Klikdokter.com–Feeding your little one can be confusing, especially for new parents. Basic things, including the right time, right food, and how to persuade your kid to eat, are in fact the most frequently asked questions. Because of that, in this article we would like to share a guidance about how to feed your children until they reach 3 years old.
Are your babies still hungry, even after they breastfed or drank formula milk? That means they are ready to get another food. The majority of experts suggest that 6-month-oldbaby may be introduced to solid food. Moreover, motor skills and brain development level also need to be reconsidered, such as their ability to sit steadily. If they can sit properly without help, then they are ready for solid food.
The safest menu is cereal, but it’s okay if you give them minced meat. Minced meat, beef or lamb, is very rich in iron and really good for their immune system. Even, majority of pediatricians recommend that additional food with high level of iron is needed, beside breastfeeding, when the baby is 6 months old.
Ever since they are born, babies always follow their instincts. If they are hungry, they will cry. They will be quiet when their tummy is full. But unfortunately, this will impair the eat pattern when they reach adulthood.
If they don’t like the new food, just be patient. They need time to get to know those new food. Try again in the couple of days. Some babies also need time to eat with spoon. So, basically the most important key is patience.
Most of the experts suggest to wait until 7-8 months before giving them juice with ¾ glass per day as their limit until they reach 6 years old. This can prevent your kid to drink too much juice – which is high in sugar - rather than drinking milk that has more nutrition.
Sometimes your kid can be bored, too. To avoid that, you can give healthy snacks, such as wheat or oatmeal cookies, cheese, yoghurt, egg, and fruits. These snacks are high in nutrition, and also able to make your kid’s stomach full when feeding is a problem.
Dyah Novita Anggraini, MD
Member of medical editorial staff