Between four and six months of age, your baby will likely begin to show signs that he’s ready for a more versatile menu than the bottle or breast milk he’s been living on for the past several months. Introducing your baby to solid foods can be an exciting, messy, and sometimes frustrating endeavor, but with a little know-how and some healthy dollops of patience and perseverance, you and your baby will catch on to the wonderful world of solid food s in no time. If your baby can sit up without assistance, control her head movements, and seems to be intrigued by the foods on everyone else’s plate at dinner time, she may be ready for some more substantial cuisine. There are quite a few options available when it comes to what and how to feed your growing baby. Although some mothers prefer to puree their own baby-friendly concoctions, others enjoy the convenience of pre-jarred baby foods available at their local supermarkets. Whichever method suits your ideals and lifestyle best, be sure to offer only soft, smooth solids to begin with in order to prevent choking—save the chunky foods for when your baby has the proper dental equipment to chew and mash his food.
When first introducing baby foods to your little one, start with one type at a time, preferably infant cereal mixed with formula or breast milk. Even when you do begin offering fruits and vegetables, it’s important to serve them in isolation for a few days and monitor your baby’s reactions. This way, if your baby has a food allergy, as some babies do, you’ll be better able to quickly identify which type of food caused the adverse effect. As your baby becomes accustomed to different foods, you can begin combining them and offering more of a variety. Remember that your baby’s taste buds are developing and changing every day. Just because she turns down peas today doesn’t mean she won’t gobble them up tomorrow, for instance, so be persistent and keep offering her nutritious options until she becomes familiar with the new fare.
Offering solid foods to your baby is bound to be a messy ordeal, but there are steps you can take to keep the damage to a minimum. It’s best to seat your baby in a high chair (strapped in and attended to, of course), use a bib, and feed your baby in a tiled area, or throw an old towel down to catch spills. Depending on your baby’s temperament, you may want to dress in some old clothes, or wear some protective gear yourself!
Remember to continue offering the breast or bottle while slowly introducing your baby to solid foods. Doctors recommend that formula or breast milk remain the primary source of nutrition for your baby until his first birthday when you can feel free to begin the weaning process. For now, allow your baby to continue drinking his “beverage “of choice alongside meals and between them as well.
Your pediatrician may recommend that you avoid introducing certain foods such as peanut butter, eggs, and fish during the first year due to potential adverse reactions. Some doctors disagree, citing the possibility that early exposure to these foods could actually prevent allergies from developing. Talk to your child’s doctor and do your own research as well to determine what’s best for your baby.
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