Tips On Choosing Good Healthy Baby Food

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!

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When babies are born there are a lot of worries from parents about the best foods to feed their babies. Nutrition is so important and no parent wants to mess up the feeding process, but nothing is written in stone. Parents can lighten up because it is really all a bit of trial and error.

Allergies

The first thing that a parent has to do is monitor the child on a regular basis when they are eating. Some children may be allergic to certain foods. Foods made with peanuts are commonly associated with allergies. Some children may have digestive problems, but you will not know until you have sat down and fed them. It also important to watch for any signs of discomfort after they have eaten something that is new.

Healthy Homemade Baby Food Ideas for Babies

Lots of parents like to give their children fruit when they are old enough to start eating it. This is one of the healthiest choices that a person can make. It is always a good idea to start with the things that are soft. Kiwi fruit and melons pieces are good starters. Blueberries and avocado pieces are also good fruits. This is the best route for finger food ideas for babies.

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.

Babies can't eat these goods right away, but many parents will substitute these types of foods for the processed baby foods. It really just depends on the baby. Many babies just will not eat the baby foods that are mashed and processed. This is why parents will often turn to the homemade ideas like fruit. Some parents may also have success with puffed rice, cheerios, and small pieces of cheese. These are some healthy foods that can awake the taste buds of small infants.

The Store Brands

Gerber is famous for all of the baby food choices that are offered today. This is one of the most popular and easiest ways to feed the baby. Gerber and other store bought brands have organic foods and all types of varieties. There are sweet potatoes and squash products that have vitamins that are needed for growth. These foods have a smooth texture that some babies will gravitate towards. Continue feeding the babies with this type of food if it suits them.

Fortunately, Gerber has food products for babies that range from the early stages right after birth up to age of little toddlers. It can be very exciting for parents (and children) to move from one stage to another in these brands. Many of these products have earned the USDA stamp of approval for quality.

Watch the News and Read the Labels

When you have a newborn baby you are extra cautious. It is when they become old enough to walk or reach their toddler stages that you become a little less concerned. This is the main time to be attentive of recalls on foods and food brands for children. It is definitely worth the time that it takes to watch and read.

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.
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