Tips for Introducing Solid Foods

From | Dec 11 | 2 minutes read

From Nutrition | Dec 11 | 2 minute read

In the initial months, your baby gets all the nourishment she needs from your breast milk or formula. At around 4 to 6 months, your little one – is ready to start on – solid foods. As a mum you play an active role that will eventually develop your baby’s experience with food. Try and make your little one’s first experience with solid foods healthy, fun yet safe.

Here’s what you need to know when the time comes.

Know the Signs

When your baby starts holding her head upright steadily and is able to sit – up straight with support, it is a sign that she is ready to be introduced to solid foods. She might become curious about food and reach out for it while others are eating.

Know Where to Begin

Initially, after nursing, you could offer 1 to 2 teaspoons of pureed vegetables, fruits, or ready-made baby food to your little one. Put a little puree at the tip of the spoon for your baby to taste, but don’t force her if she does not show any interest. Think about why your baby is not interested in trying something new. Have your just breastfed her? So she may be already full. If it’s in the afternoon, then she may be tired or sleepy.

Alternatively, you could try keeping a few small chunks of soft food within her reach at meal time, and wait for her to try it herself. Cook something that you know both you and her can share. Try some of it yourself and you may just see her copying you.

Introduce different varieties of solid food one at a time. It is important for your little one to get acquainted with different tastes, colors and textures.

 

Know When to Stop

You will know your baby is full, if she turns away from the food, backs away from the spoon, or plays with the spoon.

When to Stop Breastfeeding

It will be a while before your little one is ready for a solid diet. Breast milk or baby formula are important sources of vital nutrients during your baby’s first year. After at least a year of breastfeeding, you can slowly begin to wean your little one.

Watch the Stools

When you make changes to your little one’s diet, the consistency of her stools will also change to become less liquid. However, if you see signs of constipation such as hard, dry stools, or less frequent passing of stools, consult your pediatrician.

All in all, the introduction of solid food is a big step for your little one, but it is also a learning experience for you too. You may still have a lot of unanswered questions but slowly building up your confidence will take some of that anxiety away.

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