Ask the Dr: Feeding Your Infant

Pediatricians Answer Your Questions: With Dr. Jenn, Village Pediatrics

Feeding your Infant & Toddler

In the early days:

Start by introducing allergenic foods. Give infants nut, egg, dairy products. You can do this by giving baby a bottle with oatmeal (baby flakes because contains extra iron). At 6 months babies have run through their internal supply of iron. As they grow up they need iron to increase their blood supply. Add oatmeal and protein in every meal. It’s important to not have everything in a bottle and to feed babies with a spoon. When babies have food on their plate, they are able to see, smell & touch what they’re eating.

Q: Is there a particular meal you should start with?

A: No, it doesn’t matter. You can start at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

To Avoid Picky Eaters: when you see your 6-month-old eating nicely, take advantage of this and start giving them everything.

Once you get out of baby phase, make them healthy meal and let them to decide if they want to eat or not. They will learn to eat it and if they don’t it’s because they aren’t hungry. If you don’t want to let them go to bed without food, give them a healthy food. Ex: apple slices with peanut butter.

Good Ways to Introduce Foods:

Try it Tuesday! Tell your child that if they eat this meal, they get to pick a meal the next week.
Have your toddler help to prepare the food in some way so they are invested in it.

Recipe for a picky eater: Smoothies are always a great way to get picky eaters to eat their veggies.  Try Kale, Spinach, Banana, Almond or Peanut Butter & Milk

Allergic Reactions: If you see redness in the face that is normal but once you notice hives all over the body that is a sign of an allergic reaction. Give Benadryl. If the child is having trouble breathing call 911.