Starting solids is fun for both baby and the parents! Giving real food is exciting and who doesn’t love waiting for that sweet little wince when your baby tries something they immediately don’t like.
There’s so much information out there on starting solids, but here are my seven must know tips for starting solids.
Starting Solids at 4-6 Months
We started solids with my son at four months old once our pediatrician recommended it. Baby’s belly isn’t ready for solids until at least four months old.
My son is now three and pretty much disagreed with every solid choice we gave him!
We’re about to venture into solids with my daughter who will be six months soon. I decided to exclusively breastfeed a little longer.
We introduced our son to yogurt just after six months old as it was one of the recommended first foods for Baby Led Weaning. Whole milk yogurt is an excellent choice for one of your baby’s early foods because it contains nutrients such as calcium, protein, and vitamins.
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Introduce One Food At A Time
Because of an allergic reaction, it’s a good idea to introduce one new food at a time and wait a few days before trying a different food.
If you have a food allergy in your family, discuss that with your pediatrician before introducing.
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again!
This is something you’ll want to carry with you throughout the toddler stage too.
Your baby may not like something right away. My son hated bananas. Pureed or fresh, he just couldn’t stand them. It took him a lot of tries to get him to eat bananas and now he absolutely loves them.
You Don’t Have To Feed Baby Cereal
I wish I knew this with my first!
You can skip the baby cereal.
Both oatmeal and rice hurt our bellies after we eat and while there’s less likely to be an allergic reaction to either of these, there’s no reason you can’t start with fruits and veggies instead.
No Need To Offer Veggies Before Fruits
Yeah, kids love the sweet stuff, but there’s no evidence that babies will turn their cute little noses up at peas and other veggies if they’ve had apples and pear.s
You Can Feed Baby Meat!
You can feed your baby meat which is a great source of nutrition for your child. Don’t skip out on it!
Spice Up Your Life
While you should not add additional salt to your child’s food as there’s plenty in foods naturally, stir in some of your favorite spices, like cinnamon to sweet potatoes, into your child’s food!
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