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Solid Food Options For Your Little One

Solid Food Options for Your Little One

Introduction of baby to solid foods, is often called weaning on to foods.

By the age of 4-6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding. It’s during this time that babies typically stop using their tongues to push food out of their mouths and begin to develop the coordination to move solid food from the front of the mouth to the back for swallowing.

Signs that your baby is ready for solid foods.

If you answer yes to these questions and you have the OK from your baby’s doctor, you can begin supplementing your baby’s liquid diet.

Weaning Foods

Continue feeding your baby breast milk or formula as usual.

By 9 months, your baby will move toward eating three meals a day. It will be a mixture of soft finger foods, mashed and chopped foods. Your baby’s diet should consist of a variety of the following types of food: fruit and vegetables; bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and other starchy foods; meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non dairy sources of protein and milk and dairy products.

From 12 months onwards, You can give your baby:

Handling Food Allergy

There’s no convincing evidence that avoiding certain foods during early childhood will help prevent food allergies.

Still, check with your baby’s doctor if any close relatives have a food allergy. You might consider giving your child his or her first taste of a highly allergenic food at home – rather than at a restaurant – with an oral antihistamine available, just in case. In case you decide to introduce solid foods before six months, you should avoid giving your baby certain foods as they may cause food allergies or make your baby ill. These include foods that contain wheat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, peanut products, seeds, liver, eggs, fish, shellfish, cows’ milk and soft or un-pasteurized cheese.


Tips to make Meal Time more Enjoyable

When your baby begins eating solid food, mealtime is sure to become an adventure. Here’s help making it more enjoyable – for both you and your baby.

Enjoy your baby’s sloppy tray, gooey hands and sticky face. You’re building the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating.

Keep feeding times relaxed and happy, so that your baby associates food with fun and pleasure.

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