Sunday, October 26, 2008

My baby solid foods!

Hah... today is sunday, phewww... yesterday i'm so tired coz adelah buat mkn2 ckit for frenz n family. I will update about yesterday story mory for da next entry. So today is my turn back to maraton hari raya + open house. 3 houses to go! yahoo! i love syawal month!
Okey my entry today is about my baby solid. To e' and maybe other mama out there, here i throw my style and knowledge to do my baby solid food. However i would like to high light here " different people different style" and "different baby different taste". Okeh let share about "this".
First of all sorry no picture taken as an example for everyone to view. I never planned to blog about my baby solid food until e' asked me to do dis. Well pleasure to write about dis actually. Well i can blog whatever people/my blog readers want to know about me, my baby and my family. its my pleasure dear!
Okeh,for adam solid food i preffered more vegetables and 3rd "lauk"-eg chiken, anchovies, meat... compared to rice. Well for easy to understand i give example like nisbah mcm nih:
2 : 2 : 1
vege : 3rd "lauk" : rice
My "combination" of baby solid food:
1. broccoli + meat + rice
2. Carrot + chicken + rice
3. Red spinach + anchovies + rice
4. Pumpkin + chicken + rice
5. Cauliflower + meat + rice
6. sweet corn
7. avacado
It not necessary for u to follow exactly above, what i mean here is carrot also can mix with anchovies and pumpkin also can mix with chicken. All above i blend until betul2 solid. Okeh about item no 6, sweet corn is not a normal corn, u can find da corn at carrefour (place i usually bought). the corn is in vacuum packed made from over c, the taste is different coz it natural sweet unlike corn yg biase2 tu, kureng sedap. the corn i boil it, oh i mean simmer( air sikit jek) _ kukus pun bleh then blender.
Sweet corn is adam fovourite! I pun tumpang mkn gak coz sgt sedap dan manis yg natural. Method of cooking item no 7 also same like corn.
For ur info, Introduce ur baby with the soft and easy to digest for eaxample chicken and spinach, meat after i week baby eat solid food. This is to let the baby learn and recognize slowly the solid food.
Please noted here that ur baby might allergic for certain food, for example allergic with chicken then keluar red dot over the body. Different baby different allergic. Like my case, alhamdulillah so far adam takde allergic ape2 pun even egg. sumtime i mkn telur die sibuk nak so i pun feed him then takde problem ape2 pun so ok lah. I selalu dgr ade baby yg allergic ngan chicken and egg too. hah my niece anak kak uda allergic telur. so u just aware of that.
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Oh! below for extra info regarding introduce solid food tp ur baby:
When should I introduce solids?
You can introduce solids any time between 4 and 6 months if your baby is ready (see "How will I know when my baby's ready," below). Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs and can handle. His digestive system simply isn't ready for solids until he nears his half-birthday. Waiting until your baby is ready greatly reduces the risk of an allergic reaction and shortens the transition time between spoon- and self-feeding.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for at least six months — though parents will attest that some babies are eager and ready to eat solids earlier.

How will I know when my baby's ready?
Your baby will give you clear signs when he's ready to move beyond liquid-only nourishment. Cues to look for include:
• Head control. Your baby needs to be able to keep his head in a steady, upright position.
• Losing the "extrusion reflex." To keep solid food in his mouth and then swallow it, your baby needs to stop using his tongue to push food out of his mouth.
• Sitting well when supported. Even if he's not quite ready for a highchair, your baby needs to be able to sit upright to swallow well.
• Chewing motions. Your baby's mouth and tongue develop in sync with his digestive system. To start solids, he should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow. As he learns to swallow efficiently, you may notice less drooling. He may also be teething around the same time.
• Significant weight gain. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they've doubled their birth weight (or weigh about 15 pounds) and are at least 4 months old.
• Growing appetite. He seems hungry — even with eight to ten feedings of breast milk or formula a day.
• Curiosity about what you're eating. Your baby may begin eyeing your bowl of rice or reaching for a forkful of fettuccine as it travels from your plate to your mouth.

How should I introduce solid food?
A good rule of thumb is to start with rice cereal, which is gluten-free and less allergenic than other foods. First, nurse or bottle-feed your baby. Then give him one or two teaspoons of dry cereal mixed with enough formula or breast milk to make a semi-liquid. Use a rubber-tipped spoon when you feed your baby, to avoid injuring his gums. Start with just a small amount of cereal on the tip of the spoon.If your baby doesn't seem very interested in eating off the spoon, let him smell and taste the cereal or wait until he warms up to the idea of eating something solid. Don't add solid food to your baby's bottle or he may not make the connection that food is to be eaten sitting up and from a spoon.Begin with a once-a-day feeding, whenever it's convenient for you and your baby, but not at a time when your baby seems tired or cranky. Your baby may not eat much in the beginning, but give him time to get used to the experience. Some babies need practice keeping food in their mouths and swallowing.Once he gets used to his new diet, he'll be ready for a few tablespoons of cereal a day. As the amount he eats increases, gradually thicken the consistency of the cereal and add another feeding.

How will I know when my baby's full?
Your baby's appetite will vary from one feeding to the next, so a strict accounting of the amount he's eaten isn't a reliable way to tell when he's had enough. If your baby leans back in his chair, turns his head away from food, starts playing with the spoon, or refuses to open up for the next bite, he has probably had enough. (Sometimes a baby will keep his mouth closed because he hasn't yet finished with the first mouthful, so be sure to give him time to swallow.)
Do I still need to give my baby breast milk or formula?
Yes, your baby will need breast milk or formula until he's a year old. Both provide important vitamins, iron, and protein in an easy-to-digest form. Solid food can't replace all the nutrients that breast milk or formula provides during that first year.

How should I introduce other solid food?
Introduce other solids gradually, one at a time, waiting at least three days after each new food. This way you'll get a heads-up if your baby has an allergic reaction to one of them (signs of an allergy may include diarrhea, a bloated tummy, increased gas, or a rash). If there's a family history of allergies, or your baby develops an allergic reaction during this process, start waiting up to a week between new foods.Even though it's a good idea to get your baby accustomed to eating a wide variety of foods, it'll take time for him to get used to each new taste and texture. Each baby will have unique food preferences, but the transition should go something like this:1. Semi-liquid cereals2. Strained or mashed fruits and vegetables3. Finely chopped table foods, including meat and other protein sourcesWhen your baby has mastered cereal, offer a few tablespoons of vegetables or fruit in the same meal as a cereal feeding. Good foods to start with include sweet potatoes, squash, applesauce, bananas, carrots, oatmeal, peaches, and pears. All food should be strained or mushy — at this stage your baby will press the food against the top of his mouth and then swallow.If you're feeding your baby from ready-to-eat jars of baby food, scoop some into a little dish and feed him from that.If you dip his feeding spoon into the jar, you won't be able to save the leftovers because you'll have introduced bacteria from his mouth into the jar. Also, throw away any baby food jars within a day or two of opening them.Some experts recommend introducing yellow fruits and vegetables first because they're easiest to digest, but others advise going green from the start so your baby doesn't develop a preference for the sweeter taste of the yellow foods. It's up to you which route to take. Either way, don't leave any food off his menu simply because you don't like it. And stay away from foods that might cause an allergic reaction early on, and foods that might cause him to choke.If your baby turns away from a particular food, don't push. Try again in a week or so. He may never like sweet potatoes, or he may change his mind several times and end up loving them.Don't be surprised if your baby's stools change color and odor when you add solids to his diet. If your baby has been exclusively breastfed up to this point, you'll probably notice a strong odor to his formerly sweet-smelling stools as soon as he starts eating even tiny amounts of solids. This is normal. If his stools seem too firm (rice cereal, bananas, and applesauce can contribute to constipation), switch to other fruits and vegetables and oatmeal or barley cereal.

How many times a day should my baby be eating solid food?
At first he'll eat semi-liquid cereal mix just once a day. By around 8 months he should be eating solid food three times a day. A typical day's diet at this point might consist of:
• Breast milk or iron-fortified formula
• Iron-fortified cereal
• Yellow and green vegetables
• Fruit
• Small amounts of protein such as poultry, cottage cheese, tofu, and meatThere are certain foods that you shouldn't give your baby yet. Honey, for example, can cause botulism in babies under a year old. And commonly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, cow's milk, shellfish, citrus (including juices), and egg whites should also be avoided for a year or more, depending on how careful you want to be about potential allergies. (For more details, see "Foods That Can Be Unsafe for Your Baby.")

Do I need any special equipment?
Just a highchair and a rubber-tipped spoon to protect your baby's sensitive gums. As your baby starts eating more you may find that a bib, a plastic dish with a suction bottom, and a splat mat on the floor can help keep messes to a minimum.

Where should I feed my baby?
To establish good eating habits — like eating at the table instead of in front of the television — it's a good idea to feed your baby in his highchair whenever you can. Handing him finger foods on the run can also cause him to choke (not to mention trail mashed banana across the carpet). If your baby isn't ready for a highchair, seat him in your lap. Just make sure that he's upright enough to swallow well.

How can I help my child develop healthy eating habits?
• Don't overfeed your baby. Watch for cues that he's full.
• Don't try to make your child eat food he doesn't like. Respect his preferences and avoid power struggles over food.
• Try to provide a balance of protein, carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables. Use sweets, salts, and fats in moderation.
• Avoid fast food for as long as possible.
• Don't bribe or reward your child with food. Instead, offer plenty of hugs, kisses, and attention.
• Feed your baby in his highchair whenever possible, rather than in front of the television or on the go.
Good luck!