Different Concept of Baby Weaning Food
What are the important dietary things to note? The mother should pay special attention as baby food will affect the child's eating habits and health for the rest of its life. Here, we introduce some simple concepts which must be adhered to before starting and when feeding baby food.
Concept 1 - Start after 6 Month
Start baby food only after six months for kids with allergies. Children with allergies should only start eating baby food after they are a 6 months old baby. If it's fed baby food too soon, its allergies will become more severe. If there's a family history of allergies, the child also shouldn't be eating baby food before its sixth month.
Concept 2 - No Carrot or Spinach before 6th Month
No carrots and spinach before the sixth month. Carrots and spinach contain nitrogen which will lead to anemia in the child. So they shouldn't be added to the baby food for the child before its sixth month. After the sixth month, if there's no abnormality in the child, then it can be fed with these two vegetables.
Concept 3 - No Fruits before 6th Month
No fruits before the sixth month. Many fruits contain substances that could trigger allergies. If they're eaten when the child's gastrointestinal function isn't fully developed, that will lead to diarrhea and indigestion. Moreover, fruit juices are sweet and fragrant. If they're introduced before rice milk, the baby will most likely reject the bland-tasting rice milk.
Concept 4 - Don't Feed Bread all the time
Bread shouldn't be eaten casually. Some mothers like to feed their kids with bread. That's a very dangerous thing to do. Other than toast, other types of bread can easily stick to the child's upper palate which may lead to blocking of its windpipe. If you wish to feed the child bread, you must toast two pieces of bread until they're slightly burnt and tear them into little pieces before feeding your baby.
Concept 5 - Avoid Imported Fruits
Don't use imported fruits for baby food. The possibility of contamination of imported farm produce is very high, so you must take note. Besides, pesticides can easily get into fruits with soft skins. So whether the imported fruits are made into tidbits or baby food, they should be avoided at all cost.
Concept 6 - Try Original Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt should be in its original flavor. Lactobacillus beverages may have health benefits, however, yoghurt beverages with sweet flavors are not suitable for young children. Yoghurt used in baby food should be in its original flavor. Don't use skim milk – it should be ordinary milk fermented by lactobacillus. A slightly tart flavor is the yoghurt's characteristic. Choose only original flavor yoghurt – it's more beneficial to the child's health.
Concept 7 - Eat Tofu after 7th Month
Eat tofu only after the seventh month. Tofu is made of soya beans and should only be given to the child after he’s a 7 months old baby. If the child has allergies, do wait until it's one year old before feeding it with tofu.
Concept 8 - No Cream or Cooking Oil in Baby Food
Use cooking or steaming methods. When cooking baby food, no cream, cooking oil or sesame oil should be used. There are quality fats in breast milk and formula milk when the child is still on a milk diet. When it's time to start drinking fresh milk, there are also enough fats in the fresh milk. If the child is used to the fragrance of fats since infancy, it'll have a preference for oily food in its adulthood.
Concept 9 - Stir-Fried or Fried Only
Stir-fried or fried. If you must add butter, sesame oil or cooking oil, use only a very small amount. Just grease the bottom of the pan with a very thin layer. If possible, use less of such oil during stage 3 baby food.
Concept 10 - Food in Small Size
Make food into bite-sized. When making round mounds of food such as buns and dough balls, bread or fruits, you may cut them into bigger pieces. The child will tear up the food with its fingers. These little pieces of food are more easily digestible and swallowing them straight without chewing will not cause choking as well.
Concept 11 - Avoid Junk Food
Take note of mayonnaise, potato chips and cheese. Mayonnaise contains protein and salt. Don't give it to your child before it's one year old. Even if it's beyond one year old, due to its high salt and fat content, it's better to stay away from mayonnaise as much as possible. Potato chips have lots of salt and sugar, so young children shouldn't be eating too much of these. Though cheese is a natural food, it's very salty. So only feed the child cheese when it’s an 8 months old baby onwards.
Concept 12 - Include Milk or Breast Milk Before One Year Old
Include milk and breast milk in baby food for children before one year old
Fresh milk is a type of food which can easily lead to allergies. Most mothers think that fresh milk is safe for the child after boiling it – that's not true. Adding fresh milk in baby food for the child before one year old will still lead to allergies. Should you require milk during this period of time, it's best to use milk powder or breast milk.
Concept 13 - Use Cooked Rice for Porridge or Rice Paste
Replace uncooked rice with cooked rice to make porridge. It's not necessary to use uncooked rice to make porridge. Using cooked rice is faster and more convenient and it's just as nutritious.
Concept 14 - Know How Thick the Rice Paste is
Knows what's 10-part porridge vs. 5-part porridge. Generally, 10-part porridge refers to the porridge made after adding 10 cups of water to one cup of soaked rice. It is porridge cooked with a lot of water and after cooking. The proportion of rice to water is 5:1. 5-part porridge uses 1 cup of rice with 5 cups of water, so the porridge is thicker. Soft rice is 1 part soaked rice cooked with 2 cups of water. The rice grains are soft and easier for kids to swallow.
Concept 15 - Rice Paste after 6th Month
The order of eating porridge. For children who have just started eating baby food, you should feed it with watery white porridge made of cooked rice or uncooked rice. The child should be on a porridge diet for one or two weeks for it to be familiar with the food. After that, you may add pumpkin, flowering cabbage or Chinese cabbage to the porridge. Let the child eat for three or four days and observe for any allergic reaction. Potatoes, peas and soy beans may also be included. After six months, finely chopped chicken meat and beef can also be added to the child's porridge.
Concept 16 - No Dry Fish
Don't include dried fish in baby food. Dried fish and fish floss may trigger allergies, so they can also be fed to the child after one year old. Even for healthy children, the dried fish is simply too salty, so it's best to avoid adding it to the baby food. Especially baby food made of thick stock, dried fish must not be added.
Concept 17 - Eat Meat after 6th Month
Ingestion of meat is very important within seven months of birth. The child gets its iron from its mother for six months after birth. As the iron depletes after six months, there's insufficient iron because its only sources are breast milk or cow's milk. So iron must be supplemented with the help of food. Lean meat, such as chicken or beef, is rich in iron and it's better absorbed by the body than other types of food.
Concept 18 - Eat Food with Fiber
Fiber is useless before the child is one year old. Though fiber helps relieve constipation, the child before the age of one doesn't need it. When a child is younger than one year old, its gastrointestinal functions are not yet fully developed. Fiber will only trigger stomach bloating and indigestion and will cause precious nutrients to be passed out of the body.
Concept 19 - Solid Food First
Discourage the use of liquid baby food. The purpose of eating baby food is not only for nutrition. They also serve the purpose of letting the child learn how to swallow food and cultivate the right eating habits. Hence, liquid baby food made from combining different types of food are not suitable for feeding a child. They may also trigger food allergies as well.
Concept 20 - No Adult Food before One
Food not to be consumed before one year old. Even if the child doesn't have any allergies, protein and fresh milk are not to be consumed before the age of one. Chocolates can only be eaten after two years old. Nuts can only be eaten at least after three years old. For a child with allergies, wheat flour, lemons, oranges, corn, egg white, fresh milk, prawns, lobster, shellfish, fish, honey, strawberries and tomatoes can only be consumed after one year old.
That’s it for the concepts that will guide you through feeding baby food for your baby.
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