Introducing Solid Foods

Introducing Solid Foods

Introducing Solid Foods

Most parents have questions about starting solid foods for their baby, like when should I start and which foods are best to start with, what about food allergies, and will nursing or bottle feeding change?
So, let's unfold this in the easiest way…

1.    Introducing Solid Food

Solid foods can be introduced between 4 to 6 months of age or when your baby is showing signs of being ready, you'll want to start pureed foods.
Babies don't need anything other than mother’s milk or formula up to four months of age.

2.    Pay Attention To Babies Moves

Have your baby sit with her siblings or if it is your first baby, make her sit with you while you are crunching on a meal.
Have a look at the following changes the baby might show:
The little one might hold up her head, she can sit up, she's more interested in things around her especially food, and if you put a spoonful of food in her mouth, she accepts it without spitting.

3.    Selection of food

Any food can be the first food. Cooked vegetables, cereals, and soft fruits are good ones to start with. And meats, freshly made cottage cheese (its’ not difficult to make one for your baby) and yogurt are also good. Whatever you decide on, most babies do best with a very smooth texture. All babies ought to be fed from a spoon or from your finger.

4.    What To Avoid

It is highly not recommended putting solid food, like rice cereal, into a bottle. Many families offer mother’s milk or formula and then some solid foods and then more mothers’ milk or formula.

5.    Approved Quantity Of Food

Start with just a couple of teaspoons each time. Increase the number of servings gradually, two to three times per day during the first couple of months that you are introducing foods.

6.    Hold Your Patience… This time You Need It More…

The process is messy, so be ready. Starting the process to feed your baby can most of the time result in a lot of stress for you especially if your child is a fussy eater. Take some time, relax and try again.

7.    Important signs to keep a check on…

·       Is your baby eagerly moving towards the spoon and opening her mouth?
·       Does she react when you take too long between spoonfuls? Then she's hungry; keep on feeding.
·       Is she responding negatively by turning her head away, spitting the food, or putting her hand over her face? Then she is hardly interested in eating more.
·       Stop feeding and put the food away. Make sure you respect your baby's hunger and fullness so she gets aware of the food she eats.
·       Don't get aggressive or you'll ruin the excitement for both of you.

8.    Right Time To Give Variety

Introduce new foods one at a time so that if your baby has a negative response, It will be effortless for you to judge the food which caused the reaction, and you can be more cautious while using it the next time. It's okay to include new food in her diet every three to four days but pay attention initially. If your baby is sensitive towards certain food, you will easily make out which one is causing trouble in your kid’s paradise.

9.    Pay Attention To These Signs

Signs of an allergy might be rash, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stools, or wheezing. If you notice any of these things, hold that food and talk it over with your medical consultant.

10.             Healthy Options To Look Forward To

You can mash soft foods like bananas, cooked sweet potatoes, and avocado with a fork, or use a blender or food processor to puree foods like oatmeal, cooked pears, and apples.

11.             Start Experimenting With Your Babies Food

In the beginning, mix in a mother’s milk or formula to make it thin and easy to swallow. Babies and toddlers might take twenty or additional times attempting a replacement food before they begin to just accept it, so don't assume if your baby pushes a food away that she will never like it.
Sometimes mix a favorite or familiar food with a replacement food can create it easier.

12.             A  Fascinating Fact:

Babies who consume a wide variety of tastes and textures early in life will go on to eat and enjoy a wider variety of foods as they grow up.

13.             Myth: The More The Better

It's important to bear in mind that introducing solid foods, at this point, is not about getting lots of food into your baby. It's about training her to discover the love for food its varied textures.  

14.             The Main Source Of Nutrition

Mother’s milk or formula is still the main source of nutrition until eight or nine months of age. Continue to feed on demand, and expect at least four to six of mother or bottle feedings per day. Most babies can go three to four hours between feedings and a lot of them are capable of sleeping through the night.

15.             So, let's summarize. Do’s  &  Dont’s

·       Do’s
Start solid foods when your baby can sit up on her own without help and is showing attention towards food when she’s around four to six months old. Any food can be first. The right texture is the most important. Introduce new food every three to four days to look for any signs of sensitivity or allergic reactions. Continue mother or bottle feeding on demand, or at least four to six times per day up until 12 months of age. Keep trying foods that your baby doesn't like.
·       Dont’s

Don't switch to whole cow's milk until after the first birthday.
Don’t Overfeed your baby.
Don’t frustrate yourself if the baby is lean or is taking the process of weaning slowly.
Don’t compare the eating habits of other babies of the same age as your baby. Every baby is different and so are their preferences for food.

Okay, that should get you started.

Remember… Patience is the key, especially when it is your first baby and you are learning along with your baby. Take small little steps like your baby and have fun feeding.

Stay connected to the blog as lot’s of healthy recipes for your little munchkin are ahead…

Happy Parenting !!!

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