Baby’s first food 101

Welcome to the wonderful world of food, little ones!

Before i list down the first food we can allow our little ones to savour,  do take note of these food to be age appropriate or safe

  • No turnip, carrot, spinach , or collard green to be given before baby turns the 7th month. This is due to the high nitrates existing in these food which might cause anemia in young infants.
  • For those under 1-year-old :
  1. No honey, baby!  Honey might contains spores which produce life threatening infant botulism.
  2. No moo moo milk. Do not replace baby’s milk with cow’s milk or goat’s milk. These are not good alternative as these do not contain sufficient iron or nutrient for baby’s growth.
  3. No salt/sugar/spice. Some cereals might not indicate sugar in their ingredients, but do take note they are still sweet because sugar might appear in another name.
  4. No soft/blue cheese and shellfish.
  5. No raw or half boiled eggs
  6. No hard raw fruit nor vegetable to prevent choking hazard.
  7. Whole nuts should not be given too. Preferably use paste and if family has issue with nuts allergy, avoid giving as well.
  8. Citrus, berries and kiwi fruit can cause allergy too. Be careful and be watchful when you feed these.

First Food for 6th month – 7th month babies

  • Begin with iron fortified rice cereal mixed with formula milk or breast milk.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Gradually one new food every 3-4 days
  • First vegetables good to begin with : potato, sweet potato, pumpkin. Puree them to smooth texture and add milk. (subsequently, you can omit the milk when baby is able to eat well.)
  • First fruits good to begin with : steamed apple and pear follow by banana and papaya or even avocado puree.
  • First cereals to begin with : Rice cereal, oat, wheat and bran.

We can begin feeding the baby once a day, 1-2 teaspoon, preferably in the bright morning, one hour after first feed . Slowly when they are used to it, we can move on to twice a day, 1-2 tablespoon of food(already mixed with milk) to maximum around 4 tablespoons. These are “agaration” (meaning estimation in singlish) and differs from baby to baby.

So with this, happy weaning babies!

ref : AnnabelleKarma, HPB

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