|Feeding Do's And Don'ts
Even though your baby doesn’t speak yet, she still may be telling you something. These helpful dos and don’ts will help you make feeding time as easy for both of you as possible.
DO wait 3 to 5 days to add each new food to your baby's diet. This is so you can detect any allergic reaction your baby might have to a certain food.
DON'T put your baby to bed with a bottle. This can promote "bottle caries," a form of tooth decay.
DO learn to read your baby's signals. Never force food on your baby if she doesn't want to eat. This helps keep meal times positive.
DON'T feed cereals or other solid foods through a bottle, unless your medical advisor directs you. Cereal in the bottle may cause your baby to gag or choke.
DO be patient with yourself and your baby. Remember tomorrow is always another day.
DON'T put your baby in a reclining position when you feed him. He may gag or choke.
DO keep a sense of humor. Early feedings can be unproductive, frustrating, messy and frequently hilarious.
DON'T season baby food that you buy (or make). Babies don't need added salt or sugar.
DO become a label reader. Check the ingredient list, storage and serving instructions.
DON'T start your baby on solids earlier than about four months (unless your doctor tells you otherwise.) Your baby may not be ready for them.
DO call us at 1-800-BEECH-NUT (800-233-2468) if you have any questions. We are here to help.
DON'T serve any food from the microwave without first stirring gently and then testing the temperature to make sure it is warm, not hot. Never microwave Stage 1® meats because the food may overheat and splatter, causing burns.