After several months of breast milk or bottle milk, your baby is now ready to discover new foods. So, are you ready to your baby food diversification program?
Baby food diversification must be done little by little. According to the expert pediatricians, the new dishes should be gradually introduced according to age. As your baby’s body grow, he is going to need more energy; a diversified diet with some basic rules.
Food diversification occurs when milk is no longer sufficient to meet nutritional needs and being a parent, you have to gradually introduce other foods (cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.) into the baby’s menu. This fundamental step requires parents to have knowledge about both the development of the child and the main dietary principles.
Baby food diversification must start with fruits, vegetables and possibly infant cereals. You can start with carrots, courgettes without skin and seeds, but you need to go gentle on tomatoes and radish because they are less digestible.
Do not rush things and you should keep a closer check on the limits of sugars, honey, chocolate, jams and foods that are high in fat, especially when they have no nutritional value. For added fats, one knob of butter at most each meal or one teaspoon of rapeseed or olive oil is good.
Also, do not force your baby to eat. The child eats exactly to his hunger and there is no need to force him.
In the case of drink, as I said earlier, limit the intake of sugar. Avoid any kind of sodas (even light), syrups and even pasteurized fruit juices because they are too caloric and sweet for an infant. And, these food are going to increase the natural attraction for the sweetness.
Watch out for food allergies, especially if you already have a baby suffering from any of those. Regardless of the allergy type whether or not it is food, before starting with food diversification, you need to consider these seriously.
For eggs and fish, it is better to wait a year; The introduction of foods with a high allergenic potential such as kiwi and celery, in particular, are also discouraged before 1 year. Forget about products containing peanut or nuts up to 3 years.
Here is some food that you need to be very careful with when you start your baby food diversification program. Hereunder is a list of foods that can cause allergies, constipation or diarrhea in infants?
Allergenic food – egg whites, cow’s milk, fish, strawberries, oilseed (peanut, peanuts, almonds, walnuts), honey, chocolate, cereals with gluten (wheat, rye, oats, barley).
Foods that can cause constipation – rice, meat, boiled carrots, and apple.
Foods that cause diarrhea – pears, tomatoes, spinach, plums, and carrot juice.
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