Carrots are healthy for babies as they are rich in vitamins and minerals that babies need to grow and keep them healthy.
However carrots should be cut up and cooked to soften the carrots so the baby can chew them easier without choking on them.
Foods that babies should avoid are honey, foods high in salt, foods high in saturated fat, foods too high in sugar, whole nuts, popcorn, whole grapes, raw vegetables, raisins, candies, dried fruits, seeds, or any other small, hard foods.
Finger foods that you can give your baby are chicken nuggets, cookies, mangoes, roasted red peppers, baby biscuits, hot dogs, broccoli, steamed broccoli, Puffs, dry cereal, Teething Biscuits, soft fruit and scrambled eggs.
You can also give your baby some bread that you break up in small pieces.
Good foods for babies to eat include.
Puffs and dry cereal.
Teething biscuits and lightly toasted bread.
Once babies are eating solids around 6 months of age babies can eat chicken nuggets.
Chicken nuggets are a good finger food for babies on solids to eat.
Apples are also good for babies everyday once the baby is on solids you can give the baby sliced and cut up apples or even applesauce.
Babies can eat apples as long as the baby has some teeth and is on solids.
You should however cut the apples into small enough slices for the baby to chew and handle to avoid choking.
Applesauce is also good for babies who are on solids as well.
Babies can eat spaghetti once the are eating solids which is around 6 months of age.
Babies sometimes lose a bit of weight when starting solids but then they should pretty quickly regain the slight weight loss.
If the baby continues to lose weight after starting the solids then you should take the baby to the doctor.
Some babies do gain some weight when starting solids and some may lose a bit of weight when starting solids but they start gaining the weight again.
Babies do gain some weight when starting solids although there may be a lull with weight gain in babies when starting solids.
However after the baby starts solids they should begin to gain more weight faster than they would on milk.
Some babies do gain weight slower than others which is normal.
Babies should be gaining between 1 to 2 lbs of weight per month.
In some babies weight gain does slow down at 3 months of age.
Especially for breastfed babies they tend to slow down in weight gain between 3 to 4 months of age which is normal.
Healthy and properly nourished babies should gain between 1 to 2 lbs of weight per month.
As long as your baby is gaining at least 1 lb of weight per month then they are okay but if the baby is gaining less than 1 lb of weight per month then they could have some health issues and should see a doctor.
Healthy breastfed infants typically put on weight more slowly than formula fed infants in the first year of life.
Formula fed infants typically gain weight more quickly after about 3 months of age.
Slow weight gain could be a problem if your newborn doesn't regain their birth weight within 10 to 14 days after their birth or your baby up to 3 months old gains less than an ounce a day, your infant between 3 and 6 months gains less than 0.67 ounces a day.
Failure to thrive in babies and children is defined as decelerated or arrested physical growth (height and weight measurements fall below the third or fifth percentile, or a downward change in growth across two major growth percentiles) and is associated with abnormal growth and development.
There are three reasons why babies do not gain weight which include not taking in enough calories, not absorbing calories or burning too many calories.
Full-term newborn infants should take in about 1.5 to 2 ounces of breast milk or formula about every 3 hours.
Premature infants need more calories than term babies.
Expect your baby to double his or her birth weight by about age 5 months.
From ages 6 to 12 months, a baby might grow 3/8 inch (about 1 centimeter) a month and gain 3 to 5 ounces (about 85 to 140 grams) a week.
Expect your baby to triple his or her birth weight by about age 1 year.
Poor weight gain is defined as gaining weight at a slower rate than other children who are the same age and sex.
"Normal" ranges for weight are based upon the weight of thousands of children.
“Poor feeding in infants” is a term used to describe an infant with little interest in feeding.
It can also refer to an infant who is not feeding enough to receive the necessary nutrition required for adequate growth.
Poor growth associated with lack of feeding can lead to a separate condition called failure to thrive.