Healthy Baby Sleep rules

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Healthy Baby Sleep: Basic Rules Healthy baby sleep Fundamental rules As with adults, for toddlers, sleep is a great way to process all the information the brain receives in a day. How much sleep do children need, and what does lack of sleep lead to at a young age? How much do children need to sleep The need for sleep varies with age. Newborns sleep about 20 hours a day, children from 2 to 4 years old - about 16 hours, 4-5 year olds should be provided 13 hours of sleep, children 6-7 years old should sleep 12 hours, and adolescents need 9 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, in our time, not only parents who are busy with their careers and households, but also their children do not get enough sleep. According to statistics, about 5 percent of children are now sleep deprived as much as 1.5-2 hours a day, starting from toddler age. Why do children lack sleep Often the reason for lack of sleep is that not only mom and dad believe that proper sleep is not importa

HOW TO MAKE BABY FOOD

The complete guide to preparing baby's meals (the easy way)

Are you about to give your baby homemade purees, or just starting to think about it? Then come to the right place!This comprehensive guide gives you all the information you need to start cooking (and serving baby) your homemade baby food jars.   The key to getting there? Enjoy ! We will have a lot of fun cooking for baby! 
Cooking homemade baby food is much easier and more fun than you might think. Plus, when you see baby feasting on your home-cooked meals, that moment is priceless!

Ready to get started? Here are the topics we will cover:

Homemade purees for babies: the essentials

And if you still have questions, feel free to post them in the comments! I will do my best to answer you quickly and clearly. 

The first reason that prompted me to give my baby homemade food is simple: it is the pleasure of cooking! But, with experience and as I educated myself on the subject, I realized that cooking for my baby is more than that. In addition to offering him dishes that taste better, they are also more nutritious and more economical. And aboveall, I control exactly what I put in my purees: the ingredients, the spices, as well as their texture. Let me explain the benefits of cooking for babies in more detail 


Focus on taste

Between an industrial dish and a dish cooked with love, what do you prefer? Do you choose the home-made? Well for our babies, it's the same! Nothing is better than a healthy, home-cooked meal. Dishes made with fresh ingredients are tastier, even plain vegetables taste!

In most small commercial jars, the purees are heated to a very high temperature in order to be kept at room temperature for several months, even several years ... which would mean that the spoonful of the puree you serve your baby is -be older than him? While the convenience of store-bought purees seems ideal for those busy days, this industrial process destroys most of the flavors, nutrients, and aromas, resulting in bland, unnatural tasting purees. 


Baby tableware


  you're cooking or not, you need a few essentials for serving baby's meals. With this list, you can indulge yourself!

High chair
Bibs
Spoons suitable for babies
Bowls and / or soup plates
Washcloths, to wash your baby's hands and face 



How to prepare a baby puree?


The goal of cooking your own purees is to keep the natural taste of the products and to retain as many nutrients as possible, to provide baby with purees that are both tasty and healthy.

Cook the vegetables (or fruits)
Several cooking techniques can be used to prepare vegetables or fruits:

steam
in water (boiled, simmered)
stifled
roast (in the pan, in the oven)
and even believed!
There is no right or wrong way to cook baby food. Steam cooking is preferred, because it is the one that best preserves the nutritional qualities. But if you're roasting peppers for dinner, don't bother steaming another vegetable for baby - baby can eat roasted, mixed peppers just fine! The secret to saving time in preparing baby's meals is to prepare one meal for the whole family: the recipe adapts according to baby's age.

During cooking or after, we can add a little twist to our fruits and vegetables by adding spices and / or aromatic herbs. At the start of diversification, we favor plain vegetables. But from 6 months, we can offer these vegetables again to baby with a "little extra": curry, paprika, mint, basil ...

Spices are a great way to boost the taste of fruits and vegetables, and to stimulate baby's taste buds. In addition, spices and aromatic herbs have very interesting medicinal properties. For example, mint has digestive properties; cinnamon would help boost brain performance; thyme is ideal against coughs ...

..ADD FAT..


Fat is essential for the proper functioning of baby's body! From 6-7 months, it is recommended to add a teaspoon of fat (preferably vegetable) to baby's purees. We prefer to add it after cooking the vegetables, before blending.

How to mix to get the right texture

The texture of your mash will depend on 3 factors:

.the nature of the food you
 mix
.the amount of liquid you add to it
.the length of time you mix

To get a smooth puree, you'll need to run your blender long enough for its magic to work. With a hand blender, it usually takes 1 to 2 minutes per mash.

Root vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.) need to add water to give smooth purees, while other vegetables (zucchini, spinach, etc.) provide enough water to be sufficient for themselves. When adding liquid (water, cooking juices, breast milk or formula), it is best to go gradually until you get the desired texture. Avoid adding too much at once, and risk getting a purée that is too liquid. Or, we take the decision to make soup 🙂

As baby grows and awakens to newtextures, you can afford to add less liquid, blend less vigorously, and for less time. The purees will then present a wide range of textures depending on how you mix: smooth, ground, crushed, with pieces ...

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