The First Meals

Start off each baby meal with breast milk, then gently begin with a small teaspoon of vegetable puree, one food at time (e.g. carrot puree, white potato puree or banana puree mixed with some mother´s milk). In the next few days, try increasing to two and three teaspoons of puree. Just be sure to watch your baby and regulate any changes as needed. Eating from a spoon is a completely new experience for a little one. :-) Your baby is used to drinking milk and, since he or she is unfamiliar to swallowing solid food, you may notice that your baby spits some food out in the beginning. It also takes some time for a baby to get used to the new flavors and consistency. This transition can be lessened by adding mother’s milk to solid food. This will make the new flavour less intense for a baby. If your baby does not want to eat, then just wait and try again a little later.

It is always best to give babies organic food that is free from spray and pesticides. Many health food stores (and increasing numbers of supermarket stores) have a good selection of organic baby food for children age 4-15 months. It is also wise to make your baby home-made puree and porridge if it is possible, and resort to jarred baby food when you are on-the-go. Organic, home-made baby food, which is carefully prepared, is always the best for your baby. It has a higher nutritional content than its jarred counterpart found in stores. Making baby food is also quite simple, so long as you can put aside a couple of hours every two to three weeks to prepare several batches of different purees (and soups and stews as your child grows a bit older) and then freeze them in ice-cube trays. Then you only need to take out the ice cube a hour or so before you plan to feed your baby. By making home-made food for your child, you will give your little one the very best start in life :-)

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