How To Introducing Solid Foods To Babies
The art of introducing your baby to solid foods can be a mixed bag. Breastfeeding a baby for what seem like endless months can be so fulfilling, and sometimes frustrating, especially when your baby appears to be developing insatiable appetite. You may be a mum who has lots of stuff to do and just can’t wait to get your baby started on solids, if not for any other reason, but just to get you off her “exclusive restaurant'” list – the relief of getting “daddy” to finally share the feeding responsibilities, Yep! To finally stop ‘daddy’ always yelling, “you need to breastfeed the baby!”.
But, when and how do you start your baby on solids?
When To Start Her Out On Solids
Between 4 to 6 months is when you should start introducing solid foods to your baby. Do note that introducing solids isn’t exclusive of breastfeeding, it’s only a parallel complimentary feeding.That’s according to The American Academy of Pediatrics. And they advise that you don’t just start introducing solids to your baby because he’s within 4 to 6 months old. There are signs that will confirm to you that the time is just about right. These signs include:
- When he still goes hungry even after getting a full days portion of breastfeeding
- When he starts showing a keen sense of curiosity (always looking around at everything)
- When she is able to hold her head up while sitting upright
- When she seems to be consciously able to control her tongue movements
Introducing Solid Foods To Baby
Avocado, pear, banana, and sweet potato are some of the best solids to start with. Also ensure that these foods are introduced one food at a time. This will enable you observe certain subtle signs and reactions from your baby. Signs like diarrhea, allergies, rash, and vomiting. When you notice such, it’s safer to discontinue with such food, and then consult your pediatrician.
But in the case that there are no adverse reactions, you could continue on a particular new food for between 2 days and 4 days before introducing another new food.Over the next few months of introducing solid foods, ensure to add other solids, one food at a time as described earlier. In that period, introduce foods like formula, cereals, meat, vegetables, eggs, fish, and fruits. This is the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
International Health Organizations And Their Recommendations
Different health organizations all agree on one point, complimentary feeding for babies, including formulas, should ideally start at 6 six months old. This though, is becoming more difficult for mothers in today’s world, and if you must commence complimentary feeding for your baby, you have to take extra care. For example, there are a few recommendations about how and when to introduce allergenic foods like egg and fish to your baby.
Also, because your baby’s immune system is not as strong as it is for adults, you have to ensure the hygiene of the foods you introduce to your baby.The frequency of introducing solid foods to baby should typically be, 2-3 times daily between 6 to 8 months, and 3 to 4 times daily, between ages 9 to 11 months.