First of all, congratulations on your first child. The first baby is both a wonderful and terrifying experience, but enough literature has been written on the subject to help you raise your child as smoothly as possible. Nutrition is one of the key factors in raising a child – at least you know that your child will grow up as healthy as you can make it possible, and that is the best gift really for anyone, which is good health.
From Birth to Four Months
During the first four months of your child, breastfeeding is the only nutrition he or she will need. It might take a toll on your schedule, but enough maternal allowances have been made to make this possible. Besides, this is the part where you bond with your child – it is also nutrition in another kind of way.
After four months, it is recommended that you add iron-fortified formula to your bay’s diet. While mother’s milk is irreplaceable, it is also incomplete, and you see a big difference between children raised completely on their mother’s milk and those with iron-fortified formula added to their diet. Any head start you can give your child is going to help him or her in the long run. The first year is the most rapid growth your child will experience, and with the addition of fortified milk, it gives your child more resources for his or her growth.
Between Four to Six Months
You can start adding solid foods to your child’s diet after four months. It is advised that you begin with soft foods – your child may not have begun to teeth yet. The basic introductory solid foods are oatmeal, rice and barley, but it is advised that when you are introducing new food to your child’s diet, you start on one kind of food and stay with it for at least a week. This is so you can measure the effects of the food on your child, mainly if your child is allergic to the new addition or not.
When it is time to add vegetables to your child’s diet, try to keep your child on vegetables just a little bit longer. Statistics show that children who early on have added vegetables to their diet are more likely to stay on it, or have healthier diets because of that addition. When your child begins to teeth, foods that have the same kind of toughness as rubber teethers are better than the synthetic ones – your child gets to eat healthy foods while teething t the same time.
Washing Your Hands Before Your Child Eats
As a baby, your child is more susceptible to infections and diseases, and keeping everything as clean and sanitized as possible is only prudent, especially when it comes to your child’s eating utensils. Sterilizing your child’s bottles by heating is the one way, and never forget to wash your hands either – especially if you are the one handling your child’s food.
After that, you are pretty much set for your child’s first year with good food and good nutrition. That is still one year down, and an odd seventeen to go.