How long can I feed my baby with infant milk formula for ?
It is recommended to keep at least 500 ml per day of follow-up milk in the diet until 12 months old.
Then feed your child with growing-up milk until the age of 3. These two formulas contain all the nutrients and energy necessary for your child’s growth.
When can I start diversifying food?
Today, most scientists agree that diversification should not happen before 4 to 6 months. Up until this age, their underdeveloped digestive system is not able to cope with solids. Breast milk or infant formulas provide your baby with the right amount of nutrients based on his needs. An early variety of food may increase the risk of developing allergies.
Try to introduce one kind of food at a time and in small quantities as your baby needs time to discover and appreciate these new tastes.
If you think that your baby does not like some foods, do not insist or force them but try again later during another meal.
What food can I start to feed my baby with?
It is recommended to begin with specifically hydrolyzed infant cereals such as diastased cereals from 4 months onwards.
These are easy to digest for your baby’s underdeveloped intestinal tract, and gluten free to avoid allergies.
From 6 months onwards, you can start introducing your baby to the new taste of cooked vegetables. Try to keep the same menu for 3 consecutive days. You can use vegetables such as broccoli, peas, green beans, courgette (zucchini), spinach, carrots. Introduce them gradually by adding one tea spoon of the pureed vegetable to the bottle, and then you can increase the quantity over time.
Once your baby has been introduced to vegetables, you can give him a new fruit every 3 days such as apples, pears and bananas, then prunes, peaches or apricots. Give them in juices, puree or compote. Do not add sugar, and cook the fruits if they are not ripe. Introduce them gradually by mixing one tea spoon in the bottle for lunch.
When can I introduce meat, fish and eggs?
If your child does not have any tendencies to contract allergies, we recommend that you introduce 10 g of fish or meat or ¼ of yolk per day from 7 months onwards. Choose lean meat and fish, such as beef, veal, chicken, turkey, hake, dab, sole, whiting, and cod.Two teaspoons per day are enough for a 7 month old baby.
Can we add salt to our baby's food?
It is not necessary and not recommended! We already eat too much salt. This high intake of salt in food can be a danger to our health (e.g increasing the risk of heart problems). Plus, you and your baby do not have the same tastes, therefore he will appreciate a more insipid meal.
Do not forget that good health habits are learnt from a young age.
Can I add butter or oil in my baby's food?
There is no need. Your child receives enough fat from the milk and its derivatives. However, from 8 months old you can add a little bit of butter to their meals, but it is better to add a tea spoon of vegetable oil per day instead.
What are the recommended infant cereals and when can I start feeding my child with them?
Infant cereals are a good transition from an exclusive milk-based diet to a diversified diet.
From 4 months onwards, you can introduce a couple of teaspoons of infant cereal to your baby’s feeding bottle, following the indications on the packaging.
It is recommended to begin with specifically hydrolyzed infant cereals which are easy to digest and gluten free, such as diastased cereal from 4 months onwards.