As a food lover, the introduction of real solid food in my boys diet was something I was really looking forward to. I literally could not wait :-) I read as much as I could on the topic but I always went back to the same source of reference: the notes my dear French friend Noémie gave me. She got them from her pediatrician. As I explained in previous posts in France a lot of children are still directly followed by a pediatrician for day to day matters. The information below is relating to French baby weaning for babies aged 4 to 6 months old. Please note that baby weaning guidelines in France and in the UK are quite different and by default I would always recommend you to follow the guidelines of your health specialist.
Besides, I need to say a huge thank you to my friend Julie here because she translated most of the notes of this article for me so…. thank you Julie!!!
INTRODUCTION TO VEGETABLES AND FRUITS
- avoid salt
- avoid foods too sweet, but ensure you give him/her enough glucides from cereals and carbohydrates.
- introduce one food at a time, leaving a few days between any new food.
- increase the food quantity progressively starting with 2 or 3 teaspoons.
- A baby already has his/her own tastes. Respect it.
- Which vegetables?
Green beans, parsley, courgettes, squashes, salads, artichokes, carrots, spinach (no peas nor celery for families with food allergies or breathing problems).
Potatoes to thicken purees.
- In what form?
- Which fruits?
- In which form?
- Breakfast: one or more milk feeds of breastmilk or formula of 180 ml
- Lunch: vegetables then milk feed (the milk feed will reduce as the vegetables portion increases)
- Goûter (Snack): milk feed of 180 to 210ml, then compote, 8 days after introduction of vegetables.
- Dinner: one or more milk feeds (breastmilk or formula) of 210 ml
If you are interested in more posts on similar topics, you may want to read about French baby weaning (6-9 months and 9-12 months – soon available), French toddlers routine (1-3 yrs old), 3 French mums’ weaning secrets and 5 keys to enjoy eating out as a family.
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