Thursday, 22 June 2017

How To Introduce Your Baby To Solid Foods

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When your baby is still very small, the only food in their diet should be breastmilk or breastmilk substitutes - a baby formula. However, sooner or later your baby will need to transit to adult food, and the best way to make this transition happen is to gradually introduce solids into the baby’s diet. Check out some of the most helpful tips on introducing solids and buy high-quality baby products at the lowest prices in Nigeria on Jiji:

When to start?

Many parents make the same mistake of introducing adult food before the baby’s digestive system is ready, which results in digestion problems and the loss of interest in food. According to WHO and other reputable sources, the best age to introduce solids is 6 months. Until then your baby should only consume breastmilk or baby formula; however, if the baby is having trouble gaining healthy weight, you can carefully introduce solids starting from 4 months.

What to start with?

The best first foods to give your baby are vegetables, meat, and cereals. Most parents prefer to stand with veggies, then introduce cereals, and then move on to meat. For the first few months, baby food should be pureed and completely homogenous; after your baby is ready to chew, you can leave small chunks in the food or offer pieces of fruits and veggies for the baby to chew on.

How to start?

There are a few ground rules that will make the introduction to solid foods a safe and fun experience for all parties involved. First, teach your baby to eat from a fork - don’t give cereals in a bottle, as it may damage the baby’s teeth and even lead to choking. Second, start slowly: introduce approximately one product every week, gradually increasing the serving and watching the baby’s reaction, skin condition, and digestion. After you’ve introduced several veggies, cereals, and meats, you can move through the next foods faster.

Allergy concerns

Constipation and allergy are the two most common negative reactions to the first solids, and while constipation will likely go away on its own, allergy is a much more serious concern. The foods with the highest allergy risk include raw cow milk and dairy, eggs, certain fruits and berries, nuts, and some other products. If your baby has suffered from food allergy before, better wait before introducing those foods. However, many of the modern pediatricians believe that babies have a much lower risk of contracting allergy in the future if they are introduced to allergy-risky products before they turn 1 year old.

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