Published : 27/06/2018 18:00:01
Categories : Newborn Ideas
How much, and what should I feed my baby?
Here is what you have to know about your baby’s diet, from soft textures to iron rich food.
At 6 months old, you should begin with iron-rich food such as meat or meat alternatives like Beans, Lentils, Eggs, and iron fortified baby cereals followed by other food groups.
It’s not a must to purée all food. Babies can manage a many types of soft texture food, including some cooked vegetables, mashed cooked meat, grated cheese and soft ripe fruits like avocado and bananas.
To reduce the likelihood of developing an allergy, you should introduce food which contains most common allergens early such as peanuts, seafood, tree nuts, soy, sesame and egg. However, note that this does not apply to child who is already diagnosed with a food allergy
Food to avoid
Avoid cow’s milk until the child is at least nine months old. This is because babies cant digest cow’s milk entirely or as easily as formula or breast milk. It can be taxing on your baby’s undeveloped kidney as cow milk contains high concentration of minerals and protein. Moreover, it does nto have the correct amount of vitamin C, Iron and other nutrients for infants.
Avoid honey until she is at least one year old. Honey contains spores of bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum which can cause germination in a baby’s immature digestive system and cause a rare and potentially fatal illness known as infant botulism.
Instead of worrying about a baby’s meal size, you should start small with just a teaspoon or two while watching for cues from your baby. If she is eager to have more, she’ll let you know, else if she is turning away or closing her mouth, let it pass instead of trying to coax her to eat.
Here’s an estimation to the meal portion of babies at different age stage.
Around 6 months
2/3 meals per day
5 - 10 teaspoon per meal
6 to 9 months
3 meals per day
2 - 4 tablespoon per meal
6 to 12 months
3 meals per day + 2/3 snacks
4 - 6 tablespoon per meal