Tips for preparing baby cereal

The cereal should be introduced gradually, with the first spoonfuls in the fifth month, followed by the first full cereal meal, and finally family meals.
The entire period takes its time, as it should, taking as much time as you and the baby require. 

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Our tips for delicious cereals:

 

  • Gently cooked vegetables: steamed vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, zucchini or parsnip are suitable for the lunch porridge. After steaming in a saucepan or steamer, the vegetables are mashed to a fine pulp or pureed.
  • Add rapeseed oil: After pureeing, refine the porridge with a spoonful of rapeseed oil. This gives taste, energy and is a source of long-chain fatty acids that our body cannot produce in sufficient quantities by itself.
  • Meat: Steamed lean beef, pork or chicken are suitable for a meat and vegetable mash.
  • Fish: If your baby eats the vegetable and meat porridge, you can also use some cooked and pureed fish instead of the meat, e.g. Add salmon, mackerel or herring to the vegetable mash.
  • Adding fruit juice or puree: The vitamin C contained in fruit improves the absorption of iron from food. This is especially important for healthy baby growth. Therefore, it is recommended for porridge meals for example; add a little milder apple juice or puree.
  • Vegetarian porridge: As an alternative to meat and fish, you can mix in a bit of oatmeal once or twice a week with the vegetable porridge. You simply add the appropriate amount of flakes to the warm vegetable puree.
  • Steam apples and pears: Fruit should be steamed and mashed in baby food. Except for banana, you can give this to your baby raw.

 

Why is the addition of vegetable oil in dairy-free cereal meals so important?


The tasteless rapeseed oil with its valuable fatty acid composition is recommended as a vegetable oil in complementary foods. It has an optimal mix of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that support the development of nerve and brain cells. With the addition of the oil, your baby can also better absorb the fat-soluble vitamins E, D, K, A from the porridges. The extra portion of energy from the oil is also needed for baby growth.

The following amounts of oil are recommended for dairy-free cereal meals:

  • Vegetable, potato and meat porridge: 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Fruit and cereal porridge: 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Does my baby need extra fluids?

You can start giving your infant more water from the first meal. Your infant will require roughly 200 ml of fluids in addition to these three porridge meals per day. It's better to serve him water or unsweetened tea in a mug, glass, or cup at the table. On the go, a leak-proof drinking bottle is ideal. The fluid demand increases to 700 ml per day by the end of the first year of life. 

 


 

Avoid constant sucking!


Please don't let your child suckle on the bottle all the time!  Rinsing the teeth with sugar-free liquids also damages the tooth enamel and can promote tooth decay.

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