At six months of age, a baby is still mostly on breast milk which will be their vital source of nutrients but then it starts to not be enough to provide their vital needs. This is the start period of introduction of solid food to your baby. When introducing solid food to your baby make sure you give the baby her first meal after or before being breastfed, or between nursing sessions, so that your baby continues to be breastfed as much as possible. It is very important to make sure that when introducing your six -month-old baby two solid food make sure the food is soft so it is easy for the child to chew and swallow foods such as e.g., porridge, mashed fruits and vegetables etc.
Starting your baby solid food too early could lead to a diet that might be low in nutrients, protein, fat etc. on the other hand starting your baby much later than six months could lead to a problem with eating which could be due to the child being solely dependent on breast milk.
Your infant probably lives off of breast milk approximately six times a day, keep it in mind that the goal is to slowly introduce them to solid food so there is no need to rush because the end goal by the age of one is to get them to eat as much solid food as they take breast milk. In their first year of life babies go through an amazing growth spurt, because they triple in size baby as they grow, they need a lot more nutrients than any other time in their life.
Nutrition in formula:
Most infant formulas like HiPP formula have cow’s milk but goat milk is also an alternative to children who might have an allergic reaction to cow’s milk. Both formulas are filled with nutrients the baby needs to grow and be healthy such as: carbohydrates in form of lactose, iron, proteins, minerals such as calcium and zinc with all types of vitamins. There is also a presence of prebiotics and probiotics to help the healthy bacteria in the guts and prevent infection.
Some of the nutrients needed for babies as they grow include things like: calcium which helps with healthy bones and teeth, fats for brain development healthy hair and skin, folates which assist with cell division, iron which helps with build-up of blood cells. Protein and carbohydrates would help with energy while zinc would assist with cell growth and repair. they would also need all types of vitamins. Always ensure that when introducing new food to your child they are mostly natural and prevent giving canned food, which contain a lot of added sugar, salt and preservatives.
One thing you want to avoid to give your baby during the first 12 months is whole cow’s milk because it doesn’t have enough iron, avoid it also because it’s essential fatty acids are not needed for your baby. You should wait to introduce your baby to drinking milk when they reach one year of age.