With the arrival of a baby your life has given a radical change, and it is normal to have certain doubts. Baby feeding is something that worries parents, especially newcomers. What things should a baby not take? What food if you can? Some things may seem very obvious, but others aren’t so much. That is why today we explain to you what food may or may not take a baby.
1-4 first months of life
Your baby’s digestive system is still in the process of maturation , so they are not prepared to digest certain foods during their first months of life. During the first four months of life your baby will only feed on milk (both breast and formula). The need for water will depend on what kind of milk you give your baby.
If they drink exclusive breast milk, it is not necessary to give water to babies until 6 months of age, when they start complementary feeding. This is because breast milk already contains all the water it needs (specifically 88% of breast milk is water). If your baby drinks formula milk, you can offer water to meet their needs.
It is not advisable to give cow’s milk or derivatives like yoghurts in their diet until after the year, as long as they no longer take the breast. If they take breast they do not need another type of milk.
This is a period of adaptation in their diet, this includes vegetable and fruit porridges . It will be the pediatrician who advises and recommends that food go introducing the baby into his diet and in what order. We do not need to add salt to the preparations, as it threatens the health of children’s kidneys. It can only be given moderately from the year of age.
Experts do not recommend eating fish until 6-7 months, legumes until 7-8 months and egg until 9-10 months. Babiesshould not be given to babies or cereals with gluten, bread or biscuits before the year. You don’t have to give them sugareither. Fruit should be the only source of sugar. So avoid juices even if they are squeezed at home. They contain a large amount of sugar that is not good, neither for children nor for adults. The fruit is better in chunks, but not in juice. In addition, giving the juice in a bottle increases the chances of tooth decay.
From 1 to 2 years
Don’t give your child under 2 years old honey even though it may seem harmless to you. Causes risk of botulism in children. Nor are any other type of artificial sweetener (stevia, saccharin…), light products or sugary beverages.
Nor give them snacks, sweets or chucerias that do not provide any nutrient for them. If they eat it, it is isolated and punctually. Nor should nuts be given to children, because they are highly allergenic. It is recommended to introduce them from 5-6 years.
Sausages, olives, cherries and candies are not recommended for suffocation risk at least until 3-4 years. Certain fish for the high mercury content, such as swordfish and bluefin tuna, are also not recommended. Sausages have too many fats and salt, and preservatives have a lot of preservatives and salt.
Many times routinely, ignorance or lack of time we throw out prepared foods that have virtually no nutrients for our babies. As are food in jars, nothing happens if we use it at some point but we should not use it regularly. It is very important that we be aware that food we are providing our children, if they are well fed and nourished.
Because remember… it’s our responsibility as parents to know what our children should eat and what foods are better and worse for them.