I read somewhere that once you become a parent you look at your kid’s check-ups with their pediatrician as your report card. Your subjects?
1. I share some of my green smoothie almost every morning. I add a lot of spinach, and when he’s up to eating them (which is daily now, but wasn’t always when he was younger) he gets a lot of natural iron. Phew, glad I had that habit going somewhat regularly!
2. We used Gerber cereals fortified with iron. I admit I put off solids as long as we could, and I kind of wish we would have dove in a little sooner. Mack had terrible reflux, and was on a prescription for the first few months of his life. One doctor we saw told me a little infant cereal may make a huge difference, and I ignored that. The moment he started some rice cereal in his diet we started seeing instant improvement! The days we skipped out there was more spit-up and pain again. I made sure to add a little to any puree he ate, and tried to mix some with milk often too. It consistently helped us, which I know may not work for everyone, and I felt lucky it did! Little did I realize it’s a developmental time when extra iron is needed, and I was helping him fulfill that need too! Two servings a day gives baby 90% of their daily iron needs. And with my metabolism baby, that was easy to make happen! After rice went so well, we added some other varieties, and were impressed with the different cereal options Gerber offers!
That was my biggest surprise! Luckily the 12 month checkup we just had a flu shot option as the surprise pop-quiz, and we’ve had shots before, so I felt a little more prepared for that curve ball!
If you’re at the eating solids phase definitely check out Gerber cereals, they are easy to find in the baby aisle at Walmart. And they are a great addition to baby’s diet when the time comes for solids!
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