New parents often struggle to determine what to feed their baby and when. They often don’t know how long to give their baby goat’s milk formula – or when to start with solid foods or a goat formula for toddlers. To help parents decide when to give their toddlers goat’s milk formula (only if parents decide not to breastfeed) and when to start on solid foods, here is a timeline for new parents!
Mums who are not able to breastfeed could choose an alternative such as goat’s milk formula. During the first couple of months, babies will need their goat formula at least six to eight times a day. As the baby grows, the stomach starts to expand; this means that your baby may drink more goat’s milk formula, but that there will be more time between goat formula feeds.
Once your baby reaches six months, the baby can start eating some solid foods as well as baby cereal. Most parents find the transition a little easier by giving the baby cereal with a little bit of goat formula, since the goat formula is recognisable for the baby. Of course, parents should not rely on baby cereal alone, because this is the advised time to introduce a variety of solid foods.
The most common solid foods introduced at six months are rice and oatmeal. Iron-fortified cereal is also recommended, but keep in mind that your baby won’t be eating too much solid foods in the beginning. Therefore, it is still necessary to give the baby some goat formula too.
Some children might not be ready for solid foods at six months. If you believe your baby is not ready, it might be advised to speak to a paediatrician or midwife and ask for some advice. While some children develop slower than others, it is always a good idea to have your child checked medically.
When your child reaches six months, your child starts to become more mobile. Being more mobile means that your child will need a lot more calories to meet the body’s energy demand. Therefore, this is the ideal time to start introducing some fruits and vegetables.
Toddlers won’t be able to chew fruits and vegetables on their own yet, so any fruits and vegetables you serve to your toddler will have to be pureed. The amount of pureed vegetables and fruits consumed is also different for each child. Some children easily eat two cups, while other children can only manage two tablespoons.
When selecting pureed foods for your child during the mobile stage, please make sure that they don’t contain any additional fats and salt. Also, take your time when introducing new foods. Ideally, you want to introduce a new food only once every three or five days.
During the mobile stage, it is also essential to start looking out for the symptoms of food allergy. Even though it is more likely that your child does not have any food allergies, it is essential to be on the lookout for symptoms during this time and eliminate certain ingredients from your child’s diet if necessary.
When a child reaches the age of twelve months, parents can start phasing out goat’s milk formula. Most children have no problems coming off formula and can start drinking regular goat’s milk or cow’s milk right away. However, there are some children who may need access to additional nutrients and require more goat formula for a while.
Now that you have a timeline, you might have a better idea of what your baby needs and when. Of course, this does not mean that the transition from formula to solid food will be easy. Therefore, we have created an overview of tips and hints for parents who are dealing with this transition.
While it might be tempting to add baby cereal to a bottle, it is certainly not recommended. Thickened formula in a bottle could cause your child to gag and some of the liquid could add up in the lungs. Therefore, always give baby cereal in the traditional manner.
When you introduce your child to new foods, it is best not to overwhelm them. Therefore, only introduce one new ingredient at a time and wait a couple of days before you introduce another. Giving one ingredient at a time is also best for children with food allergies, since parents are able to spot them when only one ingredient is served.
If your child does not take to a certain ingredient, don’t give up right away. Children can be fussy when they are being introduced to solid foods. In some cases, you might have to try ten times before your child takes to the ingredient. So, even if your child refuses to eat some broccoli in the beginning, don’t give up!
Many parents get frustrated when their child starts to play with their food, but touching food actually means that the child has an interest in it. Therefore, by telling a toddler to “stop that”, they will be less inclined to try the ingredient and might lack interest in the future. Therefore, allow your child to explore foods and experiment with them in their own way.
Please consider that your child cannot each large quantities of foods right away. In the beginning, you’ll have to start with only a couple of teaspoons once a day. Don’t be frustrated when your child can’t eat the second tablespoon, because some children take a little longer than others to adjust.
While the information on this page might be a lot to take in, once you start practicing everything that is discussed in this article, you will master it quite quickly. Still, some children take longer to adjust to solid foods than others, so the trick is to stay consistent and stick with it until your child has adjusted to solid foods.