Beyond Milk – Getting Your Baby Started With New Food

As your baby grows, they will expand their diet beyond their usual baby formula or breast milk, and this is evident when they reached the ninth month of their age. There are developmental markers that will tell you your baby is ready for other types of food such as able to sit up with support, holding their neck the proper way and having good control of their head.

Gaining weight is also another indicator that they are growing, too. You will also notice that when your baby reaches their 4th or 6th month, they are more interested in reaching and grabbing food that you are eating.

Since most of the babies lose their tongue-thrust reflex at 4 months, you will find it easier to spoon feed them. This process can take a while, since introducing a variety of solid food is done one step at a time. You also need a lot of patience, too.

During the baby’s first year, his menu still has the baby formula or breast milk before you make the switch to cow’s milk. According to experts, babies are to be breast-fed only for at least the first four months. They prefer 6 months and must be continued until your baby reaches 1 year old, even after you have already introduced them to solid foods. Make sure that you consult your baby’s pediatrician about the recommended food to be fed to your baby, when you need to introduce them and how you introduce them.

The first solid food

Your baby’s very first solid food will probably be a mix of one tablespoon or 2 of dry rice cereal for babies combined with baby formula or breast milk. Assuming that your baby does not have any allergic reaction with cereals after 3 to 5 days, you can get the cereal into a thicker consistency. Once your baby gets used to rice cereal, you can then introduce him or her to other kinds of food one at a time. You can introduce him next to barley, wheat, and oatmeal, including pureed vegetables, meat and fruit that you bought in jars or the ones that you made yourself. You wait for 2 to 3 days before you add something new to their daily menu.

Once your baby reaches between 7th to 10th month old, you can then introduce them into other solid yet soft foods like well-cooked pasta, cheese, bread, avocado, meat and fruit. These should be cut up into smaller sizes so that your baby will have it easy when he or she chews. Do not leave your child alone when they eat. Small infants are advised against eating certain foods such as nuts, raisins, popcorn and other hard foods since they are choking hazards.

Your best source of advise is your pediatrician when it comes to what to feed the baby and when to feed them certain foods, including what you need to do when your baby refuses to eat some foods or when they start to eat less.

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