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Baby Led Weaning
Baby Led Weaning, quite simply, means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of the introduction to solid foods. The term was originally coined by Gill Rapley, a former health visitor and midwife from the UK.
When to start your baby on solid foods
Different babies are ready for solids at different times — developmental readiness for solids cannot be determined by using a calendar. Most babies are developmentally ready for solids somewhere between 6 and 8 months.
Why wait until 6 months for solids?
Most health experts and breastfeeding experts agree that it’s best to wait until your baby is around six months old before offering any food other than breast milk or formula. There has been a large amount of research on this, and most health organizations have updated their recommendations to agree with current research.
Importance of real food vs pouches
According to Sue Hubbard, MD in this Chicago Tribune article, children should learn to feed themselves by picking up cooked squash, broccoli and ripe pears. They need to feel the textures between their fingers, as well as in their mouths. Dr. Hubbard says, “Pureed pouches of food may be convenient, and they might be good for travel or a special treat but should not be substituted for real food.”
Common Food Questions Answered
Sometimes the advice about when to introduce a food like eggs is based in part on family history of allergies. Eggs are a known food allergen for some, but many babies and toddlers can eat them without any trouble. While there is some variation on when it’s safe to introduce a baby to eggs, they should be fully cooked. When you decide is a personal decision but the evidence is pretty consistent that it should not be before 6 months. Some babies have reactions the first time they eat eggs and simply outgrow it in a few months’ time. The American Academy of Pediatrics has more recently suggested that unless there’s a family history of certain food allergies or specific advice otherwise, delaying the introduction of common food allergens serves little purpose. Check with your pediatrician.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting solid foods between 4 and 6 months, and within a few months of starting solid foods to include a variety of foods including breast milk and/or formula, meats, cereal, vegetables, fruits, eggs, and fish. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx
Here is medically-supervised advice suggesting 6 months is okay to try solid foods. Read More
The Health Canada Guidelines say that you can start adding foods that are rich in iron like whole eggs to your baby’s diet when the baby is six months old.
Medically supervised advice for introducing eggs at 8 to 10 months. Read Article
Advice from parents.com suggesting 9 months for yolks and 12 months for whites. (or the whole egg) Read Article
Although cow’s milk is unsuitable (Read Article), as a primary source of nutrition for much of your baby’s first year, it is usually OK to use in small amounts when cooking for your baby if you choose to do so. As with all new foods, it’s important to watch out for any signs of allergy or digestive discomfort when you introduce dairy foods to your baby. And do consult your pediatrician about when it’s alright to introduce dairy in foods for your child.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advise waiting until 1 year before introducing whole fat dairy milk as a beverage in combination with a balanced diet of solid foods and limited to a maximum of 32 ounces daily until the age of 2.
The Bean, Brown Rice & Spinach and Blackberry, Date & Oat Organic Mealtime Bite has a small amount of organic mozzarella and milk in the recipes. The Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Apple Mealtime Bite is dairy-free.
There is no need to add salt to a baby’s diet if you are breastfeeding as breastmilk supplies the right amount. Do not add salt to a baby’s early diet as the kidneys have a harder time processing it. There is some naturally occurring sodium in whole foods. Avoid giving babies cereals (or other packaged foods) that are not designed specifically for babies as the levels of sodium or other nutrients may be too high or incorrect for your baby.
The National Academies Library has established daily intake advice for infants and toddlers: Dietary Reference Intakes Read Article
0-6 months: Adequate Intake for sodium for infants 0-6 months is 120 mg
7-12 months: Adequate Intake for sodium for infants 7-12 months is 370 mg
1-3 years: Adequate Intake for sodium for children 1-3 years is 1,000 mg
0-12 months: Upper Limit for sodium for Infants to 0-1 year is not possible to establish, but that that source of sodium should be from breast milk (or formula ) and food only (no added salt).
1-3 years: Upper Limit for children 1 to 3 years at 1,500 mg sodium
The National Health Service in the U.K. has slightly different recommendations but generally align with U.S. Recommendations.
Maximum recommended daily amount
Up to 12 months: Less than 1,000 mg of salt ( 1 to 3 years: Less than 2,000 mg of salt (less than 800 mg sodium)
4 to 6 years: Less than 3,000 mg of salt (less than 1,200 mg sodium)
We believe that organic foods offer a number of perks for our baby’s health (and our own), for farmers and farm workers, and also for the environment. Whether you choose to eat primarily organic or a little bit organic, we hope that Organic Mealtime Bites will be a part of your child’s delicious, nutritious and balanced mealtime habits. Here’s what the experts at the Mayo Clinic have to say about this topic.
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