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.
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 solids
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.