So your baby is now starting to lose his milk teeth and is itching to try more food. Starting a new diet for your baby is exciting, playful and full of mess! It is also a great bonding experience for you and your baby.
For some parents though … this new phase of the transition phase from breastfeeding to sold food can be confusing and also frightening. When is the exact time to start or what food to prepare?
As a parent you ask yourself, should I prepare puree or take the current trend of baby-led weaning?
Let’s take it step by step to understand the best time to introduce baby solid food. It does not need to be a struggle for you but instead remember that it is a journey that you and your baby should both enjoy and learn together.
So how would you know that your little one is already ready to try that solid food? If your baby is around 4 to 6 months and can sit up and hold up his/her head well and weight has almost doubled, then you can now consider preparing to introduce solid food. You will also know if your baby tries to reach out for your food and asks for more food when her feeding bottle/ or your breast can no longer “keep” up with his/her hunger.
A pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu said that there are changes in the ways parents view the solid food. Some would say 4-6 months is the best time to start. But there are other parents who expect to start after the digestive system of the baby develops.
Whilst another mother just started feeding her baby at 5 months old when the baby just opens its mouth without rejecting the food. It is not pushing or toying with food but your baby has this instinctive swallowing. Baby will start to practice solid food and when he/she starts you have to prepare to be messy.
Six months seems to be the consensus to start baby solid food and to start giving iron and calcium-rich food sources. It is the time wherein bones and teeth of the baby are developing. Foods like meat, beans, spinach and veggies are crucial.
But pediatricians also warn off some stuff for possible allergic reactions for peanuts, shell fish and other nuts. It suggested you wait until your baby turns one year old.
When your baby stats eating, you have to be very vigilant for signs of possible allergic reaction such as vomiting, wheezing, rashes, wet fecal matter. This is a serious matter and when you notice it, do not take second thoughts and call the pediatrician.
For a start, you can make a puree of solid foods such as sweet potatoes, bananas, squash and pears. You can still continue bottle or nurse-feeding your baby while you are starting to wean your baby. Start putting a little amount of puree in the spoon and feed to your baby. If your little one is quite adamant to try it, let him/her smell it and wait until he/she gets the hold of it.
Now in making that puree, you do not need to manually do it. And here’s the best part, you can try the new Baby Bullet System to prepare your baby’s first foods.
Begin the feeding with your baby just once a day session. Start slow until your baby gets use to the different tastes and textures. And once your baby gets the hang of his/new diet, then you can add a tablespoon more.
So how would you know if your baby had enough food on your feeding session? When your baby starts saying no by pushing away the spoon or begins playing with the food, then it’s time to stop. Or if she just refuses to eat. But take note if your baby is just still taking time to swallow.
Hope you and your baby has a good start. Happy eating!