How to Introduce Solids at 6 Months: Advice and Mistakes to Avoid.

How to Introduce Solids at 6 Months: Advice and Mistakes to Avoid.

 

How to introduce baby to his first food at 6 months?

This is one of the crucial moments in the growing of a baby, but it is also one of those that causes the most anxiousness in us mamas.

How to start?

What food first?

How much?

It is very important to adhere to a number of ways in order to avoid those errors (quality, quantity and timing errors) that may affect the development of a harmonious relationship between the baby and the food. Because we want our children to love the food right? In particular, it is necessary to vary the ingredients used to prepare baby food, but without burning the stages: “The child who learns faster to eat different foods is no longer healthy or better” It is therefore necessary to proceed gradually, “respecting the times”.
No rush mamas, OK?

 


So what are the most common mistakes?

The mistakes we make when introducing solids to baby, are of three types: quantity, quality and timing.

The first is to think that the baby needs to eat a lot. This is not the case: the stomach of a 6-month old baby is as big as an adult’s fist, so the amount of food he can take cannot exceed that.
With regard to quality and timing, we must understand that the introduction of food is not a race, it is not necessary to run. It is important to change the flavours because the infant is accustomed to one taste only so far (milk) and must learn to appreciate different ones. One way to facilitate this process is to vary the type of vegetable present in the vegetable broth. Another important feature is to enrich the food by using aromatic herbs, which expand the spectrum of flavours and also make important phytonutrients with free antioxidant and anti-radical functions. In this way, the child is offered a service not only from the point of view of the flavours but also on the health level.

We must not forget that at this stage, solid food will still have a purpose of “complementing”.

In the period from 6 months onward, solid foods must provide the baby with those nutrients that milk alone is no longer able to give. The amount of milk that infant can take is, in fact, no longer able to satisfy the growing need for nutrients it needs. It is therefore a matter of ‘complementary feeding’ because solid foods are to complete, but not to replace, milk. “

What foods should I introduce first?

“It is best to start with vegetables, varying the flavours as often as possible so as to encourage in the baby, the ability to appreciate different tastes. It is good to know that a breastfeeding baby is more predisposed in this, since breast milk changes flavour based on what the mother eats. Having already known a food, in fact, encourages its enjoyment.

What food however, is it best to avoid for baby?

Chocolate, fries, industrial foods not specifically prepared for infants.

Salt
Babies shouldn’t eat much salt as it is bad for their kidneys. Don’t add salt to your baby’s food. Don’t use stock or gravy as these are usually high in salt. Remember this when you cook for the family if you are planning to give the same food to your baby.

Sugar
Your baby doesn’t need sugar. By avoiding sugary snacks and drinks (including fruit juice and other fruit drinks), you’ll help to prevent tooth decay. Use mashed banana or other fruits, breast milk or formula milk to sweeten food, if needed.

Honey
Occasionally, honey contains bacteria that can produce toxins in a baby’s intestines, leading to infant botulism, which is a very serious illness. It’s best not to give your child honey until they’re one year old. Honey is a sugar, so avoiding it will also help to prevent tooth decay.

Nuts
Whole nuts, including peanuts, shouldn’t be given to children under five, as they can choke on them. As long as there’s no history of food allergies or other allergies in your family, you can give your baby peanuts once they’re six months old, as long as they’re crushed or ground into peanut butter.

Raw jelly cubes
Raw jelly cubes can be a choking hazard for babies and young children. If you’re making jelly from raw jelly cubes, make sure you always follow the manufacturers’ instructions.

Low-fat foods
Fat is an important source of calories and some vitamins for babies and young children. It’s better for babies and young children under two to have full-fat milk, yogurt and cheese, rather than low-fat varieties.

Saturated fat
Don’t give your child too many foods that are high in saturated fat such as crisps, biscuits and cakes. Checking the nutrition labels on foods can help you choose foods that are low in saturated fat.

Shark, swordfish and marlin
Don’t give your baby shark, swordfish or marlin. The amount of mercury in these fish can affect a baby’s growing nervous system.

Raw shellfish
Raw shellfish can increase the risk of food poisoning, so it’s best not to give it to babies.

Raw and under cooked eggs
Eggs can be given to babies over six months old, but make sure they’re cooked until both the white and yolk are solid.

How should one behave if the child refuses food?

If the child refuses to eat in quantity, it must be respected because children’s hunger is beautifully self-regulated. If, however, the kid refuses food in quality, you should not force it but shouldn’t not give either. Let him get to know the food, continue to propose  2-3 teaspoons of a food that he does not like in such a way that he gets used to it. In this regard, it is necessary to be extra patient because it may be necessary to offer numerous tastes before a certain food is accepted. Patience mamas, patience is the key.
Always do this in a positive environment for the child to get used to and like a food. A trick that can help is to offer the new or unpleasant food at the beginning of the meal when the baby has a bigger appetite, as a slight hunger increases the taste buds’ ability to appreciate the flavours.

 


Eating at this stage, is also a great sensory activity !

Yes, babies like/need to touch,explore, taste, discover. Food is also a great learning curve for them. So if, especially in the beginning, most of their food ends up anywhere but in their mouth, don’t be surprised. Let them enjoy, let them play and touch the food ( try not to think about the cleaning…). Babies learn through play, and this will favour a good relationship with the food. Make that moment as fun and lighthearted as possible. You will have a happy baby that sees food as something to look forward to, with excitement and anticipation.

 

Do you have a baby over 6 months? 

What was the first food you introduced?

 

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2 Replies to “How to Introduce Solids at 6 Months: Advice and Mistakes to Avoid.”

  1. This is so amazing Wao I have really liked these
    Thank u so much I must take a revision when time comes for my little Ethan

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