WEANING AND FIRST FOODS

Weaning baby onto solids can be an incredible stressful time for parents; 1 because they want to get it right, and 2.when and how to start with it all.

When baby is young all of their nutritional needs are met with breast milk or baby formula.  Generally speaking most babies will start to show an interest in solid foods from around 5 months and you can notice this if you see your baby looking at you intently when you eat or if they do not seem to be satisfied with just milk.

How to Begin

Most parents start baby on rice cereal of which there are plenty of options in the supermarket.  Sometimes you will have to try several brands before you find the one that your baby likes the best.  Baby Royale have a great range of organic cereals designed to help baby advance through the weaning stage and onto solid foods.  You’ll find smooth and low allergenic first foods like rice cereals to more advanced foods like muesli, which are designed to help baby develop important muscles that are needed in early speech development.

Starting Purees

Once your baby has become used to the cereal you can start introducing other foods like potato, carrots, meat, chicken, fish, various fruits etc.  It is best to let your baby try these foods separately first and once your baby shows no sign of being allergic to anything then you can start to mix the different foods together.  The goal is to keep adding foods so that by the time the baby becomes a toddler, they will be able to join in on regular family meals.  What’s important to remember is that it might take a few attempts just while your baby gets used to eating solids.

Although there is no single “right” way to select baby foods, some parents find that once their baby has tried fruit, they may object to eating vegetables. After all, vegetables are not nearly as sweet. Others swear that their babies do well by alternating fruits and vegetables. Experiment to see what works best for you, but remember, it is important that your baby learns to enjoy a wide selection of foods. Once you have determined that your baby has no food allergies, you can be a bit sneaky in getting them to eat vegetables, if need be. Simply mix a fruit and vegetable together and watch as your previously “choosy” baby gobbles up those veggies!

Homemade or Commercially Prepared?

Starting your baby on pureed meat, vegetables and fruits can be homemade or you can buy commercially prepared foods.   If you’re working sometimes a mix of the two allows a bit more flexibility and pre-prepared foods are ideal if you are out and about during the day.

Either way is fine, but if you make homemade baby food, be sure not to add sugar, salt, or other seasonings. A baby’s digestive system does not tolerate seasonings well, and in any case, it is best to get the baby used to having their wholesome foods served as simply as possible.

Baby Royale produce a great selection of pureed food.  The way we cook and prepare our food ensures maximum taste and texture compared to other more processed methods used by conventional jarred baby food that can often expose foods to high temperatures and lengthy cooking times.

Research has shown that eating a variety of healthy foods and minimizing the intake of processed foods with additives and preservatives can help avoid health concerns later in life such as allergies, obesity and early onset of diabetes.

The Baby Royale fantastic easy-to-use pouches not only improve taste and texture they are also versatile in their use; they can be put in the fridge and chilled, microwaved to serve warm all with the ultimate objective of ensuring your baby has a great tasting healthy meal.

Although weaning can be stressful as you begin to learn what your baby likes and dislikes, it is important is to have fun and don’t worry if they spit out, it’s all part of the process while baby gets used to the next stage of development.

 

 

 

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