Thursday, October 12, 2006

Day 234 - Hold off on cheese and dairy

Today's first time parenting tip - Don't give your baby dairy products until they're at least around a year old

While soft cheese might seem like a great first food to give your baby because they can gum it and break it apart easily, dairy products shouldn't be given to your baby until they're a little bit older.

The protein content of dairy products is sometimes too much for a developing diestive system, and by one year old it should be mature enough. The other reason you may hear is that cow's milk is too low in iron to be offered in place of breastmilk or formula.

Check with your pediatrician to see what they recommend for your child. Everyone develops differently, so they may have a different point of view for your child.

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