However you’re travelling from A to B, these tips can help you prepare for a more comfortable journey with littlies:
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!
Sometimes parents notice their baby seems a little constipated after starting first foods like baby rice cereal. One reason for this may be because it’s the first food baby has consumed other than breast milk and their digestive system is still adjusting.
Your baby's tummy is tiny, so it's best to keep their portions small and let them decide when they've had enough. Babies are very good at self-regulating how much food they need, so if they start turning their head away, pushing the spoon away or clamping their mouth shut, this means "I've had enough!".
A. There is a lot of misinformation about baby feeding out there, and this is a good example of one of those myths that parents often wade through in their attempt to find accurate information.
Well, just like everyone keeps telling you, time goes too fast! The newborn stage seems long gone and Max is now sitting up (with support still) and is paying an awful lot of attention to the business of food - perhaps he does take after his mum after all.