First fruits in a baby’s life

Let us start with the beginning. Diet diversification for babies on milk powder should start in their fourth month, whereas for the children at the breast the age of six months is considered to be ideal for introducing new snacks.

First snacks are fruits. In other words, from either four or six months we begin by giving them apple, peach, orange or tangerine juice. Starting with just a few drops, we steadily increase the amount of juice they drink on a daily basis until reaching the limit of 30mL per day. The juice needs to be well filtered and poured into their feeder so that we can follow the quantity of the liquid the babies drink. As they get used to the juices they will naturally set their own limits for having the fluid according to their needs. Subsequently, we can mash the apples or the peaches and feed them with a spoon. After six months a baby can have home-made compote, but only if it is sugar-free.

fruit juice for healthy kids

Sugar, honey and salt can only be introduced in a child’s diet after one year. Why? The honey may cause botulism, while the salt and the sugar are hard to metabolize because the kidneys and respectively the digestive system are not completely grown and matured by the age of one.

More often than not, whenever the child tastes something different from milk they will protest. The specialists advise us to gently try it a couple of days later. We must never force the child to accept the new flavor right away. It may well come as a surprise to you when the baby will only ask for a certain fruit after having refused it for a certain number of days. Moreover, as any other new nourishment the fruits are to be introduced in a baby’s diet depending on their health.

Also the quantities of a new food are to be small at the beginning and progressively grow daily. Furthermore, a meal consisting of fruits will not replace one of milk.

Another general rule is to introduce every single fruit independently, letting the child enjoy one aroma and get used to it before introducing a new fruit in its diet. In case of any sign of intolerance or indigestion provoked by a food, the baby is not to have it any longer and a visit to the pediatrician is a must.

So what ranges of fruits are the best for a baby? Mashed apples or peaches are ideal to begin with as well as oranges and tangerines, separated from the bitter membrane and thoroughly squashed. By some specialists’ opinions, banana can be introduced in the diet after just several months while others think it’s recommended to wait until a year passes before letting the child have banana because it contains potentially allergenic compounds. Bananas can be served whether the kid tolerates it. This is the diet a child should have started with their fourth month until their first year.

Doctors recommend that the baby should taste some vegetables after the fruits. Actually the following foods on a daily menu should be mashed vegetables, which can gradually replace the milk at lunch. We can choose from carrots, potatoes, pumpkins, parsley, spinach, peppers or celeries.

If they refuse a meal you have prepared you may simply combine it with an aliment they enjoy. For example, if the baby is used to mashed apples then you can add it to the vegetables squash at least until they will naturally take in only the veggies. These combinations are beneficial to children, even though they do not seem tempting for us. After nine or ten months we should stop mashing the fruits, because otherwise the baby will become lazy and will hardly accept to start chewing. If babies can avoid chewing they most certainly will! In the main they can have peeled and chopped fruits, the important thing is to stop giving them purées.

These are the fruits that should be excluded from a baby’s diet until aged one: firstly, all fruits with seeds such as strawberries, berries, kiwi, pomegranates and etc. because these have a very high level of potential allergens. Furthermore, fruits that irritate the colon are also prohibited for the first 12 months. The first to be mentioned among these are plumbs, cherries and grapes. More often than not the doctors’ advice is to wait for a year before including watermelon in the baby’s diet because it may also irritate their colon.

How do we fight obesity ? Every parent wants their child to have a healthy appetite, but unfortunately there is a risk of obesity starting from a young age. Studies have shown that 40% of the overweight 1 year-olds will continue to be overweight as adults. Therefore starting with a diverse diet one should care how much food is necessary for a serving. After all, you are feeding a small child!

It is not reasonable to have the same portions of food as a baby, compared to a teen kid or an adult. Even though fruits are indispensable in a healthy diet starting from our fourth or sixth month, they should also be taken in moderation and not excessively, as any other permitted aliment. And as a general rule, try avoiding extremely ripe fruits.

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