It’s time to talk about some meat in baby menus. But which to choose? How to prepare? Our advices.
The introduction of meat in the baby food will optimize iron intake, zinc, and B vitamins However, up to 3 years, portions remain relatively low, since we must give priority to milk diet.
At what age is introduced ?
Experts now recommend introducing new foods, including meat, between 4 and 6 months. Neither before nor after. Numerous scientific studies have shown that this period was more conducive to limit the risk of allergy.
During introductions, your pediatrician will guide you.
Between 5 months and 7 months.
Mixed with vegetables 2 teaspoons (10 g) of cooked meat without fat, and well mixed. At first, we put everything into the bottle of milk (by reducing the proportion of milk). As soon as the baby wants, eats his meals with a spoon.
We start with lean and digestible meat: chicken breast or turkey (without skin), steak or roast beef, steak or veal roast. If using frozen chopped steak, we choose the 5% fat. It does not exceed the recommended portion, because excess protein unnecessarily overloading the baby back. Avoids offal except ham whose fat is removed .
Between 7 months and 8 months.
Baby continues to not eat meat, 2-4 teaspoons mixed (10-20 g), only one of his main meal. If he consumes fish or egg, it replaces meat. It may vary with the pig in the net (cutlet, roasted) and leg of lamb.
9 months to 1 year.
The amount of daily meat does not exceed 20 g. Gradually, depending on the arrival of teeth, the meat is served chopped or in small pieces.
Between 1 and 3 years.
Baby continues to not eat meat only once a day, 20 g to 1 year, 30 g 2 years, 40 to 50 g to 3 years. The portion is small to limit protein intake, which easily exceed the recommended intake. Even if the causal link is not fully demonstrated, it was observed that children who consume too much protein before the age of 3 years have a greater risk of developing obesity. Sausage, too fat, too salty, remains discouraged. Baby can eat 1 to week a shade high in iron such as liver.
Meat home or small pots?
Both can be toggled, that is best for the education of taste, not to accustom baby to one type of preparation. . They are cooked without fat, steamed or in a nonstick pan.
It is not dirty them. We can have confidence in small pots and dishes for children under 3 years highly regulated: without preservatives, colors, artificial flavors, little salty with pesticide levels and very low nitrates. Meats cooked home will keep up to 24 hours in the refrigerator, the maximum begun baby products 48 hours.
What if my child is allergic ?
Allergies to meat are rare in children. From the moment we expect 6 months of age to introduce, this poses a priori no problem. Of course, we follow the advice of the pediatrician.