Since when can you give these products to your baby?
When is the bread in the child's diet?
Many parents introduce bread - a crust of bread, small rolls, wheat slices already in the eighth month of life.
Some assume that after two months of exposure to gluten, you can slowly introduce small amounts of bread. Others serve bread almost immediately, at the beginning of the diet extension. This position can be accepted as long as bread is introduced slowly as a novelty in the diet and when the child is not genetically burdened with celiac disease.
According to the official positions and recommendations of pediatricians, bread (preferably white, wheat, good quality) can be introduced after the age of nine months. If we think that the child will manage, even small sandwiches can be served at this stage. However, beware: preferably without skin.
Parents using BLW often do not rely on tables, but provide products intuitively, guided by the choice of the toddler. Sometimes, they reach for bread very quickly, at the beginning of expanding their diet.
After wheat bread, you can opt for mixed (wheat and rye) bread and finally rye bread.
Attention! Children like to "clog" with bread. They "mumble" at home or on a walk, fill their stomachs and refuse other meals. If you see this in your toddler, it is worth limiting the amount of bread in your diet.
What's hidden in bread?
It would be best if we could bake bread for the baby at home. Independently. This is apparently not very difficult, but it requires time and knowledge. And of course willingness and faith that it is worth undertaking such a task.
In bakeries we have a choice of better or worse quality proposals (it is worth knowing the composition of the loaf you choose and ask for the exact list of all ingredients used; sometimes it is necessary to make a phone call directly to the bakery).
Bread is baked from flour, water, yeast or sourdough, milk, fat, eggs, salt, sugar, flavors and fragrances. Soy flour, malt flour, potato flour, honey, lecithin and others are often added to white bread. Natural caramel is added to the dark bread, which improves the appearance and taste of bread and rolls.
The healthiest choice due to the increased content of fiber, vitamins and minerals is bread with the addition of whole grains. We can choose bread with sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, soybean, poppy seed, caraway, etc. This one is worth proposing to the little one after serving white bread without additions, then.