Weaning is a very exciting and interesting phase for both child as well as parents. Babies shift from breast milk and formula to solids and experience new tastes and textures. The first foods should be cereals, fruits and vegetables. Often these are introduces in mashed and pureed form. Gradually you must introduce meat as well. Initially, most babies don’t like taste of meat so it’s better to introduce a little meat loaded with her favorite veggies.
Solids are started after six months and it is recommended to introduce meat between 7-12 months of age. Also all kinds of meats must be given at least one time in between these months as you can easily identify allergens for babies and avoid those in future. Also the allergies don’t affect much and are easily recovered in this time interval.
Babies need molars to chew the pieces of meat, so it is good idea to introduce meat in form of soup, shredded or in pureed form. It is a good idea to see what pediatrician recommends so before starting with meat you should ask pediatrician about what to start and when to start.
TIP: Chicken breasts and cuts are lower in fats and higher in proteins while chicken legs or thighs are high in iron content. So if you need to boost your baby’s iron level, choose dark meat instead of light.
Processed meat – like ham, frankfurters and deli meats – are not suitable for your baby. Not only are they high in salt, they may also contain undesirable additives and many are made with dairy products, which may trigger an allergic reaction in a sensitive baby.