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November 14, 2009

bila Afi mula makan

skrg Afi bru 5 bulan... tp dia da start makan... like i said before...
so smp skrg aku masih prepare his meal...
last week adalah bubur nasi... blend...
this week plan to give him something fruity.. buat puree...
senang skit.. tgk macam mana reaksi dia..

so far ok.. he likes his food.. cumanya i'm having difficulties masa nak suapkan dia mkn..
Afi blum blh duduk dgn btl... so i need to hold him.. n to feed him jd agak susah..
shud i get him a high chair or not..

Feeding Solids
Baby Solid Food

Preparing for First Feedings

Ready…set…spit! A sense of timing and a sense of humor are key to introducing solid food to your baby. Here, some rules to eat by.
  • Set up for success. Before your baby actually takes a bite, let her practice sitting in her high chair or feeding seat for a couple of days, adjusting the height of the tray or seat so it fits just right. And don't forget how wiggly your little worm can be — always fasten the safety straps, including the one around the crotch.
  • Get your gear. Skip the silver spoon Aunt Martha sent; a small plastic- coated model is much easier on tender gums. Count on having several on hand during feedings (one for you; one for baby) to foster baby's sense of independence and to avoid power struggles (yes, those happen even at this age). For you, choose a long handle for ultimate maneuverability; for baby, a short, curved handle is easier for tiny fingers to grip and will help prevent her poking herself in the eye. Just before you're ready to start, put on a bib (on baby, yours is optional). A word to the wise: Get your baby into the bib habit right from the start or she'll resist it big-time later. It can be made of soft plastic, cotton, or paper — as long as it's big enough to cover her chest and belly, you're good to go.
  • Time it right. The "perfect" time to feed your baby is whenever works for both of you. If you're breastfeeding, you might try solids when your milk supply is at its lowest (probably late afternoon or early evening). Babies who wake up bright eyed and ravenous might be happy to try solids for breakfast. Experiment: Offer a "teaser" of formula or breast milk to whet her appetite, then solids; or try an appetizer of solids followed by a main course of milk.
  • Monitor her mood. As stressful as first feedings may be for you, they're even harder for your little one. So keep in mind that a baby who's happy and alert is more likely to open wide for Mommy's spoon, and one who's fussy may only want your breast (or her bottle). If your baby is firmly in the fussy camp, be flexible — you might want to skip solids at that meal and try them next time.
  • Don't rush. You'll be surprised at how long it takes to get one little spoonful in that little mouth (and ultimately down the hatch)! Give yourself (and your baby) plenty of time for feedings — and have plenty of patience too. Fast food is not part of a baby's vocabulary.
  • Count on rejection. The first few (dozen) meals won't really be meals; consider them attempts to introduce your baby to what eating is. Start by gently placing about a quarter teaspoon of food on the tip of her tongue. If she swallows, place the next quarter teaspoon a little farther back. At first, expect almost as much food to come out as goes in; eventually she'll get the hang of spoon feeding — and respond to it with her mouth wide open.
  • Know when enough is enough. Realizing when to stop feeding is as important as knowing when to start. A turned head or a closed mouth is a sure sign that baby is done with this meal. Forcing a baby (or anyone) to eat is always a lost cause.

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