Here’s how to present solid foods to your child and learn how not to error.
Has the baby completed 6 months? Oba! Time to offer the first solid foods to him. To ensure your child begins life with a proper, balanced and healthy diet, check out the expert tips below.
If family and friends insist that you give your child puffs before the 6th month of life, say no. The only food he needs at this stage is breast milk , which is very rich and complete.
Fruits to start
After 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding, the baby’s initial contact with solid foodsoccurs . The most recommended recommendation is to start by offering a fruit to the day, shaved, kneaded or in the form of puree. Mango, orange, melon, watermelon, persimmon, cherry … Avoid only those that have many seeds, such as kiwi, strawberry, pita and fig, because they are difficult to digest at this stage and can cause food allergy . After a while, arrange the baby’s routine by inserting the breast milk with more servings of fruit – two to three throughout the day.
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Introduced the fruits, it is time to meet the salty ones, still in the sixth month of life, always interspersing with the blowjobs. Offer cooked foods (which are easier to digest) and knead with a fork. Vegetables, vegetables and proteins (beef, fish, chicken or pork) are healthy and very important. By the 7th month, the food should already have small pieces that the child can chew. Consistency should change gradually over the next few months, so that at 12 months of life, it is close to that consumed by the rest of the family.
Remember that your baby needs fresh, healthy food. It should not consume processed and industrialized items because they are filled with dyes, preservatives, fat, salt, sugar and other ingredients that do not do health good.
The introduction should be done gradually and with a lot of patience. As laborious as it may be (a child can refuse food , cry, make a face or mess up the whole kitchen), remember that this is normal. It’s just a phase and it will pass.
You can offer the food to your child in the traditional way, in a small spoon, or adopt the BLW (Baby-led Weaning) method, in which the baby takes food alone to the mouth.Among the BLW’s basic guidelines are: to offer the food preferably in natura instead of preparing baby food , to opt for varied foods, to always put the child seated and to interact with her at mealtime. More guidelines, provided by the American Society of Pediatrics, can be checked by clicking here .
A letter up the sleeve that helps in food acceptance is the moderate use of seasonings suchas garlic, onion, olive oil, parsley and chives. They enhance the taste and are healthy for the child.
Without salt and sugar
Throughout the first year of life, the child does not need salt and sugar. So do not even think about sweetening the fruit or adding salt or spices ready in your child’s food. These ingredients mask the true taste of food and can still be harmful to health in the long run, contributing to obesity and hypertension.
None of this
Fast-food , candy, soft drinks and industrialized products should not be offered because they contain too much fat and sugar, which contribute to overweight children. In addition, another item that can not be in the baby’s diet in the first year of life is honey (which carries the risk of botulism, a disease that hits nerves and muscles and may even kill).
Until recently, natural juices were normally offered to babies. Currently, however, they have been avoided by pediatricians and nutritionists during the first year of life. This is because, when making a juice, the fruit fibers are lost and the excessive consumption of the liquid can hypostasis the infant pancreas, raising blood sugar, and consumption of “empty” calories. The ideal, according to experts, is to offer water and fruit separately.
Sources consulted: Cylmara Gargalak Aziz, pediatrician, member of the clinical body of the Hospital Sírio Libanês (SP) and member of the American Society of Pediatrics; Karen Martins, Maternal-Child Nutritionist at Estima Nutrition (SP).