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How Much Maternity Leave Can I Take?

Posted on 30. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Parenting, Pregnancy and Birth

Maternity leave serves two purposes: your recovery from birth (disability) and taking care of your new baby (parenting.) Even though you might feel fine within a week or two, six weeks is usually allowed for recovery, so for the first six weeks, your leave is both disability and parental. Beyond that, leave is for the care of the baby.

Better Food: As a Society, We Need to Change

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Preschooler, Stages of Childhood

The evidence couldn”t be more compelling: the large amount of animal fat and calories in the typical North American diet contribute to a host of illnesses in adults, including heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and of course obesity. What’s more, many of these diseases have their roots in childhood. As early as [...]

What is Good Nutrition?

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Preschooler, Stages of Childhood

It’s natural for parents to give their children the foods they remember from their own childhoods. Food traditions are as much a part of culture as language; they bind families together and link the present to the past. On the other hand, we’ve learned that some diets are healthier than others. For many of us, [...]

Choking on Solid Foods: Keeping Your Baby Safe

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Preschooler, Stages of Childhood

All babies choke a little as they get used to eating lumpy foods, just as they fall when they’re learning to walk. The ten most common foods associated with choking in children under the age of five are: hot dogs round candy peanuts grapes cookies meat chunks/ slices raw carrot slices peanut butter apple chunks [...]

Commercial baby foods

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Preschooler, Stages of Childhood

When baby foods in jars were first produced, they consisted of single vegetables, single fruits, and single meats. Since then, the companies have tended toward mixtures of vegetables and starches, fruits and starches, and “dinners” consisting of starches, vegetables, and meats. Most often, the starches are refined rice, refined corn, and refined wheat. And the [...]

Making your own baby food

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Preschooler, Stages of Childhood

This lets you control the ingredients and the preparation method, and save money. You can use fresh, organically grown foods. It’s easier than you might think. You can make a large batch of any healthy food you choose, then puree it to a consistency that your baby currently likes. You can add moisture, if you [...]

Mashed and lumpy foods around 6 months

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Preschooler, Stages of Childhood

Sometime after six months, you’ll want your baby to get used to lumpy or chopped foods. Babies who go much beyond 6 months eating nothing but pureed things often have a hard time accepting lumpy textures. People have the idea that babies can’t handle lumps until they have teeth. This isn’t true. They can mush [...]

Looking Ahead: Meals at 6 to 12 Months

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Stages of Childhood

 Many breast-fed and some bottle-fed babies are just beginning solids at six months. Their digestion and eating interests are more mature than when they were four months old. You can introduce new foods to these babies more rapidly, and quickly move them up to three meals a day. On the other hand, by six months [...]

Starting Eggs

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Stages of Childhood, Uncategorized

Eggs can be a healthy part of a baby’s diet, but it’s probably best to wait until around a year of age. (There’s some debate about this among experts; but most doctors still recommend waiting.) Egg yolks supply healthy fats, calories, vitamins and iron, but the body absorbs iron from egg yolks best if they’re [...]

Starting Fruits

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Stages of Childhood

Fruits are often the second or third solid foods added to the diet, a few weeks after cereal and perhaps vegetables. Apples, peaches, pears, apricots, and prunes are usually good first fruits. For the first six or eight months of a baby”s life, the fruit is stewed, except for raw, ripe banana. You can buy [...]