Our children’s organisms develop very intensely since the first day of their lives. The healthy diet of our babies is a fundamental issue to concerned parents. How to ensure healthy food to the little ones? According to specialists’ recommendations, babies should be breastfed or drink modified milk until they are six months old, and milk should be the main element of our child’s diet until they turn one year old. As the same time it is recommended that you can begin introducing cereal products to your baby's diet since the age of 4/6 months. They are perfect as the first solid food products eaten by babies.
Did you know that...
Your baby can start eating cereal products from the age of 4/6 months.
Millet, buckwheat or rice porridge is the best choice to start with.
Milk-free porridges can be combined with modified milk or mother’s milk.
You should add new products one at a time.
Baby meals should be calorie-rich.
Make sure to introduce your baby to gluten before 12 months of age
You should create a nice setting for your baby to enjoy their meals.
Find out how to introduce cereal products to your child’s diet.
If you observe that your baby:
- is interested in food,
- can sit confidently supported by a backrest, holding its head securely,
- pretends to be chewing food,
- can grasp food and reach its mouth with it,
- is over 4 months of age ....
... you can start extending its diet with cereal products.
Remember that ...
each child is developing at its own pace. Do not introduce solid food products too early, as it may pose a risk of choking or other serious consequences, including situations when your child will find eating unpleasant. Make sure your child has a permanent place to have meals. Baby high chairs, the same bib and the related routines will do the trick. Try not to have your child watch cartoons while eating or make an extraordinary situation out of a meal (flying airplanes, etc.) Try to focus your child’s attention on food using a nice-looking colourful plate, and later on with faces arranged from fruit mousse or from fruit, if you baby already has teeth.
The introduction of cereal products to an infant’s diet most often starts with millet, buckwheat or rice porridge (as there products are gluten-free by nature). It is not difficult to prepare porridge for your child. Here is something that might help you with it: (link). Make sure that porridge is properly chilled on serving. Some children are very sensitive to heat. Begin with one type of porridge first, and check how your child responds to a given product. It is best to start with a milk-free porridge which can be easily prepared with modified milk or mother's milk.
Gluten products, such as wheat, einkorn, hull wheat, oats or other cereals containing gluten may be introduced to baby diet as the next ones. Baby and child feeding specialists recommend the introduction of gluten products no later than when the child is 12 month old. After introducing gluten products, observe your child and its reactions. Sometimes it might be necessary to introduce products with gluten a bit later.
In time, you can add fruit purée or mousse. Millet porridge with carrot and cinnamon seems like a good idea (check out the recipe). Feed your baby with a bottle before night time, and in the morning try to serve porridge to your baby with a spoon.
Food and healthy play
Children discover food for the first time. They want to do it will all their senses. Children will put their hands in the bowl, catch the spoon, and smear the meal all over the table top, they will spit and dribble. Parents, be patient!!!
In addition to fruit and vegetables, cereals are the first products with which you can expand your baby’s diet. Pay close attention to your child and once they are ready, try adding some cereals. Take it slow, introduce new products one at a time. Once your baby has gotten used to eating porridge from a bowl, you can add some boiled fruits and even carrot or pumpkin. Do not add any sugar and salt – let your baby get used to the natural taste of cereals.