A time comes when parents transition from feeding their babies an exclusively liquid diet to a solid diet. This introduction often occurs just after six months when most doctors recommend supplementing breastfeeding with semi-solid foods. By the time they hit the big one, their diet should be more solid based.
Beyond the normal starch based foods like vegetable purees, banana or rice, and peas that babies are often fed there are other foods that pediatricians and allergist have started to recommend to help the child grow and develop better.
Introducing solid foods
There basically three things most doctors recommend you do when giving your baby solid foods.
· Balanced diet : You must always watch out to make sure you give them some energy-rich foods, some proteins, some vitamins and some minerals. As the year advances then you can introduce a bit of oil into their foods.
· Consistency and texture : As we all know the baby food is not attractive this is because it needs to be properly mashed. Ensure that as they grow older past the landmark one year the consistency become harder to aid in the digestive ability as well as teething.
· Allergenicity : Well proven fact that introducing foods that often led to allergic reactions like eggs, and peanuts at one year often these kids are less likely to be allergic to this foods due to early exposure. However only introduce a new food at least after three days monitoring the reactions of the child to the food.
Foods to feed babies at the age of one
As a parent you’re looking for foods that work best with;
· The teething menace : Foods such as carrots, peas, broccoli, and berries help a lot to initiate teething in babies. Also to sooth the babies’ gums as their teeth come outlook for foods that they can manage easily.
· The increased appetite : At this stage, there also starting to crawl around and play more, sleep less.
· Increasing awareness : Babies have started becoming aware of people around them, what they are doing and what they eat too, hence it’s vital that their food becomes more palatable and more appealing.
· Susceptibility to infection : It vital to ensure that the foods are hygienically prepared. The foods should also be rich in vitamins and minerals to boost their immunity from illness.
To make your work easier, the following are a few suggestions on the specific kinds of foods to try out. The first is fruits and vegetables. The fruits should be cut up into small bits and strips to make sure that your baby does not have any difficulty eating them. The vegetables should also be chopped up and cooked until they are extremely soft.
Next, you should also consider starting your baby on finger foods and cereals that are fortified with iron. These types of foods include mixed cereals, oats, wheat and potatoes. Lastly, just like anyone else, babies need something to wash down a hearty meal. I would recommend measured amounts of unsweetened yoghurt. These combinations will provide a well balanced and highly nutritious diet for your one year old.