Vegetable complementary feeding to the child: types of vegetables, terms of introduction
Did your baby reach the age of six months?According to WHO, this is the most suitable time for the introduction of the first complementary foods.These are the initial steps on the way to expanding the baby's diet and the best way is to start introducing complementary foods with vegetables.Contents: Suitable vegetables for babies General rules for the introduction of the first complementary foods Vegetable puree preparation Vegetable soups
Suitable vegetables for babies
Six months is the age when the enzyme system of the baby's intestines is already prepared enough to digestNot only milk, but also extra food.Earlier, do not introduce complementary foods.
Vegetables are the optimal product for the first complementary food.They are able to provide the body with the necessary minerals and vitamins.At the same time they are much less likely to lead to an allergic reaction, in contrast to fruit juices.With what vegetables to start?Of course, the easiest way would be to cook mashed potatoes.However, doctors do not recommend starting lure with this vegetable, because it contains a lot of starch, which can lead to allergies.
Pediatricians recommend starting lure with green vegetables: zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower.Puree can be prepared by yourself or purchased ready.
Important! Children with insufficient weight of lure is better to start with cereal cereals, they will help to gain weight faster baby.
General rules for the introduction of the first complementary food
So, it's time to introduce the first complementary food.For a kid, lure is something unusual and new.It is desirable that the child during this period was healthy and not moody.But it's worthwhile to warn parents, it's not always that children are lured by the lure.The kid can spit out the mashed potatoes and turn his head away.Force to force to eat a child, certainly, it is not necessary.Just try to treat your child with vegetable puree after a few days.
By the age of six months, the baby feeds five times a day.One feeding - 200 ml of breast milk.Optimal introduction of the first complementary feeding on the second feeding, so that not early in the morning and not at night before going to bed.
Please note! It is necessary to start with 5-10 ml of vegetable puree, this is one teaspoon.The remaining 180-190 ml must be supplemented with breast milk.It is important first to give vegetable puree, and then milk.
During the day, it is necessary to observe the reaction of the child to the lure.Whether everything is normal, whether there are no rashes, a diarrhea, a meteorism?If everything is in order, the next day the volume of vegetable puree should be increased to 40-50 ml, and the remaining amount of feeding is taken with breast milk.
On the third day, the baby is given 70 ml of puree.In each subsequent day, the volume of complementary foods is increased, and the breast milk is reduced.As a result, for one or two weeks the volume of vegetable puree should be already 200 ml.Thus gradually one feeding is completely replaced by a lure.
The complementary feeding should be started from one selected vegetable.And only after full acquaintance of the kid with it, it is possible to enter other vegetables approximately in the third week.It can be other green vegetables or potatoes, carrots, pumpkins.
Preparation of vegetable puree
To make vegetable mashed potatoes, you need to take the selected vegetable and wash it thoroughly.If it's zucchini, you need to peel it off.Purified vegetable should be cut into pieces and put in a pan with boiling water.Cover the dishes and put them on the fire.The dish should be stewed for fifteen minutes.It is even better to cook vegetables for a couple.For this, in a pot of boiling water, a sieve with cut vegetables is placed on top and covered with a lid.The time of boiling is fifteen minutes.Then boiled zucchini must be grinded through a sieve or blender, adding the broth from the pan to a homogeneous mass.Do not add salt and other spices.
The first lure should have a liquid consistency.Over time, when the baby will have the first teeth - mashed potatoes can be made more dense consistency, so that the child gets used to solid food.
Well, when the introduction of complementary foods coincides with the warm season and you can easily buy a fresh vegetable.In winter, you can use ready-made vegetable mashed potatoes.When choosing a puree, you need to pay attention to the composition.It should only be vegetables and water, no spices, salt, milk, starch.
Vegetable soups can be given to a child about the seventh month of life.Soups are prepared on the water.By this age the child has already tried different vegetables.Therefore, in the soup can be added several products, for example, potatoes, zucchini, carrots.You can not long cook a dish, because with prolonged cooking, vegetables lose their useful substances.You can use greens, onions.
Important! To begin acquaintance of the kid with a dish it is necessary from thirty milliliters, it approximately three-five tea spoons.Every day you need to gradually increase the amount of soup.
The dish needs to be cooked in small quantities, one at a time.If the cooked dish is cooled in a refrigerator and then heated up the next day, there will be little use for it.Soups on meat broth can be given to a child after the introduction of meat in the diet.This will happen around the eighth to the tenth month of life.
First, the vegetables cooked in soup must be crushed with a blender or fork, a kind of soup-puree will turn out.In the future, you need to leave the vegetables slices, so that the child learns to chew food.
Grigorova Valeria, medical reviewer