Introducing Your Baby to New Foods

The journey of young parents through various milestones since the birth of their baby is indeed unique. Much appreciation and kudos for jumping onto the world’s toughest job! 
Babies are adorable and unpredictable. Through all phases of growth they demand attention, care and love. One such important phase is the shift from relying completely on mother’s milk to the introduction of solid foods.

There is no special order of foods to be followed but parents must ensure that all nutrients are covered and allergies are kept at bay. Here is a guide to the most simple and nutritious diet for your dear little one. 

Start with pureed foods
Medical practitioners today recommend introducing pureed food items a little before the baby hits the 6 month mark. At this stage, complement breastmilk or formula milk with home-made vegetable and fruit purees like carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, pears and bananas. No salt or sugar is required at this stage. Paediatricians do not recommend any particular order of feeding but suggest waiting for a day or two between introducing new items in order to understand the compatibility of the dish with the baby’s system. 

Move onto semi-solids
By the time your baby is 7-8 months old, its food preferences would have taken a firmer shape. It is now time to introduce legumes and meat for that extra dose of protein to the developing muscles. Pureed chickpeas, beans, lentils, chicken and fish can be introduced in small quantities and with a tinge of salt. Iron fortified baby-cereals are also a good alternative at this stage. 

More teeth and more solids
With the white pearls jutting out and more curiosity surfacing in your baby’s behaviour, 10 months is a good time for introducing finger food.  Try handing over a piece of bread or a slice of apple to see how those little fingers work around it. Pasta, soft cooked vegetables, finely cut fruits, pureed meat are staples during this stage. 

Leave behind all the folk tales! 

No eggs and nuts until 3 years of age!

Do not start with fruits to make babies develop taste for vegetables!

Leave behind all these tell-tales. Always trust your paediatrician and believe that the best way for health and wellness is the simple home-made food that is full of love and care.  
A quite frantic neighbour once exclaimed that the best he has done for the wellness of his new born is to sign up with one of the best health insurance companies! While this is a significant move, the first step towards a better life is paying attention to the smallest details of the little one’s diet.

 


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