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Introducing Solids to Babies

Introducing Solids to Babies

Solid foods should be introduced to babies after they complete six months. While feeding solids to babies, mothers should make sure that they are properly mashed. Read on to find feeding tips for introducing solids to babies.

Once a baby turns six months old, breastmilk or formula milk alone will not be able to meet all her nutritional requirements. Babies need iron for right growth and development because of which it is important to introduce babies to solid foods at this stage. Even after introducing solids you can continue giving a baby her usual milk as well.

Why to Introduce Solids after Six Months?

The digestive system of an infant is not very mature initially. It takes time during which the chance of the baby picking up food infection is very high. Hence, most doctors recommend babies be fed only milk during the first six months of their lives.

On the same note babies are never born with a strong immune system. A weak immune system will not be able to cope with the undesirable side effects of the infant consuming bad food. By the time a baby turns six months old, her immune system is much stronger and capable of warding off minor infections on its own.

What to Do if Baby Often Feels Hungry

The best option would be to offer infants extra milk under such circumstances. In case a baby is being breast fed, introducing additional formula milk is another option. Till such time that a baby is at least four months old it is unsafe to introduce solids to supplement her food intake. In case you decide to give your baby solid food between the age of four and six months you must refrain from giving her the following foods which are capable of causing allergies:

  • Dairy products and cow milk
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Citrus fruit or juice
  • Food containing Gluten

How to Introduce Solids?

Try offering baby very small quantities of food which is completely mashed or pureed to begin with. Initially a baby may have only as much as one teaspoonful. Here are some simple solid foods which can be easily given to a baby.

  • Mashed or pureed vegetables like boiled potatoes or steamed carrot, broccoli, cauliflower and parsnip.
  • Mashed or pureed fruit, such as banana, a slice of soft peeled pear or mango. If you decide to give your baby apple do not give it in raw form. Make use of steamed apples for feeding an infant.
  • Baby cereal such as baby rice, cornmeal, sago or millet.

There is no specific time of the day during which you must give solids to a baby. Choose a time which is suitable to both of you. Take care to ensure that if food is hot it must be cooled before being fed to a baby. The best way to check the food temperature is to test it on the inside of your wrist before feeding the baby

Do not expect a baby to immediately take a liking for solid foods. It normally takes a while for babies to get used to new food and flavors. Initially, there will be a lot of food being spit out also. However, it is important to remain patient and keep trying without being discouraged. In addition to liking the new food a baby also needs to learn the art of eating solid food. She needs to work on her chewing, gumming and swallowing before she starts taking solids willingly.

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Jessica.2 years ago
Our Expert By Dr Vivek M Rege Guides How to introduce solid foods to babies.
Monali.4 years ago
what should be baby position while feeding till baby doesnt sit independently?
Randeep.7 years ago
i would like to know which fruits and vegetables should be avoided when introducing the solids first time?
Moris.7 years ago
Introducing solids at 6 months is a must as the baby needs more nutrients and energy for his growing body which simple liquid foods cannot provide. It is best to start gradually so that he gets used to it.
Payoli.7 years ago
I introduced solids at 5 months age because my baby was always hungry. he was a very active kid and his growth was also more than average so i had to introduce solids a bit early.
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