3.16.2009

I actually thought that it would be better if we introduced our baby's first solid foods when she turned 6 months. But the way see her, we think that she's ready for it.

So days before our baby turned 5 months, we already started to introduced her to solid foods... not actually a solid yet but we had mashed apple for a start, well atleast for a week, and then next would be another kind of mashed fruit for morning and mashed vegetable for the evening. I guess, it would be depend if we think she's ready for another new food. FOr now, she's loving her apple meal. We tried giving her kewpie's fruit and yogurt, and okayu (rice cereal) but seems she wasn't ready yet.

As much as possible, we don't want her to give baby instant foods that are sold in the stores since we agreed to have time when it comes to our baby Anzu's food. I guess those are only good for busy parents =)Instant food products may be also rich in nutrients although we prefer natural and fresh home made foods (atelast for now hehe).

Honey does the preparations and feedings every morning. SO sweet.... that's what i love with my honey, he always participates when it comes to our Baby , he never fails...


some clips of Anzu's first feedings...



I've done research on feeding our babies in the first year. Let me share what I've got, and these are important

Water and juice
Babies who are exclusively breastfed don’t need extra water. When your baby begins to eat other foods, you can start to offer water occasionally.

Babies and children don’t need to drink juice. Too much juice, especially apple juice, can cause diarrhea. It can fill up small stomachs and decrease your baby’s appetite for nutritious foods. Too much juice can also cause early childhood tooth decay.

When you do offer juice, be sure it is only 100% fruit juice. Always offer it in a cup, as part of a meal or snack. Offer water to babies and young children between meals and snacks if they are thirsty. Limit juice to 120 to 180 mL (4 to 6 oz.) per day.

Foods not recommended
Don’t give babies sugary drinks or foods, such as candies, soda/pop or energy drinks.
Don’t give honey to babies under 1 year old, as there is a risk of infant botulism (food poisoning).
To reduce the chance of an allergic reaction, avoid giving egg whites until your baby is 1 year old.
If you have a family history of allergies, you may want to wait until your baby is 3 years old before introducing peanuts, tree nuts (such as pecans or walnuts) or shellfish.

How to prevent choking
Always supervise babies and children while they are eating. They should be sitting down.
Don’t feed your baby peanuts, nuts or popcorn.
Dice or slice round foods such as wieners or grapes.
Grate raw vegetables such as carrots to make them easier to chew.
Remove pits from fruits.
Cook hard fruits and vegetables to soften them.
Spread sticky foods like peanut butter thinly on a cracker or toast rather than bread.
Chop or scrape stringy meat and add broth to moisten it.




Helpful Links on Feeding:

Feding Your Baby in The first year
First Foods
Starting Solids


6 kawaii thoughts:

Clarissa said... [Reply to comment]

Great job,Mommy!!You're right on not giving baby Anzu a baby instant foods.when my kids were still a baby,i cook some baby foods ahead and freeze them so I can easily serve the meal in no time.
she will be ready for any other foods eventually so no worries.^_^

Beng said... [Reply to comment]

kakagutom! i miss my cerelac!

anne said... [Reply to comment]

that was so exciting im sure you had fun feeding ure baby

J@n!ce said... [Reply to comment]

Good news to hear that bb started on solid food. Fresh food is definitely a better choice. You are right !!

I saw your slideshow. You looked fabulous when you were preggie. Awesome :):)

Dhadha said... [Reply to comment]

ang behave ni anzu kung kumakain.. good girl! si kimy kasi super agaw yung spoon.. hahah! :-)

good luck sa pagpapakin kay anzu.. im sure mag eenjoy ka like sakin.. hahah! :-)

OMM said... [Reply to comment]

i agree with you on giving fresh and home-made baby foods. this will ensure the safety and nutriotional value of the food we give to our babies. and good job on posting tips. very very helpful! my baby has begun eating solid foods, i didnt know honey is not good for babies under 1 yr old. not that im giving him honey already. atleast i know now :)

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