Semolina porridge in the infant's diet - get to know the recommendations

Expanding an infant's diet can be a challenge for parents. Many doubts are raised not only by the introduction of the first vegetables and fruits, but also by the introduction of other products, such as semolina. What do I need to know to follow applicable guidelines?

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby's life. However, the first supplementary products should be introduced after the 17th but not later than the 26th week of the child's life.

It's not that they are full meals to replace exclusive breastfeeding - at this stage, expanding the diet is aimed at discovering new tastes for the baby. We serve small amounts of vegetable purees, sometimes it is just a teaspoon of carrot puree a day.

1. Why semolina? Get to know its advantages

Semolina porridge is one of the first porridges that are given to infants during the expansion of their diet. This product has many advantages. First of all, it is a source of carbohydrates that provide the energy needed for the youngest.

An additional advantage of semolina is:

  • neutral taste,
  • quick preparation,
  • the possibility of giving it in various forms.

2. Since when to serve semolina?

Semolina is made of wheat, which is a source of gluten - a vegetable protein that should be introduced into a child's diet in the first year of life.Exposure to this protein should not be delayed as it is not medically warranted.

Scientific research shows that the late introduction of gluten (e.g. semolina and other grain products containing gluten) does not reduce the risk of celiac disease, allergies or food intolerance.

Therefore, nothing prevents you from introducing semolina as soon as the child learns the taste of the first vegetables and fruits. The recommendations from the current infant nutrition regimen regarding the timing of gluten introduction are the same for children who are breastfed as well as for children who consume formula or mixed milk (breast and formula milk).

3. How much semolina should be served?

Extending the infant's diet to include semolina involves giving a small amount of it. It is not about replacing a meal. So start with a few teaspoons of porridge and watch your toddler react. If there are no disturbing symptoms, you can gradually increase the amount of food.

However, if you notice symptoms such as:

  • stomach discomfort, e.g. vomiting, nausea,
  • skin changes,
  • problems with the respiratory system,

it is worth putting aside semolina and other products containing gluten for a while. If symptoms recur after re-introducing this plant protein, contact your pediatrician immediately.

4. Which semolina to choose?

Are you wondering which semolina to choose: standard or typical for babies? Although the final decision is yours anyway, ready-made baby products will be a much better solution. Why? Baby food is strictly controlled. For example, in the case of BoboVita porridges, the quality and safety standards are up to 1000 times stricter compared to grains for adults *.

If you decide on products dedicated to babies, you can choose from many of their variants. Cereal porridges can be divided into:

  • milk - you only need water to prepare them,
  • dairy-free - they can be made on the basis of mother's milk or modified milk.

Some products are enriched with fruit, making the porridge a favorite meal of children.

Regardless of the choice, remember to properly prepare the groats. So follow the instructions on the package. Thanks to this, you will be sure that your toddler will receive a wholesome meal with a nutritional value tailored to the baby's needs.

* Refers to the standards for pesticides in cereals

Tags:  Preschooler Pupil Pregnancy-Planning