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When we begin to introduce complementary feeding and if we have fed our baby on demand, it is sometimes difficult for us to know what is normal and what is not normal at mealtime, to the point of stress, many times, for no reason . These are the answers to the most important questions about complementary feeding of the baby.
Is it normal for my baby to refuse to eat?
Of course! Babies, like adults, may not be hungry and not feel like eating. Now, let's get concrete. If the baby is small, it is even more normal for him to reject food, because he does not even know that what is in front of him is food, so he does it as a protection mechanism, how does he know that it is not dangerous or toxic? Little by little you will gain confidence and begin to test it. If the baby is older and is already used to eating a food other than milk, he could reject it for different reasons, it may be that he is not feeling well, he is tired or he simply does not have an appetite at that time. As always, we must not force the baby, whatever the reason.
How many meals can my baby skip?
In principle, the ones you want, since, as long as you continue drinking milk on demand, you will be perfectly fed. When he is older, we must also respect his appetite, offering food frequently but respecting whether or not the baby wants to try it.
Is it necessary for me to offer him vegetables at lunchtime and fruits for a snack?
No, you can offer what best suits you, always trying to offer new foods in the middle of the day and not in the afternoon / night, to be able to observe if allergic reactions appear more easily.
How many meals does my baby have to eat?
When starting complementary feeding, the baby will not show much interest, but as he tries different flavors and textures it is likely that every time we sit him at the table he will try to reach our food. That is a good sign, and we should offer him food, be it his puree or something from our plate if appropriate. It is not necessary to eat a number of meals a day, we simply must observe its rhythm and adapt to it.
For older babies, we must continue to adapt to their rhythm, but, once milk ceases to be their main food, it would be convenient that every time we adults eat, the baby also sits at the table and eats, whatever mark your appetite.
How many times a day do I have to offer him water?
If the baby continues to drink milk on demand, water is not too necessary, although it is worth offering it along with his food, so that he can get used to it. When they are older, it is better to observe what the baby demands, but as a guideline it can be offered when getting up in the morning and waking up from naps, as well as at meals, offering it more frequently when the temperature is high.
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