10 April 2018

Healthy eating for 6 to 24 month old children: Session 2 of Getting Started - English

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let's have our baby try rice-cereal tomorrow what a baby is only four months old I think it's okay I chatted with mr. Chen who lives next door this morning his baby is only four months old too but he is already much bigger he told me that his baby has already started eating rice cereal come on we have to catch up with them do you think this father was right is it true that the earlier babies start eating solid foods the better babies differ in their growth and development it is not true that the earlier baby starts solid food the faster they grow in general the suitable age to introduce solid foods is at around six months old if started on solid food too soon babies may drink less milk this may negatively affect their growth to know if your baby is ready for solid food you should observe his behavior [Music] when your baby is sitting he does not support his head well when you feed him he pushes back against the spoon with his tongue or keep spitting out the food apart from this baby's younger than four months old should not eat foods other than milk this is because their kidneys

and guts are not yet mature feeding solid food too soon can also easily lead to food allergies now that we have discussed the signs that babies are not yet ready for solid food when can we be sure that babies are ready generally babies can try solid foods when they reach six months old when your baby shows the following signs it means that he is ready to eat solid food these signs include he can sit stabili against the back of the chair he is also able to reach out his hands to grasp onto objects when he sees the spoon coming he opens his mouth and no longer pushes the spoon out he also swallows the food rather than spitting it out if your baby shows the above signs you can start feeding him solid foods though some six month olds can sit upright and stable in a highchair when they are fed they still push the food away with their tongues or try to spit the food out these babies are not yet ready for solid food don't force them try again in another week [Music] daddy a baby eats cereal quite well now why didn't we let him try veggies but he hasn't got any teeth yet can he handle

veggies I think it should be okay if I make the vegetables into puree do you agree with her she's right babies without teeth can also try solid foods as long as the food is made into a suitable texture for them to handle and swallow let's find out more on textures suitable for babies to begin give your baby smooth puree then gradually move on to mashed food after that try lumpier and chopped food let's take pumpkins and fish as an example baby usually starts eating solid food at about 6 months old the food texture should be runny and smooth gradually the food should be thickened at about 7 months old baby can eat smooth mashed food later he can move on to eating soft food mashed with tiny lumps at around 9 to 12 months old he can eat finely chopped food that is a bit chewy like the texture of bananas from one to two years of age babies chewing ability is getting better they are able to eat soft adult foods still food should be chopped or cut into smaller pieces [Music] sweetheart finish your kanji have some more it's good for you she seems full already

look she doesn't even want to open her mouth eating a little more shouldn't be a problem ah open your mouth that's some more to help you grow most parents wish for their children to grow faster and taller do you think that babies will grow taller and faster if you make them eat more babies need adequate and suitable nutrients to grow but babies who eat more may not necessarily grow any taller rather they may suffer from obesity or other related illnesses in fact how fast or slow a baby grows is decided by genes as well as his development when he was in his mother's womb for a baby to grow healthily all of his nutritional needs must be met the most important role of parents is to offer babies suitable food like breastfeeding the baby and providing him with a variety of nutritious food then he should be fed according to his appetite in this way babies can have the right amount of nutrients to support their growth in fact babies know how much they need to eat for their growth and activities for example when a baby is able to walk by himself and moves around all day he then

uses a lot of energy in playing and activities therefore he eats more food or during the first two to three months of life babies grow very fast and therefore eat more after the third month of life babies need fewer calories they eat little and act like they do not wish to eat this means that they do not need to eat as much these are normal parents should follow baby signs of fullness during feeding when babies are full do not force them to eat more you