During the first year, the main source of nutrition of your baby is breast milk, but if the child shows signs of readiness in eating solid food between four to six months, you should expose them to new flavors. This step at an early age will lead your child to healthy eating habits.
Is your baby ready for solids?
Each child has its individual journey which they are bound to achieve their life circle. A child shows signs when it is ready to consume solids. This phrase usually starts from 4 months old as before that they haven’t developed the skills of swallowing food items. Parents are asked to consult doctors to know the signs with an open discussion.
Signs that indicate a child’s move for solids:-
- They can sit up straight in an infant chair
- They have good head control
- They lure other’s food at the meal table
- They eat food without pushing it back automatically due to tongue thrust reflex
What are the best foods to start with and in what proportion should the food be given?
Solids should be given in small portions, infants of 4 to 6 months should be fed twice a day and the family should start feeding with two tablespoons then gradually increase the amount as the child gets older as per its appetite.
A child has to surpass the pureed phase first to go for solid pieces until the child gets used to the flavors and textures puree is the best option until their gums are ready to support thick pieces.
Below mentioned are some of the infant age groups and solid food intake:-
4 to 6 months (single ingredient puree)
Sweet potato puree, avocado puree, rice cereals, first carrot puree, banana puree, pea puree.
7 to 9 months (thicker puree)
Pumpkin puree, first spinach with yam puree, avocado and banana baby food, veggies and sole puree, papaya puree.
9 to 12 months (chunkier puree and mashes)
Blueberries, avocado and mango with mild chile puree, apricot and banana with cinnamon puree, cherry and mint greek yogurt puree, quinoa banana mash, creamy provencal chicken.
Why won’t a child eat solid food?
Every child has different milestones and thus some children take food quickly and some at their own ease. Children may need to expose to a food several times before they start enjoying it. Keep trying on some other day, some babies may be more interested in playing with the food, and that is absolutely fine. Make sure they eat as per their appetite if they clench their mouth or head away do not force them to eat their solids.
Precautions to be taken while giving solid foods to baby
Food allergies are very common in babies it is recommended to give the same food for 3 days before introducing another food to it. Allergic reactions can cause gas, rashes, runny nose, crankiness. Speak to your pediatrician if you experience any kind of allergic food reactions in your baby and ask about introducing the food next time. Never leave your child alone while it’s eating as it may go through choking or gag about the solids introduced.
Infant care centers takes care about all such eating habits and other necessity of the infants. These daycare centers adapt the best technique to cater proper care of babies and parents can go to their work with full assurance.