Every parent wants to achieve a certain milestone, especially if it is their first baby. Introducing solid foods, for example, is an exciting milestone in and of itself because nothing can bring joy more than seeing them eat their first solid food.
That being said, how exactly should you start your baby on solids? Fortunately for you, I happen to have all of the information that you need to know in order to get started. Today, I am going to provide you with an easy guide to starting your baby on solids. Do have some baby milk bottles on the side because breastmilk is still best for babies until two years.
Four to Six Months
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your baby can actually start eating solid foods as early as four months of age. However, you will need to look at certain physical cues for you to actually know if they are primed to eating solids or not.
Some of the physical cues that you need to be aware of are:
- Your baby starts to get curious about what you’re eating
- They can now sit upright and are able to support their head on their own
- They have lost his extrusion reflex, which is a tongue-thrust reflex that automatically pushes food out of their mouths
- They still seem so hungry even after consuming a day’s worth of milk.
Although consuming their first solids is considered to be an important stage of their lives, there is no need to rush for such a milestone. If your baby still doesn’t want to eat solids at four months, continue feeding them solids when they reach five or six months.
Breast Milk and Solid Foods
It is crucial that your baby consumes breastmilk at least after they reach their first birthday. That is because breastmilk contains nutrients that their bodies need, albeit they are in much smaller quantities as they grow older.
That being said, if you are going to introduce solid foods to your baby, you have to know their physical cues first. For example, if your baby seems to be a heavy drinker, say, they drink a whole bottle just before every meal, then you may want to feed them with solids first before giving them the bottle. Conversely, if your baby is not that heavy a drinker, then you may want to do the opposite by giving them the milk first and then feeding them solids.
Remember that you should introduce solid foods to your baby slowly. There may be times that they do not want to eat a lot, so don’t force them to do so. In fact, I’ve come across babies that are heavy milk drinkers until they reach ten months of age and above.
As to what foods you need to feed them, you may want to start with foods that you can puree during their 4-7 months’ period. After that, you slowly introduce chunkier (albeit still bite-sized) portions until they can start chewing food on their own.