The first year:
Baby's dietary needs
As an infant's age and
growth increases, so do their nutritional requirements. The exclusive
diet of breastfeeding or formula 1 from birth onwards does not satisfy
an infant's increasing hunger. The gradual feeding of a so-called
supplementary food phase begins predominantly as of the 4th month and
continues through to the beginning of the second year with food which
is eaten by the family.
Because every child develops
individually and becomes ready to acquire a liking to certain meals at
an early age, differences in overall diet plans are completely normal.
The individual behaviour of
a baby influences their energy requirements and therefore influences
their desired meal servings. Lively children need more energy than
passive babies and therefore require more frequent and larger meal
servings. The Holle food plan has been designed according to guidelines
given by the Nutritional Research Institute for Children in Dortmund,
Germany and should act as a support for the nutrition of your child.
Breastfeeding / Bottle
should continue to breastfeed after 4 months, as breastfeeding is
ideal for your baby. Breast milk provides your baby with the optimal,
nutrients it requires during the developmental process. Breast milk
contains a large amount of important nutrients, such as those needed
for immunity and the development of the immune system. These play an
important role in the development and growth of a baby. Therefore,
Holle recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 4-6 months.
In the case of your child needing a replacement formula, or if
breastfeeding cannot take place, talk to your children's doctor or
Early Childhood Centre.
In case you cannot
breastfeed or cannot completely breastfeed, you can replace feeding
with Holle Organic Infant Formulas or through the use of Holle grain
porridges in combination with fresh milk or formula.
In case you cannot use fresh
milk during the first few months, for crossing over from breast milk to
the first bottle, we recommend the protein based Holle Organic Infant
Formula 1. For children who are cow milk intolerant or who have an
increased allergy risk, a specialised nourishment is required and Holle
Organic Infant Formula 1 is not recommended. Please consult your
children's doctor about this topic. Infants who have been fully
breastfed for longer than 5 months should also start with the protein
adapted Holle Organic Infant Formula 1, before changing to the Holle
Organic Infant Follow-On Formula 2. The Infant Formula 1 is protein
adapted and does not contain any starch, therefore is easily
digestible. This can be used till the end of 12 months.
In the case of your infant being nourished with a
Formula 1 during the first 6 months, and not becoming fully satisfied,
after 6 months of age, the more hunger satisfying Holle Organic Infant
Follow-On Formula 2 may be used. Due to the individual behaviour of the
baby, some baby's need more energy than others. In this case you should
use the Follow-on Formula 3 but not before the age of 8 months.
According to the growing
energy requirements of a baby, nutrients and supplementary food are
introduced in monthly intervals of vegetable, milk and fruit porridge
meals. These gradually replace breastfeeding or bottle feeds.
The first solid meal
after 4 months
The first solid food in your
baby's life should be a vegetable meal. Carrots are sweet and mild and
probably the best vegetable for the first meal. Alternatively, you can
also start with Parsnip or Pumpkin & Rice. Sstart feeding some
spoonfuls of carrot and let your baby eat as much as he wants. We
recommend adding 2 teaspoons of sunflower oil for 1 jar of 190 grams.
Use a small plastic spoon to feed your baby in order to make it easier
to get used to your feeding.
It is important to introduce
new food once at a time in order to be able to check the reactions of
your baby towards the main ingredient. If your baby tolerates the
carrot meal you can proceed with carrots and potatoes. In this way you
can introduce the whole assortment of Holle vegetable 1st foods during
the following 2 months. The vegetables meals can be also used in
addition with the Holle cereals. Stir 2 tablespoons of Holle Cereals in
190g of vegetable meal and add 2 teaspoons of sunflower oil.
Milk porridge from 4
The milk porridge is made
with Holle cereals nad fresh milk or alternatively with Holle follow-on
formula 2. When using fresh milk we recommend the addition of one
teaspoon of fruit or vegetable juice as a vitamin supplement. Detailed
recipes can be found on all Holle Grain Porridges.
Dairy free Fruit
porridge from 5/6 months
The next porridge to be
introduced to your baby's diet should be a dairy free fruit porridge.
This meal substitutes the breastfeeding or the milk bottle in the
afternoon. For the preparation we recommend to use apple, pears,
bananas or peaches. Exotic fruits or a mix of different fruits should
not be used before the above named fruits porridges have been
Junior meals from 8
From 8 months on you can
start feeding your baby chunkier food. The vegetable porridge with
cereals is coarser and the Fruit porridge may contain small pieces of
fruit. The different consistency of these meals will animate the
mastication of your baby. Holle Junior meals will satisfy the need of
your baby on the way to a regular alimentation.