What To Wean To?
8 Months Old Cutie
My son will be completing 8 months on 24th June 09, I want to introduce some good weaning food to my baby so that he can put his weight. Now I am giving him rice cereal, wheat and dates cereal and fruits cereal. In that I wean mash banana, mash apple, mash carrots and mashed potatoes.
So can you please suggest me, what should I add to the cereal so that he can put his weight. His weight is 5.6kg... Please help me?
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What Foods To Introduce When Weaning From Breastfeeding
What a gorgeous wee boy! He sure is a cutie! I wouldn't worry too much about his food, you are doing all the right things
. Babies still need milk as their primary food source for a good many months yet. Introducing solids is just getting them used to different foods, tastes and textures.
I'm assuming you are breastfeeding? If you can manage to keep going a little while longer then all the better. If you have to wean him off breast milk, then he will need a substitute formula for a few months before just using dairy milk. If he is not gaining weight regularly then you can add breast milk into his solids
to increase the calories. I assume you and your husband are a smaller build so he is unlikely to be a large sized baby anyway.
You can start adding protein to his food
as that builds a little body faster than vegetables and cereals, but it is important to have a balance of everything. Try some pureed beans or meat
, or he can suck and chew away at a piece of meat. Some babies love fish pie. Also yoghurt and custards or cottage cheese usually go down well. You can find many recipes for 8 month old babies and up here.
You are doing a great job, he looks happy and contented. Just offer lots of variety, let him try what ever you are eating, make it fun and don't worry too much about weaning him just yet. But he is old enough to start getting on a feeding schedule to include several solid food meals every day in addition to breastfeeding on demand. Check out the feeding schedule here.
Eating healthy food frequently is a gerat way to build a healthy little baby body. Also do not be afraid to add butter or oli to the baby food you make.
Enjoy your lovely little boy,
All the best,
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