Baby’s First Foods- Solid Food Introduction
The Solid Food Introduction Schedules have changed. Please see my revised post about baby’s first foods and how to start introducing solids! New Guidelines for Solid Food Introduction
When Should I Start Food Introduction?
Six months is the golden number! Why six months you may ask yourself? There are good reasons for this. First, your babies digestive system is more mature by six months of age. Secondly, baby will start to develop enzymes required to break down food stuffs and finally the tongue thrust reflex diminishes at this age. Other signs that suggest their ready to start solids is when baby starts cutting their first few teeth, start grabbing for your food or spoon and when they are less satisfied with breast milk or formula.
How Do I Start?
At first introduction, solid food is about exploring the new world of tastes and textures that food has to offer. You’ll want to consider solid food as a nutrition addition to breast milk or formula rather than a substitute. The easiest way to start is with one solid feeding per day consisting of 2-3 teaspoons of one food. You will want to focus on one food at a time to make sure there are no adverse reactions to the food. Bloating, skin rashes, ear infections or intestinal upset are all possible food reactions. Continue this food for 5-7 days and then switch to the next food.
Which Foods Should I Start With?
Fruits or veggies such as sweet potato, butternut squash, banana, apple, pear, avocado, carrots, yams or parsnips are the best to start with.
Which Foods Should I Avoid?
Avoid egg whites, honey, strawberries, kiwis, tomatoes, citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemon and limes), shellfish, cow’s milk and nuts until 12 months.
There’s no perfect schedule or perfect way to introduce foods. This is a whole new experience for baby, and even if they don’t enjoy the new food on the 1st, 2nd or even 3rd try, they will enjoy it eventually, be patient 🙂