Archive for January, 2012

 

Understanding Food Labels

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

We all have to eat, and navigating through the grocery store is no easy task these days, especially if your child has food allergies or is gluten intolerant. Reading food labels is critical for both choosing healthy foods and avoiding allergens.  This is the first in a 3 part series for understanding food labels. (more…)

How to Choose Healthy Foods for Babies and Toddlers

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

More and more studies have found several foods marketed to kids that are loaded with fat, salt, and sugar.    It was assumed that baby and toddler foods were immune to the over-processing of many adult oriented foods but alas this is not the case.  If you have recently started your baby on solids, you probably have also embarked on more food label reading.  This leaves many mums wondering: how can we choose healthy baby and toddler foods? (more…)

Starting Baby on Solids: Food Timeline

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Our most common question here at Mum Mum’s is when (and what) to start feeding your baby solid foods. Mum Mum’s provides an Infant and Toddler Feeding Guide, as well as Teething Tips as a permanent feature on our website under the ‘Nutrition Resources’ tab.  Here are some general guidelines for food introduction but keep in mind all babies are different and any food has the potential to be an allergen or intolerant so follow the 3 day rule: offer one food at a time and wait 3 days to see if a reaction occurs. Also be mindful of the size and shape of the foods. Pureed and or jarred versions of the foods listed below should be offered but not raw or uncooked because they can present a choking hazard as they are difficult for babies to chew. You can steam and puree these foods yourself if desired and ripe fruits can be mashed easily. Babies are often ready for solid foods between 4-6 months of age, and at this time a teething biscuit may be offered.  Be sure to read our ‘Signs of Readiness’ resource if you are unsure of when to start feeding your baby solids.   (more…)

Colorful Plates Boost a Picky Eaters Appetite

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Oh, the age old arguments that occur at the dinner table.  Mums urge their child to at least try a bite of what she prepared for dinner, and child refuses.  While some kids will try anything, others are picky eaters no matter what tactics parents employ.  A recent study offers another option for parents to employ- the use of color. (more…)

Boy or Girl? Simple Blood Test in the First Trimester Predicts Fetal Gender

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The 9 months of waiting during pregnancy can feel like forever, especially if you haven’t found out the baby’s gender.  Even for mum’s who do want to know the sex of their baby before delivery, there are still several weeks to wait until an ultrasound can reveal the news.  That might be changing, as a new study discovered a simple way to find out a baby’s gender as early as the first trimester. (more…)

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