Introduction of complementary foods is a topic about which entire encyclopedias are written. However, when it is necessary to start lure, and with what products should be started, on this occasion opinions differ even from experts in the field of nutrition. You can divide the existing points of view into several complementary feeding schemes: traditional and progressive, this will be discussed in our article.
When introducing complementary foods, the traditional method is applied, what does this mean?Doctors of the "old school" begin to feed the little ones already since the fourth month of life, arguing that in this period there is an active growth of the child's body, so it needs a significant amount of substances, nutrients and minerals. And in the milk of the mother of these elements is already contained in insufficient quantities. If you adhere to the scheme described in the Soviet books on child nutrition, then by the age of six months the baby was getting a fairly diverse menu, but in fact it is so useful - a controversial issue.
Application of the progressive method for complementary feeding
Another point of view suggests the following - a baby who gets breastfeeding, with sufficient amount does not need additional products. In particular, this applies to artificial children, they should also not rush to give food. Since the modern mixtures in their composition are maximally adapted to the mother's milk, thereby being a full-fledged diet.
Also, specialists emphasize the fact that in the introduction of complementary foods haste can lead to a heavy load, which affects the still developing children's digestive system. And in half a year at the kid the organism becomes stronger and is capable easier and faster to digest food.
Meals for a six-month-old baby
The crumbs menu at six months under any feeding scheme is quite diverse. Despite the fact that the baby receives the main food - a mixture or breast milk, it's time to introduce him to new foods. Children who are on artificial feeding, and often they are already half-yearly familiar with the taste of cereals or mashed potatoes.
To make the nutrition of a six-month-old baby as useful as possible, the way of complementary feeding is more desirable to be discussed with the treating pediatrician. Traditionally, lure begins with the introduction of various cereals, fruits or vegetables.
Why is it more desirable to start introducing complementary foods?There are no universal recommendations on this issue. After all, important factors are such factors as the individual characteristics of the baby, the correct functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, the rate of weight gain. As practice shows, it can be noted that after receiving the main food, the very first food in the form of fruit is obtained, most of the kids eat with special interest, since they have other taste characteristics. However, then convince the baby to try other neutral foods, such as zucchini, cauliflower after fruit (apple, pear), having a sweetish taste, is not easy enough.
Therefore, pediatricians are advised to start lure with vegetables to keep the baby's natural taste. Another important point that does not bypass the caring mothers is that it is better to give the child ready-made baby food or to prepare the lure on their own. There is no one answer, every mother will have to decide.
Kashi in the diet of a six-month-old babyAs a rule, if a baby has a set in weight, then such a baby should receive the first lure in the form of cereals. With the introduction of this product, problems are rare. The consistency of porridge is thicker than the main food, whether it is a mixture or breast milk, while they have certain taste characteristics, in spite of the fact that in the preparation of these dishes neither sugar nor salt is added. The menu of the six-month-old baby can include a variety of cereals: special children's in packs, dairy-free, dairy. However, you need to start with croups that do not contain gluten, it can be wheat, buckwheat, rice. It is recommended to start with dairy-free cereals, this will help to exclude a possible reaction of the baby, both on the croup and the milk mixture.
Vegetables in the menu of a six-month-old baby
Most doctors strongly recommend the lure to begin with vegetables, because these products contain enough fiber, vitamins, which helps regulate the digestive process. However, the baby can refuse, because these products have a rather specific taste.
Fruits in the six-month-old baby's menu
Pears, apples from which they begin to feed, are hypoallergenic, to that they taste sweet, so the kids eat them with pleasure. A little later introduce other types of fruit.
Basic rules, which should be remembered when introducing complementary foods
There are moments when introducing complementary foods:
- a new food product is given in a small amount in the morning, preferably in the morning, then during the day you can follow the reaction of the baby;
- At the same time, several products can not be introduced;
- the amount of products introduced is increased gradually;
- in the case of a digestive disorder or an allergic reaction, the administration of the products is postponed for a certain period of time;
- When introducing new products between the first and the second, a certain break is made for at least a few days.
In which case is not the lure introduced?In certain cases, the introduction of complementary foods should be slightly postponed, they include:
- in the hot period of the year - at this time the immune system of the baby functions somewhat differently, the lure can become an additional allergen;
- in the early period - it can occur sensitization of the baby's body, but later this type of food can trigger the emergence of food allergies; However, if you temporarily suspend the introduction of a certain type of product, but in the future it will be normal for the child's organism to be perceived;
- if the baby is ill at the appointed time, it may be taking medications (a new kind of food for a weakened organism can become some kind of additional allergenic load, which is the causative agent of the disease itself or the drug that the baby takes because of the illness);
- during vaccination, in this case, the first lure is delayed somewhere for a week before and after the vaccination.
About the reception of food
If the baby is at six months old, the tastes of different foods are already familiar, in the future, you only need to gradually continue to introduce new foods. At this age, the baby learns new foods, but the main thing is not to rush, because the digestive system can cause some harm.
Also remember that if a kid does not want to eat certain foods, then he does not need them at that moment, in no case can he be coerced.Serve the baby a healthy example of proper nutrition, in particular, it concerns the reception of natural products, rules of behavior at the table, etc. - all this will help to grow a kid with good health, and also good manners. To minimize mistakes, and also to understand the nuances of the beginning of complementary feeding, it would be good to get a specialist consultation.