Here are some guidelines to help you get started comfortably. Always keep in mind that you need to keep it simple and provide nutritionally balanced food. The best option is always organic food as you can be sure of a minimum amount of chemicals used within the growing process. Always label the containers and make a note of the ingredients used in case your baby shows an allergic reaction.

Your baby should be comfortable. Depending on his age, a high chair might not be supportive enough. You can try a Bumbo Baby Seat or a bouncing chair instead.

You should use a rubber-tipped spoon as it is kinder to his gums.

You can start with baby rice as it is gluten free and easy to digest. You can mix it with breast milk or formula so the taste will be familiar. You should keep it fairly liquid to start with as your baby has to get used to the different taste and texture first.

Pick a quiet and relaxed time of day. Your efforts will be more successful when your baby is well rested and both you and your little one make it a fun time together. If you have older children running around the house try to find the best time that fits in with your baby’s and your other child’s routine.

Don’t let baby become too hungry when trying to eat for the first time. It is a good idea to give your baby some milk before you give him solid food so that he is not too hungry and less likely to become upset.

If your baby is ready for his first solid food he will open his mouth and be happy to try it. Don’t get frustrated if he continues to reject it though – just relax and try it again some other time!

Never ever force him to eat and don’t rush it! Babies need time and a smile.

If your baby has had enough of his first food he will show you by turning his head away, refuse to open his mouth again or play with the spoon. Try to read your baby’s signs and respect them. You should discard the remains of the meal and offer him another drink of milk to finish it.

If your baby is happy with his first taste of solid food increase the amount of food slowly. However, keep in mind that milk is the main part of his diet at this stage.

If your baby refuses baby rice or becomes constipated as a result of it, don’t despair. There are other alternatives.

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Feeding Baby Safely

January 17, 2008

feeding_baby_thoughtful.jpgPreparing baby’s first food can be a scary prospect when you are worried about hygiene in the kitchen.
However, if you follow some basic hygiene rules, cooking can be great fun and very safe too.

By the time your baby starts on solids he may already be picking up his toys from the floor and putting them into his mouth. This is probably the time when you wonder whether you can still keep your baby’s world sterile. The truth is that it is not possible and – let’s be honest – you would not want to keep it sterile. Nowadays, the majority of medical professionals agree that our obsession with cleanliness can actually be harmful as it leads to a lowered immunity which makes us more vulnerable to germs and disease in the long term.

However, there are some basic hygiene rules which we all must follow to keep our babies safe:

· Always wash your hands with soap and water before you start. You must wash them again after handling raw meat, poultry, fish or eggs as they harbour bacteria. This may sound obvious but many of us forget it!

· Make sure you wash your pots, pans and utensils in hot, soapy water. Then air-dry them, instead of using a tea towel.

· Always wash vegetables and fruit as they can still have residues of pesticides used in the growing process on their surface as well as harbour bacteria

· Try to use separate cutting boards, one for “animal” products like meat and fish and another for fruits, vegetables and bread. If you only have one board, wash it when you switch from one food type to another. You must avoid cross-contamination where possible!

· Refrigerate freshly cooked baby food within 2 hours as bacteria can grow at room temperature after this time.

· When opening jars, listen for the ‘pop’ to make sure the seal was intact. If the lid of the jar has a raised button and you cannot hear the ‘pop’ sound when opening, return the jar to the supermarket or discard.

· After you have taken out a serving from a jar, put the lid back on again and refrigerate.

· You can keep fruit and vegetables in the fridge for 2 days; meat for 1 day; meat/vegetable combination for 1 day and egg yolks for 1 day.

· When heating baby food in the microwave, always stir up the food and test its temperature (either on the inside of your wrist or on your lips) before feeding baby.

· When in doubt about the freshness of a food, always discard!

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