Good nutrition is essential throughout the life of a human being, but especially in the case of infants and children. Development depends on many factors on nutrition, neural functions, growth, development of muscles, bones, tissues, etc., largely depend on the nutrients that food provides us.
Therefore, during the first year of the baby it is essential that the child receive all the basic nutrients. During the first 6 months of life, the feeding of the little ones is exclusive of milk. In this case, breastfeeding is certainly the best food your child can receive. However, there are many reasons why artificial breastfeeding is chosen.
This is not in itself a nutritional problem and your baby can grow strong and healthy. If your son or daughter has not yet been born,and you have questions about how you will feed it, we leave you in the following links information about it. In this article we talked about the many benefits of breastfeeding, you will surely find the answer to many questions.
After 6 months, complementary feeding begins in most cases. In recent times it has become very fashionable a new way of introducing food, it is Baby Led Weaning. If you do not know this technique, in the link we talk about the differences between this novel and the traditional crushed method.
Regardless of which method you choose, it’s very important to make sure your child gets all the nutrients, minerals, vitamins, or proteins he needs to grow strong and healthy.
Fresh, natural and seasonal foods
Today there are hundreds of specific processed products for feeding babies. Despite being comfortable and that nothing happens to resort to it once, in an extraordinary way, the best for your child will always be natural foods. Everything you cook yourself at home, is the best and healthiest for your little one.
In addition, it is important that you choose as much as possible seasonal fruits and vegetables. In this way, the food is at its optimum time, with all its properties, better taste, it is cheaper and also contributes to the conservation of the environment.
No salt, no sugar
You should not add any salt or sugar to your little one’s food. First of all, because your child does not have the salty taste on his palate and therefore does not distinguish whether the food has more or less taste. Salt and sugar are completely unnecessary in the diet of infants and young children.
To make purees and creams tastier, you can try to cook them as follows. Once you have well cleaned and chopped the vegetable you want to use, prepare a pot with a splash of extra virgin olive oil. Add the vegetables and sauté for a couple of minutes before adding the water, then add the water and allow to cook as long as necessary.
Do not force or force your baby to eat
It is very important that you are patient at mealtime, so you can observe when your child is no longer hungry or if a particular food does not like or does not feel well. You should not force your baby to eat, it is preferable to try with other options, give him imagination so that the little one will entertain.
Do not despair if one day you do not want to eat, try again the next day and if you accept a tablespoon, be satisfied. Think that the baby has so far only drunk milk and has to get used to the new flavors and textures of food.
Progressively changes the texture of food
If you are going to feed your baby in a traditional way, with purees and porridges, it is advisable that as months pass you change the texture of food. Instead of completely crushing the puree, try chamfer the vegetables with a fork. This step is important for the baby’s musculature to be strengthened and to prepare it for future feeding.