The stage in which the child begins to need to eat some food other than milk is usually one of the most worrying things for mothers, when will my child start eating liquid and solid foods? What do I feed my child in the first months of his life? All these are questions on the minds of mothers at this stage, especially new mothers.
The more your child grows, the greater his requirements for energy and nutrients, and the mother’s milk becomes insufficient to produce that energy needed to complete the child’s growth, so you need to know when to introduce different nutrients into your child’s diet and what foods it is preferable to avoid giving them to your child.
And to be ready to feed your child, in this article we explained to you when When does the child start eating? and what foods will your child start eating?
What age does a child start eating?
The appropriate period for your child to eat food is between the ages of 4-6 months. During this period, the stage of development of coordination movement begins to move solid food from the front of the mouth to the back for swallowing. The child will be able to:
- To support his head and sit properly. The child must be able to control his head and neck so that he can eat without choking.
- Tongue-thrust reflex: the involuntary movement of the tongue to push food out of the mouth so that it does not suffocate.
- Show interest in food, ie start trying to catch it or stare at it.
What foods will your child start eating and when?
4-6 months old
- Begins to eat soft vegetables and fruits by mashing each ingredient separately or by steaming them. Like potatoes, carrots and bananas, the food should be soft so that the little one can eat it easily and mash it with his tongue on the roof of his mouth.
- Begins to eat well-cooked grains, such as rice, barley, and oats
- Takes breast milk as the main source of food.
7-9 months old
- Begins to eat proteins and add them to pureed food
- Begins to eat finger food, which is any food that he can hold with his hands such as fruits and soft, chopped foods. Make sure that finger foods are divided into small pieces that are easy to eat.
From the age of 10 months – a year
- His ability to swallow and chew becomes developed, so you will be able to feed him different foods such as pasta, rice, and cheese.
From the age of one year – a year and a half
- You can add meat, eggs, and cow’s milk to his food.
From the age of one and a half – two years
- Your child can eat different foods and spices, and you will notice that he is starting to choose the types of foods that he prefers to taste.
- At this age you can wean your baby and stop breastfeeding.
Foods that should not be given to an infant
Although there are certain types that are not recommended to be given to children before the age of one year, an allergy test must be done on any type of foods, even those allowed. As for the foods that we must avoid giving to infants, they are:
- Cow or buffalo milk, because some children may be allergic to it.
- Avoid giving your child foods that contain salt before he is one year old, as salt may cause damage to the liver because it is still fully developed.
- Foods that may cause choking, such as nuts, popcorn, seeds and dried foods.
- Foods that are known to be allergens such as peanut butter, you must first make sure that your child does not have any allergies before giving them new foods by doing an allergy test.
- Honey because it is known that it can cause poisoning when given to children at an early age.
Pay close attention before you give your child any processed food, because most commercial foods contain sweeteners, spices and even artificial colors that may be harmful to your child. Before you introduce any commercial foods to your child, read the ingredients list carefully.
Now that your child has started eating, you should know that good eating habits and movement are very important, starting from this period. The habits that you will set for your child at this stage will build his habits in the future, so try to put on a balanced diet.