Nutrition From Birth To Year One

Parents are usually concerned about nutrition of their new-born. One needs to be very careful when it comes to their food intake, here are few guidelines you could follow.

First 6 months

For the first 6 months doctors usually suggest breast milk instead of formula for baby. Breast milk provides infants with all the nutrition they require. It has enzymes and anti-bacterial properties which helps them fight off diseases. Apart from that it also helps new mother lose all the extra weight she gained during pregnancy. According to experts it helps to increase her bond with child. Initially breastfeeding could be very painful and might require the mother to be in a same position for hours. If your baby is having a trouble latching milk then you could use hand movements and this could cause temporary pain but would reduce the swelling. Working mums make sure that they pump the milk out before they leave, this is another way of reducing the swelling but this could be very painful. Some doctors don’t advise anything other than milk during this period not even water. However, one could increase the nutrition intake of baby by having a healthy diet themselves. Usually whatever mum eats would pass onto the child in the form of milk. So in order for your child to be healthy you should consume food which are rich in vitamins and high in nutritional value.

Introduce new items

After 6 months doctors might advice you to introduce new items in your baby’s diet such as infant formula, baby food and porridge. Only after infants have reached double their birth weight they can consume solid foods. The most important thing here is to be patient, you should slowly introduce new foods into their diet. Feeding them too much of solids at once could cause other problems in the digestive system and might take toll in their health. Apart from that you should pay close attention during this period making sure your baby is swallowing it right. Their food could include, cereal, mashed fruits such as banana and boiled mashed vegetables. Once the child turns a year old you could introduce more food items such as meat, but this too should be done slowly starting off with small pieces.  Apart from that you should give them eggs and nuts. However, you should always pay attention to how these food are reacting on your baby. Sometimes they might get constipated so you should always know what works for them and what doesn’t.

However, one should always consult a doctor before changing their baby’s diet. For example after first 6 months you should visit a doctor and check whether it is okay to introduce solid in your baby’s diet.

How To Subtly Help Support A Family If They Have A New Baby?

There are moments in life where no matter how badly you want to help someone, their inability to reach out, or your own fear of hurting their pride might get in the way of your good intentions. Situations like having a newborn might not be considered dangerous or that needs immediate help; but can still benefit from a little support. Here’s how you can support a new family, in a subtle manner.

The food and the diapers
It’s no secret that in most parts of the world, diapers and newborn food, especially formula, tends to be on the pricy side. This is especially true when it comes to the imported, high quality items. If your newborn’s family is struggling to meet this expense, subtly slip it in with a few other groceries for the home; which you can deliver with the excuse of visiting the newborn. Be warned that even though you might be used to one brand (for example, Blackmores baby formula ) your new mama might not prefer it for her newborn. So always find out the brand beforehand.

Baby necessities – bottles, car seats, strollers
Say the family you want to support can afford to buy their own Bellamys infant formula, or they will be offended with such a gift. Then it’s best avoiding this sort of support. Instead, think of giving them a gift card from a baby store that sells quality baby products like milk bottles, pacifiers, teething aids, bath products and even quality towels/blankets. Alternatively, if you own newborn has just grow out of car seats or strollers, consider giving them as hand-downs. Be sure to do so only if they are still in good condition.

The increasing need for clothes
anyone with kids will agree that new parents spend a fortune on clothing for their newborn. After all, babies grow up fairly fast, and also manage to dirty themselves quite a lot despite being quite stationary for the first few months. In this case, opt out of giving hand-me-downs of your own kids. Instead, be that baby-adoring-neighbor who spoils the kid with clothes whenever they come along to see the newborn.

The gas involvement
Apart from clothes, your new newborn’s family will also be spending quite a bit on gas. Prior to the baby, they would have done only the unavoidable or long distant trips through their car; especially if they wanted to save gas money. But most new parents are afraid to and reluctant to take their newborn out using public transport. So everything including shopping for baby room things, groceries and even doctor’s visits will be done through their own vehicle. If they don’t have their own vehicle, offer to be their chauffeur until they think it’s safe to take their baby out using public transport; especially for doctor’s appointments.infant-formula