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Feeding Tips - For New Parent

Milk teeth growth often happens around five to six months. You might notice your baby starting to dribbling a little more than usual. Many parents notice extra fussiness and crying when their babies are producing a tooth. If you think your baby’s gums might be sore, you can offer a teething ring for them to chew on. Try rings that are cold or warm, smooth or bumpy, and different shapes

Breast milk is the ideal food for babies, and breastfeeding offers many benefits to both mother and baby. It helps mother and baby form a special bond, and also helps the baby build immunity to resist colds, allergies and other illnesses.

In New Zealand, most mothers prefer breastfeeding. They treat it as the healthiest and natural way for the development of their babies.

 

If you think you may not be able to breastfeed – for any reason – you should consult a health professional or breast milk specialist. They can answer your questions and help you come up with solutions. Your family and friends are also an sources of support.

 

From birth to 1 month of age, your baby is nearsighted; only able to detect objects between 8-12 inches from their faces; then they begin to develop some abilities like starting and stopping sucking. They also usually wake up and fall asleep easily. At about 3 to 4 months of age, your baby will drool more and put their hands in their mouth.

 

At 4 to 6 months of age, your baby will bring objects to their mouth. They will also begins to eat solid food, such as iron-fortified infant cereal and pureed or strained fruits and vegetables.

 

At this time, you may ask questions like how do I know if I am feeding my baby enough breast milk? There are some acts shown when babies are hungry. They will suck then put their hands in their mouths. Sometimes they are opening and closing their mouth, or looking for the nipple. Your baby will be gaining weight. They should gain 5 to 7 ounces per week and should double their birth weight by 4 to 6 months of age.

 

Then I guess you may be confused by such questions like how do I avoid feeding my baby too much?

 

First of all, you should learn how your baby shows they is hungry, and feed their when they are hungry.

 

And you can feed your baby slowly and do not add cereal to the bottle——this may cause your baby to eat more than they needs. Then the most important is: feed your baby until they is full. It takes about 20 minutes for your baby to feel full. Do not force them to finish a bottle or other foods.

 

KEY SIGNS

Babies can hold onto an object with one hand and transfer it to the other

They can reach out and deliberately touch something or grab something they will begin putting toys, and anything else they can reach, into their mouth hold

Their head and back straight when you support their body wave their arms and kick their legs when lying on their back with support, they can be pulled from lying down to sitting up

Also there are some signs of physical development:

They start to play with their hands and feet, They manage to hold onto a toy you place in their hands,

They like watching things that move and follow a toy with their eyes and show interest in handling and moving objects,

They like to make noises and to ‘talk’ to you with different sounds, so when you talk to them leave spaces for them to respond with their own contribution, Babies of this age may start to show a clear preference for the people they recognise.

They may cry if someone new holds them, they may cry or start to fuss if they’re in a busy and noisy atmosphere.

 

BUSY BABIES Babies of this age are always active.

 

Their increased head control means they can follow the action of anything that catches their attention, and their improved grasp and ‘holding on’ skills means they can keep an object in their hands long enough to study it well, visually and with their hands and mouth. Unless they are asleep, they are moving their bodies, and learning, communicating, understanding and making connections the whole time.

Your baby will now be sleeping an average of 14 to 15 hours in every 24 hours with two to three naps during the day. (these are the guidelines no two babies are alike).