Introducing solid foods to baby is exciting and rewarding – but it may be difficult to know exactly how and when to begin.
The baby must be at least four months of age – in front of their immature digestive systems are difficult to cope with solid food. Most health professionals, but advise to wait until the baby is at least six months of age, to reduce the risk of food allergy.
The baby’s age is not the only factor and other factors are taken into account to evaluate whether the time the baby’s first foods.
Look for signs ready for the baby – did you watch with interest when eating, following the development of a plate of food in the mouth? This increased interest in solid food also indicates that he is ready to try it yourself.
Not the baby seems unsatisfied after the usual milk feeds, or he wakes up at night after sleeping on it? Although these symptoms may increase appetite, they also evoked uncomfortable teething. It is important to try and determine whether or not the cause of teething, so as not to introduce solid foods before the baby really needs it.
A baby with good head control and be able to sit, because it makes it easier to swallow. The younger babies can not sit unsupported, but it is very important that appropriate support, if that is the case.
The decision to solid food into the baby’s finally you and your child’s doctor. You may feel pressure to other people – especially the older generation – that the baby solid food before a doctor recommends. It is important to note that much research has been done to ensure that this advice, and this information is simply not available in the past.
So what is the best first food for baby? Le
Baby rice is easily digestible, single-grain cereal, is the ideal food to start. It can be mixed with heated milk or formula, so the taste will be familiar to the baby. Initially, you can mix it up to a fairly runny consistency that your baby will find it easy to cope with the texture a bit thicker with each subsequent feed.
About a tablespoon of baby rice to the perfect start. Try it out, which is the first solid feed around lunch time, but keep the edge off your baby’s appetite for giving some of the usual milk feed before the baby rice. If you get too hungry, he will be frustrated and sad.
He responds well to supportive gestures and smiles, so stay calm and do not worry, when you push the food back out of his mouth! Most babies this is the first instinct, and this is the “tongue-thrust” reflex will subside as you get accustomed to the new and unusual textures he experienced.
If it does not seem interested simply in search of food, and try again the next day or a few days later. You should not try to force them to eat, because it is traumatic for him and the only things more difficult. Finally, there is no rush – at this stage, breast milk or formula is meeting all the nutritional needs.
After the baby is comfortably enjoying baby rice, then try to introduce pureed with fresh vegetables. It is worth noting that some babies do not like baby rice, and vegetables do you eat to begin immediately.
Introduce only one new vegetable at a time, so four days between each new food. This will help you identify foods to cause allergic reaction in your baby or digestive problems.
Some good vegetables to introduce the first baby food butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, swede (or rutabaga) and white potatoes. These can be boiled or steamed, then pureed. Alternatively, baked sweet potato is the skin and soft flesh scooped out, ready to serve – an immediate, healthy baby!
You can try combining several different vegetables in a delicious new flavors – green beans such as parsnips, sweet potatoes and squash and swede (or rutabaga), and carrots. The possibilities are endless!
After the baby is enjoying fruits and vegetables can be added to the menu. Good choice of pureed banana, avocado and cooked, pureed apples and pears. Citrus fruits should be avoided in the first year, because they cause allergic reactions.
Something very different, try combining fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples or bananas, sweet potatoes, a few unusual but enticing new flavors.
Follow your baby’s lead and increase the quantity and frequency of food as your appetite dictates. I always look at any of the symptoms of allergic reactions and discuss any medical concerns.
Above all, have fun with the introduction of baby’s first foods – choosing and preparing fresh and healthy ingredients, you can get him a wonderfully healthy start. BOLA TANGKAS