Baby’s First Foods: When and What to Introduce?

Baby’s First Foods: When and What to Introduce?

Once your bub starts showing signs of readiness for solid food—usually around 6 months—you'll enter an exciting (and messy) new phase of parenting. This blog will guide you through the what, when, and how of introducing solids to your baby.

The Right Time

Most health experts recommend introducing solid foods around 6 months. Key indicators that your baby is ready include being able to sit up without assistance, showing interest in your food, and losing the tongue-thrust reflex that pushes food out of their mouth. Always consult with your paediatrician to confirm the right timing for your individual baby.

Start Simple

Your baby's first foods should be simple and easy to digest. Iron-fortified rice cereal is often recommended as the first food because it's easy on the stomach. Mix it with breastmilk or formula to make it more palatable. Vegetable purees, like sweet potato and carrot, are also excellent options.

Allergy Checks

It’s advisable to introduce one new food at a time and wait for at least three days before introducing another. This helps to identify any allergies or sensitivities. Common allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, and shellfish. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives or digestive issues, consult your paediatrician immediately.

Texture and Portion Sizes

Once your baby gets the hang of swallowing solids, you can gradually introduce different textures. Start with purees, then move to mashed foods, and eventually, small soft chunks. As for portions, start small—a teaspoon at first, gradually moving up to a tablespoon or more as your baby grows.

Expanding the Menu

After mastering single-ingredient foods, it's time to get adventurous. Introduce fruits like apple, banana, and peach in pureed form. Slowly bring in proteins such as pureed meats, lentils, or finely flaked fish. Dairy can be introduced closer to the one-year mark, starting with yoghurts or soft cheeses.

Conclusion

Introducing solids is a significant milestone in your baby's life and yours. It’s an experimental phase, and every baby reacts differently. So, don’t worry if your baby doesn't take to solids right away. Keep trying, keep smiling, and consult your healthcare provider for tailored advice.

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