baby weaning highchair

Weaning your baby and the best food to give them

best highchairs for weaningOften mothers are eager and enthusiastic to start giving their babies food other than breast milk or formula. When to wean depends on the individual baby, but as they reach four-six months your little one will be sitting up, or trying to, and will be ready to start eating ‘real’ food. It’s a really important step in their development, and it can be great fun to explore new flavours and textures together.

When it is time to wean your baby the question new mums ask is “what food do I wean my baby with?”

There are two different ways to approach weaning:

  • Making puréed fruits and vegetables and spooning them into your baby’s mouth

Blending soft fruits and vegetable in a blender or mashing them with a potato masher, so that they can easily be spoon-fed to your baby. This is about getting the hang of eating and swallowing from a spoon.

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  • Baby led weaning

Putting small pieces of food in front of your baby and letting them feed themselves. At first, most of the food will end up on the floor (or elsewhere), but slowly your child will figure out how to get the food in their mouth. All that baby-led weaning technically “requires” is a washable high chair and a high tolerance for mess. No blenders, no baby spoons, no plastic plates.

Whichever way you decide to do it (you may decide to swap between the two) here is a list of foods that are easy on your baby’s little tummy and make a great weaning option:

CONNECT 01Cereals

Rice and Oatmeal cereals are the least of the allergenic grains and thus most babies are started out with those cereals. You don’t have to start with cereal - you could try avocado instead or banana.

Fruits

May be served raw after 8 months old or earlier if the fruits are soft and your baby does not have digestion troubles - bananas and avocados do not need to be cooked before you give them to your baby.

Veggies

Always serve cooked until after 12 months old or when baby can chew well enough so that they do not choke.

Dairy

Breast milk and formula can still be given to you baby whilst weaning, they may still like the comfort that is brings or it can be used when you don’t have time for a proper meal. Do not replace breast milk or formula with cows until after 12 months of age - serious health risks are possible. Never give a child under the age of 2yrs old low fat or skim milk products; whole milk is necessary.

Water

Remember your baby was only on breastfeed or formula for the first few months, now that you have introduced other food items, water is a necessity. It will help keep your baby hydrated, clean the systems and aid digestion too.

When you do start weaning remember there will be mess, have the bibs at the ready and with the Knuma Connect, which has just been awarded 5 stars by project baby magazine, cleaning up is easy with our easy to clean hardwearing surfaces, making your life easier.

There are numerous sites that can help answer many questions when it comes to weaning your little one for example: NHS. Many, sucConnect highchair h as this Cow & Gate blog will help you put together a plan for your baby and suggest recipes you might like to try.

All this may lead you to ask, ‘What’s the best highchair for baby weaning?’. We’ve talked a lot in our recent blogs of the benefits of the multifunctional Knuma Connect 4-in-1 highchair and how it can be an integral part of your journey from your baby’s first taste of solids when weaning your baby, all the way through to your child sitting at their own table and chair to feeding themselves. And certainly, for important factors such as durability, ease of cleaning, flexibility and of course, comfort, you’ll find the Connect highchair comes up trumps.

Happy mealtimes!

If you need further help and advice speak to a health professional.

Source: Wholesome Baby Food

 

Getting enough sleep – a simple guide to how much sleep your little one needs

As a new parent you are bound to obsess over how much sleep your baby needs. Is your baby sleeping enough? Should I calculate their naptime more meticulously? Should I be concerned that he/she doesn’t sleep through the night?

Coming up with a soothing nightly routine, setting an appropriate bedtime, and putting your baby to bed drowsy (but awake) all set the stage for helping your baby get enough sleep at night. When baby rouses after dark, keep the lights dim, speak softly, and minimise your interaction so that he/she doesn’t fully wake up.

Schedule your baby’s naps and meals at the same times each day to get them used to being in a routine. This predictability helps them stay calm and happy, which makes it easier for baby to settle down to sleep.

 

All children are different but here’s a rough guide to how much sleep your little one should be getting:

Zero to six months: This is the most peaceful and restful phase in a child’s life. Your baby should be sleeping anywhere between 16 to 20 hours a day. However, this varies from one baby to another. This might not be a single stretch, and your baby will wake up often for a feed that can be either after two to three hours or e71ffxgccxtl-sl1500-ven less.

One way to make bedtimes easier and to improve the quality of your sleep is to use a bedside crib such as the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1, voted by Mother & Baby as their favourite bedside crib 2016, beating the likes of the Snuzpod Crib and the Chicco Next2Me bedside crib.

Keep your baby close by your side in their own defined space for the first six months with the Huddle, which allows you to comfort and feed your baby throughout the night with ease and peace of mind. You do’t even need to get out of bed, which will help you get the important sleep you need as a new parent too.

The multi-functional Huddle can also be used as a stand-alone crib and has a removable bassinet, which is perfect for daytime naps around the home.

Read more about the innovative Knuma Huddle and the ups and downs of sleeping with your baby here.

6 to 12 months: As your baby grows older, they start discovering the world around him/her. Sleep time could be anywhere between 12 to 15 hours, with a nap of around three hours in the afternoon.

1 to 3 years: There is more activity in your toddler’s life than just lying down and sleep. However, on an average, they might sleep for 13 hours with a two to three-hour long nap in between.

3 to 5 years: Of course, this is the age where your child gets busier, social and active. While that is a normal path of development, sleep is also essential. A minimum of 12 hours of sleep is required for this age.

5 to 10 years and beyond: As your child grows, their sleep time can reduce, but make sure that all through their primary schooling, they get a minimum of 10 and maximum of 12 hours of sleep in a day.

Source: The health Site.