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12 Aug '17

Proper sequence to introduce new food on your baby's diet

Posted by Sandra Sosa

Previously it was discussed the best moment to introduce new food on your baby's diet as well the proper strategies to include food different from milk on your little one's diet  to render the process natural and non traumatic for both, you and the baby.

But now you know the basics about new food on your baby's diet and how to achieve introduction without major problems, it's time to go a little deeper on the proper sequence of food introduction.

Remember that once your baby achieves the 6th month he/she is ready to receive food different from milk, but that does not mean there's a switch able to change from "only milk mode" to "all kind of food mode"; instead the body, especially the digestive system needs to get involved with new food slowly in order to allow adaptation and development of different digestive processes specific for certain food.

With the above in mind, a jump from the milk bottle to a barbecue from one day to another does not seem the best way to introduce new food to a baby, instead an "stairway approach" would be better beginning with mild, soft, sweet food and moving forward to new flavors and textures once the baby is comfortable with the previous step.

On this regard, between the 6th and 7th month of life it's recommended to introduce fresh, raw, non-citric fruits and some veggies, especially sweet ones such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots and pumpkins; all of them steamed and smashed in order to provide a mild, new, sweet flavor and a soft texture allowing your little one how to deal with solid food (remember, until now he/she was eating only liquids) and learn how to chew, even when probably there's no many teeth on the mouth.Kids eating healthy

After a month of fruits and veggie (between age 7 and 8 months) it's time to include something new such as cereals (rice, corn) and legumes such as lentils, including this way new textures and a more salty flavor (try to avoid adding extra salt or sugar to your baby's food, since it's not necessary). During this period you may begin also with new fruits and veggies, one at a time avoiding this way to overwhelm your baby's senses.

By the 9th month your little treasure will probably have some extra teeth and will know how to deal better with solid food, hence it's time to introduce some animal proteins such as poultry, lamb, pork and cattle meat. By this time the changes are dramatic regarding texture and flavor, so start with small portions (just to try) and wait. Don't be frustrated is your baby refuses the first time, remember it's something new and it could take a little time to accept it.

The best way to introduce proteins is on soups as well small, grilled pieces, however try to avoid smoked flavor on your baby's meats since it's not precisely a flavor the little ones love.

Once your little ones achieve 10 months, it's time to move forward with something really different introducing breads, pastries, and all kind of baked products, however remember to stay away from those containing eggs, since it's no time yet.

Regarding baked goods, there's no many problems if you introduce them before, but it has been seen that wheat derivatives are better handled and produce fewer allergies and intolerance when introduced later on the diet; so try to wait until the 10th month to try wheat feed such as bread and pasta.

By the 11th month your baby must be eating almost all kind of food except those associated with food allergies such as eggs, fish, nuts, seafood and citrics; however his/her body is almost ready to deal not only with strong flavors from these feed but also with potential allergens, thus the 11th month is time to consolidate what your baby already eats and begin to introduce very small samples of potentially allergenic feed, just to evaluate not only how your little one accepts such intense flavors but also to know if there's an unexpected allergic reaction.

Once you are sure there's no health issues with eggs, fish, nuts, seafood and citrics, you may introduce them, one at a time after the 1st year, hence your baby will be eating all kind of food (including eggs, and other potential allergic reactions inducers) by the 14 or 15 month of life.

As it may be seen, introducing new food on your baby's diet is a long, patience requiring process, but if done properly, at the end will pay and your kid will be able to eat all kind of food without problems and on a healthy, natural way.

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