Thursday, April 9, 2009

Feed your baby with right food!

Most babies don't need solid foods before the age of 4 months. The little tummies are not ready to digest solid foods and they get all the nutrition they need from their formula or breast milk. The first solids your baby should try are special baby cereals mixed as directed on the packet. A teaspoon is enough to start with. This should be gradually increased to a tablespoon. Once the baby is successfully taking cereal, then pureed fruit and vegetables can be gradually added to the diet.When preparing baby foods yourself, don't add any salt or sugar. For this reason, canned foods should not be used. They contain way too much slat and sugar for baby's health. Cow's milk should not be given until the baby is at least 12 months old. Fruit juice without sugar can be given from 6 months. It is possible to train baby to drink from a cup at this age.The first year of a baby's life is the one in which the most growth takes place. After this time, the appetite may not be as large as before. Don't force a child to eat everything on the plate as this will train him to eat just because food is present instead of when he is hungry. This can lead to obesity in later life.

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