It’s a special time in every couple’s life when their baby takes their first bite of solid food. when to start baby food Experts agree that the best time to introduce your baby to solid food should be between four to six months old. When you do begin giving your child solid food, it should be as a supplement to baby food or breast milk.
For the first few months, newborns should only take breast milk or formula. Their tiny tummies are satisfied with a few ounces of liquid at a time, and they are perfectly content to “top off” every few hours. It is good to have. Many parents wonder, when is the right time to introduce solid foods?
When to start?
The paragon time to begin solid nutrients is when the baby shows interest in commencing. Some babies will show interest in solid food when it is on their parents’ plates, as early as 4 months of age. Through 5 – 6 months, most babies will reach out and try to grab the food. When the baby starts to reach for food, it’s ordinarily the time to go ahead and give him some.
Every baby develops differently because he or she is unique. Experts now agree that children can start solids successfully between 4-6 months. Introducing solid foods earlier could increase the risk of allergies while waiting too long could encourage poor eating habits in the future.
The signs of solid food readiness may include:
1. The disappearance of the ‘tongue thrust’ that is in kids. The “tongue thrust” allows sucking but is now ready for the next stage of chewing and swallowing
2. Your baby can sit in an upright position and semi-controlled. Not being able to will prevent them focusing on eating.
3. Your baby’s weight gain has reduced down.
4. Your baby is waking at erratic times overnight when previously they had been sleeping through
5. Your baby is constantly dissatisfied when being breastfed (pulling off and on the nipple etc.)
6. They want to breastfeed more regularly during the day instead of spacing feeds out to every 4 hours
7. They are looking at you eat as you with greater interest. Sometime the kid could even be trying to take the spoon or food from you.
8. Saucepan with lid and steamer insert or multi-tarred steamer or glass jug or dish safe to use in a microwave
9. Sieve to push cooked food through using the back of a wooden spoon or a food processor or blender.
10. Small container to feed your baby from
11. Soft long handle plastic coated spoon
12. High chair or similar
13. Bib and face washer
When a couple of these signs are evident, then it will be time to get a few things organized. You will need equipment to cook and puree food, eating utensils and suitable food. The sweet taste buds develop first, therefore, try cooked and pureed sweet potato or pears as a first food which will increase your chances of the first mouthful being enjoyed. You can gradually bring in the bitter flavors once they are enjoying the concept of eating.
Ensure the very first mouthful of food is semi-liquid by adding breast or infant formula, is delivered with a soft spoon, not too hot, not too cold, they are sitting in a comfortable upright position facing you at your eye level, and they are not tired. Speak quietly and smile.
Beginning Your Baby on Solid Foods.
This is a very exciting time for parents and an important milestone in child development. By approaching the introduction of solids as more of a science than an art, you are more likely to raise a child that will learn good eating habits and grow into a healthy adult.
Tips for introducing solid foods:
The first feeding needs to be low-key. Your baby should be alert and hungry, but not be starving. Mix a small amount of rice cereal with formula or breast milk. It should be runny. Put it on a spoon, let her smell it, even touch it if she wants, as you offer it to her. She might spit it out, but don’t quit trying.
After conquering cereal, you can move on to pureed foods. When you introduce a new food, do not add another for a few days. If an allergy develops, you can easily identify the culprit. Start with green vegetables, then advance to sweeter vegetables, and finally fruits. Your baby is then less likely to become accustomed to sweets and reject other foods.
Transitioning Your Baby to Table Foods.
This is another rite of passage that many parents look forward to. With a little common sense, this transition can be easy for the whole family.
Successful Table Feeding:
-Do have a place at the table for your baby. Have a high chair, with safety straps, next to your table. Include him in the conversations.
-Do cut up what you’re eating into small pieces that are easy for little hands to grab.
-Don’t offer foods that are circular, slippery, or hard to chew (like hot dogs, grapes, and some raw vegetables), as they pose choking hazards.
-Don’t get upset if your baby plays with his food, as he’s just exploring the different textures, smells, and tastes.
-Do offer child-friendly silverware and guidance in using it. Let her learn to use it early.
Most importantly, enjoy this time of your lives. It’s exciting. Your baby is growing by the day, and it is rapidly advancing to toddlerhood. By following a few simple guidelines, you can introduce solid foods to your baby, help him, or she develop good eating habits for the future and look forward to years of laughter and fun around the family dinner table.
As we all know, it is not essential that we “count” our children’s calories. We must make sure that they are getting Enough healthy foods, and teach them a healthy relationship with snacks.
Snacks should be left for rewards. What do I mean by rewards? Well, after dinner, when the kids have eaten their vegetables, then you can say. “You only get the cookie if you eat all of your veggies.” This works until they are about 5, then they start to ask for more. But I won’t go that far in this article.
So keeping the kids involved. Here are a few fun ways to keep the kids involved in their healthy meal plans, and this may make your job a little bit easier when packing lunches. Teach your children how to make their sandwiches. If you choose to put processed meats in their sandwiches, be sure that you choose extremely lean cuts of meat as well as a very low-sodium content. Give them a choice of vegetable that MUST go on the sandwich, and they will certainly enjoy this. Choose things like spinach, or tomatoes.
The change to solid foods is a big step for a baby so, do it slowly and methodically. All babies grow and change at different levels so let your baby decide when they are ready for that big step.