Starting to feed a child is not always easy … A typical baby who is fully fed by the mother is puzzled when starting to try other foods, or using various exotic tools such as drinking in his own cup or eating with a spoon.
Some infants in the fifth month prepare to begin learning how to drink from the cup, although they still need to breastfeed most of the time.
To help your baby take his first steps to drinking from the cup, use a special baby cup that can not be broken with two handles for the baby to easily control.
Also consider the size of the cup with your child’s face. Using a larger cup of the child’s face may result in a blind eye to what may scare him! So it is best to use a small cup.
Here are some steps to help your child:
Give your child an empty cup to recognize, touch and get used to.
Your child is invited to watch you and the rest of the family drink from a similar cup.
Place a small amount of water or juice in your child’s cup and let him try to drink from it.
When your child starts to hold his own cup, it is best to use a cup with a lid with a small opening for children to prevent fluid leaking.
Some recommendations in your child’s diet
Continue breastfeeding your baby whenever you wish, or feed him 3 to 5 servings daily.
In the sixth month of your child’s age, your doctor can tell you if you are ready to take supplementary infant food (solid foods).
It is important to provide one new diet for the child every five days. It makes it easier for you to monitor the interaction of the child’s body with him and to take care of any strange signs after taking the new class such as: itching, yellowing, diarrhea, breathlessness and so on.
If your child’s doctor decides to start introducing solid foods into his diet, start with small amounts of infant food; your child needs 1-2 tablespoons of food a day.
Feed iron-fortified foods rich in protein, such as meat, eggs, legumes, fruits, and well-cooked and cooked vegetables.
If your doctor asks you to drink your child sterile water, all you need is 150 to 250 ml a day, especially if you eat a protein-rich diet so you can give him water in his own cup.
You should always consult your doctor for more information about how much your baby needs to drink water.
Infant from the sixth month to the eighth
You should continue to breastfeed your baby whenever he or she so wishes or breastfeed 3 to 5 servings daily.
You should offer fortified foods from 4 to 6 tablespoons per day.
Steamed vegetables can be taken from 3 to 4 tablespoons per day.
Fruits, can be taken from 3 to 4 tablespoons per day, and protein-rich foods can be taken from 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.
As for water, your child still needs 150 to 250 ml daily, especially when eating protein-rich foods.
Do not forget, always consult your doctor for more information about how much your baby needs water or food.