Most of the time, the paediatrician, in whom we have total confidence, sets the pace for nutritional variety. Rarely questioned by the baby’s father or mother, his view is sometimes contradicted by the recommendations given to other parents from equally competent paediatricians.

 

Faced with divergent expert opinions, two attitudes are possible. Either to hold to your current way of doing things, considering that this is the only way, or you are open to differing opinions, realizing that not only do professional ideas evolve, but above all, that things are not set in stone. Introducing nutritional variety at 4, 5, 6 months or later, is neither good nor bad. If baby doesn’t want any more milk, if there is no other solution than switching to other types of food so that he eats, there is no need to feel guilty. Over the past 15 years, recommendations have increased from 4 months to 6 months then up to 9 months, then 6 months and now back to 4-6 months. Sometimes, within the same family, the child’s age when nutritional variety began can vary.

 

In practice:

We can see, by these changes, that there is no certainty. This offers parents a margin of freedom in the tempo of nutritional variety, the possibility to adapt to his own likes and dislikes, as well as those of his baby, without guilt.

 

  • His first vegetables and fruit

To start with, there was milk. In the wide scope of baby’s tastes, only the mild and slightly sweet flavour of milk was identified. To introduce baby to other foods, at the start of his food variety, we will choose specific vegetables with a sweet flavour acceptable to young taste buds. If they are slightly sweet and have a beautiful orange or yellow colour, so much the better. Then, select vegetables which are not too high in fiber and whose fibers permit easy digestion and intestinal transit. These are fibers known as “soluble”, because they are converted in the body into a sort of gel which makes it possible for the contents of the intestinal tract to move easily. As the baby moves very little, his transit is not always very easy and may require some help.

 

In practice:

The very first vegetables to be introduced at the beginning of nutritional variety are beetroot, leeks, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, squash, zucchini (without skin or seed), extra fine green beans, parsnips, pattypan squash, pumpkin, squash, cooked salad. To choose, stick with seasonal vegetables picked when ripe as they are richer in vitamins and minerals.

 

Concerning fruit, choose fruit which has a smooth texture when cooked and is more digestible. We want to avoid bloating and flatulence so that baby is calm but also in the hope that the intestinal transit is facilitated. Initially, we will not go towards exotic fruit and berries to limit the risk of allergy.

 

The earliest fruits are: banana, apricot, plum, nectarine, peach, apple, pear, prune, plum and grapes (skinless and seedless). Once again, prefer seasonal fruits, better in taste and for health.