Lack of food appropriate for babies from the earliest age, can deprive them of the nutrients necessary for optimal physical and intellectual development. So you must ensure complete nutrition, healthy and appropriate diet for your child, according to each stage of his life.
In this article we will see some good pointers to follow, and we recommend consulting your pediatrician and coordinate with appropriate weekly diet.
Food from birth to 6 months of age
At this stage all the necessary nutrients for your baby is found in breast milk. Breast-feed your child not only suitable, but creates a special bond and promotes most optimal development from all levels.
If you had breastfeeding problems, in many countries there are milk banks where mothers donate excess; you may enroll in the program to receive daily milk, and if you don’t have access to this system, there are dried formulas that are prepared at home, and have an adequate level of nutritional inputs for babies of this age.
Food from the 4-6 months and up to 8 or 9 years
As early as 4 months of age, you can begin to supplement feeding your baby with proteins and vitamins of soft foods such as porridge. Continued breastfeeding (or bottle with breast milk) and begins slowly to incorporate pureed vegetables and fruits, in a small serving per day and then gradually increase the regularity with time.
The most appropriate porridges are apple, banana, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets and other vegetables. Prefers fresh, home cooked and liquefied for easy absorption.
After 8 months, begins to incorporate well larded meats, cereals, flours (such as liquid polenta or cooked pasta) and rice, always well cooked and soft texture, because the baby is just starting with his teething.
General advice on baby food
- Avoid prone foods to developing allergies, such as peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, chocolate, oranges and other similar.
- When you introduce a new applesauce or food, give it to try in a tablespoon and wait one or two days before repeating the consumption to verify that allergic reactions or other conditions do not occur.
- Do not add sugar to the contributions of baby food. You can add just a tiny pinch of salt, although this is not essential for feeding.
- Always wash and cook their food thoroughly to kill bacteria and prevent adverse health conditions.
- From 8 months of age, your baby may begin to ask for water. Always serve him bottled or boiled water.