KEY Guidelines To Know When And What To Feed Your Baby
Before you start feeding your baby food, it helps to know what you can and cannot feed them. Certain foods are appropriate for certain age ranges while others are not. Once you know the guidelines for feeding your baby you can introduce food to them and feel confident your are being safe and sensible.
Birth to 6 Months
The diet in this age range is very narrow. Babies in this age range eat breastmilk or formula exclusively. Breastfed babies may require a vitamin D supplement, but that is it.
Six to 12 Months
During this time frame a baby's diet changes. New foods and textures are introduced. Babies can eat breastmilk or formula with iron fortified cereal, purees that are lumpy, so baby gets used to eating texture, and safe finger foods like soft cooked veggies, grated cheese, soft bananas and toast. Iron rich foods like meat. Beef, lamb. poultry, fish, eggs, tofu and legumes are suitable as well. Offer everything the family is eating to combine, foods, textures and flavors. Avoid giving honey under twelve months of age.
12 Months Plus
You can continue breastfeeding as long as you and your child want to. Babies that are not breastfed can start consuming cows milk. Babies that are not breastfed can have 16 ounces of full fat cows milk daily. Limit the amount of juice the baby consumes to a few ounces per day and offer your baby high fat foods like nuts, seeds, butters, avocados, cheese and salmon. After they have reached 12 months of age babies can have honey.
When you introduce a new food to your baby you should do so with care and vigilance. Only introduce one new food at a time so you can tell if your baby has any allergies. After introducing a new food look for signs of allergy like vomiting, diarrhea, and rash.
- Dan Canfield