Healthy Food For A Good Night’s Sleep!

Sleeping is essential for our health, for both baby and parents. Lets face it – when she or he sleeps well and for a long time, we also have a good night’s rest. From my experience with my little girl, the best food that promotes a good night sleep is something that has a low GI, (Glycemic Index) as the last meal of the day.

The best food to give to your baby at around 6 months, would be something that fills her up so she dose not wake up hungry in the middle of the night.

For dinner, I give my Olivia meals such as sweet potato mixed with rice cereal and some home made fruit jelly for dessert. The jelly is made with fresh fruit juice such as apple juice. Some cottage cheese with a bit of avocado mashed together is also great and filling. A few whole meal noodles she can hold in her hand, as she does like to feed herself, seems to be a favourite. Yoghurt, some grated fresh apple, mashed banana, carrot and potato mash are also suggested to keep your baby healthy and well feed. I usually choose 2 different dishes for any meal time. Porridge is a food she likes anytime of the day, it is warm and filling especially as the last thing at night.

In our house we are very big on vegetables. We try to live by the 2 x fruit and 5 x vegetables per day rule.

At first, when I gave Olivia a lot of vegetables in the evenings, I found she was dirtying her nappy through the night. I had to keep checking her nappies, as a dirty nappy irritated her skin when it was left on for a long time. This did not promote sleep for either of us!

I also found that if I gave her citrus fruits she developed nappy rash. From this I learned to feed her the bulk of the fruit and vegetables early in the day.

Her diet is now has the following structure:

o Fruit for breakfast and morning tea

o Vegetables for lunch and as a snack during the day.

o Carbohydrates, protein and dairy foods at night.

This seems to produce dirty nappies in the day which is fine – much quicker and easier to deal with than in the middle of the night! Oli has lots of wet nappies during the day and less leaky nappies at night. She has stopped waking up crying in the wee morning hours because she was all wet. A better night sleep thus results for all of us!

This type of eating may seem a bit strange, with the heaviest meals at breakfast and lunch, but it is the type of diet pattern followed in Europe, where I am originally from. The
pattern of a biggish breakfast, a main meal at lunch with lots of vegetables, and a light, but filling evening meal, with lots of carbohydrates, protein and dairy foods may suit your baby’s growing and developing needs very well.

A Planned Diet After Pregnancy to Take Care of Yourself and Your Baby

Are you a nursing mom? Then take care to eat the right kinds of food that is good both for you and your new-born baby. This is not the time to feast on junk foods and drinks. After all you are a mother and have a lot to do for your child. A planned diet after pregnancy is essential for you in every way. You will not only keep fit but will also be able to take care of your baby.

Your diet after pregnancy must contain all the essential nutrients for repairing and replenishing your body along with the extra amount of goodness that you require if you breast-feed your child. Everyone is aware of the fact that breast-feeding is the best way of providing the required nutrition to a baby. So a nursing mom must include such foods in her diet that keeps both the mother and the baby healthy and free of diseases. You can take a look at the diet plan of a mom after her child is born.

A nursing mom needs a lot of energy, stamina, endurance, alertness and strength to look after her baby the first six months or more. Carbohydrates and fats are a must during this stage. This is not time for dieting to reduce your extra fat. Large amount of calories are necessary for the baby’s nourishment which is about 300 calories and 400 for breast-feeding moms. Other important nutrients that you should include in your diet after pregnancy are namely:

Zinc that is available in meat, eggs, seafood, oysters, fish and legumes increases your immunity, heals wounds, repairs tissues, regulates appetite and aids in using the carbohydrates, fats and proteins effectively. You should take at least 25mg of products made from whole-grain, wheat germ and also black-eyed peas.

Calcium is very essential for strengthening the bones of the mother as well as the child and helps in painless teeth formation. Milk, cheese, yogurt and other milk products must be included in adequate amounts in your diet after pregnancy for proper functioning of the nerves, muscles and also blood clotting. Salmons, calcium-fortified juices, canned sardines and green and fresh leafy vegetables are rich in calcium and should be taken profusely.

Iron is another essential nutrient that should be included in the diet after pregnancy. It is available mostly in liver, oysters, spinach, peas, beans and others that help to make blood.

Along with the natural foods that are rich in the essential nutrients doctors often prescribe additional iron and calcium supplements so that there is no deficiency. Lack of iron and calcium is harmful for a mom and her baby that may lead to deficiency diseases that are quite difficult to deal with and it takes a lot of time to regain the normal strength and vitality.

Adequate amount of fruit juices, water and other liquids like milk is a must for a nursing mom. Never forget that you mean the world for your child and she is for you. So adhere to a healthy diet after pregnancy to maintain yourself as well as your baby. You have a lot to do for your child. So eat healthy and stay healthy especially during your nursing months. You can reduce your extra bulges and unwanted curves and get back to shape after a few months.

Top Meal Ideas to Make Your Baby Healthy

Babies need food and nutrition for them to grow well and healthy. Most mothers breastfeed their baby during the first months after their baby is born. You have to realize that you need to feed your baby with solid foods for him to cope with the nutritional demand of his body as he grows up.

There are a lot of processed foods available in the market but you can always make your baby’s own food at home to save a lot of money and to keep away from harmful ingredients that these processed foods have.

MAKE RICE BALLS FOR HIM

Rice balls can be very good for your baby especially when he is just starting to use utensils to eat. You just need to have steamed rice and some meat and vegetables of your preference. Put the rice inside the food processor and grind it according to your baby’s preference with regards to texture of rice.

You can add meat and vegetables after you have ground the rice to make it more healthy and nutritious. Roll the mixture with your hands after and put them in a plate or container for your baby. You can actually give your child a spoon for him to use so that he will be able to practice eating with utensils.

COOK OATMEAL

Oatmeal is a nutritious food that you can give to your baby. Try to grind enough amount of oatmeal and make it finer for your precious baby. You can cook it with boiling water after. Always stir the mixture to prevent the oatmeal from sticking to the cooking pan.

Make sure that the oatmeal is properly cooked before you remove it from the pan. Give some time for the mixture to cool down. You can actually add pureed fruits and vegetables to make the oatmeal healthy and nutritious. Just make sure that you will only add fruits and vegetables that your baby likes so that he will be able to eat it. Always make sure that the food is always cool enough for your baby to eat safely.

MIX CHICKEN AND RICE

You can mix chicken and rice to make your baby’s meal healthy. It will surely provide your baby with enough carbohydrates and protein to help him grow healthy and well. You just need to mix cooked rice and boiled chicken inside a food processor and grind them together.

There are a lot of food ideas that you can do to ensure good health for your precious baby. You just need to choose the best for your baby. Always remember that you do not need to buy processed foods for him. You can always do it at home to ensure that it is nutritious and safe.