Like with most things when it comes to babies, there is so much information out there it can be overwhelming and confusing, so I wanted to share with you today what I've been doing with introducing solids to my bubba which has worked really well for me.
I started Baby A on solids a little earlier then recommended but my little munchkin was so ready to eat proper food. She was watching me eat, reaching up for my fork or drink bottle and everything goes into her mouth.
The one piece of advice I listened to and I highly recommend you do as well, is let your baby tell you when they are ready for solids. Yes some people say wait until they are 5 months and others say wait until they are 6 months, but my bubba was ready at 4 1/2 months and that was with her showing me many signs it was time to explore food.
The thing with starting on solids is that it is for taste and texture, not to fill them up. Breast milk or formula must be their number one source of food until they are at least 8 months old (but again watch your bub for signs).
As I mentioned above I started by watching my bubba and noticed how interested in food she became, I didn't start her on solids right away, I watched her for a while to make sure that is what she was telling me.
I then started her on Farex (baby rice cereal) mixed with breast milk and she just knew what to do. She grabbed for the spoon and opened her mouth, it was amazing to watch and something I caught on video which is so special.
They say to try each new food for three days in a row and that is what I've been doing. I've kept a record of what I have given her, when I have given it to her, if she liked it and noted if there were any signs of allergy.
Once she had been on Farex for three days I then introduced vegetables such as pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, broccoli and carrot as well as apple, pear, avocado and banana.
Here are a list of other vegetables and fruits to introduce to your baby, with or without breast milk or formula added...
Baby's first puree's should be almost a liquid so that is why you most likely will need some breast milk or formula to add to the veggies or fruit.
It is recommended to start with an ice cube size serving once per day and then slowly increase that until your bubba is having three solid meals per day plus breast milk or formula; at around 8-9 months of age.
I have found a great book which has really helped me learn all about solids. It includes meal plans, over 200 recipes and plenty of information for all stages of feeding your baby. The book is 'Feeding Your Baby Day by Day' from Fiona Wilcock. I've added my review to my list of books on the Radiant Mama main page as well.
What tips do you have for beginning your baby on solids? Share them with us in the comments below.
Be happy & healthy,
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