Babies get all the nutrition that is needed from breastfeeding or formula feeding. During the first year, no other kind of drinks, like water or juice are needed. Mother’s milk or formula is quite enough for an infant and it has a key role in infant nutrition.
Nutrition is very important not only for infants but for children and adults as well. It is the base of a healthy life. In this article, we analyze infant nutrition according to the age of a baby.
Baby mainly needs only breast milk or formula. Four to six times per day is generally enough for an infant. A baby can also begin eating cereal foods too. These can be rice, oatmeal or a mix of the two. Mix it with breast milk or water and feed with a spoon, not out of a bottle.
After six months, babies can start with fruits and vegetables, while you continue with nursing or bottle feeding. Make sure that the food is well cooked and pureed, especially in the beginning. Buying food in baby jars is also an option. One hundred percent fruit juice mixed with water and also plain water can also able to be added to baby’s diet at this time.
Nursing or bottle feeding is down to three to four times in a day and cereals, fruits and vegetables are a growing part of baby’s diet. This is a good time to start on proteins, whether it is tender meats finely chopped, cheese or eggs. Begin finger foods and small pieces of food such as Cheerios, Gerber fruit puffs, or meat sticks.
At this age, weaning from nursing and bottles is acceptable, though some nursing mothers choose to continue for another year feeding more infrequently. Help develop eating habits and discovering textures by offering new foods every week or so. This is an age when a child might want to eat and drink by him/herself. Encourage this and be prepared for a wonderful mess!