North East Victoria
Baby to Toddler
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Baby to Toddler : Baby to Toddler 2009
The Border Mail Baby to Toddler 2009 23 feedingtime What a bout cows’ milk? Human milk or formula should be continued as the major source of milk until one year of age (human milk can be continued over one year of age), but cows’ milk can be used in the preparation of foods such as custard and on cereal. Other milk products such as yoghurt and cheeses can also be used. For babies less than nine months old, boil and cool milk before use. By nine months By nine months of age more solids should be eaten at each meal time and the amount of human milk/formula will gradually decrease. Offer solids before milk feeds as they are now the major source of nutrition. Increase the variety of foods Introduce minced or mashed foods to encourage chewing and biting. 600 to 800ml of infant formula or three to four breastfeeds per day is ad- equate. Offer water as a drink as this is better than fruit juice. Any juice should be diluted half and half with water. Encourage your baby to drink from a spouted cup rather than a bottle or cup. Your baby will now become more social and join in the family meal. It can be messy, but it’s an vital part of the learning process and should be encouraged. Your baby will benefit from healthy eating at every stage of development — from child- hood, when good nourishment is needed for rapid growth — to adulthood, when a well balanced diet can reduce the risk of many diet-related diseases. Now is the time to introduce life-long healthy eating habits. Essential ingredients are a relaxed atmosphere, patience, protective clothing for floor and parent, face washer and a sense of humour! Remember to introduce solids slowly. All babies are different and progress at different paces. Teach your toddler about food in a positive way Taste test ga me 1. Gather a few small pieces of different types of food, e.g cheese, carrot, kabana, capsicum, etc. 2. Tell your toddler you are playing a game. Give your blindfolded toddler one piece at a time and see if they can tell you each food they are tasting. 3. You can offer a small rewardfor each one they get right, e.g. chocolate M&M, or a larger reward at the end such as a small toy. 4. Tell your toddler something educational about each piece e.g. cheese helps your bones to grow strong! This will encourage your toddler to think about food as different tastes and a positive eating experience and will discourage fussy eating and those infamous tantrums come dinner time.