Part one (0-8 months) | Part two (6-9 months) |
Previously we looked at some of the important things about feeding infants
— from breastfeeding to introducing solids. This month we will continue
by looking at some of the other points to remember about nutrition as your
child grows and develops towards one year of age.
Ideally an infant will have been breastfed (preferably exclusively) up until 6
months of age, at which point solid foods should be introduced. The period
between 6 and 9 months of age is a critical period for establishing a good
routine with regard to solid foods and for laying the foundation for healthy
eating habits. As such a bit of planning and a lot of patience is needed. By
the end of nine months, an infant should have progressed from having a
breastfeed first and then some solid food, to having solid food first followed
by a breastfeed
Examples of foods that need to lay the foundation of an infant’s diet
include vegetables (such as pumpkin, carrot or potato) and fruit (apple, pear
or banana), as well as different meats, breads and cereals. Giving your child
variety and exposing them to new tastes while they are young is also very
Also consider texture — while the first solid foods introduced at six
months need to be finely pureed with no lumps, the texture can progress from
pureed, to softened and mashed with small lumps, to finely chopped, to small
pieces which constitute finger food.
So, the variety of foods and the texture progress with and complement the
developmental stage of the infant. From around 8 months, infants can generally
sit without assistance, hold a bottle and grasp and release foods, as well as
having increased tongue flexibility and lateral jaw motion (chewing). Once a
child is able to self-feed, it is important to develop these feeding skills by
allowing the infant to touch, taste, feel and self-feed a variety of
Establishing healthy eating habits from the beginning is of great benefit to
health — I encourage you to put the effort in now and reap the benefits
CHICKEN IN WHITE SAUCE
1 tablespoon finely chopped cooked chicken (no skin)
2 teaspoons flour or cornflour
Blend flour and milk in a saucepan, and simmer for a few minutes until
beginning to thicken.
Add chicken and process in a blender until smooth.
Heat well before serving.
You will not need to puree this recipe for babies who are over eight months