From 4 to 6 months, milk should remain the basis of your baby's diet. This is an essential phase because it generally represents the very beginning of food diversification. So you can start to introduce her to her very first solid mashed foods. This adventure will allow him to taste new flavors to awaken his taste buds.
How to structure your baby's meals throughout the day? From 4 to 6 months, your baby will take about 4 "food intakes" per day. In fact, it is still a little early to speak of a "meal" at that age. To help you find your way around, here is a sample menu example.
Menu for babies from 4 to 6 months
- Breastfeeding at will and on demand
- Homemade vegetable puree cooked in water or steam and mixed, without adding salt or fat (green beans, zucchini, carrots, leek, pumpkin, broccoli, etc.) OR a small jar of vegetable puree of approximately 130 g.
Start with a few spoons of puree and gradually increase the amounts until you reach around 130 g. Introduce the vegetables one by one to allow your baby to assimilate each new taste.
15 days after starting the introduction of vegetables:
- Mashed ripe, cooked and mixed "homemade" fruit, without adding sugar (apple, banana, pear, peach, apricot, blueberry, etc.) OR a small jar of fruit puree weighing approximately 130 g.
Give him a few spoonfuls on the first day and gradually increase the quantities by letting your baby guide you
- Breastfeeding on demand
This typical menu is of course to be adapted to baby's needs and to its progress in food diversification. Each baby is different so stick to their rhythm and don't force them if they are no longer hungry or upset. Favor a smooth transition to food independence!
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