Monday, 30th March 2015

Timing Feedings for Your Baby

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

From a baby’s point of view, the most important thing is to be fed more or less right away.  I say more or less, because most babies can wait a little now and then. But when they have to scream with hunger for long periods – and even a few minutes is long to a [...]

Eating less and choosier at a year

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

  Somewhere around a year old, babies are apt to change their feelings about food. They become choosier and less hungry. This is not surprising. If they kept on eating and gaining the way they did when they were little babies, they’d turn into mountains. Now they seem to feel that they have time to [...]

Why Babies Suck

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

Babies nurse eagerly for two reasons: First, because they’re hungry, and second, because they love to suck. If you feed them but don”t give them enough chance to suck, their craving for sucking will go unsatisfied and they will try to suck something else — their fists, or thumbs, or their clothes. Some babies feel this [...]

Refusing vegetables

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

If your one-year-old daughter suddenly rejects the vegetable that she loved last week, let her. If you don’t make a fuss today, she will probably come back to it next week or next month. But if you pressure her, you only make her decide that that particular food is her enemy. You turn a temporary [...]

Average weight gain

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

We can talk about average babies if you remember clearly that no baby is average. One baby is meant to be a slow gainer, and another is meant to be a fast gainer. When doctors talk about an average baby, they mean only that they have added together the fast gainers and the slow gainers [...]

Drinking water for babies

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

Some babies want water; others don’t. It is sometimes recommended that a baby be offered a few ounces of water between meals once or twice a day. It isn’t really necessary, because the amount of fluid in breast milk or formula will satisfy the baby’s ordinary needs. It is more important to offer water if [...]

Fat babies

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

It seems hard for some people to change their feelings that fatness in babies is attractive and desirable. Relatives and friends may compliment the parents on it as if it were proof of superior care. Some parents think of baby fat as a reserve — like money in the bank — against some possible future [...]

Fed up with cereal

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

Many babies get tired of cereal sometime in the second year, especially for supper. Don’t try to push it in. There are many substitutes you can offer, such as breads or pasta. Even if they give up all starches for a few weeks, it won’t hurt them. Expect your baby’s tastes to change from month [...]

Fooling around at meals

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

This may be quite a problem even before the age of a year. It comes about because the baby is less ravenous for food, and more interested in all kinds of new activities, like climbing, handling the spoon, messing in the food, tipping the cup upside down, dropping things on the floor. Fooling around at [...]

Slowing down after 6 months

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Infant

A baby may take solids eagerly at first, and then rather suddenly lose a lot of his appetite. One reason may be that he is simply not growing as fast – that’s normal.  Or he may be bothered by teething. One baby wants to leave out a lot of his solid food; another turns against [...]