The Right Time to Start Baby on Solid Food

Posted April 23rd, 2013 by Lullabelly

 

Lullabelly Feeding Baby Solid Foods

Starting solids may be a ways off in your baby’s world (especially if you’re still pregnant), but a new study has found that many mothers are introducing babies to solid food earlier than medical experts recommend.

A recent article in USA Today discussed the study, which found 40% of mothers start feeding their baby solids before the recommended minimum age of four months old. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the head and neck control and overall coordination infants need to safely eat solids doesn’t develop until around 4 months. In addition, the early introduction of solids may increase the risk of some chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, eczema and celiac disease.

Starting baby on solids too soon also has an effect on the length of time a baby is exclusively breastfed.  The AAP recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 months because of numerous health benefits for infants. When a baby starts solid foods, they will naturally cut back on nursing or bottle-feeding, which affects the nutrients a baby is receiving in their diet.

The study also found:

  • Mothers who introduced solid food before 4 months were more likely to be younger, unmarried, have less education or be participating in the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program.

 

  • 8% said they introduced solid food as early as 1 month or younger, including 11% who formula-fed only and 5% who breast-fed only.

 

  • 89% of moms who introduced solid food early said they did so because their baby was old enough to begin eating solids.

o   71% said the baby seemed hungry a lot.

o   67% said the baby wanted the food I ate or showed interest in solid food.

o   8% said the baby had a medical condition that might be helped by eating solid food.

It is best to work with your child’s pediatrician or health care provider and follow their recommendations before starting baby on solids.

 

The Hairy Business of Being Pregnant

Posted April 9th, 2013 by Lullabelly

 

Lullabelly Pregnancy Hair

I loved my pregnancy hair. It was so thick, shiny and flowing. Honestly my hair had never looked better in all my life until I was pregnant.

I thought it was because of the prenatal vitamins, but I just learned this is not the case. The improvement in your luscious locks is because of the change in your hormone levels and not the vitamins.

What other changes can you expect with pregnancy hair?

Although it’s extremely rare, some preggos who had straight hair before getting pregnant may notice their hair becomes wavier or curlier during pregnancy.

Pregnant women may also see more hair growth around the temples (and some other places too – not just your head!).

What should you do if you see a change in growth or texture in your hair when you’re pregnant? 

“Don’t fight it; embrace it,” says celebrity stylist and dad, Kristoff Ball.

Try experimenting with new ways to style and wear your hair. Ask your hair stylist what products and techniques you should use to work with your new “pregnancy do.”

Your stylist should be able to give you some helpful pointers on how to work with your new mane. They may even suggest a new haircut or style to accentuate or enhance your changing hair.

 

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