Babies thrive on stability, so follow these steps to make both you and your baby a little calmer and happier.
-There are many ways to bottle feed your baby that will ensure a comfortable meal time. One option is to cradle him. Place your baby's head in the crook of one arm and put your other arm around his body pressing him to your side or holding him under his back and bottom. Lift the elbow holding your baby's head so he's incline slightly. You never wanna feed a baby when he's lying down because the formula or breast milk can flow into the middle ear causing an infection. If your baby has painful gas or acid reflux, consider sitting him on your lap so he's in an upright position. Let his head rest on your chest so he's facing out or position him sideways with his head resting in the crook of your arm. Another option is to set with your legs bend on the floor or a couch. Place your baby on the top of your lap with his head resting on your knees and his feet on your stomach. This is a good position for bonding since you can make eye contact as your baby drinks. With any position tilt the bottle so the milk fills the nipple completely. This reduces the amount of air your baby takes in decreasing his chances of developing painful gas.
Hi. I'm Hallie Scheflin from American Baby Magazine. And I'm here to talk about eco-friendly bottles. Plastic bottles are no longer made with a chemical BPA, so they're safe for baby as any other bottle. The plastic bottles can always be recycled which is why some parents prefer greener option. Glass bottles can be recycled when baby moves to a cup. Silicon sleeves can be added to help make the bottle shatter proof and easy to hold. And the new stainless steel bottles can be converted to water bottles later on.
Before you begin, clean your work area and wash your hands well with soap and water. If you're preparing the formula with tap water, run the faucet on cold for 30 seconds to minimize lead content. If you're concerned about the quality of your water, boil it for 2 minutes to sterilize. If you're using powder or concentrate, fill the bottle to the desired level with tepid tap water or cooled boiled water. Babies drink about 2-1/2 ounces per pound of body weight per day. For refrigerated formula, heat the filled bottle to room temperature in a bowl of hot water. Never microwave formula. It produces hot spots in the liquid that can burn your baby's mouth. Use the scoop provided by the manufacturer to add powdered formula to the bottle per the package's instructions--generally, one scoop for every 2 ounces of water, and make sure the scoops are level and not packed. With a small spoon or fork, stir the formula into the water until it's completely dissolved. Cap the bottle and let it stand for a few minutes so any bubbles created by stirring will have time to dissipate. You don't want them in baby's tummy. To test the temperature of the formula, let a few drops from the bottle fall on to the underside of your wrist. If the liquid feels barely warm, go ahead and feed your baby.
-Hi, I'm Juli Auclair. Welcome to Baby Basics. One of the biggest misconceptions about breastfeeding is that it comes naturally to every woman and that your baby will just latch right onto your breast and start feeding right away. Well, for some women, it can be very difficult. Right from the beginning, don't feel defeated about this. You can do it. If you're patient and you get the support that you need, your baby will be thriving on your breast milk in no time at all. So, a lactation consultant is gonna give us some important advice that may make getting started a whole lot easier. -Jessica, it seems like the baby is kind of hungry. -Uh-huh. -Jessica is a brand new mom to three-week-old Luna and she's really starting to get the hang of nursing, but she needs a little help with how to hold her baby during the feedings. -We're gonna start with a cross-cradle position. -Okay. -Lactation consultant, Stacey Brosnan, uses plenty of pillows and knows just how to position little Luna to make the feeding go much more smoothly. -So, I'm gonna help you to tuck the baby's arm underneath. That's right. Now, cup your breast using the C-Hold. All right, okay. Line her up nose to nipple with you,-- -Uh-huh. -tickle her lower lip, and when she opens wide, bring her in. Nice. Nice. -Yeah. -Luna latches right on. -So, now, how does this position feel to you? -Very comfortable. -But Luna starts to slide off the nipple a bit, nursing just on the end. -You don't want her to be on the end of the nipple. You rather have her deeply on to the breast so that she's covering a good portion of the areola. -Take a look at how Stacey gently pulls Luna's lower lip down, just a bit. -That's what we're looking for. Because if her lips are out against the breast, she can get a good mouthful of milk. -One question many new moms have is, "How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?" -Once you latch the baby on, you should listen for that nice gulping sound, you know, that audible swallowing. If a baby is doing at least about 15 to 20 minutes of audible swallowing during feeding, chances are they're getting sufficient amount of milk. -Another good way to know your baby is getting enough breast milk? -What goes in must come out. So a baby should have at least six to eight wet diapers a day, really soaked wet diapers,-- -Okay. -and at least three to four really good mustard-colored [unk] stools. Okay, Jessica, now, we're gonna practice a football hold just to give you a variety. -This hold is great for small babies and moms with larger breasts. -Your hand position is right behind the baby's neck and shoulder. Just move this. And then your arm comes right along her spine just like you have. Right. She is nice and close. And just like we did in the other position, you can use the elbow to pull her butt nice and close to you, which angles the chin into the breast and the nose up off the top of the breast. -Some moms prefer this variation of the football hold. Here, Luna is almost sitting upright. -You're gonna face front. You're gonna hold her and just bring her straight on. There you go. There you go. Sitting straight up in this position, the inner ears are stimulated and they tend to stay awake a little bit longer. One thing that sometimes confuses new moms is how to know when to switch breasts. You should start on one breast and listen for swallowing. About 15 to 20 minutes into the feeding, when your baby starts to slow down a little, take her off, burp her, and offer the other breast. She may or may not want more. -That is especially in the beginning. Many babies don't demand to be fed frequently enough to get the nutrition they need. -So Stacey says it's helpful to have a schedule. She recommends feeding your newborn eight to 12 times a day in a 24-hour period. A breastfed baby needs to eat approximately every two to three hours during the day and shouldn't go longer than three to four hours between feedings at night. -That's looks really good. How does it feel? -Just great. -But it doesn't always feel great when you're just starting to breast-feed. Stacey says your nipples may be sore at first, but you shouldn't be in pain. -I'm not talking about searing pain. I'm not talking about cracked, bleeding nipples, but just soreness. -Uh-huh. -That shouldn't persist more than maybe say two or three days. If you are experiencing real pain when the baby latches on and it persists throughout the feeding or say your nipples are cracked and bleeding, then I would say it's time to seek help from a professional. -You can always call a lactation consultant or a nurse for advice, maybe something as simple as adjusting how your baby is latching on. Finally, how do you know when your baby has had enough? -See now how she came off the breast herself? -Uh-huh. -And she seems so relaxed, you know? That's the sign of a really good feeding when the baby comes off and just sort of lays back in that relaxed state and then-- -The most important thing is not to get discouraged and don't compare yourself to other mothers. Most moms say breastfeeding gets easier as time goes on, and once you figure out what works best for you and your baby, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience for both of you. Need more advice on how to care for your newborn? Well, check out our other informative Baby Basics videos. Also, if you like more information on any of the fabulous furniture that you saw in our nursery, go to egiggle.com. Thanks for watching Baby Basics on Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family. -Thanks for watching Parents TV. -For more information, please visit our website at selectondemand.com or e-mail us at email@example.com made for On Demand.
-Hi, I'm Anne Ebeling. You're watching Parents TV. Are you tired of feeding your baby the jarred-stuff or maybe your child is ready for something a little bit more substantial but you don't know where to start. Well, fret no more, the moms here at Baby Yums in New York are about to show us some fresh, easy recipes that will satisfy the tiniest tot or even the pickiest toddler. Thomasina Forbes and Ginger Dhaliwal are some of the freshest moms in Manhattan. Hitting the kitchen to whip-up fresh healthy options for their little one, Ginger and Thomasina don't just make fresh food for their own babies, they teach other moms to do the same. And that's how their business called Baby Yums was born. -And I think that's one of the things that are clasp these days, is told parents that, you know, eating is a skill and it's important to sort of experiment with the textures and the types of foods that you're giving your child, so that they can build that skill in them and eventually have a very healthy eating habits when they grow up. -They give moms guidance, taking them through their baby's taste one step at a time. -Most pediatricians don't emphasize on what food to start. They just say, 'oh, you can start solid' and they send them to the store and there's just bunch of different jarred food that's offer out there and then they do a stage one, two, three and then they say 'okay, where do I go now, what can I buy to-- what do I buy next?' They get very confused and its better off that you just start from scratch then you don't have to go through that period. -And while the moms admit that taking time-out to prepare your baby meal is a labor of love, it may be easier than you think. -We're busy moms, we don't expect you stay in the kitchen. We don't want you to make for your infant, your 5-year old and your husband and yourself or whoever comes along. We just want you to make one meal and get on with it and enjoy spending time with your children or whatever you need to, for your personal life as well. -Plus, many of their recipes can be frozen and eaten later. So, you don't have to spend hours flaming over a hot stew. -It's very easy because you can bake-- but-- sweet potato, butternut, squash, apple, pears, all in the oven within an hour. And then you have two weeks' worth of baby food in the freezer and you don't have to do it again in another two weeks. -So, let's get to the good stuff -- the food. First up, a pear puree, perfect for your little gnashing novice. Start off by peeling the pear and slicing it into long pieces, removing the seeds as you go then just wrap it in tinfoil and it's ready to go in the oven. -Depending on the size of the pear. It will be at 375 in the oven for 20-25-minutes. -Once it's done, unwrap the tinfoil and pop it in the blender until its nice and smooth. Then you can put it in an ice cube tray like this one, which can be frozen and then found again in the refrigerator when baby needs to eat. -We particularly like this ice cube tray because it has the silicon back to it and you can actually take out the cubes very easily and each cube is one-ounce. And one tray is efficient for, like, two weeks of baby food, when they're first starting off solids. -Now for some super soft meatballs with veggies and a pasta. -These are meatballs and for beginners with not that many molars, we recommend fatty cut-off meat just because it's softer. So, instead of a 93% cut, you probably want 83% lean ground beef. -Instead of salt, Thomasina and Ginger used grated parmesan cheese in their meatballs, as well as basil, garlic, garlic powder and a bread crumbs. -So, I'm just gonna sear this. -While the meatballs are cooking, Thomasina says to go ahead and start sautéing the veggie. -And for the non-vegetable eater, you can add as many different varieties of vegetables as you like into the meatball sauce because it would hide the vegetables. It's a great way to cheat. It has onions, mushrooms, zucchini, red pepper, and if you like you can add the yellow zucchini, you can add squash, you can add eggplant, anything you like. The meatballs are sizzling a little bit, I'm just gonna turn them over. And be very gentle because they're really soft. Once the meatballs are sear just add them to pasta sauce and let the whole thing simmer for 20 minutes. -Now, in the meantime, you can cook the pasta on the side. And just keep this on the stove, so we can go on and play-- do play-doh, or do a little crayon with your child. That's it. -Now the food's all finish and ready to eat. Here we have dish cakes, super-soft meatballs with veggies and pasta, a sweet potato muffin and milk poached fish with sautéed vegetables. Now Ginger and Thomasina did say that the food is also adult friendly, so I'm gonna give it a try myself. Really, really great. For more information on how you can make your own baby food, just go to babyyums.com. Thanks for watching Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family. -Thank you for watching Parents TV; our families, our lives.
-One of the important decisions you'll need to make as a parent is whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed your new born. And even if you decide to breastfeed, you still, indicated, may choose to get the supplemental bottle. Hi, I'm Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg, author of Good Kids, Bad Habits, The Real Age Guide to Raising Healthy Children. And I'm going to give you some tips on bottle-feeding your baby. For a variety of reasons, moms may choose to breastfeed and bottle-feed at the same time. When breastfeeding, its okay to give a supplemental bottle of either expressed pressed milk or formula. Normally if you're just breastfeeding, it's good to give the baby a few weeks to get used to just breastfeeding and then you can give a supplemental bottle. On average, a new born drinks about 2 to 3 ounces every 3 to 4 hours, and that's about 8 times a day. Choosing a bottle for your baby is really a personal preference. They're many different types of bottles out there on the market. For a new born, it's really important to get a new born nipple. You want it to be a slow flow so the baby doesn't choke or have difficulty swallowing. Some moms prefer to use the disposable liners in the bottles and those are very safe, they're fine to use. They're actually very convenient but they do cost more money. What's important to hold the baby correctly when you're feeding a baby, you wanna make sure that the baby is upright and you're supporting the baby's head. And this again will help the flow so the baby doesn't choke. You wanna really make sure that the baby is not lying flat, because the baby can choke, but also the formula can get into the middle ear, and that actually, potentially can cause ear infections. There are many types of formulas on the market. The majority are cow's milk-based formulas. There are also soy formulas for those allergic to lactose or if you're vegetarian, prefer your child not have anything milk-based. There's also a specialty formulas too for severe allergies, you need have to speak to your pediatrician. But also the formulas come in a variety of different forms. There's ready to feed formulas which basically just pour right to the bottle and feed, and there's also powder and concentrate formulas which you need to make them up and add water too. Room temperature is perfectly fine to feed your baby, in fact, it's preferable. You don't need to heat up the bottles. If you're taking them right out of the refrigerator, you can just let them stand for a few minutes, and that would be perfectly fine. It's not dangerous at all and it also makes easier for moms. Definitely, do not microwave the bottles. You really have to be careful about that because the-- when you microwave it, the heat is uneven and it can be very dangerous or you can burn the baby, so no microwaving the bottles. So it's important to burp your baby to remove any swallowed air that they may have and it will make them just feel more comfortable. So there's quite a few different ways to burp your baby. You can put them up to your shoulder, just make sure you support the head, and then just pat or rub the back. Another method that I like is to sit the baby up on your lap, with one hand, support their chin and their neck, and then with your other hand on your back, again you could pat and burp the baby. And the last method is to put the baby over your legs, and with their tummy facing down, and then you can pat their back as well, and that will help them to burp. So if one doesn't work, you can try another method. With so many bottles and formulas to choose from on the market, you should have no trouble finding the right combination for you and your baby. I'm Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg for Parents TV.
-More and more women are doing it more in more places. Nursing their babies in public. -Almost everyday, you find a new story about another benefit of breastfeeding and I think more and more people are starting to get that information and choose to breast-feed. The rate of women who start to breast-feed has gone up dramatically. -Whether you're in a coffee shop, a lounge, or even a restaurant, you might see a woman with a baby at her breast. So, what's appropriate and what's not? I'll let the experts and the critics hash it out. -While many are touting the benefits of breast milk-- -We know that breastfeeding is really the gold standard, that it is what's best for babies. -Not everyone is on board with the rise in public breastfeeding. -I don't think it's appropriate. I think it's a private thing, you know. I don't think everybody should see you breastfeeding your child in or out in the open, out in public, you know. Some people agree with it. I personally disagree with it. -Well, it's a very complicated issue because, in our culture, breasts are mainly sexual. And so we-- in America, we have to create laws protecting women's right to breast-feed in public. When it's the most natural thing, you know, your baby is hungry, so you feed your baby. So, women are given very mixed messages. They're told, "You should breast-feed, it's healthy for your baby, it's a health issue, it's very important to breast-feed, but don't do it in public. Stay home." -Still a growing number of women have decided to brave those disapproving looks to keep their babies well fed. -Unless you plan on staying inside all day everyday, you really do have to confront the realities of breastfeeding somewhere other than your house. And that's why there's so much talk about breastfeeding in public. More and more women these days are breastfeeding and they're not about to change their lifestyle completely. They're still gonna go out. They're gonna take their baby and go places. And so they are de facto going to be breastfeeding in public. -Journalist and mother of two, Andi Silverman, is the author of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner's Guide to Breastfeeding. -Breastfeeding is really a matter of personal choice. You have to figure out what works best for you, what works best for your baby and your family. Breastfeeding works for some women and it doesn't work for other women. And there is a lot of pressure now to breast-feed. -If you do choose to breast-feed, Silverman says there are plenty of safe places to do so. -Outside breastfeeding if you're in the playground, if you're in the park, I mean, there are a lot of people around, there are a lot of kids around, it's-- that's a place of people, even though you're out, you can feel pretty comfortable. Inside, lots of people go to restaurants or coffee shops and you just find a quiet corner where it's not too busy, where your stroller won't get bumped, and that might be a good place. There are also all sorts of crazy ways you can get creative about how to breast-feed in public. I've done things like go into an athletic club and ask to go into the locker room. -So, Silverman says don't be afraid to nurse in public. In fact, in most states, you have a legal right to do so. -Forget about the critics. There's nothing wrong with breastfeeding. In fact, in almost every state in this country, there are laws that specifically protect women when they breast-feed in public, protect them from any sort of discrimination or harassment. -And to most people I talked to on the street were okay with public breastfeeding as long as it's discreet. -I don't have a problem with it. As long as, you know, the mom and the baby have a blanket or some kind of little coverup, then it's okay. -I think as long as it's, you know, kind of covered a little bit, I think it's fine. I don't think anybody wants to see a breast in public, you know, per se, but I think as long as it's, you know, subtle, I think it's fine. -Felina Rakowski-Gallagher, owner of Manhattan breastfeeding boutique, the Upper Breast Side, says nursing wear is all the rage for modest moms. -And you move this down and the only thing is that the baby is right at this breast. So, when you're holding a baby and-- I will show you with the mannequin. When you're holding a baby, women, what they do is they just bring the baby cross-cradle, they flick open their bra, then they lift up the clothing here, and they lower it and the baby is here. So, as you're standing and talking to someone, you're just holding the baby like this, the baby is latched on. And especially if you start doing a little bit of that dance, women, men, the UPS guy who's delivering your package, they think that you're just holding the baby. This is called Larrivo. She has just the most delicious clothing. This opens up and the breast would be exposed here and then, again, the same thing. You have this on your shoulder, the baby is here, and someone just thinks that you're holding the baby. This is the GlamourMom and the GlamourMom as you can see from the design also has the bra inside of it and-- -[unk] -And so then you have that. -But you don't have to spend a lot of money on wraps and shawls and nursing tops to achieve the same effect. You can just take a blanket and drape it over your shoulder or keep your coat on that kind of cover the baby up a little bit or wear a button down shirt with a tank top underneath, so your stomach is still being covered up. Everybody basically through trial and error figures out what works. -But in the end, whether it's in public or in private, a woman should feed her baby in the way that makes her and the baby most comfortable. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families. Our lives.
-Hi. You're watching Parents TV. I'm Jessica Hartshorn. I'm a Senior Lifestyle Editor for American Baby Magazine and I'm joined together by Heather Maclean, the author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. Today, we're gonna talk about bottles and bottling supplies. Thank you for joining us, Heather, with all your stuff. -Thank you for having me. -Okay. So, when you're gonna bottle-feed your baby- -Yes. -Which you might do whether you're doing that exclusively or breastfeeding and just wanna give an occasional bottle- -Yes. -Either way, you're probably gonna end up with bottles in your house. -Yes. -And where do we even begin to shop? -Well, that's one of the items that moms think they choose, but, actually, the baby chooses for you. It's all about what your baby will take and it's especially important if you are still breastfeeding and supplementing or using the bottle so other people can feed. The baby needs to love the bottle. So, what I recommend is buying one of everything. They're only about $4. Test on your baby and, when you find one that you love, buy as many again. -Okay. -And the real- there are many styles of bottles. There is a standard bottle and the wide-necked bottle, the angled bottle for better air flow. They don't get as many gas bubbles. There are bottle systems as well which come with special nipples to cut down on gas. Dr. Browns has a really fancy system. And then, the drop in disposal liners with Playtex. -Which can make cleaning easier. -Yes, can make cleaning easier. So, all of them, bottles are a pain to watch no matter what. But if you find a bottle that's a good match for your baby, it's well worth it. -Okay. -Excitement in thinking about it. You should just go out and get a couple of different ones- -Yes. -Maybe talk to your friends and see what [unk]. -You won't know until the baby's born. So, I would buy one of each. Don't register for the 12-pack of any kind. -Okay. -Because, then, you've ripped it open and your baby doesn't like it. -Right. -And you're done. So, just one. -Yeah. -Don't put on your registry. But it really comes down to the nipple size. -Uh-huh. -And there are 2 types of materials. There's latex which is the yellow-colored, rubbery-looking one. And then, there's silicone which there are pros and cons to both. A lot of babies like the latex better because it's softer but, eventually, it will crack and break down. You just need to replace them often. The silicone doesn't break down and they do a much better job of not collapsing in the baby's mouth. But they're very hard and a lot of babies don't like to suck on them. There are different shapes of nipples as well. You have traditional nipples. And then, you have even orthodontic nipples which are flat and, supposedly, help the baby feed more naturally. They sort of lick the hole on the side. There are odd shapes, you know, some have long teats. Some have really short teats and, especially for breastfeeding babies, what I found really works is the bigger nipples so that they can squish that up against their face. It's really comforting for them and there are even nipples with a little, almost- it's the tiniest fit rough so that the baby's used to it because moms aren't smooth like silicone. -Just a little bit of texture. -Yes. -And so, each bottle is gonna come with an array of different nipples to try for that bottle. -Yeah. So, I would buy 1 bottle and a couple of different nipples. Again, it's a small investment, but well worth it rather than struggling for 3 months with a bottle your baby hates and then you think it's formula or you think it's colic and, really, it was just his bottle. -And you start with a slow-flow nipple. -Yes. The nipples are all flow based on your baby and your baby's appetite. Some newborns can handle a medium and you can basically tell if the baby's gagging. It's too much. If the baby is, you know, sucking and sucking and spending a lot of energy and the bottle isn't draining very quickly, it's probably time to move up to the next flow. -And they're usually like a number like one is slow-flow and or something- -Yes. It goes by age for some, number for some, color for some. -A different thing on the brand. -Yes, exactly. -All right. Now, how do you handle bottles safely and keep them clean? -Well, there is a lot of safety scares right now about plastic bottles. Right now, it's VPA that's everyone's trying to avoid. What you can do is follow some simple rules to make sure you're not exposing your child to any extra chemicals. And the number 1 is never heat a plastic bottle. -Okay. -Heat the milk but not the bottle. What I recommend is to put the milk in a microwave-safe coffee mug just for a couple of seconds, just to lukewarm. Stir it up to make sure the middle is nice and even temperature and then pour it into the baby bottle. -Or see if the baby will just take milk cooler. Maybe they'll like cool milk- -Yes. -And then you can get away without heating it at all. -If you can get your baby to like room temperature milk, it's the most- -Uh-huh. -It's the easiest to work with- -Right. -Because they don't- they're not used to the chill and they're not used to warm. -And you say to avoid bottle sterilizers. Why? -Yes. Well, actually, I just think it's a not-necessary item. -Okay. -It's one of those that moms run out for, but the idea of sterilizing bottles came about before tap water wasn't safe to drink as it is now. So, if you have a healthy baby and you have safe tap water at home, soapy water is just fine. It will clean them perfectly. The other thing to keep in mind is to throw away your bottles every couple of months if they start to discolor, crack or scratch because bacteria can hide in the scratches especially the nipples if they start to look worn or discolored. Toss them and get new ones. That's the safest thing- -The safest. -To do for your baby. -And this is a cool little extra gadget that you brought. Can you explain what you do with these? -Yes. There are tons of great feeding accessories. -Uh-huh. -And the most common one is the formula keeper or the snack keepers. This is the new product by Innobaby and what I love about it is its 5 compartments that can be used separately. You can use just one, snap it off or you can use all 5 and the lid will go on all of them, but it can be used for formula or snacks or pacifiers. So, and it's really slim. It fits right in your diaper bag. So, I actually put an extra pacifier in there so it doesn't get crumbs on it and some cheerios and some formula. So, yeah, that's a great new product. -All right. This is a drying rack and a bottle brush. -Yes. -Can we put bottles in the dishwasher as well? -You can. Yes. The big thing is not to heat the bottle. Microwave can melt the bottle and change the consistency of a bottle. A dishwasher is safer and, if your child is sick, you might wanna actually go one step further sterilizing bottles and all that you need to do is either dishwasher and sterilize or you can get a pot of boiling water and dip them for like a minute. It removes the germs. -Great advice. -Yes. -Thank you, Heather. If you'd like to learn more, go to babygizmo.com and also The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide is in stores now. Thanks for watching Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family. -Thank you for watching Parents TV, our families, our lives.
-Hi. I'm Juli Auclair. Welcome to Parents TV. Whether it's an allergy, lactose intolerance or just a picky eater, there are many reasons why some children don't get enough calcium through dairy. Well, joining us today is registered dietician Tanya Zuckerbot to talk about some great milk alternatives. And Tanya is the author of the F Factor Diet. Thank you so much for coming in. -My pleasure, Juli. -So, we hear it all the time that milk is so important for kids. But why so? -Well, milk is necessary for strong bones. As a matter of fact, by the time you're done with your teen years, you have put away probably 50 percent of what you need for the rest of your live. So, those former years of our childhood are really important for getting enough calcium. And as far as the requirements for calcium go, for children ages 1 to 3, it's recommended that children get on 500mg of calcium from ages 4 to 8, you're aiming for 800 mg of calcium, and the really important years, those teen years from ages 9 to 18, it's 1,300 mg of calcium which is actually a highly recommended daily amount than even for adults. So, those teen years are really important but that's why you gotta be given-- with your children, when they're young to introduce these calcium-rich food, so that it's a habit they'd stick with throughout their teens. -What about kids who don't like milk or just don't drink enough of it or maybe don't eat a lot of dairy products. How do they-- are they getting enough? -They're not. Most of the time, for example, a lot of times when children or toddlers especially dropped their bottles, that's the last time they're gonna drink milk. And then, they tend to go for more sugary drinks such as juice or soda. Studies show that most teenage girls, in fact, 85 percent are not meeting the RDA for calcium and 60 percent of boys are not meeting the RDA either. So today, we're gonna go over some really easy and delicious ways of getting some calcium into your kids. -Okay. So, you've got some food here that has a lot of calcium in it and it's easy to incorporate into the diet. Tell us what you have. -Well, the first groups are dairy foods. And that's because, the easiest way to get calcium into diet is to really on the dairy foods. Those inherently had the most calcium. But if plain milk is not an option for kids are refusing it. What I found, as a mother myself, is that my children love the flavored milk. -Uh-hmm. -And even though, there's slightly more sugar than a regular milk due to the flavoring. It's still lot less sugar than juice or soda. And with these flavored milk, from here we had an example of banana, chocolate, and there's vanilla and there's strawberry. For a one container, you get 300mg of calcium. -It really a good dose there. -It's a lot. -Yogurt is another great source of calcium. You can get 300mg from yogurt as well. And string cheese. One of those string cheese contain about 150mg of calcium. And this is a cheese a lot of kids love and it's easy to stick into the lunchbox. -Absolutely, my daughter just loves the string cheese. She can't get enough of it. My son, is allergic to milk so he needs to eat things that have calcium in them that aren't dairy foods, and you have some examples of that. -We do. Beginning with vegetables, here's an example of sweet potato. And this is gonna have around 90mg of calcium. [unk] and spinach also other high calcium vegetables, as far as fruit go raisins naturally contain calcium around 2/3 of a cup of raisins will give you approximately 16mg of calcium and then you have Edamame. Edamame [unk] and kids love Edamame. You pick it into them-- in the pods. They like to pop into your mouth. -Right. -Even the shell-- I mean, it's just a great, great addition to the diet. And you're gonna get around 150mg of calcium from Edamame. And you can also incorporate foods that are enriched with calcium too. -Yes. And this one-- to our next group. Foods that don't naturally contain calcium but are fortified. And here we have orange juice. A container of orange juice around a cup is gonna give you 300mg of calcium which is the exact same amount as a cup of milk. So that's huge, if you know, when you're giving your child beverages. Think about the calcium-fortified orange juice as an alternative to milk. And then we have a serial here, golden Grahams. Believe it or not, if you see here, they have a good source of calcium on the box. And if you serve this with a cup of milk, you can get as much as 350mg of calcium into your child. So, think about even breakfast foods-- -Right. -Between orange juice and the Golden Grahams, you're meeting half the RDA. -They do pretty well there. -And then, if you're looking for something little salty, little, you know, crunchy-- cheeses. You know, [unk] the cheese, that's also gonna have some calcium around 60mg of calcium. -Okay, now what about supplements, if your child doesn't like any of these things. Can you give them something else too? -You can give your child a calcium supplement or a multivitamins. It's gonna have calcium. But studies do show that the bio-availability of calcium from supplement is not as high as some food. So, always think food first. If you're not concern, of course, you can always supplement. But, we're gonna show you some really easy examples of breakfast or lunch that you're gonna need all your calcium needs through foods alone. So, it really is quite simple to do and when you're using food, you're also getting many other benefits such as vitamins and nutrients and fiber and other things that kids need. -Okay. Let's start with the breakfast you were talking about here. -Okay. So this is a breakfast, which is an oatmeal. And we've made this with some skim milk. We're getting the calcium from the oatmeal and the milk served with a cup of yogurt and some of this calcium fortified orange juice. And this breakfast has 850mg of calcium. -Wow, that's fantastic. -That's a day's worth. It's a day's worth with just a breakfast. -You don't even have to worry for the rest of the day. -You don't have to worry. -However, you can have it in your lunch too. Tell us about we have here. -Yeah. And this is great. This is a sandwich made with calcium fortified bread. I don't think a lot of people don't think of bread is a source of calcium. But, if you find the right brands and this one is, you know, marketed just for kids. This has around 160mg of calcium per size. -Wow, that's fantastic. -A lot. The kids love white bread. -If you ever making a sandwich, that's right 320mg. And we serve some Edamame, and here we have some chocolate soy milk. -My son's favorite. -So, this would be a perfect lunch actually for your son who you said is lactose intolerant, because there is no dairy item in here. All the calcium are coming from fortified foods and foods that naturally contain calcium. So, here, you have the chocolate soymilk, and here you have Graham crackers and Graham crackers are also a fantastic health. -Thank you so much. All great ideas for Moms who just don't know what to do to get more calcium into their kids' diet. Thank you for coming in. -Oh, it's my pleasure. -Great to meet you. -You too. -And thank you for watching Parents TV. Your source for the best information for your growing family. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives.