Introducing food to infants at age of 6-7 months

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Introducing food to infants at age of 6-7 months

Introducing food to infants at age of 6-7 months

When your baby is about 6 months, it is time you can begin offering semi-solid food apart from breast milk. You can begin by giving food once a day and then two to three times a day as your baby gets used to it. Start with a breastfeed (or infant formula) first and after an hour try small quantity of solid foods. Commence with a smooth consistency and move on to thicker or lumpier textures as baby is getting into the habit of eating a range of smooth foods.

Around six months babies need some extra iron in their diet, that’s why it is important to include at least some iron-rich food daily in your baby’s first food like: Iron fortified cereals (rice cereal), Pureed meat and poultry dishes, cooked and pureed tofu, legumes, lentils or beans.

Here are some food recommendations for infants:

  1. Iron fortified baby cereal (like rice cereal) mixed with full cream cow’s milk, breast milk or formula.
  2. Pureed meat, poultry, fish, eggs and pureed tofu.
  3. Pureed stewed fruits (like apple, apricot, pear, berries) and well-mashed banana.
  4. Cooked and pureed vegetables (like pumpkin, zucchini, potato, sweet potato, cauliflower, peas, carrots Cooked and pureed lentils and legumes (like baked beans).
  5. Dairy products including baby yoghurt as these are lower in added sugar or regular full fat smooth yoghurts or custards.
  6. Drinks may include water, breast milk or infant formula.

Always make sure to include iron-rich foods in little one’s diet to prevent iron deficiency. Babies usually push food out of their mouth in the beginning. It may take 9-10 repeated times of tasting the food before it is accepted by your baby.

Don’t stop giving breast milk or infant formula as it is still important for infant’s health.

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