Feeding Babies: Introduction
Feeding babies solid foods has always been a subject of many different opinions. Namely, some experts think that solid foods should be introduced earlier and some think that this should be done at a later stage in a baby’s life. In addition to this, the choices of solid foods are great, so there are many different opinions here as well. Therefore, many parents are left to make tough decisions about not only how and when to introduce solid foods, but also what foods to introduce and how to prepare the solids. Knowing this, many people simply do not know what to do and who to trust, considering that friends, family members and neighbours always have something to say on the subject.
Introducing Solid Foods
Although many parents have no idea what to do when it comes to introducing solid foods to their baby’s diet, the reality is that this should be taken seriously, but with a positive attitude. The main thing to remember is the fact that every baby is different, and that there can never be universal rules to follow. Instead, parents are advised to try out the types of foods from the list of age appropriate foods and try them out more than once. This means that a baby can refuse to eat a certain type of food one day, but it can also love that food just a couple of days later and there are no rules when it comes to a baby’s taste of foods.
First Recipes to Be Introduced to Babies – Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are the best solid foods to be introduced at first. They are easy to digest, nutritive and easy to prepare. It is important to give priority to vegetables when introducing solid foods, because many babies find it difficult to accept vegetables if they get used to delicious and sweet fruits. At first, all the vegetables and fruits should be cooked and mashed, in order to avoid any potential choking. Also, it is recommended that the fruits are peeled before they are cooked, because they are more easily digested this way. One thing that many parents are not aware of is that they can successfully mix fruits and vegetables, which can make feeding their baby more fun and more practical.
First Recipes to Be Introduced to Babies – Meats
Meat is also very important to introduce, but only after the baby has accepted fruits and vegetables. Meat is a great source of protein and iron, and these are extremely important for any baby. When it comes to introducing meats, it is important to understand that no processed meat should be introduced. Rather than this, chicken and turkey should be introduced first, then the red meats. The main thing to pay attention to is to tenderize the meat before cooking, to remove all the visible fat and to cook it thoroughly. Also, it is great to marinade the meat in apple juice before cooking it.