Your complementary diet – for a balanced complementary diet!
The transition from pure milk food to dry bread and family food is an important step in the development of a child. It is important that the slips are introduced one after the other and the development of the child accordingly.
As you grow older, your baby will not be full of breast milk or baby milk alone. Then the time has come to deal with the Beikost to begin. But which pulp is the right one when? And at what time of day should the porridge be fed? Our infographic provides you with an optimal overview for a healthy and balanced diet of your favorite.
Note that all information in the infographic Recommendations of our nutritionist and experts are. Every baby and toddler develops differently. Young parents are allowed to adapt to this development individually. And it is important: It is important that your baby is also breastfed next to the complementary foods or gets baby milk formula. The milk meals are only gradually replaced by complementary foods. So you can continue to breastfeed your baby during the supplements phase and beyond as long as you and your baby like it.
The milk food
In the first four to six months it is difficult to strictly divide up the meals. Breast milk or baby milk can always be fed as needed. If a baby drinks rather little at each meal, you can put it on more often. In the first month, this may be every 1 to 3 hours.
Start of the diet: Recommended between the 5th and 7th month
When sucking on the chest or the bottle, the tongue had to be pressed evenly forward. With the start of the complementary food, she has the task to push the porridge backwards. Most babies do not manage this development step until the fifth month. Because that requires a little practice.
Since each baby develops differently, no exact time for Beikosteinführung can be fixed. It is recommended by experts for infant and baby nutrition that with the Start of the complementary food between the 5th and 7th month should be started. Watch out when your baby is ready for porridge. Indications of when your baby is ready for complementary foods can be: Your baby is interested in what you eat / eat. It can put things in your mouth and it does not push the porridge out with your tongue. It can keep your head upright and stable when you support it while sitting.
If the baby is not ready for complementary foods, make appropriate signs (for example, turn the head off, squeeze porridge out of the mouth), then wait and try again after 1 to 2 weeks. Also it has to get used to the new taste. Often, babies have to Try new foods several times, before you like them. If your baby rejects a new ingredient, you should offer it again at regular intervals. Sometimes it takes up to eight to ten times before they are accepted and liked by the little ones.
Children develop very differently at this age, which means that some children are more interested in learning how to walk, others are more interested in independent food. Respond to your child’s individual pace. Try together what your child can and can not do.
NoteThe older your child is and the more it has become accustomed to the complementary foods, the porridge should become lumpier, as this helps your baby to chew. So you create the best conditions for the start in the family diet.
Recipe tips for baby porridge
Vegetable meat and potato mash
15-20g (2 – 3 tablespoons) fruit juice or pure fruit puree
8-10g (1 ½ teaspoon) rapeseed oil
Water as needed
Milk and cereal
200g of milk
20g cereal flakes
20g (2 tablespoons) fruit juice or fruit puree
Cereal fruit pulp
20g cereal flakes
90g of water
100g of fruit
5g rapeseed oil
The transition to family food: recommended between the 10th and 12th month
Over time, more and more milk meals are being replaced by porridge and towards the end of the first year of life, the learned pudding is more and more in the family fare about. Between the 10th and the 12th month, your child starts to become more interested in family life. And as soon as your child can sit upright, they can sit at the family table. Gradually, the food of parents or siblings are becoming more interesting.
From about the 10th to the 12th month, you can safely start the phase of family food. Now is the time for your child to eat individual components from the family kitchen. For example, if you cook meat with carrots and potatoes, your child will be able to eat the mashed carrots and potatoes as well as the chopped meat.
At the beginning of the family food phase, changing your meal is likely to cause a bit of trouble. But with a little patience everyone will get used to it. Make sure your meal rhythm is as regular as possible, giving your little one more security and structure.
When should I offer my child water for drinking??
With the introduction of Beikost the liquid intake is still the same as in the first months of life about breastfeeding or baby milk. But with the introduction of the porridge, the amount of milk decreases and complementary foods do not contain as much liquid as milk, the baby needs something to drink in addition. Basically, you can offer your baby additional water to drink as soon as you feed the first porridge.
However, it is important that you give your little one about 200-600 ml of water to drink daily, as soon as you start to introduce the third porridge. Also, give your child a drink at each meal to learn Drink to the meal entails. In addition, the small should get the water offered in the cup or glass.
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