Introducing solid foods in an infant's diet

Introducing solid foods in an infant's diet

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The first year of a child's life is a period of rapid growth and shaping eating habits. During this time, body weight increases three times. For the development to proceed properly: the bones are strong, the muscles are functional, the tissues are healthy, and nutrients must be provided in the right proportions with the meal.

Healthy eating habits

Most of the meals we introduce at the beginning of a child's life help build a foundation for healthy eating habits. You must also be aware of the fact that at certain times appetite increases and is less on others. This is why there are stages when a toddler seems to eat all day and refuses to enjoy his favorite dishes on others. There are also when children want to eat only specific meals.

In any case, keep calm and consistently serve all meals. If a child refuses to eat one of them, another can be given instead. However, be careful not to introduce too much fruit or sweet snacks, desserts in this way.

It is worth remembering that meal time passed in a pleasant atmosphere. One should get rid of all fears and, what may be surprising: do not try too hard. If a child notices the tension and that parents care too much, they may refuse to eat over time. Meals should be something natural and ordinary. If your toddler will accompany other household members while eating, which becomes natural over time, he may be willing to try what mom and dad eat.

Remember: no baby will starve! Each one eats exactly as much as it needs.

Where to start?

We will not encourage you here to cook meals or buy ready meals in jars. Both solutions have their pros and cons. Let everyone decide what will be better for them. At this point, attention should be paid. There is no reason to believe that feeding children with a jar jar leads to the refusal of 'normal' meals in the future. The experience not only of editorial mothers, confirms that these two facts have nothing in common. The fact that we serve ready-made dishes does not mean that we bring up a fussy eater at home!

Diet extension is recommended from serving vegetables (e.g. carrots) or cooked rice mixed until smooth. The best time is the morning, because if adverse reactions occur, they will pass by the time of bathing and putting the baby to sleep. A proven way to encourage your child to eat is to give new meals in combination with mother's milk or modified milk.

If we are breastfeeding, solid food intake is always recommended after breastfeeding. A woman's milk will act as a "cover" for new ingredients, as well as give the baby warmth and food that she needs very much. It is recommended to feed the breast and gently stop feeding (shorter feeding) and then give a small spoon of a new meal. The first feeding is best if we finish the administration one teaspoonor two, after which we will observe the child. After a few days, when the food is checked, we will be sure that it is not allergic, you can trust the baby and feed him until he shows interest in food.

The basis for the child not to force anything. Do not create pressure or create an unpleasant atmosphere, so that the toddler does not associate the time of the meal with the sad or nervous face of the parent. Smile and encourage you to try. The response on the part of the child can vary. Even if the toddler spits out the contents of the first teaspoon, it doesn't mean that he doesn't like it. However if strongly refuses to try, give up and return to the ingredient in a week. Consistent attempts to serve a new type of fruit or vegetable are most often successful.

Remember: We feed the baby with a plastic spoon. The metal can be too sharp for him and can heat up dangerously quickly.

Another meal

If your child has an expanded diet earlier than at the age of 6 months, give new ingredients 3-4 days apart, but if your baby is over 6 months old, you can reduce this time to two days.

When your toddler gets used to eating at 11 o'clock, you should move the already known meals to 6 o'clock. However, at 11 o'clock enter another, new diet component, for example fruit (mixed apple) this time.

During the day, however, it is worth ensuring that the child receives more vegetables than fruitso that he doesn't get used to the fact that the taste of a solid meal must be sweet. At this stage, it is also worth avoiding dishes with too expressive taste, for example spinach and broccoli. Better at the first stage of expanding the diet will be milder in taste: potatoes, green beans, zucchini, swede.

Indicative nutrition plan

Between the fourth and fifth months of

Day 1-3
7.00-7.30 - breastfeeding or 180-240 ml of modified milk
11.00 - breastfeeding or 180-240 ml of modified milk. One teaspoon of rice mixed with mother's milk, modified milk or boiled water (or one teaspoon of carrot from a jar)
14.-14.30 - breast-feeding labo 150-210 ml of modified milk
18.00 - breastfeeding or 180-240 ml of modified milk. On day 3: 1-2 teaspoons of organic rice served with mother's milk or MM.
22.00 - breastfeeding or 150 ml of modified milk (if needed).

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