Introducing food to your baby : everything you should know
What do I need to know before introducing solid foods?
« The introduction of solid food happens after 6 months. Some are ready a little earlier, some a little later. You are their parents: trust yourself, you will know when your baby is ready! »
There is another golden rule when introducing solid foods:
Do not offer cow milk before 9 months or even 12 months, as infant formula and breast milk are denser in nutrients and will supplement the diet while your baby learns to eat. In addition, cow milk is very poor in iron and rich in calcium. Calcium interferes with the absorption of iron into your baby’s digestive system – that’s not what you’re looking for.
To find out more about the different foods to offer and at what stage they should be offered to your child, see our chart titled “Introduction of food: What to introduce and in what order?”
What about water?
You can introduce it as early as 6 months of age. However, water should not replace breast milk or infant formula. If you are breastfeeding, it is even recommended that you offer the breast before water, even when it is very hot or when your baby is sick. In hot weather, your milk will actually be richer in water and electrolytes (sodium, potassium) to better hydrate your baby, and in times of illness, it will contain the antibodies needed to help your baby heal.
The BLW method
« Contrary to popular belief, there is no increased risk of choking when choosing BLW. »
The importance of satiety
A key phrase?
You are responsible for quality and your child is responsible for quantity.