Solids should be
introduced gradually in the diet of babies after they turn 6 months old. Read
on to learn more about the foods that can be introduced in the diet of babies
by the time they are 2 years old.
In infants the
digestive tract is not developed enough to process solid foods which are why
they feed exclusively on milk, water and other formula liquids in the early
stage of their life. However, muscular and physical development does not really
start off unless babies get started off on solids as these food groups provide
maximum nourishment. For a parent when and how to start babies on solids is a
When to Feed Your Baby Solids?
There is no
fixed formula as to when you should start off feeding solid foods to your baby though the standard time frame is 6
months old. You should look out for the following signs like your baby
demonstrates a sufficient amount of head control and loses the extrusion reflex
and starts showing proper chewing motion. Babies who start sitting upright on
their own and show curiosity and inclination towards adult food are probably
ready to be introduced to solids.
How to Feed Your Baby Solids?
The first solid
food introduction to your baby should be done via feeding pureed solids. If you
are starting off with cereals then mix it with formula milk and feed from the bottle. If you are using a spoon
then use a soft tipped one to reduce the risk of gum injury. If your baby is
not showing any inclination towards actually eating solids then get him or her
to smell and warm up the kind of food you are introducing. It is advisable to
gradually thicken the consistency of the solid food you are feeding your baby.
For 6 Months Old Babies
Babies of this age
have tender and underdeveloped digestive tracts and they have not been
accustomed to solid food yet. Their stomach is not yet firm enough to process
chicken, meat, eggs or any other non vegetarian high protein item.
rice, oats and young barley grains are the first solid food groups your baby
can be fed. All these cereals have essential vitamins and nutrients apart from
being a very good source of carbohydrates
When it comes to
fruits you should be feeding soft fruits like avocadoes, bananas and peaches to babies who are 6 months old.
These fruits are easily digestible and have less amount of fibber in them.
Similarly soft vegetables like well boiled and pureed sweet potatoes, pumpkin
and French beans and are the first vegetables that a baby should be introduced
Remember not to
feed any solid dairy product or high protein food to a baby this young.
Babies Who are 8 Months and Older
Your baby is now
old enough to be eating solids at least twice a day. You can now feed yellow,
green and orange vegetables along with very small amount of tofu and meat to
your baby. Cereals which iron fortified are also a good choice for babies who
are 8 months and older. Use a Sippy cup to gradually acclimatise your baby to
start eating solids. A blender or a grinder should be used to puree foods first
List of Solids Safe for Babies
Some food groups
that you can easily feed your kid are bell peppers, rice,
black beans, sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, cantaloupe, cabbage, squash and
broccoli. When it comes to non vegetarian items the first solids for your baby
are chicken, eggs and cod fish. Your baby can also be fed coconut puree,
cucumbers and mozzarella cheese and honeydew melon along with olive slices and
Now that you
know all about how, when and what solids to feed your baby you can safely start
introducing solid foods to your little angel.
How to introduce
solids to babies? What kind of foods should be included in the diet of a year
old child? Which foods should the introduced to a child by age 2? Discuss here.