Feeding your baby – Month by Month Guide

Posted by: Scott Ko

The recent controversy with Pete Evans’ baby cookbook highlights the dangers of feeding infants improperly. Following investigations by the Department of Health, the baby cookbook has been shelved and for good reason. The book came under fire for a ‘ baby broth’ formula, which had vitamin A levels that exceeded ten times the maximum daily intake and a lack of other key nutrients that would normally be found in store formula. The broth contained ingredients such as chicken liver, oils and a probiotic supplement, which could potentially cause a vitamin A overdose in babies leading to symptoms such as hair loss, bone pair, mouth fissures and death.

In my opinion, this book is nothing more than a celebrity chef attempting to enter a new market for his popular paleo diet. Using celebrity status to spread misinformation and scientifically unvalidated ‘ health benefits’ is nothing more than abhorrent. When it comes to dietary information, the best guide is a medically trained professional – not a reality TV chef.  This a quick eating guide for your cute munchkin.

Age: Birth to 4 months

Breast milk or formula ONLY

Your baby’s digestive system is still developing and cannot handle the complexity of solid foods.

Age: 4 to 6 months

Breast milk or formula PLUS pureed foods eg sweet potatoes, pears, peaches, apples or semi-liquid cereals. No meat or hard vegetables at this stage.

Your baby is showing some interest in food and can sit well in a highchair. Breast milk should still be the bulk of baby’s diet, but introducing food slowly in small amounts (1 tablespoon) should start the gradual introduction to solids.

Age: 4 to 8 months

Breast milk or formula PLUS a greater variety of pureed foods eg chicken, pork, beef, fruits, soft vegetables, unsweetened yoghurt, pureed legumes, iron-fortified cereals.

Introduce new foods one at time with three days in between to observe any possible allergies.

Age: 8 to 10 months

Breast milk or formula PLUS finger food, small amounts of pasteurized cheese, mashed fruits & veggies, finger foods eg teething crackers, spiral pastas, small pastries, and small amounts of protein eg eggs, chicken, beef small pieces of meat

Age: 10 – 12 months

Baby should have more teeth and can swallow food easily. He/she might even try using a spoon.

Breast milk or formula PLUS cut-up fruit, bite size soft cooked vegetables, finger foods, protein, combination feeds eg macaroni and cheese, casseroles.

Foods to avoid completely

– Cow’s milk and egg whites, these can cause tummy troubles in kids under 12 months

– Nuts. Choking hazards and allergy risk

– Anything caffeinated

– Fish especially shellfish

– High amounts of fruit juices (this can cause diarrhea)

– Unpasteurized dairy

– Raw veggies. Choking hazard.

– Honey. Bacteria in honey can cause infant botulism.

– Foods high in sugar and salt. Sticky foods such as peanut butter and jam can make it difficult for your baby to swallow.

 

For a more comprehensive guide – source: http://www.babycenter.com/0_foods-that-can-be-unsafe-for-your-baby_9195.bc

 

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