What cereals to start feeding?
Whatever useful properties of rich breast milk, the child grows up, and it becomes insufficient nutrition in the form of milk only or its substitute. It's time to introduce the baby with a new food. How not to be mistaken with the choice with such a variety? What to choose: porridge or vegetables? What cereals to start feeding? Let's figure it out.
So, complementary foods are food that is allowed to a child from 5-6 months as an addition to mother's milk or infant formula. Pediatricians are advised to acquaint the baby with new foods, starting with cereals and vegetables. If there are no problems with weight gain and there is a tendency to constipation, it is better to start with vegetables. If the child is not gaining weight well, choose cereals for the first feeding.
What kind of porridge to choose at the beginning?
Breastfed babies are better off injecting cereals, starting at 7 months, for artificial children, at 5 months. What porridge is better for feeding, a pediatrician will advise you, since the choice is huge now. It is better to start with instant porridges, powder cereals, their recipe is designed specifically for baby food, and the complex composition takes into account the needs and characteristics of the child’s body.Instant porridges are diluted with hot water, do not require boiling, which means they contain vitamins that are so necessary for the child’s body. Thanks to a special manufacturing technology, instant porridges are easily and completely absorbed. In addition, they contain probiotics, vitamins and trace elements. Abroad, such cereals are fed to children up to 3 years old, while the composition of cereals for older children is more complex and croup has a lower degree of grinding. It is better to transfer the child to homemade coarse grind after a year.
There are several basic rules for how to add porridge to supplements. Give the porridge before breastfeeding, start with a small trial volume (5-10 g. Or 1-1.5 tsp.) And a week increase the portion to the age norm. Start with one porridge, for example, with buckwheat, you should switch to another after the child adapts to the first (First week - we reach the age norm, the second - addiction, the third - new porridge, etc.). Do not enter two porridges at the same time. At first, porridge should be thin, slightly thicker than milk, with age - more dense.
Types of cereals and their useful properties
To decide which porridge to choose for complementary foods,Pre-read the basic characteristics of each:
- buckwheat - contains a lot of iron, cobalt and other nutrients. It is indicated for anemia.
- rice - rich in fiber, cleanses the intestines, helps with indigestion. Caution for constipation!
- Corn (from 8 - 9 months) - improves digestion, cleanses the intestines.
- oatmeal (from 8 - 10 months) - improves digestion.
- millet (from 1.5 - 2 years) - contributes to the growth and strengthening of bones.
- Semolina (from 1.5 - 2 years) - very nutritious, restores strength.
- barley (from 2 years) - strengthens the immune system, improves digestion.
Gluten-containing cereals - vegetable protein that can cause allergic reactions, are introduced later than the others. This is wheat, oatmeal, barley porridge. To improve the taste in the finished porridge, add a grated apple or raisins with dried apricots. Be sure to keep a food diary, where write down the first entered product, its quantity and the child's reaction to the reception.
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