It’s like that day you held your baby for the first time, and now you are looking at how you will introduce them to solid food! Time flies, and within a blink, you will be sending them off to school. It is very important that you do your research correctly before you take this step.
There are some tips to make the food, some signs that your baby will show and some signs that are misunderstood. This blog will help you to know your baby and their behavior.
Tips for introducing solid food to your baby
Talk to your pediatrics first before you take any steps that include food habit changes. If you get the permission, introduce one thing at a time. Introduce a single food and see how your baby is reacting to it. Often you will find that your baby’s stomach is getting upset if you make a sudden diet change. So going slow and steady is your mantra.
After your baby has reacted to solid food, gradually take your steps towards foods that are potentially allergic in nature. For example, milk, seafood, eggs, nuts, etc.
Things to know when preparing solid food for your child
There are some tips that you must follow when you are introducing your child to solid food. Follow these tips for better insights:
- When you are introducing cereals and other kinds of grains, ensure that you mash them with any kind of liquid and then feed ou baby. You can either use breast milk, water or formula.
- If you are planning to feed frains like kernel, wheat, etc., boil them and then toss them into a mixer grinder.
- Fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, papaya, etc., should be boiled and made into a smooth paste. Ensure that there are no chunks. Your baby is not habituated to chewing; they might swallow on the chunks and gets choked.
- Oranges and fruits with seeds should be deseeded properly before you give them to your babies.
- When you are introducing your kiddo to poultry products, ensure that you remove the fats, bones, and skin.
Signs that will show your baby is ready for solid food
Your baby will give you clear indications when they are ready to much on some solid food. You will start noticing these signs from the age of 6 months. Here are the things that you should be looking for.
- Your baby will be able to sit up and hold the wobbling “Nody Head” for some time.
- They will swallow the food you are feeding rather than spitting it out.
- They will learn to pick something up and put it in their mouth by themselves.
There are a few signs that parents often make mistakes and think that their baby is ready for solid food. Signs like waking up in the middle of the night, chewing their fists and wanting more food. For further guidance, you can consult with your pediatrics. If you see these signs, your baby might be hungry or feeling uncomfortable or any other issues.