Having a new bundle of joy can be exciting but parents need to be aware of what to expect when it comes to their meals. Infants rapidly change and grow and this includes their food preferences. That’s why; Holle devised its very own feeding plan based on the scientific findings from the Research Institute for Child Nutrition in Dortmund – a leading authority in nutritional science for children. In addition, Holle also takes into consideration various infant behaviorism when devising the feeding plan. For instance, active babies burn more energy as compared to less active babies and as a result, require larger meal quantities or more frequent meal times.
Holle Demeter and organic baby food is an optimal platform to support your baby’s growth and development from birth to 3 years. Holle’s baby food ranges from infant formulas, porridges, baby jars to teething rusks, biscuits, teas and fruit bars. Each product guarantees optimal nutrition that is essential to healthy baby growth.
|Breast Milk – A Natural Choice for Your BabyFor centuries, it has been proven that breast milk provides infants with optimal nutrients for healthy growth. The benefits of breastfeeding go beyond basic nutrition. In addition to providing essential vitamins and minerals to your newborn, breast milk contains antibodies, which are vital for every infant’s development for a healthy immune system. Breastfeeding can also help foster a special bond between the mother and child.Research has shown that breast milk provides the most nutrients during the first 6 months of your newborn’s diet. As such, it is recommended to all mothers that they should breast feed during the first 6 months of your infant growth and continue to do so during the weaning period. Beyond those months, WHO and Holle suggest that mothers should continue breastfeeding after introduction of solid foods as part ofa balanced diet for babies. Our commitment to adhering to the Demeter quality and Holle’s stringent quality control gives parents a peace of mind when it comes to providing the best nutrients for their young.
Holle products your baby can take during this period
Holle Formula 1, the best natural choice compared to breast milk
While breast milk is optimal for your child’s growth, not all mothers are suitable for breast-feeding. Holle’s Organic Infant formula 1 can be fed to your child during the first 6 months of infancy. For breast feeding mothers,Formula 1 can act as a supplement to breast milk You can also introduce the formula milk as part of your baby’s diet during his/her weaning period. The composition and nutritional value of Holle formula milks are similar to that of breast milk. This ensures that your child is fed with all the important nutrients that are made up of good quality and organic ingredients for the first 6 months of infancy; giving you another healthy alternative should you decide to stop breastfeeding. All Holle formula feeds are made from milk produced by biodynamical raised cows.
As your infant grows, his / her nutritional requirements change as well and this means parents need to start changing the child’s dietary requirements and quantities. Do note that every child is different and there is no “perfect time” to begin weaning. Weaning means slowly introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet and this is usually made up of purees and porridge.
The normal weaning process usually begins at around six months of age. However, some babies are keen to start eating at five months while others don’t begin until they are seven or eight months old.
Weaning step by step
When your child begins a weaning diet, puree and porridges are the main foods that will gradually replace milk feeds. To begin your child’s weaning diet; introduce a few teaspoons of vegetable puree just before the usual milk feed at lunchtime. Gradually increase the amount of vegetable puree until the usual milk meal is replaced with a pureed meal. As your child grows, pureed meals can then be replaced with cereal porridge and fruit cereal meals till he/she is ready to consume solid foods. Pureed meal, especially the fruit purees can also be enjoyed during teatime in addition to the cereals meals, as your baby grows older.
It is important to take note of the following:
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Holle Products your baby can take during this period
At this stage, parents can consider switching from Infant Formula 1 milk to Holle’s Follow on Formula 2 milk or Goat milk follow on 2. Holle Follow-on Formula 2 milk is formulated with the best nutrients that your infant should absorb during his/her weaning period. It should not supplement the entire diet of your child but serve as part of a weaning diet together with other meal options such as puree and porridges.
First Weaning Meal – From 4 months of age*
Vegetable Puree for Lunch
You should always start off your child’s first non-milk meal with a vegetable puree. For starters, you can feed your baby with a carrot puree as it has a tinge of sweetness, is easily digestible and gentle on your child’s stomach. Alternatively, you can also try a pumpkin or parsnip puree if your child does not fancy the taste of a carrot puree.
Second Weaning Meal – From 4 – 5 months of age*
For your child’s second weaning meal, you can replace your usual afternoon / dinner milk feed with porridge. Holle Organic Baby porridges can be easily prepared using Holle Infant formula milk or breast milk or freshly squeezed fruit juice that is rich in vitamin C.
Third Weaning Meal – From 5 – 6 months of age*
Fruit Porridge for an Afternoon Meal
When your child is between 5 to 6 months of age, you can start to introduce milk-free fruit porridge to substitute the afternoon milk feed and save the milk cereal porridge for dinner. For starters, use fruits that
are less acidic and gentle on your baby’s stomach like apples, pears and bananas. To prepare a fruitporridge, simply mix Holle Organic Baby porridge with one serving of Holle Organic fruit jar of your choice.
Alternatively, you can mix the porridge with freshly pureed fruit.
Moving on to Junior Meals – From 8 months of age*
After months of pureed food, your child should be able to consume slightly coarser meals and can begin to chew solid foods.
Parents can introduce such meals when your child is 8 months or older. In this case,food need not be pureed that much and should contain small bites of soft fruits and vegetables.
|For babies aged 12 months and older, Holle recommends that parents feed their young with Growing-up milk 3. Growing up Milk 3 contains richer nutrients that are required for healthy growth for older infants and parents should switch from Formula 2 milk once your child is one year old.Beginning with family meals
Joining in with Family Meals – From 12 months of age*
When your baby is 12 months of age, you can start to introduce foods that you and your family enjoy and need not specially prepare any pureed or semi pureed meals for your child. Do take note on the amount of seasoning and sweeteners used when preparing and cooking the meals since your little ones are enjoying the same meals as you. During this phase, parents can reduce morning and evening porridge meals for your child by half. Porridge meals can also be served as breakfast and/or a supplementary meal during teatime.
Do note the following when introducing solid meals to your child’s diet
* Every weaning meal replaces one milk meal– be it breast milk or formula milk. The ages indicated in the diagram are base on the earliest possible age to introduce solid foods to any child after breastfeeding for the first 6 months. Remember that each child develops differently and some babies may have a change in the diet 1-2 months later than the suggested ages. In this case, parents need to adjust the weaning periods accordingly. Variations of age in weaning periods from the diagram above are common.