9/22/15

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Being a mom is a job I wouldn't trade in for anything but sometimes the tasks we have like say making sure our babies have the nutrition they need, can be trying.  When they are newborn it's fairly simple, breast or bottle, we know what they need and when. The question arises as they get older - when do you start your baby on solids while making sure they're getting proper nutrition? 



Each and every baby is different, trust this from a mom of 3. There is so much information out there when it comes to babies from the Internet to "parenting experts" and even your well-meaning family and friends. It can be quite overwhelming and confusing to a new mom. 

As you may or may not already know, your Loblaws dietitian is a great place to start. They are there to help you answer your questions and concerns. Located at Loblaws stores across Ontario, dietitians can answer your specific questions and give you professional advice you can trust! 

For now, here are some dietitian approved tips to help you and baby get off on the right foot! 

Know the Signs
It is recommended to wait until 6 months to introduce solid food.  You’ll see several signs when your baby is ready to begin eating solid foods. Some of the signs your child is ready for the transition to begin include; holding their heads up and sitting upright in their high chair or seat, opening their mouths proactively for food when it is offered and turning away when they don’t care for it, and closing their lips over a spoon when its offered, keeping food in their mouth and swallowing

Take Baby Steps
While it’s exciting to show your baby all of the amazing foods the world has to offer, it’s best to take a slow and steady approach to introducing new foods. Always introduce new foods when your baby is happy and hungry to ensure a great first impression.  Also, offer single foods first before offering blends of flavours. If your little one doesn’t like something, try it again another day.

Lead by Example
Your baby learns to eat by watching you. While your entire family is eating together, ensure your baby is served the same foods in a form they can eat. From healthy dinner favourites like chicken and sweet potatoes, to sweet treats like juicy summer peaches, eating the same foods will help your baby learn healthy eating habits with the rest of the family. With baby food like PC® Organics Strained Peachesyour baby can easily enjoy the same nutritious food your family does. Lastly, never turn your nose up at a new food in front of your child since they may notice and mimic the behaviour. 

Unplug During Meal Times
It can be challenging to unwind and disconnect from our favourite electronic devices during meal time. The evening news, tablets and cell phones are all competing for your attention. Rather than give into temptation, limit distractions. Focusing on your meal will teach your baby that meal time is important. Remember, families that eat together, eat healthier.

Introduce Iron-Rich Foods First
At around six months of age, the iron stores that babies are born with begin to decline and they need iron-rich foods to meet the nutrient needs of their fast growing bodies. Try boiled or well cooked meats and fish, iron-fortified infant cereals like PC®Organics Mixed Grains baby cereal, tofu, beans and legumes and cooked egg yolks. To help your little one absorb the iron, serve iron-rich foods with fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin C.

Spice Things Up
Plain veggies can get a little boring. You can start to introduce extra flavour to your little ones foods through herbs and spicesthat are still mild enough for a baby’s palette. While additions like salt add unhealthy sodium to baby’s diet, fresh or dried herbs and spices will introduce them to flavours in new and interesting ways. Try spicing up PC® Organics Strained Sweet Potato & Chicken with a small pinch of cinnamon for an interesting twist.

Stay Hydrated
At approximately six months, your baby can learn to drink small amounts of water. Water helps ease digestion, reduce tooth decay and prevents dehydration. During meal time, try allowing your baby to use a lidless cup. With a little patience and practice, they’ll be drinking from a cup alone in no time.

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4 comments:

  1. These are all such good tips!. I am going to share with a friend who will be starting solids with her little one soon!

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  2. We have always done baby eats what we eat. My little girl just turn 1 and her favourite foods are chicken, pork and beef!

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  3. Such great tips! Many of them can be used even when you child is older... lead by example, unplug, etc...
    P.S. I loved the PC® baby food when my girls were younger!

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  4. These are some great tips both for table manners as a family and to help transition babies to solids. I know the "rules" keep changing, so this is a great updated list of tips. Thanks for sharing. I know many moms will find this useful.

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