|Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby|
|You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.|
|Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn|
|When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!|
A Nutrition Guide for your 6-month-old- the 6 month baby food
Babies grow really fast; blink your eyes and they'll be walking on their own, blink again and they'll be off to college. It seems that fast. Of course, you can't control time but what you can control is how healthily they grow, and in case you need help with the same, you can always look up for tips on BabyBerry, a handy baby care app, which includes guides on nutrition during pregnancy along with age-wise nutrition chart for babies for when you have welcomed the baby into your world.
Importance of Proper Nutrition- Nutrition chart for babies
You shouldn't even doubt the importance of proper nutrition. All human beings- whether a child, a young adult, or a 50-year-old- need adequate nutrition to lead a healthy lifestyle. Other than that, it also helps in:
- Achieving growth and developmental landmarks timely
- Stronger immune system
- Better physical as well as mental health and improved memory power
- Fighting Obesity and/or other metabolic dysfunctions
Essentials in 6 month baby food
At the 6 month mark, your baby's nutrition requirements exceed more than just breast milk and he/she is ready to be introduced to solids and complimentary foods.
As per best parenting apps android, here's a list of complimentary foods that you can feed your baby:
1. Cereals and Grains
- Iron-fortified Barley, Oatmeal or Brown Rice
|Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch|
|If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.|
|Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped|
|At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.|
- Pureed or mashed sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, green peas, spinach etc.
- Pureed banana, pears, avocado, applesauce etc.
- Boiled and mashed dals, lentils, legumes, and certain meats.
- Plain yoghurt
- Breast Milk
Foods to absolutely avoid
- Cow's Milk
Points to remember while feeding your 6 month old baby the 6 month baby food
- When you start with one type of veggie, fruit, or cereal, give only that for a few days, and then move on to the next food. This way you can be sure if your child is allergic to that or not.
- Always start with yellow veggies before moving to green veggies and fruits.
- Bottle-feeding is still a no-no as it can lead to tooth decay. Spoon feed the mashed food instead.
- You can use a pacifier if your baby wants to suckle but at a time when they are not hungry and let it not lead to habit formation.
- Use a small sized, soft spoon and feed in small quantities.
- Introduce your baby to recommended new foods with a gap of at least 2 days to develop their taste and accomplish nutrition requirements.
- Always feed fresh food to your baby. In case, you have made a little more, do not forget to cover the container.
- Avoid any food sitting on the table or in the refrigerator for more than 2 days.
- Avoid sugar and/or salt.
Some babies spit out food first few times, which is completely normal. Wait for a few days and try feeding them solids again although avoid force-feeding- give it a little time. Secondly, closely watch out for allergic reactions to specific food items. For example, if your baby suffers from sudden rashes, diarrhea, or vomits, he may be allergic- consult experts on the baby health record app or baby care app or your doctor to be made aware and to avoid anything untoward.
|Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings|
|When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!|
|Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad|
|Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.|