Feeding newborns is easy because breast milk alone is sufficient for them, except in exceptional cases. After about six months, babies should start consuming solid foods. However, this process can be a bit challenging. Is your baby ready to begin eating solid food? The best thing would be to observe your baby and find the right moment for him. Not making the following mistakes will also help you find the right moment.
1.Rushing for solid food
Some parents think that if the baby switches to solid food, he will sleep more. That’s why they try to give solid to the baby ahead of time. But it should not be forgotten that if you feed the baby’s immune system and digestive system with solid food before he is ready, you may cause food allergies, eczema, stomach diseases and obesity problems in the future.
2.Delay for solid food
Early transition to solid food is harmful however late transition also harms the baby. According to researches, children who did not take any solid food until the age of 9 months may experience more nutritional problems at later ages than children who switch to solid food between 6-9 months.
3. Eating too much sweets
Sipping your flavored coffee or giving a piece of cookie may seem harmless at first. But these loopholes can affect your baby’s future food preferences, eating habits and therefore their health. In fact, babies have low sugar needs due to their limited stomach capacity and high nutritional requirements. In fact, babies do not need to meet sugar for the first two years.
4.Choosing soft foods only
Since babies have no teeth, it may make sense giving them soft and aromatic foods that are easy to eat. However, this may cause your baby does not to want to consume foods that will be beneficial but taste heavy in the future. For this reason, you should be open to different tastes when preparing solid food.
5.Trying to feed the baby more than necessary
If you want your baby to have control over eating when they grow up, don’t force them to overeat as a baby. When babies are full, they show what they don’t want with their body language. If you persist, you could impair your baby’s ability to control himself. He may even experience binge eating disorder in the future!
6.Eliminating foods with high nutritional value
The first two years of babies are critical to brain and body development. Zinc, iron, total fat, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are very effective nutrients in this process. For this reason, you should include enough fat in your baby’s diet. You should not forget about meat or foods high in protein, and grains rich in iron.
7.Feeding the baby outside of your own meal time
It can be easy to feed your baby before or after your meal time, without including your baby at the family table. You know babies learn by watching adults, right? So, let your baby eat with you so that he can see the variety in meals and learn the table layout.