Third times a charm,...or so they say. This is my third go-around with all things baby. And since there is a seven-year gap between my middle child and baby, it is a bit like being a first-time mom, except with the chill factor of being number three. It’s probably okay that I don’t remember most of “the baby things” because many of them have changed anyway!
One thing that has changed a bit is when to introduce baby foods. The recommendation per the American Academy of Pediatrics is introducing solid foods at six months, which is a bit later than it was with my first two kids. What has not changed is how to introduce the foods: slowly over days and one at a time to assess for allergies,starting with basic rice cereal then other bland foods such as apples, bananas, pears, etc. Being a nurse practitioner, I appreciate the evidence behind these recommendations. For details regarding this information, head over to the American Association of Pediatrics’ website at www.aap.org.
I would like to give some insight into what I finally figured out this time around...a smarter schedule for introducing these goods to potentially decrease constipation. Here’s the bottom line, breast milk and formula are very easy to digest. However, as you start to introduce solids, your baby’s digestive tract actually has to start working. And, as us adults may realize, when you change your diet, your digestive patterns change with it. Often, constipation is the result for babies. And, adding to this problem, many of the recommended first foods are very constipating, including:
On the flipside, here are some of the best foods to alleviate constipation:
Here is the solution that no one seems to mention: alternate constipating foods with non-constipating foods! I recommend having prunes and apricots ready in your arsenal if constipation does become a problem. Here is an example:
Once several foods have been introduced without issue and your baby is tolerating larger servings, you can explore baby food combinations that contain constipating and non-constipating foods in 1 jar (like, pears, carrots, and blueberries). Hope this helps!
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.