Sooner or later, each baby switches from breastfeeding to full nutrition, and at a certain age the child begins to require complementary foods, since the nutrients contained in milk are no longer enough for him to fully develop. It is best to use baby cereals as complementary foods, and in this article we will tell you how best to organize the baby's complementary foods, which cereals to start with, and which cereals to introduce into the child's diet.
Start feeding your child with cereals that do not contain vegetable protein - rice, buckwheat, corn. Until the baby has completely stopped receiving breast milk, feed him dairy-free cereals - if necessary, you can dilute them with your own milk.
If you buy baby cereals with milk, make sure that they contain an adapted milk formula that is absorbed by the child's body. Do not use whole milk to feed babies.
Starting from four months, introduce one-component porridge made from rice, buckwheat or corn into the baby's diet, giving the baby porridge before breastfeeding. First, give your child one teaspoon of porridge, further increasing the serving. Feed your baby porridge from a spoon, not from a nipple - this develops his chewing skills.
After some time, when the child grows up, gluten-containing cereals - oatmeal, semolina and wheat, and porridge made from mixtures of several cereals can be added to complementary foods. If your child is prone to overweight and digestive problems, use a vegetable puree made from one type of vegetables - cauliflower, pumpkin, or broccoli as complementary foods. With age, mashed potatoes can be made from carrots, zucchini, potatoes and cabbage.
Monitor your baby's reactions to new tastes and foods for a week after starting complementary foods. If the baby is well tolerated, continue to feed the baby with the selected porridge or puree.
After six months, introduce cottage cheese, meat, fish into the child's diet; after seven months, egg yolks can be introduced into baby food.
To ensure that the porridge does not cause health problems in the child and is normally absorbed by the child's body, buy ready-made baby cereal for complementary feeding from ground rice, buckwheat or corn flour. Start complementary foods with such cereals - they have no contraindications and do not cause constipation in children.