Starting weaning is an exciting milestone for you and your baby. However, if your child has a cow’s milk allergy, you may be worried about dairy free weaning. You may have questions like: what should a dairy free baby eat, what if they are allergic to something else, and how do I ensure they get enough calcium?
Selecting a highchair for your baby is a rite of passage. As parents we usually consider affordability, size, style and practicality when making our choice. But do we consider how it may help our babies eating?
Eating requires a number of finely tuned movements known as oral motor skills and they develop both with time - as our babies get older and with experience and practice with eating. The oral motor movements for eating are finely graded movements. They are aided by core or central stability
If you are the parent of a toddler or small child the chances are that they have phases of being very picky or fussy with their eating. You are not alone! Fussy eating is reported to occur in as many as 50% of young children. Learn more in my article for Mother & Baby online.
By Julia Wolman Registered Nutritionist
From the day your baby is born, it’s all about the milk. Are they feeding often enough? Should they be having more? Are they having too much?
After the first few months, when some semblance of routine is (finally) beginning to emerge, it’s time for something new – solids! To start with, milk feeds continue as usual whilst baby gets used to new tastes and textures. Some time between 6-12 months
I wish I’d known…
to feed my baby as soon as possible after birth.
If you can, feed your baby within the first hour of its birth. After this the baby can become sleepy for up to 24 hours and less interested in breast feeding. Benefits of this first early feed include keeping baby warm by being skin to skin, calming the baby, giving baby colostrum as its very first milk and releasing oxytocin which makes your uterus contract and reduces your bleeding as well as making you feel very in love with your new tiny one.
Introducing solid foods to your baby is an exciting time. However, for some of the parents I work with it can also be worrying for fear of gagging and choking. Below is some useful information to help you feel more confident when weaning your baby to solid foods.
Gagging is a normal protective reflex that is highly sensitive when weaning starts. This is because its designed to stop your baby from choking
Feed Eat Speak & allaboutbabies have teamed up to bring you our top tips for responsive spoon feeding.
We are aware that Baby-Led Weaning isn’t for every parent or every baby so here are our top tips for spoon feeding parents.
1. Wait till your baby opens their mouth. This may sound a bit obvious but sometimes babies take a bit of time to get going with weaning and many parents panic that their baby needs to eat. Actually, the main source of nutrition for the first year of life
I was invited by Victoria Rose, Founder at Allaboutbabies to write about every parents nightmare (and often reality) fussy eating. There's nothing worse than spending time and energy preparing yummy meals only to have your toddler refuse to eat them. Take a look at my facts and fixes.
As a speech therapist I get asked a lot about what my views are on using dummies (also known as pacifiers and soothers). Before I had my own children I’d have said not to use them due to the impact they may have on speech and language development, however my views have changed as I have learned more about infant behaviour in my feeding work and also since becoming a mother.