Vegetables are the first foods introduced during food diversification of the baby. But when put on the menu? How much? Which to choose? Follow the guide.
The introduction of fruit and vegetables in the baby food will optimize intake of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene or pro-vitamin B3. It is best to start with the vegetable and wait at least 2 weeks to incorporate fruits. If we do otherwise, baby may prefer fruits because of their sweet taste, and eschew vegetables.
At what age to introduce vegetables?
Ideally introducing vegetable from 6 months and not before 4 months of age.
The tendency is to delay diversification, prevention of food allergies.
During introductions, your pediatrician will guide you.
Between 5-6 months and 7 months.
Vegetable is expected for one of the two main meals, usually at noon.
The first days, we add 2-3 teaspoons of mixed vegetables cooked in the bottle of milk, one can also provide that vegetable spoon. Gradually increasing the amount to reach 130 grams (the weight of a small jar) 150 g of vegetable.
It is desirable to introduce vegetables one by one to check the baby’s tolerance, while educating taste. It is limited to the more digestible vegetables: carrots (not too for constipation), green beans, spinach (not too much for diarrhea), Courgette skinless and seedless, pumpkin, leek, potato, Swiss endive or in smaller proportion.
Between 7 months and 8 months.
Baby vegetables are proposed to each of the main meals: 130 to 150 g, mixed with milk bottles, or spoon. We continue to avoid the taste of vegetables loud, too irritating (because high fiber), or likely to cause allergy. From 7 months in the house vegetable, add 1 knob of butter, or better, 1 tablespoon coffee oil (rapeseed, soybean, sunflower) rich in essential fatty acids that complements the contributions of milk 2nd age.
9 months to 1 year.
The amount of vegetables served with meals increases to about 200 g. Gradually introducing new vegetables, always one by one, cooked and mixed or small pieces: tomato pulp, artichoke, eggplant, peas, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, pepper, fennel, beets. We can also perfume of herbs: parsley, chives, chervil, basil or thyme.
Between 1 and 3 years
It keeps vegetable two times a day, and introduced vegetables: tomato, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, grated carrot … we wait 18 months for pulses, less digestible: lentils, split peas, white beans, to prepare mashed.
From 2 years, it is possible that baby starts to refuse certain vegetables is a perfectly normal food stage. Do not force it, but it regularly re-propose the abandoned food.
Vegetable home or small pots?
One can switch between home vegetable and jars, it is best for the education of taste, not to accustom baby to one type of preparation. When home cooking, you can use fresh or frozen vegetable. Steam cooking preserves the vitamins better than cooking with water. Do not salt the first month and then very slightly from 8 months. Avoid cooking them in fat, it is best to add them raw butter or oil. We can have confidence in soups, baby food, and meals for children under 3 years highly regulated: without preservatives, colors, artificial flavors, little salty with pesticide levels and very low nitrates. Cooked vegetables home and started infant products be stored up to 48 hours in the refrigerator.
What if my child is allergic (or if food allergies in the family)?
Gone 1 year is expected to introduce celery and peas. Of course, we follow the advice of the pediatrician.