Babies are usually introduced to solid/real food from 6months, but in some situations as early 4 months.
There are different contributing factors to when babies are weaned, sometimes for health or financial reasons. No matter when a baby is weaned, consuming healthy and appropriate diet is very important.
A baby’s digestive system isn’t fully developed till the age of 2, so you must carefully consider what you feed your baby, and the method of preparation too.
In this article we will discuss weaning, what is to be considered when planning your baby’s solid meals, some essential nutrients and good food options.
What to consider when planning your baby’s meal plan
- Health concerns if any: if the child has sensitivities especially, eg. Some babies are lactose intolerant and in some cases fed with soya milk instead, also sometimes it could be deficiency of one or more nutrients.
- Nutritional needs: know the essential nutrients they need at every stage for development. It is important to consult your doctor and discuss your concerns.
- Quality of raw food materials: in a world currently filled with polluted food materials, from pesticides to preservatives and other harmful chemicals. Try to source your food materials from reliable sources or buy organically grown food materials. Keep your family as far away from those dangerous food as possible, and also try to buy and use only fresh food materials when cooking for your babies, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.
- Available options: in most situations there isn’t much you can do to source enough options, carefully check what is available locally for equally healthy food options or their acceptable substitute.
Most important nutrients for babies
Considering their growth and development; brain, bones, vision, immunity etc.
In addition to whatever vitamin syrups and supplements they are on, feeding them with the natural sources of the critically important nutrient is paramount.
The most important nutrients are Iron, Omega3 and healthy fat according to an article on Beaba, read more on it here Most Important Nutrients For Babies | Beaba UK
Other key nutrients are;
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Enough water too
Common and good food for babies
- Bone marrow
- Kidney beans
- Soya beans
- All baby food should be cooked properly and pureed or mashed
- Observe for allergies
- Debone your fish
- Dry fish can be blended into powder before use
- No need to add seasonings
- Spicy food is not good for babies, but some spice and herbs are okay… of course in small quantity.
- Always talk to your doctor/dietician/matrons for guide on weaning.
- Against popular opinion, honey is not quite good for babies, I know a lot of people feed their babies with honey. Honey can cause botulism in infants; read more about this here Botulism and Honey: Infant and Adult Botulism (healthline.com)