As parents, it is your responsibility to ensure the health and safety of your baby. In terms of safety, you keep them warm by providing them the right baby clothes that are appropriate for the weather. You also want to make sure that you have a baby car seat installed so that you can start bringing your baby with you.
For their nutrition, well, there are some guidelines. In this article, I will give you the basics of early child nutrition that you should definitely know and follow.
0 to 4 Months
There is only one thing that you should concern about when it comes to your baby’s nutrition at this stage: breastmilk. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your breastmilk should be enough to provide the essential nutrients that your child needs to further their growth and development.
4 to 6 Months
Although breastmilk is still given at this stage, your baby can now start eating some solid foods, but only if they are ready. How can you tell? Well, there are a number of indicators. First is their ability to support their own head and neck. Second, if you are eating with them and they want to grab what you are eating. Third, if their doctor gave a go signal.
A rule of thumb when feeding them solids at this stage is that the foods not only have to be organic but they also have to be prepared and cooked properly as well. In addition, you also need to mash the food really well since your baby still doesn’t have teeth that can help them chomp down on chunky foods.
7 to 12 Months
Milk is still part of your baby’s diet, but your baby can now eat more solid foods. When they start teething, you can then give them some meat as well, provided that you consult with their doctor to find out which ones are appropriate for them.
Remember that your baby needs to have a balanced diet in that they should get all of the vitamins and minerals that their body needs. If you do not have any idea what to food them, you can consult a dietitian to help you.
12 Months Onward
Your baby now has more freedom to eat a whole spectrum of foods. Just make sure that they are filled with good calories and nutrients. Avoid using salt and sugar so that they will not get accustomed to the saltier or sweeter taste, respectively.
You may need to increase how much food they will eat but you should also include breastmilk if your body can still produce it. If not, you can opt for some formula milk instead.
During 0-6 months, your baby will mostly drink from your breast. Your breastmilk actually contains a slew of different nutrients that their bodies need to grow. It is important that you know how to get a good latch so that the act of breastfeeding is not painful for you.
By 6 months onwards, you can just use a breast pump to help extract the milk from your breasts as some mothers have trouble breastfeeding their babies because of the presence of teeth and that they now have a more powerful bite.