The arrival of your little bundle of joy turns the whole house upside down! Your actual daily routine changes, and you have to adapt your lifestyle as a couple to that of this little newborn, whose needs change enormously during the first stages of life.
So let’s talk about feeding your baby, what type of food you should give them and at what age. The aim is to ensure that your baby is happy so that you can enjoy those special times with your little one. This guide explains the various stages, month by month, of how to build up your child’s dietary habits.
It is important to understand that during the first six months of life, your baby takes in all the nutrients they need via their mother’s milk. Your milk contains all the high quality nutrients that constitute your baby’s first dietary needs, in large quantities. It leaves baby feeling full and is good for their health. In addition, breast milk is made to be easily digested in baby’s little stomach, which is still sensitive in newborns. Breastfeeding therefore reduces the risk of constipation or diarrhoea, so that baby can spend more time learning or playing in their nursery.
It is possible to feed your baby on breast milk only for the first six months of their life. This milk also contains antibodies and other elements that boost their immune system to help them grow. You could use the blackboard on the writing desk from the Alpa convertible nursery collection to note down baby’s feeding times or even their growth curve to make sure they are developing as they should. However, if you decide to make this choice for your child, you need to give them vitamin C drops especially designed for babies who are exclusively breastfed until the age of 6 months.
If you do not intend to breastfeed, we would recommend using iron-enriched formula milk during the first six months and even up to the ninth or twelfth month. However, this must be made from cow’s milk, and it’s best to buy it ready prepared (either canned, evaporated or whole) to prevent the risk of baby ingesting microbes or developing nutritional deficiencies.
Soya milk, rice milk or other plant-based milks are not really recommended for babies. Soya milk may however be used as a last resort if your child is lactose-intolerant, or if your religious beliefs play a role in your dietary choices. In this case, you must of course speak to your doctor before feeding your child anything that could be harmful.
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