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Homemade or From the Jar: Which Baby Food Is Best?

If your baby was fed breast milk or formula until 6 months of age and has tried fruit juices and purees, you can start introducing vegetables into your diet. Zucchini, all kinds of cabbage, green beans, and peas are considered less allergenic. Later you can introduce mashed pumpkin, carrots, etc. To the vegetable puree over time, you can add 3 ml of refined oil (olive, corn, sunflower) or 4 g of butter.

After vegetables begin to introduce gluten-free milk porridge (buckwheat in the first place, then corn and rice). But this applies to healthy children, and those babies who have frequent regurgitation or insufficient body weight introduce porridge in the first place. Do not use whole cow’s milk to make porridge, use either breast milk or formula milk.

Nuances you need to know:

  • Feed your baby from a spoon before giving milk (breast milk or artificial milk). The food must always be warm.
  • Starting complementary foods, you should introduce first days no more than half a spoon of the new product, gradually over 10 days, increasing the volume to the required norm. The next introduction of other products can be reduced to 5-7 days. This interval between doses is necessary so that you can check the reaction of the child to the new product. You need to monitor not only the skin rash but also the baby’s stool.
  • Mono products should be introduced into the child’s diet first.
  • Giving the product for the first time is better before lunch. It is not so much important eating habits, as the reaction of the child to the new food. Twice a day, the same new type of complementary food is not given.
  • If the baby is sick, or should be vaccinated, then the day of the introduction of complementary foods should be postponed. The same rule applies to each product introduced.

How to properly introduce complementary foods for a 6-month-old baby

If the new product did not like the baby the first time, do not give up trying. It is scientifically proven that a child can “taste” a new vegetable or porridge after 10-15 times. At the same time, if the baby stubbornly refuses, you do not need to force-feed him. You do not need to try to introduce your baby to the diet of several new products at once. This is fraught with allergies. First, the child should be accustomed to one new product, after a week increases the amount, and after 2 weeks get acquainted with the new product.

To introduce complementary foods, choose one daily feeding. Start by offering the baby a new product in a small amount (½ tsp.) and finish feeding with breast milk or formula, but in 10-12 days increase the portion to the desired volume (150 g), leaving this feeding without supplementation with milk or formula. As for the number of feedings, this figure is very individual and there are no strict rules. Feed your baby according to the usual pattern.

Healthy baby snacks are an interesting type of snack for babies both at home and outdoors when walking.

Introduction to meat snacks

Meat is a staple food with a high content of complete proteins, and mineral salts – iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12). The absorption of iron from meat is 3 times higher than that of fruits and vegetables. From 6 months of life, the baby needs to begin the gradual introduction of meat intake, according to the following pattern: from 1/4 teaspoon of homogeneous puree, mixing it with vegetables, and increasing its amount for 7-10 days to 30 g/day. At 9 months of age, the meat may contain small pieces. A child under 6-9 months of age is recommended to eat meat: veal, turkey, chicken, wings, and lean pork. Meat including by-products is allowed from 8 months of age.

It is important to note that if the child is breastfed, there is no need to hurry and accustom the baby to a variety of complementary foods, it will only overload his digestive system. If a baby is artificially fed, he will be experiencing a shortage of essential nutrients much earlier than the age of 6 months. The diet of such babies should be given much more attention and be sure to consult a pediatrician.