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As adults, we’re probably aware that eating too much salt can lead to high blood pressure which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Surprisingly, salt is not just an issue for ‘Grown-Ups’! Toddlers in Australia have also been found to eat more salt than recommended.
“When you’re pregnant, you need to eat for two!” You’ve probably heard this old wives tale more times than you can count. Most likely, this was common advice in years gone by encouraging women to relax and eat freely when they were pregnant.
Unfortunately by ‘eating for two’ many pregnant women in NZ are gaining unhealthy amounts of weight, putting their baby and themselves at risk of health complications.
However you’re travelling from A to B, these tips can help you prepare for a more comfortable journey with littlies:
Summer is on it's way and it's a great times to introduce new season’s veggies to your little one. Many parents find the offer of new veggies is met with either flat out refusal, or a ‘one try’ wonder followed by a mouth clamped shut! If you’re trying to introduce Brussels sprouts to your baby… this may be easier said than done! However, the good news is research shows there are simple ways to encourage your little one to eat new veggies.
I sat in on a fascinating presentation recently. Dr Clare Wall, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Auckland Medical School presented on iron deficiency amongst NZ infants and toddlers*. Two NZ studies looked at the iron status of infants and toddlers (aged 6-24 months) in the north and south islands, and both found around 6% of children had iron deficiency anaemia, with around 11-14% having iron deficiency. Clare reported that iron deficiency has been a problem in NZ for around 40 years, and NZ tends to have worse rates of iron deficiency than other industrialised countries.
Most babies are ready for solid foods at around 6 months, but not before 4 months as their digestive system is not ready. Top Tips Once your Baby is on Solids:
It’s time to start feeding solids! How do I know he’s ready? He’s watching his brother and sister eat intently and developmentally he is starting to move around more. I know everything changes once we start solids but I know he will be happier and more content for it.
Warm summer weather means it’s easier for babies to become dehydrated.
They say time flies and this is certainly the case with baby number 3! I have to confess I actually starting writing this when Liam was 3 months old and I never managed to get to the computer to fully type it up and now he is nearly 5 months!
One of the joys of a kiwi Christmas season is the delicious summer fruit!
Most of us have many fond memories of Christmas cherries and summer strawberries. Such a treat in themselves and of course nutritionally more appealing than the dozens of chocolate santas and candy canes decorating NZ Xmas trees!