The transition from breast milk to solid food

Although babies are still fond of breast milk at six months of age and can feel full and satisfied as a result, breast milk alone is no longer enough to meet their comprehensive nutritional needs at this stage.

Iron is an important mineral that contributes to your child's cognitive development. However, after a few months, the iron supply that the child is born with begins to run out. Therefore, it’s recommended to start with iron-enriched solid foods at this stage.

Solid food should be introduced while a child is still breastfeeding. Initially these foods are just to familiarize a child with new tastes and consistencies. Moreover, there is a transition for the intestine to digest other nutritional sources than breast milk. Therefore, you should only start with small amounts, such as one or two teaspoons from a day's meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner). Then, the amount can be gradually increased, becoming a part of an appropriate morning, lunch or evening meal.

It is also important to start with solid foods for stimulating reflexes. At six months of age, the baby begins to gain control of the upper lip, and the tongue needs training in pushing the food sideways in the mouth and back towards the pharynx. In the beginning, foods often fall out of their mouths. This does not necessarily mean that the child does not like the food, but that it needs time to practice the skill of eating, like any other skill.

With välling from Bla Bla Foods you serve your child a filling, smooth, creamy and nutrient-dense Oat Milk that's specifically built for babies and tots from 8 months and up. A Swedish secret to happy and healthy kids with more than half of all kids drinking it due to its iron, calcium and healthy fats. 

Not sure if your kid had enough nutrition in a day? Välling will ease your mind because välling contains both nutrition and energy. In fact, studies have shown that about 10 percent of one-year-olds have iron deficiency anemia. A simple portion of välling allows the child to absorb their daily need of iron. Besides iron, välling also contains other important vitamins and minerals, such as phosphorus and vitamin D. Simply put, välling is good and healthy nutrition for growing toddlers.