Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When do babies start eating?

This is a question always ask by first time parents like me, and these below are the answers usually given by relatives and health professionals. As far as I can remember, these were the advice given to me by a health visitor during the first few months she been visiting my baby.

The first 6 months babies only need breast milk or infant formula milk, but you can however try introducing solids, just a little amount every now and then if your baby shows interest of what you are eating. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they are 6 months old, as he or she now needs more than milk alone can provide, so you should continue with breast milk or formula milk to drink alongside.

These are signs that your baby is ready to eat solid foods:

1. When the baby shows interest of what you and your family are eating.
2. When the baby can sit up on her or his own or even if the baby need some support.
3. Wanting to chew and may have teeth.
4. Still hungry after a feed when you have increased his or her milk feed for a few days.

Always remember that all babies are different, some babies take solid food quickly, some takes longer; some are choosy, other like anything and everything. So don’t force your baby to eat when he or she is not ready yet.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Reducing the risk of cot death

I don’t know if you have heard about this SIDS but I have been informed by my health visitor that this does exists! Yes, some babies die suddenly with no apparent reason, and they call it cot death or sudden infant death syndrome. There are no exact findings why it happens and how, but there are precautions that would help reduce the risk of cot death and other danger such as:

1. Always put your baby to sleep on his or her back in a cot in a room with you, at least for the first 6 months.

2. You cut down smoking in pregnancy and fathers too.

3. Don’t let anyone smoke in the room with your baby.

4. Don’t let baby get too hot and don’t overheat the room. About 16 to 20 Celsius is the right temperature for your baby.

5. Keep your baby’s head uncovered in bed. Place your baby in feet to foot position.

6. If your baby is unwell, seek advice promptly.

7. Do not share bed with your baby, if you’re drinking alcohol, take drugs, or if you are a smoker.

Do remember that cot death is rare, so don’t let worrying about cot death spoil the first precious months with your baby. By following these things to do above, this will help reduce the risk of cot death.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Baby & toddlers books

These two books were presents given by Chloe’s Godparents, during their visit in our place last summer. The books were very educational as it will help in toddler’s language development. The first book title is Let’s say our numbers, it has pictures of different things and animals with corresponding numbers on it and pressing the buttons, it has a matching sound to the pictures. Same as the second book, title let’s talk. My little girl loves these books, and I would say she got a few words out of it now.