Complementary feeding

Breast milk is no longer the exclusive baby food after 6 months of life. In this period, the mother should continue breastfeeding, complementing it with new foods, including treated or filtered water. By the eighth month, the child can already get the food prepared for the family, without too much salt or fat. The baby's palate is still in formation, so the ideal is that the food is as natural as possible, with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Tempering, use garlic, onions, herbs and oil wire.

Complementary food should be based on the time homemade food. The mashed or grated fruit porridge should be used for snack times. To make the salt pope is recommended to use a cereal or tuber (rice, potato, cassava, yams, taro, sweet potato), a type of meat or egg yolk (red meat, chicken, fish, offal), or a type of grain (beans, lentils, soybeans, chickpeas, dry peas) and a type of leaf vegetables (chicory, lettuce, cabbage, spinach) and vegetables (carrots, squash, zucchini, beets). The more varied and colorful, more nutritious and stimulating becomes the child's food.

Warning! Soft drinks, processed juices, sweets in general, sandwich cookies, snack foods, canned foods, sausages (sausage, bologna, etc), fried foods, coffee, mate tea, black tea or honey should not be offered to children (it is worth noting that honey can be used after 1 year old). These foods are high in fat, sugar, preservatives or colorings and can compromise growth and development, and increase the risk of diseases like allergies, obesity and deficiencies of vitamins and minerals.

From the sixth month, the baby is ready for solid food, well cooked, in the form of porridge or mashed. They must be crushed or shredded and offered with a spoon, not being indicated grind them in a blender or sieve. It is important that the child can pick up small pieces of food, such as strips of vegetables, meat or fruit, in order to awaken in them the curiosity and the desire to bring it to his mouth. Never force a child to eat. Try to create a pleasant atmosphere.

The preparation of children's meals should be done with your hands well washed with soap and water, as well as household items and surfaces for preparing and offering food. All vegetables and fruits should be washed in running treated water, filtered or boiled before being peeled. Food should be well cooked and preferably prepared in sufficient quantity for a meal, and then served after preparation. They should be stored in clean, dry containers, capped in a cool place, in the refrigerator. We can not offer previous meals leftovers.