Nutritional Phases In Baby's First Year
Your baby's diet can be divided into three phases, each lasting from four to six months, with some overlap.
First 1 to 6 months: Breastfeeding and drinking
The reflexes of your baby in the first months are geared to sucking and swallowing. During this time, mother's milk is the best food, as it suits your baby's digestive capacities, is sterile and is ready for consumption anywhere, anytime.
Mother's milk not only contains all the necessary nutrients, but also supports the baby's immune system with its antibodies and nucleotides. For mothers who do not breastfeed, there are now early infant formula products that come as close as possible to mother's milk in their consistency.
After 4 to 6 months: Supplementary food and weaning
As baby grows you will no longer be able to provide all nutritional needs, especially for energy and protein, with just mother's milk or formula. At this stage, the baby is both mentally and physically prepared for supplementation with solid food.
Remember that every meal of solid food replaces a milk meal. Don't force anything; your baby will indicate his or her needs to you.
After 10 months: Transition to solid food
In the third nutritional phase your baby can receive more and more food directly from the family's table. He or she will become interested in adult food and want to eat with you. Let your baby join you at the table, it's important for him or her to be part of your family and to be able to observe and imitate your eating habits. Don't worry if most of the food ends up on the bib, face and floor, your baby will get better with time and practice.