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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Solid food soon?

 
 
1. Time it right: Babies are usually ready to try solid food between 4 and 6 months, but check with your baby's doctor beforehand.

 
2. Watch for signs: Good head control, a growing appetite, and interest in what you're eating are all indications that your baby is ready to try solids.

 
3. Get the gear: A soft-tipped spoon, a bib, a nonbreakable dish, and a highchair are all helpful.

 
4. Start simple: Try baby cereal mixed with formula or breast milk. Or begin with purees like pear, sweet potato, or peas.

 
5. Expect a mess: Babies aren't known for their table manners, so be prepared for food to land on the floor, highchair, your baby, and you.

  
6. Keep on trying: Don't be surprised if your baby doesn't seem crazy about solids right away. Keep offering them and your baby will catch on.


7. Take pictures! You'll want photos to show off your baby's first foray into eating real food.


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Baby is starting on solids soon! I haven't decided which first food to introduce to him. Baby rice cereal is the traditional first food. But, I would like to introduce fruit purees first, most likely avocado.


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Important reminders:

  • Do not feel as though your baby should be eating solid foods according to any schedule. Your baby will eat as much solid foods as your baby needs - trust your baby's cues.

  • Remember the 4 day wait rule when creating a menu plan for your baby and offer only those foods that your baby tolerates well.

  • Breast milk and/or formula are THE MOST IMPORTANT sources of nutrition for your infant up to 12 months old. Do NOT replace a nursing or bottle-feeding with a solid food meal and do not feed the solids first until your pediatrician indicates this is right for your baby.

  • Always consult your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.
 

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