With all due respect to your mother, grandmother, mother in law, great aunt and friends, when it comes to your baby you shouldn’t always believe everything they tell you. They all mean well, but doctors know best (well, most of the time anyway…).
1- Babies need to drink water
Babies who are still 100 percent on breast milk or formula do not need to drink extra water. There’s plenty of water in both. Introducing water usually goes hand in hand with starting solid foods. However, always check with your pediatrician in case your baby needs extra fluids for any reason.
2- Starting solids “late” beyond 4 or 6 months will make your baby a picky eater.
Many babies who start eating early are difficult to feed, while plenty of babies who start solids after 6 months love all kinds of food, and vice versa. However, feeding your baby solid foods before their tiny tummy is ready could lead to short or long term issues.
3- Baby food should be blended into soft purees until baby is one year old.
Sure, during that first month of starting solids your baby is still learning to eat rather than suck so food should be smooth and easy to swallow. But as soon as they start mastering the skill of eating, very gradually begin to thicken the consistency of their food until they are ready to transition easily to table food by 10 to 12 months old.
4- Babies should only be fed bland, tasteless foods.
False. Babies love flavour. So long as it’s age appropriate (no sugar, salt or spicy foods for the first year) feel free to use various exotic spices. Cinnamon, vanilla, mild curry powder, oregano, basil… the (non allergenic) sky is the limit.
5- Milk and food should always be warmed before giving them to baby.
While warm milk is certainly more appetizing, it’s completely fine to serve baby food and drink at room temperature or even cold (but not freezing of course). It’s certainly easier for you during night feedings and when you’re out to have a flexible baby who will happily drink cold milk instead of having to go through the hassle of heating it.
6- Fruit juice is good for baby.
Well, yes and no. One of the best things about fruit is the fiber that comes with it. With juice you’re just getting water, sugar and some nutrients. Pure, unsweetened, preferably diluted fruit juice is fine and healthy once a day, but a whole fruit will always be a better choice.
7- All babies need to take extra vitamins.
It certainly depends on your baby and what their pediatrician recommends. But generally speaking, the average healthy baby who eats a good range of foods and has regular meals probably does not need to take extra vitamins unless prescribed by their doctor.