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.

Baby Products to Make Your Baby Healthy

Babies are sensitive and vulnerable cuddly individuals. They will always need enough attention and care for them to have a satisfying life. You must make sure that you give them their needs or else they will cry a lot. You as a mother will be responsible to do that. Try to make sure that you take full responsibility of him. Consider your child as a gift that you must treasure and can give you overwhelming satisfaction and happiness. Raising kids up is never easy so you must prepare yourself for that heavy task.

You have to make sure that your baby gets the best possible care and attention. When buying the needed products and goods for your baby, try to make sure that you get the best product available. If you find them expensive, try to settle for the best within the price range that you have set. Always remember that all the products that you will buy will have a direct effect on your baby’s condition.

There are various products that can cause local irritations in the skin. This happens when the skin is not compatible with some of the contents of the products. You have to remember that this does not mean the those products that can cause rashes to your baby are already unsafe to use for other babies. It could be that your baby’s skin is just different from that of others.

If ever baby products cause irritation and rashes to your babies skin, you are always free to visit your physician and ask for some advice on this matter. You must not continue using these products because it may lead to serious problems later on. Always try to consider products which are purely natural and have been proven to be safe for sensitive skin.

Always remember that your baby is helpless and always depends on you for everything that he needs. Try to respond on his signals immediately. It is not only the nutrition of the baby that is important. You have to make sure that you do all the things that need to be done for him that will make him more healthy and well.

You must remember that your baby need enough rest for him to grow healthy and well. You have to make sure that he gets enough sleep everyday so that he will have enough stamina for all the activities whenever he is awake. Always make sure that you only use comfortable bedding for their cribs for them to have good rest and sleep.

You have to choose the appropriate products for your babies. In choosing bathing essentials like shampoo and soap, you have to make sure that they are safe for the babies. Some of these products contain harmful chemicals so you must be careful. You always have to make sure that all the products that you use are safe and will be good for him.

Five Simple Ways to Keep Baby Healthy

Your baby’s delicate immune system isn’t fully developed like yours. Take a few extra steps to keep your baby healthy.

1.Avoid germs. This means keeping baby away from someone who has an obvious cold and away from crowded areas during the first six weeks of life. Also try to dissuade people from grabbing at your tiny baby’s hands in greeting. People love to do this and babies first comforting place for their hands is their mouth. Obvious conflict.

2. Wash your hands often. This may mean a lot of lotion but washing your hands and having anyone who will be handling baby wash their hands before picking up your baby is a good idea. Alternatively have a bottle of hand cleaner handy.

3.Avoid smoke. Smoke is good for no one especially not your baby. This means all kinds of smoke. Allergies and breathing problems for children can come from being early exposed to cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes and the like.

4. If you are breast feeding your baby and food allergies run in your family watch what you eat. If your baby also has a food allergy what you eat may affect him or her.âEUR¨

5.Make sure your baby gets good restful sleep. Constant upsets in your baby’s schedule could make them irritable, unable to settle down and exhausted from too little sleep. Work up a schedule for your baby based on their eating and sleeping habits and try to keep things as regular as possible.

These simple steps can help keep your baby safe during the first few weeks of life.