Is your baby starting to reach for your food and other adult foods? This may be a sign that your baby is ready to be introduced to new foods. At your next check-up talk to your baby’s doctor about introducing new foods.
Baby wipes can be used on more than just babies. Baby wipes can be used as wet napkins for a picnic or a wipe for when you are painting the nursery. Baby wipes are also great to have in the car on road trips regardless the age of your kids. Since the primary focus of baby wipes are for babies then they are gentle to adult’s skin as well as a baby’s skin. The cleaning chemicals in the wipes do not irritate the skin by taking your bodies natural oils out of your skin. . Baby wipes were first being talked about in the late 1970’s early 1980’s Today, you can buy wipe replacement so you can put them into your cute little baby wipe carriers.
Have you talked to your babies’ doctor about introducing solid foods? Applesauce is a great first food for your baby to try.
You can try to make it yourself with the recipe below or you can buy natural applesauce at the store.If you decide to get it from the store, read the label to make sure that it only contains apples.
Blueberry Apple Sauce
1/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tsp cinnamon (if infant is ready for it)
Wash apple, core it, peel it, and cut into small cubes. In a pot, place apples, oatmeal and water. After the apple is tender place in food processor with blueberries. If your infant is ready for cinnamon, you can add that too. Process the apple mixture until smooth. Make sure that you allow applesauce to cool before serving it to your infant.
Diapers have been around for centuries but disposable diapers have only been around for a few decades. Now there are a variety of disposable diapers, ones for babies on the go, overnight diapers, natural diapers, diapers for premature babies, and they even have a diaper that has a place for the umbilical cord.
I bet the ladies of the 1950’s would have enjoyed having these diapers back then. Diapers are constantly improving. They are getting more absorbent and thinner.
Babies and bananas go together like…..Mom and apple pie. Many pediatricians recommend bananas as the ideal first food, because they’re naturally sweet, very low on the allergy-potential list, and they’re creamy and healthy—no fat, no cholesterol and lots of antioxidants.
Fixing bananas for your baby is easy, too. Take a very-ripe banana, and mash it with a fork. And that’s it! If you think it’s a bit thick, stir in a few drops of water or milk. Start with just a tiny serving—one teaspoon is plenty for the first time out—and take it from there. If you prefer a more shelf-stable and convenient serving method, you can also buy bananas in jars of baby food. Read labels to be sure you’re getting bananas and only bananas!
Start a lifelong love of healthy fresh food by putting bananas high on your list of baby-friendly foods.
Are you coming up on Baby’s First Mother’s Day? Here’s a fun project that babies of any age can participate in, and it makes a great gift for moms, grandmothers, aunts and cousins.
Make hand print butterflies by dipping your baby’s hands in paint! Place both color-dipped hands near the top of the paper with thumbs about two inches apart. Then dip their hands in another color of paint and have their hands go in opposite direction (just below the other hands) with the thumbs about 2 inches apart again (sometimes it’s easier to rotate the paper instead of the baby’s hands!).
Let the hands dry and paint a body down the middle. Write “A Handful of Love” on the butterfly body and place a small photo of the child on it. Add pipe cleaners on the head for antennae.
Older children can make the same project with much less help from you!
Note: take lots of photos of this project. You’ll want to remember it!
Popeye was right! Spinach is a super food that really helps your body grow and be strong. And if babies start out eating spinach, they will learn to enjoy it for the rest of their lives. When they’re very young, babies may have a bit of trouble with spinach, because it’s full of fiber—and chewing. So you can start with jarred baby food! Spinach is full of iron, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. As your child gets older, steam or cook spinach and blend or stir it into just about anything—oatmeal, scrambled eggs, spaghetti sauce—it’s the perfect camouflage veggie. As years pass, use spinach in place of lettuce for salads and in sandwiches. Add a few leaves to quesadillas and pizzas, try cream of spinach soup….and you get the idea.
If you had a hard time liking spinach in your life, it could be because you had bad spinach. Boiled and squishy spinach can be hard for anyone to enjoy! Instead, get a big handful of leaves and steam them very briefly—just enough to wilt. You can put them in the microwave with a spoonful of water and cover with plastic wrap. Cook 1 or 2 minutes and that’s it! Lightly steamed spinach is amazingly better than the soggy stuff.
In those early months, babies grow—and eat—at a tremendous rate. They nearly triple their weight and grow nearly 12 inches by their first birthday. It’s important to remember that this growth rate will slow down a bit after the first year. Babies will lose their “baby fat” and slim down a bit.
Preschoolers only need about half the calories per pound of body weight than babies do! If you’re not ready for it you may worry that your child is eating less and perhaps has a health issue.
Kids often go on ‘food kicks’ where they develop extremely picky habits, refusing to eat whole food groups, or insisting on eating the same food every day. For the most part, that’s really not anything to worry about, though it’s also a good idea to suggest kids “try” foods whenever they’re served…to help develop new tastes. Experts say it can take 15 or more tries before a new food becomes one a child will eat.
It’s important to remember that some people love to eat and others only eat to survive. If your child isn’t a recreational eater, don’t worry! It’ll be easier for him to eat healthy when he’s not tempted by all sorts of goodies!
Does your baby use cosmetics? Of course not! Babies don’t wear perfume or makeup! But actually, cosmetics include shampoo, moisturizers and lotion. Baby cosmetics are extremely gentle to delicate, sensitive skin. They are often fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic and free of unnecessary chemicals.
And for those reasons, many adults choose to use baby shampoo, lotion, oil and cream. You’ll find a wide range of baby cosmetics in Brookshire’s stores. In addition to the national brand names you know, you’ll also find our store brand, Top Care, on the shelves. Top Care products are guaranteed to be just as high-quality as the other brands, or your money back! This is a great way to stay on your budget, but still keep your baby’s skin—or your own skin—clean and baby soft!
For thousands and thousands of years, babies have been swaddled—you’ll read references in the Bible. This is when a blanket is wrapped snugly around the baby, holding the arms by his side.
Why swaddle? Many experts believe that swaddling helps a baby feel secure and warm—much like his pre-birth environment, which was a little tight and cramped. It may also mimic the feeling of being held in Mother’s arms, as well—that close warmth is comforting.
Something about it must work, or otherwise, mothers for centuries wouldn’t have carried on this tradition. If your baby gets fussy, give swaddling a try!
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