The (s)low down on solids

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Oct 042016
 

starting-solids

Child health nurses, leaflets, the internet, magazines, books, blogs… I don’t know about you but sometimes I get a little confused by all the conflicting parenting advice that’s out there. When it comes to introducing solids there definitely are plenty of ‘rules’ and opinions to consider. As a mum of five I know all too well that the journey to starting solids is not always a straight forward one and that is OK. Every baby and every situation is different and therefore you may need to sway from the middle road a little to find a good ‘fit’ for you child.

Harriet 3

If you are thinking of holding off on solids for a while it might be helpful to know that there are several common reasons to delay solid foods for your baby:

Immature Digestive System
Research has shown that it takes time for a baby’s digestive system to mature, therefore young babies may struggle to process (certain) foods resulting in upset tummies, gas, constipation etc. As our twins were born prematurely we took this medical advice on board and we kept their adjusted age in mind when deciding when to start solids. After the initial delay they quickly got the hang of it without any tummy trouble.

Hattie High Chair

Food Allergies
As you may remember our Sybil struggled with food from the moment we started her on solid foods, vomiting every 10-15 minutes day in day out. It became clear immediately that most foods did not agree with her very well and we held off on more solids until we were able to establish the offending foods. She was later diagnosed with a cow’s milk and soy allergy and for some time she was on a gluten free diet too.

If you are aware of any allergies or intolerance in your child (or even close family) please consult with a paediatrician and/or allergy specialist to put together a plan to safely introduce solids to your baby. When dealing with food allergies it is often easiest to cook meals from scratch so you know exactly what’s on your baby’s plate.

Heinz Teething Rusk

Oral Development
Having had several children with reflux problems and now also tongue tie I have seen that being able to swallow and properly move your tongue is very important when starting baby on solids. For some babies it is a case of learning as they go, for others some intervention may be needed via medication or surgery. After just one spoon full it was obvious our Harriet (now 12 months) was struggling so we visited our ENT for advice and had her tongue released shortly after. If you have any concerns about your baby’s ability to swallow or chew you may want to check with your doctor to make sure there are no serious issues that need treatment.

When introducing solids to babies you would usually start with a smooth puree consistency that is easy to swallow and does not require biting or chewing. As your baby gets older, becomes more experienced and gets (more) teeth you can move on to lumpier foods. If your child has oral development issues you may choose to stick with puree and mash a little longer, we did with our babies and they all got there in their own time.

In the end it is important to remember, every baby develops at his/her own pace and it’s OK to slow down on solids!

Feb 052012
 

As a mum of two reflux babies I know all about unexpected spills and endless wardrobe changes. Both of the twins suffered from reflux as infants and only after we started them on medication we saw some improvement. Several times a day I would find myself holding one or both after a long and tiring breastfeed only to have all the milk come back up, not only covering their own clothes but mine too. They had a big talent for avoiding the burp cloth on my shoulder, it just never seemed to be in the right place to catch the spills! But lucky these days there is a solution, the Burby by Messy Little Monkeys.

Messy Little Monkeys is the love baby of Australian mum Riki, who happens to have a messy little monkey herself. After experiencing the messy effects of reflux with her baby Lily she decided to design the perfect burp cloth: one that is soft, absorbent, stays put and covers more than just a small part of your shoulder. Does that sound to good to be true? Take a closer look at the Messy Little Monkeys burp cloth, the Burby.

The first thing you will notice about the Burby burp cloth is its unique shape, covering both your front and back and connecting under your arm so it won’t slide. This generous size will make sure it catches even those surprise fountain burps that reach all the way down your back, we’ve all had our share of them! The three layer protection offers brilliant absorbency and keeps your clothes dry.

As the Burby is made from a combination of bamboo and cotton with a nylon PU coated inner you can profit from the great benefits of bamboo fibres, bamboo is soft, antibacterial and naturally deodorising as well as gentle on baby’s skin. A real bonus is that you can also use the Burby as a discrete nursing cover, how convenient! The Burby is available in 4 colours, a perfect gift for a new baby and a must have for any mum.

To find out more about Messy Little Monkeys, to take a closer look at the Burby burp cloth ($19.95) and to order online visit www.messylittlemonkeys.com, shipping is just $5 Australia wide (flat rate).

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