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Here's a tip that'll save you a lot of unnecessary worry: the first time you feed your infant kiwi fruit, don't be surprised to find the tiny black seeds in his or her diaper. Let's just say a certain someone did that and completely freaked to see little “bugs” in the baby's poop. Of course, they weren't bugs at all. Phew. What a relief.
It's healthy to introduce new foods into your baby's diet, just do it gradually. You don't have to be a mathematician to memorize this formula: New Food = New Poop. Try a new food for a few days to see how your baby responds. If the baby seems to be fussier than normal, remove the food from the baby's diet and maybe try it another time.
Unfortunately, there's no way to tell if your baby is going to be allergic to a certain food unless you try it. Be very careful about introducing peanut butter, eggs, or seafood into the baby's diet. Remember those “preparing for baby” books you read from cover to cover when you were pregnant? It's not a bad idea to buy a similar book on how to introduce new foods into your baby's diet, or better yet, consult your doctor for advice.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|