Introducing a baby to solid foods is a big step, both for the parent as well as the baby. Making the transition from mother’s milk to solid food is not easy. How do you know if your baby is ready for solid foods?
Babycenter.com says you can introduce solid foods if your baby shows signs of readiness, usually around the age of 4-6 months. The digestive system of infants is not ready for solids until they are about 4 months old.
According to an article titled Solid foods: How to get your baby started by Mayo Clinic Staff published in mayoclinic.org, parents should follow some simple steps to induce solid foods to babies:
• Start simple by offering single-ingredient foods that contain no sugar or salt, and wait for some days between each new food.
• Ensuring the baby starts having beans or lentils that have important nutrients like zinc and iron.
• Gradually start adding vegetables and fruits to the diet of the baby.
• Offer finely chopped finger foods such as soft fruits, vegetables, pasta, cheese, well-cooked meat and dry cereal.
If a baby refuses its first serving of new foods, there is no need to get alarmed. Try again later.
Askdrsears.com offers one feeding tip, which is the use of plastic spoons with smooth, rounded edges as they do not get too hot nor too cold and make no noise when dropped.
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As long as your baby shows signs of readiness, your child's doctor may say you can start solids any time around 4 to 6 months. Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs.
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