It is common for new parents to look forward into feeding their baby to solid foods. It is never a good idea to do this too soon because the baby’s digestive system is not developed yet, be aware of that! The good news is, it does not take long before your baby will have a good head control and will eventually start sitting up, even assisted, and then it will be time to venture into the world of yummy solid foods. What choice of your foods to give your baby is up to you but the foods should be given one at a time in case the baby has an allergy to one of the foods. While giving your baby two or three different kinds of good it is impossible to tell which one you have to eliminate if it does not agree with your baby.
Having a Time Frame
Most babies will be ready to eat solids foods when they begin to have complete head support. This is about the age that a baby will lose the reflex that forces him to spit out any food that might be given to him with his tongue. This is called an extrusion reflex. Look for this between ages 4 to 3 months. Babies do not all develop the same so if you attempt to feed your baby with a spoon and he spits it right back out, try it again. If it still doesn’t work then wait for a few days and simply try again.
Types of Baby Food
Most of the time parents will introduce infant rice cereal as the first food between ages four to six months. This is mixed either with formula or breast milk to the desired consistency and the spoon fed. This is the recommended choice by most pediatricians because it’s easily digested this way. The rice cereal mixture is relatively thin and made by mixing a couple of tablespoons of cereal and slowly adding the liquid. As time passes and your baby is receiving the cereal well then you can thicken it by adding less liquid. According to doctors a baby should eat this twice a day.
Veggies and Fruits
Slowly add pureed vegetables or fruit around the age of 6 months. Some parents choose to make their own baby food and others buy it at a store. Some parents choose to give their baby vegetables first so that they learn to eat those before introducing them to the sweeter option of fruits. You can add fruits to the rice cereal. The order of how food is given is a matter of preference but it’s important that foods are introduced individually and slowly. The real reason for this is, in the even that a baby has a reaction to particular food; the parent will know which food to avoid.
After your baby has been eating infant cereal, fruits, or veggies then it is time to introduce meats to your baby. This is around by the age of 7 to 8 months. Meats are important to the diet of an infant. The meat had good vitamins such as iron, protein and zinc. It is important to also introduce the meats individually and slowly in the event of a food allergy. Parents can puree cooked meats or buy the jar baby food meats instead. Also, you can buy meats that are mixed with ham and pineapple, or sweet potatoes and turkey so your child will eat the meats easier.
Around 8 to 12 months of age, a baby can also begin to eat soft food with the rest of the family eats. Mashed potatoes, diced bananas, cooked sweet potatoes are good foods to start with. Offer them before they are seasoned is a good option. There are stage 3 baby jar foods that are chunkier and that offer more texture. After your baby has developed their motor skills and can pick up food with fingers, then you can introduce foods other diced fruits, cooked and cubed carrots and dry cereals.
Food that babies should not be giving include: nuts, raw vegetables, and candy. These could be a choking hazard to your child. For the first year babies should eat wheat, egg whites, cow’s milk or peanut butter of possible of food allergies. Babies should not be given anything that has corn syrup or honey in it due to the threat of botulism.