From the Jar or Blender: Which Baby Food Is Best?

The debate continues on whether homemade baby food is better than commercially produced food. Most moms have been in on the conversation at some point, whether or not they still have a 6- to 9-month-old. “Both types of food have pros and cons,” says Mona Rifka, MD, pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital. Baby food … Read More

‘Full Term’ Pregnancy: Newly Defined

This isn’t your grandmother’s full-term pregnancy. Doctors used to define 37 to 42 weeks as the time span of a full-term pregnancy. Now, a U.S. OB/GYN group is dividing that range into different classifications after learning about critical differences in the final weeks of gestation. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the … Read More

Avoid ‘Baby Bottle Tooth Decay’

Tooth decay, without teeth? It can happen. That’s because (even though you can’t see them) your baby’s 20 primary teeth are present at birth. Todd Coy, DMD, Section Head of Dentistry at Cleveland Clinic, recommends four healthy habits to avoid what he calls “baby bottle tooth decay”: 1. Wipe off baby’s gums While a baby’s … Read More

Baby on Solids Too Soon?

Tired parents, you might be tempted to put a little cereal in their your baby’s bottle, just to help everyone get some sleep. But experts say, think again. A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that many parents are jumping the gun and feeding their babies solid food before the age of … Read More

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When and How: Switching Your Baby to Solid Foods

In my blog, I’ve talked about reasons why parents should wait until their baby is 6 months old before switching to solid foods. Solids aren’t as nutritious as breast milk or formula, they’re harder to swallow and, given too soon, may cause health problems like eczema and allergies. Within four to six months, your baby … Read More

Don’t Feed Your Baby Solid Food Before 6 Months

Like many pediatricians, I recommend that you introduce solid food to your baby no earlier than 6 months old. A study published in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics shows many moms are jumping the gun and feeding their babies solid food earlier without knowing the risks. Of the 1,300 moms that were questioned, 40 … Read More