Showing posts with label baby. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baby. Show all posts

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Expanding your child's diet. what is worth remembering?

 Early nutrition has a significant impact on physical and mental development, as well as lowering the risk of developing serious diseases later in life. Expanding your child's diet is one of the most important steps.

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When to start expanding your diet?

Breastfeeding is without a doubt the best way to feed a newborn baby. All of the nutrients required for proper development are found in mother's milk. However, it stops providing an adequate supply of energy, protein, iron, zinc, and some vitamins, particularly fat-soluble (A, D, E), after about 6 months of age, necessitating the use of supplementary products.

According to experts, the toddler's diet should be expanded after he or she is 17 weeks old, but no later than 26 weeks. During this time, the child not only learns to bite and chew food, but also to sit. New equipment such as a feeding chair can be introduced if he can hold it for a few minutes.

Where to start with the baby's first meals?

The need to broaden the toddler's diet stems from his or her increasing demand for certain nutrients that mother's milk alone can no longer provide. They'll have to gradually switch to dairy-free meals.

When dense meals are part of a child's diet, it's also important to make sure he or she gets enough fluids. Water is the best way to satisfy your toddler's thirst. After the age of one, the child should start drinking fruit juices.

How should the baby be fed?

When it comes to expanding their baby's diet, many parents are unsure where to start.  

We frequently carry our toddlers on our laps, but this is not always practical for both the toddler and the parents.  Most infants develop the ability to sit with support and reach neuromuscular maturity around the age of six months, allowing them to control neck and head movements and eat from a spoon. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce the feeding chair.

When and which high chair should you choose?

A high chair is required around the 6th–8th month of a baby's life. This type of equipment is available in a variety of configurations. A good stone chair must meet a few basic requirements.

First and foremost, it must have a stable and solid structure made of high-quality materials that ensures comfort while also ensuring the safety of the toddler, who will not always sit still. Adjustable belts, preferably 5-point belts, will help to maintain the correct position. The backrest They should also be adjustable, which is especially important for children who are just learning to sit independently.

The footrest, which serves as an additional point of stabilization for the baby's pelvis, is an essential component of the high chair. The seat must not be too soft. A useful, profiled, and easily removable tray is a must-have component.

What not to do when expanding your diet?

We should not increase the number of meals we eat when expanding our diet. At the age of 6-8 months, a breastfed or formula-fed toddler should consume 2-3 complementary meals, and at the age of 9-24 months, 3-4 supplementary meals and 1-2 snacks. It's also against the law to make him eat or force-feed him.

Remember to gradually introduce new products into your child's diet when expanding his or her diet. Sugar (which, for example, influences the formation of incorrect food preferences) and salt (which may increase the risk of hypertension later in life) are two of them that should be avoided at all costs. High-fat foods, raw meat, fish, or eggs, as well as honey, which may contain botulinum spores that cause childhood botulism, should be avoided until the infant is 12 months old.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

8 ways to help your child crawl

 This training is crucial for the baby's development, according to a pediatric orthopedist.

The first year of life is full of intense and fascinating motor and cognitive development. That newcomer to the world is able to roll over, sit up, support its own head, and explore the world around it in a short period of time. Each child has his or her own rhythm, and each stage has its own need for attention, as new dangers may present themselves in the way of the little one.

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A baby can start crawling between the ages of 7 and 10 months, according to a pediatric orthopedist. To support the trunk and lift it off the ground, the arms and legs must be strong.

Crawling can be done in a variety of ways, including with four supports (hands and knees on the floor), buttocks with the help of hands, and sliding belly down. The most important thing is for the baby to be able to explore its surroundings and strengthen its muscles before learning to walk. Parents and caregivers must actively encourage the development of motor skills in their children.

Some children, on the other hand, dislike crawling and try to avoid this crucial developmental stage. Here are some suggestions for these situations:

1. Offer stimuli

Stimuli should be given to a child who is awake and calm.

2. Place the child on his stomach

Place the child on his stomach, but keep an eye on him. Babies over the age of six months can stay in this position for 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Use mirrors

Using mirrors can be fun. It can also encourage crawling by arousing the child's natural curiosity.

4. Crawl with baby

Crawling alongside your baby can be motivating and set a good example for your child.

5. Don't overdo it in practice

If the parents exaggerate the stimuli, the child may become irritable and cry. It's fine if the fun has to come to an end. It's critical that he develops positive associations while training.

6. Show objects

Show objects that arouse the child's interest and that are not so close to him.

7. Put obstacles in the way

Small obstacles (pillows, boxes, pillows) can be placed in the way as the child's skills develop.

8. Play with the baby

A good tip is to get involved in the game and hide behind obstacles while playing.

If the baby is already crawling, however, extra attention to the environment is required to avoid accidents. The baby should never be left alone; for example, the mattress in the crib should be lowered. Bars should also be installed on stairwells and dangerous rooms' doors, such as the kitchen and backyard.

Small objects should also be kept off the floor so that the baby does not swallow them."  It is necessary to be careful with corners, sockets, loose wires and always keep the child away from places with water, because only 5 cm of depth is enough for drowning.

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