When choosing food for our children we have no doubts, right? We are not going to offer our baby a Nutella porridge, or a bottle of Coca Cola…we know that they should eat fiber, vegetables and fruits. But what about cereals?
From 6 months of age, pediatricians recommend us to start complementary feeding for our babies. It usually starts with fruit porridge and personally, I was surprised when not only the pediatrician, but also other mothers or my own mother told me to add a biscuit to the porridge that I made for my son, it seems that it is something very settled down. But one thing is to eat a biscuit from time to time and another is to give a biscuit to a 6-month-old baby every day. We all know the impact of sugar and processed foods on health so I won’t talk about it, but think about it… Is there a reason to put the cookie? Isn’t the fruit itself sweet enough?
Then we introduced cereals and I was also surprised because, for me, the basis of a healthy diet is vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and proteins. So probably cereals are going to be the first foods you give your child and then vegetables and protein will come.
Once we started to introduce the protein, they recommended that I do it for lunch, and then at night we could make milk or another cereal porridge like the one for breakfast. And I thought, will I give my baby the same for dinner as for breakfast? I don’t eat the same for dinner as what I eat for lunch, right?
Another thing that surprises me is that the typical bread stick is also very common for when they start to gnaw or teeth come out. So now we have another batch of cereal.
I’m not saying that cereals are bad, but wouldn’t it be healthier to put the fruit without adding any cookies? Or for example having a vegetable porridge with sweet potatoes for dinner? Or give him a piece of cucumber or carrot to gnaw?
When I told my pediatrician, whom I have a lot of respect for and trust completely, if instead of cereal porridge I would give him vegetable porridge for dinner, or avocado porridge with banana for breakfast, he told me: perfect! But the point is that they do not guide or recommend it, from the outset they tell us the cereals.
I wonder why? Is it because it is easier and faster to have a packet of instant cereals on the shelf that dissolves in a moment?
In addition, there are different types of cereals, they can be whole and organic without sugar or refined and sweet. What does your pediatrician recommend? It turns out that organic whole grains are lumpy, and we’re back to the same thing, it’s easier to like refined and sweet ones.
I believe that babies get used to what you give them and although it may be complicated at first depending on which cases to start with, in the long run your child will thank you. With a diet based on fiber and healthy fats, with whole and organic foods, you are programming your intestinal health and therefore your immune system.
Hey, I give my baby some bread, and he also takes cereal porridge, but what I mean is think about it a couple of times, we have good options and the global diet that you offer your child should be as healthy as possible, being flexible and with occasional exceptions of course, but in general you can see that he eats everything, that he gets used to vegetables and that his options go far beyond sweets and cereals.
Do you know what my baby loves?
The kale chips, here is the recipe, it is simpler than you think:
- Buy some Kale
- Clean it with water
- Remove the stem and keep the leaves
- Put the leaves in a baking dish and massage it with olive oil.
- Bake 15-20 minutes until crispy
You are going to get very surprised!