Keeping Baby Safe During the Flu Season

The Associated Press recently reported that more than 75 children have succumbed to the flu this year. This figure is alarmingly high considering most flu seasons claim between 45 and 85 children. The following are a few tips to help keep your baby healthy and happy this flu season.

Vaccinate

If your baby is six months or older, be sure to get him a flu shot. Keep in mind the vaccination takes two weeks to start working. For good measure, have the entire family vaccinated to prevent unnecessarily exposing your baby to the flu.

Stay Home

Keep your child at home as much as possible between October and April. Avoid attending events involving large public crowds in an effort to prevent exposing him from dangerous viruses. If you do attend an event, such as a holiday party, keep your baby close to you by declining others who ask to hold him or kiss and hug him. A good way to prevent unwanted contact is to keep your child in a car seat or stroller during these outings. This makes them less accessible to the public.

Sanitize

Adopt the practice of sanitizing incessantly. When away from the house, carry hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. Sanitize your hands prior to holding or touching your baby. When going to the grocery store or restaurant, wipe down any surfaces (highchair, shopping cart, table, etc.) you might touch with a wipe. Also be sure to clean your baby’s hands and face with warm, soapy water frequently and pay special attention to items he tries to put in his mouth. Your overall objective is to maintain a sterile, clean environment for your child.

On the same note, remember to sanitize your home often. Concentrate of frequently touched items and surfaces in the home. This includes phones, remote controls, keyboards, doorknobs, counters, toilet handles, etc. Sanitizing can be done with a sanitizing wipe or an easy to use sanitizing spray.

Keep The Sick Away

If a family member becomes sick, keep them as far away from you and your baby as possible. Along with preventing the spread of germs to your baby, you want to ensure that you do not become sick as well. In the event you fall ill, consider handing over your parenting duties to a trusted family member to limit contact between you and the baby.

Utilize the “Well Room”

Most doctors’ offices have a well room and sick room in their waiting areas. If your child is due for an appointment, keep him or her in the well room and away from any children or adults who appear sick. The waiting area is packed with germs, making this an especially important aspect of keeping your baby healthy.

A Baby Food Processor Will Let You Keep Your Baby Healthy and Happy Throughout Their Growing Years

Recently baby food processors are becoming extremely popular as more parents have become concerned with keeping their babies more healthy by feeding them healthy, high quality foods. To make sure this happens more parents are placing great emphasis on preparing their baby’s food themselves. This is the only way to know what goes into the mouth of your baby. This will guarantee your baby is getting the right amount of nutrient and not too much artificial flavored food. For most parents the best and quickest way to do this is to purchase a baby food processor. For most people the only issue is knowing whether to purchase a baby food processor or just to use a regular blender to do the same job. Blenders can process food to some extent; however I would certainly not recommend using them to blend foods for your baby’s need.

You might think purchasing a baby food processor is a waste of money however let me tell you it is not because a food processor do not operate the same way a regular blender does.

For a blender to breakdown food adequately, you have to consistently add water to reach the right consistency. With a food processor this is not the case. It is able to blend food without you adding water until the foods is properly liquefied for babies to digest. Since you do not need to add water the food will retain its taste and nutritional value.

However you should realize that not all appliances are made equal, therefore here are a few tips to keep handy:

1. Price should not be the only determining factor. You should try to purchase the right size, design and speed for your individual situation although it might be a bit pricier you might end up saving yourself money and headache over the long term. And you will sure have peace of mind knowing the quality food you will be feeding your baby. There are several different appliances to choose from and I am sure there is one that will fit your budget.

2. You should carefully consider the size of the baby food processor that you purchase as some process different quantity of foods at a time. Choosing a smaller appliance you might only be able to make just enough food for one meal. This will cause you to spend time preparing foods several times per day. Choosing a larger processor that will allow you to process larger quantity will save you time and you can store the food for different meals. This will give you more time to spend with your baby.

3. A powerful motor is very important if you decide to make your own baby food every day. Verify the wattage on the processor you plan to purchase and select one that has a high wattage to ensure that it will be sustainable over a long period of time. A higher wattage baby food processor will give you more power to get the job done without any hassle.

Consider adding a baby food processor to your list of equipment purchase as you plan your baby’s meals. Remember you want to ensure your bundle of joy gets a good head start in life by feeding them with high nutritious meals and you won’t have to worry about additives and artificial flavorings.

Baby Feeding – Feeding Your Baby Healthy Foods For a Good Start

Knowing what to feed your baby in the early stages is a little easier because she will be on liquid diet of breast milk or formula (preferably breast milk when possible). But what happens when it’s time to start introducing soft solid foods? Your pediatrician will help guide you on when to start introducing solids but generally the main diet for babies up to six months should be breast milk or formula.

When you start introducing solid foods it should be foods like soft cereals — rice, barley or oat — and pureed or mashed fruits and vegetables. Watch baby to make sure there isn’t a reaction to the new foods and note anything you notice. Fruits that are good starters include bananas, applesauce, avocado, peaches, mango and plum to name a few. Vegetables that are good starters include sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots and peas to name a few. The fruit should be mashed and pureed and the vegetables should all be cooked, mashed and pureed.

Many are finding that homemade baby food is cheaper and many feel healthier than commercial baby food. Homemade baby food is fresher and you have complete control of the ingredients so you know exactly what’s in the food; there aren’t any fillers just nutritious food.

Don’t panic, making baby food isn’t that difficult. Choose the foods you want to make, cook those foods until they are somewhat soft, let them cool, then put them in food processor or blender and puree. You can also use an immersion blender to puree the foods to make it that much easier. You can use water, breast milk or formula to mix the puree if needed.

Baby feeding with homemade foods can be a lot of fun as you create combinations and start learning your baby’s likes and dislikes. It also feels better feeding your baby something you made instead of something that came in a jar. It’s easy to freeze and store so you can have food on hand and ready at any time.

Baby feeding is an important part of your baby’s first years. After all baby is quickly growing and developing, needing nutrient rich foods to help the little system become it’s best. You don’t want to feed empty calories. Everything baby eats should have nutritional value.