Start with baby food: The first porridge
Around the 5th or 6th month is the time for a smooth transition from “just mum” to more. Along with breastfeeding, the first attempts at supplementary food can now get started.
The child will decide when it is the right time to try different foods:
Food won’t be spit out any more, the head can be held up without help, sitting up alone works quite well now - and the interest in what the grownups are eating increases noticeably.
- For the first attempts, try small amounts, about 2 - 3 teaspoons, of finely pureed foods and gradually increase.
- When babies move their head forward to reach the spoon it usually means “yes, more”.
- Turning the head away and being easily distracted are the typical signs of “I’ve had enough”.
- By the first birthday, children should be eating with the family rhythm- breakfast, lunch and dinner. This rhythm usually comes about on its own since babies’ hunger signals come after 3 - 5 hours at the most.
Good taste, from the start
In the beginning, babies tend to reject food that is new and strange
For well-balanced eating habits from the start, all that is needed are
plenty of variety, some patience and a good example since children
watch their caregivers very closely and learn from them.
Slowly increase the consistency:
6 - 9 months
- Steamed and finely pureed foods and soluble foods (e.g. flakes)
- Then thicker porridge and coarsely mashed foods (i.e. mashed bananas)
- Firmer, grated food is also good (e.g. apples)
- Solid foods finely sliced, diced or chopped (fruit, vegetables and some foods that the whole family eats as well)
Dos and Don'ts for baby food:
- Fish and eggs – thoroughly heated
- Lots of fruits and vegetables
- Porridge – best with a bit of vegetable oil
- Ground nuts
- Honey – not until age 2
- Raw preparations of eggs, fi sh or meat
- Food that can be accidentally swallowed
- whole, like nuts or popcorn
- Salt, sugar and reduced fat foods
- Processed meats such as sausage and ham
- Alcohol and caffeinated drinks