Baby nutrition in the first months
When the baby be born, begins an exciting time for parents. Besides the joy new mothers and fathers are often disappear, especially when it comes to the baby nutrition. Which milk is the right one? How to prevent allergies? Which porridge at what time? Should I cook the food for the baby themselves or prefer to buy ready-made meal? For infants in the first year, there is fortunately a simple eating plan. And if – as often happens in life – not everything goes smoothly, support numerous tips and offers of assistance, and then your baby will be healthy.
Proper milk for the newborn
In the first four to six months breast milk is the perfect food for babies. Breast milk is perfectly composed, protects against allergies and strengthens the immune system. But who can not breastfeed, need not despair. So-called infant formulas come very close to breast milk. These are milks with “Pre” or “1” in the name. So-called follow-on milk with the numeral “2” may only be given if the infant already eating solid food.
Milk of cow, goat, sheep, or mare inappropriate
Not recommended are self-made variants from cow’s milk or milk from other animals. In the household, it is extremely difficult to achieve the right composition. Also should not be underestimated the risk of allergy. For allergy-prone children breastfeeding is the best choice. Alternatively, special allergen-reduced infant formulas may be used. They can be identified by the words “HA”.
The first porridge from the fifth to seventh month
Depending on the development of the baby has arrived, the time between the fifth and seventh month, when milk alone is no longer sufficient for the baby. Now slowly a vegetable-meat and potato mash should be introduced. First start at noon with a little carrot purée. Does it work well, can then be given meat added gradually and potato. It is important to the addition of fat, for example, a spoon rapeseed oil. Try soon other vegetables, such as Cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini or spinach. The flavors characterizes the taste preferences via the infant age.
Next steps: cereal, milk and fruit
The child has no problem to eat noon porridge, and for dinner he can eating a milk porridge. Ideal are wholegrain cereals. With some fruit juice porridge not only tastes better, the vitamin C contained in it also improves the absorption of important mineral substance of iron.
Next, the child receives the afternoon a milk-free fruit cereal porridge. Whole grains even recommended. As a fruit ingredient are well suited bananas, apples, pears, apricots, peaches or nectarines.
With family eat from the 10th month
Soon the child is interested more and more of what the family eats. The first teeth want something to chew. From the 10th month it must like to eat bread or rolls and softer, less spicy foods. However, no hard foods or small pieces, where it can be swallowed. Also roasted meat and flatulent foods like cabbage or legumes are not suitable for children under the age.
What’s better: ready-made or cook yourself?
Both have their advantages. Who cooks itself, can choose the ingredients in a targeted and knows exactly what is in the pulp in it. The in-house production is often cheaper. And many parents just want to cook with love for her child. On the other hand, will cost a lot of time cooking. The right composition and hygienic production requires sufficient knowledge. For purchased ready-made speaks for the hygienic production. In addition, baby food is practically free of pollutants due to strict legal requirements. Last but not least the ready-made are durable and convenient to take.
Preparing baby food properly
When cooking baby food is needed special care. Use fresh ingredients that still contain the full spectrum of vitamins and other essential nutrients. Organic foods can help to reduce possible pollution. Hands, utensils and food should be thoroughly washed. Important: the composition of the pulps must be right. So always measure ingredients accurately. Salt, sugar, or strong spices are not for the baby food. Recipes and other information, including selection of baby food in jars you can see in the Research Institute of Child Nutrition.