The child is born with a weak gastrointestinal tract, it is necessary to transfer it to regular food gradually and in a timely manner. The functional characteristics of the child's body require a certain preparedness for everything new, especially for changes in products.
In the first months of life, the baby has only innate reflexes - sucking and swallowing, the stomach glands function poorly. Therefore, all food for a newborn is mother's milk or infant formula.
Gradually, by six months of life, the digestive system begins to rebuild. The child has teeth, stomach enzymes increase their activity. At this time, the first complementary foods from juices and mashed potatoes are introduced, then the range of boiled and grated food is slightly expanded.
Reorganization of the body
By about a year of life, the functioning of the body is radically rebuilt, teeth grow and hard vegetables and fruits are required. For comfortable digestion, broths and dairy products are already needed.
The child becomes more active, and all movements consume energy, which is contained in complex carbohydrates. The body changes so much that it requires more variety in foods. It is at this time that you need to start feeding the baby with regular food.
The internal work of the body is also being rebuilt. The digestive system functions correctly, food moves in one direction, regurgitation stops. The concentration of enzymes allows the breakdown of complex food compounds. Babies who were breastfed perceive the transition to adult products a little harder and longer than formula-fed babies.
Draw attention to products
It is optimal to introduce a new composition of food in stages, observing the response of the child's health. Products should interest the baby with their appetizing appearance. It is better to use unusual, bright dishes for children.
At the age of one, the time for bright emotions comes. It is interesting for the baby to try everything, and he is ready for new difficulties. The child already understands that food must be chewed before swallowing. Consciously understands tastes, favorite dishes appear, the baby is able to clearly express his preferences with gestures, which will help parents navigate the menu of ordinary food. He likes to use a spoon and fork, at this age the baby learns to eat independently.
Planning for the transition to regular meals is individual for each child, but you should limit their intake to one year. The main thing is to make this process smooth and listen to the baby's responses.
If a child has allergies or serious somatic diseases, then the period of transition to adult products is somewhat delayed. The age of one and a half to two years would be more appropriate. You should not rush so as not to cause more harm to the health of the baby.