When can I give pasta to kids? Advice from experts on nutrition and tips
The pasta are in the kitchen every Russian family. One can cook a simple dinner for a few minutes or a gourmet meal in the best traditions of European cuisine. Among young mothers is very popular question "When can I give pasta to kids, and what products to choose for baby food?". Will try to find the only correct answer.
Pasta for baby food
On the shelves of baby food today, you can find the special pasta for the kids. Most manufacturers give recommendations for the preparation and consumption of their products on the packaging. What age can I give baby pasta from the children's Department? Usually, the foods in this category are recommended for introduction to the diet 8-10 months. These noodles are often from the "adult" enriched with vitamins composition. For the kids pasta is a separate dish, not a garnish. It is best to give them for lunch, in the middle of the day or in the evening. Boil pasta according to manufacturer's recommendations, season with butter or oil and serve.
Soups with noodles
Many pediatricians advise closer to the first year of life to enter into the diet baby a variety of soups. To make dishes using pasta designed for kids aged 8-9 months. Cooking the soup is better on meat, not bone broth. Except for the pasta, add the vegetables already in the diet of the child. If pasta is large enough, the finished dish is better to turn into soup, chopped in the blender. How you can give your baby pasta noodles? Soup with pasta and must be present in the diet of children older than one year. After the first birthday the child can begin to give the "grown-up" pasta. Closer to 2 years the baby can be fed with soup with pasta of the extended family of the pan, provided that it has no chemical additives and spices with a sharp taste.
"Adult" macaroni at the kids ' table
When you can give the kids pasta cooked for the whole family? Every mother sighs with relief when the baby gradually goes to the "adult" food. "Normal" pasta, not adapted for children, pediatricians suggest to introduce a children's menu as soon as a child turns a year. Don't forget the pasta are still separate dish. Add meat sauce or vegetables is not required. The thing is that the kid's body is very difficult to digest complex food. To cook pasta with vegetables recommended for children aged 2.5-3 years. If your child has digestive problems, the question "what age is it possible to give the child pasta and how to cook them correctly?", should individually discuss with the pediatrician.
How to choose the right pasta?
Many adults think pasta useless sources of carbohydrates. In fact pasta can boast the presence in the composition of the b vitamins, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and other useful minerals. To abandon this product in the diet of the child should not be. The most important thing is to understand and remember when to give pasta to kids. For the successful digestion of pasta in the body must produce a special enzyme. That is why there are age restrictions.
What pasta to choose for your baby? As for quality – sure it should be first-class products made from durum wheat. You can find them on the marking on the box: "A", durum or "1 class". For the little ones, choose a smaller pasta or traditional pasta, and for children older than 1.5-2 years makes sense to buy a "nice" pasta. It is a traditional shells, stars, spirals or special children's products in the form of letters and animal shapes.
One of the "chips" of today's producers – painted children's products. How many months can give your child pasta of different colors? Take the time to read the ingredients: if it contains only natural dyes, such pasta products are completely safe. Accordingly, the "kids" pasta all colors of the rainbow can be given 8-9 months, and "adults" with the first year of life.
Simple recipes for young moms
The most important thing is to cook the pasta. Standard preparation of this product has already come up with Italian chef. The pasta should cook to "al dente" — when they are already quite soft, but supple and not overcooked. The smallest possible to give a cooked pasta with oil or butter. For children under the age of 2.5 years, a great dish will be pasta with cheese or a sweet filling (fruit syrup, honey).
When you can give the pasta as a garnish? It is desirable not earlier than 2,5-3 years. Start with simple dishes, e.g., pasta cooked with minced meat. After the third birthday of the child in its diet, you can enter the usual adult macaroni with a cutlet or a piece of boiled meat. Everything is good in moderation, and this rule applies to pasta. Children do not give them more than 2-3 times a week. Remember: a balanced and varied diet is the key to good health and good mood of your baby.