Your baby has been enjoying the sweet taste of breast milk or an iron fortified formula for 6 months. After 6 months, your baby will give you indicators of when they are ready to start solid foods. You’ll notice the following:
- Baby is able to sit up without much assistance
- Baby is able to hold their head up and keep it steady
- Baby is often reaching for objects and holding it
- Baby will open their mouth for a spoon.
If your baby can swallow without choking and they have indicated to you signs of readiness then you can begin introducing solid foods. Breast milk or formula should remain as the primary source of nutrition.
It will take your baby sometime to get used to the act of eating solid foods, so please be patient with your baby. In the beginning your baby will be able to eat about 1-2 tsp of thin liquidy food. You can purchase ready-made baby food at your local grocery store or you can prepare your baby’s food at home.
When you prepare your a baby’s food you want to make sure that you cook the food until it’s soft. This can be done by boiling the food without adding any seasoning or fats/oils. Once the food has been cooked it needs to be pureed in a food processor or a good blender. You will need to add water or breast milk to thin the food out so that it can reach a smooth consistency.
Starter Food Ideas
When you begin introducing foods be sure to introduce foods one at a time for a week before trying a new food item. This method will help you identify any sensitivity or food allergens.
Signs of Allergies
|Diarrhea||Rash||Swelling of skin/lips|
If you notice any of these signs/symptoms dial 911 immediately!
Your baby will begin to want more independence and will try to self feed. Self feeding begins around 7 months – 9 months of age.
You may want to try the following Finger Foods:
- Cooked diced veggies
- Pieces of small corn tortilla
- Mashed cooked beans
- Bite size pieces of noodles
- Small chunks of cheese
- Bite size pieces of toast
- Small pieces of scrambled eggs
- Tiny cubes of tofu
Hazardous Foods to Stay Away From that Increase the Risk of Choking:
- Raw or undercooked vegetables
You may have to introduce a food item approximately 15 times to your baby before your baby decides if they like it. Just remember to experiment with foods and don’t take it personal. One tip that will be extremely helpful when pairing food items together is feed the sweet yummy stuff last. Do not go back and forth in between feeding baby a vegetable and a sweet fruit. You will find that your baby will only eat the sweet fruit and will no longer want the vegetable.
I hope you and your baby will have an awesome experience bonding over solid foods!