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January 25, 2020

When to Start Giving Your Baby Some Solids

First-time parents have a lot of growing concerns about raising a child. During the
2000s, it is mandated by law that you should always install a baby car seat before you
can start transporting your baby. In fact, you even have to have it installed long before
your baby arrives as you may not be allowed to bring your baby home without it.

Aside from that, first-time parents think about when they should start giving their
precious little one some solid foods.

Well, the good thing is that most babies are the same in the sense that you can start
feeding them some solids at around 6 months of age.

In this article, I will go over the information that you need to know about when to start
giving your baby some solid foods.

Useful Indicators

According to family doctors and pediatricians, a good sweet spot for when you should
start giving your baby some solids is within 4-6 months of age. That is because it is at
this time that they are now able to support their heads on their own.

Here are some useful indicators that will tell you that you can start feeding them some

  • When They’re Interested

Whether you put them in your lap or you put them in
the infant chair, when babies get excited to see some food, that is a tell-tale sign
that they also want some as well

  • Their Tongue-thrust Reflex is Gone

The tongue-thrust reflex is your baby’s
natural defense against choking. This reflex gradually goes away within 4-6
months and when that no longer exists, that is another good indication that you
can start feeding them with some real food

  • They Can Support Their Bodies

Aside from being able to support their heads
and necks, if you can comfortably put your baby down on their infant seat and
they can manage on their own, then there is no reason for you not to start
feeding them with more foods.

How to Properly Introduce Solids

It is important to keep in mind that just because you can start feeding your baby some
solid foods at around 4-6 months doesn’t mean that you should stop giving them
breastmilk. If anything, adding breastmilk into their diets will provide that two-pronged
approach for optimal growth.

With that being said, here are some tips to help you introduce solids to your baby:

  • Use a Spoon

Although it is tempting to have them eat with their hands (and yes,
it is cute), it would be best that you start feeding them using a spoon so that they
will associate it with feeding time. Also, this is the ‘proper’ way of feeding them

  • Go About It Slowly

Do not stuff them with a complete spoonful right off the bat.
Start with ¼ teaspoon and then work your way up. It can also be helpful if you do
some yummy sounds after every bite so that they will know that they are doing a
really good job.

  • Feed Them One Food at a Time

When feeding them solids, it is important that
you introduce foods to them one at a time. For example, you feed mashed
bananas to your baby for about 3-5 days. This is done so that you will know what
foods they like and what foods they are aversive or allergic to.

  • Stick to a Routine

It would help if you will stick to a set routine so that your
baby gets primed to eat at specific times of the day. Feeding them solids three
times a day is optimal, though you may want to feed them with breastmilk in
between sessions.

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