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  • 7 Foods You Didn’t Know Are No Good for Babies

    bad foods for babiesSoda pop and candy may seem like obvious players in the black listed baby food department, but there are some foods that are GREAT for us grownups and bad for babies. Do you know all of them? We’ve listed seven foods that haven’t been known to sit well on baby’s tummy. Some of these may surprise you.

    1. Peanut Butter

    Kids live by their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; infants… not so much. The rich nutty flavor of this household staple is great for us but its sticky consistency can make it tough for a young infant to swallow safely. It is strongly advised to avoid feeding your baby peanut butter in his first months.

    2. Honey

    Yes, Honey! The gooey golden goodness packed with antibacterial and antifungal properties is not as great for baby as it is for us. This stuff isn’t exactly an allergen but it has the potential to cause botulism in infants under 1 year old.

    3. Acidic Fruits

    This isn’t an allergen either but it has been known to cause rashes and itching in babies. Use these ingredients sparingly in your baby care regimen and his diet

    4. Unpasteurized Cheese

    There is a slight risk with cheese of this caliber that many overlook. Young babies have difficulty digesting this common dairy product and are at risk for food poisoning. Fortunately, most cheeses that are sold in Unities States are in fact pasteurized but it’s better to be safe than sorry and read your labels.

    5. Drinking Whole Milk

    You would think that milk and babies go hand in hand but milk proteins and lactose found in the milk we grownups drink has been known to cause severe allergic reactions in babies. Tummy aches are another symptoms babies experience from whole milks. It is much harder for them to digest whole milk than it is for us. Formula and breast milk are made for baby for a reason. Don’t risk it.

    6. Grapes

    Surprisingly, the acidic levels of grapes is not the issue here, instead it is the size of the grape that can be dangerous. Grapes are easily a huge choking hazard for babies. Many recommend avoiding feeding them to babies younger than 10 months.

    7. Underwater critters

    I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the endless benefits of fish, but it isn’t quite safe for infants. Shellfish in particular is known to be a little rough on baby’s undeveloped immune system. Pediatricians have said to avoid feeding your baby fish until as old as two years old!

    Is there a particular food that surprised you when you found out it wasn’t as good for babies. Share your findings with us on our Facebook page and let’s discuss!

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • Easiest Baby Foods to Make Yourself

    Easiest Baby Foods to Make YourselfIf you have the time and energy to make your own baby food at home, this could be a lot more beneficial for your child. Not only will this allow you the flexibility to choose any type of food that you’d like to feed the little one, but you can also trust the source and production of the food. Also, be sure to grab the organic fruits and vegetables to make these baby entrées as healthy as possible. Here are the best baby foods to make at home:

    Pureed Carrots

    Puree some fresh carrots to make a healthy treat for your baby. Carrots have been shown to improve vision, promote healthier skin, help prevent infection, and can aid in preventing a bunch of other nasty diseases.

    Mashed Avocado

    Avocado isn’t called a super food without reason! Mash up some avocado for your child to obtain a ton of potassium, vitamins and fiber, in addition to various heart-healthy benefits.

    Pureed Sweet Potato

    Sweet potatoes are not only a delicious snack for baby, but they’re also loaded with great vitamins and minerals! Some of these include vitamins B6, C and D, iron, magnesium and potassium!

    Butternut Squash

    Puree Butternut squash is one of the most common varieties of winter squash and is chock full of vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Due to its tough exterior, you can store this squash for a long time before choosing to make some food for your baby. Mashed

    Bananas

    Bananas are great for homemade baby food because they’re so easy to mash and they’re also very healthy. Bananas are known for the amount of potassium they contain, but they are also loaded with many other vitamins and minerals.

    Pureed Peas

    Peas don’t only make for a colorful puree, but they’re also great for your baby. They provide immune system strength, many antioxidants, and blood sugar regulation effects.

    Apple Puree

    Apples are always a favorite of young children because of their sweet taste. In addition to this, they contain a lot of vitamins and fiber, can decrease the risk of diabetes, and have actually been shown to curb many different types of cancer!

    Pear Puree

    Pears, just like apples, not only taste great, but provide some great benefits as well. Pears deliver fiber, vitamins B2, C and E, and potassium. Pears also contain a fair amount of pectin, which is a water-soluble fiber.

    booger removal toolGuest Blog by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear

    Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.

    Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.

    For more information, please visit myoogie.com.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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