Sitter

Sitter

Sitter

Your child is starting to see their surroundings from a new perspective—sitting up—and soon they'll have the strength to reach out for things around them. Find out more about how your child is changing and learning the effects of simple actions, like dropping food to make you pick it up.

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Physical Skills

  • Sits in a high chair without help.
  • Squeezes objects, and doesn't just grasp them.
  • Has more control over her hands.
  • Uses fingers to drag things towards her.

 

Eating Skills

  • Uses upper lip to help clear food off spoon.
  • Begins chewing movements using up & down jaw "munching."
  • Drinks from a cup, but may not hold it on her own.
What to know now
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Your Sitter’s developing digestive system

Your Sitter has probably had his first taste of solid food by now, but he’s still getting the main source of his nutrition from breastmilk or infant formula. Infant cereals and pureed baby foods are helping to develop his eating skills. Previously his digestive system was too immature to digest the proteins and carbohydrates in infant cereals and pureed baby foods. As he matures, your Sitter’s digestive system has begun to produce more of the enzymes and digestive juices needed to properly digest the foods on his expanding menu.

What else affects digestion?

Fluid

In most cases, breastmilk or formula provides enough fluid so that you don’t need to offer any bottles of water into his diet

Stomach size

Your baby’s stomach is small. Feedings are less frequent now with six feedings being the daily norm for most infants at the Sitter stage.

Fewer dirty diapers

As your baby gets older, the number of bowel movements will usually decrease. Between 6 and 12 months of age, your child will eventually get to about two stools a day. If you continue to breastfeed or use a 100% whey protein-based formula, bowel movements will tend to be softly formed.

Is spitting up a problem?

A certain amount of spitting up is normal, especially during the first six months. Nearly half of all healthy infants under one year of age spit up two or more times in a day. Formula-fed babies are more likely to spit up than a breastfed baby. This is usually because the person feeding encourages baby to “finish the bottle.” If you suspect overfeeding might be the cause of spitting up, then try more frequent smaller feedings and always watch for fullness cues.

If your baby has a strong tendency to suck, it can cause him to swallow too much air and spit up.

Burping might help

If your baby is spitting up often, try burping him during and after feedings. Pediatricians often suggest burping over the shoulder or having your baby sit on your lap with head slightly forward and his head resting on one of your hands. With your other hand, gently rub or pat (no heavy movements) his back with your other hand.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I feed my sitter directly from the pouch?

While pouches are super convenient, especially on the go, we recommend squeezing the food onto a spoon or into a bowl so that your Sitter still eats from a spoon. This is important because it gives her time to let you know she wants (or doesn’t want!) the next bite so you can respond to her cues. And – eating from a spoon helps her develop her eating skills.

I am starting to introduce more variety to my baby but she doesn’t seem to like certain things. Should I give up after my first try?

Nope def not! Sometimes your LO knows that she definitely likes something while other times, it seems that she doesn’t. Eating different foods and tastes is a learning process for babies so don’t give up! Just remember the expression on your baby’s face may look like “ewww” but it actually may be a look of “wow this is new!” Research shows that it can take up to 10 tries for a baby to accept a new food. Questions about feeding your baby? Get in touch with Dotti to speak with one of our Registered Dietitians.

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