21 Oct Introducing Solids To Support Optimal baby Health
When your infant is approximately 6 months old they will start to give you signs they are interested in food and ready to move to solids. They may display this new found interest by either watching what you eat, trying to grab your food or they are hungrier in between their milk feeds, especially if they want extra at night.
Weaning Tips for Healthy Baby
- ✅ In the first couple of weeks it’s a good idea to give them their first foods after they have either been breast or bottle fed and not tired or grumpy.
- ✅ Dilute their puree with either breast or bottle milk or 1 tablespoon of bone broth.
- ✅ Bone broth heals and seals the gut lining to support their developing immune system and brain functions. Broths must be homemade with the ingredients to suit their age group (see attached recipe).
- ✅ If your child was born by C-section, add fermented vegetable juice to their puree to support the friendly bacteria, they only need small amounts, say 35 to 40 mls.
- ✅ Cook their meals using organic fresh or frozen fruit and veggies. This delays introducing dangerous chemicals (herbicides and pesticides) found in conventional produce.
- ✅ Store bought food contains chemicals such as preservatives and emulsifiers which interfere with gut health and friendly bacteria.
- ✅ Find time each week each week to prepare all their meals. When cooking veggies, steaming and roasting is best method to retain the nutrients.
- ✅ Freeze into small portions in silicon moulds and store in the freezer.
- ✅ Store bought food is OK for emergencies. Commercial organic and preservative free food is boiled at high temperatures to kill bacteria and this also destroys the nutritional value of the food.
- ✅ Introduce new food individually and wait 3 to 4 days before trying the next food to check for adverse food reactions such as allergies or intolerances.
- ✅ Remember food is a totally new experience for your child and they don’t actually know what food is.
- ✅ All their nutritional requirements are being met by their milk feeds.
- ✅ Give them real fruit and stay away from dried fruit which is high in sugar and feeds the growth of bad bacteria and fungus all which undermines the health of their friendly bacteria.
- ✅ Bread contains double the daily allowance of salt.