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Am I feeding my baby right? What foods can be given to the baby? When to start cow's milk? How much meat should the baby be given? Questions like these are intriguing to most mothers. Here are some tips on how to get through the transition period to spoon foods without any problems.
Baby with a new spoon to feed, the top of the head as well as dirty around the sink. Keep in mind that it is not easy and takes time to feed the food with a spoon. For this, prefer the time you and your baby enjoyed.
The purpose of starting additional foods is to help the baby get used to different foods. However, additional nutrients should not start early and unconsciously. For example; egg whites 9., citrus fruits before the 6th month to feed allergy to these nutrients to develop.
The baby must first be ready for solid food
The baby needs to be ready to be spoon-fed to start additional food. You can understand this from some of the movements your baby is exhibiting. Here are the criteria:
• the baby's sucking reflex is not as strong as before, rolling the tongue in the mouth and begin chewing reflexes.
• The tongue-out reflex should disappear. Because of this reflex, it is very difficult to feed the baby with a spoon since it will throw out the food given with a spoon before the 4th month with its tongue.
• It must also swallow the solid food supplied. He should be able to digest the food he swallowed. In an infant who can eat vegetable puree with appetite, the symptoms of indigestion, such as diarrhea, gas pains, vomiting, weight loss, indicate that he is not ready for vegetable puree.
Time to start additional foods
If a baby that is exclusively breastfed gets enough weight, that is, if there is insufficient breast milk, there is no need to start additional foods before the 6th month. Because breast milk is a very valuable nutrient. In addition, since it is the only period the baby can receive breast milk, it is useful to extend this period as much as possible. For infants fed with ready-made food, additional nutrients should be started between the 4th and 6th months when ready.
What can be put in spoon food?
• One of the first vegetables to be tried when starting vegetable puree is carrot because it is rich in vitamin A, carotene, vitamin C and lift. It tastes as sweet as babies can love. Carrot can cause constipation in some babies. Then it is recommended to feed with vegetables such as zucchini, broccoli and spinach which are rich in fiber.
• Broad beans, eggplants, mushrooms, okra, cabbage and leeks should not be given before the age of one.
• Vegetable puree from the 7th month of lean beef can be added. Red meat is one of the best foods that can supply iron. 20 grams at least three times a week. meat is recommended.
• Starting from the 4th month, cereals enriched with iron can be started. Rice, oats, corn, barley and wheat varieties produced specially for babies are easy to digest. From the 6th month onwards, fruit purees containing biscuits or wheat flakes can be started.
• Apples, pears, apricots, peaches, plums, grapes and bananas can be given. Citrus fruits such as kiwi, orange and mandarin can cause allergies and can be fed to the baby at the end of the 6th month.
Can cow's milk be added to the formula?
The best alternative to breast milk before one year of age is iron-enriched ready-made foods. Do not give cow's milk to a child before the age of one year, as it is highly likely to develop indigestion and allergies.
It takes 3 to 4 months for babies to get used to additional nutrients. Since most babies have their first teeth towards the 10th month, it is enough to crush the foods with a fork instead of mashing. During this period, you can give soft foods such as vegetables, bananas, cheese, bread, boiled and cooked in small slices to accustom the baby to eat by himself. What should you do if you encounter problems?
|Golden rules to accustom your baby to solid food|
|• Give your baby first solid formula at noon. Because your baby may have diarrhea or gas problem due to the solid food he is not used to.|
|• Do not try new food when your baby is hungry. Feed your child a little or give him half a bottle of milk before feeding the new food. After feeding the food, give him milk to see if he is saturated.|
|• Start with a spoonful of food the first day and increase two spoons each day. In this way, the baby becomes more familiar with solid food.|