When a baby reaches its first year of life, he/she can eat almost everything, within limits (both food and preparation thereof). And we already know what foods they like the most and which they hate; Now they can chew, and in the expression of their face we will see if they are enjoying what they eat or is willing to move on to something else.
It is from this first year that the baby moves towards a diet more similar to that of adults, which translates not only into the intake of this or that food, but also in the fact that already start eating two dishes plus dessert. It is also the ideal time to start introducing new foods in their routines that will benefit their development.
From the feeding bottle to the bowl
This will also be the time for them to modify their habits around an element that will continue to be indispensable in their growth: milk. They have to leave the feeding bottle behind to use the glasses and bowls, so that they consume a minimum of half a liter daily so that their intake of calcium and vitamin D is not resentful. If the milk is not especially to theirr liking, you can always combine a certain amount with its derivatives, such as cheese or yogurt.
Cereals, which should be low in sugar, will provide them with iron and also make the milk more pleasant for them.
A balanced diet will also contain vegetables, fruit, meat and rice; other foods such as eggs or fish, without being harmful to their growth, may be intolerable for them, so it is best to consult with your pediatrician. And in all cases, in addition to what has already been said about sugar, you have to avoid excessive salt and spicy.
How to take ice cubes, but not iced
Little by little, babies will become accustomed to the habits of adults, which, once they reach their first year, if they begin to adjust their diet little by little to that of their elders, it is logical that they “seat” down at the table with them; not only that they eat at the same time, but they do it in a common space. It is the best way for them to acquire good habits, which is why it is very important that adults are aware that their children will learn what they see happening at the table: eat quietly, not at full speed as if there were no tomorrow, avoid unpleasant noises, etc.
In addition, being with the baby at the time of the meal will allow to see the other members of the family if he/she has problems when chewing, as well as to avoid choking. But to be more tranquil, both when you eat fruit and meat or other foods, you have to make sure that the pieces they chew are small enough to ease them the "work" and avoid having bad moments. Especially with fruit, the ideal thing is to cut it into the shape and size of ice cubes; especially important in less watery fruits.
Other foods such as carrots and other vegetables that are considered "hard" are best to grate or cook before eating them raw; In addition to avoiding unnecessary risks, if they see that they are simple to eat, it is easier for them to like them.
Other elements that can be hard and small like candy, when they are so young you have to avoid them!
And as to whether they should eat a lot or a little, ideally it is the baby who decides, within limits, these amounts, depending on how hungry they are; although, according to their mobility, rate of growth, etc, we can intuit how much of each must be put on the plate. And before any doubt, consult the medical specialists!
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