Starting babies on solid foods can be a fun and messy activity for parents. The important thing to remember is that this is a slow and patient process. You have to monitor their progress continuously.See what foods your baby prefers over others and feed only those items to ensure that the baby doesn’t eat less than usual. The following are some things you must know about introducing solid food to newborns. This is just a guide and you should always consult your pediatrician for the best possible advice concerning your child.
What Foods Should You Start With?
First of all, ensure that the food is pureed and bland. This includes vegetables, fruits, barley cereal, oat cereal and rice cereal. You don’t have to spend extra money to buy pureed baby solids. This can be easily done at home as long as you remove the seeds and skin. Pureed fruits and vegetables are also nutritious and you will find out about the preferences of your baby in this way.
What Foods Should You Avoid?
For the initial two years, don’t go for foods that might cause the baby to choke. This includes foods with thick skin, seeds or nuts. Also avoid foods that are allergens like nut oils and shellfish. Stay away from cow’s milk. These foods can put some pressure on the digestive system and your baby’s system isn’t strong enough to handle it. You should also stay away from honey in the first two years.
Should The Food be Organic?
It is not a strict necessity for the food to be organic. Most foods with the label of ‘infant food’ are carefully tested in the industry and are safe for your baby. However, if you want to go for organic food for your baby, you can buy it.
What Is The Frequency of Feeding Solid Food to Newborns?
Solids are typically introduced when your baby is about 4 – 6 months old. Make sure that you feed small servings of solids once a day. The serving size should be between 1tsp to 1tbsp. As your baby grows older, the serving frequency can be increased by months. This means, that if you are serving the baby 1 serving at 4 months of age, you can move on to 2 servings at 5 months of age and so on. However, for a one year old, the servings shouldn’t be more than 6 a day.
Do You Need To Buy Special Equipment?
All you need is a feeding utensil and a spoon to feed the baby. No other special equipment is necessary. Don’t use forks or knives because they are dangerous. You might find some special feeding equipment in the market and if you can afford it, you can buy it.
What If The Baby Eats Less Than Normal?
Babies are fickle. They might eat a lot one day and not at all the next. It is nothing to worry about. However, if you notice some sort of a pattern or your baby hasn’t eaten in 3 days, you should definitely consult a doctor.
Be patient with the progress and introduction of new solid foods. This can be a nail biting experience but is something that all parents get through just fine. Here is a quick video to further illustrate some of the points above.