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Ask Dr. Marla: Babies’ Transition to Solid Foods

Q. When our baby was younger, he had some weight issues. Our doctor thought he may have been allergic to cow’s milk protein, so we supplemented with a hypoallergenic formula. This seemed to work and he’s feeding much better. Now at nine-and-a-half months, his solid food is still puréed....

Mix and Mash

Let babies savour a broad range of flavours. To some, making your own baby food might seem either incredibly daunting or completely unnecessary. (I mean, there’s a reason why those little jars of brightly-coloured purées are so readily available, isn’t there?) In truth, making your own is remarkably easy...

Ask Dr. Marla: Lactose Intolerance or Milk Allergy?

Question: We switched our 10-and-a-half-month-old son to soy formula a couple of months ago with great results for his stomach cramps, spit-up and general happiness. Now we are wondering what to do as he approaches his first birthday and we are done with formula. We recently tried feeding him yogurt,...

Ask Dr. Marla: Giving Bottles at Night

Question: Is it OK to give bottles at night? Answer: Although it might be tempting and easy to put a baby to bed with a bottle, it is not recommended. Not only is it associated with dental issues but also carries the potential risk of aspiration, poor habit formation and the potential...

Helping Your Gassy Baby

All babies have gas, but some get it worse than others. Either way, being gassy can make your baby uncomfortable and cranky and can lead to frequent spit-ups. It is important to learn why your baby gets gas, how to treat it and how to avoid it altogether. Why so...

Healthy Foods For Growing Children: From Seven To Nine Months

Give Your Baby More New Foods When your baby is used to cereal, she needs more new foods. Try one new food at a time. Wait three to five days before you try another one, and watch for signs of food allergy. If your baby does not like a new food...

Healthy Foods For Growing Children: Starting Solid Foods

Breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula is all the food your baby needs for the first six months (breast milk is the best choice). Some babies require supplementation before six months; talk to your doctor about this. Most babies are ready for solid food when they are six months...

Healthy Foods For Growing Children: Nine To 12 Months

Finger Foods When your baby is about nine months old, let her feed herself many different foods. Offer finger foods as snacks and with meals. You Will Know Your Baby Is Ready For Finger Foods When She: Sits up straight in the highchair. ...

Bottle Feeding With Lots of Cuddling

Infant formula is nutritious and your bottle-fed baby can grow and be healthy. All products with the words 'infant formula' on the label provide adequate nutrition for your baby.  Infant formulas are made to be as close to breast milk as possible. The most important difference between infant formula and...

Solid Foods – Starting Off Right

Breast milk is all the food your baby needs for about six months. You can tell that your baby is ready for solid foods when he (or she) holds up his head, begins chewing motions and uses his tongue to move food into his mouth, instead of pushing it...

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