Parenthood begins with a common nightmare: feeding the toddler. It is a responsibility that should be taken with care and patience. The eating habits of the baby often give parents nightmares (because they misinterpret it as bad parenting) and reasons to bite their nails off. Hence the need of a ‘toddler feeding guide’ so as to possess right knowledge of the baby’s dietary requirements and its behaviour pertaining to eating habits.
Breast feeding is an essential (because this milk is the one on which the baby lives for the first six months) art, so, expert tips on it should be noted with attention. Babies should be breast fed right in the first hour since its birth (the mother and the baby should be skin to skin during this feeding); the mother should be aware o right breast feeding postures; the initial milk of the mother called the ‘colostrum’ is vitamin and protein rich and builds the immunity of the baby, so feeding it (having gained an idea of the quantity of milk the newborn’s stomach can hold) is necessary; the mother should have ample rest while the baby sleeps in the early days of breast feeding; breast milk can be preserved in the refrigerator (for three days) and should be heated appropriately while serving.
After the first six months, the toddler might be fed with infant formulas for the next six months. The expert baby formula reviews mention about different types of formulas including their specifications: milk based formulas made with cow’s milk protein containing lactose and minerals, soy based formulas (made of soy proteins); lactose-free formulas (no lactose); hypoallergenic formulas (for babies allergic to milk protein).
Toddlers naturally are picky eaters. And their eating patterns are supposed to change with growth. However buying the right food and preparing it nutritiously by subjecting it to certain preferences (like steaming over boiling and baking over frying) are solely the concern of the parents. There are plenty of milk recipes as well as baby food recipes that come to be known. Some of the healthiest, least time consuming and simplest of them involve canned pumpkin (vitamin A rich), peas (providing calcium, vitamins A and C and iron), winter squash, eggs (studies show that they can be introduced to babies early), papayas (six to eight months onward), avocado, sweet potatoes and spices and herbs (to taste). But certain priorities should not be compromised while feeding- a) the paediatrician should be consulted before introducing any new food to the baby, b) the four-day-wait-rule should be implemented to see if the baby is allergic to a particular food (no matter if or not it is homemade), c) only one food should be introduced at a time and d) hygiene should be taken care of while preparing the food and e) the diet should be revised immediately if the baby is found uncomfortable to it and necessary measures should be improvised- for instance wheat germ and flaxseed meal are best of natural laxatives, thus, they should be introduced to tackle baby constipation.
The above is a non descriptive account of the basics of baby feeding. They are designed to come handy to ‘new’ parents seeking immediate suggestion. Parenthood is bliss; it should be sheltered with interest, effort and attention irrespective of the amount of trouble that needs to be taken.