Baby & Kids


When and How to Introduce Solids to Your Baby

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 By Tessy Kadavil

Starting those first foods comes faster than we can believe and before you know it, your little one is 4-6 months old and eyeing that steak on your plate, drool trailing our of their mouth. Well, it may be a few more months before they can down that T-bone, but per the Academy of Pediatrics recommendations, you can actually start first foods as early as 4 months.  The most important thing to remember, though, is that foods for that first year of life are complementary, milk (breast milk or fomula) is a baby’s primary source of nutrition, and we are…

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When Breastfeeding is NOT the Best Choice

Monday, June 19, 2017 By Cheyenne Bell

If you are a mom or thinking about becoming a mom, you’ve most likely heard about the benefits of breastfeeding your baby. In the past few decades, breastfeeding rates have risen steadily, likely due to the increased understanding of breastfeeding by medical professionals, combined with the efforts of organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, WHO and the Le Leche League that have been working hard to promote breastfeeding and support breastfeeding mothers. While there is no doubt that the rising rates of breastfeeding is a very good thing, there are some circumstances in which breastfeeding may not be the best…

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7 Things Your Baby Wants You to Know About What She Sees

Friday, June 16, 2017 By Aimee Ketchum

I decided to write about the development of vision because early visual development is so critical! It is all I can do not to grab mommies on the street when I see they have a three-month-old and tell them how to optimize the changes that are going on in their baby’s eyes right at that very moment! 1. I can’t see you very well when you talk to me from across the room, but I can focus on your face while you are holding me. When babies are born, their vision is not completely developed. The newborn’s visual acuity is…

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How to Start Baby-Led Weaning: When and What to Feed Baby

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 By Sarah Bederman

Look for Readiness Signs: With baby-led weaning (BLW), solids are introduced at any point after six months of age when babies demonstrate readiness and interest. Some babies may seem ready before six months and others not until 7-8 months. True readiness signs include: sitting up with little or no support, reaching out to grab things and taking them to the mouth quickly and accurately, and gnawing on toys and making chewing movements; however, the very best sign is when a baby starts to put food in his mouth himself, when provided the opportunity (Rapley & Murkett, 8-9). When should I…

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What is Baby-Led Weaning?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 By Sarah Bederman
what is baby-led weaning?

Baby-led weaning (BLW) is a gentle, commonsense, and fun way to introduce solids to your baby. While continuing to breast or bottle feed, babies are allowed and encouraged to feed themselves real, whole foods–when they are ready. Babies have the autonomy to experiment and discover food at their own pace, developing “chewing skills, manual dexterity, and hand-eye coordination” (Rapley & Murkett, xiv). Participating in family meals, they discover a wide range of healthy foods and learn important social skills, while choosing what, how much, and how quickly to eat. Babies freely explore a variety of new tastes and textures without pressure…

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