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Cereals and food diversification

Cereals and food diversification

When do we introduce cereals into baby's diet?

  • In the first six months of the baby's nutritional needs are covered by breast milk or formula. Breast milk contains the optimal amount of nutrients plus antibodies needed for the baby to grow healthy. Breast milk changes as the baby's nutritional needs change.
  • Babies should not eat cereals or other foods for up to 6 months for several reasons. For starters, they are not ready to swallow solid foods. A baby is not able to walk a solid food from the tip to the base of the tongue so it can be swallowed. Instead, they tend to spit what goes into their mouth (innate reflex). Studies show that babies can develop allergies if solid foods are introduced too early.
  • Around the age of 6 months the baby's digestive system will be better prepared to handle solid foods. Your baby will show you that he is ready. With age, you will be able to move the food to the base of the tongue and swallow.
  • After fruits and vegetables, choose instant gluten-free cereals (rice, corn and tapioca) for up to 6-8 months. These are enriched with iron, now necessary in the diet of the child. It starts with a very small quantity (a measure or a teaspoon), mixed in your milk or formula (meal from 18 o'clock). Gradually increase the quantity of cereals by 2 measures per meal.
  • Soon, cereals will become an important part of baby's nutrition. As the child learns to swallow, you can increase the texture and texture of the cereal mixture.
  • In the evening, at bedtime, if it is still awake at night, you can prepare milk with cereals, give the feeling of satiety more time.
    When should I introduce cereals into baby's diet? It's a common question among baby moms. Every mother knows her child best and observes when she is ready to receive solid foods.
    Ana Maria Stan
    www.babyblog.ro
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