Hi, I am a mom of a 4 year old toddler and would love to share my parenting experience through my articles.
Introducing Semi-Solid Foods For Babies
When it comes to parenting, the most challenging part is introducing semi-solid foods for the baby. But before that, mother’s milk is the best food for the baby. Breast milk is easy to digest and provides a rich supply of vitamins and disease-fighting antibodies for the baby. It also improves the bonding between the Mother and the Child. I would highly recommend Breastfeeding up to the age of 2 or 1.5years even after introducing semi-solid or solid foods as recommended by most of the paediatricians.
How You Know Your Baby Is Ready:
- At first always talk to your paediatrician before introducing semi-solid food for your baby.
- I was recommended to start when my daughter was 6 months old.
- You would also probably know when your baby lean towards the food that you eat.
- Your baby should be able to sit on their own and should be able to hold his or her head.
How To Get Started:
- At first you need to know that,Not all the babies are the same. It might take time for them to develop taste. They might even spit out food.But, that’s completely okay.
- You can start with a dap of food on your finger to develop taste.
- Do not start with a spoonful of food as they have a small stomach and would tend to vomit out.
- Keep introducing different foods every week as they get habitual to the semi-solid food.
- You can try this for about once a day and then gradually increase to 2 or 3 times a day.
Foods To Start With:
There are many healthy food you can start with. But make sure to not to include Sugar and Salt up to the age of One as recommended by most of the paediatrician.
Here is a list of food which I introduced to my baby:
- Smashed Bananas.
- Smashed sweet potatoes.
- Smashed carrots.
- Cooked grounded oatmeal in milk.
- Apple puree.
- Pear puree.
- Smashed and pureed rice and yellow lentils.
- Chicken soup
- Half boiled egg
At the beginning, babies should have finely pureed foods.As your baby grows,Introduce a wider variety of food. If your baby refuses to eat something that’s completely fine.You can introduce the rejected item after a few weeks or a month.
I would highly recommend home made food rather than the instant baby food as they contain high amount of Sugars.