Starting solids has got to be the most exciting part of parenting (at least for me ) they get to finally taste what we eat. It also give more responsibility to dad especially if you were solely breastfeeding now you can leave dad with baby and hit the gym,see a friend or go out for drinks.
Now the recommendation is to start solids at 6 months. However you may start earlier if your doctor gives you the go ahead or you see signs of readiness.
Here are a few “signs” that may indicate your baby is ready for Solid Foods:
Loss of tongue-thrust reflex – This allows baby to drink and swallow liquids with ease; with the tongue-thrust reflex still present, baby may simply drink in liquid purees or push the food back out. According to Dr. Jim Sears, in the first four months the tongue thrust reflex protects the infant against choking. When any unusual substance is placed on the tongue, it automatically protrudes outward rather than back. Between four and six months this reflex gradually diminishes, and that glob of cereal actually may have a chance of making it from the tongue to the tummy! Ability to let you know she is full from a “meal” with signs such as turning away from the bottle or breast. This is important so that baby is able to self-regulate the amount of food being eaten. This helps stop baby from accidentally overeating as parents may continue to feed baby thinking that she is still hungry.Ability to sit up and hold head up unassisted. Interest in your food (I tend to disagree with this one as when a baby reaches the age of 4-6 months, he is interested in putting everything in his mouth.). Doubling of birth weight. Frequently waking in the middle of the night when a solid sleeping pattern had been established. This may not be the best indicator that your baby is ready for solids. Please keep in mind that a growth spurt will occur between 3-4 months of age, 6-7 months of age and also 9-10 months of age. Your baby may also be waking due to an illness or teething.
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So of course your going to need some basic things to start solids. Your going to need spoons,bowls baby cereal and of course a baby feeding chair.
I must admit that starting solids was a wee bit overwhelming. I had no idea where to start or what to feed her but I did some research which helped me out. You’ll ideally like to start with cereals followed by vegetables,fruits and then meats. Some people like to do fruits absolutely last and the reason for that is so baby doesnt develop a preference for things that are sweet. If you introduce fruits first you’ll have a hard time getting them to eat things that aren’t sweet.
We started on rice cereal in combination with breastmilk. We started with rice cereal because it’s a pretty benign every baby starts off with this and it’s very rare that baby can develop an allergic reaction to it. Instead of water we mixed in expressed breastmilk just so she taste something familiar. After she finished eating her cereal I would breastfeed. Eventually I introduced to her oats and then flavoured cereals. The reason we start with baby cereal is because it is filled with iron and by six month their iron levels start to go decrease, so I order for them to replenish you must give baby cereal.
So for her first time it was quite funny to see her reaction but after a few days she was getting into the swing of things and actually eating it! So, what I did is for the first week I introduced her rice cereal every morning. By week two I had started her on oats and she would have solids twice a day rice cereal in the morning and oats at night. I figured using oats would keep her full longer and most likely to sleep through the night (which she did). By the third week and onwards I would introduce her to veggies that were not sweet. Once I went through all of those veggies I introduced her to sweet tasting veggies and now we are officially on fruit in which she has her first taste of apple!
How I made her food was pretty simple. I would put in a pot some water and then my vegetables I would let it’s steam. After a few min of steaming I would transfer the vegetable into a blender with some of the water and blend till the chunks turned into a nice consistent puree.
I introduced Jenaé to a new vegetable and made sure to eat it consistently for 4 days. After 4 days I would introduce her to another vegetable. I did this so that if she would have some sort of reaction I know what she ate for the day that caused her to have an allergic reaction. Once four days has passed your likely to be in the safe zone and baby doesn’t have any likely allergy to what you’ve introduced and your clear to introduce then to the next item.
So far she seems to like peas but she didn’t like carrots. In that case if they are being fussy towards something they are eating leave it and come to it at a later date. I waited two weeks by the time I came back to it she couldn’t get enough of it! Eventually you can mix fruits and vegetables and even incorporate meats. There are tons of baby puree receipee online. There are even cookbooks. My favorite website to get all my food ideas and inspiration as well as infant nutrition information is whole some baby food. I suggest that when you make purée freeze them in a ice tray so when it comes time to eat all you have to do Is pop one out defrost and serve. I also encourage to make many different meals that way you eliminate prep time. In one day I made 5 purée, Apple,strawberry-banana, sweet potatoes, carrots and peas. That way baby has a verity and isn’t eating the same thing everyday.
It may seem overwhelming at first but do your research and have fun with it.