You’ve probably heard the expression…parenting can be like a roller coaster…and boy is that the truth! Everything happens so quickly. You go from morning sickness, to your baby’s arrival to bonding through breast or bottle feeding and by six months your baby is ready to start trying solid foods.
When it’s time for your baby to take his first “bite” it can be a fun time or overwhelming moment depending on YOU. If you stay calm and go slowly you and your baby will have a ball experimenting with new foods. You’ll get to see your baby’s excitement when he tastes something he loves or you’ll laugh when he makes funny faces when trying squash or spinach for the first time.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that moms keep babies on a liquid diet until the baby reaches six months of age and that’s when parents can start to introduce their baby to more solid foods. Other facts show that babies can be ready for solids between the ages of 4 to 6 months, so it’s really up to you.
Step One: Introducing Baby to Solid Foods
Sit your baby up right and always use a spoon. Start with a simple, bland rice cereal (specifically for babies) mixed with breast milk or baby formula, so your baby’s taste buds don’t get blasted with too much flavor for the first time. Decrease the amount of milk you add as the days go by to see how your baby does on more solid food. After a few weeks you can introduce additional baby foods like meat, vegetables and fruits.
Step Two: Introducing Baby to Meats, Vegetables and Fruits
Consider starting with meats since they’re more bland than fruits and veggies. Always use soft, baby food from jars or homemade baby food that has been pureed. Give your baby one new food at a time and try that food for at least three days before introducing your baby to another. Watch your cutie for any signs of food allergies like diaper rash, diarrhea or gas. Start by giving your baby solid foods once a day and work up to three times a day along with giving breast milk or formula.
Step Three: Introducing Baby to Bite Size Snacks
After your baby has gotten used to eating more solid foods and gets on a regular meal schedule, then you can introduce him to bite size “soft” snacks that he can pick up and feed himself. Also, give him the spoon once in a while and let him give it a try, but remember to put on his bib, because things can get quite messy during baby mealtime!
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