The importance of fruit during weaning
Dear mums, if you’re about to start weaning, we know the problems and doubts that you may be having in this period!
Today we want to talk to you about how to introduce a fundamental food into the diet of your little one, a food that is essential for their health: fruit.
Rich in vitamins, fibre and minerals, fruit contains the fundamental nutrition for a healthy and balanced growth. During the weaning stage, it is an irreplaceable food to ensure the hydrating substances that young children need.
Used as a puree at the beginning, fruit can already be introduced into your little one’s diet starting from 4 months. Obviously, not all types of fruit are recommended from the beginning, but within 2 years, your little one will be able to eat more or less everything.
You can begin, between 4 and 5 months with apples, pears and plum. At 6 months you can introduce banana, and between 8 and 10 months, peaches and apricots. At the age of one, citrus fruit and, lastly, strawberries, cherries and grapes which, due to their high allergenic properties, should not be offered before they are 2 years old. Respecting this calendar (under the guidance of a pediatrician) means you can limit the risk that in future any allergies or food intolerance could develop, while still giving your children all the fundamental food for their growth
Why does fruit have to be introduced from such a young age? Because we are talking about an irreplaceable food!
Vitamins are indispensable for the assimilation of other substances (for example, proteins, sugars and fats) and are the engine that allows some of the necessary processes for life, this is why they have to be introduced through food.
Fibre is equally important, allowing the food to pass through the intestines and preventing constipation, reducing the absorption of glucose in the intestine of fats and calories and with a detoxifying effect.
Fruit is rich in mineral salts, fundamental for regulating body fluids, and just like potassium (present in bananas), for the hydro salt balance.
How to get your children to eat fruit? When your baby makes the transition from milk to solids, fruit in a jar is recommended: it’s safer, because it has undergone all the mandatory checks for food for babies, but it is also easier to digest (knowing that the flesh is super soft) and easier for mum and dad who can give it to their little one at any time of the day.
Once your little one has become used to the flavour of fruit and baby food, you can move on to fresh seasonal fruit, which will have to be peeled or cleaned with care, and if the fruit can’t peeled, you should grate it or cut it into very thin pieces. If possible, don’t add any sugar, so that you don’t get your little ones used to the sweet flavour.
You can then opt for a fruit juice when your children are a bit older. It will be a perfect snack because, as well as being refreshing, it provides the same nutrition as fresh fruit. Even better are shakes and homemade smoothies without adding any sugar.