Baby food diversification is a complex process that must adhere to the essential rules. Solid foods cannot be introduced anyway, anyway and in any way. Not everything is about age and product choices. There are some interesting things, tricks and discoveries that you must know and consider before starting diversification!
1. Doctors recommend starting diversification in infants after 6 months of age to those breastfed and after 4 months to those fed with powdered milk. It has been shown that if you start introducing solid foods earlier than recommended, there is a higher risk of developing food allergies. This is because the intestinal tract of children is not sufficiently developed to cope with them.
2. Babies fed with milk formulas who are introduced to solid nutrition earlier than necessary risk becoming obese until the age of 3 years. It is interesting that not the same thing has been noticed in babies who are breast fed.
3. One of the problems of parents after beginning the diversification is to get used to the children with new tastes. Many times they go nuts for the taste of new foods. Specialists argue that this could be facilitated by starting a diversification at an older age, ie from 6 months upwards.
4. Breastfed babies easily digest new food than those who are fed powdered milk. It seems that in the breast milk there are some enzymes that help the digestive system to better support the new textures.
5. Don't start giving your child to eat solid foods in industrial quantities. You have to know that in the beginning you only have to give them one serving a day. Only at 7 months the nutrition should contain 2 solid meals a day, and at 8 months 3 servings.
6. You must enter one food at a time in diversification. Never mix more foods. This is essential for finding out which foods your baby is allergic to. The rule says to introduce one food and wait a few days until you introduce another, because sometimes allergic reactions do not occur immediately.
7. There are some foods that are extremely healthy for children, but which should not be introduced immediately, at the beginning of diversification. For example, cow's milk or soy or honey should be introduced only after 1 year of age, when the baby's digestive system matures enough to support them. And with fish, eggs or citrus you have to be careful when adding them to the menu!
8. If you start introducing solid foods it does not mean you have to give up breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Milk, be it breast milk or powder, remains the main food in the children's menu until the age of 1 year.
9. Diversification begins with foods that fit as much as the texture and taste with the milk that babies are used to. For example, if you are breastfeeding your baby then you must first give her a sweet food that comes close to the taste of breast milk. You can start with banana, but only crushed and made pure. For children fed powdered milk, a good choice for the first solid foods is the cereal mix with milk specially created for babies.
10. Give him solid food when he and other people around him eat. Even babies, not just older children, like to imitate what big people do, so if he sees that the pope's world, he will be willing to chew, like them. Also, if you get him to eat while he sees others eating, you will encourage him and help him use the spoon faster to feed himself.
11. Avoid salt and sugar in baby nutrition with the diversification! They are not like us, who feel that it is a little salty or not sweet. If you get used to it as a child with salt and sugar, it will develop unhealthy habits at maturity. Not only do they not need these, but they also make them worse and predispose them to diseases when they grow (obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, etc.).
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