The Complete Guide to Starting Solids

Let's talk about starting solid foods

for your baby who's been taking formula

or breast milk all the way up until this

point in time. She might try to eat me

so this is a very exciting time for both

parents and for babies. It's also good

for baby's development. So the first

thing you want to do is look for signs

that your baby is ready to start solid

foods. When they're starting to set up

more independently, when they have pretty

good head control, when your baby is

sitting with you and you're eating and

your baby starts to look at the food

going into your mouth, or when they see

food approaching, when they open their

mouth really wide. These are all signs

that your baby might be ready to start

some baby foods. So the most important

thing when starting baby foods is that

you're gonna want something that's

really soft consistency. Purees

traditionally, things like grain, baby

rice cereal, pureed fruits, vegetables and

meats can all be started and you can

either get these at your local grocery

store or you can make them yourself.

Either way there's no rhyme or reason as

to starting vegetable over fruits.

Naturally babies and adults like things

that are sweeter so they're going to tend

to like those a little bit better but

it's not going to influence how they do

further on down the line. You just want

to make sure that you introduce a nice

variety to your baby. You also want to

make sure that your baby is receptive to

this. So she's crying he or she is crying,

or if they're arching their back, or

thrusting their tongue it might be a

good idea to wait to start this later.

Remember baby foods less than one is

just for fun. The majority of their

calories is going to be coming from

whatever formula or breast milk that

they're getting.

So when you make your own baby foods you

want to make sure that it's nice and

pureed and thin. You never want to add

any salt or seasoning or honey to the

baby food. You want to boil them so

they're nice and soft and good

consistency and t then you can

also get this at the grocery store.

So remember this is your baby's first

time having baby food. It's going to be

really messy. They're not going to do a very

good job of swallowing but it's all

supposed to be for fun and for their

development. You see how she's reaching

for it she's ready for this baby food

and it's okay if they make a funny face

like that. They're just experimenting

with the flavor. So babies usually start

to show signs that they're ready to eat

when they're around four to six months

of age. It's okay to wait a little bit

longer if your babies not showing these

signs. There's no evidence by waiting to

introduce them to things like eggs and

peanut butter. After your life will

actually reduce their chances of how

having an allergy to it. Remember

that feeding your baby should be an

enjoyable experience for both you and

your baby. If your baby is not showing

the signs yet go ahead and wait a couple

of days to a week until they are showing

those signs. You don't want to make this

in an unendurable experience for them.