Baby Care: Introducing Solid Food
Baby care can be challenging and overwhelming, most especially for first-time parents. When it comes to feeding your baby, there are quite a lot of things you must consider. Today, you see yourself shopping for pretty baby milk bottles in Malaysia, and then the following week, you are having a difficult time nursing your child. Don’t worry. Soon, you can introduce solid food to your little one. Here are some guidelines you should keep in mind when that time comes.
Eating solid food is a huge step for babies. Is your baby ready for this?
Formula milk or breast milk is the only food a newborn needs. Then, at around 4 to 6 months, most children are ready to start eating solid food as complement to formula feeding or breastfeeding.
- Add fruits and vegetables. Eventually, you can introduce pureed, one-ingredient fruits and vegetables. Don’t put salt or sugar. Wait 4 to 5 days between every type of food. This is crucial, so you can check if your kid would develop a reaction, like vomiting, rash or diarrhea.
- Offer your baby finely chopped finger food items. Most kids can handle little portions of finger food, like soft vegetables, fruits, cheese pasta, baby crackers, dry cereal and well-cooked meat.
- Take note of the nutrients your baby needs. Zinc and iron are essential nutrients which are needed by a child during their first year. These are found in iron-fortified, single-grain cereal, and pureed meat.
- Offer your baby a range of single-grain cereals like barley, oatmeal and rice.
Know what food items are off-limits.
Some food items are not appropriate for your baby. Below are some guidelines.
- Don’t offer food items and products that can cause the baby to choke. Watch out for food like huge chunks of meat, cheese, raw vegetables, grapes and hot dogs. If you want to give it to her, make sure that they are cut into small pieces.
- Don’t give her hard foods like nuts, seeds, popcorn and hard candies. Always settle for safe options. More high-risk food products are marshmallows and peanut butter. You can safely introduce peanut butter by putting a thin layer on vegetables and fruits.
- Don’t give honey or cow’s milk before your baby turns 1. This kind of milk doesn’t meet a baby’s nutritional needs. It’s not even a good source of iron, and can increase iron deficiency risk.