First baby food: When to start with the first food

Now I want complementary food! Time window instead of deadline for starting
Beikost should be introduced at the earliest with the beginning of the 5th month and at the latest with the beginning of the 7th month of life, recommends the network Healthy in life. Decisive is the individual development of the baby. With the message "time window instead of deadline" you can bring serenity into the topic.

breast milk generally covers the nutritional needs in the first 6 months of life. Some babies are already ripe for the complementary food. The recommended time frame for the introduction of the complementary foods - between the beginning of the 5th month of life and the beginning of the 7th month - takes into account the nutritional needs of the child, individual differences in motor development, aspects of sensory acceptance and allergy prevention. It is safe to start eating during this period and has no health problems. This is the conclusion reached by the European Food Safety Authority( EFSA) in a scientific opinion. But it should not start before the beginning of the 5th month of life. Because only at the age of 4 months are kidneys and digestive tract in mature born infants sufficiently developed to be able to digest food even. Even after the introduction of complementary foods to be breastfed further.

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The baby shows when it's ready for the porridge. Accordingly, there is not "the one" start date that is optimal for everyone. Decisive is the maturity of the child. Parents should make the time for the introduction of complementary foods dependent on the signals of the child, d. H.from its ability to eat, its prosperity and its interest in complementary foods. These signs of maturity indicate a favorable time for the start of the baby:

The baby can sit upright with help and keep the head independently.
It is interested in what parents, siblings and others eat.
It demands what others eat.
It opens when the spoon comes.
It no longer pushes the porridge out of the mouth with its tongue.

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»Parents do not need to constantly test whether their child already wants porridge. The time frame of around 60 days gives them the opportunity to wait calmly until their child shows a willingness to eat solid food, "explains Maria Flothkötter, head of the Network Healthy in Life. Andrea Fenner,

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