The troubles caused to the digestive system add to their discomfort levels and make the happiest kid cranky. Mothers find it hard to choose the right food that will keep the baby’s tummy full and comfortable. Such wonder food must also be nutritious enough to meet the child’s necessities.
10 Healthy summer foods for babies:
We are here to discuss the best summer foods for the baby’s health. Most of these are the common ones that we know. The only thing is that we might not have known the wonderful benefits of these foods before. Here are some summer food ideas for babies over six months of age.
Melons are truly super foods. Summer is the time when you can have ripe watermelon and musk melon. We generally consider watermelon to be the best summer food. However, musk melon is also nutritious and tasty. Water content in melons is high and thus provides proper hydration for babies. If the baby is ready to have finger foods, you can easily offer slices of melons to them. If they are still on a liquid or semi-solid diet, you can try watermelon or musk melon smoothies.
The most popular summer food is cucumber, and this popularity applies to both kids and adults. Cucumber must be eaten raw and given to children above the age of eight months to avoid digestion troubles. Cucumber slices can be given as finger foods or can be made into smoothies.
Having 95% water in it, tomato is extremely suitable to keep babies hydrated. Though we consider tomato as a winter vegetable but it is actually available throughout the year. The nutrients in tomatoes help in increasing immunity in children. This immunity factor has become very important in this pandemic situation. It is thus wise for mothers to include this super-nutritious food in their baby’s diet.
Home-made yogurt is full of healthy probiotics. The healthy bacteria present in yogurt helps in keeping the guts healthy. It is easy to digest and provides relief to the baby’s stomach during the scorching summer heat. The presence of protein, calcium, and Vitamin C in yogurt makes it a super-healthy food.
Barley is a traditional food that is extremely nutritious for babies. The prime factor that makes barley suitable as summer food is the ability to reduce water retention in the body and to maintain the natural balance of water. It is safe to give barley to babies over six months of age. It is easy to digest and keeps the tummy full.
We can never forget about the king of fruits – mango! It’s juice, tasty, and nutritious. Mango is full of healthy nutrients necessary for babies like Vitamins A, Vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium. Fresh mango cubes, mashed mango, mango shake, mango ice cream can be given to children.
Banana can be given to babies throughout the year. There is a misconception that banana has to be avoided if the child is suffering from cough and cold. However, this is not true as ingredients present in bananas have nothing to do with cough and cold. Banana is a super-food that can be digested easily. It is rich in potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, magnesium, and antioxidants.
- Coconut water
Babies can be easily fed with juices. Small kids love soft drinks and juices. However, providing them with natural drinks will be the best option when we are considering healthy summer foods. Coconut water is one such drink that you can give to your child without any hesitation. It is rich in potassium and helps in regulating body temperature during summer. You can give fresh coconut water to kids or can prepare fruit smoothies with it.
- Bottle gourd
Bottle gourd is a very common vegetable available during summer. It is rich in Vitamins A and C. Other healthy nutrients present in bottle gourd are calcium, magnesium, and folate. Bottle gourd can be cooked into several tasty dishes. You can simply make vegetable soup with bottle gourd for your baby.
You may wonder that how a spice can be considered as healthy food for babies during summer. However, cumin is such a spice that helps in regulating body heat. You can simply soak cumin seeds in water and give two to three teaspoons of that water to your baby twice or thrice a week. This will help in keeping the digestive system healthy.
The bottom line
In the end, it is important to mention that parents must take great care while introducing any new food for the babies. It will be best to give a very small amount of new food for the first few days and check if the child develops any allergies.
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Baby Food Allergies: Everything You Need to Know
10 min read
Age: 1 to 6 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: 1 to 6 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: 1 to 6 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: 1 to 6 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: 1 to 6 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: 1 to 6 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
How I Feed Healthy Nutritious Food For My Baby
10 min read
Age: 1 to 6 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
The Ultimate Guide To Feeding Your Baby Solid Foods
10 min read
Age: 1 to 6 months
Feeding your baby solid foods Being a dad or mom is the best feeling in the world that is filled with a lot of responsibilities and obligations. Breast milk happens to be the very first food and the main source of each and every essential nutrient for the baby. After their first six months, babies can have soft foods together with breast milk. The very first thing to consider before feeding your baby with solid foods is the proper time to bring in the solid food. From six months and onwards, young ones can be fed with solid foods. It is the right time for the baby to start off trying his or her first solid foods. The nutritional requirements of the child will get bigger with time and the parents should be mindful of the type and quantity of food that should be provided to the babies. When they start feeding their little ones with solid food, parents should have a clear idea about the capacity of the little stomachs, and they should never cram it up with solid foods. Apart from offering food in single servings, the little one should be given solid foods repeatedly throughout the day. Different strategies and approaches to introduce solid foods:- Children find it really exciting to have some iron-fortified baby cereal during their first mealtimes. Cereals are rich in beta-glucan, which will clean up their intestines and make them feel really good. Mashed-up vegetables and fruits are the best-ever solid foods to be given to the tiny ones as their first foods. After they get used to fruits and vegetables, eggs and meats can be given to them. Everything offered to them must be in pureed form for making it easy for the babies to have it. Solid foods given to the little one should be rich in nutrition and the first foods for them should not be sugary, salty, and spicy, as those foods will make their stomach upset. The first solid foods should be easily digestible and healthful, as they are the ones that are responsible for catalyzing growth. Make their first bites healthy as possible for their healthy body. Feeding the little one is the most significant part of every parenting lesson, as it is an astonishing milestone in not only the baby’s life but also in every dad’s or mom’s life. This significant phase can be daunting and disturbing during the first few days, but soon, this phase will for sure turn into the most exciting and satisfying one. It is so lovely to watch your little one explores the tastes, smells, and textures of their first solid foods. You can definitely make this stage funny and cool in certain ways. What should parents know when introducing solid food to their kids? Every parent should set their minds to appreciate the fondness and aversion of their kids towards food and they should comprehend the fact that it takes a good amount of time to foster better eating habits in kids. Children should be offered solid foods only after their digestive system get developed enough to accept solid foods. If any child is provided with solid food before the proper development and growth of the digestive system happen, then it will definitely make the child sick and allergic to solid food. In the case of struggles regarding being underweight or overweight that may occur in children, it is better to consult a pediatric dietician before providing solid food to them. Albeit, parents should offer anything and everything that is healthy and nutritious to their child but they should never force the child to have it and they should be cautious and careful enough to not make them stressed on the dining timetable. By doing so, children will positively develop a rapport with the food they consume. Parents should be careful not to discourage the kids in front of their food platter by constantly cleaning up and wiping of the jumble. There will be a lot of trouble with the toddler, but it is totally alright as they are exploring the experience of food and flavour. Neither the parents nor the kids should get dispirited during the wonderful journey with food. In their experiments with a wide variety of solid foods, parents should keenly observe the food tolerance of the baby by checking out if there are any signs and symptoms like constipation, rashes etc. Here are 10 foods to look out for which you cant feed your baby Parents should be well-aware of the food items that are meant to keep away from the child’s platter. Just like we parents, our kids also prefer tasty foods and not some bland food. So, their bay palettes should be set in the tastiest and healthy way. You can include spices like cinnamon, nutmeg etc in their dishes. Flavours should be partnered with health benefits to make the child fall in love with the food together with attaining enough nourishment. Another important thing is to try varieties in their menu, as they will find it really boring to have the same food every day. Not only flavour and variety but also the texture of the foodstuff should be changed according to their liking and interest. Interest and excitement should be developed in the toddlers towards foodstuffs and make them relish the foodstuff with their whole hearts. Children should be well-taught about biting and chewing during their food journey. Parenting is never an easy job and this job will get even worse at the dining room with a little moppet. Parents should be prepared for a muddle at the dining table and although it is difficult, they should accept the fact that children are messy. Train yourselves truly well to excel in the very significant, interesting and intimidating task of feeding your little one with healthful solid foods by employing the perfect tried and tested ways that are mentioned above. With these guidelines you can for sure make this feed phase a definite cakewalk with your baby. Let him or her be a daring diner like you and explore the first foods with grace.View More
My baby turned 100 days today – Here’s what I learned about her baby nutritional needs
10 min read
Age: 1 to 6 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
What I Learned About Baby Nutrition As A Father
10 min read
Age: 1 to 6 months
When it comes to parenting, fathers play an equally important role, just as mothers. Babies need a lot of nourishment that aids in their growth and development. Ensuring your young one gets all the proper nurture and care is an essential part of parenting. A newborn or an infant gets most of the necessary nutrition and nourishment from the mother during the infancy stage and as they grow up to become toddlers as part of their initial phase of childhood. A father may not be able to provide nutrition as wholesome as mother’s milk. They can still contribute by preparing and feeding the young one, a balanced and healthy nutritional meal. Nutrients are the core source of energy for children and adults equally. However, the quantity required varies with age and growth needs. Here we will see the 10 nutrition tips, a father can give his adorable little tyke. 9 Lessons I've Learnt On Nutrition They say you are what you eat. If that holds for everyone, then chances are that your kids look up to you and eventually grow up to be just like you. Especially eating habits. Make sure you preach what you teach or rather, eat what you teach! Nutrition is Nourishment All foods brimming with wholesome nutrients are always a good pick to feed yourself as well as your kids. Some foods may have common nutrients, while others may have particular ones that are most essential. Common nutrients comprise a variety of vitamins and minerals. Where There Is Nutrition, There Is Nurture Iron, calcium, and carbohydrates are specified nutrients found only in particular foods. Therefore, it is very important to give your child an ample quantity of nutrients for stronger bones, a healthier body, and a well developing mind. Primary Nutrition It is a common misconception that carbs and fats are bad for you. There are some good ones like whole grains that help in the growth and development of your child, as compared to being high in cholesterol, bad carbs. Fibers and proteins are the primary essential nutrients. Food is Fuel Children of all ages must be made to relish what they eat. They also need to know the health benefits that go into what they must consume as part of their regular regime. With that being said, they must be made aware that food intake not only satisfies hunger but also paves way for good nutrition and required energy. Don’t Play with Food Making mealtime fun might have started with parents feeding their toddlers. To make them interested in what they eat, we take upon the classic creative roleplay of turning the feeding spoon into an airplane or a choo choo train. However, this shouldn’t become a force of habit and change the child’s perspective into thinking that food is something to be played with! Measure, Mix and Modulate Preparing baby food is as close to being a professional chef who cooks with finesse. You need to have the right ingredients of ample quantity and ensure a perfect mixture of them, before feeding your little one. Just as how checking the temperature and ensuring a properly sterilized container for feeding milk is a requirement, the same goes for solid foods and other baby formulas. Learn more about the right amount of food for your baby by clicking here. Water, water every day Every meal is always accompanied by a thirst-quenching drink of water. Aside from the many benefits of mineral water or any drinking water for that matter, it helps to gush down food by softening it and in turn, helps in the overall digestion of food. On a side note, drinking a glass of water before a meal, ensures you do not overeat as it stops you at just the right moment when you know your tum-tum is full! ABC – Always Be Clean Before any meal, it is a must to make sure your child is clean by having his hands and legs washed. If it is a brunch meal, a bath would be ideal. Keeping yourself clean is the best way to avoid germs and infections that hog into your meal! Get Kids Involved Most kids will enjoy deciding what to make for dinner. Talk to them about making choices and planning a balanced meal. Some might even want to help shop for ingredients and prepare the meal. At the store, teach kids to check out food labels to begin understanding what to look for.View More
Understanding Baby Language
10 min read
Age: 1 to 6 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: 1 to 6 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
What to do if your baby is underweight?
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Age: 1 to 6 months
Few things you can do if your baby is underweight? It’s always a walk on a tightrope when it comes to deciding what’s good for your baby. You might find yourself at the receiving end of a thousand suggestions on the right supplements to feed your baby. How to know if your infant is in fact healthy? The plump, chubby look with squishy folds of baby fat is not the only indicator of a healthy baby. Apart from what meets the eye, there are a few other reasons to know whether your baby is really underfed or underweight. Let’s begin with checking the percentiles. The growth chart issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends is the standard norm to know your baby’s growth rate. The WHO chart determines your infant’s percentile for their age. If you’d rather check it yourself than wait for the next doctor’s appointment, you can find these WHO charts online. Again, the growth chart is not the end of it. Remember that the growth rates might differ for breast-fed and formula-fed babies. The role of genes plays a heavy role in determining your baby’s weight. Consider the genetic factors of the parents before assessing the weight of the baby If your baby was born premature, the low birth weight might continue for several months longer and might fluctuate during their progress. Understand that percentiles are not everything when it comes to keeping track of the weight. You might want to take a closer look at the baby’s behaviour and track their developmental milestones. Signs that your baby might be underfed Keeping a close watch on the growth rate of your baby is helpful. An active toddler who is crawling, holding up their head, rolling over and exhibiting a general happy temperament is the sign of a healthy baby. Seek medical attention if your baby shows any of these signs: Shows no signs of hunger and sucks weakly with bottle or breast Is never active and shows a listless and lethargic mood Not producing wet or soiled diapers Schedule that appointment If you’re wary about all these concerns, do not wait any longer and schedule that appointment with your paediatrician. The plenty of suggestions and advice that you read online might get overwhelming. Trust your paediatrician in your baby’s journey. The physical assessment of the baby by a doctor, in their growing years, is essential and don’t let any online treatment methods compromise it. Missing nutrients If your paediatrician finds that the energy intake is low in the case of a breastfeeding baby, they might suggest you to nurse the baby more often or boost your supply through other methods. To increase the number of calories, adding formula powder, liquid concentrate or calorie supplements with pumped breast milk might be recommended. It is also suggested to improve the diet through introducing more feeding or finger foods. Increase the number of feedings for your infants. The typical rate is 8 to 12 per day for babies between 2 to 4 months. All these developments in diet are best undertaken with the supervision of a paediatrician or dietician. Also note that plant-based milk (eg: soy, almond coconut, etc.) that adults consume are deficient in protein, calcium, vitamin D and other essential nutrients. It is therefore not advisable for infants, except in the case of soy-based formulas for babies. It would also help to keep in check the nutrients intake by maintaining a food diary for your infant. Besides the diet improvements, also check in with your paediatrician while making changes in the food intake. If in case of any allergies, an expert might know better on what to add or eliminate in your baby’s diet plan because there are risks of undernutrition. If you can’t increase the feeding times, try weight-promoting options for your baby with higher-calorie and nutrient-dense foods and snacks. It is also advised to create a relaxed eating routine for your baby that makes mealtimes a fun and pleasant experience. Everything said, remember that some toddlers can naturally be thin for genetic reasons. So don’t beat yourself up trying to bulk up your baby. All that matters is that they meet their developmental milestones and are active in temperament. With the right amount of care and love, your little nugget is sure to grow into a healthy and happy kid. Have a look at this dad's lessons he learnt on nutrition for his baby by clicking here!View More