A crucial point is actually knowing when and which baby food to start? By starting baby food before time might increase the risk of obesity, choking, obstruction and bellyaches and starting after the time might create in hurdle in baby’s growth & development as well as encourage an unwillingness of a child of solid food. Luckily, doctors show synchronicity on a sweet point for starting a baby food which is between the ages of 4 – 6 months.
Introducing babies to their first food is an exciting climax in motherhood. It’s not only a matter that you enter a baby in baby food’s world but also brings them in a healthy foodie lifestyle.
when to start baby food
- Should hold his head up:
It is a main point in the aspect of starting baby food. Baby should be properly able to sit in a high chair or on a baby seat by own to avoid any obstruction.
- Should show interest at mealtime:
Baby should be given his first food when he shows interest in his actions like open his mouth when he sees you eating or when his own spoon is on the way.
- Should able to swallow food:
To feed the baby his first food, he should be big enough. He should have sense to bring his food to the throat for swallowing.
signs that show baby is not ready to eat
While feeding your baby his first food, don’t ignore his signals, take notice of his facial expression, though.
If babies don’t like the taste of their first food or lost interest,you will see clear cut signals like
- Turn his face
- Close his mouth
It might also happen that a baby does not have a skill of eating from a spoon, it takes time to adapt it. Keep in mind, in starting days of food feeding a lot of food will come back out.
If your baby rejects food in any way, don’t force-feed him. Try something different, some sweet fruit. Be as delighted when presenting the solid foods as you would be when showing a new toy. Try the rejected item in the next weeks. If the thing continues, then concern to the doctor.
Variety of baby foods:
There are no such hard & fast rules in introducing the first food to babies. Baby cereal is often recommended as baby’s first food because it is ‘easy training food’, says Kupersmith.
4-6 months — Cereal:
Baby cereal (such as oatmeal, rice, and barley) contains absorbable iron, should be the first food for babies, it’s only suggested not necessary because the stored iron level while a utero drops after birth comes to an end at that age of months. You may also use apple juice, starch, mashed rice sometimes.
6-8 months — Finger food, Veggies, Fruits & Meat:
It’s totally up to you & the taste, like & dislike of your child whether after cereals you start with banana or meat. You can go with carrot juice, light mango shake, mashed meat but don’t offer any raw or hard food items such as apple slices or carrot sticks.
At this age, you can also make thicker purees with multiple ingredients like pumpkin thyme puree, beets & blueberry mash, avocado & banana baby food, papaya puree.
9-12 months — Chopped, Ground foods:
At this age, your baby is able & can enjoy chunkier purees and mashes. Bring away smooth purees and bring in more finger foods like pasta, baby crackers. You can also add in a menu, dairy like cheese, yogurt. Mashed sweet potatoes, puree having white fish, carrot & leek, baby beef stew can also be added.
by : HAFSA ZAHEER