02 May 2023

Your baby’s first foods: Mini Parenting Master Class

What are the best first foods for babies? What should I do if my baby refuses to eat? We speak to nutrition expert Dr. Purnima Menon to find out what parents need to know about introducing first foods to their children. , Transcript of “Mini Parenting Master Class on your baby’s first foods” video, Feeding babies isn’t just about putting food in their mouths. It’s also about them learning to eat. It’s about them learning to enjoy their food. It’s about a positive interaction between parents and babies and about food being part of that positive relationship.   My name is Dr. Purnima Menon and this is my Mini Parenting Master Class on your…, When is my baby ready to try her first foods?, Six months is just about the right time to start introducing babies to first foods. It’s the time when breast milk stops being enough in terms of fulfilling nutritional needs. It’s also a time when children a developmentally ready and are, themselves, interested in trying new foods. So six months is just about right., What are the best first foods for babies?, It’s quite important that these first foods be as packed with nutrients as we can possibly make happen. So pureed coloured vegetables, like carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. Pureed fruits are nice. You can feed them pureed meats, if your family eats those. Eggs are a great first foods for babies. You can actually modify almost anything you’re…, How should I prepare first foods for my baby?, If you’re starting first foods when babies are six months old, you absolutely need to puree them. First foods need to be soft. The babies need to be able to swallow them easily. Now you can adapt this over time so when you first introduce foods, you need to puree them but you can adapt the texture a little bit as the babies grow a little bit older., How can I make the introduction of first foods a fun and positive experience for me and my baby?, First foods are about so much more than just about the food. It’s about culture. It’s about love. It’s about children learning to become part of our families. And if parents keep that whole picture in mind, it just takes the stress off a little bit from just getting food into your baby’s mouth. And I think the best thing we can do is remind…, What should I do if my baby refuses to eat first foods?, Oh, babies refuse foods all the time and again, we have to remember it’s them learning. You’re tasting something new. It’s very natural for babies sometimes to refuse that taste and sometimes, the science tells us in fact that babies need to taste some things several times before they can be comfortable with it. So it’s quite important that…, Should I spoon-feed my baby or let him reach for the food himself?, You can feed babies with either a spoon or with very clean hands. It’s really quite important to wash hands and make sure that everything you’re feeding the baby with is as clean as it can be. Again, the one thing we have to remember is that babies are learning and they’re very interested in their food, so the feeding of babies really needs to be…, How often should I feed my baby solid foods?, When you start first foods, you want to start offering them about three or more times a day. And then as the babies grow older, so as soon as maybe they’re 9 or 12 months of age, you need to increase this to about four times a day. And you need to increase the quantities as well, so it isn’t enough to feed the same quantities at 12 months that you…, After introducing solid foods, should I continue breastfeeding?, You should absolutely continue to breastfeed. It’s currently recommended that breastfeeding is continued for at least two years and perhaps, even beyond. In a sense, breast milk and the nutrients that breast milk provides is the basis of good nutrition for babies. And the first foods are adding in other critical missing nutrients that babies need…
07 March 2023

A fighting chance for baby Mahdi

Baby Mahdi’s problems started long before he was born in a village on the banks of the Rakti River in northeastern Bangladesh. His mother Ismat Ara came from a poor family and her fate was already decided: her parents arranged her marriage and she dropped out of school. Baby Mahdi’s family relies on daily wages from his father Mohammad Kawser,…, One day at a time: Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field. Bangladesh Ramadan_UNICEF_029.JPG, One day at a time: Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field. Bangladesh Mahdi’s father at work in a rice field. Bangladesh On a good day he makes 200 to 300 taka (about $2 to $3) and on a bad day there is nothing to bring home. If he cannot find work, there is no food for the small family. They mostly eat rice and vegetables, and they miss…, Ismat Ara was little more than a child herself when she gave birth to Mahdi., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Their daily struggle is evident in the small family’s living circumstances. Ramadan_UNICEF_140.JPG, Their daily struggle is evident in the small family’s living circumstances., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul On a good day, Mahdi’s father makes enough to buy rice and vegetables for the family. Ramadan_UNICEF_016.JPG, On a good day, Mahdi’s father makes enough to buy rice and vegetables for the family., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Ismat Ara was little more than a child herself when she gave birth to Mahdi. Their daily struggle is evident in the small family’s living circumstances. On a good day, Mahdi’s father makes enough to buy rice and vegetables for the family. A few months after Mahdi was born, floods hit their village. Stranded in the…, The worried parents crossed the Rakti river to find treatment for Mahdi., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Finally at the hospital where Mahadi’s severe acute malnutrition was confirmed. Ramadan_UNICEF_071.JPG, Finally at the hospital where Mahadi’s severe acute malnutrition was confirmed., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul The worried parents crossed the Rakti river to find treatment for Mahdi. Finally at the hospital where Mahadi’s severe acute malnutrition was confirmed. They traveled through muddy roads and by boat to Tahirpur hospital where Mahdi’s severe acute malnutrition was confirmed. He was fed therapeutic milk called F-75 and F-…, Children like Mahdi, born to the poorest families and to mothers who have dropped out of school, are more likely to suffer from malnutrition., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition. Ramadan_UNICEF_081.JPG, Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition. Ramadan_UNICEF_085.JPG, Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Children like Mahdi, born to the poorest families and to mothers who have dropped out of school, are more likely to suffer from malnutrition. Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition. Red alert: Baby Mahdi’s height, weight and arm are measured to confirm his condition. A race…, Therapeutic milk is essential for treating children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and for restoring their appetite., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Health workers follow a specific guidance for the safe preparation of therapeutic milk. Ramadan_UNICEF_090.JPG, Health workers follow a specific guidance for the safe preparation of therapeutic milk., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul UNICEF supports the Government of Bangladesh to prevent and treat malnutrition. Ramadan_UNICEF_042.JPG, UNICEF supports the Government of Bangladesh to prevent and treat malnutrition., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Mahdi was in the UNICEF-supported hospital for eight days. Ramadan_UNICEF_104 (1).JPG, Mahdi was in the UNICEF-supported hospital for eight days., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Therapeutic milk is essential for treating children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and for restoring their appetite. Health workers follow a specific guidance for the safe preparation of therapeutic milk. UNICEF supports the Government of Bangladesh to prevent and treat malnutrition. Mahdi was in the UNICEF-…, Although baby Mahdi is now out of danger, but his father worries about the future., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents UNICEF_Ramadan_Phase_2007.JPG, Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents UNICEF_Ramadan_Phase_2025 (1).JPG, Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Although baby Mahdi is now out of danger, but his father worries about the future. Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents Back in good health, baby Mahdi plays with his parents But the future is still uncertain. Mohammad Kawser worries that his son will get sick again because food is becoming more…