Ecotrophologist and nutritionist
One day the time has come: Her little sweetheart no longer just wants to be breastfed or get his vial - now it should be something "handfesteres". When the time for solid food could have come, read here.
Carrots - good for getting started
Carrots have proven to be the first vegetables. They are not only healthy, but their enjoyment is usually harmless: they are among those vegetables that - whether organic or not - are little burdened with pesticide residues, nitrate and heavy metals. In addition, carrots taste sweet and are therefore very popular with the little ones. Babies already know the sweet taste of breast milk, and the affinity for sweets is innate.
If you have been feeding carrot porridge for a week, your baby will notice a beautiful (orange-red) complexion due to the beta carotene in the carrots. And the diaper content often assumes a clear carrot coloring.
However, as carrots make the stool firmer, you should prefer to give a different kind of vegetables to a baby who is prone to constipation or has a very tight stool anyway. Children who have skin problems may react with reddened and flaky skin on carrots.
Which fruits and vegetables are still suitable?
Broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes and parsnips, for example, are healthy and harmless. There are many opportunities. But do not necessarily start with exotic vegetables (such as eggplant) and hard-to-digest, bloating vegetables (savoy cabbage, beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts) as the first solid food. Also nitrate-rich vegetables such as fennel, spinach or Swiss chard are not yet suitable for your baby.
Start with a pure vegetable porridge until your child no longer has problems feeding with a spoon. So it gets used to the first solid food, the other consistency and the spoon in the mouth. You should prefer fresh, local, seasonal or frozen vegetables because it contains more vitamins and nutrients than vegetables that have been stored for a long time. Organic vegetables are also recommended as they contain significantly less residues and nitrate.
It is best to introduce new foods gradually and carefully so that your child can gradually get used to them. And, if there is an allergy, you always know exactly which vegetables are the trigger.
Fruits are less acidic species such as apple, pear and banana, as well as seasonal fruits such as peaches, nectarines, blueberries and cherries. With strawberries and kiwis you should be careful, these have a high allergic potential. Citrus fruits do not tolerate many children, they get from the acid a sore bottom.
Babies should not eat raw fruit other than bananas. The intestine of infants can not digest it properly and your baby may get flatulence or stomach ache.
Seasoning or not?
The vegetable porridge contains neither salt nor spices. The natural salt content of the food is high enough and meets the daily needs of an infant. It also needs no pinch of sugar. Sweetened products are sweeter than the natural sweetness of breast milk. In addition, if you add sugar to foods, the sweetness threshold of the baby's taste buds will increase and soon it will not taste a light sweetness anymore. In addition, there is a risk of tooth decay as soon as the first teeth break through.
You may like to try the porridge for your child - but he does not have to taste you. What seems fade to you is an exciting taste experience for your child, because it eats for the first time something other than milk.
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