Introducing solid food...

Ini merupakan topik hangat yg sering difikirkan oleh benak ini. Nak start bg fichita solid food ke? Ikutkan teori, we're not supposed to feed our babies other than mummy's milk untill they reach 6 months old. However, teori biasanya tk realistic.

Bila kita tgk baby kesayangan kita mcm "kebuluran", asyik mkn tgn sendiri, drooling sampai bsh baju, pantang nmpk mknn kita, asyik nk rampas dan msuk ke mulut, kdg2 mcm tk puas "nenen", terdetik di hati kita nk strat introduce solid food to her.

Mama mia in dilemma. Serba salah tk tau nk buat mcmana, mcm ank pertama jer pulak. Fichita mcm dh ada tanda2 blh terima solid food, papa pun dok bising suh bg gak, cos papa kesian dia mcm susah nk tidur mlm, she looks hungry!

So last week, we tried feeding her with some fruit puree. sukanya dia! sudu pun dirampasnya! lambat suap jer...tk sabar...menangis2. itukah tanda dia mmg dh ready for solid food? tapi, kami tk bg dia beras lg....setakat ni bg fruit puree..and pernah sekali bg dia biskut baby farley yg dh dicairkan.

Terjumpa plk article bout solid food ini. mmmm....dptlah sikit panduan.....

Introducing solid foods

When should I introduce solid food to my baby?

You can introduce solids any time between 4 and 6 months if your baby is ready. Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs and can handle. His digestive system simply isn't ready for solids until he nears his half-birthday.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for at least six months — though parents will attest that some babies are eager and ready to eat solids earlier.

How will I know when my baby's ready?

Your baby will give you clear signs when he's ready to move beyond liquid-only nourishment. Cues to look for include:

• Head control. Your baby needs to be able to keep his head in a steady, upright position.

• Losing the "extrusion reflex." To keep solid food in his mouth and then swallow it, your baby needs to stop using his tongue to push food out of his mouth.

• Sitting well when supported. Even if he's not quite ready for a highchair, your baby needs to be able to sit upright to swallow well.

• Chewing motions. Your baby's mouth and tongue develop in sync with his digestive system. To start solids, he should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow. As he learns to swallow efficiently, you may notice less drooling. He may also be teething around the same time.

• Significant weight gain. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they've doubled their birth weight (or weigh about 15 pounds) and are at least 4 months old.

• Growing appetite. He seems hungry — even with eight to ten feedings of breast milk or formula a day.

• Curiosity about what you're eating. Your baby may begin eyeing your bowl of rice or reaching for a forkful of fettuccine as it travels from your plate to your mouth.

How should I introduce solid food?

A good rule of thumb is to start with rice cereal, which is gluten-free and less allergenic than other foods. First, nurse or bottle-feed your baby. Then give him one or two teaspoons of dry cereal mixed with enough formula or breast milk to make a semi-liquid. Use a rubber-tipped spoon when you feed your baby, to avoid injuring his gums. Start with just a small amount of cereal on the tip of the spoon.

If your baby doesn't seem very interested in eating off the spoon, let him smell and taste the cereal or wait until he warms up to the idea of eating something solid. Don't add solid food to your baby's bottle or he may not make the connection that food is to be eaten sitting up and from a spoon.

Begin with a once-a-day feeding, whenever it's convenient for you and your baby, but not at a time when your baby seems tired or cranky. Your baby may not eat much in the beginning, but give him time to get used to the experience. Some babies need practice keeping food in their mouths and swallowing.

Once he gets used to his new diet, he'll be ready for a few tablespoons of cereal a day. As the amount he eats increases, gradually thicken the consistency of the cereal and add another feeding.

How will I know when my baby's full?

Your baby's appetite will vary from one feeding to the next, so a strict accounting of the amount he's eaten isn't a reliable way to tell when he's had enough. If your baby leans back in his chair, turns his head away from food, starts playing with the spoon, or refuses to open up for the next bite, he has probably had enough. (Sometimes a baby will keep his mouth closed because he hasn't yet finished with the first mouthful, so be sure to give him time to swallow.)

Do I still need to give my baby breast milk or formula?

Yes, your baby will need breast milk or formula until he's a year old. Both provide important vitamins, iron, and protein in an easy-to-digest form. Solid food can't replace all the nutrients that breast milk or formula provides during that first year.

How should I introduce other solid food?

Introduce other solids gradually, one at a time, waiting at least three days after each new food. This way you'll get a heads-up if your baby has an allergic reaction to one of them (signs of an allergy may include diarrhea, a bloated tummy, increased gas, or a rash). If there's a family history of allergies, or your baby develops an allergic reaction during this process, start waiting up to a week between new foods.

Even though it's a good idea to get your baby accustomed to eating a wide variety of foods, it'll take time for him to get used to each new taste and texture. Each baby will have unique food preferences, but the transition should go something like this:

1. Semi-liquid cereals
2. Strained or mashed fruits and vegetables
3. Finely chopped table foods, including meat and other protein sources

When your baby has mastered cereal, offer a few tablespoons of vegetables or fruit in the same meal as a cereal feeding. Good foods to start with include sweet potatoes, squash, applesauce, bananas, carrots, oatmeal, peaches, and pears. All food should be strained or mushy — at this stage your baby will press the food against the top of his mouth and then swallow.

If you're feeding your baby from ready-to-eat jars of baby food, scoop some into a little dish and feed him from that.If you dip his feeding spoon into the jar, you won't be able to save the leftovers because you'll have introduced bacteria from his mouth into the jar. Also, throw away any baby food jars within a day or two of opening them.

Some experts recommend introducing yellow fruits and vegetables first because they're easiest to digest, but others advise going green from the start so your baby doesn't develop a preference for the sweeter taste of the yellow foods. It's up to you which route to take. Either way, don't leave any food off his menu simply because you don't like it. And stay away from foods that might cause him to choke.

If your baby turns away from a particular food, don't push. Try again in a week or so. He may never like sweet potatoes, or he may change his mind several times and end up loving them.

Don't be surprised if your baby's stools change color and odor when you add solids to his diet. If your baby has been exclusively breastfed up to this point, you'll probably notice a strong odor to his formerly sweet-smelling stools as soon as he starts eating even tiny amounts of solids.

This is normal. If his stools seem too firm (rice cereal, bananas, and applesauce can contribute to constipation), switch to other fruits and vegetables and oatmeal or barley cereal.


The new hutan bandar

(dearest mom with youngest sis n my kids)

Balik kampung kali nie....dihabiskan kat rumah je. Cos hubby went back home the next day after sending us safely to JB. Furthermore, my dad ada keje sikit...dpt contract mengajar for a few months, so..nobody to bring us "jalan-jalan".

Ada takder, my mum suggested me to bring the kids to the hutan bandar somehere besides Mutiara Rini (ayu..pasnie kita blh jogging sama2 kt sana eh). Tempat baru....not so many people know bout it...the trees are still small...that's why it was so hot there! Anyway...there are many "rumah2" mcm kt danga Bay....sooo nice.....kitorang asyik ambil gambar jer...and berangan2 nk buat rumah2 (actually some of them are more like gazeebo) mcm tu bila kaya raya nanti..untuk ank2 bermain dan untuk minum ptg sekeluarga...(but bila tu nk kaya raya??)

so these are some of the pics taken during our day out to the new hutan bandar...

(my lovely afafita)

(abang n kakak)

(Wafitos berangan ambil air dari perigi)

(anak dara saya,,,di atas titi..)

(mencuba bakat menjala ikan..)

(adik tk tau apa2...asyik hisap tgn jer...)

Tudung craze!!

Nampaknya, mama mia pun dh terkena demam tudung with "awning" yg melanda rakyat Malaysia perempuan. Entahlah..ada org panggil tudung ekin(bini mawi), ada panggil ariani, dan mcm2 lg!

Mama mia tgh "menggila" beli dan tempah tudung2 konsep baru nie....dpd beberapa kenalan bloggers yg expert bab tudung2 nie. Bila tempah, walaupun harganya more expensive than the market price..tapi puashati. The material is far more off better quality, and better more, we can mix n match our own fave colour n design! LOL...byk rupanya jenis2 kain yg blh dibuat tudung nie...ada jersey, printed jersey, printed cotton..etc. Awnings pulak mcm2 fashion...

Mama mia tk blh nk pakai the ready made ariani tudungs in the market cos the material is usually tipis ang the tudung itself pendek...tk cukup syarat!! That's why, I have to tempah lah, so that I'm comfortable wearing it.

Tapi, dipendekkan cerita....all my tudungs dh kena "kebas" ngn my sisters n aunts time balik kampung aritu. They bought from me below the price that I paid for the tudungs! hehehe...kira sedekahlah...

Tapi rasa mcm cabtik jer wearing this type of tuung. More kemas, time-saving, cos no need to spend soo much time nk betulkan tudung or ironing it, and most of all..trendy lah! nanti mama mia upload pics of the tudung eh.....some of them still "under construction", and yg lain tu dh bertukar tgn tuan punya...uhuk..uhuk....

Mia Fichita @ 4 months 2 weeks

(Malam keluar ke Alamanda)

(Sleeping beauty)

(fichita solehah)


Sempena cuti Maulidurrasul..seluruh kaum kerabat sebelah hubby dtg berkumpul di rumah kami yg tak seberapa nie. Alhamdulillah...nak jugak org dtg rumah nie....
Maklumlah.."kami tak kaya dan kami tak popular..bila bekerjasama semua jadi mudah...yeah!! wonderfamily!!!" -alamak..tu theme song wonderpets-

Mama mia tak tau nk masak apa..masak rendang daging, sayur campur and ikan sambal. tu jer....lagipun tk sempatlah nk memasak bebanyak mcm dulu kala...bz ada non fichita nie skrg nie.

Anyway..rumah mmg riuh rendahlah....

so inilah antara aksi2 ank2 kecil.....

p/s: yg baju kuning berseri tu anak sayalah.....

Mia Fichita @ 3 months 4 weeks

(dia sekarang suka jelir lidah..ambil gambar or happy je jelir lidah...)

(her fave food now...her fist...!! kalau blh dua2 tgn nk masukkan dlm mulut yg cute tu)

Dah lama tk update my Fichita's milestone. So sekarang upload several pics yg menunjukkan aksi dan muka dia yg terbaru. Tak cute mana pun, mama mia lagi cute time muda2 dulu...heheh..tak caya? mama mia pernak masuk pertandingan baby comel di Singapore, dpt number 2, hebat tak hebat? heheh. Bukannya berlagak, sajer jer nak bagitau kat seluruh alam maya yg mama mia cutelah gak kecik2 dulu. (ayu musti tk caya)

Ok. Back to Non Fichita. Sekarang ni dia dah ala2 "non" gitu (non tu dlm bahasa Indonesia cik, biasanya bibik2 di sana panggil anak majikan non). So sekarang mama mia geram, bila dia berlagak mcm "non", mama call her "non fichita". Kdg2 rasa dia buat mama mia dia nie mcm bibik pulak. Aduh...manja, nk dilayan mcm tuan puteri.Tak nak being left alone unattended, nak nenen jer all around the clock. Tidur mesti nak nenen dulu, beli pacifier mcm jenis pun tk nak jugak.

(left pic: ada tk bibir ala2 angelina jolie?? )

That's why until now, mama mia tak hantar lg non fichita ke nursery or any caregiver. Sebabnya..biasalah..naluri seorang wanita (plus ibu) yg tak sampai hati tgk anak dia menangis tanpa dibelai dgn penuh kasing sayang. hihihi. So mama mia terpaksalah penat lelah jg dia sendiri.... pergi campus pun bwk dia..tapi papa jglah...bwk dia round2 satu campus...sampai tertidur...

(look..mcm2 jenis kicks dia blh buat)

Now, selain masukkan tgn dlm mulut, asyik practice taekwondo jer. Buat side kick, flying kick, mcm2 jenislah yg abang wafitos pun tk blh buat (abg ambil kelas taekwondo at school). dipegangnya both feet, tarik2 nk masukkan dlm mulut..tp still tak sampai lg. hahah. (her cousin, najah, 6 months, dh blh masukkan kaki dlm mulut). So..mama mia bought her Lamaze footfinder set, from MOthercare, ala....socks yg ada rattle tu, belang2 tu..and kat tgn pun ada. Naik juling2 mata dia main ngna benda alah tu...

Non Mia Fichita jugak dh pandai bermain. Main ngan kakak ngn mama mia. Becos, kami berdua jelah yg byk masa kat rumah with her. Papa kerja. abang pulak school sampai ptg, like papa. Now dia ml suka mama mia. sblm ni, dia lbh suka papa, dgn mama mia jrg nk senyum. sampai mama mia terasa hati, tp sekarang tk lg! dia nampak muka mama mia jer dia senyum or ketawa. papa pulak merajuk...

Non dh blh meniarap. alhamdulillah kalau meniarap, dg tegap. cuma bl dia try nk tiarap sendiri, selalu mcm tersekat, so kitorang akan tolakkan sikit bdn dia tu...so that dia tk frustlah sgt. dia pun rasanya dh mula tau rutin harian. dh tk fussy sgt, syukurlah. kita dh blh aturkan time for nap, play, feeding hour, etc.

Fichita suka dgn buku, tp yg peliknya buku bergambar dia suka biasa2 je. However, kalau buku yg ada tulisan, dia excited sgt. dia blh tenung tulisan2 kt buku sampai naik juling mata dia!! She prefers tulisan dlm buku2 teks or her father's book than baby books fulled with pics. anyway, mama mia belilah jugak several cloth baby books for her...to entertain her...

I think she looks hungry at nite. most probably dia dh kenyang dgn susu jer. but she's only 4 months! papa dia dh tk sbr, asyik suh mama mia bg fichita mkn...pisang ker...fruit puree ker. but mama mia bertahan....kalau blh nk tunggu lg sebulan dua br bg mkn. agknya papa tk confident ngn mama mia ker? tkt fichita tk dpt ckp zat from susu ibu...

dulu, wafitos umur 4 months dh mkn, disebabkan kejahilan mama mia dn jugak krn terpedaya dgn iklan " br 4 bln, besarnya...dh bg mkn bubur nasi?".

sekarang nie tk taulah....berapa lm blh bertahan....

mia fichita juga dh pndai buat bunyi2. kdg2 bunyi tu mcm nk panggil org main dgn dia....