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Baby care post six months

Baby care post six months

Not every day of this amazing journey is easy, even after 6 months you might be bewildered with how fast your baby grows. Here are a few aspects and you would embark upon this journey:

Sleep

Help your baby sleep better

  • 6-month-olds may not want to be put in bed. A stuffed animal or favorite blanket may make bedtime easier.
  • Do not put a bottle in the bed with your baby.
  • Develop a bedtime routine like singing a lullaby, playing a game, turning the lights out, etc.
  • Make the routine the same every night.
  • Be calm and consistent with your baby at bedtime.

Food

How do you know when your baby is ready for solids?

  • When your baby is six months, he may be showing signs that he is ready for solids.
  • Can hold his head up
  • Can sit well with support
  • Can take food off a spoon using his upper lip
  • Has a healthy weight, of about double his birth weight
  • Is curious about what you're eating
  • Can grab finger food and put it in his mouth

Feeding

Begin to feed at 6 months

  • Soft porridge, well-mashed food, 2 to 3 times each day  
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons at each meal

From 6 up to 9 months

  • Mashed food, 2 to 3 times each day and 1 to 2 snacks
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons up to one-half (1/2) cup at each meal

From 9 up to 12 months

  • Finely chopped or mashed food and foods that baby can pick up with his or her fingers, 3 to 4 times each day and 1 to 2 snacks
  • At least one half (1/2) cup at each meal

From 12 up to 24 months

  • Family foods, chopped or mashed if necessary, 3 to 4 times each day and 1 to 2 snacks
  • Three-quarters (3/4) up to 1 full cup at each meal

Foods you should not give your baby at this stage:

  1. Raw honey – Is known to cause botulism in an infant. Wait until 12 months to give your child honey.
  2. Cow’s milk - May not be able to digest it properly, and it may cause microscopic bleeding in their stool. Babies can, however, have some yogurt or cheese.
  3. Any food that is a choking hazard - You can give your baby pureed or soft, cooked carrots, but not a big, round, chunk of carrot that they might choke on.
  4. Certain types of fish in excess - Avoid giving your baby certain types of fish like some forms of tuna that contain higher amounts of mercury more than once a month. Whitefish, salmon, and light canned tuna are usually safe to give more often.

Safe preparation and storage

  • Washing your hands with running water and soap before preparing food, and also before feeding your baby.
  • Baby’s hands should be washed as well.
  • Keep food covered before using.
  • Prepare food in a clean area and keep it covered.
  • A baby should have his or her own cup and bowl that no other member uses
  • Serve food immediately after preparation.
  • Thoroughly reheat any food that has been kept for more than an hour. 
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