When it comes to feeding your baby solid foods, there is a lot that you need to know. One of the most important things to know is when to start feeding them solid foods. Other important things include what to feed them when they are old enough, and what to avoid until they are older. Continue reading to learn more about foods you can feed your baby.
Foods You Can Feed Your Baby
Before you start feeding your baby solid foods you should be wary of giving them foods that they might be allergic to. If your family has a history of allergies, and you are feeding them one of these foods, Eatright.org states that monitor for allergic reactions such as diarrhea, rash or vomiting before trying new food. Another thing to do is talk to your baby’s doctor to see if they have any recommendations as to what to feed them first.
Birth To 4 Months
At this age, you should not be feeding your newborn baby any food besides breast milk. You can use formula, but that is the only exception. When they are at this age they have not developed the proper mechanics for sitting and eating solid foods. Another reason to avoid other foods is that their digestive tract is still developing and you could potentially cause damage.
4 To 6 Months
When your child reaches this age there are some things to consider before you start to feed them any solid foods. Make sure that they can hold their head up and sit upright in a highchair to be fed. Another thing that they should be able to do is to close their mouth around a spoon and move food to the back of their mouth. The final thing before you feed them is to make sure that their birth weight has doubled, and they are at least 13 lbs. Try these foods as their first foods:
- Breast Milk & Formula
- Pureed Veggies. sweet potatoes & squash
- Pureed Fruit. apples, bananas, & peaches
- Pureed Meat. chicken, pork, & beef
6 To 8 Months
At this age, you can start to add more variety to the foods that you are giving your baby. It is important to only give them one new food at a time and wait a few days before you introduce another one. Here are some new foods that you can consider adding.
- Pureed Fruits. All previous fruits along with pears, applesauce, & avocado
- Well Cooked Carrots. Make sure that you puree them too
- Pureed Tofu
- Pureed Legumes. These include black beans, chickpea, edamame, fava beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, & kidney beans
8 To 10 Months
When your child reaches this age, you need to make sure that they can do a few more things before introducing more food. You need to make sure that they can pick up small objects, move items from one hand to the other, and can chew foods. After that, you can add these foods to their diet:
- Cheeses. Pasteurized cheese and cottage cheese can be given to a baby in small amounts
- Mashed Veggies. Try cooked carrots, squash, potatoes, & sweet potatoes
- Mashed Fruits. bananas, peaches, pears, & avocados are all great options
- Finger Foods. These could be O-shaped cereal, small pieces of potato, small bites of scrambled egg, and even well-cooked spiral pasta
10 To 12 Months
Now that your baby is nearing their first birthday there are some more foods you can give them. Before that make sure that they have more teeth and can swallow food with ease. Then you can give them:
- Fruit. Try mashing it or cutting it into strips
- Veggies. Small, cooked veggie like peas or carrots will work
- Other Foods. This could be something like mac and cheese or even a homemade casserole
One thing that you can do to help you track these foods you can feed your baby is to write it down in a calendar. This can help you keep track of what your baby has eaten. It can also help you identify what food gave them an allergic reaction if they had one.
Finally, there is one more thing. Getting a baby to try new food will take time. It might take 3 or more tries before they try the food. The key is to be patient and keep trying.
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