Feeding the baby - when and with what?

Feeding the baby - when and with what?
Feeding the baby - when and with what?

Feeding the baby happens after it turns 6 months old The purpose of feeding is not to replace the portion of formula or breast milk with puree or porridge, but to introduce the child to a different taste, aroma, color and consistency of food. Babies have a natural reflex to tongue most things that enter their mouths, especially unfamiliar ones. This keeps them from suffocating, but once they crawl, this reflex disappears as the baby begins to explore the world with its mouth and try different objects. That's why it's normal if the baby pushes his first spoonful of solid food Don't immediately think that he refuses it because he didn't like it. Be consistent, but also carefully monitor what signals your child is sending you, after all, you know them best.

Wait until you know he's going to be hungry, but not too hungry, because then he'll quickly get nervous about new things and insist on a breast or a bottle.

Put him in a sitting position, don't forget a bib and pass the spoon. What is it full of? gluten-free foods are recommended in the first months. Gluten is found, for example, in wheat. So you can try with:

  • pumpkin puree
  • mashed potato
  • rice porridge

Most mothers prefer to feed their child precisely these foods, because starting with sweet purees - for example pear or apple, can stimulate the baby's taste for sweets and then he will not want to eat the naturally less sweet vegetables purees.

On the first day, give one spoonful, on the second - two, and so on until gradually replacing one meal with puree or porridge. Supplement with breast milk or formula.

Don't worry if your child isn't thrilled with the new food. Don't force him but wait a week or two for him to forget the experience and try again. However, there is no adult who has remained on milk. You can mix the mashed potato with breast milk or formula to make it more liquid and bring the taste closer to the one the child already knows. Introduce a new puree every week. Watch for possible allergic reaction - redness and rashes.

Don't be surprised if the consistency and smell of the stool changes after the child has eaten food other than milk. Note that mashed potato and rice porridge are astringent, while pumpkin and pear are loosening.

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