This week is all about babies. Yes. Everyone loves babies and everyone loves learning [right?].
Totally have baby fever. But no babies for me. Not any time soon. But when I do, homemade baby food galore.
1. Introducing cow’s milk too early to infants can increase the likelihood of iron-deficiency anemia.
2. Solid foods (such as pureed carrots, etc.) should be introduced when the baby can sit up on his or her own, around 4-6 months – leaning towards 6 months.
3. It is better to go directly from a bottle to an open cup (compared to a “sippy cup”) because this direct transition has been linked to better speech development.
4. Be sure to wait 3-7 days between introducing new foods (and only introduce one food at a time) in order to screen for allergies.
5. Don’t put rice cereal in baby bottles because this, as well as any sugars that babies ingest, can linger in the mouth and cause tooth decay. Be sure to wipe babies’ gums to reduce the risk of ‘baby bottle tooth decay syndrome.’
I hope this helps you learn a little bit about babies and feeding. I know I have learned SO much interesting information about babies and food this semester.
Oh, and this baby? This precious little nugget of life? Her name is Ellie. She’s my friend’s baby and she is just darling. But not a big fan of carrots…