The American Academy of Pediatrics, UK Department of Health, World Health Organization and UNICEF recommends that both exclusively breastfed babies and those who use infant formula start introducing solid foods into their diet from the 6th month of life, because milk usually meets the baby’s nutritional needs for the first 6 months of life. However, it is recommended to talk to your pediatrician to find out if it is necessary to start complementary feeding before this time.
In the beginning, you should give only so-called sweet baby food, which are made from easily digestible without peel, fruits such as apple, pear and papaya. Then comes the phase of salty baby food, made with vegetables and later fortified with meat, fish and chicken.
Sweet apple or pear baby food
Red or green apples may be used, provided they are well washed and fresh. To give the baby, it is only necessary to divide the apple in half or in 4 parts, remove the seeds and the central stem and scraping the pulp of the fruit with a small spoon.
You should scrape until you get close to the peel, remembering to be careful that there are no large pieces of fruit in the spoon or pieces of peel.
Sweet Banana Baby Food
For this baby food, you just need to mash a small banana with a folk until it is very creamy and lumps-free.
Green bananas trap the intestines, while ripening allows for normal stool formation. In addition, apple and banana also tends to cause constipation and may be used in cases of diarrhea, while banana nanica accelerates intestinal transit.
Salty baby food with Potatoes and Zucchini
Salty baby food should be started with only 1 or 2 vegetables, without adding meat or grains such as beans and peas. Zucchini is a great vegetable because it contains a lot of water and is easy to digest.
- 1 small potato;
- ½ zucchini.
Wash your potatoes and zucchini thoroughly, peel, dice and cook over medium heat with filtered water. Check with the fork if the vegetables are cooked, remove from heat and put on your plate, knead well with the fork until it becomes a puree before giving it to the baby.
If it is the first salty meal, the cooked ingredients can also be passed through an exclusive baby food sieve to make sure that no clumps of food can cause choking.
Salty baby food with sweet potato
In the second week of complementary feeding, you can start adding natural broths to the baby's food.
- 1 small sweet potato;
- ½ beet;
- Broth of cooked meet.
Cook about 100 g of lean meat such as muscle or soft thigh, seasoning with just a little bit of fresh herbs such as garlic and onions, without adding salt. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes and beets, dice and cook until tender.
Knead the vegetables with a fork or pass through the blender without mixing, so that they are separated on the plate and the child learns to identify the different flavors. Add a small ladle of broth to the dish.