Six ways to use fortified baby cereal for Baby Led Weaning

One of the first foods that is commonly recommended for babies starting solids is fortified baby cereal.  Babies have very high iron requirements from 6-12 months, making this fortified cereal an easy way to get iron into babies being spoon fed.  But what about parents who choose to start solids with baby led weaning?  Or, what about those spoon-fed babies who are starting to transition to finger foods?  Believe it or not, that baby cereal can be used in a lot of creative ways to support your growing baby all the way through to toddlerhood.

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Gagging and Choking – Know the difference!

Starting solids is a very exciting time for parents.  Whether choosing purees (traditional feeding) or BLW (baby led weaning), the top concern for most parents is always choking.  Babies often gag as they learn this new skill, which can be scary!  But knowing the difference between gagging and choking, and how to reduce choking risk, can be life-saving.

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5 Reasons That Food Before One is NOT Just for Fun

Have you heard the phrase “Food before one is just for fun!”?  It’s a common idea that the food that you give to babies under 1 year old aren’t meant to meet their nutrition needs, since they’ll get all of that through breastmilk or formula.  Rather, the food that we give babies who are learning to eat solids while also being breast or formula fed is just for FUN!  Oh boy… Continue reading “5 Reasons That Food Before One is NOT Just for Fun”

Is my baby getting enough breastmilk?

It can be really hard for a parent to figure out if their baby is getting enough breastmilk. After all, with a bottle you can clearly see the volume they are drinking, whereas you can’t see through a breast or measure how much is taken! (well, you can, but not as easily).  When it seems that baby is fussy and crying all the time, and wanting to eat ALL THE TIME, moms begin to feel the fear.  It’s a fear that most moms will have at least once in their breastfeeding journey, and is one of the top reasons why they may choose to stop breastfeeding altogether: my baby isn’t getting enough (or, as a postpartum mom might think: I’m failing and not supplying enough for my baby).  In this post, we’ll look at how you can tell if a baby is getting enough, and what to do (or not to do) to increase your supply if you’re concerned. Continue reading “Is my baby getting enough breastmilk?”

Top 6 first foods for BLW or puree fed babies

Many parents are excited to start solid foods with their babies, eager to see their messy faces as they stuff new foods into their mouths or get sloppy with spoon-fed purees.  But the choices can be overwhelming… where to begin in this delicious solid foods journey???  In this post, I review my top 6 starter foods, whether following BLW or traditional spoon fed purees. Continue reading “Top 6 first foods for BLW or puree fed babies”