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Tips on keeping your newborn’s (0-6 months) diet healthy

The most important thing about babies is to plan a healthy diet. It helps them to grow well and keep them healthy. As of any other time, baby grows fast in the first year. The future health of the baby depends upon the meal that they eat during their first year. They also learn eating skills using cups and utensils.

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Foods you should avoid feeding to the baby

No liquids other than breasts milk have the nutrients needs for baby’s growth. Sweet liquids can create cavities. Once your baby starts learning to drink from a cup a small amount of fruit juice is enough.

Cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and evaporated milk do not have much iron as needed. Babies cannot digest them, as they are too hard. Corn syrup, raw eggs, and honey contains bacteria that may not be good for the baby.

Avoid food that can make your baby choke. Foods such as hot dogs, grapes, raw fruits and vegetables, seeds, popcorn and peanut butter, are better left avoided.

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Salt or Sugar

You baby does not prefer to have foods that are salty or sweet because all flavor are new to him. Further, they are not going to help much in the baby’s growth.

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Food you should feed to baby from birth to 4 months

Breast milk: It is the best and healthiest food for your newborn’s growth. It contains antibodies and other substances that protect the baby’s immune system. You should feed baby minimum 10-20 minutes on each breast. You will have to breastfeed your newborn baby every 2 to 3 hours and 8to 12 feedings in 24 hours. If the infant sleeps for more than 4 hours, you can wake the child for feeding.

Milk Formula: it provides all the necessary nutrients to your baby. Your baby will drink 2 to 3 ounces of the formula every 3 to 4 hours. The formula comes in a liquid or a powered form that needs the addition of water. Apply directions to mix the amount of formula so that baby can get the perfect amount needed. You can use formula such as cow’s milk, soymilk formula, and other special formulas.

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Foods to feed baby from 4 to 6 months

Breastfeed your baby or feed him formula from a bottle. Baby will need bottle feed or breast feed every 4 to 5 hours. The child can drink 30 to 40 ounces of breast milk or formula each day. You can consult a caregiver when to start giving your baby solid food from spoon.

Summary:

During the first year, the baby learns to eat and develop new skills. Thus, plan to give a proper diet to your child having all the nutrients that help the child grow faster.

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Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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