An infant’s diet is one of the most important aspects of his or her good health. While breast milk is the best source of all the required nutrients at the beginning, the transition to solid food is an inevitable one and must be carried out properly. At around six months of age, an infant needs to be introduced to solid food. Breast milk contains antibodies which assist the development of a baby’s immune system. However, excess of breast milk can also increase the risk of obesity and food allergies. At six months, a baby’s digestive system is ready to handle complex food and therefore, the parents too should make the switch starting with simple, pureed or well-mashed food items. Try one or two spoonfuls of these to begin with:

 

  1.  Pureed or well-mashed vegetables like potato, sweet potato, cooked carrot or parsnip.
  2.  Pureed or well-mashed fruits like cooked apple, banana, mango or ripe pear.
  3.  Baby cereal such as sago, maize, baby rice, millet or cornmeal – mix these with baby’s usual milk.

Parents are free to offer solid food to their baby before, during or after a milk feed, howsoever it works better. Test cooked food on the inside of your wrist to ensure it is cool enough for the baby before feeding it to him or her.

Parents should also be prepared for some reluctance on part of the baby. It may take him a little while to get adjusted to the new flavours and spitting the food out can be expected until then. In such case, try again later or the next day. It is also advisable to make the baby’s food a little blander by adding a few spoons of baby’s usual milk to it.

Initially, a baby may eat very little. Parents need to be patient as he or she learns how to eat. Keep reducing the liquid added to his food to obtain a thicker texture with chunkier, soft lumps which allow a baby to work on gumming, chewing, and swallowing.

As your infant becomes used to vegetables, fruits and cereal, keep adding a variety of items and gradually increase the number of solid intakes a day. By seven months, he or she should have accustomed to eating solids thrice a day. These items could constitute a newborn’s daily diet:

 

  1.  Breast milk
  2.  Iron-fortified cereal.
  3.  Vegetables (potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and sweet potato)
  4.  Small amounts of meat, fish, poultry, yoghurt, cheese or well-cooked lentils.
  5.  Fruits

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