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Your Baby’s Journey into Solid-Food

Starting solid is an exciting and messy time in bub’s development.  Its best to wait until around six months before starting those first test-tests says the spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. “At this age babies are developmentally ready for solids and need additional food to get all the nutrients they need”.

Stage 1 – Smooth purees are ideal solids.  Apart from honey, which should be avoided until after 12 months, there’s no need to delay any foods. Withholding foods such as egg and fish can actually increase gallery risk.

Cook your baby’s food well and make purees a little thicker than breastmilk or formula at first.  Offer them on a soft spoon at a time your child is alert and happy.

When your baby gets the hang of runny purees, you can introduce a more yogurt-like texture.

Stage 2 – Lumpy mashed and minced foods are next. “The puree stage only needs to last a few weeks and increasing textures is important for oral development.

Research shows bubs introduced to “lumpy” foods after 10 months are more likely to have later feeding difficulties than those introduced to them between six and mine months.

Stage 3 – “Most babies can manage finger foods by eight months” but be led by your baby’s individual readiness.  This stage is fun, and feeding themselves is great for your child’s fine motor control.

Until NextTime

Happy Parenting

Morning Sickness

If your pregnancy glow is more sick-induced sheen, try this advice for coping.

Up to 90 per cent of mums-to-be experience some amount of morning sickness, and while the stomach churning typically hits about week four of pregnancy, it generally disappears around week 12.

What causes it?

Rising levels of pregnancy hormones are thought to play a role.  Throw in a heightened sense of smell and a sluggish digestive system, and you have a recipe for feeling off.

What can I do?

“Frequent, small, carbohydrate-based meals and snacks are the first way to go,” says obstetrician Dr Gino Pecoraro.

Here are some tips to try..

*Have brekkie in bed.

An empty tummy can make queasiness worse, so keep a stash of plain biscuits, rice crackers or dry cereal by your bed to eat first thing.

*Drink up

Staying hydrated makes your stomach feel better and is very important if you’re vomiting.  Take small slow sips of water or, if you find it tricky to drink, munch on ice cubes.

*Keep it cool It can be easier to drink liquids that are chilled, and because cold meals are generally less aromatic, they’re less likely to set your stomach rolling.

*Try ginger

This herb is one of the most popular food fixes for nausea.  Add a slice to a cup of hot water, use it in cooking, or try ginger ale, ginger tea or ginger lollies.

*Have some R&R

*Put the pressure on

“Some women swear by acupressure,”

*Breathe it in

A pleasant scent can distract from nausea.

*Brush up, carefully

If brushing your teeth makes you gag, use a small, soft brush and try to persevere.  But dont use it straight after vomiting – stomach acids weaken tooth enamel, meaning post-womit brushing can scratch teeth.

When Should I see a Doctor?

See your carer if you need stronger relief for your symptoms or are otherwise concerned.  Some women suffer a severe form of sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, so chat to your doc if you’re vomiting several times a day, can’t keep anything down, or are losing weight.

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