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Our premature baby is now 12 weeks old. He is not interested in having more than about two ounces at each feed. How can we encourage him to eat more at each feed and to go longer between feeds?
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Formula Feeding

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While breast milk is ideal, most babies get some formula at least part of the time -- and that's okay! We'll tell you how to choose the right formula, how to prepare it safely, important precautions, and more!
All about formula feeding

Baby Cuisine

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Gourmet Baby At seven months you can start introducing lots of new flavours to your baby's diet. Try to make the food you offer as diverse as possible to avoid fussiness later on. Be bold with your choices of ingredients, using fruit and vegetable types that you don't necessarily cook with all the time - even those you don't personally like!
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Planning the best weaning programme

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The First Meal Are you dreading the transition to solids? Are you baffled by all the advice you've been given? Getting ready for weaning involves a selection of props, a lot of patience, and a packet or two of baby rice!
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We are planning to travel out of the country with our 8-month-old baby. Is it safe to use bottled water (without boiling first) to mix her formula? What should we do if we are unable to find bottled water? We can't afford to carry cartons of premixed formula.
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Parents chatting with Marion Noble, Paediatric Dietician

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What's the best food to start your child on solids? How do you encourage a picky eater to eat? What juice is good for toddlers? For answers to these nutrition questions and more, read on!
Answers to your nutrition questions
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I have just weaned my 11-month-old baby and I'm concerned he isn't eating enough - he only drinks about 4 ounces of milk and 4 ounces of diluted juice a day. I offer him liquids all the time, but he refuses to drink. In the past, you've suggested numerous ways to sneak high-calorie foods into a reluctant eater's diet, but do you have any suggestions for a reluctant drinker?
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Is my baby ready for cow milk yet?

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The White Stuff From 1 year of age you can start giving your baby cow's milk. But this doesn't mean that you have to give up breastfeeding if you are still keen to continue. Whether on breastmilk or already on formula, make the transition to cow's milk gradually as some children develop lactose allergies at this stage.
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Food Glorious Food

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Always Hungry Feeding on demand can seem exhausting and never-ending, especially early in the evening when your little one becomes cranky and seems insatiable.
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My 8-month-old daughter is eating flavoured yoghurts, but I'm concerned about the amount of sugar she's getting. Can I mix fruit into plain yoghurt to cut down on the sugar? Also, isn't yoghurt made from cow's milk? Can I give my daughter cow's milk before she's a year old?
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Introducing Solids

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Food Glorious Food! Six months is when you are advised to start weaning and it's time for something a bit more substantial than milk. Clues that your little one is ready to start on solids include a return to frequent waking in the night, interest in food when you're eating nearby, chewing of little fists, and an appetite that won't be satisfied by a good long feed.
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My 1-year-old still doesn't eat a lot of table foods. We're still breastfeeding and due to lactose intolerance we are also still giving her formula. She has about two 8-ounce bottles a day and three 4-ounce jars of vegetables a day. She doesn't seem overweight and is starting to walk. I just hope she is getting what she needs and not too much.
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At what age can children start eating honey?
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How do I know if he's ready for solids?

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Weaning Clues Does your little one seem interested in your food? Does she turn away if you offer her the tip of a spoon or open her mouth ready for a taste? From the age of 4-6 months, most babies will start to display certain behaviours that indicate they are keen to expand their diet. The Department of Health advice is that you wait until 6 months before weaning. This often coincides with the appearance of first teeth.
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Our GP told my wife and me to start our 4-month-old on cereal, but he won't take the spoon. It ends up being a frustrating experience for all of us. My wife and I usually give up and put the cereal right into the bottle and finish it off that way. Is it too early to start him on a spoon or are we not giving him enough time to adjust?
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My 5-month-old recently began teething. Now he consumes only 20 ounces of milk a day and three meals of cereal and fruit. Is he getting enough to eat? And is teething causing his lack of appetite?
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I have a 14-month-old daughter. I want to know why children should be on whole milk until 2 years old when the only difference is the amount of fat.
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Is it okay to give my 13-month-old child freshly squeezed orange juice? My GP says orange juice is too acidic for babies. Is that true?
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How do I get my 6-month-old daughter to eat on a three-to-four-hour schedule? I'm feeding her bland, pureed solid foods, and half formula/half semi-skimmed milk (7 to 8 ounces).
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Your little one's growing needs

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Hungry Days Every few weeks you may experience a day or two of unusual crankiness when your baby is hungrier than normal and can't seem to get enough milk, no matter how much you feed him. This is probably the result of a growth spurt. You might be tempted to supplement his feeds with formula, but don't. Breastfeeding is all about supply and demand, and those feeding frenzies are exactly what your body needs to stimulate an increase in your milk production.
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Every time I give my daughter whole milk to drink, she ends up having diarrhoea for a week. At first I thought it was a coincidence, but it has happened repeatedly. Is she lactose-intolerant, and if so, what other types of milk can she drink to still get the same amount of calcium?
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My baby is almost 10 months old and I am wondering if I can feed her eggs for protein. Is it safe for her to eat eggs at this age?
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On the way to independent eating

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Food for Fun Time to test those tastebuds with new textures and flavours. At 9 months, though, eating is more about experience than nutrition, so don't worry too much about the amoung consumed. If your baby can enjoy tasting, holding, squashing and generally experimenting with the food you serve she is more likely to enjoy actually eating it when it makes it to her mouth. Invest in a plastic mat and plenty of wipes!
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My daughter is 7 months old. Is it OK to add salt to her solid foods?
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Food for fun and learning to be independent

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Happy Eaters Learning to feed herself is a real challenge for your baby - but it's a task that she relishes. Don't shy away from mess, or fuss too much about how much food actually makes it down her throat. Embrace the fun factor of feeding to promote a healthy, happy attitude to eating.
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My breastfed daughter is 5 months old. Because we have a history of asthma on both sides of the family, I don't want to start her on solids until she's between 7 and 8 months old. When I mention this to people, I get some funny remarks. Is it wise to delay introducing solids?
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My wife and I are trying to make our own food for our 6-month-old daughter. How do we get all of the little lumps out? Some things, such as carrots, are still lumpy after mashing, etc.
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I've been getting a lot of information about follow-up formulas. Are they different from normal formulas, and are they really better for a baby over 4 months?
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My daughter, who was born seven weeks early, has just celebrated her first birthday. Can I give her whole milk now? When do I stop "correcting" for her early birth?
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My 5-month-old watches us eat all the time and makes noise as if she's ready for food. When should I introduce solids, and what should I begin with?
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How can I get my 6-month-old to stop biting me when I am breastfeeding her? She has lower teeth, one top tooth, and a second top tooth coming through.
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Our 14-month-old son is able to feed himself finger foods, such as Cheerios and small bits of apple. Is the next stage towards self-feeding to allow him to use his hands in his baby cereal and vegetable bowls? Or, since these aren't solid foods, should we encourage him to use a spoon instead?
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My 10 1/2-month-old son will drink his bottle by himself only when I lay him flat on the floor. If he is sitting up, he doesn't hold the bottle at the right angle for the milk to come out. Then he gets angry that he's not getting anything from the bottle. I am in the process of trying to get him to drink from a cup, but I am running into the same problem with that as well. Do you have any tips as to how I can help my son learn how to hold the bottle at the right angle?
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My son is 15 months old and is very suspicious of table foods. We can get him to eat crackers, fish fingers, chicken nuggets and Cheerios because they are all crunchy, but he won't try soft or sticky foods such as fruit, vegetables and cheeses. He has eight front teeth and all four first-year molars, so he is well armed for these foods. He also does well with a spoon and is in a childcare environment where he sees other children his age eating a variety of table foods. How do I encourage him to eat new foods without making a big issue of it?
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My daughter is almost 9 months old. When I feed her she puts her thumb in her mouth to suck the food in. Even when I put finger food on the tray, she picks it up with her fingers but puts her thumb in her mouth to eat it. It's almost as if she thinks the thumb is giving her the food. I try to give her a toy to hold, but she just switches it to the other hand. She only puts in her right thumb. If you hold her hand and try to feed her, she gets angry and starts to cry. I don't know how to stop her doing this, or make her understand that her thumb is not what is giving her the food. Please help!
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Five ways to encourage your toddler to talk

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It’s a wonder to hear your previously speechless toddler suddenly start to form words and talk. With patience, a sense of humour, and plenty of opportunities for talking, you’re in for some special moments.
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Baby development: The first seven months

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From her eyes to her movements to her language: you're smitten! Your baby will be reaching a number of key stages in the first seven months. Here's what to expect.
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Four ways to help get baby talking

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Your baby will be talking before you know it, so now’s the time to focus on her speech development. Use these four tips to help her develop her speech and become expressive!
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I know that reading to my baby is important for her development, but what other activities and baby toys can help build her early child development skills?
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