Starting Baby’s first solid foods

Starting Baby’s first solid foods
September 02 11:34 2016

This article is for people who want to learn everything they need to know about introducing solid food to their babiy. Here are a few questions we have aimed to answer with this write-up.

 

  1. How do I introduce solid food to my baby?
  2. What should I know about babies and solid foods?
  3. Tips about solid food for new babies.

 

If you are reading this article, then the odds are you are thinking of starting your baby on solid food and you would like to get some knowledge relating to that. This is understandable as starting a new baby on solids is a big milestone which should be done timely and properly to ensure proper nutrition is maintained while encouraging speedy growth of your child. While there is no general rule to the appropriate time to start a child on solid food, it is important to know that it is best not to rush and your baby will have many years of solid food coming up, so it is probably better to be a bit late than to be too early.

More than starting solids, the decision you are about to make also entails helping your baby develop healthy eating habits from the earliest days. There is no better time than now to help your child develop a strong natural preference for healthy foods. The habit you help him develop now will be with him for the rest of his life and you will be happy to see the result as he grows into one strong and healthy little kid.

By reading this article, you will get relevant information about what is ideal for your little one to be eating at each stage of their development. We have an expertly written solid food charts which you can consult.

 

Best Solid Food Ideas for Babies

It is important to note that it is ideal for a baby to feed mainly on breast milk for at least 6 months. Therefore, introducing solid food to a baby should come somewhere around the sixth month. While many people start to introduce their babies to solid food from 4 to 6 months of ages, it is our opinion that this is quite risky and it is best that such is only done on recommendation from your pediatrician. Introducing solid food to a child less than six months old does little for increased calorie intake, it may even impede the rate of growth due to the lack of nutrient and protective components in such food items compared of breast milk/formula food which a baby needs at such young age.

 

How To Know If Your Child Is Ready For Solid Food

We have stated that generally a baby of 6 months should be ready to be introduced to some solid food. However, there are some specific things you can watch out for to determine if your own baby might be ready a bit sooner or later than the general six months requirement. This is because every child in unique even in growth rate and nutritional requirements. Here are a few signs your little one may be ready for the next level and formula/breast milk might no longer cut it.

Is she waking up more frequently in the night for more food?

Does your little one seem to be eating more frequently recently?

Although these are signs that a child might be ready for solid food, we should also note that it might be caused by a growth spurt which occurs 3-4 months old babies, where they begin to eat frequently even at night. This is called cluster feed with the feeding pattern similar to what the baby did as a new born.

 

How To Start Your Baby On Solid Foods

You have a few options here; you can skip the boxed cereal and start with things like pear, sweet potato banana, and avocado as these are very nutritious options. You should however take care to ensure you introduce one food at a time. When you give the little one a new food, please wait two or three days for him to adapt before you introduce something else. In fact, you could adopt the “4 day wait rule” where you wait four days before you introduce another food to your child. This is to be able to watch out for any allergic reaction your baby might have to specific food items and also to observe preference he/she has. Allergic reactions observable include diarrhea, vomiting or rash; if you observe any of these, you should contact your pediatrician immediately and stop giving your baby the food.

Please note that it is important you give your child the right mix of food items. The variety of food you should give your baby as he starts solid food includes the following:

  1. Breast Milk
  2. Formula Milk
  3. Meat
  4. Cereal
  5. Vegetable
  6. Fruits

 

It is important to reiterate at this point that the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the Department of Public Health (UK) and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend that babies under 6 months old should be given only breast milk and/or formula food.  Subsequently, after 6 months, you can begin to introduce solid food following the advice we have listed in this article.

It is also advised not to give little ones nutrient dense foods like eggs and fish to babies under the age of one in other to guide against allergic reactions. Please discuss this with your pediatrician if you have any reason to do otherwise.

Finally, you need to ensure proper delivery of solid food to your baby. In addition to choosing nutritious food items, you must ensure the texture, temperature, and quantity are just right for your baby. You should also pay attention to ensure that such food items are free of pathogens that a child’s immune system might be ill-equipped to respond to.

 

In all, you should always get a second opinion from your child doctor for any significant decisions to be made relating to child welfare.

 

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