At this age, breast milk is still your child’s most important food source as it has all the nutrition she requires. By gradually introducing your child to other foods, you will train her to enjoy a variety of foods: the basis of a balanced diet and your child’s future health.
The golden rules for introducing solids
Introduce new foods when your child is relaxed.
Only try out one new thing at a time.
Never force-feed your child if she rejects a type of food.
Wait a few days before making another attempt.
Give your child food in small quantities. Start by diluting 2 to 3 spoonfuls of fruit or vegetable purée, then try spoon-feeding your child directly.
Use a flexible plastic spoon as a child’s gums are very sensitive.
What food can your child eat?
Here are a few guidelines. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you have.
Introducing infant cereals
Your doctor will often recommend infant cereals as the first “solids” to introduce into your child’s diet. They are a good way to familiarise her with new flavours and textures.
The main benefits of cereals
They are gentle way to develop your child’s tastes. Their consistency is thicker. The carbohydrates in cereals help to lengthen the time between her meals. They also contain nutritional elements such as iron and other minerals, vitamins and proteins.
How can you incorporate cereals?
Pour warm water and add infant cereals. Stir well starting with 1 or 2 tablespoons.
Gradually increase the amount according to your doctor’s recommendation.
Discovering fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are the basic food ingredients of a well-balanced diet. Start with mild flavours your child is more likely to appreciate.
Start her off with small quantities:
For example, dilute 2 to 3 spoonfuls of smooth fruit or vegetable purée. Then, try feeding the purée to your child with a small plastic spoon.
Only give COOKED fruits and vegetables.
Cooked vegetables: pumpkin, potato, carrot, sweet potato, green beans, spinach, sawi, etc., ideally with no added salt.
Cooked fruits: apple, pear, prune, etc., ideally with no added sugar.