Introducing your baby to solid foods is often called weaning and it often begins around 6 months of age. Up until then, you baby will have to get nutrients from breast milk or formula milk. It’s an exciting time for you and your baby. In order for you to know when they your baby needs to be weaned. They’ll begin to chew, sit up right and put things in their mouth. Initially when they start eating solids, you can feed your baby with baby rice, cereals and vegetables. Here are 7 ways to introduce solid foods to your baby
Always stay with your baby when they are eating in case they start to choke: Babies are fragile and they are just getting introduced to solid foods and as such, they have no knowledge of how much they can take or cannot take so there’s a need for you to always be around them when they eat. Especially when they take solid foods, this will help avoid them choking while eating something solid. It is advisable that at the first stage of taking solid foods, you give your baby vegetables and finger foods that they can easily swallow.
Let your baby enjoy touching and holding the food:
The main reason why you’re letting your baby enjoy touching and holding the food is so they can get used to it. Remember, its new to them and they have no idea of how it feels like, so you need to ensure that they like what they are doing so as for them to continue with the process.
Allow your baby feed himself/herself as soon as they show interest:
You don’t need to stop your baby from using his hands to feed once he starts developing interest in eating with his hands.
Don’t force your baby to eat as well:
Wait until the next time if they are interested this time. You don’t need to make them eat with their hands when they are ready. Remember, once you start seeing traits like, they seat upright and they chew their food, then you know they are ready for weaning. If you are using a spoon, wait for your baby to open his mouth for food. Don’t shove him up with food rather, let him give you the pass for that.
Start by offering a few pieces of teaspoons of food once a day:
You can as well use this process to facilitate the introduction of your child to solid foods. Try using teaspoons to feed her at least once in a day and see how she responds. If she accommodates it, with time she will eventually want to be fed with spoons and as such, it creates a pathway for the introduction of solid foods.
Cool hot food and taste it before giving it to her:
Don’t just feed her with hot food; ensure its warm enough for her. You don’t want to get her tongue all messed up all in the name of feeding her solid foods. So ensure you test it first before giving it to her to know if it’s cold, warm or hot. Once you taste it and she sees you doing it, trust me, she also wants a take of what you taste.
Don’t add salt or sugar or stocked cubes to your baby’s food:
Babies shouldn’t eat much salt, as it’s not good for their kidneys as sugar isn’t any better. Too much intake of sugar for toddlers generally causes tooth decay. So be mindful of the kind of food you feed your baby.