Nutrition information: baby food

Starting healthy baby food as early as possible is essential. Eating habits determine how your child grows and how your child will view food in the future. This article contains useful information and tips about feeding your baby.

Tips and facts

Many parents are unsure about their baby’s nutrition. Tips from family members and friends are often contradictory and only make you more insecure. Below are some tips and facts about feeding babies.

Every baby is different

Get to know your baby because every person is different. Some babies want to be fed every two hours while other babies prefer to sleep and therefore usually need to be woken up to eat.

Relax

Every parent is nervous and insecure when they have just had their first child. Make sure you can relax a bit because this is supposed to be a happy time!

Trust yourself

Use your own maternal instincts (we were given these for a reason) and common sense when it comes to feeding your baby. A baby that grows well and develops normally also gets good food. Of course you can ask for tips from those around you, but ultimately see for yourself which tips suit you and your child best.

It starts with mom

Good nutrition starts during your pregnancy because when you eat well you also get enough nutrients that your baby can use. Mothers who eat too little during pregnancy can have babies who are born too light and therefore develop all kinds of health problems. A mother with anemia can have a baby who has an iron deficiency. High doses of vitamin A before and during early pregnancy can cause birth defects.

Breastfeeding

Doctors say that breast milk is the best nutrition for your newborn baby and that babies should definitely be exclusively breastfed until they are six months old. As an alternative, formula can be given as it contains similar nutrients. Colostrum is the breast milk that you will give to your baby in the first days after delivery. This contains more protein and less sugar and fat than later breast milk. It has a laxative effect which stimulates your baby’s intestines. Colostrum also contains many antibodies that are important for resistance to infections.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Below are some benefits of breastfeeding :

Economical

Perhaps not the first thing you think of, but breastfeeding costs nothing.

Sterile

You breastfeed directly from your own body to your baby. It couldn’t be more sterile.

Infections and diseases

breastfed children are much less likely to develop infections and diseases such as asthma, obesity, heart disease and some forms of cancer. Mothers are also less likely to develop menopausal breast cancer and osteoporosis.

Is your child getting enough?

Many mothers of newborn babies are afraid that their child is not getting enough, but assume that a baby who poops regularly and has a wet diaper about six times a day, is getting enough. Babies drink on average every two to four hours during the first month. When your baby has a growth spurt , he/she will suddenly want to drink more, but you don’t have to worry if your baby suddenly becomes less interested in drinking during a certain period. Babies can show that they are hungry in different ways. Clear signals are crying or lip and tongue movements (smacking or putting fists in mouth).

Bottle feeding

Store-bought formula contains all the necessary nutrients for your baby. It is better not to use cow’s milk because it does not contain the right concentration of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Store prepared formula in your refrigerator for up to 24 hours and immediately throw away any leftover formula from the bottle as it will become sour.

The first snacks

After six months, your baby can have his/her first snacks. Giving snacks earlier can be harmful because the intestines cannot yet handle this. You will notice that your baby will initially protest because they are not used to this yet. It will be easy when your baby is hungry. Start with rice porridge and then you can slowly start making homemade fruit and vegetable snacks . You can also give pureed chicken and beef. Remember that products such as cheese, ice cream, fish and wheat products can cause an allergic reaction. If this is the case with your baby, it is best to stop and try again when they are nine months old.

Eating yourself

After about eight months, your child will gradually be able to hold food and put it in his or her mouth. Give your baby a piece of toast or rusk to chew because this helps relieve sore gums and is at the same time an exercise in learning to eat on their own. Other snacks to try include pieces of pear and banana, boiled carrots and small pieces of tender chicken meat. When your baby can sit in the high chair, he/she can eat with “the pot”. Check which foods you may still need to puree.

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