When complementary feeding is introduced, parents have to decide whether to follow a traditional diet based on homemade purees and porridges or to buy commercial baby food.
There are those who only use the baby food for special occasions in which they eat out, but are they appropriate to offer to the baby on a daily basis?
On our site we face traditional purees and commercial baby food, what is the most suitable for feeding the baby?
When it comes time to introduce complementary feeding into the baby's diet, in many cases the mother has already incorporated into her work routine, so if both parents work, that means that the baby will go to nursery or stay with a caregiver.
In some cases, parents have little to say about how complementary feeding will be introduced into their little one's habits, as daycare centers have fairly strict policies in this regard. If the baby stays at home in the care of a relative or a babysitter, they may have an opinion, as long as it is accepted by the caregiver, since they will be the one who will be with the baby, and they have to feel completely comfortable with the decision.
The first decision parents make in this regard is when to start complementary feeding. Following the indications of the World Health Organization, no food should be introduced until 6 months of age, and the baby should be fed only on milk, breast or formula until then.
Subsequently, the decision is usually the how, choosing between following the traditional diet based on purees, usually following the pediatrician's instructions, or choosing the Baby Led Weaning method, that is, being guided by the baby's signs and offering whole foods or in pieces so that it is the baby himself who directs his feeding.
What's more, parents must decide between offering their child food prepared at home in a traditional way or commercial baby food. Commercial baby food is a viable alternative for occasional use, or to offer to the baby when eating away from home, but are they appropriate for daily use?
In reality, although little by little the commercial versions are becoming healthier and more balanced, home-made food still has advantages over industrial preparations:
- We know exactly what it contains and the quality of the ingredients chosen for its preparation.
- We can include the ingredients that we already use regularly in the kitchen, exposing the baby to foods that are consumed in the family nucleus, so that they come into contact with those flavors and he prepares to eat with the rest of the family.
- They have no colorants, preservatives or any type of additive.
- A greater variety of baby foodsas trading options are limited. In addition, the texture can be varied according to and when desired.
- Can choose the way to cook food, adding the minimum of fat, and choosing which fat to add - preferably olive oil - and preserving the nutrients of the ingredients as much as possible.
In any case, a healthy and balanced diet should be offered, with a variety of foods, including fruits and vegetables, red meat and poultry, eggs and fish, gradually introducing them into the baby's diet from 6 months of age.
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