9Mo Old Always Constipated

Updated on December 01, 2011
A.K. asks from Minneapolis, MN
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so my 9 month old is constantly getting constipated. I switched from rice cereal to oatmeal cereal and it worked for a few days, but now we are back to the little pebble poops. She will go a couple days without pooping and when she does it is tiny hard little pebbles. RIght now she is having a hard time even pooping those out. I am going to call the dr when they open, but does anyone have any advice? My daycare provider suggested asking the dr about miralax, one of her kids took that when she was a baby. Has anyone ever used that for their baby?

I need to start increasing her variety of baby food, but I can't because I am constantly trying to prevent or treat her constipation and giving her pears and prunes over and over. The kid hasn't had banannas almost at all, because i wouldn't dare!

PS I breastfeed and have started her on baby food a couple months ago, mostly oatmeal cereal and fruits.

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Oh, and she is intolerant of dairy (causes her gas and makes her spit up a ton) in my diet, so I have been avoiding Milk,cheese and almost all dairy for several months.

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answers from Rochester on

I am a daycare provider and I have had 2 infants that were on Miralax. What I've noticed with them is that you have to be very careful on what dose you are giving them-too little and it doesn't work; to little and look out! lol
A cousin of mine is a dietician with WIC and she has always said to give them pear juice instead of prune juice. Just another idea.
Good luck! :)

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answers from New York on

Try giving her room temperature water. Just an ounce in a bottle and let her drink it straight. My daughter had the same problem and a nurse at the hospital told me to give her water. We had to do that with my 2 month old son and he went like a champ. The water will get things moving. Just remember not to give her too much water. Just a little bit and see if that helps. Best of luck!



answers from Madison on

It has been discovered that if people have an allergy to cow milk (either the casein or the whey) protein and/or they are lactose intolerant, their bodies will have difficulty with elimination, whether it is through constipation or diarrhea. It depends on how your body deals with it.

I found out when I was 40 years old that I am allergic to cow's milk (casein protein). I had suffered from constipation my entire life. I quit using/drinking cow dairy products, and my issues dramatically lessened (after abusing my gut/intestines my entire life, though, I also have to do other things to help ensure that my body eliminates naturally and with little hardship).

I sincerely would think about that. Since you are breastfeeding, it will be you who will have to give up any and all uses of dairy milk, products, etc. You can use goat and sheep products, or milk substitutes like rice, hemp, oatmeal, almond, coconut, etc. I would stay away from any and all soy products/milk, though, since you have a little girl. It's been proven that soy causes endocrine issues with the sexes, and women hormones in particular.

I can't recall if 9 months old is too young to start giving some water, but are you drinking enough water/fluids? Most people are deficient in their water consumption and are dehydrated. It could be that your daughter isn't getting enough water/fluids if you're not drinking enough.

If you eat foods that have soy in them, that has also been proven to be a cause of constipation in babies.

Perhaps try giving up both soy and milk while breastfeeding and see how your baby reacts. It might take a bit before you see an improvement, but I bet you will.



answers from New York on

My son had this issue and it turns out it is a combination of genetics and an allergy to dairy. Try cutting out dairy from your diet and see if that works. Also, as you know, no bananas. Apples can be constipating too for some kids and rice cereal is the worst! Stick with oatmeal and ask your pediatrician about including probiotics in your baby's diet. I have to occasional do that for my son and it is so much better than giving him chemicals.



answers from Richmond on

See if she will take a little prune juice in her milk. Sounds gross but my son will drink it that way as long as I don't make it too strong tasting!



answers from Minneapolis on

try adding a teaspoon of molasses to her cereal once a day-its natural,safe and works great.i had to do this with my daughter starting at 2 weeks old.
for gassy n upset tummy-get some peppermint mix couple drops in warm water-breaks up gas bubbles-again all natural soothes upset tummy.good luck



answers from Janesville-Beloit on

Ugh, I am right there with you. We have had ongoing problems with constipation with my daughter ever since she started solids (she is now 14 months). Some things that worked for us in the beginning were pears and pear juice, baby food prunes (they make them in those pouches that the kiddos can suck right out of-pretty convenient), avacado, beans, peaches, white grape juice. Now that she's older and an even picker eater, I can't get her to eat much of anything, much less drink juice (she hates it!). So, we just started Miralax this week. I was really against it, but I have to say it has made a world of difference. Our dr office told me to give her a 1/2 capful once a day in a liquid, but we are giving her much less than that (just a tsp or two). It has made an immediate difference. So, maybe try out other things first, but know that the Miralax is an option, if your dr gives it the go-ahead. Also, if you look at my profile I asked this question a few weeks ago and got some good responses that you might want to check out. Good luck!



answers from Pittsburgh on

Peaches, Plums, Pears, Prunes and PEAS!
White grape and pear juice with water always worked like a charm for us.

Try oatmeal over rice cereal.



answers from Madison on

My son also had problems from the very beginning. I brestfed, and we actually had one pumped bottle a day where we added prune juice. That continued until later when he was actually able to eat prunes. I also gave oatmeal and high fiber veggies like broccoli. Eventually after enough times of brining it up at the Dr. visits, they gave us a prescription for what was basically miralax. It worked very well. We actually only needed to do it for about 6 mo. or maybe a little longer. Then we started having him eat probiotic yogurts and other granola bars, cereals, etc. that had extra fiber. He still has some difficulty every now and then, but nothing like it was, and as I said, it is pretty much controlled with his diet and no longer needs miralax.



answers from Madison on

I didn't read the responses but I made my own stewed prunes at that age to help my little ones. I bought unsulfured, dried prunes, chopped them up a bit, put them in a small pan with some water to cover and simmered until they were soft. I pureed them in blender (or however) and stored some in refrigerator and some in freezer. I mixed some into their cereal. My boy needed about 1-2 tsp but my girl needed 2-3 tbsp! You'll have to experiment to see what your girl needs.



answers from Miami on

Hi AK, When we went through the same thing, this is what people where I am living abroad do:

1. Lots of cooled tea for drinking -- I made chamomile and cooled it and added a tad of brown sugar.

2. Don't do rice cereal. We did corn cereal which is better on the digestion ....

3. If you are still bfeeding...keep doing so




answers from Madison on

I would begin to to introduce some veggies - especially greens. Hopefully that will help.



answers from Dallas on

My pediatrician told us to give our children apple juice. We would dilute equal parts water to equal parts juice. My son had this same problem since he was two months old. It's so painful to watch them struggle with this. Good luck and I hope she can get some relief soon.



answers from Oklahoma City on

My now 2 years old was the same since she start in solids my ped. Always advice to increase fiber and vegies etc... They really didn't work that well ........at 20 months old she started to hold her poop and pee screaming like crazy , they tough she has a UTI give her a lot of antibiotic s until I realize that the pain came from holding her bowel movements , so we start the miralax and is been great since then.....please don't let your baby happend this, talk to your pediatrician and beg for it...my daugther eat a lot of veggies so is not like she doesn't have enough fiber, and still if I forget the miralax she will have poop rocks...



answers from Indianapolis on

There's no reason to give a baby cereal or any other "baby food". A varied diet will keep her gut moving much better.
This will be long, but here is my "Cliff's Notes" version of the book "Baby-Led Weaning". Continue breastfeeding on demand and start giving her table foods. You can also see it here: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150236590841687

Hi mamas:) I'm reading BLW and highlighting key points for hubby who doesn't want to read the whole thing. So, I thought I'd do a little "Cliff's Notes" for anyone interested who doesn't want to read the whole book like DH. I'm going to just copy out stuff and save comments for the replies, so none of this will be my opinions (except obviously that it's my opinion what is important and what isn't). I'll provide any context in [ ] so it makes sense. In general, when they refer to "milk" or "milk feedings" they are meaning breastmilk AND formula (since it's milk-based). Please excuse typos, I'm kinda watching TV while doing this ;) I'll run a spell check, but I'm not going to really proof-read or edit it. I'm trying to tag everyone I can think of that is pregnant or has babies under 6 months and not on solids yet...feel free to pass it along!!
Background on solids:
[on why to wait until 6 months old] Babies who are born big (or who get big very quickly) don't need extra food. They are big either because of their genetic makeup or, in some cases (especially if they are formula-fed), because they are already having more milk than they really need. Their digestive and immune systems are no more mature than any other babies', so the health risks of giving solids early are just the same...Milk is all a baby needs for the first six months - however big or small she is. Size doesn't matter.
True signs of readiness. The most reliable way to tell whether your baby is ready for solid foods is to look for signs that coincide with the important changes within her body that will enable her to cope with them (that is, the development of her immune and digestive systems, and the growth and development of her immune and digestive systems, and the growth and development of her mouth). If she can sit up with little or no support, reach out to grab things and take them to her mouth quickly and accurately, and if she is gnawing on her toys and making chewing movements, then the chances are she is ready to start exploring solid foods. But the very best sign that a baby is ready is when she starts to put food into her mouth herself - which she can only do if she is given the opportunity.
Milk feedings are the most important single source of nourishment for a baby under a year old. solids are much less nutrient-rich than either breast milk or infant formula. If a baby is given too much solid good (which can easily happen with spoon-feeding) her appetite for breastmilk or formula will be reduced. As a result she may get less of some nutrients than she needs.
"The beauty is that the readiness is so obvious. When a baby can sit up, reach out, pick food up and put it in his mouth, move it around and swallow it, his guts are ready. Nature would not have got it wrong." -Mother of 3
All babies develop skills that are related to feeding themselves, although babies who have the chance to practice - by handling food - are likely to become good at them earlier than babies who are spoon-fed. Babies naturally develop feeding-related skills...
...But when babies were observed handling food...it became clear that they instinctively know when they are ready for solid foods and that they will naturally develop the skills needed to feed themselves.
Interrupting Self-Feeding Babies are able to feed themselves (from their mother's breast) at birth and most parents wouldn't expect to have to feed a child of two or three years old - they would expect him to feed himself. It doesn't seem logical that the natural progression of self-feeding should be interrupted at six months, by introducing spoon-feeding, only for parents then to have to decide when to allow the baby to go back to feeding himself. From six months babies can feed themselves solid food; there is no need to step in and do things for them for a few months - and no need to decide when to step out again. The baby can just carry on feeding himself all the way through.
["Babies need the nutrients"] There is a myth that breastmilk changes at around six months and is no longer "enough" for a baby...Breastmilk continues to be the single most nutritiously balanced food for babies and children almost indefinitely.
It's important to recognize that, at six months, most babies are only just beginning to outgrow their milk-only diet. Most full-term babies have adequate stores of, for example, iron, to see them through for quite a bit longer without a problem - they don't run out of anything overnight. But they need to be introduced to solids at around six months so that they can develop the skills they need to eat different foods and get used to new tastes, ready for when they really do begin to rely on other foods as their main source of nourishment.
...babies don't learn to chew, they just develop the ability to do it, so there is no need for them to be "taught" to chew by starting them off on smooth purees and progressing gradually through mashed to lumpy food.
[on over-eating toddlers and obesity] Persuading young babies to eat food they don't want is especially easy to do if they are spoon-fed. Babies who are allowed to feed themselves will naturally manage their own intake - they simply stop eating when they are full. This means they eat as much as they need - and no more.
[on why it's safe to give babies larger pieces of real foods instead of watered-down purees] In an adult, the gag response is triggered near the back of the tongue...However this reflex is triggered much farther forward on the tongue of a six-month-old baby, so not only is it activated more easily in a baby than it is in an adult, it also operates when the piece of food that has caused it is much farther away from the airway. So when babies of six or seven months gag on food it doesn't mean the food is too close to their airway and it very rarely means they are in danger of choking. The gag reflex may well be a key part of babies' learning how to manage food safely. When a baby has triggered this reflex a few times, by putting too much food into his mouth or pushing it too far back, he learns not to do it. As he gets older, weather or not he has been allowed to experiment with self-feeding, the place where this reflex is triggered moves back along his tongue, so that gagging doesn't happen until food is nearer the back of his mouth. so he simply "outgrows" the tendency to gag.
However, as the gag reflex moves back toward its adult position it becomes less and less effective as an early-warning sign. So babies who haven't been allowed to explore food from the beginning may miss the opportunity to use it to help them learn how to keep food away from their airway. Anecdotal evidence suggests that babies who have been spoon-fed have more problems with gagging and "choking" when they start to handle food (often at around eight months) than those who have been allowed to experiment much earlier.
Two factors make choking more likely: 1) someone else putting the food (or drink) into the baby's mouth and 2) a leaning-back position.
When a baby puts a piece of food into his mouth himself, he is in control of it. If he is able to chew it, he will. If he is able to get it to the back of his throat, he'll swallow it. If he isn't able to do these things then, as long as he is upright, the food will simply fall out.
So, provided the baby is...in an upright position, is in control of what goes into his mouth, and is not given foods that are an obvious choking hazard...there is no reason to be more concerned about choking with BLW than with any other method of introducing solids.
Next is a section on babies knowing what they need to eat to be healthy. It's all great info, but too much to copy. Sorry:P Just know that it has been observed that when babies are given a wide variety of foods, they may stick to a couple for a few days and move on to others after that, but in a week, they seem to manage a VERY balanced diet and get the nutrients they need.
[is table food harder to digest than purees?] But months were designed to mash food - or "puree" it - by chewing. Food that is thoroughly chewed is easier for the stomach to deal with than food that has been pureed by a blender because mixing saliva with food helps to kick-start the digestive process - especially the digestion of starchy foods.
...But pureed foods hardly meet with saliva at all. Instead they are sucked off the spoon straight to the back of the throat and immediately swallowed - without any chewing.
Pureeing food - especially fruit and vegetables - can also destroy some of its nutrients. When food is cut up, some of the vitamin C is lost from the exposed surfaces. Pureeing increases this loss, so food that is pureed in advance will be lower in vitamin C than it would have been if it had been eaten in large pieces. A whole apple, for example, will provide more vitamin C than the same apple pureed or mashed. Vitamin C is an important vitamin, especially as it encourages the absorption of iron. The body isn't able to store vitamin C, so it's important to have a good source every day.
It's easy to assume that pureed food is more easily digested because of what appears in the baby's diapers. Unlike the stool of a baby fed on purees, the stool of a baby eating "real" food occasionally contains pieces of vegetable, for example, in small, recognizable lumps. This doesn't mean none of the food has been digested - it just shows that the baby is learning to chew and that his body is adapting to solids. Pureed food just looks as though it has been more fully digested because it doesn't stand out in the diaper.
We now know that the readiness of the gut to digest solid foods effectively and safely is dependent on a baby's maturity, not his size. A baby who grows fast in the early months may double his birth weight in as little as four months, but that doesn't mean he is ready for solids.
Most babies really don't need anything other than milk feedings until they are at least six months old but, in recent decades, some of the things that babies do at around four months have been seen as signs of readiness for solids...For example, many babies at this age start to watch keenly when their parents are eating, but this is just part of their natural curiosity about everything their parents do - it isn't a sign of hunger.
[For babies who wake more, seem hungrier, or need to put on weight] Giving him more milk, rather than solids, is the best way to ensure that the balance of his nutrition remains good.
...we now know that rice isn't easy for babies under six months to digest. It's also low in key nutrients (even when cereals are "fortified" with minerals and vitamins, babies may not be able to absorb these easily). Giving rice can also mean that babies take less breastmilk or formula, so their overall nutrition is reduced not improved.
Learning to eat solid foods is a natural stage of development. We don't control when a baby starts to walk, so it's not clear why we should control his move to solid foods. No parent would actively prevent their baby from walking when he's showing signs of doing it - it would be seen as cruel and potentially harmful. But many parents, without realizing it, exert negative control over their baby's instinct to eat, by preventing him from feeding himself or not allowing him to make any decisions at mealtimes.
[Letting the baby decide when and what new foods to try] Evidence from work on children's eating disorders suggests that not allowing them to do this may make them fearful of new foods, while controlling or manipulating babies in other ways, such as tricking them (for instance, by alternating spoonfuls of sweet food and savory food), teaches them not to trust the feeding process.
How to start:
The old advice to start solids just once a day, then progress to two and then three meals over a period of a few weeks was aimed at babies starting solids at three or four months of age, whose digestive systems were really too immature for solids. Babies of six months and over are less likely to react badly to new foods, because their gut is more mature. All you need to do at six months is to start to include your baby whenever you eat - it could be at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or when you have a snack - as long as she isn't tired, or grumpy.
Baby-led weaning works best if you are giving your baby her milk feedings whenever she wants them ("on demand"). That way she can carry on taking in as much milk as she needs and enjoy exploring solid foods as a separate activity. Remember, she has no idea yet that solid food can fill her tummy, so, if you think she is getting hungry when you have a meal planned, offer her a milk feeding.
Tips for getting started:
Offer your baby solids when she's not hungry - breastmilk or formula is still her main source of nourishment.
Keep the focus on playing and experimenting.
Let your baby join in your mealtimes (and snacktimes) whenever possible.
Make sure your baby is upright and safe in a high chair or on your lap.
Finger Food:
Babies of six months use their whole hand to pick things up; they can't usually pick up small things with their thumb and forefinger until they're a few months older. This means they must be able to close their hand around a piece of food to hold it, so it mustn't be so wide or thick that they can't do this.
Babies this age also need the food to stick out beyond their palm because they can't open their fist on purpose to get to it. Sticks or "fingers" of food, at least two inches long, mean that half the length is available for eating while the other half is the handle to hold it with. Broccoli is an idea first food because it already has a "handle"...So, wash your baby's hands and make sure she is sitting up securely, then simply offer her some stick shapes to play with.
If you are offering begetables, bear in mind they shouldn't be too soft (or they will turn to mush when your baby tries to handle them) or too hard (or she won't be able to gnaw them easily).
She may bite off a small piece and will then probably drop the rest as she goes to pick up something else. This isn't a sign that she doesn't like the food, just that she isn't not yet able to open her hand on purpose or to concentrate on two things at once.
Make sure your baby is the one who decides what goes into her mouth - put food within easy reach (on her high chair tray or the tabletop).
Offer your baby a small selection of foods to start with. Overloading her could put her off. Have more food ready in case she wants it..."a clean plate" isn't what you're aiming for - it's important for your baby to eat only as much as she needs.
You may find that your baby gags occasionally in the early days while she is learning how to manage food. Although this may look alarming, it is unlikely to worry her, and there's no need to try and sto it from happening. In fact, it may play an important part in her learning, teaching her how to eat safely by not pushing food too far back or overfilling her mouth.
Expect some mess! Think about how to dress your baby and how to protect the area around her so that dealing with mess isn't stressful and dropped food can be safely handed back. Remember, she's learning, not trying to make work for you.
Six things you should do:
Ensure that your baby is supported in an upright postion while she is experimenting with food.
Start by offering foods that are easy to pick up.
Offer a variety of foods.
Continue to offer your baby breastmilk or formula as you did before.
Discuss the introduction of solids with your pediatrician if you have a family history of food intolerance, allergies, or digestive problems or any other concerns about your baby's health or development.
Explain how BLW works to anyone caring for your baby.
Six things you shouldn't do:
Don't offer your baby foods that aren't good for her, such as "fast" foods, prepackaged meals, or foods that have added salt or sugar. Keep foods that present an obvious danger of choking out of her reach.
Don't offer your baby solid food when she is hungry for milk.
Don't hurry your baby or distract her while she is hadling food - allow her to concentrate and direct the pace of what she is doing.
Don't put food into your baby's mouth for her...Letting the baby stay in control is an important safety feature of BLW.
Don't try to persuade your baby to eat more than she wants.
NEVER leave your baby alone with food.
First Foods:
Babies up to a year old should have no more than 1 gram of salt (0.4 grams of sodium) per day. Prepackaged meals and processed foods often contain levels of salt that are far too high for babies.
Some manufacturers list salt as "sodium"; multiplying the amount of sodium listed by 2.5 will tell you the equivalent in salt. As a general guide, a food is hight in salt if it has more than 1.5 grams of salt (0.6 grams of sodium) per 100 grams, while a low-salt food has 0.3 grams or less of salt per 100 grams.
[Sugar] It also damages teeth - even before they come through.
[Unsuitable foods] Raw bran and bran products (often sold as "high-fiber" cereals) can irritate the digestive tract and interfere with the absorbtion of esstial nutrients such as iron and calcium; they shouldn't be given to babies.
...trust your baby if he refuses a food - some parents recall that, as babies, their children avoided foods that they later turned out to be allergic to.
Taking a bite out of a whole fruit before you give it to your baby will make it easier for him to get to the flesh.
It can be handy to keep some extra portions of vegetables ready prepared in the freezer, just in case you decide to eat something that you don't want your baby to share.
Mashed vegetables make a good not-too-runny sauce to serve with pasta.
Easy First Finger Foods For Babies
steamed (or lightly boiled) whole vegetables, such as green beans, baby corn, and sugar-snap peas
steamed (or lightly boiled) florets of cauliflower and broccoli
steamed, roasted, or stir-fried vegetable sticks, such as carrot, potato, egg plant, sweet potato, parsnip, pumpkin, and zucchini
raw sticks of cucumber (tip: keep some of these ready prepared in the fridge for babies who are teething - the coolness is soothing for their gums)
thick slices of avocado (not too ripe or it will be very squishy)
chicken (as a strip of meat or on a leg bone) - warm (i.e., freshly cooked) or cold
thin strips of beef, lamb, or pork - warm (i.e., freshly cooked) or cold
fruit, such as pear, apple banana, peach, nectarine, mango - either whole or as sticks
sticks of firm cheese, such as cheddar or Gloucester
rice cakes or toast "fingers" - on their own or with a homemade spread, such as hummus and tomato, or cottage cheese
And, if you want to be a bit more adventurous, try making your own versions of:
meatballs or mini-burgers
lamb or chicken nuggets
fishcakes or fish fingers
lentil patties
rice balls (made with sushi rice, or basmati rice with dahl)
Remember, you don't need to use recipes specifically designed for babies, provided you're careful to keep salt and sugar to a minimum.
Bread can be a good finger food, but babies under a year old shouldn't have more than two slices a day because it tends to be high in salt. Most breads are easier for young babies to cope with if they are toasted than if they are soft. White bread, in particular, goes quite doughy once it's wet and can be difficult to manage in the mouth - especially when it's very fresh. Flat breads, such as chapattis, pita, and naan, are less crumbly, so may be easier for your baby to handle at first.
Breadsticks are handy for dipping into soft foods such as hummus; they can be given to your baby ready loaded until he is able to "dip" for himself. Salt-free rice cakes are a good alternative bread, particularly for spreading with soft food or a thick sauce.
Pasta twists (fusilli), shells, and bows are less slippery and easier to grip than smoother shapes; your baby will probably find most foods - including pasta - easier to manage "dry" (i.e., without sauce) at first. Try offering some with sauce and some without so he can try both.
Ideas for Dippers
pieces of chapatti, pita bread, or toast
oat cakes or rice cakes (salt-free) - these may be easier to dip if they are broken in half first
sticks of firm fruit, such as apple
raw vegetable sticks: carrot, celery (strings removed), red or green peppers, zucchini, cucumber, green beans, sugar-snap peas
lightly steamed whole baby corn
roasted vegetable fingers: carrot, pumpkin and other squashes, parsnip, zucchini, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.
Easy-to-make savory dips
mixed bean dip
kidney bean and tomato
red pepper and butter bean
cheese sauce dip
cream cheese and yogurt with chives
yogurt and tofu
yogurt and cucumber
dahl (lentils with spices)
eggplant dip (baba ganoush)
Babies can often manage mushy things such a cereal and milk fairly well with their finger if they're allowed to practice, so he may be able to share what everyone else is eating.
Remember to allow plenty of time - breakfast can be very rushed in many households, and babies need time both to experiment with food and to eat.
Offer your baby plenty of variety throughout the week
Read labels carefully: many commercial brands of cereals (especially those aimed at children) have very high levels of sugar and salt.
Cereals coated in chocolate, honey, or sugar should be avoided altogether, along with high-fiber bran-based cereals...
Breakfast ideas
Fresh fruit.
Hot cereal. While cooking you can add: stewed or grated apples or pears, blackberries, dried apricots, dates, cranberries, or figs. Fruit puree, strawberries, or a little molasses can be added at the table.
Live, full-fat natural yogurt with fresh fruit.
Scrambled egg (well cooked).
Cold cereal - with or without milk.
Toast, oat cakes, or rice cakes spread with cream cheese or 100 percent fruit spread.
Baked Beans on toast.
Cheese on toast.
Easy Snacks and Food on the Move
fruit (such as apples, pears, and bananas)
salad (tomatoes, sticks of cucumber, peppers, and celery, with strings removed)
cold cooked vegetables (carrots, broccoli, etc.)
cold cooked corn-on-the-cob
pieces of cheese
pasta salad (or cold cooked pasta)
yogurt - plain, full-fat, live yogurt with fresh fruit added is best (flavored yogurts often contain a lot of sugar)
avocado dip or hummus, with breadsticks, carrot sticks, etc.
low-salt oat cakes, rice cakes, or toast, spread with cream cheese or sugar-free fruit spreads
dried apricots or other dried fruits (in moderation - they can damage teeth if given too often). Brand that have not been treated with sulfur dioxide are best. (Nonsulfured apricots are usually dark brown, rather than bright orange)
freshly made fruit smoothies
dry, low-sugar breakfast cereal
Remember to read labels very carefully. Teething biscuits and many prepackaged snacks aimed at children tend to be full of sugar and additives and are best avoided.
Healthy Desserts
fresh fruit
fruit salad
plain full-fat live yogurt with fresh or stewed fruit
homemade rice pudding
homemade egg custard
apple crumble (made with sweet eating apples rather than cooking apples so you don't need to add much sugar)
baked pears or apples

Next is a good Q&A section I'm not going to include but it covers:
why you don't need to introduce one taste/food at a time
why you don't need mesh feeders
vitamin supplements
cow's milk
why you shouldn't give baby cereal
deli meat and hot dogs
The next chapters cover solids after introduction:
5. After the Early Days
6. Baby-Led Weaning and Family Life
7. A Healthy Diet for Everyone
8. Troubleshooting

Hope this is helpful :)



answers from Milwaukee on

The 3 p's for constipation: Peaches, Pears and Plums
The Brat diet for diarrhea: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast
(30 years in day care)

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