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When should you begin dietary diversification?

Dietary diversification is a key stage in the development of your baby. It’s the moment when he’ll begin to discover new flavors and textures so that, little by little, he’ll one day be eating meals very much like those an adult eats.


 


Baby is ready when he’s ready: to each his own rhythm!


 


Breast milk is the ideal food until the age of 6 months and fulfills all of the nutritional requirements of your baby. At the age of 6 months, or even after reaching 4 months, his digestive system has matured, which allows him to embark on this new adventure - with your help, of course!


 


Why is there this disparity between 4 and 6 months for beginning diversification? Because it depends on each baby. Your pediatrician can advise you on this point and you can also rely on the different signs baby can give you that suggest he might be ready:


 


- able to sit alone for a certain time


- brings objects to his mouth


- is interested by what you eat; even tries to grab at food


- makes movements of mastication


- shows signs of lassitude with regard to his bottle


 


Prepare baby gently…


 


To facilitate his dietary transition, stay beside your little angel for these moments of sharing and conviviality, so that he understands they’re positive. Give him new foods in a progressive manner, by introducing one new food at a time, to optimize acceptance and develop his sense of taste.


 


He refuses what you offer? Let a few days go by before proposing it to him again. It can take up to 10 tries. In any case, your baby will always eat enough to satisfy his hunger, which is reassuring.


 


Every baby is unique, so naturally each baby’s reactions are different. If your little one takes a while to adapt, be patient and everything will be just fine! At 6 months, it’s not easy to handle a lot of changes…


 


In any case, no matter how your baby reacts – a tiny mouth that opens wide when each spoonful arrives, or, on the contrary, a pair of lips firmly sealed when the spoon arrives – you’ll remember his funny little face for a very long time.


 


Do you wonder which foods should be given in priority at the start of dietary diversification? Read our article: Dietary diversification in 5 Stages [Link to the article].


 


If a question bothers you about this essential phase for your baby… Talk about it with your doctor.


 


Sources:


- Chouraqui JP, Dupont C, Bocquet A, Bresson JL, Briend A, Darmaun D, Frelut ML, Ghisolfi J, Girardet JP, Goulet O, Putet G, Rieu D, Rigo J, Turck D, Vidailhet M. et Comité de nutrition de la Société française de pédiatrie, Alimentation des premiers months de vie et prévention de l’allergie, Archives de pédiatrie 2008
- 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

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