A Comprehensive Guide To Introducing Solid Foods to Your Babies

Introducing solid foods to your babies after a fully liquid schedule can be a daunting but exciting mission! In fact, this is a significant milestone in their growth, which does not only opens up a new world of textures and flavors but also puts them on a better path to developing strong and healthy. Here’s what you should know about when and how to introduce solid foods to your baby meals.

When Should Baby Start on Solids?

Most doctors and experts agree that parents should start their babies on solids from 4 to 6 months old, but the exact answer will depend on your little ones and when they are ready. Here are several signs that your children might be ready for baby first food:

– They can hold up the head and sit upright

– They are curious and looking at anything around them, particularly what you are eating!

– They still seem hungry after being fed a full day with portions of milk (32 oz or 8 to 10 breast feedings).

Keep in mind that there is no need to rush this stage. Your babies will be ready between 5 or 6 months. So do not introduce solids before 4 months.

How often should a newborn eat?

As soon as your babies understand the idea of solid eating and get excited by mealtime, it’s time start a routine for 3 meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although they aren’t hungry all the time, they will get accustomed with the concept of feeding on a schedule.

However, never pressure or force your little ones to eat. If they aren’t interested, just take them out of the chair and continue. The main purpose is to give them a big-girl or big-boy eating schedule before they turn one. This means that they should have 3 meals per day with 2 to 3 snacks in between. Also, treat liquids, either breast or formula milk, as a complement instead of a meal itself. Here is a reference:

– From 4 to 6 months, feed your babies 2 meals, each 2 to 4 tablespoons

– From 7 to 12 months, feed your babies three meals, each the size of their fist

What should you feed your babies ?

There are no fast or hard rules when it comes to baby first food, but here are some baby food recipes for your reference:

– 4-6 months: Single-grain cereals

Cereals are a good choice for newborn babies because they are high in iron. Combine 4 to 5 teaspoons of formula or breast milk with a teaspoon of single-grain cereal. Once they get used to eating runny cereal, you can add more cereal to thicken it.

– 4-8 months: Pureed meats, fruits, and veggies

Many people claim that eating fruits before veggies can result in a lifelong favor for sweet foods. However, there is no scientific evidence to back up this point. So it is up to you to start carrots or bananas.

– 6-8 months: Single-ingredient finger foods

Do not feed any raw, hard foods, such as carrot sticks or apple slices at this stage. Make sure veggies and fruits are soft enough so that a gentle pressure between your forefinger and thumb can mash it.

– 9-12 months: Mashed, ground, or chopped foods

At this point, add more finger foods and ensure that there are textures in any mash.

What foods should babies avoid?

– Honey: It might lead to botulism, a severe illness, if you introduce honey too early.

– Cow’s milk with breast or formula milk as a main beverage until your babies reach one year old. However, it is fine to feed cow’s milk in baking or cooking.

– Nut butter, whole grapes, popcorn, nuts: They are dangerous choking hazards.

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