Baby bibs help protect babies clothing and body from being soiled or stained when they are being fed. This is just one of the answers to the question Why Should We Use Baby Bibs? Baby bibs also have other uses and they are just one accessory in a long line of accessories and things to know when it comes to feeding babies. Below we discuss tips that parents should know as well as general helpful knowledge about feeding babies.
Breastmilk is the ideal food for newborn babies and babies for at least the first few years of their life. It is also the most natural source of food and nutrients for babies. If breastmilk is not available then instant baby formula that has been specifically made for babies and has been infused with all the necessary nutrients to keep them healthy. Healthy newborns do not need water, juice, tea, or other types of liquids or foods. Breast milk or formula is the only food a newborn needs, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after birth.
Newborns need to be fed regularly and sometimes up to 10 or 12 times a day. Parents should feed babies every two to three hours and whenever the baby is hungry. They should feed babies on cue. After a short while, parents will start to notice the little cues that babies need to feed or that they are hungry. Besides crying, they could also make hand movements towards the mouth, fussiness, smack their lips etc. The same way, babies will give cues when they are full and no longer wish to continue feeding. Parents, guardians, and caregivers should watch for these cues. Some doctors advise parents to consider giving their babies vitamin D supplements as it provides much-needed vitamin D that might not be completely available in breastmilk.
Parents should expect variations in the eating patterns of babies. They won’t necessarily maintain their already established eating patterns. They will likely change their eating patterns and consume more during growth sprouts. Parents should watch the changes in pattern and adjust accordingly instead of sticking to a strict schedule. It is important that parents trust their instincts in addition to what they are told.
Sometimes the baby might not be eating enough or not frequently enough or too frequently even though the schedule says otherwise. Instead of focusing too much on a rigid schedule, parents should watch that the baby has steady weight gain, that the baby is content and happy between feedings, how much the poop and if there are any variations in their poop etc. And parents should contact the doctor if there are any irregularities in baby weight gain, loss of appetite, weird looking poop etc.
Bonding During Feeding
Feeding time is a perfect time for parents to bond with their babies. Parents should look the babies in the eye, cuddle them, sing or hum to them and rock them gently during and after feeding. Each feeding time is an opportunity to bond and build trust and install a sense of security and comfort in the baby.
Ask for Help
Sometimes there might be irregularities in the way a baby eats or sleep or stools. Parents should talk to a doctor if there are any of these changes or anything unusual. Sometimes the prblem could also be with the mom who might have issue breastfeeding or producing milk. Speak to a doctor or a specialist if any of these problems arise.
Switching to Solids:
Feeding Babies Solid Food
After a couple of years, a baby would be ready to start eating solid foods. It is important that this transition is done carefully and slowly. Babies should be given solid foods in addition to their formula before a full transition to solids is made. This is to help them get used to having solid food, used to chewing and swallowing and used to digesting solids. Some signs that a baby is ready for solids are that they are starting to chew their toys, they can sit upright and hold their heads up without support and they start to show interest in what you are eating.
Solid Foods to Start with
When it comes to switching to solids, parents need to start slowly and not dive in. Parents should offer kids food with single ingredients and that is soft and easy to digest. Foods like egg yolks, mashed potatoes, and carrots etc. Parents should watch and see if there are any allergies and. Most foods should be mashed and cooked properly. Maybe keep a solid food diary for the baby so if the baby reacts negatively to a food they parents can easily track it back to see which food caused it.
After a while, the baby will be able to handle finely chopped finger foods such as soft vegetables, pasta, cheese, cooked meat and fish, and baby snacks like pasta. Parents should gradually increase the amount of food they offer babies as the babies get more used to eating solids and more confident in what they eat and how they chew.
As you start to feed the baby solids, start to introduce utensils like offering the baby a plastic spoon or plastic fork to hold and try to eat with. As the baby starts to get a hang of it, encourage the use of more utensils and more independence when eating. Also, dish small servings on the baby’s plate and add on as they show interest for more. This way, you can prevent waste and also watch the portions of the babies food.