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From 4 months - Diversification

Dietary diversification in 5 stages

When it’s time for diversification, you’ll have many questions about the foods to introduce in priority. Here are some recommendations to help you get started.


 


Infant Milk, always infant milk


Infant formula or breast milk is your baby’s dietary foundation. At 4 months, he needs 750ml/day and a minimum of 500 ml/day until 3 years. In addition to this base, you’ll introduce solid foods one by one, as diversification begins.


 


Fruits and vegetables first


The first solid foods you’ll give your baby are vegetables. Choose them tender and non-fibrous to start: carrots, green beans, courgettes, spinach, leeks (white part only) … being careful to remove the peel or the fibrous parts. At lunchtime, your baby can eat them cooked in steam or water with no salt added, then blended into a smooth puree. You’ll progressively introduce tiny pieces at about 10 months. Little by little, all vegetables can by introduced into baby’s diet.


 


Around 2 weeks after the introduction of vegetables, it’s time for fruits! We introduce them later because your little one runs the risk of preferring fruits because of their sweet taste and start turning up his nose at vegetables. Continue serving vegetables at lunch and introduce fruits at snacktime. All fruits are allowed, as long as they’re ripe, cooked and finely pureed at first, with no added sugar: apples, pears, bananas, quinces, apricots, peaches, prunes; according to the seasons!


 


Starches to “fill up” baby


From 6 months, infant cereals may be mixed in small quantities with infant milk or a vegetable soup. For delicate appetites, they’re very useful because they provide lots of energy in little volume.


 As for bread and cereal products (tiny pasta, semolina, rice), they’ll be introduced after 6 months due to their gluten content.


 


Meats/fish/eggs right away for iron


 All types of meat are permitted, other than charcuterie (with the exception of cooked white ham), as well as all types of fish. Eggs are also part of your baby’s diet and should be eaten hard-cooked. Introduce them in blended form from age 6 months.


The quantities consumed increase progressively as your baby grows. One element from the meat/fish/eggs group per day is sufficient.


After 6 months, it’s possible to give baby around 10 g of meat or fish per day (2 teaspoons) or ¼ hard-boiled egg, plus 20 g (4 tsp.) at 8 months or 1/3 hard-boiled egg and 30 g (6 tsp.) or ½ hard-boiled egg at 12 months.


 


 


Milk products for his little bones


From 6 months, always as a supplement to breast milk or formula, you may introduce milk products: yogurt, white cheese or even a bit of regular cheese.


 There’s a good chance that your little one loves the dishes that you lovingly prepare for him. But if he’s reticent, be patient and be aware of his tastes and appetite!


 





Sources:


- Fewtrell, M. Bronsky, J. Campoy, C. “et col.” Complementary Feeding: A Position Paper by the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) Committee on Nutrition. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 2017


- OMS, Principes directeurs pour l’alimentation complémentaire de l’enfant allaité au sein, 2003


- Patrick Tounian, Françoise Sarrio, Alimentation de l’enfant de 0 à 3 ans, Edition Elsevier Masson 2011


- PNNS, Repères d’introduction des aliments chez l’enfant de 0 à 3 ans


- Mpedia, Découverte de nouvelles saveurs de 4 à 6 months, 2017: http://www.mpedia.fr/142-diversification-dietary -months.html


 

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