When it comes time to feed baby, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. Which food to introduce first? Which ones to avoid at all costs? Between the many books, the advice of friends and family, and our instinct, many questions and concerns can emerge. Here are the latest recommendations from the Canadian Pediatric Society for toddlers.
Breastfeeding and milk preparations
During the first six months of life, it is recommended that your infant is exclusively fed breast milk or formula. It is only when the baby has crossed the 6 months mark that we can introduce complementary foods. It is at this time that his diet must meet additional nutritional needs, particularly iron.
According to recent studies, it is noted that waiting up to 6 months before introducing food would minimize the risk of developing intolerances or food allergies. Do you think your baby needs complementary foods before 6 months of age? Consult your pediatrician; he can guide you.
Introduction of solid foods
If previously meat and alternatives were the last in terms of introduction, the Canadian Pediatric Society now recommends introducing them well before fruits and vegetables. How does one explain this change of speech?
According to Health Canada Nutritionist Helene Lowell, a member of the expert committee who signed this recommendation, “the iron stores of the exclusively breastfed baby run out when it reaches 6 months, and the first foods it consumes must be rich in iron. For this reason, parents now have the choice to give their child meat, alternatives or cereals enriched with iron.
- Single grain cereals fortified with iron: rice, barley, oats
- Meat, chicken
- cooked egg yolk
Description of the above foods:-
- The first vegetables and fruits easy to digest
- Well, the milk is first priority till 2 years of baby birth and you also need to give the healthy and warm milk, use the bottle warmer for this purpose and take the high quality of bottle warmer because you cannot take risk in baby matter for buying the best bottle warmer you must need read reviews about bottle warmer before the final selection.
- Smooth purees of butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes and beans
- Smooth purees of apples, pears, peaches and bananas.
Health Canada has issued new recommendations for allergenic foods. According to the latest research, the data suggest that delaying the introduction of allergenic foods into the baby diet does not reduce the risk of allergic reactions; we even observe the opposite! The Canadian Pediatric Center believes that the hasty introduction of these foods would be beneficial and protect the immune system. Postpone their introduction could promote the development of allergies.
It is now allowed and even strongly encouraged to offer baby, from the age of 6 months, seafood, whole eggs and peanuts. It is important for any parent to know how to detect allergic reactions. If you have concerns because of your family history, consult your pediatrician.
Yes to fat!
It is important to serve high-fat foods to baby to promote brain development and cell composition. These fats, found especially in cheeses, milk, yogurts and vegetable oils, provide essential calories for good growth and represent a significant contribution to vitamins A, D, E and K. When baby is ready to switch to cow’s milk, it is important to serve him whole milk (3.25%). Avoid skim or partially skimmed milk (1% and 2%) because their low fatty acid content is not appropriate for the infant’s needs. Finally, do not forget to pour a drizzle of vegetable oil (olive, canola, almond, etc.) or a little butter or cream on her vegetables.
Foods to proscribe
- It is important not to offer honey to babies less than one year of age. Honey may contain spores of a bacterium, Clostridium botulin. Safe for a healthy adult, spores can develop in baby’s gut and cause infant botulism, a rare but serious disease.
- Avoid adding sugar, salt or spices to your baby’s dishes in the first year.
- Do not serve half-cooked egg or half-cooked or raw baby meat: it is likely to cause food poisoning.
If baby dietary recommendations change often, it is because they are based on the latest studies in this area. So do not always listen to our moms … In case of doubt, it is better to inquire with a health professional anxious to follow the evolution of research in this area, in this case your pediatrician.