In this article, we will talk about the food that the child needs from birth to the age of one year and the types of foods that we can add to the child’s diet, in detail from each stage separately.
Baby feeding at the first 6 months:
Mother’s milk is the best food that a child can get in the first six months of his life, as it contains all the nutrients that a newborn needs to grow and maintain his health in good condition. Therefore, doctors and international organizations such as the World Health Organization advise not to include any food other than Breastfeeding during the first six months of a child’s life, with the exception of some special cases where formula feeding is used instead of breastfeeding, and we have provided detailed articles on this site that you can view on our website.
Baby feeding at 6-8 months:
- At this stage, some types of foods can be introduced to the infant, but caution should be exercised, as they may cause suffocation.
There are some milestones that indicate that a child is ready to start eating solid foods and they are:
- Weight: There must be an increase in the child’s weight.
- The child can control the head and neck well.
- Able to sit even with some support.
- The child has the ability to reject the food, turn away from it, or close its mouth.
- The child shows interest in food when he sees others eating.
Baby feeding at 8-12 months:
- At this stage, the child continues to feed on breast milk or milk designated for this stage, and it is not recommended to consume cow’s milk for children under the age of one year.
- At this stage, you can try to feed him some ground meat, which is an important source of iron.
Baby feeding at one year:
- When the child becomes in the first year of his life, you can start feeding him cow’s milk and at this stage, you can also add cheese and milk in small quantities.
- The baby’s food should contain most types of food ingredients such as meat, fruits, vegetables, grains and whole milk. Thus, the child will have obtained most of the vitamins and minerals he needs.
- It is recommended not to feed the child solid foods before he is ready, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article.
- Not to introduce new foods to them at one time.
- Monitor the child’s sensitivity to the new foods that the child will eat, and this is shown by one of these signs:
- Skin rash
- Or other abnormal symptoms
4. Avoid eating foods that may cause choking baby, such as:
- Nuts and potato chips.
- Berries and grapes.
- Raw vegetables.
- Raisins and dry grains.
Baby feeding schedule:
|Age||Suitable types of foods||The right amount|
|4-6 months||Boiled rice – milk – unsweetened biscuit – breast milk or formula milk – vegetable puree.||Two meals a day plus feeding.|
|6-8 months||Vegetables – fruits – boiled pasta.||Four meals plus feeding.|
|8-12 months||Proteins – the yolk without the white.||From five to six meals plus feeding.|
|one year||Low-fat cows’ milk – cheese – yogurt.||From five to six meals plus feeding.|
|Two years and beyond||Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and legumes – dairy products – vegetables and fruits – grains and starches – bread.||Breastfeeding at bedtime, and three main meals with the family, in addition to three other light meals.|
Different types of food must be presented separately and at separate intervals of not less than three days, to detect any allergies in the child, according to the medical instructions provided by the child’s doctor.
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