With the development of the baby, when it is 4 ~ 8 months old, it should not only eat milk, but also add supplementary foods.
Nowadays, there are many recipes on the market to teach everyone to make supplementary foods, and there are also many ready-made supplementary foods. Parents have made great efforts to make their babies eat well.
Ding Ma would like to remind you here: Don’t rush to give these things to your baby.
1. Babies under 1 year old do not eat salt.
Before the baby reaches the age of 1, all foods should not be added with any additional form of salt (including salt, sea salt, children’s soy sauce, etc.).
Babies are highly sensitive to salt, so never use chopsticks to dip the tips of adult meals for your baby to taste. Adding salt to your baby’s food too early will cause excessive sodium ion intake and increase the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases in the future.
Excessive salt will also affect the baby’s future eating habits and impose a burden on the baby’s immature kidney.
2. Sugar is delicious, but it should not be added.
Don’t add sugar to your baby’s food. Adding sugar at an early stage will increase the risk of dental caries.
Parents can learn to use the natural sweetness of natural vegetables and fruits to make their babies fall in love with complementary foods.
3. Don’t eat honey for babies under 1 year old.
Honey may contain botulinum toxin. Infants have weak gastrointestinal function and poor liver detoxification ability. Especially for infants less than 6 months old, botulinum is easy to multiply in intestinal tract and produce toxin, thus causing poisoning.
Therefore, to be on the safe side, it is not recommended to eat honey and honey water for infants under the age of 1. Babies over 1 year old can use honey to relieve cough.
4. Don’t rush to eat the whole nut for the baby.
Nuts are relatively hard and difficult to chew. Eating whole nuts directly to babies is easy to cause choking cough during eating, and suffocation in severe cases.
You can try to add ground nuts to porridge, cakes or small dots to add flavor.
In addition, as nuts are prone to allergy, pay attention to the child’s allergy when adding them at the beginning.
5. Is juice healthy? Not suitable for babies
Many mothers think: Juice is very good and healthy. I can see the fresh juice I squeeze at home. Why can’t I drink it?
Juice is not suitable for babies to drink for two main reasons:
- On the one hand, fruit juice is too sweet. Regular drinking of fruit juice is easy to cause babies to refuse to drink white water, which is not conducive to tooth protection. On the other hand, after the fruit becomes fruit juice, it loses the dietary fiber that was originally helpful for digestion, only full of sugar…
6. Boiling water takes up the stomach and its nutritional value is really low.
The reason why cooking water is a bad choice is mainly because there is no what nutrition in cooking water.
Besides pigment, vegetable water may also contain chemical fertilizers, pesticides and even heavy metals, which will cause harm to children’s health. Don’t say children, even adults should not eat.
7. Rice soup also occupies the stomach, affecting eating more food.
Adults have been saying: [You see, I specially scooped out the rice soup on the porridge and gave it to the baby later…]
To tell the truth, the nutrition and energy density of rice soup itself are very low. Drinking rice soup will occupy the limited stomach capacity of children and affect the absorption of other nutrients.
8. Don’t rashly feed adults
Never add adult food to your baby too early, even soup.
Generally speaking, adult food tastes heavier. If you give it to your child, it will increase the kidney burden, cause dyspepsia and affect nutrition absorption. Only 3-year-old children can fully accept adult food.
Should a good complementary food be how?
Having said [bad supplementary food], let’s talk about it again. The good supplementary food should be how.
1. High nutrient density
The baby’s stomach capacity is very limited, he needs a lot of energy and nutrients for growth and development.
Good complementary foods can provide high energy, high quality protein and rich trace elements, especially iron.
Let’s give an example. For example, the rice soup, gruel, vegetable water and fruit juice mentioned earlier are not as nutritious as thick porridge, vegetable puree and fruit puree.
2. Easy to clean and prepare
Good complementary foods must be more convenient to prepare and can be thoroughly cleaned.
Apart from food safety considerations, this is mainly for our happiness as a father and mother.
3. Easy to eat and digest
The baby’s chewing, digestion and absorption ability is not strong, so food should be easy to eat besides being nutritious.
For example, soft and easy-to-bite food is better than long crude fiber. Pumpkins, sweet potatoes and the like are better to bite and digest.
4. No bones, soft and not hard
The baby is too young to be suitable for particles that are too hard and too small, and it is easy to choke or get stuck in the throat, so you can choose salmon, cod, etc. if you eat fish.
Nuts and fruit pieces are not suitable for babies before the age of 1, so be careful to choke.
5. The taste is natural and light.
The baby’s taste is very sensitive, the food should be based on natural taste, there is no need to add any seasonings (such as salt, pepper, children’s soy sauce, etc.).
Don’t worry that the baby doesn’t taste delicious, you can’t taste what they can taste. It is enough to keep the original taste of the food.