Sunday, July 24, 2011

Harith's 離乳食 planning...

I've been looking forward to this since I was about halfway pregnant with Harith...dok browse all these websites regarding when to start, how to prepare, how to store and how to give your baby his first foods.
Last night while Harith was asleep I went to the Heinz website and they had this real neat 'menu planner' tool, which shows a suggested menu for the age that you choose, well the menu naturally featured their products but it was something I found usefull. But in the end I think I made use of this website on 離乳食/weaning foods. The writer added in her personal experience which to me was a big plus.
So basically the Japs and Anmum  have the same idea about when a baby can start solids..
首がしっかりとすわっている (Can hold head up)
支えてあげると座れる (Sits well when aided)
大人の食べている様子を見て食べたそうなそぶり(よだれが出る、口をモグモグと動かすなど)をする (Shows interest in food , Makes chewing motions)
スプーンを口に入れても舌で押し出すことが少なくなる(Can close mouth around a spoon, Can move tongue back and forth, but is losing tendency to push food out with tongue )

Shows significant weight gain (birth weight has doubled)
Seems hungry after 8 to 10 feedings of breast milk or 40 oz. of formula in a day
What to feed
- Breast milk
- Iron-fortified child cereals or finely blended porridge
- Pureed or strained fruits (banana, pears, peaches)
- Pureed or strained vegetables (well-cooked carrots and sweet potato)

How much per day
- 3 to 9 tablespoons cereal, in 2 to 3 feedings
- 1 teaspoon fruit, gradually increased to ¼ to ½ cup in 2 to 3 feedings
- 1 teaspoon vegetables, gradually increased to ¼ to ½ cup in 2 to 3 feedings

Feeding tips
Introduce new foods one at a time, with at least three days in between to make sure your child's not allergic.

I've taken these tips and have come up with my own game plan. I'm planning to start Harith on solids on his 6 month birthday this coming 1st of August. My mother started feeding us when we were 6 months too, in an era when people said 4 months was old enough. But she listened to my uncle who happened to be a doc, saying that feeding solids too early might not affect the baby now but when he gets older. So I'm sticking with that. Not saying that I'm gile strict about it, since Harith has had a few tastes but I don't count them as weaning foods since the ammount was so little. His first was Durian...hahaha yes...accidental pulak tu.. tgh sua2 durian kat mulut dia n dia bob his head..and durian tu tercalit skit...tak kira right...then there was my mom who put a rambutan to my sons mouth which he eagerly sucked on and the rock melon my husband offered him...So far all fruits...Punyalah tak mo bagi...but then dah jd...

What am I going to feed him first...semestinya bubur nasi that I am planning to cook myself. Next one hmmm... rasa cm nk bg pumpkin/carrot...but then I was thinking nk bg dia rasa yg x sedap dulu like sawi... nanti dh rasa yg sedap yg xsedap x mo...hihi

Only introduced a different type of food after 3 we can monitor the baby's reaction...ada diarrehea ke tak? ada rashes tak? dia sakit perut/kembung tak? nangis2 tak after the feeding... kalau stakat dia push your hand away sebab x suka...but there's no allergic reaction... stop and introduce at a later age.

Persediaan to make home made baby food.. おかゆポット, a green plastic strainer from Wan and ics cube trays with detacheble lids for freezing.

Oh semestinya mommy Harith ni lagi excited than him bab2 makanan ni...

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