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This is a discussion on Baby First Foods within the Introducing Solids & Feeding Your Fussy Toddlers forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; Taken from Motherhood (August 2007 issue) Feeding babies solids require care and attention, largely because of the immature body systems ...
Taken from Motherhood (August 2007 issue)
Feeding babies solids require care and attention, largely because of the immature body systems of infants, which may not be able to handle some foods.
Initially, solids will supplement milk but this will gradually reverse as your baby grows. Serving a good variety of foods becomes important so as to provide the nutrients necessary for your baby's growth and development.
Dos and dont'ts
What you choose to serve your baby would depend a lot on your personal experience and culture. That said; always choose foods that suit your baby's abilities and age. The texture of the foods must be appropriate, too, so that your baby can learn how to chew and swallow. In addition, take note of the following:
Do not add soy sauce or salt into baby's food. Babies do not have an acquired taste for seasoned food. Moreover, the additional sodium load may stress their kidneys.
By the same token, do not add sugar and avoid serving canned fruit in heavy syrup. Serve unsweentened fruit juices. Dilute it with water and give it to Baby in a cup instead of a bottle as the latter can cause early childhood cavities. Do not serve excessive juice as this can cause diarrhoea.
Do not add fats such as butter or oil, unless advised by your doctor or dietician. Small babies cannot digest these easily.
Introduce one food at a time. Allow a few days in between each new food you serve to baby. This makes it easier to identify any food intolerance or allergies.
Sit your baby in a chair when eating, and always supervise him.
There are some foods that should not be served to infants at all. Never feed a baby under 12 months' old honey as it may carry botulism spores. The young digestive systems of babies are not mature enough to destroy harmful spores, which may remain active and produce a deadly toxin. Likewise, raw eggs and unpasteurised milk may be sources of infections that are dangerous to infants.
Be extra careful with foods that can cause choking. Do not serve solid foods that are hard, small and round, such as candies, popcorn and whole grapes. Whole nuts, too, should be served only after your child is three years' old. Sticky foods such as raisins and chewy sweets are often hard for young children to handle, so it's best to avoid giving these until your child is at least four years' old.
Needless to say, foods high in salt like salted crisps, carbonated and caffeine-containing beverages should be avoided. Nutritionally, they do very little good, if at all, for babies.
With some care and planning, your baby will be able to move on to slids smoothly, and get sufficient nutrition. Happy feeding!
This is an exciting time for both you and your little one. Do remember that milk should still remain the main source of nourishment. Giving solids is only meant to expose the baby to different kinds of foods and to get him accustomed to spoon-feeding. So offer a small amount of food (e.g. a quarter of a teaspoon) and gradually increase it over a few meals. Strain, blend or puree foods so that their consistency is only slightly thicker than milk for the baby to lick off the spoon easily. Here we show you how to perk up your baby's palate with these tasty and nutritious treats.
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This does not apply to toddler of 1 year old plus right regarding soya sauce?
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Great articles for all mummies.
It is handy for us too.
Hi thanks for the info. I'm 1st time here, i find it very interesting and informative. My baby is 5 mths now and i was keen to let her start weaning, but a little scared cos like many things to know beforehand . Need to read up more 1st.
thxs 4 e info
Thank you for the info. It is advisable to let your child eat solid food when s/he has growing teeth after 7 mths esp as it will help the teeth to grow strong and healthy.
Btw, my mother in law always insist my dear son will get to eat anything and everything when he is able to. I totally disagree. I dont want my dear son to grow up getting used to the 'junk food' taste, aka sweet and savoury food. I am some what health conscious and I will not allow him to binge on food with empty calories esp when he is still young.
How do I convince my mother in law to feed him only healthy food without oil and salt/seasoning??
She is quite old-fashion and thinks that brown rice, broccolli and tomatoes are 'torture food' for kids. oh my gawd.
This will really help me for my 8 months old baby.Thanks for sharing.
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Great article ^^ . Thanks for sharing ~
You may want to check out my blog at Solid food introduction for Jing Yih | Ngdoghouse where I list down some of the first food I plan to feed my boy. so far he is taking them fine =)