Breast-fed or bottlefeeding, baby will gradually discover new gustatory pleasures. But beware, the food diversification step is difficult to manage!
Baby grows, and would like to make him taste something other than milk …
Not too fast !
Food diversification No rush! Baby milk must remain until at least four months (and six is better)! Why ? Because the number of food allergies in children is increasing, mainly because of too early food diversification.
For some ingredients, the introduction should be even later: not before six months for gluten cereals and ten months for the eggs. And go easy, no more than one new food at a time. But do not wait too long either, some scientists believe it could lead to eating disorders, especially a neophobia: was not used to a wide variety of foods when he was receptive, the child would be then more resistant to the discovery of new tastes.
The stages of diversification
From 4 to 5 months
Some gluten-free cereals (baby food)
Fruit or vegetables (stewed fruit purees)
From six months
Meat and fish
Yogurt, cottage cheese
From 8 months
Simple recipes (some ingredients)
Once a year
These steps are given by way of example. Ask your doctor for menus for your baby!
Of course, the milk remains in the center of baby food, other food that will not be replaced gradually.
Not enough fat!
When the baby and changing diet, not easy to give him exactly what he needs. If breast milk or adapted milk have a composition that corresponds to its needs, it is now up to you to avoid imbalances. Know for example that babies today are lacking fat, so do not hesitate to add a small knob of butter on their spinach! According to a survey conducted by Dr. Marc Fantino Dijon and Sofres, the feeding of children between four months and two years contains between 29 and 33% fat, while breast milk contains 45%. Moreover, intake of fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6, would be insufficient. Do not forget to put the fish on the menu!
Beware of excess
In contrast, the amounts of protein in the first baby food are too high. According to Professor. Fantino, these contributions would be three to four times higher than recommended! Now there seems to be a direct link between this excess and future risk of obesity … Think foster vegetables!
As for salt, luckily it does not seem to be any problems in the first months of food diversification. It is true that the baby products are highly controlled. The excess risks appear later: from the age of 3 years, 50% of children exceed the recommended dietary intake (920 mg / d). Beware of chips!
Most parents are vigilant on this specific power problem. Moreover, they prefer not to take risks the first time: one year, most children consume small pots or small meals purchased commercially, but this is changing fast. At two years, most children eat the same as their parents!