And the closer to 6 months the better, especially if you are breastfeeding. Your baby's body in its first few months was designed to digest breast milk or something similar to it. And calorie for calorie, no solid food has the nutritional quality of breast milk or formula for your young baby.
The Mother-Child Weight Connection
As the old saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. When it comes to predicting whether or not a child will be overweight as an adult, you don’t have to look much farther than his mother. Maternal obesity is the single most important predictor of obesity in children.
Enough Calcium Without Cow’s Milk??
Now that your child is done with breastfeeding or bottles, how can you make sure she’s getting all the nutrients she needs? We know that children need calcium to build strong bones. Cow’s milk is a good source of calcium and a natural choice for many parents. But can your child get the same amount of calcium without cow’s milk? The answer is a resounding yes, as long as you know what to look for.
Five Reasons to Make Your Own Baby Food
After all, none of us would enjoy eating TV dinners morning, noon and night -- and that goes for your baby, too! So, don't put it off. Get started today. Your baby will thank you for it in more ways than one.
Organic: A Choice For Our Children
As parents, we want to feed our children healthy food. What parent would turn down the chance to give a child delicious, healthy food that is convenient, a good money value and that the child loves...
Foods and Supplements for the Nursing Baby
Breast milk is the only food your baby needs until about six months of age. There is no advantage to adding other sorts of foods or milks to breast milk before about six months, except under unusual circumstances.
Breastfeeding Your Toddler -- Why on Earth?
Because more and more women are now breastfeeding their babies, more and more are also finding that they enjoy breastfeeding enough to want to continue longer than the usual few months they initially thought they would.
Eight Easy Ways to Get Your Children to Eat Vegetables
There are children who devour plates of crunchy salads and gobble up steamed broccoli like it was candy, but what do you do if your kids refuse to eat anything green?
Nourishing Your Independent Toddler
Somewhere between 12 and 18 months of age, your easygoing infant becomes a toddler striving to take control of his or her activities. Mealtimes are the worst. While your baby ate anything you put in front of her, you may now have a finicky eater on your hands.
Will Breastfeeding Give Your Child Cavities?
Breastfed children have far fewer dental cavities than those who are bottle-fed. This includes nursing caries as well as other cavities. The unfortunate term “nursing caries” refers to a typical pattern of dental decay seen when juice, formula or breast milk sits in the mouth frequently for extended periods.
Fluoride, Teeth, and Bones
Now nearly a quarter of all our children are showing some signs of excess fluoride, or fluorosis. An early sign is altered formation and discoloration of teeth. Fluorosis is marked in 5% of these children and very great in some of those. It is becoming increasingly apparent that high fluoride levels damage bones.
Feeding and Cavities
Breastfed children have far fewer dental cavities than those who are bottle-fed. This includes nursing caries as well as other cavities. The unfortunate term “nursing caries” refers to a typical pattern of dental decay seen when juice, formula, or breastmilk sits in the mouth frequently for extended periods. Nighttime snacks are highly cavity causing because saliva is not very mobile during sleep, leaving baby without its rinsing and antibacterial qualities.