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Is the above needed for preparing baby's food? My understanding is NO NEED but my auntie is making me confuse...She happen to pop by my mum house and saw my mum feeding my 6 months old baby eating porridge. My mum do not add any salt nor soya sauce, she say no matter what baby food need to add in abit of salt or soya sauce. My auntie say in human body, we need the following...Is it true?
Btw, the old folks say when we first started porridge, fish should be started later? Is it true? I wanted my baby have fish daily but my mum heard from my auntie again, say can only offer 1 week later for FISH.
I'm curious, is it true? Please advice.
I never add salt or soya sauce. I strongly disagree.
I use the fish bone to cook the soup base, as for porridge can mix with vegetable , pumpkin, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrot and others.
I add cod fish to my boy porridge.
My boy start to eat porridge when he was 6.5month.
there is no need to season your babys food.No point in introducing it at this early stage.Its not very healthy.The first meat tht you shld introduce is chicken.Chicken porridge is pretty good.Fish i am not sure but i know there r some tht you cant introduce to your baby this early coz of high mercury levels.
I do not agree with your auntie, cos i have chk with my pediatrician and also during my pregnancy i have attend the child education course n from most motherhood websites, all say that babies do not need any additional flavourings in order to enhance their taste cos their tastebuds are still very sensitive n they will get to taste the original taste from whatever food you give them w/o adding further flavouring only till they turn one yr old but that doesnt mean we have to add alot of flavourings to their food after that and if not it will cause them to grow up n have a liking of very strong taste food n therefore will not fancy lighter taste food n too much of salty stuffs are bad for their kidneys, this not only apply to adults but for babies too and maybe worse...
n i dont know where your auntie get these info from, sorry for saying that... we dont have to restrict fish intake just once in a wk cos fish is the best source of food for babies and of cos not those fish containing too much mercury, you can give cod fish or 'ngoh hee' pronounce in hokkien, or even threadfin fish to them, cos fish contains omega 3 n its good for their brain development n even we, mummies during pregnancy, our gynaes also advise us to take DHA pills (fish oil pills) which contains omega n also good for both mummy n baby's brain cos we tend to be more forgetful when we r preggy... so just stick to what you usually give to your baby cos only mummies know what is best for our kids... =)
Thanks for the info!
I also read about it before just that sometimes all this aunties is making me confuse...
My previous msg mention that i would like my baby to have fish daily, but heard from my auntie saying fish should introduce a week later. She told my mum to introduce vegetables, meat etc and as for fish to be introduce later...Just having alot of ??? why fish later. I call up my pediatrician clinic before and the nurse told me fish cook with porridge can. The fish we using is Ngo fish in Hokkien...
Hi Yakii, Raeka, jasobias and Annie03,
Thanks for the info!
I am very sure this shouldnt be added as i have read about it before. Just that sometimes the older generation wanted to come in and give comments, it can be confusing for us...
Fish can be introduced as early as 6 months from what i read from the pamphlet about feeding baby i got from the polyclinic. Online websites (angmoh-based) will tell you to start on fish at about 10months or even later. i think just introduce fish that's not high in mercury shld be fine. My dear daughter started on fish at about 7months. Introduced her to threadfin and cod but she dislikes threadfin so i only gave her cod from then on. I give her a bit of fish every day. I think there's no real need to restrict how often you wanna give fish. Meat shld be given at about 8months.
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With regards to soy sauce and salt being part of one's diet, it is actually not required at all in a person's diet. We adults already obtained the recommended dose of salt per day from the non-processed sources like milk, chicken, fish (especially salt water fish), etc and even processed sources like bread, cakes, meats (ham, cured meats, cheese, dried fruits, etc) and so forth. It has become a habit to add salt and soy sauce to foods when in fact, you dont't need to.
So if adults already obtain the recommended dose of salt per day from eating normally, what more a baby? Do be careful about introducing too much salt in your child's diet or even salt from early on in your baby's diet as it may affect their future dietary habits if gone unchecked.
My step father in law who is German grew up eating salty foods like nobody's business and until today, consumes a scary amount of salt. He would add more salt in his food even though it's already salted and curded meats, which I find extremely salty, is normal for him. :/ Same goes with my mum who thinks that soy sauce is not salt (salt is salt, soy sauce is soy sauce but in fact, it's the same basic thing - to salt/flavour food). She only quit taking so much salt when the doc told her to watch her blood pressure. Even then, it's not 100% as she will complain if a dish is not salty enough although at least five other people think it's just alright.
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we only started solids (fish porridge - every day) when baber was 1 year old. Before that i only feed him semi solids (Friso Crem)
and also to add, elders have lots of ideas as they relate to their past experiences....just follow what you ddink is correct. If unsure i always refer to online baby advises coz for me i believe in scientifically proven methods hahahha~~~~
Human body NEED sodium (abundant in soya sauce and salt). BUT our food naturally has alot of it already! there is NO NEED for EXTRA salt & soya sauce added to food!
Try to keep off the additional flavouring until as old as possible. My 2.5 yo son does not have additional flavouring in his food. We use natural flavouring like pork bone soup to add flavour to his food. & the longer you keep them off, the healthier their diet will be when they grow up. Giving them extra salt from young will make them have a habit of eating salty food, which in the long run is not good for them.
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yes, i agree with all of them. Even now when i cook porridge for my 5 yrs boy, i also never add in any sauce and he'll still eat it. I'll put in tomato, carrot, red dates, wolberry...
Cos i guess somehow their thinking and kind of feeding methods tend to differ from us now but cos the child is ours, we can just listen but can dont follow their instructions...
ya ngo fish in hokkien, and I have been feeding my baby fish porridge for continously 3 days n will mix in with a bit of carrots sometimes, n after that i will give her mash potatoes also with a change n now follow by meat porridge with veg... n now i intro new fish to my baby also which is 'sheng yu' =)
How old is your baby now? I just introduce fruits (apple) to my baby cos he got constipation. The constipation cause is from the cereal, think i mix too thick. Finally my boy poo after inserting the medicine. My boy is 6 months old, how often to feed him fruits? Twice a day? And the amount? My mum told me she fed him 1/4 of the apple, is it ok?
Nice meeting you here Glad you started feeding yr baby Treston porridge. As the above all mummies mentioned. Fish can be added to the porridge to feed him. And no salt & soya sauce
Yes fruits puree - you can give him too. I did a list myself that you can start giving him: Pear, Pumpkin, Apple. I think 1/4 should b enough.
How about Vegetables Puree?
only added a bit of soya sauce in her porridge after pin turned one.
fish,i give her on alternate days cos also give pork and chicken, so take turn.
but for me, i prefer giving fish cos its softer and easier for babies to eat. would give salmon and the "ngor he" (ps, think is threadfish isit? hehe).
I used to boil stock to make my bbs porridge. That was more than enough natural flavouring for them.
As for fruits, I usually mixed puree with the cereal powder. That way I knew baby was getting some good fibre together with his meal. When we go out... this was especially easy as I'd freeze the puree the night before and bring it out in a container. Then when I was ready to feed baby, just add the cereal powder and mix.
My baby is 9mths old now, actually i never give my baby any fruits at all and i feed her porridge most of the time but i make sure that i give her water 2 to 3 times a day (morning, noon and evening) after 2 hours of milk or solid food fed n I only giving her 20ml to 30ml per water feed or can be lesser like only 10ml as long as your boy drinks water...... for the 1st water feed in the morning, you can mix in 1 teaspoon of gripe water cos it helps to clear the heatiness in the body n their bowels n can prevent constipation or tummy wind and i only use it once a day, this can be bought at any medical shop or ntuc and my gal's will poo at least once or twice daily n its quite regular n routine too...
You can also try to make your cereal less thicker cos cereal is quite heaty and also weather is quite hot now so i'm not sure if you do feed him enuff water... you can give apple like what your mum suggest, but the amount can be 5 to 6 teaspoon after you puree the apple, you can sometimes give papaya too or even small bananas but also stick it at 5 to 6 teaspoons after you have puree it or you can even give homemade apple juice or papaya juice to your boy but mix it with water of ratio like 1 portion juice to 2 portion water cos if not will be too sweet for your boy... hope this will help in your boy's constipation.. =)
When my boy is 0-6 mths, i refrain him from drinking water except the gripe water (20ml)..Doc say no need to give so we just didnt give and my boy will poo every 2-3 days. This time round its becos of the Nestle cereal, i think i mix it too thick. Water 30ml mix with 3 scoops of cereal (powder scoop) for my boy when he first started his solid food.
By when we can feed our baby 2 solid food (eg; porridge)? Currently i only give him one meal porridge for lunch, the rest all on formula milk?
May i know how much is your baby drinking his milk (ml) while he is on solid food?
No prob shulyn, ya same here... i only started giving water when my gal started solid food.. did you follow the instructions as per stated on the tin cos when i give cereal to my gal, its not really thick but somehw i find the texture dry n my gal find it hard to swallow too n she dont really like it after eating few mouths and i'm using Nestle...
Then i start feeding my gal porridge at 6mths instead of giving cereal since she dont like (only 1 solid) ... then i increase to 2 times solid (both porridge for lunch n dinner) when she is 7 mths old... and she's now drinking 180ml every 3.5hrs with 2 solid food meals... what about your boy?