The age for variation is officially recommended to be when a baby is 6 months old. In actual fact, the later this is, the more the risk of developing an allergy to a food is reduced as well as the risk of adolescent obesity. However, some foods can be introduced from 4 months onwards (see link below). Bear in mind that breast milk or formula milk must continue to be the main nutritional source for the baby.
It is advised giving food before a bottle. The baby will be more inclined to eat it. As children are naturally drawn to sweet products, start with vegetables. This will enable children to get to know a new taste, "sour".
It is preferable to introduce a vegetable (or fruit) so that the baby can identify the taste and smell. This will also mean that you can see if the baby likes it and check for any reactions or allergies. It is easier to introduce fruit than vegetables, as babies are already familiar with sweet flavours.
Meat and fish can then gradually be combined with vegetables, to provide a more complete meal.
Infant cereals vary your child's diet gradually.
They are a source of slow carbohydrates. They mainly consist of rice flours, quinoa, wheat (from 4 months or 6 months if they contain gluten [wheat, barley for example], and corn starch. Powdered vegetables or fruits are added to these ingredients.
Adding these cereals to your baby's usual milk varies the diet whilst continuing with milky foods. Your child will therefore discover new and varied tastes in a world which he/she knows well and which is reassuring: formula milk.
As well as providing new tastes, infant cereals have the advantage of being able to be added at variable proportions to thicken the feed; semi-liquid or more consistent purées, learning to use a spoon is facilitated.
Physiolac offers you its organic infant cereals: Physio Bio Cereals (link to Physio cereals page)
Physiolac offers you its range of No.2 formula milks:
Physiolac 2 combined with breastfeeding or when your baby is well
Physiolac AR 2 when your baby has reflux
Physiolac Bio 2 combined with breastfeeding or when your baby is ok with BIO
* Important note: breast milk is the best infant food