Our newborns' first year is the most crucial of all their years of growing. It is during this full twelve months that they grow their first teeth, they make their first steps, and say their first words. It is also during this year that they strengthen their whole body through the vaccines that they go get, as well as the food that they eat. And as parents, we want to make sure that our children get only the best of things so that they would live a healthy life.
Vaccines are given to babies in order for them to develop immunity to the different diseases and viruses that they are exposed to everyday. The shots are of course to be supported by the food that our babies eat. The baby food that we give them should have the nutrients that will help them build and strengthen their immune system. Being careful and picky about what we give them is the only option that we have to make sure that they get only the best of the best.
Upon introduction of solid foods to your growing baby, you are to take note of the needed nutrients found in the solids that you are to feed them. You can start feeding them soft solids during their fourth to sixth month. This is the time when their digestive system can already handle solids. Mothers usually start with single-grain foods like cereal or oatmeal. Preparing such will just be easy because there are brands in the market that will just have you pour in hot water and then your baby can enjoy the delicious meal. You can even add fruits—fresh or dried—and vegetables into the food so that there will be added nutrients to what your infant is having.
As your baby grows, you can improve on the food that you are serving him/her. Aside from the soft solids such as cereal and oatmeal, you can start feeding your precious child rice with a little of the viand that you are having. Depending on the age of your little one, you can improve as time passes by. It is advisable that you start feeding your baby soft solid foods from 4 months, but as s/he grows bigger, you may throw in a little extra fluid into the soft solid. Once s/he reaches 6 to 8 months, you may give him/her pureed vegetables or mashed potatoes. At this stage, you'd start teaching him how to feed himself so that when he reaches 9 months, it'll be a lot easier for him/her to hold his/her own fork and feed himself/herself with every new vegetable or fruit that you'd give your baby. By the age of 10 to 12 months, your baby would be ready for finger foods. These could be ones that are easily managed with a baby fork or baby spoon, so these are ones like noodles or pasta. No matter what baby food you give your little one, what's important is his or her health. As long as you give them food full of nutrients and minerals, then you won't have to worry about him or her being healthy.