- From breast to porridge: the relaxed transition
- The relaxed transition to the porridge
As the baby's iron supplies run short after the sixth month, the first porridge was to be the Vegetable Meat Porridge, for lunch. Only then follows the Abendbrei (milk-cereal porridge) and last of the cereal-fruit porridge in the afternoon. For the introduction of each porridge you should give the baby about four weeks to spare digestion, metabolism and immune system. In addition, you have the opportunity to recognize food intolerances and allergies early on. Because they like almost all babies, one usually starts with carrots as the first food.
Gradually expand the porridge with ingredients
The only downside: they can cause constipation. Then you can switch to another well-tolerated vegetable, such as pumpkin or parsnip. After a few days and when the baby makes about 100g per meal, potatoes and some oil are added, and about a week later again lean meat and some vitamin C-rich juice (improves iron absorption). If your baby eats 150-200g, it will not need any milk afterwards.
- Hardly a baby eats everything immediately. For the first Breishuche there are therefore extra small glass in the trade. Or you can freeze the self-cooked porridge in small quantities (for example in the ice cube container).
- Babies do not need any culinary variety at the beginning (!). They love the familiar and familiar and would not thank you for the variety in taste. In addition, you save a few vegetables, fruits and meats the digestive system of your child and prevent allergies.
Solid and liquid
As soon as the child gets porridge, it should also drink something afterwards. Preferably water (non-carbonated and boiled at least in the first half a year) or mineral water, which is expressly recommended for the preparation of baby food. Also suitable are thin herbal tea or unsweetened fruit tea. Juices are not that good because they are too sweet and too acidic. If they do, they should be given a high amount of water (at least 2 parts water and 1 part juice) and should not contain too much fruit acid (eg mild apple juice). The drinks should be warm to lukewarm, never cold.
- There are special drinking cups for learning that have a drinking tip in front. They are lightweight, unbreakable and stable. Bottles or jars with suckers are less suitable.
- For some babies it is fun right from the start - like adults - to drink from a glass or a cup. Of course they need help at the beginning.
- Give your baby something to drink regularly, but do not let it stutter.
Meatless just as happy?
Meat is an important supplier of iron, vitamins B1 and B12 and zinc. Therefore, if you want to feed your baby meatless, you should take special care to get enough iron. Iron rich cereals are e.g. Millet, oats, wheat, rye, greens. Iron rich vegetables e.g. Beans, spinach, fennel, carrots, zucchini. As vitamin C improves iron absorption, three spoonfuls of orange juice or fruit puree should be added to each meal. Vitamin B provides milk, yogurt, quark and cheese.