Goodness of Cereals
Breast milk is the best food you can offer your baby in the first few months, and as per the WHO recommendation, mothers should aim to breastfeed exclusively for at least the first 6 months of age. However, once the baby reaches the age of 6 months, you can start weaning him on so-called solid foods, and the best food for the first week of weaning is fortified infant cereals, starting with baby rice. There are a multitude of reasons why infant cereals are essential and good for your baby.
High in carbohydrate content, and thus provides the energy and key essential nutrients needed for your baby's physical and mental growth and development - especially as he transitions from a milk-based diet to a solid food diet.
A good source of minerals that includes mainly iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium which are needed to support adequate growth and development.
Iron is involved in many processes of brain development and functioning, and is needed for healthy blood and muscle function. It provides oxygen which is essential for all brain cells. Vitamin C is needed for proper iron absorption.
Zinc is important in maintaining a healthy immune system and assisting mental growth. In addition, zinc supplementation significantly reduces the frequency and severity of diarrhea and respiratory illnesses.
Magnesium helps in energy generation and plays a role in bone and dental health.
Potassium is an important electrolyte that facilitates the nervous system activity in the brain and muscles.
High in vitamin content: infant cereals are a good source of vitamins such as Vitamin B group (thiamin, niacin, riboflavin) and Vitamin E. These vitamins promote various activities in the body and are much needed for child growth and development.
The Vitamin B group is essential for your baby’s metabolism and maintenance of a healthy nervous system. B vitamins also help with the digestion of food and its conversion into energy, help the production of red blood cells, and maintain a healthy brain and immune system.
Vitamin E is needed to develop and maintain strong cells, especially in the blood and nervous system.
A good plant protein source: protein is one of the most important nutrients for helping the body build and repair muscles, tissues, hair and organs, and maintain an effective immune and hormonal system. Proteins are one of the key nutrients for babies during their first year; especially proteins that contain the essential amino acids. It is important that your baby’s diet contains enough essential amino acids that the body cannot produce.
How to choose the most nutritious infant cereals
Infant cereals are the most nutritious complementary weaning food, as they provide a concentrated and balanced nutrition when fortified with the appropriate nutrients for infancy and early childhood. Your baby’s infant cereals should offer the right balance between the goodness of natural cereal grains, fortified by the essential nutrients needed for healthy growth and development. Therefore, when selecting your baby’s infant cereals, ensure that the product is fortified with the iron+ bundle, Bifidus BL and immunonutrients, all found in Nestlé CERELAC® infant cereals.
The iron+ bundle provides more than half of your child’s daily iron needs in one serving, in addition to vitamin C which enhances iron absorption, as well as iodine, Vitamin B1 and essential fatty acids – omega-3 fatty acids, all needed for brain and cognitive development. Bifidus BL is a probiotic that helps strengthen natural defenses by positively influencing the immune system and reinforcing the gut barrier, reducing the risk, severity and duration of infectious diseases such as diarrhea and respiratory infections. Immunonutrients are a combination of nutrients – Vitamin A, C and zinc – which contribute to the natural immune defenses by supporting physical barriers, anti-body immune cells production, and reducing the severity and duration of diarrhea.