How To Bathe A Newborn: A Comprehensive Guide

How To Bathe A Newborn: A Comprehensive Guide



Adding bath time to a baby’s routine is something you can begin right after your baby is born.


But as the baby’s skin is sensitive to the environment, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends delaying a baby’s first bath for about six to twenty-four hours after the baby’s birth. 


If you have a hospital delivery, the nurses clean off the amniotic fluid and blood after your baby is born while ensuring to leave excess vernix if you want. It helps keep your baby skin moisturised and well protected from environmental germs.


However, there are certain things that you should take care of while bathing the baby in each of the ways – first bath, sponge bath, and bathtub bath.


Read on to learn about how to bathe your baby, as well as other essential things you need to know about bath time.


Baby’s First Bath


If your baby is delivered in the hospital, then the healthcare workers (most of the time nurses) will take care of your baby’s first bath. In case the baby is delivered somewhere else, you’ll have to make sure that the healthcare worker cleans your baby while leaving the vernix on the baby’s skin.


Vernix is a white waxy substance. It covers the baby’s skin when the baby is delivered and is out of the mother’s stomach. The white coating helps protect the baby from environmental germs and provide their skin with natural moisturisation. 


However, they should clean other fluids and blood left on the baby due to the delivery procedure. While bathing, the room should be warm enough, having 37°C as the newborns are sensitive to temperature.


How To Give Baby A Sponge Bath


After the very first bath, you may need to bathe the baby using a sponge until the umbilical cord is attached to it to keep your baby clean. Sponge baths are also the best solution for the boys who are circumcised and may continue to it until the site heals.


The newborns are sensitive to temperature, so you should get the baby bathing done as quickly as possible while being careful. Also, the temperature of the room should be around 37°C.  


However, do not give a sponge bath immediately after their feed time or when they are hungry, as the baby gets uncomfortable during the bath. 


You should keep following supplies within your easy reach when you are giving your baby the sponge bath:


  • Spare of sponges – Just in case you need more than one.
  • Lukewarm water bowl – Ensuring that the water is lukewarm and clean.
  • Thermometer – To check the temperature of the water.
  • Clean mid-sized basin – To be filled with water to wash the baby.
  • Mild baby soap – To keep the baby’s skin moisturised.
  • Cotton washcloth – To dry the baby’s body during bathing.
  • Baby towel – To cover and dry the baby’s body after the bath.
  • Clean diaper – Put the diaper but make sure the diaper area is properly clean and dry.
  • Baby blanket – To cover and keep the baby warm after the bath.

After gathering the supplies, you can begin the bathing of the baby by following steps:


1. Choose a warm room, having a temperature around 37°C.

2. Place all the essential supplies in that room.

3. Remove the outfit and diaper of the newborn.

4. Cover them in a baby towel to keep them warm.

5. Lay your baby on a flat surface near the area where you will give a bath.

6. Check the water temperature with the thermostat to ensure the water is lukewarm. 

7. Remove the towel from only that part of the body you are going to clean.

8. Dip the clean sponge in warm water without soap.

9. Wipe your baby’s upper body part, their face and head – around eyes, chin, cheeks, nose, forehead, outer ear, and head hair. Then dry it with a soft cotton washcloth.

10. Again dip the sponge while adding one or two drops of mild soap into the warm water.

11. Use the soapy water on the sponge to clean around the rest of the baby’s body and simultaneously dry these areas with a washcloth.

12. Make sure to clean the skin folded areas, such as the neck, underarms, elbows, and knees.

13. Gently clean the genital area. If your baby was circumcised, avoid cleaning the penis to keep the wound dry until it completely heals.

14. Use the baby towel to dry the baby’s body.

15. Then put on a clean diaper and fresh outfit on the baby.

16. Finally, cover your baby with a hooded blanket to keep the baby warm from head to toe. 


You can give your baby a sponge bath at any time. Generally, newborns should be washed thrice a week because washing them too much will make their skin dry. So, you should keep your baby clean and bathe them only when needed.


How To Bathe Baby In A Bathtub

 

a yellow rubber duck

 

Once the baby’s umbilical cord falls off on its own, then your baby is ready for the bath in the bathtub. As the baby gets older, you’ll require additional baby stuff to clean them. However, make sure that the bathtub in which you will clean your baby follows the current safety standards.


Some parents place the bathtub in the sink or directly use the sink to wash their baby. So, if you are using a sink to wash your baby, follow the bathtub baby bath steps. 


You should follow the mentioned steps to give a bath to your baby in the bathtub safely:


1. Place the bathtub in a warm room having 37°C temperature so the baby doesn’t get cold while bathing in the bathtub.

2. Fill the tub with 2 to 3 inches of warm water, ensuring the baby’s head and neck stay above the water level.

3. Check the water temperature with a thermostat, or dip your wrist to ensure the water is warm enough for the baby.

4. Undress and remove the diaper of your baby.

5. Place them in the bathtub filled with lukewarm water from the bottom baby’s body parts.

6. Support the baby’s head with one hand all the time during the bath. At the same time, use your other hand for all the bathing procedures.

7. Gently pour the lukewarm water over your baby’s body parts to keep them comfortable and warm in the bathtub.

8. Use a wet washcloth to clean their face and head. 

9. You can use a mild shampoo after placing the shampoo shield on the baby’s head to wash the scalp.

10. Wash the rest of their body from the top to down, using warm water and a wet washcloth.

11. Lift your baby out of the bathtub carefully and gently, as the baby might be a bit slippery or restless.

12. Pat them dry with a baby towel, and also be sure to dry the folded skin.

13. Dress them in a clean diaper and neat outfit.

14. Wrap them in a hooded blanket to keep the baby warm after the bath.


Generally, newborns do not need lotions for their skin as it is already moisturised. But you can apply mild baby moisturisers to their dry skin or massage your baby’s muscles to relax them after the bath.


Things To Remember:


To avoid mishaps, never leave your baby alone or unattended during bath – not even for a second. Ensure that the water is warm enough, and keep their head above the water level to avoid getting water into the baby’s mouth or nose in an uncomfortable way.


Also, use mild soap and shampoo to clean your baby. Dry and wrap them well after each bath. And apply mild baby moisturisers if your baby’s skin is dry.


Knowing the basics can help you give your baby a proper bath leading you to take care of their hygiene. Most importantly, you must make sure that your baby stays comfortable and safe during the bath. 

 

 

Everything You Need To Know About Asthma In Children

Everything You Need To Know About Asthma In Children


For starters, asthma is a disease that affects the airways making it extremely difficult for a person to breathe. It makes some physical activities not only challenging but impossible to perform. 


Asthma can happen to anyone at any age. Even your infant could be affected by this disease. In fact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared it to be one of the life-threatening diseases that are common among children and may even cause them severe health conditions.


To treat asthma in your child, you must understand its function, causes, symptoms, types, triggers, diagnosis, and different treatment options. Then create a long-term action plan to prevent this disease from affecting your child’s health.


So let’s get into it!


How Asthma Affects The Body?


Lungs use the air passages from your mouth and nose to get oxygen from them and provide it to the bloodstreams circulating in the entire body.


When asthma occurs, your body’s airways narrow down as it swells and inflames while producing a sticky substance called mucous, making it difficult for the air to pass through them. 


The condition gets more critical, as coughing during asthma causes the use of more oxygen than usually required by the body. But due to lack of oxygen, it reduces its supply to the blood, causing your body organs (such as brains, liver, and others) to be damaged.


The worst-case scenario might even lead to severe asthma or may even suffer hypoxia. In both cases, you must immediately go to the emergency for treatment.


What Causes Asthma?


The development of asthma in your child may develop due to the following factors:


  • Allergies – Increases the potential of developing asthma at a very young age, even the children in its infancy age.
  • Genetics – A family history of asthma can also increase the risk of asthma in your child.
  • Hygiene – There is a possibility that the baby’s immune system is not strong enough to fight the infectious bacteria in their early months, leading to the development of asthma or other allergic conditions.
  • Infections – Respiratory infections may also increase the risk of asthma in children, especially if it’s frequent among children under five years old.
  • Smoke – Exposure to smoke before or after the baby’s birth – the mother may have smoked during their pregnancy or when the child was very young.

It is important to note that most of the causes are related to the elements that may reside in the air and can get into your child’s airways through their mouth and nose. In contrast, others are related to the child’s weak immune system, which cannot fight the bacteria in your child’s air passage.


Asthma Symptoms


If your child has asthma, the most common symptoms that you may notice during your child’s daily activities include:


  • Shortness of breath – your child might pause their daily life activities.
  • Mild/Severe coughing – troubles them while sleeping and becomes worse at night.
  • Chest tightness or pain – a child may complain about feeling like a sore tummy.
  • Wheezing sound – you may hear it as a whistling sound when your child breathes.
  • Slow recovery – from any respiratory infections such as flu and cold.
  • Weakness/Fatigue – lack of energy or feel more tired than usual during any physical activity, even at their playtime.

Depending on your child’s age and activities, the symptoms may vary. However, your child may experience only a few of the mentioned symptoms. So, you must consult with your child’s doctor to provide early asthma prevention and its management.


If you are unable to notice the symptoms of asthma at the early stages, you may notice it later. The symptoms of severe asthma may also look like:


  • Drastic fluctuations of the heart rate
  • The appearance of a bluish tint on the lips
  • Intense or severe shortness of breath
  • Low blood pressure or hypotension
  • State of confusion or feeling agitated 

If asthma gets worse, then it can lead to hypoxia causing damage to various functions of your child’s body. So you must take your child to the hospital and treat them on priority.


Severity Levels

 

Little girl with asthma problems or allergy using inhaler

 

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) categorises asthma conditions based on their severity before their prevention and management plan. It may include:


  • Intermittent level – The symptoms may last less than two days per week or month, while your child may carry on their daily life activities as usual.
  • Mild level – Your child may experience the symptoms more than twice a week on alternative days per month, and it gets in the way of your child’s daily activities. Your child may also have trouble sleeping as well for up to four nights.
  • Moderate level – Asthma symptoms may happen on a daily basis during the day and at least once at night per week while limiting some daily activities to avoid asthma triggers.
  • Severe level – The asthma symptoms may trigger several times a day and frequently at nights while limiting most of your child’s daily activities.

Depending on the severity level of asthma that your child is suffering, it may help you and the doctors plan your child’s daily activities to prevent the asthma symptoms. 


Triggers


Some of the common conditions that lead to initiate asthma symptoms in your child may include:


  • Infections – Any respiratory infections, like common cold or flu, making it difficult to breathe, causes shortness and slow recovery.
  • Physical Activity – Increased body movement during any physical activity may cause breathing difficulty.
  • Air Pollutions – Exposure to smoke or other air pollutants, such as bonfires, industrial air waste, tobacco irritants in the air, etc. 
  • Allergies – Weak immune system may cause allergies to pollen, mould, fur, dust, a particular food, or other common allergens.
  • Extreme weather – High humidity or low temperatures, that is, dry, cold or humid weathers
  • Intense Emotions – Such emotions cause intense muscle movement like shouting, crying, and laughing.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux – After eating heavy or spicy food, the feeling of heartburn may cause an uncomfortable feeling in the airways.

Doctor Diagnosis


The doctors may diagnose the asthma condition of your child by the following procedures:


  • Full medical review – You’ll be asked about the child’s previous medical history, family medical history and currently experienced symptoms, and other conditions that cause worse breathing experiencing (if any).
  • Blood and skin tests – They’ll ask you to get your child’s blood or skin tests to check for allergies or other illnesses that are causing asthma symptoms to trigger.
  • Chest X-Ray. Your child’s doctor may ask you to get a chest X-ray of your child to determine if the symptoms are due to asthma or other chest conditions.

A spirometer test checks the airways in your lungs, and it is the most common diagnostic tool to test the lungs function. But due to the nature and risk of this test, it is not recommended to be performed on young aged children.


Clinical Treatments


Up till now, there are no treatments developed for asthma. Instead, the doctors focus on preventing the symptoms and managing asthma conditions to keep them under control. 


Some of the clinical treatments to control the asthma conditions of your child are:


  • Quick-relief These medicines help to relax the muscles of the body’s tight airways, making the air easily pass through them. Mostly, bronchodilators and first aid asthma treatments are used. 
  • Long-term controller – These medicines prevent asthma symptoms. Anticholinergics, anti-inflammatories, bronchodilators, and biologic therapy injectable drugs are prescribed to severe asthma patients.

Some kids with asthma only need quick-relief medicine; others need both kinds of medication to keep their asthma in check.


Prevention And Management


Following are a few of the features you can implement for your child’s health safety. It will significantly reduce the chances of an asthma attack. It may include:


  • Regularly make your child take prescribed medication by their doctor to manage the asthma symptoms from triggering.
  • Improve your child’s allergy resistance and immune system by getting allergy shots or immunotherapy.
  • Avoid getting your child cold, flu and other asthma triggers by not using those products that have caused breathing difficulty in the past such as, smells, chemicals, etc.
  • Keep your child’s environment clean to avoid getting any irritant elements in their airways.
  • Use a humidifier to maintain 30% to 50% humidity in your child’s room to ensure that their room is not too dry.
  • Regularly make your child exercise breathing to prevent hyperventilation while keeping their airways active.
  • If your child is getting asthma treatment, then limit the physical activities such as playtime, sports, and other activities.
  • Prepare an action plan to take measures when an asthma attack occurs to your child, such as sitting upright may help their airways open. Certain use of quick-reliever or any other medications might also help control their asthma conditions quicker.

However, you should get immediate medication attention for your child if their asthma conditions are out of control and no prevention method is working out for them.


Wrapping Up

 

happy kid enjoying in the fields

 

Asthma can happen at any age. Their symptoms are hard to diagnose until they get worse. But once your child gets diagnosed with it, you must monitor their health and discuss it with the doctors.


There is no cure for asthma; only prevention and management methods may help control its symptoms. Depending on the severity level, the doctors may help with the long term prevention plan for your child to reduce the asthma symptoms.

 

 

Puberty Body Changes: Common Puberty Symptoms

Puberty Body Changes: Common Puberty Symptoms

 

As you’re transitioning from childhood to adulthood, your body goes through several changes in order to prepare you for life ahead. This life stage involves many psychological and physical changes, which result from shifts in hormone levels.

 

It can be a challenging and confusing time for most people, so knowing what to expect can help you feel more in control as you go through it. 

 

In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the body changes that you go through during puberty as a girl.

 

What Is Puberty?

 

Puberty is the stage when all your major organs and body systems mature. It begins with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which comes from a part of your brain (hypothalamus) and kicks off a hormonal chain reaction. 

 

The gonadotropin-releasing hormone stimulates your pituitary gland to release follicle-stimulating and luteinising hormones. These hormones tell your ovaries to produce sex hormones (mainly estradiol) from your ovaries. In men, the follicle-stimulating and luteinising hormones stimulate the testes to produce testosterone.

 

But as everyone is different, you may begin puberty earlier or later. Girls typically start puberty well before boys. On average, puberty lasts in girls from about the age of 9 to 15. On the other hand, puberty in boys lasts a bit longer, usually from the age of 10 to 17.

 

As puberty advances, both boys and girls encounter many emotional changes. For many, it is time to choose different ways of engaging with family and friends.

 

What Are The Signs Of Puberty In Girls?

 

acne due to puberty changes

 

You will begin to observe some changes in your body as you approach a double-figure age. These puberty symptoms are pretty similar in all teenagers, but not all follow the same pattern. 

 

Here’s an overview of the significant body changes you can expect as you go through puberty:

 

1. Pubic And Axillary Hair

 

Female puberty usually begins with the growth of pubic hair, a.k.a. pubarche.

 

Pubic hair is usually curly hair that grows in the area between your hipline and vulva, also known as the pubic area. At first, it is soft and sparse, but as you go through puberty, it will grow longer and get curly and coarse. 

 

In two or three years, it will cover your entire pubic area and may also grow on your inner thighs and toward your belly button. You will also observe hair growing under your armpits (axillary hair), around your nipples, and even a little on your upper lip (depending on your genes). 

 

2. Breast Development

 

For the majority, the first sign of puberty in girls is the development of breasts. 

 

Initially, you might feel little breast buds or swell under your nipples. After that, your breasts will gradually grow bigger and look fuller. They might also feel tender; it results from the new breast tissue growth and establishing itself. 

 

The breasts will finish growing around age 15, although this happens at different times for different girls. You might want to wear a brassiere (bra) for support at a certain point, especially if you exercise or play sports – or just feel more comfortable with one. 

 

3. Vaginal Discharge

 

Weird stains in your underwear? Don’t panic – that’s just vaginal discharge. 

 

Discharge is a clear or non-translucent fluid that your body produces to moisten and cleanse the vagina. Usually, it shows up right after puberty starts, and you will probably see white or yellow stains inside your underwear (P.S: That’s perfectly normal).

 

However, your vaginal discharge may also become white, clumpy, or it might smell strange or cause itchiness. In this case, you might have a vaginal yeast infection. If you observe that, consult with your doctor as soon as possible to get to the bottom of it.

 

4. Periods

 

sanitary pad with beats sprinkled on it  in pink background

 

Almost two years after the start of your puberty, you might observe some blood in your underwear. This could very well be menarche – your first period.

 

During this stage, the follicle-stimulating and luteinising hormones are having a regular effect on your ovaries. When your ovary releases an egg, you can ovulate. And if there is no sperm to fertilise the egg, you get your period (menstruation).

 

Abdominal cramping or pain during periods is also common. For many people, ibuprofen or naproxen are the best medicines to help with period cramps. However, if menstrual cramps are severe, talk to your paediatrician about other options.

 

Getting your first period can be challenging if you don’t know what to expect. Talk to your mum or another adult you trust about what to do before and after your first period. 

 

5. Weight Gain And Body Growth

 

One of the significant signs of puberty is that you are growing at a way faster rate than you did during childhood. What happens when you go through puberty is mainly centred on the growth of your sexual self. However, your entire body goes through major changes, especially your weight and height.

 

You might look curvier than before as the fat in your body shifts to new places. Usually, a lot of it will be deposited around your breasts, thighs, and hips. It might feel kind of awkward to be in this new, stretched-out body, but it will eventually be more proportional, and you will go back to feeling like yourself again.

 

6. Skin And Hair Changes

 

Possibly, the worst part of puberty is breakouts!

 

During puberty, hormones make your sweat and sebaceous glands more active. And as your pores become clogged with excess oil (sebum), your skin might break out. 

 

The most common places for acne to appear are on your:

 

  • face
  • back
  • and sometimes, chest

 

Establish a good skincare routine and use an acne-fighting treatment if you happen to get breakouts. Look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, both of which are OGs for fighting acne.

 

Summing Up

 

Playful happy teenage girls taking a selfiePlayful happy teenage girls taking a selfie

 

For girls, puberty usually ends around 15, when all the secondary sex characteristics have developed. However, every person develops differently and at their own pace, so don’t get freaked out! 

 

Remember, there is no wrong way to go through puberty. So, however it happens, you are all good and on your way to becoming an adult. 🙂

 

Diaper Bag Essentials: A Complete List

Diaper Bag Essentials: A Complete List


Being a new mom can be super challenging yet a joyous ride. You’ll enjoy most of the moments playing with the little being in your hands, they’ll do lots of things to make you laugh, and you’ll love all the coos and cuddles. In fact, most parents even forget about all the worries that made them go crazy all day!


Despite all the good stuff, there will be times when you’ll feel exhausted and frustrated. But that’s normal. It happens because taking care of your baby can keep you in loops. You may be sleep deprived – cleaning unexpected poops, soothing babies to make the cries stop, and feeding them every two to four hours.


But imagine.


You are out in a mall or a park, and all of a sudden, you hear a freaking crying voice. Everyone starts staring at you (some in an annoying way), and you get to discover that you’re the one carrying that little person in your hands. Plus, you don’t even have the stuff to feed, clean poop, change diapers, or toys to make it stop crying. 


Awful, isn’t it?


So to be a good mom for your child, you must prepare yourself for such scenarios. The classic and straightforward solution to this situation is getting a bag with lots of pockets and stocking it with essentials for a baby. And, a bit for yourself too!


Now, you must be wondering which must-have stuff to keep in the bag for a baby and yourself. But don’t worry, we have prepared a perfect essentials checklist for the diaper bag just for you! 


Diaper Bag Checklist

 

diaper bag

 

A diaper bag checklist will help you keep yourself prepared to manage the baby crisis – even if you are stuck in heavy traffic or away from home for long hours.


So, let’s unroll the checklist to check out the essentials!


Diaper Bag Essentials


Let’s look into the must-have items which you must consider putting in your child’s bag:




  • Changing Pads – Keep multiple changing pads just to be safe and avoid the hassle of cleaning it if your baby does something to it while changing the diapers.

  • Wipes – Keep a travel pack of wipes as they come in super handy for cleaning multiple stuff – wiping your hands, baby’s bum, changing pads, etc.

  • Baby Ointments Or Rash Cream – It’s better to keep your baby’s skin moist to keep it healthy and fresh. Plus, the newborn’s skin at times is sensitive.

  • Changing Clothes – To keep your baby clean while you are out, just keep two or more changing clothes. As your baby’s clothes might get dirty while changing the diapers or during their feed time. 

  • Pacifiers – Keep a clean pacifier to soothe your baby and use it when needed

  • Baby Washcloths – You never know when you might need to clean a baby’s skin with washcloths. So just to be on the safe side, keep multiple washcloths.

  • Baby Food – Either you are carrying the infant formula, pumped breast milk, or any other baby food. You must keep them while travelling to feed them when hungry. Also, make sure to prepare fresh food, so it doesn’t get worse while travelling. Most importantly, don’t forget to get some water in a bottle and light snacks (if your toddler is a bit older).

  • Band-Aids – Even a baby might end up having a scratch. So it’s better to be prepared for it and treat it on the spot to avoid skin infections and the baby’s painful cries.



Seasonal Items To Keep


Considering the summer and winter weathers, you should keep a:


  • Hat – To shade your baby from the sunlight. Or a woollen hat to keep the baby’s head warm and safe from the cold breeze.

  • Baby Sunscreen – If you are travelling in the summers, apply sunscreen cream on your baby’s skin if they are older than six months to protect them from sunlight.

  • Light Blanket – This can be super useful in any of the seasons to keep your baby under some shade or to protect them from the winter breeze while you are out somewhere.

Additional Stuff To Consider


As for the extra stuff, you should keep:


  • Toys – It’ll help to keep your baby pleasantly occupied. Attach them to your baby diaper bag’s straps- otherwise, you’ll never know where your baby lost the toy.

  • Nail Clippers – If you have an energetic baby who doesn’t sit still at home all day but sleeps whenever you take them out. Then it would be best if you consider keeping nail clippers, so you don’t miss the opportunity to clip their nails perfectly and with less struggle.

  • Wrap Or Sling – If you are on the way to a place that isn’t stroller-friendly, then a sling or wrap would come in handy for such sites.

Mommy Essentials

 

mother holding a baby and a diaper bag

 

Looking to ditch your handbag for a bit while taking care of your baby? Don’t forget to leave home without:


  • Keys
  • Wallet
  • A magazine or book
  • Sunglasses
  • A bottle of water, juice, or any other drink
  • Gum or snacks
  • An extra shirt – just in case your baby spills or spits up
  • Fully charged mobile phone 
  • A power bank in case your mobile’s battery runs out
  • A hand sanitiser to keep yourself germs-free before and after you feed your baby or change their diaper

Summing Up


To make your life easy as a new parent, you must prepare and stock diaper bag essentials. It will help you manage the baby-related situation even if you are away from home and travelling somewhere. 


The critical point is to keep all the stuff in the bag that you use when you are at home with the baby. This approach really helps you think of the items that you must-have for your baby when travelling with them.


However, it also depends on your personal preferences and the age of your toddler. But this checklist can definitely help you avoid missing the essential things to pack for your baby and yourself!

 

 

9-Month-Old Baby’s Food Charts, Menu, and Ideas

9-Month-Old Baby’s Food Charts, Menu, and Ideas

Is your baby already nine months old? How fast time flies by! 

It seems like it was only yesterday that you were struggling with all the challenges of your new motherhood, staying up all night, constantly feeding, and dealing with your continuously developing baby.

Well, it has been quite a ride. So what’s in wait for you now?

By the time your infant is nine months old, they have probably moved on from breastfeeding and have tried several different foods. In fact, this is one of the most significant periods in your baby’s taste development. They will most readily try and accept all sorts of foods at this age, so it is vital to offer a variety of diverse flavours from meal to meal.

While your nine-month-old baby is still too immature for some food, there are still a lot of options they can try now. In this article, you will learn more about the best foods for nine-month-old babies. 

 

So without further delay, let’s get this show on the road!

 

What Are The Healthiest Foods for a 9-Month-Old Baby?

 

a baby while eating his meal

As soon as your baby turns nine months old, they start developing their preferences and temperament. 

Usually, the process of stopping breastfeeding begins when a baby is about six months old. As they get older, you can add new foods to their diet. Your baby might try these foods which you put on their plate, but they will instantly form an opinion and determine which food they like, and which they don’t.

From 9 to 12 months old, your baby requires almost 750 to 900 calories each day. And between 400 and 500 of those calories must come from breast milk or formula. The remaining calories will come from food. 

Most importantly, do not introduce cow milk until your baby is at least one year old. Before that, their digestive systems are not ready to digest cow milk properly.

Now:

Here are some of the most beneficial foods for 9-month-old babies:

 

1. Oatmeal

 

Oats are packed with fibre and minerals, which can do marvels for your baby’s digestion.

 

2. Beans And Lentils

 

Beans and lentils provide lots of nutrition, such as iron, protein, and minerals. You can mash or mix them with rice to create a balanced meal for your baby.

 

3. Non-Citrus Fruits

 

Fruits are the best way to provide a fresh and sweet snack for your baby, without any added sugar. Fruits like bananas are mushy, sweet and easy to digest, so they make one of the perfect first foods for your baby.

However, for now, stay away from citrus fruits and stick to papaya, apples, mango, pears, and peaches.

 

4. Bread

 

You can introduce bread as long as your baby does not have any food allergies. Try to provide them with whole-grain bread. It is more healthy than white bread and is packed with many nutrients, i.e. protein, fibre, antioxidants, B vitamins, and trace minerals.

 

5. Tofu

 

Since tofu has such a mild flavour, lots of babies tend to like it. Plus, it is loaded with protein, iron, healthy fats, and zinc.

 

6. Vegetables

 

Your 9-month-old baby can eat vegetables prepared in numerous ways. From roasted cauliflower or pureed carrots to fresh leafy greens, try to provide your baby with different vegetables and observe what they like best.

 

7. Egg Whites

 

Egg yolks are probably allergenic, that is why many health care providers recommend waiting until your baby is a year old to introduce them. However, after your baby turns nine months old, they can have egg whites. Just make sure to cook the yolks thoroughly.

 

8. Cheese And Yoghurt

 

Since they are packed with calcium, cheese and yoghurt are great foods for 9-month-olds, and most babies love them. But just ensure sticking to soft, pasteurized cheeses like cottage cheese and natural yoghurt with no artificial flavourings.

 

9. Lean Meats

 

Although your baby gets iron and protein from breastmilk or formula, you can still include some other sources of protein into their diet.

Best of all, fish, lean red meat, and chicken breasts are some really great options to try. However, keep in mind to cook any meat thoroughly and cut them into little pieces so that your baby can easily digest it.

 

10. Nut Butter

 

Nut butter is packed with protein, vitamins, healthy fats, and minerals. Health care providers used to suggest avoiding nuts during babyhood because they were considered to be allergenic.

However, they now declare that nuts are safe for babies older than six months old. Just ensure that once you start, they don’t get any allergic reaction.

 

Feeding Your Baby: 9-Months-Old’s Food Menu

 

a baby - eating

 

When offering food to your 9-month-old baby, make sure that the pieces are cut in small sizes so that your baby won’t choke.

However, you must also remember that your baby still needs breast milk or formula. If you want your baby to get used to an eating schedule, store your breastmilk and feed it to them, between meals or right before bed.

Here are some healthy menu options for your 9-month-old baby:

 

Breakfast:

  • Scrambled egg whites with bread
  • Oats with fruit and yoghurt
  • Cheese sandwich

 

Lunch:

  • Meat and vegetables
  • Beans and rice
  • Soft-cooked whole grain pasta with parmesan cheese and olive oil
  • Creamy chicken soup

 

Snacks:

  • Fruit and yoghurt parfait
  • Peanut butter and fruits

 

Dinner:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Noodles, pasta, rice, or potato
  • Tofu and vegetables

 

Quick Food Ideas For 9-Month-Old Babies

 

baby eating pasta

 

  • Noodles Or Pasta

Initially, try small pasta shapes like mini shells, orzo, cut up fusilli, or penne.

  • Sandwiches

Sandwiches are quick and easy meals for your baby and an ideal way to pack in nutrition as most little ones will happily munch on bread. You can try all kinds of ingredients like chicken, cottage cheese, avocado, peanut butter, vegetables, and fruits.

  • Fruit Smoothies

Your 9-month-old can get lots of nutrition like vitamins, minerals, protein, and fibre from a smoothie. You can mix some yoghurt with some fruits and vegetables for an easy and delicious snack! But ensure the yoghurt is low on sugar and artificial sweeteners.

 

What To Avoid?

 

Try to avoid sugary drinks, fried foods, and processed foods, which should be offered very moderately because of their low nutritional value.

Scientific studies have revealed that babies can become habitual to unhealthy foods like salty snacks, sugary sweets, and french fries from a very young age.

 

Conclusion

 

As you introduce your baby to new foods, be patient and provide a lot of options to them. Once your baby realises there’s a whole new world of tasty new foods waiting for them, they will love trying all the flavours and textures that are out there!