Parents usually look forward to the moment when it will be possible to start lure. Especially for this are collected benefits, recipes for the first soups and cereals, and the first meal is even filmed on video. But for many dads and moms, such innovations in the life of the child are associated with considerable trials.

The source of this is numerous sources of information. The Internet advises one thing, doctors and television are different. But there are also recommendations of relatives and friends. What to give the baby – juice or mashed potatoes? Someone recommends the introduction of new food gradually, and someone considers this approach obsolete and recommends giving full-fledged portions.

Poor mothers are confused in numerous gastronomic councils. That’s why we need to debunk some common myths about lure and follow the practice and common sense.


It is necessary to enter the lure immediately, as soon as the child has the first teeth.

Classic textbooks on pediatrics suggest that the first tooth should be cut by the first half of the year. Only why and to whom does he “have to” by this time, with which the beginning of complementary foods is linked? After all, every person, and even more so a child – is individual. Almost all children develop with deviations from the classical norms. Someone as a result of the first cutter appears to 4 months, and there are those who he appears for a year. That is why with lure it is not necessary to hurry up, not to be late.

The main indicator of a child’s readiness for lure is the age of the baby.

This statement is only partly true. Do not engage in a variety of classical dairy food in principle to half a year of life. It is believed that children on artificial feed can begin to try adult food a month earlier than babies. By that time the digestive system of the child is already ripening enough that it is ready to digest already other food, rather than the usual milk. But we need to take into account not only age, but also some other indicators. The baby should have the first milk teeth, his weight should at least double in comparison with what was at birth. The baby should have no ejection reflex, and he should already learn to sit, maybe with a little support from the adults. The child should be able to take his head off if he does not like the food offered to him or if he is already full. But the most important criterion is the appearance of the baby’s interest in new food. It is supposed that he will observe with interest how adults eat and try to send to himself mouthfuls of food.

со Juice should be the first lure for a child.

About 15 years ago, juices were considered the best option for complementary foods. It was recommended even to give them, already starting at the age of three months. This was due to the fact that most of the children at that time were fed on artificial feed. And the mixture in those days simply did not contain the necessary complex of nutrients, and that’s what needed a vitamin supplement. And juice was more perceived as a drink, and not as food. That is, they just replaced the water, giving a lot. It was believed that the juice is something similar to milk, that’s a child and it will be easier to get used to such a novelty liquid in his menu. But pediatricians have noticed that juices irritate young still the stomach of the child and lead to the appearance of allergic reactions. This is not surprising given the fact that the liquid is essentially a concentrated squeeze of several fruits. That is why it is believed that juices are not the best start for complementary foods. It is better to include in the diet puree from yellow-green varieties of fruit. This tasty food really diversifies the baby’s diet, because there are a lot of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that will help digestion work.


Lure it is better to start in the summer.

It is quite logical that in summer it is much easier to include fresh fruits and vegetables in lure. But only here own garden is not at all.Yes, and it is required to coincide in the summer of a whole series of factors: the child must be six months old, to attend his own garden. That is why the lure should not be timed to any time of the year, even if it is beneficial. This step should be started when the child has already turned six months old, and he clearly needs a lure.

Children on artificial feed should begin to feed for three months, and should begin with cereals.

Two myths came together at once. It is believed that artificial children should receive lure just one month earlier, that is, at the age of 5.1-5.5 months. And then we just need to follow the standard schedule of complementary feeding. First, start with fruit and vegetable mashed potatoes, then introduce into the diet kashki, and then meat, eggs, croutons. From the cakes, you can start luring only if the baby is clearly not gaining weight.

It is better to introduce kefir as a lure.

And this statement is also a delusion. The use of kefir is pointless. However, today there is an official point of view that this product should be introduced into the children’s menu, starting from 8-9 months. If you do this before, then the babies may be disturbed by the work of the intestines, which will lead to the formation of inflammations and irritations on their walls. And where did this myth come from? It’s easy to understand. The fact is that in the Soviet times the children’s menu was not very diverse, only yoghurt and fruit had to be dreamed of. So they began to use kefir as complementary foods. It should also be understood that in those days worked dairy kitchens, where they prepared a special kefir, implying its use by infants. Today kefir for a child can be cooked and at home. And when choosing this sour-milk product in the store, you should stop choosing on a special children’s product.

If the child refuses the product, then he does not like it.

If the child refuses, for example, from green vegetables, then do not dramatize the situation. Any lure, even if it is prepared very carefully and from the freshest products, for the baby looks somehow frightening and tasteless. After all, even we often refuse from unfamiliar food, not trying to taste the obviously inedible things. That’s why it is not worthwhile to force a mash into a child. This will result in screaming, crying, spitting out food and then washing the furniture. If the kid does not want and is not ready to take the lure, then so be it. He has every right to his own preferences and feelings. And there is nothing to worry about if the lure is replaced at this time by the usual mother’s milk. It is worth remembering that on babies any innovations in the diet affect much more than adults. It is worthwhile in this case to show patience – the child to offer another vegetable, and the one that is rejected, just give in a week. It is possible that the opinion of the karapuza will already change.

Children themselves know that they need to eat.

Do not think that children have any mystical knowledge in the assortment of products. They themselves can not choose the food that best suits their body. That’s why kids also have to rely on their parents. They also deal with the diversity of the menu. Today parents often resort to pedagogical lure when a child receives a small piece of food from a dish of the father or mother.

Uneaten lure can be heated and again given to the child again.

It is worth remembering that the most useful food is the one that has just been cooked. And children under the age of one should not give warmed food. And the baby does not need a lot, he needs quite a bit of food. It is quite possible to make a puree not from a whole fruit or vegetable, but from its piece. Heating kills almost all vitamins and trace elements, so this food for the baby will be almost useless. Doctors do not advise giving the child to finish and canned mashed potatoes, even if it was in the refrigerator. Even if most of this food is left, it is better to eat it to the mother.Lack of vitamins will come to a child with milk. So it will be much more useful for both.


Children at this age are contraindicated in salt, sugar, and even spices.

It will be ridiculous to look in the diet of a six-month-old baby sugar or some cinnamon. But for an older child, already in the region of the year, it is quite possible to add a little salt or sugar to the dish if it is refused. But salt can not be consumed more than half a gram, and sugar – four grams. Allowed even spices in the form of parsley or dill. Greens will best be grinded with a blender for adding to mince or mashed potatoes. It is also better to pre-cook it in hot water.

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