Some Advice on Feeding Solid Foods to Your Baby
When your baby first starts eating solid, it is a huge milestone for you. Finally, your baby enters a new stage of his life. While it may be exciting, getting your baby to first eat solid is a complicated and difficult task.
It depends a lot on your kid’s character about what food they like to eat and you have to worry if you are giving him enough nutrients, vitamins etc.
If you prepare yourself in advance, introducing solid to your baby is not as hard as it looks. In this article, I have decided to tell you some advice on feeding solids to your baby for the first time.
When Should You Give Solid Foods?
Although your breast milk has all the nutrients a child needs, still you need to start feeding him solid foods eventually. Infants don’t have the physical skills to eat solid foods safely and their digestive system is not yet developed enough until they are about 4 months old. That’s why the doctors suggest starting giving solid foods around 4 to 6 months old.
Please, have in mind that the 4 to 6 month is just an estimated age and they suggest to consult a specialists if your are not sure. Also, you can read these guidelines to better know if he is ready or not:
- Can they sit up with support? – Your kid should be able to sit upright in a infant chair, so he can swallow better.
- Is your baby interested in what you are eating? – If he is watching or reaching to you when you eat, then this may be a clear sign that he is ready for solid foods.
- Can he or she hold his head on their own, in a steady and upright position?
- Has he gained a lot of weight? – Babies are ready to eat solid foods if he has twice his birth weight, weight at least 13 pounds and is more than 4 months old.
If you notice several of these guidelines on your kid, then he is ready to start eating solid foods.
What Solid Foods Should You Give Him First?
Based on your kids character, the food that he may eat first are different from other kids. But, there are a few good foods that most of infants are happy to try.
Foods with single ingredients and no added sugar or salt, such are sweet potatoes, squash, applesauce, bananas, pears and peaches are some foods to consider starting with.
You can also buy a food maker to prepare organic baby food at home or just make it by hand.
How Often Should You Change Foods?
You should introduce new foods eventually, one at a time. Switch up the type of food every four or five days. This amount of time gives your child the opportunity decide if he likes that food or not and for you to learn if your kid has any allergic reaction from the food.
Also, it may take different time amounts for your infant to get used to different food textures because each kid has its own personal preferences. In general, the transition begins with pureed food, then move to mashed food and finally jump to small pieces or finger foods. All food should be mushy when you feed to your kid. It is common for kids to press the food with the upper part of mouth before swallowing it.
What Are the Signs of a Food Allergy?
When you are first introducing solid foods to your baby, you should be careful to check if he has an allergic reaction for certain foods. If your kid is allergic to a new food, you will see symptoms within a few minutes or hours.
Even though the allergic reaction is weaker to a small baby because of the small amount of food he eats, still he will have a few symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea or hives.
If you notice breathing difficulties, wheezing or tongue and lips swelling, you should immediately call the local emergency because these are serious symptoms and can be life threatening if they are not treated.
Tips For Feeding Solid Foods
When it comes to feeding solid foods, there are some tips you should remember. They will make the feeding solid foods much easier and also make your baby stay healthy.
- The best time to give solid foods to your baby is when they are happy and are having a good day.
- Always feed from a container rather than from the baby food jar.
- If you microwave the food, make sure to check if it is too hot before giving it to him.
- When you feed your baby, make a lot of eye contact with them because it will give them encouragement.
- If he/she refuses certain foods, don’t worry. It is normal and it will take some time before he starts being more open to trying solid foods.
- Encourage him to try new foods – Even though you may not like a specific food or your baby has refused to eat it once, don’t remove it from the menu. Give it one more try before you are sure that he doesn’t like it.
When Do you Know When Your Baby is Full?
It can be difficult to exactly determine how much your baby eats but there are a few common signs that can possibly tell you that he has had enough.
Some of the signs that tell you that your kid is full are:
- Refuse to eat food by turning the head away
- Starts playing with the plate and spoon
- Leans back in the chair
- Refuses to open his mouth (Sometimes babies keep their mouth closed when are still chewing the previous bite, so make sure he has finished swallowing the previous bite.)
These are some of the tips and advice to help you on feeding solid foods.
I know that there are a lot more advice and tips out there, but I think these are the most important and useful ones for any parent.
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