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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.

Keep Your Baby Healthy: The Best Ways to Keep Your Infant From Catching a Cold

The common cold can affect any one during this cold, dry time of year. Infants are especially susceptible to contracting the common cold because they don’t yet have a strong immune system or a sufficient amount of antibodies to combat this virus.

Here are some ways to help prevent your infant from catching a cold:

Wash your hands

Because you, as a parent, are constantly in contact with your baby it is important to wash your hands on a regular basis so you do not passunwanted germs along to your baby. Washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness, both for yourself and your infant. However, don’t be afraid of holding your baby. In order to strength the immune system, an infant needs to be exposed to many different germs in order for their immune system to strengthen and learn how to combat them.

Don’t spread your own germs

Be sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and avoid coughing or sneezing on or near your baby. Make sure to wash your hands afterward before handing your child. Be cautious of exposing your newborn to people that currently have a cold. Unneeded expose to the virus makes it more likely that your infant will contract it.

Be careful of who else your baby is exposed to

Be wary of who you expose your newborn to in the first few weeks of birth. Avoid exposing him or her to large groups of people until they are a few months old and have a stronger immune system. Exposure to many people increases the likelihood of your infant to catch a cold or other virus because there are so many different germs whirling around.

Adequate nutrition

Help to strength your child’s immune system. Make sure your baby is eating properly and getting the adequate nutrition that he or she needs. Breastfeeding a newborn is the best way to ensure that your infant is getting the necessary nutrition. Breast milk contains antibodies that fight against the illnesses that you, as a mother, have already experience, which will help to strength the immune system of your child.

Adequate rest

Make sure that your baby is getting enough sleep. Newborns need 16 or more hours of sleep each day. Adequate sleep is vital to your baby’s development and a lack of sleep will result in low energy for your baby and make it more difficult for their immune system to fight off the cold virus.

Vitamin C

Along with an adequate diet and sleep, you may also want to give your child vitamin C, which is believed to help prevent colds and reduce the durations and severity of a cold. Babies as young as 6 months can be given Vitamin C drops. Before giving your child Vitamin C or any other medication, consult your pediatrician.

Immunizations

It is also important to make sure your infant has all the necessary immunizations. Vaccines can prevent a variety of diseases and ailments that can really harm a newborn.

Stress reduction

Stress is another fact that may play a part in causing a cold. Even infants can become stressed, which is not healthy for themselves or their immune system. In order to reduce stress, keep your baby active and moving. Whether that is taking your baby for a walk outside, or playing interactive games with him or her. Any moving activities and exercises can help to reduce stress and foster a healthy child.

How to Take Care of Your Baby’s Health

You must remember that babies are vulnerable individuals who need your care and attention all the time. Your baby will depend on you for all the things that he will need. He will not be able to eat without you. He will not be able to change his diapers without your help.

KEEP HIM HEALTHY

Health is one vital need that every human being needs. You have to make sure that your baby is given his needed health needs to keep him healthy and active. You have to make sure that he is given the best service that you can afford. Try to make sure that your baby receives enough nutrition for him to grow well and healthy.

GIVE HIM EXCELLENT SKIN CARE

Another thing that you must consider is his skin. You have to realize that baby’s skin is not like that of adult. He has overly sensitive skin with regards to the things that can touch his skin. You must make sure that you give him enough skin care to make sure that his skin will not be damaged. Always remember that natural products are good for babies for most of the times. Try to keep your baby’s skin healthy and with enough moisture to keep it soft.

A lot of parents nowadays often forget to take good care of the skin of their babies. They do not know that they are making their babies more vulnerable to skin ailments that can make them irritable. You have to remember that skin is one of the major organs in a baby’s body and it will need enough care and attention.

USE SAFE BABY PRODUCTS

You have to make sure that you will only use safe products for your baby to keep him in good condition all the time. Try to choose the best in the price range that you have set. Always remember that there are a lot of products released in the market which can be harmful for your baby. They contain harmful ingredients which could risk your baby’s welfare and health.

Products that contain excessive alcohol, harmful heavy metals like Lead and harmful food coloring should not be given to your baby. You have to make sure that you will buy those things for them. Your baby’s health should be given the most importance.

Keeping your baby healthy will not be an easy task. You have to consider a lot of things for you to have the best products for your baby. Always make sure that you only give them the most comfortable and safest product that you can get from the market.