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My baby was constipated: How I got it all moving along.

Updated on January 17, 2013

Waiting for dinner

Admiring the view while waiting for dinner
Admiring the view while waiting for dinner | Source

A little lesson in fiber

Feeding your toddler can seem like a daunting challenge. The truth is that if he's ready he'll gobble down almost anything in sight. However, this doesn't mean we should let him. As stay-at-home dad's we are the guardians to our babies bellies.

Before you start feeding your young one foods that involves more than that bottle of formula or breastmilk you will need a plan. What foods will you start with, and how long before introducing each one. If you are patient and take your time adding each new food, you will be able to gauge your baby's sensitivity to each new food.

Now for the cautionary tale. Those little rice cake snacks, and other goodies they have down at your local store. Be careful with those, they may be easy on the system but they are low on fiber. My experience has been if you primarily feed your baby breast-milk, and give him even a few snacks a day it can slow down his bowels quite a bit. So be sure to add some fiber soon after. A good source of fiber we found in the baby food aisle, is pears, and peas, pure Prunes are a stage 2 food, and come in a little larger container. This can be used in a pinch, but don't rush it, they sometimes work a bit to well. These two have the highest grams per volume at 3. Even a half serving of the pears or peas, will help keep things moving. If you wait to long, well the results may overwhelm his diaper.

Is there more to the story of course there is, but that would be like reading the last chapter of a book first. We'll leave this here where you can discover what works for you and your baby, this is just one little lesson I thought to share.


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