Weaning is an important step in your baby’s development. It can be really exciting for both mum and baby to explore new flavours and textures, but it can also be daunting with numerous information out there that tell you to do this and not to do that.
To clear things out, we spoke to Dr Uma Sothinathan, Consultant Paediatric at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur who gave some very important tips when weaning your baby.
Keep Nuts for Later
Dr Uma agrees that foods that are higher on the allergy list is best to kept till later. It’s also about drawing the line about what shouldn’t be around the baby, as nuts are a choke hazard.
Introduce Eggs in Hard-boil form
2 months after the start of weaning, eggs can be introduced to baby, but it must be hard boiled. Dr Uma usually advises her parents to take 1/8 of the egg yolk, mix it into your baby’s food once a day and try giving it for four days. Once you know that there is no unusual reaction to it, you can now try giving egg whites that are hard boiled and repeat the process.
Introduce fish before chicken and red meat
We shouldn’t be introducing meat unless it has been pureed thoroughly. The best non vegetarian first food for babies would be fish as it soft and easy to eat.
Don’t give solids too late at night
Dr Uma advices that it is best to not give solids past 7pm. This is because the sugar rush takes 2-3 hours, so babies wouldn’t sleep well. Babies sleep through the night better if they ate better and drank better during the day time, so they won’t have to catch up on their nutritional need in the middle of the night.
Need your weaning questions answered? Catch Dr Uma Sothinathan at The Love Latch Workshop on the 3rd of August 2019 at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur. For more information, visit Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s website www.pantai.com.my/kuala-lumpur or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/pantaihospitalkl