The ancients said that man - that is what he eats. The value of the power can not be overemphasized, but the food is particularly important at an early age, when the baby is in its formative stages. And what a child eats depends on his health for years to come. Baby food for the growth of skeletal muscle is absolutely indispensable - it helps your body baby grow properly.
The very first food
Times when pediatricians advised as soon as possible to stop breast-feed your baby and go to the modern artificial mixture, are long gone. Today, doctors are unanimous: breastfeeding children need first months of life. It is advisable to feed your baby breast at least up to a year, although some are strongly advised not to stop breastfeeding up to two years. Only if breast feeding is not possible for some reason, it is necessary to use special infant formulas.
Although manufacturers of such mixtures claim to offer the most adapted products listed ingredients mixtures depressing. What kind of mixture choose - a question that each family decides on an individual basis. Unfortunately, the high price does not always guarantee an appropriate quality of the mixture, but in general, breast milk substitutes, who enter the market, are safe for the health of children.
The introduction of complementary foods
Regardless of whether artificial feeding the baby or breast, sooner or later there comes a time when the milk is not enough to meet the needs of the growing organism. And those who fed mixtures recommended to introduce solid foods earlier, four months. Parents of babies breastfed can not hurry up and start to offer the new products to children six months or even later. Many pediatricians are generally advised not to focus on the child's age and his weight: the time of introduction of complementary foods
Introduce solid foods - how not to be mistaken with a choice of products?
it should be at least twice as much as at birth.
Schemes of complementary feeding, there are several. Previously it offered to start with fruit juices, fruit purees and then enter, then - vegetable. Then came the turn of egg yolk, cereals, cheese, and then the meat. The last thing in the diet of fish and injected milk drinks (kefir).
This traditional system is not just criticized, many pediatricians are offered to change it. In particular, today, are often advised to start with vegetable puree and only then move on to fruit: otherwise, after the sweet fruit puree baby may refuse to even try less delicious vegetables. If a child is weakened, the lure begins with porridge, and at first introduced into the diet of gluten-free cereals (rice, buckwheat, corn), and then the rest (oats, millet).
There is no uniform standards for all: to navigate the introduction of complementary foods should be first and foremost on the health of the baby.
The gradual introduction of a new product, the better. Always start with hypoallergenic products, and those given in the microscopic dose to the child's digestive system is able to adapt to a new kind of food. Please always offer kids monocomponent baby food, and only then you can move on to more complex savory food, such as mashed vegetables or several kinds of apples with cottage cheese or meat to cereals.
About a year the child may already have about the same products as the older children. And to two years kids have been a full set of teeth, therefore, of wiping products can be forgotten. However, yearling crumbs neprotertye an excellent job with the food - the main thing that the food was not too hard.
Homemade baby food from a jar, or?
What is best for the child - mashed potatoes, cooked at home or bought in a store? The unequivocal answer to this question is no. In the industrial supply has several important advantages. Firstly, the composition of mashed potatoes are always well balanced, food is often further vitaminize. Furthermore, industrial puree prepared in sterile conditions of safe products. Finally, time to cook almost spent: porridge cooked in just a minute, you can open a jar of sauce for a few seconds.
On the other hand, the formulations plant puree sometimes not encouraging: palm oil, soy, some strange supplements suggest that the product is not entirely natural. And there are mashed potatoes, especially quality from trusted manufacturers, does not come cheap.
It would seem that in this case it is better to prepare baby food at home. But this, unfortunately, does not guarantee the security of the finished product. Few people can afford to use for the preparation of baby puree fruits and vegetables of their own garden or organic fruit. And how to control than fed chicken or cow from which the finished meat puree, is not out of the question.
So, even with home cooked food is a risk that it will be not so useful, as needed.
Time to prepare homemade baby food, even with the use of blenders and mixers can go a lot. Yet many give preference to this option, or combine your own baby food prepared with ready - it allows you to do a variety of baby's diet.
Not just for kids
In recent years, among those who are interested in fitness, distribution got the idea that the baby food promotes muscle growth, not only in children but in adults. Bodybuilders who count build muscle mass through nutrition for infants, have become a staple in children's departments of supermarkets.
In fact, baby food is completely natural, it does not contain unnecessary fats and artificial additives. But increased by using products such muscle mass, according to the coaches, it is hardly possible. A much better use of sports nutrition, protein shakes and bars, specially designed for muscle growth.