Jun 1, 2011

Are You Ready For Solid Food?

Tak lama lagi Aleesya dah masuk enam bulan, mama is eksaited nak bagi dia makan solid food. Insya Allah mama akan cuba buat yang terbaik utnuk sediakan sendiri makanan untuk Aleesya bawa bekal ke rumah pengasuh.

Lagi, lagi info.
Here are a few 'signs' that may indicate your baby is reacy for solid foods.
  • Loss of tongue-thrust reflex - This allows baby to drink and swallow liquids with ease; with the tongue-thrust reflex still present, baby may simply drink in liquid purees or push the food back out. According to Dr. Jim Sears, in the first four months the tongue thrust reflex protects the infant against choking. When any unusual substance is placed on the tongue, it automatically protrudes outward rather than back. Between four and six months this reflex gradually diminishes, and that glob of cereal actually may have a chance of making it from the tongue to the tummy!
  • Ability to let you know she is full from a "meal" with signs such as turning away from the bottle or breast. This is important so that baby is able to self-regulate the amount of food being eaten. This helps stop baby from accidentally overeating as parents may continue to feed baby thinking that she is still hungry. 
  • Ability to sit up and hold head up unassisted 
  • Interest in your food (I tend to disagree with this one as when a baby reaches the age of 4-6 months, he is interested in putting everything in his mouth.) 
  • Doubling of birth weight 
  • Frequently waking in the middle of the night when a solid sleeping pattern had been established. This may not be the best indicator that your baby is ready for solids. Please keep in mind that a growth spurt will occur between 3-4 months of age, 6-7 months of age and also 9-10 months of age. Your baby may also be waking due to an illness or teething.

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