Your baby is 5-6 months old and it's time to introduce complementary foods. Usually, vegetable purees or dairy-free cereals are introduced first into the infant's diet. If your child is not gaining weight well, then the pediatrician will recommend that you start complementary foods with cereals.
It is necessary
- - cereals;
- - water, breast milk or powdered milk formula;
- - coffee grinder.
Choose cereals from which you will cook porridge for your baby. For the first complementary foods, it is worth abandoning cereals containing gluten, food gluten protein, they should be introduced into the child's diet closer to the year. Gluten-free cereals include rice, buckwheat and corn. Rice porridge is rich in dietary fiber, but it should be administered carefully to children with a tendency to constipation. Corn grits contain protein, iron, fiber. Buckwheat energizes, supplies the body with vitamins B1, B2, PP, as well as zinc, copper, magnesium.
Go through the cereals, then rinse and dry well. Grind the beans in a coffee grinder to a flour condition. Please note that the grinder is absolutely clean, without any coffee or spice residues. It is advisable to purchase a separate device for this purpose.
The first time, cook porridge in water or vegetable broth. First, introduce your baby to 5% liquid porridge. To do this, take 1 tsp. cereal flour per 100 ml of water. And then gradually increase the density to 8-10% - take 1, 5-2 tsp per 100 ml of liquid. cereals. Do not add salt or sugar to the porridge. Pour the required amount of cereal into boiling water, stir so that there are no lumps, and cook until tender.
Then rub the prepared porridge through a sieve and cool. Stir the porridge periodically during cooking. Do not add water. Just before feeding, add breast milk or powdered milk formula to the porridge. A month after the introduction of complementary foods, you can also add 3 g of cream or 0.5 tsp. vegetable oil. When the child is used to all three types of cereals, cook porridge from a mixture of them.
Cook porridge with milk only when your pediatrician allows you to add dairy products to your diet. Boil the cereals in water until almost cooked, and then pour in a little milk and bring to a boil. Closer to the year, pieces of fruits and vegetables can be added to cereals. Constantly monitor the reaction on the skin, for the baby's bowel movements.