How to introduce the fruit in the baby’s diet

By 6 months of life you can start adding other foods to your baby’s diet. The most common order is to start with the cereals and then continue with the fruit, but remember that this does not mean that the child should drink less milk; You have to eat it, as it is still your main food.

If you start with juice …

When it comes to starting to give fruit to the baby, there are pediatricians who advise starting with orange or tangerine juice instead of mashed potatoes, while others prefer the reverse option.

The truth is that there is no unanimity in this regard: “There is no fixed rule that says that one should start with one or the other. It depends on each child, some accept the juice better and others the mash. If the child rejects the juice, there is no need to worry, just go to the fruit puree, ”says Anabel Fernández, dietitian-nutritionist at the Alimmenta Center, in Barcelona.

Do it like this

If you start with the juice, the ideal thing is that you give it to teaspoons, seeing what the amount your baby accepts and increasing it little by little. For example: the first day one, the next day two and so on until you get to drink about 50 ml a day. Do not give it in the bottle because this increases the risk of tooth decay.

The best time of day to take it is between meals (between take and take) or also after nap, as you get up thirsty.

“It is very important that the juice is not very acidic, so you should choose oranges or sweet tangerines.

And you should never add sugar, since it is discouraged during the first year of life, ”warns the nutritionist.

If you start to give the fruit in porridge

To start giving the pureed fruit you must take into account a basic rule: offer a single fruit porridge and, if tolerated well for three or four days, incorporate a different one.

Why? Because if you mix several fruits and one of them causes some adverse reaction (allergy or intolerance), you will not know which one it is.

How to get the baby to accept the fruit

A secret for these porridge to be well accepted is to put a milk base (breast or formula), since it is a food well known to the child. And if it’s warm milk, much better. “The rejection of fruit puree usually occurs because the first porridge offered to the baby is a mixture of orange juice with apple, pear and banana. And some children who are accustomed only to the taste of milk, a liquid, temperate food and neutral pulling sweet, they react with distaste to be surprised with a cold, acidic and totally unknown food. To avoid this shock you can put some warm milk in the fruit puree, ”advises the nutritionist.

What fruit and how much to give the baby

It is advisable to start with the apple or pear, soft and sweet fruits, and then incorporate the rest, such as banana, orange … (you know, one at a time and gradually). When you have accepted them you can prepare the porridge with other fruits: grapes, watermelon, plum, cherries … The ones you should avoid now are kiwi, strawberries, peach and apricot, forest fruits and tropical fruits, because they can produce allergy In any case, when buying ripe pickled fruits, at their right point (neither too green nor too past) and use them by discarding the heart and skin.On the other hand, as important as choosing carefully the components of their first Fruit porridge is having an appropriate attitude when offering them to the baby: try to make your child look happy and confident and do not show anger if at first he refuses to try them, because if you notice uneasy or with doubts it will be easier to refuse the new food.And as for the amount you should take, keep in mind Count what you accept and do not despair if you do not eat everything: go slowly. If you have patience in the end you will get used to the new flavor and the new texture and eat everything with pleasure.

What to do if the baby does not like fruit

Have you added warm milk (breast or formula) to the fruit porridge and even then your little one refuses to drink it? There are some tricks that you can put into practice:

Baking the fruit: In the beginning, if the child rejects the porridge an effective measure can be to slightly cook the fruits to facilitate their introduction and then increase the amount of fresh fruit in a progressive way.

For example: steam half peeled apple for about four minutes over medium heat, crush it with 60 ml of warm milk and offer it to the child. The next day, mash with a quarter of cooked apple and a piece of raw apple, and the next day add more raw fruit and less cooked fruit.

It acts this way until the child gets used to the taste of the porridge made entirely with fresh fruit, because when cooking this food, vitamins are lost.

We must not forget that “the goal is to introduce a good vitamin intake in your diet through fresh fruit,” explains nutritionist Anabel Fernández.

Dilute it with more milk: Another trick that works if the child rejects the fruit puree is to increase the amount of milk and make a diluted porridge. This way you will accept it better because the taste of milk will predominate over that of the fruit.

And once you take it well, increase the amount of the latter and reduce the amount of milk.

Mix with cereals: Try adding a small bowl of cereals taken by the child (make sure they do not carry gluten if you do not take it yet). In any case, the objective is for the child to get used to the natural flavor of the fruits; If you use this trick, gradually reduce the amount of cereals in the porridge until the puree is only fruit.

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