Your baby is breastfed or use formula only for the first 6 months of his year. After that, he starts to learn how to eat other foods such as cereals and fruits. Baby weaning is so important because it will set a good eating habit in the future for your baby, help him to develop eating skills and many other soft skills as well as grow the love of food inside him.
However, the transition to the stage 1 of baby weaning is not that easy as there are many problems such as allergy or the baby refuses to eat. There are many things you need to know in order to be success in baby weaning such as time to start and foods to cook, to name just a few.
Here are some tips to make weaning a smooth process that new parents should know:
1. Know When Your Baby Is Ready
Normally, your baby only needs breast milk or formula for the first 6 months and that is all the nutrients and calories he needs. After 6 month, he will need more in order to grow up; this is when you should introduce solid foods to your baby.
However, different babies will develop at different rates. At the point of being 6 month old, some babies could sit on their own while some cannot. So the 6 month milestone is only for reference. You need to have a look at the other signs to make sure your baby is ready.
Here are some signs to show that your baby is ready for solid foods:
+ He is hungrier than usual. If you often feed him each 3 or 4 hour a time, now only after 2 or less hours and he cries for food . Or right after he finishes his bottle and still crave for more.
+ He can sleep through the night without waking up before. Now he often wakes up at night and cries for food.
+ He can sit on his own and his head and neck are very stable.
If you think he is ready but when you feed him and he resists, wait for some other days and try again. You should never push your baby.
2. Tips On Feeding Your Baby
At first, your baby cannot eat that much as his tummy is still very tiny. Don’t expect him to eat more than 1 or 2 spoons of the vegetable puree or baby rice. You can increase the portion as time goes by, when your baby is more used to solid foods.
Consult the chart of how much calories, proteins fats and fiber a baby need according to their weight and their age from your doctor.
Don’t focus too much on solid foods. For the first year of his life, your baby will depend mostly on mild for his energy and nutrients. So make sure he drinks at least 500 to 600 ml of milk a day.
- What foods to avoid: there are certain kinds of foods that need to be avoided before your baby turns one year old. They are shellfish, eggs and cheese, honey and all types of nuts, which are the foods that cause food allergies more than other types. Salt and sugar are not recommended because they are not good for the baby’s digestive system.
- What food to eat: These are the foods that are both safe to eat and very healthy and nutritious.
Roots vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips and butternut squash: they are digested easily and hardly cause food allergies. You could first steam them and blend into a mixer to make a smooth puree.
Fruit like apple and pearl: They offer sweet and juicy flavor. You can could or steam them to make them softer. Later on, these fruits can be eaten without cooking.
Fruit like avocados, bananas and papayas also offer sweet taste and a lot of vitamins. They can be eaten right away as they are soft for your baby’s month.
3. What to Do On The Second Stage
Around 8 to 9 months, it is the time for a baby to develop some soft skills and start to learn how to chew. At this point, you can introduce some meat like fish, chicken and pork.
You can support your baby when he learns by changing the texture of the foods such as making thicker puree as well as chunkier pieces of diced vegetables.
When your baby is around 1 year, he will be able to chew effectively and can eat almost anything.
Here are some tips you need to know to ensure your baby has a fun and effective weaning period. Hope you find this article informative and helpful.