If your child is six months old baby and has not yet relied on a suitable diet schedule, here is this medically recommended daily program for your child to grow properly:
Failure to follow a health program with your six-month-old baby may expose you to facing a lot of problems in its development, so we offer you a food schedule appropriate for its age:
What do you need to feed your child?
At this age, your child began to grow, and he needed to eat solid foods, in order to obtain the necessary nutrients to grow in addition to those available in breastfeeding.
But first and foremost, always remember that your child at this age is still dependent on breast milk as a primary source of nutrition, solid food is just a nutritional supplement necessary for its proper growth.
The American Association of Pediatrics recommends delaying your baby’s feeding of solids until 6 months of age. Your child may leave breast milk, causing him to not get enough protein, fat and other nutrients, as well as drying up your breast milk.
These are the solid foods that you can start feeding your child:
Gradually introduce iron-rich cereals to your children, such as rice or oatmeal. Mix a teaspoon of one type of pill with four teaspoons of water, and when your baby gets used to it, replace the water with breast milk.
Avoid giving your child cereal in a feeding bottle, help your child sit upright and feed him cereal with a teaspoon once or twice daily.
Mashed vegetables and fruits:
Start by gradually introducing mashed vegetables and fruits to your child’s food.
Serve foods consisting of one ingredient without other additives such as sugar or salt, then wait three to four days before introducing a new type to it.
If your child has a negative reaction to it such as diarrhea, rash or vomiting, your child may be allergic to this type.
After introducing a variety of solid foods prepared from one ingredient to your child, you can start mixing solid foods together.
One study showed that children who do not eat a lot of fruits and vegetables in a 6 to 12 month period, may not eat much of them when they reach them.
Information: Record the foods your baby is eating for the first time, in order to monitor his reaction to it.
What foods should you avoid?
There are a few foods you should not give to your child at this age:
- Raw honey: It can cause poisoning of your child, you have to wait until he is 12 months old to give him honey.
- Cow’s milk: Your baby may not be able to digest it properly, and it may cause him to have hidden blood in his stool.
- Choking Foods: Avoid fatty and large foods such as nuts and popcorn, avoid serving spinach, beets, green beans, and zucchini, as it may contain high levels of harmful nitrite compounds from the soil.
You can give your child soft, fast-tasting foods of very small sizes, such as cooked carrots, boiled potatoes.
Certain types of fish:
Avoid giving your baby fish that contain large amounts of mercury more than once a month, such as tuna. White Sea fish such as salmon are usually safer for your child.
It is best to avoid giving your child juices even if they are natural, as they may contribute to causing weight problems and indigestion, as well as tooth decay at a later time because they contain a lot of sugar.
A schedule for your child’s feeding dates
This schedule may help you to organize your six-month feeding periods, which may require six to eight meals a day:
7:30 am: It is breastfeeding or formula milk.
8:00 am: Offer oatmeal or rice cereal and mix it with breast milk.
9:30 am your baby’s nap for one hour, in case he tries to sleep more time, try to wake him up in nice ways.
10:30 am: Offer your child a bottle of milk after waking up from his nap.
12:00 noon: It is the feeding period for your child. Give him a bowl of mashed vegetables or fruits.
12:30 pm: It’s your baby’s second nap.
1:30 pm: breastfed or formula milk.
3:30 pm: It’s the third nap for your child.
4:30 pm: Breast milk or formula milk.
6:00 pm: It is dinner time – served according to vegetables or fruits.
7:30 pm: Leave your child’s day with a bottle of milk to sleep deeply until the next morning.
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