Does your baby try to grab some food particles or stare at your plate constantly when you eat in front of her/him? It’s time to start feeding solid food to your kid if you notice these actions. Introducing your sweet one to solids is a landmark which ought to be captured on a camera roll to cherish these memories forever in life. Keep in mind that you are carving their feeding habits and molding their eating patterns towards a healthy diet.
The below given info can guide you to start feeding solid foods to your infant.
Is it a Thumbs up Sign from My Baby for Solid Foods???
Green Signal: When your baby is over 4 months it is the right time to get in touch with your pediatrician to inquire about introducing solid foods to your little one. Sitting up with minimal support, head and neck control and an attitude to grab and swallow whatever food can be found are sure signs that your baby is ready for solids.
Red Signal: Never start your baby on solids just because your friend’s baby, who is of the same age as yours, is eating solid food. Every baby is unique and has a different readiness level. Crying or turning away from the food offered is a sign that you baby is not yet ready for solids or does not have the appetite right away. Carry on with her milk and liquid intake before trying again after a day or two.
Best Food to Kick-start My Baby’s First Solid Food Experience!!
Green Signal: Always go for the simple and best single-grain infant cereal and combine it with breast or formula, or rather a pureed fruit or vegetable for enhanced flavor. Iron-fortified infant rice or oatmeal cereal, pureed avocado, banana, sweet potato, carrots, pears or peas are generally the first few foods given to the baby for their easy tolerance and nutritional value. Any pureed food should be given in a very thin consistency before gradually increasing the thickness as your baby gets used to swallowing without trouble. For more ideas on baby's first foods, you can have a look at the website www.firsteatright.com. Always give a time gap of three to four days before adding a new food to your baby’s diet. This is to check for the acceptance of the previous food type by the infant’s digestive system. If you are doubtful about any reaction to the introduced food, immediately stop feeding the new food and inquire with your pediatrician.
Red Signal: Starting on solids doesn’t mean that you must put a full stop to breast feeding. Breast milk or formula milk is still the main contributor of nutrition and calories to your baby. Avoid adding sugar, honey or salt to enhance the taste of the food and lure the baby to consume it. Focus should be on nutritious foods and not just solid foods for your infant.
Red Signal: Don’t feed your baby with food directly from the cooked vessel as there are higher chances of creating a food safety issue because of the spoon moving between the vessel and the baby’s mouth constantly. Take small quantities of food in an attractive bowl and feed it using a small spoon. Once your child turns away from the food offered or shuts his/her mouth tightly before the spoon reaches him/her, stop feeding. Force-feeding can make the child develop aversion to the solid food.
Come what may, never succumb to defeat and start giving whatever your child likes just because you want to fill his/her stomach. Patience and a smart approach can make your baby oblige to your wants. Make your baby’s first solid eating experience pleasurable and a joyous one for everyone involved!
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.