When your baby is still growing up, you usually feed them either breastmilk or formula milk and you put them in a baby milk bottle just so that you can make it more convenient for you.
But, as they reach the first year of age, their bodies will require a lot more than what formula or breastmilk can provide.
You might have been advised by the doctor not to feed your baby solid foods while they are still growing it- partly because their bodies are not apt to take in solid foods yet and, for the most part, breastmilk should be sufficient enough to give them the nutrients that they need.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your baby must also have ample Vitamin D supply. Usually, you can get that from formula milk that is derived from grass-fed cows, but you can also expose your child to the sun as well (albeit, not for too long).
Today, I am going to provide you with some feeding tips that every parent should know.
Essential Feeding Advice for Your One-Year-Old
- When you start feeding your baby with solid foods, go one food at a time. What I mean by this is that you do not feed them a whole lot of foods in one sitting. You introduce them to one food and then you wait for 3-5 days before adding a new one. This will tell you if your child is allergic to a particular food
- When feeding, it is important that you start small first. You can use a teaspoon and then transition to a tablespoon whenever your baby is able to take in a lot of foods at one time
- As a start, you can begin feeding them with rice cereal first and then transition to other food groups such as fruits, vegetables, and then different kinds of meats
- It is important that you do not put any salt or sugar in their foods. I also advise you to stay away from canned foods, simply because they are laden with sugar and salt.
- When you are feeding your baby with fruits and vegetables, it is important that you wash them thoroughly and peel them to remove pits or seeds that are present in them.
- Infant cereals that are rich in iron should be fed to your baby until they reach 18 months’ of age
- Cow’s milk should only be given to your baby when they reach 1-year-old and above. That is because they do not contain a lot of nutrients compared to breastmilk or formula milk
- Your baby should not be given fruit juices to infants, especially if they are still 6 months below. Furthermore, only give them fruit juices made from real fruits and do not add sugar to it
- It is important that you do not place your baby in their crib with a baby milk bottle propped up. This may lead to increased risk of ear infections, as well as a choking hazard.