When the baby turns six months old, he is ready for weaning. The mum should start giving him soft solid foods, juices, and purees. It is, however, important to also include milk feeds such as formula and breastmilk in their diets during the introduction. This helps the baby to transition smoothly into solid foods.
HOW TO CHANGE THE FEEDS
As you go about the process of introducing the baby to solid foods, remember that their systems are not used to that kind of food. They can only take tiny amounts of the food as most of their nutrition will still come from breast milk or formula milk.
As most babies start weaning fully at six months, you can start introducing them to the solid food at four months. At first, they may refuse to eat, but when they eventually come around, they will only take a small amount at a time. Remember to cajole them softly without pushing too hard, or the results will be devastating.
You can start feeding them only once a day, then twice and so on. Do not make them part of a major meal. At the eighth and ninth months, however, you can incorporate the solid foods into their daily meals and feed them as breakfast, lunch, and supper. You can then start giving them solids as the primary meals at the tenth months and transform entirely by the first birthday.
Nutrition wise, it is essential that the baby’s foods contain iron. It is crucial for the baby’s growth and development such as the formation of bones and transportation of oxygen. Some foods that may contain iron include legumes, cereals and meat (beef, poultry, and fish).
Your baby’s first foods should also be very smooth, preferably with no lumps. Purees are perfect and can easily be made in a blender. The important food groups to include in your baby’s diet include:
In conclusion, not all babies are the same. Some may wean a little later, some earlier. Be careful not to rush your baby into solid foods when they are not ready. You can also get them a toy or companion like the peek a boo singing elephant
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