From the birth of your child to the time they take their first steps, these moments of growth can be some of the most exciting in both of your lives. One of the major milestones in growth is when your baby is transitioning from drinking milk to eating solid foods. While you may be very anxious and ready to let your little one try every morsel of food on your plate, there are some things that you should keep in mind.
The Right Time
While some people start their baby on solid foods when they are only a few months old, it is best to wait until your infant is at least 6 months old before introducing solids. One of the reasons for this is that their tummies must be mature enough to properly digest the foods, and you want to be sure that they have gotten all they needed from their milk. When your baby is ready for solids, they will more than likely show you by wanting to touch food on your plate, watching you as you eat and maybe even trying to eat your grownup food. However, it is important that you wait until your baby is able to hold up their head and sit upright without assistance before starting this new journey.
Foods to Start With
It’s important to keep in mind the size of the food you give to your baby. Food should be cut in small pieces to prevent choking. Peas are a really great first food to start with as they are small enough not to pose a choking risk. They’re also easy to digest and great for helping the baby learn to self-feed. Single-grain cereals are also great for starting out, but foods such as nuts, popcorn, and whole grapes can cause choking and should be avoided until much later in your child’s development.
Not every baby is cooperative when it comes to making the transition, especially if they are breastfed. Furthermore, many children can be very picky about the things they eat, and some may not even want to try new foods. While this may frustrate you when your baby won’t even try the food, you should know that this is perfectly normal. Sometimes, it is the pressure of the feeding that can damper your baby’s willingness to say “ah.” Try leaving the food there and allow your baby to take his time and explore the food. Sure, this may result in lots of uneaten peas on the floor, but after becoming familiar with the texture of the food, they will eventually give it a try. Once your little one sees how yummy this new world of nutrients is, they will be eager to try even more foods.
Remember that no two babies are the same as far as their developmental growth is concerned. What works for one may not work for another, and that is okay. Just keep these tips in mind and helping your baby transition to solid foods can be a much easier process.
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