Replacing breast milk is not an easy task for parents, as it is the only wholesome source of nutrients for baby during the first six months of life. By the time the baby grows a year old, breast milk turns out to be less nutritional to the baby’s growing needs. Parents consider switching from breastfeeding to infant formula, making baby food one of the most important products in the consumer marketplace.
In the approaching years, the demand for baby food will continue to witness a steady growth, primarily due to the growing preference of parents towards infant formulas. The global baby food market will witness increasing sales of infant formulas as leading health and childcare organizations promote their consumption for babies six months old and above. Several research studies prove that in future, the nutritional needs of babies will increase after six months of age, and breast milk will fail to provide them with proper nutrition. Moreover, the physical growth of babies during this period will be strong, allowing them to eat semi-solid and solid foods.
The first food that a baby eats is highly important and choosing the right product from a range of baby food items becomes a critical task. Supple taste of baby foods allows the baby to be familiarized with new taste, and soft composition of foods ensures that the baby can start with consuming small amounts.
Introducing Solid Baby Food at Right Time
Experts from around the world concur to the fact that introducing the right kind of baby food at the right time is highly important. Particularly for solid foods, feeding them to a baby at an early stage can cause distress in its digestive system. Stomachs of babies aren’t fully developed to digest solid foods at such a tender age. It is advised that the baby should be ready to digest solid baby foods and not throw up, which may cause more discomfort.
Before four months of age, it is advised that babies should not consume solid foods. During this period, the baby is highly prone to the risk of allergies and indigestion. A baby rejecting the spoon is also a key sign that their stomachs are rejecting the food given to them. After waiting for six months, they can be introduced to solid foods that can support their increased nutritional needs for growth and development. After a year, babies can accept new tastes and textures of food more easily. At the same time, some solid foods may risk the baby’s life by causing allergies, but going through this phase ensure better immunity and digestion for the toddler.
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Selecting the Right Solid Food for Babies
If the solid baby food provided is not made properly, it is still putting the child at risk. At most times, solid foods that are difficult to chew will be rejected by the baby and will find their place on the floor than in the baby’s mouth. Patience is the key here, as babies take time to adjust to new pallets of foods. By the end of first year, the baby becomes ready to eat purees and mashed foods. Baby food chopped into small chunks can serve as finger foods for babies who develop new motor skills during this period.
In the view of such precautionary methods, it is advised for the parents to develop a set of skills while selecting the right baby food. Also, one must also take into account the diverse reaction of babies towards new foods provided to them. With a range of baby foods available in the market, selecting the most natural and organic ones may assure a reduced risk to allergies.